Saturday Morning Oys – September 11th, 2021

Looking for 9/11 commemorative material to watch tonight?

Great Performances – Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11

Premiere: 9/11/2021 | 00:00:30 | 

Honor the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with this special performance hosted by Misty Copeland and led by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin featuring soloists Ailyn Pérez, Michelle DeYoung, Matthew Polenzani and Eric Owens.


  1. An imperfect OY:

    I suppose every family or car-trip group has that tradition, of announcing ” … or forever hold your pees!”. But it has to be pees, not just pee as Crankshaft has it. Even pees is not a complete match for peace , but close enough — as just pee definitely is not!

  2. And regarding Crankshaft, do they ever actually say that, or is it something Hollywood likes to throw in wedding scenes? I don’t recall ever going to a wedding where that was uttered.

  3. Mark, I got married in the UK, and they said something along those lines during the ceremony. When it was said, my friend Paul mouthed, ‘Stop! Don’t do it! I love you!!!” and I almost cracked up.

  4. Are times so tough for cartoonists that they now have to make up for lost income by advertising? They used to use generic terms and/or mangle familiar brand names (Megamart, McArnolds, et cetera). At least Tom Batiuk still does, as far as I can recall.

    Here we have four specific brand-name products, colorfully illustrated. Is it just me, or does that seem like a bit much?

    Rob Harrell does frequent product placements and mentions in Adam@Home, too. He just wrapped up a series of strips about Adam getting his writing (and other) ideas by scarfing Cheetos.

    I wonder how much Frito-Lay paid Harrell for those strips, and what Kelly and Parker got from Frito-Lay, Mondelez International, Hershey, and Mars for this one.

  5. Le Vieux Lapin, does it matter? I’m happy for the cartoonist to make a little money, since so many newspapers are folding.

    As for ‘hold your peace’ my dad, who couldn’t tell a joke to save his life,, used to say, “forever hold your pieces”.

    As for joke telling ability, this acorn didn’t fall far from that paternal tree.

  6. I have heard that “forever hold your peace” line at weddings, but really, if you have some objection to the marriage you are expected to bring it up to the priest or minister or justice of the peace some time before the ceremony. You are NOT supposed to hold your peace just to let it all loose at the most dramatic moment like Mr. Mason at Jane Eyre’s wedding, or Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate.”

  7. Chak, perhaps it doesn’t matter to some, but it does to me. I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone.

    Especially in the last 20 years or so, it’s become almost impossible to escape advertising. Every year it grows more obtrusive and obnoxious. Distracting ads flash at you from above the highways. Bus ads have metastasized from cards on the back to cover the entire bus, even the windows. You can’t fill up the car without being dunned with ads on the gas pump speaker and video screen. It’s not enough that you’re already buying stuff in the store, they have to hit you with PA ads. You go into a public restroom and face ads as you do your private business. It’s only a matter of time before restaurant waiters insist on delivering ad pitches before they take your order. Maybe they already do.

    Online writers – excuse me, “influencers” – have sold out. Now it’s comics artists. No more can you distinguish the ads from the alleged art, information, or entertainment. It’s rather like Rodin engraving “Buy Acme Chisels” across The Thinker’s forehead, or Vermeer captioning Girl With a Pearl Earring “Now On Sale at Jones Jewelry.” At least when Jack Benny advertised Jello on his radio show, and Buddy Ebsen and Irene Ryan pushed Winston cigarettes on The Beverly Hillbillies, you could tell where the program ended and the ad began.

    All this desperation, this omnipresent, insistent BUY NOW – maybe the “end stage capitalism” crowd are on to something.

  8. Considering these products are just being displayed in service to the joke, I don’t see a problem. If you replaced them with made-up brands then they’d be less recognizable as “junk food”. And frankly I find the fake names more distracting as I have to mentally translate them into the brand they’re supposed to be in order to understand the context.

    There is no exhortation here to buy the specific products (that’s why you could just replace them with fake names). I see these as no worse than mentioning specific TV programs or phone models.

    As for “selling out”, I don’t know that syndicated comic strip artists have ever been art-for-arts-sake types. Maybe Bill Watterson, but it’s rare.

  9. Okay, but use of actual brand names, NOT as paid promotional placements, goes way back, in a couple different ways and for different reasons. Interesting in the fiction writing coming from the writers influenced by Raymond Carver (though I don’t remember this being associated with Carver himself) such as Frederick “Rick not Donald” Barthelme was an idea of using a simple realism for deep but quietly stated emotional effects; and naming brands used by or aspired to by their characters was a way of outlining their milieu and daily life quickly. Somewhat mocked by critics as “K-Mart realism”.

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