Beavis and Butt-head issue 11
Beavis and Butt-head #11 was the November 1994 (cover dated January 1995) issue of the Beavis and Butt-head comic. All strips and features were drawn by Rick Parker (art and lettering) and written by Guy Maxtone-Graham, with colours by Rob Camacho; Glenn Eichler was consultant.
Pull My Strings
Beavis and Butt-head think the Thanksgiving Parade floats on TV suck - there's no cool characters! That's when Butt-head has a brainwave - they should be floats in the Thanksgiving Parade, then chicks will dig them more! Beavis is ecstatic, as this means girls might not run away as fast. They head for the parade... with balloons stuck to their shirts, Beavis wondering when the balloons will start working and let them float. Butt-head signs them in for the parade, asking the sign-in booth if this is where they go to "join the parade and be cool"; the man sadly says he can sign them up but "I can't help either of you with the rest of your request".
The lads have a good old snigger at Mr. Van Driessen's decapitated turkey costume, Butt-head saying it's what happens when you choke the chicken too much. They're stunned when Van Driessen says that's right! He's protesting the cruel treatment of turkeys (and chickens) during Thanksgiving, and goes into a big speech that sends the boys fleeing, claiming they're off to the toilet to "decrapitate". En route, they run into Daria:
- Daria: Nice costumes, guys. But tell me... what do a couple of clowns have to do with Thanksgiving?
- Beavis: Uhm... I give up! Brain-teasers suck!
- Butt-head: Uhh... we're, like, giving thanks that we're not dressed as a lame pilgrim.
- Beavis: Oh, yeah!! Eh... heh heh... what's a pilgrim?
- Daria: Never mind.
- Beavis: Okay... uhm, we're also gonna be, like, giving thanks that when these balloons finally kick in and start floating us over the crowd.
- Butt-head: Huh huh huh! We're gonna see inside chicks' shirts and check out their thingies! But, like, don't worry, Dia- uhh, Daria, we won't bother checking out your thingies... Uhhh... if you ackshully have any, I mean.
- Daria: I can't tell you how relieved I am to hear you say that.
- Beavis: Really...? Cool! I relieved myself when he said it, too!
- Daria: By the way, guys, you can't float like a balloon unless you're completely filled with gas. But you two are probably so intellectually deprived that you'll assume you should go fill up on Mexican food.
And since they didn't understand any part of the second sentence except "Mexican food", that's exactly what they do: Butt-head assumes "Daria wants us" and that's why she's helping them. Soon they're farting away; Beavis is told to hold it in until they're at the parade, and is stunned to hear you can hold farts in ("I gotta try that!"). The parade seems them parping away at the rear, still unable to float, though Beavis notes they can fill up more balloons now...
- "Chokin' the Turkey" and "Fashion Sucks", two strips without Daria
- "Reviews" of Avengers ("How come superhero chicks have such big thingies?" "They use 'em to, like, distract bad guys and stuff.")
- Ish-Mail, where Van Driessen answers your fan mail
- Daria in a Thanksgiving Parade, and dressed up? Not too unusual for Beavis and Butt-head, as apathy towards engaging with anything had not yet been made part of her character; episodes like Walkathon had her volunteering. Post-Daria, we can assume her parents are forcing her to do this.
- Daria continues to be more cutting in the comics. This issue also continues the comic-original theme of Beavis and Butt-head dissing her looks - and the comic shows her chest and how flat it is when she responds to Butt-head's "thingies" speech.
- Butt-head seems to be trying to reassure Daria rather than insult her (it does seem to register with him that Daria wouldn't like having her "thingies" stared at).