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The worst comic strip ever? Thrill to the stilted, unfunny adventures of Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy, brought to you by Jerry Beck, of Cartoon Research fame.
posted by The Card Cheat (98 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
They get my vote.
posted by nudar at 7:31 AM on August 30, 2008


Good grief. Absolutely joyless. My favourite is the one with the cookies bizarrely hidden in the trombone.
posted by fire&wings at 7:34 AM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


This week on Best of the Web: the worst comic strip ever!
posted by daniel_charms at 7:36 AM on August 30, 2008


that's a tuba - you hide pancakes in a trombone
posted by pyramid termite at 7:36 AM on August 30, 2008 [8 favorites]


Meh, it's still better than Marmaduke.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:38 AM on August 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


Humorless. Pointless. Painful. Everything a comic strip ought not be. Who allowed this thing to be published and why?
posted by Dreama at 7:40 AM on August 30, 2008


> This week on Best of the Web: the worst comic strip ever!

daniel_charms, when kids these days say 'worst', they mean 'best'. And to 'shake your booty' means to wiggle one's butt. Permit me to demonstrate.
posted by Stonewall Jackson at 7:40 AM on August 30, 2008 [4 favorites]


Nope, still Garfield.
posted by LarryC at 7:42 AM on August 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


Kee-doodle, that was bad.
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:47 AM on August 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


This stuff was pretty controversial in its day - many newspapers refused to run the edgier strips and Jack Pierce had to walk a fine line. Strips which took stands on racism, sexism and communism were met with a deaf ear in the marketplace and he had to take things down a notch.

But Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy is Bloom County compared to Jim Kersell's Loki, Your Fuzzy Forest Friend. At least UFB&C attempts groaner humor in a Bazooka Comics kind of way.
posted by porn in the woods at 7:47 AM on August 30, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!
posted by BeerFilter at 7:47 AM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


This stuff was pretty controversial in its day

Yeah, they censored the strips about Chumpy's boner crimes.
posted by fleetmouse at 7:52 AM on August 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


Ok, so, this site is blocked at my work so I can't independently verify, but is it actually worse that Boston and Shaun as linked to previously by obvious?

Because I find that really, really fucking hard to believe.
posted by slimepuppy at 7:52 AM on August 30, 2008 [4 favorites]


Maybe I just got hypnotised, but "Follow This Map To A Treasure" made me laugh really hard.
posted by stammer at 8:01 AM on August 30, 2008 [9 favorites]


Wow. They are NOT kidding. At first I was like, "wow, this really isn't funny or good in any way at all." Then I got a little irritated. I soon escalated to slightly pissed off, indignant that anyone would devote time to creating something so totally worthless. Finally, I was just sad, kind of depressed, like maybe life isn't really worth living after all. Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy made me want to die a little bit. Yeah, it sucks.
posted by DecemberBoy at 8:08 AM on August 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


I don't know guys, I chuckled at a couple of these. I know I am easily amused, though.
posted by grouse at 8:10 AM on August 30, 2008


Wow slimepuppy, I missed that the first time around... thanks?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:11 AM on August 30, 2008


but is it actually worse that Boston and Shaun

It depends. It's more awful if you only take into account the awfulness of the strip itself, but not if you take into account the fact that the artist and the audience of Boston and Shaun are sexually titillated by it. Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy is about as funny as genocide, but at least it's highly unlikely that anyone beat off to it. Boston and Shaun, on the other hand, exists solely as an outlet for the creator's twisted furry/vore fetishes and for those who share those fetishes to tickle their pecker to, on top of making Garfield look like Calvin and Hobbes. Taking that into account, I'd personally go with Boston and Shaun as the worst.
posted by DecemberBoy at 8:19 AM on August 30, 2008


Doesn't seem any worse than Marmaduke to me, either.
posted by dobbs at 8:19 AM on August 30, 2008


slimepuppy: I dunno, seems like they're about even.
posted by teraflop at 8:24 AM on August 30, 2008


Well on the one hand, no it isn't as bad slimpuppy, because that Boston and Shaun is seriously atrocious. I think at face value, you have sourced a worse comic. That is a shocker.

But on the other hand, Boston and Shaun could have been created by any idiot with MSPaint and $10 to buy the domain name. Which it seems is most likely the case.
Fluffy bunny and chimpy tool or whatever the crap is called, appear to be bona fide published comics from a print media source of yesteryear (probably not the NYTimes though I'm guessing, could be wrong, I dunno).

So I guess it depends on what you think is worse, unfiltered drek seemingly barfed up from a 12 year old, or woefully banal drek that really really should not have made it onto the presses.
posted by nudar at 8:24 AM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I smiled a few times (probably because of the corniness)...it's no worse than a lot of other kids cartoons I can remember.

And yes no way near as bad a Garfield, which just makes me want to hurt things every time I've had the misfortune to read it.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:27 AM on August 30, 2008


Frank and Ernest prevails.
posted by kurumi at 8:33 AM on August 30, 2008


No love vitriol for The Born Loser? I mean, at least Uncle Bunny and Loki have some near-dada weird going on.
posted by everichon at 8:36 AM on August 30, 2008


Sorry, no, Family Circus. Even Bill Keane hates it, and he draws it.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:38 AM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Achewood sucks.
posted by Stan Chin at 8:39 AM on August 30, 2008 [8 favorites]


These are bad, but the Bazooka Joe comics in Bazooka gum are worse by at least an order of magnitude.
posted by mrbarrett.com at 8:40 AM on August 30, 2008


I tend to agree with nudar: Boston and Shaun seems like it might be some obscure post-ironic comment on unfunny comics. Like this, but with marginally worse production values. Although I can find nothing about Jack Pierce, in my mind's eye he is a fiftyish man with a troubling moustache who really believes what he is producing is something the young people today really enjoy. Which to be fair, may have been more the case in 1952.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:41 AM on August 30, 2008


Dreamwalk Journal still holds a place in my heart as the worst comic ever.
posted by stavrogin at 8:44 AM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Did anyone but me detect a striking resemblance between Chumpy and a prominent U.S. politician with a horticultural last name?
posted by rdone at 8:48 AM on August 30, 2008


Compared to George and Lynne this cartoon is a masterpiece
posted by dng at 8:51 AM on August 30, 2008


I agree with Pope Guilty. Family Circus is the biggest cartooninary abortion ever published.
posted by ORthey at 8:51 AM on August 30, 2008


And hey, no discussion of awful comics can be complete without at least a mention of David Gonterman. His stuff is pure, concentrated awful. It's AwfulCore. However, it's so bad that it goes past "so bad it's good", then past "plain bad", and onto a new level where it's good again. It's certainly far more entertaining than Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy, but then so is an enema.
posted by DecemberBoy at 8:58 AM on August 30, 2008


David Gonterman is the Henry Darger of the of the 21st century.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:02 AM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


If we're allowed to include web comics, I would like to nominate Joe Hoster. Inexplicably started by the webhosting company brinkster, and heavily advertised on their site, they've so far only managed to make one strip. And it is probably the worst thing ever made
posted by dng at 9:05 AM on August 30, 2008


You're all wrong. Mallard Fillmore is the worst. Full of conservative weapons-grade stupid, puked up by a drunken republican piece of no-talent garbage.
posted by Aquaman at 9:07 AM on August 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


Darn, I was expecting a flashback to Fusco Brothers.
posted by crapmatic at 9:10 AM on August 30, 2008


I don't think it's fair to compare web comics to this. This went into a publication that was sold to hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in the US and Canada. THE GUY ACTUALLY GOT PAID FOR THIS!!

I'm sure he spent whatever My Weekly Reader gave him on hookers and blow, or whatever the 1952 equivalent of that was (chippies and Demerol?)
posted by Sidhedevil at 9:10 AM on August 30, 2008


Kee-Doodle!
posted by cog_nate at 9:11 AM on August 30, 2008


boingboing had this on august 3rd.

boo!
posted by krautland at 9:12 AM on August 30, 2008


I get a proto-Lockhorns vibe from the domestic squabbling of Uncle Fuzzy & What's His Nuts.

The Lockhorns?!? You read Parade magazine?!?
posted by porn in the woods at 9:13 AM on August 30, 2008


You're all wrong. Mallard Fillmore is the worst.

Most political strips are atrocious. Minimum Security, for instance, is at least as bad as Millard Fillmore (and is now apparently all about bunnies).
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:13 AM on August 30, 2008


I completely disagree. These are aimed at very small children who might get a kick out of them. They're like mini riddles that a kid would decipher with very basic reading comprehension. The art sucks, but the fact that it's so obviously aimed at tiny kids keeps it from being the worst ever.

I enjoyed reading them.
posted by jeff-o-matic at 9:17 AM on August 30, 2008 [7 favorites]


Mallard Fillmore is the worst.

Mallard Fillmore is notable only for being crap with an ideological political bent, as compared to the generally apolitical nature of most crap newspaper comics. Doonesbury has the distinction of being political but not crap, but then it's much more (if not purely) ideologically neutral in its criticism than Mallard could ever hope to be.

Johnny Hart's regular weird rightward, godward jabs were at least mitigated by some sense of art within the man's work, at least in aggregate, that elevated the stuff above baseline crap even. I didn't like his work, but it at least seemed like work sometimes.

Mallard Fillmore is just Adam with conservative talk radio chatter in the place of kids yelling in the back seat and dad working from home. It's The Lockhorns with unidirectional instead of mutual loathing. It's unexceptional shit that gets a little extra traction from those liberals who get twigged by the ideology and from those conservatives who like a comic that's explicitly On Their Side, but it's still unexceptional shit.
posted by cortex at 9:19 AM on August 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


I can't believe no one has mentioned Howard Huge
posted by parmanparman at 9:30 AM on August 30, 2008


The web page with the "classic" Boston and Shaun is down, and there's only one strip on the Wayback Machine. Are these still available elsewhere? Surely someone saved this important bit of Internet history?

/glutton-for-punishment
posted by grouse at 9:35 AM on August 30, 2008


Uninformed Bob.

srsly, Mallard Fillmore, Prickly City and Candorville are the worst.

So no love/hate/FPP/. for For Better or For Worse?
posted by infinitewindow at 9:39 AM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


FBoFW is more an example of a badly flawed genuine piece of work than anything. You can't hate the foobs like you hate Garfield; they have completely different problems.
posted by cortex at 9:45 AM on August 30, 2008


Like this

(Lasagna Cat). This, indeed. This. THIS. Oh God, this is brilliant. The perfect antidote to the stultifying unfunny of the subject of the post. HE ATE A PURSE. YOU CANNOT EAT A PURSE. A PURSE IS NOT FOOD.

I completely disagree. These are aimed at very small children who might get a kick out of them.

This argument is the reason why Hollywood squeezes out unending squirts of loose CGI stool such as "Barnyard" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and, indeed, the "Garfield" films. "It's for kids, so it's okay that it's total garbage that no one involved cared about or put any real effort into, the little brats don't know any better". Kids will eat dead spiders, but that doesn't mean they should be purposely fed dead spiders for lunch.
posted by DecemberBoy at 9:53 AM on August 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


Also, FBoFW used to be good. And holy crap, I just checked and today is the end of the main story there. Maybe there should be a post on it.
posted by grouse at 9:53 AM on August 30, 2008


Hey, it's not like the glory days but I'll have nothing bad said about George and Lynne considering Striker is on the same page (which I only read when I'm waiting to get my hair cut...)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:56 AM on August 30, 2008


Funny as Pud, without the charm.
posted by mazola at 10:03 AM on August 30, 2008


Jack Chick is the best of the worst.
posted by Bonzai at 10:25 AM on August 30, 2008


This is amazing. Thank you.

And while we're bringing up mesmerizingly terrible cartoons, let's not forget Law For Kids.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:44 AM on August 30, 2008 [5 favorites]


I kinda want to wish death on some of you for linking those comics, but I suppose I really have only myself to blame for reading them.
posted by Caduceus at 10:54 AM on August 30, 2008


Wow! Law For Kids! Just...wow.
posted by everichon at 11:12 AM on August 30, 2008


It's bad, but it's no Wee Pals.
posted by dantsea at 11:27 AM on August 30, 2008


Jim Kersell's Loki, Your Fuzzy Forest Friend.

Damn, that's so bad it almost achieves a kind of Zen perfection.
posted by jonp72 at 11:42 AM on August 30, 2008


Regarding Boston and Shaun: ten bucks says that someone, somewhere, is masturbating to the middle panel of this strip right at this very moment.
posted by Greg Nog at 11:46 AM on August 30, 2008


Kids like puns and goofy sitatuions. No need to be the simpsons Comic Book Guy over everything (or is asking this futile on the internet?) Whats next? Mocking children's fashions or children's textbooks?

Haha, look at this little sailor suit or this little pink dress with bunnies on it! Who would wear this?!?

Oh my, this entry on the civil war barely mentions the complex socio-economic dependancy the north had on the south nor the self-serving style many accuse Lincoln of implementing emancipation. SNORT! Nor is there a in-depth look at the strategy of naval blockades or a detailed analysis at what happened at Vicksburg!!

/keep up the lousy work bloggers
posted by damn dirty ape at 12:14 PM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Law For Kids? More like Lawl For Kids.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 12:15 PM on August 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


let's not forget Law For Kids.

It's like the Reno 911 characters did a comic strip.
posted by dirigibleman at 1:06 PM on August 30, 2008


Many of those strips are eerily similar to the humor present in some of the gags that can be found in Condorito. I'm not sure what that says about Chile, considering how hugely popular that magazine was.
posted by Memo at 1:18 PM on August 30, 2008


hahahhahahaha, "SOAP!"
posted by tehloki at 1:36 PM on August 30, 2008


If you think of the monkey as a 6yr old and the bunny as the mid-30s adult in charge of said 6yr old, it makes more sense and is even somewhat funny.
posted by batmonkey at 1:36 PM on August 30, 2008


hahahhahahaha, "SOAP!"

No soap, radio!
posted by grouse at 1:46 PM on August 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


Jim Kersell's Loki, Your Fuzzy Forest Friend.

I dunno, I think it's kinda sweet. I only have this one strip to judge from, but Loki reads to me like it was intended for very, very small kids.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 1:52 PM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


I agree with Pope Guilty. Family Circus is the biggest cartooninary abortion ever published.

When I was a kid, I had a big oversized Family Circus retrospective. It included Bil Keane's commentary on the cartoon's development and a few of his favourite behind-the-scenes anecdotes - oh the gripping tales of life in the Family Circus trenches, believe you me. Anyway, there were even letters from readers. One of those letters from a reader asked, in all seriousness, whether his wife Thel was as beautiful in real life as she is in the strip.

There was, at some point, someone so aroused by the cartoon mom in Family Circus he wrote a letter to its creator to ask for further information. I'm not sure how exactly this is relevant to this discussion, but any discussion about worst comics ever seems like it should include a nod to the severed-frontal-lobe cases who make it possible to make millions by shoveling out this dreck.

Indeed this seemed so relevant I was willing to publicly admit I once owned an oversized Family Circus retrospective. In my defence, I hadn't yet reached puberty.
posted by gompa at 2:01 PM on August 30, 2008


In isolation, I think the strip with the ice-skating sparrow is near perfect. The trickster-god suckerpunch you anticipate in the third panel never comes; instead, there's the surreal line "Thank you, Loki!"

You get so inured to the expectations of modern web comics that a cloying, 1950s deadpan somehow becomes the more subversive thing. I think I need to go scrub down my frontal lobes with steel wool now.
posted by kid ichorous at 3:40 PM on August 30, 2008


In isolation, I think the strip with the ice-skating sparrow is near perfect. The trickster-god suckerpunch you anticipate in the third panel never comes; instead, there's the surreal line "Thank you, Loki!"

I want to point out that the sparrow actually says, "Thank you, Loki." Not an exclamation point, but a period. There's something about the placidity there that pulls the strip into an even more unsettling place. The sparrow isn't overjoyed at being given its own pond, which would at least signal an emotional shift that functions something like a punchline; the "Thank you" instead seems more like a quiet breath of relief. Everything's returning to normal. The crisis is averted. Life moves forward in the forest. Thank you, Loki. As before, so shall it ever be.
posted by Greg Nog at 3:51 PM on August 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


Everything's returning to normal. The crisis is averted.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:00 PM on August 30, 2008


As before, so shall it ever be.

I will show you harmony, friend.
posted by kid ichorous at 4:03 PM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Surely these are fake...
posted by lyam at 5:50 PM on August 30, 2008


I don't known about this. Uncle Funny Bunny is indeed terrible, but I grew up enjoying and paying good money for British comics like "Whizzer and Chips", which in retrospect were just as vapid; I feel I can't really stand in judgement.
posted by AndrewStephens at 7:22 PM on August 30, 2008


Greg nog, thank you for law for kids. Jesus, these make me laugh out loud . . . they're so instructional and entertaining!
posted by andromache at 9:10 PM on August 30, 2008


Do not disrespect Frank and Ernest. The jokes are 99% lame groaners and puns, but the goofy, truly cartoony art somehow raises it to a solid candidate for "guilty pleasure" (at least mine).

And once every very-long-while, it achieves something a little bit more.
posted by wendell at 10:19 PM on August 30, 2008


Almost as bad as Non Sequitur.
posted by tellurian at 10:19 PM on August 30, 2008


Also, since the death of Johnny Hart, B.C. has actually gotten funny again (not always, but more often) and way less uptight. Ol' Johnny would never have done this, this, this, this or this (4th wall damage!).
posted by wendell at 10:27 PM on August 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Comics that bounce between one-shot topical humor and character-driven stories (Non-Sequitur and Candorville having been declared among the "worst") end up bouncing between absolutely awful and pretty damn good. Yes, the lows are lower than the highs are high, but I still follow both with the optimism that their batting averages are at least good enough to get them into the AAA league...
posted by wendell at 10:33 PM on August 30, 2008



I completely disagree. These are aimed at very small children who might get a kick out of them.


They may be kids, but they're not stupid.

You know what I mean. Remember when you were a kid, and you would, say, read the Bazooka Joe wrapper, and then you would just... stare at it, because even back then you knew someone, an actual grown-up adult person, was getting paid to come up with this crap and it blew your mind because it was so awful?

That said, I love that the designated straight man always makes the Punchline Face at the end of the strip. I laffed.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:47 PM on August 30, 2008 [3 favorites]


Soap!!
posted by sveskemus at 6:39 AM on August 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


What in the name of God are you freaks doing! Identifying the worst comic strip of all time is like going to the biggest festival in your state and trying to find the worst smelling turd in the port-a-potties. I mean, sure it is theoretically possible, but at the end of your quest, you'll have an almost numb nose, everything will smell like feces, and whatever dubious OCD pride you feel at your acheivement will be outweighed by the time spent focussing on crap. Don't do it. Similarly with any kind of worst sitcom of all time endeavor.

That said, Family Circus FTW.
posted by BrotherCaine at 7:04 AM on August 31, 2008


What makes Uncle Funny Bunny even weirder is the occasional glimpses of outside awareness or pop culture parodies on the part of the creator. Look at comic 4 here. It's a joke about frugality or thrift taken to extremes, and Uncle's reaction shot in the final panel is a trademark Jack Benny pose. This can't be a coincidence, but would children of the period have been expected to get it?
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:19 AM on August 31, 2008


and Uncle's reaction shot in the final panel is a trademark Jack Benny pose. This can't be a coincidence, but would children of the period have been expected to get it?

Benny had a TV show at that time, so maybe so. Remember, there were only two or three channels in most places in those days, so people watched whatever was on, regardless of whether it was targeted to their demographic or not.

I've been listening to old Jack Benny radio shows, and I'm kind of liking his weird, half-breaking-the-fourth-wall style. It seems like Carol Burnett's TV show (a childhood favorite of mine) was really influenced by that approach, down to the ridiculous movie parodies in which the cast tried to crack each other up.
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:40 AM on August 31, 2008


Those might be the worst cartoons in English, but they don't hold a candle to the awfulness that is Condorito.
posted by signal at 8:06 PM on August 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't care how bad it gets when I read more of these...

...but, just for the moment, the best punchline I've read since Garkov:

"Less talk and more work, Chumpy!"
"blah... blah... blah... blah..."


And for that, it's the best comic strip right now.
posted by not_on_display at 9:14 PM on August 31, 2008


I grew up enjoying and paying good money for British comics like "Whizzer and Chips", which in retrospect were just as vapid

Me too. I think they were just a vaguely pleasant way of spacing out for a bit, the fact that they were entirely unfunny and often bizarrely anachronistic didn't bother me.

Oink! was the business though.
posted by tomcooke at 2:19 AM on September 1, 2008


No mention of "Girls and Sports"? I am ashamed of all of you.
posted by Navelgazer at 7:24 AM on September 1, 2008


Oh, infinitewindow, Uninformed Bob made me want to kill myself a little bit. Truly awful.
posted by marginaliana at 9:08 AM on September 1, 2008


I kind of liked the birdbath/ice rink one.
posted by jonmc at 10:34 AM on September 1, 2008


jonmc: I agree. There's hardly a joke at all, and what joke is there isn't actually funny, but at least it does adhere to the fairly accurate "Two of Six" rule that Scott Adams wrote about in The Joy of Work, which is better than most comic strip punchlines attain. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, I'll summarize the idea.

For a joke to be funny, it must be at least two (and hopefully more) of the six following things:

Rude
Clever
Mean
Bizarre
Cute
Naughty

To use (some of his) examples, pure puns can be clever, but are almost never funny, and are at best appreciated by a small number of people. However, if you add another of these elements to them, you have the possibility for comedy. The word "Twincest," for instance, is pretty horrible, but the combination of clever and naughty gives it a comedic dimension, even if that dimension doesn't work with everybody. A better example might be my friend who loathes puns with a violent fury. That means that everyone in our group will employ any pun we can think of while in his presence, just to aggravate him. This adds the "mean" dimension, and I can tell you that if you know the context, it can be hilarious.

Another good example he uses is South Park, in his discussion of Cuteness, wherein he says that "the jury's still out" on the kids. I disagree. The design of the kids on south park is undeniably cute, which, added to the rampant meanness, rudeness, and naughtiness on display means that the tone will almost always be comedic, even when you're not laughing out loud.

Of course, for me, the gold standard of comedy will always have to be Arrested Development, which fired on all six cylinders, so to speak, as much as it could. George-Michael and Meaby's relationship was cute, naughty, and bizarre all at once, which made you root for them, while simultaneously being repulsed by yourself for doing so, and laughing at it all the whole time. The almost omnipresent puns were all either clever and naughty, clever and mean, or all three. Adams describes rudeness largely as "people saying what they really think in inappropriate situations, which was another constant underlying theme behind every line of clever dialog. It's maybe the funniest show ever to air on t.v., and it consistently layers as many of these elements as it can.

To look to AD's spiritual successor, 30 Rock, just proves the rule. To just take the character of Tracy Jordan, just about everything he says is bizarre, clever (via broken logic), and cute, because of his childlike attitude, and oftentimes naughty as well. Jenna is rude and cute and often naughty (much like Sarah Silverman.) Actually, I'd argue that there might be a recently popular addition to the list: Uncomfortable, which can describe a lot of Liz Lemon and the entirety of The Office, but in reality that's simply another dimension of meanness - that of the writers to the characters.

Anyway, back to Loki, the birdbath spot works as both cute and clever, and maybe even a little bizarre. The fact that we are so expecting of the mean element actually works in the strips favor when it shows us a sweet act of kindness. Also, the artwork made me nostalgic for my childhood Christmases in Colorado, so maybe I'm just willing to give it a little slack.

In any case, I liked it.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:51 PM on September 1, 2008 [4 favorites]


And looking back through the book, it was "recognizability" not "rudeness."
posted by Navelgazer at 6:05 PM on September 1, 2008


Two cows are sitting in a bathtub... one cow turns to the other and says "HEY! No soap! RADIO!"
posted by Debaser626 at 6:56 AM on September 2, 2008


Okay so that one is:

1. Bizarre because he says "soup" instead of "soap" and so the punchline doesn't make any sense, and
2. Naughty because it's two cows in a bathtub, rowr.
posted by cortex at 7:40 AM on September 2, 2008


Bizarre because he says "soup" instead of "soap"

I'm not seeing it. Is this mod trickery?
posted by grouse at 8:04 PM on September 2, 2008


grouse: Bizarre because he says "soup" instead of "soap"
I'm not seeing it. Is this mod trickery?


NO! Soap, radio.

posted by not_on_display at 9:19 PM on September 2, 2008


No "No soap, radio," radio.
posted by grouse at 10:19 PM on September 2, 2008


^ grouse: No "No soap, radio," radio.

NO SOUP FOR YOU! radio.
posted by not_on_display at 4:01 PM on September 4, 2008


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