Is _Zippy the Pinhead_ Cartoonist Bill Griffith a Cranky Old Man?


I mean, yes. He’s an underground cartoonist. The job selects for cranky old men, even when they’re, like, 19 and happy. If you’re not a cranky old man you leave underground cartooning for another field, such as ground cartooning, or telling people who tried the door anyway that the credit union closed ten minutes ago. They’re all useful services to society. But I wanted to share the glory of yesterday’s Zippy the Pinhead comic strip.

Giant shoes drop on Zippy and Griffy, and chase after them. Zippy: 'Oh no! It's th'Attack of th'50-foot sneakers!' Griffy: 'FOOTWEAR that we refuse to wear is coming after us in revenge!' Zippy: 'They want me to trade in my styrofoam roll-tops for UGLY ALLIGATORS!' Griffy: 'My leather shoes will become an endangered species!' Zippy: 'If I wanted to wear clown shoes I would have stayed in th'circus!' Griffy: 'How did 90% of the America public believe that shoes in th'form of ANGRY INSECTS should replace their Florsheims and Capezios?!
Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead for the 19th of October, 2021. And I mean, this is about sneakers, that have been the default kind of shoe to wear for my entire life so far. I get having sartorial preferences not shared by the common people. I mean, I don’t like blue jeans and don’t wear them, but I’m not going to call them clown pants unless you’ve modified your jeans some.

Understand, I’m not disapproving of his cranky rant here. Anyone who’s managed to make it in the world of somehow still syndicated newspaper comic strips should take pride using their platform for whatever pet peeves they have, even if most of them want to complain about “participation trophies”. And I’m glad to have the rant turned into a visually arresting monster-movie nightmare scenario. I post this only to share my joy with you.

Author: Joseph Nebus

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

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