206: Reno Rhymes

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Reno Rhymes
Did you shoot a man in Reno? Now, I don't mean to pry.
Title text: Did you shoot a man in Reno? Now, I don't mean to pry.

[edit] Explanation

This comic starts with a line from the song "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash. Cash is noted as saying "I sat with my pen in my hand, trying to think up the worst reason a person could have for killing another person, and that's what came to mind," which fits pretty well with the personality of Black Hat. Rather than react badly Cueball starts a rhyming-game, which they continue until Black Hat refers to the horrifying My Lai Massacre, which is apparently going too far for Cueball.

The title text continues the rhyme, but changes the roles: now the speaker is asking someone else if they shot a man in Reno.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball and Black Hat stand facing one another. Black Hat is on the left.]
Black Hat: You know, I once shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.
Cueball: Really? Well, I once shot a man in Reno, but I couldn't tell you why.
Black Hat: I once shot a man in Reno, then I went home to cry.
Cueball: I once shot a man in Reno, then I watered his cacti.
Black Hat: I once shot a man in Reno 'cause they cancelled Firefly.
Cueball: I once shot a man in Reno, him and all his succubi.
Black Hat: I once shot a man in Reno and a bunch more in My Lai.
Cueball: I think we're done.
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Discussion

my Lai may also be a reference to Lai's definition, " a lyrical, narrative poem written in octosyllabic couplets that often deals with tales of adventure and romance." Can anyone tell if the poem in the comic fits the Lai's definition? If so, then Black Hat might also be saying "I shot a man in Reno, and a bunch more in my poem", referencing the poem they're saying. ---- ‎Bluewin (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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