Since I’ve been off work, I haven’t had access to the newspaper every day — I would just pick up the Sunday paper, plus Friday (for the NYT crossword, the movie reviews, and Fry’s ad section) and Saturday (for the crossword) — so that’s almost two months that I haven’t had my daily requirement of comic strips.
I bring this up because I noticed three interesting things in yesterday’s comics:
1. In Zits, the teenager stops his dad from telling an interesting anecdote from his workday — because he always hates to see perfectly good blog material being told to people in real life.
As a blogger, I know the feeling.
2. There’s a fairly new one-panel strip called Brevity. In yesterday’s strip, a bald man in a suit sits with a microphone in front of him, and watches a scorpion approaching him on the table. The caption reads, “Moments later, everyone would think Kruschev was a kook.”
The reason I mention this is that if you get this joke, you’re either middle-aged like me, or you’re well-versed in your Cold War history for such a young sprout.
3. When I saw Get Fuzzy, I noticed something really strange: I could see the characters — and drawing style — from Pearls Before Swine in addition to the regular characters from Get Fuzzy. Plus, Satchel’s behavior was violent and way out of character for him.
Then when I saw the Pearls strip, it was the exact same strip, except without the GF characters.
That’s when I knew that the answer seemed to lie in the week’s earlier strips.
Sure enough, Monday’s strip showed GF artist Conley playing Battlefield and talking on the phone to his editor, who was telling him that: a) Some Pearls strips were accidentally Fedexed to him, and b) That he had missed his submission deadline, and had better submit something really quickly.
That day’s installment ends with Conley looking at the Fedex pack, and saying that he had some ideas …
The rest of the week has been, of course, the same as Pearls for that day, but with Fuzzy characters pasted in.
And the really amazing thing is that I’ve found other blogs that have mentioned this, and several of the bloggers (and their commenters) have been totally flummoxed as to what was going on. “How can he get away with this?”, one blog asked, and a commenter whined that it was “blatant stealing”.
It was a frigging joke, people! The creator of Pearls Before Swine was obviously in on the whole thing — he would have to be, in order to pull it off.
Some people are a bit slow …