Friday, December 31, 2010

Hi and Lois: Good. That color will go perfectly with the Flagstone's lampshade.

Hi and Lois is easily the most interesting legacy strip, if only for its wide variety of tones. It usually settles for simple gags, but occasionally forays into more controversial territory (I can't find it now, but it has explicitly acknowledged global warming in a nonjokey way before) and at times into outright misery, as is the case today.

Seriously, there's no humor content here. This is just a comic about an alcoholic, his unhappy wife and their collapsing marriage. Of course, the timeless state of the comic means that the marriage will never actually collapse, but remain in a perpetually collapsing state. But that only makes it all the more depressing.

1 comment:

  1. There's humor - it's just a reference to a joke (wearing a lampshade on one's head) that was popular, oh, approximately before any of us were born. Tomorrow's joke: someone slips on a banana peel and hilarity ensues.

    Actually, reinterpreting this strip as a sort of Tennessee Williams/Samuel Beckett hybrid is one of the most depressing things I've done this week.