How do you make 9/11 funny? It’s not possible. It’s like good and evil. They are mutually exclusive.
But of the 24 Sunday comics in The Philadelphia Inquirer almost half had some sort of reference to 9/11: Dustin, Doonesbury, Edge City, Blondie, Baby Blues, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Hagar the Horrible, Zits, Family Circus?, and my favorite Lio–since it is simple, dark and relevant.
I understand both why a comic would want to make a timely allusion to 9/11, and why they wouldn’t. It is risky to do it. What if your attempt at remembering 9/11 alienates readers, seems inappropriate or comes across as sappy?
But how do you make 9/11 funny? You can’t.
The point of the comics is to be comedic, to entertain with humor. 9/11 isn’t funny. It’s tragic.
But Qohelet, the author of Ecclesiastes, tells us, “there is…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Eccl. 3:4). Today is definitely a time to weep and mourn, but is it also a time to laugh and dance? I would like to think so, but I’m not sure. I love to laugh (dancing, not so much), and sometimes laughter helps us in the midst of grief.
What do you think of Sunday comics and 9/11? What was your favorite 9/11 comic?