Deadly Sins of Humor


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Bizarro 08-16-15 WEBI hope you find this gag as humorous as I do. I was musing one day about Disney’s Seven Dwarves and the general personality types evident in their names and suddenly made a leap to the Catholic Church’s ancient seven deadly sins, which are wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, pride, envy, and lust. So I came up with seven dwarf-like names for each of these vices and I had a cartoon. I badly wanted “Frisky” to be named “Horny,” but that word is too scary for newspaper funny pages. bz panel 08-10-15Following is last week’s roundup, starting with this cartoon about the ultra eco-friendly Flintstone mobile. It is said that everything comes back into style eventually and the way our little life raft’s climate is changing, we may all be living in the Stone Age again one day.  bz panel 08-11-15This cartoon about an auction house harkens back to another famous Disney animated film, Cinderella. You may recall that her carriage on that magical night was made from a pumpkin and the horses that pulled it were rats or mice. Memory panel 08-12-15I’m no more certain of what this sheep cartoon means than you probably are, so I’ll just let it sit and be whatever you want it to be. bz panel 08-13-15Since I was a child I’ve questioned our species’ shame over our bodies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a nudist and am just as vulnerable to feelings of embarrassment about such things as the average person because that’s the way I was raised, but I am able to intellectually see the ridiculousness of it. To me, it is clearly an attempt to control our sexuality, which became more important around 10,000 years ago when agriculture was invented and people began “owning” things and thus wanting to pass them down to their own offspring. I’m convinced that before that humans were much more liberal sexually, which is closer to our biological nature. That’s why monogamy is so difficult for most of us. For more fascinating info on this kind of thing, read “Sex at Dawn” by Christopher panel 08-14-15This is a simple turn-around joke but I still really like it. A “lap dog” could either be one that sits on your lap or one that has a lap you could sit on. In the bottom corner you’ll notice a birthday message to my lovely life partner, Olive Oyl. I did that because it was her birthday. Since we are both motorcycle enthusiasts, we took a ride on our bikes to a small, SoCal town and spent the night in a campy old motel that has been renovated for hipsters like us. It was fun. bz panel 08-15-15My Saturday gag for the week is about a lazy musician’s clever invention. I love that it works as a graphic because that’s how you’d draw a fast moving bow, but in reality, it wouldn’t look like it was moving at all. Hahaha. My eldest daughter, Krapuzar, was a pretty talented violinist as a kid and I still occasionally think of violin gags as a result.

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18 thoughts on “Deadly Sins of Humor

  1. I cannot stand to see an invitation like the one above go “unrequited “. I did notice that the invitation itself linked to an entirely different reply option.

    I want to thank you for providing me access to your work on the Internet. It isn’t a direct substitute for a newspaper, but I never was a regular subscriber to those publications.

    I need the reminders you give on Twitter to check in, but that is probably because I am old or just easily distracted.

    Though not accompanied by cash, I do send you my thanks.

  2. Gosh, I think that’s my grandmother doing the knitting…Although these are as yet unknown to science, two genes, the knitting gene and the sweater gene, are passed along exclusively to women. I theorize that the spread of humanity throughout the world is due to the fact that those genes adversely affected the survival of our species in warm climates: since women were unable to stop knitting and giving sweaters (and demanding that they be worn), humans had to move to cooler climates.

  3. Give me more! I love it all.I only had access through the Sunday paper for a few years so now that it can be part of my daily diet its like having Sunday dinner every day!

  4. When I saw “Frisky”, I immediately thought your first choice had been censored, but wondered if they’d been prudish enough to reject “Lusty”.
    I always felt The Temptations should’ve had 7 members instead of 5 and thought how much more fun a movie “The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins” would’ve been.

  5. I used to be a member of a nudist ranch, but then I moved away, then got married to a woman who doesn’t even sleep nude. I still have fond memories of that place and the people I met there. In a right and proper world, clothes would have no function but warmth and protection.

  6. Have you read Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” books? Your comment about life before agriculture sounds as if you had. They are very good, by the way.

  7. Comments on the Seattle P.I. Website with your comics suggest the the 7 Dwarfs comic was published twice before. Say it ain’t so!

  8. The drawing of the elephant on a sunflower reminds me of this passage in Alice Through the Looking-Glass:
    ” ‘Why, what ARE those creatures, making honey down there? They can’t be bees—nobody ever saw bees a mile off, you know—’ and for some time she stood silent, watching one of them that was bustling about among the flowers, poking its proboscis into them, ‘just as if it was a regular bee,’ thought Alice. However, this was anything but a regular bee: in fact it was an elephant—as Alice soon found out, though the idea quite took her breath away at first.”

  9. Hello Dan,
    thank you for your cartoons — which I appreciate a lot!
    Is this P.T.Barnum quote you had in mind:
    > “Nobody ever lost a dollar by underestimating the taste of the American public.”
    If yes, I would like to remind you this little (apocryph?) story.
    At a vernissage of Picasso’s latest works, in the Fifties, there is this man approaching the painter: “Master, I’m sorry, but what I see her is Chinese to me!”
    Picasso replied: “Sir, just learn Chinese”.

  10. Love and adore your wacko ways. Keep up the good work!

    Whatever happened to the custom of putting ‘with apologies’ when using characters from another artist’s strip? It seemed like a humble and gentlemanly way to acknowledge the use of someones intellectual property. Is the permission for use done behind the scenes now with email or has the practice become extinct?

    Hope you’re staying cool,

    • People still do that from time to time. I sometimes do it when the person I’m lampooning is still alive, but I don’t always think of it.

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