The Whole Idea

Cidu Bill on Dec 15th 2010



Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Christmas, Gahan Wilson, Santa Claus, comic strips, comics, humor | 23 responses so far

23 Responses to “The Whole Idea”

  1. Kamino Neko Dec 14th 2010 at 11:07 pm 1

    They’re vampires. Which, according to some myths, as they lack a soul, can’t be seen in mirrors.

    So he can’t see how ludicrous he looks in the Santa suit. (Although the fact that he’s cadaverously thin and that just doesn’t work for Santa, is visible even though only his clothes are being reflected. So, clearly, his clothes have souls. Which is kind of creepy in itself.)

  2. Izzy Dec 14th 2010 at 11:34 pm 2

    I second Kamino’s thoughts (especially the part about clothes having souls). What is in the bottom left hand corner. It looks like a Mogwai with big teeth.

  3. Detcord Dec 15th 2010 at 03:03 am 3

    Kamino, Izzy,

    So, you two think that those of use with souls should appear naked when we look into a mirror?

  4. James Pollock Dec 15th 2010 at 04:04 am 4

    Izzy: That’s what a tribble looks like if it gets bitten by a vampire.

  5. Kamino Neko Dec 15th 2010 at 05:57 am 5

    That would follow the logic set out in the ‘no soul, no reflection’ thing.

    We should also be hanging out in a featureless void in the mirrors.

    And see ghosts.

  6. George P Dec 15th 2010 at 07:32 am 6

    Maybe the animals or plants our clothes are made from (sheep, cows, cotton, prehistoric ferns, dinosaurs) had souls, and that counts. So to speak.

  7. George P Dec 15th 2010 at 07:32 am 7

    Maybe the animals or plants our clothes are made from (sheep, cows, cotton, prehistoric ferns, dinosaurs) had souls, and that counts. So to speak.

  8. tiga_lilee Dec 15th 2010 at 07:42 am 8

    Ok, we get the whole not seeing himself thing but what was his idea?? To sneak into sleeping people’s homes under the guise of Santa Claus and suck their blood? To get into the holiday spirit by dressing up as Claus but the look just “ain’t workin’”? I think that’s the part that’s not understood…

  9. The Bad Seed Dec 15th 2010 at 08:18 am 9

    Maybe the animals or plants our clothes are made from (sheep, cows, cotton, prehistoric ferns, dinosaurs) had souls, and that counts. So to speak.

  10. Morris Keesan Dec 15th 2010 at 08:34 am 10

    Clearly, George P’s words have souls, which is why we see their reflections here (magically not mirror-reversed).

  11. Swordsmith Dec 15th 2010 at 08:35 am 11

    That explains the joke, but my question is, what was the idea.

    Actually, it sounds pretty good, with this disguise he can get into any house late at night (shifting to cloud form to come down the chimney) and if he’s spotted inside, the protocol is for everyone to pretend to be asleep.

  12. George P Dec 15th 2010 at 09:00 am 12

    I swear I didn’t submit it twice. Wordpress must have really liked my comment.

  13. Molly J Dec 15th 2010 at 10:08 am 13

    So perhaps Wordpress, too, has a soul?

  14. reddleman Dec 15th 2010 at 10:11 am 14

    Izzy, it’s a vampire Meatwad!

  15. Dave Van Domelen Dec 15th 2010 at 11:25 am 15

    As for why he’s dressed like that, vampires cannot enter a home unbidden (well, Hollywood pre-Rice vampires), so he’s planning to get invited into homes as Santa.

    Of course, the real Santa is already a vampire. He takes just a little blood from each person and it holds him for another year.

  16. Elyrest Dec 15th 2010 at 11:37 am 16

    Going along with the suit having the soul. Maybe Santa isn’t Santa, but the suit is the being and whoever wears the suit is Santa. There are lots of Christmas movies that go along with that theme. This guy though, being the undead, can’t bring the suit to life.

    On the other hand, I like Dave Van Domelen’s idea that this guy is going to use Santa as a cover to sneak into houses.

  17. Igelino Dec 15th 2010 at 06:13 pm 17

    Wordpress must have indeed liked George’s comments at #6 and #7. I think Bill has it set up to not accept comments that are submitted twice.

  18. Mark in Boston Dec 15th 2010 at 11:04 pm 18

    I think it’s nothing more than taking a common phrase (”if you could see yourself …”) and making it take on a literal meaning. He literally can’t see himself.

    Like when you try to say something and your tang gets all toungled up, and someone says “That’s easy for YOU to say.”

  19. James Pollock Dec 16th 2010 at 12:16 am 19

    Mark, can you explain the fangs? He’s a vampire, and vampires can’t be seen in reflections. As pointed out above, they also can’t cross a threshold uninvited. They also can’t stand sunlight, so working all night on Christmas eve isn’t a problem for them… they were going to be up all night anyway. So this is a way to get into every house (at least, the ones with kids in them.)

  20. J-L Dec 16th 2010 at 02:28 pm 20

    Here’s a comic with a similar idea:

    Maybe it’ll help explain this one.

  21. Mark in Boston Dec 16th 2010 at 11:43 pm 21

    James Pollock,

    That’s right. He’s a vampire. He can’t see himself in the mirror.

    Usually when someone says “If you could see yourself …” they mean it in a non-literal sense. Of course an ordinary person can see himself. What is meant is something like “If you could see yourself as others see you…”

    In this case, the statement is a counterfactual, i.e. a statement of the form “if p then q” where p is false. If he could see himself, then he would do such and such … but he can’t see himself, so he won’t. Unfortunately, that seems to be all there is to the joke.

    If the point were to go down chimneys and bite little kids, I think she’d be in favor of the idea.

  22. pepperjackcandy Dec 19th 2010 at 12:24 pm 22

    I heard a weird explanation for the vampires/mirrors thing once. Something about how mirrors can only reflect things that are alive (us) and things that aren’t alive (clothing, furniture, walls, etc.). Vampires, being neither, don’t have reflections.

    Can anyone help me place it?

  23. Araxie Dec 26th 2010 at 12:15 am 23

    The curious thing is he looks kind of like Krampus, a Polish holiday mythical figure:

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