Too soon?

Cidu Bill on Sep 13th 2017



Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, comic strips, comics, humor | 22 responses so far

22 Responses to “Too soon?”

  1. Treesong Sep 13th 2017 at 12:50 am 1

    Well, he has the Hapsburg chin. Any royals die of hemophilia lately?

  2. Minor Annoyance Sep 13th 2017 at 01:55 am 2

    Maybe a general comment on white supremacists (”Too Soon” after the march?), or racists in general who go on about pure blood.

  3. Winter Wallaby Sep 13th 2017 at 02:38 am 3

    It’s a joke about genetic inbreeding of royalty, of which the prominent known cases are hundreds of years old (putting jokes about the current Windsor family aside). So the “Too Soon?” is tongue-in-cheek, as the joke is actually about something quite old. Analogous to asking “Too Soon?” after a joke about the Black Plague.

  4. James Pollock Sep 13th 2017 at 02:50 am 4

    Comedy = Tragedy + Time
    So, a joke about something tragic that happened recently may offend people who still find it tragic.
    Sometimes comedians riff on this by making the joke anyway (for the benefit of people who have already moved past it). It’s common to follow such a joke with a “too soon?”, particularly if the joke is something that has just happened.

    (insert hurricane joke)

    OK, well, then, you can also get a joke out of something that is really old, by asking “too soon?” because things that are unexpected can be funny, too. “Q: Hot enough for ya, Florida? A: It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”

  5. furrykef Sep 13th 2017 at 06:29 am 5

    Note that the “untainted by outsiders” implies inbreeding. The alternative to marrying an outsider is marrying a cousin (if not someone even more closely related!).

  6. Kamino Neko Sep 13th 2017 at 07:10 am 6

    What WW said - ‘Too soon’ is a joke, because the joke is anything but timely.

  7. Catlover Sep 13th 2017 at 07:18 am 7

    That noble chin, those flowing locks, the high cheekbones … those eyes, which appear to be trying to escape the face?

  8. Ignatz Sep 13th 2017 at 07:27 am 8

    Is there some thing where being wall-eyed is an indication of inbreeding? Because that’s all I have.

  9. Mitch4 Sep 13th 2017 at 09:09 am 9

    The SMBC creator is red headed and tends to use red headed characters as either personal stand ins or generalized representatives of an unrecognized minority group.

    Or here, a marker of genetic isolation from the surrounding community. Perhaps with other consequences of inbreeding.

  10. Kamino Neko Sep 13th 2017 at 09:16 am 10

    The later Hapsburgs tended toward wide-spaced eyed.

  11. Nebulous Sep 13th 2017 at 09:32 am 11

    @4 James Pollock.
    The power came back on yesterday.
    Hurricane jokes are fair game once the AC kicks back in.

  12. Ted from Ft. Laud Sep 13th 2017 at 10:13 am 12

    Not everyone’s power. And it is the heat and the humidity…

  13. ~~Silk Sep 13th 2017 at 10:46 am 13

    Otto Von Habsburg, last of the line, died relatively recently.

  14. Robert V Walker-Smith Sep 13th 2017 at 12:06 pm 14

    Charles II, last Habsburg king of Spain, was so disastrously inbred that, genetically speaking, he would have been less so had his parents been siblings. He was like a Bene Gesserit breeding program gone horribly wrong. His inability to procreate led directly to the War of the Spanish Succession.

  15. DemetriosX Sep 13th 2017 at 12:07 pm 15

    @~~Silk (13): A decade ago, and hardly the last of the line. The current head of the house is Karl, who’s had a sketchy career running charities and being a politician for Austria’s far right party. And his son is a Formula 3 racing driver. And there’s plenty more where they came from. Still pretty inbred, too, since they have strict rules about who they’re allowed to marry.

  16. Brian in STL Sep 13th 2017 at 01:28 pm 16

    Last Habsburg ruler. After that, the House of Bourbon has held the throne (when there was a monarch).

  17. Joseph K. Sep 13th 2017 at 03:14 pm 17

    Only nobility can afford a razor. He guessed “too soon.” He should have pretended to be fooled.

  18. narmitaj Sep 13th 2017 at 07:11 pm 18

    The cartoon may also have a Hapsburg Lip.

    According to Monty Python, the way to spot a king amongst commoners is to identify the one who hasn’t got shit all over him.

  19. Treesong Sep 14th 2017 at 12:33 am 19

    With all the talk of Hapsburg chin/lip/walleyes, let’s not forget Minor Annoyance@2, who I think nailed the ‘Too Soon?’

  20. Christine Sep 14th 2017 at 07:26 am 20

    Ted from Ft. Laud - but air conditioning works for heat as well as humidity.

  21. Jen Sep 24th 2017 at 11:22 am 21

    All of this noble’s features: wall-eyes, aquiline nose, Habsburg lip, etc - are associated with real nobles known to be inbred. In fact, he might be based on Charles II. The artist could have made a funnier visual gag by drawing a generically ugly face, but he’s always been a stickler for historical accuracy.

  22. mitch4 Sep 24th 2017 at 12:52 pm 22

    But, Jen?, does that include the red hair? (Okay, Auburn.)

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