Hey, who is this cherubic character without any snake tattoos?
Today's full strip
Never mind the Sugar Crisps, Tommy. If you're going to keep popping those pills, you're going to need the All-Bran, and plenty of it.
Another nominee for Panel of the Year! (We're in a Panel Golden Age!)I love the symbolism in Panel 2. Pills, Mom cup, kiddie bowl and teddy bear cereal. Tommy's regressing while Mommy's playing student at school.I fear that Moy is going to lay the blame of his relapse squarely on Iris' shoulders. She's neglecting her son, after all. The fact that he's 30-something and just received irresponsible medical care won't matter. Iris is gonna run to Mary in a guilty fit of hysteria! (It should be glorious.)
I wonder if the Ready Med doc-in-a-box was idiotic enough to put refills on that Vicodin prescription? If not, we will soon see Tommy resume his criminal career.
New artist, new snark: That is one of the most rectangular milk cartons I've seen. By which I mean to say that I've only ever seen square-ish ones.
Is Tommy drinking out of a MOY mug?Poor guy. His world really IS painful. His mother still buys Kid Cereal and all the dishes are so feminine. Do you think he has to watch a lot of Lifetime movies, too?
@Nance at 9:18 AM, your mention of Lifetime movies made me chuckle out loud.I second the nomination of p. 2 for Panel of the Year - what a glorious week, and it's only Wednesday!Judging by p. 1, Joe Giella is not the only comics artist who hasn't been in an academic library for the past 20 years.
OK, I'm going to give this new artist a try . . . We've got rough-trade Kurt Cobain Tommy, eating Yummy Teddy Bear cereal and drinking out of a mug I hope says "Moo," while planning his suicide. "How human bodies are assembled" is somewhat beyond the artist, which is promising
Ooh, Tommy with razor stubble! Such a hunk! Too bad the teddy-bear cereal and "Mom" mug are a turn-off! (... but DAWN will still dig you, Tommy!)The new artist really differentiates the two Beedies. They aren't the "Tweedlebeedies" (fauxprof's excellent coinage!) of yesterpanel.I dread Tommy's destiny. I think Mary is really partially to blame, as she was THERE when he got the Vicodin prescription and said NOTHING! Mary, I have come to expect better of you. Of course, there will be a double standard where Mary will blame everyone else and congratulate herself. Harrumph!
KitKat,Re: the rendition of an academic library. What's depicted here is quite similar to a certain university library in New Jersey. Cough. Cough. Rutgers. Cough. Cough.
@Dawn Weston's Evil Twin - I laughed out loud at the possibility of Dawn and Tommy as a couple - only because it is so true. Dawn will fall for any soul who happens to wander into a comic strip.
THURSDAYAt this rate, Tommy will be up to 16 Vicodin in no time. Wait, make that 32! Fortunately, Dr. Quackenbush at Ready-Med wrote the scrip for unlimited refills.What the heck is hanging in the background of p. 1 - chains? Is this prefiguring of Tommy's bleak future?
Just wait, Tommy. The next stop may be Escape from the Pain of This World, but soon enough you'll arrive at Life Is Brutal.
I believe Tommys mug says MOP. It must have been a gift from Jerry at the sandwich shop to remind Tommy he hasn't been to work in a week.He appears to have knocked it off the table anyway.
FRIDAYNow instead of floating heads, we have floating pills.
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