I can’t believe it! We – ahem – milked yet another comic out of the Chinese baby milk saga, and this time, there’s no Martin in sight. What’s interesting here is that this problem keeps happening, in a surprisingly regular new and equally devastating form each time. It’s China; you’d be tempted to assume their government’s got people checking these things before they get sold – do those individuals not realise that baby milk’s not meant to have this stuff in it?
By the by, this comic’s not supposed to be an indictment of choosing to not breastfeed, I wanna make that clear. I wasn’t breastfed, and I turned out – er – fine. Well, bad example, maybe, but you know what I mean.
The Courier Mail, one of Rupert Murdoch’s papers, compared the national broadcaster ABC to an international terrorist group on its frontpage, with a tasteless photoshop job. Robert and I had a tough time actually making up things that were more wildly inappropriate than that. It’s a difficult thing to exaggerate.
Somehow, we managed.
Also, if Tony Jones, Charlie Pickering or Annabel Crabb are reading this, we’re sorry we love you guys (and your lawyers), it’s the work of the Murdoch papers’ headline-writers we take issue with. And just think of what a great conversation starter a framed print of this comic would make, on your coffee table or mantlepiece!
Ps. I only just realised that monday’s strip was our 300th comic. Just imagine for a second if it was the first Zunfa Comics strip you ever read. Whoof.
In real life I’m openly queer; however I’ve always imagined the fictional character ‘Martin’ in the comic to be straight, and somewhat fragile about his sexuality. (He’s certainly said some casually homophobic things.) But he’s also argumentative, which I think would translate to shamelessness when he wants his money back. And for those of you with short memories, his odd tastes have been mentioned previously.
Sex toys being toxic is a very real issue; that link and the next one are obviously NSFW, unless you work in an adult store (hey, it’s better than a McJob). I could write a long annotation about it, but it’s already been said perfectly. If you own a sex toy or are in the market for one, the content of that page should be required reading.
I’m also not sure whether this constitutes a four-panel comic or a three-panel comic technically; perhaps a four-panel diptych? There’s a pun in there about “dick-tips” given the comic’s subject matter, but I’ll leave it up to you to puzzle out the mechanics of it.