Mystery and Puzzles

Posted by on March 31st, 2010 at 3:16 PM

The mystery in Baldo this week will be solved without any help: probably by the end of the week, we’ll find out why Carlos Castellanos suddenly started drawing the strip in a realistic manner instead of the usual cartoony style. Immediately below, a strip from last week in the customary style; and below that, two strips from this week in the new style.

So what’s going on? Do we have another Judge Parker, changing artists? Not likely. There’s some message involved; and we’ll find out by the end of this week, no doubt, what it’s all about.

Next, two Brevity panels that I don’t get.

Why, in the first one, is Bill an idiot? Because he’s buying a free airline magazine? Or does it have something to do with the airplane on the runway behind him—what’s the name of that airline? Can’t read it. I know: my bad.

And the one on the right, I don’t get that either. Is Jimmy the guy in the tree? Or the bird? (It could be either, you must agree, in these days of anthropomorphic critters in the funnies.) So if the guy in the tree is Jimmy, why’s he dropping manure on the bird? Is it all a misunderstanding? Does he think he’s putting salt on the bird’s tail as in the ancient axiom? And if he’s successful in emptying that bag of crap on the bird, some of it, surely, will fall on the car beneath. I get it: Jimmy is an idiot.

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6 Responses to “Mystery and Puzzles”

  1. Wesley says:

    The second Brevity panel is riffing off that habit birds have of relieving themselves on cars parked under trees. It’s revenge! Revenge, I say!

    As to the first one… I’m as baffled as you.

  2. Kumar says:

    It looks like it could be a magazine about road trips, but he’s going to take a plane?


  3. D.D.Degg says:

    I seem to recall that this is the way Tia Carmen feels when she meets her gallant caballero as she is out shopping. She feels like, and sees herself as, a pretty younger lady, as a handsome younger man flirts with her.

  4. Caro says:

    He’s paying cash for an “American Way” magazine, rather than credit.

  5. Caro says:

    Probably also has something to do with the airlines charging for everything these days, but I can’t quite make that funny.

  6. Gavin Lees says:

    American Way is the magazine of American Airlines – they have free copies stowed in all the seat pockets. So, he’s an idiot, presumably, because they’re about to board an American Airlines flight.