Good news on the self-promo front: I have a one-page comic that will be included in Julia Wertz's upcoming anthology of comics based on Craigslist "Missed Connection" posts, I Saw You ...! The book has a tentative release date of early 2009. My comic will be chock full of joy because it deals with colonoscopies, which are endlessly entertaining. So to celebrate, here's a roundup of links and pointers along that train of thought: a Carnival of Poo!
This Ask Metafilter question clued me into the existence of a bodily feature-not-bug that I wasn't aware had been summed up in a neat little term: the gastrocolic reflex, the body response that can cause your colon to empty when food enters the stomach or small intestine.
Wikipedia's stub on gastrocolic reflex
iVillage on "dumping syndrome"
On the more unpleasant side of colon action, Tokyo Mango points to a news report that the former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, resigned from his position due to ulcerative colitis. You can read more about ulcerative colitis at the Mayo Clinic website. I also learned a potential complication of inflammatory bowel diseases: "toxic megacolon", which would make a hells awesome DJ name.
I can't believe this exists
Are you kidding me? RateMyPoo.com is still around and still active? Jesus God! This is one of the nastiest sites I've ever encountered. Be forewarned that it's exactly what it says in the name: photos of poop that you can rate numerically. Absolutely disgusting.
More fun in concept but also fairly nasty viewed up close, the Colossal Colon is still going strong almost six years after its first unveiling. "Coco" is a 40-foot-long, 4-foot-high model of the human colon, including examples of healthy, diseased, and cancerous tissue. Apart from the great educational benefits, dude! It's a giant colon you can crawl through! That is worth hours of laughter right there.
For a bit of insight into life with an inflammatory bowel disease, check out VentedSpleen (a.k.a. Tom Humberstone)'s 24 Hour Comic from 2007, Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Crohns Disease). It's hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time, and the art is fantastic.
A comic that's a little less serious is a crazy little mini I picked up at MoCCA Art Fest 2007, The Diarrhea Diaries. Writer Phil teamed up with artist pals to tell autobio stories about - not joking - various times that he's soiled himself. I think I embarrassed myself laughing so loudly at my little table. You can read the comic online over at Webcomics Nation.