Sender Dana Kand I were in minor disagreement over whether the word-play element here is pun-like enough to count as an OY. “Neg/Q Scope Ambiguity” is certainly there potentially in the 3rd panel; but it’s not clearly intentional, and even less the point of the gag.
This Moderately Confused sent in by Rob is in what we might dub the “foibles funnies” genre:
Out of season
Two funny bits that seem like they might belong more to winter publication. The Kliban of course is a reprint from ages ago, so that makes sense. And the Liz Climo is funny any time. Also noticed by Andréa and used in a comment!
Reposting our message from last year, with new cartoons added in the body of the post (below last year’s — look for the animated dividers) , and last year’s comments preserved, and open for new comments!
Happy Christmas wishes!
To all who celebrate the holiday, whether as mostly religious or mostly civic
From your 2021 editors, Mitch and Winter Wallaby
Merry Christmas, if you’re celebrating!
Is it exciting as an adult to get socks? Sure, they’re useful, but they hardly seem exciting. Is this because I’m a guy, and not attuned to the exciting world of sock fashion?
Is replacing bad bulbs still a thing? Is a tedious search to find the bad bulb still a thing? Were they in 2010? I thought the era where bulbs were connected in a permanent series, so that one bad bulb killed the whole chain was long, long, gone.
Do people still say “shopping days until Christmas”? It seems a bit odd – they’re all shopping days now, right?
Not a CIDU. Just a reminder that you can’t always trust Santa.
Wait, I know this is seasonal, but is it technically a New Year carol more than Christmas?
Thanks to BillR for this one:
And sort of a combo of the previous two:
Here’s a FoxTrot from 2019, sent in by Berber, who says “I don’t recall seeing very many Foxtrot comics, although Bill Amend loves an Oy as much as the next artist.”
This Curtis is in the Awww basket.
Rob sends in a pair of Falcos on tree behavior!
Liz Climo is always a source for raising positive thinking! Rob suggested one, the other suggested itself! (ViaArnold Zwicky’s blog.)
[Each Climo cartoon has two panels, aligned vertically, with a box around the top one. I hope you don’t have trouble seeing the two instances here.]
And this Loose Parts also is from Rob:
And thanks to Brian Leahy for this real OY! scanned in, which he suggests (and we agree) is probably by Gary McCoy.
Can anybody reconstruct the story-pun about “Rudolf The Red knows rain, dear!” ? Official meteorologist to the First Soviet maybe?
(This was actually part of a linked series, but seeing the preceding strips wouldn’t make much difference, apart from explaining what might otherwise be a mysterious detail — she was hit in the head by a flying baseball, and is holding an ice bag to it for pain relief.)
And a second shot for Pardon My Planet. This one is a LOL-CIDU. It did take a couple minutes before we got it – but not hard enough to justify making it a separate CIDU post. Also (I confess) it shows the perils of holding on to a negative attitude about some comic strip — one reason I didn’t get it at first was dismissing some meaningful details as merely haphazard artwork.
Sent by Boise Ed as “Just flat-out funny, to me at least.” He also shares some info about the strip: “Andy Marlette is an editorial cartoonist in Florida who just started Shrimp and Grits this past Memorial Day. His uncle Doug was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and also wrote the Kudzu comic strip.”
LOL and only slightly Eww!
And what th’ heck, let’s indulge with another Liz Climo using the same idea of two species treating something according to their differing natural perspectives:
A LOL-Eww from Bob Ball, who adds: “At least she’s fully clothed in the comic.”