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Hello all and welcome to my most excellent web page! My goal in adding this page to the WTS is to entertain my fellow toasters, and maybe even a small segment of the rest of the Web. I'll endeavor to add something new every week, so keep checking in, or look for any announcements about my pages in The Wunderland Weekly News.

My offerings will fall into two categories: First, original works; artwork, music, photos, or writing that I'm collecting here for self-publication on a scale unimaginable a few years ago. Hopefully, the world's collective yawn won't totally blow me over, but I think you'll enjoy it if you've gotten this far. Second, Stuff I Found On The Web, brought back and held up to the light for your enjoyment. There's a whole underground world of music publication on the Web through a device called "MIDI", and I have a link page or two of my favorites for you to cruise. Also, in commenting on an issue or interest of mine, I'll write some essays filled with links for you to read.

Go directly to the corners of my electronic world by using the navigation bar appearing at the top of this page, or jump down below this section to find out what I've added this week. I'll also be experimenting with time, allowing you to scroll through previous weeks' versions of my pages where appropriate.

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Number12's Web Comics Picks
11 Will Die

This week's comic review

Just found this one this week! I'm so excited that once again the awesome comic of the week I was going to recommend this week has been bumped back. First off, what a great name! Secondly, what a great setup for a story (although are those dice I hear rolling in the background?). Then I find out that the author has set it up as a great writing experiment, where who will die next is being fed to him by a panel of friends, and he writes it from there. Lastly, darn nice drawin'. Points off for not setting up the archive with serial links that allow us to read it like a book.

Ginsu Code Choppin'

Hola, folks, thanks for stopping by. I've been working on the site for a while, and it's a little bit better. I put back the photo archive and fixed a lot of broken links on my comics page, though many are already broken again by the time I write this (grrrrr...). In order to make up my obligations to the many fine readers and authors of my comics of the week, here are the reviews that didn't get printed for the comics of the past few weeks:

The Bad Boys Of Computer Science

The typical autobiographical comic about a college student computer geek and his friends. BBOCC is endeared to me mostly for its art, although its author so freely acknowledges the woodenness of his style as to make a "bench" file for his strip available. Still, I like it, and the author's sense of humor is good for a surprise most of the time. Part of the on-line gaming conspiracy, expect to see jokes about all the current games, although he's also got plenty of original content on the subject so he's not just posing. Published whenever possible, with a nice long archive.

Robot Stories: Real Tales of Retail

Part of the "Diesel Sweeties" robot empire, this comic uses the prism of the mechanical man to tell alternately transcendently metaphorical or depressingly true-life stories of the retail grind. It's ingeniously coded to look like it's been drawn on the back of a paper bag when the boss isn't looking (and in the early stages, was updated infrequently enough to believe it). Although it's really well drawn, I'm a fan of "Robot Stories" for the writing. So far it hasn't lost its originality in the first few strips, so I get the impression that Neil will be able to milk that crappy job for ideas for a long while.


This cartoonist should have no trouble getting the URL... Found this by accident just this week, I think it's pretty funny. It's another example of the ubiquity and creativity of gaming culture on the Net, sort of a "SunShine Daze" meets "Wendy the On-line comic". I enjoy the great art on this one, the fact that the artist is not afraid to draw the hands Real Big to fit all four fingers on, Nichole's guest strips, and the way that the characters are all so free-swearing.

Untitled Again

It's hard to believe that I've only found one link to this comic so far! Obviously the work of an art student similar to the main character, this comic revisits the old story of the artist whose works become real. This comic stands out for the modern and realistic development of the events which unfold, the art, and the occasional equally satisfying forays into the characters themselves. The characters (and apparently the author too) are young and horny, so the story has already gotten to the point where they attempt to create a female roommate. So far I've found this story line a little misogynistic, but it's only comedy after all, and it seems to be getting more tolerable again. Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Check out the other comics in the mini-network, "The Four Toonfellers", of which Untitled Again is a part.

Life's So Rad

Well, I finally got around to recommending one of Corey Marie Kitley's webcomics. She's been publishing for years, a venerable old name on the 'net, but I just couldn't get into the art until recently. Something about the pencil shading, and those eyes. The current story has pulled me in, however. It features Corey and her boyfriend and their friends and their band, and is pretty polished looking. Web comics based on the author and friends are not so unusual, but this one is such a blurring of web comic and web journal that it's almost frightening. However, at the moment it's also one of the few that deals with happy characters, so it's kind of a lift to read.


This month's darling of the Internet, Peep may seem at first like a throwaway effort, nothing more than a whimsical doodle, possibly one of those saccharine awful things. But it's not, fortunately; it's more like a parody of all that. Often, the words are in the form of a poem, which is one of the great things about this comic, but instead of the usual uplifting lesson there's a surprise ending, as in the first one. Sometimes it starts out weird and stays that way, as in "hooker peep". Hopefully the author, Nichole Stabile, will be able to continue not taking this comic seriously for a while.

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f1.7, Charles Dickson's Photo Essays

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The Lisa Joy Adulation Page
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