Missy and her notorious comic strip character TOFU BABY are this week's cover story in our local FLAGPOLE MAGAZINE! The story was written by ANDRE GALLANT of the NEITHER BIG NOR TALL blog and you can read more of his writing HERE (thank you, Andre, YOU RULE!).The story focuses on the rise in notoriety of the comic strip that Missy has been drawing for the Flagpole for several years now, and especially on the polarizing effect of her Tofu Baby character, and how such a cute and harmless little comic has the power to inspire hatred, meanness, and ignorance on one hand, and gleeful twee delight for children of all ages on the other. If you're in or around Athens, please be sure to pick up a copy. If you're not from around these parts, please check out the on-line version of the story HERE. The on-line version is a bit different from the printed version - you get a couple more pictures in the on-line version, including a sample of an impressive piece of HATERISM in the form of a totally defaced Tofu Baby comic. There's an added paragraph in the on-line version that doesn't appear in the printed one, but there's also a paragraph missing - so, on-line, I'm mysteriously mentioned as "de la Cruz" without any point of reference. Whatevs! Point is, both versions will give you a little taste of how our lil'Tofu Baby is rising to the status of "local icon" - like it or not!
Below is a picture of a Tofu Baby comic that somebody burned with a CIGARETTE. There's a funny story that goes along with this particular photo (which Missy and I have only heard of, but not seen until today - we copied it from the Flagpole site). Our friend IAN, who works for Flagpole, was in a local taco joint with a friend who was visiting from out of state. He was trying to explain to them the whole Tofu Baby phenomenon that was just happening in our little town, and how much ire Tofu Baby was causing in some people. He grabbed a free copy of Flagpole off a new stand so he could show them the comic and lo and behold, as if on cue, someone had carefully BURNED AWAY the Tofu Baby comic and then placed the Flagpole back on the news stand. And this is just one of MANY crazy stories we have that revolve around Tofu Baby!