Otherwise everybody will keep analysing and investing, and it’ll be Volatility Indexes all the way down.
It’s basically as we explain in panel one: volatility is whether the value of the stock is stable, or likely to fluctuate a lot – which, of course, affects investment decisions. So an index of the Volatility Index shows whether the Volatility Index is likely to fluctuate or remain stable, which in turn is also a useful tool for analysing the market and making investment decisions.
This meta-index has existed for two years, but only became a topic of conversation for me and Robert because of recent extreme changes to the Swiss Franc’s volatility, and we realised that the existence of such an Index-Index was practically a panel three already.
Imagine how weird it would be if this was someone’s first Zunfa Comics strip. Anyway, while writing, Robert and I sometimes play a game we call “mumu as ded.”
We play it when we’re stuck on writing something, or we’re trying to figure something out, or because we’re bored, or sometimes just because it’s funny. How it works is that one of us will start writing an already-existent work (or a bit of Ephemeris) with extremely poor spelling, grammar, and technique, and the other joins in, usually making the content more and more sinister or perverse, deliberately attempting to subvert (and, strangely, to cut right to the kernel at the heart of) the original subject matter’s point or form. It very quickly devolves, and the idea is to get as close to incomprehensibility as possible while still remaining comprehensible. It’s generally funniest if the final line is, unexpectedly, correctly parsed and lucid.
We even snuck an (indirect) reference to it into an Ephemeris intermission chapter, once.
The name “mumu as ded” comes from the first time we ever did this, before it was a passtime of sorts, when we were making fun of how poor some English translations of the Camus novel L’Étranger are compared to others. This is what we wrote:
New English translation of L’Étranger
Mumu as ded yesty
Ths bceah is rl yhot
And that’s the whole book.
Anyway, we make the comic we’re able to make on any given day. We were both tired and I was exhausted, so we played mumu as ded with Garfield and Peanuts. It’s been said that Peanuts is one of the best newspaper comics ever written, and I largely agree with that (though there’s some other contenders). Garfield, not so much. I love Peanuts and it has a batphone line to my heart; even Garfield-circa-the-90s has its own place in my nostalgia, relative quality aside. I just wanted to bust out some grotesque drawings of Garfield and Jon; I couldn’t give the same caricaturing treatment to Charlie Brown and Lucy. Despite, you know, apparently being happy to light them on fire. But then, that’s the point of mumu as ded: of course bad things happen to Charlie Brown, that’s what Peanuts is about.
‘Hos on fire’ is my favourite of these four strips, and I wanna recolour it to more closely resemble old, scanned-in newspaper comics sometime.
Beginning Of The Prelude To Making Fun Of Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice: Part One: The Battle Of The Five Armiesby Martin Nixon on January 11, 2015 at 12:01 am
The worst thing about the now two-part movie which is now technically fully titled “Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice: Part One: Enter The Knight & Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice: Part Two: Dawn Of Justice” – my god, I was making a reductio ad absurdum joke, but it’s actually true; twenty-three words and six colons, that’s 3.8 words per colon, what a world we live in.
Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, that’s right. The worst thing about it is Robert and I realised that in order to make fun of them, we’re going to have to sit through both of them. We really don’t want to sit through two movies. One was going to be bad enough! You just know they’re going to be, like, two and a half hours each as well.
Everything about Batman Vs Superman Etc really does feel like something a fifteen year old who likes ‘dark and edgy’ garbage would come up with, which frankly just means DC Comics knows their audience.
At least Wonder Woman’s going to be in a movie for the first time in… ever, actually. Who knows how well she’ll actually be written, but small mercies.