The True, Top-Secret Story Behind Trump's North Korea Crisis

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH is presented the true, actual, top-secret events behind Trump's North Korea crisis!

Twitter Bots Say They're Sticking with Trump

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH a series of interviews with Twitter bots reveals the reasons behind their steadfast support for President Trump.

House Without Windows: a harrowing online graphic novel about the lives of children in the Central African Republic

My friend and fellow cartoonist Matt Wuerker pointed me to this incredible graphic novel that was just published online. House Without Windows, by cartoonist Didier Kassai and photojournalist Marc Ellison, uses an innovative mixture of cartooning, photos, fumetti, and 360-video to depict the lives of children in the Central African Republic.

It is amazing, accomplished storytelling, but far more importantly, the stories being told, of children subjected to the horrors of chaos in that war-torn nation, are absolutely harrowing and heartbreaking.

The title "House Without Windows" is a reference to the fact that media coverage of the crisis in this forgotten country has been minimal or nonexistent. I hope the tragic stories of these children can help correct that.

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In the Writers' Room, Creating a Scaramucci

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH our universe's writers' room comes up with a new hilariously improbable character based on a historical stock character, a Scaramucci!

Read tons and tons of amazing Golden/Silver age comic books for free

The Comic Book Plus site has an unbelievable trove of over 33,000 Golden Age and Silver Age comics books, scanned and ready to be read in full. Once you get drawn into it, it's like you're a kid sitting on the floor, surrounded by piles of rare and amazing comic books you'd never imagined you'd ever get to read.

I love the Dell comics section, particularly the Four Color series. This is a series that was published several times a month, featuring mostly licensed one-shot comics. The quality of the art and writing is surprisingly high, and the comic book versions of obscure sitcoms (Car 54, Where Are You?), cartoons (King Leonardo and His Short Subjects), adventure shows (Sea Hunt), and tons of other material are fascinating and hilarious (intentionally and otherwise).

Where else would I have discovered King of Diamonds, a comic book based on a short-lived TV show about detective John King (Broderick Crawford) who ONLY takes cases involving the recovery of stolen diamonds? The guy is weirdly obsessed. And he's a comic book hero who looks like this: (art by Mike Sekowsky, Frank Giacoia)

I have no comment on the site's claim that all the comic books on the site are in the Public Domain, except to say that it's so obviously in everyone's interest that these comics are made available for people to see, and no one's economic interests are harmed in the least. Read the rest

Buy the book "How I Made $290,000 Selling Books," only $290,000 on Amazon

Jack Stratton, the leader of the band Vulfpeck has offered a book on Amazon, "How I Made $290,000 Selling Books." It was much funnier when the page first went up and Amazon provided an order link to purchase the book for $290,000. They have since replaced that link with a note that the book is "currently unavailable."

By the way, this dubious side project aside, I cannot recommend Vulfpeck enough; they've become my favorite band. On the surface, they're pranksters and ironists, but strip away a few layers of irony (and then a few more) and they are the exact opposite: incredibly sincere, making fantastic, mind-blowing "minimalist funk" music.

One of my favorite Vulfpeck songs is "Wait for the Moment," featuring Antwaun Stanley. It has special resonance for me because it's about a ~10 year old kid, but it's done in my favorite funky musical style, which happens to have been the dominiant musical style at the time that I was a ~10 year old kid!

My other favorite Vulfpeck song (also feat. Mr. Stanley) is "1612," which can be seen as an elaborate device for remembering a four-digit keypad code. My biggest fear is that someone will hack into my iTunes account and find out how many times I've played these two songs.

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: A Calvinesque and Hobbesian Look at Trump's Power to Pardon

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Donald and John invent the Pardonizer machine and realize its awesome power!

TOM THE DANCING BUG: COPS - Trump Edition (Bad boys, whatcha gonna do?)

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH just another one of those idiots on the COPS TV show pathetically tries to deny the obvious when the authorities show up.

The Donald Trump Mysteries! Can he solve the hacking crime?

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Inspector Trump must solve an old-time crime on a train that is an analogy to something much stupider.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Percival Dunwoody, and The Nature of Reality

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Percival Dunwoody, The Nature of Reality, a Mystery Box, and much, MUCH more!!

The True, Top-Secret Story of Trump's Presidency

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH President Trump must bravely respond to a cyber-attack from his arch enemy!

The Wonders of Free Market Health Care

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Smythes of Chagrin Falls, USA, shop for health insurance with only the guiding invisible hands of the Free Market!

"The Crucible," Starring Donald Trump

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Mayor of 1692 Salem Massachusetts, a Donald J. Trump, is the subject of a horrible and allegorical witch hunt!

Trump Withdraws from the Paris Accord and Starts His Own Negotiations for a Better Deal!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH President Trump withdraws the U.S. from the Paris Accord and will now get a much better deal!

Donald Trump 0045 - Superspy!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Donald Trump, Superspy, enters a casino filled with spies and finds himself engaged in a deadly battle of wits... and totally unarmed!

Roger Ailes Dies, and a Celestial Grip Loosens...

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the one called Roger Ailes dies, and his grip on an alternative reality is released...

A Calvinesque and Hobbesian View of Trump and Comey - Revenge of the Babysat!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Little Donald and his Imaginary Publicist think they're in control of everything... until Babysitter Comey shows up!

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