TOM THE DANCING BUG: Bad Fetus, in "Fetal Firepower!!"

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH our prenatal protagonist tries to purchase a weapon and gets wrapped up in red tape more tangled than an umbilical cord.

By Ruben Bolling

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Published 8:47 am Wed, Feb 27, 2013

34 Responses to “TOM THE DANCING BUG: Bad Fetus, in "Fetal Firepower!!"”

  1. CSBD says:

    Wow… that was such a cool read.
    In the sequel, you should have him dump toxic waste everywhere, vote republican, and drive a monster truck. 

  2. DJBudSonic says:

    Not sure I get the point. The first two dealers refused a sale as they were required to by law. Only after subverting the law by declaring himself a person through the questionable method of incorporation, is he sold a gun, which would not happen at the same dealer, because the process of incorporation neither advanced his age to 18, nor would it expunge the felony conviction. I know it is a comic, but what gives? I like the idea of poking fun at corporate personhood, though.

  3. Recluse says:

    As God’s Gift regardless of the circumstances of his conception, I cannot understand WHAT possible Felony Conviction could be on his record.. Please explain.

    • ItsOver says:

      He’s a baaaaaad fetus!

      (Mail fraud)

    • MikeB says:

      original sin, as it (he?) hasn’t been baptized by good christian parents yet…?
      i think there is a national database of sinners out there. gun dealers clearly have access to it.

      or something.

      personally, i find fetuses (which then progress to infants, which are really just small adult human beings) are the result of sexual intercourse or various forms of artificial insemination. i like to keep any gifting from god(s) or others out of the equation. you might be into that sort of thing, and that is OK… kind of kinky, but OK.

    • Navin_Johnson says:

      Original sin?

      *edit* oops, too late

    • John Clavis says:

      The cartoon establishes that Bad Fetus can lawyer up, visit gun shops and use guns as of the cartoon’s “today”. The odds seem pretty good that today wasn’t the first day that that was true, and, therefore, when someone suggests that, before today, Bad Fetus committed a felony, you need only use your imagination to synthesize a gallimaufry of chicanery and malfeasance…

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    • Bad Fetus was one of Tom the Dancing Bug’s first cartoons. In the toon about 20 years previously, Bad Fetus committed first degree murder, but conservatives were in a pickle. They wanted to get him the death penalty, but that would be (gasp!) an abortion.

  4. Citizen says:

    uzi carbine rifle? uzi is a sub machine gun or machine pistol

    • Navin_Johnson says:

      Next you’re gonna tell me that talking cartoon sonogram babies aren’t real!

    • wysinwyg says:

      Uzi carbine is a semi auto version of the same sub machine gun with a longer barrel to make it legal in the US.

      Google is a popular internet search engine.

      • DewiMorgan says:

         Except, it’s not a sub machine gun, since it only fires semi auto.

        Reading is a popular way to understand the information you are trying to cite.

        • wysinwyg says:

          “Semi auto version of the same sub machine gun” — that does not imply that the gun is a sub machine gun, just that it is the same basic gun as a sub machine gun but with a semi auto mechanism.

          And since it is the same gun it’s entirely accurate. The noun here standing in for the Uzi carbine is “version”, not “sub machine gun” which is the object of the prepositional phrase modifying “version”.

          Edited to be less dickish.

        • wysinwyg says:

          Argh I’ve been Disqus-ted!

    • Bad Fetus is referring to the inferior semi-auto civilian version which must have at least a 16 inch barrel. That model is all that would be available to him since he isn’t serving in any country’s military or as a law enforcement officer.

    • DewiMorgan says:

       Next you’re gonna be telling me that Assault Weapons are a fiction!

  5. franko says:

    i honestly couldn’t imagine where else this cartoon could’ve ended, anyway.

  6. Andy Simmons says:

    Augh.  Gun control?  Citizens United?  Abortion?

    I’m going back to reading Pogo, where all of the political humor fits on the side of a rowboat.

  7. MattAtDoyle says:

    Wait, how did they get the gun into the ute… ooohhhhhhhhh

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    The ultrasound machine is like Daigoro’s pram in Lone Wolf and Cub, only without Lone Wolf.

  9. John Clavis says:

    It’s funny ’cause it’s true…

  10. voidmstr says:

    Looks familiar!  Fetus with a gun, eh?