Category Archives: Apologies and Apologia

Apologies for Mutilating Penny Arcade

Today’s post contains a single, (poorly) edited panel from Penny Arcade. (Original available here.)

Fair warning…this is the sort of thing you may see come up again, so if you want to white knight PA, I’m horribly, horribly sorry. I’m a huge PA fan, and sometimes when I’m writing, I just get reminded of one of their comics, and realize that with a tweak or two, it will express exactly what I want to express better than I ever could through mere words. Additionally, my art is somewhat on the level of Tycho’s, as seen here, though not QUITE as good. If seeing this makes you unhappy because you dislike Penny Arcade…go stuff yourself. PA’s awesome.

So, Mr. Krahulik and Mr. Holkins, I deeply, deeply apologize. Again, I love Penny Arcade. The wife and I hope to someday attend PAX, as well as the silent auction (getting to go to a super classy event, yet have it be entirely nerd-culture centric is like a joy-gasm for us,) and I can’t count how many night’s we’ve laid in bed, with her playing on the laptop or reading something, and I’ll flip through one of my PA collections and repeatedly break out laughing, which drives her nuts, because then she has to stop what she’s doing so I can show her just what’s so damn funny, or else she’ll go crazy with curiosity.

Please don’t sue me.

Apologies for my header image

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This image is very obviously an amalgamation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s often-hilarious, but ALWAYS well written South Park, (Specifically, Season 6, Episode 14, titled “The Death Camp of Tolerance,” but frequently thought of as “The Lemmiwinks Episode!”) and Magic.

I used this image because it really just conveys EXACTLY the feel I wanted when I combined card images with it. The look of horror on the boys faces as they produce our cardboard icons of nerddom is delicious to me. The three longer-running boys have their images assigned randomly. Cartman got a card back, because I thought SOMEONE should…Kyle has JtMS, because it’s iconic, and Stan got Nicol Bolas, Plainswalker for similar reasons.

Butters, however has some thought put into his. Butters has Emrakul…the biggest, and baddest of the Eldrazi. I know Cartman is the one who’s teamed up with an Elder God, but seriously, if you watch South Park much at all, you KNOW that Butters is one fucked up little mofo, and is even more so for being so superficially normal. Who BETTER than him to produce an Cthulhu-esque monstrosity from the depths of his ravaged psyche?

So, my apologies to Trey and Matt for abusing their work like this, and thanks for the show. It’s the best social commentary on TV…and I belong to SEVERAL groups that they’ve had a laugh at. They’re always fair about it…except for when it comes to Scientologists. Fuck Scientology.

Apologies and Apologia

All definitions are from Mirriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary

Apology:2: an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret <a public apology>

Apologia: : a defense especially of one’s opinions, position, or actions

I am not an artist.

Like, AT ALL.

This page is intended to apologize to those whose works I appropriate, and for lack of a better term…deface to use for my own purposes. The apology part is in case anyone ever actually reads this blog, and brings it to their attention, so the original creators know that I’m using their work as a kind of homage, and that I would not use it if I did not so enjoy the original. Also, I want to use this space to give credit where credit is due…I’m not planning on blindly appropriating anyone’s works. The original creators have the right to have people directed to their original works from my crappy derivatives.

The apologia is my justification, and is rooted in my apology. I’m using these works because they, when edited in some cases, just so PERFECTLY communicate my point. The original creators have expressed my feelings better than I ever could.

I will be adding a new post for each instance where I use someone else’s work. Dear original authors, if you have a problem with me using derivations of your work, please just send me an email, and I will TAKE IT DOWN, delete it from my hard drive, and burn my computer. I’ll even kick my cats if it’ll make you happy. Please, don’t get lawyers involved or send a cease and desist. Just send a polite email, and I’ll happily take it down. Hell, even if you aren’t polite, I’ll take it down. I won’t be happy, but I’ll take it down.

And finally, to those who ARE original, and can create art that I cannot, I thank you for sharing your gifts (DAWWWWWW!) Anyway, enough of that sappy crap.

-Dane