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Sunday, February 01, 2009

That damned involvement

What's Mallard raving about today?

The Super Bowl, Elections, Involvement.

Mallard hates Democracy, because other people are involved in the process of elections, including people of whom he does not approve.


Factinista said...

What's up with Mallard here? He's just sitting there with his eyes unfocused and his mouth hanging open. He looks like he's brain-dead, even more so than he usually looks when he watches TV.

And maybe it's just my monitor acting up, but is Chantel's skin blue?

Michael said...

Right - Mallard's mouth is hanging open, yet he's thinking that, not saying it.

Anyways, Mallard, sitting next to a chick? If I were him I would be all up ons, even though she's undead.

And what's up with getting elitist about the Superbowl? How can you get elitist about the Superbowl?

Michael said...

And thank Mohammad, Zeus, the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Jesus, he's not talking about collectibles!!!

I was at the flea market today, and one of the Obama collectibles stands featured a special "Obama inaugural brew" bottle of beer. I wondered if Tinsley would drink it. Quite a conundrum...

Anonymous said...


I wonder how Tinsley's wife feels about this strip.

NLC said...

OK, trying to be fair here, I think there's a fundamentally sound point here in that I think we can all agree that there are problems with our leaders being elected by voters who really don't have a clue (like, say, folks still insist that the only thing wrong with the administration of the last eight years is that certain members of the press "hated" George W Bush...)

But that said, if Tinsley is implying that there weren't vast number of people seriously involved in the recent election --and had been involved for a long time-- than it seems reasonable to suggest that perhaps it may have Tinsley himself who really hasn't been paying attention?

WV: ooniess

rewinn said...

NLC - Maybe Tinkley's point is that politics should be left to the elites like himself, who does politics full-time, instead of regular working Americans.

When We The People get interested and enthused in issues and candidates, the reichwing has to start answering awkward questions like "Who's playing?".

As the theocrat Paul Weyrich famously put it:
"Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome. Good government. They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."

exanonymous said...

This comic would theoretically work much better if it was a man.

Otherwise Mallard is one neutered duck. Most guys are perfectly willing to watch a big game with a woman mostly ignorant of the sport sitting next to them.

rewinn said...

"...Most guys are perfectly willing to watch a big game with a woman mostly ignorant of the sport..."

Heck yeah!

Mallard ... dude! ... you got a hot chick on the couch next to you and she's asking you questions ... plump lips wide open!

Her arm is behind you, in that classic "oh my I accidentally embraced you" stance.

And you don't have any pants on!

You're ready to score some major yardage! Don't wuss out on us!


Johaely said...

Rewinn are you forgeting something! It's a duck we're talking about!
I won't be surprised if Tinsley uses this as a chance to show how Liberals don't know anything about a true (read American) sport. And Chantell coming on to Mallard would be used as an example of how liberals are/support zoophiliacs and thus support "hoemusexuals"

Patrick said...

I'm going to be in the minority here, but I though this was pretty good for a Mallard Fillmore strip.

It involves multiple characters, makes a semi-funny observation, and isn't so much "jaw droppingly bitter/angry" as "wry".

The coloring is of course terrible, but my understanding is that Tinsley doesn't really have any control over that.

rewinn said...

Johaely - Do you know "Leda and the Swan"? Good taste forbids me from saying more.

Patrick - well, yeah. If Tinkley had left out Mallard's thought balloon entirely, it'd be even better. The funny part of Mallard's script doesn't say anything that the drawing doesn't say already; the text serves only to inject a gratuitous attack on the American voter that distracts from the joke.

So it's an almost-good strip; coulda been good but for its need to Follow the Party Line.

Raynfala said...

WTF is this? Night of the Zombie-Clown girlfriends?