Maybe The Art Wasn’t The Real Problem?

Besides writing Apartment 3-G Margaret Shulock was also one of the six women who share the Six Chix comic strip. Six Chix is a long-running project in which six women take turns drawing the daily strips, as well as the Sunday strip. It’s an interesting experiment, and I suppose it was particularly useful as an incubator for comic strip artists back before web comics and online distribution were remotely plausible channels. (One might argue whether they’re plausible today, but is one-sixth of a newspaper comic strip plausible either?) Shulock draws as well as writes her slice of the comic.

Margaret Shulock's signature sas, 'It's Christmas already! You ate all the candy, and I'm still dressed up like an idiot!' A woman in a witch costume with a Puritan hat cries for help. A cat hides behind a pumpkin. The label: 'The Halloween Witch Problem.'
Margaret Shulock’s Six Chix for the 15th of December, 2015. What does Pumpkin Cat add to the proceedings?

So here’s Shulock’s strip from this week. I admit this is one of those comics that sits on my head and makes me beg for mercy. I feel like this is very clear and understandable to the cartoonist but I’m baffled what any of it is supposed to mean. Also, that’s the least-pointy witch’s hat I’ve seen in a long time. It’s almost a better Puritan hat except for missing the buckle. And I’m going to go ahead and assume that Puritan hats didn’t actually have buckles in the era of the first Thanksgiving anyway because that’s always the way. So, any ideas, folks? Is it possible that Margaret Shulock is signalling for help in the only way that can get past her abductors?

If that’s done enough for you, then, please look over to my mathematics blog. It just did another round of mathematically-themed comic strips, including a Jumble feature. Those comics are all a lot clearer than this.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

3 thoughts on “Maybe The Art Wasn’t The Real Problem?”

  1. Are you familiar with a obscure newspaper comic from the 70s called “PIXies” by Jack Wold? I ask because you seem to like anthropomorphic numbers comics and his comic exclusively used numbers,letters,and objects as characters.


    1. I had not heard of this, that I remember, before. It does seem like panels from it ought to have been snuck in as the comic relief for some of my elementary-school mathematics books, since I grew up in a New Math-based era that would support this kind of humor.

      The university library near me has a copy, but for library use only. Probably means I can’t just leaf through it even if I promise to not take it away from their desk


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