When I decided to resurrect the Funny Paperless blog, I knew I wanted to expand its scope from just Webcomics and Newspaper Comics to every kind of cartoony and comicky thing that has ever interested me – and even a few that didn’t, because nobody reads a blog that doesn’t snark at something, right? And when I stumbled on the Tooned.In domain name (thank you NameCheap and thank you India), it seemed like the perfect umbrella to park underneath.

I’ve been holding off on this for some months as made obvious by that mysterious pink box in the header… What is it? It’s the last frame of the ‘New High Def’ opening sequence of “The Simpsons”, when the family’s HDTV fell off the wall after displaying the credits. See? Two holes where it had been bolted (poorly) to the wall, broken hanging cables (with a little sparking action that only cartoon-based cables do) and an electrical outlet over to the right. All on a pink wall…who else, even in the alternate universe of cartoons, paints their living room pink? Anyway, my first post for Tooned.In was going to be a critique of the Hi Def Simpsons opening (Spoiler Alert: I didn’t hate it as much as some folks, but I had serious issues with parts of it.) But it’s really too late to talk about that.

My actual timetable for the Grand (re)Opening was for later this month, but then came the big news about Disney acquiring Marvel (both entities a cartoon blog can’t ignore). For the record, Stan Lee approves, but Standard & Poor does not. But the most interesting aspect of the deal is the instant reaction of artists and writers of various skill levels creating Marvel/Disney mashups… like the one I put into one of the other header boxes… the best of which I am collecting for a post later today. Stay tooned…