Memorial Day

I was surprised by how many people hated today’s comic. It is arguably—at least so far—my most controversial comic.

I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Instead, I was trying to make a point. Too many people regard Memorial Day as just a three-day weekend for having fun. They don’t want to think about the dead we’re supposed to be honoring.

Beyond that and on a personal note, I was also trying to highlight the absurdity of people who expect bereaved family members to quickly “snap out of it” and stop crying.

I know from personal experience that recovery is a long, slow process.

Unfortunately, those points don’t seem to have come through in the comic. (Or at least not in a humorous way.) And, for that, I’m sorry.

Art by Art Saaf & Mike Peppe from the story “Kiss and Run” from NEW ROMANCES #14, 1952.

↓ Transcript
SCENE: At a cemetery. Two men are covering up a grave in the background. In the foreground, a woman is crying and a man is trying to comfort her.

MAN: Cheer up! it’s a three-day weekend!

1952 Art: Art Saaf & Mike Peppe Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira



  1. “He’s nothing but a grave digger! And I told everyone he was a pilot!”

    “Now I really regret paying that hit man to kill him!”

    “He’s left me alone with no one except my Moribund Mother and Ubiquitous Uncle!”

    Meanwhile, fifty feet away, her Father wakes up to find out that when Ambien lists ‘possibility of premature burial’ as a side effect, they aren’t joking around.

    • I got it!

      • Not everyone did. Thanks!

    • I used to take Ambient, but when I woke up the next morning I couldn’t remember if I’d been asleep. 🙂

  2. If satire were not dead in the Trump era, this might not have gone over people’s respective heads. Once Trump is safely in jail, Americans will have to be retrained not to accept satire as literal.

    • Thanks, Willie. I agree. Reality is so bizarre these days that it’s hard to know when someone is kidding!


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