Michael thorton

Michael Thorton Free

Just a struggling and depressed writer of 29 and a major fan of Kafka, Kojima, and Kubrick, with a portion of my heart remaining forever lost to Japan...and ten years and counting to live before I die of complications due to Asperger's syndrome.

Comics I Follow

Bloom County

Bloom County

By Berkeley Breathed
Outland

Outland

By Berkeley Breathed
Bloom County 2019

Bloom County 2019

By Berkeley Breathed
Frazz

Frazz

By Jef Mallett
Rudy Park

Rudy Park

By Darrin Bell and Theron Heir
Working Daze

Working Daze

By John Zakour and Scott Roberts
9 Chickweed Lane

9 Chickweed Lane

By Brooke McEldowney
9 Chickweed Lane Classics

9 Chickweed Lane Classics

By Brooke McEldowney
Luann

Luann

By Greg Evans
Luann Againn

Luann Againn

By Greg Evans
The Meaning of Lila

The Meaning of Lila

By John Forgetta and L.A. Rose
Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue

By Mike Thompson
JumpStart

JumpStart

By Robb Armstrong
Just Say Uncle

Just Say Uncle

By Dan Pavelich
Ali's House

Ali's House

By Marguerite Dabaie and Tom Hart
F Minus

F Minus

By Tony Carrillo
Zen Pencils

Zen Pencils

By Gavin Aung Than
Little Fried Chicken and Sushi

Little Fried Chicken and Sushi

By Khalid Birdsong
Cheap Thrills Cuisine

Cheap Thrills Cuisine

By Bill Lombardo & Thach Bui
Kitchen Capers

Kitchen Capers

By David Banks
Pibgorn

Pibgorn

By Brooke McEldowney
Garfield

Garfield

By Jim Davis
Garfield Classics

Garfield Classics

By Jim Davis
U.S. Acres

U.S. Acres

By Jim Davis
Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Phoebe and Her Unicorn

By Dana Simpson
Ripley's Believe It or Not

Ripley's Believe It or Not

By John Graziano
Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy

By Joe Staton and Mike Curtis
The Academia Waltz

The Academia Waltz

By Berkeley Breathed
Rip Haywire

Rip Haywire

By Dan Thompson
Ink Pen

Ink Pen

By Phil Dunlap
Harley

Harley

By Dan Thompson
In Security

In Security

By Bea R.
Wrong Hands

Wrong Hands

By John Atkinson
Shortcuts

Shortcuts

By Jeff Harris
Inspector Danger's Crime Quiz

Inspector Danger's Crime Quiz

By Werner Wejp-Olsen
Magic in a Minute

Magic in a Minute

By Mac and Bill King
Biographic

Biographic

By Steve McGarry
Trivquiz

Trivquiz

By Steve McGarry
Lukey McGarry’s TLDR

Lukey McGarry’s TLDR

By Luke McGarry
Breaking Cat News

Breaking Cat News

By Georgia Dunn
The Conjurers

The Conjurers

By Brian Anderson
Dragon Girl

Dragon Girl

By Jeff Weigel
The Last Mechanical Monster

The Last Mechanical Monster

By Brian Fies
Swan Eaters

Swan Eaters

By Georgia Dunn
The Martian Confederacy

The Martian Confederacy

By Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara
Shutterbug Follies

Shutterbug Follies

By Jason Little
World of Wonder

World of Wonder

By Laurie Triefeldt
Bird and Moon

Bird and Moon

By Rosemary Mosco
M2Bulls

M2Bulls

By Marty Two Bulls Sr.

Recent Comments

  1. 14 days ago on Little Fried Chicken and Sushi

    Somebody please post a link to “Hair Love”…

  2. 18 days ago on In Security

    How come only two people so far see the Mrs. Slocombe allusion?

  3. 18 days ago on Grand Avenue

    You know, two months from now, on this very day (Friday the 13th), sixty-one years ago…

    …a little man from South India reluctantly took a train journey to a tiny little hamlet all the way in Gujarat, to serve out the government job that would pay off his student loans.

    He spent his days groaning away at a clerical desk, never getting the chance to let his MIT-trained engineering skills out to play…

    …until the head of a small milk farmer’s union came to ask him to fix their pasteurizer.

    Eager for some real work, he threw himself into it heart and soul, but eventually metal fatigue got the better of the machine and he told the union that they needed to upgrade. Somehow or other, every milk farmer scrimped together enough money to reach a total of over sixty thousand rupees (comparable to six million dollars today) – which was no mean feat – and they were able to get new machinery.

    The little man was ready to get the hell out of dodge by this time, but the machine hadn’t arrived by the time his long-awaited resignation-acceptance letter had, and so the farmer’s union begged him to stay on for another month or two to help them – they even took up a collection to pay him.

    Two months later, a country that was on the dole took its first steps into becoming one of the biggest milk producers in the world, because the little man and his college buddies made the impossible happen.

    They created milk powder from buffalo milk – a feat the Anglophonic world thought impossible. (Ask the chemists. I’m just a writer.)

    Friday the 13th turned out unusually lucky for an entire nation…

    …thanks to Dr. Verghese Kurien.

  4. about 1 month ago on In Security

    At this point, I think the extended “Hey Diddle Diddle” version given in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” would make more sense to #1.

  5. about 1 month ago on Bloom County

    Actually, in subtext, that happened in the original Max Steel.

  6. 2 months ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    I’m gonna have to ask Dana’s permission to borrow Max’s last line – it’s just the thing to wind up the first act of my new play.

    And continuing the conversation from yesterday:

    @sixam – Any line involving the words “drive the nail in further”, “interracial”, and “colorist’s mistake” tend to raise alarm bells, even in an apparently ambivalent speaker like Averagemoe. (Google “The Red Sea Sharks” and see what I mean.)

    @Averagemoe – Mea culpa for yesterday…but if you’ve followed this strip enough, you’ve probably realised that nudging – rather than pushing – the envelope is kind of Dana’s thing. (Kinda like the Indian spiritual leader Ramana Maharshi. He corrected orthodoxy among Hindus not through fire-and-brimstone preaching but through gentle practice and ecology, like taking the lead in heating yesterday’s leftovers himself rather than just half-heartedly tossing them to beggars, tending the hermitage’s garden himself, and recycling dried rose petals into rice pudding. This way of working change into the everyday gradually caused Hinduism to soften from its discriminatory origins…for the most part.)

    @sixam – Out of the two of us, I’ve actually lived in India. (Still do – I’m working on two graphic novels about the struggle in Kashmir and the aged in Delhi.) The culture of marriage is a thing – a very active thing – that often plays against the feminist movement in India. Indian parents would rather save for their children’s marriages than higher education (especially parents of girls – 69% of Indian families – usually those from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Lucknow – or certain parts of Old Delhi – still believe “anything beyond a Bachelor’s Degree is not respectable for a woman”, while normally families from Kerala, Bengal, or maybe even Orissa – the new census is still a year away – will gladly invest in higher education for children of both sexes and eschew any wedding plans. Of course, weddings are usually simpler and cheaper over there.)

  7. 2 months ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    If she’s a desi (that means from India, for any GOP-ers like Averagemoe up there), then this kind of shipping is all too common – they still haven’t got out of the whole culture of marriage and family.

    (And it’s detrimental. If you were in India it would be way worse. I’d list the rest and ask you to Google them, but this is supposed to be a loving moment.)

  8. 2 months ago on Inspector Danger's Crime Quiz

    Ingenious but messy way to poison…you’d need a latex glove beneath the velvet one to prevent caustic contact.

    (Interestingly, this ties in with the “visha-kanya” or “poison maiden” sect of assassins historically raised in medieval Maharashtra. Fed from toddlerhood on a steady diet of toxin and antitoxin, these babies grew up into lovely young girls with incredibly toxic skin – physical contact or any exchange of bodily fluids with them would be fatal. One was said to have been sent against Chandragupta, the first of the Mauryan emperors, until his wise old advisor Chanakya/Kautilya – author of the famous “Arthashastra” text on statecraft – got wise and turned her against her contractor.)

  9. 2 months ago on Working Daze

    Unfortunately, I am a geek, and I might be Star Wars for life, but I have no objection to Star Trek.

    Can someone enlighten me on the debate?

    (Mainly because I have a fantasy graphic novel in print and am currently writing a sci-fi one, and I want to know what my readers will expect.)

  10. 2 months ago on U.S. Acres

    I feel a Tevye quotation coming on…