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Geez, I'm such a nerd. Still, this strip is kind of noteworthy as the first of the totally unrelated autobio comics I sometimes ran on Sundays over the course of Narbonic. I usually drew these very quickly without pencilling first, which is why they look like this.

The other folks at the concert are my college friends Lisa and Mee-Lise. Lisa is dancing a mazurka.

Andrew says that the TMBG autograph session was the only time he's seen me go completely fangirl on somebody. And we've met a lot of major celebrities over the years. Like the guy who played Lupus in The Bad News Bears.

The King Dapper Combo is an extremely local Ohio junkabilly band to which I was extremely devoted in high school.

Actual recent conversation with Andrew:

Andrew: Is it wrong that when I listen to your They Might Be Giants albums, I can picture the notes coming up in Accordion Hero?

Me: Oh, yeah, Accordion Hero. You know, in the last level you have to master 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Polkas on 45.'"

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: My favorite song of theirs is experimental film. I was introduced to it when Strong Bad did a video with it.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: The way I remember it is that Linnell is line-like (i.e. skinny).
ribbles (ribbles) says: I live in Brooklyn and so see TMBG pretty often.  I always wanted to ask them if they knew about this comic, but I'm a bit shy about this sort of thing, so I always told myself that people probably asked them about this comic all the time.  Has anyone actually mentioned it to them, or should I try to talk to them the next time I see them loading out their equipment at Southpaw?
Leon Arnott (l) says: I love these True-Life Stories! So earnest and endearing.

Also endearing: the verb "gushes".
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Terry Pratchett FTW.
Bruce Greenwood (el_zoof) says:

I actually created a page for "Accordion Hero" on Uncyclopedia, about a month and a half ago... I'm pre-emptively stealing ideas! Hurrah!

Flugelhorn hero is all mine, though.

Sean Duggan (duggansc) says: ^_^ Ah, a Schadenfreude Studios fan? Personally, I'm waiting for NachtMusik. I mean, survival horror and karaoke... what a combination! Incidentally, cute dancing dancing poses in the 4th panel. Reminds me of my own dancing.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

I rerember watching that Tiny Toons bit, and just really loving the accordion solos. Gotta love accordion solos.

And I as well am fond of these autobiogr-something strips. They're positively endearing, 

Metal Fatigue (metalfatigue) says: Terry Pratchett FT weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Time is the enemy.

Pete (westrider) says: For some reason, I've never liked TMBG. It's one of the major gaping holes in my Geek Cred.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: My favorite is "Istanbul (not Constantinople)". (
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

Believe it or not, I'd never heard TMBG before.

I listened to 'Istanbul' and 'Alphabet of Nations' and they were great. Then I heard 'Dr. Worm' and I was back to wishing I'd never heard them before....

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says:

Edward (reynard): thanks for the link! Greatest tiny toons episode ever!

 My intro to TMBG was "purple toupe and gold lame" so I was already scarred for life. 

BlackWolfe Coyoten (blackwolfe_coyoten) says:

Mine was "Birdhouse in Your Soul," which a friend of mine wanted us to karaoke on my birthday despite my only having heard it for the first time earlier that day.

It is now my favorite TMBG song and my signature karaoke tune.

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