on the cutting room floor.
In this feature, we will be examining Tangents strips that could have
but never were. Most if not all of them will be plainer than our
strips, and not feature any original art work. This will give you some
insight into our creative process and how we go about turning seemingly
random souvenir photos into a widely popular satire strip.
#1 - This is what we call "Hindsight Syndrome." We took these
back to back, however, did not have the idea presented in panel one
one year later. So "Hindsight Syndrome" is what happens when we find
saying "Damn, wish we had thought of that when we took the pic." None
less, it's easy to free flow across pictures and see what kind of jokes
you can make simply by adding text. The end result didn't quite fit the
bill, so this never made it onto our site.
#2 - When getting into a career of satire, it is absolutely
that one pick a moral standard of some sort under which it becomes
to taunt someone or more preferably to flatter them satirically. Since
it is satire, and the purpose of satire is to make a joke of people,
about any rule for deciding who to murder and who to sanctify is fair
long as one is willing to live on the other side of that same level of
criticism and willing to be true to the standard you set up, and not
That being said, this author of satire has decided this piece was a no
no. There is a stereotype of people who wear animal costumes... and
not a nice stereotype. As there was nothing overtly sexual about this
booth, even though it's just for humor they will not be grouped
arbitrarily with some other group based on something out of their
and quite possibly untrue.
#3 - Being a photographer for Tangents requires a great amount of
on your feet. And hey, like the rest of mankind, some of our
ideas aren't exactly smash hits. The original idea for this strip, was
a three panel strip using the same photograph over, with the ghost girl
(or was she a priestess?) tries to get the Hobbit's attention and the
says "Is it still there?" in the last panel. Sound familiar? If you've
ever read Red Meat, then you
this as a "tribute" strip. However, not only did the End Of The Day
beat us to this joke more than two years ago, the picture didn't quite
capture the insane feel of the originator of that punchline, so it was
scrapped. What we had left was something that we could make fun of, but
not quite quality enough to make it into the finished strips.
Strip Idea #4 - Here we go. Here we have what sure looks like a
trashy for the sake of trashy movie. You know, the kind of movie that
no plot and no meaning beyond mouthing foul words and showing @#$#ed up
situations in random order, somehow hoping that the audience will
say it's cool and recommend it to all of their friends. Now if we had
a strip on this image, it would have probably contained a description
just like that minus the words "...sure looks like..." Why do I say
Because we never saw the flick, and what should a satirist say
a piece that they've never seen? Usually nothing, unless some other
aspect of the situation permits it. For instance, were this a film by
guy behind *COUGH*
"Episode 1 The Phantom Minus" *COUGH*
well then, we'd have a field day with this one! Or perhaps if it was so
bad that Ebert had to invent a new thumb position to telecommunicate
disdain? Yes. There is a rare occasion when we'll satire something we
looked at based on appearances, but not often. That's an easy way to
oneself up for some harsh, backfiring ridicule... also known as
one's foot in one's mouth."
Tin Foil People - Ah sweet youth... what a better way to spend it
to come to a convention full of strange people and dress funny. There
three possible explanations to this strange wardrobe. #1 - They are
Kisses(tm) #2 - They are
cosplayers from a Lord Of The Ring fan club and had a cosplay savings
big enough to make one trip down the center aisle of the 99 cents store
or #3 - They are fending off alien mind probes. Well, one of the adages
about comedy writing is to do the unexpected, so we toss a little
culture reference in there and... *sputter*... it's not Tangents
but worth showing off as a "could be." Incidentally, we don't quire
what they were dressing up as. The Tangents crew can hunt down just
any level of insanity on the floor... they just don't take notes.
so - Some ideas are cute, but not funny enough. This would be the
for this image. What would have made this idea better, other than an
dance pose and some spree candy for a prop... would the addition of
other out of place character. But nah. We just have a cute chick in a
suit with safety pins for piercings. (We do remember THAT much about
Better Pics - One common reason for abandoning a strip idea, is the
fact that even if the punchline is funny enough, the pictures we have
quite compliment the funny. The pic may not be dramatic enough, or the
angles or composition can be so out of order that it doesn't quite
Such is the case here.
Better Pics (part two) - Here at Tangents, we've become pretty good
photographers. What you are about to see in this link, DID NOT happen
year. And it's a very simple mistake for amateur photographers to take
so let me explain it to you briefly. Never take a picture where light
shining into the camera and or you are in a dark room with heavy,
light in the background. Such as the upper hallway of the con with all
that nice San Diego sunlight filtering in behind Bob The Angry Flower
I must say we were a little hot about losing this Tangents opportunity,
as a picture this muddied up could only be used to introduce super
masked villain X. And Bob The Angry Flower (tm) just doesn't carry the
power of Doctor Doom (tm), Sinestro (tm) or even Wheelie (tm).
costumes are just nicer than others - Look, let's drop the pretense
and cut to the chase. If you're a guy, you're costume had better be
good to top any decent looking chick in a skimpy outfit. There's
that goes better with San Diego sun rays than exposed flesh, we're
but that's the way it is. Being serious though, girls in skimpy outfits
this year (03) and last year (02) had a lot of competition from guys in
well made suits and chicks who felt that gobs of epidermal exposure was
too easy to go for. After you're done looking over the technical detail
of the costume and or the girl in it, do note that the photographer
to practice "framing" a little better. This would have been an
shot had he just aimed down just a tad.
Neko - During the previous year (02), a friend of one of the
of Tangents (TT aka Catboy) asked him about the catgirl phenomena in
and if there was a catboy (pun not intended) craze to coincide with it.
The answer was no, catboys don't seem to exist in anime, and the fan
Okashi doesn't count since it's American. Well, that didn't stop
Neko from coming to the con as... er... Baka Neko. Other than it's the
first catboy (outside of TT) that the photographer has ever seen,
nothing odd or funny about this pic. Just another person at the party,
ready to go.
costumes - What can we say, there is no story here, no punchline,
women who are pleasant to look at, in very well done costumes.
there is one thing I can add. This is one hell of a step up from the
hundred pound warrior princess Xena's that used to attend the con. I
my first one in about four years during this year (2003), but she was
the 250 range to tell the truth.
Pitch Darkness Of The Pit Of Heckle - Okay, reality check, taking
this far away from the Masquerade stage is a waste of time, and that's
before you factor in "Can you remember what the person on stage was
ladies in costume - The best thing about the San Diego comic con is
its international aspect. Not only do we get to preview content from
countries, sometimes choice specimen of their female populace pay San
a visit in the flesh. This was originally supposed to be used for the
Matinee" but that sequence is going to be cut shorter than planned.
two particular women are more local than most foreigners, they're from