"...And said unto him, Do you hear what these say? And Jesus said unto them, Yea; have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and infants you have perfected praise?" — Matthew 21:16, (King James 2000 edition)
I'm no religious scholar, so I can't tell you exactly what the Bible verse above means. But I do know two things. 1) "From the mouths of babes" is the hilariously effective device used by Soup to Nutz cartoonist Rick Stromoski to poke fun at the world around us, and 2) No GoComics feature does quite as many funny yet tasteful jokes set in churches or using religious imagery.
Take, for example, this 2014 comic in which Andrew goes to confession for committing "adultery." Or Royboy's understanding of the rites of communion, in this 2013 strip. Growing up in a Roman Catholic family of 12 clearly had a profound influence on Stromoski's strip, and the result is a delightful interplay of parents and siblings, each with their own personality.
As the cartoonist explained in an interview last year, "Royboy is a boneheaded buffoon, Babs is the intellectual politically correct vegan and Andrew is the kindhearted, sweet Barbie-playing Nancy boy." The Nutz family members can be mean to each other on occasion, but for the most part they get along with each other just fine.
In addition to the aforementioned religious humor (remarkably, the strip never gets reader complaints about this topic — probably because it does so in a lighthearted and tasteful way). Soup to Nutz takes its share of digs at the educational system, and even ventures a political strip now and then.
Mostly, however, Soup to Nutz pokes fun at its own characters as they demonstrate their confusion about the solar system or their misunderstanding of the English language well known each and every week. Whatever topics the strips characters are struggling to make sense of, they're discussed in a refreshingly naive and honest way that feels true-to-life and provides the reader with many a chuckle at their own expense.
Please join me in congratulating Soup to Nutz on its 15th anniversary as a strip, and if you're new to the misadventures and misunderstandings of the Nutz family, you can start reading it today right here on GoComics.