SATURDAY Funnies – LOLs, June 19th, 2021

A nice little twist on a familiar cat-behavior-pattern trope! Suggested by Andréa.

(From Scott Metzger’s paywalled Patreon gallery, used by kind permission. There is also loads of free material at his home page, .)

Wrong Hands from Andréa. … Not trying to force it into being a CIDU, but do you feel some question about what are the eligible sequel titles?


  1. The “when one door closes” cartoon is a nice execution of the “take something literally” trope.

    Is the variation with “window” felt as just a minor variation of the metaphor picture; or rather a different moral?

  2. The Canterbury Tales isn’t even finished. (Singular, because it’s one poem.) I keep wondering if anyone over the centuries has written a good ending where the pilgrims actually get to Canterbury.

  3. In A Canterbury Tale (1943), by my favourite filmmakers, Powell & Pressburger (The Red Shoes, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, I Know Where I’m Going!, The Small Back Room, Black Narcissus, A Matter of Life and Death, 49th Parallel, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, and more), the “pilgrims” (all seeking some sort of redemption) do get to Canterbury.

    It’s a modern film (well, filmed and set in the early 1940s*, during the war) but references the olden times in a “what are we fighting for and who are we fighting for it with”** mood. There’s a 600-year jump cut, predating the famous bone-to-satellite jump of Kubrick’s 2001, from a mediaeval hunting hawk to a cutting-edge Spitfire.

    All those P&P films I listed were made in the 1940s, as it happens, five of them in the war**, in the UK, and a couple of them even in Technicolor.
    ** Americans, with a serving US forces sergeant playing a major role. John Sweet (February 8, 1916 – July 5, 2011), who was not a trained actor. According to Wikipedia “Sweet was paid $2,000 for working on A Canterbury Tale, all of which he donated to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a remarkable gesture for the time.”
    *** Actually AMOLAD – A Matter of Life and Death, half in Technicolor – only started production on the day of the Japanese surrender to MacArthur. But there was a year of pre-production during the war.

  4. “but do you feel some question about what are the eligible sequel titles”

    Some of them are stretches (not crazy about Mrs. Dalloway or Wuthering Heights) but none of them are “wrong” and most are chuckle worthy.

  5. I recently watched (and enjoyed) the P&P 1947 Black Narcissus, sort of in preparation for watching the 2020 mini-series. Of course a loot of the publicity for the new one kept trying to say it was not a “remake” but rather is a new adaptation of the book.

  6. I have really enjoyed John Atkinson’s book strips.
    This one feels like he was sitting down with a bunch of friends and he told them this list of sequels. They were so unfunny that everyone there laughed, even John.
    The titles are ridiculous; The only ones I enjoyed were ones where I didn’t know much about the book.
    I AM happy, and a little entertained, to have known all of the movie references except for maybe “.. Armed and Fabulous”.

  7. I have a question about “Herman.” Normally, I would look at the image and say, “Oh no, Johnson’s going to commit suicide.” But then the caption indicates it’s just a stuck door.

    So why would the boss phrase his remark as “go back”? I should think it would be “come back inside.” Where is Johnson supposed to “go back” to?

  8. That’s part of the joke. Thoughtless boss makes him go back instead of letting him in.

  9. The Canterbury Tales isn’t about the destination. Really, it isn’t even about the journey.

    Like Gilligan’s Island. It’s not about getting off the island and going home. It’s not even about the three-hour cruise.

  10. Beckoning Chasm, has Brian’s response, or further reflection, answered your question?
    Sometime earlier, the room where the boss is now was somehow locked but empty apparently, and they were unable to get in. So the plan was to send Johnson out onto the ledge, from a window of another room, so that he could enter the locked room by the window and open it from inside. In the meantime they have gotten into the “locked” room after all, by the door. So when the boss tells Johnson to go back, that means back via ledge to the window of that other room he climbed out of.

  11. Gilligan’s Island was about Ginger or Mary Ann. And guava jelly. That seemed to be prominently featured.

  12. “The titles are ridiculous” I don’t know. I thought the were surprisingly appropriate (in a very superficial way, of course) except Mrs. Dalloway (and Oedipus Rex was very superficial– but its funny because it is sooo stupid).

    I correctly guessed “Armed and Fabulous”. Not sure how I feel about that.

  13. Thanks for the explanation for Herman. Like beckoningchasm my first thought was suicidal man. “Man on a ledge” equals suicidal in comics right?

  14. “I did get an actual chuckle out of the first one.” @Brian in STL Which, the first comic, or the first book?
    Either way, I did too. 🙂

  15. Mitch4 – Your storyline makes more sense than I what came up with. I figured the man outside had been locked in a room and they could not get the door open by him inside or them outside and he came to this room along the ledge so he would no longer be trapped in the room he was in – which is now unlocked and he should go back to it.

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