Parabolic Cartoonery

Before I get to this week’s cartoons, I’d like to tell you about this T-shirt campaign featuring one of my most popular cartoons. A portion of the proceeds benefit “Roots & Shoots,” a kid’s program at the Jane Goodall Institute. Only ONE WEEK LEFT in the campaign, then the shirt is gone for good! Thanks! Have a look now, then come back. And don’t hesitate to “like,” tweet, forward, etc. it so that other’s may find out about it, too!Bizarro12-30-07DevolutionWEBBizarro is brought to you today by Church Humor?Bizarro 08-02-15 hdrWEB Bizarro 08-02-15 WEBThis Sunday cartoon is a long and winding road and you’ll likely need to enlarge it to get the most out of it. Do that by clicking it. On my computer, I have to click it, then reload the page it goes to before it appears. No idea why; computer voodoo, I guess.

The publication of this today has nothing to do with the dentist who killed a famous lion, it’s just a coincidence. In my opinion, hunting animals for food is a topic that can be effectively debated from both sides, but I have no sympathy for people who kill purely for fun and the “trophy” they take home. It’s an extremely arrogant and unattractive character trait in my opinion.

Back to comedy, I know how to perform both the Heimlich Maneuver and the Wisenheimer Maneuver, which is to perform the Heimlich on someone who is only clearing their throat.

bz panel 07-27-15I must admit I love this “Old West” naming cartoon. I’m a big fan of the Old West, but the habit many yuppies have had (for a couple of decades now) of naming their kids this way got on my nerves some time ago. I know, I need to find more important things to be annoyed with (definitely true) but I have the kind of mind that grabs these things and chews, usually without my permission. It’s part of how I write cartoons, so I guess maybe it’s not such a bad thing. Except for people who have to live with me and listen to my pointless rants. Sorry, Olive Oyl! :^}bz panel 07-28-15Here’s one about kindness in language. I have a habit of being very self critical and when I make even a small mistake, like hitting the wrong keyboard shortcut, I tend to mutter to myself something like “not that one, dumbass.” I’ve been told by therapists that I am being unkind to myself and should train myself to stop it. I am trying and am making some headway, but occasionally fall back into it. Probably because I’m a dumbass.bz panel 07-29-15Speaking of the Old West, here is a cowboy taking an alternative eye exam. His name is Melvin but he goes by “Snake Tooth Willy,” so he’d fit right in at any modern American private school. bz panel 07-30-15I’m happy that Donald Trump is so much in the news lately because it makes this cartoon look more relevant. I guess I could’ve guessed he’d say something controversial and be all over the news by the time this came out since he does so regularly, but I didn’t really think about it. I just liked the gag. bz panel 07-31-15Who doesn’t love and/or fear the way cats seem to be able to see things we can’t? Okay, I’m sure plenty of people don’t care one way or the other but I’ve know folks who were authentically freaked out by their cat’s doing this, and that was the inspiration for this gag.bz panel 08-01-15A reader pointed out to me that I did this exact gag (with a different drawing) just over a year ago. Man, I’m tempted to think I’m losing my mind but then I recall that I’ve published over 10,000 cartoons in my career so I suppose I’ve gotten to a point that I couldn’t possibly remember them all. Or I’m losing my mind. At the very least, I’m going to start putting an “X” on them in my sketchbook after I’ve published an idea.

Don’t forget to check out my T-shirt sale. It benefits a terrific organization and it’s part of how we keep the lights on at Bizarro International Headquarters these days in a world of a dwindling newspaper industry. Thanks so much.

 

 

17 thoughts on “Parabolic Cartoonery

  1. The cats comic reminds me of one from the classic B. Kliban book, Cat. The caption reads “cats can see things we can’t,” and the drawing is of a cat just staring at guy sitting in a comfy chair reading a book.

  2. OK- so YOU liked the Darn Old Trump joke (EYE did also)
    But. ( and this is a big Butt)- Did the Donald like it? …
    -there’s the rub (or “rug” )……
    ..and also- The early Roman joke about “when we run you can see
    our underwear’…since you got “caught out” for already doing that
    joke before, how’s about a political twist on the SAME joke replacing the Roman soldier w/ a generic politician saying

    ..”When we run, you can see our ( dirty) underwear”….
    ..just a thought and no charge for it at all (I really wish you
    WOULD get more political , especially as the candidate- vetting
    gets to be more and more of a Clown Circus year after %^$^!?!
    year……(why miss out on all the fun?)

    • My comic is sold to newspapers as a humor cartoon, not a political cartoon. Once that has been done, they will cancel you if you get too political too often, as they believe that belongs on the editorial page, not the funny pages. It’s a bit odd but the way the industry works.

  3. The Trump one made me think of that wrestler/governor Jessie Ventura in the before pic. He has a skullett just like that.

  4. cats with impending doom is one of my fave genres of yours. Like the doc treating the globe with “bad case of the humans”, “humane mouthwash”, and turkeys relating the Thanksgiving horrors of our “peace on earth” ethos.

  5. “Daryl is startled by a bear and offers HIM his food.”
    “The bear survives, then tracks Daryl down years later to exact HER revenge.”

    MORAL: Be nice to gender-fluid wildlife!

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