News post – Catch-23 No. 966 Flies (noun)

We had some pretty good fly-building weather just before Christmas – originally the gag (pun intended) was around Jaffa complaining about getting a mouthful of flies and getting a mouthful of flies in the process.

I hope you had a great Christmas, and I’ll be back in the New Year (also known as next week).

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 965 Elf on the Shelf, Part 3

Each year, we learn a little more about our mysterious Elf on the Shelf. When I was writing this strip, I was thinking about making the Elf as a horcrux for some dark wizard – I even had a title, ‘Crux of the Matter’, but I couldn’t figure out how to squeeze all of it into the comic strip and still leave room for pictures, so it had to go.

Onto a short, spoiler-free movie review – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is very good and you should go see it.

Slightly longer review – It may be the very best of all the Star Wars films, possibly even better than Empire Strikes Back. It packed so much in, there was callbacks to earlier films, new revelations, great gags, lots of heart, epic battles in space and on land, new planets and critters – all the things that make the Star Wars movies great, packed into one. There was also subtle commentary on the nature of war and animal rights, which felt new for the franchise.

The Force Awakens looked to the past, realigning the series and reminding you that these movies can good. The Last Jedi takes all that and runs with it, resolving the present and then looking to the future.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 964 Love is love

The people spoke, and amazingly the politicians followed through. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia, and the first weddings will take place from January 8th, 2018.

That we needed to vote on treating human beings like human beings in the first place still riles me up, but this is how big things change.

Mat

 

News post – Catch-23 No. 963 Canine royalty

Unfortunately for Meghan Markle, getting engaged and moving in with the Royal Family meant leaving one of her rescue dogs, Bogart, behind in Canada – he is too old to safely make the trip.

As the dog that came with her, Guy, is a beagle, naturally Bagel sees this as an opportunity.

Mat