I mean to be sympathetic and kind toward comic strip artists, and especially the ones who do puzzle comics for kids. It’s hard to put in a puzzle worth pondering, in so little space, and when you can’t be sure what your readers can do. So it’s just impossible to hit them all, all the time. But the big puzzle this Sunday in Slylock Fox? The dry-cleaning problem? With the alligator taking a couple of capes in? I have issues. And, just to show that I’m trying to be fair to the cartoonist I’ll put my complaints behind a cut.
Okay so, like, are Slylock Fox and Super Cluck picking up their capes before they’ve been cleaned? Because if they were cleaned and one of them still smells of smoke then the cleaner did something wrong. But if they haven’t been cleaned why are they worried about getting the capes back? Or is this the clerk realized he mixed up the capes before he started cleaning? … I guess that would make sense except that this isn’t much of a mixup. Also, if the capes are completely indistinguishable then then we start getting into problems of identity. Like, if there’s no way to tell which one belongs to who, is there even a “proper owner”? If someone at the laundry swapped the sherpa fleece I put under the rabbit’s play area for an identical one I guess I’d be theoretically irked, but if I couldn’t tell the difference how would I know to be upset?
Anyway I guess I can reconcile this solution to making sense but it should not be this hard to find the Six Differences panel guy’s moustache either.
On top of all that it turns out this is a Les Moore week in Funky Winkerbean. Great.