Creative Class
  • idkrash
    March 24, 2011

    The like button isn’t clickable.

  • Jacob Adam
    March 24, 2011

    Cat needs to watch “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. He could make a mint!

  • Howlin' Hobbit
    March 24, 2011

    ok, dammit! now I want to see an ASCII animation of the Rodney King beatdown.

  • Future Corpse
    March 24, 2011

    “It’s Complicated”

  • ross hershberger
    March 24, 2011

    Yeah, Banksy gets it but I don’t think Thierry Guetta ever will.

  • Eric
    March 24, 2011

    1) yay!

    2) Well, I think the immediate appeal of solitary geniuses and masterpieces is they will outlive us. It may be hard for a cartoon character to entirely grasp the fear of mortality that creeps into the synapses of Ke$ha songs.

    3) Fringe was renewed!


  • johnfeilmeier
    March 25, 2011

    so where does that put the viewer?

  • Esn
    March 25, 2011

    Strange… were my comments caught by the spam filter?
    Ok, maybe it’s reacting to me posting a link in here.

    So since I can’t post a link… please use Google to find “The Cult of Originality” by Nina Paley. I think it may be relevant here.

    Thank you for this comic, Dorothy, it is lovely.

    Originality is just mushing together so many different things the unaided eye can no longer see what they are.

  • Erika
    March 25, 2011

    Yeah, I like reading old books and totally throwing authorial intent out the window, making up my own interpretations. Sometimes the reader’s new interpretations make more sense than what the author intended. (See “Shakespeare in the Bush.”)

  • nikki
    March 25, 2011

    why does this remind me of fashion? all I hear is how “original” something is because it combined the 70’s prints with skirts from the 50’s.. and blah blah blah…. or something being brought back after it was brought back, a supposed “irony” of sorts… it makes my head spin and makers me think how skewed this sense of “originality” means…

    (Oh wow fringe has been renewed!! thanks for letting me me know!!)

  • Dorothy
    March 25, 2011

    …and that was how I learned Fringe was renewed.

  • martin
    March 25, 2011


  • openuniverse
    March 26, 2011

    thierry gets it, he just gets it in an oversimplified, noob kind of way. and since he’s obsessive, he probably won’t move past that. but if he doesn’t get it, then art won’t ever reach anyone and it’s just art for artists, which is fine, but then don’t bother looking because the rest of us are too stupid to get anything from it, i guess

  • Girl
    March 26, 2011

    Theres a philosophy that humans can’t create anything new, that everything we create is an amalgamation of things that already exist.

  • David Thomsen
    March 26, 2011

    There is also a philosophy that morality is bunk, nothing we ever do really ‘means’ anything and that eventually the Sun is going to explode and everything we have ever accomplished will be wiped out. This thinking led to a brief period of my life when I behaved like tomorrow didn’t matter, but then I learned that nihilism just means having to pay off a student loan for the rest of your life.

    Aaanyway. This strip makes me think of those books that are currently proliferating like ‘Jane Austen meets Zombies’ and ‘Abraham Lincoln meets Vampires’ and inevitably ‘Jack Kerouac meets Cthulhu’. They are the ‘bacon flavoured mayonnaise’ of literature and only exist so that people raised by the internet have something to bond over.

  • theresa58x
    March 27, 2011

    Confession: My friends and I bond over Cat and Girl. Well, and alcohol. And the Contessa, self-winding watches, knitting, bowling ball croquet, bicycle injuries, and laughing at ourselves. And mortality.

  • Rollo
    March 27, 2011

    “I will only read things written by people who don’t know what they’re doing -”

    I’d say that that pretty well much works for the entire body of work of James Joyce. Even literary scholars don’t know what he was doing… I bet it was Laudanum.

  • Rodrigo
    March 27, 2011

    @David: Kerouac x Cthulu = GENIUS
    Originality is basically just doing something before other people (as far as anybody cares to remember). Memes are only considered original because of juxtaposition/recontextualization. You don’t need to be “creative” to create [something new]. That’s the entire concept behind genius, we’re simply conduits for interpersonal/social/spiritual/underlying psychological forces.

  • Esn
    March 28, 2011

    @Girl, exactly. The whole idea of “new” is a bit odd. You know the line about humans being made from stardust? Everything has a precedent. Unless you go back to when/where time and matter were one thing.

  • Charles
    March 29, 2011

    Dorothy is on a kick of having a big panel at the end, with no preceding panels on the side, showing a fascimile of a computer screen. Has she been reading the Scott McCloud book nobody read?

  • Devon
    January 11, 2012

    out of new ideas – mix up the old and used ones eg superman, who really is happy to be poverty stricken with failure.

  • Golux
    October 19, 2013

    Often the cynical new detritus is just detritus.
    Quickly an embarrassment to all.

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