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November 20, 2007

Winners and Losers

Filed under: 9 Chickweed Lane, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:15 am



  1. Was there a question? If so, I’m pretty sure the answer is…

    Another excuse for Brooke McEldowny to draw girly legs, of course.

    Comment by dd — November 20, 2007 @ 1:29 am

  2. I LOVE McEldowny’s drawings of la femme.
    HOWEVER: this sunday strip illustrates the two things I hate most of all in comics: 1- The “panel that does nothing” (penultimate panel with just a foot), and 2- A two-panel gag that is stretched out to make a Sunday Strip. The three panels in between her question and his answer could have been totally eliminated.

    Comment by Jim M. — November 20, 2007 @ 4:59 am

  3. I’m guessing you hated those single-panel Calvin and Hobbes Sundays in the later years, too, Jim?

    Comment by Powers — November 20, 2007 @ 9:25 am

  4. Jim: Don’t think of last two panels as separate – they’re a single image, broken up into two just to create a nicer visual flow to the strip, avoiding a wall of a single panel along the bottom. Ditto for the second and third panels on the top row.

    Comment by Peter — November 20, 2007 @ 9:52 am

  5. As for the point of the strip itself, I suppose Seth (the male dancer), and by extension McEldowney himself, believes that every competition must be a zero-sum game. I.e. there can be no winner without a corresponding loser.

    Comment by That's Me — November 20, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

  6. When I first read this, I thought the contortions in the two panels between question and answer were leading up to something like “hard work”, “talent”, etc. The actual answer therefore caught me off-guard and amused me.

    Comment by Keera — November 20, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

  7. I think Keera read the strip the way the artist intended, and the logical break at the end was, rightly, the source of the humor.
    Also, Peter, I agree with you on the why the last two panels are the way they are. McEldowny does it quite a bit. I just don’t like it, that’s all…
    Well, I know I risk becoming this website’s curmudgeon, so I will say that I LOVED Calvin and Hobbes, and I enjoyed the creativity the artist used in the sunday strips, even knowing that he was railing against the size restrictions of the newspapers.

    Comment by Jim M. — November 20, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

  8. In competition, winning is relative to the performance of the opponent. You could win a football game, for instance with 2 points, if the loser has 0. You could lose with 56, however, if the other team had 8 touchdowns but made a two-point conversion.

    Comment by WeirdBeard — November 22, 2007 @ 12:39 am

  9. Hmm … I had a completely different interpretation of this one. Considering the dialogue in the first panel and the positions they hold in the later panels, I see his answer as saying something like “A winner at ballet is a loser in actually getting the girl” since he has her in such compromising positions, but must remain in a platonic state.

    Then again, I like #5 as an answer. That also sounds right now that I read that.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 23, 2007 @ 7:47 am

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