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  1. I thought this was ok. In the poem, the raven is tormenting the character with specific things he does not want to hear…will I ever forget about Lenore? Nope. Will there ever be any relief from my pain? Nope. Will I be reunited with Lenore in heaven? Nope.

    What would a cartoonist be tormented by? “You’re not funny anymore.”

    I dunno’. I think it works.

  2. “Is the anymore substituting for Poe’s nevermore funny, or just pleasingly clever?”

    Uh…. neither….

    (Seriously. If it’s not funny why would you claim it is clever? Much less pleasingly clever? And why would you assume others would find it so?)

  3. If this is supposed to be “THE” Raven, he should be sitting on a bust of Pallas Athena. Since the homeowner here is a comedian, I’d accept a bust of, say, Aristophanes as a viable variant, but no bust at all? That’s a bust.

    I think the line would have been a bit better with a pause in the middle as “You’re not funny . . . anymore.”

    Still, pretty meh.

  4. I think the line would have been a bit better with a pause in the middle as “You’re not funny . . . anymore.”

    That’s exactly what I was about to comment. I think the extra time it took for me to parse the situation without that pause took away from it. Otherwise, cute enough.

  5. “If it’s not funny why would you claim it is clever? Much less pleasingly clever?”

    I can think of lots of things that are pleasingly clever and not funny. Many lateral thinking problems are. Maybe there is some deeper meaning to this comic that’s not obvious at first that makes it clever.

    “And why would you assume others would find it so?”

    Maybe someone else has seen something he/she hasn’t. That’s the whole point of this page, isn’t it.

    These comments aren’t helpful.

  6. stan…. I was commenting on the two options a) funny or b) pleasingly clever. That seems to be ignoring a third option; neither. I’m sorry if it came off as harsh, but it does seem odd that that if we are asking if it isn’t funny we are assuming it is clever….

    Oh… I get it… the post was being being logically self-referential. I didn’t get that at first.

    I seriously thought this was a sincer poll whether “any more” in lieu of “nevermore” was funny or just clever. To which my answer was: neither.

  7. MinorAnnoyance: The last page of Bill Elder’s “Raven” has what looks like the first appearance of Clifford the Big Red Dog!

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