The Piranha Club (formerly Ernie) is an American newspaper comic by Bud "Bo" Grace. Started in 1988, it focuses on loser Ernie Floyd the and various eccentric and sketchy characters around him in Bayonne, New Jersey.Earning only moderate success in its native US, Ernie has become very popular in Scandinavia, particularly Sweden, where it runs in several large newspapers and has its own comic book since 1996. Two runs of collections have been published, as well as a video game.
This strip provides examples of:
Abhorrent Admirer: Used frequently. Doris to Ernie (at the start), Arnold to Doris, Effie to Sid...
The Alcoholic: Duane, who is constantly out to get people to buy him a drink or two with the help of his trusty frog.
Dog Latin: the Pretentious Latin Motto of the Piranha Club is In Hoc Signo Piranhanote cf. Latin "in hoc signo vinces" - "in this sign you will conquer", a motto associated with the Freemasons
Everything's Better with Monkeys: and squid. And ducks, parrots, moose, cows, chicken, frogs, gorillas, beluga, gigant water buffaloes, snap turtles, and cockroaches impersonating Elvis. Amongst others.
Executive Meddling: On several occasions, sometimes for the better. For example, Sid was originally written as Ernie's friend, but was changed into his uncle when Grace's editor pointed out that nobody would want to be friends with a guy like that.
Henpecked Husband: Enos Pork, who is rutinely abused by both his wife and his step mother.
Honest John's Dealership: Elvis Zimmermann who'd sell a decrepid trashcan of a car to his own mother... In fact, he did.
If It Was Funny The First Time: Bud Grace used to love making jokes about Doris being overly eager to get married (they often ended with a frightended Ernie running away to the Antarctic, China, etc. to escape her). Word of God suggests that these jokes would have continued indefinitely if it wasn't for Executive Meddling... In fact, it sort of has, but is more common between Sid and Effie these days.
I'll Take Two Beers Too: Ernie had a Sunday strip showing the local football team invading a bar where Ernie and Sid are drinking. It goes something like this:
Cannibal #1: Give me eleven pitchers before I snap your neck!
Cannibal #2: I want eleven pitchers too!
Cannibal #3: He said he was a halfback so I ripped his arm off and said "I'll take this half!"
Ernie: So, do you come here to party after the game often?
Cannibal #4: It's only halftime!
Sid: Careful, Ernie. It's the Bayonne Cannibals, the world's most dangerous football team.
Cannibal #5: We're not the team, we're the cheerleaders!
Lethal Chef: Effie Munyon, notably she is never seen eating her own food.
Moment Killer: If Doris and Ernie are sitting on a couch, trying to have a romantic time, expect Doris little brother Spencer to be standing by the end of the couch, staring at them.
The Prankster: Spencer Husselmeyer makes Bart Simpson look like a saint. Common pranks include greasing Ernie's toilet seat, putting tacks in Ernie's shoes, shoving raw fish down Ernie's pants, greasing Ernie's doorknobs, terrorizing Ernie with his slingshot and making Ernie eat salt.
Ernie: Why, Spencer? Why!? Spencer: I didn't want you to get bored.
Running Gag: People deciding to go to some far off, unhospitable place whenever the prospect of marriage comes up. Also people mistaking Arnold Arnoldski for a dog.
The Stoic: Provided he's not dealing with his wife or step mother, the most reaction you'll see out of Dr. Enos Pork is the changed angle of his cigarette. It's surprisingly effective at conveying his current state of mind.
Stupid Evil: More like stupid stingy, but Sid would rather freeze in the dark than to pay his electricity bill. Not because he doesn't have the money, but because he refuses to use them on anything non-hedonistic.
Stylistic Suck: An early sunday page purportedly drawn by Grace's neighbour's dog, Sheba.