June 19 - You know, there is some sort of larger theme running through The WOMP-Blog this month. Yes, even bigger than pantslessness. Just exactly what that theme is has eluded me, so far, but I am starting to feel that there is one. That's another part of The Curse of Being John, I guess; I look for symbolism in everything, hoping to turn that proverbial rock over to find a valuable revelation. How I intend to do that with stories about piles of old photocopies and bare-bottomed comics characters, I have no idea. But I'll try anyway. I'm just crazy that way...and I'm infecting all of you with that craziness! Sorry. For example, poor O.F.O.WOMP Derek J. Anderson got swept up with the drama of yesterday's post (about photocopies), providing this comment via LiveJournal -
I suppose you could scan in all the art -- but oh, the time, the TIME!
Actually, I'm leaning toward an interesting, if expensive, solution. Step One; scan all artwork that hasn't already been scanned (oh, the time, the TIME!). Step Two; gather all photocopies into groupings of, say, twenty to thirty pages. Step Three; draw a "cover." Step Four; with new photocopies of enough "covers," have them "bound" at the local print shop (with that rubbery stuff on the edge, like notepads). Step Five; give them away to kids at conventions and such. The End. There are a couple of problems with this plan (some copies are pretty boring...and I don't have money to spend on something like that), but it's still at the top of the list. Speaking of "the list," another CBGXtra.com reader has chimed in on the subject of my list of pantsless comic book characters. You can read that comment by clicking HERE, but, in a nutshell, Psicelt (aka Matthew Mullins) mentions that only two of Disney's Three Little Pigs were pantsless, as are a lot of Warner animated characters and Fritz The Cat (see June 7th entry). He did, however, provide the first pantsless character NOT already on my "master list;" Jean Grey as seen in Uncanny X-Men #136! Now, as promised, here is today's Pantsless Comic Book Character of The Day - Cerebus!