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December 14, 2007

He Needs a What to What??

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Christmas, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Jimmy Johnson — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



Okay, so what he’s saying in the follow-up is that massive consumerism (if indeed that’s what getting a toy rocket ship is) is a good thing?


  1. Is this a CIDU, or just a comic you like?

    The joke is, the American economy is based around needless consumerism. Without shopping, and shopping-themed holidays, lots of people would be out of a job.

    Comment by Cedar — December 14, 2007 @ 1:58 am

  2. Actually, I finally did work out the verbal gymnastics and figure out what Arlo was talking about. The first panel didn’t really connect to the following panels for me, and the rest of it strained to work its way to the fourth-panel quip — which really doesn’t make sense, since I’m not sure that the economy being helped by people shopping is either new, profound, or a bad thing.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 14, 2007 @ 3:19 am

  3. I think he’s saying he wishes he could be satisfied by a simple thing – a toy rocket – than whatever it takes now.

    The only thing I liked from this mini-plot-thing was the last panel a couple days ago that said “I’m still a hedonist – but I do have shame.”

    I normally adore this comic, but this anti-materialism, anti-wtf… I’m just waiting for it to end.

    Or maybe he’s saying Christmas is more complicated as an adult than as a child. Adults give, kids receive. (But that applies without Baby Boomer/consumerism.)

    It’s just a good old days gripe. Since this comic usually amuses the hell out of me, I’ll survive. (Their veteran’s day one was priceless.)

    Comment by Kaitlyn — December 14, 2007 @ 7:47 am

  4. That plastic rocket was probably made in Japan.

    Comment by Lola — December 14, 2007 @ 10:47 am

  5. I understand, Kaitlyn, your attitude toward these anti-materialism rants (that Arlo goes on quite often) as being rather tiresome, but I appreciate that he usually implicates himself in the comsumerism he looks down upon. As an American, he is very much wrapped up in this system he finds so distaste, and I’d find it hypocritical for him not to acknowledge this. Compare to these strips to Mallard freakin’ Fillmore, where Mallard likes to pretend that he exists in a world outside of the things he judges.

    Comment by Cedar — December 14, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

  6. The thing that strikes me is that I realize Arlo is just a little bit older than me.

    My plastic rocket kit had a little Apollo astronaut.

    Comment by brien — December 14, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

  7. Thanks to THIS blog (and a tendency to be a closet Freudian!), I was reading WAY too much into the fact that his favorite toy as a kid was his ROCKET.

    with that said, he does have a point. I just watched this video on a website called thestoryofstuffdotcom and it talked a lot about the way that conspicuous consumption was INVENTED after WWII. annoying as it may be, it’s worth being reminded of, I think.

    Comment by laterain — December 15, 2007 @ 9:59 am

  8. Cedar – I like that as well, that he acknowledges that he’s not perfect.

    Your comparison to Mallard Fillmore fits. In this comic – – he goes after people who watch too much TV, when he spends a lot of time in front of a badly drawn tv.

    PSA type storylines in comics are hard to get right. This one is boring, but it’s not annoying and it’s definitely realistic.

    Another Mallard ‘plot’ this year dealt with adopting dogs from shelters and not buying them. Great message! Except he had to have an enemy the entire time.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — December 15, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

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