Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Tom the Dancing Bug

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  1. pisher

    pisher said, 9 months ago

    In the original book, this is exactly what Pinocchio did.

    Of course, using the Disney version makes it even more evil.

  2. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    That’s why “burdensome” laws are needed. With enforcement.
    These types have no qualms if a thing isn’t specifically forbidden, and often get creative at circumventing the things they’re expressly forbidden to do.

  3. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, 8 months ago

    Y’know…C.C. Collodi only wrote Pinocchio in the first place because he needed to pay off his gambling debts.

  4. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, 8 months ago


    “Mr. Bolling, Disney Copyright Infringment Force on line two.”

    Nah, no lawsuit. It’s satire, so Bolling should be safe.

  5. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Or, as J.P. Morgan said to his company lawyers, “I don’t pay you guys to tell me what’s not legal. I pay you to fix it so I can do what I want.”
    So, for our patriotic multinational corporations, something being illegal is not necessarily much of an obstacle to doing it anyway.
    It’s not as if anyone ever goes to prison, is it?

  6. Markhop53

    Markhop53 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Hmmm . . . Ruben doesn’t seem to have a “moral” problem with Universal Uclick Syndicate Inc. That’s who he works for, a mean, evil, corporation. Plus they’re international as well. How many “crickets” is Ruben responsible for being squashed? What? That’s different? Oh, sorry, I thought all corporations were evil. What? Oh, not the entertainment ones, just the “uncool” ones? Oh, okay. That’s makes sense.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago


    You do know that not every corporation is “evil” don’t you? But when allowed to they are acting immoral and against most of us to make their profit. The laws allow it.

  8. BillJ-MN

    BillJ-MN said, 8 months ago


    Reading the strip I planned to comment on the same thing. [Spoiler alert] However, it could be noted that in the end the cricket turned out not to be dead.

  9. BillJ-MN

    BillJ-MN said, 8 months ago

    I like the beginning of Pinocchio in which Geppetto and another man get into two knock-down, drag-out fights. I wonder why Disney left that out?

  10. Markhop53

    Markhop53 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago


    I will defer to your judgement. So, making a profit is evil. Well, that was simple. Oh wait, comic strip corporations don’t make a profit, do they? Just the uncool suit types. How dare they make a profit off of people without consent. No entertainment corporations make a profit. They are cool.

  11. kapock

    kapock said, 8 months ago

    The point, I think, is not that “corporations are evil”, but that we have a system which says, on one hand, that corporations are persons who enjoy the same rights as real people (plus unnatural advantages like immortality) and on the other hand, that these persons are legally required (at least certainly not discouraged) to act in the most mercenary and extreme ways if it makes them money, regardless of all other human values.

  12. ajnotales

    ajnotales said, 8 months ago

    You know what they say, Mr. Bolling… Don’t mess with the Mouse! :-)

  13. kapock

    kapock said, 8 months ago


    I think I can give you a preliminary answer. Do you have assets in excess of $1 billion and income above $50 million per annum? If so, we can talk. If not, pay your taxes, you disgusting peasant.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago


    Making a profit at others expense…which some of the biggest do at a moments notice. Even when their workers are making that profit for them, they don’t get it.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago


    Some people have found out that little hitch. You have to be among the largest to get zero taxation and even money back.

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