Okay, so this is where the Family Circus family used to live. What’s the joke?
Actually, at first I thought this was supposed to be a grown-up Charlie Brown and Lucy Van Pelt. That would have been kind of funny.
The joke is that the happy, angelic, ‘perfect’ little family from the Family Circus, got foreclosed, left in a hurry, leaving garbage on the floor, holes in the walls, and Billy’s graffiti everywhere. Like they’re so much white trash. Or that a comic family got caught up in the mortgage crisis.
Actually not funny, kinda sad. This looks more like a political cartoon on the op-ed page than a joke. But then, maybe only the folks who had to do this would see it this way. While some think it should have Billy’s wandering marks or NotMe’s ghost, I think it should have the marks in a doorframe one makes of a child’s height each year for their birthday or the first day of school. Or the swingset in the back yard we have all outgrown but can’t imagine not having anymore.
I have been told the picnic table I built got a good home though……
Nope, not really funny at all…..
I think Powers kind of has it, but there’s another element to it. It’s not just that the comic is in a circle; these people moved not only into the house, but into the actual strip. The strip itself was foreclosed on, and new characters took it over.
There is poignance about this cartoon, but it’s funny, too. Yes, that’s Charlie Brown & Lucy or the red-headed girl. The marks at the doorframe are a nice touch, but they should be deeply dug-in marks, saying something like “Billy, age 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, …”, “Jeffy, age 5, 10, 15, 20….”, &c., with the marks never rising. I’m fifty, and I think that Billy is, too.
I doubt that is supposed to be Charlie Brown. The sweater has diamonds on it, not a black zig-zag. Why, it’s almost as if it’s . . . an Argyle Sweater!
(Which suggests an added level of truth to GP’s observation that not just a new family, but a new comic strip has moved into this space)
In ‘72 I bought my first house from the family of a couple that were in a nursing home - together but unaware. My second 20+ years ago form a divorcee (male sp ?). It has crossed my mind ad to what will happen to it when we’re gone? Tear-down for a mcmansion? They’re still doing a few here. Does anyone else think the characters look like they stepped out of the ’70s? (you may not have been around to remember them but think of the re-runs - Chuck Woolery et al.)
The joke is that it’s highly unrealistic for Family Circus Dad to maintain that nice house AND support four kids, a non-working wife, and (sometimes) Grandma on a cartoonist’s pay. In the real world they would’ve been foreclosed on.
Frank - they’re still tearing down nice houses to build McMansions where I live. No end in sight, sadly.
Let’s see - round head vs. oval head, pointy triangular nose vs. half circle nose, argyle sweater vs. zig zag design on t-shirt. Why, yes, zbicyclist, this character is the spitting image of Charlie Brown! It MUST be a Peanuts reference.
@MoWatt: I yield. I’m reading too much into a single icon (Charlie Brown’s sweater), and this is an argyle pattern. Still, that was my first thought and I’m only giving it a second thought because it showed up on CIDU.