Andréa noted these two rerun strips appearing on the same day last week. Not exactly the usual synchronicity, where two comics make the same joke or take up the same (unexpected) topic. Rather, one is making a direct reference to the other.
This Boondocks comes at the end of a week series in which Grandpa expects Huey to help out with household chores, specifically mowing the lawn, and Huey likens this to illegal child labor practices and even to slavery. Here he returns to the child labor idea, and brings in the example of American companies using exploitative practices, including child labor, in their overseas facilities or those of their suppliers. And what is his news source? Another comic strip!
Here is the week of Doonesbury on this theme, concluding with the one appearing in rerun on the same day as the Boondocks above.
These two we noticed on sequential days in Maria’s Day. Since that strip is on a reruns cycle at GoComics, the actual dates of the recent appearance were 31 August and 01 September, but apparently the original publication was on 10 and 11 November of some year.
Is the phrase “stick the dismount” from gymnastics? I found several instances of it on the web, ranging from a couple of gymnastics references to one in a report on the current US president. However, nothing I found explains what it means or provides enough context to do better than a slightly-educated guess. Maybe “land on your feet”?
Often with long-running and high-continuity strips, I want to write off some puzzlement at a particular episode as a matter of “Well, wait to see how it fits with the whole story”. But in this one, I think we were handed a recap right there in the dialogue.
Speaking of Garry Trudeau, Phil Smith III sent in the following recent Doonesbury and reports that the commenting crew at Go Comics didn’t get far with this. Your Editors, meanwhile, confess to not having recently followed Doonesbury closely enough to even know what it would be to get somewhere with an explanation of this episode. But Phil will be on hand to help propel the comments here. Apparently the crux is just what they said or did to lead Mel to face-plant like that.
So… a Christian father says “Merry Christmas” to his Christian son and that ignites an argument? No, not in this or any other known universe.
This strip could have been written by one of the people who insist that liberals want to ban Christians from saying “Merry Christmas” to other Christians, and I’m pretty sure that isn’t what Trudeau actually believes.
These two are more accessible than most, but they got me wondering: does anybody read Doonesbury Classics other than people who followed it during its initial run? Some of the references were impossibly esoteric even when they were current.