Dressed to Protect

From Chak, who asks “Is this missing a caption?  Is he her father or her witsec protector?”

For anyone who hasn’t seen this info before, the “Nick and Zuzu” comics by Nick Galifianakis are published first as illustrations for a Washington Post advice column by Carolyn Hax. And they don’t have captions there, nor when appearing in GoComics or other comics outlets; though the Hax column headline is sometimes close enough to work as a title for the comic. However, his drawings don’t always adhere closely to the content of the column.

So viewing the column with this illustration in place will spoil enough to answer one of Chak’s questions, but will not explain everything about the scene and the characters’ appearance. CIDUers who don’t mind a half-spoiler could check out the original column with illustration, or if that presents paywall problems then try this alternate link.


  1. Taking this purely on its own (despite having read Hax when this first appeared):

    Many weddings generate sufficient family discord that the idea of walking down the aisle with a bodyguard may seem necessary.

    Or: even low level hoodlums have daughters.

    Aside: the amount of advice columns dealing with weddings seems all out of proportion to the importance of this one day in a (hopefully very long) marriage and, for that matter, a couple of decades of the nuclear family the bride came from. But, then, I am a man, and the vast majority of these letters come from women (brides, mothers of brides, future mothers-in-laws of brides, bridesmaids …)

  2. Thanks for that forthright explanation of the situation presented in the isolated cartoon.

    For those who do care to check out (or revisit) the advice column, if you do not have a WaPo subscription please let me know if that “gift link” continues to work.

  3. While zbicyclist is likely correct about what’s happening in the comic, I fail to see how it relates to the advice letter.

  4. Mark M, Maybe she feels like she needs a bodyguard after all the hubbub. Weddings are so full of drama. Or maybe I should say, melodrama.

  5. I took it as depicting the father (traditionally walking the bride down the aisle) as a secret service agent; as a comment on over-protective fathers. It really doesn’t seem to match up with the situation in the advice column.

  6. We get her column in “Newsday” but there are no comics with it. (And unless she does not publish on Saturday, for some reason we get her columns M-F and Sunday, not Saturday.

    zbicyclist – when we were getting married (late 1970s and we were in our later 20s) husband insisted on a traditional wedding, while I just wanted to go to the town hall and get married and then take our parents, grandparents, siblings+spouse of the married sibling and go out to lunch. HE insisted on a big wedding – okay, along with our mothers. (At one point in setting up the wedding arrangements the catering hall employee said “what would the bride like?” and both mothers and Robert replied before I chance to open my mouth “it doesn’t matter what the bride wants”.)

    After the mess that our wedding was, it took 2 or 3 years and our families were starting to talk to each other again, before he actually said that I was right – we should NOT have had a wedding. (And my reason and his later reason had nothing to do with being a “mixed” couple – Jewish- Italian.)

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