I have a subscription to Go Comics that delivers me an email every morning with most of my favorite comic strips. Dick Tracy, Pearls Before Swine, Cul de Sac, Big Nate, Monty, Frazz, and Tom the Dancing Bug.
I also throw other comics on the there and let them run for a few months. Usually I end up swapping them out for other strips. One of the titles operating in this probationary period within my email is Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstei.
The strip is a standard suburban life sort of strip. Can't tell if the family all honestly hates each other or whether Rubino and Markstei are trying for dark humor but maybe don't really understand what dark humor really is supposed to be.
Anyway, Daddy's Home has come close to being chopped from my subscription many times, but then have found a stay of execution with a small run of amusing strips. However, I think Daddy's Home may not be receiving a call from the governor after the strips that have been published this week.
This is what ran on Tuesday.
Actually, I don't think we need to. I can't seem to figure out if there is a joke here or not.
Is the joke that the guy with the goatee has no short-term memory? Is it supposed to be funny that he calls a guy who bought a robot to clean his gutters a "pencil-necked geek"? Maybe there is hidden joke in that red-coat guy says "gutter-cleaning robot", to which goatee guy responds "pencil-necked geek". Both are two word phases, in which the first word is hyphenated and serves as an adjective to the second word noun. Is it a witty vocabulary joke that I am missing.
Wait, I know. The joke is that red-coat guy's roof floats majestically in the air over some sort of brown wall/table structure where these two gentlemen enjoy sitting, drinking steaming cups of liquid, and exchanging particularly biting hyphenated two-worded insults at each other.
Yes, I'm sure some of the horribleness of this comic can be blamed on the colorist who chose to color the whole background blue. But in the colorist defense, the artist (who I presume here is Gary Markstei) didn't bother to give any visual frame of reference of where this roof is coming from.
Where's the siding or bricks on the side of the house? Maybe you could have thrown in a window or a door. Anything to not make this scene look something that might actually occur in real life.
It's a little amazing that the art is as bad as it is.
What's worse is that the same poor rendering is used again today.
In fact, the artist turns the roof of red-coat guy into what can only be understood as the limb of a tree - if you consider where the men are standing and how the are looking up at the failing gutter-cleaning robot.
Time for Daddy's Home to go home and bother me no more.