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  1. I’m sure the hats are supposed to be telling us something. The messenger has an aviator’s cap. The speaker has a hat I don’t recognize. The baby-carrying storks have no hats.

    But I’ve got nothing. I don’t think WW has it, but I can’t be sure of that.

  2. IDU Bill’s subtitle. That’s exactly what does happen to the “Nick & Zuzu” panels: they are drawn to accompany an advice column (by Caroline Hax in the Wasington Post), and then they appear (intermittently) in the GoComics feed.

  3. Left stork is despondent because despite is awesome flying (aviator’s cap), nobody acknowledge him: what he delivers get all the attention. Right stork points out the sad truth to him. (Were he to botch one delivery, boy, would he get the attention he’s seeking!)
    Looks like an illustration from an advice column (“I’m a dedicated postman/delivery guy, dogs don’t say hello and people bark at me”).

  4. My first thought: Delivery stork is getting a pep talk from his boss. People blame the stork for unwanted pregnancy, but he’s just the messenger. The stork is despondent for being yelled at by recipients, which is like people being mad at the mailman for bringing bills.

  5. Galifianakis draws illustrations for the “Ask Carolyn” advice column written by Carolyn Hax. I can’t recall what this drawing was illustrating, however.

  6. Even as an illustration for the article, the cartoon is still a CIDU.

    And I’m not sure how it really relates to the article.

    And if there’s ever been an article which did not call for comic accompaniment…

  7. Folly, thanks for the detective work.

    But I agree with Bill. Messengers deliver messages, not packages or babies. And in the letter, the couple wanted the baby, so there’s no “shoot the messenger” vibe.

  8. Andréa, I had no trouble getting to the article. Try purging (and turning off) cookies. If that doesn’t work, you could try turning off active scripting.

  9. I can’t purge my cookies ’cause there are ones in there I need. I’ll have Hubby get it for me and copy, paste and email to me. He does that with Andy Borowitz’s columns, too, as the New Yorker only gives me a few freebies each month.

  10. Andréa, try opening the link in a different browser. Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, and Firefox are all common, and there are many other well-regarded ones such as Opera.

  11. Been there, did that. Doesn’t like my AdBlocker. Not to worry – I got the gist of the article from the URL . . . I was just interested in it because I, too, knew from birth that I never wanted kids and have faced criticism for my ‘selfishness’.

  12. If you don’t think this drawing suits for an advice column responding to the mother of an 8 month old saying that she and the father are miserable being parents, what would YOU draw?

    The stork on the left blames himself because he delivered a baby and it turned out the recipients hate being parents. The other stork is reassuring him that it’s not his fault. (Carolyn Hax suggests that the letter writer may have postpartum depression, so maybe the drawing is gently conveying the message “it’s not your fault” to anyone in a similar situation.)

  13. And here I was inventing a plausible story for myself that I could totally believe, except that it was a somewhat weak joke: hot-shot dare-devil flyer nephew of president of Stork Baby Delivery Co. gets an internship as a gopher at his uncle’s company — however, he’s just a gopher, and despite wearing his best WWI flying ace hat and goggles, the dispatcher isn’t letting him prove his mad skillz by delivering a baby — nope Jr., you’re just a messenger from the mail room…
    Grumble, grumble, some day I’ll show ’em, and the day before Christmas, when all the real delivery storks are busy, the special delivery of the Christmas baby Jesus to Mrs. Santa Claus at the North Pole is just sitting there, so he takes the baby and saves Christmas by delivering him before Frosty melts or whatever…

  14. I thought of that (after I posted), But, it’s difficult to get someone to not draw a comic when their salary depends on their drawing a comic.

    Or more fairly, the syndicate and newspapers probably expected that the column would include a comic, no matter how serious the topic.

  15. “Or more fairly, the syndicate and newspapers probably expected that the column would include a comic, no matter how serious the topic.”

    Then… it probably wasn’t a great subject choice for the column. If she knows her column must be accompanied by a comic, and the subject matter doesn’t lend itself to being accompanied by a comic, then you write about something else.

  16. I don’t write comics, but:

    Frazzled woman screaming at stork: What do you mean you don’t take returns?!

    Woman to husband: Look, we only have to put up with him for another 17 and a half years.

    Baby to stork: Is it too late to take me somewhere else?

  17. Given that “Nick” is still drawing comics for Hax’s column, I would assume that there wasn’t a huge amount of reader outrage when this comic first appeared with the corresponding article: that was nearly four years ago.

  18. Choose to advise someone else with a light frivolous problem rather than someone who desperately needs advice and whose problem may be shared by many? I think Carolyn Hax is a better advice columnist than you would be. (She may not have thought about what the comic guy would be stuck with, though.)

  19. MJSR, I doubt anybody submitting a question to a syndicated columnist ever gets a timely-enough response to be of any practical value, so the columns exist for entertainment purposes.

  20. (I just now caught this thread, so I hope I’m not repeating info already commented.)
    I think the writer Hax and cartoonist Nick G were formerly married; but amicably continued this illustration arrangement.
    Also, yes Nick G is related to the comic actor Zack G. I forget how related.
    The title of these cartoons as standalone product is “Nick & Zuzu”. The real-life Zuzu was his dog.

  21. @ Mitch4 – Thanks for differentiating the two(*), up to now I had thought they were just one person. My only contact with “Zack” was a sound bite taken from a “Fresh Air” interview on NPR, in which he quipped that his name had been shortened when one of his ancestors immigrated to the US (supposedly, it used to be “Galafinakisberg).
    P.S. The eminently reliable (and recently improved) Wikipedia documents them as being first cousins.

  22. P.P.S. I just happened to run into his name again this evening, watching Dreamwork’s “Puss in Boots” with the kids. Zack G. voiced the part of Humpty Dumpty.

  23. Bill, the benefit is to people with a similar problem. But your attitude certainly confirms my judgement of your potential as an advice columnist.

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