Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

23 Feb 2003, 9:53 a.m.

I Live in Vaudeville

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

  1. I am introduced to a stranger as "a comic."
    "You're a comic? Really?"
    "Yes. Actually, I'm Beetle Bailey."
  2. A stranger points to my tie. "Tie?" he asks.
    "No, I'm Indian."

By the way, Beetle Bailey has been very good lately. Mort Walker gets how technology affects everyday people as well as Foxtrot's Amundsen gets how it affects geeks. I used to think of Beetle Bailey as a present-day Hagar the Horrible as far as actual humor goes, but it's getting meta and reference-y and everything.

I saw a collection of German-language Hagar the Horrible yesterday (more on my excursion later). Maybe it's funnier in German. Oh, and the comics page could really consolidate Wizard of Id, Hagar the Horrible, and Prince Valiant into one strip, don't you think? Or at least feature non-canonical crossover storylines.

In For Better or For Worse, a small-business owner is being robbed. I feel as though I should report this to someone, but then again, the crime is taking place in Canada, out of my jurisdiction.