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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Posted in 1 by cesco7 on November 18, 2008

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  1. Funkula said, on November 18, 2008 at 1:20 am

    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?

  2. Vincent said, on November 18, 2008 at 1:38 am

    You got it. There isn’t a joke.

    It’s a racist comic trying to pass itself off as making fun of racism, and failing.

  3. Cidu Bill said, on November 18, 2008 at 2:57 am

    I think pretty much anybody who’s heard of Guidos will figure out this is a close synonym.

  4. andy said, on November 18, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Oh, I’d so read this comic strip …

  5. Dave Van Domelen said, on November 18, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I’d be more interested in Apt 3GINOs (Godzilla In Name Only). :)

  6. cesco7 said, on November 18, 2008 at 9:33 am

    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.

  7. Nicolai said, on November 18, 2008 at 9:51 am

    G.I.N.O.

    would be a large radioactive lizard who instead of crushing cardboard cities and the like was a very dutiful Salaryman.

    The only people dreading his approach are his boss (due to his unctuous brown nosing) or perhaps hostesses in the after work bars.

  8. Michael said, on November 18, 2008 at 10:46 am

    It’s so true! Irish kids are crap!

  9. kedamono said, on November 18, 2008 at 10:49 am

    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. :-)

  10. sarabenincasa said, on November 18, 2008 at 11:40 am

    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.

  11. Niall said, on November 18, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    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…

  12. Dave Van Domelen said, on November 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    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. :)

  13. Nicolai said, on November 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Oh that GINO, I still like my Japanese Business Lizard better :)

  14. Savvy Veteran said, on November 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I thought it was funny. In fact, that wasn’t offensive enough. Be MORE offensive.

  15. Timprov said, on November 18, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    This wouldn’t be funny, except for the fact that the last panel dialogue is unmodified from Apt. 3G.

  16. kodijack said, on November 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    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.

  17. yellojkt said, on November 18, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Isn’t Mick Prick the name of the Notre Dame mascot?

  18. Stephen said, on November 18, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Only one reaction will suffice: OH!

    (correctly pronounced “eohwh” with much emphasis and slight smile with a general thrusting of the right hand)

  19. Larry McAwful said, on November 19, 2008 at 11:02 am

    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.

  20. Eric L. said, on November 19, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I know those guys!

  21. Johaely said, on November 22, 2008 at 1:56 am

    At first i tought they were the gallagher brothers (the oasis ones, the two british drunks that are always fighting.)

  22. Cedar said, on November 25, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I lol’ed. I’m frmo Boston, and now live on the west coast, and I seriously, totally miss these kinds of guys. My sig o is from Seattle, so just doesn’t it.

  23. Kunte Kinte said, on November 26, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t get it…are these guys gay?


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