Monday, July 31, 2006

If it's the 42nd rerun, then this is the 43rd telling, right?

Scaduto once again taunts me in today's strip with "Ever happen to you?" It seems that every time he uses it, I read the strip, say "No," sigh, then try to put it completely out of my mind.

We're confronted with another case of a) someone being a wimp and b) someone being a bit of a jerk, but not being totally wrong. Yes, the polite thing to do is to just listen to the story again. The smart thing to do is to say, "Oh, right, and then Tom told you about his sister! Great story. I'll catch you later." Yapmore is not totally in the wrong. We all wind up telling people the same story more than once. And really, if he's told you the same story 42 times before, speak up. Point it out. Or, you know, stop having lunch with him.

And...are they supposed to be at work, eating lunch at their desks? Because that looks like a desk lamp next to Unnamed "Victim." We know that Scaduto still lives in the pre-computer age, but did desks ever look as much like school desks as they do there? I'd think that they were students, except for being drawn as adults. I mean--lunch boxes? Apples on the desks? (Maybe they're both teachers!)

I'm still loving the "yak-yak-yak--and more yak ad infinitum" in the dialogue balloon, because it always makes me thinkg that that's actually what he's saying. I also love that he set the bottom panel in a bathroom. Scandalous!


At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Martin said...

At least you could never accuse Scanduto of telling the same story over and over or reusing some of his old "jokes". Oh the irony!

At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TDIET is just a pale regurgitation of the brilliant humor of Everett True. Mr. 42d Re-run would get a good hiding if Everett was still around.

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous pelagius said...

In fact, this strip covers it perfectly! Oh YEAH!

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you don't do the Sundays because they're illegible, but everyone should check out Scaduto's apparent attempt at a punk -- named Sheepdip, no less:

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous chartist said...

I've always wondered about who fills up the sink and then washes his hands in the water. I see this in comic strips a lot. Well, not a lot but fairly often. At least more often than I see it in real life, which is never.

At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Sara B. said...

Clearly the guy in the second panel is washing dishes--sink full of suds, sleeves rolled up. I think what we have here is an unflinching portrayal of domestic partnership at its bleakest. Yapmore demands his lover's full attention, even when his drug-addled brain repeats a story over and over. But when poor earnest "other guy" tries to tell a story to cheer up Yapmore--Tom Yanks starred in their favorite movie, Yoe Versus the Yolcano--Yapmore can't overcome his resentment enough to even listen. Move over, Tony Kushner, we have a new chronicler of gay life in America: Al Scaduto.


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