It's a slow news week, which means it's time once again for normally serious comic book and geek blogs to start ripping off The Outhouse by writing joke articles to pass the time. The latest attack on The Outhouse's proprietary formula comes from MTV Geek blogger Alex Zalben, who published an article this morning humorously speculating that Megan Fox will play Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode 7 because the star posted a photo of herself referencing the character on social media.
"Hey, that's our joke!" cried Outhouse blogger Jude Terror when he learned of the article. "I should know, I recycle it about twice a week!"
Terror is referring to The Outhouse's signature style of publishing mostly fictional news stories and jumping to ludicrous conclusions in a parody of the shameless hit-baiting of the rest of the geek blogosphere. Since the Outhouse started making waves and getting attention for it's funny articles, some other blogs have been jumping on the bandwagon, especially on weeks when there isn't too much to write about. However, while some of these sites are showing a desire to adapt to the changing times, there are certain things that remain unchangeable, such as the affected disdain those blogs show toward upstarts like The Outhouse.
"If the Outhouse doesn't like it, we know we must be doing something right," sneered Zalben in a display of trumped up outrage and passive aggressive tweeting that accompanies any response to The Outhouse by established geek blogs. Reportedly. "They don't hold the trademark on funny."
But Zalben is dead wrong. In fact, The Outhouse filed for a trademark on being funny about comics in early 2012, and has only allowed the other blogs to continue making jokes in order to lull them into a false sense of security.
"It says right here, we have the trademark on writing articles that mock the geek blogosphere's tendency to hugely overreact whenever a celebrity makes any public reference to a geek property and assume they must be starring in a new movie about it," said Outhouse Editor in Chief Christian Hoffer while brandishing a 300 page legal document. "We're prepared to protect our legal rights in this matter."
"It's not that we're jealous of MTV Geek because their material is funnier than ours," Hoffer continued, obviously jealous because MTV's material is funnier. "There's just an established order to things. Comic book journalists are supposed to take themselves really seriously and be above any kind of humor. Comics are serious business, and we've made quite a few online enemies by treating them as anything less. For MTV Geek to come on the scene and take advantage of the road we paved is unfair, and we're not going to stand for it."
"Ah, that's better," Hoffer sighed as he sat down in a chair.
Check out MTV Geek's "funny" article here. But don't laugh too hard. We'll sue your ass, punk.
UPDATE: MTV Geek has responded to The Outhouse's allegations with a counter-suit for referring to blogger Alex Zalben as Alex Zalban, forcing an embarrassed Jude Terror to hastily edit this article. For now, it looks like a stalemate.
@TheOuthousers MTV Geek To Counter-Sue Outhouse For Misspelling Alex Zalben's Last Name. "Check Your Facts!" Sobs Dejected Zalben— MTV Geek (@MTVGeek) September 24, 2013