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  1. by jiminy commented on Doonesbury 23 days ago

    Sympathy for Reagan only shows why people need to be reminded what he did. The context of this series was the Iran-Contra scandal. Just a reminder, since it’s been erased from the popular memory:




    When caught, his defense was, “I can’t remember.”

    Citing Alzheimers is letting him off easy.

  2. by jiminy commented on Garfield Minus Garfield about 1 month ago

    So disappointing. I don’t get how someone who came up wiht such a brilliant concept could have so little understanding of what makes it work. This one is a perfect example. It’s not just that editing it is inherently, deeply misguided. What’s truly baffling is that his edit made it so much worse. It would have been pretty good as is. As edited, it’s just embarrassing. It doesn’t work on any level — it’s not funny, it’s not revealing of an underlying melancholy, it’s just cringeworthy.

    It would be one thing if he’d run out of things that worked as planned. But this just seems like an ego thing. He needs to make it his, express himself. And he has no idea of how little he understands what makes something funny.

    It’s like watching Tom Arnold do comedy, not realizing he’s only famous because he’s riding Roseanne’s coattails. Or when non-comedians try to upstage the host of a talk show or game show because they think they are funny and they just make everyone uncomfortable, even as they think they are killing.

    I feel this all the time he inserts himself into the strip by editing. But this one is just so, so sad. “I can’t stand the boredom” is perfect. You see his lonely life, his sudden explosion of existential discontent, and then an empty frame. And you realize, this sadness was always there, embedded in the Garfield cartoon, masked by the sidekick’s glibness. In his edit, “I can’t stand the noise,” it’s just a confusingly empty gag. What does that express? ha ha, he thinks fingertapping is noisy? How is that remotely funny? And if it’s trying to reveal patheticness, isn’t the original version a hundred times better? Only tastefully poignant, not stupidly mocking?

    I just don’t get how someone who had the idea of exposing the existential void and loneliness visible in plain sight in Garfield could do something so painfully misguided and wrong. Did he have a stroke? Was the strip taken over by a relative? If so, why doesn’t an editor explain the concept of the strip he’s ruining?

  3. by jiminy commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 5 months ago

    And if Bush and Cheney had recused themselves from government because of their past service to oil companies, we might have avoided the Iraq war and the rise of Isis.

  4. by jiminy commented on Luann 12 months ago

    nice work

  5. by jiminy commented on Luann 12 months ago

    At first I thought this was about jealousy. Then they built it up so long that I thought to make it surprising at all she would turn out to be totally nonthreatening, like really ugly or really old. Then the buildup got so long even that “surprise” would not be enough. Who would make LuAnn feel guilty for being jealous of. Is Pru black? Gay? I’m going with Trans. She has to be trans at this point.

  6. by jiminy commented on Garfield Minus Garfield 12 months ago

    This altered comic is not Garfield Minus Garfield. It’s now just an even dumber comic.

    I hate when he messes with the original. Partly because he’s so tone deaf.

    I just don’t get how someone who had such a brilliant idea doesn’t appreciate what he has. He’s the one who noticed how the depressingness and existential void of John’s life emerges with a completely different tone if you remove Garfield.

    But the power of that idea is that it was always already there. Another, sadder comic strip is embedded in plain sight within the quippy Garfield strip.

    Just taking random elements and making a whole new comic strip isn’t interesting at all.

    Especially in the above example. If he’d just followed his own rules there would be a weird gag panel in the middle, followed by a still, calm void.

    You would reflect on how Jon’s hysteria is sad and lonely and see that he is whipping himself into a frenzy that no one else will see, making it kind of poignant.

    What does it accomplish to move it to the end?

    To me it not only doesn’t help, it actually undermines the existential humor. Moving this panel to the end it makes it the climax, and the superficial silliness becomes the whole point. You transform an iconic example of desperate, lonely frustration into a stupid yuk. It plays up the dumb gag in which you’re just supposed to laugh at the idiot, i.e., the part that is annoying and shallow about Garfield, at the expense of the undercurrent of depression that GMG is supposed to be foregrounding, not obscuring. I just don’t get how he doesn’t see that.

    Really, doing anything other than just removing Garfield in and of itself ruins the whole strip. That’s bad enough. But the alterations tend to be way worse than just cutting corners or taking shortcuts. They ruin it on multiple levels at once. I actually feel it in my stomach, how wrong these alterations are.

    Is someone else than the original guy behind these embarrassments? That’s the only explanation that makes sense.

  7. by jiminy commented on Arlo and Janis about 1 year ago

    She almost walked into a ditch because she was looking at her cell phone.

    I too took a long time to understand it because the ditch really does not look concave.

    It looks more like a giant cabbage leaf. I stared at it quite a while and couldn’t tell what it was. The best I could come up with was, her cell phone died, and now she is in a sketchy, debris-strewn neighborhood. So does that mean she is now feeling unsafe and phoneless? That’s not really funny though. Is this the beginning of a multi-day strip, in which a seemingly scary street person will in fact turn out to be her benefactor, and she’ll feel guilty for prejudging them as a miscreant?

    I finally gave up and read the comments, which made it clear it was a gouged out section of road, not an old piece of tarp or a mutant vegetable leaf.

    I like subtle humor as much as the next man, maybe even more. But if you’re going to make oblique references, your cues had better be understandable.

  8. by jiminy commented on Foolish Mortals about 1 year ago

    “Check the back door of the aircraft and you’ll see a little figure hanging from it.”

    Thanks. I didn’t see that. Very small and doesn’t look like a person. Looks more like an insignia. I’m sure you’re right but I never would have found and recognized that on my own.

    The text is sloppy, too. You can’t actually look out a window like that, not around a corner and a back, not without opening the window, which of course you can’t.

  9. by jiminy commented on Arlo and Janis over 1 year ago

    what happpened to her legs in panel three?

  10. by jiminy commented on Doonesbury over 1 year ago

    well played!