Found this comic strip over the weekend. It’s called The Elderberries and is about life in an old folks home.
This particular Sunday strip didn’t make me laugh, but its sure got the music and widened my morning smile bigtime:
I’m not sure when The Elderberries first appeared in the strip world, but I particularly like the way the art references the Underground Comix of the mid 1960s, an era most people I know have never had the chance to experience.
Indie webcomic Questionable Content has been one of my favorite comic strips since it began way, way, way back in 2003. I’m far from alone in my feeling. According to SimilarWeb.Com, it welcomed 4.7 million visitors last September alone!
QC’s original protagonists, roommates Martin and Pintsize (Martin’s PC) clicked with me and kept on clicking. Over the past 21 years the cast has grown into a true (and ginormous) ensemble, and creator/writer/artist Jeph Jacques’ has sharpened his skills to a fine edge.
No other strip has ever offered me what I see here. Self-aware robots, gay stars, lesbian stars, transexual stars (and bots), even straights, and much more of the delightfully weird abound.
I’ve never seen an episode I didn’t love, but I love the one below, from November 6th a bit more than most because of – I probably shouldn’t make this public – the last panel, which immediately put me in mind of a certain GTB, alias G the B, alias Gwen the Beautiful.
I’ve been asking myself this question awhile now, mostly while reading recent novels where “they” suddenly crops up in a description and it takes me by surprise, throws me out of the writer’s spell, and makes me start questioning myself, my education, and my motives.
It’s pretty clear from this cartoon, that Gary Trudeau and the rest of the Doonesbury gang have been considering the word and the situation and the times we live in much more thoroughly than I ever could.
Because, as you’ll see here in this strip published Sunday, November 6th, they’ve come to the perfect conclusion.