Cul de Sac (11/12/08)


Of all the things to like about this strip, my favorite detail is the tiny stars emanating from the handprint turkey in the first two panels. It almost gives the morbid impression that these children are staring at roadkill, stars being one of the traditional cartoon symbols for pain. But my preferred reading is that the stars are meant as an awkward celebration of excess. What good is a table full of feathers, glitter, wads of felt, macaroni and crepe paper, after all, if you don’t use all of it to make your gaudy holiday decorations?


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