We mostly discuss individual daily comics here, but this is not a place for people to say “I hate this comic strip and its artist should never be allowed to work in this business again.” The CIDU page is a place for people who love comics, and the artists deserve respect. In the old format, when I chose which comments ended up on the page, it was easy for me to control this. Now I have to trust visitors to accept the rules.
Also: Sometimes, whether a particular person understands a particular comic can sometimes be incredibly random. People send me an average of 2 or 3 comics a day, and I give them explanations of virtually all of them: These might seem glaringly obvious to me, and then I’ll simply not get (and put on the page) a comic that’s glaringly obvious to everybody else. Sometimes when this happens, I get a comment such as “Hey, are you stupid or something?”
My response is generally along the lines of “No, I just didn’t get this particular comic. Leave and don’t come back.” I really hate to ban anybody, but I have no use for anybody who will come into my (virtual) home to insult me.
For those of you who are very new here, or are new to the new format, we’ve moved a bit beyond just explaining comics: We also have special sections for the Arlo Page (comics not appropriate for the young or easily offended) and the related Arlo Award (comics that appeared in mainstream newspaper syndication which obviously slipped by the censors — this being one of the more blatant examples).
(Contrary to popular belief, anybody can send me Arlo candidates: It might seem as if I only accept them from Nicole, but that’s simply because she has a remarkably developed sense of Arlodar)
By the way, the Arlo Page is named after Arlo Guthrie. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
Other special categories we have here are the Ewww Files (fairly self-explanatory), Comics That Made Me Laugh Out Loud (sort of a monthly hall of fame for comics we really, really got a kick out of) , and the ChadWatch. ChadWatch are comics that attempt to find humor from the 2000 presidential elections, usually by making references to hanging chads. I began this section back in 2001, because I was curious to pinpoint the very last chad-related gag (because seriously, the joke was well past played out by the time Bush took office). I never suspected that almost 7 years later, we’d still be collecting these.
Rather than cluttering up the site, I’ve moved most of the advertising offsite to http://www.comicsidontunderstand.com. You can help support CIDU by using this page for your Amazon.com needs, or by checking out some of the links on the page. Or not. I never expected CIDU to turn a profit, or even to cover a month’s worth of hosting fees: When a make a few cents on a sale or a click, I just think of it as somebody making a gesture of thanks. People have suggested I add a PayPal “please give me some money” button but I don’t know… I really don’t feel comfortable doing that.
And finally, if you have anything to send me — a comic you don’t understand, an Arlo or ChadWatch candidate or whatever, a suggestion, a warning that one of my posts contains a rather blatant Freudian slip — please e-mail me at cidumay2004 @ yahoo.com.