Early Etymology.

It’s just a single-panel cartoon, but how could I not post it?

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  1. One of my dad’s standby jokes:

    Q: What was the first kind of music?
    A: Rock music.

  2. A classic “dad joke”!

  3. “(Pag, p.c.)”

  4. J.W. Brewer says:

    Stone Age rock, featuring the Beau Brummelstones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIBGTK4fuTs

    (Back in our own 20th century timeline, the cynical theory is that the Beau Brummels chose their name in order to be alphabetically adjacent to the Beatles in record stores.)

  5. The source: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/rock.

    Click on the red-push-button image to get an “aftercomic” (a smaller black-and-white panel with an extra joke); and hover over the main panel for yet a third joke.

  6. January First-of-May says:

    Sadly hovering over the aftercomic never seems to give a fourth joke.

    (And in some earlier strips, hovering over the main panel doesn’t give a third joke either.)

  7. The aftercomic is technically known as the “votey,” because the button was added as part of a campaign to get people to vote for SMBC for a Web comic award. In around 2015, Wienersmith went back and added votey comics to the early (generally one-panel) comics created before the votey was originally implemented. Sometimes he uses these to comment on how tasteless, unfunny, or simply incomprehensible his early comics were.

  8. January First-of-May says:

    The aftercomic is technically known as the “votey,” because the button was added as part of a campaign to get people to vote for SMBC for a Web comic award.

    Thanks for the information! I knew that it was known as the “votey” but didn’t know the etymology.

    (…Assuming such a recent origin for such a limited term can even be called an etymology.)

  9. Trond Engen says:

    Meta.

  10. These must be Pag’s friends, Cres and Rab.

  11. David Marjanović says:

    “How very meta it all is!”

  12. Stu Clayton says:

    Met him pike hoses.

  13. From the comments: “I heard is called ‘ROCK’ because it stand for ‘Rough Object Crush Knuckles.’”

  14. Savalonôs says:

    I always heard it stand for “Rock Of Charles the King”

  15. I wonder why Pag does not parse in my ears as a “typical caveman name” the way the likes of Thag or Ug would.

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