Cidu Bill on Feb 21st 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Cyanide and Happiness, comic strips, comics, humor | 33 responses so far

33 Responses to “Die”

  1. Jeff S. Feb 20th 2013 at 11:30 pm 1

    Blue shirt guy depanted the shooter, so the shooter died from embarrassment just like he did in grade school. Only this time, it looks like he really did die… so blue shirt and the girl laugh even though everyone else was slaughtered.

  2. chemgal Feb 20th 2013 at 11:32 pm 2

    Yes; the shooter is acting in retalliation to being bullied, but even that doesn’t stop the bullying. The bullies still laugh at him.

  3. Jeff S. Feb 20th 2013 at 11:33 pm 3

    Looking at it again, perhaps he didn’t really die… he just wanted to.

  4. dd Feb 21st 2013 at 12:05 am 4

    They didn’t learn their lesson at all, did they.

  5. James Pollock Feb 21st 2013 at 12:07 am 5

    … and the moral of the story is that retaliatory violence doesn’t stop bullying in schools.

  6. Kit Feb 21st 2013 at 12:25 am 6

    In the last panel, one of the vics appears to be holding his head up and laughing.

  7. mitch4 Feb 21st 2013 at 01:52 am 7

    Oookkaaay, …. I can buy those explanations. Until reading those, I looked on this as an unfortunate escapee from the Department of Too Soon.

  8. James Schend Feb 21st 2013 at 01:55 am 8

    I don’t think Cyanide and Happiness has a “too soon”.

  9. Jeff S. Feb 21st 2013 at 02:15 am 9

    20 minutes before posting online is still probably not too soon for C&H. There is, however, plenty of time for tastelessness.

  10. igeek Feb 21st 2013 at 09:37 am 10

    And even his victim laughs.

  11. padraig Feb 21st 2013 at 09:49 am 11

    So how come this cartoonist can’t draw a human being, but he can render a perfect likeness of an assault weapon?

  12. padraig Feb 21st 2013 at 09:53 am 12

    Re “too soon” rules: Since this sort of thing seems to be happening every 3 weeks, all the cartoonist has to do is say they’re joking about the 2nd- or 3rd-last massacre. Everyone’s gotten over THAT one by now, right? That was, like, a MONTH ago.

  13. James Pollock Feb 21st 2013 at 10:24 am 13

    “So how come this cartoonist can’t draw a human being, but he can render a perfect likeness of an assault weapon?”
    It’s called “cut-and-paste”.

  14. Mark M Feb 21st 2013 at 11:29 am 14

    Bullying and extreme violence in the same strip. What could be funnier?

  15. Boise Ed Feb 21st 2013 at 01:33 pm 15

    What in the world does this, er, art work have to do with humor??? This is simply sick.

  16. farmer Feb 21st 2013 at 04:40 pm 16

    On a rational level, this shouldn’t be any more or less offensive than it would have been without Newtown or any other immediate tragedy. On an emotional level, it’s simply reality that most people adjust over time to tragedy and can accept or at least tolerate humor related to it. That’s what “too soon” means to me, and by that definition, this is “too soon”.

    I have a cordial dislike for C&H, but really think they pushed it on this one. Really not sure the graphic drawings of the victims added to the joke, such as it was.

  17. Paperboy Feb 21st 2013 at 04:59 pm 17

    What’s the date on this comic? I know I’ve seen it before.

  18. The Vicar Feb 21st 2013 at 05:32 pm 18

    This was published by C&H on December 7, 2012, a week before the Newtown shootings. And if you check the URL of the comic as it appears here, it was actually uploaded by Bill on the 12th, two days before.

    So unless you mean “too soon” in the sense of “this was published before the tragedy we jumped to the conclusion it was mocking”, this was not “too soon”.

  19. Inkwell Feb 21st 2013 at 06:44 pm 19

    Definitely not a “too soon”, then. I feel bad because I assumed the worst of C&H this time.

    But meh, still too dark for my taste. Lots of misery, not much joke.

  20. Bob in Nashville Feb 21st 2013 at 07:52 pm 20

    Only thing that struck me as really out of the ordinary is that he would have grabbed his dropped weapon, rolled over and let the de-pantser have it.

    I know, over-thinking it. But just the obvious.

  21. Jeff S. Feb 21st 2013 at 09:11 pm 21

    He’s so frozen with horror because he is reliving his past, he can’t think about anything else.

  22. farmer Feb 22nd 2013 at 09:50 am 22

    Fair point, Vicar. I should always remember that stuff posted here always has a history beyond the day I see it.

    The flip side of authors/artists doing something “too soon” is “just before”; then they feel the horror rather than the audience (or along with).

    On the other hand, it still says something about C&H that most readers assumed right away that they wouldn’t shy from mocking Newtown right afterwards, in a way those readers wouldn’t for most other cartoonists. They may be innocent, but kinda still dug their own trap.

  23. padraig Feb 22nd 2013 at 10:31 am 23

    Well, it’s too soon for the next massacre, anyway.

  24. Boise Ed Feb 22nd 2013 at 06:34 pm 24

    Inkwell (#19), I don’t feel the least big bad about that assumption. Had I seen this even a couple of years ago, I’d still consider it disgusting and sick.

    Padraig: knock on wood.

  25. padraig Feb 23rd 2013 at 11:17 am 25

    Good job of knocking on wood, Boise Ed: http://emergency.mit.net/emergency/

  26. Boise Ed Feb 23rd 2013 at 01:05 pm 26

    padraig, I hope the MIT folks catch that nutcase and put him away.
    And of course I meant, in #24, “… the least bit bad…”

  27. James Pollock Feb 23rd 2013 at 09:23 pm 27

    There is no MIT nutcase. Well, not of that particular flavor, anyway.

  28. The Vicar Feb 23rd 2013 at 10:12 pm 28

    @James Pollock:

    Ever heard of a guy named Don Saklad?

  29. padraig Feb 24th 2013 at 09:50 am 29

    Now they’re saying the MIT shooter was a hoax, and reminding people that MIT students are known for their intricate “pranks.” I hope right now somebody is being taught that “pranks” should be “funny” or his “ass” will share a “jail cell” with “Bubba.”

  30. James Pollock Feb 24th 2013 at 09:34 pm 30

    “Ever heard of a guy named Don Saklad?”

    No. Why?

  31. The Vicar Feb 25th 2013 at 08:16 pm 31

    @James Pollock:

    MIT nutcase. Has conspiracy theories about various government institutions, most notably the Boston Public Library (where I’m told he is — or was — banned for creating disturbances). (From this, a librarian friend says that he has broadened his suspicions to All Public Libraries Everywhere.) Assumes if you can’t help him that you actually can but you refuse because you are Part Of The Conspiracy. (Also, incidentally, frames his speeches in a bizarre vague third-person form and sends them to wildly inappropriate places. So, for example, if he wanted to know which tropical fish were easiest to raise, he wouldn’t go to a tropical fish forum and post a message saying “can anyone tell me which species of tropical fish are easiest to raise? I’m in Boston”, he would post a message to the Antique Ford Motor Car Enthusiasts group on Yahoo titled “Tropical Fish” and saying “It is desirable to own pets. Some species are hardier than others. Some are easier to obtain or raise. Please share your personal experiences.”)

    Mostly, he seems to be harmless if a terrible nuisance to everyone who encounters him, but if I suddenly saw a news story saying he showed up at MIT with a shotgun and started blasting away in the AI lab — where he apparently has his Internet access — it would be no surprise whatsoever to me.

  32. James Pollock Feb 26th 2013 at 02:20 pm 32

    It appears, then, that Mr. Saklad is an entirely different flavor of nutcase.

  33. The Vicar Feb 26th 2013 at 04:18 pm 33

    Right up until he shows up with an AK-47 and shoots up the Boston Public Library for refusing to let him see their confidential personnel records, anyway.

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