CARTOON: DUNG BEETLE AND ROBOT No. 093-094 “Empty Nesters”

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DESCRIPTION: Two-panel comic strip. First panel:  Dung beetles Egwunn and Fecundity are waving to their eight adult offspring who are flying away to start their own lives. Egwunn, “Goodbye children”. Fecundity, “Goodbye!”  Second panel: Egwunn starts to fly off, telling Fecundity, “I’m off to see how my friend Robot is doing.” She tells him, “Be care over there, Egwunn!” and thinks to herself, ‘It’s a scary place!”

CARTOON: DUNG BEETLE AND ROBOT No. 091-092 "Robot Meets Its Maker"

Apparently Robot’s accent is similar to its Maker.
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DESCRIPTION: Colour comic strip in two panels.   PANEL ONE:  A small shack with a rusting tin roof is set amongst green grass and a distant tree line in the Australian outback; the sky is dark and stormy, and rain has begun to fall. The shack has been updated with solar panels and broadband receiver mounted on the roof.  The Maker is a native woman dressed in jeans, black tee, leather gloves, and hat. She’s wheeling her bright red wheelchair along the paving back to her front door. Cradling Robot in her right hand, she says, “Why there you are!” PANEL TWO: Inside her door, we see a dresser with a cat sleeping atop it, bed, and posters on the wall. All three have robots on them, “Metropolis”,


TODAY’S WORD: The term for an insect penis is aedeagus.
Colour comic Dung Beetle And Robot
Colour comic strip in four panels. A box between title and panels, with black text on yellow background, reads “WARNING: Insect copulation. Viewer discretion is advised.”
Panels one to three: two dung beetles, Egwunn (male) and Fecundity (female) are in a tunnel they dug to house their eggs; the tunnel is lit by a yellow light.
1. Egwunn is stroking Fecundity’s back and asks her, “Shall I put the firefly out?”
2. Fecundity turns to face him and replies, “Let’s leave the light on.”
3. Black silhouette of the two beetles having sex [“doggy style”].
Last panel: further up the tunnel is the firefly providing the illumination:
4. Facing the reader, Firefly exclaims, “Ew beetle sex! Why me?”

CARTOON: Dung Beetle and Robot No. 059-062 “Boy Meets Girl”

Dung Beetle and Robot No. 059-062 “Boy Meets Girl”

I’m not keen on pink and blue sex-typing, and all the binary sex role nonsense that goes with them. But, there’s a reason I used them today.

Male and female Onthophagus gazella dung beetles are nearly identical, except the males have longer gazelle-like “horns”.  (The females have bumps.)  I gave Fecundity more gold on her head, but let’s face it: a big bunch of beetles All. Look. The same.

So, Egwunn’s dialog balloons are blue, and Fecundity’s are pink. It’s easier to tell who’s talking.

Worse, the beetles are camouflaged to their environment.

Now there’s a 20-point monochrome outline, to prevent the beetles from blending in with the similar sandy soil speckles. There’s also a lighter outline around the legs on the dung ball.

I hope all this makes it easier for you to tell what’s going on!

Please leave your thoughts about the cartoon in the comments. Thank you, Andrea

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