I always appreciate cross-references between comics. Done well, they can add to the humor of the strip. And they're a nice treat for folks (like me) who appreciate the genre. Sometimes the references are subtle, other times not.
This past Sunday Barney & Clyde decided to go for the obvious. (click on the image to enlarge)
you can see, this is one tough focus group. And what I appreciate about
it is that it's carefully constructed to communicate the gag to the
widest possible audience.
Older comics readers will recognize George Wilson from Dennis the Menace, and J.C. Dithers, Dagwood's boss in Blondie. Casual readers will spot Wally from Dilbert, and Lucy from Peanuts. And those who prefer newer comics will be glad to find Pearls Before Swine's Rat, Earl, co-star of Pickles, and Bucky, star of Get Fuzzy.
Something for everyone, no matter how slight or deep
your knowledge of comic strips might be. Another carefully constructed
panel, to be read in a matter of seconds. But still worth a second look.