The Alot is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people’s grammar. It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours of entertainment for me in a situation where I’d normally be left feeling angry and disillusioned with the world.
That’s from today’s Internet Awesome Alert. I feel kinda stupid pimping a blog that gets 2 million visitors a month, but whatever. I just discovered Hyperbole and a Half. It’s written and drawn by Allie Brosh, columnist for The Gloss, whose goal is “to win the internet”.
There’s something deeply lovable about the art direction, in spite of it’s (literal) rough edges. It’s cute and funny and awkward and sad and endearing, because life is all of those things, sometimes all at once. Whether she’s talking about a grammar monster, the fish that almost ruined her life, or whether her dog is secretly retarded (spoiler alert: yes), the mix of pathos and ebullience warmed my cold black heart. Tell me this image for the retarded dog doesn’t turn your insides to kittens and cotton candy and rainbows:
Her logic is epic. Magical space bear? Why? In Allie’s words “You know what? Fuck it.”