From the Inbox:


Last year, my friend Brad and I created a website with a randomized premise-generator called PlotBoiler. I recently shared it with the (mostly-dormant) Oubapo America group, and Matt Madden pointed out it might come in handy in the creation of 24 hour comics. Well, anytime someone says “24 hour comics,” I naturally think of you, and it occurred to me you might be interested in taking a look at it.

Michael Avolio

This reminds me (both in concept and execution) of a program Kurt Busiek and I whipped up in middle school for generating random superheroes and villains. We used an ancient PDP-8, operated from a dumb terminal, and programmed the thing in Basic, but clicking on Michael and Brad’s link, I swear there’s a family resemblance!

Give it a try yourself and see what you get.

Discussion (5)¬

  1. tater tot says:

    do they have a morbid obsession with clowns or is it just me?

  2. Tator Tot – If you’ve gotten the circus clown character multiple times, it’s just coincidence. There are over 200 entries in the character section of PlotBoiler’s ever-growing database. Each time you click the “boil another plot” button or reload the page, a premise is randomly created.

    Scott – Thanks so much for the link, and very glad you like it!

  3. Mallinz says:

    I just finished Zot!.
    Of course,I’m still going to be looking at Zot!Hearts and Minds…..but I think this ending is the true one.This series…….it’s not perfect(no offence)….but…there’s a lot in it I can relate to.Not many of my favorite comics does that.Thanks for Zot.