19 Cent Book Bin

19 Cent Book Bin
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This is the twentieth Book Bin I’ve done. That’s a lot. I think I’ve settled on doing these twice a year. It’s frequent enough for the people who enjoy them, but not so repetitive that it bores everyone else.

The only book I have commentary for is Billy Dinkins. I originally wrote that as an instruction manual for the arcane version of dodgeball that I’m pretty sure was only played on the street I grew up on. It involved two hurlers, with everyone else in between them. Random words were called out when the ball was thrown, which would instruct everyone in the middle to jump, catch, or do some other stuff with the ball I can’t remember. Realizing the only person who’d see this cartoon and know what the hell I was talking about is my sister, I went with freeze tag electricity instead. Sorry if “electricity” didn’t exist in your version of freeze tag. What a horrible childhood you must’ve had.

Oh, the State Fair Field Guide reminds me of one more thing about my youth: I didn’t know what funnel cake was until college. I’m sure it existed in New England, but fried dough was a lot more ubiquitous.

Update: I’m stupid! This is the tenth book bin I’ve done. That’s only 4% of every BFW comic that ever existed, including the ones from the shitty years.

9 thoughts on “19 Cent Book Bin”

  1. I never knew what you were trying to do with the bookbin until now. And this may not even be the point, but I think it should be.

    I’m sorry, I used to love the bookbin, but for me it has become less and less funny. Until this new one gave me a new perspective on it (of course it’s still had its moments). But this one seems different, and makes me wonder if i’ve been missing something. In this one, there only is one real joke. Normally it seems like all of the titles are separate jokes, but here all of the other titles exist to set up a biting political joke with the neocon book–it doesn’t even matter that they are not all hilarious, in fact it kind of helps them, and the whole thing comes out really well. It goes from something that makes it seem like you couldn’t come up with an idea, to something really good.

  2. OK, I’m guessing that you’ll overread the critical parts of that and not take it as the compliment it is. Fine then.

  3. Dave, thanks, but you’re giving me too much credit. With a few exceptions, the Book Bins are merely a dumping ground for ideas/premises that I couldn’t think of anything better to do with. However, they are popular among a subset of readers who probably think the rest of my comics are too “wordy.” I generally try to throw in one political book like sneaking a pill into dog food.

    Matt, that’s kind of the point. These books are useless. Although perfectly normal people do confuse the two for reasons I don’t understand.

  4. Wow. Those discussions are thorough. The regional differences never made sense since carnies travel all over the country and spend the winter in Florida. You’d think they’d exchange recipes for fried garbage.

    Pop vs. Soda is also fascinating. Any New Englander who still says tonic is either over 60 or insane.

  5. I’m pretty sure we played that version of dodgeball when I was a kid too, on the other hand I’d usually be the first to get hit and not pay anymore attention.

  6. I never heard of electricity in freeze tag. What is it all about? Is that like “touch one end of a chain and everyone is free”?

    I liked the senior’s guide to whipersnappers as well.

    I love bookbins. They seem to be really “hit-or-miss” though by their nature of being so random. Generally though, I approve. This one made me laugh.

  7. Lou – if the words Butterball, apple, and fireball bring back any dodgeball related memories for you, you could be right.

    Steve – Assuming your version of tag had a “safe” area, kids who weren’t “it” could form a chain with one end touching the safe area (we called it goose, I think) and if the other end could touch the frozen kid, he’d be unfrozen.

    The number of freeze tag variations is staggering.

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