Mr. Fruhlinger’s remark on this piece was:
So … I’m assuming there’s, like, a handyman who endorses things on TV by saying he’s a handyman? Like Schmeese does in the throwaway panels here? Damn it, I hate being made to feel like I’m missing some pop cultural reference, and being made to feel like I’m missing some pop cultural reference by Crock is particularly humiliating.
I commented on his post: “This morning’s Crock is certainly an unconventional retelling of the Easter story.”
Today is Easter. The strip shows a man of humble social station tied to a wooden stake, in the process of execution by the representatives of an imperial power. The man proclaims that his execution will be merely a prelude to the realization of his great project. In the words, “You always thought I was the dumb one,” he tells his executioners that they know not what they do. Schmeese’s contemplated postmortem advertising campaign for the bullets that will have killed him evokes the Church’s traditional veneration of the cross and the other instruments of Christ’s Passion.