Cidu Bill on Apr 21st 2008


Filed in Bill Bickel, Bliss, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor | 22 responses so far

22 Responses to “Butterbliss”

  1. Rebecca Apr 21st 2008 at 12:35 am 1

    I really am stumped.

  2. Molly Apr 21st 2008 at 12:41 am 2

    It’s actually a suicidal moth who keeps trying to immolate himself on a patent cigar lighter? (see don marquis “lesson of the moth” http://www.donmarquis.com/readingroom/archybooks/moth.html )

  3. LostInTarnation Apr 21st 2008 at 12:57 am 3

    “Doc, my life feels like a puzzling cartoon with the caption missing.”

  4. brien Apr 21st 2008 at 01:05 am 4

    Zhuangzi goes to the therapist - LOL!

  5. Mel Apr 21st 2008 at 01:10 am 5

    I took it that the butterfly was depressed since his flapping wings seem to cause all sorts of troubles in the world. The butterfly effect (part of chaos theory): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect

  6. Howabominable (aka Lindsey ^_^) Apr 21st 2008 at 01:11 am 6

    Agree with Brien, that’s what I thought when I saw it. “Once I dreamed I was a butterfly. Now I do not know whether I am a man who dreamed he was a butterfly, or a butterfly who is dreaming that he is a man.”

  7. Patrick Apr 21st 2008 at 01:30 am 7

    There was a caption on this when I saw it in the paper. Having that would probably eliminate a lot of the confusion here, but I can’t remember what it was.

  8. Patrick Apr 21st 2008 at 01:34 am 8

    Nope. Cancel that. I just pulled yesterday’s paper out of the recycling and I was wrong: no caption. No idea what the gag is here. Sorry.

  9. Dave Van Domelen Apr 21st 2008 at 01:51 am 9

    The stereotypical Freudian couch does suggest dream analysis, yes.

  10. Kit Apr 21st 2008 at 02:30 am 10

    Maybe it’s a play on “carefree as a butterfly,” kind of like the clown who needed therapy?

  11. bAT L. Apr 21st 2008 at 02:43 am 11

    Maybe it was a caterpillar going into therapy and, despite coming out of its cocoon and developing into a proper butterfly, still attends therapy, thereby making this a clever view on our societal views and practices on modern therapy.

    Or I’m completely wrong. I can’t tell.

  12. solarrhino Apr 21st 2008 at 03:59 am 12

    Maybe a moth working through its self-destructive obsession with flame?

  13. Liz Apr 21st 2008 at 08:50 am 13

    “Well, Doc, I’ve just been through this enormous change in my life, but I still feel vaguely unsatisfied. I mean, things seemed so much easier in my caterpillar days.”
    “Everyone talks about my brother, Chaos Butterfly, but no one ever mentions me, Minor Mischief Butterfly. And I do most of the work!”

  14. joe c Apr 21st 2008 at 09:26 am 14

    Oh thank gawd. I thought they just forgot to print the punchline. Now I know it’s just stupid.

  15. Richard Apr 21st 2008 at 10:36 am 15

    I assumed the joke had something to do with the fact that the butterly is pinned to the couch, the same way butterflies are pinned to walls in other cartoons - although don’t they usually use more than one pin?

  16. Kevin Andresen Apr 21st 2008 at 12:09 pm 16

    Richard, I think you may be looking at the butterfly’s arms folded to put its “hands” behind its head.

  17. kedamono Apr 21st 2008 at 02:38 pm 17

    It’s probably a butterfly relating his dream of being a man…

  18. Howabominable (aka Lindsey ^_^) Apr 21st 2008 at 04:00 pm 18

    That’s what I thought, kedamono. It’s a reference to a philosopher who said that he once dreamed he was a butterfly, and how he’s not sure if he’s really a human or if he’s a butterfly dreaming he’s a human. The butterfly is telling the therapist his dream.

  19. Madalch Apr 21st 2008 at 04:39 pm 19

    There was a story of a wise man who spoke to a philosopher. The philosopher said that he had dreamed that he was a butterfly, and when he woke up, he could not decide if he was a man who had dreamed that he was a butterfly, or if he was a butterfly who now dreamed that he was a man.

    The wise man said that he hoped it was the latter.

    “Why?” asked the philosopher, as philosophers endlessly do.

    “Because,” replied the man, “It would take an ordinary man to dream of being a butterfly. But a butterfly who can dream of being a man is a most extraordinary butterfly indeed.”

  20. Molly Apr 22nd 2008 at 08:52 am 20

    This shrink must treat a lot of butterflies and other insects. Look how small his couch is.

  21. brien Apr 23rd 2008 at 02:22 am 21

    Molly, sometimes a couch is just a couch.

  22. Todd Apr 26th 2008 at 04:39 pm 22

    I was thinking that most ink blots (as in Rorschach tests) just look like butterflies to me. I thought maybe the psychiatrist was supposed to be Rorschach, but in the picture on Wikipedia, he doesn’t have a beard.

    The butterfly dream idea works, but would most people think of this?

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