Friday, August 04, 2006

Shocker: A non-recycled concept!

Interesting twist in today's strip, in that I don't think there's anybody involved that we're supposed to see as being wrong. Well, maybe Hocker and his wife for letting their kid answer the phone, but really, what can you do? (Side note: I had to read "Boss Honcho dials Hocker" something like 4 times to realize that the boss is named Honcho and the guy is named Hocker.)

Not that Boss Honcho comes off as sounding too nice. He probably doesn't know how to deal with small children, because throwing in a "Y'hear?" is not doing anyone any good. Also, "Do yez-z-z?" Ack. The child horrifies me. The puppy's name is "Soozu"? I just don't understand. Any why is the dog on a leash inside the house? Is she about to walk the dog?

I get the feeling from the "Heh heh" in the exposition box that we're supposed to be mocking the boss for calling and needing to talk to Hocker on short notice. Which...yeah, is a bit unreasonable. Was this phone call totally unexpected?

Obviously it's Friday; I'm just all over the place. But I do think that whenever somebody asks to talk to someone else, I'm going to say, "Ooko, who?"

7 Comments:

At 1:04 PM, Blogger DaveyK said...

Once again, a concept that isn't so much "They'll Do It Every Time" as "It Happens Every So Often".

Scaduto's feel for children and child-speak is apalling. Mixing infant gurgling with stream-of-consciousness toddler ravings. Plus a picture of a girl who, judging from her height, is between 5 and 7 years old.

 
At 1:30 PM, Anonymous bup said...

Is that a girl? It looks like a Buster-Brown-style towhead to me.

You know what really helps a joke - the comic artist writing in the Heh heh to let you know that his pen can't even keep a straight face.

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous pelagius said...

I totally misread that. It looked like Boss Honcho (Boss Hogg's cousin?) was calling a HOOKER. Makes the comic much funnier, though.

 
At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the excellent 1950's phone - it appears to be a rotary model.

Ah, Scaduto, you've outdone yourself again, although not much in the way of names.

 
At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it Boss Hogg instead of Honcho?? Whats with the cornpone dialog? The toddler is actually much more intelligent sounding.

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I also wondered whether it was rotary, but can rotary phones be that flat?

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Frankie Machine said...

I disagree with all of you. This is the most sophisticated TDIET ever, as it is a tribute to Ernest Hemingway.

The repeated references to Papa, the quiet homoerotic subtext about what the two men in the background are discussing, the fact that the child is clearly a boy dressed as a girl (as Ernest Hemingway really was as a child). It's all there. You people just don't appreciate literary references in comic strips.

 

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