No compromise, even in the face of Lego armageddon

Published On June 5, 2007 | By Joe Gordon | Comics

Kenny spotted this on a German blog, m.arschflugkoerper – the Watchmen characters in Lego. Rorschach does look like he is going a bit Midnight Cowboy, mind you and I notice Doc Manhattan’s famous blue dangly bits are cunningly hidden by the Comedian, but this did give us a giggle this morning.

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If you follow the link from the m.arschflugkoerper blog then you find yourself at Top Shelf’s own blog (sorry, no direct link to the individual post), where there is more Lego-comics crossover fun to be had, this time in the (blocky) form of three of the medium’s top writers, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and Alan Moore. Brilliant. That’s possibly the neatest I’ve ever seen Neil’s hair.
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The Top Shelf gang apparently picked up the idea from FPI’s own Continental Correspondent Wim’s Ephemerist blog, where in a totally unrelated story Wim posts a cartoon strip which may just possibly be the earliest ancestor of the LOLcat fad going round the web right now, with this strip apparently from 1912 by Aloysius “Gorilla” Koford. Koford’s great grandson Ape Lad has posted on it – now I have no idea about the authenticity of all of this and so can’t vouch for it (and suspect it is all a gag), but it is such a cool story I reckon it is worth repeating here, real, gag or whatever:

The strip was entitled “the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats” and featured the exploits of one Meowlin Q. Kitteh (a sort of cat hobo-raconteur) and his young hapless kitten friend, Pip. The strip did not last long due to a run-in my great-grandfather had with none other than William Randolph Hearst. See, the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats was run by one of Heart’s competitors, so “Big Willy” (as Hearst was known in his day) used the bully pulpit of his media empire to hound and mock the efforts of my great-grandfather. Hearst scribes insinuated Aloysius was an actual trained gorilla and purported to have evidence in the form of banana shipping statements. (In reality, my great-grandfather was an expert climber and incredibly hirsute, and had earned the nickname in college.) Pressures continued to mount and Aloysius hung up his pen after only a year of working on the strip. He turned to a life of quiet dignity as a steamer captain and part-time walrus hunter.

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You know, frankly, if that isn’t actually true I don’t care, it’s a great story and a very neat take on the whole LOLcats web craze. Certainly made me smile.

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

One Response to No compromise, even in the face of Lego armageddon

  1. The watch men look a little silly in lego form. However i must admit,it is a pretty cunning idea to hide Doc Manhattan’s blue bits behind the comedian..