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Walk and talk and eat with the animals

Shoe, 8/16/16

You know, I spend a lot of time speculating about the origins of the animal-dominated world of Slylock Fox, but significantly less talking about the bird-dominated world of Shoe. I guess it’s because the complete absence of humans makes it seem less like our dystopian future and more just an extended metaphor, but today’s strip has some unsettling implications. Of course, we’ve long known that the Shoeniverse birds devour each other. But now it’s clear that there’s some secret reserves of humans — or perhaps just the salted, preserved flesh of our most beloved actresses — that the sapient bird-men and -women serve up for very special occasions.

Beetle Bailey, 8/16/16

I love how angry Cookie is at Beetle’s assumption that Otto eats ordinary dog food like an ordinary dog. He walks upright and wears clothes, Beetle! Are you insane? Do you not know what that signifies, in a comic strip?

Saturday is for terrible children

Shoe, 8/6/16

Ha ha, rap music! It’s an incredibly popular art form that’s been around for more than thirty years, but it sure isn’t music, amiright folks? This is definitely an opinion that young children hold, so it’s natural to put this line in Skyler’s mouth (beak?) here, and it’s 100% appropriate for him to go from wide-eyed eagerness to heavy-lidded smugness as he delivers the punchline.

Family Circus, 8/6/16

Everybody’s body language as they react to Billy’s obnoxious display is hilarious to me. PJ is recoiling in disgust. Jeffy’s about to haul off and punch Billy in the face. And Daddy is shrugging in despair, as if to say, “I guess camp couldn’t fix him. I guess he’s just like this.”

That ponytail is really drawing attention to the strangeness of bird-man hair

Mary Worth, 8/3/16

Mary Worth is determined to show us that the heaven of a Vicodin high is followed swiftly and brutally by the hell of a running-out-of-Vicodin low. While I appreciate the almost Picasso-esque depiction of Tommy with only a single visible eye in panel two, if we’re going to go deeper into this withdrawal sequence I’m sad that we won’t get to see Joe Giella’s take on that baby crawling across the ceiling from Trainspotting.

Shoe, 8/3/16

Haha, yes, vegans are from space, or maybe just travel from place to place in spaceships? This is definitely a stereotype about vegans that is common and well-known! I mean, I’ve never heard it, but you’ve got to believe that someone who can craft realistic-sounding dialogue like “do you have food for vegans?” knows a lot about vegans.

Family Circus, 8/3/16

This guy knows what’s up. He’s the only adult here, he promised all these litte bastards fish, and if he doesn’t deliver they’re gonna turn on him.