Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

Baldo

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  1. Luisa

    Luisa said, over 2 years ago

    This kid is as obnoxious as Sheldon Cooper.

  2. RanaRavens

    RanaRavens said, over 2 years ago

    @Luisa

    Agreed. I’ve never understood why people wanting to celebrate intelligence and studiousness end up creating characters who are such smug a$$holes.

  3. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, over 2 years ago

    True literalist. Data approves

  4. Melekalikimaka

    Melekalikimaka said, over 2 years ago

    Just think, 30 years ago she would think she did good “for a girl”, instead of just good.

  5. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 2 years ago

    I see.

  6. Silmenume

    Silmenume said, over 2 years ago

    @Melekalikimaka

    30 years ago I was in school. A “girl” who did good was thought of someone who “did” good – there was no editoriatization about it about it being good “for a girl”. If you want to wallow in hate of the past you’re going to have to go farther back in time than that.

    Today a person can’t even be intelligent because it is not allowed to identify such a person as doing well or calling foul on the those who are as intelligent or hard working without making excuses and, here’s the best part, actually blaming those who do well.

    Sort of like the old Stalinist model of society. If you do something well it could had to have only come at the expense of others and must be punished.

  7. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    That could pass as art. It’s a pencil and ink drawing that inspires success and future riches.

  8. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    @RanaRavens

    People that are really sharp are matter-of-fact about it and you often will never suspect it until you get to know them. But the brilliant people will recognize each other on sight. It’s weird, let me tell you.

  9. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    @RanaRavens

    It’s funny, a good common subject for truly brilliant people is their mothers.

  10. Reality,really?

    Reality,really? said, over 2 years ago

    Re: yes I feel same about athletes. Does Richard Sherman give the nfl a good name ?

  11. locake

    locake said, over 2 years ago

    Pretty sad society when athletes and actors are worshiped but intelligence is something to keep quiet. Good for Gracie, being smart and not hiding it.

  12. swami mommy

    swami mommy said, over 2 years ago

    @Luisa

    That kid needs help.

  13. RanaRavens

    RanaRavens said, over 2 years ago

    No, I feel the same way when cartoonists depict athletes as clueless muscleheads.

    It’s the stereotyping of intelligent people as snobby braggy weirdos that I dislike, not Gracie being smart per se.

    If one’s going to celebrate studiousness and intelligence, one ought to make one’s smart characters relatable and engaging, right?

    Also, so often “being smart” is all that the character’s about – they have no interests beyond “reading” for example, or “studying” – but what are they reading? What gets them excited?

    Basically, what makes them more than a flat stereotype of a nerd?

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    @RanaRavens

    I for one want to know what she’s reading. They are tomes that look like ancient history.

  15. Green Darkness

    Green Darkness GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @RanaRavens

    While I would concur with all of that — and those are very perceptive observations — I would expand upon it by saying that I also dislike the notion of intelligence as being a virtue in and of itself. It sets my teeth on edge whenever I hear somebody say in a gushing manner, “Oh, so-and-so is so smart,” or words to that effect, as if that’s all that matters, without taking into consideration other aspects of a person’s character that are even more important, and in which they may possibly be lacking. In my view, “being smart” is not adequate compensation for a consistent lack of kindness and decency, or habitually unethical and dishonorable behavior. Yet a fawning attitude toward intelligence subtly implies that a person’s moral failings can be readily forgiven merely because he is highly intelligent — which is every bit as unhealthy as the idea that being intelligent is shameful and thus must be kept concealed if at all possible.

    It’s time to reject both of those extremes and place intelligence in its proper perspective, acknowledging that it is a gift — not a virtue — and should be neither worshiped nor vilified. And keep in mind that because intelligence can be used in the service of either good or ill, a person should be judged upon how he uses it, and praised or condemned accordingly.

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