Close to Home by John McPherson

Close to Home

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  1. Brisbanekid

    Brisbanekid said, over 3 years ago

    Typical, . . . 10 years to learn the trade to become a certified master plumber, and most of the time you’re just plunging out clogged poop!

    (But on the bright side, it’s also the same experience required to become a politician.)

  2. Empress of Evil

    Empress of Evil said, over 3 years ago

    Heh heh heh I need some of those in (other) peoples’ cars… then I’ll intentionally whack their bumpers just to have fun with this.

  3. nazzofoggenmach

    nazzofoggenmach said, over 3 years ago

    hope he remembered to hose ’em down!

  4. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    No air bags, that sucks.

  5. Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? )

    Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? ) GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Unfortunately, it takes the Jaws of Life to get them off.

  6. Fogger_man

    Fogger_man said, over 3 years ago

    In your face, plunger boys!

  7. mrssaskfan

    mrssaskfan said, over 3 years ago

    Plungers have been used to perform CPR successfully when the heart attack victim was in a bathroom and there was no one who could drag them out into a more open area. It worked so well, in fact, that someone developed a suction device to aid in performing CPR.

  8. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 3 years ago

    mrssaskfan: I would worry about collapsing a lung.
    The plunger is such a gag item that I find audiences snicker when our brass section gets one out for the wow-wow effect. – and the lights come on over their heads when they recognize that is what made the adult dialog sound in the Peanut animations.

  9. mbandy1

    mbandy1 said, over 3 years ago

    There is one thing that this comic strip is missing, and it is necessary for all successful comic strips to have this missing attribute. The comic strip “Close to Home” has no relate-ability. The cast of characters differ in every strip making it hard for them to have a defined personality. In causality, this lack of personality makes it hard for the reader to make a connection. The strip is also poorly drawn which takes away from the relate-ability as well. It is a lot easier to relate to the cute little kitty – Mooch – in the strip “Mutts” by Patrick McDonnell than crudely drawn Ed the plumber. On top of that, the jokes in this strip are hardly funny. There are four rungs to the comedic ladder; at the top there is the comedy of ideas, like that in “Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson. At the bottom of the ladder there is “Close to Home”, also known as low comedy. It is the kind of comedy that comes from cartoon violence. Now on occasion McPherson does step it up to situational comedy, but that’s the highest rung he ever reaches.

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