by Brad Carey

Due to budget cuts, I will be taking over the blog for a while.  It probably won’t affect you all that much, but it’s fun to know.  The website has been going great.  I am currently working about a week ahead, which is a fairly short amount of time, but the pressure keeps me motivated. 


by Earmouse

Dear Earmouse, I currently run a website and need to make budget cuts.  I have an employee who dropped the ball last month on his blog-advice-column, so I have decided to drop him, and run the blog myself.  He is a bit of an ego-maniac, and I fear he won’t take the news well.  How should I tell him I’m firing him from his blog?
— B.C., Big City, USA

It’s simple, B.C., don’t hold back.  Just tell him “you’re fired!”  Point your finger at him and everything… it’ll be hilarious.

Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, but “Ask Earmouse” is going on hiatus for a while. 

What?

Brad will be taking over the blog to save on costs.  There will be no regular schedule for Brad’s Blog, he will just post whenever he feels like it, about whatever he feels like 🙂


by Earmouse

Will the Dodgers sign Manny?
— Scott B., Newport Beach, CA

Good question.  As many people know, I am a huge fan of anything of or relating to “Hollywood”, including (but not limited to): Universal Studies, The Getty Museum, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Of course, I’m not going to answer your question directly, because I prefer to answer questions that can’t be verified for accuracy.  So Instead I will let you know what I would do if I were the Dodgers.  OF COURSE I WOULD SIGN MANNY!  And for whatever it took.  The guy is a star!  He reminds me of a bigger, dread-locked version of myself.  In fact, I would sign Man Ram and fire everyone else.  It would be a two-man show: “Earmouse and Manny Ramirez Live!”  The stadium would be packed every night to see me do my variety show, while Manny hits baseballs.  Every night would be a win.

Hey Earmouse, where can a cool guy like me acquire a good entourage for cheap?
— David L., Grants Pass, OR

An entourage for cheap!  Don’t you know there is no such thing?  Have you ever watched “Entourage” on HBO?  Look, David, this is one area in life where you don’t want to skimp.  Hook yourself up with a bad entourage and you could wind up stranded on the side of the PCH, with a flat tire on your Humvee, trying to wave down a hot chick to help you out … so I’ve heard.

Luckily, if you are really cool enough for an entourage, money should not be a problem.  First off, you need to relocate to someplace other than Grants Pass.  Have you thought about moving to someplace more “hip” like Las Vegas… or Burbank?  Second, star in a couple “B” comedies over the next 6 months, and then sign on for the leading role in a Hollywood blockbuster, for a cool $10 million.  Do those things and you will be well on your way to the perfect entourage.

Earmouse, do you ever review other webcomics?
— Stephanie H.,  St Paul, Minnesota

I have never done it before, but there’s a first time for everything.  If it’s reviews my fans want, it’s reviews they shall get!  So without further ado, here are reviews for 3 webcomics I found while Googling “webcomic” and “mouse” – a sure fire way to find quality work – right?

1) Misty the Mouse
I have to say I was intrigued by the name, after all, anyone named Misty is bound to be smoking hot.  Here’s a quick link Misty the Mouse  ummm… I don’t know who this Misty character is, but it’s pretty obvious the artist is not familiar with basic mouse anatomy.  Grade F

2) The Mouse Trap
I was expecting a scary, horror comic – but I was let down miserably.  First off, the main page The Mouse Trap has no comics on it.  In fact there isn’t really much of anything on this page, just a link to an old archive page.  And the archive page is where the disappointment continues.  I scrolled through the archive, and it was OK if you find video game jokes and Comic Sans original.  Myself I was looking for the star character… where’s the mouse?

I think the following sample comic sums up this strip, just replace the word “game” with the word “webcomic” Sample Comic (note: I would’ve linked to the actual page this comic was on, instead of the graphic, but someone is in love with frames). Grade F-

3) Beebleville
Now this is just one comic titled “mouse”… but it is brilliant!  Beebleville  I’m not sure I get the humor in the comic, but the fact that the mouse is hanging out in the guy’s pocket is very representative of what us mice like to do.  Also, I enjoy the fact that the female character does not want to harm the mouse.  My only criticism is that Beebleville should bring the mouse back for more episodes.  Let his character develop – he does good work.  Other than that, this comic is great!  Grade A+

 Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.  I apologize that I am not able to answer everyone’s questions, but that is the price for being popular.  Please continue to send questions to earmouse@comicsbybrad.com.  You can ask me about the web, comics, cheese, sports, or anything else you can think of. 
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