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Feels Good Man is a catchphrase and exploitable from a comic strip authored by artist Matt Furie. The phrase is in reference to the emotions one of the characters in the strip feels when he goes to the bathroom standing up, with his pants all the way down.
This gross-out comic stars four monsters, Pepe (the frog), Brett, Andy, and Landwolf; mostly in situations where they are expelling bodily fluids and using popular 90’s catchphrases like “Got Milk?” and “As if!”
Furie first posted his comics to his MySpace blog in a long series of posts surrounding the Boy’s Club characters. However, Furie’s MySpace account is no longer accessible as it has been voluntarily deleted. Furie has stated in an interview with Know Your Meme that he remembers uploading the comics in late 2005.
Early 2008, a user on 4Chan’s /b/ board decided to upload a scan of one page from the comic, involving Pepe pulling his pants all the way down to his ankles to pee, leaving his bare ass exposed.
Furie recollects the story behind this specific comic for us:
My cousin, when we were kids we went to elementary school together and we would go into the public restroom and he would pull his pants all the way down to go pee and I thought it was hilarious. Then he did it in public but you know we were little kids. So then I just thought it would be funny… I don’t even know what age the comic book characters are but they’re anywhere between teenager and twenty something I guess.
Users started to photoshop Pepe’s face from the final frame of the comic to create an exploitable image macro.
It is very common to see Feels Good Man in combination with Pokemon characters. The catchphrase itself has also taken a life of it’s own, used sometimes in message boards as a simple response to explain ones actions or behavior.
As part of a Halloween event in 2009, Gaia Online used the catchphrase in their series of storyline manga. Gaia character The Overseer, whom is in the form of a clam, takes possession over another character. The unfortunate victim just happens to be naked at the time. When The Overseer is asked about his persisting nudity and refusal to wear clothes he replies…
Searching begins for Feels Good Man shortly after the first posting of the comics on 4chan in January 2008. We presume based on the data that viral spread begins in June/July 2008 and has stayed at a consistent level since. We also see that Furie has gotten a fair amount of exposure himself from Feels Good Man.
Furie his stated that his favorite iteration of Feels Good Man are the ones featuring John Goodman.
Boy’s Club from now on will be exclusively in print, estimated at one new issue a year. It is unlikely that new strips will be released digitally but is not completely out of the question.