News post – Catch-23 No. 917 Saving lives

Grocery shopping in the days before Christmas is a special hell – some folks act like they are filling a bunker for the end times, and others are just standing around waiting for inspiration to strike. Amazingly, I got out alive, as did every fool who stepped in front of my shopping trolley.

Have a happy holiday from all the fictional characters at Catch-23.



News post – Catch-23 No. 916 Elf on the shelf, part 2

A year ago I did a comic about the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon, and this year those elves are back on my social media streams so I thought it was worth doing another one.

The other idea I had for a strip this week was Trump’s meeting with the tech industry big wigs but the CEO of Twitter was notably absent. The official line was ‘the meeting table was only so big‘, but the rumour is this is payback for Twitter’s refusal to grant Trump an emoji for #CrookedHillary during the election. In snubbing Twitter, he doesn’t seem to see this could be biting the hand that feeds him. Ultimately, I felt like I had done enough Trump strips this year and went with the Elf instead.


News post – Catch-23 No. 915 Misguided

Our dogs work as therapy dogs, but for some reason they cop an attitude when joined by a guide dog in a session. It seems to be because our dogs are trained that being in the treatment room is ‘work time’, but the guide dog is allowed to be off-duty during the session. This results in what appears to be a disagreement about what is professional vs recreational time. The divide between two the very different types of working dogs gave me the chance to show a different side to Bagel.


News post – Catch-23 No. 914 – Popular

How does a candidate lose despite getting several million more votes than the other candidate? The electoral college is how. Votes in some less populated states count more than those for more populous (and left-leaning) states, and here we are. Hopefully this turn of events finally gets the electoral college system looked at before the next election.