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November 10, 2007

Do I Even Want To Know What Seth’s Doing With His Hands Here?

Filed under: 9 Chickweed Lane, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:00 am



  1. Well, in the first two he appears to be doing situps and in the last I think he’s using the panels of the comic strip for some sort of exercise. Maybe he’s trying to get up? He also appears to see his arm in the third panel there.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 12, 2007 @ 3:57 am

  2. In the first panel, he’s leaning against the third wall of the comic; in the second the “camera” rotates and it becomes the fourth wall. Then back and forth again in the next two panels. His arms are simply crossed in the first and third panels; in the second we can’t see what his hands are doing, and in the fourth, McEldowney is just having a bit of fun with the comic borders.

    Comment by Powers — November 12, 2007 @ 6:57 am

  3. Chickweed Lane is quite famous for this kind of thing – a suspicion of mine which Google just helped me confirm…
    Some blogger out there for example wrote this:
    and even better, this:

    So – are you satisfied that it’s innocent (this time)?

    Comment by Ron Obvious — November 12, 2007 @ 7:49 am

  4. Bill — if there was anything even remotely Arlo-esque about this strip, don’t you think I would have sent it in ?

    this strip is certainly becoming more surreal. In Sunday’s strip we see body part being brought in one by one to form Edda, and today we see Seth reaching around the panel dividers. Salvidor Dali lives

    Comment by Nicole — November 12, 2007 @ 8:59 am

  5. McEldowney has often used the comic borders as part of the comic, in both 9 Chickweed Lane and Pibgorn.

    Comment by Keera — November 12, 2007 @ 8:59 am

  6. today we see Seth reaching around the panel dividers.

    Pogo did this sort of thing often 50 years ago.

    Comment by James — November 12, 2007 @ 9:39 am

  7. Having one’s mind in the gutter is common enough, but wrapping one’s hands around the gutter is a little more rare.

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — November 12, 2007 @ 10:11 am

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