June 4 - It seems like all I do here in the WOMP-Blog is talk about either how little time I have to post anything or how someone well-known has passed away. Tonight, I am sorry to say that both are true. Even as NASCAR was running a rain-delayed Monday race from Dover, Delaware, one of the biggest forces in the history of the sport, Bill France, Jr., passed away right about the time that the National Anthem was being performed. France, son of NASCAR founder Bill, Sr., was the force behind the modern expansion of the sport. During his nearly thirty years at the helm, he steered the rough and tumble world of greasy engine jockeys and gearheads into the slick, multi-colored, zillion dollar industry that it has become. An imposing figure, he ruled his birthright with a combination of fire, steel, and foresighted thoughtfulness. He could even intimidate The Intimidator (Dale Earnhardt, in case you didn't know). But he wasn't a man without depth. Much like legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, he had an uncanny knack of knowing how to get the best out of everyone he knew, whether by coercion, threat, promise, payment, friendship, pity, or whatever he thought would work. Once, taking a cue from his father, he convinced a wishy-washy potential business partner into joining the growing stable of NASCAR sponsors by slipping the man his business card, upon the back of which he'd written; "On the plains of hesitation lie the bleached bones of millions, who, when within the grasp of victory, sat and waited - and waiting, died." Needless to say, the man acquiesced and became part of what is often appropriately called "The NASCAR Family." Now, that family has lost a son, a father, a grandfather. Put simply, without Bill France, Jr., there would be no NASCAR outside of obscure vintage motor magazines and yellowing newspaper clippings from ages ago. Now, I have to go. On a lighter note, here's your Pantsless Comic Book Character of The Day - Venom!
June 3 - So, why "pantsless?" What did I hope to achieve this month with a subject like that? I don't know. It just came to me, and now I'm stuck with it. And I'm already wondering whether I can break my own "rules," as set forth on the 1st. For example, no-one seems to perceive Donald Duck as being pantsless because his feathers act as built-in boxer shorts. This goes for Huey, Dewey, Louie, Uncle Scrooge McDuck and...wait a minute...Gyro Gearloose wears pants. So ducks don't need pants...but chickens do? Then how do you explain Clara Cluck? Hmm. Sometimes, pantslessness appears to be even more inherent to the species of a character, as with Chewbacca and tonight's featured character. These characters interact with enpanted folks with nary a mention about their, um...unmentionables. Still, they are pantsless, no matter how you look at it. And what of characters who have no specific need for pants? There are sexless robots, amorphous blobs, living toys (that sounds familiar), and even abstract beings. They need pants like I need a gigantic cowboy hat...although I bought a gigantic cowboy hat anyway. SO, now, just a couple of days in, I am amending my "rules." From now on, for purposes of this weak concept, "pantsless" will mean exactly that; pantsless. Of course, we are all pantsless at some point, so the rule about "characters who regularly spend a good portion of their days sans-pants" is still in effect. Actually, now that I've been talking about it for a bit, I am starting to warm to my capricious decision. Why not "pantsless?" If I ever hope to delve into subjects which are seldom broached, then I have to look into things which most people haven't. So I'm going to look into pants! Er...maybe I should rephrase that. I will find some way this month to redeem my interest in pantslessness. Hmm. Still no good. How about I just get out of this by posting your Pantsless Comic Book Character of The Day - Gorilla Grodd!
June 2 - What up? I don't have a whole lot to write about tonight. In fact, I'm fairly "written out," since I've spent ten hours catching up on my e-correspondence. Whew! I like getting e-messages (thank you), but I have a hard time responding to everyone in a timely manner. This time, I had some e-notes that were sent to me nearly a month ago. OOPS...sorry. At least I have finally gotten to them. Now I'm just...phlaaaah....deflated. I guess I'll just post your regularly scheduled Pantsless Comic Book Character of The Day - Eve!
June 1 - Hey there! Well, the changes are here...or most of them, at least. In the new banner above, you may see that there are now two buttons for WOMP-Blog Archives. The "11/07 to 4/07" tab goes to the old page that you may have seen before. The other button directs you to the LiVEJOURNAL version of The WOMP-Blog, which now contains just May's postings (in fact, you may want to check out the last few if you haven't yet...I wrapped up Star Wars Comic Book Month with a fun little feature). For now (and possibly for some time to come), this will act as my "archives" until I learn more about how to use all of the new features. I'm still working on it. For example, I don't know how to get the Livejournal WOMP-Blog into search engines (no place to load up the metatags). If worse comes to worse, I'll just keep this current configuration. It works. Speaking of working, I have a whole pile of stuff to get back to (nothing fun...all house stuff), so I will just quickly reveal this month's "...Of The Day" theme; Pantsless Comic Book Characters! Yes, I said "Pantsless!" Whenever I've had a serious discussion with another comics-type person about my main character, Monkey, the conversation has invariably included a question about whether or not he is wearing pants or a suit of some sort. I try, in vain, to explain that Monkey is intended to stand outside of those types of concerns, aligning somewhere between characters Winnie The Pooh and Superman. Still, I always have to defend Monkey's pantslessness. In doing so, I often list similarly pantsless characters who have already set the example that I have followed. After reviewing Craig Thompson's Star Wars Tales story about Ewoks last month, I decided to use this month to post that list for everyone (plus, it should be some good, silly fun). Like all of these kinds of lists, I have set some rules. First, these characters must all operate in a reality where their contemporaries do wear pants. For example, while Tom and Jerry are pantsless, they are animal characters in a world of humans, and humans see them as pets, not peers. Also, the duration of pantslessness need not be constant. I also include any characters who regularly spend a good portion of their days sans-pants. Lastly, "pants" includes anything which specifically and purposely protects and completely conceals a character's...um...shame. Slacks, jeans, shorts, panties, trunks, longjohns, unitards, jumpsuits, unstable molecules, undies; whatever the form, as long as it covers...uh...the right stuff, it's pants. Got it? OK, then here is your first Pantsless Comic Book Character of The Day - Donald Duck!