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Joyce and Walky!: You're in trouble now!

I am reluctantly providing context for yesterday's strip. I think it's much funnier without any external knowledge, as this crazy non sequitur. On the other hand, I'd be giving up the chance to discuss Cap'n Crunch lore. So.

While at SPX, an extremely generous fan gave me a box of old Marvel Transformers comics (in excellent condition) that he'd been saving up for me. Well, hot damn. I've read the stories a million times, but it also gave me a chance to read through the page advertisements. Meatloaf, Mad Balls, Gumby and Pokey whoring themselves for Dum-Dums, Lazer Tag, House 2... these shards of pop culture form the backdrop of my childhood comic book reading.

What caught my eye this time, leafing through the issues, was Spider-Man/Cap'n Crunch crossover. The Cap'n was missing, and his ol' buddy Spider-Man has to go find him! He was suspected to be in one of four places, one of which was, uh, the Milky Way. I'm pretty damn sure those other three locations were also in the Milky Way, but let's not think too hard about it. The point is, one ad started out with a panel showing an edition of the Daily Bugle, chronicling the drippy threat of the Cap'n's eternal foes, the Soggies. In a starburst hovering over the paper, it was declared "SOGGIES MAY RULE!" (This site thankfully has already scanned it for me, saving me the trouble.)

I thought that was the most hilarious declaration ever. Soggies MAY rule? Man, have some balls, guys. Swing one way or the other. I dunno. It just sounded awkward. Vaguely newspaper-sounding, speculative, afraid of sounding too definitive... despite being in a narration box. I loved it. I was obsessed.

I started drawing on comic book backing boards, first the art of the Sogmaster seen to the left, and later the sketchy strip concept seen to the right. It had to be a strip. I had to use that phrase. No context. Just the phrase.

So I did. And then I blew it the next day by explaining it.

Way to go.

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From:danihana
Date:October 20th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
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Aw man, after Ger and I finish watching Bubba Ho-tep, (we just finished watching Care Bears And the Land Without Feelings because I HAD to get the 25th Anniversary Care Bear) he needs to get his old TF comics out.
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From:danihana
Date:October 20th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)

My mind is in the gutter

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I took another glance at the drawing of The Sogmaster you did. I see what looks to be something phallic coming from just about the middle of the picture and down below The Sogmaster, in his sog. It looks to be rising up from the soggy mass.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
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The funny thing is I haven't thought about the soggies in FOREVER and last night I stay up late and "Drawn Together" (which I don't usually watch) features the Soggies as prominent villians AND you post this. Wierd synergy (The concept, not the computer from Jem). Maybe the Soggies are staging a comeback? Indeed the Soggies MAY yet rule.
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From:blake_reitz
Date:October 20th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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House 2 is possibly the best movie...ever?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)

I am Batman!

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Did anyone catch this week's Supernatural "I am Batman" scene? I immediately thought of you, Walky!
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From:dvandom
Date:October 20th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
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I had a Sogmaster cheap little toy premium I carried around as a good luck charm at debate and forensics events in high school. :)
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From:lbd_nytetrayn
Date:October 20th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
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See, you didn't ruin it for me, because I knew EXACTLY what you were talking about. The Soggies were my favorite Cap'n Crunch campaign ever, from the big robot guy (it may be my favorite, but time hasn't been so kind to my memories as to remember the name) and his minions, and the funky Guppy boat that I think turned into a big robot...

If anything, this post makes me feel confident that we should ask for MORE.

Also, if it suits your purposes, there were mini-figurines in Cap'n Crunch and its contemporaries of the Cap'n and the Soggies, including the robot one, I think. Y'know, in case you ever wanted to pose them with a Spider-man figure.

--LBD "Nytetrayn"
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From:lbd_nytetrayn
Date:October 20th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
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What the hell, decided to see what I could find.

eBay auction with a bunch of Cap'ns and that robo-guy.

This isn't the figures, but it's a new one on me.

Guess it'd be remiss of me to neglect to mention this. You can see the other two figures down near the bottom, they were also used in a boardgame on the box.

Almost unrelated, in an image search I found this.

--LBD "Nytetrayn"
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From:nick_101
Date:October 20th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
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Ah, that explains everything. :)
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From:thandrak
Date:October 20th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
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That was what needed context?

...

uh.

I dunno, I remembered it.
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From:repowers
Date:October 20th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)

BUT WHO'S GONNA HELP ME?!

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Yeah, but Special Olympians are the real heroes, Walky.

I'm gonna give 'em everything I've got.
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From:dismalsportfan
Date:October 20th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
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Wow, I remember the Find the Cap'n contest. I dug it because you had to use "special decoder glasses" to read the clues on the box. They still weren't as cool as the Trix Hypnotized Sunglasses that I got several years later, at a point where I should no longer have been enjoying Trix.
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From:foibos
Date:October 20th, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)
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Soggies MAY rule?

Do you really expect soggies to be decisive and firm?
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From:tcampbell1000
Date:October 20th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
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Aw, it's not that wishy-washy. Sure, it leaves a little room for doubt, but so does "CAN THE WORLD OPPOSE THE DEADLIEST OF FOES." I think the way SHORTPACKED handles it is more correct-- foreboding! Duck and cover! What's ridiculous about the statement isn't the conditional verb, it's the noun.
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From:dhaos
Date:October 20th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Don't feel bad, Dave. One day, far in the future, or possibly next month, some new reader will be skimming through past strips long after this news post has disappeared into the forgotten ether that is the livejournal archives. And they'll come across that strip for the very first time and, not knowing where to find an explanation, or even that one exists, will have absolutely no context whatsoever.

It's a nice thought.
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
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VICTORY!
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From:sabre_justice
Date:October 20th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
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DUMBLEDORE'S GAY!

While we're on that subject, has anyone released any good Harry Potter figures? Just curious, of all the merchandising that gets thrown at us...
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Maggie bought one from the comic book store on Wednesday. I think it's McFarlane? It's not much for moving, but it looks nice.
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From:saddestwookiee
Date:October 20th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
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NECA has a decent line of them. If you get Harry, Hermione, and Ron, you can build a Death Eater dummy (as seen in the Room of Requirement in the OotP film).
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From:thew40
Date:October 20th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh thank God I'm not the only one who remembers the Soggies and their uber-powerful overlord, the Sogmaster! I even remember the comic strip you're describing. Where did the Cap'n end up being, anyway?

I think I had a Sogmaster Christmas Ornament.
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From:dubble
Date:October 20th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
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oh man, I thought I was the only one that remembered the Soggies.

That brightened my whole freaking day. XD
From:joemag
Date:October 20th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
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From:arctures
Date:October 22nd, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Oddly, this reminds me of the time me and a friend of mine drove past a Baptist Church with one of those set-up-the-letters signs in front of it on the side of a highway.

Then we stopped, turned around, parked in front of it, and stared at the sign.

Which simply read: THE DINOSAURS ARE COMING.
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From:orionfury
Date:October 23rd, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
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I actually find it funnier with the context. But it would only be funny when said by Robin (maybe Ethan). It just wouldn't make any sense if it was anyone else.
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From:oberongeiger
Date:October 23rd, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Without context, I just shrugged and shook my head. Now, with context... the strip actually becomes funny.
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