The contest's theme is The Beauty of Nature, and John's cake, The Evolution of Man, addresses the theme perfectly as a human arm rises from the pink primordial sludge after having invented the wheel.
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I'm more concerned with what Mary is attempting to prevent from spawning beneath her lilac mumu
OK, he's holding a steaming hot cake layer in his bare hand, and, in his other unprotected hand, he holds the cake pan, which should be even hotter. (Unless it's one of those silicon pans. Still, shouldn't you let the layer cool before removing it from the pan?)And what's with the overwhelming pinkness of John Dill's cake ethos?
Anonymous, Mary is holding the purple capture bag ready in case the primordial hand drops the pan and tries to escape!fauxprof, The pink represents John's belief that nature isn't as viscious as Tennyson thought (pink being a toned-down version of red)!
Too much 'natural' red food coloring there, Sparky...And why is the cake layer so much taller than the cake pan?!?
My more immediate concern was 'Why is Mary lifting her dress?'Then, when I got to Panel Two, my concern turned to near-revulsion:'Ugh. I wouldn't want to eat that cake after those two have had their hands all over it.'Finally, did Mary plop the second layer on the first without putting any frosting in between? What "technique" is that?
viHoly moly, I second everyone's comments today. There are so many awful things in both panels! That "cake" (using the term as loosely as possible) layer that John is manhandling looks like a big sponge. Hey John, this is not how you bake an actual sponge cake!If Mary is NOT lifting her dress, is she holding a dish towel made out of the same fabric?
Are those cookbooks suspended in midair, or is there some sort of invisble counter? And Mary's huge head in panel 2 looks to be stuck on like God's head in his occasional Zippy the Pinhead appearances. Can Giella draw just one panel that doesn't include some violation of time, space, or perspective? Just one? Ever?
That note of sarcasm (Where did YOU learn to bake?) went right over John's head.
I've seen tongue in a deli counter. That is a BIG tongue. Or else something removed from the late Eleanor during her final illness.
In Panel 2, Mary looks like she's about to spin the cake like that scene from Ghost. Ew, the image of Mary and Dill molding clay will stay with me all day!I love this storyline! Thanks to everyone for pointing out the ridiculous art and double entendres. This story could go on forever - and probably will.
I don't know my immediate thought on seeing the first panel is an urge to pull both ends of that not around Mary's neck tightly.My second was that the pink cake awaiting the pink frosting, looks like a hot towel fresh from a steamer.I may need to see someone about this.I'm betting Wilbur and the Chinbeard are already lining up for the mistakes.
John must be letting Mary wear one of the late Eleanor's frilly aprons, because her own has that fancy "Mary Ought" monogram on it. John should be wearing this:http://www.zazzle.com/cake_boss_apron-154464542887223874
What do those fuzzy slippers have to do with anything and why did John Dill steam them?
This whole strip reaks far more of mad scientist than cake baker, and it's scaring me. I'm glad Mary was able to slap a cover on that thing and catch the arm inside the goo. Still, I'm afraid it'll pop out at the most inopportune moment during the judging. I hope the judges are up to this.I can't wait to see what he frosts it with. Perhaps a nice slime mold?You've got a winner there, Dill! Or you've got a dilly there, Winner!
It was a perfect amoeba cake until Mary got her hands on it.
I'm thinking today's first panel is an early qualifier for Panel of the Year, what with the gigantic Today sponge, the bare-handed handling of the sponge and the pan, the arm rising from the sponge, Mary's muu-muu...Therapeutic for John to do WHAT on the side? Sustain third-degree burns to his hands?--Beagle Vet
John Dill seems to love pink - his signature color style I guess. Just one problem - pink, like John's belief that he is team leader, isn't real. Pink is not a real color, more of an optical illusion, acutally. See here:http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2012/03/09/science-explains-why-the-color-pink-doesnt-exist/
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