Didn’t they get rid of the vendos? Oh well, only idiots like readers expect things like continuity. Obviously, since this strip is based in reality, the things in the vendo would be kept up to date, and anything past its sell-by date would be removed…much like a comic strip might be removed from a paper for something fresher and more filling.
Anyway, I guess this is supposed to be funny. It clearly isn’t meant to be poignant, or educational, or anything. And I guess I have to give a bit of credit for the (I think) attempt, even though it falls on its face.
I’m not sure what we’re supposed to make of Bernie. I had thought, with his interest in chess and the band, that he was going to turn out to be a smart character. Here–well, I don’t know. Is he dumb for wanting something from the vendos, or is he just naive? In the first panel he looks cynical and weary, in the second, he looks alarmed.
Oh well, I’ve already put more effort into interpreting this than it warrants. On to tomorrow.