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IanB, graphic novelist, gay hobbit porn aficionado and general wit about town, is making his mark.

A comment he once made on Samizdata , to wit -

Imagine telling somebody twenty years ago that by 2007, it would be illegal to smoke in a pub or bus shelter or your own vehicle or that there would be £80 fines for dropping cigarette butts, or that the words “tequila slammer” would be illegal or the government would mandate what angle a drinker’s head in an advertisement may be tipped at, or that it would be illegal to criticise religions or homosexuality, or rewire your own house, or that having sex after a few drinks would be classed as rape or that the State would be confiscating children for being overweight. Imagine telling them the government would be contemplating ration cards for fuel and even foods, that every citizen would be required to carry an ID card filled with private information which could be withdrawn at the state’s whim. They’d have thought you a paranoid loon.

has recently started appearing around the net – not least on John Jay Rays (he of the ten thousand blogs) site – Dissecting Leftism. The latest occurrence is on the blog of the mighty Tim Blair.

Damn, the best we have ever had is a mention in Tim’s  comments. Here are we, struggling for recognition, and Ian just strolls into the big time without even trying.

Of course, that Ian is right goes without saying.

Addendum:     I had forgotten how good were the comments in that thread. Read just how insane the UK has become.


  1. NickM says:

    It cuts both ways. Ian B for all his many accomplishments will forever be known as “that guy who made a comment on Samizdata about gay hobbit porn”. He could win the VC, the Nobel and more gold medals than Mark Phelps but he’s still the gay hobbit porn guy.

  2. Cat Counter, Nick M, and IanB were the reason I started blogging. Does IanB post anywhere but Samizdata, or does he have his own blog?

  3. mandrill says:

    I keep hearing about IanB’s graphic novel, what’s it called and where can I find it?

  4. Ian B says:

    Fame is mine :)

    NickM, ironically my other internet-ego is best known as “the dickgirl guy”. Such is life, heh.

    TheWhitedSepulchre- I don’t blog anywhere at the moment.

    mandrill, my professional rude comics can be found at Not suitable for kiddies or members of the National Viewers and Listeners Association.

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