Fair enough question. Actually, I’m feeling perfectly fine. Things have gotten very busy with professional projects so this strip has not received its usual attention. However, hopefully I can be compassionate, inscrutable and and completely hilarious tomorrow.
This is like when people ask Randy Milholland, cartoonist of Something Positive, “Why have your characters been acting so mean to each other lately?”, when in fact they’ve been that way since the beginning.
Bret – That’s why this strip is not as funny as it should be. It’s completely in character for Bugs to face down the shotgun and yell “Do it! Do it!” but it doesn’t mean he’s hit rock bottom. It means that he’s faking Elmer out in some way. If it were a more unstable character, like Daffy or Elmer himself, the “rock bottom” comment would be more convincing.
It’s still a pretty funny strip, though, especially if you don’t think about it too much (which obviously is my failing). The Snoopy strip from the previous day either is not funny at all, or is something I just didn’t get.
Michael and Harold – I’ll buy into some Elmer Fudd/Dr. Manhattan comparisons. But I draw the line at seeing Elmer Fudd walk around naked. Especially given his short stature, a Manhattan-sized schlong would be an awful sight.
In other news, “Manhattan-Sized Schlong” would be a great name for a band.
=v= The “Manhattan-sized schlong” was a dumb Hollywood rewrite. In the comics/graphic novel, it’s just a little doodle, perhaps indicating Osterman’s lack of concern with fleshy matter. (I do not as a rule overthink things like penis size, but Watchmen does lend itself to that sort of thing.)