Zippy the Pinhead; What's it all about? For a long time now I've found this to be a frustrating, off-putting, and incomprehensible cartoon. I wish to come to understand what it is intended to be and to find out what is its intended audience: "pointy-headed academics"? "smartassed fanboys"? "gentleladies of the tea-and-crumpet circuit"? "murderous overweight bikers"? Who????? Here are the reproduced dialogs from three recent examples of this strip, with Weblinks. (a) "Cheeky Tiki" (April 20th, 2004) is the first one I've read that I ever "got". It consists of dialog between Zippy and a Kon-Tiki head statue. Frame 1: Tiki: "Hey! I've got a good one for you---Does God have free will?" Zippy: ". . . Maybe . . . but has he seen 'Free Willy'?" Frame 2: Tiki: "No, really . . . think about it . . . If God is all-knowing, then he knows what his choices will be in advance, so he has no free will." Zippy: "I'm getting Excedrin headache number 666 . . ." [Hardy har-har] Frame 3: Tiki: "If God knows the future, he can't change it. If God created time and space, he's separate from both, so he's morally neutral---it blows my mind!" Zippy: "Has Mel Gibson been notified?" [more yucks] Well, shucks! "God has no free will." Yeah, so? (b) "Ollie, Ollie Oxen Free" (February 18, 2004). Two statues on pedestals outdoors converse. Frame 1: robed animal-headed (lamb?) statue: "Nice juxtapositioning." Olmec-man head: "Very global. Very mixed message." [A reference, I suppose, to the statues' originating in different parts of the world and presenting different styles of representational art.] Frame 2: robed animal-headed (hamster? bear cub?) statue: "Still no drop-in . . ." Olmec-man head: "Why do we bust our chops?" Frame 3: Zippy approches in the distance. Olmec-man head: "Finally. Here he comes. What should we do?" robed animal-headed (rabbit? deer?) statue: "Play statue." Okay, so what? Is there a significance to the changing animal heads in each panel? Is that part of the "joke"? (c) "Quoth the Pinhead, Baltimore" (March 26, 2004). Zippy and a statue of the seated Edgar Allen Poe figure trade lines, seemingly cross-talking one another. Frame 1: Poe statue: "While I nodded nearly napping | suddenly, there came a tapping . . ." Zippy: "Uh, Mister Poe, don't you think Justin Timberlake is, like, so six minutes ago?" Frame 2: Poe statue: "Much I marvelled this ungainly | fool to hear discourse so plainly, | though his answer little meaning |---little relevancy bore. . . ." Zippy: ". . . And, like, reality tv, what's up with that?" Frame 3: Poe statue: "Be that word our sign in parting, | fool or friend, I shrieked upstarting | Get thee back into the tempest | & the night's Plutonian shore!" Zippy: "Thanks, Mr. Poe! I hope you get your HBO special soon." Okay, I get the pun of the title "Baltimore" on the refrain "never more" from the famous "Raven" poem, and that the Poe statue is doing a take-off of lines from the poem throughout the strip. What else am I missing? Those of you who think they know and understand this cartoon, please join in. Please point to examples of what you're talking about. You can probably find them at the Zippy the Pinhead Website. What the hell is Zippy the Pinhead supposed to be about? What planet are these events supposed to be taking place on? What's the background story here? Who is this clown? Does anyone find this funny? Is it supposed be funny? If not, what is it supposed to be? The strip seems to consist of a sort of observational existentialism informed by the "cutesy cleverness" of a creator who thinks everything he says and does is "cool". Furthermore, the art of the strip is ugly and cluttered-looking. So, just what is the appeal here, both (or either) esthetically speaking or intellectually speaking??? I don't "get" it.