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The Sunday Funnies (10/31/01)

Medium Large (10/31) by Francesco Marciuliano; Tundra (10/29) by Chad Carpenter; Ink Pen (10/24) by Phil Dunlap; The New Yorker magazine cartoon (9/27) by Joe Dator; and Moderately Confused (10/26) by Jeff Stahler.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue)

  • qwerty

    I like the Winnie the Pooh one. I don’t get the car one.

    Have you guys seen the Scooby Dooby Google for Halloween?

  • OK, Here’s my review:

    Strip 1:
    The Peanuts spoof was just plain racist. The mention of that originzation is just wrong for a modern newspaper strip.

    Strip 2:
    The Winnie the Pooh strip was a little confusing. Plus it looks similar to style of the “Smokey N Da Boyz” PSA meets the Other Coast?

    Strip 3:
    Nice designs, but the nearly breaking the forth wall with the “Talking Heads” punchline I saw in “Calvin and Hobbes” already! Leave the strip ranting to “Calvin and Hobbes” and “FoxTrot”!

    Strip 4:
    Possibly a reference to “Speed Racer” or “Space Ghost”? Maybe “Roger Rabbit”, “Cars”, the Chevron mascots, or “Susie The Little Blue Coupe” for the anthro-car? I don’t see how this fits The Sunday Funnies.

    Strip 5:
    The Snow White transformation that the villian goes through is creepy but fascinating, so I kinda like this strip. But I’ll only say this, even though it’s a little silly: The poision apple is DEFINANTLY not organic, Snow White!

    Well, Happy Halloween!

    “Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks” and “A Paramount Picture in Technicolor”!
    The apple is not “organic”

    • how’s the first one racist?

      • It mentions the KKK.

      • so did you so that would mean….. ?

        i think you have a strange idea of what constitutes racism

        i think the joke is dull, laboured and contain clunky english but… racist??

      • If you don’t understand the joke Paramount, it’s a satirical explanation for what happened to Shermy.

    • Jim Lahue

      Medium Large is a web comic. Because of that, it can deal with a lot of subjects that wouldn’t get past the regular syndication censors.

      Calvin & Hobbes and the daily Foxtrot strips have been dead for quite some time now. Ink Pen is very much alive and well and is one of the bright spots of the comics now-a-days. Although the animation-related strips aren’t always the best, some of the strips (especially the ones with Tyr (Thor’s brother)) are often hilarious.

  • Hulk

    Good crop this week. All funny!

  • that peanuts one is HILARIOUS. smile for that one!

  • Extra star to the New Yorker for not explaining the joke to us.

  • The first and last one are the best.

  • Eeyore was always dead weight… it was only a matter of time.

  • Jody Morgan

    Medium Large gets Geek Points for commenting on Shermy’s early disappearance, though I didn’t find the actual gag funny. (Still trying to figure out how it’s supposedly “racist”, though. Does the mere mention of the Klan, even in a mocking context, qualify as racism now?) Oh, and good job capturing the look of the TV special.

    Tundra: In what way, exactly, was Eeyore sick or lame? This gag feels forced to me; the art’s decent, though not terribly evocative of either incarnation of Winnie the Pooh.

    Ink Pen: Decent gag, even if it’s similar to what a couple of strips have done before. Now that My Cage has been canceled, I might add this strip to my daily reading list.

    Joe Dator’s New Yorker cartoon only kinda fits the theme of these posts, but I’m glad it was included; it’s the funniest panel I’ve seen in this feature in several weeks. Did anyone else feel like that salesman was speaking directly to them?

    Moderately Confused: Moderately amusing.

    Thanks for the round-up, Jerry & Jim!

  • Andy Goulding

    If the Peanuts strip is racist just because it mentions the KKK then ParamountCartoons comment “It mentions the KKK” must also be racist!

    • I tried to point that out to him but i fear it has made me a pointist

    • A ghost

      It’s racist towards ghosts, because the comic implies that ghosts look like klan members. If I were a ghost, I’d be sooo offended right now! I would also be offended if someone said I was shaped like a peanut.

  • Ames Pleuvaber

    The Jeff Stahler cartoon is identical to Harry Bliss’s New Yorker cartoon on October 20, 2008:

    • Good catch. I recall a big flap about four years ago when an editorial cartoon at one of the Ivy League student papers turned out to be rather like someone else’s but since then I’ve noticed professionals ripping off each other frequently and it passes without comment.

      • The Gee


        I’m sure there’s incidents when there are rip-offs. But the person would need to be pretty dumb to rip off someone else’s recent cartoon.

        Why? It is too easy to compare them these days. If the rip-off is intentional there’s no hiding it from someone.

        Cartoons aren’t like stand up comedy where comedians can steal material and rephrase it for their own use. The very nature of the fact that they are meant to be published puts them out in front of a lot of eyes.

        I’ve done gag cartoons which people I know have said it is like an old gag by so and so….I would have no idea who they were talking about but it would turn out that somewhere between the dawn of Punch magazine (in the 1800s) and long before I was born hundreds if not thousands of gag cartoons were made. Sometimes a generic gag is repeated down the line.

        In editorial cartooning there is this weird phenomena where multiple cartoonists can come up with similar ideas for that day’s hot topic. They use a golf term to describe it; I think they call it a “Mulligan”

        For something like the Snow White gag, that is what I’d call an idea that was just “sitting there on the table.” It is obvious and kind of clever (if done right) and the obviousness means anyone might take a stab at it eventually.

  • Mike Russo

    Ok, I’ll admit it. I laughed at Medium Large and Ink Pen. I actually laughed pretty hard at the first one. While Shermy did appear in a few specials after “Great Pumpkin” it’s still a very funny gag.

  • The Gee

    Why is that Medium Large strip always the one that is so always off?

    To Paramount Cartoons and to Marciuliano:

    I have always thought that the Shermy character in the strip was Jewish.

    Considering he was based on a friend of Schulz’s who was Jewish, there’s a slightly good chance Schultz considered the character to be so, too. Though, obviously, the strip or the animated specials would never delve into his ethnicity. There was never any point to it nor is that something Schulz would typically do. He may have touched on it once but he would have never beat it over the head of the strip (so to speak).

    Now, either of you, or any of you can look up the Silver Jubilee Peanuts volume. From what I can tell that is where the character origin was explained.

    Again, just because he was based on someone doesn’t mean the character was intended to be Jewish but considering the character’s origins, c’mon….

    Why make a cartoon about cartoons if you don’t know anything about the cartoons you are making fun of?

  • Michael F.

    I think that Medium Large strip is a rerun again but it’s worth repeated. There’s another good strip where Violet, Shermy and First Patty come back from the dead to haunt everyone.

    Also, the Tundra strip was good but not as good as a few weeks ago (the taxidermist found he was stuffed with fluff all along!)

  • Jim Lahue

    The web comic Sinfest has had a very interesting week. Squigley (the hedonistic pig) has been on a hobo adventure and has come across some strange locales this week (roaming through some classic comic and cartoon lands). In today’s strip, Squigley enters a land of anime. The week’s strips start at:

  • I think that Medium Large strip is a rerun again but it’s worth repeated. There’s another good strip where Violet, Shermy and First Patty come back from the dead to haunt everyone.

    If anyone can point that strip out for me, I’d be grateful!

  • Rooniman

    #1: Just the mere reference of the KKK is just wrong.

    #2: Tigger should of done that long ago.

    #3: I don’t get the punchline.

    #4: I feel this is a Speed Racer refrence.

    #5: Why would a poison apple be organic?

    • Was my face red

      1. Saying something exists doesn’t mean you agree with what it stands for. Hitler was bad. Am I now a Nazi?

      2. have… have!

      3. It’s a joke about how many cartoon strips are just pictures of talking heads these days.

      4. It is a bit – and knight rider. It’s saying we love cool things like that even if they don’t really make a great deal of sense.

      5. I think the gag is she’s only interested in taking apples from creepy old ladies if they’re organic, but it’s not much of a gag

  • Obo

    referencing the KKK is not racist.

    • The Gee

      You’re right. Referencing the klan isn’t racist. The cartoon isn’t racist. I doubt there is any intentions of it being offensive at all.

      In fact, I’m sure he thought the gag of explaining Shermy’s absence from Peanuts specials justified the cartoon.
      Here’s an alternative. The three characters on the left hand side are walking down the street with a fourth character who has a Klan sheet on. Maybe have sweat beads popping out of the three characters heads.

      A caption could’ve said: That new kid, Zippy, made the gang nervous.
      There’s probably several ways it could’ve gone but the fact that you had Shermy and him disappearing…I don’t know.

      I was always told: With comics, always assume you’re audience isn’t as smart as you are.
      So, don’t leave anything to potential misinterpretation or make something which might be confusing. Give them everything they need to understand it. Nothing more, nothing less.

      To make them work, you have to be smarter than you are to get the best cartoon that people are going to laugh at.
      Shermy? I guess I should be glad it wasn’t Franklin but it really comes off as not knowing the origin of the character. Why would Shermy dress up as a Klansmen?

  • About the KKK reference we need to bring it up and talk about how wrong they were because if we try to white out the lessons of the past then we are doomed to repeat them.

    Also someone mentioned that Calvin & Hobbies & Foxtrot were dead, Cavin is dead, but Foxtrot is still going strong (at least in the LA Times it is).

    • Jim Lahue

      The daily Foxtrot strips ended their run at the end of December 2006. There are a number of papers that are reprinting the original daily strips. Bill Amend continues to create new Sunday strips.

  • pheslaki

    The monkey/car one isn’t referencing anything specifically cartoony, just how easily we consumers are seduced by fairly useless bells & whistles . . . and to be honest, I too now would like a monkey to drive me around.