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Revelrous rivalry

Lio, 3/25/07

OK, despite the fact that Mark Tatulli has made a few comments on my site, I’ve managed to not cover his relatively new strip Lio here, mostly because it’s good. Still, how could I not share this with those of you who haven’t seen it? (Though based on the number of you who’ve emailed to me, I’m guessing that number is pretty low.) While there’s a long tradition of comics artists good-naturedly snarking on each other in their features (see today’s Pearls Before Swine for another installment in the long-running mock feud between Stephan Pastis and Get Fuzzy’s Darby Conley), I do have to wonder if this will be seen within the profession as crossing some kind of line. Watch yourself if you’re ever in Canada, Mark, is what I’m saying.

Mark Trail, 3/25/07

I don’t want to alarm you, but I’m pretty sure that Mark Trail is a tool of the anti-Christ. Two years ago, the Christmas installment consigned baby Jesus to the throwaway panels and focused most of its energy on that thinly veiled pagan nature spirit, Santa Claus. Now, this ostensibly Easter-inspired strip contains exactly zero crucified saviors, but makes the shocking claims that rabbits are the most beloved symbol of the holiday and that they are messengers of some higher power. Also, it keeps bringing up the Germans, so I think Mark is probably a Nazi as well.

Mary Worth, 3/25/07

What in the good lord’s name is Mary doing to Vera’s hand in the last panel? It’s like she’s realized that Vera is so eager to move into Charterstone that she can get away with all sorts of abuse of the sublettor-manager’s code of ethics. “Yes, Vera, all new Charterstone tenants get a complimentary two-hour knuckle massage! Now, hold still.”

Dennis the Menace, 3/25/07

Mom’s been smiling all day about going to a party that involves “bowls.” I see a heartbreaking Reefer Madness-style future series in which Dennis and his dad must break Mrs. Mitchell from her insatiable appetite for marijuana.

106 responses to “Revelrous rivalry”

  1. fizzy logic
    March 25th, 2007 at 8:54 pm [Reply]

    I love Vera’s expression in the last panel. “Good lord, this woman will never leave my apartment! What on earth have I gotten myself in to?”

  2. SatanicMechanic
    March 25th, 2007 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    Since a Reefer Madness/Dennis the Menace crossover would actually be… menacing…! …well, I’d probably pay good money for it.

    I’d definitely pay bad money.

  3. Kurdt
    March 25th, 2007 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    wow three posts today, a FBoFW parody, and a reference to Reefer Madness? This is officially my favorite site!

  4. Blondie
    March 25th, 2007 at 8:56 pm [Reply]

    From the very start when, in my newspaper at least, it replaced Cathy I have loved Lio. I now know why.

  5. M.C.C.
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:00 pm [Reply]

    Ah, Lio at last…

  6. fizzy logic
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:03 pm [Reply]

    Mr. Tatulli – please see my thank you letter at the end of the Mellinipost thread and my offer to purchase you a gift basket as thanks for a great strip this Sunday. It was much appreciated here.

    I especially liked panel three.

  7. NEW-ME
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:06 pm [Reply]

    Lio Rocks!

  8. Techinin
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:07 pm [Reply]

    I’ve just figured it out! Vera Shields is Toeby’s and Mary’s love child!! With that hairline and the subtle signs of latent psychosis it’s the only logical conclusion.

    In other late-breaking news, a Brooklyn accent is unmistakeable. Or have we already covered this?

  9. Jym
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:07 pm [Reply]

    =v= Lio: The sham marriage, train comment, and hot dancin’ chicks (showing off their Canadian content) probably don’t sting much, but the pornstache thing might.

    =v= Mark Trail: The Easter Bunny might be “bigger than Jesus” (to coin a phrase), but isn’t that how Elrod draws ‘em anyway?

  10. Plinko Commie
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:07 pm [Reply]

    It’s a small issue, one us snarkers would overlook by ourselves since we’ve resigned ourselves to this plot point’s inevitable coming, but I wonder if Lynn gets upset because Lio provides a spoiler of sorts with “Elizabeth” proclaiming that there’s no way in six hells she’ll be shacking up with “Anthony”. Much like the Jolly Green Giant with a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, we saw it coming a mile away. But since Lynn’s being relatively (for her) circumspect about the two being together, does this blow the grand (for her) surprise?

    Maybe she’ll see this, realize her arc is all too predictable, then have Liz go after Gordon. Hey, he’s a businessman of some repute, and it’s not like Elly doesn’t have a history of encouraging Lizardbreath to be a homewrecker.

  11. Red Greenback
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:10 pm [Reply]

    Lio: I just noticed “By John Lynstone”…I love it!

  12. Kurdt
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:14 pm [Reply]

    hmmm, have any of you seen this? read the comments:

    There’s some definite hate there but I think it’s mostly by Family Circus and Marmaduke type people

  13. King Folderol
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    Lio rocks! But, as far as crossing some sort of industry line, I still believe Berke Breathed drawing Oliver Wendell Jones with a big, fat head, Milo saying, “Family Circus?” and Oliver replying “Court order. They’re bussing me in” still takes the cake. It doesn’t work at all in print, but anyone who has seen it knows what I’m talking about.

  14. Blondie
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:16 pm [Reply]

    10: Man don’t we all wish! If Lynn decided not to have Liz end up with Granthony then I might actually start reading the strip again.

  15. King Folderol
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:18 pm [Reply]

    MT – It says beloved symbol, not most famous symbol. If Jesus on the cross was someone’s most beloved Easter symbol, I’d say that that person had some effin’ problems.

    DM – I’m ashamed to admit that I actually laughed at Dennis the Menace this morning…it’s mildly sexist overtones harkening back to a gentler era of jokes about the “weaker” sex. Good times.

  16. Cafangdra
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:19 pm [Reply]

    There’s nothing any of us could do that would thank Mr. Tatulli enough for that last panel. When ARE those dogs going to die? Edgar’s, like, at least thirteen or fourteen by now. I guess Old English Sheepdogs can live up to thirteen or fourteen–Edgar was fourteen when he died–but I’m annoyed by Edgar’s existence anyway since it was basically a cop-out. “Oh, my strip’s so realistic and tackles such difficult issues! Like pet death! Except I’ll make sure there’s an all-but-identical replacement pet waiting in the wings so nothing will have to, you know, change.” Sorry. That has nothing to do with anything; it just bugs me.

  17. Maughta
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:20 pm [Reply]

    MW: Only to Mary would someone holding their hand up in the back-off position while saying they need SOLITUDE register in her mind as “please hold my hand.” Creepy biddy.

    Lio: My favorite strip out there right now. And not JUST for the excellent FOOB sendup. I wonder if Tatulli will get “cease and desist” letters from Lynn’s attorneys like Josh did…

  18. Bill the Splut
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:25 pm [Reply]

    Lio is great. The only problem is trying to explain it to people: “There’s no dialogue at all, and he’s this cute lil’ psychopath with a giant squid…”

    The best part of the strip is the last cue card–”And when are those two dogs gonna croak already?” Lio makes a misanthrope like Calvin look like a poster child for UNICEF.

  19. reader-who-posts
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:25 pm [Reply]

    DtM: Dad can’t tell Dennis she went to a sex toy party, so a “supperware” party is as good an explanation as any.

    Luann: Luann appears to be setting up a good view to watch her parents make out. Shouldn’t she be running off and complaining about how gross this is?

    FW: Batiuk proves himself to be as bad at writing political comics as he is at humor. He should stick to what he does best, killing and maiming people.

    Curtis: The idea that joining your high school band will impress the chicks is more insane than a giant golden telepathic otter.

  20. The Bitter Wolf
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, not to mention the obvious but in Dennis the Menace we have another example of a comics writer avoiding mentioning a brand. Instead of Tupperware, they go for Supperware which I have never heard of before. Or Dennis’ mom got it wrong because she’s lying about where she was going.

  21. Josh
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    #17 — Maughta — Like my vegetarianism, the rumor that I once got a cease and desist letter from FBOFW Inc. is just that, a rumor, though in this case I have a better idea of how it got started. A while ago there was a bit of a tizzy going around the comics web world that some folks were getting C&D nastygrams from Mount Foob for unauthorized use of their artwork, so I pre-emptively stopped running FBOFW strips with my commentary on them for a while. It turned out that the people who had gotten the notes were making FBOFW icons for LiveJournal with altered dialog, so eventually I decided that I was safe and started running the strip again, and have suffered no ill as a result.

    From a legal standpoint, I feel that my unauthorized reproduction of strips is justified because you are allowed to excerpt portions of a work for the purposes of review; here, I consider the “work” to be a strip’s accumulated catalog, rather than just a day’s installment. It would be prohibitively expensive to me to argue that in court, of course, but fortunately, everyone from within the comics industry who’s ever contacted me (and there have been quite a few) have been incredibly gracious, appreciative, and supportive.

    The closest thing I ever got to a cease-and-desist letter was a pissy note from the guys who wrote Funny Paper who felt proprietary over the “I Read The Comics So You Don’t Have To” phrase, and ultimately I came to like my current name better anyway.


  22. Tats
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:39 pm [Reply]

    I was going to post to say I’m going on a hunger strike until Vera is written out of MW, but then I realized I’ve never seen Mary or any other character actually eating anything. I guess she subsides on the misery of others.

  23. Kenny
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:43 pm [Reply]

    Hmm, you know with “Dad” cooking in the Menace strip, I highly doubt there’ll be many Veg-tables.

    I’m sorry, even ironically, Veg-tables isn’t a funny word.

  24. Josh Renaud
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:48 pm [Reply]

    My paper tried out Lio for a while and it was eventually shot down by a bunch of complainers. I found it interesting for the short while it ran, and wish they had kept it.

    Regarding Jesus, Jesus on a cross wouldn’t really be an Easter symbol since he died on Good Friday. On Easter, he was resurrected. Better symbols would be an empty tomb, or his showing his wounds to Thomas. Anyway, you’re right, Mark Trail must be the anti-christ.

  25. Poteet
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:48 pm [Reply]

    Josh, is the “even” in your last sentence under LIO supposed to be “ever”? Just wondered. And thanks for posting this LIO so I can worship it again.

  26. Josh
    March 25th, 2007 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    Poteet #25 — Ooops, you’re right! I fixed.


  27. shane shiner
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:02 pm [Reply]

    I read Dennis The Menace this morning and decided it would be genuinely hilarious if the last panel was just the one before it, repeated.

  28. Jim Anderson
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:02 pm [Reply]

    “Supperware parties?” Um… these days it’s an entirely different genre of plastic. If you know what I mean. (God bless you if you don’t.)

  29. cyberpersephone
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:13 pm [Reply]

    I have to admit I haven’t been that in to Lio up until now. In fact I might, possibly have e-mailed my local paper asking them to please, please, please get rid of Lio, maybe.
    However, snide belligerence wins me over every time. Well played, Mark Tatulli, well played indeed.

  30. Tomcat
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:13 pm [Reply]


    Beetle Baily was funny.

    Spacely Sprocket is always funny

    Luann made me almost vomit my whole breakfast out… as well as the chicken I ate the previous night.

  31. Artist formerly known as Ben
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:14 pm [Reply]

    Well, one of those bunnies in the last panel has mastered the art of self-pleasure.

  32. Francis
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:15 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth then went on to say, “And now let me show you the secret handshake you’ll need to know to get past the Charterstone security guard. We all chipped in to hire a retired Green Beret after someone defaced the Scrabble board in the common area. He’s wonderful, but kind of O.C.D., so seriously, make sure you get this right.”

  33. Poteet
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:16 pm [Reply]

    DT — Permit me for just a moment to mourn what I suspect is the imminent departure from DT of the Queen of Diamonds. The good news is that once she’s joined Little Pineapple in DT history, I can take DT off my list, because looking at the other characters drives me (Margo)ing crazy.

  34. Josh Renaud
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:17 pm [Reply]

    Since, as I mentioned above, my paper didn’t pick up Lio for the long term, I just started reading some previous installments on the web. Here’s another one from a month ago where Tatulli goes after other comic strips:

  35. MonkeyHawk
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    #10 — Pinko Commie —

    I realize that COTW is an exhibition, not a competition, but…

    Much like the Jolly Green Giant with a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, we saw it coming a mile away.

    …is golden.

  36. Bobchillingworth
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    I totally dig Dennis saying “havta” in panel instead of his erstwhile “hafta” mispronunciations. The entire strip becomes markedly improved if you read it aloud in an overly dramatic Schwarzeneggerian voice.

  37. Bobchillingworth
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:24 pm [Reply]

    Err, panel six.

  38. Rhekarid
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    FOOB suddenly makes a lot more sense, when you think of it as being written by a small child trying to ruin it.

  39. Poteet
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:39 pm [Reply]

    MW — I have to hand it to Moy and Giella — it takes twisted talent to make readers hate a new mild-mannered character with red-hot loathing in just a few strips, before they even know her back story. At this point, whatever “Von” did, up to and including mass murder, I’m rooting for him.

  40. DaveyK
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:46 pm [Reply]

    Vera, for the better part of the past week, has indulged regularly in thought balloons lamely expositing what the reader already understands.

    Sadly for her, however, she is not in an Elizabethan play and these are not asides. To everyone but the reader, she is Charterstone’s new “unexplained weird silence” tenant.

  41. heckler123
    March 25th, 2007 at 10:54 pm [Reply]

    MW – Among the things that bother me about Mary Worth – and those things are legion – is the pony tail on Vera. It looks like it’s been heavily coated in butter. I expect to see stink lines arising from it, and a small cloud of flies surrounding Vera’s head. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  42. Zach
    March 25th, 2007 at 11:02 pm [Reply]

    Jesus freakin’ Christ(pun intended), it’s a good thing no child actually reads Mark Trail… that’s an awful way to discover the Easter bunny is just a “tradition” and not “completely real.” Jack Elrod: comic strip writer, or destroyer of innocence? Hint: the answer is both.

  43. Steve S
    March 25th, 2007 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    Based on the picture, one of the “fun facts” in the final panel of Mark Trail should be “In addition to reproducing rapidly, some rabbits are known for their self-fellating ability.”

    No funny comment on Lio: just lovely.

  44. bartleby
    March 25th, 2007 at 11:15 pm [Reply]

    I left a positive comment on Lio and a snarky comment on FOOB over at the Register page, but probably the moderator won’t allow it.

    I could stand the Michael getting a book deal if we hadn’t seen what a craptacular writer he is…and of romance fiction (not that there’s anything wrong with the romance genre).

    So now Warren is a horndog who’s going to be stepping out on Liz as soon as Weed hooks him up with some heroin-chic model?

  45. Cafangdra
    March 25th, 2007 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    I ain’t gay or nothin’ but I’m just now coming to terms with my long-suppressed lust for Dennis’s mom.

  46. zqfmgb
    March 25th, 2007 at 11:48 pm [Reply]

    mary worth will mercy-fight you until she forces herself into your affairs.

  47. Aelfric
    March 25th, 2007 at 11:49 pm [Reply]

    Rabbits are messengers of the divine? To whom, exactly? Is Elrod trying to start his own religion?

  48. Ubiq
    March 25th, 2007 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    You know, in a better world, this Lio might lead to a reassessment of where For Better or Worse is headed.

    In this world? Mr. Tatulli wakes up one morning with a squid’s head at his feet.

  49. Cornwhacker
    March 26th, 2007 at 12:03 am [Reply]

    42: When I was 7, I read a newspaper article about how Santa Claus was a mishmash of Dutch lore, Clement C. Moore poem and Nast illustration, I was actually pretty excited, like I stumbled upon some great guarded secret. None of the kids on the playground believed me, though.

    Mary: If my new landlady started lecturing me on how “people need people” in response to my big “leave me alone” hint, I’d be regretting signing that lease.

  50. M
    March 26th, 2007 at 12:41 am [Reply]

    Am I the only one who thinks Lio is dull and unfunny?

  51. Draktyr
    March 26th, 2007 at 12:43 am [Reply]

    does anyone else find it strange, that, after all she went thru to get to Vietnam, convince Dr Jeff to come home and all, Mary hasn’t dropped in to see him, not since the initial return.

    and am I the only one praying that Vera is the longlost lovechild of Aldo and Rita?

  52. Mibbitmaker
    March 26th, 2007 at 12:51 am [Reply]

    MT: Last panel, the bunny not engaged in sex without a partner had just read the narration below him (“…the first edible Easter Bunny, which is much appreciated by children”), and is reacting by a sudden glance at the reader, going, “WHAT?!?”

    MW: “Please, call me Vera” “And you can call me Mary” Unseen: Mary breaks into song: “Anyway you call me you can caaaaall meeeee Aaaaaaal!” And, after the last panel, she does it again: “Peeeople…who neeeeeeeed peeeeeeeeeopllllllle…” With that last panel, Mary – victim of a stalker (May God rest his soul) – is now, herself, the stalker!

  53. Mibbitmaker
    March 26th, 2007 at 12:55 am [Reply]

    #51 (Draktyre): Omigod! Lovechild of Aldo and Rita? And with her depression? Boy, would she be doomed to a life of alcoholism!

  54. Wirrrn
    March 26th, 2007 at 1:08 am [Reply]

    MARK TRAIL: Oh boo-boo. Mean old Natural Selection has designated the delicious-to-predators bunny rabbit Nature’s Whipping Varmint? As an Australian, I find it difficult to summon any sympathy for a feral pest that has used Australia as its personal Chillin’ Hutch for so long, the buck-toothed rodents have us primates outnumbered around 15000 to one. We pray every day for the divine intervention of the lapinophobic saint, El- Murthud.

  55. skulking on the outskirts
    March 26th, 2007 at 1:16 am [Reply]

    # 54, Wirrrn: Okay, I get “lapinophobic” (chill out, Margo) but “El-Murthud”? Is that Australia’s answer to St. Patrick?

  56. Tats
    March 26th, 2007 at 1:38 am [Reply]

    Apartment 3-G: Man, just when you think Luann is about to get some face-time. I think the actress who plays Luann is pregnant or something, so she’s “in the studio” while the baby is born.

    On the other hand, looks like 3-G might be dipping into the MW story well with a stalker. Hopefully, a ghost stalker. After all, what would be more exciting than a love triangle between Luann, her ghost lover and, say, the spirit of George Washington Carver?

    Mary Worth: The body language in that last panel speaks volumes. Look at Vera recoil as Mary touches her arm; she has that “just accosted by a mad homeless person” look about her.

    Judge Parker: How long have Abbey and Neddy been in the bad part of town? Are they going to run into literally every single undesirable in Paris before we get a respite?

    They’ll Do It Every Time: Scaduto’s going kind of archaic this week, no? If Migraina lived at any period in the past ten years, she’d just send an e-mail. Then again, I suppose she has it coming for her emasculating nagging in last week’s strip.

    Rex Morgan, M.D.: Is June even capable of speaking to someone without using soft-core B-movie innuendos? Yes, Heather… you need some “rest.” Wink wink, nudge nudge.

    And, to save the best for last:

    For Better Or Worse: APRIL’S GONNA GET LOADED! APRIL’S GONNA GET LOADED! Man, I know she’s way too much of a square to actually drink the wine with her ne’er-do-well boyfriend, but is it wrong that part of me hopes she gets absolutely smashed and rips the place up? C’mon, Elizabeth broke Mrs. Enzo’s Chinese dolls back in the day and no ill came of it. GO FOR THE TRAINS! GO FOR THE TRAINS! See how fast they go DOWN THE STAIRS! Choo choooooo!

    …I’m sorry. I lost my composure for a moment. I’m better now.

  57. Tats
    March 26th, 2007 at 1:39 am [Reply]

    ^ that should be in the next post up’s group of comments. Oops.

  58. deeeeeeeeelightful
    March 26th, 2007 at 2:01 am [Reply]

    Mark Tatulli is the best…..He even takes time to answer reader email, though that as a few years back, but still. Heart of the city is my favorite, I don’t know why Josh has never mentioned it.

  59. deeeeeeeeelightful
    March 26th, 2007 at 2:04 am [Reply]

    And I wonder if Lynn will have a comeback…..

  60. Maura
    March 26th, 2007 at 2:19 am [Reply]

    #54: Isn’t that because rabbits are non-native to Australia, as such don’t have enough predators in your ecosystem, and thus overrun the place because some jerk thought it was cute to bring his kid’s pet along to the territories and then let it loose?

  61. salvador
    March 26th, 2007 at 2:25 am [Reply]

    Did you see Saturday’s FOOBs? Did Lizardbreath really make a BOW and ARROW joke about her Native Canadian ex?

  62. Len
    March 26th, 2007 at 2:30 am [Reply]

    “The Germans made the first edible easter Bunny” — Say what?

    In the first panel of Mark trail’s Sunday strip, they establish that NATURE made the first edible E.B. It’s made out of MEAT! The German Bunny is CANDY. The Heck with all those PETA people, eating meat is probably better for kids than eating sugar-laden candy.

    I had whacky in-laws who would barbeque rabbit for Easter, telling all and sundry that they were “eating the Easter Bunny.” Tastes like chicken! But not like Marshmallow Peeps…

  63. P-Supe
    March 26th, 2007 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    Umm… that “floppy-eared” easter bunny doesn’t look floppy-eared at all.

  64. The Avocado Avenger
    March 26th, 2007 at 4:05 am [Reply]

    #10 Plinko Commie – I don’t think it spoils anything, since those who don’t know where Liz’s Foobian Trail leads will just assume Lio is joking.

    #21 Josh – The LJ icon situation is not only interesting, but helpful. I just got the hang of some editing software and would have made some FOOB icons myself, but you saved my bacon.

    FW – The recycling of old strips begins, I see. Thank goodness we got a single pane of original material, which involved a despondent man groveling for help from a self-satisfied smugster. Ah, Funky Winkerbean, you’re always as funny as cancer, and twice and lovely.

  65. The Avocado Avenger
    March 26th, 2007 at 4:08 am [Reply]

    I meant “twice AS lovely”, of course. Some days I really wish I wasn’t stupid.

    Funky Winkerbean always reminds me of an old joke I read on the liner notes of the 33 1/3 RPM album “Great White North” by Bob & Doug MacKenzie. They listed a bunch of humorous horoscopes, and when it got to Cancer, the listing was “Cancer: You’re not funny.” So true.

  66. Sili
    March 26th, 2007 at 4:39 am [Reply]

    Krauts made “the first edible Easter bunny”?! But … but … but bunnies have been edible since the dawn of time!

    Re DtM: Why has noöne yet suggested that Mme Menace is going to an Ann Summers Party. Would explain the smiling.

  67. Randy S
    March 26th, 2007 at 4:45 am [Reply]

    For all the information found in Sunday’s Mark Trail, it’s interesting that he doesn’t bother mentioning that the so-called “Pennsylvania Dutch” were actually Germans. (Which would help tie in all the other facts relating to Germans in that panel)

  68. yellojkt
    March 26th, 2007 at 5:53 am [Reply]

    “There is NO WAY way I’m ending up with this goofball and his wallpaper-brush mustache.”

    I just have to commit those words to memory because they are going to be my mantra for a long time.

    Hopefully Warren gets frisky enough when he drops off Liz that we can witness the first comics double-date rape.

  69. aquagirl2
    March 26th, 2007 at 6:02 am [Reply]

    Okay, I know practically no one saw this movie, but Mary Worth’s move on Vera is the spitting image of Judi Dench with Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal. Anyone out there dig me?

  70. Little Guy
    March 26th, 2007 at 7:02 am [Reply]

    Sunday’s Lio: I imagine the scene from “Independance Day” when President Whitmore sends one more rocket against the MFing impenetrable spaceship, and seeing the rocket slip through the shield and impact the hull.

    This strip is for everyone who received a C&D from Mount Foob.

  71. Schlimmerkerl
    March 26th, 2007 at 7:32 am [Reply]

    I don’t know why everyone always equates “German” with “Nazi”. Shame on you. I have relatives back in The Fatherland and none of them… that is, they didn’t… never mind.

  72. Tracer Bullet
    March 26th, 2007 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    You think your mom is smiling now, Dennis? Wait until you see the smile on her face when she comes home walking funny and smelling vaguely of High Karate.

  73. Mike
    March 26th, 2007 at 8:53 am [Reply]

    #66 – It was mentioned, just not specifically by that name. (See post #28.)

    Sublety — the other white meat.

  74. Suburban Legend
    March 26th, 2007 at 9:25 am [Reply]

    What would I say if you told me I could live wherever I wanted, have endless ‘breeding’, be an internationally beloved symbol of a holiday AND be a messenger of the divine? I’d say sign me up!

    What’s that you say Mr. Elrod? I’d have to be a rabbit? Dang it…

  75. Dan Coyle
    March 26th, 2007 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    I really despise Tatulli’s Heart of the City (Wow, the nerd kid doesn’t like episode III, until George Lucas himself shows up and explains how much effort it took, so it must be okay!), but Lio is stunning, and actually tries new techniques and ideas.

  76. Anonymous
    March 26th, 2007 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    My little take on Sunday’s Mary Worth: Panel 6 shows Vera’s right hand on her left arm. In panel 7, Mary the miracle worker is unscrewing Vera’s hands and putting them on the proper sides.

  77. Buck Ripsnort
    March 26th, 2007 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    In that last panel, Mary is obviously about to break Vera’s pudgy fingers if she doesn’t agree to enforced “social time”.

  78. CrabbyGenes
    March 26th, 2007 at 10:49 am [Reply]

    To #56 Tats: I don’t remember Elizabeth breaking Mrs. Enjo’s dolls in the past, but then I don’t remember everything about FBOFW, even though I used to be a fan and have all the books. Maybe I’ll see if I can find that episode. (Any idea which book it is in?)

    What I do know is that “Enjo” is a Japanese name, the Enjos are Japanese in ancestry, and Mrs. Enjo had Japanese dolls. Sorry to be a stickler, but I live in Japan and it kind of bugs me when people confuse Japanese with Chinese.

  79. Draktyr
    March 26th, 2007 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    MW – with Vera moving in, now there is someone else in Charterstone the same age for Tobey to play with…

  80. edgeways
    March 26th, 2007 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    #56 … er I think April may be getting something else that begins with “L” and ends in “D”, much shorter word though.

  81. MossMoses
    March 26th, 2007 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    Isn’t April babysitting in saintly Patterson Manor? Where’s the adult supervision? Is she going to perform fellatio right in front of Wobbin and Mewedeath?

    I had foolishly forgotten that mantra, “Mary Knows Best”. Of course we should accept on faith the premise that she just has a whole lot of common sense and therefore is more qualified to make judgement calls for people’s personal problems than the people themselves. It helps when the people she advises are so uniformly naive, moronic and utterly lacking in even the slightest modicum of common sense. That makes Mary Worth’s advice look a whole lot better by comparison, despite the inanity and the real foolishness of her advice. For example, “Go ahead and try to hook up with a married doctor from high school you had a crush on”. Dear Abbey might differ on that one.

    Dingo, good job! May you bask in the cotw glow.

  82. Timothy Burke
    March 26th, 2007 at 11:58 am [Reply]

    What does the cue card on the ground say that Lio is working on? I can’t quite make it out.

  83. juggernaut
    March 26th, 2007 at 12:17 pm [Reply]

    I must now rename my death metal band Mark Trail, and we can then call our first album “Tool of the Anti-Christ”.

    After that I will die, ignorant but happy.

    And with a tummy full of sweet, sweet, chocolate Beelzebunny.

  84. ridge
    March 26th, 2007 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    #72 – Tracer Bullet – bwahahaha….Thank you. That truly made my day.

  85. Laura c
    March 26th, 2007 at 12:50 pm [Reply]

    Well, now we’ve seen the Xmas Mark Trail and the Easter Mark Trail (a little early). Anyone wonder what animal the Passover Mark Trail will feature? The locust, perhaps?

  86. gump worsley
    March 26th, 2007 at 1:10 pm [Reply]

    Someone more computer-savvy than me should put together a collection of Vera’s woe-is-me thought ballons. This gal needs a Funky Winkerbean cancer smirk, stat!

  87. man behind the curtain
    March 26th, 2007 at 1:10 pm [Reply]

    MW __ So pretty little Vera moves in and wants to be left alone. Meanwhile Mary’s grabbing her hand and telling her how people need people. Note to Vera: Change the locks and get a can of mace (if not a gun).

  88. kingklash
    March 26th, 2007 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    Y’know, I think that Tatulli always wakes up in bed with a squid’s head by his feet. An extra one means his day just got better.

    edgeways: Lard?

  89. Foobar
    March 26th, 2007 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    Personally, I hope Vera goes on like this forever. I’d love to see how far she can take this woe-is-me tenterhooks thing. Even better if this drags on for several years and the whole thing turns out to be unimaginably petty yet somehow explains all her comments. Like, we mean, Von forgot to get her a birthday card one year, so, without that card, this is all she has to move.

    Dennis The Menace is rad. I love how they take one 2-panel joke and two 4-panel jokes and make it into a coherent comic. Okay, so it’s not usually funny, but that’s craftsmanship, dammit, and much less lame than most.

    Oh yeah, I thought Mark Trail said the rabbit was brought to America in 17005 and then I started to check if that was accurate by the Mayan Long Count or Jewish Calendar before I realized my error.

    March 26th, 2007 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    No no no, not a knuckle massage… Mary is actually correcting Vera’s sorry attempt at throwing the Charterstone gang sign. It appears to involve devil horns. Is anyone surprised?

  91. lughcifer
    March 26th, 2007 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    I lovelove the fact that in Sunday’s Mark Trail, the box declaring that “rabbits are messengers of the divine” is placed directly under the rabbit who is not-so-discreetly licking its ‘nads. Points to the rabbit for making do with its own balls when attempting to scry into the future.

    And what does it see? Hmm…it’s cloudy in those balls, but…yes…YES! I do believe it sees…that FOOB will continue to suck ass (and other bodily parts) from now until the hybrid format takes place.

    You’ll have to come back to see whether or not Mark hunts down Dirty Dan like the dog he is.

  92. Jym
    March 26th, 2007 at 2:02 pm [Reply]

    =81= Lio/Foob (Timothy Burke): The cue card on the ground says, “Mike: And when are those two dogs gonna croak anyway?”

  93. Steve Sturdevant
    March 26th, 2007 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    “I do have to wonder if this will be seen within the profession as crossing some kind of line.”

    Is that the line where comics are actually funny?

  94. ChristianPinko
    March 26th, 2007 at 4:41 pm [Reply]


    Mark is “probably” a Nazi?

  95. odinthor
    March 26th, 2007 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    MW — Are you sure that’s Vera’s hand in panel 7? This might be a guest appearance by Thing. Same for panel 6. An alternate possibility is that, in panel 7, Mary is trying to finish snapping off Vera’s little finger which we see she had already bent into an unnatural position in panel 6.

  96. Red Greenback
    March 26th, 2007 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    I must have been through about a million gigs
    I’d pork ‘em then I’d leave ‘em alone
    I didn’t care how much they blinked, no sir
    Their blinks left me cold as a stone
    But then I foobed around and fell in love
    I foobed around and fell in love, yes I did
    I foobed around and fell in love, I foobed around and fell in love
    It used to be when I’d see a girl that I liked
    I’d get out my book and write down her name
    But when the tundra sprouted over on the other side
    I’d just tear out that page
    I foobed around and fell in love
    I foobed around and fell in love, since I met you baby
    I foobed around and fell in love, I foobed around and fell in love
    Free, on my own is the way I used to be
    Ah, but since I met you baby, love’s got a hold on me
    It’s got a hold on me now, I can’t let go of you baby
    I foobed around and fell in love
    I foobed around and fell in love, oh yes I did
    I foobed around, foobed around, foobed around, foobed around,
    foobed around, foobled around, fell in love
    Foobed around, foobed around, foobed around, foobed around,
    foobed around, foobed around, fell in love
    I foobed around, fell in love
    I fell in love, I fell in love, yes I did

  97. ChristianPinko
    March 26th, 2007 at 6:18 pm [Reply]

    Did anyone see yesterday’s (3/25) Spider-Man? I could scarcely believe it: he took down some bad guys. I mean, by himself. Without the bad guys tripping over something. Without an assist from his wife. The man actually used his super-powers to vanquish some criminals.

    They were just a couple of muggers, but still.

    My mind is blown. This is like Margo being a decent human being, or an attractive woman in Gil Thorpe, or something happening in Judge Parker . . . I need to lie down.

  98. Soujin
    March 26th, 2007 at 7:19 pm [Reply]

    Bowls? I think you mean Pots.

  99. Harold
    March 26th, 2007 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    Mary is getting dangerously close to saying “I refuse to believe you prefer to be alone!”

  100. phil
    March 26th, 2007 at 9:20 pm [Reply]

    Finally you recognize Lio – the best new strip in the Hartford Courant – there are comics I read for laughs – Lio, Perals before Swine was a riot tiday, even Stone Soup and Monty, and the comics I read for kitchz, Foobville, Mary Worth and Rose is Gay. I know you focus on the dyfunctional art that graces our morning paper but we should give more Kudos to those comics that strive for the best.

  101. Len
    March 26th, 2007 at 9:22 pm [Reply]

    #66 (Sili) — Bad Sili! Didn’t read posts #28, or #62.

    I’ll have to Google Ann Summers. A perveyor of some sort of “Shtupperware,” no doubt.

    Shall I put another bunny on the barbie?

  102. zeeba
    March 26th, 2007 at 9:53 pm [Reply]

    FW: what does Bull want Les to keep in confidence?? Knowing that this is Winkerbeanland, it can only mean ED!!

    JP: how much longer are we going to be subjected to bad French? My high school daughter’s been having fits with the grammar (From Sunday: Hello girls. What want amusement?)

  103. Anonymous
    March 27th, 2007 at 8:08 am [Reply]

    Okay, I’ve been staring at that last MW panel trying to figure out how many fingers are actually in there and to whom they belong. Anybody remember that weird toy from the 60′s call “6 Finger?” The advertising ditty went something like: “Six Finger, Six Finger, Man alive, Wonder how I ever got along with five!” I think Mary and Vera are each wearing one of those. Too many digits for me.

    And then I got stuck on the MT reference to “young are reproduced” because it’s the parents who reproduce and the young who are produced. Then, you can buy produce and cook up the young who have been produced and produce a tasty rabbit stew.

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    LIO Is SO Epically funny!!!!!!!!!!!!

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