Last week, I mentioned that I'd be spending the day at the fifth annual Music for MS Festival just north of Pittsburgh. I'm happy to report that the weather cooperated, and it turned out to be a lovely day spent in the company of generous people united to help fund research to end multiple sclerosis.
My band performed early in the day, with no musical mishaps. We auctioned off some prizes, sold t-shirts, enjoyed the food and drink, and later in the evening, we got to see two excellent New Orleans groups, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, and Water Seed. I even turned up as a photobomber on Water Seed's Instagram page (the blurry figure in straw hat).
A personal highlight of the day was meeting an aspiring cartoonist and young Jazz Pickle named Elliott. He brought along one of his sketchbooks, and drew this portrait.
Thanks are due to Elliott for making me look much cooler than I am in real life.
Now, let's review the week's gaggings. Click any image for an enlarged view.
There are multiple logical lapses depicted here, but it was intended to be an absurd image, and an excuse to do a dog poo joke. A zero-gravity dog poo joke, to be precise.
I wouldn't want to be the crew member who swabs the airlock.
This drawing of Humpty Dumpty was based on one of Sir John Tenniel's classic illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. The dodo (inverted here as one of Bizarro's secret symbols), also drawn by Tenniel, appeared in Carroll's earlier work, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
I've no doubt that this scenario has played out in reality at least once.
Thursday's gag is just a silly camouflage joke. It always makes me chuckle to see someone wearing camo in a non-military setting. The young skater's flaming eyeball tattoo will turn up again in the next day's cartoon. The parlor was running a special this week.
Dan Piraro, Bizarro's CEO (Chief Eyeball Officer) recently pointed out that when I want to draw a ridiculous-looking character, I give them a handlebar mustache. After today's cartoon, I'll try to cut back on that practice, as I've now taken the handlebar about as far as possible.
I have no revelatory commentary to offer on today's gag, other than to say it's an instance where I came up with the caption first, and reverse-engineered the image.
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Bonus Track of the Week
The finale from this year's Music for MS Festival. Enjoy.