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Bizarro 09-27-15 hdr

(For greater embiggenation, click any kind of fur in any image.)

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Bizarro is brought to you today by When Animals Think We’re Not Looking.

If you’ve ever lived with a person who habitually rescues animals, you get this cartoon. I think most people are compassionate to non-human animals but we each have our limits as to how much of our personal space and attention we’re willing to give to them. I used to hang out with a lot of animal rights activists (and lived with one for a while) whose homes were more like the petting zoo tent at the State Fair than what I would call a suitable human domicile. I have no doubt whatsoever that some of them would take in Bigfoot if the opportunity presented itself. No question. And they’d argue that BF was safer and happier as a prisoner of their small apartment than he would be in the wild.

My favorite aspect of this cartoon is the arrogant defiance in Bigfoot’s face and body language. I feel like I’ve seen that look from animals that my former roommate was fostering. And they weren’t all dogs and cats, believe me.

Sidenote: The title panel above was crafted from an old cartoon about Bigfoot that is my favorite of many I’ve done on the subject. See it here.

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Some may think this gag is corny but I love it. I like puns (though not all of them) and this is a visual pun which makes me smile. I can’t remember where now, but this cartoon was posted somewhere on the Interwebs and someone left this comment: “Seems forced.” For a split second I was a little hurt by the insult, but then I realized the brilliance of it and laughed; “forced perspective” is an art term for the way this man is drawn. Whoever left that comment, thanks for the laugh!

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I like doing cartoons about the mythological version of heaven that we’ve all seen a million times. In this one, the ability to stand on clouds is explained. I have to wonder, though, if the repairman was already in heaven and just changed his clothes to repair the floor, or if god killed him just for this purpose.

As long as we’re on the topic, today is Easter which is one of the most peculiar holidays, in my opinion. A guy was tortured to death by his local government and came back from the dead to prove it could be done, and we celebrate it by looking for decorative eggs left by a giant, magic rabbit. Sure, makes perfect sense.

(P.S. I know all the theological reasoning behind the death/resurrection thing, and the historical reasons for the rabbit and eggs thing, so no need to leave detailed comments about that unless you just really want to. I still think it is peculiar and funny.)

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I suspect that those who practice the pajama arts would be quick to point out that breaking things in half with kicks and punches is not the real point of this ancient discipline, but it’s a well-known activity we’ve all seen somewhere and that’s what humor is often based on. When one considers the enormous strength of a large tree, it is a little silly to be proud that you can break a relatively tiny, thin piece of it with a body part. Everything is relative.
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It came to my attention recently that modern American teenagers are not getting their driver’s licenses until they are much older, like around twenty or so. In my day (the late 1900s) it was typical to take the test on your 16th birthday or as soon after as could be managed. Kids these days live on the Internet, though, so leaving the house isn’t a big priority. It is said that teenagers’ brains are not finished developing and this causes them to be poor drivers, so one obvious benefit is that we’re all safer without them on the roads. But perhaps this is also how we will eventually solve the problems of increasing traffic and pollution; everyone will just stay home and experience the world through little screens. If you’re the sort who pays attention to your phone while you’re driving (in my estimate, 90% of everyone on the road) we’re all better off if you stay home anyway.

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I use valet parking now and again, like most people, but it has always struck me how willing we are to hand the keys to a car that cost tens of thousands of dollars to a complete stranger to just drive off in. He may drive to Mexico in it and begin a new life, he may have the flu and sneeze dangerous germs all over your steering wheel, he may pick up drug addicts who may overdose and die in your back seat, or he may park it safely somewhere and give it back to you when you ask. Not great odds.

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Lately I’ve been getting a massage every few weeks and the rubber-person plays those hippie-dippy tapes of nature sounds and stringed instruments from exotic lands––the sort that make me wonder if I’m about to have a sit-com flashback. One such tape had a lot of babbling brook water sounds in the background and I found it highly suggestive. A reader told me that he used to have the same problem with the trickling spit sink at his dentist’s office. That’s never been a problem for me because dental work always makes me lose control of my bladder and bowels, whether I can hear trickling water or not.

My latest limited-edition cartoon T-shirt will be for sale only until tomorrow afternoon, Monday, March 28, 2016. Grab one now before you can’t grab one later. I use the money from these sales to continue living indoors. Thanks, Jazz Pickles!

36 thoughts on “BigLove

  1. I appreciate your work. It’s sweet how you use blueberry pies in these cartoons. I will keep an eye out for more.

  2. The drivers license thing is harder since I was first licensed in 1981. It is expensive to insure a young driver in current times. Much of that comes from the litigious nature of society. There is also NO driver training and what is available is also very expensive. My older kids had to wait until they were 18 and had to pay their own expenses.

  3. I’m keeping the wooden belt masters’ demonstration of Dagobah style Karate. This, I recognize as the peculiar perspective of the vegan.

    Thanks Dan. Happy Easter. The headline joke took my Easter Sunday facebook post. This one I am keeping for myself, as it speaks to me of a more personal spirit. (I live in a Salish Rainfarwest)

  4. I’m convinced that some of the people on the road nowadays really have spent too much time on the Internet. I wonder who’s teaching driver’s ed these days with all this no signalling before turning or a corner, choosing to edge into another lane without signalling, etc.

  5. I don’t mean to preach, Mr. Pirarro, but maybe if you’d actually just read the Bible, then you might “get it”. Won’t hurt you to read. it. We all need salvation from Jesus Christ. (I expect I will get a lot of hate responses from other readers about my comment, but I don’t care!).

    • I went to Catholic school as a kid and got a lot of instruction in the Bible, then as a teenager, my form of “rebellion” was to start going to a fundamentalist Bible church, which I attended for a few years and took very seriously. As an adult, I studied other world religions as well, hoping to find the “truth”. I know a lot about the Bible and used to believe all of it.

      Glad you enjoy my comics. :^}

  6. I’d love to see the valet comic again, same line, same couple, with a picture of their car with a VW on top of it. Or inside of it.

    I’m a believer, but my favorite irreverent Easter card I ever made was Jesus in the tomb on Sunday morning with an Easter basket, saying “He came!”

  7. Like the rabbit lamp, really made my holiday. The kid drives like he comments, no one can understand where he’s going. Thanks for the misperspective.

  8. are you sure the perspective piece isn’t just another manifestation of you bigfoot fetish? love your perspective , sometimes when you try to straighten out a twisted reality, it becomes more distorted. just a thought…..how would you domesticate bigfoot? footwear would be a constant struggle.

  9. The babbling brook music cartoon reminded me of what some my uncle said when my aunt purchased one of those fountains that hang on the wall and water trickles down through various metal cups – “I’m going to be going to the bathroom every five minutes when that thing is on!”

  10. For a great explanation of Easter I suggest “Lamb-The Gospel according to Biff, Christ’s childhood pal” by Christopher Moore. He explains so much.

  11. “But perhaps this is also how we will eventually solve the problems of increasing traffic and pollution; everyone will just stay home and experience the world through little screens.”

    I’m suspect you’ve read “The Machine Stops” by E.M. Forester, but if you haven’t, it’s well worth a read.

  12. So I must ask again – the closer we get to the election and the possibility of Clinton vs. Trump, would ANYONE else here consider voting third party (specifically Libertarian or Green?)

  13. Hello Dan. I love all your comics, but particularly enjoy the ones featuring everyone’s favorite fabled critter… Big Foot. I live up here in rural Humboldt County Ca. ( Big Foot’s alleged stomping grounds)

    I know your not really in the t-shirt business, but I’d kill for one in that Big Foot title panel with the log bizarro lettering. It’s SO good! I purchased the evolution cartoon shirt last time and would grab a Bigfoot one without hesitation. I agree with the sentiment on the latest WOO tee too, just suffering from a bit of political fatigue at the moment.

    Love all your stuff. We the cartoon consuming public are fortunate to have talent like yours entertaining our feeble minds.

    • Thanks for all the nice things you said, SotN! It’s always hard to figure out what kinds of images to offer on shirts. I’ve found it impossible to predict what the public wants.

  14. I’ll have to assume that the “26” and “27” on your two formats today are an April Fool’s joke. Either that, or the Easter Eggs are really well hidden!

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