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Stilton Jarlsberg, creator of Johnny Optimsm, is a little twisted, sure– but we like that.  We think it’s original.  More to the point, he’s non-PC and we like that even more.  Jokes involving illnesses or physical challenges are supposed to be Wrong and Against The Rules and Mean… at least if you’re like most weepy lefties we know.  As for the rest of mankind, i.e. those of us who aren’t afraid to laugh over the human comedy in all its fascinating permutations and who refuse to cower in some PC corner– Johnny Optimism is just plain outside-the-box fun.  More here.



    • Jamie
    • Posted February 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm
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    You know another brave soldier in the conservative/liberal war who dares to strike down PC conventions? Seth McFarlane! 😀

    (Also, just start adding “poopy-head” into these long adjective lists that come before the word “liberal”, you know you want to.)

    Seriously, though, Stilton is awesome – Hope N Change is pretty much the best a political comic can possibly be – and I’ve got high hopes for Johnny Optimism, though it’s not without it’s problems. The static artwork that actually enhanced his political jokes seems a bit more glaring here, for instance. Still, there’s already a few jokes on there that make me laugh out loud, so I’m not too worried.

    • 21stCentury
    • Posted February 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm
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    Please, Jamie, don’t say things like that. Seth MacFarlane is an evil liberal member of the mainstream media. He’s actively promoting PC behavior! in the Mainstream Media! Which is completely tainted by Liberalism! and Political Correctness!

    • Tetsuo
    • Posted February 8, 2011 at 12:00 am
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    I remember reading this comic when it was still called Red Meat.

    • Manny
    • Posted February 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm
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    You and me both Tetsuo. Where’s Kaneda?

    • Tetsuo
    • Posted February 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm
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    I engulfed him in a surging mass of man-meat.

    Wait, that sounded gay.

    • Manny
    • Posted February 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm
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    ahh, right, right. Of course. I forgot.

    (to explain to anyone confused, this is what we’re talking about. And the film of the same name, based on the manga.)

  1. For the record, I’ve cited the wonderful “Red Meat” comic strip as inspiration before (and I link to the books on Johnny’s website). The humor and outlook in “Johnny Optimism” is distinctly my own, but it was “Red Meat” which really opened my eyes to the possibilities of juxtaposing unchanging, innocent artwork with truly disturbing (but funny) dialogue and situations.

    And “Johnny” isn’t going to be for everyone (just as “Red Meat” isn’t). But I think the people who DO enjoy it will enjoy it a lot. And everyone else will just back away slowly… (grin)

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