This comic might represent a turning point for Joe Flaco if he wasn’t
ceaselessly buffeted around by circumstance like a plastic bag on a
windy day…so beautiful…I feel like I can’t take it. Nonetheless, he is still a lot different from the Joe Flaco that everyone met in the first Corgi Boss strip.
Here he actually seems…competent. I’m mildly envious. This strip also
might be a turning point for the storyline. I think people like turning
points because it’s when all the pressure of what’s come before
culminates and lights the way for what follows. When I first started
writing this story arc, I divided it into four acts with this comic
strip ending the first act. It’s nice that this act ends with Joe
feeling a bit of triumph. He’s had enough of a rough time that he
deserves a good day.
Can’t Be Fucked Off Today
It’s those days of triumph that are worth living for, right? Looking
at Twitter, I feel like a lot of people are hoping to live through it
vicariously when it comes to the current White House. I mean,
something’s got to stick, right? Right? RIGHT?!!!
A lot of the real press conferences that I’ve seen are orchestrated
by the participants, both in the administration and in the press, to be
clapback moments like in this comic. We want a moment in which someone stands up
and sticks it to whoever the bad guy is. Real triumph over the big bad
isn’t just about culpability or winning, it’s about saying to your
enemy, “You can’t shrug this one off. This is my can’t be fucked off
It’s a bit of a fiction though because these moments, these days that
we’re just on top of it, they don’t happen in a vacuum. As I said in
the last paragraph (in case you’re one of those skimming readers—stop
it), these moments are about transition but are entirely dependent on
what came before and what follows. Even Joe’s moment only happened
because of Mary’s stalwart reporting. So, it’s best not to hope for the
smoking gun or dramatic gestures. They feel nice, but they’re hardly the
whole ball game.
The Underside of the High Point
The sad truth of a zenith is that they often presage a decline,
because as Kanye says, “can we get much higher?” The answer at some
point will be no. No, Kanye, and no Joe Flaco, you can’t get much
higher. So, I hope you are as interested as I am to see what happens
with the Hobarken Herald as things get real.
Trivia: The high point of The Hobarken Herald’s circulation was when the International Bird Cage Lining Festival was in town.