December 11, 2000 Maddie, MELONPOOL's
resident feline, has been on the road lately, popping into other comic
strips, and us truly received the honor on Sunday.
CALL ME CHRIS CRAZBY
December 9, 2000 Being an international superstar
and an all-around famous person, I now have a daily
comic strip based around my exploits (with a smaller focus on the
unimportant people around me). I'm sure that within a few days it will
become much, much more popular than SUPEROSITY. Um, I mean SUPERATROCITY.
I'M A GUEST-STRIPPER,
AND I'M SELLING A PLAYSTATION 2!
December 8, 2000 I guest-stripped two other Keenspot
comics this week: LOOK
WHAT I BROUGHT HOME (WARNING: Adults
only!) and PENTASMAL.
Check 'em out, they're very different than my normal work. Crazily different!
I had the amazing luck to buy
a Playstation2 console through AMAZON.com during the 30-second period
that it went on sale October 26, and now I'm selling
it on eBay! It's a pretty cool system, but I could use the money (and
I'd rather have a TiVo, personally...). It's only on sale 'til Sunday,
YOUR BID NOW!
CAMEOSITY 3: ELECTRIC
November 3, 2000 Even more cameo fun! I would've
seen it anyway, as I'm a fan of GENERAL
PROTECTION FAULT, but a few keen Superositites tipped me off to
Chris's appearance in the November
2 strip before I spotted it. Also, Superositite Bryan S. Monks
reminded me of an apparent tribute to Chris from way back on August
16 in SOAP ON A ROPE,
a great strip that everybody should be reading.
CAMEOSITY 2: BACK IN
November 2, 2000 Halloween
brought not only delicious candy this year, but also great SUPEROSITY
tributes in a few very keen strips... In ELF
LIFE, elven hero Baughb spent the holiday as his own hero, Chris!
The cast of MELONPOOL
got dressed up as the SUPEROSITY cast while telepathic dog Sam looked
on in horror (this strip is viewable in both color
and black and white).
Last but not least, two suspicious-looking trick-or-treaters showed up
in SPORKMAN way back on
October 29, 2000 Characters from my crazy strip
(and even me myself!) have been popping up in a lot of other strips lately.
I'm just now noticing some of them (and some I just forgot to link to).
Here's a sampling...
On July 11, both Chris and Bobby
appeared in BURNT
DOG RADIO. Chris and Boardy appeared a few times in the Mini-Series
RUN. Chris was in the August 30th JOE
AVERAGE (along with tons of other Keenspot characters). On September
9, Chris was shown being watched on TV in the syndicated comic strip SPOONER
(the Sept. 9 strip isn't online, so you'll have to imagine that one),
and cartoonist Ted Dawson also mentioned SUPEROSITY in a CARTOONIST
PROfiles magazine article he wrote (I was obsessed with this magazine
as a kid, so that was pretty darn keen). On September 15 (my birthday),
WHAT I BROUGHT HOME was devoted to me, while in SPORKMAN
a character was sporting my infamous "Make 7... Screw
You, Asshole" T-Shirt. My arm was in DROLL
STREET on October
2 (where I got all worked up about someone dissing Keenspace,
and was also called "Mr. Crosby"!), and Chris made an appearance
20 (and was shown to be very mean!). Boardy was in LAZY'S
WORLD (part of "Lazy's Walkabout") on October 11.
I'm sure there are others, but
due to a big chunk of my old E-Mail being deleted in error, I don't know
what or where they are. If you did or saw something SUPEROSITY-related,
let me know! I love seeing
October 27, 2000 Superositite and fellow ALF fanatic
David Tesler has decided to auction off a very rare Burger King
ALF puppet. Details on the Message
Board. Plus: There's a super-spooky SUPEROSITY pin-up at Hallokeen
2000! It's very frightening! Check
it out! (Yes, I'm also confused why I decided to give the ALF puppet
auction top billing here.)
SHIRTS IS GETTING SLIGHTLY MORE COOLER...
October 14, 2000 NEW SHIRTS! Everybody's favorite
Punk Turtle, Snap, gets immortalized on an Ash Grey T-Shirt, Sweatshirt,
and Baby Doll Shirt (because the ladies love Snap!), and the "Everybody
Loves Pie...and I Am No Exception!" T-Shirt comes to amazing life
on Ash Grey T-Shirts and Sweatshirts! Plus, we now offer "WWH-MD,"
my best-selling T-Shirt ever, on tons of new products! GO
BUY THEM! Or not. You're keen supreme either way, don't you forget
AIN'T MY BEST PAL
October 3, 2000 On October 2, PayPal
started charging a $0.25 fee for each credit card transaction, instead
of taking a 1% cut as they previously did. That means if you feed a quarter
to Boardy, as so many kind and cool people have done in the past week
(30 of you, to be exact), Boardy gets roughly zero cents after PayPal
has taken their fee. The whole PayPal quarter donations thing was just
a fun experiment for me (and one that pretty much proved to me that honor-system
micropayments will never replace banner ads), so I'm not incredibly angry
or anything, but I see no reason to continue asking you to donate a quarter
now that it just goes right into the insanely wealthy pockets of PayPal.
I'm sure PayPal has a perfectly
valid reason for doing this, but I can't help but be a tiny bit disappointed.
It was really fun getting E-Mails that said readers had sent me money.
Not because of the money (it's just pocket change), but because people
cared enough to send it at all (one guy even sent $2.50!). I rarely see
that sort of thing directed at my strip, so it made me feel nice. Except
for the days when quarters were few and far between, of course. So it
all evens out, I guess.
Whatever the case, all of you
who read my strip are the keenest. Whether you sent me a quarter or nothing
at all. Reading my strip is payment enough, and makes you my pal. My PayPal.
Yes, you are the true PayPal. Use your powers wisely, my young PayPal.
Did that make any sense? I can't even blame drugs or booze on what I just
NEEDS QUARTERS? FOR FUEL? WHA?
September 25, 2000 I'm sure some of you have
noticed that animated button below today's comic asking you to donate
a quarter to Boardy's science fund (it was on the archive pages for
a few days before this). It's an experiment to see what percentage of
a comic strip's readership (mine specifically, because it's the only comic
strip that I do) will actually pay cash money, even something as small
as a quarter, to help support an online comic. Several things have inspired
this, including the micropayment-touting Scott McCloud in his book
REINVENTING COMICS, Stephen King's success with
his honor-system e-book (75% paid the fee, apparently), Carson Fire's
cool shareware ELF LIFE e-book, and the recent
solicitation of dimes by BigPanda.net. I personally
don't believe in the micropayment system and think banner ads are the
best and most reliable way to make a living doing an online comic, but
I wouldn't mind seeing some first-hand evidence to the contrary. Especially
for a strip with only slightly above-average readership like mine (I currently
have about 2,000 daily readers).
If some of you aren't willing
to donate quarters to me just because you know I'm co-owner, co-founder,
and co-CEO of Keenspot, and you think I probably
swim in a money bin like Uncle Scrooge with a giant green "K"
on it, forget about that. Though I'm confident Keenspot will be a major
source of revenue for me and dozens of other webcartoonists in the future,
as of now I have yet to make a cent from my ownership in it. We're not
losing money, but I personally am not paid a salary yet for my work on
Keenspot or have profited from it yet in any way. So if you like the strip
and you're willing, please donate
a quarter (or multiple quarters!) for science. Oh, and remember to
sign up for PayPal first (it's free, and
you get $5 just for signing up).
September 18, 2000 Some people had problems viewing
the SUPEROSITY SUPERSTORE, especially if they use
Netscape, with it just displaying a blank page. Thanks to Superositite
David "gopher" Shea, I think the bug has been destroyed. So
if you had problems before, please give it another shot.
And if you still have problems, tell me on the Message
Board. Thanks! And look for at least 2 (and probably 3) new shirt
designs later this week.
BOOK! BUT WHAT DO WE CALL IT?
September 16, 2000 I'm in talks with a very well-respected
book publsher, and the first SUPEROSITY book may very well be out by March
2001 (the 2nd anniversary of the strip)! If all goes well, it should be
in FULL COLOR all the way through, and should collect the first six months
of the strip ("Best Friend" to "Stealing From O.J.").
The trouble is, I'm not sure what to call it. Please help me out by taking
this poll. And if you don't like any of the poll titles, E-Mail me your title
Also, I really appreciated all
the kind words and birthday greetings I received yesterday. You guys are
September 14, 2000 I turn the big (or, um,
fairly insignifigant) Two-Three tommorow! Here's a few modest suggestions
you can use to celebrate the event....
* Buy a T-Shirt! I debuted the new designs over
a week ago, and I've only sold 6 shirts since then (1 of "Giz and
Mask," 2 of "WWH-MD," 3 of "Make 7," and 0 of
"Fusco"). Were the designs not cool enough, or did the 77 of
you who said you would definitely buy at least one shirt flat-out LIE
to me? If so, why would you do that? That's not very nice. *sniff* Are
none of you cool enough to wear a naked Pauly Fusco on your chest?
Scott Kurtz of PvP said
you weren't, but I wouldn't believe him. Don't any of you want
to prove that crotchety old Kurtz wrong?
* Tell a friend or two or more
about SUPEROSITY, and describe it in glowing terms. Having some new readers
would really make me feel good. I have surprisingly few. It would actually
make you weep to hear the number, most likely! Or at least go "GASP!"
like in my comic (which is completely free to read, by the way).
* Post a few notes in my Message
Board. It's fun and makes me feel slightly more important!
That's all I can think of. Keep
reading. I love you.
THREE NEW T-SHIRTS! September
4, 2000 In a recent poll, almost 70 of
you said you would definitely buy at least one T-Shirt if I made cool
new designs priced at $12... well, it's time! There's three
new designs, all way cooler than the previous
3 designs, now available in theSUPEROSITY SUPERSTORE! Two are SUPEROSITY-related, and one is a parody
of the popular MAKE 7-UP YOURS T-Shirt. Go buy 'em! They
make great gifts! Seriously!
Also, the current Keenspot Mini-Series
ULTIMATE ASSHOLE, was co-created by me. After you're done buying
some shirts, go check it out!
SCOTT KURTZ, MY #1 FAN September 1,
2000 A few days ago, I was talking to
PvP comic strip creator Scott Kurtz,
and he suggested that we swap fan art for fun. I've always wanted to take
a crack at drawing his wacky blue troll, Skull, so I gladly accepted!
You can see his version of Chris and Boardy down below (or click here), and you should be able to see my take on his characters
sometime today at pvponline.com.
CLICK TO ENLARGE
WANNA PUT A SHIRT ON YOUR BACK! August 13, 2000 The first Superosity T-Shirts I debuted last November haven't sold
very good at all, and I'm disappointed by that. I want my fans to be wearing
Superosity shirts. Wearing a Superosity shirt makes you both a "cool
dude (or dudette, if applicable)" and a walking billboard for the
However, I'm thinking the original designs weren't that great
and the prices could've been lower, and in that spirit I'm offering up
this poll question. Please remember to post your comments on this topic
(and the T-Shirt designs you'd like to see) on the "Poll Results"
CHRIS & BOARDY GO AFTER TWENTY LARGE ONES!
August 1, 2000 KEENONBALL RUN, Keenspot's twisted version of WACKY RACES written and drawn
by LIFE AT BAYSIDE's Curtis Berry, starts today! Chris
and Boardy play a large part in the series, as they race off to Las Vegas
in their flying car painted to look like an ambulance and hoping to win
the grand prize of "twenty large ones." Just so you know, this
mini-series exists in a whole 'nother reality and don't effect the continuity
of SUPEROSITY none. But it's fun anyways! Check it out.
BLACK PLAGUE ENDS TODAY July 31, 2000 Paul Southworth's terrific BLACK PLAGUE mini-series ends today, so go check it out. Start from the first strip if you haven't already. You'll find some fun, subtle (and
not-so-subtle) homages to me and the Keenspot gang within the story.
BEACHY-KEEN PIN-UPS July 8, 2000 Chris and his One True Love haven't actually gone to the beach together
(yet), but you can see what it would look like if they did here. It's part of Keenspot's Bikeeni Summer 2000!
DEAF PEOPLE ROCK THE PARTY THAT ROCKS THE PARTY June 30, 2000 Let's take another dive into the SUPEROSITY mailbag! ScorpionVM
writes: "Did your
e-mail turn into a river of fire when you touched on the issue of deaf
people in the comic for June 11th 2000? Or does that only happen to syndicated cartoonists?"
Maybe, but all I know is that it didn't happen to me. Either deaf people
don't mind the notion that they have superpowers and should be feared
and hated for it, or no deaf people read my strip. I hope it's not the
latter! I need all the readers I can get.
THE TOP 100 COMIC STRIPS OF ALL TIME... AND I'M #91? June 28,
2000 I don't know if this has any actual importance or relavance, but the
"American Association of Comic Art" released their list of the "Top 100 Comic Strips of All Time," and SUPEROSITY was listed at #91! It was one of only three
web-based comics on the list (the others were SLUGGY FREELANCE at #67 and USER FRIENDLY at #87), and it actually ranked
higher than Matt Groening's masterpiece LIFE IN HELL. I've never heard
of the AACA (apparently they don't have a web presence), but it's nice
to be noticed, anyway!
I'M IN VARIETY! June 24,
You may or may not know this, but in between drawing the daily comic strip
you all love so much, I co-founded a little online entertainment network
called Keenspot. Well, Keenspot just got signed
to a deal by bigtime Hollywood management production company Bender-Spink
(which also represents the people who brought you AMERICAN PIE and DEUCE
BIGALOW: MALE GIGALO, among others), and DAILY VARIETY magazine announced the deal on
page 7 of Friday's (June 23, 2000) issue. So I got both my name and the
name of the company that I created in the iconic Hollywood icon that is
VARIETY. That's pretty sweet for not even selling a screenplay. That'll
be the SECOND time I'm in VARIETY, which is a funny story I can recount
hilariously on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." You can read
the article here, by the way.
ONE TRUE LOVE WILL RETURN June 22,
A few people lately have wondered when Chris will see his name-still-unrevealed
One True Love again. Don't worry, she will return very soon, after she
cools down about Chris putting her brother into the hospital via his hot
coffee. For now, enjoy Bobby and Snap's wacky shenanigans. They need their
time in the strip, too!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PvP! June 14,
Scott Kurtz' very good online comic strip, PvP, turns two years old this week.
Congrats, Scott! We've had some connection with PvP in the past
(like Chris's controversial guest appearance in PvP last year, and SUPEROSITY being Scott Kurtz's favorite
webcomic), so I thought I'd mention it. He's doing an online radio show
to celebrate the event at 8pm CST tonight, check that out. There's details
in the PvP news section.
CHRIS'S DESTINY June 10,
Reader mail! Superositite Ralph Clark writes "I
hope you're planning for Chris to meet his One True Love. And soon. Us
stupid idiots need to believe there is hope even for us!" Today's
strip is for you, Ralph! Even though I wrote it before I read your E-Mail.
CHARLIE GOT SCREWED June 9,
I was watching the MTV MOVIE AWARDS last night, and I saw them give Spike
Jonze the "Best New Filmmaker" award for his work on BEING JOHN
MALKOVICH. That's stupid. Just about everything good in MALKOVICH was
already on the page, in a script by Charlie Kaufman, before Spike Jonze
ever got involved (only you were able to imagine it with better lighting
and direction). Spike barely even thanked him in his speech. Charlie Kaufman
deserves the great majority of the credit and praise that movie received,
not Jonze. I don't think you should call someone a "Filmmaker"
for directing a movie that someone else wrote on his own. Those two brothers
who wrote and directed THE MATRIX are filmmakers (such as they are). Spike
Jonze is a director.
Just thought I'd test out posting some of my actual opinions
on the Haps (not that I have that many). Feel free to comment on this
in the Message Board.
PAUL ON THE MOON June 4,
Those of you wondering who that strange-looking naked giant is that Chris
and Boardy see on the moon in Saturday's strip should check out the "Meeting Paul Fusco" storyline for the answer.
CHRIS LEAVING SUPEROSITY? May 31,
John Myers' The Mr Chuck Show is having auditions for a new cast
member, and Chris is trying out for the job! See him wait in line to audition
with some wacky characters here. And if you missed the time last
year that Chris tried out as a sidekick on the Mr. Chuck Show, go here and then here.
WHAT AN ASH, INDEED! May 27,
My pal Aric McKeown (creator of the hilarious ? comic strip, which we crossed over
with in April) just completed his first animated short film, "Professor Ashfield's
Guide To Life"! Please check it out and give it
a good rating, so it can rise in the ranks of the Newgrounds portal site,
surpassing all the mindlessly violent parodies of children's cartoons,
the boring Microsoft bashing, and the incredibly uncreative variations
on the incredibly uncreative "Whassup!" commercials. WATCH IT NOW!
LINK THIS, PAL! May 25, 2000 At the request of a Superositite (or "Superite," as he called
himself) on the Message Board, I've added some quickly-whipped-up
banner ad graphics to a new page called LINK TO US. Do you want to make your own Superosity
banner ads or buttons? Send them in to me and I'll add them to the page!
In other news, a "Childish Crazy Judo Weasels"
mention was spotted in a recent SUPER JR. comic strip by R.S. Tanner. That'll
give "W7: Weasels in Cyberspace" the publicity it needs to do
boffo box office!
COMPUTERS ARE BAD, MM'KAY? May 24, 2000 I'm having some incredibly annoying computer problems at
the moment, but it shouldn't interrupt the flow of fresh SUPEROSITY comics.
Just don't feel bad if it takes me awhile to respond to an E-Mail, because
I can't respond to E-Mail at all right now. If it's an emergency, E-Mail
my mom at TeriCrosby@aol.com. If any wealthy old benefactor
who enjoys SUPEROSITY would like to buy me a nice new computer, that would
be greatly appreciated.
Also, I updated the SUPERSTORE site so that you can zoom in on
the product's artwork. It opens up in a new window. Check it out. Take
pity on me and buy some stuff. Please? I can't even afford to buy some
of the products on there, so you can buy them yourself and get satisfaction
from the fact that you own something I don't. Besides, who wouldn't enjoy
a "Slambo Asscrap" T-Shirt? It's the perfect conversational
piece. It will make you look exotic, like Nelson Mandela or Desi Arnaz
Jr. BUY SOMETHING!
FOUR-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTY May 23, 2000 Yep, today's strip is number 450. If it were a comic book, it would
have a gold chronium cover polybagged with exclusive Skybox trading cards.
That doesn't mean you can't print it out and polybag it with trading cards
EGO-BOOSTING May 22, 2000 I added a daily "Nice Thing Said" box to the left sidebar
column so I feel slightly better about myself when I visit the site, and
I also updated the main NICE THINGS SAID page. Go and bathe in the wonder
and glory that is people giving compliments!
HOMING IN ON THE HOUND May 21, 2000 Do you read HOUND'S HOME yet? It's my favorite comic strip,
and many of the better cartoonists on the web also love it (I was lucky
enough to draw it on April 1st as part of the April Fools Switch).
Get in on this wildly original and frequently hilarious creation early,
before all your friends discover it before you and make you look like
an unhip fool! Starting from the first strip is a good idea.
Also, please tell all your friends about SUPEROSITY and force
them to read it from the first strip. :)
STREAMLINED FOR YOUR PROTECTION May 20, 2000 Hiya, Superositites! I've redesigned the frontpage slightly to make
it slicker and easier to download and navigate. You like? In celebration
of this, I'll be posting new HAPS much more frequently (and saying less,
because less is more, and so on). Why? Because I love you. Go to the Message Board and let me know what you think!
IT WAS ONE YEAR AGO TODAY... March 1, 2000
Exactly one year ago today, a wacky-looking guy in a cape
uttered the words "Barton, are you my best friend?". On that
day, the world (or more accurately, about 30 people) were introduced to
the surreal wonderland that is SUPEROSITY. Since March 1st, 1999, I've
written, drawn and published a new SUPEROSITY comic strip on the web every
single day without fail. That's 366 strips.
A lot has happened to my characters in that year. They've
searched for their true best friends, found high-paying jobs at Cool-Ass
Internet, travelled back in time to 1977 to watch the premiere of "Star
Wars," become movie stars and teen idols, become omnipotent members
of the pop group Hanson, welcomed a spoiled rich child into their home,
gone to the beach, been traded for a pair of gold shoes, travelled into
the year 2033 to stop Bobby from becoming President, sold T-Shirts to
college kids, went to the dog groomer's, befriended an insane janitor,
stole money from O.J. Simpson, taken an alternate future Brian "Kato"
Kaelin into their home, played "Show and Tell 2000," sold a
TV series to UPN, been scared about the Y2K bug, gave drug-filled cookies
to an old man, celebrated a He-Man-themed Halloween (and almost had their
souls devoured), learned that they might possibly be geeks, imitated Andy
Kaufman, spent Thanksgiving with the family, met a ball of lint with feet
named Dust Puppy, participated in an attempted school shooting, celebrated
Christmas, got new costumes, got their old costumes back, competed for
a job with a man from Sweden, met the creator of ALF, become a fake lawyer...
and that's just skimming the surface.
Thank you for reading SUPEROSITY, whether you were here from
the very beginning, or you just started reading today. I hope you'll all
be here for year two, and you'll tell your friends about it, and we'll
all be happy. I'm not good at writing these things, so I'll just end by
unoriginally saying...you ain't seen nuthin' yet!
DISTURBING PICTURES, FAN
MAIL, AND PARKEMON January 25,
Inspired by the current storyline, reader David Tesler
E-Mailed me this disturbing image of ALF that
was sent to him by his fiancée. Whatever the case, I'm sure we'll all have nightmares
Sorry I haven't written a HAPS
in so long, and that the first HAPS of the year 2000 prominently features
an erotic photo of ALF. I've been equal parts busy and lazy. I've been
bulazy. Or labusy. Anyway, since I'm here, how about looking at some of
the cool fan mail I've received lately? I don't put enough fan mail in
wrote "Man, I would nominate your site, to be one of THE best
sites on the internet....your comics are funny as. My favourite
is... "So do you have a resume?" .... "I don't understand"....lol,
My only complaint...is that I've run out of comics to read. Keep
up the good work man." Thanks, Dale! I understood most of that.
Dave Kelly typed "'Ha Ha Ha! Feh!' That's what
I have to say about this silly comic so far...'Slambo Asscrap!'
Was a funny week. and, of course, those eyes... Bobby! Stop staring
said "I have to tell you your comic is one of the best I've ever
seen. What gets me the best are ones like the janitor story and
the drug cookies. heh.. Jork is pretty damned funny too! Keep up the fine
work, my friend. Have you ever tried getting your stuff syndicated?"
Thanks, Reuben! No, haven't tried submitting SUPEROSITY to the syndicates
yet, but I plan to try soon. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
PvP's Toonhound wrote this lovely review: "Ok, this is
one wild and wacky strip! Chris Crosby, the artist who draws Superosity,
has created a cast of characters that are so hilariously goofy looking
that you will begin to laugh even before you have read the first words
in the strip! Chris has got to be one of the hardest working fellows in
the online comic strip business! There is nothing this guy won't do to
promote his site, and all his hard work is paying off! In addition to
his daily comic strip (always in full color), Chris' site also includes
a lot of other cool things to check out. His recent animated short, PARKEMON,
is a great example of the comedic surprises Chris will spring on you from
time to time! Chris' great sense of humor combined with his remarkably
fun style of drawing make Superosity one of the Internet's best online
comic strips! This site is not to missed!"
That was pretty keen, huh?
I'll try to put more fan mail here from now on. And now, some news! Film
Roman, the animation company that produces THE SIMPSONS
and KING OF THE HILL, have launched an online cartoon
network called Level13.net. My own first animated short, PARKEMON,
is one of the debut features on their site! Look for it in Level 4, the
Flash animation section.
December 31, 1999
Gosh. 2000. The year is changing, and the first two digits in it aren't
"19." That's weird. Don't you think? I thought there would be
a lot of strange things in the year 2000. I didn't think we've have jet
packs and flying cars, because everybody knows those things don't show
up until 2010 or 2015. But I did think things would be very different.
And things ARE different! The internet is changing the way
we communicate and think and deliver comic strips to people. There are
a bunch of successful animated series on prime time TV (remember when
"Fish Police" and "Hollywood Dog" didn't take off,
and everyone decided they could never ever duplicate the success of "The
Simpsons"?). The President isn't named Bush (this one could change
back any moment, apparently). And, thanks to the first thing I mentioned,
I'm doing a daily comic strip in full color that thousands of people read
and enjoy (well...they read it, anyway).
That's pretty keen. I'd like MORE thousands of readers to
read my strip, because I'm incredibly greedy, but this is a good start.
I can't think of anything else to write. I'm not very good at this sort
of thing. I could be much more witty and touching, but that takes effort.