Nothing but almosts
Three almosts today...sort of. On a grumpier day I would have counted all of these:
Peanuts 1959 reprint, Pearls Before Swine, and Get Fuzzy
During this era, Peanuts was full of silent penultimate panels. Fantagraphic's Complete Peanuts 1957-1958 is a veritable bible of SPPs. As I've said before, the silent penultimate panel is a cliche now largely because of Schulz's influence. Anyway, this is funny. It's a comic beat done right.
I think Darby Conley's cut and past experiment would have worked better had he picked a different week to copy Pearls Before Swine. If it was just a week of Pig and Rat talking, the results would have been a little more comprehensible. As it is, the original Pearls Before Swine is pretty bizarre and obtuse on its own.
Oh and Chickweed Lane gave us only one day of the cat this week. We're back to the ongoing story now. I'm glad, but I think the random and brief appearance of the cat lends credibility to the Brooke-McEldowney-missed-a-deadline theory.
But because there are no true SPPs today, I need to do a special alternative. The Spanish Ziggy thing was funny to me at first, but after a few times, it gotten kind of old. I need a replacement for the replacement.
So, today, I give you the best of the L.A. Times' Kids Jokes and Riddles section:
What does an owl us to brush it's beak?
From Zoe, Age 7