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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Minions #313 - That Sinking Feeling!

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Greetings, Sink Traps and Plumber's Nightmares!

Due to extenuating circumstances here at the Lair, we're running late this week, so I'm going to keep this short.  But I'd like to dedicate this cartoon to everybody out there that could use a little cheering up.  You know who you are!

Baring more unforeseen emergencies, we'll be back here next week!  See you then!

- Steve

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Minions #312 - Meet Doctor Wallstreet

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Greetings, Fertilizer Spreaders and Tissue Matches!

A funny thing happened along the way to this week's cartoon...

We've never gone out of our way to be topical here at Minions at Work, though we've occasionally strayed across the line when there was a joke or a topic I just couldn't resist (as in last week's cartoon).  But in general, we've always steered clear of anything too controversial.

But last week I was looking through some of our stats to see which cartoons had the most page views, and to my surprise, pretty much all of the most popular ones had some topical element to them.  Which means my new philosophy here is that while I'm not going to seek out controversy simply for shock value, I'm not going to be quite as gun-shy about doing that kind of material if it suggests itself.

Now, don't expect "Minions at Work" to turn into "Doonesbury."  My preference is still for irreverent and absurdest humor and for pop-culture references rather than political ones.  But you may see a few more topical cartoons now and then, especially as we head into the election (which has already reached off-the-chart levels of insanity).  And know that as always, we will always lampoon real-life's lesser-evils where ever we see them.

It was in this spirit that I was inspired to throw together a new Overlord this week, "Doctor Wallstreet."  Really, in retrospect, I should have had a character to dig into Wall Street and corporate greed a long time ago.  I have a family member who used to work in the legal department of a brokerage firm, and then quit in large part because they couldn't stomach the ethics of what was going on there.  This was a long time before the economic collapse or the bail-outs started, so this has been on my radar for a quite a while.

Normally, when I make a new character, they sit around the studio here for a while as I figure out who and what they are before featuring them in a cartoon.  But this time I felt I was already so late to the party, Doctor Wallstreet got shoved out there pretty much as soon as I'd put him together.

So I don't really know what his back-story is yet.  All we know is, he's hideously scarred, wears a power suit with black gloves, and carries an aluminum brief-case.  At the moment, he's also wearing a riot-gear helmet and an assortment of tear-gas grenades, but his accessories may change as time goes by and those cease to be relevant.

I don't know how much we'll see of him.  Some villains like Doctor Coldblood, Doctor Funkystein, and Doctor Head-in-a-Jar show up all the time.  Others, like Cap'n Rehab, show up regularly but less often.  And others like Doctor Santa show up only a few times a year, or only as supporting characters or in Legion of Dread group shots.  Only the future will tell.  And past performance is no guarantee of future results! There.  The Legal Department told me I had to put that in.

See you guys back here next week!

          - Minimally Topical Minion Master, Steve
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Minions #311 - Spin Doctoring

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Greetings, Fringe-groups and Core Constituencies!

Hey, we only occasionally get political here at Minions at Work.  But considering some of the clowns and nut-jobs who have managed to get themselves on the national radar this election season, you can't blame us for at least poking fun at the process.  Especially not the part where the candidate, who appeals only to a loyal base consisting only of one-eyed, one-armed, left-handed neo-Nazi, anime-loving, poodle breeders, and who sends everyone else screaming for the exits, is "rebranded" in an attempt to appeal to a broader audience.

Let's face it folks, the old saying is true: you can't make a silk-purse out of a genetically engineered dinosaur-man, no matter what color Kool-aid you make him drink.

Just sayin.'

See you guys back here next week!

                       - Muddled Message Minion Master Steve

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Minions #310 - Pay Per View

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Greetings, Seekers and Suckers!

Occasionally we must all pay the price of Minion enlightenment, so I'm pleased to announce that Mrs. Minion Master (writing under her pen-name of Christy Fifield) has a new mystery novel coming out in trade paperback and ebook tomorrow (Monday, March 6th, 2012) from the fine folks at Berkley Prime Crime.  It's called "Murder Buys a T-Shirt," and it's the first in a new series of mysteries set in the Florida Panhandle, and set in a -- wait for it -- haunted souvenir shop!  Yes, there are dead bodies, tacky post-cards, clue-delivering ghosts, and a foul-mouthed parrot that will make you laugh out loud!  Surely you or some mystery lover you know will enjoy it!  Make it happen!

Better yet, make it happen in the first couple days of release, when even a small spike in numbers can really help a book's long-term success!

Why?  Because the Minions need support to keep up our evil activities, and whatever Mrs. Minion Master makes is community property!  Half of that cash is mine, baby!  We're EVIL dammit!

So order a copy right now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell's Books, your favorite local bookseller, or on your favorite device! Do it now!  Your Minion Master commands it!

See you next week!

        - Minion Shillmaster Steve

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