Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Death Takes a Holiday


















This special Xmas edition of Bizarro is brought to you by
Last Minute Gift Ideas.

The photo above is from CHNW's and my 2007 holiday email. We took this picture in Montreal in the beautiful and huge cemetery up on Mount Royal, for which the city is named. It isn't Photoshopped, we came across the head stone just as it appears and put our camera on timer to make the picture. As an inveterate hater of Christmas and the entire tacky season, I could scarcely believe my good fortune.

We searched for hours looking for other gravestones with names of other things we wished were dead like "Neo-Con," "Factory Farms," "Fox News Network," and "Reality Shows," to no avail. For some reason, they don't place them alphabetically.

The cartoon posted today is from several years ago and is one of my personal favorites. I published it on Xmas two years in a row and it was very popular both times. I got complaint letters both times, too, of course, from people who thought I was making fun of their heroes, missing the point of the cartoon entirely.

I'm going up to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary for a dandy holiday with a nice big wad of friends. Hope your holiday is as groovy as the Monkees in 1969.

14 comments:

Aaron Wempe said...

I really liked this comic and I like the picture you have to go with it man. Big fan!

Lorie said...

Great photo! I'm with you on the whole tacky thing. Every year I just wait until this is over and then come out of hiding. Although this year I bought a HP Photosmart and we had a great time making homemade cards out of pictures with crazy captions while getting loaded on martinis. Wait 'til Grandma gets her card!!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your Winter Solstice, Dan.

doug nicodemus said...

that is a priceless photo...you remind me of my brother...when people say merry christmas to him he says "you want to step outside buddy" or "thems fighten words"

happy holidays anyway

hahahaha

Jadon said...

I take it your more a Festivus guy, eh? :)

Wow. That picture and...CHNW is...wow.

Penny said...

Most excellent!

And I do believe that's Sarah Palin in the "gift ideas" photo.

artmodel said...

Hope yours is groovy too, Dan. You were terrific at ThanksLiving at Woodstock! Love to both the animals and the human gang.

Great cartoon and great photo. Hope someday we see "factory farms" on a gravestone.

Peace, love, and happy holidays . . .

Garrett Williams said...

Oh the irony of those complainers. Missing the point, which is "missing the point".

Mike said...

I was a little dismayed when I came across this one in Arlington...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlapalme/2418628386/

*gulp*

SAYOTTE316 said...

12/26 wikipedia..


nce again piraro passes away age 50

bbonds44 said...

Dan is not dead, he is just merely in jail til after the first.


Hey fido what the heck is nce ain't that a computer degree

Anonymous said...

Hope you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful city.

I just really hate x-mas, wish I could hide somewhere during the holiday season and come out when it's all over.

James said...

I agree as well about how the entire holiday season has been corrupted by commercialism. (Forgive the March posting; I'm a bit behind on my Christmas blogging.) But I'm actually writing to thank you for providing the link to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. What an awesome place! There's already too much cruelty towards dogs and cats, but they have the motherlode of shelters compared to other "wild" animals who have no place to go even if they can be liberated from their owners. Places like Woodstock are sorely needed, and while I can't start one up myself, I will certainly support this one!

GAlcidesS said...

What do the cartoon artists have against religion?

I named it God's inspiration.

Here, one cartoon of mine.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5b1llRpzI90/SfJGB77ytLI/AAAAAAAABJs/QKTxRn9wrlk/s1600-h/Holy+sperm++GAlcidesS.JPG