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PopCult: Beloved of the People

Your site is the most brilliant thing I've ever seen. The information contained within is engaging and American and hearty. The bloke who wrote the last letter thinks you guys are ironic hipsters… well... I think the opposite is true. The page basically exudes true love of the subject matter, and it doesn't reduce interest in pop culture's past to some fleeting kitsch fad. I've been reading PopCult loyally for about a month, always planning to write a letter of appreciation and thanks to those responsible for its compilation. I never got around to it. But today, seeing P-Funk on the front page nearly brought me to tears. I mean, I LOVE that band. Plus you have a link to the Battlestar Galactica guy's website, which had a link to the Battlestar Galactica Fan Club, which one may join for free! (Membership cards are only available to those who purchase $50 worth of BSG merchandise, sign up for PayPal, or partake in sundry other convoluted monetary ordeals…and membership cards ARE half the fun of Official Fan-dom, but this is all still rollicking on some level.) And Dinosaur Land was classic.

Thank you, PopCult.

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Your site is beyond words. It's beautiful, I love it.

Thank you!

Eddy Fischer
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Cartoonists in the Trenches

There are other strips out there working hard...just not in your local newspaper...

Hogan's Alley has an article on the 20 best comics in newspapers you're not book stores now and online at


Michael Jantze

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I didn't mean to imply that Darby Conley is the only comics artist who's any good–just that he's one of the very few good, youthful ones actually being published by newspapers. There are no doubt many talented illustrators out there either not getting enough support from their syndicates or not even getting their pens in the door. Discerning comics-lovers must look to alternative weeklies and the Internet to find something beyond the recycled gags of Beetle Bailey and Family Circle.


Location, Location, Location

Hey Guys,

I must say, this is an awesome site. I don't remember how I stumbled across it, but I'm happy that I did. There was a feature on Chinese propaganda on the front page, but now I cant find it. Can you direct it me to it?

Greatly appreciate it,

(e-mail address withheld)


This brings up the Great Search Engine issue–namely, why don't we have one? Well, the answer is that I just don't feel the content has reached critical mass yet to demand a search engine. Right now I like the idea of readers exploring around the site to discover things, not unlike a real magazine. But once the number of stories gets so huge it's mind-boggling, I'll add in a search function. As for the Chinese propaganda, that can be found on the Website of the Week archive page.

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