My Valentine (comic)


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Happy Singles Awareness Day, Jazz Pickles!

I’m the sort of guy who feels sorry for hypothetical strangers, so Valentine’s Day always makes me a little sad for people who find the holiday making them sad. My advice to those of you who may be experiencing unwanted loneliness today not to let holidays invented by a greeting card company disturb your peace.

This cartoon is one of those rare instances where a personal experience led to a gag. My girlfriend, Olive Oyl, and I had a fight not long ago because, once again, I don’t know when to keep my mouth shut. I have a tendency to “over share” and often don’t stop to think how my words might affect the person I’m talking to. We made up quickly and I vowed to extend the delay between the time I think something and say it from 0 seconds to 3 seconds. I highly recommend this simple, yet effective method.

This cartoon posed a problem when I converted it to the strip version. These things run very small in many newspapers, so I had to divide it in two to make sure readers could see that he was coming through the front door and be able to read the balloon messages.

bz 02-12-08 valentineBYGONE BIZARRO: Today’s archive offering is from 2008 and, I believe, captures the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.


16 thoughts on “My Valentine (comic)

  1. I loved this Valentine’s Day cartoon, and a lot of my friends did, too. It’s life as it really is.

    By the way, doesn’t the arrow in the cop’s back make it four Bizarro symbols in the Bygone?

    (And perhaps someone mentioned that back in 2008.)

  2. Enjoyed the Valentine’s cartoon. It looked like the balloons would have covered just about any kind of faux pas. It was interesting, too, to see the comparison between the single panel and the strip version. Almost seemed like the process of editing film. Hope you and Ms. Oyl have a Happy Valentine’s Day together!

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  4. You spoke your mind and repented it? Because you were wrong? or you didn’t want to end up in dog pound? I also wonder if the same rule ever applies to women?

    • Of course the same rule applies to women. Don’t be ridiculous. Everybody says hurtful things sometimes that they later regret. Anybody can speak without thinking. Please don’t turn it into a gendered thing.

      • It’s not just about regretting what you say, it’s also about being guarded all the time just so as to avoid a fight.Women don’t need to do that, at-least not as often as well-mannered men. Ofcourse it’s a gendered thing. The guy with balloons clearly doesn’t know why the lady is pissed. So, he is not taking chances.

        • I’m reticent to interject myself into this comment stream but there are very basic and natural emotional differences between men and women. In general, men are less emotionally affected by words and than are women. Men compete physically, women compete emotionally. Thus, it is easier for a man to discount the impact of his words and offend a woman. My two cents.

        • It’s not that I don’t see where you’re both coming from in terms of societal expectations that it is the man that was in the wrong. And in this comic in particular, the man is obviously apologizing because the lady is presumably upset and of course he doesn’t know why. But women certainly can be in situations where they’re always guarded to avoid a fight, where they don’t say things because everything starts a fight. And women can also straight-up be the one in the wrong.

          I don’t know if my female friends and I are just finding unusually emotional men, but I wouldn’t say it’s unusual to get a panicked call or text about a big fight and she thinks perhaps she is in the wrong and should apologize but isn’t sure exactly what for.

          I guess I tend to think that people are people and either party is capable of being in the wrong. Whether it is more often one gender than the other in reality, I don’t know.

          • You’re absolutely right, Callie. I didn’t mean to insinuate that men are always in the wrong. Cartoons often use familiar cliches to get ideas across and this one uses the typical, sheepish man who knows he’s in the doghouse. :^}

          • I realize cartoons are necessarily limited, Dan. I didn’t have any problem with it; I thought it was funny! I was responding to the initial question of whether the same rule ever applies to women. Yes, yes it does. I know that one…

          • Yes, women can be wrong and they are as much as men. But it has somehow become a politically incorrect thing to suggest so. This cartoon also seemed to reinforce that. If that was not Dan’s intention, I missed the point.

  5. The strip version may have posed a problem, but I love the result. It adds another dimension, with the suggestion of momentary delay before the guy announces his arrival after carefully opening the door. You can just feel the tension!

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