Loss of a Master


“Cartoonist” Bil Keane passed away last week, taking with him any chance of an explanation of his his famous (and famously puzzling) daily comic panel, Family Circus.

The comic has confused and bewildered children and adults for what seems like centuries. Were they part of a giant sociology experiment for which newspaper subscribers were unknowing lab rats? Was it one of those phenomenons whose endurance can only be explained by toss-away lines like, “They love it in Japan”? Or were they littered with sophisticated, subliminal messages and marketing?

We may never know.

h/t Dan’s Review of the World