Since posting this for the first time, I have learned that the word used in the song is actually ‘pataphysical, which also has very little to do with test tubes. According to Wikipedia, it’s “a parody of the theory and methods of modern science”… maybe Joan was using the test tube ironically?
The last line is basically what my cousin Matt said when we were discussing this issue. It sounds self-contradictory, but it’s surprisingly true.
Today, August 20, is our fifth wedding anniversary, and I’m going to use it as an excuse to take a 3-month break from Abby and Norma (or as we in the comic-strip world call it, a “sabbatical”). But the real reason is that my creative processes have slowed a bit: my ridiculous six-month buffer of comics has dwindled to a 2 or 3 month buffer, and I’m going to spend some time stocking up on ideas to make sure it doesn’t keep dwindling.
During that time, I’ll be reposting some of my favorite old comics. Enjoy the flashback, and I’ll see you in December!