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Fleen Book Corner: EOLR

Amazing Paul Southworth fact #1: He has the ability to warp time and space. The ad for his first Ugly Hill collection, Eyes of Liquid Rage, appeared on his website on January 26th. The last comic to actually appear in the book is this one, which is from last Friday. Spooky.

Amazing Paul Southworth fact #2: He is the only person in history to spell my name correctly in public on the first go. Check it out. No? Didn’t see it? How about now? That, my friends, is attention to detail. The same sort of detail that Southworth brings to EOLR, which focuses on poor, misunderstood Hastings Kilgore, a monster in a world of monsters, a fragile man who’s been beset unfairly by life. Oh sure, on first glance, it appears that Hastings was intentionally created to be the biggest dick this side of Master Shake, but he’s really a hurt, childlike, delicate little sparrow.

Nah, he’s a jerk. Controlling, manipulative, judgemental, and prone to frothing rages, Hastings hates you and everything you stand for. And the thing is, you forget that he and everyone else in Ugly Hill is an actual monster after a while … he just becomes that tremendous workaholic ass that we all know. The world of Ugly Hill, Maulington, and Cornea Falls is a living, organic place, maybe a the outer burbs of Monstropolis; it’s where people live (according to the map in the front of the book, the corner of Prehensile and Vicious looks nice), love, work, and work some more, and occasionally get demoted for such minor transgressions as almost eating a guy. And with that total immersion comes an absurd sense of humor that seeks to reveal life’s essential truths.

That one strip moves EOLR from ordinary workplace humor and shifts it to the realm of genius. Stop salting ham! is the As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly of the new millenium. And if you’re too young to remember that quote, I hate you and everything you stand for.

Unfortunately, there are MANY kids on the internet too young to remember WKRP. :D

Here’s some more Paul Southworth facts.

1. Paul Southworth is a mammal.
2. Paul Southworth fights ALL the time.
3. The purpose of Paul Southworth is to flip out and kill people.

Yeah but you forgot how Paul describes things so hysterically. It’s as if Ren and Stimpy were morphed with the SpongeBob Squarepants crew. You have rude, crude, brightly colored characters.

Only these make you laugh.

Too young to remember WKRP in Cincinnati? Next thing you’ll tell me is that they’re too young to remember the New WKRP in Cincinnati!

It’s not that they’re too young. It’s that no one wants to remember New WKRP. No one wants to remember Tawny Kitaen.

[…] But Ugly Hill is apparently “on the bubble”, as the sports types say. I may be a bit biased on this one, but what the HELL people? Printed material, association with a publisher, an honest-to-god sex scandal, what more do you want? […]

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