Okay, he’s shown reading Joan Didion as a commemoration. But is that a separate matter from the rest of the drawing and dialogue? Or some reflection of something she wrote?
And on an almost-literal level, what is the cat reporting actually? Do mice get more dangerous as their teeth grow longer, or go soft as they age into long-in-the-tooth status? Is this about a scary encounter, or just old companions sharing whatever passes by in their minds?
Is there any truth to the “Hint”? And if it were so, would that give the first sentence a logical reading, in some meaning other than the straightforward one (as used in the film), of the bridegroom dying (being killed) following the marriage ceremony?
A CIDU from Snickers, who says the storyline here doesn’t line up at all well with the original tale. Also sent by zbicyclist, who expands on the issue of fit with the story thus: “Why is there another laptop appearing in panel 6? Dorian Gray doesn’t age; only his portrait does. So if the laptop named Dorian Gray disintegrates, isn’t that the opposite?”
But TBH the premise is faulty — is she really going to go pick up a book instead, in the moment?
But is that true?? Questions can be raised about the background view.
Or was this an Oy?
This is here as a LOL but almost went into the Oopsies. The “related products” message from Amazon doesn’t ever appear full-screen as drawn here. It was enough to throw Pam off, who sent it in as not-fully-understood.
Here is a picture of the real Erwin S, and I think the cartoon has a pretty good likeness. We should also note a thank-you to contemporary physicist, Twitter celebrity, and YouTube presence Sean M Carroll, who when explaining the famous thought-experiment says there is a vial of fast-acting sleeping-gas, and when we look for the cat’s condition the choices are Asleep and Awake.
To finish up a (sort-of) week of synchros, we have this interesting pair from Mark in Boston, who says “I can’t say as I have seen much squirrel-carrying at all, ever, in the comics, until this past Sunday.”
Mark also sent a scan or picture of his physical paper, showing these actually adjacent. The Rose is Rose is good material for the discussion earlier this week about differences in layout and “extra” panels. And the Bliss is also an interesting case of oddities of publication schedule: this one was on GoComics and Bliss’s own site as 1/8, a date which can also be (more or less) made out in the drawing itself. But the newspaper for some reason printed it on 1/16 — and we have confirming evidence of that! —
OK, pay attention because there might be a quiz on this!
First off, Phil Smith III sent in this Brewster Rockit as a CIDU. “I was OK until the last panel,” he writes, “and have NO idea what it’s supposed to mean?!”
And I couldn’t make sense of the last panel as a punch line, either.
Meanwhile, DanV sent in both the above Brewster Rockit and the Betty below as a synchronicity pair.
“Two different ways of experiencing the same situation,” writes DanV, “I confess I’ve had both of these things happen to me. 🙂 Not a laugh out loud, more of a rueful chuckle.”
What could he mean, I wondered; how are these the same joke? Oh wait, aha! The Brewster joke is not in the final panel, but the penultimate. Oldbot and, uh, Bub have done the parallel sort of oblivious overlooking.
That leaves the final panel of Brewster unexplained. Well, which Monday does he mean? Is he making it sooner or later? I don’t know, and I’m even more tired of writing this than you are of reading it…
Why is the tips jar incongruous? Is it just that it’s so blatant, but a discreet one would be okay, in a lounge setting? Or is this a formal recital? Or is it odd that it seems to be for the accompanist and not the singer? No, I don’t really understand it.