From Rob Stephens.
This comic ended in 2012, and is in reruns. But apparently someone is working to update the comics, and keep the date “right.”
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I’m impressed that they’re keeping things in sync enough that a post-New Years comic is running a little after January 1st, and that someone is actually reading the comic and noticing that the year needs updating. On the other hand, I find it a little jarring to see the date changed on old comics to makes storylines “recent,” when I remember them occurring a decade ago. And on the gripping hand, I find it immensely jarring to see these characters discussing how “a lot happened in 2020,” and not including the most prominent and obvious thing that happened in 2020.
What do you think?
(And as a side note: Does listing all the things that happened during the year seem like a strange response to “Where did [the year] go?”)
From larK: “I mean, I understand the whole setup and expected punch-line, I just don’t understand the actual execution of the punch-line: ‘now I need oxygen’? As opposed to fresh air? Huh? How does that tie up the I went-out-to-cheer-myself-up-but-got-even-more-depressed-instead gag the strip is going for?”
From alGeo who, aside from submitting this as a CIDU, also claims “‘How’s she doing‘ is not the same as ‘How’s it going.'” Are they right? Obviously, the words are literally different, but for me (Winter Wallaby), those phrases have the same meaning.
So a twofer: Explain the comic and discuss English usage.
I don’t even know where to begin with this one.
With the bonus panel:
Holidays do occur in a certain order, of course. But why is that supposed to be funny?
From Boise Ed, who says “The shoes, gifts, new clothes, and coffee appear to have nothing to do with anything.”
From Arthur: “For me, the first panel would work as a stand-alone one-panel gag. But I can’t see any joke in the second panel. If Peters thinks people don’t know how to spell Barcalounger, he should have reversed it: Ms. Goose telling him to get off the Barcalounger and Grimm saying, he’ll stay on the Barkalounger. That puts the joke at the end, where it belongs.”
Yep, I think we all feel this way. Here’s hoping!