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Adgrunts - a comic about the daily grind as an adgrunt hosts a webcomic starring a number 2 pencil and blue pen who work in advertising - where else? This creative team of writer and art director battle bad briefs and hot shot creative directors just like the rest of us, despite being office supplies. I had a little chat with one half of the duo who created the comic, Jack Cheng.

DB:: So, A few questions. Who is it that are doing the comic, you and...?
Jack Cheng: Heather Flyte, a writer/graphics designer in Seattle.

DB: I hear you guys aren't even on the same coast - so how do you actually get this comic together?
Jack Cheng: What usually happens is we throw around rough ideas through instant messenger, then a day or two later, Heather emails me a finalized script and I lay it out and do the graphics. Heather doesn't work in advertising (though I'm convinced she'd make an awesome copywriter), and I only have limited experience since I'm still in school, but I imagine it's a lot like how most CW/AD teams work, the only exception being that we're not in the same physical location.




In April 2005, reports began flowing out of Maryland regarding innocent bystanders being cowed by groups of roaming bovines. These bovines were not rampaging bulls let loose on city streets (à la Pamplona), however, but humans in cow suits who traveled in vans and trucks and handed out free goodies such a bells, all emblazoned with the words "Bovine United" and/or the domain name

The Snopes article goes on to mention that an ad on Craigslist was posted by RedPeg marketing to hire cow-suit wearers in Baltimore. didn't have anything that I could find that might shed some light on the campaign. The domain is registered to a name that does not appear on the red peg site.

Other sites I googled came up with a related cow blog and a number of other blogs commenting on it.


Ice cream names cause debate - are the names racist or Nazi codewords?

GB Glace launched a new flavor of a classic ice-cream the other week, and were promptly accused of racism. The ice-creams unfortunate name is "Nogger Black" as it is a liquorice flavored version of the classic nougat-flavored "Nogger".

A couple of years ago they made a liquorice version of the 88. It had a crunchy outside, liquorice and vanilla inside and was really quite good. However, it failed to become popular and was discontinued. This year GB decided to try their luck with a liquorice version of another classic ice-cream, the nougat covered vanilla and then soft nougat center ice-cream called Nogger.


Bottle voodoo between Bavaria and Brutal Fruit

In the old Marca Bavaria ad, made in Canada 2003 which created a stir back then, a man on a beach notices that how he moves the bottle affects how the beach babe moves.....

Well, it looks like a bar babe has copped that guys move.


TV watchdog puts M rating on ad aimed at children

A TV campaign aimed at kids designed to make children talk about abuse has been banned from airing any earlier than 9pm - thereby missing the targets TV watching hours.

The offending ad showed a child hit by a car where nobody stopped to help, an alternative edit which cut the collision scene was also denied. Another ad in the campaign showed an empty play room and a voiceover is heard saying: "When a four-year-old girl was abused by her father, a police investigation was launched immediately." This was given an M rating by Free TV.

"The overall tone (means) an M rating may be warranted. The reference to abuse by a father is a stronger theme than just abuse itself," said Free TV Australia's commercials advice managing director Ruth Ward to the Heraldsun

However racier things air earlier than that, for example Channel 10's Law & Order Special Victims Unit, which airs at 8.30pm deals exclusively with sex abuse storylines, and just last week Channel ten promoted a "lesbian episode" of The OC, also screened at 8:30 pm, with promises of "girl-on-girl action"


Cult cleaner ad for Cillit Bang is banned!

As if to cement it's mythical cult status Cillit Bang has lucked out completely and gotten their ad banned by the ASA.
It is the scene with the penny that is causing trouble, the advert claims that it can make "an old penny good as new" in only 15 seconds. The Advertising Standards Agency said the claim was "exaggerated" and that the advert was "oversimplified and misleading". It ruled it must not be shown again in that form. The Cillit Bang company defended itself by saying that the voiceover unintentionally "oversimplified the chemistry". Too little too late.
Cillit Bang's logo is available on a range of badges and t-shirts as ironic hipster kid gear, and will probably only become more hip now.


Young & Rubicam losing their young and damned

Gossip suggests that Ann Fudge may be the next one to get the axe from Y&R.

From Businessweek:

The turmoil has fueled widespread industry speculation that Fudge's days atop Y&R are numbered. In an exclusive interview with BusinessWeek, Fudge conceded that she and WPP are looking for someone to replace her as the head of the agency, though she'll remain in charge of the parent, which also includes PR agency Burson-Marsteller, branding powerhouse Landor Associates, and direct marketer

Ellen Feiss unreleased G4 spot

Ellen Feiss from stoner "switch" fame has apparantly made another unreleased ad for a G4.

The accordianguy has the advert which he found via

The original Ellen ad