946: Family Decals
Title text: My decal set has no adults, just a sea of hundreds of the little girl figures closing in around a single cat.
There exists a current fashion among car owners to place decals on their back window that represent their family. The decals consist of stick figures to depict the parents and children, perhaps shown doing a favorite activity, and even pets.
The first car window features a couple with three children, while the other shows just a couple, with large sacks of money. The humor comes from the opportunity cost implied in this — not having children allows you to avoid the expense of raising them and accumulate money for your own use.
One might expect that the cars would represent the difference in wealth, and they are identified as 'urban SUV' and 'sporty hatch back' in the transcript. The oval badge on the first hints that it could be a Ford which is a typical brand used by families. The identity of the other car is not clear, but it has a roof spoiler, a sloping roof-line and more complicated rear light assemblies, all pointing to a more expensive, less practical choice.
The title text refers to the humorous description of cats as the real masters of their household, and the little girls surrounding the cat refers to their ability to influence humans with their cuteness (as referenced in Cat Proximity). The implication is that any adults in the household have a limited, non-credited role.
Also, Decals based on this comic do in fact exist.
- [Two cars are parked next to each other. The car on the left is an urban SUV and has stickers on the rear window representing a family. From left to right there is an adult male, adult female, female youth, male youth, and young child. The car on the right is a sporty hatch back, it has similar stickers on the rear window, with an adult male and adult female. Instead of the youth and child stickers there is instead a large pile of money.]