Saturday, December 03, 2022

Have It Your Way

This is the weekly dispatch from Bizarro Studios North, where I have been writing and drawing the Monday through Saturday Bizarro comics since 2018. My partner and friend, Dan Piraro, who created Bizarro in the late twentieth century, continues to do the Sunday comic from Rancho Bizarro in Mexico.


Somehow, it's already December. We're approaching the close of my fifth year as the daily Bizarro cartoonist, and we're happy to say that we've renewed for the next five. Looks like you're stuck with me for a while longer, Jazz Pickles.

This week's pipe pic might be a bit surprising when you read the name of the model.

Our affable collegiate gent is none other than William Henry Pratt, better known as Boris Karloff. A tip o' the Bizarro fedora to reader Warren W. for bringing this one to our attention. Thanks also to Eric S. for the title of today's post.

This year has been rough on the underground comix community. Justin Green, whose 1972 masterwork Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary remains one of the greatest autobiographical comics ever published. Pioneering cartoonist and editor Diane Noomin left us in September, and this week we learned of the November 29 passing of Aline Kominsky-Crumb, whose brutally honest and joyfully transgressive work inspired tons of cartoonists, including her famous husband, Robert Crumb.

Diane Noomin & Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1974
Photo credit: Bill Griffith

This photo was taken after Diane and Aline had created the long-running Wimmen's Comix, and shortly before they launched Twisted Sisters. These latest losses of underground comix giants have reminded me of the importance of supporting cartoonists and the art of cartooning.

Since you're interested enough to read this blog and/or the newsletter, we know that you care about comics, and we thank you for your readership and support.

Speaking of comics, that's probably why you're here, so let's look at the week's selection from Bizarro Studios North.

The discovery of fire was followed closely be the emergence of the cave potato.

Tuesday's panel featured the upscale restaurant Cafe Shade.

Our latest fly-in-the-soup gag doesn't show any soup, but references another comic trope/cliché while taking a gentle poke at the received wisdom regarding New Yorker cartoons.

My initial sketch was more straightforward, but not as much fun. Also, a bit sad. I think the phrase "desert crouton" was needed to make the connection to desert island gags.
Heroism takes many forms. Fixing a leaky pipe certainly qualifies.

Some customers have extremely specific preferences. This one followed up by saying, "and step on it!"

The strip version required rearrangement of several elements, and a bit of extra drawing.

Frida Kahlo is as recognizable as her art, which was often self-portraiture, so I had faith that readers would identify her as the "F" in "TGIF."

Kahlo and Diego Rivera were divorced in 1939 and remarried a year later, so one could say this panel is based on truth, or at least inspired by it.

This one was relatively easy to convert to the strip layout, and I find it to be satisfying in its own way. The two configurations have distinct rhythms, as can be seen when comparing the examples above.
That's the latest from your Western Pennsylvania ink monkey. Drop by next week for more of this sort of foolishness. You might also consider browsing our other virtual hangouts:

Dan Piraro's Bizarro Blog
Dan's Sunday Bizarro page, plus additional thoughts from our Chief Eyeball Officer

Wayno's Bizarro Newsletter
Additional miscellany, a peek at an upcoming gag, and something from my illustration & design archives

Dan Piraro's award-winning graphic novel 

Bonus Track

The Cramps, "Human Fly"
Originally released by Vengeance Records, 1979
Produced by Alex Chilton


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  1. Anonymous12:24 PM

    December 1 comic seems to be missing

    1. Ugh! Thanks for catching that! I've updated the blog to include it. Your sharp eyes are very helpful!

  2. Anonymous1:15 PM

    I have three (that I know of) Western PA connections: relatives, the YouTuber "Diesel Creek" and Wayno, who is the only one I want to send money to.

    1. Thank you kindly. Glad to know we can compete with heavy equipment.

  3. Anonymous6:09 PM

    All of Mary Roach’s books are terrific, “Stiff” being among the best and, I loved “Bonk”. She has a new release about animals I can’t wait to get to next.

    1. Yes, they're both on my reading list. Thanks!

  4. Vere Nekoninda11:59 AM

    I love the 'pipe as periscope' in the strip version of December 2nd cartoon. What else is lurking under the waves?

  5. Anonymous3:52 PM

    Decades later, I still occasionally ponder the meaning of "desert island." I mean, it may be a one (or more)- treed island... but in the ocean, not a desert. (Not even in a dessert, usually.)

    Does that make the cliche set-piece a deserted island? An oasis island (a place to rest in the vastness of ocean)? Beats me.

    Meanwhile, thanks for another week of fun and ruminations. Happy Hollandaise and Merry New Beer!

    1. One meaning of "desert" as an adjective means uninhabited or desolate. English is such a weird language.

    2. And thank you for the seasonal greetings! The same sentiments to you & yours.

  6. My assumption is that the Shady Cafe is founded by a graduate of Shady Side Academy.

    1. Ha! I was using the word as in "throwing shade," but the local connection you made gave me a laugh!

    2. Interesting... I took a possible interpretation of that "Shade Restaurant" name as if to "French-i-fy" it, like when people pronounce "garbage" as if it were "gar-bawzh".
      Thus, I ended up with "Shaw-day Restaurant", which can sound a whole lot like "shoddy restaurant"! Probably over-thinking it all again too much, aren't I?