Below is the latest The Pain -- When Will It End?
This is a sequel to a cartoon that
ran years ago, which probably no one reading this remembers. (The original
"Superheroes Nobody Wants to See in
a Crisis" included the [O]Possum, the Lurking Fear, Superego, and The
Big Log.) All the superheroes depicted here are based on friends of mine,
though I hope they're universal enough to be funny. The Inaudible Girl is
Allison, my girlfriend. She's very soft-spoken, and once got yelled at in
a bar called Bar for not speaking up. She has not returned there since. Helmet
Boy has been my nickname among a select group of people who were present on
an occasion many years ago when I wore a motorcycle helmet and the crowd amused
themselves all evening by whacking me repeatedly in the head as hard as they
could with a broom handle. The Bold Intruder is my friend Jim, who fills in
as cartoonist for me each year (See 2/25/01 in the archives) and appears in
many of my drawings. He became the Bold Intruder one long, drunken weekend
in Fell's Point when he was dressed exactly as depicted here and made dramatic
entrances in a a number of establishments where he did not belong. (My superhero
name that weekend was "Mister Fancy," and I wore a dickey on my
head.) The Eliminator is Boyd White, who appeared most recently in the cartoon
"Faith vs. Works," and whose flatulence is the stuff of tall tales.
I hurriedly finished up this old cartoon and ran it because last weekend was
my annual 4th of July party, a legendary and riotous affair that requires
quite a lot of preparation. This year everything went more or less well--no
serious injuries, and the premises are not utterly trashed--except that I
mistakenly drank absinthe. I do not recommend it. Anyway, what with all the
festivities and the brief psychosis, there was no time to draw anything new.
I promise fresh pain next week.