The latest addition to the burgeoning sub-genre of postmodern webcomics is a Tumblr blog called @Peanutweeter, which integrates social media with comics by matching Twitter posts with Peanuts comics. Site creator T. Jason Agnello, a Washington state resident who toiled almost a decade in tech support, explained, "The site arose from the concept that the amusing and sometimes outrageous tweets out there would be even funnier or sometimes darker if they came from someone that everyone could identify with." Agnello sifts through his own Twitter feed for fodder, and when he finds something he likes, he pairs the tweet with a Peanuts frame that best suits the sentiment. His latest one shows Snoopy typing out the response to a question asking, "Has drinking helped your writing?" It reads, "No. I'm just an alcoholic who became a writer so that I'd be able to stay in bed til noon haha!"
Comics, those bastard children of art and literature, have certainly come a long way since the days of the ten-cent plague, when they were accused of breeding juvenile delinquency. (Concerned parents even staged Fahrenheit 451-esque mass burnings.) Comics like the Tumblr blog 3eanuts, which lops off the last panel of Peanuts comic strips to produce a greater quotient of existential dread, and the Dysfunctional Family Circus, with its user-submitted captions ("Yo bitch! I said more orange juice! Now, dammit!"), have become commonplace. There's even the Nietzsche Family Circus. (Dolly to mom Thelma: "Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.")
And don't forget Jersey Circus, which matches Jersey Shore quotes with individual panels. A world where Dolly is into jacked, multiple-growth-hormone-taking gorillas makes for some fun cognitive dissonance. (What is it about The Family Circus anyway, that makes it so ripe for parody? With apologies to Bil Keane, could it be because there's nothing circus-like about it, that it's actually boring and uneventful?) In any event, we're far beyond the silly comic parodies of MAD and Cracked, and Playboy's Little Annie Fanny with her hard-knock rack; the era of pomo webcomics is now upon us.