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SPECIAL 4 2006

23 September 2006

Special 4 is made by my very own girlfriend Mon and it's a really nice little strip. The Beatnik is dreaming in this kaleidoscopic whirlwind of children's book colours. But children's books usually don't have menacing clown armies and freaky constrictor lipfish in them of course, which in this case helps emphasize the dark and disturbing nightmare that Mon weaves so eloquently through all her work. This entry ends the Specials of this year quite superbly and is setting a new standard for future ones to live up to, next summer!

I do not envy women. Barring a small number of unlucky exceptions, they will never experience the sheer pleasure of the feel of cold steel against your cheek that men will do frequently, if they're any bit cool. I'm talking about shaving, that's right. Of course you could opt for an electric razor, but honestly, why would you want to do that? If you're in a hurry or particularly lazy you might consider going for it, but for me, there's nothing better than foaming up the lower half of your face (excepting any awesome beard growth you should like to keep) and then shaving it smooth. It's a total phantom sensation obviously, but I sometimes even feel dangerous when putting blade to skin. Though returning to lamenting the better sex' deprivation of this experience, I guess they feel the same when they're processing their legs and whatnot.

Enough about shaving. This Wednesday will see the start of Year Three of Captain August and by gum, is it going to be something special. I'm not saying nuthin', so just sit back and watch it happen. I'm not promising that it'll be good either, because you know me and my knack for experimentation. If it all blows up in our collective faces, I take full responsibility.

Then again, Eisner award: here I come.

He said without the merest hint of irony.

I'm joking. It's going to suck. See you on the flipside.

He said knowing full well he wasn't an African American from the 'burbs.

Though maybe I am.

Roderick.