Police Officer

Comic - Police Officer

Author Commentary

I had this one written on paper without the punchline - the punch didn't occur to me until after I laid the strip out in Photoshop and realized I could squeeze in one more shot.  This has happened several times, and I view it as a side benefit of having to basically write each strip twice from the ground up - once on paper and again on the computer.  This also means, of course, that each time I write a strip that bombs, I failed twice.  Dammit, my glass was half full when I started this paragraph.  Stupid glass.

Anyway, I'm glad I didn't have to resize the art for this one, because any accidental vertical shrinking would've made this officer look way too much like Enus from "The Dukes Of Hazzard."  I hope I'm spelling that wrong, because that totally doesn't look like a name.

Other things I contemplated for this strip but ultimately rejected:
1. Trying to make the person being pulled over a drunken celebrity so I could work in something about his anti-semantic rants
2. Giving said person some redemption by making his last line something like "You porcine linguistic autocrats!" and the officer's last line something like"...Okay, points for style, you get off with a warning."


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Police Officer

10/14/2014 03:28 am
I've always read that bumper sticker not as "Horn [is] Broke[n]" but as "[The] horn broke" which would make it grammatically acceptable.

But the strip is funny enough that I will cease my quibbling.

Morris Keesan
10/14/2014 03:45 am
I'm certain that the man in the picture is Officer White. That knowledge shouldn't make me as happy as it does.

Brass Orchid
10/14/2014 07:08 am
Each fiber in the rope is like a well-constructed sentence.
See how they all work together?

10/14/2014 08:48 am
Like Morris Keesan, I love the stealth joke about the partner's name, and thus by implication the one of our hero as well.

10/14/2014 01:01 pm
"Officer Strunk" == priceless.

10/14/2014 01:03 pm
That name is probably "Enos".

10/14/2014 02:40 pm
Nothing wrong with ending a sentence with a preposition. You'll have them claiming "to boldly go" is wrong next.

10/14/2014 03:20 pm
This is one of your best! And yes, the preposition .... this is the kind of thing up with which we will not put.

10/14/2014 08:42 pm
as a deputized member of the grammar police, this depiction offends me!
Firstly the bumper sticker makes perfect sense, it's "(the) horn broke" not "horn (is) broke(n)"
Secondly ending a sentence with a preposition is always okay. It's just impossible in latin, and some idiot once thought anything impossible in latin shouldn't be allowed in english.
Endly, that last mistake wasn't really grammar so much as semantics.
but right now I'm just mesmerized by the dimples on that dimpled hat.

10/14/2014 08:57 pm
Why would you be afraid of vertical shrinking? Just keep the ratio. Photoshop has options for that, has it not.

As for the pilkunnussija cop (if you don't know what pilkunnussija means, look it up. Good word): Grammatically correct or not, I think everyone who's an asshat and defends it with "it's a free country" should get a visit by such cops.

Usual John
10/15/2014 03:06 pm
You've been picked up by Language Log, http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=15194.

10/15/2014 04:30 pm
"Anti-Semantic." Was that intentional?

Brass Orchid
10/16/2014 10:28 am
You're going to literally hang me? That's virtually murder!

Adrian Ogden
10/17/2014 12:45 pm
The Dukes Of Hazzard character was "Enos". And I did get an extra laugh when I reread the strip and noticed "Officer Strunk".

10/23/2014 01:10 am
Another classic!