Monday, December 18, 2006


Three to start off the last week before Christmas:

9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney
The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose
Red and Rovey by Brian Basset

I'm not quite sure where the gag is supposed to be here.

Is it the kid taking off his ear-muffs? Or is the joke supposed to be simply the silent trail off? Strange.

I hope before the end of the week Cy the Cynic develops some true Christmas spirit. I don't care whether West leads a high or low diamond, Cy (East) should just know to return the diamond after taking the trick with his ace. I mean, come on. (Stay tuned for my next blog, the Cy the Cynic is a Stubborn Bonehead Watch. Memo to Frank Stewart: Please bring back Unlucky Louie. At least he's sympathetic.)

S: A Q J 6 4
H: Q 8 5
D: 10 4 2
C: Q 4

S: 10 8
H: A 9
D: K J 5 3
C: J 10 9 5 2

S: 9 5 3
H: 10 7 6 4
D: A 7 6
C: 7 6 3

S: K 7 2
H: K J 3 2
D: Q 9 8
C: A K 8


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the joke is that the kid is giving his dog earmuffs so the snowflakes wont sound so loud to him.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Mike P said...

I think so, too. It's kind of hard to notice, though.

9:47 PM  
Blogger fluffy said...

Another SPP at today. C'mon, give indie comics more love. I found your weblog because of Shannon Wheeler linking here.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Blake said...

I agree that the joke is the kid giving the dog his earmuffs, but it's poorly drawn; the earmuffs on the dog look too much like giant snowflakes. At first I did not actually register that the kid was actually wearing headphones.

It's also kind of a poorly written joke that you see sometimes in comics and cartoons of earmuffs being synonymous with noise reduction headphones, despite the fact that the kid can obviously hear his dog--though I suppose this is achieved by the kind of psychic communication between animals and people that you also often see in comics.

As for the joke itself, it makes the context of the strip not so much funny as compassionate, and *gag* a little saccarine in its cuteness. But hey, such is the world of the majority of print comics....

2:02 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Giant snowflakes? Come on...

5:20 PM  

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