Saturday, February 27, 2021

Simple Machines & Gaelic Insects

Greetings once again from Bizarro Studios North, where the cartooning never stops, or rarely does. A few days ago, I left the drawing table for a few hours, and ventured into the outside world. Unfortunately, it was to have root canal surgery. 

I can't say it was enjoyable, but the experience wasn't as awful as its common idiomatic usage indicates. If this post has fewer words (or more typos) than usual, blame the aftereffects of medication.

I found this week's pipe-pic on the internet. This is not an album I have in my collection, but I felt compelled to share the image.

While we ponder whether Father Bob's stem-clenching led to any dental problems, let's review our most recent comics.

We eased into the week with a wordless two-panel gag showing history's first recreational vehicle conversion.
This business eventually folded, when they realized that their packaging costs zeroed out any profit on the product.
It's even more effective on humans.
Few comic book readers are aware of the Hulk's sensitive side, which is what truly makes him incredible.
As I've mentioned int the past, I try to choose the best of the week's batch to run in the Friday slot. A gag based on a pun rarely makes the cut, but this one gave both Dan and me repeated bouts of the giggles, so I figured readers might enjoy something silly to start the weekend.

For Saturday, we pivoted from straight-up comedy to pathos. I believe this is the first time I used an individual Secret Symbol five times in a single panel.

That's the latest output from our fun factory. Don't forget to visit Dan Piraro's blog, to check out his latest Sunday Bizarro page, and read about what's currently occupying his curious mind. It's always worth a visit.

Bonus Track

Bongos, Bass & Bob: "Oral Hygiene"
50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Watts Records, 1988

While undergoing my endodontic treatment, this tune came to mind. The members of the trio were Dean J. Seal (bongos & vocals), Penn Jillette (bass & vocals), and Rob Elk (guitar & vocals).

Technical note: Some YouTube videos are unavailable outside the US. On some phones, you must select "View Web Version" to see the preview link.

Trivial Note: The label that issued this album was usually referred to as "50 Skidillion Watts Records," and was founded by brothers David and Jad Fair to release music by their amazing band, Half Japanese. The number of zeroes used in the numerical version of the label name varied across releases.


  1. What the heck is MONO STEREO (the format of Rev. Bob's record)?

    1. The Lord records in mysterious ways...

  2. Is that Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller fame??

    1. The same! I understand that Penn has been playing upright bass in a jazz setting in recent years.

  3. I hope you are feeling better, Wayno! Please don't clench your teeth down on any pipes!

    1. Thanks, Jeff!! All’s well now. I’m trying not to clench anything!

  4. Penn Jillette is a large man. I’ve stood next to him after a couple performances. I’m 6’1” and I felt short next to him. I watched a Bongos, Bass & Bob video that popped up after this song. He’s playing a Rickenbacker and it looks like a short-scale bass in his hands.

    1. Yes! I met him at NRBQ’s 35th Anniversary show in Northampton. I’m only 5’7” and I felt like a Lilliputian.