Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Tom the Dancing Bug

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  1. pisher

    pisher said, about 2 years 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, about 2 years 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, about 2 years ago

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

  4. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years 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.”
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    So, for our patriotic multinational corporations, something being illegal is not necessarily much of an obstacle to doing it anyway.
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    It’s not as if anyone ever goes to prison, is it?

  5. Markhop53

    Markhop53 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years 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.

  6. BillJ-MN

    BillJ-MN said, about 2 years ago

    @pisher

    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.

  7. BillJ-MN

    BillJ-MN said, about 2 years 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?

  8. Markhop53

    Markhop53 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years 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.

  9. kapock

    kapock said, about 2 years 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.

  10. ajnotales

    ajnotales said, about 2 years ago

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

  11. kapock

    kapock said, about 2 years ago

    @masterskrain-

    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.

  12. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @kapock

    Benefit corporations (“B-corporations”) get around those “requirements”.

  13. icky mung-mung

    icky mung-mung said, about 2 years ago

    Corporations do not use bathrooms. Pass it on.

  14. Monster Hesh

    Monster Hesh said, about 2 years ago

    @Markhop53

    So Rube should never criticize any corporation, ever, lest he run afoul of some servile little bootlicker’s twitchy Hypocrisy Detector. Gotcha.

  15. Toby Bartels

    Toby Bartels said, about 2 years ago

    @Markhop53

    So you assume that Ruben has no problem with Universal, simply because Ruben works for Universal? That’s … not very good evidence.

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