1. Morticians deal with dead people. Death is demonstrating the process from the very early stages. It’s not terribly funny, but it seems about average for Loose Parts.

  2. Ads for subscriptions to “The Nib” offer copies of “The Death Issue”. I don’t know if that is an old or new issue, but it seems to fit with the idea that comics are adopting that theme.

  3. Isn’t there some old saying about death knocking?
    Google wasn’t much help except for this:
    “Death knocks. Yeah. I’ve heard those stories too. But the way dear ‘ol mom tells it, death is an individual and Death has to knock. If you open the door then you’ve let Death in. That’s why so many people used to ask, “who is it” before opening the door. If no one spoke, you knew it was Death.”

  4. I had thought that it was useful to have the other guy knock, because when Death knocks, the person inside is likely to scream and slap the door shut after answering. But it’s probably just what DemetriosX said @1.

  5. @ Mitch4 – The “Death” issue is the first of a series of special releases, which “The Nib” is offering as a premium for joining their “Inkwell” program.

  6. I’m seeing this as the Mossberg Morticians has one of the best internship programs as they have the big man, Death, himself personally training the interns. That’d be like having Mark Zuckerberg personally training you web media interns.

    Now you might say “but Death isn’t a mortician and being a mortician is not the same as being a grim reaper” and …. you’d be right. But… what makes a good anything? One that is successful. And how do you measure success? By volume. And if you can go out and kill people and …er … reap the benefits that’d be a great program. And that logic isn’t perfect but it’s good enough for comic work.

    But then you might say, “killing a client doesn’t necessarily mean they’l hire you as a mortician” and… you’d be right. ….. well, death is morbid and from the point of view of a cartoonist/reader dealing with death whether you kill them or you bury them is similar enough…. if you are sufficiently lazy and uncritical…

    Oh, all right. It *doesn’t* work.

  7. An internship program usually includes a tour of the different services (accounting, sales, production, etc.), this one also includes a tour of the suppliers (well, The Supplier, actually), and the customers.

  8. @Brian Rauchfuss: “That’s why so many people used to ask, “who is it” before opening the door. If no one spoke, you knew it was Death.”

    If it also works with phone callers who hang up rather than leave a message, we’ve certainly been getting a lot of calls from Death lately. And here I assumed it was just people trying to get us to choose their health care plan. (Hmm. Maybe it IS Death; I suppose one could say that he offers a “health care plan” of a sort.)

  9. A Dum Dum Girls song, “Caught in One”, begins with:

    Death is on the telephone
    I lie and say she isn’t home
    If only he would make a move instead
    He sleeps in her bed

  10. Brian Rauchfuss – Gee, and I was taught that one asked who it was before opening the door so one would not let in someone who might lead to Death – such as a murder – or rob one, etc.

    Sort of like the local police needing to put out flashing signs telling people to lock their cars when they park them. One of the local small villages had the police out opening the car doors of unlocked cars and putting a note inside about how if they were someone else they could have stolen everything in the car and maybe the car as the door was open – so the owner/driver should make sure to lock the door in the future (especially in that community – my comment) and people have actually complained that the police were opening their car doors without permission and “entering it” by putting their hands in. In another area the police were in stores and putting stickers on pocketbooks which were left in the shopping carts while shoppers looked at stuff – in some cases even grabbing a wallet or cell phone that was sticking out and waiting to hand it back to the owner. While I know of other areas where the idea of needing to lock doors and hold onto one’s pocketbook is not as needed – here it really is – it amazes me to read the police listings and how many pocketbooks, computers, etc. are stolen from unlocked cars, “in plain sight in car”, unlocked gym lockers, bicycles left out overnight in yard, etc.

  11. I usually don’t lock the Venerable Bronco. I normally don’t have anything worth stealing inside, and I’d just as soon they didn’t break out a window to discover that fact.

  12. Forty years ago a couple of companions and self were in my old college town, where we were to stay with a former classmate who was now on the college staff. We got to his house, rang the doorbell, knocked, etc.; nothing. Went off for a while, came back, same thing. (Finally went to a bar for a couple of hours, and called him from there on the pay phone (this was before the days of mobile phones) and finally reached him at his home, so we drove back. He gently explained that, since he knew we were coming, he’d just left his door unlocked.

    It literally had not occured to any of us to even try the door, because we ‘knew’ that nobody in an urban area would do anything that silly. D’oh.

  13. “He gently explained that, since he knew we were coming, he’d just left his door unlocked.”

    If I know friends are coming over who already know my dogs (and vice versa), I have a ‘Come on in – It’s Always Five O’Clock Here’ sign taped on the door.

    Otherwise, I have the sign that says, ‘Crazy dogs live here. Do not knock; if you do s*&^ WILL happen.’ I have a similar sign over the doorbell. We now live in a subdivision where no door-to-door solicitation is allowed, so we don’t really need the signs, BUT some people come along anyway (and, if they can’t read the NO SOLICITING signs at the entrance, then I guess they can’t read MY signs either).

    In WI, we’d have people knock on the door anyway, despite the sign over the doorbell. If s/he was soliciting for ‘college funds’, I’d tell him/her that obviously, s/he needs to learn to read before even THINKING about going to college!

  14. Meryl: “… and people have actually complained that the police were opening their car doors without permission and ‘entering it’ by putting their hands in.”

    From your use of “actually” and scare quotes around “entering it,” I take it that you think that these complaints are ridiculous, but honestly, that was my first reaction. At least in a jurisdiction near me, the police actions are illegal cite:

    “6-13-1. A: A person is guilty of vehicle trespass if he or she knowingly enters, attempts to enter, or remains unlawfully in a vehicle belonging to another. (Ord. 5836, 5-22-2017)”

    “6-13-2. A: The word enter shall include the entrance of the person, or the insertion of any part of his or her body, or any instrument or weapon held in his or her hand.”

    I understand that the police were well-intentioned, but I’d like everyone, police or otherwise, to stay off my property, absent an actual emergency.

  15. “absent an actual emergency.”

    Depends on one’s definition of ’emergency’. Police were being pro-active to avoid any emergency in the future, rather than being reactive by waiting for one.

  16. Andréa, I don’t think that’s a reasonable definition of emergency,which under normal usage of the word requires some immediate danger. And it’s certainly not one that would justify violating criminal trespass laws.

  17. “Sorry, we had to run over and slap that cheeseburger out of your hand and throw it in the trash! YBut yu’re already somewhat overweight, and we know that stuff is bad for you! No need to thank us — we saw it was ‘an emergency’ and we acted!”

  18. One could say that instead of trespassing into people’s cars, the Police could instead focus on catching and stopping the thieves… but, really, that would be uncharitable; just one or two bad actors can spoil things for everyone, and short of a total police state (and even then…) it is really, really hard to stop them. So I could see where the police have realized that there are and will be those few bad actors (a small, cute, touristy town I can see endlessly attracting such bad actors), they decided to try to try and focus on prevention. …Too bad they chose breaking the law in their prevention efforts, though (I’m with WW).

  19. I get the idea.

    The police have already been warning (reminding?) people for a year or more with large digital signs posted around the county that they should lock their car doors for safety. Would the drivers have preferred someone else open their doors and take items instead of leaving them? I understand that there are still some areas where people can leave their doors unlocked, but around here is not one of them. Even worse is that people leave their car doors unlocked with purses and/or computer equipment, cameras, cell phones, etc. in the car in full view. To protect themselves and their property they don’t understand, but to complain about the police trying to help them – they do?

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