Cat Fancy

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Just got back from a weekend in San Francisco, a city that Olive Oyl and I dearly love and would live in if it weren’t for the weather. Unless the sun is shining, I’m genetically programmed to be a serial killer, so I try to live where my neighbors and loved ones will be safe.

Here are the cartoons that ended the month of May for Bizarro 05-31-15 WEBBizarro. For the unaware, one of the longest-running TV shows in American history was a western called Gunsmoke (1955-1975), and a main character in the show was a saloon gal named Miss Kitty. In reality she would’ve been a prostitute, but they never mentioned that in the show. My grandfather saw every episode and I watched many of them with him when I was a kid in the ’60s. I have since wondered from time to time why “Cat” and “Kitty” are fairly common names but “Dog” and “Puppy” never caught on.

bz panel 05-25-15 Earlier in the week I did some other cartoons that looked exactly like the ones posted here. Ever been to couples counselling? Sometimes it’s a bit like the old Rock’em Sock’em Robots toy. I loved that toy. Couple counselling, not as much.

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Shark week is a popular TV thing on one of the cable channels but I have to admit I’ve never seen a single show. That kind of stuff doesn’t appeal to me for some reason.

 

 

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Here’s a fun little pun from the Old West. This is not Miss Kitty. This is Crystal, the waitress with a heart of gold and a rash she’s never been able to completely get rid of.

 

 

 

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Even though the wedding I attended last weekend was fancy-schmancy and there were a lot of very proper people in attendance, there were a couple of pretty saturated folks by the end of night. Would it be a wedding without some? Well, yes, but probably not one worth attending.

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I thought of this gag as soon as I heard that cops in certain cities were going to start wearing body cameras. It’s always exciting to come up with a good gag that is very timely but with a typical syndication schedule it still takes several weeks to get something through the pipeline and into the papers.

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I love this pun about the popular book/film Fifty Shades of Grey. It was the brainchild of my good buddy Cliff The King of Wordplay. Everyone I know comes up with puns but Cliff’s are so unexpected. I’m in awe of the way his mind works.

Super busy with art right now so I’m outta here. I’m going to post some new sketch cards in a day or so. Weeeee!

 

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11 thoughts on “Cat Fancy

  1. I never knew it took so long to get the comics to the printed page. That must make it awful hard to keep them timely and fresh. you would think it would be able to be inserted into the stream so to speak with a days or two notice. It isn’t like the papers are using lead type anymore (the last newspaper I went into was the Fresno Guide in early 70’s) they should speed things up and maybe it would help them compete with the internet

    • Political cartoons are published overnight, but the funny pages is on a more relaxed schedule. It isn’t that they can’t get them in there faster, they just haven’t bothered changing the traditional system.

  2. Thank you for all the laughs! I am desperate to acquire an old drawing of yours. Two Cowboys on horseback in the desert, one has a clown head on his saddle and the other asks “been to town?” My best friend, who is now going through a terrible terrible time in her life, and I laughed so hard at that. We still laugh about it to this day. If I could get that for her it would mean the world to me. Thank you again for all the precious laughter. God bless you.

  3. I remember hearing years ago that on the radio version of Gunsmoke, there was a segment that made it very obvious what Kitty’s occupation was. Turns out this is described in the Wikipedia article

    “1953 interview with Time, Macdonnell declared, “Kitty is just someone Matt has to visit every once in a while. We never say it, but Kitty is a prostitute, plain and simple.”[7] An out-take from the program makes this hilariously obvious.[8]

    The [8] footnote provides a link to an audio archive of the out-take.

    • Not sure what Jump Start’s lead time is, most of us syndicated guys have to turn our stuff in four weeks or so before print. The Superman franchise has had a Bizarro sideline for longer than I’ve been published, it just isn’t all that well known among people outside of real Superman fanatics. I’d never heard of it when I named my feature. I’m surprised to find that they’re going for a humor angle on it. Probably a good idea!

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