Is this something only people from NY will get? I mean, I get the overall outline of the joke, but I’ve never heard of ginos. Guidos, sure, but not ginos. Is that the same thing, only they live in NYC instead of Jersey?
Funkula: I used “Gino” because I wanted to keep the soft “G” of the comic strip title “Apt. 3G.” Besides, Gino is meant to be all three characters’ names, not an alternative for the slur “Guido.”
Vincent: I’m sorry that you took offense at today’s strip (and completely understand why you would). If my last name were not “Marciuliano” would I have done this comic? No. But sometimes one has to (or at least I have to) laugh at themselves (or myself…gee, these parenthetical insertions are starting to create some confusion as far as subject and tense). I’ve known fellow Italians who could be the next Enrico Fermi. I’ve also known my fair share of Italians who eerily resemble the characters in today’s strip. Sigh…maybe tomorrow I’ll just introduce a new Medium Large show, “Galileo Galilei: Awesome Dude.”
Dave: This “Godzilla In Name Only” concept intrigues me. Tell me more.
It refers to the giant mutated iguana in the 1999 movie, “Godzilla” with Matthew Broderick in the lead role. The fan base lambasted the movie, but Toho, the owner of the Godzilla franchise has accepted Gino and the movie into the big G canon. He appeared in the last Godzilla movie “Final Wars” and Godzilla kicked his butt in under 3 seconds, much to the cheers on either side of the Pacific Ocean.
This fucking rules, and me and all my cousins could star in it. Watch a few episodes of “The Sopranos” and you’ll get a better idea of what Ces is mocking here–the casual racism and bigotry spewed by certain descendants of an immigrant group that formerly suffered these same insults.
He’s also mocking dudes in wifebeaters, of course.
It can be eye-opening how one immigrant group gets picked on at first by previous groups, then picks on the newest kid(s) off the boat. Not just in NYC but just about anywhere. Same reason the kids “initiated” in the school bus ride get to tbe the ones doing the same when they’re older: they can’t lash out at the ones who did it to them, and they don’t know how to deal with the intense frustration, so they do as was done to them unto others.
I don’t know how much of this kind of social view is being satired here. Although it’s kind of straddling the line rather gleefully. It might backfire more than usual; but then again, it’s been said that proper satirical mirrors in the form of humour must be able to offend someone to be successful…
GINO is officially known as “Zilla” in Godzilla: Final Wars, by the way. And the cartoon based on the GINO movie was quite good. It’s just that the GINO movie was about as much a Godzilla movie as Starship Troopers was a movie based on Heinlein’s book.
I agree with Savvy Veteran, the more offensive the better. You could have made them cops, or gangsters, and all of their wives would have bee hive hair do’s. Hey, this could be better than Teenage Girl.
I’m not Italian, but I married into a 100% Italian family–originally immigrants to Brooklyn, no less. I think my wife would love this; I’ll have to show it to her.
When we were still living in New York, my wife showed me a job application she was filling out. In the section where you mark your race, “Italian-American” was an option. No kidding. This was for a job at NYU, of all places.
My wife says her mother always clucked her tongue at “gavoons,” which is a certain type of Italian-American whom I’ve also heard the term “gavone” to describe. That type is pretty well illustrated in this comic strip. A non-Italian friend of mine used to refer to this type as “Vinnie Goldchains.”
A couple of months before we got married, my wife was talking to her eighty-year-old grandfather, who was ranting about Polacks. “You know,” she told him, “I’m marrying a Polack in a couple months.” “Really?” he said, and then, in all seriousness, added, “You know, it’s not too late…”
All of the above is 100% true. I swear. And I’ve got more stories that I won’t bother cluttering up the message board with.