Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Off Into the Sunset

Born Loser 06-30-09
I don't like this Brutus that is all full of advice and life. I miss the old Brutus who got constantly yelled at by Veeblefester, Gladys and Mother Gargle. The Brutus that inadvertently lost his money to people like Hurricane Hattie and Wastrel Gravesite. I miss the Brutus of a couple weeks ago.

However, the Metroparks Rocky River Reservation is a real place unlike the Centerville River so it's good to know that Chip has stopped making up places in Ohio.

One More Hour (Roughly)

You have probably less than one hour to vote. Better hurry.

A comic strip post will be up later this evening and hopefully Point of Beginning #196 will be posted either today or tomorrow.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Clock Is Ticking!

There is less than 24 hours to vote on which Story Series will NOT return in September. So if you want your voice to be heard, I suggest you read all the Story Series (links to which can be found here) and vote on which two you hate the most.

A Lot of Boot to the Head, That's What

Born Loser 06-29-09
Why is this news? Were the neighbors on that lot people the Thornapples didn't like? Why is she even telling Brutus this? They wouldn't have enough money to buy the lot. Also, is it a lot or does it have a house on it? Or is this just some moronic, roundabout way to to tell a bad joke?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Clever Baseball Joke?

Born Loser 06-28-09
There's Hattie just wandering through the Thornapple house again.

I thought this was very clever. I'm proud of Hattie for hoisting Brutus' by his own petard.

No "bad joke" tag for this comic today.

Billy Mays 1958-2009


Why, oh why do awesome people keep dying?

Billy Mays, popular spokesman for such products as OxiClean, OrangeGlo and that crappy insurance has died. His wife found him unresponsive in their home, the cause of death, at this time, is unclear.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Golf In the Summer. Yeah, That Sounds Like Fun

Born Loser 06-27-09
I was wondering who Brutus was talking to in the first panel. I didn't see Wilberforce there. Bringing your kid golfing with you. Yeah, that's what kids want to do...play golf.

So the most important rule of driving a golf cart is don't go on the greens? Not "don't hit other people" or "don't take the cart off course"? No. "Don't tear up our precious greens or we'll have to raise user fees."

POtW: Winter School

Built in 1870, the Winter School (named for M.S. Winter who donated the land) continues to overlook the Farmer's Turnpike and Interstate 70. Formally known as District 70, this one-room schoolhouse taught children from 1870 until 1946. The district was disorganized in 1949 and the property was distributed among Pleasant Valley No. 14, Lecompton No. 36 and Yarnold No. 40.

Efforts were made to preserve the school and the surrounding grounds but eventually vandals and decay took over and the school now stands alone near the county road. A large bell in the school's belfry was destroyed when unknown people attempted to steal it.
Winter School

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Born Loser: Still In Low-Def

Born Loser 06-26-09
I agree. I mean even I wouldn't look at a picture of myself in high-def. The close-up we have of Brutus' face in the second panel is bad enough.

Also, what's up with his ear? What's that rectangle coming out of Brutus' head?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson 1958-2009


It's been a sad week. Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and now Michael Jackson. Jackson apparently suffered from cardiac arrest and was taken to a Los Angeles hospital. Despite what you think about Michael Jackson, he was, in his prime, a wonderful entertainer. He will be missed.

Farrah Fawcett 1947-2009


Farrah Fawcett, one of the stars of the TV show "Charlie's Angels", has passed away at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. You can read an obit here.


The iconic swimsuit poster from the 1970s during Fawcett's time on "Charlie's Angels".

Tappity?

Born Loser 06-25-09
Brutus' computer has become a sentient being and since it doesn't have legs to join the revolution, it will resort to insults.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Business As Usual

Born Loser 06-24-09
Brutus is usually seen as Veeblefester's second-in-command so inventory conducting seems a bit beneath him. Of course Brutus did sit in the chair that makes you look a head shorter...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I Agree

Born Loser 06-23-09
Brutus gets woken up by his wife. Isn't that cute?

These are not flattering positions for Brutus and that bed, which Brutus and his ogre of a wife share, is too small for both of them to sleep in.

#195: The First Novel

I first wanted to be an author sometime in the late 1980s, early 1990s. It wasn't until second grade, roughly 1991-1992 that I knew I wanted to be a writer and write I did. In about 1993, I began writing what I wanted to be my first novel. A comedic science-fiction story kind of like the British television series Red Dwarf. I read and skimmed through the Red Dwarf book, Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers to prepare to write it. I even got my best friend at the time, who was a bigger Dwarf fan than me, to help out. In 1993, Space Dork was born.


For several years after that I had planned for Space Dork to be my first novel. I figured it was a story that would pull readers from several genres. Unfortunately, I learned that I am not good at really writing science fiction stories. I've written very few since I figured this out. As I wrote more, I figured that Space Dork wasn't going to be my first novel and soon Harter Union became my first novel. I kept Space Dork in my mind but sadly, it was to never be a novel.

I then planned for it to be an entry in a collection of short stories I want to publish after my last book. I began writing it and got to the end of Book Four before stopping and working on something. It's still only a third of the way finished. So, since Space Dork is still turning into a novel, I decided to publish my novella length stories separately. These would include Space Dork, Suicidial Tendencies, The Kings of Framingham and one other story that has yet to be written.

Then I started this blog with the hopes of posting some of my writings and when I started the Story Series, I made the decision to rewrite Space Dork and turn it into a Story Series. I couldn't get it rewritten. I skimmed through multiple sci-fi books but couldn't get the juices flowing. So I gave it and Space Dork became the first casualty of the 2008-2009 Story Series season after only one entry.

But, the story lives on. I still have the first four books written down and am now typing them and posting them. Book One is finished now and can be read here. Let me know what you think. I'm hoping to get a book a week posted and even finish it. Last I remember from the outline I wrote, it had twenty books and an epilogue story. I'm hoping it'll be finished by the end of the summer but I have couple wicked-busy weekends coming but I'll do what I can.

I do want to thank Alex Wickersham, the aforementioned friend who helped me with this back in 1993. While our original concept is no longer there, I still haven't forgotten who helped me with the preliminary draft.

Until next time, I remain...
~Brian

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday Thank Yous

A quick thank you to all our Wonderful sponsors. Don't forget that you can join the Tauy Creek Facebook page or maybe you'd want to donate--all proceeds go to the upkeep and maintenance of the site.

There's about seven days left to vote so I urge you and all your friends to read the Story Series and vote on which two should not return. An easy link to all the Story Series can be found in this entry.

Their Lawn Looks Dead

Born Loser 06-22-09
Who cares if yesterday was the summer solstice? Especially since it's now after the fact. And what the hell is Gladys doing? I assume she's gardening but what is she holding in her right hand?

Is she going to use Wilberforce as fertilizer?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day Catch Up

Happy Father's Day to me.

And I guess to every other father out there.

Except you bad fathers. You know who you are!

Born Loser 06-19-09
Who's Wilberforce spending the night with? Hattie? HAWT!! Hattie doesn't have pillows Wilberforce can borrow? That seems weird. I've spent the night at very few places but never had to bring my own pillow. That just seems really complicated.

Also, is this strip written correctly? I know that Gladys is implying that all Brutus does is watch TV and bowl (forgetting he also eats a lot, golfs and watches losing baseball teams) but for some reason it seems badly written.

Born Loser 06-20-09
Ew, fishing. Obviously I'm not a fan but I have been three or four times. Caught nothing.

I tried to look up the Centerville River (as seen in this strip) and couldn't find it. I even with the City of Centerville's website and they have nothing about a river. Anyway, I find hard to believe Brutus and Wilberforce actually caught the fish. They probably just picked up dead ones along the shore. Brutus is a born loser after all.

Born Loser 06-21-09
"'Oh, dear'"? Veeblefester is the President and CEO of a tea cozy manufacturer who has yet to ask for or recieve a bailout in these troubling economic times. His company has managed to practically wipe all other tea cozy manufacturers off the map and despite just making tea cozies, his company has managed to produce more pollution that every energy company combined and he says "Oh, dear"?

AAAAUUUGGGHHHHH!!!!

Mud House Mansion

Located at 4730 Mud House Road in Lancaster, Ohio, the Mudhouse Mansion has stood vacant since 1892. The house has held up well despite this. Legend has it (and you know good stories always start out that way) that a government official used to own the house and owned slaves (which at the time were illegal plus this was a northern state). Apparently he mistreated the slaves and one of the them finally had enough and tried to escape. When he did, he went into the house and killed the entire family. Since all the slaves were now free, no one was ever charged for the crime. The house remained empty for years until 1892 when a family of five moved in. They moved in, neighbors saw them move in and then they saw nothing. Finally, someone called the police to investigate and discovered all five family members hanging from the ceiling on the second floor. The house has been empty ever since.

Since I've never seen this place firsthand or even really know much about it, I'll let the professional people over at Forgotten Ohio tell you about it.
To reach Mudhouse Mansion you should take Route 22 east out of Lancaster to Lake Road. Go left on Lake Road, which winds around for about a mile, and then turn left onto Mudhouse Road. You'll be able to see the place off to the right if the corn is low and it's daytime. Otherwise you'll have to find the gated-off driveway. When I visited Mudhouse the first time I went down the driveway and parked near the house, but there's no way anyone can do that now; due to its increased popularity among local explorers, the driveway is heavily gated and plastered with bright warning signs from the Sheriff's Department. You used to be able to park behind the also-abandoned white house next to the driveway, but that burned down recently, so you'll have to be more creative than that. Be aware that if you leave your car anywhere, you'll probably regret it.

If you believe the local tales, you can take your pick. One legend tells of a government official who lived there after the Civil War and still kept slaves (in the North, even), locking them in one of the outbuildings at night. One night the slave dug his way out, entered the house, and slaughtered the entire family. Some say a more modern family was massacred there; their ghosts haunt the house. Others say it's home to the original "Bloody Mary," the ghost lady who's supposed to appear in your mirror if you say her name three or five or ten or a hundred times. Some kids in Lancaster grew up calling it the House of Mary. According to traditional American folklore, Bloody Mary's childred were killed, either by her husband or by her, and she's pissed about it. This one is tough to believe, since Bloody Mary is known all over the world, and it's pretty much a given that she never existed in the first place, much less in Fairfield County, Ohio. Then again, it's all just folklore, so you can believe just about anything you want to about Mudhouse.

So, please, check out this site and if you want, go check out the actual house if you are in the area. I don't condone trespassing or vandalism but looking at the house from a public road is definately all right. And if you have any further stories or pictures of the Mudhouse Mansion, send them in and I may post them if they're really good.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

POtW: Franklin County Infirmary

The Franklin County Infirmary. Let's call it what it is: The Franklin County Poor Farm. Built in 1911, this nice building was used to house sick, ill and destitute people. This building is located at 17th and Elm in the south end of Ottawa and this building replaced the old Poor Farm on Nevada Terrace (just south of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center) which was closed in 1896, the infirmary was kept open and moved to Ottawa. This building was neglected for many years after closing but is now a private residence.



As a special treat, here are the remains of the original Poor Farm located near Marshall Road and Nevada Terrace. The first picture is of the old outbuildings, usually the main building where the patients stayed were torn down because of the stigma attached to Poor Farms. The second picture is of the last standing pillar marking the entrance to the Poor Farm.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bram Stoker's Veeblefester

New Born Loser 06-18-09
Veeblefester the Vampire sniffed at the blood that sloshed around in the glass. He took a sip of the elixir of life and a smile came across his face. Suddenly he started laughing. A bellowing laugh that echoed through the castle. Down below the townspeople heard the laughter of their evil overlord and shivered with terror. The Thornapple man was the latest victim...who would be next?

Born Loser 06-18-09

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I Can Play Wii Golf

Born Loser 06-17-09
I have a theory about why comic strip creators choose golf as the sport of choice. Yes, originally it was because their authors played golf so they could milk golf stories for all their worth and while I do believe Chip plays golf, I think golf stays as the sport of choice because it's easier to draw. You don't have to draw your character in shorts or a helmet or skating on ice or with a tennis racket. All you really need to draw is a golf club. It's also a sport that you can play alone so you can have a three panel soliloquy from your main character.

I also think they choose golf to feel superior to their readers because I have no idea what today's strips means.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Shaking Fist of Justice

Born Loser 06-16-09
I'm not savvy on business rules and such anymore so I'm assuming all businesses do the two weeks equals ten days thing. I've never worked for a company that did that, they always gave you a certain number of hours that roughly equaled a week and a half. Does something seem different about the outlines of Brutus and Veeblefester? It seems strange for some reason.

Also, it's my mom's birthday today. I won't post her age but it's 26 years older than me.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Overkill Killer

Born Loser 06-15-09
Wilberforce doesn't strike me as the kind of boy that gets that dirty. Maybe it's from Hurricane Hattie's love juices or the blood from Wilberforce's serial killer duties. He not only cuts off your fingers, he also takes your teeth so you can't be identified.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Born Loser 06-14-09
Sports announcers do not talk like that. And, FYI Chip? Reading copyright information for a sports program is not a public service announcement. It's usually included in the station ID.

I hated playing baseball in gym class. I could never really hit the ball and when I did, it didn't go very far. In high school, we spent a week playing baseball and I was on a team that I didn't really like (last chosen and all that). It was my turn to bat and before I even got the ball pitched to me, my teammates (some of the douchebaggiest kids in high school) began making fun of me. I was standing on base like an idiot, I'm going to get an out, blah-blah-blah. They just kept harrassing me and I had enough of it so after the second strike I walked over to where they were standing behind the backstop and slammed the bat into it, narrowly missing their fingers. I then finally hit the ball and got on second base before someone got the third out and ruined our chance of scoring.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Don't Like a Late Post? Start Your Own Blog

Born Loser 06-13-09
Ha! Mother-in-law jokes never get old.

Oh, wait. Yes, they do.

Do comic strip writers realize it's now the 21st Century and not the mid-1950s?

A quick thank you to our Wonderful sponsors; don't forget to vote on the Story Series (info can be found here). Have a good weekend everyone.

POtW; Robert Miller House

I'm going to try to get more pictures of houses and buildings up because there are some amazing architecture in and around Lawrence. Here, we have the Robert Miller house located in Lawrence near 19th & Haskell. The house was built in 1858-9 and was the location of one of the Underground Railroad sites in the county. On the morning of August 21, 1863, William Quantrill and his men rode past this house on their way to Lawrence. The house is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.

Robert Miller House Pictures, Images and Photos

Friday, June 12, 2009

Marriage Is Sad Today

Born Loser 06-12-09
This strip is really sad. This guy and his wife argue all the time and they have an opportunity to get out while the can but they want kids. Typically selfish parents who put themselves before their children. I think I know the losers in this sad story and unfortunately they were born....

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Come On Down to Higbees

Born Loser 06-11-09
Well the solution to this conundrum is Brutus needs to give Gladys more money. And since Brutus is too much of a chicken shit to ask Veeblefester for a raise and not budge until he gets it, Brutus will have to resort to robbing a bank but unfortunately the bank he chooses is one that hasn't received it's bailout money yet. After failing to rob the bank Brutus goes to sit in a Starbucks where he contracts the swine flu.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

#194: Don't You Have a Husband to Bother?

Three times. An ex-girlfriend of mine (the one who actually reached in through my ribcage and ripped my heart out and showed it to me before I died) has contacted me three times through Yahoo! Messenger. Now, it's not actual "contact" contact but she keeps buzzing me. I've now ignored her three times and wonder if she'll try to get ahold of me again.

The fact she's buzzing me is very strange. I originally thought she just hit the wrong person but then that just made me wonder why the hell she even has my name still in her Yahoo! account after almost two years. I got rid of her almost immediately. It would be nice to get my screenplay back though.

Yeah, stupid here loaned her his screenplay so she could read it and give me feedback. I was supposed to get it back in August of 2007 when she came back to Kansas but we got into a fight and she returned to Massachusetts. I then got a MySpace message (yes, we're in high school again) saying that blah-blah she'll never talk to me again blah-blah she's getting married blah-blah she'll give me my screenplay as soon as she can it's packed away. That was November of 2007. Or was it December?

Now, under normal circumstances I probably wouldn't care because it would all be in my head and I can just rewrite it which I could but it would not be as good as what was in that notebook. That screenplay was amazing and I think it had potential to be sent to movie studios (not to toot my own horn). I wish that if she is going to talk to me through Yahoo! she'd ask for my address so she could mail me my script. I kind of want it back. I didn't give it to her to keep. If she wants something to remember me by, I have other things I could give her that don't mean as much to me.

The screenplay is about four friends. Two of them work at a convenience store. One friend is dealing with his girlfriend possibly cheating on him while the other is just coasting through life. The other two are grappling with their future (one has never had a girlfriend and the other is just a stupid idiot). Half the movie is spent in the store talking about their problems and coming up with solutions while the other half is spent on a ghost-hunt. The four friends go to an abandoned cemetery with an abandoned church and house nearby to explore and search for the ghost of the caretaker which is supposed to be haunting the area. While the four don't really find anything that scream ghosts, they get closer and become able to deal with their problems and move forward in their lives.

I've been looking for a way for this story shoved in something else I write and I think I know where I want it to go but I still want my screenplay back.

Until next time, I remain...
~Brian

You'd Think Veeblefester Could Afford Bottled Water

Born Loser 06-10-09
I was gonna say "what diet?" but it hasn't started and already Brutus is ready to slit his wrists. But honestly, I'd be the same way if I was on a diet not ordered by a doctor. I'd complain...and I'd also eat what I want anyway. My shame died years ago.

Delayed

A post will be up sometime this evening plus POB#194. In the meantime, you should vote and get your friends to vote too. ------------------------->

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Only Lame Comic Strip Characters Still Read the Newspaper

Born Loser 06-09-09
Is the ad for a thin housekeeper or is it talking about light housework? I don't see why Brutus looks so embarrassed or why Gladys looks so angry, it's a simple mistake and those classified ads are really small.

I got a newspaper ad for you: Wanted: Joke for this comic strip.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Will Born Loser Still Be Around in 2025?

Born Loser 06-08-09
I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate so I don't care how good for your health it is, I'm not gonna eat it. There are just certain things I would refuse to do for the sake of my health. I could probably force myself to eat dark chocolate but I would refuse a spinal tap. I don't care if doing it would grant me the power of flight, no one is sticking a needle into my spine. Or my face--that's how I makes my monies.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Doesn't Hattie Have Friends...Or Family?

Born Loser 06-07-09
Huh? Queen me?

I don't know if I should be disturbed by the amount of time Hattie spends with Brutus or if I should smile at the notion that Brutus is giving Hattie the father figure she more than likely desperately needs. I wanna see Hattie's parents, I bet it'd be interesting.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Gladys Is a Big Fat Pig

Born Loser 06-06-09
I know the main joke here is that Gladys is a pig but "larger half"? Are they ordering a pie for dessert? Most desserts at a restaurant are brownies or cookies topped with ice cream. Usually they are small enough for one person to eat on their own but big enough to where you can share. In Gladys' defense she did say she "couldn't eat a whole one" she never said "I'll take a smaller portion."

POtW: Richland Ruins and 23rd & Iowa

You get a two-fer since I missed last week. The first picture is the ruins of an old house that used to be a part of Richland, Kansas. Richland was a small town in southeastern Shawnee County. Richland survived floods and fire only to be demolished for the construction of Clinton Lake a few miles to the east. Richland got a bit of fame in 1949 when President Harry Truman appointed Georgia Neese Clark as the first woman Treasurer of the United States. Except for some street ruins in a nearby field, this house is the last remnant of the town.
Richland House Ruins

The next picture is the busiest intersection in Lawrence, 23rd/Clinton Parkway & Iowa Street. I have picture from the mid-1950s of this same intersection and it's just two gravel roads intersecting. The only thing that has remained the same is the brick schoolhouse on the left side of the picture. It's been standing since about 1925 and is currently owned by the University of Kansas.
23rd & Iowa in Lawrence

Centralia, Pennsylvania

I'm going to use this forum to write about the various abnormalities in the world. First up, the town of Centralia, Pennsylvania had a population of over 1,000 people in 1981. Recent census data puts that number at 9 in 2007. So where did all the people go in just 26 years? In 1854, Alexander Rea moved to the area and began developing roads and lots to sell. The town was known as Centreville until 1865 when the post office rejected the name Centreville as there was already a Centreville, Pennsylvania. Rea decided to rename his town to Centralia. Anthracite coal was the largest employer in the city and mining in the city took place until the 1960s when most of the businesses went out of business. In 1868, town founder Alexander Rae was murdered by the secret order of Molly Maguires who were very active in the area. While coal was be produced, Centralia always had a population in excess of 2,000.

In 1948, United Airlines Flight #624 crashed in the area killing all 4 crew members and all 39 passengers on board. This crash would be the worst plane crash pre-1950 and rescue efforts were based out of Centralia. Sometime in the early 1960s, a mine fire broke out in a nearby coal pit. There are two theories as to how the mine fire began. One is that during a yearly clean-up, firefighters did not extinguish a controlled fire set at a landfill and the burning ash seeped into the mine; another is that trashmen dumped hot ash or coal from coal burners into the pit and the city, who was supposed to cover each layer with fire-resistant concrete, fell behind in this duty. Some think the fire had always been there, it just grew.

The fires continued burning through the sixties and into the 1970s when in 1979, the citizens realized how big the problem was when the area under the streets of Centralia were revealed to be 172 degrees. In 1981, a sinkhole suddenly opened up in a backyard that a child fell into. In 1984, Congress spent $42 million for relocation efforts, most people taking the money and moving to other communities. In 1992, Pennsylvania declared eminent domain on the town and comdemned all of the buildings in the town. In 2002, the United States Post Office revoked Centralia's ZIP code.

Today, most buildings in Centralia have been demolished but it still has a small population. The fire is still burning underneath the town and the town now just looks like a field with paved roads criss-crossing it. The four cemeteries are well-kept despite one being completely surrounded by the mine fire. There are no plans to extinguish it and it's estimated that there's enough coal under the town to burn for 250 years.

A time capsule, buried in 1966, is expected to be opened in 2016.

Got a weird, mysterious or just plain strange story you want to see featured? Let me know and I will attempt to research it.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Time To Vote

Well, all the Story Series are done and it's time to vote for which Story Series will NOT be returning in the fall. If you haven't read all the entries then go back and do that then vote for your two least favorites.

Secret Identity (12 entries)= Andrew Warren has superpowers but he doesn't use them to their full potential. He's constantly at odds with his friend Jessica Murrow to become the hero Centropolis needs but Andy's too busy dealing with work and other issues. Meanwhile, other heroes arrive in Centropolis including Visor, created by Centropolis Mayor Cal Nolan and Magic Man, a young boy who can turn into a man with powers and magical abilities.

Landsman (5 entries)= Matthew Landsman has just inadvertently learned that the Earth is really flat and now he and his family are torn by three factions neither one clear on if they want to stop Landsman or help him.

Joe & Querty (5 entries)= After his father dies, Joe Shamus brings out an old friend in the form of Querty, a sarcastic sock puppet. While Joe's friends and family fear for his sanity, it turns out that Querty is actually good for Joe.

Seven (7 entries)= Set roughly at the turn of the 20th Century, Seven and his friend leave their quaint town of Cassoday to follow a blind man named Cassius to Shmand Valley but first must find the seven signs that point them in the right direction.

Space Dork had only one entry before it went on hiatus but it will be back later this month to finish off it's run and Delaware Affections will begin in early July for a three-episode run so these are left off of the voting list.

As for what could be happening next season for these stories if they return: Visor will become the premiere hero of Centropolis after saving the planet from Reign and Andy will meet a hero from the 1940s who'll teach him what it means to be a hero; Landsman will witness a terrorist act and will then also be on the run from the U.S. Government; Joe & Querty will change direction a little bit to be a bit more character driven as an old high school peer returns and Joe and his friends make a new friend in Jodie plus Nicki encounters more typical high school problems; Seven and Cassius begin traveling north away from where they are supposed to be going and Nicholas and Tara get comfortable in Indianola.

So please read and reread these stories and let me know what you think and please vote so I know which stories to actually start writing out.

Any questions or suggestions just leave a comment or email me: tauycreek at gmail DOT com.

One Year of Tauy Creek Super Mega Post

2 Cows and a Chicken 06-05-09
After my grandparents died, I began thinking of all the weird stuff I would leave behind if I died suddenly. I don't know who I'd be more embarrassed for: me or the people who have to go through that stuff.

Adam@Home 06-05-09
Why is that cashier guy wearing a robe? Shouldn't he be in a nice suit and tie?

Bad Reporter 06-05-09
Ignore the Susan Boyle crap and focus on the lower left corner where Michael Bay steals J.D. Salinger's creation. "Who owns the copyright?" Even though Salinger is 90 years old, he still owns the copyright to the novel and all characters because he's still alive to renew the copyright. People should really brush up on copyright law.

Bizarro 06-05-09
Nothing to comment here, this comic just made me chuckle.

Cul-De-Sac 06-05-09
"Insane with glee" is an awesome phrase. I, too, think the rabbit needs to tone down his enthusiasm.

Girls & Sports 06-05-09
"Come on, one last roll in the hay before we go our separate ways?" That's a prerequisite of mine when a girlfriend breaks up with me. They break up with me, the least they can do is say good-bye.

Garfield Minus Garfield 06-05-09
Paws, Inc. has stolen someone else's idea and made it less funny.

Get Fuzzy 06-05-09
I hate those "psychics" that do that cold-reading crap. Luckily I know very few people so it wouldn't work on me.

Grand Avenue 06-05-09
I don't understand the joke in this strip. She was voted most likely to be famous which she likens to being a woman CEO for a Fortune 500 company while her father thinks it's to make him look like Sisyphus. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is some sort of money joke but that's meeting the comic more than halfway.

Heathcliff 06-05-09
The last time I saw a newspaper headline larger than the newspaper name was September 12, 2001. I find it hard to believe that Heathcliff is worse or as bad as 9/11. This newspaper needs to get it's priorities straight.

Mallard Fillmore 06-05-09
For the last week or so, Mallard Fillmore has been celebrating it's 15th anniversary because unlike Alley Oop no one else will. My question is does Bruce Tinsley really look like that bald man or is that Bruce's alter ego?

Nancy 06-05-09
Considering Nancy was around during the Truman presidency and the release of "Yellow Submarine" you'd think she'd know they are seperated by at least twenty years.

Pearls Before Swine 06-05-09
Pig should try the Ukraine to get a free wifey.

Secret Asian Man 06-05-09
I'd totally do that. Send Billy Mays to yell/sell to people who have a hangover. Say what you will about Billy but he's pretty cool.

Shoecabbage 06-05-09
What the eff?

Spider-Man 06-05-09
"But why does he look like Ignaz Moscheles?"

The City 06-05-09
I have a shed/playhouse/doghouse thing in my backyard. Maybe I could sign up for this program and get some extra money. The thing in my backyard can't be any smaller than the cells at Gitmo.

Wee Pals 06-05-09
What manmade lake can possibly be famous? With the possible exception of Lake Mead, manmade lakes are made specifically for water production or flood control and are not created to "be famous".

Zack Hill 06-05-09
Why is Zack scared in the last panel. Is that the goth/vampire girl's pool and he's scared that she's gonna suck his blood or is that a pool they had in the backyard? If it were me, I'd go with the goth girl and just risk having my blood sucked.

Born Loser 06-05-09
Remember Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott? Unfortunately I do. Why are nine-year-olds learning about the Judicial system? Isn't that more of a junior high subject.