Re: CHAT: Ijat, ijat!
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, June 10, 2004, 9:40|
On Wed, Jun 09, 2004 at 10:51:48PM -0700, Garth Wallace wrote:
> This sort of thing is common online, especially (it seems) on IRC. A
> right-hand-shifted mistyping of "Woohoo" in a Transformers channel
> became the rallying cry of a webcomic character ("Wiigii!"
Even before IRC . . . in the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.comics (RAC), back
brefore it split up into separate subgroups, a poster once intended to ask
about the latest issue of "Suicide Squad" . . . but typoed the name and
asked about "Suicide Squid" instead. Naturally, the helpful denizens of
RAC replied with all sorts of details about what was going on in this
fictitious comic book. This was followed by the production of a T-shirt
with art by an actual comics professional depicting Suicide Squid in all
his underwater glory, with his motto ("The seaweed of crime bears bitter
fruit!"), and a supposed Squid monologue, a modification of Puck's
final speech from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" .
To this day the annual RAC user-voted awards for the comic book industry
are called "Squiddies".
So a lot can come from one little typo.