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September 7, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



  1. This seems some sort of environmental commentary – is it “acid snow” or some strange effect of global warming?

    Comment by Laurie Wylie — September 7, 2007 @ 12:17 am

  2. I thought it might be making fun of the commercial where the person is frightened of the leaf falling, and therefore summer is over. Perhaps here, we’re skipping right over autumn and on to winter. But that doesn’t seem very funny or profound.

    Comment by Janice — September 7, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

  3. Note the beret? Obviously this is French humor and thus not understandable by English-speaking people.

    Comment by Its justme — September 7, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

  4. Naw, this is an American strip.

    Comment by Cedar — September 7, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

  5. No weirder than that strangely disturbing Toyota ad that is currently running where it starts raining Toyota keys.


    Comment by Molly — September 7, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

  6. I think its a leaf, not a snowflake. Betty is a Canadian, I believe, like me. She has seen the first leaf of autumn fall, heralding the end of our all too short summer. The archetypal Canadian sees that first falling leaf and instinctively runs toward Florida.

    My wife starts bemoaning the shortening days toward the end of July, even though we live in the most southerly region of Canada. Last winter we had no snow to speak of until late December.

    Comment by Keith Jackson — September 8, 2007 @ 7:40 am

  7. Looking more closely, I see it is a snowflake, but I also checked on Betty. She is from Calgary, Alberta where there are few trees, summer is even shorter and winter can indeed be heralded by September snowflakes. Even so, the general idea is the same. Betty can see that Canada is about to plunge into wintry darkness. Thus she instinctively flees southward, just like Canada geese and Monarch butterflies.

    Comment by Keith Jackson — September 8, 2007 @ 7:49 am

  8. Sure, Keith, but what’s with the snowflake sizzling on the sidewalk?

    Comment by Powers — September 8, 2007 @ 9:23 am

  9. I agree with comment #1. Betty is clearly happy (in panel 1) to see the snowflake. I don’t understand why it sizzles on the sidewalk and melts, though. And i don’t understand why she’s running from them.
    However, if she is worried about an acid snowflake why is she covering her HAT with her bare hands? And why is that a puddle in panel three instead a burned hole in the sidewalk?

    Comment by Jim — September 8, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

  10. Maybe she only *thought* it was a snowflake but really it turned out to be the first of many tiny acidflakes from above?

    Comment by dd — September 8, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

  11. She is from Calgary, Alberta where there are few trees, summer is even shorter and winter can indeed be heralded by September snowflakes.

    I live in Calgary. September snowflakes, perhaps, but few trees? Hardly. (Given how my back feels right now from raking up thousands of sour little hail-damaged apples, I wish!)

    I think the joke is that the snow is falling while the ground is still warm from a nice hot day, which isn’t terribly unusual in Calgary. The temperature can change 100 degrees F in 24 hours.

    Acid snow is up there with hurricanes in terms of probability – we simply don’t have an acid rain problem.

    Comment by Charlene — September 9, 2007 @ 3:30 am

  12. It seems clear to me that her reaction in the third panel is a result of what she sees in the second; in the first, she was happy to see the flake falling.

    So I don’t see how this could be an “Oh no, it’s winter!” moment, or else she would have looked scared in the first panel.

    And I don’t see how the snowflake could be sizzling — not just melting, but sizzling — on the sidewalk, given she’s all bundled up.

    But yet, as noted, “acid snow” doesn’t make any sense either.

    Thus, CIDU.

    Comment by Powers — September 9, 2007 @ 9:28 am

  13. It keeps coming back to her reaction in Panel 3. It doesn’t make any sense.
    I guess if a multi-panel comic strip is CIDU, it will be the final panel that makes it that way, with the loopy exception of the Luann “Chapter 5” nonsense.

    Comment by Jim — September 9, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

  14. Sidewalk is hot, air is cold. She sees snowflake “fssss” as though it has explosive/dangerous power of its own and thinks snowflakes will do the same if they land on her. She doesn not recognize it is doing it because sidewalk is hot… So she runs for it.

    Reminds me of my favorite quote from my 5 year old (I don’t know where he got it):

    “Don’t panic – RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!”

    Comment by Winman — September 10, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

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