Friday funnies redux

What are YOU on?

What am I on? Back in 2000, I was on VeloNews.

More Dark Ages cartoonery: This time you can blame Khal Spencer, who in comments recalled a VeloNews ‘toon I drew back in 2000, which seems like an awfully long time ago, in part because it was. And yet it seems so … timely, for some strange reason.

This may have been the introduction of a nameless recurring character, a reptilian dope fiend who, like the Fat Guy, grew progressively uglier as the years dragged on. Though the Fat Guy, of course, has yet to test positive for anything stronger than gravy.

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28 Responses to “Friday funnies redux”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Yep, that was it. Thank you, Patrick!

  2. Libby Says:

    Love seeing these cartoons!

  3. Sharon Says:

    I defy anyone to say that’s not lmao funny. Amazing talent you have Patrick.

  4. Steve O Says:

    Gotta hand it to VeloNews. Matt and Neal have been no-holds-barred on this thing. Neal’s “what it means to those involved” especially.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Patrick, do you mind if I use that cartoon with a tip of the beer stein your way? Got my own snide remarks on the bombtown site.

  6. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Any chance of compiling all of the old cartoons into, say, an on-demand ebook or something? Got a tri-fold appeal here.

    One, they’re pretty damn funny.

    Two, it would be a good pre-frontal cortex exercise to see how many I’d remember. If only to remind myself how much money I spent buying magazines featuring dudes riding bikes in their skivvies.

    And three, mostly timely, topical humor, so I for one would get a kick out of trying to place the context.

    • GJ John Says:

      I have to echo this. I only get the on-line version of BRAIN these days, so I don’t get to see your cartoons anymore.

      Come to think of it, I haven’t been able to find any of your stuff over at the BRAIN website. Could you do your loyal following (cough, cough) a favor and let us know when some of your stuff gets posted over at BRAIN or elsewhere? We just like to see how much material you recycle.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’ve thought about doing another cartoon collection, but one of the problems I have with the notion is the same one I had with the original: Most of the stuff was so dated that as I assembled it all I decided I needed to write explanatory notes under each ‘toon to remind folks what I had been raving about at the time.

      Doing a collection of the “Shop Talk” strips from BRAIN wouldn’t require as much of that, because it’s less about what’s going on cycling right that minute and more about making silly-ass jokes.

      And speaking of BRAIN, I don’t know whether they’re archiving any of my stuff on the site. An editor or two ago I told them I wouldn’t mind, but the site’s been through a redesign since, so if they had been archived, who knows where the hell they are now?

      I should archive some of that stuff myself. It doesn’t all suck, no matter what the readers, advertisers and editors say.

  7. Larry T. Says:

    This cartoon points out well the sheer audacity of the BigTex scam. Not only did the cheat pretty much through his entire career but did a whole lot of implying that while others might have been cheating HE was certainly NOT! While plenty of others in cycling history have cheated, have any crowed so loudly to the contrary?. Ol’ Karl Rove uses the same BIG LIE strategy with his Repuglican Party. Once BigTex is officially yanked out of the record books, let the lawsuits begin! Looks like the Sunday Times of London is already in the starting blocks.
    http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13056/Sunday-Times-considering-legal-action-against-Armstrong.aspx

    • brokenlinkjournalism Says:

      Larry, isn’t that the case with a lot of deniers?

      They deny that they do what it is that they find most inexcusable, imply that everyone else does the inexcusable, and then look surprised when they are caught doing the same?

      Usually this involves cops breaking the law, politicians with hands in cookie jars, anti-gay gays, etc. So it should not come as a surprise that dopers who claim innocence – or at least insist that they are ‘above the law’ – react the same way. As someone who is very smart once said: if you keep telling a lie, at some point you believe it so it must be true (or something like that).

      I wonder: has anyone seen anything from Filippo Simeoni since this story unraveled? He and Kimmage should get together and write a scathing book about this entire fiasco. I would read it!

      • Larry T. Says:

        Sure, look at Rush Windbag going on and on about how dope addicts should all be locked up, while doing his own hate-radio shows fueled by pain killers obtained via phony RX’s. Cheats are one thing, hypocrites another! Simeoni’s made a few comments on various websites and I wonder if the UCI will now have the audacity to show up at their court proceeding against Kimmage in light of the recent revelations about their governance (or lack thereof)?

  8. Larry T. Says:

    Still out there – http://www.amazon.com/Season-Starts-Cycling-Cartoons-OGrady/dp/1884737668/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1350148938&sr=8-16&keywords=the+season+starts+when%3F
    I’ve still got a copy on my shelf. Must be good, someone is asking more than a $100 for a new copy!

  9. Ira Says:

    Good one OG, brings back some memories. The sad part is that even back then everyone with a clue about bike racing knew Postal was running on a lot more than bread and water, and it took until now before anybody did anything about it.

  10. Sharon Says:

    If I’m going to pay that much would rather it come directly from the artist. Do you have any more copies Patrick? Would love to get an authographed copy for $100?

  11. Derek Says:

    One of the reasons I enjoy your comics so much. If you had been that truthful with words then, you would not have made a living in this industry. Therefore I look to the comics for the truth, as always.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Oh, I was writing some pretty nasty stuff too back in 2000. By that time I’d been involved in cycling journalism for 11 years and my cherry was long gone.

      But like the ‘toons, it was obvious to even the dumbest shyster that whatever I wrote was fairly boiling over with satire and parody, which enjoy a little greater latitude than straight reportage when thin-skinned types start bandying about words like “libel” and “lawsuit” — especially when one is heaping said satire and parody atop a public figure.

      I will confess to dialing my act down a notch from time to time. I didn’t want to make things any harder on the guys in the field than was absolutely necessary. I was making my little japes at other people’s expense from the comfort of the home office; they were actually out there going face to face with the objects of my derision.

  12. Steve O Says:

    Speaking of the funnies … What does As the Toto Turns do now? No funny dealing in double-speak when the truth is out n

  13. khal spencer Says:

    Nike Advertisement, original and revised, courtesy of Bike Radar.

    revised…

  14. Opus the Poet Says:

    This cartoon has inspired my Halloween costume: a USPS yellow jersey with cycling shorts and a meat-basting syringe hanging out the back. Fortunately I have the physique to pull that off. Unfortunately I don’t have the bike speed to pull that one off… 😛

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