Archive for May, 2008

Frazz (5/31/08)

May 31, 2008

I understand that Frazz places a premium on physical activity, but this is really the type of conversation I’d prefer to have sitting down. Connecting Vanilla Ice to Francis Scott Key might distract me to the point that I would crash my bicycle into the nearest tree.

Wizard of Id (5/30/08)

May 30, 2008

I live fairly close to Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, which means I have easy access to quite a few Chinese restaurants. And while the beef and broccoli usually satisfies, I’m almost always disappointed with the quality of writing found in the average fortune cookie. If the platitude is as stale as the cookie itself, then maybe I am better off ordering pizza. Then again, the Chinese restaurants I frequent have super-cool beckoning cat statues on display, and that can’t be said of any pizzeria I’ve ever seen.

Grand Avenue (5/29/08)

May 29, 2008

The premise of this strip is absurd because the woman in question – the grandmother in panel two – is obviously not fat. She’s quite skinny, in fact, which makes her body image issues more than a little troubling. It also means the kids can give an honest answer without repercussion, which pretty much kills the punchline. I do like this strip for another reason, though. Viewed from a certain angle, it looks like the kids are wearing giant bowties rather than crossing their arms to lean against a fence.

Pearls Before Swine (5/28/08)

May 28, 2008

This strip succeeds because it recognizes two golden rules of comedy: (a) disembodied face cards are funny, and (b) pig stubble is funny. The first rule seems especially relevant to face cards without arms, while the second rule achieves the unlikely effect of making a pig look bald.

Mister Boffo (5/27/08)

May 27, 2008

I can’t tell if the person on the left is supposed to be a washroom attendant or just a man who’s too dense to notice his surroundings. I’m guessing the latter, although I do like the idea of a socially awkward attendant making inappropriate conversation with an elderly aristocrat inside a public washroom. It sounds like a scene from a movie, if you ask me.

Arlo & Janis (5/26/08)

May 26, 2008

Today is Memorial Day, and while the holiday is largely seen as an opportunity to celebrate warm weather, it’s also a good time to reflect on the devastating nature of war. I was especially grateful to see Arlo & Janis acknowledge the sad impact of World War II. We tend to think of those years in positive terms, but it’s worth remembering that the global conflict claimed the lives of nearly 60 million people. I think today’s strip acknowledges the pain of World War II with just the right degree of humanity and respect.

Dick Tracy (5/25/08)

May 25, 2008

Today’s Dick Tracy is full of unexpected treasures, from Tracy’s stoic condolences in panel five to the introduction of a tissue-obsessed villain. But what I love most are the surreal proportions featured in the penultimate panel. It appears as if Lieutenant Shirl Locke Holmes is nothing but an enormous, floating head with a train of thought bubbles emanating from her ear. It’s an image that tickled me no end.