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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Foxtrot References XKCD and Penny Arcade
Foxtrot's recent* blandness notwithstanding, it's nice to see something like this in our nation's funny pages. Still, the XKCD/PA references are about the only interesting thing in this comic; the humor is, as Jason says, mostly derivative (perhaps by referencing something funny you can trick people into thinking that they're looking at something that is in-and-of-itself funny). Click the image if you still want to read it, or just take my word for it and move on to the neat note that follows.
* Here I define "recent" as "most of the series' run". Foxtrot was always one for good-natured, unchallenging geekery, but it was consistent. I just wish that every other Foxtrot strip didn't end with a character echoing something from the first panel followed by that demmed everpresent, trailing ellipsis. The quality and humor of Dilbert, on the other hand, can be represented most ideally by a horizontal cross-section of the Splash Mountain ride at Disney Land. With Dilbert, it's like the ride never stopped and you've been sitting soaked and unhappy in one of those fake logs for the better part of a decade. That's about as geeky as I hope to get today.