Sunday Funnies – LOLs, November 1st, 2020

Okay, a LOL but a sad-LOL.

I generally grudge-read PBF, along with a couple other hyper-cynical comics.  But this one struck me as funny and appealing. 

 And really nice is the collection of rock stuff in the middle panel.  That’s a Yellow Submarine picture on the wall, the album on the bed with the yellow smear is probably the banana-cover Velvet Underground first album, the open mouth next to it seems Rolling Stones related.  And is the blimp picture a reference to Led Zeppelin?  

Hah! Gotcha, Mothra! From Andréa. (Who suggests there is word play going on between ‘Mothra’ and treating it as a ‘moth’. But isn’t that just what the name is about?)

Absurdism, put in its place.

Contributed by Andréa, who says “Particularly funny for me, as mysteries are my favorite genre.”

46 Comments

  1. Yes, probably Led Zep on the wall, next to Sgt Pepper and The Dark Side of the Moon. I don’t know what the blue book on the bed is, but perhaps it is poetry.

  2. PBF is a CIDU for me. (And I only WISH dreamcatchers worked as I dream in novel form every night, thus waking up more tired than I was when I went to sleep.)

  3. @ Andréa – The boy’s mother gave him a dreamcatcher, so that he would abandon his “bad” dream of becoming a rock musician, and become an accountant or a lawyer instead.

  4. P.S. @ narmitaj – I think the blue “book” on the bed (next to the LP with the Rolling Stones’ logo) was actually intended to be an “Abbey Road” CD.

  5. And I also thought she was a wife / fiancée, who would have a different sort of stake in his being a Productive Member of Society. But it does look more like a mother situation; which I guess is sadder yet.

  6. Yes, that’s the cover of Zeppelin’s first album. I wonder of the poster of the guy with the guitar is something specific, or just a generic guy with a guitar.

  7. “But it does look more like a mother situation; which I guess is sadder yet.”

    I agree, but I’m sure this is a common dream of many mothers (and fathers).

  8. Thanks to Andrea for making me realize that what I thought was a comic I completely understood was really a CIDU. I thought that was her husband in the last panel and she was trying to “end” the bad dreams of both her son and husband. I was going to comment on how mean spirited it was, especially with the smile on her face. Now it’s actually pretty funny.

  9. My first thought upon seeing the “Rubes” comic was that using the “Bic” trademark was a distraction. I think the dialog would have read better with a simple “ballpoint pen”.

  10. Is the plump woman in the first panel supposed to be he same person as the slim one in the third? If so, Kilby’s explanation makes sense. But they look very different despite the same color dress.

  11. “Who suggests there is word play going on between ‘Mothra’ and treating it as a ‘moth’. But isn’t that just what the name is about?”

    I don’t think it’s meant to be a pun at all. Mothra is a giant moth and they are handling him like a giant moth. That’s all.

  12. Seems like the Rubes could have worked in a reference to John Wick. (‘I once saw him kill three men in a bar… with a pencil.’)

  13. I agree with Woozy, ‘ra’ seems to be a common suffix for Japanese monsters’ names: there’s Gamera, Ghidora, Gojira (=Godzilla) and Mothra.

  14. It can’t be her husband: in the 3rd panel, the guitar is in the rubbish bin next to the bed.
    In the 2nd panel, it can’t be her husband either: no wife would allow such a mess in her bedroom: it’s a child’s bedroom.

  15. Here’s what Wikipédia offers on this subject:
    The name Mothra (モスラ) is the suffixation of “-ra” to the English word “moth”; since the Japanese language does not have dental fricatives, it is approximated “Mosura” in Japanese. The “ra” suffix follows the precedent set by Godzilla (Gojira),[9] which in turn is derived from kujira (鯨クジラ, “whale”), which serves to indicate the character’s enormous size.

  16. I don’t think that the use of the Bic brand pen was a distraction.
    Long ago (70s?) I remember a commercial for Bic pens, where a child was catching fireflies and putting them in a mayonnaise jar. His father punched holes in the lid with his Bic pen, and then wrote on the label with it, showing the durability of the pen point.
    If it could punch through a metal jar lid, it could punch through a person’s back.

  17. I agree with the reasoning of Olivier at 9:12AM timestamp, except for one detail (which does not affect the conclusion). The basket beside the bed need not be a wastebasket (which would mean he had discarded those things within the last week or so) ; but just a storage bin ,where his rock things were put away and not ever brought back out, though in principle they could be.

  18. Could I ask that if an editor includes personal remarks (“I”, not the editorial “we”) in the posting, that that editor clearly be identified? I’m assuming the “I” up above is Mitch4, being as it was posted by EditorM, but that’s really just a painfully cobbled together surmise on my part.
    I’m used to the editorial voice being Bill’s, so it would help me a lot if the editors made it clear who exactly was speaking, since Bill no longer can, except when he does (posthumous posts).

  19. Point well taken, larK.

    I think it agrees with / amplifies your point, rather than quibbles against it, to mention that (1) sometimes the sender-in has made some extensive first-person comment that gets reproduced without much quotation mechanism, and (2) the posts that are standard collection types (Weekend LOL for instance) are not a singular editorial vision at all, but collaborative or cooperative by turns and accident, regardless of who first anchors it and sets a publication name. We are for instance dropping puns into posts for Nov 7, 14, and 21 already, trying for variety of comic strip identity or flavor, and to some extent sender-in frequency, but not so much editorial hand.

  20. But yes, I am the one who always hates Cyanide and Whatever, and am learning to find amusement in the occasional Perry Bible Fellowship.

  21. I didn’t see “Born on Factors” as any different from “Born on Multipliers”. But on closer look, in “Multipliers” the two digits of the day number are treated as two numbers, which multiply to give the month number, whereas in “Factors” the day number is taken as a whole, and the month number is one of its factors.

  22. Being as they all have “no effect”, I would say that, yes, none of them are any different from the others…
    (Which makes me not really understand the comic, but since you call it “absurdism”, I guess that explains everything, don’t look ignorant and call attention to yourself…)

  23. I guess “absurdism” was not the best label.

    Suppose the “astrology debunked” were more direct , instead of via date numerology. And he was saying aloud “I’ve made a study” while our glimpse of the summary page said “Fire sign marries Water Sign — No effect” and so on.

    The idea of bothering with all the variations and then recording uniform null result is what I was thinking of as absurdism.

    Subsidiary, the possible date numerology relations he lists are in itself a minor but chuckle worthy nerdist joke. To bother thinking of those as possibilities!

  24. @WW – “ I think that’s her son, but the comic works the same if it’s her husband.”

    I have to respectfully disagree. If the man in the 3rd panel is her son (which I’m now pretty sure it is), then Mom is steering her son away from a likely dead end career. Some would say that’s a noble act. If it’s her husband, then it seems to me she’s mocking her family by implying that they are not talented/intelligent enough to achieve their dreams.

  25. It’s the other way round: you need to find something special for every possible date so nobody’s out of fate’s grasp.

  26. “Could I ask that if an editor includes personal remarks (“I”, not the editorial “we”) in the posting, that that editor clearly be identified? I’m assuming the “I” up above is Mitch4, being as it was posted by EditorM, but that’s really just a painfully cobbled together surmise on my part.”

    Valid point, I’ll try to remember to do that in the future.

    Your surmise turns out to be correct in this case, but the logic behind it is not reliable, since we do edit each others’ posts. Particularly for the LOL and Oy collections, where the posting name just depend on who happened to put the first LOL/Oy in the collection.

  27. MarkM: I agree, I didn’t express myself well. The comic can work either way, but it certainly has a different feel depending on whether that’s her husband or her son.

  28. My best guess is that the blue CD with 4 members is the Weezer Blue Album (1994). I do not understand why that album was popular; nor do I feel it would belong in this selection of rock icons.

    I DO think that this strip could be set in the 1990s.

  29. “It’s not current on Wondermark.com. But on Gocomics it was . . . .”

    How odd – I get emails for new postings AND I check it every day and never saw this.

  30. I was going to ask if the strip was set in the 1970’s. LP turntable, Beatles and Pink Floyd posters. I guess it must be later if Nirvana is there. But an LP turntable in the 1990’s? They weren’t back in style yet.

  31. “Long ago (70s?) I remember a commercial for Bic pens, where a child was catching fireflies and putting them in a mayonnaise jar. ”

    Ah, geezer.

    It was a series of ads of people using the pen for sharp objects such as hacking their way out of an ice cave it (one of the more extreme ones) or poking holes in a jar and then sitting down to write a note.

    I am absolutely certain that the ad writers included mock-up versions of Jack the Ripper for their own amusement.

  32. @Mark in Boston Oh, I slipped a decade. I meant the first decade with CDs, which was the 80s. Abbey Road would have come out on CD in late 1987. (I had not remembered that the crosswalk stripes reached the bottom of the picture.)

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