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That's it. We ran this baby for 207 strips, and that feels pretty good. I appreciate you taking the time to comment, and I hope you'll check out our other endeavors.
Well folks, that's it. It's been real. It's been fun. It has, in fact, been real fun. Many thanks to all our readers, and a special thanks to our guest artists who joined us in building something. Dadicus, Dann Phillips, AHH, Ibai... There have been no fewer than 150 guest artists who threw in their considerable talents to make this webcomic endeavor work. That's awesome.

And while this baby has wound down, we're still charging forward into a glorious future. You can follow E as he puts together his new movie Love Letter over at www.207pictures.com, and you can check out my collection of short stories Static to Signal.

Again, many many many thanks to all your wonderful bastards who commented, contributed, liked, tweeted, up voted, or simply read our silly little pictures with words on them.

C
So on one hand it seems totally unlikely that a ragtag rebellion--often led by a kid, a walking carpet, two gamblers, two droids, and a princess--would have any chance of defeating a galactic empire. On the other hand, the empire is extraordinarily stupid, and the rebels have dramatic irony on their side. So... there you have it.

I remember watching the Return of the Jedi when I was ten and thinking to myself, "The Star Destroyer just crashed into the Death Star. SWEET IRONY!" And then when watching the prequels, I thought to myself, "So the rebellion was initially created in order to increase the Palpatine's power, but it's also what ultimately led to his downfall. JARJAR SUCKS!"

Yeah. And that's about all I've got to say about that.
C
Today's guest penciler is Eric Tolbert. Our guest colorist is our friend AAH! Click their names to see more of their work.

Someone got paid to design the AT-AT. A whole lot of someone's got paid to build them. The Empire needs oversight, man. I mean be evil if that's your thing but shitty design is shitty design, you know?

E
Today’s guest artist goes by the handle Chocoreaper. She is—as far as I know—our first Indonesian guest artist. To see more of her work, check out her deviantArt page.

Charades even sucks when you have super powers.

One of my personal super powers, by the way, is my uncanny ability to reference Aaron Sorkin's work. See if you can spot it in the strip above.

See? Now it's not just a comic, it's like "Highlights For Children!"

Some day, maybe years from now, when it's years out of date, maybe then I'll stumble onto this comic sitting in a dentist's waiting room. And on that day I will call my mother. "Mom," I will say, "I've made it."

E
People of the world,
Next week we'll be clearing house and releasing a final few strips. Today, I want to take a second and plug my partner-in-crime's movie endeavor. If you haven't contributed yet, it may be because you haven't watched their video. So, why not take a couple of minutes and enjoy some more free laughs. You can find the video at www.llkick.com
-C
This is, in all likelihood, last call for The Cutting Room. We have a couple of more comics coming probably, but this is my big finish. It's been a ride, man.

But don't be sad. I'm not just moving on; I'm moving up. I'm dedicating myself to this bit of badassery.

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Thanks so much to all of you who have come to see our work and especially to all who have said nice things. I've really enjoyed this strip, I've really enjoyed talking to so many of you over the years, and I remain very proud of the stuff we've done. I love you all.

The biggest thanks go to C, my partner in crime and the guy who did all the real work that made The Cutting Room more than just silly shit in my head. You gave us two years of laughs and art, brother. And It means a lot.

In the absence of The Cutting Room, if any of you would like to laugh at my thoughts, there are many, many options. They can all be found through 207pictures.com.

And, right now, nothing is bigger in my life than a little movie called "Love Letter." We're shooting this summer, it's kickstarting now and if you want to own a piece of the film we'd love to have you on board.

Thanks for it all, guys.

And, who knows, maybe I'll see you in the funny pages again someday,

E
I would like to dedicate this comic, as I do with all of my Street Fighter strips, to TS. Because of reasons.

The last time I wrote about SF I wrote about my days as a hustler at a local arcade. Paul Newman’s ghost is in talks to play me in the movie because even dead and completely age-inappropriate Paul Newman is still pretty much as good as it gets.

I wrote about my days as a hustler last time and then I later expanded on those ideas for an article on the very cool site, Games Saved My Life, which I encourage you all to read if you enjoy things.

Since then I played a little Marvel vs Capcom 3 and what I learned was that fighting games have passed me by. I got old and I spend my days making movies instead of training in an arcade and I got my ass handed to me like whoa. And that’s okay. Because I’ll always have Paris.

Speaking of movies, by the way, if you wanna help me make one, that can be arranged.

E
Just when you thought it was safe to go back online… just when you thought The Cutting Room was dead… we’ve returned for a last triumphant death rattle of victory. Sure, we took almost a year off, but that’s because we’ve been making movies and babies and shit. Not together mind you. E’s been making the movies; I’ve been making the babies; and when we make our shit, we make it totally separately.

But we’ve got a final few strips to share with the world. And we’ll be releasing them over the course of the next couple of weeks. So as Jean-Luc Picard once said, “Once more into the breach, dear friends!”

Oh, and before you start bitching about how Jean-Luc Picard was just quoting William Shakespeare, let me set the record straight. Jean-Luc makes up the line on the spot to Doctor Who (issue #2, page 3, 7th panel of the now infamous Star Trek/Doctor Who comic series), and Doctor Who delivers that line to The Bard in a deleted scene from the Series 3 episode, “The Shakespeare Code.” So, clearly Jean-Luc came up with it. If you don’t believe me, spend hours and hours googling it. You’ll see. You’ll all see.

Anyway, welcome back us.
- C
Today’s guest artist is Dave Hulteen. To see more of his work, check out his website or his deviantArt page. You can also find him on facebook.

C
You're walking down the road in a five hundred dollar suit when--EGADS!--you see a person drowning in a lake. To save them means ruining your suit. Do you do it? Most people are like, "Hell yeah. I'd totally do it." But if told you that there was someone dying in Ethiopia and that five hundred dollars would save them, would you pay the money? Most people, I'm guessing, wouldn't. And what's the difference? I mean mathematically they're the same, right? It seems like the difference is proximity. We're hardwired to be moral to the please close to us, but people outside the realm of our experience exist only as abstractions.

As far as I can tell, that's the only way to explain the crap-tacular shit storm of troll behavior. These obnoxious as hell individuals may well have lives filled with kindness and love, but they get online and their demons are stronger than their ability to think abstractly, so they spew hate all over the place. Never in a million years would they talk to someone in person the way they write online. It probably wouldn't even occur to them.

And the people who aren't trolls--the decent people who make up the quieter majority. I think they got love in their hearts and intelligence in their heads. Thank god for them.

C
Today's guest artist is Renee Kawaii. To see more of her work, check out her deviantART page.

Sarah Palin's whack-umentary came out on DVD last week. I want to be clear for a minute that The Cutting Room doesn't have a specific political agenda. For example, my partner-in-crime and I have completely differing opinions of Sarah Palin. He thinks she's a bat shit crazy bitch who's just nuts enough to think she could one day be president. And I respectfully disagree. I think she's a stupid bitch who's just stupid enough to think she could one day be president. See? We've got political diversity here.
C
E&C
October 4th, 2011
Today’s guest artist is CJ Reynolds. To see more of his work check out his deviantArt page.

C
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Today's guest artist is Erin Casteel. To see more of her work, check out her deviantART page.

The subreddit in question here is called, “gonewild.” I imagine most of you can find your way to it without our help if you are so inclined. Assuming it isn’t already your homepage.

I actually discovered the thing a few weeks ago when I followed back some traffic that came at us from the gonewilders, which was pointing at a comic my esteemed partner had written which, in its very title, contained the word “MILF.” If we’re calling that a word now. It’s my understanding that our standards for such things have slacked in recent years. I can’t be sure, though. I’m boycotting the OED until they put “Sheepdip” back in. Sheepdip is my boy. Solidarity.

But, yeah. Over at gonewild people are going mostly very tame, to be honest, but they are arriving with little or no clothing. At first I marveled at it. The idea that this many humans would be willing and eager to put themselves out there, nakedly, for no cash and with the hope of praise and the desire, I would assume, that people would masturbate to pictures and videos of them.

I didn’t think less of them; I just couldn't wrap my head around them. I wondered. What makes a person do this?

And then it clicked into place, like the hammer on a revolver promised suicide. It’s what I do every day. In movies and books and even in this silly webcomic I put myself out into the wolrd more naked than naked and I hope that people will like me. And I hope they get off on my mind. It clicked and I remembered that we are brothers and sisters, all. And I cleared my recent history and I closed the browser and I still have no idea what would make a person do this.

E
Today we're lucky to have Joshua Otero return to the fold. He handled the art chores for the Smurfs Vs. Avatar strip we did a few weeks ago. To see more of his work, you can check out his homepage or his blog or his portfolio or even his linkedin page.

Yeah so when I was growing up (last week), I had to often ask if something like "roommate" was one word, two words, or hyphenated. It seemed to happen almost everyday in casual conversation.

"Is 'everyday' one word, two words, or hyphenated?"
"Shut up, motherfucker!"
"Is 'mother fucker' one word, two words, or hyphenated?"
"You're getting an ass-kicking?"
"Is 'ass-kicking one word, two words, or hyphenated?"
"Hai-Yah!"

And then, when I'd get out of the hospital... Yeah, so that was my life.

But seriously, I'm not sure why different heroes do it differently. Is Batman more bat than Spider-Man is spider? By making Iron Man two words, is Tony Stark trying to put distance between his machine and his humanity? Who knows?

I do know that I love super heroes, and I love grammar. So that's something.

C
E&C
September 11th, 2011
Today's guest artist is Robert Barnett. To see more of his work, check out his website or his deviantART gallery. And for some webcomicky goodness, check out Johnny Samurai Private Eye.

To the moon!

C
Today's guest artist goes by Charity, and that's exactly what it was when she agreed to help us out with a strip. To see more of her work, check out her deviantART page.

Today's strip is just an assemblage of other bad movie ideas based on board games, so any commentary I have, I already said with the Hungry Hungry Hippos strip. Thanks for reading!

C
Today's guest artists are Bryce "Bee" Bradbury-Flint and Stephen Elliget who run the hilarious Total BS Comics. You can also "friend" them, "like" them, or "poke" them on facebook. Back in my day, you need a Chevy with a big back seat to do that.

Now, if you're wondering why in the fuck we would make a webcomic about a Hungry Hungry Hippos movie, it's because Hollywood has recently taken to board games to launch new franchises. Rock-em Sock'em Robots and Battleship already have trailers out, and if you haven't heard, Candyland, Monopoly, and wait for it... a Rubik's cube movie are all in the works? WTF? I mean, everything's a sequel these days, or a remake, or a relaunch, or an adaptation, but it's one thing when you're translating a book like Harry Potter or a character like Spider-Man to the big screen, it's something else entirely when you're trying to turn games that barely entertained me when I was four into movies. That's just ridiculous.

You know, I remember when the Matrix came out. I remember being blown away by how well crafted it was, how exceptionally well they fused together disparate parts of our cultures to form a story that at once felt familiar and completely original. And it's been a LONG time since I've felt that way in the theater.

And I miss it.

EDIT: Someone pointed out to me that there already was a Rubik's cube TV show, and that's just weird.
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Today's guest artist is our friend and co-conspirator Dann Phillips. To see more of his work, check out his website or his deviantART page.

C
Today's guest artist simply goes by crisgud. To see more of his work, check out his facebook page or his deviantArt page.

For the last decade or so Brian Michael Bendis’s Ultimate Spider-Man has basically been Dawson’s Creek with superpowers. That’s what I LIKE about it. It was one of my favorite super hero books of the 2000’s and I’m looking forward to where it goes from here.

As for the racists that came out of the woodwork to be awful about the changing face of Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe? I don’t know, man.

Aside from being taught not to be a piece of shit by excellent parents, one of the key reasons I can’t even understand where racists come from is comic books. I grew up on a steady, heavy diet of X-Men and Spider-Man comics and I saw them protecting a world that hated and feared them and I saw how that weighed on good people doing their best to do good things in a sometimes not-so-good world. And I never sat down and said to myself “I’ll never be a bigot!” It literally never occurred to me that hating people because of their skin tone or sexuality or super powers was an option. So when I see people getting all racisty over the very medium that taught me so well to be kind and accepting my mindhole explodes and I just think, clearly they were reading something else growing up. Maybe the KKK makes comics. I don’t know. But Wolverine and Storm and Xavier and Spider-Man taught us better than this.

Bigotry makes us small and sad and less than we are. Comics are silly and spandexy and face-punchy, but they are also, very, very often morality tales. They’ve got things to say about how we can be more. Let’s listen.

E

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