1. @ Mark Jackson – Well, cartoon characters are often drawn with only three fingers and a thumb on each hand. The resolution on this one makes it impossible for me to tell how many this character has.
    P.S. Or as Tom Lehrer put it: “Base-8 is just like base-10… if you’re missing two fingers“.
    P.P.S. My favorite detail in all of these comics is the weed whacker in the second one.

  2. The second comic’s punchline (“Wait ’til you see what happens after you die.”) fascinates me.

    Especially when contrasted with the speech about romantic love.

    I’m confused about the broken stained glass window in the last panel. Why is it broken all of a sudden, and is it related to the third companion no longer sitting at the table?

  3. I think the third character jumped out the window in disgust.

    And to further the DEATH theme, I recommend Mary Roach’s book, “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” if you want to see what happens after you die. I’m assuming DEATH meant physically, not spiritually.

  4. The second one is STILL a CIDU, despite what the tags might indicate… (OK, maybe BILL understands it, but I don’t…)

  5. Didn’t anyone ever tell Death not to walk with sharp tools and the blade pointing up? If he falls and gores himself, he might die. Um wait…

  6. larK, in the second cartoon (“MythTickle”), the lady is musing about how romantic love is one of those things that “you’ll understand when you get older.” In other words, kids “know about” romantic love, but they don’t really “know” what it is until they’re older and actually get to experience it first-hand.

    And that’s where the punchline comes in: The Death character implies that death is much the same way. That is, we know about death and acknowledge it exists, but until we experience it we can’t really know what it actually is.

    Of course, we have plenty of religions and philosophies that tell us what happens when we die, but unlike romantic love, death doesn’t have many living witnesses.

    Which leaves us to wonder what exactly the Death character knows about that we don’t.

  7. In the context of Myth-tickle there probably post-death experience although it may not last forever (Anubis is one of the characters). I think the comment is just supposed to be humbling and belittling. I don’t think we are supposed to know what Death knows but we are supposed to be disturbed that there is something to experience.

    By the way, the teenager with the fire hair is supposed to be Venus.

  8. Also Venus thinks experiencing love is a wistful, desirous and defining moment in a persons life. Death feels the same about dying but as we don’t want to die we find that disturbing.

  9. Well, chacun à son goût, I guess; I find that neither particularly funny nor insightful, nor do I even agree with the premise: maybe if she were talking about erotic love, but it still wouldn’t improve the so-called “joke”, which just seems to be an obvious observation on Death’s part. Also, I still have no idea why the third character seems to have defenestrated…

  10. I never said it was a *good* joke. Just that I understood it.

    It goes in my book as a doesn’t really work for various reasons of which a very notable one is the cartoonist just seems too young and naive and the point he is making is too juvenile in perspective to work. I’d say all aspect of it fail to work and cumulatively all the parts that don’t work add up to one very large overreactive miss. But each part is understandable albeit it fairly underwhelming.

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