Saturday Morning OYs – December 3rd, 2022

Let’s see, where is the checkbox for category “Food Neurosis Puns”?

The reader sending in this Barney & Clyde wrote: Heh heh, she said “stern”!

Vintage Funky from this week, recycled from when it was a gag strip.

Callback to Bizarro’s “Casual Frida” from October?

Saturday Morning OYs – November 19th, 2022

Is anybody else bothered by the use of “interrogate” in Theory-laden political and social discourse?

If you’re having any uncertainty about the main pun (which comes about third in sequence), think brand name.

Remind you of the title of a contemporary pun-loving panel comic?

Saturday Morning OYs – November 12th, 2022

And here’s another Lard for you for this week!

I wanted to say something like “This is not just a pun, but etymologically correct!”. It turns out something like that is justified, but not quite so simple and direct. Both Etymonline and recognize a verb maze or amaze meaning “to daze, perplex, or stupefy” or “overwhelm or confound with sudden surprise or wonder,” but seem unclear on how it is related to the noun meaning  “labyrinth, baffling network of paths or passages” . But yes, it is related, some way.

Oh gosh, and here’s this entry mazy (adj.) “like a maze, winding, intricate,” 1570s, from maze (n.) + -y (2).! Brings back writing a paper on Book 9 of Paradise Lost, full of narrative about “the mazy serpent”.

The pun is not new, but as an oldie it is a goody!

Truss didn’t make it as prime minister long enough to outlast a head of lettuce, or the lead time for this comic.

Saturday Morning OYs – November 5th, 2022

Some of these are somewhat CIDU for me, actually. I’m just guessing “Frankenstein’s Castle” is a thing, and “Vampire Bass” draws a blank.

Since we seem to have a subcategory under Oy for “Literalizing an Idiom”, might as well provide it some examples!

When he dons it, is it part of his gay apparel?

Should this strip have appeared on a Throwback Thursday?

Dark Side Platter

I understand in general terms the idea of one or two “throwaway” panels for syndicated Sunday comics. This DSOH seems to have two separate ones. Then goes on to a main comic, which to me looks like two more disconnected jokes — first a typical short-form Horace meta joke (and pretty good!), then finally an extended narrative joke (complete CIDU!). So … what’s up with these?

Just to be clear:

A word play OY:

A one-step pun:

A typical-for-Horace signifier/reality meta joke:

And a “Huh? Wha?” narrative:

Would you cut it up differently? Or see it as more unified? Or have better explanations?

Saturday Morning OYs – October 22nd, 2022

Andréa sends in this synchronicity / Ewww. Kids and bidets. Never thought of them as such a big source of comic material. Marvin even spends a whole week on bidet gags, making you wonder a bit about what’s going on in Tom Armstrong’s life. thru

And thanks to  Las Vegas Chasm, we can pair that condiment joke with a seasoning joke:

Or if not seasoning, then powdered mix for reconstitution …