2 June 2006
Dear Ms. Hautpanz,
Please to ask Mr. Kreider if he's enjoying his hovel. Also, I thought this story was interesting, albeit brief.
My own brother, finally out of the Army, had to go to Iraq twice during his enlistment. Two of his friends and fellow soldiers commited suicide while over there because they were told that they'd have to return. Said he wouldn't go back if they paid him. My cousin is on his THIRD tour in Iraq.
3 June 2006
I was pleased to see my letters in the web but afflicted also. My English is not very strong. I expect that his readers do not lose their high opinion of the Dutchman by cause of my poor words.
Consideration for you and Mr. Kreider,
3 June 2006
I'm enjoying both the comics and the sheer linguistic nerdiness of you using the diaresis in words like relection. My god, I haven't seen anyone in a long time using those. I used to get such guilty pleasures from using it in such words as coöperation and my all-time chemical favorite (where I first saw the diaresis used in English in an older textbook), isoöctane.
How many questions do you get about the dots, anyhow? :)
Thanks for all the visceral chuckles,
*laugh* Umlaut is what everyone who has studied German would know it as, but in German, it just stands in for a missing "e". (Just as the circumflex '^' stands for a missing s: hotel from hostel, fort from forest).
In English and Dutch, the diaresis keeps apart two sounds that would otherwise be smooshed together :)
I've noticed he likes to use the æsc (the ¾ is still referred to as an "ash") For Latin words, that used to be like the "ye" in "bye". Caesar would have been said "kye-sawr". "Kaiser" is certainly a lot closer to the way is would have been said than our smooshy "See-zur" :)
My favorite German character is the "ess-tset", the §, which looks like a beta symbol (actually, I'm cheating and using a beta symbol because it's so close), but it came from a time when they wrote in that florid old angular calligraphy, and the s we know and love today was only present at the end of words (I think this was the case in English as well) - otherwise it was exactly like an f but the stroke didn't go all the way through. So '-ss' was both of these together (imagine connecting the letters in 'fs'), hook them up at the top and it looks like a beta.
I think maybe a couple of readers at most would get the joke if he referred to someone as an "a§" ;)
Thanks for the response, Phelætia. I'm getting my political and nerdolinguistic fixes at the same time :)
This week's cartoon probably has folks screaming Godwin's Law at Tim :) Given the theme, has Tim seen and hopefully enjoyed V for Vendetta?
2 June 2006
Please pass this along to Tim.
Beth H., scientist and fan of "The Pain
5 June 2006
I just stumbled across your site and wanted to commend you on your enemies list. That is superb. I think I'd like like to make one, although I don't think it be as extensive or interesting as yours.
That's all really. I'm a big fan of stupid small emails to people I don't really know, so please don't add me to your list for stealing your idea.
11 June 2006
Pluto Switches Place?
According to this it did (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23rd_century)
"In the early 23rd century Pluto will switch ranking with Neptune and temporarily, for about 20 years, will become the 8th planet from the Sun. The last time this has occurred is from 1979-1999."
Of course, I need to go verify this...
13 June 2006
Compare the current cover to the May 7, 1945 cover. What are we being
encouraged to believe here?
MIKE "airquotes" W.
16 June 2006
Dear Mr. Kreider (And, aye, that's a wee bit formal, but, weel..),
I suspect you may know this already, but as a fellow fan of Pluto, once I saw an offhand mention of the Hubble telescope discovering two new moons of Pluto, I had to look up the details. And here they are! http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/2006/09/ Must admit I, for one, find it hard to say a three-moon planetary system isn't a planet... But, eh, weel. Anyway!
...I'm afraid I tried to write the next sentence five times before my shyness towards people I find much more talented than I am overcame me. Think I'd best just end here. Take care!
18 June 2006
the page says tim is suffering from worse than usually crippling depression. Tell tim not to be sad, he kicks major ass in a big way. Let him know that he is an icon of the truthsaying as satire profession. Oh, and I fucking love waminals. And there are uncountable times where tim's work has brought me to the edge of shitting my pants with glee. It could be worse, you could live in wisconsin, like I do.
Keep on keeping on, and when you get to the end, stop.
19 June 2006
Tim - The last few times I read "Modern Drunkard," I've wondered whether or not you were a reader. If not, you should be; it resonates nicely with The Pain's themes. It's a shame you're not boozin' at the moment. But hey! Maybe you'll find direction in the Drunkard. Cheers, Tim T., Hong Kong
C.-H. - ... or it might be just the thing to test Mr. Kreider's resolve. I leave it to you. TMT, Hong Kong
19 June 2006
Dear Ms. Hautpanz,
I am not of the wish to disturb Mr. Kreider. I believe that I understand his named Persona movie. I am not the kind to force, but I think that it means the scene on the beach. This is a memorable one, because clear in the moment, in the films of Bergman.
20 June 2006
Hey Ms. Hautpanz,
Please wish Tim the best of luck in his sobriety test, and tell him that I loved the pic of Dave doing "the face" in front of the Coliseum.
I also like the gogo pics of you and Tim. I'm concerned, tho. The thick eyeliner...
20 July 2006
... great way to falsify the facts in order to push your anti-american, anti-military angenda through rubber-stamped cartooning! Go you! You're really going places.
PS- why don't you talk to a US Soldier (who is, by the way, unselfishly fighting for your right to continue to spew this diahrrea [sic] unabaited [sic] and uncensored) who would perhaps give you a little bit of insight on what this war is -really- about? Lets start with my brother -- tell him how you like to piss on his sacrafices [sic] with lies that have been spoon-fed to you from your friends George Soros and Michael Moore?
Please educate yourself. How about starting with the Persian Gulf War? After, research your way though the Operation Iraqi Freedom Documents on their government website. The answers to why we're still fighting terrorists today all over the middle east lies within those pages.
Actually, nevermind. You go on making these webcomics for your 14-22 year old demographic. I don't know why i'm trying to dissaude you. It's best you make a jackass out of yourself :) Kill babies! save homosexual marriage! Yay!
A mother, wife, and a conservative
21 June 2006
Hi there, I'm a big fan of The Pain, and even moreso the artist's statements that are attached to it. I thought Tim might like to see this: it's just a blurb I wrote in a little Buffalo based lefty rag for some lunch money. It was part of a discussion between contributors in light of something that Bush II said at a press conference in Vienna, and the subsequent response from people all over the world:
Well, I have something nice to say about the administration of Bush the Second, and about Dubya in particular. I know some (71%) of you will think "oh Christ, she's a nut," but hear me out. It's been decades since there was a public figure who induced this kind of powerful mutual understanding in people, and I can only think of two figures who that type of understanding has been this strong about: Nixon and - on the other end of the spectrum - JFK. The way people have come to feel about the Bush administration and the cost of it remaining in power is the kind of understanding that transcends language and speaks to the most basic and elemental human Truths.
By now, the vast majority of people in North America and Europe have either felt it for some time, or are just beginning to feel it now. It is largely subconscious, and that's part of why many of Bush's critics seem inarticulate or repetitive (not nearly as much as Bush himself, however): we're all trying to describe something that's becoming intrinsic to us as a society. It's akin to the old psychological dilemma wherein we try to describe our strongest emotions, but there is no objective language available to do so, so we draw on his rather striking resemblance to certain primates to illustrate our feelings. In his own way, at least for the time being, George Walker Bush is becoming a part of the human condition, like love and hate.
Closer, for the record, to hate.
I would love to hear what Mr. Kreider thinks of Bush's statement and my little piece of mental masturbation.
PS: could that journalist have gotten any close to saying "why are you such a retard?" And isn't it funny when Bush says "t-t-t-tyranny"?
22 June 2006
I'm sure it's been pointed out, but 6 million is only the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust. Before you jump to thinking about the combat theatre, the number of people systematically killed by the Nazis were several million more. The group includes:
# 5.1Ğ6.0 million Jews, including 3.0Ğ3.5 million Polish Jews 
# 1.8 Ğ1.9 million non-Jewish Poles (includes all those killed in executions or those that died in prisons, labor, and concentration camps, as well as civilians killed in the 1939 invasion and the 1944 Warsaw Uprising)
# 500,000Ğ1.2 million Serbs killed by Croat Nazis
# 200,000Ğ800,000 Roma & Sinti ("Gypsies")
# 200,000Ğ300,000 people with disabilities
# 80,000Ğ200,000 Freemasons 
# 100,000 communists
# 10,000Ğ25,000 homosexual men
# 2,500-5,000 Jehovah's Witnesses
22 June 2006
Dear Mr. Kreider,
I'm a great admirer of your comic strips, they really make me laugh from time to time and convinced me that there are people living in Murica that hold the flag of liberty high in this dark age. Thanks! After viewing your newest comic strip I realised that Dubya cited Hitler in a speech without anyone noticing except me and perhaps a few other critics. He said "If you're not for us you're against us!" in a speech declaring the war on terrorism. Hitler said the same, but I don't know in which speech.(I read it on a panel in Berlin in the Memorial Center for the German resistance.) There is also a uncanny similarity between the motto of the Marine Corps (Semper Fidelis=Always true) and the Motto of the SS (Meine Ehre hei§t Treue= My honour is being true). Perhaps you can use this in your art.
Best regards, Martin B.
22 June 2006
You'll likely never read this comment, but I would like to correct you on your artist's statement for the current comic, "The N-Word" of 06/21/06. In the comment, you discuss the importance of being familiar with History but reiterate the common misconception that Hitler killed more people than Stalin or Mao. In actual fact, Stalin's Purges killed in excess of 20 million people between 1929 and 1933, averaging at 5 million deaths per year. Similarly, Mao's Great Leap Forward is said to have caused the deaths of at least 30 million between the years of 1959 and 1962--an unbelievable average of 10 million per year. 6 million Jews slaughtered in five years? Tragic, yes, but not as unique or as astronomical as most people seem to think.
23 June 2006
To start off Id like to say I love your comics man and this newest one is great. Loved that valentine day thing with the guy screaming at.... something I love alot of your comics and while i think your the best damn cartoonist ive seen(mostly because I don't have to pay to see your comics. Post more comics please man) oh yeah man the letters page thing like the change got to say man if you read this nice. And one more drooling at the mouth fan statement I love the Scientist revolt one. Check out the band Personal Apocalypse No idea how to spell the damn name not in the band work for them sort of, they suck anyway sort of no singer. and that the end of my gibberish.
23 June 2006
As ever, you're operating on a level of thought and artistic skill that no other cartoonist in the country can match. You're right that this week's cartoon is an uphill fight towards funny, but you reach it with Cheney's tightly-controlled "Do not do that George" in the final panel. The thing that really sets you apart from other cartoonists, to my mind, is your use of lettering to evoke precisely the rhythm and tone necessary to take a line from merely amusing to sudden-terrifying-peals-of-laughter funny. The example I always cite, when pointing this out ad nauseam to my friends, is the last panel of "After All The Oil Runs Out"; the Zeppelin Commander bit.
I'm curious; you frequently cite not having a job in the strip, and I can't imagine that the shamefully few papers that run The Pain are exactly a huge revenue stream. How exactly is it you buy beer? Either way, next time you're in Portland, I'll buy you a couple. I owe you that much just for the number of your cartoons I've cited in online discussions, saving me an average of a thousand words apiece.
24 June 2006
Greetings Ms. Hautpanz:
I am anxious that your job must be boring if my letters give entertainment. When that is true then I am cheerful to provide some holiday.
The cartoon this week is not quite funny but accurate. President Bush and his group made a large campaign to fool the world. In Dutch we have a word, plunderbund. In English it means something as a group who fools people to get more.
24 June 2006
I simply love this week's comic...it's so very sharp witted! And I can totally understand Tim's comment for I felt the same when I heard about the massacre in Iraq. Even though or maybe actually because I'm not American this rage that is visible in all of his comics really gets me. Best wishes from the other side of the planet,
28 June 2006
I enjoyed your 'Iraq Policy' cartoon, which you may not know beautifully illustrates a point recently made by a world famous psychoanalyst.
In his article 'What Rumsfeld Doesn't Know That He Knows about Abu Ghraib' (21 May 2004), Slavoj Zizek wrote the following on the Abu Graib atrocities:
"To anyone acquainted with the reality of the American way of life, the photos brought to mind the obscene underside of U.S. popular culture - say, the initiatory rituals of torture and humiliation one has to undergo to be accepted into a closed community. Similar photos appear at regular intervals in the U.S. press after some scandal explodes at an Army base or high school campus, when such rituals went overboard. Far too often we are treated to images of soldiers and students forced to assume humiliating poses, perform debasing gestures and suffer sadistic punishments."
Yep - the jocks are already in Iraq, reproducing their national culture of sadistic abuse. Zizek needed encyclopaedic knowledge of human motivation and years of study of Lacan to reach the same insight that you nailed in a single cartoon.
28 June 2006
Dear Mr Kreider,
My name is Cortney A_______, I am from a small town in Michigan, and I.....I think I love you. If only there were intelligent, attractive men such as yourself here in my sleepy little town. *sigh......at least I have your books to keep me company.
29 June 2006
I cant spell to save my life but im sure as hell not going to get drafted either damn bastard lets raise the age for the draft and send in the old guys first to find out where the their shooting from before the guys that are NOT halfway to death go in. Fricken Bastard. Love your comics still but your a bastard. If there's a draft they should take at least one family member from each politician and their the first in. And women should be drafted too bastard. I get drafted any time in the future ill track you down yell at you then run for the nearest border. Seriously that's the best inequality chicks have going for them equality but not for the draft. Hell half the chicks I know are homicidal and sneaky as hell perfect for the army sorry im rambling.
YOUR A BASTARD
a bum that could get drafted if there is one.
30 June 2006
Hi Ms. Phelatia Czochula-Hautpanz,
I've contacted you before and you know what you must rock hard core because I actually got a response from Tim because of you. I've got an idea for a comic, or rather, a request.
Phelatia, I don't know if you are aware of the site www.bushflash.com or not, but it is an incredible site. I've been frequenting it since 2003 and he has stood for truth and justice and against bullshit of all forms for some time now against fascist dick-wads for destroying our planet. just like Tim!
Unfortunately, he just posted the other day that he is going to close down his site in 30 days and some of us are trying to get him to stay open, or just simply to thank him for all the work he's done over the years and to say that we support him no matter what.
Would you ask Tim to do a tribute comic for Eric Blumrich?
Are you familiar with his videos? Have you seen his blog?
He's a lot like Tim.
I mean, if Tim is struggling for ideas for a comic. He's like a brother in animation. He deserves a creative tribute.
It's just an idea. But Eric Blumrich has done a lot for this community, and so has Tim. His site is like a political cartoon without the cartoon.
Thanks for your attention.
30 June 2006
Tim said: "What's with that eyeliner, anyway? Is it just that most of them are from Texas, where women don't know any better than to keep slathering on the tacky middle-school slut makeup well into late middle age?"
As a lifelong Texas resident (talk about besieged) the answer is: yes.
Keep up the good work. Your comics make me laugh.