Michael thorton

Michael Thorton Free

Just a struggling and depressed writer of 27 and a major fan of Kafka, Kojima, and Kubrick, with a portion of my heart remaining forever lost to Japan...and twelve years and counting to live before I die of complications due to Asperger's syndrome.

Comics I Follow

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World of Wonder

By Laurie Triefeldt
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Bloom County

By Berkeley Breathed


By Berkeley Breathed
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Bloom County 2018

By Berkeley Breathed
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By Jef Mallett
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Rudy Park

By Darrin Bell and Theron Heir
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Working Daze

By John Zakour and Scott Roberts
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9 Chickweed Lane

By Brooke McEldowney
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9 Chickweed Lane Classics

By Brooke McEldowney
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By Greg Evans
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The Meaning of Lila

By John Forgetta and L.A. Rose
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By Olivia Jaimes
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Grand Avenue

By Mike Thompson
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By Robb Armstrong
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Just Say Uncle

By Dan Pavelich
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Ali's House

By Marguerite Dabaie and Tom Hart
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F Minus

By Tony Carrillo
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Zen Pencils

By Gavin Aung Than
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Dragon Girl

By Jeff Weigel
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The Last Mechanical Monster

By Brian Fies
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Shutterbug Follies

By Jason Little
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Little Fried Chicken and Sushi

By Khalid Birdsong
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Cheap Thrills Cuisine

By Bill Lombardo & Thach Bui
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Kitchen Capers

By David Banks
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By Brooke McEldowney
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By Jim Davis
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U.S. Acres

By Jim Davis
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Phoebe and Her Unicorn

By Dana Simpson
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Ripley's Believe It or Not

By John Graziano
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Dick Tracy

By Joe Staton and Mike Curtis
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The Academia Waltz

By Berkeley Breathed
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Rip Haywire

By Dan Thompson
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Ink Pen

By Phil Dunlap
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By Dan Thompson
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In Security

By Bea R.
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By Jeff Harris
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Inspector Danger's Crime Quiz

By Werner Wejp-Olsen
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Magic in a Minute

By Mac and Bill King
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By Steve McGarry
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By Steve McGarry
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Lukey McGarry’s TLDR

By Luke McGarry
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Breaking Cat News

By Georgia Dunn
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The Conjurers

By Brian Anderson
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The Martian Confederacy

By Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara
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By Marty Two Bulls Sr.

Recent Comments

  1. 3 days ago on In Security

    I’m guessing right now that Grizzly over there is a distant relation of Tekken’s Kuma Mishima, the family pet/bodyguard of the Mishima family who’s got a lovesick panda bear trailing him while the Chinese schoolgirl who is her owner is helplessly lovesick over the Mishima family’s illegitimate prodigal son?

    (Buy a PlayStation, people. We can’t let Microsoft win.)

  2. 3 days ago on Rip Haywire

    There are worse retirements.

    I mean, look at Priyanka Chopra (Quantico, season 3 premiere)…

  3. 3 days ago on Frazz

    That’s a little unfair: Timberlake can occasionally mature, unless no one’s listened to “Not a Bad Thing” or “Mirror”, in which case, stop kvetching and open your minds.

  4. 7 days ago on Garfield Classics

    What do you get if you cross a cat and a dog?

    Enough Zootopia fan fiction to crash a university cloud.

  5. 17 days ago on Cheap Thrills Cuisine

    Makes for an interesting choice.

    However, if palm vinegar is used, it will either compliment the sweetness of the apple or infuse into the shredded brassica, depending on how young it is when added…

  6. 18 days ago on In Security

    @Brick flag

    Bea herself has said that Hank is Ellie’s secret admirer. Despite the jock appearance, he is still obviously shy.

    If you have followed the strip long enough, you will have seen how he stutters around her while visiting the diner where she works.

    To assume he is gay because of his shyness is the behaviour of a nudnik who cannot think for himself and is helplessly following the patterns of an inattentive and arrogant hive mind.

    It is your kind of sociotypical conditioning that drives other people into extreme shyness and dismisses the possibility of genuine emotiveness and sensitivity amongst the present generation.

    There are those who are just not comfortable with socializing while they excel in other areas. Which is what, in subtext, the first four seasons of “Big Bang Theory” were about.

    To call a shy person such a homophobic slur as that is a bullying, inconsiderate, insensitive and dismissive example of institutionalization of the limbic brain.

    Ergo, you think with the wrong head.

    And that is one of the reasons there is widespread misogyny and homophobia in the world.

    Hank’s kawaiiness around Ellie unmasked, coupled with his quietness in the cubicle and his devotion to the sport, make him a reserved if acceptable alternative to a dumpster fire like Roy, or a haphazard equivalent to Sam.

    Shyness around the opposite sex is a real thing. And because predators have been using sensitivity as an act or a long con for so long, women become wary of genuinely gentle guys. The #MeToo movement complicates things further and makes these genuinely gentle guys even more fearful because of social conditioning against them.

    Just because someone is considerate is NO REASON, repeat, NO REASON, to assume they’re gay. They might just be afraid to get hurt.

    Besides, this whole arc has been a saga of mistaken identity. Which is what makes “Twelfth Night” so relevant even today. (If you don’t have time to read the play, Google “Manga Shakespeare” and buy it.)

  7. 19 days ago on Kitchen Capers

    @David B.

    Sounds quite workable, David, except if you marinate the pork for one night in the milk and garlic, the taste works a lot better and then you can use the marinade with the meat and potatoes…

  8. 24 days ago on Nancy

    For some strange reason, I’m reminded of a certain episode of Everybody Loves Raymond…

    But that third panel means Olivia is being under-used at Andrews & MacMeel and should consider throwing her hat in the ring with a good manga writer.

    (HalfCrow is hiring. They’re looking for artists, and have hired one guy to write three webcomics. They just offered to publish a book of my poems. Check them out on www.halfcrow.in)

  9. 24 days ago on Frazz

    Most nudniks (except, apparently, in the EU and Japan) don’t understand what it means to be a teacher. However, I was raised by academics.

    And nobody puts the worth of a teacher better than Taylor Mali.


  10. 24 days ago on Rudy Park

    Which is why I’m off it.

    I only stay to hunt for artists and download the Bloom County revival.