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The third panel of that last strip.

A few people have voiced some confusion as to the meaning of the third panel of this strip. It is meant to be a kids book rendition of one of my favorite books, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Here's the trailer for the excellent Terry Gilliam film adaptation.

The entire film can be seen on Hulu.

I did toy with a different book. Here are two of the ideas I was batting around:


"The first rule of friend club is, tell all your friends about friend club."

The Dark Tower of Tickles

"The man in black fled across the desert. The Gunslinger followed ... to tickle him."

I think I made the right choice.

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Reader Comments (31)

I'm sorry for anyone who didn't get the reference - it was VERY funny. I recommend the book :)

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebi

Yep, good choice on that one. Adults can read a second level of meaning into it. :-)

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim McCormack

Personally, I would have voted for Friend Club.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertjvm

Wow, I can't believe people weren't getting it. The book and movie are classics!
I love your other ideas too. :]

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I hope you don't mind if I start a Friend Club?

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAvi

Definitely the right choice. The Friend Club is quite good, and might have been more readily grasped by more people. But Fun and Laughing... is so much more appropriate for the boss to misappropriate.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThomasT

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I also agree on your choice. Friend Club would be 2nd.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

What kind of tickler would Roland be? I'd picture him sitting there, deadpan, with just the slightest grin.
Take that, Balazar! (jabs with feather)

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Fun and Laughing was by far the best choice, but I mainly wanted to compliment your taste in books!

Fear and Loathing is one of my favorite of all time, Fight Club (I'm man enough to admit I've never read!) But was an amazing film, and I'm currently on book 5 of the Dark Tower series and loving every second!

Oh, and if you'd used the Dark Tower reference then soooo few people would have got the joke!

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStretch

I haven't seen or read 'fear and loathing' but I still got the reference. Very surprised that people didn't. But then again I don't get the 'Dark Tower' thing.
Liked the 'friend club' idea

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

Just wanted to de-lurk to smugly say I would have got any of those. Look at me, I'm cool!


October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam-you-ell

I almost laughed like an idiot when I saw the Fear and Loathing reference. (Which would have been fatal since my wife and I were having a serious discussion and I wasn't supposed to be surfing.)

"Friend Club" is great, but 90% of its greatness is the title. I'm really glad you chose what you did.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfordsfords

I would BUY one of those and READ THEM TO MY KIDS!

Can't you hear the revenue stream a-burbling?

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChap

How did anyone NOT get that? Seriously, learn to ignore some of the idiots who email you because they don't understand every last panel. They're on the internet for chrissakes, if they don't get the reference, they can look it up before you can finish loading the "Post New Entry" page.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobisOnlyBob

I think you made the right choice, too. You need to expect a certain minimal level of cultural knowledge and erudition from your readers. One has to draw the line somewhere.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJBaptist

I adore Fear and Loathing (the movie), and that's not just because I'm a chick and it has Johnny Depp in it. It's such a fabulously fantastic (in the sense of the drug-induced fantasy) story with great actors, superb comedic timing and great effects that it can stand up to many subsequent watchings. All that to say, I got it and think your adult-movie-as-kid's-book idea rocks.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLanna

I read your post and thought I liked Friend Club better - until I looked back at the illustration in panel 3

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohnC

I read your post and thought I liked Friend Club better - until I looked back at the illustration in panel 3

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohnC

Unfortunately, Bob, many people on the internet these days don't know how to USE the internet worth a damn.

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJake Stichler

Never explain jokes!

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAugh!

BobisOnlyBob, it wasn't the last panel people had a problem with. It was the third panel. Number three. Next to last.

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI am Tubby, yes.

I think you misunderstood what he meant when he said "every last panel."

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Sorry, Dark Tower of Tickles was the better choice. I'm still smirking about it, and I read this two hours ago. Sure, 28 people would have understood it, but those 28 deserve to be pandered to.

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

*confused look* . . . are we having an arguement over what Bob said/meant?

@Bob: you have to remember, most of the population on the internet are of the teenage age. Using my peers as models, almost NO ONE reads books anymore. They're all to busy texting and *nervous look* doing . . . other . . stuff . . to read. I knew what he meant, because my brother was a HUGE fan of Hunter S. Thompson's writing. There is no need to get all surly because some people got confused. God, if it bothers you THAT much, have a seminar over things people SHOULD know.

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy

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