But anyhow, this little story has the structure of a Turnabout or maybe Topper trope. (Thorne Smith allusions entirely accidental!) Blondie looks shocked in the last panel, as though the mom’s substitution of the iPad as the plaything is even more of a shocking violation than the phone was. But is that so? Or is the mom’s “reasoning” sort of correct, and there is a greater likelihood of the child being able to make some use of a tablet than of a smartphone?
Sure, Dagwood likes doughnuts. But what’s he zooming around for if there’s no doughnut cart? From Phil Smith III and larK.
We think there’s a modern use of “I’m done [with that]”, probably more common among people considerably younger than Dag, amounting to “I’m never going to be involved with that at all, ever again”. Do you know that sense? Is Dagwood meaning it that way – in both places? Since Blondie is taking it the standard way, is anybody doing the Bumsteads’ taxes this year?
That “I’m done” — or at least the second one? — is pretty much equivalent to Cookie’s “I’m really over [it]” here:
Going fast makes them miss messages?
The Covid inconsistency last-year collection was a one-time thing, but I thought this was worth a mention:
This is sort of weird. Panel one doesn’t say why the wedding were postponed, but it’s a clear reference to the pandemic. But then in panel 2 there’s a packed line where no one is wearing masks.
So in the Blondie universe, there was a pandemic in 2020, but it’s already over?
Some comics completely ignore the new post-coronavirus world, continuing on as if nothing had changed. Some comics consistently reflect the new post-coronavirus world.
But some comics are inconsistent, sometimes acting as if they’re in a world with a pandemic, and sometimes acting as if they’re in a world without. And sometimes they’re even inconsistent within a single strip. For example:
Dagwood goes to work every day without a mask, as if there’s no coronavirus. That’s fine. But in what conceivable world, with or without COVID, does his boss plan an in-person Halloween party, but change it to a Zoom party at the last minute?
Send in your single worst offender for a comic that’s inconsistent in it’s treatment of coronavirus. Here, we mean a single daily strip that’s inconsistent within its panels on a single day, not one that’s just inconsistent between different days. Include “coronovirus inconsistency” in the e-mail title.
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