After a miserably unproductive 2016,* at least I kicked off this year in writing correctly by returning to Cracked with this piece on comics that celebrities wrote starring themselves…and how they got weird fast. Weird celebrity comics are nothing new. Bob Hope had a long-running series in which he sexually harassed women. Pat Boone just popped up in Superman like he wasn’t the worst. But weird celebrity comics written by the celebrities themselves…that’s your rarity.
Is Ultimate Warrior in there? Of course Ultimate Warrior is in there. But also some fun stops along the way, like the universally beloved** Michael Chiklis.
*The script for Indelible, Inc. #5 dragged my fingers across the keyboard for something like six months of revisions even though the story’s been assembled for well over a decade…and in turn retooled from the very first Indelible, Inc. story, a non-superhero team of adventurers that I wrote in college. Nothing has ever been so hard for me to create/compose/carve/compress/cut/conclude since I started writing. I’m taking some time away from it before I start lettering Rodolfo Buscaglia’s art so I can tell if it’s any good. (the writing, not the art. I know the art’s good, I paid for it.) I went deep and couldn’t look at it clearly when it was done, but I think it pleases.
**unless you’re Bill Murray, who resents the Chik for playing Jim Belushi, but that guy touches people without their consent. And steals their fries. Like how would you feel if Bill Murray took your fry? You’d immediately stop being upset because “Oh look, it’s Bill Murray!” But it wouldn’t diminish the despair of one fewer fry on your plate. It’s a conflicting scenario. I think Shakespeare wrote about it in one of the lost plays: The Clown of the New World, one of his greatest tragedies and comedies, so it was.