In your circle of friends, child-raising experts, and ethicists, what generally is the next step in thinking from that kind of statement?
Yes, we’ve heard about the recent popularity of sea shanties on Tik-Tok and other youth social media. Also the idea of musically combining sea shanties with modern rap or pop music.
All of that still leaves most of this Bliss cartoon unexplained!
Is it too soon or too late for one more Santa LOL?
Bllss (and Martin) on their own and on GoComics
Bliss in the New Yorker:
We *did* crack a smile, even if not literally LOL. But no doubt this must be “a LOL comic” by virtue of subject matter!
In this age of “Use your inside voice” it’s good to know where the range of voice options reaches.
A bit of a LOL-Eww:
When we first saw this, it was in the black-and-white version sent in the Bliss daily email, and our first thought was to look forward to the color version and see how the notorious Twitter “bluecheck” verified-user symbol would be rendered. Not blue, in the event.
And a bit of LOL-Cynical:
In case you didn’t know, the “Nick and Zuzu” comic panels run as accompaniment to an advice column by Carolyn Hax. Sometimes they really depend on the writing and are totally CIDU without it. Other times, the comic is quite independent of the column which sparked it; and that is the case here. And the cartoons appear elsewhere, where the column is not available or even mentioned, such as GoComics.
But in case you are interested: the Hax column which had this as its illustration was at this link, which has a paywall but should allow some free visits.
Contributed by Ian Osmond.
Thanks to Andréa and others for capturing and cleaning up that featured-image OY, which apparently originated on Facebook but has been circulating in various public and private alleyways! 🙂
Another Argyle Accumulation!
Contributed by Andréa:
And after the argument, she drove off in a Huff.
(If you are on a phone, you may not be able to see the Huff.)
Funnier than it deserves to be!
From Andréa and more.
An Argyle Agglomeration
“This explains a lot” says Stan:
But he still gets a lot of “Oh yeah? What did it use to be?”.
“To Serve Man”.
(Color version posted by Andréa in comments to Oh Deer Me thread!)
School for gifted neonates!
Never runs out.
A LOL-Eww from Bob Ball.
“Who will you be wearing to the awards?”
The job of drawing Sisyphus-related cartoons, and keeping track of them, never seems to approach an end, as noted by Arvy, who contributed these first three.
The collaboration of cartoon artist Harry Bliss with comedian Steve Martin has now resulted in a book. For those who haven’t used up their NYT views, here is a review of the book: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/11/books/steve-martin-harry-bliss-wealth-of-pigeons.html
Steve Martin wanted to make cartoons, but he can only draw stick figures. He teamed up with the illustrator Harry Bliss, and the result is their new book, “A Wealth of Pigeons.”
New York Times 2020-11-11
Sometime-NewYorker cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein can’t seem to let go of the Sisyphus theme! The “work at home” one also qualifies for our “pandemic-related” tag.
In addition to those from Arvy, here’s a long one from Existential Comics.
And another one: https://www.existentialcomics.com/comic/110
Tomversation sent in by Ollie. As a CIDU? Didn’t say! Is the joke like those set at modern art galleries, where a frame surrounds a stain on the wall, here turned into a window mistaken for an art object? Or is it just a fond reminder that one can tire of any quality of indoor view and welcome a glance out a window?
Next mystery: Is it meant to be somewhat realistic? So these would be a collection of posters on paper, mounted on somebody’s wall? No? An actual touring exhibition of masterpieces unlikely to be loaned out and then exhibited together? Nah.
Does it remind you of one of those paintings that show other paintings, maybe in a gallery setting? Like this one by Samuel F. B. Morse:
And now, for something not quite completely different! Still in the realm of fine arts and popular suspicion, this OY from Cornered, sent by Olivier.
Wrong Hands can be cynical without being mean:
Oh, how those New Yorkers love themselves some art:
And The Far Side on “The Art of Conversation”. Sorry, just a link, not a copy.
And just be hush-hush about this, okay? —