1: But we only wanted to see half of a double feature. 3: Surprise!
1. Hmm.. I don’t gets the first one. Was he offering the torn ticket to her because he bought only one?
2. Duck season!
3. Wow. Look what he caught! One of the few occasions where umbrella guy gets into the subject matter instead of being on his own in the background.
And while an average cartoonist would do a regular two dimensional perspective artwork, Foxo masterfully turns the last one into one with a three dimensional depth. The manhole in the foreground, the Bozo behind it, the cop further behind Bozo, and the guy walking further behind the cop. All drawn with great relative sizes and perspectives, along with the other background elements like the buildings, walls and other things. And the scene “filmed” in an angle greatly helps depict this three dimensional depth on a two dimensional paper. The other two strips above too have three dimensional depth in them if you observe. The details in this comic and the way it’s drawn are a treat to the eyes.
Just another great set of comics by the masterful cartoonist Foxo Reardon.
1. Aww Bozo, don’t be a cheapskate.
2. Lucky duck.
3. Lose a hat, gain an umbrella guy.
1 Now playing at the cinema; “The Umbrella Man”. Too bad we don’t get to see it.
2 I shot an arrow in the air,
It fell to earth I know not where.
Dang duck ran off with it.
3 Nice night for a stroll.
2 – Kung Fu Duck: “Time for you to leave.”
The cowbird is an animal model that is studied extensively in two subdisciplines of biological thought, ecology and ethology. Cowbirds are renowned in these subdisciplines in regards to their ability to procure the various resources of other bird species to support their own offspring. They do this through a variety or means. In today’s three series, we find our hero, Bozo, showing us how, like the cowbird, we humans also actively seek to procure a variety of resources. To better understand Bozo’s efforts, we should examine the working definitions of the word:
A. to obtain or get by care, effort, or the use of special means: “He attempted to procure evidence.”
B. to bring about, especially by unscrupulous and indirect means: “The spy attempted to procure secret documents.”
C. To persuade or cause (someone) to do something. “He procured his wife to sign the agreement.”
1. In the first series, we find Bozo attempting procurement in a means that most typifies the manner of the cowbird itself, and this effort most closely matches definition “B” in the above. Bozo is attempting to procure theater seating at a “discount” for both himself and his lady friend. through the sharing of a ticket stub. Unfortunately for Bozo, he was not cryptic enough in his approach and the ticket agent booted him from the theater. This same result can happen in the cowbird if the female is not cryptic and careful enough to lay her egg in another’s nest without being seen. If she is caught, the bird owners of the nest will often roll the unscrupulously laid egg out of the nest.
2. In the second series, Bozo attempts to show up (out compete) the shotgun carrying hunter friend with Bozo’s skills via bow and arrow. In this way, Bozo is attempting to procure a duck dinner through special effort and special means (definition “A”). From a behavioral perspective, this too is much like the cowbird, in that the goal of successfully laying an egg in the nest of another species is to attain that other species parental care resources to raise the cowbird young. As Bozo’s attempt was not successful, it also mirrors many of the cowbird parent’s efforts as well.
3. In the third series, Bozo attempts to show us procurement of the type shown in definition “C” where he is attempting to retrieve his lost hat. His retrieval of NOT ONLY his hat but also Umbrella Man serves as an analogy of the cowbird as well. In several instances, researchers, using genetic testing, have found that in some cowbird species, there have been instances where a female cowbird will attempt to lay an egg in another species nest, but upon return to her own nest…. unbeknownst to her, another cowbird has deposited an egg in her nest…. and the end result is that even though the cowbird gains the parental care benefit for one of her offspring, she inadvertently also devotes parental care to a bird not of her genetics. The sneaky cowbird was in effect “outsneaked” by another cowbird… and ended up being “persuaded” to care for another bird’s young herself.
Bozo wants to split a double feature.
You never know what or who will find in the city sewers.
1) Oops! Did Bozo think to get in free as a child here? His smoking gave it away.
2) It may be duck season but Bozo’s arrow got snatched by one of them. Duck 1 hunters 0.
3) Fishing for his bowler got him Umbrellaman out of the sewer!