Original Release Date: June 25th, 2004
There's a lot of real-life influence on this page. I really did hate those new Cadillacs, and Mike keeping a journal is straight outta my recent real-life journaling. Mike even takes a shot at his old boss by keeping his journal in a Bob's TV and Bridge Repair guide, presumably dug out of the truck's glove box. Also, as an English major, Mike's confusion over the usage of well and good is a grammar reference I can appreciate.
Then there's the joke concerning sneaking marinara sauce into soda. This originates from my days as a youth bowler. One of the guys on our team, my friend Chris, always got mozzarella sticks with marinara and a Mountain Dew from the snack bar. My friend Nick, Chris's cousin, would always threaten to dump Chris's marinara into his Mountain Dew when he was up to bowl. I don't recall that it ever actually happened, but surely it did at least once. I miss those Saturday afternoon bowling alley antics, which also included entering our names as Space Ghost or Powerpuff Girls characters and issuing nerdy battle cries before games started.
Hello, everyone! I hope you are enjoying the relaunch of Mike and the Ninja and the accompanying commentary. It has been a surprising amount of fun for me to read through them again and record my thoughts. I'm really unimpressed by some of it, but I'm amazed at my sense of humor at other times. There are a lot of jokes in these pages that I'm not sure I would have come up with today. I don't know if my taste in humor has changed, or if I'm just less funny now, but there is some good stuff in here!
As far as the website goes, there is still a lot of behind-the-scenes work to do. The new website is actually supposed to be automated--the current day's page should appear on the homepage, and the archive should automatically update. However, I don't have it all working yet, so I'm updating the site manually every weekday morning. It turns out I know a lot less about PHP than I thought, and all the automation and archiving aspects of the website are causing a lot of problems. If I had known it was going to be this much trouble, I would have found a different solution. I'll get it figured out one of these days; I keep pecking away at it during the times when I haven't lost all patience with it. The About page will get more things added to it as we get deeper into the archive, and an Extras page is forthcoming.
That's all for now! Thank you very much for your continued support of Mike and the Ninja. I'll be back again soon with more updates, and new comics will continue to be posted on weekdays. Take care!