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  1. Hah! “Curbside delivery” is claimed but you see the customers picking up their order inside.

    I was bothered at first that this seems to have relocated the diner to a shopping center, instead of a city street that fits the tone. But then realized that the shopping cart, along with the apple and microscope, would be the easter egg symbols to recognize essential workers.

  2. Given that this panel was drawn especially for “Symbolism Sunday”, Deering missed a few good opportunities:
    1) The counterworker could have delivered the food into a shopping cart pushed by the couple outside (making good on the promise of “curbside delivery”), instead of making the cart a useless extraneous detail.
    2) The diner could have had “keep off” signs on every second stool (to enforce distancing).
    3) I like (very much) that the diner is named “Hopper’s”, but the name should have been on the building, not just the poster.
    4) Even if Deering wasn’t allowed to change the strip’s proportions, he still could have preserved more of the perspective from the original painting:

  3. Just because people have curbside delivery doesn’t mean it’s required. Plenty of places around here will allow you to come in to pick up your order, so long as you keep six feet away from anybody not in your party and are masked, and don’t, y’know, hang around too long, or they’ll bring it out to you. Whichever is easier.

    That’s how Ernie’s, the diner near me, does it, anyway. You can hang out with your neighbors OUTSIDE, wearing masks, maintaining social distance; you can go in and pick up your food, or you can ask Pam or Jarrett to come out and give it to you.

    The food’s still really good.

  4. I agree with ianosmond, and I don’t think the Curbside Delivery sign has anything to do with the joke. This strip is continuing the current trend of incorporating the virus into old classics, which I must admit I don’t get the point of. This one has the added bonus of making even less sense if you’re not familiar with the painting.

  5. If the whole “joke” is that this is taking place during the Virus, it was done better a couple of months ago.

  6. Kilby: “…instead of making the cart a useless extraneous detail.”

    You call that a useless extraneous detail? I can beat that, easy. 🙂

  7. >This one has the added bonus of making even less sense if you’re not familiar with the painting.

    but there aren’t any people not familiar with the painting.

  8. Maybe not here, Woozy, but I wonder about the general newspaper readership.

    I really hate the Symbolism Sunday concept: It was good-intentioned, of course, but it was often executed to the detriment of the comic itself. And that would still be okay if everybody knew this was what they were doing. Not even everybody here knew (myself included), so all we saw were incomprehensible comic strips.

  9. As part of the area reopening, the public library now has curbside pickup. So now DVDs, CDs, and physical books are once again available. They have not announced a full reopening for the library yet. I got the first season of Community DVD set last week.

  10. Ugh, someday I’m going to learn how to close my tags.

    It would be nice if there were a preview feature for posting.

  11. Wow 6 Chix is like a parody of how to do a strip badly. That’s bad enough to be … negatively bad… we’re in Roseanne’s national anthem bad territory.

    >Maybe not here, Woozy, but I wonder about the general newspaper readership.

    To discount Nighthawks as potentially obscure we’d have to discount *any* reference. Admittedly will be readers who are unfamiliar with it just as there are inevitibley people who don’t know that France is a country or who have never heard of vodka, but I don’t think we need to worry about people that oblivious.

  12. Our library is also about to offer curbside pick-up, but I’m not clear how that works. Do we reserve books online? Do we just show up and ask about the daily specials?

  13. Our library has had online holds for materials for a long time. You’d reserve stuff and they’d email you when they were ready for pickup. That stayed the same. In the old days, they had shelves for holds, with your name on the materials. With curbside, you text, chat, or call them to let them know you’re on the way and your vehicle description. You park in designated spots, pop your trunk (or roll down the back window for the Venerable Bronco) and if possible let them know you’re there.

  14. @ B.A. – “…all we saw were incomprehensible comic strips.
    There were a few strips that managed to incorporate the symbols in a way that did not seem obtrusive or gratuitous, but in most cases they were definitely out of place. That’s still perfectly acceptable, if the artist decides to sacrifice the internal consistency of the strip in order to join in making a public statement, but it doesn’t work if the public has no idea what the statement is supposed to be. For this reason, I thought Tatulli’s solution (in “Liō”) was brilliant. In admitting that the symbols were extraneous, he also explained why they were there, and therefore succeeded in making them part of the joke:

  15. Lio actually helped (me) a lot with Symbolism Sunday…though I spent some time looking for mail people in the other comics before I realized the blob had just eaten the deliverer along with the symbols he was delivering.

    BA – My library’s doing the same thing as Brian in STL’s – online holds as usual, tell them you’re coming (I believe you’re supposed to set a time you’ll arrive) and they’ll bring out your books. They’ll also allow you to return books – and will leave them alone for 72 hours before checking them in. I presume they’ve got some kind of moveable container under the bookdrops that they’re rotating through (because if the books are left alone after having been carried inside and put in boxes, that doesn’t help a lot… At least, it doesn’t help library workers. I suppose it would do something for patrons).

  16. Heh. And Kilby’s comment wasn’t there when I started to write – I posted then thought that I should add the Lio, and lo and behold, it’s done!

  17. Dustin also did a good job explaining what was going on, and then fitting it into the comic.

  18. I’m envious of all of you with curbside library pickup. I still can’t even return my library books. I still have 150+ books waiting to be returned!

  19. Our library system opened full-time on 1 June. But for some reason, the branch five minutes away from us would only accept books from that branch . . . so I drove an extra 10 minutes to another branch that has a drive-up return and put our 50+ books in there . . . no way was I going to 1) sort thru the books to find JUST those from the nearby branch; and 2) carry 50+ books into the library to return them.

    The library we used in WI had curbside pickup back in May; my friends there who used it were pleased with the way it worked.

    Just as with our groceries, I wipe down the books with hot soapy water and let them air-dry.

  20. I got the feeling from the Six Chix strip that the artist was was told to use the symbols, and wasn’t happy about it, saying “I’ll show you!” It seems like an exaggerated response to the usage of the symbols.

    Now I’m expecting to see a comic comprised solely of those symbols conversing.

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