TOM THE DANCING BUG: "Totally Rad, Louis," performed before an imaginary audience

By Ruben Bolling

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Published 11:59 am Wed, Apr 13, 2011

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23 Responses to “TOM THE DANCING BUG: "Totally Rad, Louis," performed before an imaginary audience”

  1. Percival Dunwoody says:

    And what is that wondrous invention Louis is using to wipe the ketchup off of his shirt? Rolled up paper? Looks like it could be very handy in other situations. -Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time-Traveler From 1909

  2. Tim says:

    I don’t get it.

    • Anonymous says:

      hes making fun of how kids act like they are on disney sitcoms. Tweens become over self concious

  3. Jorpho says:

    I can’t recall if the previous installment of “Totally Rad, Louis!” employed the Disney channel logo. Seems rather bold.

  4. kpkpkp says:

    A laugh track is your cue to keep going (when flipping through channels)

  5. neddy says:

    Subtle, but brilliant, as always. The key is what the (imaginary) audience does when the ketchup gets spilled. Poor Louis, not *totally* rad at all, is he?

    Pretty sure the Disney logo was there last time…

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Disney Channel logo is the clue, folks.

    Like many characters in Tom the Dancing Bug, there are running jokes and recurring characters in the strip. Louis is a sensitive, self-conscious boy. This one explains him best:

  7. Anonymous says:

    I guess the point was a comment on neurosis sufferers being mocked by idiot-level television?

    • Jason Rizos says:

      Yes, and that we are a pathologically narcissistic society b/c of television.

      • Dave says:

        Thanks Jason,

        I took me a couple of minutes to get it in its entirety; yours and others’ comments helped.

  8. holtt says:

    I personally would have declared the ketchup as not intended to be a factual stain and called it good.

  9. TenInchesTaller says:

    This is total brain candy. I love Tom the Dancing Bug!

  10. eviladrian says:

    When did TTDB get so darn political? There’s a thing called subtlety, you know?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wait, are people not getting this? Really?

  12. Anonymous says:

    In the intersections of the space between the panels, you can see a grey dot but not in the intersection at which you are looking directly. Very subtle and intelligent.

    • blueelm says:

      Really? I’ve heard of that illusion but I don’t see it happening here.

      The strip is funny though.

  13. Jesse M. says:

    I don’t think the joke has much of anything to do with TV or the Disney Channel, if you’re familiar with Louis’ continuing adventures you’ll know he’s very neurotic about what people are thinking of him and is always having these kinds of unrealistic fantasies about how much attention people pay to him. I think the joke here is basically that he first thinks he’s making these super witty comments that would make him the hero of an imaginary TV audience, but then he totally makes a huge deal out of something minor like a ketchup stain, imagining that both the real people around him and the imaginary audience in his head would think it was a huge deal even though in reality no one would really care if they saw it. If you browse the archives for other Louis comics you can see that this kind of exaggerated sense of people judging him on minor things is an ongoing theme…

    • Jason Rizos says:

      My interpretation is not without a thoroughgoing appreciation of the larger Louis Maltby milieu!

  14. Anonymous says:

    One of the tags to this post is “ketchup”. That’s why I love BoingBoing.

  15. Anonymous says:

    bolling is the best. i really liked dude ranch and dude speak
    from back around ’94 or so.