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December 6, 2007

Of Course Being a Dog He Sees EVERYTHING as Arrangements in Grey and Black, But That’s Probably Not Relevant Here

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Dave Coverly, Dogs, humor, Speed Bump, Whistler's Mother — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am




  1. You know the painting “Whistler’s Mother”, right? She sat & sat & sat…. that’s why she got painted and Whistler’s dog didn’t (until now at least), I suppose…

    Comment by Ron Obvious — December 6, 2007 @ 3:28 am

  2. He’s excited because he’s the dog of a Whistler.

    Ever whistle for your dog?

    Comment by Charlene — December 6, 2007 @ 6:29 am

  3. ….Hours later…

    Kudos to CIDU Bill for secretly slipping the actual title of “Whistler’s Mother” (which I had forgotten, and just looked up) into his headline.

    But, Bill, since you werre in on the joke from the start, is this really a CIDU or a CIBYDU (Comic I Bet You Don’t Understand) or a LOL or what?

    I read your comment recently that the CIDU is now expanded and doesn’t just cover CIDUs in the strict sense of CIDU, which is OK with me – but kinda unsettling: I normally try to avoid preaching to choirs, or explaining things to people who already understand them..

    So please don’t take it the wrong way when I ask: What’s this comic doing here?

    Comment by Ron Obvious — December 6, 2007 @ 8:49 am

  4. Ron, even though I assumed that the Whistler here was the painter, and immediately thought of his most famous painting (actually, the only paintings of his that I know), I didn’t get this comic until you explained it.

    Comment by Apple Harvest — December 6, 2007 @ 9:23 am

  5. I haven’t seen that “Whistler’s Mother” painting… when I saw this comic, I thought the guy had an issue with whistling when pronouncing an ‘s’. So telling the dog to sit necessarily produced a whistle each time.

    Comment by thisroad — December 6, 2007 @ 11:35 am

  6. I’m with Ron on this one. It looks like Whistler initially wanted to paint his dog, but since it wouldn’t sit still he had to scrap that idea and paint his mother instead.

    Comment by eeyore19 — December 6, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

  7. I saw this close to Ron’s interpretation. “Sitting” for a painting is act of posing for the artist (although it doesn’t have to be literally sitting). Apparently Whistler’s first choice of a subject was his dog, but since the dog wouldn’t sit (as poorly trained or overly excited dogs are wont to do) he had to use his mother instead.

    Comment by Mike — December 6, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

  8. But what’s that bar of soap for?

    Comment by Its justme — December 6, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

  9. I think it’s a box he’s supposed to sit on?

    I wonder if it isn’t supposed to be both–a play on the mother AND a dog happy about whistling.

    Comment by laterain — December 6, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

  10. Bar of soap? Box to sit on?
    Google “Whistler’s Mother” (do an image search). Check out the original. Or perhaps better, go here:

    Whistler’s Mother (who is sitting, in both senses of the word (see above)) has her foot on a footstool. An upholstered one at that.

    Most everything else in the cartoon is also in the painting. Except Whistler’s Dog – and Whistler’s Speech Balloon, of course. 😉

    Comment by Ron Obvious — December 7, 2007 @ 2:07 am

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