JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 Guest Comic By John Kovalic Of Dork Tower

JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 Guest Fortnight is dead in the water! No power, no food and plenty of sea-wage backed up ┬áinto the staterooms, we’re now being towed back to port by a pod of friendly humpback whales. I’ve decided to cut the Guest Fortnight a bit short (you will still see the 2 additional guest comics when I head out to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon in a couple of weeks), since coming home from the JoCo Cruise has left me creatively charged and I am anxious to get back to work.

A weird thing happened when I put out the call for guest comics a few weeks back. Actually two weird things. First, nearly everyone I asked said yes. I usually ask for at least twice as many guest artists as I need expecting plenty of no’s. This time around the no’s were not to be found and the fantastic comics just kept hitting my inbox. The second weird thing is that three of the artists had THE EXACT SAME IDEA and turned in their comics at roughly the EXACT SAME TIME. It was obvious that a certain topic (one regarding folk covers of songs about butts and television networks drunk with power and copious legal council) was on a lot of peoples’ minds and ready to be made fun of in comic’d form. I’m going to post all three of these comics in a row so you can see how three fantastic comic artists interpret the same idea. They’re all great and come at the subject from a different angle.

The first offering this week is from John Kovalic of Dork Tower, Munchkin, Apples To Apples and SO MUCH MORE quality geekery. John and I spent most of the last couple of years just barely missing each other at cons and other geek gatherings. Finally, at last year’s SDCC and the ensuing W00tstock, we had a chance to sit down and talk (for maybe 5 minutes). Needless to say, we need to have more adventures in the very near future because he’s a hell of a nice guy and a fine cartoonist with a geek-cred-resume a hundred miles long.

COMMENTERS: Have you ever gone on a “bait and switch” trip, vacation, conference, convention, etc? My wife and I took an all inclusive resort trip to Puerta Vallarta back in 2006. This was before we drank and it turned out that drinking was essentially the only this this particular resort offered. I guess the idea was to keep everyone so drunk that they didn’t care that the food, amenities, entertainment, excursions and ALL OF THE REST OF PUERTA VALLARTA were terrible.

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  1. Most of my family vacations were essentially a trap, to put us in close proximity to extended family while we pretended to look at "tourist" crap.

    One year we went to Idaho. We got lost all day looking for Balanced Rock…which was no longer so much balanced as steel reinforced.

  2. It's a pity you didn't have a good time in Puerto Vallarta. I went there when I was younger and had fun snorkeling, hiking in the mountains(my sister rode a horse), eating Cuban food, taking a ride on a sailing ship, and hanging out at the pool at the hotel. Of course this was before Hurricane Kenna destroyed the place, maybe it's different now.

  3. I remember going with my parents (we're all classified as 'rednecks', though I prefer Swamprat) while they hustled some hustlers at an "all-inclusive" resort in Florida (I lived there for just shy of 20 years). The resort was basically a time-share motor-home park with included hunting trips, boat rides, camping excursions, etc. Basically we all played the stereotype of City-Slickers not knowing anything about Florida until the hustler asked us to sign the papers, at which time my father reached for a pen and 'accidentally' dropped photos of me with a wild hog that I killed.

  4. Dear god, were you all actually stuck on that nightmare cruise? The thought had crossed my mind that it was possible but there was no way to be sure. Dude, we totally could have mounted a balls out crazy rescue that would have looked like you were captured by honest to goodness pirates; not like those Somali posers. We coulda' had a jolly roger that bared the Apple logo with a bacon X behind it!

  5. Dude! My wife and I went on our honeymoon to an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta in 2006!
    We were both students, so we got married the weekend before spring break so we wouldn't miss a bunch of class. Unfortunately, that meant that our resort in Mexico was full of thousands of students on spring break. Lousy kids.
    Other than alcohol, the resort also offered 200 decibels of Queen's Greatest Hits. Every morning.
    We don't drink either.
    The stupid touristy area was stupid, but once we left there, I could speak some real Spanish and see the real PV.
    We went out and explored the town, ate at a couple great restaurants, did some snorkeling, rode horses to some waterfall. It was fantastic! I want to go back some time.
    I don't remember the name of our resort, maybe it was the same one the same week.

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