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August 5th, 2007
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Shortpacked!: Whatever, she was, like, a slut anyway.

I had eyed Top Shelf's booth at Comic-Con frequently for The Incredible Change-Bots by Jeffrey Brown, but I kept missing Jeffrey Brown himself, preventing me from getting that coveted personal hello. But amazingly, one of Top Shelf's reps came to the BLC booth and hand-delivered me a copy. Hot damn! (They know who I am? Yikes!)

One way or another, I had to get this book, and I'm glad I did. It's hilarious. The Incredible Change-Bots follows the planet-shattering war of the Awesomebots and their dastardly foes the Fantasticons. Yes, that's right, it's a Transformers send-up. What tickles me is how expertly it's done. The absurdities of the conceits of the Transformers franchise are put up on the mocking block, but lovingly so. Howard Tayler, a man who knows absolutely nothing about Transformers, flipped through it, and even he said it was great. It's a seriously charming little book.

I implore you to buy it. You gotta.

Speaking of Howard, he's put up the art I drew for him while sitting in our booths that weekend. That was seriously a lot of screwing he had to do. Like, a buttload of screwing. You have no idea.

Remember that comic I got Sergeant Slaughter to sign? Well, a man who identifies himself as Chris, the Mysterious Stranger, who was in front of me in the autograph line, out of the blue sent me a photograph he took of us while the haps were happening! Man, this Mysterious dude is great, and he made my day.

Sergeant Slaughter photographs a lot older than he seems in person. Hrgh.

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From:internetjesus
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
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You're lucky Slaughter didn't put you in the Cobra Clutch.
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From:internetjesus
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
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Oh, and I'll be forever amused with that picture showing nothing but Sarge's chin.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
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Last Monday Sgt. Slaughter had that punk Randy Orton in the Cobra Clutch then let him out when Randy held the rope. Randy came back to kick the Sarge in the head and sent him to the hospital. As enjoyable as the whole "Legend Killer" plot is, it hurts to see the Sarge treated that way. Send in some BATs for him to tear apart with his bear hands...
From:b_rian
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
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To be fair, she was only Robin for a couple months, and actually died as her original hero-persona, The Spoiler.

To be unfair and just a rabid fanboy, it was a waste of a character with some genuine potential.
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From:shortpacked
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
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But the other dead Robin's been alive and a villain for like a year and HIS memorial's still around! Something is up, for seriously!
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From:oberongeiger
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
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Tim Drake DID give her a memorial case with her costume... beneath Titans Tower.

Batman didn't do jack shit for her in the Batcave, though. I guess the message here is that Tim liked her and misses, whereas Bruce thought she was a piece of shit and is glad she's dead? Of course, Bruce still memorializes his NOW-EVIL, NOT-DEAD second protege so something is up. WAY UP.

I'm still pissed that they killed her off. I really liked the Spoiler character. And even DC has spent the last few years acting embarassed about how badly that storyline fucked up Leslie Thompkins' character arc. Anyway, I always liked Spoiler way more than, say, the modern Huntress. Although at least Huntress was cool on JLU.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)

Actually...

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Tim did jack. Slade Wilson set that Spoiler case up in the Titans East tower to mess with Tim's head.

So the number of real Steph memorials is still 0.

David, thanks for making this toon. As a big Stephanie Brown fan, I really appreciate it.
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From:ufo_ranch
Date:August 6th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
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I feel like KISSING you for this comic. You don't know how many times this argument comes up.

Wait until Amber finds out that Steph not only died slowly and painfully, tortured to death with a power drill, but a figure of Black Mask holding a power drill was made! Steph herself has NEVER had a figure in any form!

HERE'S THE TORTURE SCENE FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN IT HAVE FUN
http://community.livejournal.com/scans_daily/3465732.html#cutid1

(And don't even MENTION what's happened to the latest Batgirl, who was inseperable Steph's best friend ;_;)
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From:linkara
Date:August 6th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
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After recent SDCC stuff, I am hopeful Grant Morrison and Paul Dini might, at the very least, MENTION Steph in their Batman work, which would be a big step up from the current "Who the heck is that girl in purple?" attitude that seems to be resonating from DC.

In any case, thanks for this, Mr. Willis. ^_^
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From:karenhealey
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
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Mr Willis, you rock exceedingly. Steph's lack of memorial make my stomach clench in disbelief every time I think of it.
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From:skalja
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
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Sir, your awesomeitude knows no bounds. (And Amber's expression in the last panels is hilarious.)
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From:impactbomb
Date:August 6th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
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That is a wonderful strip, Mr. Willis. Just plain wonderful.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)

You better watch it Willis

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If you keep this up Bill Willingham's going to show up and call you a queer (http://www.fabletown.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5902&sid=2443473114631fad46007effc2c15681#5902).
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From:labellementeuse
Date:August 6th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
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This is shiny & you are awesome.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
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This comic is the best. There's collumn written about Spoiler/Robin's death and what it (possibly) says about mainstream comics in general, at girl-wonder.org/robin
I think it sums up rather nicely what's been said here.
~ mindbase21
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From:doolingiguana
Date:August 6th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
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I read the preview pages for The Incredible Change-Bots from the site Dave linked to, and while some of the pages seemed to contain parts that vaguely resemble jokes (although most of them didn't) none of it was the least bit funny. Did they pick the six worst pages in the entire comic to use as a preview or does it just suck that much?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)

You're welcome my friend

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You're quite welcome for the picture my friend. I was just standing there looking stupid anyway and had my camera out so I thought "what the f$#%?" and took the picture. After you mentioned Sarge signing the art I had to see if the picture came out, it did so I sent it along. Glad you enjoy it mate and thanks again for the Rock 'n' Roll sketch! I'm thinking I may have you do a special commission piece of my fave Joes now that I know you can pull it off.

Oh and Sarge has his head down cuz even behind his shades that bright f#@$ing orange shirt was blinding him. Seriously dude, I could spot you from halfway across the exhibit floor and at SDCC that's saying something. hee hee hee
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From:katarik
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
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I've been reading Shortpacked for a while and, as a rule, find it hysterically funny.

This time it made me cheer. Go, Amber, I am totally with you here! And I want to hug Ethan.

(I heard a rumor that Morrison would push for Steph to get her Case. *crosses fingers*)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
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I am just amazed, cause it's not like we Steph fans are going rabid and demanding a resurrection. We all hate the fact that she died and the way that she died, yet all we are asking for is a damn memorial in the the Batcave and that she be remembered along with frikkin' Jason Todd--who, as David pointed out, is alive and KILLING PEOPLE and still gets a memorial! UGH!. And yet we're being not only denied, but mocked my the DC higher ups. I'm glad at least a couple are fighting for it, though.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)

Class 101

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Yeah, insinuating that what Spoiler really needs is a comic creators kid to die is really classless.

Way to take a real-world tragedy and drag it through the mud for the sake of snarky geek humor. Hell, Superman's death doesn't mean zilch in comparison to real-world events and tragedies, let alone a D-list comic character only known to a few thousand people anyway.

And since DC won't come right out and say it, someone should: They know you love Spoiler. They think you're just like every other fan of a D-list character they've killed off - you won't let go, and it's almost creepy. But they just don't care, and probably never will.

And it ain't 2003 anymore. In other words...DC isn't returning your calls because they're hoping you get the clue that this is over real soon. That is all.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Class 101

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I hate HEAT as much as the next guy, but... what the hell are you even referring to? Willis (or anyone else who responded here) didn't say anything even vaguely similar to what you're whining about.
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From:espanolbot
Date:August 6th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Awesome strip today! :D It does seem sad that the apparent reason why the editorial decided to get rid of the ENTIRE female cast in the Bat Family comics (Steph, Cass Cain (my favorite character), Barbara Gordon, Huntress, Dr Leslie etc.) is that they wanted to return the book to it's original "Boy's Club" attitude of the cast being just Batman, Tim Drake, Commissioner Gordon etc.

Essentially, Steph was killed to get Tim Drake (Robin) something to angst over (which he isn't doing anyway, and is currently having a relationship with the current Wonder Girl (another blonde) while also attempting to date a girl called Zoanne in his own series, which is kind of weird as both Teen Titans and Robin have the same writer at the moment), while Cass had her series ended in order to girl Robin a Fu Manchu/sex kitten/Elektra Complex-ridden supervillian in an heavy handed attempt to give him a character that wanted to copy the Talia al Ghul/ Bruce Wayne relationship.
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