Bad Decision Dinosaur on the Boardwalk
  • long time lurker
    August 11, 2009

    I don’t get it… I’m think it has something to do with panel 3, but I don’t know what’s going on. Help?

  • Brian
    August 11, 2009

    it’s an allusion to the end of The Awakening. duh.

  • David Thomsen
    August 11, 2009

    I haven’t read The Awakening either. David.

  • Jake
    August 11, 2009

    Edna is devastated. She goes immediately back to Grand Isle, where she first met Robert Lebrun. It is also where she learned to swim earlier in the novel, an episode that was both exhilarating and terrifying, and an episode that perfectly encapsulated the conflicting emotions she wrestled with during course of the novel. The novel ends with Edna allowing herself to be overtaken by the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

  • FDR
    August 11, 2009

    While Abe enjoys his ice cream and a quick smoke, I’ll get in the line for some Fried Beer- what a great idea!

  • John K
    August 11, 2009

    I love them going swimming!

  • Krimson
    August 11, 2009

    I bet the guy in the Abe Lincoln suit is a hipster who smokes French cigarettes. Otherwise, it would be a good decision to get a picture with Abe Lincoln!

  • George
    August 11, 2009

    I’ll second FDR. Beer is great for frying (at least in the sense of “beer-battered”), because it’s the perfect mix of carbohydrates and alcohol, resulting in delicious browning. Food entrepreneurs of America: please figure out how to implement fried beer!

  • Ross Hershberger
    August 11, 2009

    Has that kid got a baked ham on a stick? I suppose it was just a matter of time.

  • Oliver
    August 11, 2009

    Fry me a beer,
    stick me a ham,
    I’ll be by the water

  • David Matthew
    August 11, 2009

    Ham on a stick — is that like “Pork Chop on a Stick”?

  • CJ
    August 11, 2009

    I’ll wait for the beer-batter dipped beer.

  • Grant
    August 12, 2009

    So weird. I just got my Mom to read my copy of the Awakening this weekend. But um…How do people get the Awakening out of this? Other books/films have characters going to sea and drowning themselves. Like that Diane Arbus biopic with Nicole Kidman, “Fur” comes to mind…

  • Roger
    August 12, 2009

    Oh, I dunno. Doesn’t it seem more like “…We have failed. Let us return to the deep where life-processes demand less of the meta-psyche.” Hm? Fuck being alive anyway.

  • FDR
    August 12, 2009

    Good catch Ross….Hahaha- I totally missed the ham on a stick! Our county fair is happening now- heading down there to visit the concession stands! (keeping fingers crossed for fried beer and ham on a stick…pleaseohplease)

  • Zhora
    August 12, 2009

    I liked it better when I didn’t know anything about it. No, I still like it…it just makes me feel good for some reason. It’s strange and unreal and sort of not quite fitting in to anything. It doesn’t seem to matter where it goes from there…

  • xister
    August 13, 2009

    Hmmm. The Awakening??? And here I just thought that Bad Decision Dinosaur wanted someone to take his pic with Abe and couldn’t get anyone to do it, so he just want swimming with him instead.

  • xister
    August 13, 2009

    …and they drowned.

  • Dorothy
    August 13, 2009

    Does Nicole Kidman get to drown herself in the Arbus biopic AND the Woolf biopic? If you go to the beach and she’s in the lifeguard chair put on some waterwings.

  • Dorothy
    August 13, 2009

    I’ve never read The Awakening. Is it worth reading?

  • Grant
    August 13, 2009

    Thank you Dorthy, I’d forgotten about “The Hours” drowning, partially because it wasn’t on a beach. Hee, I don’t think I’d trust Lifeguard Kidman.

    The Awakening is alright. It’s good for the sake of the fact that it’s early Americana and shows a liberated woman at a time when most women weren’t. Read it if you have a few free hours, but don’t make it a priority.

    And your strip is continuously amazing. Just FYI. Thanks for keeping me entertained and thoughtful.

  • camille
    August 13, 2009

    i think they look like they are doing ok by the end of that
    they are probably having a pretty good time under there somewhere

  • Chris Jones
    August 13, 2009

    Dorothy, The Awakening is horrible. Don’t bother with it. And yeah, I thought the strip was way cute.

  • Elizabeth
    August 14, 2009

    The ham on a stick reminds me of the porkflower from the theoretical vegitarian shirt.

  • Jim
    August 16, 2009

    I’m so shallow. I thought they were just going swimming. That will turn out to be a bad idea when Lincoln’s law partner Herndon steals the camera.

  • BillBobBodean
    August 18, 2009

    The Awakening is a pile of crap. The protagonist is incredibly shallow, immature, and selfish. So yeah, classic Americana.

  • Chris Kuan
    August 18, 2009


    So… “Catcher In The Rye” for girls?

  • Chris Jones
    August 19, 2009

    Chris Kaun: Exactly! You hit the nail on the head.

  • Sarah
    August 21, 2009

    nicole kidman doesn’t drown in the arbus movie. her hairy man-love drowns and she goes on to take nudie pictures.

  • Ben
    November 17, 2009

    I’m still waiting for artichoke-on-a-stick.

  • ben.
    February 22, 2010

    Become the “on a stick” you wish to see in the world?

  • DonJaime
    April 14, 2010

    Is “The Awakening” one of those books that is only world-famous in the USA? Or am I just globally ignorant?

  • ArcWinter
    May 29, 2010

    Abraham Lincoln – the best president, or the best president ever?

  • Jaime
    September 6, 2010

    FINALLY! Other people that thought “The Awakening” was crap! My English teacher thought that I was an insensitive person because I didn’t like it…hey, I’m all for the “awakening” of women to their oppression by society etc. but I’m only for it when it’s done by a competent writer who can manage to make me not hate the protagonist.

    Also @DonJaime, I live in Australia and we had to read it, so I just think it’s one of those books that is known and obscure at the same time.

  • dorothy
    March 5, 2011

    I’m not really dorothy

  • Kliph
    August 7, 2015

    Is it not clear that Bad Decision Dinosaur is trying to sell pictures to tourists of them with Abraham Lincoln? No takers. And so they call it a bad job and head off into the water. The meaning of the last panel is uncertain, but it is Bad Decision Dinosaur, so we are free to suspect the worst. It may or may not resonate with a hip book.

  • tony
    August 21, 2017

    i’m beginning to realize i’m not well read enuf to appreciate a lot of catandgirl, ….without the comments. :)

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