July 11, 2007

Plugging, and a gap

I'm about to leave town for five days to attend the yearly National Puzzlers' League convention (this year in Ann Arbor), so there is about to be a Type 2 Blogging Lull (the kind where it's not merely that I'm lazy and uninspired). Quickly, then, some amusement for you before I go!

Lorinne and I are regular readers of the Comics Curmudgeon (and we're dorky enough fans that we got our picture taken with him when he was at MOCCA), so we are frequently exposed to a little comic strip called Pluggers, which is sort of like a slight variation on a Jeff Foxworthy routine enacted by animals. Here's a recent strip to give you the idea:


So you see. Anyway, Lorinne is subscribed to all the strips covered by the 'Mudge (I call him that now that we're so close), so she spotted this a few days ago:


The intent is clear, but what the author of Pluggers doesn't know (and L. does) is that of course Hershey has its own version of a Power Bar, thus making this strip into an inadvertent commercial for Hershey's Smart Zone. Be on the lookout for future Pluggers product endorsements: "A plugger's second refrigerator is an ice chest made by Igloo. Igloo ice chests! Cold enough for an anthropomorphic bear...but made for a human."

Oh, wait! Crap! Pluggers has already run a blatant brand endorsement, just this week!


And it's the second go-round for the plastic bag joke. I CANNOT COMPETE WITH THE SELF-PARODY. You win this time, Pluggers.

Posted by Francis at 12:18 AM

The strips often work a lot better if you replace "plugger" with "white trash."

Posted by: Toonhead! at July 11, 2007 05:13 AM

Am I the only one who found that the Hershey strip evoked thoughts of rhinoceros poop?

Posted by: Orange at July 11, 2007 09:06 AM
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