Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Lots to Say

A few comments from today's strips, so let's just get right into it, shall we?

Norm Drabble is an idiot. That's the basis of this "joke," and the basis of every Norm-centered strip. Idiots can be funny (cf: Falstaff, Homer Simpson). But this just isn't funny. Those soft-serve ice cream machines are fairly easy to operate. In fact, they need no training to operate, and are often left to customers to use in some of your finer dining establishments -- cafeterias, Western Sizzlin' buffets and the like. So, ooh boy, he's an idiot. Funny, no? I guess the "funny" part of this is the visual of Norm having ice cream all over his face? OK, but it was the EXACT SAME "JOKE" yesterday, and it wasn't all that funny then. To "wit:"

Are we going to have to watch this joke all week?


But in the winter, it would be OK to scold them? Look, I see the "joke" here: at some point in time Jeffy has been scolded for sticking his tongue out. In his idiot/child brain, he thinks this also applies to the dogs. HA HA HA! But dogs stick their tongues out ALL THE TIME. Not just in the summer. So he's never noticed their tongues out before? Lest you think the "in the summer" bit is necessary to remind us that this strip is timely, and indeed takes place in summer, guess again. The shorts, tank tops, wagging tongues, and last, but not least, broiling-to-the-point-of-vibrating sun clue us in. Take "In the summer" out of the caption here, and you have the same, lame joke. At least make some sense, though, and follow some sort of internal logic. Jeffy sure is pissed at those dogs, though.

And then:

What's the joke here? Are carrots actually bad for the disposal? I put carrots down our disposal all the time and have never had a problem. Maybe the joke is that Alice has carefully chopped those carrots, and now Dennis is shoving her hard work down the drain to a steely death. That must be it. And it's just not funny. Is the sink stopped up? Why is there standing water in the sink? If he's running the disposal, the water should be draining along with the carrots. So, maybe he IS ruining the disposal with carrots?? I just don't know. But, Alice has a lovely shirt-dress with a beautiful print. Perfect for those little household chores like chopping carrots!

And then?:

Hagar has new lettering this week. Compare the lettering on today's strip (bottom) with one from last week (top). The lettering this week has been larger, and less closely spaced. I see that the creative team behind Hagar must have felt "Our comic is getting stale. The same characters doing the same things and making the same lame jokes all the time. How to fix? I've got it! New lettering!" And voila! Vive le difference! NBC execs take note: I know that since the loss of Friends, your primetime ratings have fallen into the toilet. Solution: better fonts on your promos.

Or could it possibly be that the biggest fans of Hagar need/want larger type? That they complained Hagar was getting too difficult to read? No, that couldn't be it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the "joke" of Dennis the Menace is that Alice wants Dennis to eat the carrots, but Dennis doesn't want to. So he dumps the carrots down the disposal and hopes his mom will fall for his stupid excuse.

12:30 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Anonymous: I think Big Al realizes that...It's just that she's just trying to think about the thought process behind this strip.

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Ianscot said...

Hagar: Ideas too small for the space in which they are contained.

And so, the bigger, spacier font was born.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Len said...

I think Dolly read somewhere that dogs don't perspire, and the way they cool themselves off in the summer is by panting with their tongues out. So she's being compassionate towards he over-heated dogs. But in the winter, if those canines stick out their tongues, watch out! Her wrath will descend like an avenging angel.

Dennis hates all vegetables, and would dump them all down the disposal if he could. I was a strange child -- carrots are naturally sweet, and I LIKED them!

Drar Drabble! Now I have a craving for frozen yogurt!

9:57 AM  
Anonymous len also said...

Typo -- I meant DRAT Drabble.

I think Hagar is breaking in a new letterer. Not very good yet, either.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Now that I'm more mature I realize that it is a scourge on the face of this nation, nay, this planet. Valahalla! Call home your hackneyed son!

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Jacey said...

Damn, that Jeffy's got anger issues.

7:51 PM  

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