1. In most cases I really dislike misplaced (or misdated) strips, but in this case I think the temporal placement is ingenious. Releasing it on or just before Valentine’s day would have been a red herring in the wrong direction. Delaying to March is just long enough so that nobody will try to make a romantic connection, but close enough that Cupid’s arrows are still within memory, and can be pulled down from the “remainders” shelf to complete the “pacifism” theme.
    P.S. The second panel recalls a scene with flowers being stuffed into National Guard rifles, which made a big impression on me when I first saw it.

  2. Normally, you’d expect to buy weapons of war from an arms dealer.

    But this time, it’s a hippie asking for arrows (as you would not expect from a hippie, but you would expect at a store that sells weapons), but with a twist: He’s asking for “Cupid arrows,” the kind that make people fall in love.

  3. To build on Kilby’s point: The timing allows us to believe that the hippie got the idea from Valentine’s Day (rather than the writer getting the idea from Valentine’s Day).

  4. I’m more intrigued by the name of the store. Aren’t arms and weapons kind of the same thing?

  5. Mark M, traditionally, ‘arms’ is a term of self-defense, as you ‘take arms against’ opposition. The term ‘weapons’ on the other hand is primarily for offense.

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