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  1. I thought this was mildly amusing, mostly because I’ve observed similar behavior in my kids: “Yes, son, you may have a glass of cola.” (Kid heads in the direction of the living room cabinet where we keep the half-liter beer glasses.)
    P.S. I don’t understand why this would qualify for the “geezer” tag. Maybe I’m too young to understand that. 😉

  2. Is the “geezer” tag because Dogme 95 (“excluding the use of elaborate special effects or technology” in film-making) is 25 years old?

    (I say “geezer” in inverted commas as to me, in UKLand, it doesn’t mean cranky old man or fuddy-duddy as it does in the US, it just means a man, a chap, a guy, a lad of no particular age; to make it mean old, you have to say “old geezer”. As it says in Wiki: “Geezer is a slang term for a man. In the UK it is used most often to refer simply to a man ie “some geezer was here earlier” and less often as complimentary phrase ie “he is a proper geezer””.

  3. Is he spitting on his dog, or into the bowl? I have no idea what is going on here, and those dribbles aren’t helping anything.

  4. Sorry — narmitaj had beaten me to it, but I somehow missed hir first sentence when my barely-half-awake eyes skimmed through the replies.

  5. The (working class?) British use of “proper geezer” to mean “respected figure in the local community” always seems odd to this American, just as I’m sure our meaning of “older man, well past his prime” sounds strange to Brits. And I have zero idea what’s going on in this cartoon.

  6. Not sure how to start a new thread, but – I NEVER understand Six Chix. Today’s comic with the Ouija board – what????

  7. Geezers are sometimes dodgy, like this recurring Fast Show character portrayed by Paul Whitehouse (a fast-moving sketch show of some years back). “I’m a little bit werrrr, a little bit weyyyyyy. Tasty. I’m a geezer. ”

  8. I would point out that as part of Reuben Bollings’ “Super Fun Pak”, this was never meant to be a stand alone comic, it was meant to be one of many, and any gags meant more in the vein of Will Elder/Mad Magazine/Abrams-Zucker-Abrams overstuffed background gags. It’s very clever and funny as a throw-away background joke, working on at least two levels, but thrust in the spotlight and meant to act as the headliner, I don’t think it will satisfy.

  9. larK is saying something quite right. But the syndicators have gotten their hands on this (oh, I expect the artist was pleased enough to go along) and SFPC is published on GoComics as isolated daily single strips.

    On the “Tom the Dancing Bug” space he still occasionally posts a full-layout SFPC multi-strip big panel, a pleasure to see!

  10. I wouldn’t call it a “Geezer.” But maybe you should have a tag for “extreme film nerd.” Shrug nailed the reference.

  11. Thanks, but as I said narmitaj was there first. And while I am a nerd about many things (comic strips, comic books, sf, pro wrestling, etc.), I can’t claim to be a film nerd or even a film fan — I don’t think I’ve averaged seeing more than one or two movies per year in the last decade or more. (And higher totals before that were almost solely due to MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 versions.) I’ve never seen a Dogme film, and knew about them only because when I read about Dogme back in the day it seemed to me such a stupid and unappealing idea that I never forgot.

  12. Stan: It’s comic flop sweat, in reaction to his dog finding a loophole in the “one” requirement.

    Generally, I don’t like GoComics’ decision to break SFPC into separate pieces, but I thought this one worked well on its own.

  13. Nunya: You can’t start a new thread on your own. If you want to nominate a comic to have a thread of its own, you can send it as a submission to the e-mail address in the sidebar, and the editors will decide what to do with it. (Not everything ends up published, but most things do.)

    There’s no requirement that threads stay on-topic, so there’s nothing wrong with just bringing up the Ouija board comic here. But since it’s not even tangentially related to this thread, there’s a good chance that it will get lost as other commenters focus on the posted comic. You would be more likely to get a response with a comment (with an image) it in the Random Comments thread. But for a full discussion of the comic, your best show is to submit it for its own thread.

  14. BTW, as for the Six Chix: I think it’s just that, if ghosts are real, they’re dangerous, and it doesn’t seem like a great idea to conjure them up as a party game.

  15. I think I first came across the mysterious term “diegetic music” in connection with the Dogme restrictions. Soundtrack music was banned, but diegetic music (or “source music”, something the characters could be hearing) was allowed.

    It was convenient to have that terminology handy, to describe an amazing moment in “The Tree of Life”. There is a 1950s style “console” stereo set in the family livingroom, and someone has put on a record of The Moldau from Ma Vlast. So we hear it too, as diegetic music. (And what a perfect choice, for this family at that time and place!) You may not notice that there is a diminished quality to the sound, it is not really very hi-fi. You don’t notice, until there is a change of visual scene but the music continues, now unsourced simply soundtrack music. But it is not reduced as it was when coming over the livingroom stereo box. It is loud and clear, and oh so stirring! Did I already say it’s a glorious moment? It is, it’s a glorious moment!

  16. Wouldn’t “flop sweat” be against the dogma code. Okay, it’s not listed but if the joke is to imagine comics have a code similar in spirit to the Dogme 95 code, then flop sweat definitely breaks the spirit of it.

  17. “BTW, as for the Six Chix: I think it’s just that, if ghosts are real, they’re dangerous, and it doesn’t seem like a great idea to conjure them up as a party game.”

    And that’s funny …. why?

  18. Oh! I get the Six Chix now!

    “Ghost from the Past” is an idiom for old events and attitudes are troublesome but were never resolved so much as eventually forgotten or deliberately overlooked.

    Here it is being used *literally*! Ha! A knee slapper! (And that’s funny …. why? Oh, shut up.)

    (Actually it was the (maybe sarcastic) comment “That’s all you liberals do! You keep racism alive and well!” that made it click for me.)

  19. @Don – “a diamond geezer” would be a top bloke, a good egg, a great lad, excellent chap. That sort of thing.

    I’m not a proper film nerd, though I do like to see films in cinemas. I managed 32 last year, and even this year I have got to 18 – seven before Lockdown in March, and 11 in the period between 4th August and a week ago. However, now my nearest cinemas have shut down again since Bond got pushed further into the future – the small family-run Wells Film Centre eight miles away (three screens, biggest perhaps 80 to 100 seats) and the Cineworld multithing in Weston-super-Mare about 15 miles away.

  20. woozy: The flop sweat is part of what made this funny for me. I wasn’t familiar with “Dogme 95,” but overall, the comic is committing to a certain style, but then using that style in a completely inappropriate way. To parallel what Dave said, but in perhaps a different way: While it doesn’t technically violate the pledge, doing this sort of stupid gag completely goes against the spirit. The flop sweat is part of that, whether or not it’s a technical violation.

  21. >Precisely. Part of the joke is that while it seems at first like they’re sticking to the pledge, they break it anyway.

    Hmmm….IMO it’d be funnier if they adhered and did a bizarre understand quasi almost non-joke.

    I really dislike dogme 95. They seem to forget film is literature and art and that’s usually a *good* thing.

  22. Or God, as she is known in Dogma?

    Robert has not seen the series “Comic Book Men” taken from Kevin Smith’s podcasts, so we are watching them off of Roku from the start.

  23. Never give a dog meatballs and spaghetti or it could die. My middle sister had a dog, which had to remain at parent’s house when sister got married as she could not take it to her apartment.

    A few years further on my parents went on a trip to some European country. My “baby” sister was still at home (and in college) and was to take care of the dog, by then rather elderly. Baby sister nursed the dog and kept him going while parents were away. My parents returned home and mom found that sister had not eaten the meatballs and spaghetti precooked and left for sister to eat. So mom fed the dog the meatballs and spaghetti as treat. Dog died.

  24. What specifically about the spaghetti was fatal? Did a vet give that information, or did the owners just draw that conclusion? Correlation does not equal causation.

    Onions and garlic are not good for dogs, but it’s a long-term kind of thing.

  25. So Mom made spaghetti and meatballs, put it in the fridge with a note for Sis to eat, went away on vacation for a month or two, came back, found the spaghetti and what looked like pesto and fed it to the dog?

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