1. Big and giant have similar connotations. “big donor” and “giant squid” are phrases using big and giant. There is *nothing* more.

  2. Be sure to make a good impression. He inks more deals than you can possibly believe

  3. I read this a bit different. Usually at one of these candidate meet and greets, there is an aide standing by letting the candidate know who he is shaking hands with, and how much they paid for the privilege, just in case the candidate doesn’t recognize them immediately, so that he can smile and call them by their first name and thank them for their support without any embarrassing miscues. But who would forget a giant squid? Absurdity meets incongruity.

  4. I think guero explained it perfectly, but I would like to add that this is the first “Andertoons” panel I’ve seen that was this difficult to unravel. Most of his drawings are very dependable (although rather mediocre) gags. Complete duds are scarce, but brilliant jokes provoking a real laugh are extremely rare.

  5. I was thinking along Vespasian’s line:”Non olet”. Maybe sometimes politicians feel queasy about who donate. Here, the reason is apparent.

  6. I saw it differently. The sign shows that the author of the strip, Anderson, is the candidate. What could someone donate that would be extremely valuable to an artist? The squid is a big donor of ink, not money.

  7. @ Olivier – “Maybe sometimes politicians feel queasy about who donate(s)…
    If so, they dissimulate extraordinarily well.

  8. The aide mentions “big donor” first, because that is the important information in politics. That the donor is also a giant squid is secondary information.

    That said, I really like Mitch’s idea that it is a play on calling big donors “whales”.

  9. How did the big donor get in past the metal detectors, when he’s obviously heavily armed?

  10. Good one, Shrug. Yesterday I saw a comic remark about a spider, “Suspect is eight-armed and dangerous!”

  11. Yesterday I saw a comic remark about a spider, “Suspect is eight-armed and dangerous!”

    Call the News.

  12. Remember that forewarned is half an octopus.

    And, as Soupy Sales (*) said, “Show me an octopus’s closet, and I’ll show you a coat of arms.”

    * Geezerish enough?

  13. Wow. Soupy Sales is for geezers. Goons, at least in America, is for geeky geezers. Yet, here we are.

  14. Slippery and spineless. Are we sure that’s the donor and not the politician? I guess it cannot be, as squids are highly intelligent and, as we know, politicians (except the ones from the team you support) are known for being really dumb.

    The real intent of the joke, of course, is that politicians will take money from anyone, no matter how big a monster.

  15. Minor variation on Brian R’s explanation: I got the impression that the flunky does this for all guests and has a standard two-part format: first tell the pol why *this* guest is important, then tell the pol some factoid about the guest that said pol can use to make hearty small talk with him (old Yale man or fanatic tennis player or the like).

    So the pol here mentally logs the “big donor” part and, in an unseen second panel, asks the squid something like “So, great to finally meet you, Mr. S; I hear you’ve got a lovely home down in the Mariana Trench — I hope to visit that area soon. And how goes your life and death whale wrestling these days?”

    (We’ll hope the pol’s next guest is not, in fact, a whale; that could get awkward.)

  16. What I got out of this, is that sometimes a politician’s supporters are not always the kind of people you think he’d attract. For example, if a politician is campaigning for “white people’s rights,” you wouldn’t expect a member of a minority to be a big donor.

    But sometimes they are, and the politician is advised to treat the supporter with respect, despite being one of the people that the politician marginalizes.

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