Puppy

Cidu Bill on Aug 11th 2017

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Okay, this all seems pretty straight-forward — so what’s the actual joke?

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Perry Bible Fellowship, comic strips, comics, humor | 21 responses so far

21 Responses to “Puppy”

  1. James Pollock Aug 11th 2017 at 12:17 am 1

    It’s just a piece of pro-puppy propaganda.

  2. ja Aug 11th 2017 at 12:44 am 2

    He thought he was merely making a hyperbolic statement about his desire for a puppy– he was not actually intending to volunteer for a lifetime of torture and damnation in exchange for a few years with a canine.

  3. Winter Wallaby Aug 11th 2017 at 12:55 am 3

    For me, the thing IDU is why PBF still appears here at erratic intervals. The archive is mostly static and isn’t that big, I would have though that by now Bill would already have read all of them. (Or alternatively, if he doesn’t like it, not be reading old ones.) I guess someone else is occasionally finding the archive and sending them in?

    We should start doing Doctor Fun again.

  4. Cidu Bill Aug 11th 2017 at 02:07 am 4

    New ones do appear on occasion.

  5. Kilby Aug 11th 2017 at 02:28 am 5

    @ WW (3) = This one is so old (PBF024) that I didn’t remember ever seeing it before(*), even though I’ve read (and at one point even downloaded) the entire PBF archive.

    P.S. (*) - Probably because it just wasn’t that good.

  6. fleabane Aug 11th 2017 at 03:25 am 6

    ja, has it.

    The problem is that it can’t work. If a puppy magically appears out of thin air just one second after you say you’d sell your soul for it then… well, that is time to worry, and we the audience know it is due.

    It could maybe salvaged if he turned a corn and found a puppy in a more natural way. But then the phrase “I’d sell my soul” is so distinctive I don’t think the audience can’t not register it.

  7. padraig Aug 11th 2017 at 09:01 am 7

    They left out the last panel, where you find out the puppy was Satan all along.

  8. DemetriosX Aug 11th 2017 at 09:23 am 8

    @padraig: Nah, Satan’s dog form is a black poodle. Seriously. It’s right there at the beginning of Goethe’s Faust.

  9. Zookeeper Aug 11th 2017 at 10:54 am 9

    Let’s all be careful what we wish for.

  10. jajizi Aug 11th 2017 at 01:59 pm 10

    “he was not actually intending to volunteer for a lifetime of torture and damnation” ja @2

    If he thought he was in for a lifetime of torment, it will gradually dawn on him, perhaps some millennia hence, that the contract is for eternity.

  11. James Pollock Aug 11th 2017 at 02:39 pm 11

    ” it will gradually dawn on him, perhaps some millennia hence, that the contract is for eternity.”

    Depends on your theology (some believe that Hell is only for as long as it takes to burn your sins away, then you get to leave) and your understanding of cosmological contract law.

  12. Mona Aug 11th 2017 at 03:23 pm 12

    Perhaps the lesson here is that it was worth it to him to spend however long in Hell in order to enjoy the company of his very own puppy for a while.
    Which may be, as JP pointed out @#1, pro-puppy propaganda.

  13. fleabane Aug 11th 2017 at 04:28 pm 13

    Perhaps the joke is that he *did* mean that he would sell his soul for a puppy, saw the puppy appear and was happy that his offer was accepted, enjoyed the puppy and suffered hell willingly as the cost. And it’s supposed to be funny because we the audience are so used to reasonable stories with human scale of drama, that it comes as a cynical kick in the pants when we see the eventual eternal suffering which we feel just *can’t* be an acceptable response for a few years with a puppy.

    I really hate this internet style “Ha… gotcha! Ooh, I am sooooo cynical!” type of humor. For one thing, it usually just isn’t funny, and for another they are almost never as shocking or as cynical as they think they are.

  14. Winter Wallaby Aug 11th 2017 at 05:55 pm 14

    If you suffer an eternity of torment for selling your soul, the cost:benefit ratio is the same whether you sell it for a puppy, or true love, or $1 billion worth of gold-pressed latinum. This is the problem I have with all the stories where someone sells their soul to the devil for personal gain - they have to be really, really dumb/short-sighted for the story to make sense.

  15. Winter Wallaby Aug 11th 2017 at 05:56 pm 15

    Ulysses Everett McGill: What’d the devil give you for your soul, Tommy?
    Tommy Johnson: Well, he taught me to play this here guitar real good.
    Delmar O’Donnell: Oh son, for that you sold your everlasting soul?
    Tommy Johnson: Well, I wasn’t usin’ it.

  16. fleabane Aug 11th 2017 at 06:01 pm 16

    @14… I think that might *be* the joke. You got a puppy. It was fun. Oh, well, now comes the hell part…

  17. James Pollock Aug 11th 2017 at 06:24 pm 17

    “This is the problem I have with all the stories where someone sells their soul to the devil for personal gain - they have to be really, really dumb/short-sighted for the story to make sense.”

    Well, that OR you have to be smart enough to figure your way out of it before it’s time to pay up. Or at least think you are. Or, you may have faith in a merciful God, who will save you from your own stupidity because He cares personally about you and doesn’t want you to suffer.

  18. Brian in STL Aug 12th 2017 at 01:32 am 18

    The real torture is that one foot didn’t get a chain. The imbalance in tension will drive him nuts.

  19. Terrence Feenstra Aug 12th 2017 at 08:39 am 19

    Totally worth it!

  20. Mark in Boston Aug 12th 2017 at 08:08 pm 20

    At the end of Goethe’s Faust Part 1, Faust is damned for all eternity, but by the end of Part 2 (aka Mahler’s Eighth Symphony), he gets to go to heaven.

  21. Joseph K. Aug 14th 2017 at 07:39 pm 21

    I thought the joke was that God would allow him to be punished for eternity for making an innocent wish and enjoying a puppy. Making fun of pseudo-Christian ideas of God’s justice.

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