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November 30, 2007


Filed under: Baldo, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, humor, nothing, Seinfeld — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

Criticism of comics with a message? Criticism of criticism of comics with a message? Confused writers? Gratuitous Seinfeld reference?


  1. Pretty sure that it’s criticism of criticism of comics with a message. The writers have a blog where they post the irate emails that they get from readers about how they shouldn’t address racial issues, or other hot button topics and their responses to those emails.

    Comment by That's Me — November 30, 2007 @ 12:06 am

  2. I’m also leaning towards support of comics with an opinion about political correctness/race/religion.

    I think that it’s dead wrong to say that a comic that isn’t political means “nothing,” though. An apolitical comic can certainly be meaningful. In terms of intellectual depth, I’d stack Calvin and Hobbes against most “opinionated” comics, which usually consider something like “[policy X] is wrong” to be meaningful.

    I think Doonsbury’s a prime example of that. “Get it, GWB is an empty helmet! That’s hilarious and insightful!” Wait…

    (To be fair, I’m sure there are conservative comics that do the same… Millard Fillmore, maybe?)

    –BMac @

    Comment by BMac — November 30, 2007 @ 1:02 am

  3. I associate Doonesbury more with soap strips, especially what I’ve read of it recently. I think it’s still coasting on its reputation from years past.

    Mallard Fillmore and Prickly City are just pure political cartoons. As is the profoundly unfunny and left-leaning Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee.

    Comment by Kiki — November 30, 2007 @ 2:02 am

  4. I see the comic (or at least the first 2.5 cels of it) as paradoxically self-referential:

    It is stating its opinion that it does not like comics that state their opinions.

    I have no opinion on the last 1.5 cells so I will accept the explanations above.

    Comment by Pinny — November 30, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

  5. I was actually thinking just recently how incredibly segregated comics are, especially the older ones.

    Comment by Charlene — December 2, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

  6. Given that the author of this particular site is all about messages, this strip is… well… criticism of those who criticize him. That’s all I can say. He’s asking them… then what do I say? Nothing? Do you want ME to be SEINFELD?

    Which is why the gag falls flat, to me.

    Comment by Steve — December 3, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

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