Joining us this week is friend of The 🌭 Zzone and beloved author of Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick, Jason Pargin! He, Brockway, and I (Seanbaby) share stories about how easy it is to bully cowardly publishers into taking articles down, and we’re trusting the world to use this knowledge only for good.
Our first version was taken off the store from what we thought was a trademark violation, which was strange because no company claims any ownership over this unliving parade leader of limitless cosmic suffering. How could they? How mirthlessly silly would Pete find such hubris to be? As you may know, the word we often use as a generic term for “flavored ice pop” is aggressively trademarked, but if that wasn’t it, why did they take it down?
Can you solve the mystery!?
You’re right! It turns out when Popsicle Pete became a top seller, some world wide web e-shirt executive noticed it and said, “That print is low quality.” So it wasn’t a copyright strike (yet). They just didn’t think the scan I made of a two inch misaligned print of a murder puppet from a bleeding 1949 comic then blew up to the size of a human chest looked very nice. So we paid Rusty to draw us a new one and then I made him look all fucked up in a hopefully more “intentional” way.
If you bought an original, congratulations! It’s a collector’s item– wear it carefully! And maybe buy this new, replaceable one for any knife fights or sexy car washes you’re attending. We’re also pulling some designs next week: Teamworking Dog, Punching Dog (all versions), Reading is Fucking Crazy, and Meatloaf problem are all going away. This is your last chance to get them! Okay, enjoy the podcast!