1. I think it is making the point that plenty of people are putting themselves at risk to enable our ability to stay at home in safety.

  2. Tracy: But if that was the point, why would it be “funny” to scare those people? And panel 1 is his dad, and panel 3 is a lawn care worker, so only panel 2 matches the “enable our ability to stay at home in safety.”

  3. I …. don’t know. I can *almost* see it.

    PSA: It’s a scary world out there, so stay inside.

    … except…. I don’t like it. In fact, I *hate* it.

    It’s not *that* scary a world out there (if suddenly a bunch of razor blades fell from sky killing 100, 000 people needlessly out of a population of 350 million, and proportional to the number of people who walk outside, they probably wouldn’t kill *you* if you walk outside… but you are an asshole for increasing the proportion of razor blades that kill *others*) and we aren’t staying inside to keep *US* safe. We are staying inside to keep others safe and to keep the infection rates lower.

    And two…. Given Lio and his sci-fi/mad science connections, it *almost* seems as the Lio engineered the Coronavirus as a prank. (Although that’s surely not the intent.)


    >And panel 1 is his dad, and panel 3 is a lawn care worker, so only panel 2 matches the “enable our ability to stay at home in safety.”

    Panel 2 is a mail deliverer so that’s out as well.. and 1) his Dad *IS* inside.

  4. In case it isn’t clear to others (as it wasn’t immediately clear to me), Lio has created these ‘virus models on a spring’ as part of his stay-at-home activities.

  5. Oh… crud! I *just* figured it out. The strings the viruses were on confused me at first, but now I see


    “Bad taste” doesn’t even *BEGIN* to cover how despicable this joke is.

  6. Does Lio usually have a point or a punchline? It often ends with Lio deploying a city-stomping robot or detonating a thermonuclear weapon.

    It seems to me the point of the strip is generally to depict Lio doing something weird and outrageous. This one might be a little tasteless at this point in time, but is it really worse than nuking downtown?

  7. Ah, no I didn’t realize that was Leo scaring everyone. That just makes him a little jerk. I guess it is about the same as those fools who are purposefully coughing on produce as a joke.

  8. The comedy is that Lio is privy to the truth, the real news. He knows that this thing is all a hoax, so he’s having fun with the gullible sheeple by showing them that it’s their own foolish fear that they should be concerned about.

    “Fear will kill more than the virus ever will.”

    That was an actual comment on a the FB page of a friend. Friend, a man in his senior years, was going out every day to multiple locations to do shopping. On one of his posts where he listed his travels I commented this might not be a good idea. Some idiot friend of his made the quoted comment and they jabbered back and forth about how much smarter than everyone else they were for not falling for the hype. I explained, with graphic references to overrun hospitals and piles of corpses, that this was a ludicrous statement. I now have one less FB friend. I mean he disconnected from me. I don’t know if he’s actually dead.

  9. This feels like a comic that was screwed up by the 6 week lead times of printed comics. 6 weeks ago this would been in bad taste but understandable given public uncertainty but doesn’t work now when they are digging mass graves for a lot of the sort of people this character is terrorizing.

  10. “This one might be a little tasteless at this point in time, but is it really worse than nuking downtown?”

    Yes, it is. How sensitive you want to be about something depends on how immediate and real it is. A joke about nuking downtown is not a big deal when nukes aren’t a real threat. A joke about nuking downtown at a ceremony commemorating Hiroshima, or after a successful nuclear attack by a terrorist, would be something different. A nuclear bomb would kill a lot more people than 9-11, but I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t be a strip with Lio humorously causing 9-11.

  11. Lio quite often jokes about what many wold feel was “bad taste” On the other hand,”gallows humor” is sometimes what gets people through times like these.

  12. This isn’t “gallows humor” though. It’s just being a real brat. And not a clever one.

  13. I got it. I wasn’t amused, but I wasn’t puzzled, FWIW.

    Part of the point of the strip is that Lio is a weird kid, mostly very unpleasant to be around. And while it isn’t Calvin and Hobbes we do sometimes see things through Lio’s eyes–I doubt this actually happened. My interpretation was that he was imagining doing this.

  14. Eh. Lio (the boy) is probably taking this way too lightly, but I think Lio (the strip) is laughing at its title character more than it’s laughing at the virus’ victims.

  15. I didn’t laugh at this Lio escapade, but my reaction is not as negative as a few on CIDU. For one, the virus being macroscopic takes some of the punch out of it… Lio didn’t sneeze on the mailbox, for example. It is gross humor, apparently beyond the pale for some. Yet…. we didn’t have any trouble keeping a Death score for a month – imagine how that goes over with anyone having a death in the family? So, I don’t think Lio deserves praise, it’s a poor joke, but not the worst scandal ever. My opinion, YMMV :^)

  16. Just to be clear, my objection isn’t with Coronavirus humor itself: It’s healthy for us to look at he crazy side of all this. But the Lio strip was just mean-spirited, and there was nothing funny about it.

  17. Today’s strip (the one with Eva Rose) is certainly divisive in the GoComics comments.

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