Conservation of Matter
  • Jinmen
    May 26, 2011

    Consumerism makes slaves of us all!
    Please by my shirts, albums, and books.

  • Marv
    May 26, 2011

    Wait, this comic is talking about people putting all the meaning of a moment into a related, physical object. What does that do with her selling pencils and shirts?

    … Unless you’re shilling your own stuff here?

  • apathor
    May 26, 2011

    Hah! E = mc^2.

  • JayJayRose
    May 26, 2011

    I approve.

  • Argh
    May 26, 2011

    I don’t need act summary, act summary, act! to take me to the narrative edge.

    More warmth / interaction between Cat and Girl as characters please. These reads like Beckett without the gravitas

  • Zack
    May 26, 2011

    I was just thinking about this yesterday. But how will we support our miserable non-salaried lives if we can’t sell stuff? We’ll have to sell trust itself (noting Dorothy’s Paypal Donate button to the right). But are consumers ready for that? Can we survive?

    Maybe not all of us.

  • lifto
    May 26, 2011

    If you bookstalk me, you’ll see my Cat and Girl books. Perhaps it is a vulgar way to communicate with my fellow future corpse, but it is a connection all the same.

  • lcrl
    May 26, 2011

    Drop the bomb! Exterminate them all!

  • Rollo
    May 26, 2011

    “If we collect stuff… we become the curators of a museum that no-one else cares about”
    – Ross Noble (A Quiet Word With…), 21-05-11

    I think that Anti-Consumerism is as much a disease as Affluenza is. Is it too hard to accept that people have things because they “like” them?

  • brian
    May 26, 2011

    Never does Girl give a caustic observation about the state of culture with a look of triumph. The perpetual slouch and grimace comes along with Girl’s realizing of the implications of her own existence. She is only ever critical if it can be, in some way, of herself.

    And before some might care to point the hypocrisy of a strip which condemns itself universally, perhaps he might realize the ever-present Cat, happy to embrace the status quo, and realizing that blithe acceptance is a happy route, so long as you’re silly enough to never notice.

    This isn’t a lecture, but an internal dialogue, made external.

  • Jinmen
    May 27, 2011

    True. Bug Gunshow can do the same thing, but manage to be funny too.

  • Oliver
    May 27, 2011

    Sell us a shirt that says “you can like stuff without buying the T-Shirt”! Sell it to us!

    Or will people just think it to be a facebook thing…

  • yachris
    May 27, 2011

    @brian wrote: “Never does Girl give a caustic observation about the state of culture with a look of triumph. […] She is only ever critical if it can be, in some way, of herself.”

    And that’s why we come back… it’s honest questioning, not a pointed political diatribe.

    And, personally, I find it fine to not have every instance of “the funnies” be, you know, funny. Moving, thought-provoking, random… it’s all good.

  • Sean
    May 27, 2011

    Can I get this on a T-shirt?

  • apathor
    May 27, 2011

    To the folks who regularly deconstruct this comic: have you read Calvin and Hobbes? Girl represents Dorothy’s opinions the way Calvin represents Watterson’s. @brian is correct; the message is in the point and (often absurd) counter-point between the characters.

  • BenK
    May 27, 2011

    I personally find it laugh-inducing, like all other quality examples of observational humor that is partially an indulgence in laughing at other people; partially a recognition of that same issue in my own life. There is discomfort, perhaps, in the laugh. A bit of a sigh, some sorrow, a realization or a reminder; and frequently enough, a not too bad pun.

  • rubyben
    May 27, 2011

    @Rollo: I say yes, it is too hard. You don’t “just like” stuff. It’s socialized.

  • tg
    May 27, 2011

    Incidentally, Dorothy sells C&G merchandise. I call shenanigans.

  • Erika
    May 27, 2011

    Interesting how, in panel 3, Cat says “birthdays,” plural. Does Girl have more than one birthday a year? No wonder she’s tired of material goods.

  • piazelle
    May 27, 2011

    Me want an NPR tote bag!

  • B
    May 27, 2011

    Look at panel 5. Cat’s not just holding it, he’s squeezing the life out of it.

  • seann
    May 28, 2011

    Ive thought about this, whenever some cartoonist/ show creator is super excited to launch a line of bobble heads or figurines or what have you. Thankfully, comics merch are slouching toward the useful as well as decorative with pencil cases and drinking glasses. Im in my thirties… how many t shirts can one adult male own???

  • piazelle
    May 29, 2011

    You can always make a quilt with all them:
    (My favorite is the led zep throw pillow)

  • Idkrash
    May 31, 2011


    And cat and girl pencil bags, that contain I’m wasting my life pencils, and BDD erasers.




    Are you a shenanican or a shenanican’t

    @Dorothy, re: seann,

    Pencil case demand is up a teenth.

  • debenste
    June 1, 2011

    the horror, the horror…

  • Emily
    June 3, 2011

    Soooo if a cheap t-shirt with a grainy image of the Mona Lisa is about a definition of self, projected for others to perceive as appreciating quality, rather than an act of *actual* appreciation, does buying it aware of the difference between the two make one a hipster? I want my $4 back.

    Time to revisit the genius of the (non-)ironic t-shirt episodes:

  • craig
    June 3, 2011

    I love that you drew this AND sell t-shirts and shot glasses! You rock!

  • Dorothy
    June 10, 2011

    I rock silently, back and forth, wondering what went wrong.

  • Ralph
    July 17, 2013

    The object is to remind others that you like it so you can talk about it.

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