The Francis Cartoons - In Which Francis Takes Company

The Francis Cartoons

Comic 81 - In Which Francis Takes Company

In Which Francis Takes Company
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1st Jul 2021, 9:00 AM



I am sure this is very ironic and has multiple underlying messages, but I am not smart enough to know why.

11th May 2021, 4:14 PM edit delete reply

I'm not sure about irony, I was just hoping to make people laugh.

11th May 2021, 5:00 PM edit delete reply

“Sip” civilized.

11th May 2021, 4:33 PM edit delete reply


11th May 2021, 4:59 PM edit delete reply

Hope things get better for Ugh-Glug eventually...

11th May 2021, 4:53 PM edit delete reply

I hear he might get a job at the fish market

11th May 2021, 4:59 PM edit delete reply

Very clever Francois, c'est magnifique.

It's what would be known as a BOGOF (Buy one, get one free), or a "Twofa"

ps. Tea sipping approved!

11th May 2021, 5:01 PM edit delete reply

Thank you, sir. But, I don't think everyone got the joke.

11th May 2021, 5:17 PM edit delete reply

I'm sure everyone here is smart enough to get it.

BTW - I think he's outgrown that goldfish bowl!

11th May 2021, 5:23 PM edit delete reply

From factory hog farms and hatred of tech to polluted oceans...I'm beginning to think that the artist might need a Prozac script STAT! :)

11th May 2021, 8:43 PM edit delete reply

You're right, Remy! But cartooning IS my Prozac...and so are your hilarious comments BTW

11th May 2021, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

OK, maybe I did know what the joke meant, but I am just testing you. Explain it to me and then I can double check it against what I thought it meant....

11th May 2021, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

OK. a rule I don't like to explain cartoons by making the implicit explicit, but because I have genuine warm affection for you, chris-tar, I'll make an exception.

Uhg-lug, like many fish who live in the oceans, is stuggling more and more because of the increasing rise in ocean temperatures. Francis, like most of us, listens patiently to Uhg-lug's problems, yet with a self protective detachment. Francis wants to seem to care, but can only care superficially since he's basically powerless to do anything about it, and so adroitly sips his tea. In other words Uhg- lug's problems ( ie. the problem of ocean temperature rise) remains undelt with. Uhg-lug then coughs up garbage, signifying the worsening conditions for oceanic life. Meanwhile, as we see, on the earth's surface, ie. Francis' deck, all appears idilic, no signs of environmental catastrophe at all. Which also ties into why Francis is so blast about Uhg-lug's problems....Francis has no problems environmentally...yet.
The garbage floating in Uhg-lug's bowl symbolizes that the garbage is confined to the ocean, Uhg-lug's world, not Francis' or our world.

It's funny because we as readers feel the pregnant pause between the end of Uhg-lug's speel signified by the tea "sip" and the hanging tension of what was just said. The coughing sounds like a rebuke to what he just said, but it's misleading, because in the final panel, the gag is that he just coughed up garbage that presumably he ingested while still living in the polluted oceans. Wow. I guess an image really is worth a thousand words.

Apologies, chris-tar, I'm better at drawing than I am at writing.

11th May 2021, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

Thank you for that. So it is that awkward pause, or "pregnant pause, that makes it funny. I agree, mainly because I have had to pretend to understand other people's hard luck stories myself even when I cannot relate to them at all.

Also, is it safe to say that this could be a commentary about immigration? (the fish is a refugee), And how detached some people are from the harsh conditions people from other countries must endure when they live in their own safe bubbles of comfort? If so, because I am a nationalist (but not a Nazi), and believe in the right for individual nations to exist, I believe that all nations are individually, and ultimately, responsible for the conditions their citizens must live in. Furthermore, I feel that if a country like America, through its own hard work and ingenuity, along with its unique set of values and constitution, achieves a higher standard of living, then they deserve to reap the rewards of that without being forced to share it with every other country until their prosperity is sabotaged.

11th May 2021, 9:54 PM edit delete reply

That's part of what makes it funny, the other thing that makes it funny is that the oceans are much worse than even Uhg-lug is describing them. Which we learn of in an amusing way.

Yes, you are correct to see the immigration part of the commentary. Uhg-lug's remark about waiting for his immigration status is mentioned to convey the idea that some countries are exploited by other countries (In this case the oceans by the land dwellers) thereby necessitating the need for some people from the exploited countries to immigrate to the country they were exploited by in order to survive or to improve their life conditions (as Uhg-lug is doing in the cartoon by immigrating to the land, even though it's obviously a hardship for him symbolized by his environment suit) in real life powerful countries often exploit poor countries for their natural resources, but destroy the ecosystem the local people rely on to live in the process. In the cartoon this is happening to the oceans.

You discription of nationalism sounds like it could make an interesting future cartoon, if you don't mind me working off of your idea that is.

11th May 2021, 10:20 PM edit delete reply

You have my blessing.

11th May 2021, 10:53 PM edit delete reply

You've wasted a fine chance to avoid work here.
I recently discovered that if you're going to explain something, re-run the original and add "Director's Commentary" to it.
That way you get both easy visual reference and the day off from drawing new material!

This 5 is for both the strip and the comment. Sorry, can't give it twice since you only ran it once.

4th Jun 2021, 5:14 PM edit delete reply

You're right, -3-, I have been working too hard. I think I'll take next week off as you suggest.

4th Jun 2021, 5:20 PM edit delete reply

Damn you!
You pulled my trick before i could pull it on Jamie59.

Now it'll seem like i'm copying you if i twist his words into a break.

4th Jun 2021, 6:26 PM edit delete reply

I was going to post a comment but I have nothing to add to all that. It was a great read, you two!

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