Friday, July 10, 2009
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I normally blog about my cartoons a week after they have run in the paper, but I've decided to bump this one up in the queue because I've gotten a lot email about it.
The cartoon is meant to be a guy coming home from work and, seeing the trail of clothing, assumes his wife wants to have sex. Instead, she has jumped out the window, presumably to her death.
I didn't realize there would be so many ways to interpret this, but I've heard plenty. Some excerpts:
"Are they his clothes and he can't wait to put them on and then sneak out the window?"
"Is his wife some kind of naked Superwoman?"
"Is his naked wife trying to lure him to the fire escape so he'll be blown up by the TNT on the sofa?"
"There seems to be a syringe on the sofa pillow. Did his wife get high and then jump out the window naked, thinking she could fly?"
More than a few people asked about the firecracker on the sofa pillow wondering if it figured into the joke, a couple thought it was a syringe. If you are among those readers who have never noticed, I hide little symbols like that in virtually all my comics for no good reason. The current list is: Firecracker/dynamite, eyeball, pie, alien, bunny, K2, upside down bird, a man's loafer, a fish tail, a crown, and the exceedingly rare arrow in the back. The number above the signature tells you how many symbols to look for, a la Al Hirschfeld.
That should clear up the mystery. I now return you to a nation mourning the death of Michael Jackson.