Goats II: The Corndog Imperative -- transcendently weird comic keeps on giving

Goats The Corndog Imperative is the second collection of the transcendently silly webcomic Goats, a surreal car-crash of a comic that reads like a raunchy Douglas Adams as filtered through a couple thousand Slashdot posts.

In volume two, our heroes, Jon and Phillip, two greyscale geeks from the Manhattan 3 dimension continue to suffer for the sin of killing God, turning him into a porkchop and eating him, then replacing him with Woody Allen bearing a laptop that he doesn't know how to work. First they spend an eternity in a transdimensional bar, then they are separately kidnapped by interdimensional cults who expect them to reprogram the fabric of reality to correct the Mayan 2012 date bug.

Dimension-hopping and epic, Goats veers between obscene jokes, thought-provoking philosophical rumination on the nature of reality, geek humor, and super-violent action sequences. Reading these pages, one can only conclude that Jonathan Rosenberg's browser history must be a thing of beauty to behold.

Rosenberg continues to walk the razor-edged line between silly and dumb, and does not slip onto the dumb side. Goats is recommended reading for those who believe that the universe is configurable and contingent, for those who laugh at comments in source-code, and for those who are interested in extended "farmer's daughter" jokes that turn, somehow, into jokes about the difficult business of embracing both freedom and heavy armaments.

Goats The Corndog Imperative (The Infinite Pendergast Cycle)

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(Thanks to Jonathan Rosenberg for supplying a review copy of The Corndog Imperative)


  1. Could anyone have done a better review in the same amount of words or less?

    I’m into it already! second or third(at most) I’ve vaguely heard fo this comic, and the first full review. The review was short, sweet and the most efficient use of verbiage I’ve ever read.

  2. a surreal car-crash of a comic that reads like a raunchy Douglas Adams as filtered through a couple thousand Slashdot posts.

    Nice. Even for you, this is a very clever turn of phrase, Cory. :-)

  3. I’m surprised people still read Goats. It slipped completely into incoherent years ago. It reminds me a little of Cerebus, in that it stopped being a comic and became a chronicle of man’s decent into mental illness.

    1. When comics change, people who liked them before sometimes stop, and people who didn’t care about them before sometimes start. I think the popularity Goats has should suggest it didn’t become worse, it became different.

    2. But then it started to make sense again. It did have its slow period when it looked like he was stalling for lack of direction but now it’s pointy like a sharp stick.

  4. I realize it’s 2010 (and therefore should be taken as a joke)… but still. To anyone not in the know: Goatse is a pornographic shock site.

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