Haven’t posted in a while about the state of the site, but I’ve been working on it. Replicating the blog, from 2002 (and before!) to 2017 was a chore. In 2002 the blog was just an shtml site with weekly (or so) updates.
The name is redundant, but dwf forum = the Doc Weasel Forum (Forum).
Six color schemes with a H. R. Giger theme.
If you want to comment on any of the posts on dwb join dwf forum. We don’t have time to police the comments here for spam and trolls. The way the internet works, you get blamed for the comments, so you either have to censor them or you have to live with their stink on you. Instead, if you want to have your say, join the forum and post whatever stench you like. Since you have to join to read, no one can link hateful comments and try to pin them on us to the general public.
Redmeat was relatively painless, the only problem being every year the images are named according to the date they cam e out, meaning no 2 years are the same, so I had to correlate between the coding links and the actual files, but it only took a few hours and now comix is done. In the meantime, a friend has sent me more FFF stuff, but a lot of it is redundant (the fat freddie’s cat stuff mostly came from existing FFF comics) so I don’t know if I’ll mess iwth that. Cherries Jubilee 4 issues still has to be done, but that can wait.
Good couple of weeks, the MP stuff is in the rear-view now, might revisit in the future but would have to be very driven to do so, there is much more there than ever was on the original shtml site, we had none of the albums, no Live at Hollywood Bowl. The Meaning of Life DVD had just come out at the time and we did the transcription together as a group with one poor intern trying to type everyone’s interpretations without pausing the movie (we just watched it numerous times and fixed each time.)
Anyway, that’s all done for now and on to the comics, which went rather quick, other than the scanning, which was brutal. Then the color correction, resizing, thumbnailing, watermarking and coding the pages. Rather than dribble them out I just put them all online at once.
FFF and Cherry are about done today, might get on to RedMeat, which is a risk as its a going concern and there don’t seem to be any other repositories complete online. As such, it wouldn’t be worthwhile to spend a great deal of time on them. We’ll see. Maybe limit searches and rely on people stumbling on them?
The docweasel.com site was/is huge. It was 10 years in the making, the efforts of dozens of contributors and several obsessed editors, of which I was one. I just don’t have that drive anymore, especially since the entire E/N scene which supported the site and gave it a raison d’etre is long gone. Who cares anymore.
The only reason I’m trying to get the most valuable parts back up is all the work the original crew did was great and deserves to be around as long as I have hte resources to keep it so.
And, in putting up the old stuff I’m finding real value, including that rarest of avis, material no available elsewhere on the web.
We started docweasel.com in 1996 (!) first as site for a band, then it morphed into a giant thing with a staff of over a dozen by 2001, writing humor, music and movie reviews, a webcomic, monty python scripts and various underground comix and some tits.
By 2006 we had a burgeoning forum with thousands (hundreds really active) of members and 200k hits a day. Other things got in the way and people left and were not replaced until only 3 of us were really contributing, and then in about 2012 the forum broke and I never bothered to fix it and the site really nose-dived. No updates, no weekly articles or humor, just occasional blogging about some subject that interested one of us.
From about 2012 to Aug 2017 the site was almost unupdated except a blog post every few weeks.
Then dotster sends some official mail to the firstname.lastname@example.org site claiming we had too many files, and even though we had an unlimited storage account we still had many more than the typical site so we had to remove some. Even though we had unlimited storage. Too many files.
Went off on a tangent and abandoned Doom for a minute and threw up a new forum. Took a long time to set all the styles (very poor theme system neccessitated by-passing it and customizing styles, hundres of them). Doesn’t have the features of a php or perl board but shouldn’t be near the problems the old ones were, tehy are a full-time job just keeping online. Anyway, let’s see if anyone notices or comes back.
That’s it for all the pages full of thumbnails, a most annoying format for reading comics. However, how you can’t save them as easily, perhaps we’ll come up with a way of doing that, a zip or a pdf. But for now we have a much easier to read format, a full page slider for all 14 Fab Furry Freak Bros, all 22 Cherry Poptart and all 26 Omaha the Cat Dancers.
Along with its buddies Tales from the Crypt and Haunt of Fear, the holy trinity of EC Horror comics is complete with the addition of Vault of Horror. Together they comprised a trifecta of great art, stories and editing that influenced generations of comics. This is the last of the triumvirate to be posted, but we hope you enjoy the trio of fine horror comics resurrected from the grave and on display here at docweasel.com. They represent a troika of terror unmatched in comics history. Now that we’ve exhausted our synonyms for groups of 3 we’ll leave you to enjoy hit hat trick of horror/terror comics in peace. (more…)
After agonizing over what to add next (none of the comics we had on hand really excited us) we came into possession of some EC Comics classics, the big 3 horror series (more…)
At last, the blessed embrace of Slow Death! Great comic, illustrated by the likes of Crumb, Wood and a band of regulars. The downside is the comic was conceived as a eco-nut warning to kids and adults about the horrors mankind was doing to the planet. Yes, all that crap started back in the ’70s and despite the fact that none of the doomsayers predictions comes true they are still at it.
Huge project finished, all 22 issues of Weird Science and all 22 issues of Weird Fantasy and 7 issues of Weird Science and Fantasy.
Finally, the 4 issues of Incredible Science Fiction.
The timeline of these series and their issues looks like this (the first 4 were originally #12-15, a continuation of Saddle Romances) :
1. Weird Science #1-22 (May 1950-Nov 1953) & Weird Fantasy #1-22 (May 1950-Dec 1953)
2. Weird Science and Weird Fantasy Merge #23-29 Weird Science & Fantasy (March 1954-July 1955)
3. Weird Science & Fantasy changes its name and continues the numbering #30-33 Incredible Science Fiction (July 1955-February 1956)
WTF? you say? Well let me tell you a story.
Ok, so Dr. Atomic is up. I don’t know how we ignored this guy for so long, he’s way overdue to our legion of honor. Most of these are slapstick, druggie funnies, nothing too cerebral here but one funny note is the Marijuana Multiplier issue, which was basically how to use an Isomizer, if you were alive in the ’70s you’re aware of these things, they supposedly made poor pot good by going through a god-awful amount of trouble to distill down the intoxicants and leech off the dross, but I don’t think anyone ever made a profit or even gained an inch doing it.
All 8 issues of the sci-fi/fantasy comic Hot Stuf. Posted fairly painlessly, only 8 big (52-60 pages) issues and info, content, artist and synopsis was not hard to find. Great comic, enjoy!
Whew. To start with, there are 31 issues, more than any other series we’ve undertaken. Second, the powers that be determined that info and reviews of the issues should be included. All this resulted in about 2 weeks of intensive work getting these up, so I hope you appreciate it and we hope the stuff stays up.
Rip Off Comics all 30 issues in sliders for easy reading plus reviews, author notes, publishing notes, covers and etc.
The sex-filled antics of “funny animals”, which , ifyou don’t know the term, are animals who wlak and talk and dress and drive and live and love and fuck like people. Omaha the Cat Dancer was always titled with “funny animals” in the description.
Death Rattle, great horror and sci-fi comic, finally all 26 issues up, notated and credited. For some reason, this one took forever, probably because we couldn’t find a good source of info and had to pull contents from one site, credits and dates from another and transcribe all the notes from the inside covers, plus make all the slides.
The complete 24 original issues of Omaha the Cat Dancer, a “funny animal” soap opera with plenty of furry sex going on, by artist Reed Waller and writer Kate Worley, now posted. I’ve had these since the ’80s (some of them) and added to the collection over the ‘net in the ’90s and just getting around to posting them. Also 2 issues of Images of Omaha, which were tributes drawn by many comic artists as a benefit for Keen, the artist for Omaha, who had contracted bowel cancer at the time. Ironically, cancer would claim the writer of the series, Kate Worley, leaving the main story unresolved, but her husband stepped in and edited and added to her notes and I guess they finally did tie up all the loose ends.
We couldn’t resist making Plop the newest addition to our comics collection, with its MAD pedigree of Basil Wolverton covers as well as co-creator Sergio Aragones, the guy who draws the little funnies in the margins of MAD Magazine. But even though it’s a major publisher release (venerable DC Comics, home to Superman and Batman, among other classics) the feel is very underground and the stories are more EC than DC comics, with ghouls, horror, sci-fi and humor.
What’s next? We’d really like to feature the Naylor comics but there are 60 issues and we haven’t figured out how to display them yet. Thumbs suck, stacking them is so ’90s (although that’s what a lot of sites do) and 60 more sliders might be too much of a load. We’ll keep adding smaller series and see if there is any appreciable difference. If not, we’ll bite the bullet and do 60 sliders and 60 pages of Naylor. More likely, Death Rattle, Dr. Atomic or PeepShow might make an appearance next month.
We’re up to 12 comix sections posted so far. The new Cyclone slider, which doesn’t load on pages that don’t have a slider, has been very good about not exceeding bandwidth or slowing down the site. Still, there is probably a finite number of comic book sliders we can host.
After having added, what, 10 comic series in slideshow format using RevSlider, the site slowed to a crawl. You literally could not work on the backend because every time you hit “Update” or “Publish” you’d get a long delay, then a 500 Server Error or a 404 or a “cannot connect” whitepage. The server kept resetting. while a great deal of the problem lies at GoDaddy’s bullshit “tier” system, where they “limit” your CPU usage or I/O level.
Yes, the http://docweasel.com site is down, we’re aware, we’re working on it. See you soon.
UPDATE: We’re back. A hard-drive on the server shit the bed, luckily we’re backed up to the teeth and it was replaced quickly and efficiently by techman Gengshi. All is well.
Slave Labor presents One Fisted Tales, 11 issues of adult comics, dealing mainly with sex and sexual politics and sexual positions and all things sexual. Underground comics always did tend toward prurient interest, but usually in oblique or tangential ways, this one goes right for the gonads.
Cherry Poptart went on a 10-year hiatus but returned in the ’90s with Cherry’s Jubilee using new writers and artists, but still with the basic flair and flavour of the original Cherry. We’ve posted the 4 issues they released, consolidated with the existing Cherry content. Enjoy.
..you’ve got a kick-assitudinousness going that could give Ace of Spades HQ a run for their money. This is the kind of punk conservative insurgency that the GOP never saw coming, and yet….if you wanna talk Big Tent, well…here it is. That’s some damn fine college underground youth appeal in a bottle, which appeals to me even though I’ve been out of college since the ’80’s.
The Next Right…a magnificent rant! Unfortunately, too much of the blogosphere has ‘gone commercial’, with many of the more successful bloggers trying to imitate the tendencies of paid media. Too often, posts are written (or not written) out of concern for the fallout from a bigger (we hate the term “A-list”) blog which may cease linking them. That’s why (docweaselblog is) so refreshing in its candor and devil-may-care demeanor. It reminds us of a time when more of the blogosphere was this way.
— Mr. Snitch
Here at the mighty DWDOTCOM site we’re reorganizing the site and gathering posts, articles, humor pieces, music and movie reviews, some of which were ‘front-paged’ and never included in their respective category sections, reposting some of the ones that got the most reaction and views, categorizing those which were never organized, attributing to the correct authors those which were originally just posted under “docweasel” in the system even though they were signed by Vile or Sunny.
The main site, of which this blahg is but an tiny grain of sand in an ocean of desert, might be of interest to you and yours.
20k+ pages of movie and music reviews and articles, underground comix, humor, babes, Marie LeClare, Monty Python, computer games and so very very much more.
Its NSFW, if you’re squeamish, but if you don’t already know that then you’re already damned. Damned to hell.
In solidarity with other blogs and newspapers in support of free speech, we present this political cartoon which makes a trenchant comment on the tragic legacy of violence Muhammed, the prophet of the “Religion of Peace” spawned with his exhortations of the faithful to support world-wide jihad.
get your schwerve on.
Where do we go from here? We are leaning towards posting EC Comics GI Combat, our first ‘war’ comic, but we also have Army at War featuring Haunted Tank led by the namesake of J.E.B. Stuart, who comes as a ghost to advise him as they advance through Europe in WWII. We also have the complete Sgt. Rock, another great war comic but it’s 250+ issues so it would be quite a job to post them all.
Due to blahging, commenting and reading blahgz by others and comments by others, I’ve felt closer to the ‘action’ in this election and more a part of the process than any other political event in my life.
I guess its like that for all of us ‘citizens’ who used to always just read the paper and watch newscasts and the politicians and pundits and reporters were the ‘inside’ people and we’d only read about what was going on later maybe, filtered through a book or magazine article.