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September 29, 2007

Not Craw…

Filed under: Bill Bickel, cats, CIDU, clawfoot bathtub, Close to Home, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 1:18 am

Seven people sent me Friday’s Close to Home strip:



It’s a clawfoot bathtub


and therefore presumably acts like an animal with claws.

Of course, since this is a cat-like punchline, I recognize the possibility that I could be wrong.


  1. Well, I got that it was a clawfoot tub, but I still felt that there was something missing on the way to a punchline.
    Oh, well, there’s three possibilities for why I send in so many comics to this site:
    1. My expectations are too high for a gag that makes me laugh or even just smile,
    2. Comic artists are becoming more subtle, and I’m not keeping up, or
    3. I’m overanalyzing; I should accept the most obvious explanation and move on.

    Comment by Jim — September 29, 2007 @ 8:18 am

  2. I sent it too – had figured out the clawfoot tub, just hoped there was more I was missing. So, I guess, as my stoic daughter always says “I got it, it just wasn’t funny”…

    Comment by BF — September 29, 2007 @ 8:33 am

  3. Is Close to Home EVER funny?

    Comment by Rob — September 29, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

  4. On the other hand…

    “Not craw, CRAW!” is my all time favorite line.

    Would you believe… one of my ten favorite lines?

    Comment by Rob — September 29, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

  5. Okay – Arlo alert.

    Am I the only one that, at first glance, thought it was the woman who was scratching?? And look where her hand is…I thought she’d scratched herself and the tub right out of the bathroom. That must be a nasty infestation! 😮

    Comment by Molly — September 29, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

  6. Molly, that’s gross.

    I did send this one in, mostly because of Jim’s third point. I didn’t think I fully got it, but I did find it amusing. And I find Close to Home VERY funny at least 3 days a week, usually 4.

    Comment by Rasheed — September 30, 2007 @ 9:35 am

  7. Yes, Molly, that’s gross, but your commenting on it was funny! No, it never occurred to me that the woman was scratching.
    When I first saw “Close to Home”, years ago, it was right after Gary Larson retired “The Far Side”. I thought McPherson was doing a cheap knockoff (“close”/”far”), plus I didn’t like his “messy” drawing style. But the “strip” has grown on me over the years. He has a bizarre and inventive imagination–and I will always appreciate that…whether TV, books, etc.

    Comment by Jim — September 30, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

  8. I loathe Close to Home. The main problem with me (asides from the terrible drawing) is that generally it’s a half-decent set-up in the drawing, with a caption that spells out the joke in too much detail. Unfortunately, generally the illustration on its own doesn’t make quite enough sense to be funny, but the added caption removes all humor by making it obvious.

    Comment by Cedar — September 30, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

  9. On the other hand…

    “Not craw, CRAW!” is my all time favorite line.
    Would you believe… one of my ten favorite lines?
    Comment by Rob — September 29, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    How about slightly below a Mallard Fillmore punchline.
    (Rule of 3.)

    Comment by Scott — October 1, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

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