Trust me when I say it's not easy to come up with a joke or gag that somebody
hasn't already done somewhere
This particular gag "got" me, as it did, I'm sure, most others, simply because we're so used to seeing "thought bubbles" in comic strips. I admit I had to double-take it a bit, as my first thought was it was a metaphor, not that she was literally moving what's presumably a decoration or small artwork.
However, even the Jungle
version is not new; I recall reading an old Archie
comic that very likely dated back to the late sixties (it was a reprint,as they so often do) that showed almost that precise joke: The gang did the same bit to a sign somebody had posted on a fence, that said something like "what the heck is that?"
One tends to run across some jokes that have been around so long you wonder if the guy's hard up for a gag or honestly never heard it before. Gluemeat
recently did a couple that way- the blue guy saying how bad it was when he got caught in a mall during a power outage, how he was trapped on the escalator for hours!
That harkens back to my elementary school days, and I seem to recall another Archie
version of that as well, with "Big Moose" playing the patsy. Did Yorke use it because he figured no one else had heard it? Did he use it because he just thought of it and assumed it was new and interesting? Or was he getting ideas from an old Bennet Cerf joke book?
In any case, don't let it worry you if someone's tried the same or a similar joke. In this bloody great huge world, there will always be someone who has seen or heard the gag before. People like Chaplin, Twain, Marx (Groucho, not Karl) Fields, Soupy Sales and others wrote or performed an astounding array of material over many, many years. I've seen gags pioneered by Victor Borge drawn as unique in comic strips- again, is it an intentional ripoff? Unintentional likeness? Did the artist hope none of his teenybopper readers had ever heard of Borge, let alone watched him conduct an orchestra?
Of course, the alternative is what? Maybe this- A friend of mine draws this strip:
This is hilarious. I was holding my sides it was so funny. But unless you're a hard-core tournament-level paintball player, or at least have some working knowledge of Sup'Air inflatable speedball bunkers, it's totally incomprehensible. It makes no sense whatsoever. *
Doc doesn't draw for everyone, he draws for his group of regulars. There's a thousand peope writing "stuff for everyone" like Rose is Rose
. Draw what you enjoy, and rather than trying to attract a bunch of 'everyday' readers, try to attract a bunch of people who enjoy- as I do- reading what you write because
it's what you wrote.
*Okay, speedball uses large inflatable bunkers- barricades to hide behind during play. They come in various shapes- a large cylinder that the players tend to dub the "beer can". As in, they shout to a teammate "He's behind the left beer can!" so that team mate knows where the opposing players are.
A tall triangular form got dubbed the "dorito", and there's a half-moon form that they tend to call the "taco". There's also a "rocket", a "cone" and a "snake" among others.
At the "break", the very start of the game, the opposing teams start from boxes at opposite ends of the field. At "go", they break for the nearest or strategically-best bunker. Just as football players have particular "plays" they run, good teams have "breakout plays" where certain players break for certain barricades. As in "I'm heading for the Dorito" or "I'll take the rightside beer can" and so forth. Here is a good pic that shows a version of the "beercan", dorito and taco (back to front.)
So of course, the new kid was saying he was literally going out for a taco, rather than running for a certain barricade where he could provide cover fire for his teammates, who tend to suffer for the loss. And, at the end, he's totally clueless he's made any kind of mistake.
Still doesn't make sense, does it? Well, I felt wordy tonight, feel free to ignore me.