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October 17, 2007


Morris Keesan proposes a new category: Comics That Made Me Groan Out Loud

Two other visitors sent this to me seeking explanations. I advised them to read the fifth panel out loud.



  1. XD
    LOL (and I don’t usually like this comic)

    Comment by Rammy M — October 17, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

  2. It’s not a groaner…it’s a laugh out louder. Took me completely by surprise! The perfect pun…you don’t see it coming.

    Comment by Its justme — October 17, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

  3. I’d actually thought to send this in and suggest a new category … Tortuous Puns. Yeah, I laughed, even as I knew I’d been had.

    Comment by Lola — October 17, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

  4. Totally a LOL! (Of course I’m a BIG Pearls fan)

    Comment by BF — October 17, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

  5. Agreed – the perfect pun. Snuck up on me and had me howling. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

    Comment by A Different BF — October 17, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

  6. LOL for me – I considered sending this in as a CIDU, then (on the 2nd reading) came close to sending it in for Laugh out Loud. I didn’t actually laugh, but I did splutter on my coffee a bit.

    What do you think of the last panel? For me, it’s adds the icing.

    Comment by Pete — October 17, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

  7. Whatever! I’ve already weighed in on “reverse engineering” a comic strip, and the difference between a pun and a punchline. But at least Pastis had the grace to include the sixth panel…

    Comment by Jim — October 17, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

  8. In truth, the pun didn’t do anything for me. The last panel is what made me quite literally LOL.

    Comment by BF — October 17, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

  9. more, More, MORE!

    Comment by William Matheny — October 17, 2007 @ 11:47 pm


    Comment by ctdonath — October 18, 2007 @ 12:14 am

  11. Personally, I think the sixth panel is superfluous — it’s just saying “Hey, go back and read the previous panel, that’s where the real joke is!” Lazy.

    Comment by Powers — October 18, 2007 @ 7:06 am

  12. To me this is a two punchline comic. The first four panels set up the awful (read hysterical) pun in the fifth panel which sets up the joke in the sixth panel that breaks the wall between cartoonist and cartoon.
    Of course if one wanted to be an extisentialist about it …. one could analyze this to be a commentary on the relationship between man and god.
    The first five panels imply that as we struggle through life looking for happiness (a painting with rich colors) we are often presented with obstacles that seem to be cruel jokes. The final panel is Rat confronting his God – the cartoonist – and taking out his anger at all the frustration he has to endure when God could literally change it all with a stroke of a pen.

    Comment by Nicole — October 18, 2007 @ 9:55 am

  13. I figured it was something groan-worthy like a pun, but I did not get the pun until it was posted here.

    Now, a funny comic is even funnier.

    As soon as my paper replaced Cathy (dailies only, no Sunday) with PBS, I’ve been in love.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — October 18, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  14. One of the things I like the most about Pastis is his willingness to break the fourth wall, and include (and make fun of) himself. He’s also made guest appearances in at least one other comic, not his own.

    Comment by Morris Keesan — October 19, 2007 @ 8:45 am

  15. This is one of my favorite recurring Sunday jokes from Pearls. I always laugh out loud.

    Comment by Unbeliever — October 19, 2007 @ 11:46 am

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