Cereal with a Fork

Cereal with a Fork

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5 Responses to Cereal with a Fork

  1. Geez, why didn’t he picked up the date after the duel???

  2. Martin Cororan says:

    This is such a well conceived idea!.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Here we can see a classic example of Cereal With a Fork, a comic popular in early 2010s. It can be a little daunting for a first timer to understand, so let’s attempt to break it down piece by piece.

    The man in the red shirt, identified as the speaker (if you look closely, you can see his mouth is open), is a reappearing character based on the author himself. From what we can tell, a brilliant and disturbed fellow, with an inexplicable obsession with cats.

    In this comic, his opponent is the delivery man, and he’s about to sever his head with a weapon that is being concealed in his left hand, just out of our viewpoint. He’s speaking as if he has already cut and collected the head, perhaps as a taunt to his opponent. Alternatively, his opponent was a robot, and the delivery man is handing him the head (you can see the robot’s eyes and mouth).

    The real question though, is, what’s in the box? Here I think there are many possible interpretations. The box contains some new cats, or cat toys (remember, the cat fixation), or quite possibly, the box itself is a metaphor for our own minds. Something that is closed, and boxed off from the world, that we can never truly know or understand. “I’ll break in your head-box” is a line, repeated a startling 28 times, from one of many incomprehensible letters the author would later send to the postmaster general, for some doubtlessly imagined slight.

    Within a few years of patient study, you will be on your way to understanding, and quite possibly even enjoying Cereal With a Fork. Thank you for your time.

    • Outstanding synopsis. Though you did leave out the significance of the number 17 on the door. Also, look closer…the grass is green. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions, but I trust you understand the implications of this coloring scheme.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Green grass! Wonderful!

    Actually, if you had more insight into the author’s life, you would realize that your “grass” is almost certainly green carpet. The author had a crippling phobia of the outdoors, and it is doubtful that he had even seen grass before, other than in photographs. His art represents the life that he knows – indoors. His ridiculous approximations of what happens in the “outdoors” are part of what makes his work so interesting.

    As for the number 17, I omitted the number 17 on purpose. Sometimes a controversial topic, but only amongst Graphic Theory first years. Safe to say the “17 Debate” is quite thoroughly put to rest in Dr. Michael Grobberstein’s “Meditations within a Litterbox,” (pgs. 855-910).

    Excellent questions! This shows me that you are getting on the right track with your critical analysis, but you still have some way to go before getting to the core of the author’s intentions.

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