Saturday, March 18, 2023

March Plaidness

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 created Bizarro in the late twentieth century and continues to do the Sunday comic from Rancho Bizarro in Mexico.


Work expands to fill the period of time available for its completion.
Cyril Northcote Parkinson


Greetings, with a tentative sigh of relief from your cartoonist. The long-awaited installation of my new computer was completed early this week, with relative ease and less expense than anticipated. I was pleased to find that all of my peripheral devices worked with the latest operating system. I have a very good Mac expert who helped me out by transferring everything to the new machine from my external backup drive. It went smoothly, until we discovered that my daily work files had been moved to a deeply buried invisible folder. Searching was fruitless, until I tried opening a recent spreadsheet, and Excel detected the file's location.

I'm back in business, but lost a day of work, so in an attempt to upend Parkinson's Law, today's post will be briefer than usual.



Today's pipe pic comes to us from Bizarro reader Wally T, who snapped the photo at an estate liquidation shop in Key West, Florida.

If you hurry, this oddly dapper ape might still be available. Thanks for the shot, Wally!

Now, let's review the week's cartoon output.

This visitor arrived in a button-flying saucer.

Tuesday's gag features a character based on actor, comedian, and emcee John O'Hurley, who has been a frequent host of the AKC's National Dog Show. To the best of my knowledge, there is no "National Kennel Club."

I offer apologies to friends in the craft beer biz, with thanks for the inspiration. I have no doubt that at least one of these names has been used for an actual beer label, probably in hard to read, psychedelic lettering.
When visiting Canada years ago, I tried poutine, and thought it seemed a perfect product for America, but I realized that it was probably a bit too healthy for this market. Maybe it could succeed if it were topped with a layer of bacon.

We normally try to use as few words as possible in a gag, but sometimes a lengthier setup works better.

The strip turned out to be a pleasing composition in a different way than the panel. I think the wider view of the landscape, and the dark sky around the characters' heads reinforces the length of their hunt.

We ended the week with the third occurrence of red tartan fabric, and the first appearance of a most elegant logger.

That's the latest from our cartoon lab in Hollywood Gardens, PA. Drop by again next week for another round of comics and commentary. Who knows, there might even be more plaid flannel.

Bonus Track

Joni Mitchell with The Band: "Coyote"
Recorded live in 1976 for the film The Last Waltz


A wonderful performance by a group of Canadian musicians.
This is a prime example of Joni Mitchell's amazing, otherworldly songwriting. I can happily watch the entire film any day of the year.

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  1. As you suspected, all of those beer names have been used before and can be found in Untappd (one of several beer logging/social apps)

    1. Not surprising, since there are so many craft brewers. I figured any beer pun I came up with had to have been used already. Thanks for checking!

    2. Anonymous4:30 PM

      even "eye" [ball] P A?

  2. cbranch5:20 PM

    Not only that, there is actually a brewery called K2 here in Rochester.

    1. Remarkable! I like their site and the logo design.

  3. Anonymous7:23 PM

    Absolutely love this comic strip, thanks for the laughs!!

  4. Yer pal Mikey8:52 PM

    Dan sez you've done a few beer labels, would be great if you ran a series with them. We're gluttons for pun-ishment.

    1. I'm digging into my digital files and will feature some labels soon. You asked for it!

  5. Wally T9:42 PM

    You made my Week, Wayno!

    1. Your photo added a lot to the post, Wally. Thanks!

  6. Anonymous10:20 PM

    "Let's call it a day" is one of your coolest double meanings ever!

    1. Thank you kindly. I was pleased with that one myself.

  7. Well plaid! Was plaid the new leopard-skin at one time?

    SCTV's Bob McKenzie, from the Great White North is also reckognizable on the admonishment bench!

    Dave Thomas is probably a fan of Bizarro, eh?


    1. Ha! Plaid seems to be occurring more and more. Dave Thomas was indeed my model for the Canadian patient.

  8. Anonymous8:48 AM

    I love your blog ... Sunday is my favourite day for incoming ... and the link to you. I thought it was about time to join like a big girl. Thanks for the laughs and the music, today is Joni ... my goddess

    1. Thanks for joining up. Joni's musical inventiveness is stunning.