November 4th, 2011

Drowning Gates

by Wayno & Piraro

Bizarro is brought to you today by Wisdom.

If you’re one of those readers who was confused by today’s cartoon, allow me to elucidate: Monty Python is the world’s greatest comedy troupe, beginning in England in the late 60s. One of their movies, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” had a scene in a medieval English village during a plague, in which a couple of tattered peasants are wheeling a cart of dead bodies down a street shouting, “Bring out your dead!” What follows is funny as hell. The big boat on the top of the hill is the mythological ark from the story of Noah in the Old Testament.

That should be all you need to know to fully enjoy this cartoon. If you actually needed every bit of that explanation, you can now crawl back under your rock and laugh.

And what’s this? Another bible reference? Have I been “saved”?  Well, yes, I was when I was a teenager and believed in that concept, but the reason now is that common mythology makes for great cartoon fodder. The reason mythology is so enduring in the first place is because it captures essential aspects of human life. Ergo (nice word, right?), these same myths are a terrific jumping-off point for cartoons. They incorporate common knowledge as well as common experiences and beliefs.

 

And speaking of religion, I just yesterday inked and submitted my cartoon for Christmas day this year. (We’re required to be six to eight weeks ahead of the publishing date.) I can’t wait to share it with you––I’m really happy with it. In the meantime, though, all I can give you is this sneak preview, which is a closeup of but a small part of the cartoon. Hope you enjoy it!

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