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The Sunday Funnies (9/12/10)

Bliss (9/10) by Harry Bliss; Argyle Sweater (9/10) by Scott Hilburn.

(Thanks, Jim Lahue, Ed Austin and Kurtis Findlay)

  • Deaniac

    The last one was funny. The rest…not so much.

  • I like the first one.

    I kind of like the second one, but I’m not 100% sure what the intended joke is. Is it that Marmaduke is a stupid comic strip and a bad choice to adapt into a movie, and there’s nothing in it worth seeing, let alone worrying about having missed? Or is it just something about dogs and cats not liking each other?

    • Bill

      Its that cats are generally scared of dogs thus Marmaduke would be seen as a horror film to them, just as I see that comic as not funny, though the first one got me to laugh.

    • Peter H

      I think the point is that to cats “Marmaduke” is a horror movie.

      • Richard

        Anyone who respects filmmaking would see “Marmaduke” as a horror movie…

  • Scarabim

    Liked the first and the third. Although the third was pretty chilling…

  • Jody Morgan

    Bliss: I like this one; if the caption had echoed Pooh’s speech more closely, this would be a great comic panel.

    Farside Sweater: The correct response to the cat’s question is, of course, “The whole movie.” Like Aaron, I’m not quite sure what the gag’s supposed to be.

    Off the Mark: I have to admit that what I like about this one is that it’s potentially disturbing; remember, Mr. Potato Head in the movies was one of the plastic versions. Also, Buzz’s expression is perfect.

    Thanks for the post, Jerry!

    • Michael F.

      Christopher Robin’s look against Pooh’s happiness was clever.

  • The Gee

    The odd thing about all three is that they seem to be going for something tricky. The first one, with Pooh, has the easiest route. And, it is clever enough. I’m surprised that I don’t mind that the Christopher Robin character doesn’t look more like the established character design(s). And, yet, it does work.

    I do wonder if mentioning Facebook was needed or whether it was a plus or a minus.

    Second one: The concept that a benign family comedy would be a horror film to a cat is funny. The verbage is clumsy. Any dog movie would have probably worked though if it would have been cool if it was a made up one or a recent release, like My Dog Tulip–to be obtuse. ha ha.

    The drawings: not so great, especially on the freaked out cat, but then again, that is a tricky angle. And, a realistic, smaller cat next to a cartoony cat? And the size of those claw marks? Seeing their faces could have been funnier but would have led to a different composition, gagline, etc.

    Third one: I agree with Jody, “potentially disturbing” is a good way to put it. And, potentially funnier could be said, too.

    Though, on the reactions of the characters: they are cartoons give them expressive looks. The round eyes with no eyelids is not enough. The closed mouths don’t need to be closed.

    One evolutionary thing about comic strips is that at some point characters did begin to open their mouths after years of tight-lippedness. Nowadays, too often, comic strips and comic books keep the mouths closed even if the characters are speaking. It’s like: the tip of the word balloon point the way. Not groovy. Because if a cartoonist doesn’t invest in that one small thing like the face, they are less likely to make the overall acting/pose funny. in my opnion, of course.

  • What I can’t get past in the 2nd comic is the word balloon on the movie screen. It’s an incredibly sloppy way to convey to the reader that the cats are watching the Marmaduke movie.
    Another way to tell the same joke is to have freaked-out cats leaving the theater with their hair on end, walking past a Marmaduke poster in the lobby.

    • The Gee

      That’s a good point on the word balloon. It seems silly to need to refer to Marmaduke, when it is a movie based on a comic strip, too. I guess there may be a stray reader who doesn’t recognize it but…

      And, on the alternative: yeah. I can see that.

      This is not to even mention that “Marmaduke” came out a while ago. While it is a drag he may not have come up with it around that time, it makes it even more of a drag he didn’t invent a dog movie with a cliched horror film title.Something stupidsilly like “The Barkening” or “Attack of Zombie Mutts” or something.

      But, hey, I come here to praise Caesar not to bury him.

  • Gerard de Souza

    I like the top one.
    Sometimes I think this is too easy; to riff on pop culture cartoons. They’re the type of corny referential things you would find on a studio during production.

  • Dan Acton

    Winnie the Pooh is funny and nicely drawn. Whatever about Toy Story. Now, Marmaduke. So…one regular cat and one anthropomorphized cat in a sweater are in a graveyard, and there’s a big poster or something with a Marmaduke comic strip on it? Because MARMADUKE’s a lame comic strip, right? Am I getting warm?

    • The Gee

      Thank you.
      That made me laugh.

      I’ve probably written this before about earlier Sunday Funnies but they tend to get to caught up in their words and don’t seem to make the best out of the visuals, specifically composition. It’s not that being so attentive to the details results in higher art as much as it also leads to better telling the joke.

      But, whatever, right?

  • The top one is the best one! I’m guessing the second one is the reason why Marmaduke is both a lame comic strip and an awful movie.

  • Jeff

    At first I thought Marmaduke’s owner had been harpooned, and I couldn’t figure out why Christopher Robin had a tree branch in his mouth.

    So Pooh found Christopher Robin on Facebook. What is the joke?

  • Leirin

    I like the way the grass is drawn in the first one. The Toy Story comic is pretty great too even if the joke is a bit worn out.