Ed Wants To Know…

Cidu Bill on Dec 30th 2012


“I was wondering what got whited out at the start of the speech balloon.”

Filed in Bill Bickel, Ken Catalino, Santa Claus, comics, humor, taxes | 24 responses so far

24 Responses to “Ed Wants To Know…”

  1. RyanE Dec 30th 2012 at 02:29 am 1


    Only thing that’ll fit and still kind of make sense to me.

  2. John Small Berries Dec 30th 2012 at 02:29 am 2

    I don’t know, but it’s whited out at every source I can find. My best guess would be “No,”.

    Looks like the kid in the background is missing a word balloon, too.

  3. Arthur Dec 30th 2012 at 02:30 am 3

    I think it’s just some kind of glitch. The lines are pretty much centered,
    and having any letters in that white block would throw off that symmetry.

  4. John Small Berries Dec 30th 2012 at 02:31 am 4

    Not to mention that Santa’s holding a box, not a bag. Maybe the cartoonist was on some heavy-duty painkillers or decongestants?

  5. James Pollock Dec 30th 2012 at 03:34 am 5

    Yes, that poor little cyclops boy was clearly expecting a speaking part. Perhaps he should speak to his agent about the casting he’s getting.

  6. minorannoyance Dec 30th 2012 at 05:45 am 6

    There are probably hundreds of infinitely sharper and funnier gags you could do connecting Santa to a tax increase. This guy isn’t even trying. The white-out square is a finishing tough of indifference after the strange and sloppy shadowing (which admittedly may be the fault of a colorist).

    These represent maybe 15 minutes of thought:

    – “It’s not a piggy bank — it’s a pork bank. When it’s full you give it to the IRS.”
    – “It’s empty. I had to cut back when my tax rate went up.”
    – (Move balloon to little boy) “Heck. Obama gives us more free stuff than that!”

    – “I have to take this one back and give it to a job creator. Otherwise he says he won’t start creating jobs.”
    – “This is strictly unofficial. Washington says we can’t have Christmas unless all the presents go to the .1%.”
    – “Pardon all the coal dust. I just came from Grover Norquist’s house and he threw a hell of a tantrum.”

    – “Congress was naughty, so everybody gets coal. That’s just how it is.”
    – “By the way — Remind your parents to declare this on their income taxes.”
    – “It’s a Fiscal Cliff game. You play it with people you aren’t speaking to.”

  7. Usual John Dec 30th 2012 at 09:47 am 7

    I think Arthur is right. Notice also that the balloon is too large for the text. Either the cartoonist started lettering and quickly realized that he had allowed too much room, or he originally had something even worse, possibly something offensive, but then decided to use this line instead.

    Every one of minorannoyance’s lines is better and funnier than this one.

  8. Mark M Dec 30th 2012 at 12:31 pm 8

    Thumbs up to minorannoyance!

  9. furrykef Dec 30th 2012 at 02:23 pm 9

    I’m guessing he just made a mistake and tried to cover it up in Photoshop, but his monitor’s contrast was so damn high he didn’t realize that he put white on gray. To be honest, it’s a pretty ugly coloring job all around, so it wouldn’t surprise me.

  10. furrykef Dec 30th 2012 at 02:25 pm 10

    Also, why does one of the characters look like he’s talking when he isn’t? His mouth doesn’t seem to be open for any other reason.

  11. Boise Ed Dec 30th 2012 at 04:46 pm 11

    minorannoyance, I love the Norquist line.

  12. The Vicar Dec 30th 2012 at 05:21 pm 12

    Not only does the little boy seem to need a line, but that word balloon is grotesquely large and misshapen for the text inside it. Of course, that may be the cartoonist’s style, but a lot of cartoonists shape the balloon approximately to the text. And the blue background on part of the tree combined with the hard edge of the purple background looks to me like a last-minute repainting, which in turn suggests the original background had something on it which we also aren’t seeing.

    My guess: this strip was drawn in advance, and the joke was something which recent news rendered unusable or in bad taste — a joke about guns, for example. Rather than redraw everything, the cartoonist (or the editor) just painted over things, slapped down a word balloon, and threw in some words.

  13. Paperboy Dec 30th 2012 at 05:31 pm 13

    Thanks for the gift of laughter, minorannoyance.

  14. Boise Ed Dec 30th 2012 at 08:15 pm 14

    I could easily believe that one particular site had censored it, but it’s the same way at three other sites, too, so it probably came from Ken Catalino’s studio that way.

  15. padraig Dec 31st 2012 at 11:53 am 15

    Just another attempt at right-wing humor, which seems to be a contradiction in terms. Exhibit A: Every “Mallard Fillmore,” ever.

  16. J-L Dec 31st 2012 at 01:50 pm 16

    Q: How can you tell if a cartoonist has been using your computer?

    A: There’s “White-Out” (R) on the screen!

  17. minor annoyance Dec 31st 2012 at 02:35 pm 17

    Padraig: I’m not sure the original cartoon is right or left, the joke is so weak and vague (”Taxes — Am I right, folks? Santa talkin’ about taxes. That’s wild!”) “Mallard Fillmore” is never vague. That strip sounds like a late-show Soviet bureaucrat, constantly proclaiming his adherence to the party line whether there’s a joke or even logic present. Even Doonesbury isn’t so doggedly “on message.”

  18. Bob in Nashville Dec 31st 2012 at 04:04 pm 18

    Between the boy drawn talking with no speech balloon and the white-out glitch, I get the impression that the cartoon may have originally had entirely different dialog and been subjected to amateurish photoshop editing by somebody with a political slant of their own to introduce.

  19. Pinny Dec 31st 2012 at 05:58 pm 19

    Ken Catalino seems to have changed his signature with the comic of Sep 26, 2012. Since this comic has his OLD signature, I assume that it is a recycled strip with new words.

    I’m still trying to locate the original.

  20. Pinny Dec 31st 2012 at 06:45 pm 20

    OK the comic may have been taken in pieces from his older strips:

    For starters, the tree appeared in his 12/18/2007comic:

  21. padraig Jan 1st 2013 at 12:24 pm 21

    @17 MA, the reason I saw it as right wing is that it’s pushing the right-wing trope that “OBAMA’S RAISED TAXES AND NOW THEY’RE GONNA SKYROCKET!” when in fact most folks (me, for instance) have had their taxes go down under Obama. Even the taxes that were added in the agreement they made yesterday are in ranges like “3.8% more on whatever you make over $500,000.” Yet, the whining continues.

  22. Mark M Jan 1st 2013 at 12:34 pm 22

    I don’t see it as politically slanted one way or another. Taxes are going to go up as of today if a deal is not made. That includes both sides.

  23. padraig Jan 2nd 2013 at 12:03 pm 23

    Mark, only one side is acting like any new taxes will send the earth spinning into the sun.

  24. Elyrest Jan 2nd 2013 at 12:35 pm 24

    “will send the earth spinning into the sun”

    Shh, padraig - you don’t want to give Robb Armstrong any ideas for next years space comic.

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