- What the hell is this?
A webcomic created by George Blair IV, Danielle Werner, Michael Stueber, and Genevieve Collins.
- Is this supposed to be funny?
- Okay, but is it supposed to be funny to me?
That's purely coincidental, if it is.
- So, what's the storyline?
Lil Attila is a small child who dreams of invading the world. He goes to the School of Historical Inaccuracies, a boarding school for wayward youths. He is flanked by Lil Liz of England the Queen, Joan of Arc (Post-Cremation), Vlad-Boy the Viking, and Billy Shakespeare the Bastard Bard of Olde England. Every now and again, there are other young anomalistic celebrities walking the halls, as well. They are led by several professors, including their headmaster, the Pope.
- I don't get it.
I'm sorry; all statements must be made in the form of a question.
- Okay then, what is it that I'm supposed to get?
Scurvy. Don't drink orange juice.
- Where did the idea of this come from?
Lil Attila was first conceived (as a character) on the bakery box. The Pope soon followed, for an antagonist character. Preliminary concepts for Liz, Billy, Joan, and Vlad were drawn up in a Mead notebook on the way to New Hope, Pennsylvania.
- Do you have an episode guide?
Not yet, but there is currently a complete list of episodes here in chronological order in case you've missed stuff. Don't assume that because this comic is random, there isn't continuity or plot.
- Some of your episode titles are really abstract... what do they mean?
Many should be very obvious plays on words, or unimaginative. Here's what some of the more unusual (or less obvious) mean:
+ "Love & Lost" (#06) is merely paraphrasing from Alfred Lord Tennyson, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."
+ "The Last Resort" (#07) is taken from a song by the Eagles.
+ "Ask You Mine, If You Tell Me Yours" (#12) is a direct reference to the United States' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on homosexuals in the armed forces, and the expression "I'll you mine if you show me yours" when it comes to burgeoning sexuality, yet shyness, in hormonal youngsters.
+ "What, Us Awkward?" (#13) paraphrases "What, Me Worry?" from classic Mad Magazine issues.
+ "Sin Now... Prey Later" (#14) is based on the obscure Sin Now... Pray Later album title by the Carpetbaggers (1996).
+ "Effulgent" (#15) is a direct reference to the episode "Fool for Love" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when the character William attempts (and fails) to woo his unrequited love Cecily through poetry, and creates this word to describe his affection. The character Drusilla uses the same word minutes later. In the episode "Not Fade Away" in Angel, Spike (formerly William) recites the same poem using the word again.
The full poem is:
"My soul is wrapped in harsh repose,
midnight descends in raven-colored clothes,
A sunlight beam
cutting a swath of glimmering gleam.
My heart expands,
'tis grown a bulge in it,
inspired by your beauty...
+ "Hearts of Ceramic" (#16) is a play-on-words with the 1987 film Hearts of Fire, as well as the Cher song "Heart of Stone."
+ "Fuck the Go-Go's" (#17) is a backhanded reference to their hit "Vacation (All I Ever Wanted)." Lil Attila does not like the vacation. It is not all he ever wanted.
+ "Beggars Would Ride" (#20) is a reference to the adage, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."
+ "Communication, Wow!" (#22) is a reference to the faux "Catholicism, Wow!" ad campaign in Kevin Smith's film, Dogma.
(This FAQ will be updated accordingly.)
(Last update: August 11, 2004.)