I don’t think cell phones work that way

Cidu Bill on Jan 14th 2013


Am I reading this wrong, or did his cell

phone go dead when the power went out?

Filed in Bill Bickel, Edge City, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 25 responses so far

25 Responses to “I don’t think cell phones work that way”

  1. MasonJar Jan 14th 2013 at 01:18 pm 1

    I think the idea is that the power went out, but “BLOOMP!” sounds more like a cell-phone sound than what you might hear when the power shuts down.

    Perhaps he should have made the last panel in black with only a glow from the cell phone.

  2. Some Old Guy Jan 14th 2013 at 02:05 pm 2

    The silver trim on the door and the light-colored wall behind him turned black, so, yes, I think the power went out — not his phone.

  3. James Schend Jan 14th 2013 at 02:12 pm 3

    A cab company won’t pick him up because it’s raining? Or that supposed to be like killer 5″ hail outside?

  4. Paperboy Jan 14th 2013 at 02:19 pm 4

    MasonJar#1 has it right about the last panel.

  5. Philip Jan 14th 2013 at 02:28 pm 5

    Since the cell phone is lit up in all but the last panel, it looks like it went out at the same time as the power. Any no, they don’t work that way. You might suddenly get “no service” when the power goes out if the cell tower goes dark. So it might be useless, but not off.

    Unless he has such bad luck that the power went off and his battery died at the same time. That leaves him stuck without a way to call for help which I think is the point of the comic.

  6. Pete Jan 14th 2013 at 02:29 pm 6

    “The silver trim on the door and the light-colored wall behind him turned black, so, yes, I think the power went out — not his phone”

    Agreed that the power has gone out, but his phone is also black. It looks like it went out at the same moment.

  7. jjmcgaffey Jan 14th 2013 at 02:55 pm 7

    3 - James - yes, there’s a killer storm going on - he’s at work, everyone else got sent home early, and a tree fell on his car.

    I thought he’d just hung up with Janis, having finished his conversation - but yeah, that should have been shown more explicitly in panel 2, or the cell should have still been on in panel 4. (3.5?)

  8. Cidu Bill Jan 14th 2013 at 02:58 pm 8

    If he was just on the phone with Janis, this strip is about to get a lot more interesting!

  9. Some Old Guy Jan 14th 2013 at 04:33 pm 9

    ^^ Ooh la la, indeed!

  10. Mark in Boston Jan 14th 2013 at 05:23 pm 10

    People in movies and comic strips never say goodbye on the phone. Both sides somehow know when the conversation is over, and both sides hang up at once.

  11. James Pollock Jan 14th 2013 at 05:41 pm 11

    He can’t get home because of the storm, so he’ll just stay at work. He’ll be OK if the power stays on. (End of call, hang up). The lights go out.

    The best-laid plans… (<–not a double-entendre, BTW)

  12. mdt48302 Jan 14th 2013 at 05:49 pm 12

    Not like your average cartoonist to miss the opportunity to do a blackout panel.

  13. Bob in Nashville Jan 14th 2013 at 05:52 pm 13

    My guess by the way it was written was that the “bloomp!” was lightening hitting a transformer. The joke being “I’ll be OK so long as the power’s not out,” and then the power goes out.

  14. fuzzmaster Jan 14th 2013 at 08:09 pm 14

    The proper toon way to do this would be to have an solid black final panel, with just the word balloon and a pair of eyeballs.

  15. The Bad Seed Jan 14th 2013 at 09:49 pm 15

    I think the phone screen is supposed to be reflecting the light - or lack thereof - in the room, but it is misleading. Plus, at least for an iPhone, the screen goes solid black when it’s held up to your ear, and doesn’t light up until you move it away from your ear, so it still would have been better if the phone color was reversed in all panels here.

  16. James Pollock Jan 14th 2013 at 09:56 pm 16

    “The proper toon way to do this would be to have an solid black final panel, with just the word balloon and a pair of eyeballs.”

    Better yet, NO word balloon and just a pair of eyeballs. But anyone can be an armchair cartoonist.

  17. mitch4 Jan 15th 2013 at 12:31 am 17

    Okay, so he’s inside. I thought he had stepped outside (for cell reception?), and that when the power went out it killed the entry system card reader, so he is stuck outside in the weather.

  18. Meryl A Jan 15th 2013 at 02:11 am 18

    Hurricane Sandy put out a lot of the cell phone antennas and towers here on LI and in NYC so the cell phone service went out with the storm, but it still lit up and I could still play games, although husband would not let me waste battery power doing so. (Landline phone still worked as we still have copper wire, and still have mostly wired phones, not cordless in house, never switched to digital for just this reason. Many cell phones did lose power after the Hurricane as people used them and used up the power. Libraries, businesses, etc. were announcing that people could come in and recharge their cell phones, tablets, etc. due to the problem. My mom who never keeps (or kept) her cell phone on would recharge it at Paneras while eating dinner every night. (The community just north of her is an incorporated village and has its own power service so they just about never go down. We recharged stuff in our RV at night (and watched TV there too on its antenna). 2 hours on the RV battery, then 3 hours on the generator to recharge the batteries and any other batteries that needed recharging (3 hrs = 1 gal gas, so this system gave maxiumum entertainment and use on minimum gasoline)

  19. Dave in Boston Jan 15th 2013 at 03:06 am 19

    AIUI, lower Manhattan basically no longer has copper phone wire after the hurricane.

  20. Dan W Jan 15th 2013 at 08:19 am 20

    I just assumed he had finished his call and turned off the screen.

  21. Judge Mental Jan 15th 2013 at 09:48 am 21

    I agree with the consensus(?) that the power went out immediately after he ended his call. It was just unfortunate that the artist chose to show this “realistically” and not, as fuzzmaster pointed out, in traditional comic fashion of dark panel.

    Obviously this is an example of http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RockBottom

  22. Morris Keesan Jan 15th 2013 at 09:58 am 22

    Any chance of blaming the black phone screen on the colorist?

  23. J-L Jan 15th 2013 at 01:21 pm 23

    Why is he talking to an electric shaver?

    If his shaver stopped working, that would explain why the right side of his face got suddenly harrier. Shaver down; BLOOMP! Hair grows suddenly back!

    Can’t explain why his hat gets harrier, too.


  24. Mark in Boston Jan 15th 2013 at 06:43 pm 24

    The pair-of-eyeballs thing is weird, because humans don’t have that thing in their eyes that dogs and cats have that reflects light in the dark.

  25. Todd Jan 19th 2013 at 01:53 pm 25

    Do we know he has an iPhone? Not all smart phones are iPhones. Most are Android. (And not Droid. Droid is licensed from Lucas by Verizon.) Androids also turn off when you hold them to your face. Usually.

    And you know that iPhone commercial with the band? My 3 year old Nexus One has that sound dampening mic too. It’s old news.

    Snark: Does the 7 inch iPad come with sandpaper, or do you have to buy your own?

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