Missed Connections ads are super-creepy. A Missed Connection ad is basically a plea for a do-over, a sad admission that “I was too timid to say anything when I first saw you because my perfectly-rational creepiness filter was in place, but this is the Internet now so whoops! There it goes.” Or sometimes they’re cries to a universe that’s unfairly maligned them, as in “The train doors closed the instant before we locked eyes on either side. From the platform, I watched you get pulled away from me. I dug your glasses and think we could have attractive babies.”
If posting an ad helps one get the stranger-obsession out of one’s system, fine. But one should never forget that anyone who would possibly respond to this sort of ad is going to be weird.
Now then. Julia Wertz, the creator of Fart Party, has edited an anthology of Missed Connection comics by nearly 100 cartoonists. A ton of fabulous people have contributed their interpretation of individual Missed Connection ads — for example, Laura Park:
Oh, and also me! I’ve got a page in this thing as well, with a hand-drawn comic that’s pretty, uh, different from standard Wondermark fare. I guess it should go without saying that some of the entries in this book are pretty bizarre/NSFW. But dang if they aren’t fascinating.