News post – Catch-23 No. 934 Child lock

This comic strip is very much based on a true story. Our dog Rory has a habit of sleeping on the remotes – she’ll seek them out, so the only conclusion I can make is that they are in fact comfortable to sleep on. Lo and behold, the set-top box ends up child locked and I had to take to google to find out how to unlock it (there’s no child lock button, if you’re curious).

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 933 The Gland Game

This one started as a strip about dog washing, with Bagel asking Alex if his hairdresser empties his anal glands.

We have been asked by our vet if we want to learn to empty our dog’s glands but I’m happy to leave that particular job to the professionals.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 932 Political observation

It was tempting to focus just on Spicer’s holocaust denial or Hanson’s ill-informed Easter egg rants (this linked article is satire), but I went with them as a whole instead.

The original punchline was Jaffa just saying “I say people in politics should stop talking.” which served several purposes – it continued the ‘says’ rhythm, it suggested that politics would be improved with less talk and more action, and it also mixed in a little drop of disillusionment which is no talking at all might be preferable to the current state of politics where everyone gets to be heard, no matter how extreme or ignorant of facts and logic.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 931 TED talks

I had a week off and now I’m back from my little holiday.

Watching a single TED Talk then digesting it and figuring out how it can improve your life is probably the right way to do it. Unfortunately, I end up finding them so interesting that I watch one after the other. It’s not so different to checking what year a song came out on Wikipedia and then an hour goes by and you’re reading about the genus difference between foxes and dogs (vulpes vs canis) or what the gas in a whipped cream can is (nitrous oxide).

I tried to be a little more loose with the drawing in this strip, the characters to appear more elastic. I think it worked out well with Bagel’s stretches in panel 2.

Mat