'Marmaduke' Explained Let's be clear. No one thinks Marmaduke is funny. It, along with Family Circus, dwells in a zone of awfulness that it is hard to actually communicate to anyone outside of our poor comics page culture. (Weirdly, the one that completely crosses over is Tom and Jerry. Saw it in the departure lounge of Kabul International Airport -- the Thanksgiving episode. Everyone loved it. Weird. And most Arabs I talk to about it love Tom and Jerry. One Beirut restaurant told me they had to take it off their TV because all the staff would stand around and watch it. But I digress.) Marmaduke is simply not funny. However, someone explaining Marmaduke -- that's funny. Joe Mathlete explains each day's comic.