News post – Catch-23 No. 989 Requesting a friend

Every time I hit the back button on my phone to exit Facebook and I am instead taken back to the top of the news feed, I’m reminded that Facebook plays dirty.

They employ tricks like this, similar to how a casino has no clocks nor visible windows or exits, to keep you ‘engaged’ in their app for longer. The more time you spend on Facebook, the more money you make for Facebook.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 988 Paperwork

The idea for this came from thinking about some of the iconic activities from Calvin & Hobbes (toboggan rides) and Peanuts (trying to kick a football) and applying today’s requirement of needing to sign consent forms and waivers for everything.

I considered having Pebbles the Megalomanical Goldfish as Bagel’s lawyer, but Jaffa has more to gain out of this ploy and that might lead to future comic strip ideas.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 987 Bagging plastic

This week, the big supermarket chains finally banned the plastic bag… only to unban it again after much wailing from customers. Change happens slowly. The full bag ban will begin next week, probably.

The green reusable bags the supermarkets have been peddling for years are in some ways worse for the environment that the regular bags – studies indicate that each green bag has to be used over 100 times before it starts to have a positive impact on the environment. Some of my green bags have broken after only a few uses, so I guess the others will have to perform double duty to make up for the duds.

Mat

 

 

News post – Catch-23 No. 986 Tinfoiled

Our cat Spikey is always on the bench, searching for his next snack. If caught in the act, he’ll run because he knows he’s not supposed to be up there, but catching him in the act is tough.

Something I heard recently is that cats don’t like walking on tin foil. While this is probably true, so far in my experiments Spikey has been able to ignore or get around the tin foil on the bench and continue his wicked ways.

The battle of wits continues.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 985 Singapore

When Trump was going to bro-hang with Kim Jong-un, America turned to Google and asked ‘where is Singapore?‘.

Unfortunately, the US State Dept forgot to Google it before releasing a statement accidentally saying that Singapore was in Malaysia. This has since been retracted, of course, but the fact remains that the group of people in charge of dealing with the rest of the world seem to know very little about said rest of the world.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 982 Regal Beagle

A sweet photo & video did the rounds during the week claiming Meghan Markle’s beagle was driven to the wedding ceremony in a Rolls Royce with the Queen.

A friend posted that this dog was now a regal beagle, I tried to work the phrase “You can’t spell ‘beagle’ without ‘regal’!” into the comic strip. After a few attempts, I realised the phrase was getting in the way of the comic strip and it was better off without it.

(It turned out that this was not a photo or video from the ceremony, but was taken a couple of days before. Identity of mystery dog unconfirmed.)

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 981 Royally Wedded

You might not have heard, but Prince Harry married Meghan Markle.

The comic strip also refers to the story that Claire Foy got paid less than Matt Smith for their roles in the first two seasons of The Crown. The producers say that this has now been rectified for the future seasons.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 980 Warring Infinitely

After seeing Avengers: Infinity War, I had to do a comic strip with Thanos. Middle-manager Thanos may cause fewer computer-generated explosions, but he’s still got a job to do.

The Marvel movies are now impossible to evaluate on their own because they all tie together, referencing the previous films and planning out the next bunch of movies. Each film is an episode in the most expensive television series ever made.

What continues to impress me is that with such a large cast, everyone got some time in the spotlight. The tones of each different group of heroes – the playfulness of Spiderman and Iron Man, the retro goofiness of Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy, etc – all meshed together to show that all this is truly one big universe and any character can feasibly end up in a scene with any other character.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 979 Facebook dating

Announcing that Facebook is going to launch it’s own dating app is like saying Facebook is launching an app for sharing photos of your pets: that’s kinda how people are already using it.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 978 Doggy door to the soul

This comic strip is partly based on our cat Spikey. We had a doggy door for 2 years and he never used it, but when our newest dog Winston showed up, the dog conducted a training session for the cat and now Spikey uses it non-stop. He was wary at first due to a couple of tail-trapping incidents but he got the hang of it.

Mat