I just wrote about a few random Futurama references in recent and semi-recent comics, and as if someone wanted to point out that I am apparently the target audience for all comic books, I opened up issue #7 of the Tick's new series and lo and behold, I find not just references to other things that I like, but eerily specific references that seem a bit close for comfort. That's not saying I didn't enjoy them - I did, oh I did. For instance:
Hey look, it's a Firefly reference - specifically to the character Jayne Cobb and his hat. You know, like the knitted one I have:
Here's me selling Franks and Beans at the New York Comic Con. With a Jane Cobb hat on. And the guy buying the DVD has another Jayne Cobb hat on. And a shirt. But okay, now, I know what you're saying (YES, YOU): that wasn't the most Jeff-specific reference that the book could have had, for sure. Shall I present, exhibit two:
This "biggest ball of time in Minnesota" billboard is a strange reference to the Weird Al anthem "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota". I have no idea why writer Benito Cereno had this take on the title, but perhaps it'll resurface for another issue in the future. Speaking of Weird Al, oh yeah, I'm a big fan. Here's a picture of me at a show last year, awkwardly handing him a comic that referenced him:
Not enough for you? Well here's a third, from the very same page:
The Corn Palace. The Corn Palace! It's located in Mitchell, South Dakota. How do I know this? Because I've been there. Oh, how I've been there:
Interestingly enough, Weird Al was having a concert at the Corn Palace just a few weeks after I found it.
Thanks, Tick series, for getting inside my brain.