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I’ve done plenty of crash test dummy gags over the years and I’ll likely continue because it’s just so much fun. They’re such great spokesmen for the foibles of the human race. (Legal Disclaimer: I should say now that these are professionally trained stunt dummies and that you should not try this yourself, but I won’t. If you’re stupid enough to knowingly jump into an empty swimming pool, it would be better if you didn’t live long enough to reproduce.)
You may recognize the art of this next cartoon. I created it a few years ago for a Xmas comic, but used it again here both because it has the perfect look for this gag and I was careening at top speed toward a deadline and needed to save some time. Cartoonists with regular characters use the same art almost daily, so don’t get your nose out of joint over it.
The punch line here is in the sign on the fence. Your mind might glance and perceive it as “Beware of Dog”, which is what you’re supposed to do, but then you’re supposed to look again and see that it is different. Another notable aspect of this cartoon is that I make a cameo in it. No, I am not the dog.
Here is a therapy cartoon from our good friend and known associate, Wayno of Pittsburgh. I love cats but the most unfortunate thing about them by far is the sharpening claws thing. I’ve had tons of expensive stuff ruined by them. It is unacceptably cruel to declaw them and nearly impossible to teach them not to do it if they have a mind to, so you’re just stuck dealing with it. I wish there was a simpler solution. Anyway, here are the words Wayno put together in a specific order to talk about this cartoon.
Since we were visiting the cat world, let us now drop in on the world of dogs. They’ve had a social networking system way longer than we have. It probably works just as well, too.
What’s this, then? Another stem cell cartoon? Wasn’t there one last week? Sometimes ideas come in bunches and this is one of those times. If you’re having trouble with this one, think of stem cells as the building blocks of life for animals, then how snow flakes are the building blocks of life for a snowman. Any given stem cell can become any given thing in the body, same with snowflakes. Blah, blah, blah, you get the point. It’s funny, though, right? (I’m sorry the snowflakes are black instead of white, but it is the only way I could guarantee they’d be visible in a small newspaper comic.)
My last comic this week is about the famous fictional champion of the American West, the Lone Ranger. Apparently, it took him a while to come up with that moniker.
Tune in next week for cartoons about snowmen, cats, pie, marriage, dentists, crabs, and tryptophan. Also, thanks to my daughter, Krelspeth, for the use of the picture of her Halloween costume from this past year. She’s a clever girl.
Have a crunchy weekend, Jazz Pickles.