I'm sure it's a big shock, but I'm going to have to sidetrack again. Drabble
is next and will have to wait. That's too bad, actually, because I HATE Drabble
, and I think it's more fun to rant and rave and moan over how lame, anachronistic, dumb, and generally annoying the sucky comics are. But, it's probably best for my blood pressure and general overall health that I don't have to do that every post.
My concern is today's Get Fuzzy
. Get Fuzzy
is generally one of my favorites -- Top 5 at least. It's very enjoyable, and I'll explain why I think so when its turn comes (if its turn ever does
come, considering all my asides). Here's today's:
Eh? When I read this while waiting for my bus this morning, I thought there was a printing problem. You know how sometimes the paper will have double ink on a page, or a page that fades out, or a really deep crease on a page so that you sort of have to straighten it out in order to read your article? Well, when reading the first panel, I thought we had a fade problem with the N&O
But, then in the second panel Satchel's comments are completely blank. I held the paper really close to my face, and, in my paper at least, there's NOTHING there. Curious. The third panel did absolutely NOTHING to help me out. I became convinced that there was something horrendous and horrible going on. Probably something to do with homosexuality and/or evolution, and therefore censored in my paper.
So, I got in to work, and looked on the Get Fuzzy
website, and . . . same thing! What the heck is going on?? What in the world?
Let's go back to Panel #3 for a second. I think it's the key and I think that someone out there who is reading this will know what it's all about. PLEASE let me know. I'm dying to find out! You can comment or email (email@example.com
). I must know.
The central disc and the 4 discs in the corner look very familiar -- like I've seen them somewhere before. And that's what's really bugging me. Is it a logo for something or is it some technical mark? What is it, and where have I seen this before? GAH! [Go to the Get Fuzzy website
and click on the 2/22 panel to see even closer]
And, what's the joke going on here? OK, Rob is ordering dinner and asks what Satchel and Bucky want. Satchel gets excited and says Food! The joke here is that Satchel is the dumb one, and OF COURSE it's going to be food. Rob meant "what kind" of food, and he assumed that was already implied. Not the world's funniest or most original joke, but Darby Conley makes this joke in one half of one panel, where it might be the entire "joke" in many other strips.
Anyway, Bucky Katt then clarifies "Idiot - he meant what species." (Note that all you can really read clearly are "Idiot" and "Species." ) Again, another joke! See -- that's not how we humans talk about our food. When I cook dinner for my dear husband, and ask what he would prefer, I don't give the option in species. Although we say "fish" and "chicken," we don't say "cows" and "pigs." That's interesting, and not something I had considered before. Well, I sometimes say cows and pigs, but I'm not referring to my food. Cows and pigs! Cows and pigs! Cows and pigs! See, I just did it three times. Well, so the point is Conley gets two jokes into the first panel. Not bad.
Panel #2: Satchel says, "BLANK" Hmmm. Rob's response is "On the same monkey?" Now, if you are a Get Fuzzy
follower you would know that Bucky (the cat) always talks about wanting to eat monkeys. So, has Satchel said something about a monkey in this panel? If so -- maybe it's something about evolution!!! (the word "species" was used in the first panel!) Bad, bad, bad. Evolution is a THEORY, people, so don't believe it! These are not the fossils you are looking for. You can go about your business. Move along.
Then we get the mysterious third panel, with the recognizable (to me) but unknown disks, and the Indian head. Does this have something to do with beef jerky? Is that Indian the logo for some brand of beef jerky? Pemmican? That's a brand of beef jerky, right? Or is Pemmican some sort of chewing tobacco?
We need dialogue on this, please -- before I go insane. I just need one person to say, "Big Al, you are so out of touch. That disc is clearly the logo used on all [name of current, non-1990s music artist here] CDs." or something. I don't care that I'm out of touch! I need to know what that is! If you have friends (and OF COURSE you do), show them and ask them. Ask that weird guy from your office that sort of scares you a little bit. I don't care! I want to know!