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Saturday, January 31, 2009

That damned trillion

What's Mallard raving about today?

Barack Obama, Collectibles, The Bailout.

Here's something I never thought I would say, with respect to Mallard Fillmore: Sunday can't come soon enough.

18 comments:

K.T. said...

*slowly bangs head on desk*

rewinn said...

"A micrometer is likewise hard to explain...."

"...imagine all the Mallard Fillmore collectible memorabilia laid end to end".

Michael said...

This comic depicts Tinsley explaining to his editor just how many comics he's drawing about collectibles.

exanonymous said...

Isn't there a superbowl coming up or something?

There are dead horses, and there are DEAD horses. I think MF purposely tries to alienate readers.

pecara said...

SHUT THE FUCK UP. DEAR GOD JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT THE FUCKING TCHOTCHKES.

NLC said...

Since Tinsley feels justified in repeating (effectively) the same strip, I just repost my comment from yesterday with a couple words changed...

The truly weird part here is that I suppose we should be taking some comfort that, in these horrible times, as the world's economy heads for the worst crash in modern times and the whole Middle East teeters on the brink of explosion, that the only thing that Tinsley can find to whine about concerning the Obama administration is this gibberish.

Mallard Fillmore as a sign of hope. Surely that is a sign of the End Times.


...seems only fair.

Anonymous said...

And next year's Golden Ellipse for "Most Interminable Series or Running Theme" goes to...

wv: "exsype". Someone who once was a sype, but quit because Tinsley wouldn't shut up about collectibles.

12xuser said...

Am I missing something because I don't watch much TV and only listen to noncommercial radio? Are the airwaves choked with ads for Obama collectibles? I do see the occasional ad in the newspaper or on a website, and yes they are often ridiculous, but it's not really like they're everywhere. Is this a late-night cable thing, or a cable news channel thing? Or is it just one more example of Tinsley stretching one passable idea into a week of tedium?

Anonymous said...

UNITS OF NUMERICAL MEASUREMENT DO NOT WORK THAT WAY!

Anonymous said...

exanonymous said...
"Isn't there a superbowl coming up or something?

There are dead horses, and there are DEAD horses. I think MF purposely tries to alienate readers."

I don't know if he does this on purpose but he sure has alienated Pecara :).
Pecara - If MF upsets you so, why read it? Prickly City & Day by Day have had a good week.

Kyle said...

"Day by Day" and "good" only belong in the same sentence if that sentence is "Day by Day is a good comic to make you hate society."

GeoX said...

Yeah, I think Day by Day may actually be worse than MF, hard as it is to imagine. A lot of it has to do with the fact that Chris Muir is clearly under the impression that he's a "hip" kind of guy who "knows where it is at"--something one certainly couldn't accuse Tinsley of. Meanwhile, fact his comics are pretty evenly divided between hateful and incomprehensible. And the way his characters are designed is grotesque enough to make HR Giger sit up and take note.

Patrick said...

Shouldn't Mallard have made at least a throwaway reference to the upcoming Super Bowl?

Oh, and "Day by Day"? Not good. "Prickly City" at least has some funny moments.

exanonymous said...

I explained once a while back, I can't not read Mallard Fillmore.

It gives me a qualified opinion when I say it sucks. It's not a liberal knee-jerk reaction to a "good conservative comic" because I read it. Granted, my liberal outlook on life might taint my opinion, but no one can claim that I'm ignorant.

But I wonder about its fans. Do they actually find the same joke beaten into the ground funny? Is there some sort of unspoken conservative humor reflex directly related to the number of times a joke is repeated? Or is it the idea that MF fans don't read every day so the "good" jokes have to be repeated to make sure everyone has a chance to enjoy them?

rewinn said...

"...Do they actually find the same joke beaten into the ground funny? ...

I repeat my theory that it's just another Orwellian Two-Minute Hate. The purpose of Mallard and Prickley and Day by Day is to give you the feeling that we are all hating together. The content doesn't have to make sense, anymore than the cheerleading at a ball game. "Obama Collectables" is funny in the same way as "We wanna pitcher nota belly itcher!"

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BTW you guys made me look up "Day by Day" and I don't think I should thank you for the pain ... EXCEPT that it lead me to Shaenon's very interesting post The Worst Damn Comic in the World: Day by Day

Kyle said...

GeoX, that's a pretty dead-on assessment of Muir. Tinsley's comic comes off like the Dana Carvey "Grumpy Old Man" character from SNL, only with a curmudgeonly right-wing slant.

Muir, a middle aged white man, draws a late 20s/early 30s black man as his neocon mouthpiece. Something about that strikes me as particularly tasteless.

Michael said...

You thought it was beating a dead horse? Ha! Here's proof that dedicating an entire week of Mallard Fillmore cartoons toward collectibles has created a groundswell of support: White House Lawyers Look to Limit Commercial Use of President

Raynfala said...

Like a child hitting the same note on the piano over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and...