One upon a time, my daughter and I had a discussion about how, sometimes, the comics I review just aren’t that good.  She pointed out that I’m the idiot in charge of picking the damn things, which… is a point for the kid, I guess.  I tried to explain to her that, sometimes, there is as much enjoyment in a completely ludicrous comic book as there is in a really good one, but I’m not sure the argument landed.  As with the movies of Ed Wood, there comes a point where the quality isn’t even an issue anymore, and the line betweeen Ridiculous and Awesome is a flat circle.  Many of my favorite characters and comics are just to the right of the line between “fine art” and “dumb joke”, and some of the greatest characters of our shared history fit that bill.  (See: TMNT.)  Ask someone Stephen’s or my age about the works of Sid & Marty Krofft sometime and enjoy the fireworks, leading us to today’s ridic-awesome query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will argue the merits of Hong Kong Phooey until we’re all blue in the face, asking:  What character best epitomizes the point where Ridiculous and Awesome intersect?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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