LENKE = KNEEL
CYIPS = SPICY
WHRONT = THROWN
SALULQ = SQUALL
THE REPORTER WANTED A PHOTO OF THE PICKETERS, WHO WERE HAPPY TO – – –
KEE SPI TRO SA = STRIKE A POSE
Good Morning, Everyone! 🖌 SIZE DOES MATTER! 🖌
🎶 STRIKE A POSE…STRIKE A POSE…(Vogue, vogue, vogue)…Ladies with an attitude, Fellows that were in the mood….Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it…STRIKE A POSE…there’s nothing to it…🎶 “Vogue” – Madonna 1990
🖌 So cartoonists are out on strike…of course it’s getting ink,
Outside the Daily Planet’s where they’re picketing…(hoodwink)…
So if we’re at the “Planet” then Metropolis our scene,
And we see our reporter midst the SQUALL he’s gone between…
He’ll get the juicy details, the reasons why they walked,
And write a SPICY exposé that might make management balk…
But as we’re all aware today, with news split “real and fake”,
He needs to be assured that nothing’s THROWN into the wake
A story can do damage, it can bring one side to KNEEL,
But hopefully they’ll mediate and come out even keel…
The problem here for me though, what’s making me suppose?
Who’s serving as that photog man while they all STRIKE A POSE? 🖌
Ah, the media, and it’s reporters. A somewhat thankless job. We hunger for the latest news, and then we argue over it. Who doubts, who flouts…who appreciates and who berates. It’s a revolving door. But, where’d we be without the reporters? And along the same line, where’d we be without our cartoonists? They make us laugh each day with that little bit of silliness that they bring into our lives. For so many people, it’s that morning cup of coffee, and the comics. But today, our comic’s are overshadowed by a walk-out…and while I won’t cross that picket line, I’m hoping to get close enough to get the dirt...and report it back to you…
So, first our words…Just as yesterday, we have all fan favorites, with one word playing the double duty. I guess we can call it old news…WRONTH, as is graced our pages way back on October 12th, 2014, although the word was written up again on February 24th, ‘19. And our other three have appeared from late 2018 up to as recently as this past August. Ok…On to the news of the day....
So…it wasn’t until I enlarged my papers Jumble panel today did I get the whole story. Originally, the words “Daily Planet” emblazoned atop the building in the background threw me off. I was thinking…”Daily Planet?…Clark Kent, Jimmy Olsen”? But..Ah ha, Fake News! That Daily Planet was just put there because obviously the real newspapers in question couldn’t be mentioned. Truth be told, what we have here today…is a failure to communicate! We’re present at a picket line of cartoonists, up in arms because the size of our beloved daily cartoons has been steadily shrinking. So, suffice to say we’re not really in the fictional “Metropolis”, but we are out there in the big cities. The big cities whose papers are publishing our cartoons. And our cast of characters? From left, we see Cathy Guisewite, representing her beloved “Cathy”, a hidden Jim Davis,with his “Garfield” sign aloft, Stephan Pastis, the creative genius behind “Pearls Before Swine”, our own Jeff Knurek, of Jumble fame, (clad in a Wilco T-Shirt), and lastly a woman who I think to be Lynn Johnston, now retired from “For Better or Worse”. And each of their signs are speaking to the reason that they’re on STRIKE. Little by little, the cartoon panels that they’re submitting are getting smaller and smaller...and they’ve had enough. It’s obviously become a big deal, and it’s no joke! And they’re shown drawn together to put a stop to it! POSEd to act…I mean poised to act. No, wait…POSEd it is…They’re having their picture taken, and they’re happy to STRIKE A POSE!
Eye candy? The signs are all there! “Cathy’s” signature “AACK”, followed by “Give us our space back”, Garfield’s never-ending hatred of Monday’s, spelt out as “I hate small print on Monday’s”, “Pearls” Rat, exclaiming “Bigger is Better”, the Jumbles familiar puzzle layout, with a descending scramble stating, “Make The Jumble Bigger” , and lastly, our mystery woman’s placard asking, “What are you thinking, with our comics shrinking”? (Is the rhyme any clue to her identity)?… It all speaks for itself…So, There you have it, Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And maybe this is all a PSA. Should we be up in arms too? Should we be writing into our papers pointing out their shortcomings? Are David and Jeff trying to tell us something, by drawing this crowd? Hmm…🖌🤷🏻♀️
RIP, Kenny Rogers. A true country gentleman. God speed, Sir.