Under Review

Cidu Bill on Feb 16th 2017


I doubt this is actually true, so what’s the joke here?

Or did Mssrs. Cantu and Castellanos just really get lazy one day?

Edited to add: You know, this whole sequence would make a lot more sense if the federal government or anybody else actually were censoring comic strips.

Absent that, they seem to be satirizing something they themselves made up.

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35 Responses to “Under Review”

  1. Arthur Feb 15th 2017 at 04:05 am 1

    It’s a continuation of yesterday’s (which ended with
    an all-black panel).

  2. Kilby Feb 15th 2017 at 04:07 am 2

    It’s just (poorly executed) satire. The supposed censorship “authority” does not exist, and the typography of the notice is Clearly Amateur.

    P.S. At least when the “Comic Strip Censor” shows up in “Pearls before Swine”, it is clear what the infraction was.

  3. Olivier Feb 15th 2017 at 04:30 am 3

    The previous one explains it : http://www.gocomics.com/baldo/2017/02/14

  4. Kilby Feb 15th 2017 at 04:40 am 4

    Thanks, Olivier (@2), that makes it perfectly opaque clear.

  5. Stan Feb 15th 2017 at 07:08 am 5

    When I first saw this, I thought it may be a dig at Trump and all his railings against the media, and how he at times sounds like…well…another famous world leader who railed against the free press at one time. Maybe an executive order brought the FBMC into existence. The previous comic that Olivier linked to sort of re-affirms this opinion in my mind. I’m sticking with it.

  6. Stan Feb 15th 2017 at 07:59 am 6

    Actually, is that the date of this comic…2/15? Ok, I’m unsticking myself to my last comment.

  7. Kilby Feb 15th 2017 at 08:05 am 7

    @ Stan (5) - Why would the comic’s date change anything? I think it makes your conclusion @4 all the more probable.

  8. Stan Feb 15th 2017 at 08:09 am 8

    “…from my last comment.”

  9. Stan Feb 15th 2017 at 08:11 am 9

    @ Kilby (6) Well, he wasn’t railing like a mad-man that long ago, was he? Politically, I mean.

  10. Stan Feb 15th 2017 at 08:18 am 10

    @ Kilby (6) …and even if he was, he’d have no power to do anything about it. This can’t be a Trump joke, no matter how much I wish it to be.

  11. Dave Van Domelen Feb 15th 2017 at 08:36 am 11

    Baldo’s lead time could be several months, so that when this strip was written the election hadn’t been decided yet? That’d explain blacking out before hitting the name.

  12. furrykef Feb 15th 2017 at 08:42 am 12

    The real meaning of the comic is: “Oh crap, I missed a deadline and I need to turn in something now! What can I do in about one minute?”

  13. Cidu Bill Feb 15th 2017 at 09:12 am 13

    Dave, I’m sure the lead time is the same 3 weeks as everybody else’s, meaning the election had already been decided, but Inauguration Day had come and gone.

    And I say no more, because I don’t want a political discussion here.

  14. Kilby Feb 15th 2017 at 09:50 am 14

    @ Bill (12) - I think Stan @5 misinterpreted the “2/15″ to mean February 2015, rather than the intended 15-Feb-2017. The year is clearly shown in the gap between the first two panels.

  15. Robert Warden Feb 15th 2017 at 11:42 am 15

    If you see the previous day’s cartoon, you will get it. One of the kids at Baldo’s school, who is always protesting something, he is crying out, in the third panel, about the “authoritarian policies of president…”
    and the fourth panel is blank. Pretty sure I don’t have to explain further.

  16. James Pollock Feb 15th 2017 at 11:49 am 16

    This is, in fact, a politically-themed comic.

    President Trump has already used the apparatus of government to attack perceived personal enemies. (Specifically, the Nordstrom department store chain, because they decided to stop carrying his daughter’s products.)
    He’s also already implemented a policy of not allowing some legal U.S. occupants to leave and re-enter the country, and has advocated for certain policies not likely to resonate with either the creators or the fans of this particular comic strip.
    The creators are suggesting that Mr. Trump might be (caution: political “humor” ahead) prone to the same Republican sensibilities of being categorically against government regulation… unless its regulations they like, in which case they suddenly want more and more regulation. (This concludes the political “humor” section of this comment.)

    In expressing his dissatisfaction with Nordstrom’s business practices, however, he undoubtedly did them a YUGE favor… Nordstrom’s is headquartered in Seattle, and all their stores are located in urban centers, which are definitely not “Trump Country”.

  17. GROG Feb 15th 2017 at 05:48 pm 17




  18. James Pollock Feb 15th 2017 at 08:13 pm 18


    That would be a neat trick, if you could do it.

  19. Stan Feb 15th 2017 at 09:45 pm 19

    Kilby - “I think Stan @5 misinterpreted the “2/15″ to mean February 2015″

    Yes, that’s it exactly. I missed the year in between the panels. Oops. That being the case, I’m sticking to my original post again. Sorry folks. I’ll wear my reading glasses more often from now on.

  20. Kilby Feb 16th 2017 at 04:32 am 20

    @ Bill (edit) - I think the tradition about comic strip censorship jokes relates to the provisions laid down by the syndicates (and newspapers), which are in some cases even stricter than what the FCC requires for TV. Larson once commented that he was “not allowed to show a toliet, no matter how it was handled”. Larson even said (about the panel to which the comment was attached in the “Prehistory of the Far Side”) that he had censored himself by redrawing the outhouse door so that it was less open.

    The standards for newspaper comics probably have something to do with the comic book industry, which developed an incredibly rigorous code to counter the salicious pandering that was endemic back in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.

  21. Cidu Bill Feb 16th 2017 at 04:39 am 21

    Yes, Kilby but this sequence is too far removed from reality to make any sense.

    I suspect the syndicate told Cantu and Castellanos they couldn’t do something they wanted to do, and this sequence is just their temper tantrum.

  22. Ted from Ft. Laud Feb 16th 2017 at 04:50 am 22

    Actually, Cantu and Castellanos have gone political before - generally related to immigration issues (not entirely surprising), and IMHO those earlier political strips were also somewhat ham-handed and overblown. I’d guess this was an overwrought comment on Trump - related to his reaction to negative comments about his immigration policies (or stated views, depending on how long their lead time is).

  23. James Pollock Feb 16th 2017 at 05:33 am 23

    “Yes, Kilby but this sequence is too far removed from reality to make any sense.”

    Yes, well, if we decide to wait until the government is censoring comic strips before we take notice, that’s probably way too late.

    Is there any doubt that Mr. Trump would happily use the power of government against his perceived enemies if his flunkies would let him? Does he not wildly overreact to every perceived slight that reaches his attention? That, at least, is a valid criticism. Dude is WAY too thin-skinned for politics. He’s ALREADY holding patriotism rallies so he can feel all beloved.

    Would Trump control what comic strips critical of him say if he could? Yeah, he would.

  24. Pete Feb 16th 2017 at 08:36 am 24

    BTW, you’ve got the tag as “balto” instead of Baldo.

  25. Cidu Bill Feb 16th 2017 at 10:13 am 25

    Pete, in my defense, it’s very easy to confuse the two:



  26. zookeeper Feb 16th 2017 at 10:44 am 26

    Thanks Bill. Best laugh of the morning.

  27. Olivier Feb 16th 2017 at 11:25 am 27

    What about http://www.novaplanet.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/page_mea/ressources/images/capture_decran_2012-09-19_a_18.09.03.png ? This is what comes to my mind when hearing the word “Balto”.
    The word “Balto” is little used in everyday life. Yet, many French tobacco stores / bars carry this curious name.
    The reason, purely commercial, dates back to the 1950s to 1970s. At this time of economic reconstruction, the SEITA (Industrial Tobacco and Matches Company) proposed a substantial financial aid to bar-tobacco stores in difficulty.
    In return, this company, which enjoyed the monopoly on the tobacco trade in France, required the establishment to take the name of a cigarette brand it owned. Many tobacco stores / bars seized this opportunity, and many of them changed their name to the “Balto” brand.
    This brand of blond tobacco - now extinct - was introduced in France in the 1930s, and referred to the city of Baltimore, a historical producer of tobacco. With its American origin and its emblem of sailing ship, this brand has probably seduced the tenants for its exoticism. The names “Narval” or “Marigny”, also very common, have the same origin (freely translated from : http://www.directmatin.fr/consommer/2017-01-12/pourquoi-de-nombreux-bars-tabacs-sappellent-ils-le-balto-700888 ).

  28. Boise Ed Feb 16th 2017 at 03:26 pm 28

    I must agree with Bill [13] that we needn’t use this space to discuss something so awful.

    But what a lovely dog statue [25]. Is that about the 1925 Nome dog?

  29. Cidu Bill Feb 16th 2017 at 03:32 pm 29

    Yes. We visited the statue shortly after my son read a book about Balto (good lord, 20 years ago!)

  30. Bookworm Feb 16th 2017 at 04:14 pm 30

    Too bad Cantu and Castellanos missed “A Day Without Immigrants” by 1 day. This would have been perfect for today.

  31. jajizi Feb 16th 2017 at 06:14 pm 31

    That would be a neat trick, if you could do it.

    Grog comes from B.C., where years count backwards.

  32. James Pollock Feb 16th 2017 at 06:44 pm 32

    “Grog comes from B.C., where years count backwards.”

    That doesn’t change the difficulty of the trick, here and how, where we count years forwards.

  33. chuckers Feb 16th 2017 at 10:42 pm 33

    I am pretty sure there were strips like this in Boondocks during Bush Jr.’s reign.

  34. jajizi Feb 17th 2017 at 04:00 pm 34

    JP [32]
    Of course it doesn’t change the difficulty, but it explains why Grog might imagine that the trick is possible.

  35. Meryl A Feb 22nd 2017 at 03:49 am 35

    Of course with my old laptop when I hit the last panel of the page before (which had no explanation) I thought my computer was acting up. Luckily I went ahead to the next day, as shown here, which had an explanation beyond my laptop.

    I figured it was related to them being Hispanic in today’s world.

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