Thursday, April 06, 2006

Baby Blues

Just one today:

Baby Blues by Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman

That's two days in a row for the Scott comics empire.

Also, we have a fourth day in a row of Bucky Cat saying, "Booger." Darby Conley is pushing convention here. Standard rules of funny would have dictated two days of perplexing set-up with an explanation or punch-line on the third day. By going four days in a row with this, Conley is testing the readers patience. He has two choices now, either a killer puncline totally out of left field on Friday or Saturday, or continue on like this for the rest of the week and make the fact that there is no gag the gag. We'll see.


Anonymous Josh said...

Hey! You forgot the Pirhana Club!


8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday's Sherman's Lagoon:

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Ugliness Man said...

Bill Waterson once did something similar to "test the readers' patience". He had an ongoing storyline with no dialogue until the very last panel of the last strip, where Calvin was inexplicably sucked out of his window, and suddenly kept growing and growing so that he was floating in space watching the galaxy shrink... he commented in the 10th anniversary book that he was actually considering making it longer than a week, but I guess he wasn't that sadistic. On the last day, he saw a window in the middle of nowhere, went through it, and found himself back in his bedroom. In the last panel, his mother asks him how his homework is coming along, and he says something like "just about started". I admit it doesn't sound all that funny when i explain it, but it really was a great story arc, and a good example of stretching the rules of comic convention. I'm not a big fan of Bucky, I am really enjoying the randomness of this "booger" series.

11:57 AM  

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