Gutters: Issue #370 – Brian and Brendon Fraim

From: The Gutters

I don’t really watch The Big Bang Theory. I saw a few early episodes and thought it was cute, but not really for me. There’s a line of thinking that says that I’m too close to the source material, which may be true. I can really only say one thing about the show: Since they are owned by Time/Warner, who also happens to own a little company called DC Comics, at least when they talk about comics it’s usually something current.

The addition of ladies to the cast of Big Bang (who are also a stellar K-Pop band, I might add) was an inevitable one I’ll give them credit for choosing a group of gals who seem to be pretty good foils for the guys. The problem that a lot of people seem to be having is that they are stereotypes, caricatures of what people might really be like.

You know, kinda like EVERY sitcom has done since the beginning of time.

I’m not saying that there aren’t important conversations to be had about equality in Geekdom and the way the world perceives nerds. But sitcoms are built on stereotypes and have been for quite some time now. It’s their job to take those over-the-top perceptions and make them into funny characters. Now, the debate can be had as to if they are funny or not, but I don’t really begrudge them for making fun of certain aspects of a community I happen to be somewhat involved in.

Instead, I just change the channel. There’s usually an episode of Pawn Stars on.

Today’s page comes to use from The Brothers Fraim, Brian and Brendon:

Brendon and Brian Fraim have worked on the first series of THE WAITING PLACE from Slave Labor Graphics as well as KNIGHTS OF THE DINNERTABLE Magazine, the spin-off comicbook KODT: ILLUSTRATED for 38 issues and hundreds of illustrations for Kenzer’s HACKMASTER Role-Playing game.  Another RPG company they work for is Hero Games and their CHAMPIONS RPG systems. They illustrated the Harvey Award nominated ANTIQUES: The Comic Strip and drew the comic book sections in the Random House novel, WOLFBOY. They drew THE ODD SQUAD published by Devil’s Due, drew the three issue series VAMPIRE, PA from Moonstone and the cover to the 2010 Free Comic Book Day OVERSTREET comic from Gemstone. They are currently working on their web comic AMERICA JR. about a small town that discovers in its town charter that they joined the USA on a temporary basis, and now have to become their own country. For those who are curious, the Fraims are identical twins and Brendon is the penciler and Brian is the inker. If you want to know which twin is the evil twin, the answer is simple: They’re both evil.

Enjoy New Comics Day, my friends! See you back here Friday!