Saturday, February 14, 2009


Big Bertha's base is an adjustable fan. When you turn her on her hair blows straight up out of the cylindrical cranium

In case you're wondering how I'm spending my time these days since cartoons have been eliminated from all publishing everywhere and the Republicans gutted Obama's stimulus-pak of any welfare provisions for cartoonists, well, I try to keep busy... We had a big-ass robot party at our house for a bunch of six-year-olds and Oscar who was turning seven.

Parents: How to throw a killer robot party: Do a craft project where you make robots with foam swimming pool noodles, nuts, bolts, garage junk, and hot glue guns. I participated! I also used cardboard boxes, light bulbs, silver wrapping paper, buttons, jar lids, paper tubes, plain Christmas ornaments, and more garage junk. Tip: get the low-temperature glue guns so that nobody gets hurt.

I also recommend the balloons used for making balloon animals. They come with a little pump and even though you won't be able to figure out how to bend them into any recognizable shapes, it's fun to try and, for some reason, it mesmerizes kids for close to an hour. My wife led a robot dance party but that didn't go over too well, as the kids sat nervously on the sidelines like at a prom, except for two of them who stood listlessly in the middle of the dance floor just so they could win the prize.

This robot is looking around nervously

I like this one because you can see its inner-workings through the window in its chest

This one looks cute but really it's evil and will kill you without a second artificially-intelligent thought

If one of these comes after you, crush its sensors with a brick and run away

Also, if you happen to be in the San Francisco International Airport, they have a robot exhibit up right now in the domestic terminal that is amazing and inspiring, especially if you happen to be planning a robot party.

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Blogger Brian O'Connell said...

Please put in a good word for me in the coming robotocracy.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Jed Alexander said...

Some general comments about recent posts:

I love the description by that blogger of comics as "a get rich quick scheme". That actually made me laugh out loud.

These robots rock. This does much to improve what I'm sure is your already high rating on the scale of Dadness.

The whole Pulitzer for cartooning as it relates to journalism seems like a lame and misplaced idea, but that's not exactly any great insight. The singular precedent of Maus just complicates the issue and further confuses the public about what comics are, though not quite as much as the term, "graphic novel".

Also: how come there are so many republicans, but so few legitimately funny conservative cartoonists? The only one I know of is Mark Martin, but his stuff is very rarely political, and he's not exactly your typical conservative.

I love that your kid wanted to have a haircut like Obama and what this might bode for the future of America's youth.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Jed Alexander said...

Also, please continue to link blog posts as they develop on Facebook as I will be more likely to read them.

6:29 AM  

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