and actually got me laughing my ass off as he calls me an advertising whore…
..but some of the artists just had people in a room talking about awards and how if - hypothetically - such awards existed they thought that they might be given to the following list of people… What? Way to break the illusion, guys. I mean, we all know it's not a real ceremony but at least make an effort, make it fun. One strip just had some guy in a subway. It went something along these lines:
Guy takes a drink from a vending machine, remarking about how it hits the spot.
He thinks about how he's been chasing a pink ghost-monster through the subway tunnels.
He sees a TV screening the WCCA awards and realises he forgot that the WCCAs were on tonight. And the nominees are…
Piss! You forgot to turn up, guy! You were meant to give away that award but instead you got caught up chasing a pink bat. Wow, that must suck.
When I first opened that page I thought I'd clicked the wrong link and gone to a winning comic instead of the next presentation. Moments before we were in a studio audience and now… what? Stale subway air? That is something of a non-sequitir. It makes me suspect that this Jess Calcaben realised that the award presentation would be a good advertising opportunity and made a comic that continues the story of her strip in order to hook in loads of new readers who, like me, feel that the internet just doesn't have nearly enough comics about monsters. With the added bonus of a tenuous, almost coincidental link to an award of some sort.
It even said at the bottom of the strip ‘Based on a story and character from “Dreams in Synergy”’. As if that wasn't already blatantly obvious. Maybe I'm getting this all wrong. Maybe she jsut wanted to present the award in the best possible way. She took her character and her bat-monster and made a whole new strip, just for the WCCAs. And set it in a subway tunnel. I don't get it. Maybe if the bat monster had flown in with the envelope or something then I might be able to see where she was going with this. Maybe some red carpet on the floor. Anything.
and he even insulted kc's presentation..
And what about the guy who presented the award before our Jess? This weird guy who keeps morphing into different shapes is struggling to put up a poster on his wall and so decides to call each one of the ‘Outstanding New Character Design’ nominees to ask them how it's done. It's the same thing as before. Perhaps made worse by the fact that most of the time he uses the power of his mind to hold the phone.
and then he nominates himself to do one next year..
I don't care if I ever get nominated for one of these awards but I would love the opportunity to make one of these award presentation strips. Seriously, WCCA guys, if you're reading this pick me next year. I'll make it funny, I won't make it a shameless plug for the Fourth Floor site and I'll actually set it at an awards ceremony!
and then he insults me saying that I had a girl's name…
I'm, uh, I'm starting to suspect that Jess Calcaben could be a dude, judging from this (ahem) strip. Now I think about it, isn't there a male character in a US TV show or film called Jess or Jessie? Well, in that case someone should tell him he has a girl's name. In every country other than the one where you can be named after a season, it's short for Jessica. Pfft, ‘Jess’. Dude.
well, bad publicity is good publicity, eh?