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The Sunday Funnies (10/10/10)

Brewster Rockit (10/7) by Tim Rickard; Brevity (10/5) by Guy and Rod.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue and John Hall)

  • Why is it usually Smurfs and mascots that dominate the Sunday Funnies?

    • Bill

      Either because authors are trying to appeal to a broader audience or when on the usual newspaper comic schedule the easiest things to poke fun at are things you see at the store or hear about.

      Either way, I’m certain these Smurf jokes are attempts at exploiting the buzz around the upcoming movie.

  • Jody Morgan

    Brewster Rockit is funny ‘cos it’s true: companies would surely do that if it were possible. (And is that the Tardis in the first panel?)

    Off the Mark is pretty good, mainly because Poppin’ Fresh also mentioned the possibility of snacking; Brevity, though, falls flat. (Are the cartoonists implying Papa Smurf forces the other Smurfs to smurf every other word with “smurf”? If not, then what are they saying is Papa Smurf’s failing?)

  • I like Brewster Rockit and, shockingly, Off the Mark. Could this be a sign of the apocalypse?

  • Off the Mark: Considering that the Pillsbury Dough Boy is a walking talking… (bag of dough, I guess), I don’t see why he would entertain the thought of a gingerbread man (from Shrek?) in his wife’s bed being just a snack.

  • David Breneman

    The top one’s pretty funny. The bottom one isn’t bad. The middle one I don’t get. I mean, I’ve seen enough of the Smurfs (maybe 5-10 minutes over the course of my lifetime) to know that they insert the word “smurf” into sentences at random, but the humor in the reference to it escapes me.

    • The Scarlet Pumpernickel

      Most likely a reference to what is considered to be the origins of the Smurfs: André Franquin and Peyo were dining together when the latter asked the former to pass him the salt. He couldn’t remember the name, so he came up with the “smurf” name instead.
      “Hey, André, can you pass me the…errrm…smurf?”

      • David Breneman

        Somehow, I find that explanation a little implausible, unless the cartoon was to appear in the “Smurf Trivia Fans’ Newsletter.”

  • rubbish…. actually so rubbish that it is unfair to put all the weight of description on the word ‘rubbish’ but without resorting to swear words it will have to shoulder the burden

    utter rubbish

  • The Brevity strip fails on so many levels. Smurfs are three apples high, which means those college kids are somewhere around two feet tall. The punchline has all the punch of a cold wet mackerel. And it takes two people to create a one-panel strip, yet neither person knows Brainy Smurf’s name?

  • Rooniman

    I just realised the date.

  • TheGunheart

    Top one is funny because it’s true. I might have chosen someone besides Cap’n Crunch, given how little he shows up these days, but still funny.

    Second one is terrible. The caption doesn’t seem to connect to the panel in any way I can tell. Plus, Smurfs, as I understood it, were already adults (that’s the impression their voices always gave me, anyway).

    Third isn’t bad, but it feels like it’s really reaching for a punchline.

    • ‘Top one is funny because it’s true’

      that is the funniest part of this post

  • Bill

    1st one: Was it neccesary to explain product placement? That killed the gag right there.

    2nd one: Lazily drawn and not funny.

    3rd one: That could’ve been anyone in that panel.

    Just the usual unfunny Sundays.

  • The Gee

    I’d point out the flaws I see but my concern is that I’d be wrong, wrong, wrong.
    I’d make fun of each of them but I’d be so, so, so wrong to do so.


    Oh what the heck….

    Comic # 3:There is a Mrs. Doughboy?

    Comic #2: In a comic it is an impressive thing to see a cartoonist who is willing to draw forks. Pitchforks, I can see. But, regular forks, that takes dedication. That said, the bald guy is holding his fork as if he is going to stab someone.

    Comic #1: In this case I saved the best for last. The comic strip is alright. Does this again prove that the one panel gags are the ones which are sloppily done while the strips are just better? hhmmmmmmmm

    does any of it matter at all? hhhmmmmmmmmmmm

    • swac

      “There’s a Mrs. Doughboy?”

      Yep, I even have her in salt shaker and fridge magnet form. I think her name was “Poppy” (as opposed to “Poppin’ Fresh” which I think is the Doughboy’s actual name).

  • Man I didnt realise the first time that that IS a huge smurf! haha

    i think the smurf one is just trying to make a cynical comment that using the word ‘smurf’ as a verb is ridiculous to humans..thats all.

    but MAN, that is a HUGE smurf ahahaha

  • The Gee

    Okay. This isn’t entirely important so don’t read it just because it is here:

    In the strip: yeah, for some reason the time machine is that TARDIS box. That’s a geeky reference. As for the payoff, the gag…part of the reason why it works is because it is a funny visual. Now when I look at it, I can’t help but think:
    Captain Crunch freed the slaves.

    The other two comics, like a lot of the previous one-panels featured here, stumble over their own words.

    Of all of the concepts of a smurf being in an awkward situation and his speech coming across as awkward, putting him into college and in a cafeteria seems too tricky. (and, the only redeeming value is that that smurf is huge.)

    As for the doughboy comic…the concept could have been funny if the character hadn’t said anything and was shown doing a reaction pose….i.e., a look of shock.
    I mean, good gravy, why does it say: “…but either way I’m angry.”????

    The comic could have been wordless and worked just fine. But, like the second comic, the words mess it up just enough that it might not be clear to every reader.

    Here’s some advice I got years ago that might help prevent wordy cartoons (and I’m looking at you, too, animation writers):

    It is a cartoon. Simplify it. And, then simplify that.