June 10th, 2007

The Zombie

Pantsless? WOMP? What the...?

June 9 -  You know what?  I've been posting to this crazy WOMP-Blog "daily" for three and a half years, have discussed everything from life to death, and have tried to give you, dear reader, insight into my cartooning "career," warts and all.  Not always "A" material, I suppose, but I have provided Top Ten lists, original stories, book and comics reviews, anecdotes, and attempts at philosophy, history, entertainment, insight, argument, poetry, and all sorts of weird features.  Yes, I've done all of that and more over the course of about twelve-hundred individual entries, but nothing - nothing - ever caused as much of a stir as has Pantsless Comic Book Character Month.  Since first going "pantsless"...er, let me rephrase that.  Since I posted the name of the first pantsless character on my list just a little over a week ago, I have received sixteen e-mails on the subject, more than just about all other WOMP-Blog topics combined (or, at least it seems that way).  Also, I've noticed a measurable "bump" in readership (the hit counter above is, by the way, not very accurate...it measures about two-thirds of actual hits, the rest being tallied through my hosting site's tracking programs).  All because of pantslessness.  Who knew?  Well, The WOMP Staff did.  She correctly predicted that I'd get such a response from my discussions of pantslessness because, and I'm paraphrasing here, "It's about the only thing that you comic book nuts haven't analyzed to death yet."  Hmm.  Too true to argue with, isn't it?  Still, this sudden, virtually unexpected attention has revealed more than just the pantsless.  It has also made me realize that, in writing these entries, I have slipped deeply into familiarity, perhaps allowing too many "inside" references with little explanation of them for newcomers.  For example, who is The WOMP Staff?  For that matter, what the heck is a WOMP?  And, when it comes right down to it, why would anybody even care?  Well, I can see that I have to clear some things up for nascent WOMPlings, so, tomorrow I'm going to post a WOMP Primer (and I may slightly tweak the title bar above...again).  Now, though, I'm at the end of a very long day (almost two days, now that I think of it), so I think I'll just wrap this up with your latest Pantsless Comic Book Character of The Day - Doctor Manhattan!