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  1. I guess it could be seen as anti-cat. Looks more to me like that cat is saying “Look how they can’t handle anything in their lives. Contrast that with me. I’m always chill. Unless someone knocks on the door, of course.”

  2. Good comparison, tt. The cat is not responsible for the chaos, but seems to be somehow inappropriately oblivious to it.

  3. I guess I see that. But it’s also easy to read the cat’s expression as enjoying their problems, as a sort of sweet revenge, for stored up resentments.

  4. Not realistic, the dog would be scarfing down the cereal.
    Mom would be turning off the water not having a nervous breakdown.
    The Cat is absolutely Disaster Girl.

  5. Yikes, just lost a comment while typing.

    Thanks for the questions, which prompted me to look it up. From the About text on GoComics:

    “About Eyebeam
    Eyebeam is a long-running strip that embraces the surreal. The title character Eyebeam is a sarcastic, rail-thin attorney prone to spontaneous hallucinations. His girlfriend Sally is an assertive, fun-loving artist with hair that often extends infinitely into the past. In the long life of the strip, it has gone through phases as a character-driven comic saga with soap-opera like plot turns, and at other stages is prone to stand-alone strips and single-panel gags. Eyebeam is always attempting to explore the absurdity of existence through the uniquely elastic reality of the cartoon medium. ”

    They don’t mention that the title seems to be word play on I-beam, a term in construction for a girder with an I shaped cross section.

  6. I’m chuckling, not because of the comic, but because the last three comments completely echoed my own thought process regarding the title. Sure looks like an “L”…

  7. Or else the Parable of the Mote and the Beam. If one has a beam in one’s eye [whatever that has to mean] by turning that around you get eye-beam.

    1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

  8. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hurt re-use a title design. In fact to me, Eyebeam’s title is almost as enjoyable as the panel itself – and M5 is right that the panel is often satisfying.

    What other comics can we think of that have that kind of variety and creativity in the title design?

  9. I just started noticing what Le Vieux Lapin mentions, that the Eyebeam title graphic differs each time. Here are some recent ones:

  10. “What other comics can we think of that have that kind of variety and creativity in the title design?”

    The old SPIRIT SUNDAY SECTIONs did a lot of creativity with their “The Spirit” logos, but I don’t think they did a different one every week. (I should dig out my reprint collections and check.)

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