Pooch Cafe (10/9/09)

10-09-09 (Pooch Cafe)

I’m not a fan of surreal moments masquerading as punchlines, but today’s Pooch Cafe won me over with its moxie and panache. The image of a squid and a ghost chained to one another is so surreal that it nullifies any of my aesthetic objections. What impresses me most is the absence of any type of knowing aside to the reader. This sea creature and his poltergeist companion are shown as fugitives making their way quickly across an open field, eyes fixed on the horizon. The pairing is doubly unlikely since squids do not do well on dry land and the ghosts from Pac-Man have a tendency to run toward their adversaries, not away from them.

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