Saturday, October 16, 2021

Rule of Law

October is whizzing by, and here at Bizarro Studios North, we're immersing ourselves in horror and science fiction movies. Some visions of dystopian futures are looking better than our dystopian present, as a significant portion of the country courts a plague while trying to drag the rest of us down with them. Thank goodness we have art and music as momentary respites from real-life bad news.

Also, this is the weekend for the National Cartoonists Society's 75th annual Reuben Awards, and the second year of having it as a streaming-only event. I'll be watching and cheering on many friends who are nominated for awards.

A while back, we shared a mysterious pipe pic drawn by cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller (1905-1982) for his iconic comic strip, Nancy. Ernie returns this week, with two panels from a Nancy strip published in 1946.

It's another one of Bushmiller's frequent jabs at modern art. The full strip included an introduction and closing, but it works well with just the two center panels.

Speaking of comic panels, let's review the latest Bizarro gags.

We think the portmanteau word "skort" was made for comical interpretation.


The current real estate market has dashed many prospective buyers' wishes for finding an affordable home.

As the saying goes, "Cats gonna cat."

At least they didn't reverse an "R" in their pursuit of kuteness.

I know plenty of people would think twice about speeding with this type of traffic enforcement in place.

The strip layout allowed for extra spacing between the sign, the cop, and the nun, which I think provides a slight delay to the payoff.

How many times have you heard that phrase uttered by proud pet owners, only to have it disproved when you extend a hand? We're happy to present a scenario where it's actually an understatement.

Well, that's the latest from Bizarro Studios North. I'm off to make popcorn for my Reuben Awards and scary movie viewing. Thanks for dropping by once again. Don't forget to visit Dan Piraro's blog to find out what's on his mind this week, and to see his latest Bizarro Sunday page. 
Last Sunday's gag featured some fun little details in the background, including references to Dan's teenage band, and my current combo. He didn't tell me about this in advance, so it was a sweet surprise to me on Sunday morning, too.

Dan also posted an informative entry the other day, explaining his process for drawing and coloring his ongoing graphic novel, Peyote Cowboy. I've known him for a long time, and admired his art for even longer, and his work continues to knock me out.
Bonus Track
Eggs Over Easy
I'm Gonna Put a Bar in the Back of My Car (And Drive Myself to Drink)
from Good 'n' Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story
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Eggs Over Easy were a band of Americans who traveled to London in 1971, and eventually landed a standing gig at a pub called The Tally Ho, where they attracted a growing audience, which included Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and Nick Lowe, and they're often credited as a major inspiration for British pub rock musicians.

This single, with its ridiculously lengthy title, was released in 1974, after they'd returned to the US, and is one of their finest moments.

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    geberally a good comic for pipes

  2. Thank you for the Eggs Over Easy intro. In the late 60s there was another group of young americans called The Corporation who completed in our high school battle of the bands and won $50 and recording studio time. Later they became America. (My keyboard brother said he preferred to play the blues and opted out.)
    It was indeed an amazing time for musicians and the arts.

  3. Eggs Over Easy always puts me in mind of this