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The Girlfriend and I have been working on a webcomic for the past few weeks and now feel ready to make it public. Called Mammoth and Mastodon & Friends, it chronicles the adventures of Mammoth (based on me) and Mastodon (based on her) in Chicago. All the artwork is done by The Girlfriend, and the scripts are mostly based on our conversations. A special highlight is our extended parody of Watchmen, based on a brotherhood of TV neighbors.

If you like it, I encourage you to link to it and otherwise promote it by all appropriate means.

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March 31, 2010 - Posted by | observational humor

24 Comments

  1. The Girlfriend’s identity: Revealed!

    Comment by transportinburma | March 31, 2010

  2. (BTW, the webcomic is being promoted in that tastemaker of tastemakers, my gchat status. Expect Kottke to post about it in an hour.)

    Comment by transportinburma | March 31, 2010

  3. The revelation is consensual, but I decided not to highlight it.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 31, 2010

  4. It occurred to me after the fact that I was highlighting something that was deliberately not highlighted.

    Comment by transportinburma | March 31, 2010

  5. Luckily for you, no one reads this blog.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 31, 2010

  6. I like the spelling.

    Comment by ben | March 31, 2010

  7. You mean the “and” in one location and the ampersand in the other? Because I like that too. It suggests a different order of precedence for the two groupings; Mammoth and Mastodon are a group, and they are jointly grouped with their friends. That is, we have ((Mammoth and Mastodon) and friends). Adorable.

    Comment by transportinburma | March 31, 2010

  8. Knowing Ben, he’s referring to the fact that the spelling in some of the strips is not as rigorously “correct” as it could be. Things happen!

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 31, 2010

  9. 7. The official word on writing credits assigns the opposite order of precedence — an ampersand denotes teamwork, while the word “and” means that another party is glomming on.

    Comment by jms | March 31, 2010

  10. Right, I’m glomming on.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 31, 2010

  11. I like the comic, btw. The art might be too high-quality for a webcomic though.

    Comment by jms | March 31, 2010

  12. From your mouth to the Chicago Reader’s ear!

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 31, 2010

  13. It’s definitely better than the average webcomic.

    Comment by stras | March 31, 2010

  14. I also read the ampersand as having higher precedence than “and”.

    Comment by ben | March 31, 2010

  15. What if I replaced one of them with ‘n’?

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 31, 2010

  16. So Garfield’s friends were just “glomming on”? I suppose that’s about right. Garfield really carried that show, IIRC.

    Comment by transportinburma | March 31, 2010

  17. The ampersand should naturally fall between Mammoth and Mastodon, to indicate that they’re a team – like Laurel & Hardy or Snake ‘n’ Bacon. “And friends” is just sort of like “et cetera” or “et al.”

    Comment by stras | March 31, 2010

  18. I always prefered the US Acres segments.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 31, 2010

  19. crumble me on a carbonara

    Comment by micah | March 31, 2010

  20. It’s better than xkcd.

    Comment by JoB | April 1, 2010

  21. Way to damn with faint praise, JoB.

    Comment by jms | April 1, 2010

  22. How about a spinoff for the duck? Too soon?

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | April 1, 2010

  23. It’s better than Dinosaur Comics, too, but I suppose that could just as easily be met with jms’s response.

    Comment by stras | April 1, 2010

  24. I hereby apologize to Adam for the offence I did not mean.

    Comment by JoB | April 1, 2010


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