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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fridge Funnies

I did this in March '04. It kinda wrote itself, and seemed to make sense. In some interview years ago Maurice Sendak said that in Dickens' books everything is alive; the chair is alive and the table is alive and the fire in the grate is alive, etc. This takes that idea to ridiculous extremes, I hope.

So a coupla years later I did another fridge cartoon. It got a little convoluted, though I like the final balloon. And I like the implication that the photograph is several rungs above the comic strip on the social ladder, and that the comic strip is a little wiseguy in a derby. I'd planned on doing some more chatty fridge-clutter cartoons; they're like those old animated cartoons from the 30s where all the books on the shelves would open up and the characters would spill out and do funny stuff.  But they're hard to draw and to think up and I'm lazy. For some reason I have no trouble drawing most of your major appliances. Stoves, washers and dryers present no difficulties. But refrigerators defeat me.

7 comments:

paul bowman said...

Encore!

Viceroy Matt said...

I have had "Big angry bald man glares at you while eating a hoagie" on my fridge since it ran in Funny Times over 2 years ago.

David C. said...

I agree about the last balloon...I think all fridge-mounted coupons should have those old-school-follow-you-with-their-eyes-ridges that you used to find on some trading cards and stuff,so the pizza chefs and/or carpet cleaning guys or dogs could follow you around the room. You know, the cards with the little plastic overlays over the photos, so the picture would jump as you moved side to side. Also, Alice made me chuckle again today as I read the comics page. I have now succeeded in NOT reading Family Circus or For Better or for Worse for a week straight. Hi and Lois next.

Bear said...

Long live Bub Smirkey! Another beaut, RT.

Ted Dawson said...

Richard, these are just awesome. You are the new King of the Unrelated Punchline.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

I count on you for ridiculous extremes.

Shanster said...

off topic but this SHOULD be posted on a fridge...

what about the Great Backyard Bird Count today through Monday? Go here and help a scientist out by counting the birdies!

http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/howto.html