OK, so it's been a really thin month. By far the thinnest since I started blogging. Only four pieces, and two of them were Silver Star entries. Which never seem to get ANY comments! :(
Oh well, at least March's will actually happen IN MARCH. There were no HoF inductees in 1960, so the year is now 1961 and it saw two Veteran's Committee Inductees, so yeah: We're still on the funny stuff. There are some really good ones coming in April, when there will be a GOLD Star or two, but we're still on Silver's this month.
The Max Carey Silver Star #25: Venus Envy
Another superb web-comic. Mind you I don't really read it anymore, because the author, Erin Lindsey, kind of pulled the plug on it just over a year ago - and leaving her main character in a rather tight spot to boot! Oh well. In short, Venus Envy is a comic about a transgendered (MtF) teenager. Believe it or not there are a LOT of TG Web-Comics out there, but I think Venus Envy deserves credit for a few things. First of all, it's kind of famous in TG circles. It was one of the first TG web-comics (if not THE first), remains one of the longest running, and from what I can tell was for a long time by far the most popular. Which I think is due to the second reason: Erin Lindsey's powerfully compelling writing, her off-beat and sometimes self-depricating sense of humor, and her ability to create one of the most sympathetic characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading, in Zoe Carter. Check it out - you'll laugh, you'll pretend not to cry, but most importantly of all, YOU'LL CARE. You'll CARE about this character, and what she is going through and dealing with. Regardless of how you feel about the transgendered it is impossible to read this not pull for this person. (And not fear for them.) I'm certainly no expert on TG politics by a lognshot, but this 'strip served as the beginning of my coming to better understand TG issues. As usual, I recommend reading this web-comic from the beginning but with this one, just be aware that the real story takes a little while to get going. For awhile there, there are a lot of gag strips. FUNNY gag strips, but not the profound stuff I'm referring to above. Also - if the name "Erin Lindsay" sounds familiar, I've referred to her political writings / rants before, here and here. What can I say? I love her stuff, I really do. And I really miss 'Venus Envy!'
The Billy Hamilton Silver Star #26: DAMN YOU AUTO-CORRECT!
Screw doing sit-ups. Just read this site and you laugh your way to wash-board abs. O.M.F.G! The main site is a collection of iPhone texts that have been 'auto-corrected' by the phone's auto-spell check / auto-fill-in random nonsense as you type feature. Fucking hilarious! And much like several other Silver Star winners from the Cheezburger Network (Failblog, Engrish, etc...) the site linked to several others that are every bit as funny, sometimes much funnier. The Bad Gifts site is EPIC funny. Bad Food was a riot as well. (I've eaten a lot of that stuff!) (Shit, I LIKED a lot of that stuff! LOL) This site was sent to me a few weeks ago by a guy at my office. I couldn't link to it form my desk (web-sensed) by I pulled it up on my phone and couldn't get any work done for three days. XD So Check it out, and let me know what you think!