Hail To The King Of Pop
June 26th, 2009

Hail To The King Of Pop

I was sitting in a Dreamweaver class at a community college when the security guard busted into the room. Now I thought he was going to scream on me for having coffee in the computer lab. Instead he announced, “Michael Jackson is dead!”.

In the interest of honesty, I haven’t paid much attention to Michael Jackson in a looooong time. I lost interest when his music was eclipsed by his tabloid lifestyle. Still, I can’t discount the cultural importance he played in the lives of all of us who grew up in the eighties. He was the eighties and I loved it as much as anyone. I may have even choreographed my own little Thriller routine in my family’s living room and blocked the door with cushions so no one would watch. So I’ll try to remember him for those good times.

As my girlfriend and I watched the mourning crowds form on TV (and the rapid appearance of people selling Michael Jackson tribute T-shirts) I realized I had the urge to try and do a tribute comic. So many, many hours later, I present this very special bonus comic to you.

Now I tried to embed Thriller in here, but THE MAN shut me down. Still, he didn’t get to this version… yet…

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  1. Todd

    A succinct synopsis of the Michael Jackson legacy. Bravo! Another staggering analysis from everyone’s favorite lab rats.

    I must say I’m disappointed, though, that Mickey J’s death has consistently gotten first billing over Farah Fawcett’s demise. Why? Well, which had the greater impact in YOUR life?

    For me, it was Charlie’s Angel’s, which formed the archetypal ideal of woman in my impressionable young brain; and the ubiquitous Farah red swimsuit poster painted a sexy ANTE-glow over our collective childhood. What’s more, she was for a glorious Camelot moment, the princess bride to that other 70’s mega-idol, hero archetype Lee Majors, or as we knew him then, Steve Austin!

    The walking zombie that ‘thrilled’ us in the 80’s was a phenomenon, no arguments, but her sculpted us — and the Gen 13 zeitgeist — much less than the darling feather-headed Barbie with the Million-Dollar Mannequin smile.

    Or so this hero-worshipping fanatic would argue.

  2. Todd

    Hey, Kepler, how about a link to piezoelectric effect?

  3. admin

    Kepler wanted me to pass this along to you Todd. Cheers!

  4. Nathy

    Ben was my favorite Michael Jackson song and i kind of miss the King of Pop now that he is forever gone. I still have my collection of michael jackson cassetes in the old days..

  5. Mark

    I’m glad to see someone else still has some tapes sitting around. Mine are all in the garage and I play them when I’m out there working on stuff.

  6. Sheila May

    Michael Jackson would always be the King of Pop… He is one of the greatest figures in the pop music industry and we will never forget about him

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