Sep 06

This Life – ORLY?

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Fooled you. Not talking about the telly here. No, in the ongoing massacre of free London newspapers, one thing has remained constant: the This Life cartoon is the least comprehensible, unfunny cartoon still providing its creator with a living. (And I include political cartoonists in this.) Well lets hope part of a living – I like to think the artist is a stinking rich merchant banker who does this as cathartic exercise to keep him sane.

What is needed for all the people pleading for explanations of This Life is a blog something like this: Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmaduke. Not a daily strip in the UK (that I know of), but while more competently drawn than This Life, it does suffer the same disconnection with the reader, which Joe valiantly tries to restore here.


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    IainF on 27 Sep 2006 #

    I was just thinking that today’s was particularly baffling!

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    jeff w on 27 Sep 2006 #

    I don’t find them at all incomprehensible (and am now “baffled” that other ppl do).

    I would agree however that the strip is rarely funny (I think I laughed at the Age Concern series, but that got old after a while) and doesn’t seem to bear any relation to Real Life as I experience it; perhaps its “OFF the money”-ness is what’s bemusing people?

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    alext on 27 Sep 2006 #

    I have never knowingly seen this strip, although since I have looked at Metro in the past, I probably have.

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    Pete Baran on 27 Sep 2006 #

    Terrific blog, but Marmaduke seems somewhat easier to explain than the vagaries of This Life. Of course with London free rag proliferation there are all sorts of new strips for us to rip the piss out of.

    Can This Life be found daily on-line?

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    Alan on 27 Sep 2006 #

    Jeff, plz to explain: this old This Life strip

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    jeff w on 27 Sep 2006 #

    Charlie No.4 already did on that ILE thread you linked to!

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    Admin on 27 Sep 2006 #

    “they’re not sweets, they’re taps. and i think it’s an oblique reference to alcohol and the consumption thereof…somehow”


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    Admin on 15 Oct 2006 #

    Good to see Marmaduke can defeat Joe Mathlete on occasion

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    Alan on 9 Nov 2006 #

    he’s started a new one Joe Mathlete Draws a Nipple on Ziggy’s Nose So That His Nose Looks Like A Titty. Marmaduke blog more deeply rewarding, but things like this have their place too.

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    PAUL on 4 Nov 2007 #

    ive got a this life on my bedroom door, funniest cartoon ever. two men sitting at a bar “the trouble is, when you ask a girl to dance // if she says yes // the rest of your life, she thinks you like dancing.” gold.

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