PS ANOTHER anniversary joke in today's Blondie. WHEN is this great anniversary? Will I miss it while I'm away? Horrors!
I've had it with unfunny comic strips! Am I too stupid to get their humor? Why do I find over half of the published comics unfunny? This is my attempt to get to the bottom of their "humor."
Well, whaddaya know? ANOTHER joke about the backless gown! HEE HEE! I can't get enough of the Broom Hilda ass humor! And, the fact that jokes about backless gowns are NOT at all tired.
And, we even had an anonymous poster point out the uneasiness Broom Hilda must be feeling in the office with the big windows! HA HA HA! But, wait, yesterday (and the day before), the windows were either painted over with black paint, or the scene took place at night! Today, the window is bright and we can see the whole city behind (no pun intended) Broomie! I think the artist must have changed this detail at the last minute to make the punchline more suprising and "funnier."
This is what dramatists like to call holding out information . . . it worked pretty well in Murder, She Wrote, when J.B. Fletcher springs the key piece of background evidence at the 55 minutes mark. It works less well in Broom Hilda.
What will happen in Friday's strip? Will she still be at the doctor's office? Will the gown issue be resolved? Well, sadly, I'll be on the road, on my way to a wedding, so I won't know. The suspense will be killing me, but I guess I'll find out on Sunday.
Happy weekend everyone!
Oh, dear. It seems as though she's having to see a doctor. Let's hope that this is just a check up of some sort. Oh, the patient's gown! That's a great source of humor (and it's soooo original, too). Let's see, when do you suppose anyone's ever made a joke about those gowns? How about yesterday? In Broom Hilda, no less:
Of course, these are two completely different jokes: in bottom strip, the joke is about how bad those gowns are -- they are just like wearing all your clothes backwards! HA HA! Imagine that doc with his coat on backwards! HA HA HA!
But in the top strip, the joke's on Broom Hilda! The punchline is that the gown isn't a problem for her, but for the people who are forced to see her ass. Which I guess is true, but I am sure there are a lot of ugly people with gross rears, and I think they still have a legitimate gripe about those gowns. This doctor has a TERRIBLE bedside manner! And as far as ugly asses go, well, let's just say I'm not too keen on seeing him in a gown, either.
Why does she need to see a doctor anyway? Isn't she a witch? Can't she come up with some sort of potion or remedy to cure what ails her?
I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow! More gown jokes? Jokes about doctors playing golf? Instruments are too cold (Monday's joke had the nurse turning down the thermostat)? Doctor's handwriting is bad? Boy, the possibilities are endless! Can't wait!
Case in point: The strip above, which . . . is three unrelated panels? They're unrelated, right? Am I missing a connection?
For any of you true Gil aficianadoes out there (not you, Sara Sidle - it's a different Gil), you will discover that I have NO IDEA who these people are and how they relate to each other. I only read Gil for the possibility of mocking, not to retain and assimilate info. Moving on.
Panel 1: These folks think Von Haney is "smooth." Yeah, baby! Von, I'm guessing, is the guy who's been working at the local radio station. He's the Delilah of Thorpeland, playing dedications and spinning the tunes. His song choice here is "You Don't Know Me!" I actually LIKE that song! Hey, Von Haney IS smooth. Right on. You'll have to click on the strip to enlarge it. That way, you can see that the "woman" in this panel is absolutely bizarre. Her hair is the anti-Mandy do. Her glasses are . . . strange. Her lips are painfully swollen. She reminds me of the one Nazi in Raiders of the Lost Ark who grabbed that burning medallion and had the imprint burned onto his hand. I mean, this guy (on the far right in the photo). Oh yeah, and not to be outdone, the guy in this panel has a nice pencil thin mustache.
Oh yeah, what the heck is "Michael Buble?" Well, you can find out here. He's a real singer, a young looking guy. Gil Thorpe is making cultural references I am not hip enough to get. Pardon me while I slit my wrists.
OK, I'm back.
Panel 2: Does it have anything whatsoever to do with Panel 1? Is the guy on the ground Von Haney? If so, that means that this panel takes place much later than Panel 1 ('cause Von's not spinning the tunes here). Or, it means that Von pre-records his radio shows. So, I'm guessing it's not Von. Just two random dudes getting ready for "Hoop Camp." Uh, Hoop? Isn't the correct term "Hoops?" Whatever. It's just two dudes shooting baskets while lit with an angelic aura. They are lit with the heavenly glow of the glorious blessed. God is watching them. He knows how bumpy things really CAN get for "the big man."
Panel 3: Lest we get the idea that this strip is about Von and his righteous tunes, or the heavenly big man, we get Kelly and her colleague screening calls from Gary! I guess they work in PR or advertising or some other "hip" and "creative" field. You can tell this because they have a Picasso on the wall and a flat screen monitor on the desk. Is Kelly the "mystery woman" Von talks about in Panel 1? Is Gary one of the guys in Panel 2? How does he call while he's on the court? No, I guess he's not one of those guys.
Who are these people? How do these panels relate? If you are a cartoonist, can you just string together 3 panels and call that a "strip?" Or do you have to take the effort to make them relate? Because if you can just put random things together, that would make the whole field of creativity much easier!
Kelly Clarkson. Albert Pujols. Kyoto Protocol. HA HA HA!! I like this random trick!
Besides, I thought these two didn't even like each other. And poor Mrs. Halftrack, portrayed with a huge belly in Panel 1. And, was she just trying to get the General's "hopes" up? Hee hee, see "hopes" is a euphemism in that sentence, because she was trying to get more than his hopes up! And, OK, shoot me now, before I make any more lame puns about the Halftracks' sex life.
"Ready or not, here I come!" That's what HE said. Heh heh. Seriously, someone put me out of my misery.
Hey, sometime in the last 24 hours, the site went over 10,000 hits! Thanks so much everyone for continuing to visit (unless there's just one of you visiting over and over again - that's weird. Get help now). But seriously, this has been a lot of fun to write, and I'm glad there are so many other folks out there who think the comics are as lame as I do.