Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling for January 23, 2010

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    mrsullenbeauty  over 14 years ago

    Nice homage to Groening in style and content.

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    Grover Premium Member over 14 years ago

    I’ve always wondered about Doug’s family. I have a feeling there is a deep and profound story there, of which we have read only the beginning!

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    jnik23260  over 14 years ago

    Nice homage to Conan O’Brien with Rick ‘n’ Nick.

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    tototiti  over 14 years ago

    Not-so-nice homage to Roy Liechtenstein?

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    BigDanG  over 14 years ago

    @jnik23260: I thought it was a homage to the Democrats, who squandered their supermajority in the Senate for a full year.

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    fritzoid Premium Member over 14 years ago

    I don’t know that “Rick n’ Nick” is supposed to be a topical reference, just an inside-baseball joke about the politics of the comics page. Bolling often uses “Super-Fun-Pack” for things like that. I could be wrong, though.

    The “Stupid, Stupid Comics”/”Brilliant Art” pairing certainly is meant to bring Liechtenstein to mind, but I don’t think it’s a dig at him, particularly. I remember a dialy strip from a few years back (it might have been “Calvin and Hobbes”, which would make it QUITE a few years) along these lines:

    “Comic strips?” “Low Art. Trashy pabulum for mass consumption.”

    “Paintings of characters from those comic strips?” “High Art. Ironic reappropriation of iconic images in a context which invites sophisticated evaluation.”

    “Comic strip characters talking about those paintings?” “Low Art. Sophomoric self-reference by and for the benefit of the too-clever-by-half.”

    On second thought, I think “Rick ‘n Nick” really is about (or at least inspired by) Conan…

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