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  1. I think ‘funny’ would work. It’s a breaking the fourth-wall type comment, and as this is a comic where readers are expecting ‘funny’, he’s telling them it’s hard to do that when you have to make allowances for space. I think it’s f.

    (He also says something before ‘…it’s…’ as it’s a lower-case ‘i’. What was said before that? ‘And…’ I guess?)

    BTW I was going to send this in as an LOL.

  2. @ LeVieuxLapin – If you want the images to appear directly in the comment (instead of being a click away), then you have to append “.gif” to the URL from GoComics, like this:

  3. P.S. When I finally saw those characters, my first thought was “Oh no! They’ve retreaded a comic strip out of a movie“(*), but a little research showed that it was the other way around: the movie was developed from the strip, which predated it by more than a decade. Still, a comic strip with both movie and multiple video game spinoffs seems a little Garfield-esque.
    P.S. (*) – Such as was once done with the absolutely insufferable “Rugrats” comic strip.

  4. I assume the Rugrats comic was based on the TV series, not the movie, though.

    Making comics out of other media has a long and noble history, though. For example, the early Mickey Mouse comic strip, and the Walt Disney Comics and Stories comic book series.

  5. Barney and Clyde do illustrate a minor problem of the pandemic: people in lines cannot judge 6 feet (or in Canada 2 metres) accurately. Assuming these characters are each roughly 6 cartoon feet tall, they are standing about 18 cartoon feet apart. IRL that would make a line (queue) three times as long as it needed to be, increasing the frustration of the queuers proportionately.

  6. Here, in front of the post office, they painted lines every meter to help, but instead of standing on every other space thus defined, people juste crowd each other.

  7. I am appalled by the number of people who can’t judge a distance of 6 feet, and by how very far off they are, usually in a too-close direction.

  8. The supermarket has markers with stylized footprints. People are generally figuring that out.

  9. I went this morning to my walking-distance local Target, a small store lacking the resources and variety of a larger one I sometimes drive to. The local has not been great about sticking to the touted special hours for seniors or “vulnerable population” shoppers, nor masking staff. Today was better in that staff were masked, and spacing footprints on the floor. Also directional arrows — and I was at the far end of the store, north end, when I was ready to go up to the checkouts – and saw that the north-south aisles all pointed north!

    I couldn’t leave, and have been hanging out in the store all day.

    No, sorry, I did just go south against the arrows on a wide aisle with no other shoppers. Then realized the footprints were reaching back from the checkouts a longish ways back, in that aisle, and were facing south. So it was a two-way aisle , but one way marked with arrows and the other with footprints.

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