Pizza from Scratch, 35






17 April, 2006







"Grid Alien" parody: Griddle Face or Waffle Face?

© Bill Lemmond (Actually, you're welcome to download and share these web-resolution images, and you probably won't be happy with printing them.)

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I got this idea from ToyFair magazine. (I will never have the money or the space to collect any of the action figures they cover, but I'm happy to collect the magazine, because I find it so funny.) One day I found photos and text about a figure called "the Grid Alien." I think it's an Alien from "Alien vs. Predator" that was scarred by contact with an energized chain-link fence. Right away, I started thinking parody.

Grid Alien: ... how about Griddle Alien? But how would that make sense. Then I remembered what a friend of mine said about hammers. He works as an apartment maintenance man, and he says professional carpenters prefer what's called a framer's hammer. I misunderstood what he said about a waffle print pattern and nails driven deeper into the wood.

I now own a framer's hammer, and now I know that its face is covered with little pyramidal teeth, and it makes a waffle pattern in the wood, a pattern that fades, rather than leaving a scar. So please forgive my mistake with the strip. I sought photo references online, and all I could see was a pattern of light and shadow. I couldn't see if those were pits or points on the face.

That's why I decided to go from griddle to waffle iron. And that last comment was meant to imply "Belgian [Waffle] framer's hammer." Sorry about the confusion.