As our giant, Mega-Supreme Lord of Super-Upsized Patreon launch continues, we take a look at the 3rd level of support, the $3 per month Today is a Good Day to Deinonychus.


As you’re already a fan of my 5 For Friday posts, you’ve already experienced the frustration of really wanting me to talk about a particular subject, but never getting around to actually talking about the damn thing because I combine a complete lack of psychic ability with an almost whimsical self-centredness. Well, frustrate no more. By pledging at the Deinonychus level, you will be able to vote for upcoming ‘5 for Friday‘ posts at this here Batthaim website, and be acknowledged on those posts as the decision-making genius who directed it!

Plus, as a fan of Thumbnail Thursday, you’ll also receive one patron-only single panel cartoon per month. And not just the scratchings-from-time-past that Thumbnail Thursday presents. These will be completed and inked cartoons that, in other circumstances, I’d be submitting for publication. That’s a dozen exclusive cartoons, and the chance to direct the content of the Batthaim, for just $3 a month. This could be as close to running The New Yorker as either of us get!

To give you an idea of what you can look forward to receiving from 1 Feb 2018, here are a couple of my older, completed cartoons.



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I came across Alice Cooper in the oddest way possible: at the age of 11 or 12, attending an end-of-season dinner for my soccer club at ‘Max Kaye’s Theatre Restaurant’– a dinner theatre affair owned by, and featuring the titular hero. Imagine a grubby, sleazy Ronnie Corbett with the sort of humour that appealed to Bernard Manning fans of the 1970s, and you’ll have a fair idea of the sort of entertainment that was on offer.

And in the middle of it all, an (to my childhood mind) utterly incredible dance sequence featuring human spiders and ghosts to the strains of Welcome To My Nightmare.

I was stunned. Within a week I had the album, and a lifelong love affair was born. At a time when the boganistas that surrounded me were sunk into the Chisel/ACDC/Aussie Crawl triumvirate, I was already on a far different cultural journey. If nothing else, my life-long love of the concept album was born with him, and for that alone I could be grateful, if not for the fact that he’s been my introduction into so much theory on the intersection of narrative, music, folklore, and theatre.

He’s had ups and downs: a critical flat spot in the 1980s, and despite the brilliance of later albums like Brutal Planet and The Last Temptation, he’s tailed off with sub-par albums like Dragontown and Along Came a Spider. But he’ll always be close to my heart because, even at his weakest, there’s a commitment to the strange that oozes out of his music, and his theatre, and his lyrics, that I respond to, over and over.

Here then, for no other reason than I love them and they’re not among his most widely known songs outside of Coop fandom, are five Alice Cooper songs that make my sense buzz.


5 For Friday: The Coop