String Theory


(Your cartoon experience will be more sizeable if you embiggenate the following cartoon by clicking it.)

Today’s cartoon has a few fun background gags and TWELVE! Secret Symbols so don’t miss that particular avenue of amusement.

Back in the mid-80s, a friend of mine was at my house one afternoon when he pulled from his jacket pocket a lump of black plastic roughly the size and weight of a brick and began speaking to it as though it were a person. It was one of the first cell phones, which were not yet available to the public and which I’d not even heard had been invented. It sounds ridiculous now, but at the time I was aghast and could not believe he was making a phone call without wires. I’ve never been one to adopt new technology quickly, so it was still a decade or more before I snipped the strings and threw away the cups I’d been using before that.

As amazing as it is that we can now carry a plastic tile in our pocket that provides access to everything in the world almost instantaneously, I do lament the days when you could actually have a phone conversation with someone and they sounded like they were in the same room. The sound quality of modern cell phones is abysmal by comparison; roughly equivalent to what landlines sounded like in the 1950s.

Hey! How about we peak into the magic cartoon box and see what Wayno was doing with his pens and paper last week?…

Look up anteaters on Google image and tell me they don’t look like somebody’s just been screwing around in Photoshop. One of my childhood heroes, Salvador Dalí, once walked the streets of Paris with an anteater on a leash. I’ve no idea if anteaters make good pets (most exotic animals do not, which is why they are not as popular as the species that are commonly kept as pets) but if they did, I might have one. Keeping giant bags of ants around for it to eat might be a challenge, though.

One could argue that single-issue voters can be dangerous to the welfare of a country. Anti-abortion voters are partly responsible for the wreck of a human being currently torching the U.S. and the free world, for instance. If, however, there were an Anti-Orange Party, I might sign on.

People occasionally ask me if cartoonists have groupies. We do, but they are mostly nerdy men and teenage boys. I only mention that in case any of you are thinking that being a cartoonist is anything like being a rockstar.

I understand this guy’s perspective but I’ve seen tons of folks in coffee shops that I definitely prefer would not speak to me. And they don’t, probably because I am that same person to them.

This cartoon makes me wonder if somewhere there’s a meat-eater pretending to be a vegan eating cauliflower but they’re really eating brains.

In spite of what you may have thought at first glance, this is not an illustration of the Trump/Jong-un summit. Although it will likely do about as much good.

Real quick, before we’re done, here’s a watercolor painting I finished this week. I’m not entirely sure what I think of it yet. It’s part of my surreal luchador series, which I’ve been posting on my non-cartoon-art Instagram site. I show a lot of my work in progress, in case any of you artsy types might enjoy seeing the steps between sketch and finish. I hope you’ll consider following me.

That’s the rundown for this week, Jazz Pickles. Please have a glance at some of our links below that help to keep the campfires burning at Rancho Bizarro. And don’t forget to pop over and see what Wayno had to say about this week’s offerings! 

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

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19 thoughts on “String Theory

  1. Loved the comics this week. I got the Popeye’s Chicken gag before I even got to the title panel at the bottom. Also, I would have liked to have seen a Pie ATM at the Bank of Pie in the Sunday strip.

  2. I totally understand your mind being blown by seeing someone use the first cell phone. My sister lives in Hong Kong and I remember being amazed the first time I talked to her on a cordless phone, though the phone base was still attached to a land line and the call was also relayed by satellite to get to the land line for her phone. Years later, I called her as our father was in the hospital and I was again amazed that I could call on my cell phone from a parking lot in California and talk to her on her cell phone while she was traveling inside China. Simply totally amazing!!!

  3. Love the “Stuff You Don’t Need at Prices You Can’t Afford” store. I couldn’t help but notice that its font is famously associated with a famous computer company. Nice touch!

  4. I got chuckles from all of the comics this week. Thank you, Dan and Wayno……I used one of the first cell phones that Radio Shack sold in the mid-1980s. Most of the electronics and the rechargeable battery were in a shoulder-carried bag, like a large purse. A coil cord emerged from the bag which connected to a plastic “brick” that included the microphone and earpiece. (This does not match your artwork.) The “exotic” use that I made of that phone was to connect it to a fireplace-mounted high-gain antenna that was carefully aimed at the cell tower on the mainland. The location where the phone was mounted was on an island on Lake Erie. There was wireline service available on the island, but because the number of subscribers was so small, the monthly rates were very high.

    • You might be right but I can’t find the crown. This is the cartoon about the owls, yes? If not, tell me the date by the signature.

  5. I like to find all the symbols and then check myself against the indicated total for fun. In today’s panel (6/4/18 sword swallowers) the number over Piraro indicates four symbols, but there are actually five. You probably missed counting the “K2” on the sleeve of the guy swallowing the sward. This is a first.

    • You’re totally right about the symbol count but it actually happens fairly regularly. I’m not such a good counter. :^}

  6. Re: the 6/1 cartoon with the zombies:
    It’s easy to read cartoons superficially — & I often do.
    Especially those of other cartoonists.
    Your icons are a stroke of genius unmatched by other cartoonists.
    The icons encourage degrees of concentration that may lead to discovery.
    Here, I like the “arrow of vulnerability” in the back of the zombie in the distance.
    Here, the icon functions as an integral part of the scene.
    To wit — that arrow is part of the zombie’s affliction.
    [I hope it’s OK that I call them icons.]

    • Thanks for the note, Scotty! I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying the Secret Symbols and I don’t mind what people call them. :^}

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