Sinking

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When I lived in NYC I used to occasionally enjoy watching people playing with miniature boats in the big pond in Central Park. May I assume you will not be surprised to discover that it was the inspiration for this cartoon? I’m glad that a hurricane hasn’t hit somewhere this week and killed tons of people, otherwise folks would be all up in my grill about making fun of tragedy too soon, not realizing I submitted this cartoon for publication weeks ago. Here are a few fun things in the background of this pic that you might not be able to see even in the embiggenated view: The white sign just right of center says, “Zoo, Pool, Thugs, Vermin”: The food cart in the far background on the left is selling “Fried Vermin”: On the park bench in the center is a woman with a bird head: The pigeon in the right foreground corner is standing on my signature. Other than that, there are also 10 “secret symbols,” as the small number above my signature implies. If you’re not aware of the secret symbols, check out this link here, but keep it to yourself or they won’t be secret anymore.

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On the same day this cartoon about court published, there was a very similar gag in another cartoon feature, Non Sequitur. A few people asked if we coordinated that for some reason but we did not. Similar cartoon ideas get published by different artists all the time, sometimes on the same day. It’s almost always purely coincidence and it’s just the way things work. Unless you’re a person inclined toward conspiracy theories.

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Broken bones are not always funny but in this case I thought it was.

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You may enjoy the cartoon above if you like cowboy stuff or tall ship stuff. Even if you don’t, you might like it. Or you might not. I can’t predict these things. If you don’t know what the H. M. S. Bounty refers to, have a google. It’s a good story.

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I was thinking that dressing like Elvis is pretty silly and then I thought that a half-assed Elvis would be even sillier. Seems appropriate for Halloween week.

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If you think about this cartoon sequentially, it can be kind of funny, I think. Many Americans are super into “activism” on just about any level you can think of so even though this is over the top, it’s not entirely inconceivable.

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I’m writing this blog post on Thursday morning because I’ll be out of town this weekend attending the costume wedding of my youngest daughter and some guy she’s marrying. They’re calling it a “Hallowedding.” That’s what the message in the lower left corner is about. I’m sure it will be tons of fun and if I think it warrants it, I’ll share some pictures next week.

In the meantime, check out my Bizarro Facebook page where I’ve been posting some pics of an oil painting of mine. People have been really liking it and that makes me happy.

Have a great week, Jazz Pickles!

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21 thoughts on “Sinking

  1. Ya left out the caption below the ‘toon of that guy in the whirlpool who was getting tossed the life-preserver! That caption- is just as important as the sketch is! Together, they made me laff so hard- that I barfed my morning coffee all over my keyboard! Please put the caption back in! (For anybody out there who hasn’t seen it yet- cover your keyboard with a shower curtain or something.)
    Hey- wanna see my new motorcycle?

  2. You say “fried vermin” like that’s a bad thing. Until the World Health Organization says otherwise, I’m sticking with my vermin regimen.

  3. We really like you, Dan, and your work makes us laugh, and that makes us happy. My Mom cut out the activist one for me this week, since I don’t enjoy the news. Like activism, it can be too depressing, since it’s truth-telling is often over the top. (So I look forward to your Sunday post!) But as Picasso said, “We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that tells the truth.” Thanks for your indirect comics and direct explanations that are always honest about truth, and mostly make us laugh! You know how to turn sarcasm into comedy, something we all can learn to do better. Good thing I don’t usually drink coffee, but when I do I’ll not be looking at your comics at the same time.

    Congratulations and have lots of fun.

  4. Hey Dan, another great week. In the Sunday panel I appreciated the subtle breaking of the 4th wall by the baby in the carriage. Congratulations on the marriage of your daughter. I wish them all the best.

  5. I never do this, really, but I thought of an idea I think would make the start of a good cartoon.
    The idea is one of Dracula’s servants is showing him his new phone. Hey Vlad see, this picture of a sunrise? It’s so realistic!”
    As Vlad dissolves into ashes.

    Maybe it’ll spark an even better comic. Thanks for reading it.

  6. Your cartoon with the woman sitting on a scratching pole telling the other that the cat had destroyed the furniture and all that was left to sit on was the scratching poles about caved my ribs in. Yes cats destroy furniture. My mom and dad got us a thin leather covered recliner. The wife kept a thin sheet over it. My parents came for a visit. My mom ran over to admire the fine recliner. Took the sheet off. It was like she was unveiling a cat work of art. It had not tore it but punctuated the thin leather all over. I still don’t know how the cat got all the holes so well spaced. Of course Butch the cat has had to run up a tree and stay there during every visit from then on, I kept the recliner and it’s the first conversation subject for every visit. Then we all enjoy watching mom look for Butch with that rare rage you seldom see in an 80 year old woman. Thank you for that evening laugh I get from you every day.

  7. Dan… I would really like to get your Bizarro blog. However, my security keeps tagging it as suspicious. Have you ever had any problems with this before?

    Just wondering.

    Have a most excellent day

    • I’ve not had that complaint before and don’t know enough about security protocols to offer any suggestions. Sorry, sure wish I could be of more help!

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