Stephan has made us look forward to when PBS will have a different subject matter.
No No No, just don’t save him.
Yes, they are!!
The bad news is creative types may be the last to get the vaccine, but we’re all in our corners creating so it won’t matter.
The Rats in the world will be the last to get the vaccine.
When people think about who should be first, they don’t usually think about grocery store workers but that is a major place where the illness is spread.
Well, right after medical personel and occupants of nursing homes, they ARE going to prioritize people who have preexisting conditions. And lord knows pun-mania is a condition…
That’s a laugh.
IMO, the man who gave us “Dunk rye for me, Arch and Tina” rates much higher than politicians, televangelists, and Adam Sandler.
Stephan needs a vaccine against puns .
Mr Pastis has a pun in a million chance.
Essential to who? You?
just think – if there were no PBS, there’d be no PBS…
He’s obviously a high-risk patient. He risks his neck each day with those lousy puns…
I would put Steve ahead of politicians for sure and not just those intellectually or morally disadvantaged who favor the Trumpster. It kind of riles me of the arrogance that some of the elitist left have basically acted like they are royalty as this pandemic rages and I am not just throwing stones at Newsome and the mayors of San Fran, San Jose, Denver and Austin TX (lets just call him Mr Cabo) as they are probably just a handful who were shocked when the media actually called them out. The arrogance of the privileged is not bound to just one party or a political persuasion; “Do as I say and not as I do” is a mantra for all to remember when all these nimrods come up for re-election.
Stevens puns are usually more like potential – not essential – work.
Rat who be this “WE” for which you talk about ? Other Rats ? … Croc Power !
I thought he meant that he could draw himself at the head of the line.
Your puns are more Existential Stephan
Pastis is essential to my mornings. Before I read the news and get angry and/or depressed, I fortify myself with PBS.
Yes, girls just wanna have puns!
It is going to be a strange twist of fate if the vaccine ends up killing as many people as the virus did. I am thinking that may just be what ends up happening.
Stephan’s puns are lots of fun, except the drones that make us groan!
In Florida, Gov. DeathSentence is going against guidelines by vaccinating residents of nursing homes first, BEFORE healthcare workers! Makes no sense at all. The healthcare workers leave the facility and go elsewhere. They can possibly bring the virus in. Wouldn’t it be better to vaccinate them first, rather than people who never leave the facility?
The rats have secretly developed a D-CON vaccine.
He is essential to my mornings.
It’s a PANdemic, not a PUNdemic, Stephan!
I’ve gotten along quite well so far without a vaccine. I’m pretty sure I’ll be fine. Let the politicians take the first dose since they’re so “essential.”
No more puns!
Step aside everyone, here comes a cartoonist!
Oh, indeed. Essential Pastis!!!
Well, I know you brighten my day most mornings.
Brace yourself. This will be viral. One of your best EVER!
I will be first. (I will also be 10,000 to get it)
A vaccine for a disease that has a 99% survival rate? I’ll pass, thanks.
What about ZEEBAS?
You’ll be sent off on the first ship, along with the phone sanitizers and advertising people.
It’s true! Laughter is the best medicine. So thank you, Dr. Pastis.
I am the LEAST essential person in the State of Oklahoma!
The rats will be first there in congress
Stephan might think that. Until he gets apundicitis and has to go to the ER. Then we won’t be able to get in because of COVID.
find out your place in the vaccine line https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/12/03/opinion/covid-19-vaccine-timeline.html
I just noticed… Steph is left-handed. Good for him!
Define ‘essential’. That’s the sticking point.
If you’re not first, you’re last.
An amazing number of people who hate puns seem to read this comic. I love a good bad pun ( there being no good good puns).
If you’re puns are so essential, why doesn’t this strip have one?
You work from home, end of the line.
Puns are absolutely essential. Period.
I would have been willing to be a test subject, but there’s no rush for me for a regular vaccine. I may be one of the people expected to suffer more from COVID-19, but I don’t go anywhere either. I was staying home and social distancing before it was cool.
I agree with Stephan. Cartoonist are essential ♡.
Then get to work!
Nah. They will be giving people second and third doses before giving the first to him.
Rat has a point.
A book I read and reported on in 1955, “100,000,000 Million Guinea Pigs,” suggests to wait to see what happens to those first, er guinea pigs. The Lemon Laws came somewhat later.
You are a cartoonist! Do you even have a life to save? After all, your best friend is a rat… :D
It’s like the punchline to that old snake bite joke.
“He say’s yer gonna die.”
Amazing artwork for this cartoonist! @StevenPastis. Although it appears that each panel is the same (except for the speech balloons), each one is slightly different. Individually drawn, not copied.
Do people who have always worked from home even notice?
YES, Rat is right. The quality of your puns have dropped drastically in the last eight to ten years so you will be dead when you get the shot
Many people are gluttons for pun-ishment.
Great cartoonists think alike!http://static1.squarespace.com/static/560b196ce4b048ed71e06b45/57183e16fd2119cb64a180c8/57183f15fd2119cb64a18adc/1461206805457/Kliban_Cartoonist.jpeg?format=original
Well, we sure deserve punishment.
And he will be the last cartoonist. Crocs Zeeba would help but we get rat more often than not. Bleah.
I’ve been saying for months that I’d gladly volunteer to test the vaccine. I think it’s worth a shot.
May I be last?
No Pfizer vaccine for me. The extremely cold temps required from creation of the vaccine batch to thawing no more than 6 hours prior to injection leaves little room for error. Some say that blockchain is needed to document that the vaccine has been handled properly.
Yes, because the pun is mightier than the sword!
Yes they are. They helped me get through my bought with COVID
Cartoon-Boy serves as vaccine guinea pig!
Either PBS lives or bad puns die; either way, we win!
Don’t trust it; don’t want it!
Completely agreed… Stephan and his comments, and all comic artists… ARE essential!!! Thank you for keeping us laughing and smiling!