Not So Transparent

Cidu Bill on Feb 5th 2013

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Six Chix, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far

17 Responses to “Not So Transparent”

  1. James Pollock Feb 5th 2013 at 12:36 am 1

    Of course, water isn’t always transparent, depending on what it’s mixed with.

  2. Kilby Feb 5th 2013 at 12:37 am 2

    I think the curious (but probably meaningless) shading behind the word “transparent” is more interesting than anything else in this otherwise entirely humorless illustration.

  3. Kilby Feb 5th 2013 at 12:41 am 3

    @ James Pollock (1) - Or depending what phase it’s in.

    P.S. I considered trying to use “metaparent” or “cisparent” in a vain attempt to rescue this transparent non-humor, but figured that there aren’t enough chemists around here to make it worthwhile.

  4. John Small Berries Feb 5th 2013 at 02:18 am 4

    What is “The Agency”? The Central Intelligence Agency (which, as far as I know, has absolutely no transparency requirement)? The National Security Agency (likewise)? A travel agency? Artist/author representative agency?

    I can’t think of anything that could be named an Agency, governmental or corporate, in which “transparency” makes sense.

    Oh, and now I’ve just written “agency” so many times that it doesn’t even look like a real word.

  5. Tom T. Feb 5th 2013 at 04:50 am 5

    I’m 75% made of water, and it’s hard to be translucent.

  6. Stan Feb 5th 2013 at 06:55 am 6

    The waste-paper basket is quite prominent in this drawing, and is also full of the type of paper this ‘agent’ is holding. Might this offer any clues to the meaning of this comic? I’m desperately trying to find something …anything… that would make any sort of sense of this.

  7. mitch4 Feb 5th 2013 at 07:37 am 7

    If they were being transparent (in the administrative sense), the papers would be going into a “Release” box, not the wastepaper basket.

  8. mark d Feb 5th 2013 at 09:59 am 8

    Seems to me a pun on “transparency.” Imagine if Enron had built a huge transparent (see-through) glass house to achieve business transparency (openness).
    In this cartoon we have the opposite problem. Because the snow women aren’t transparent (you can’t see through them), they have problems with their transparency (openness) in the agency. They also think that because they are water (as in a glass or pool) they should be physically transparent. And this should turn into business transparency, as in the Enron example.

  9. AMC Feb 5th 2013 at 10:02 am 9

    OK, as we know, snow men - or should that be “snow people”? - are uniquely malleable as to their form.

    Given good packing snow, a snow man can become a well endowed snow woman with two swift applications of snow to the chest.

    As such, snow people - as a culture - don’t become attached to their sex roles. They are sort of like the characters in John Varley’s “Eight Worlds” stories who routinely change their sex.

    Of course, snow children go through the same kind of puberty angst as any other young adult - and having sex changing parents doesn’t make growing up any easier. Talk about embarrassing parents . . . .

    Hence, the difficulty of being a transparent.

    If that’s not what the comic is about, then it wasn’t the highlight of my day. . . .

    Because this isn’t an ewww, I’ll skip speculating on the erotic preferences of a transgender snow person that would warrant “yellow” highlighting.

  10. Kilby Feb 5th 2013 at 10:44 am 10

    @ AMC (9) - I would assume that these two employees would be aware of the principal difference between a snowman and a snowwoman

    … snowballs.

  11. Morris Keesan Feb 5th 2013 at 11:14 am 11

    Kilby #2, my first reaction to the shading behind the word “transparent” was that it’s some kind of allusion to “yellow snow” (which one should never eat). On second look, that doesn’t appear to actually make any sense.

  12. The Bad Seed Feb 5th 2013 at 03:14 pm 12

    My company says it’s big on “transparency”, so this comic seemed to me to be making a feeble excuse for their failure to do so - saying that it’s even hard to be transparent if you’re made of nothing but water. But it’s also illustrating that being transparent becomes easier as one melts (or sweats?), for whatever that’s worth. So, in other words, I got nothing.

  13. Kit Feb 5th 2013 at 05:16 pm 13

    Is there a clue in it being “The Age ncy”?

    Or, in a competely other direction . . . “Six Chix” is usually rather liberal. Could this be a jab at the Obama administration’s broken promise to be the most transparent in history?

  14. VCR Feb 5th 2013 at 06:03 pm 14

    He’s having extreme difficulty writing some sort of report for one of his superiors, and he’s wishing he was transparent so that he won’t get fired. At least, that’s how I took it.

  15. mark d Feb 5th 2013 at 07:30 pm 15

    I think the cartoonist is jokingly emphasizing the word “transparent” by highlighting it with the transparent yellow ink of a highlighting marker.

  16. Bob in Nashville Feb 5th 2013 at 11:54 pm 16

    As for the highlight, the only other word I can think of that makes the same sort of sense would be liquid.

  17. Lentil Feb 6th 2013 at 02:06 am 17

    Everybody I know who works for the CIA calls it “The Agency”. I’ve never heard it called that by people who don’t work there (well, except family members of people who work there.)
    Probably irrelevant though, unless the Six Chix writer knows someone who works for the CIA.
    Also I still don’t get it.

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