Monday, October 9, 2017

Vacation Vocation

Things haven't exactly been easy for my family recently.  For starters, my sister, her husband AND her baby have all fallen sick.  On top of which, OUR parents have just come down with whatever bug's been going around lately.  The only one who's remained unscathed from all this virus file-sharing is yours truly, possibly because I'm not as sociable as they are, spreading their germs everywhere and whatnot.

So when the time came that they were looking for a little downtime, fostering the runt of the singular litter off on my parents in the hopes of getting some well-deserved down time, it naturally reminded me of a comic.

But that was just a quick and easy response in place of a longer narrative.  There was a storyline where Adam had the option of taking a vacation, and opted not to take it if it meant taking the kids along with him, since the definition of a vacation is to get away from whatever's stressing you, and you don't want to be carrying along extra baggage along the way.






Of the strips that were included in the book collection, more than half were left out.  On the one hand, the book collections were a good way to refresh the reader's memories, but people who weren't around when they were first published would have no frame of reference for some of the things that happened or why.  This arc which started in late May wouldn't resume again until mid-July when further Vacation plans were further fleshed out for both parties.










Someday, I should really post that miniarc about the Cigar Card Game.


And then, the day finally comes...



As any long-time reader probably figured out by now, something would've happen to upend Adam's carefully-laid sloppy plans.  A constant reoccurring theme in Adam comics is that Adam is somewhat of a perpetual loser.  Even though he's rather lazy, it's hard not to feel sorry for the guy.










There were a few more epilogue strips detailing the family's reaction to returning from their vacation, but none of them are as perfect as this note to end on.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Scary Pagan Holiday

Johnny Hart generally makes an annual big show over the religious Christian holidays, but isn't quite as forgiving when it comes to the first of the Triumvirate of year-end American Holidays.
This punchline is particularly painful considering today's political climate.
That shouldn't be considered too surprising, given Halloween's less than stellar reputation for being little more than an excuse to play dress-up and consume copious amounts of chocolaty snacks.  The lack of Religious teachings and Bible quotes probably don't help much either.  In short, it's a holiday that's purely for the sake of fun, than any actual moralistic leanings.

And the association with Monstrous Satanic creatures certainly don't help it's skeevy reputation any.  It's the attraction to darker elements that draw us in (with promises of candy) and skimpy costumes for women.

The ironic part is that Halloween, like Christmas, is a Pagan holiday.  It just so happens that the latter became associated with Religious importance, while the former didn't.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Weird Romance - Ernie's Pretty Birds

Bud Grace of Ernie Fame just announced that he's retiring his long-running cult comic on February 3rd of next year.  For those who still devotedly follow his comic, this is something of a mild shock.  Newspaper comics are no longer the merchandising bonanza they once used to be, and his comic never really broke the public consciousness.  That, and his comic felt like it was just spinning its wheels, even as it renamed itself The Piranha Club in a vain attempt to attract more potential clients who liked Uncle Sid as a main character.  Guess what??  It didn't work.

That said, there are some truly weird - and I mean WEIRD stuff that happened early on that the recent batch of Piranha Club strips fail to recapture.

Now, this comic above showed on the 23rd, but the next one below didn't return back to the petshop until the 27th.  For the sake of coherence, I've left out the irrelevant comics involving Ernie's girlfriend talking shop.






For this, some context is going to be needed.  In case it wasn't already obvious, Uncle Sid is a notorious cheapskate, who constantly fosters off of his nephew Ernie, and eats meals from Effie, a sweet senile old lady who's gone through at least five husbands, and constantly mistakes Ernie or Uncle Sid for one of them.

If it were just a case of mistaken identity, Uncle Sid could leech off Effie all he wanted.  But there's just one minor inconvenience.  Effie has a tendency to create creative recipes that makes thrown-up garbage look appetizing.  Still, he continues to scarf the food down, just because it's free.  In terms of scrimping for money, he makes Uncle Scrooge look like a skinflint.  (May be a match for another notorious cheakskate, though)



I switched the above 6th and 7th of July strips around, so it'd flow better.  Until I pointed out this detail, I doubt you'd ever know the difference.


You know, Uncle Sid, that condemnation wasn't intended to be taken as a challenge request.  But this minor setup is worth it for what has to be the funniest following comics in all of Ernie's history:


After that, it settles down into a rhythm with the rare 3-panel comic.

And just to complicate matters further, Uncle Sid shows up to reluctantly claim rights over his so-called "love" of his life.  Well, not so much "proclaim", as just "show up and outlast the competition".





This would be considered something of a weak way to resolve the conflict, so here's another short mini-arc where Barnacle Bill started hitting on Ernie's girlfriend instead.


Well, maybe "hitting on" is the wrong choice of words.  It's Doris who instigates her affections, right in front of her reluctant boyfriend yet.  Either she was just displaying fondness for animals, or trying to make him jealous.  Take your pick.



Sadly, I can't seem to find the Saturday comic that comes right after this, but it'd be hard to top this finisher.