Loose Dung

Cidu Bill on Oct 31st 2016


Okay, it’s too big for the bag, but what’s the actual joke here?

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Dave Blazek, Loose Parts, comic strips, comics, humor | 22 responses so far

22 Responses to “Loose Dung”

  1. Winter Wallaby Oct 31st 2016 at 10:44 am 1

    The joke is that dung is gross.

  2. fuzzmaster Oct 31st 2016 at 10:51 am 2

    Well, there’s this, but it seems a somewhat esoteric fact to hand a comic on: “Dung beetles vary in size. Their length ranges from 0.004 inches to 2.4 inches.”

  3. Treesong Oct 31st 2016 at 10:58 am 3

    The proportions of beetle and dungball in the cartoon are comparable to those in real life. The ball could even be larger. Not suitable for depositing in Halloween bags.

  4. woozy Oct 31st 2016 at 11:30 am 4

    “The ball could even be larger. Not suitable for depositing in Halloween bags.” So wouldn’t trick or treaters just have larger bags?

    I think the joke is simply: if animals had Halloween then dung beetles would give out dung. ha-ha. But the problem is just drawing the dung beetles wouldn’t be clear. So you’d have to add the label “Dung Beetle Halloween” to explain. But then the joke is deflated… well, what *about* dung beetle halloween? Well, um … the ball is too big for the bag???

    I think a better execution would have been to simply but the label “Dung Beetle Halloween” below as a caption or even to the right after the cartoon. Or to have no label and the trick or treater saying “Oh, boy! Dung!”

  5. Cidu Bill Oct 31st 2016 at 11:32 am 5

    Not to a dung beetle, Winter Wallaby.

  6. captainswift Oct 31st 2016 at 03:15 pm 6

    The trick-or-treater, though, is an ant, not a dung beetle. This is really not what he wanted.

  7. James Pollock Oct 31st 2016 at 03:40 pm 7

    Yes, the species of the trick-or-treater is not “dung beetle”.

    It’s kind of like when a kid runs into a homeowner who thinks raisins are “candy”.

  8. zbicyclist Oct 31st 2016 at 10:31 pm 8

    Yes, captainswift #5, JP #6, it’s funny if an ant or some other insect had stopped at the home of Mr and Mrs. Dung Beetle.

    But we need some help here. The two insects look pretty much the same, except for size. (The little one seems to have only four legs, but that’s probably an artist error.)

  9. Stan Oct 31st 2016 at 10:45 pm 9

    “The trick-or-treater, though, is an ant, not a dung beetle.”

    Great answer. However, don’t ants have 6 legs (if you ignore the Leviticus)? Actually, are there insects with 4 legs? Or is this its Halloween costume? Walking around with dismembered legs would be pretty spooky to an insect, or anyone, I suppose.

  10. James Pollock Nov 1st 2016 at 12:12 am 10

    “The two insects look pretty much the same, except for size. ”

    The heads are different shapes, and the big one has a bigger, I want to say abdomen than thorax, but the little one has a bigger thorax than abdomen. (circumference, not length).

    As for the “four arms” thing, I think there’s actually FIVE in the picture… two holding the bag, two reaching to the floor, and then one that sticks out from the “hip” and is holding nothing. Then, I blink, and it’s one leg with a bent “knee”.

  11. Proginoskes Nov 1st 2016 at 02:22 am 11

    Dungit! That’s what I was going to say!

  12. Carl Nov 1st 2016 at 06:20 am 12

    All insects have 6 legs (unless they lose one or more of their original set). Some larvae have pseudolegs, body extensions that look like additional legs and sometimes function that way (but lack the full anatomical complexity of “true” legs).

    I think the colorist could have helped the inadequate cartooning by making the ant thing not the same color as the dung beetle homeowner. Consulting the Wikipedia article on insects would helped even more, by showing Blazek very visually distinctive insect types (moth caterpillar, cricket, ladybird beetle) that could not be mistaken for dung-fanciers. He could even have drawn a different dung beetle, say the very recognizable Egyptian scarab.

  13. Terry Nov 1st 2016 at 07:21 am 13

    Be careful what you wish for, and beware the ides of October.

  14. Markus Nov 1st 2016 at 08:17 am 14

    This one seems obvious: The little trick or treater will soon be _in_ the giant ball of dung. Whether the dung beetle is good intentioned or wants to trick the trickster, if it gives the ball to the little fellow, said little one will stick in the ball, not carry it home in his bag.

    Plus, of course, a heap of dung was apparently not what he/she hoped for.

  15. James Pollock Nov 1st 2016 at 11:49 am 15

    “All insects have 6 legs”

    Not in comics. Are you familiar with B.C.’s ants, for example?

  16. Carl Nov 1st 2016 at 09:19 pm 16

    BC is in a post-apocalyptic world. Those ants are (considered in relation to currently-living ants) mutants. That’s why they’re intelligent.

  17. James Pollock Nov 1st 2016 at 09:43 pm 17

    Perhaps. But they’re still insects, even if their spelling is terrible.

  18. Meryl A Nov 2nd 2016 at 12:57 am 18

    I have a friend who used to hand out comic books for Halloween. He worked at DC comics and got them free.

  19. Tracy Nov 2nd 2016 at 07:45 pm 19

    The small one’s exclamation be, “Oh, crap!”

  20. Tracy Nov 2nd 2016 at 07:45 pm 20

    *should be

  21. Mark in Boston Nov 2nd 2016 at 09:49 pm 21

    My sister worked as a dental technician. She was the one handing out toothbrushes.

    If you got a toothbrush, that was her.

  22. Meryl A Nov 8th 2016 at 04:04 am 22

    My seventh birthday I dressed as a dentist and we went trick or treating as the entertainment at my birthday party.

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