Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Blogger neogeomancer said...

His hand looks really stupid in that closeup.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Henchy said...

Stupid? No Way. He's clearly got a firm grip on the sturdiest part of the batarang.

9:46 PM  
Blogger neogeomancer said...

LOOK AT THAT FINGER IN THE BACK! Where did it come from?

I don't deny the grip, but that hand is alien to me.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Henchy said...

Yeah, that finger in the back is pretty questionable. What I'm fixated on now is the fact that he has no mouth.

8:09 AM  
Blogger neogeomancer said...

SNAP! You're right!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Henchy said...

You bet I'm right. I'm Nick Winters, and I do the entertaining, thank you!

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Antiquarian said...

I'm actually having quite a bit of trouble reconciling those instructions. So let me get this straight, if I lodge a bent crowbar/wrench contraption(with a keyhole in the middle) along a ledge somewhere, then I will be able to swing from my waist anywhere I want? Interesting.

Actually, I get that part but how does the bat-arang help me if the rope passes through it via a ring on the back? Sorry for all the questions, but this super hero stuff doesn't exactly come with a manual...

11:28 AM  
Blogger The Antiquarian said...

.....and one final observation, I imagine this version of Batman has the bonus skill of swiftly being able to chase criminals along gutter ledges with his one short leg, and his one long leg to easily navigate the uneven surfaces you often find in the Gotham terrain.

11:28 AM  
Blogger neogeomancer said...

Good questions. I also noticed that you are only required to have the loosest one-handed grip on the Batarang.

I also love that you can see the crease in the paper, meaning that this must have been carried around in someone's shirt or butt pocket.

12:06 PM  
Blogger The Antiquarian said...

I'll vote for the butt pocket over the shirt pocket - hands down.

Have you seen how varied the butt pocket can be? I mean the kids like those huge butt pockets that you can hide a gun or alcohol in, but the butt pocket also comes in narrow & long, wide & short, and the ubiquitous "wallet" sizes we all know and love.

The shirt pocket, for all it's strengths in function, is rarely offered in sizes larger than the average pocket protector.

I know this wasn't mentioned, but I think a more fair fight would be the jacket pocket(s) versus the butt pocket. I personally own a jacket with three outer pockets and two inner breast pockets(and one of them actually has a smaller pocket in that!).

Let's see the butt pockets try and carry a wallet, cell phone, house keys, ipod, those tasty little key lime green mints some restraunts give away, a few receipts, some canadian coins, and a remote control that you found on the side of the road and figured makes for a good phantom purse stuffing item.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Henchy said...


I'm glad that this has aroused (and I do mean aroused) so many insightful questions and observations. My guess is that because Batman has apparently lost his mouth, he's made up for it by creating an opening in his stomach from which a batrope attached to a batarang emerges. I would say that it just comes out of his utility belt alone, but even in the logic of a superhero world, there's just no way.

And if I'm not mistaken, I think the illusion of the one short leg and one long leg is cleared up once you see that the "short" leg is actually a bent long leg. This is totally not easy to tell due to the poor drawing skills of the artist.

Who do you think the artist is, by the way? Was it Alfred maybe? Just doodling? Maybe it's creased because Alfred had it in one of his super sneaky waistcoat pockets that only snobbish english butlers know about.

In any case, I never put anything in my back pocket. I am a front pocket being. However, no pocket thrills me more than the inside pocket of a nice blazer. And if that inside pocket also has a little pen pocket, then I'm beyond thrilled. I don't know why, but ever since I was a kid it always seemed very James Bond-esque.

Right now the front right outside pocket on my favorite blazer has a hole in the bottom of it so I have to remember to not put anything in it because fishing through the insides of your entire jacket for your keys while you're freezing in the cold is not fun. But at least it's not really hot, in which case I wouldn't be wearing a jacket, but I digress.

3:36 PM  
Blogger neogeomancer said...

Being of the lady-kind, I am dismayed by the fact that lady blazers never have inside pockets. Do ladies never get to look slick and pull a letterpressed business card out of a satiny inside pocket? Or a discreet pair of reading glasses?
Not to mention that the front and back pockets of all the pants I own can barely fit a bus transfer in them, much less my wallet, a stack of post-its with drawings on them, lip balm, my keys, and batarang instructions. True, I get to carry a purse, but hands free is really the way I'd like to travel.

7:03 PM  
Blogger The Antiquarian said... ever notice how no matter what size the pants are, the pockets in a particular style of jean are always the same size(or two) across sizes.

For instance, my sister is just a tad over 4 ft(technially she is a midget although I prefer to call her a petite little person). I noticed that her pockets are always either really tiny or really big depending on whether she is shopping in the little kids section or the adults section.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Henchy said...

"You see, Don. Batman--He nasty."

"Hope Rob don't say balls nasty."

"Balls nasty."

3:14 PM  
Blogger chimmychummy said...

are you kids finished?
now, give me something tp really think about.
peace off

5:54 AM  

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