Sunday, August 24, 2008
August 24: My Sunday Bizarro
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Reader's Letter to The Toronto Star:
We once called the comic strips the funny pages. Why are they no longer funny? The bulk of the current offerings are negative, some verging on the abhorrent. In this latter category, I place this feeble attempt at humor. At best, it elicits a sigh of disgust. At worst, it mocks The Little Prince, the wartime masterpiece by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This runaway world best seller may be understood on several levels. It captivates as a children's tale. It symbolically tells the story of creation. At its peak, it is the autobiography of a sensitive and lost soul dedicating his work to a dear friend in need of consolation. The friend is cold and hungry in Nazi-occupied France, while the author is safe in New York. Lines for the story appear in every book of quotations. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." (The original French is even more beautiful.) Writing like that deserves better treatment than an ill-considered distortion.
That aside, can you name all the space-related cameos that appear in the background of today's strip?
PS: Big thanks once again to Dan Piraro for the great opportunity!