Archive for April, 2008

The Duplex (4/23/08)

April 23, 2008

The flooded basement is a staple of situation comedy, but it usually requires several people attacking the problem and making things worse through their cumulative buffoonery. Today’s installment of The Duplex flips that convention on its ear by showing a single character mopping relentlessly. I have to admire that character’s conviction, as he looks determined to soak up as much water as possible. He also has a certain, grim expression on his face, and in the right light resembles a most unfortunate gondolier.

Shoe (4/22/08)

April 22, 2008

It’s been a full week since tax day, so I can only assume that today’s Shoe is intended for an audience of delinquents. Either that, or the legions of taxpayers that filed for extensions with the IRS. But timing aside, this is a welcome addition to the traditionally stale category of income tax jokes.

Dick Tracy (4/21/08)

April 21, 2008

On rare occasions, I’ll choose a comic to post because it’s completely inscrutable and I get a kick out of its sheer and utter denseness. That’s the case with today’s Dick Tracy, which features a bad guy with a crossbow and a suit that changes colors depending on which way he twists. The jump cuts remind me of a Jean-Luc Godard film, although I don’t think the famous French auteur ever had a character say, “Ulq!”

Rudy Park (4/20/08)

April 20, 2008

I recorded the Democratic primary debate this week in hopes that it would illuminate some of the bigger issues in the campaign, like gas hitting four dollars a gallon in the Chicago area. Or the nation marking its fifth year of war in Iraq. Or the rising rates of home foreclosure and unemployment. But I decided not to watch after reading the recaps and discovering that most of the debate focused on politics and candidate gaffes. Yes, the Democratic primary campaign has taken a nasty turn. I wouldn’t be surprised if an Obama vs. McCain general election turns out to be a more civil affair.

Get Fuzzy (4/19/08)

April 19, 2008

I’d say this strip has a point, but I also remember the torrent of controversy that surrounded The Simpsons in 1990. I was only 10 at the time, and my parents wouldn’t allow me to watch the show without supervision. Bart became a symbol of cultural decline for reasons I still don’t fully understand. Fast-forward 18 years and not only is The Simpsons uncontroversial, but South Park is being syndicated on network TV. All pop culture becomes quaint, if only because people find something new to be outraged about.

Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! (4/18/08)

April 18, 2008

I’m really intrigued by this supernatural entity whose powers include (and seem to be limited to) using Photoshop to alter reality. The whole thing reminds me of a Mark Twain story I read in junior high, in which a capricious creator wreaks havoc upon a tiny world. But while that story relied on evocative language to spell out its troubling premise, today’s Brewster Rockit takes a decidedly more visual approach. That monster in panel three, for example, has got to be the scariest example of clip art I’ve ever seen.

Curtis (4/17/08)

April 17, 2008

Wow, that is one angry woman in panel three. Her facial expression looks like a mix between Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks and the standard caricature of Dick Cheney. In that context, it’s not surprising to hear her ranting about eavesdropping on phone calls.