Today, we’ve added two hundred strips to the Outbursts of Everett True archives! Everett’s strip is a perennially popular feature at Barnacle Press, and it’s easy to see why.
The setup of the strip is extremely simple, in that wonderful turn-of-the-(last)-century way. In the first panel, Everett is subjected to one of the many common annoyances, indignations, and outrages that are foisted upon each of us daily.
In the second, he beats someone up.
And the rest just writes itself, folks! That’s a mark of genius, as far as I’m concerned: find a great concept and work it ad infinitum, into myriad variations on a theme. The fun is in the extraordinary variety of both offenses and ways to punish them.
More than just a great concept, this cartoon is the model of comic draftsmanship. There’s a tremendous, palpable feeling of weight in these comics. It’s important that it has this weight, which really drives the violence home in a tangible way. Outbursts of Everett True prompts a very visceral, cathartic feeling for me. The comic’s impact surpasses the wry head-shaker that you pin up on your office wall, a’la “They’ll Do It Every Time”, it provokes a sly grin and a chortle of delicious schadenfreude.
Well, it does for me, anyway. And I bet it will to you, as well. Of course, you and I are reasonable, rational people who would never dream of inflicting bodily harm on our fellow human beings.
Well, maybe we’d dream about it. Enjoy the strip.