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  1. I don’t think the first panel is funny at all, unless that optometrist is located on Fith Avenue.

  2. I’m not sure I get the yrraH either. Is it that his marksmanship out the window will replace the eye charts as a test of his vision? And all the rejected spectacles littering the floor, what was the scene when they were tried?

  3. I think he is aiming — not shooting. For an officer, that is what he plans to use his sight for and, therefore, how he checks how good his glasses lenses are.

  4. Pinny’s probably right, since there are no visible bodies and no one doing the “run in circles, scream and shout” bit. Either way, it hardly seems funny. And I guess the glasses on the floor are ones he has already tried, but why he’s just dropping them is beyond me. Maybe that’s the way they do things in New York. (I’m assuming that’s a New Yorker effort.)

  5. “but why he’s just dropping them is beyond me. Maybe that’s the way they do things in New York.”

    You tend to do things whatever way the guy with the gun “suggests” doing them.

  6. The second and third panels are mildly amusing, but I think I like the fourth one best. I still can’t decide whether the ballet dancer is just enjoying the music, or expressing her admiration for the pianist’s power of concentration to keep playing in the face of a powerful distraction.

  7. And is her raised foot making contact with the piano lid?
    (Maybe even supporting it??)

  8. I think the ballerina is indeed supporting the piano lid.

    Seems to be a bit of s t r e t c h for me.

  9. I’d love some context on the first one: Based on the eye chart, this seems to be a non-American country; maybe a military dictatorship?

    FWIW, hours of painstaking research revealed that Lammertink was a mid-century Dutch artist.

  10. B.A., this comic was part of a collection which I THINK leaned toward the political.

  11. The ballerina is definitely holding up the piano lid; if she wasn’t, there’d be no gag.

  12. Thanks for the video, El Cucui.

    I was briefly getting ready to criticize first the comic, and now that video, on the grounds that the hands don’t match up. That is, the slapping hand and the target hand do not go thumb-to-thumb (and pinky-to-pinky).

    But then I had to ask, is that how it works in reality, when you have two actual people attached to those hands? And realized that is probably not a factor at all. There’s opportunity for error, and hence humor, in just missing from bad aim or lack of coordination, or even choosing the wrong hand in terms of proximity; but not any standing concern about matching right to left hands so the fingers match .

    Even so…. it still *looks* wrong in the drawing!

  13. What does the shooter have on his face?

    Glasses. I think he’s been trying various types of glasses to find the pair that’s the sharpest for shooting.

    I just found a profile on Yrrah’s work, and it makes Charles Addam’s work seem bright and sunny by comparison. Lots of apparent suicides and political murder. Lovely linework though.

    One comic that kinda summed up his work showed an artist at work, surrounded by his paintings…all canvases painted solid black.

  14. I hadn’t noticed the piano lid. I thought she was doing a routine to the piano music.

  15. I had never heard of “Yrrah” before. I suppose it would be a little too much to hope that his first and middle names are both “Yip”?

  16. I’ve never high-fived a crossing sign, but I do sometimes take photos of surveillance cameras.

  17. I don’t know if I’m pointing out the obvious or not, but you do realize that “yrrah” is “harry” backwards? Mitch’s early comment seemed to be making that connection especially with how he capitalized it, which I don’t see from the signature… Harry Pih Pih!

  18. Sorry, but I think the only way the first could be less funny is if the people in the street all were wearing big yellow stars of David.

  19. It *could* be funny if I were living in a place or time where military juntas were more ubiquitous are more forward in my thoughts. I think my college and high schools days when international cartoon afficienados followed cartoons from the people of South America and Yugoslavia I would have found it funny and cynical.

    Now, it’s just jarring.

  20. A piano usually has a stick to hold up the lid. This ballerina is happy to provide the service. And nobody has mentioned that the pianist has the best view in the house.

  21. https://www.irancartoon.com/site/artists/harry-lammertink-yrrah has some basic info about and a lot of mostly rather grim drawings by Yrrah. Quite a few are on execution themes, mostly hanging, and a lot of others have some sort of dehumanisation element. Many seem to be illustrations rather than jokes.

    His dates (1932-1996) and his place of birth (Appeldoorn in the Netherlands) mean that between the ages of seven and 12 he lived under Nazi occupation, which evidently informed his imagery. The jodhpurs in our cartoon are quite common Nazi officer attire.

  22. I agree with Chak, but the first time I read that comment, my eyes skipped over the word “less”, which nearly scared me out of my socks.
    P.S. @ MiB – I did allude to the view as being a “powerful distraction”.

  23. Except for the :high five: one, the rest were head scratchers. I got the first one. I don’t know why the ballerina one is funny. The scale on the 3rd one is throwing me off. I’m guessing the sculptures got undressed before going into that room, but the clothes seem too small for them. The clothes look like they would fit the humans.

  24. I just now took a look at the site that narmitaj linked, and wow! this guy was dark. Those gas masks leave me shuddery! The guy with no legs pushing himself along in a cart, goes by two legs sticking out between brutalist buildings — so sad. Even this one, which objectively is just a guy shaving and preparing to take a bath, is somehow immensely menacing in how it is drawn!

  25. Did not occur to me that the guy was high fiving the walk light. I thought he stupidly thought it was a large button to push to cross the street and was doing so.

  26. I thought that people entering the sculpture room were maybe required to shed their clothes to be like the naked statues. Funny in a quirky weird sort of way. And I imagined the guy standing there with his family thinking, “Not going in there!”

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