Safety Scythe


(Search for the 8 Secret Symbols in the cartoon below by clicking on any skull.)

Bizarro is brought to you today by Giving Mom Hidden Powers.

If you have kids, chances are that from time to time, your Sunday looks a bit like the scene above. That’s why it’s important to be certain the kids are using blunted weapons and farm implements in their playtime. You can never be too safe; as you can see, the Grim Reaper’s kids are using safety scythes even though they have no eyes to lose.

Thanks to my good buddy and cartoon colleague, Jim Horwitz (whom we call JimmyHo inside the cartoonists’ secret clubhouse) for the initial gag idea here. Wayno and I put our heads together and punched up a word or two and arrived at the innocent bit of family fun we hope gives you a smile. You can see JimmyHo’s cartoon strip, Watson, right here right now. While you’re there, you might even see one of his latest strips that feature some of the Bizarro Secret Symbols.

Hey, let’s find out what Wayno was up to last week…

After I dropped out of college, I shared an apartment with a bulldozer who was like this but at least he could clean up the entire apartment in four minutes.

I want a hood ornament like this except I want mine to be Itzhak Perlman. I’d also like to have a car like this but the narrow, cobblestone streets in our little Mexican town would reduce it to scrap metal in a matter of weeks.

The original punchline for this was something about squid porn but we got censored. I’m kidding, of course, because after over three decades of submitting cartoons to newspapers for publication, I know better than to try to publish a cartoon about masturbation.

In a few months, we’ll use this same art above for some kind of childbirth cartoon. The caption contest for that future cartoon starts now! Submit your caption idea before midnight four years from today for the chance to win an imaginary island all your own and an invisible yacht with which to get there!

Over on Wayno’s weekly roundup of Bizarro cartoons, he has some amusing thoughts on the citizens of Metropolis as regards this cartoon. (The URL for his blog is at the end of this post.)

In the meantime, if you’re in the dark about this cartoon, spend six seconds here.

I’m so glad that human beings didn’t evolve in the style of vultures, leaving us with thick fur on every part of our bodies below our neck, but a completely bald head. I don’t think even Hollywood sex symbols would look very attractive like that. (Now I’m probably going to get hassled for “fur shaming”.)

POR FAVOR: If you’re into other kinds of art, please follow my other, new Instagram account for my fine art, which is under the name I sign on the non-cartoon art I’m doing in Mexico, “Diego Piraro”. Below is a shot of the first oil painting I’ve completed since I started painting almost full-time in recent months. It is a tribute of sorts to Frida Kahlo. Some detail shots are on my Instagram page, too, as well as other watercolor paintings and pen drawings I’ve done, and also a new painting in progress that features my beloved Olive Oyl. As always, I welcome your comments on my work.

Thanks for staggering along with me this week, Jazz Pickles. Please have a look at some of our links below and don’t forget to pop over to Wayno’s blog to see what he has to say about this week’s cartoons!

Until my next post, be happy, be smart, be nice, and resist ignorance and fascism.

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11 thoughts on “Safety Scythe

  1. Loved everything about your posting today — great cartoons and a magnificent painting. You are obviously getting on like gangbusters in Mexico. Good for you!

  2. i laughed until i stopped…. well done, daring duo. the art is splendiferous, and i like it too.
    is there something i am supposed to know about k2 besides possessing the title of “most difficult mountain in the world to climb when listening to a joe frank story?”
    empty minds need to no.
    tugs and fishes,
    pelota’s dad

  3. Your personal piece is indeed very impressive! I especially like the paper snake, and your creative way of finessing the deer/cat transition.

    As a sometime artist myself, I’ll also note that there are at least half-a-dozen elements in there, each of which would occupy a complete drawing for me. (Especially the landscape in the background!)

  4. Regarding the “Giving Mom Hidden Powers” link; when I inherited my father’s service side arm, a M1911 pistol I decided if I was going to keep it I needed to take a course to learn how to safely store it, handle it, and use it. I was able to attend an excellent course led by a local police officer who was also the weapons training officer for the police department. The course was held at a large shooting range / gun store facility. In the store I was bemused by all the “conceal carry” bags and cases that included fanny packs and large selection of stylish purses and handbags for the ladies packing heat. An entire world I was totally unaware of.

  5. This is about the 5/12 cartoon with the vultures.
    Many memes pop up in cartoons.
    The “Man Crawling Across the Desert Sands + Vultures ” is very common.
    Often, carrion birds are also included, as we see here.
    Memes — according to Richard Dawkins & Wikipedia — are strictly cultural.
    Genes — on the other hand — are strictly natural.
    To wit — the current idea is that memes do not whisper to us from our DNA.
    Rather — memes are stuff that we have learned.
    So — they are of Nurture, & not of Nature.
    But I think many memes come from both —
    Cultural Sources [Nurture]
    Innate Urges [Nature].
    This meme — Dying Man on Desert Sands with Vultures partakes of both genes & memes.
    Some of us are able to “listen to our genome” & to access wordless DNA urgings.
    The leading minds in our midst
    that daily display
    these innate urgings are —
    You cartoonists!
    Every day in the funny papers we see these memes popping up.
    [Thank You!]
    So — How does this Desert + Vulture cartoon resonate with our genome?
    Evolving on the African savanna, we had need of water several times a day.
    While hunting & gathering & scavenging, we ranged far & wide.
    But we always had in mind — our next drink of water.
    If you have ever been in dire straits, far from water, you know the visceral desperation of thirst.
    You literally can imagine your impending death.
    This is so important that that fear + need found a place on our genome.
    It was adaptive to have this innate concern & fear.
    And it is aided & abetted by our cultural traditions — such as the cartoon we see here.

  6. Thanks for sharing you fine art tribute to Frida Kahlo.
    Yes — I can see aspects that call up her work.
    But even more so, I see influences of Salvador Dali.
    Even your personal style — the mustache — echoes Dali.
    I have been reading & studying Dali a lot.
    I think you have too!
    [Even your “Hello Sh_ _ _ y!” pin maybe owes something to Dali.]
    I am wondering — Have you have done any cartoons taking off from Dali’s most famous painting?
    I mean — “The Persistence of Memory”– from 1931.
    The drowned figure, the melting watches?
    I think I have found Dali’s inspiration for that painting.
    It is an American novel published just a few years before 1931.

    • I fully admit Dalí’s influence on my work. Even my cartoons. I’ve always said that I’m first and foremost a surrealist, whether I’m painting or writing cartoons. :^}

  7. I live and breath surrealism. Both of others and those I envision and sometimes draw or write myself. You are the go to guy for consistent and tremendous output of work to marvel at and enjoy Mr. Piraro.

    I always have my favorites.

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