Archive: Baby Blues

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Baby Blues, 6/29/20

I don’t want you think that I’m constantly raging against Marvin’s incessant piss and shit jokes is because I’m against bathroom humor per se. It’s the “incessant” part that really gets me; of course some judiciously applied poop humor is an important part of any comic strip with child characters. Today’s Baby Blues genuinely made me laugh, for instance! I particularly like the expression on the dog’s face in panel two. He just wanted to poop on his walk like he always does, safe in the assumption that his owner would clean it up, and now he’s embarrassed! He never asked to be part of this!

Gasoline Alley, 6/29/20

You know what didn’t make me laugh? Today’s Gasoline Alley, which is about desperate homeless people breaking into circus animals’ cages to eat their food! I’m not even going to bother describing the plotline we’re in the middle of here, because it doesn’t actually provide any context for today’s strip, which, I can’t emphasize enough, is about people so poor and hungry that they need to eat circus animal feed to survive, Jesus Christ.

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So today a lot of comics artists have inserted some symbols into their strips to pay tribute to essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. And, naturally, there was a range of approaches to this!

Dustin, 6/7/20

You could, for instance, take the Dustin route, where the symbols are explicitly explained in text, and then used in the comic itself to further the cause of recognizing various heroes, sung and unsung!

Baby Blues, 6/7/20

Or you could take the Baby Blues technique, which is to integrate the symbols naturalistically into the comic itself, on the assumption that readers will pick up news stories about this campaign and understand what they’re looking at.

Six Chix, 6/7/20

Or — hear me out — you could do it the Six Chix way, by which I of course mean the most half-assed way imaginable, wedging symbols into a joke that’s already terrible by itself so as to make them fully incomprehensible. What’s the most insultingly placed of the icons here? Lotta people are gonna say the steering wheel at the bottom left corner, held by disembodied human hands, but don’t sleep on the picture (?) of the microscope that the pigeon is wearing (?) on its chest.

Funky Winkerbean, 6/7/20

Funky Winkerbean, of course, can not accomodate any misery that is not Funky Winkerbean, so it will not be acknowledging the coronavirus pandemic nor any of the essential workers ameliorating it, but I did enjoy today’s strip, in which Cayla desperately begs Mason not to try to get inside the mind of a madman, it’s too late for her, but he can still save himself, there’s still time, there’s still time.

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Baby Blues, 3/13/20

Wow, why would you ask Wanda what she did on her big date night with Darryl if you already knew what they did on their date? And why is this whole community whispering together to keep track of Darryl and Wanda’s movements? I’ve been reading this strip for more than a year and this is only the third time I’ve been moved to comment on it, so trust me when I say they are not that interesting.

Funky Winkerbean, 3/13/20

This is Bull’s CTE buddy, who just got word from his doctor that his decline due to CTE is accelerating, and despite the fact that he has, I’m pretty sure, a wife of his own, after getting this news he decided to go hang out with Linda, who was widowed when Bull drove his car off a cliff, due to CTE. “These are the super-depressing videos Bull liked to watch in the years leading up to his suicide,” Linda says, “so if you’re trying to psyche yourself up to kill yourself, you can borrow them if you want.”

Rex Morgan, M.D., 3/13/20

WE GET IT TILDY

DESPITE YOUR AGE, YOU’RE STILL A SEXUAL PERSON AND LOOK FORWARD TO AN ACTIVE EROTIC LIFE ONCE YOU AND ANDRZEJ ARE BACK TOGETHER

ACTUALLY ALL OF US WILL WITH ANY LUCK BE OLD SOME DAY SO THIS IS GOOD NEWS

THANKS FOR LETTING US YOUNGER FOLKS KNOW THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

ENJOY YOUR “WRASSLIN’” (VIGOROUS SEX WITH YOUR EX-HUSBAND)