Do any of you folks remember Silly Putty? It was a strange, malleable plastic that could bounce, stretch in various ways, and had other interesting qualities. And one of the things you could do was…well, I’ll let Wikipedia tell the tale:
“When newspaper ink was petroleum based, Silly Putty could be used to transfer newspaper images to other surfaces, potentially providing amusement by distorting the transferred image afterwards. Newer papers with soy-based inks are more resistant to this process.”
So, you could transfer the image of a single comic strip and, with a little patience, you could stretch that image out so that it was the size of an entire week’s worth of strips! I can imagine how excited Tom Batiuk must have been to discover that Silly Putty is still being made, and that its adaptive process is only slightly dimmed with time.
I mean, last week with Dinkle, recording a CD had been decided, ways to raise money for this discussed, and frail elderly people were sent unsupervised into dangerous neighborhoods to hawk funguous and noisome confectionery offal. If Dullard were in charge of that venture, we’d only now be deciding on what recording medium would require the least amount of work (yet would allow the most complaining).
I don’t want to delve back through Dullard’s scenes, but don’t they always play out this way? It takes him weeks to open a letter, pack a van, invite a lost sister inside, or scowl about having to work.