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One More For the Road: The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats are back!

Back in 2007, Adam "Apelad" Koford created a marvellous, funny, weird alternate history for the then-viral phenomenon of LOLcats, running-gag memes of cats whose superimposed dialog had many odd grammatical quirks: the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats," a pair of comic-strip hobo cats straight out of the 1930s, who found obscure and clever ways to riff on our contemporary LOLcats. Read the rest

Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats

Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's published a new collection of his wonderful Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comics, Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. The collection is pure, distilled charm.

The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats are the lineal descendants of strips like Peanuts, which mixed extremely contemporary references (in this case, references to Internet slang) with a timeless, childlike humor, and great character design. Pip and Kitteh are eternal hobos on the backroads of the Internet age, shamelessly mixing puns and sight gags in a way that is purely sweet.

As a bonus, this volume is interspersed with the hobo illustrations Ape Lad did for Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise. If you love cute animals, hobos, and Internet humor, you will love The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats.

See also: Gweek 121: The Return of Ape Lad Read the rest

Weekend listening: Boing Boing's latest podcast episodes

Make this weekend extra special by listening to Boing Boing podcasts while you go about your business: breaking rocks, dining at a fancy restaurant with your spouse, attending a SubGenius devival, or performing Mechanical Turk tasks! And, take a look at Boing Boing's new iTunes page, where you can subscribe to and download all of our shows!

NOT PLAYING 001:

Lex and Dan watch Beverly Hills Cop together for the first time. They marvel at Banana Man, vests, and how (ass? fanny? butt?)-focused the stars of the film seem. And they do the Neutron Dance, of course.

RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE 027:

A conversation with Peter Bagge, the Harvey Award–winning author of the '90s alt-comic Hate.

APPS FOR KIDS 051:

We reviewed Cookie Clicker, a pointless and dangerously addictive web game.

GWEEK 121:

Adam Koford (aka Ape Lad) joined us to talk about his new book of cartoons, Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats, which he self-published so he could have more control over its design.

THE NEW DISRUPTORS 050:

Alli Dryer and Jenni Leder, user interface/user experience (UI/UX) designers, changed their lives -- and those of their husbands —- to bring their lives closer to what they want within the structure of employment.

YOU ARE NOT SO SMART 012:

"Mate poachers abound," explains this week's guest, psychologist David Buss, who says that his research supports his hypothesis that human jealousy is an adaptation forged by evolutionary forces to deal with the problems of infidelity.

TELL ME SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW 018:

Fantagraphics Books has published some of the greatest cartoonists in history including George Herriman, Charles Schulz, Carl Barks, the Hernandez Brothers, Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Peter Bagge, and many more. Read the rest

Gweek 121: The Return of Ape Lad

Any year that Adam Koford (aka Ape Lad) publishes a new book is a good year. The Disney artist joined Dean Putney and I to talk about his newest book of cartoons, Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats, which he self-published so he could have more control over its design. And Dean tells a similar story about his forthcoming book of World War One photos taken by his great-grandfather, called Walter Koessler 1914-1918.

We also talked about the amazing Briggs & Riley Domestic Carry-On Expandable Roller, and the equally amazing Kickstarter project for the Heirloom Chemistry Set. And much more!

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Solving Laugh Out Loud Cats #2100

Apelad sez, "I posted the 2100th Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comic last night. My kids had me print it out so they could cut out each panel to try and recreate the tunnel route. It's not easy!"

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Laugh-Out-Loud Cats "Constellations" tee at w00t!

Ape Lad writes, "Woot is selling a poster of one of my recent Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comics for a limited time. It shows an inaccurate depiction of the constellations."

Connect the Dots Poster

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Catchy song proves Internet is Made of Cats

Your friends at RatherGood want you to remember: The Internet is Made of Cats. They make an excellent case for this position, as well. (via Charlie Stross)

Previously: Dogs and cats, living together ... mass hysteria! Boing Boing Cats for Gold: turn your glitter to litter! - Boing Boing The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out, by A. Koford - Boing Boing IBM computer brain simulation as complex as a cat's Boing Boing Illustrated book about cats written by Amazon Mechanical Turk ... Tortoise hates cats - Boing Boing Levitating Cat Boing Boing Read the rest

Laugh Out Loud comic auction to benefit Haiti

Ape Lad sez, "I'm auctioning the 1300th installment of the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats for Haitian earthquake relief via ebay. Here's a bigger version of it.

Previously:

Laugh Out Loud Cats: more 1900s comics unearthed - Boing Boing The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out, by A. Koford - Boing Boing True historic origins of the Laugh Out Loud cats - UPDATED - Boing ... Laugh Out Loud Cats: new book by Adam Koford - Boing Boing Laugh Out Loud Cats: rediscovered short film - Boing Boing Laugh Out Loud Cats meet tasered Florida student - Boing Boing BBtv -- Laugh Out Loud Cats: The True History - Boing Boing Read the rest

Boing Boing Gift Guide 2009: comics/art books! (part 6/6)

Mark and I have rounded up some of our favorite items from our 2009 Boing Boing reviews for the second-annual Boing Boing gift guide. We'll do one a day for the next six days, covering media (music/games/DVDs), gadgets and stuff, kids' books, novels, nonfiction, and comics/graphic novels/art books. Today, it's comics and art books!

The Wolverton Bible (Basil Wolverton): Wolverton wasn't just a funnybooks illustrator: he was also a member of a millenarian evangelical church called the Worldwide Church of God, a sect that believed in obeying Old Testament lifestyle laws and the literal truth of Revelations. So it was natural that Wolverton ended up with a regular, paid gig illustrating a series of Bible stories for kids and adults published in the Church's magazines like Plain Truth and in booklets with titles like Prophecy and The Book of Revelations, overseen by Church leader Herbert Armstrong, who had converted Wolverton to his faith. Full review | Purchase

Norman Saunders was a prominent illustrator for Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, Modern Mechanics, pulp detective, western, war, and science fiction magazines, men's adventure magazines, and bubblegum cards and stickers, including Wacky Packages and Mars Attacks. Anyone interested in 20th century magazine illustration pretty much has to have this book in his or her library. I devoured the 368 technicolor pages filled with examples of his work from the 1920s to the 1980s. Full review | Purchase Read the rest

Don't tase me bro automaton

Jon Haddock's latest hand-cranked automaton reenacts the infamous "Don't Tase Me Bro" with adorable mechanical figurines.

Andrew Meyer (Don't Tase Me Bro)

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Previously: Dont Tase Me, Bro: the new LOLcats - Boing Boing Laugh Out Loud Cats meet tasered Florida student - Boing Boing Read the rest

The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out, by A. Koford

I just got a copy of The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out, by A. Koford.

Does A. stand for Adam (our cartoonist pal also known as Ape Lad) or Aloysius (Adam's bon vivant great-grandfather)? We'll never know. It doesn't really matter. The important thing about these 150 one-panel gags, featuring a pair of wise-foolish felines, is how terrific they are, both in their warm, scorn-free humor, and in their evidence of masterful craftsmanship. The composition, spotting, and line-work would make Hank Ketcham nod in approval.

Mister Koford and his greatest fan, one John Hodgman, signed my copy of the book, and on the title page Mr. Koford also drew a cute sketch of Jackhammer Jill doing what she loves to do best. The back of the book contains another sketch of Jill, along with a thanks to all happy mutant everywhere.

I'm suffering from a head cold today, and I'm looking forward to getting into bed and reading this with my kids. Thanks Adam. You and your great-gradfather are wonderful!

The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out

Previously:

Ape Lad's sketchbook scanned to Flickr - Boing Boing BBtv - Ape Lad: The True Hollywood Story of Aloysius Koford ... BBtv: Ape Lad: Hobo Life - Boing Boing Interview with Ape Lad - Boing Boing Ape Lad hoodie - Boing Boing Boing Boing tv: Ape Lad -- Pappy and the Cryptids. - Boing Boing Ape Lad draws Jackhammer Jill as a hobo - Boing Boing Mole Men imagined by Ape Lad / Mole Crunk - Boing Boing Ape lad draws: Pretty Little Monkey Girl, and Hellmonkey - Boing Boing Apelad mistakes human female for mythical horned ostrich - Boing Boing Get Illuminated podcast #9 -- Adam "Ape Lad" Koford - Boing Boing BBtv: A Brief History of Internet Trolls, with Adam "Ape Lad ... Read the rest

"America's financial system was shaken to its core on Sunday."

Not the first line you want to read in the top story in every major newspaper on the first day of the week. There it is, though. Today was one of the most bleak days ever in Wall Street's history, and Monday looks like it's gonna suck. The headlines will surely be easy to find; I'm publishing this post mostly just to create an open thread for the BB community to discuss whatever unfolds, and where it all leads. Snip from today's lead item in the WSJ:

The American financial system was shaken to its core on Sunday. Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. faced the prospect of liquidation, and Merrill Lynch & Co. agreed to be sold to Bank of America Corp. The U.S. government, which bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a week ago and orchestrated the sale of Bear Stearns Cos. to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in March, played much tougher with Lehman. It refused to provide a financial backstop to potential buyers. Without such support, Barclays PLC and Bank of America, the two most interested buyers, walked away. Late Sunday night, Lehman said it intends to file for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Hang on to your bindles, friends.

Here's more on insurer AIG's related meltdown, and here's the article from which the preceding graf was snipped: Crisis on Wall Street as Lehman Totters, Merrill Is Sold, AIG Seeks to Raise Cash (Wall Street Journal). Read the rest

Boing Boing tv: Ape Lad -- Pappy and the Cryptids.

Today on Boing Boing tv: Bigfoot, Chupacabra, a chainsmoking bear -- they all show up in this interview with Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's grandpappy Aloysius Koford.

"Pappy" illustrates cryptozoological wonders from his hobo past with a sometimes-malfunctioning robotic hand. Don't miss the second segment in today's episode, in which "Pappy" and Adam head out into the wilderness to spot cryptid tracks in the dirt. What do Sasquatch footprints taste like? You don't wanna know.

Link to BBtv post with video and discussion. And hey, if you dig this, feel free to Digg this.

Related Boing Boing tv episodes:

Aloysius Koford, Mountain Man. Ape Lad: The True Hollywood Story of Aloysius Koford Ape Lad: Hobo Life Laugh Out Loud Cats: The True History Mole Men imagined by Ape Lad / Mole Crunk John Hodgman's Mole Men / Cavalcade of Hobos Laugh Out Loud Cats: new book by Adam Koford Read the rest

Boing Boing tv: Aloysius Koford, Mountain Man.

Today on BBtv: Aloysius P. Koford, the great-grandpappy of cartoonist Adam "Ape Lad" Koford, recounts his history as a Mountain Man -- kind of like being a hobo, as he explains, only more "grub," less clothing. Link to BBtv post with video and discussion.

Previously on Boing Boing tv:

Ape Lad: The True Hollywood Story of Aloysius Koford Ape Lad: Hobo Life Laugh Out Loud Cats: The True History Mole Men imagined by Ape Lad / Mole Crunk John Hodgman's Mole Men / Cavalcade of Hobos Laugh Out Loud Cats: new book by Adam Koford Read the rest

Laugh Out Loud Cats: new book by Adam Koford

Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's Laugh-Out-Loud Cats are now available in book form. "I'm selling signed and drawn in copies on my blog, or unsigned and undrawn in copies via Lulu," says the author/illustrator. Link.

Recently and related posts on BB:

* BBtv - Ape Lad: The True Hollywood Story of Aloysius Koford * BBtv -- Laugh Out Loud Cats: The True History Read the rest

BBtv - Ape Lad: The True Hollywood Story of Aloysius Koford

Today on Boing Boing tv, we revisit Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's great-grandpappy Aloysius P. Koford for a never-before-exposed expose of his illustrious Hollywood career -- complete with walrii, scantily clad Mary Pickford lookalikes, and movie studio copyright disputes of yesteryear that may just rival, in their fury, the pugnacious picket lines of today. Plus: the real history of the Wilhelm Scream.

Link to BBtv post with video and comments.

Previous BBtv episodes featuring the mighty Ape Lad and his kin:

Ape Lad: Hobo Life Laugh Out Loud Cats: The True History Mole Men imagined by Ape Lad / Mole Crunk John Hodgman's Mole Men / Cavalcade of Hobos Read the rest

The ABCs of LOLcats.

Ape Lad haz dun it agin. Link to printable set with instructions. The hobos shall inherit the earth, you know. (thanks Foundling45 and others)

See also: BBtv -- Laugh Out Loud Cats, the true history. Read the rest

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