Return of the Sam Gross balloon dog

In the latest New Yorker (September 12th), Sam Gross’s clown and his balloon dog return to the magazine:

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Oh no! Not the chair!

Another wordless cartoon, like the earlier one posted here on 1/28/12:

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Balloon dogs are a piece of popular culture, so of course they’ve been exploited. From Wikipedia:

Jeffrey “Jeff” Koons (born January 21, 1955) is an American artist known for working with popular culture subjects and his reproductions of banal objects — such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces.

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Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Blue), 1994–2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent coating

Koons counts as high art. But his balloon dogs have now been replicated as objects of popular culture themselves, sold as items of home decor. Here’s a resin dog with metallic finish, available on Amazon.com in a variety of colors:

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