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Metapost: Pibgorn will return!

I generally don’t talk here about Pibgorn, the fantasy Web-only comic created by 9 Chickweed Lane artist Brooke McEldowney, but I know a lot of you follow it, and were probably very surprised to go to its site at today and find that it had vanished. Nicola McEldowney, Brooke’s daughter and spokeswoman, e-mailed me to ask if I’d pass on this note from her father to interested parties:

With United Media’s announcement that “Pibgorn” is to be discontinued, I have been inundated with e-mail, much of it agitated and distressed. I’m very sorry you had to get the news in this rather dispassionate way. That I may answer your central question forthwith, I’ve composed this response for everyone — so please forgive me if I seem impersonal.


There. That is the main thing I wanted to say., however, will, as they have announced, no longer be the source. Nothing dramatic happened, really. I simply came to feel that the editorial needs of and those of “Pibgorn” were becoming more and more divergent and incompatible. For this reason I asked to be released from my contract with United Media in order to secure a new online home for “Pibgorn.” United Media most graciously, and reluctantly, agreed. In short order I hope to get Pib back up and flying.

Meanwhile, you have seen the most current installments of “Pibgorn.” Hold that thought. We’ll be back.

All best wishes, and thanks so very much for writing.

Brooke McEldowney
9 Chickweed Lane

So, see, it’s not like Peter Pan, where you have to save Tinkerbell by declaring loudly and continuously that you do believe in fairies; all you have to do get Pib back is to sit back and wait.

235 responses to “Metapost: Pibgorn will return!”

  1. gh
    April 19th, 2007 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    Thanks, Josh. Now we get to shuttle among three posts!

  2. SixFootJen
    April 19th, 2007 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    What if I don’t like Pib? Does sitting back and waiting make it come back anyway?

  3. gh
    April 19th, 2007 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    #2 SixFootJen

    Maybe if you clap real hard it will go away?

  4. Maughta
    April 19th, 2007 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    So, um, are we just supposed to sit back and wait for our fairy porn to magically appear in our inboxes? Will there be an announcement in fairy porn-related media sources? Like Comics Curmudgeon?

    Hope so. Can’t live without that fairy porn!

  5. jules
    April 19th, 2007 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    I DO believe in Pibgorn, I DO believe in Pib – what? I can stop? Thank goodness.

  6. queek
    April 19th, 2007 at 3:49 pm [Reply]

    *waits patiently*

  7. Dingo
    April 19th, 2007 at 3:52 pm [Reply]

    Half a Hart
    to the melody of ‘Have a Heart’ by Bonnie Raitt

    Fuck up.
    Don’t lie to me.
    What are you doin’?
    Oh, pardon me I thought you were gone.
    Would you stand back baby ’cause I can’t believe I read
    Your family plans to continue the strip even though you’re dead.

    Hey, hey, half a Hart. Hey, half a Hart.
    If you’re deceased, why couldn’t B.C. go?
    Half a Hart, please, why half a Hart?
    Your strip dead years before. This death was slow.

    Fat broad used to make me laugh.
    The water balls? A brilliant gaffe.
    Hart, how can your family say
    The syndicate should continue to pay and pay
    It’s just the same and same like a photocopied tool
    For years you ain’t been clever. No “More zippers, mule!”

    Hey, hey, half a Hart. Hey, half a Hart.
    If you’re deceased, why couldn’t B.C. go?
    Half a Hart, please, why half a Hart?
    Give space to Lio or some other schmo.

    Talk on, talk on, seems more money your family needs.
    And sooner or later “Crap for Cash!” will be their creed.

    Hey, hey, half a Hart. Hey, half a Hart.
    If you’re deceased, why couldn’t B.C. go?
    Half a Hart, please, why half a Hart?
    Your strip dead years before. This death was slow.

  8. gh
    April 19th, 2007 at 3:56 pm [Reply]

    #7 Dingo

    Yesssss! [in memory of Kate *sob*]

  9. Allie Cat
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    Did you know that Pibgorn’s anagram is Big Porn?


  10. Dingo
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:07 pm [Reply]

    I’m the Fists That They Want
    to the tune of ‘You’re the One That I Want’ from “Grease”

    I’ve got fists!
    A right hook flyin’.
    Won’t you tally my toll?
    ‘Cause in LoFo,
    Where the Cherry’s cryin’
    I’m just stupefyin’!

    You better shape up,
    ‘Cuase I’m quite the man
    Bring my justice down on you.
    You better shape up,
    You better understand
    Ubiquiducks will spy on you!

    (ubiquiducks, ubiquiducks will spy on you)

    I’m the fists that they want.
    (right hook o’ justice, yeah) oo, oo, oo, Molly!
    I’m the fists that they want.
    (right hook o’ justice, yeah) oo, oo, oo, Molly!
    I’m the fists that they want.
    (right hook o’ justice, yeah) oo, oo, oo!
    Lost Forest needs
    My saintly deeds.

    If you’re wet, like a beaver
    Don’t come near, shy away.
    You’re not worth my erection
    Mark Trail’s gay

    I’ve got my shape up
    I’m a beefy man
    (a beefy man)
    Who keeps Rusty satisfied.
    A pedophile’s pup!
    With an ass so smooth
    I keep him all RECTified!

    Are you sure?
    Yes, I’m sure. Ask him how it feels inside.

    I’m the fists that they want.
    (right hook o’ justice, yeah) oo, oo, oo, Molly!
    I’m the fists that they want.
    (right hook o’ justice, yeah) oo, oo, oo, Molly!
    I’m the fists that they want.
    (right hook o’ justice, yeah) oo, oo, oo!
    Lost Forest needs
    My saintly deeds.

  11. Squawk
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:07 pm [Reply]

    I must be dyslexic because I always read the word “Pibgorn” as “Pigborn”.

    Which makes it pretty funny to me.

  12. Dingo
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:09 pm [Reply]

    Squawk, I never noticed that until your post. I’ve always thought it was Pigborn, too. Must be my infatuation with Pork Queen contests.

  13. gh
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    #9 Allie Cat

    You know, reading that I just realized that after all these weeks the strip isn’t titled “Pigborn.” Nor even “Pigborne”.

    And I think you took the blue ribbon with your “endanger your species” comment.

  14. gnome de blog
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    If McEldowney proceeds at his usual pace, by the time Fairy Porn returns we will have forgotten about it.

  15. gh
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    Jeez! The whole three of us!

  16. gh
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    #10 Dingo

    Besides being a hoot, it’s appropriate somehow that it’s from a production called “Grease.”

    Pibgorn? It’s like North by Northwest where, if we go back, all evidence of it actually being Pigborn will have been erased. Dammit! I KNOW it was Pigborn!

  17. Allie Cat
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    #13 – gh – Wow – that’s high praise from one of the premiere snarkers of our beloved community! Thanks!

  18. gribley
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    I’ve never heard of Pibgorn before. but it was real classy of to immediately take the pages down, so no one can see even the old ones. it’s especially obvious, since googling “pibgorn” gets you a web page that, two days ago, said “Creator Brooke McEldowney has decided to discontinue his “Pibgorn” comic strip”, and now even that page is gone.

    boy, if doesn’t like you, they really don’t like you, huh?

  19. Trotzenbonnie
    April 19th, 2007 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    #15 – gh
    Make that four…
    So she’s a fairy named after bagpipes?

  20. MossMoses
    April 19th, 2007 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    What is Sally doing while watching Diver Dan get his toupee, fake beard and snot knocked out of him? She’s an accomplice to a $2,000,000 fraud scam. One would think she’d be a little more proactive in this.

  21. True Fable
    April 19th, 2007 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    My son brought up an interesting question: Mark Trail’s into the whole animal husbandry thing, right? Could he breed a ferret so fuzzy that even he could not punch the fuzz right off of it?

    See you at the tannery, Mark!

  22. gh
    April 19th, 2007 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    19 Trotzenbonnie

    I can barely pronounce it the way it is alleged to be spelled. Sounds like someone who expected one more step going downstairs: “We need to move quickly on this Pibgorn contract.” To contemplate a relationship to bagpipes is beyond me.

  23. True Fable
    April 19th, 2007 at 5:15 pm [Reply]

    Well, more power to Bruce McEldowney! I can understand wanting to play watchdog for family viewings’ sake, but come on, we’ve had this barely clad group of fairies with the hots for a mere mortal flying around ever since the inception of the strip. Surely this latest storyline wasn’t that much of a surprise to them. If doesn’t want innovation and envelope testing, then let them stick with pedantic old Garfield or his low-rent doppleganger Heathcliff.

  24. Rusty
    April 19th, 2007 at 5:20 pm [Reply]

    All of this is polite talk for balking at full-frontal nudity. When it returns, will it still be incomprehensible? But with naughty bits?

  25. Islamorada Girl
    April 19th, 2007 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    Sooo, when Brooke dies, will daughter Nicole take up 9 Chickweed and Pigborn? Until recently, I had no idea comic strips were passed down through the family line, like hereditary monarchies. Does this mean Hart’s spawn draw by the Divine Right of Cartoonists?

  26. Christy
    April 19th, 2007 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    Thanks for the update! I got the notice that they were discontinuing it and started getting upset. Glad to know it’s not gonna just disappear.

  27. Blade Runner
    April 19th, 2007 at 5:49 pm [Reply]

    Thanks for the update, Josh. Now bring back Calvin and Hobbes.

  28. Trotzenbonnie
    April 19th, 2007 at 5:53 pm [Reply]

    gh –
    A pibgorn is a Welsh flute, I think. But “bagpipes” is so much more fun to say.

    And, PLEASE, whoever knows, tell me gently–does the controversy regarding this strip have something to do with erotic content?

  29. Harold
    April 19th, 2007 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    When I’m not thinking of it as “Pigborn”, I can only imagine a six-foot tall lizard with disco balls for eyes drinking from a can of soda that tastes very much like Dr. Pepper.

    Pibgorn may be incomprehensible, but at least it’s not Zippy the Pinhead incomprehensible.

  30. TurtleBoy
    April 19th, 2007 at 6:24 pm [Reply]

    Mark’s patented Right-hook-o-justice™ did Dan in, even after Dan went to the trouble to look like Chuck Norris. Foolish, foolish Dan: there’s only one Chuck.

  31. Dingo
    April 19th, 2007 at 6:28 pm [Reply]

    So, I was looking at Harold’s profile and saw an ad for Dr. Phil’s MindFindBind. I don’t know what it is and I don’t think I want to know what it is. But, to me, MindFindBind sounds like the site where Anthony will discover the woman for his basement cage.

  32. Mr. O’Malley
    April 19th, 2007 at 6:33 pm [Reply]

    “Pibgorn” is Welsh for “hornpipe” and can be easily understood even by people who don’t speak Welsh.

    Pib = pipe
    gorn = horn

    Almost the same as English! Probably because it is a loanword from English.

    A hornpipe is a reed instrument with a bell made of a cow’s horn, hence the name. These instruments were popular in the British Isles until a few centuries ago. Similar instruments can be found throughout Europe, the Middle East and through to India. There are both mouth-blown and bagpipe versions.

    As to why the name was given to the title character in a comic strip, I couldn’t say, but compared to “Migraina”, “Dragbutt”, “Funky Winkerbean” or “Mark Trail” it seems fairly innocuous.

  33. Weasel Boy
    April 19th, 2007 at 6:46 pm [Reply]

    Hello. My name is Weasel Boy. I’m a dyslexic. Count me among those who thought it was “Pigborn.”

  34. Trotzenbonnie
    April 19th, 2007 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    Mr O’Malley–

    Your explanation is shofar so good.

    Hey! Don’t tell me–RedG. made me do it.

  35. Dean Booth
    April 19th, 2007 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    #32 Mr. O., I wondered why reading Pigborn made me gorny.

    And, me too — I’ve always read it at Pigborn.

  36. Foobar
    April 19th, 2007 at 7:03 pm [Reply]

    Yup, same. Pigborn. Not a fan, either. Or 9CL. SRY

  37. Keg of Curd
    April 19th, 2007 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    Mark Trail’s into the whole animal husbandry thing, right?
    I believe the line is generally 4:3 against on Cherry being human.

  38. queek
    April 19th, 2007 at 7:19 pm [Reply]

    21: my ferrets will SO be stealing your socks for that comment.

  39. Fried Froid w/ Squid
    April 19th, 2007 at 7:26 pm [Reply]

    Dudes, McEndowney ASKED to have Pibgorn taken off

    Jeez, If you didn’t like the artwork and plots (including Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) don’t search it out.

    You yammer and yammer about how lame the major comics are, but someone who streches the boundries gets dumped on?

  40. Fried Froid w/ Squid
    April 19th, 2007 at 7:32 pm [Reply]

    Ohh, another naughty thing in the comics today.

    Shylock Fox – Name things beginning with B

    Bestiality ?

  41. Claire
    April 19th, 2007 at 7:33 pm [Reply]

    In my case, I always knew it was Pibgorn rather than Pigborn. It’s just that, until this moment, I never realized Brooke McEldowney was a man. Yeah, I know it shouldn’t matter, but still.

  42. Islamorada Girl
    April 19th, 2007 at 7:34 pm [Reply]

    38—Diane? ? ?

  43. Harold
    April 19th, 2007 at 7:47 pm [Reply]

    #31 Dingo – I am flattered! Sorry if I disappointed you there, tho. And I agree entirely on the inappropriateness of the MindFindBind terminology. Doing a little Collecting, Dr. Phil? (That reference may be too obscure for people who do not know a bit about either serial kidnappers/rapists or the late author John Fowles, or the Maxim article that made the connection clear).

    All you fine young (and young in heart) lady curmudgeons should follow Dingo’s lead and click through to my blog and my ad! All are welcome!

  44. Tats
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:10 pm [Reply]

    A3-G: Ah, Margo. If there’s one thing you look for in a good event planner, it’s jumping to consequences prematurely.

    MW: Ever talked to a six-year-old who’s upset and says he doesn’t want to talk about it, but he keeps bringing it up in hopes that you’ll ask. Yeah. Slightly more mature than Vera.

    I’d say Mary’s being a self-absorbed meddlesome bitch — and, don’t get me wrong, it’s her natural state — but Vera clearly wants to be meddled with and is probably upset that Mary’s waiting for dessert. Hopefully for the poison to kick in.

    TDIET: The chef in the back of panel one has just been hypnotically instructed to kill Queen Elizabeth II. He will now retrieve the pistol from under third base.

    FBoFW: This is the first time Elly has orgasmed since April was conceived nearly two decades ago.

  45. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:18 pm [Reply]

    Chalk me up in the “Pigborn” category. I’ve known that it was “Pibgorn” for a while, but I always have to remind myself that it is not, in fact, “Pigborn.”

  46. AhClem
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:22 pm [Reply]

    In today’s MT, Sally is nowhere to be seen. She’s hiding in the corner, waiting for an opportunity to whack Mark on the back of the head with a shovel.

    And if that really happens, I’l forgive Jack Elrod for all the cheesy plotlines and stilted dialogue he’s inflicted us with over the years.

    If she misses and nails Dan instead, I will make a donation to the LoFo “Save the Beavers” foundation.

  47. Dean Booth
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:22 pm [Reply]

    One more Fist o’ Justice tribute before I call it a night.

  48. Weasel Boy
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:25 pm [Reply]

    If I were Mary Worth:

    Vera: I’m not going to depend on a man or anyone else…ever again!

    Me: Huh? What? Sorry, I must have nodded off. How’s that again?

    Vera: I said I’m not going to depend on a man or anyone else…ever again!

    Me: Jeez, are we still talking about that? Yeah, yeah, you got burned. Let’s move on. How about that Don Imus?

  49. Red Greenback
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:25 pm [Reply]

    I thought it was Pibthorpe.

  50. Tats
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:33 pm [Reply]


    Dear God, yes. I keep hoping the storyline will end abruptly and an epilogue will full us in on everything we missed.

    “And so ended an evening of bland dining and partially-revealed secrets so tedious that both women swore to never eat again, so as to prevent a reprise.”

    The end.

    I doubt we will be so lucky.

  51. Rusty
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:33 pm [Reply]

    #39: Kudos to McEldowney for taking chances. No one is above the snark, however. I get the sense that he wants to demonstrate that his thesaurus is bigger than yours.

  52. Uncle Lumpy
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:43 pm [Reply]

    #51 Rusty -

    CLAMBAKE is above the snark!

    Save us, CLAMBAKE! Save America!

    And when you’re done, if you’re not too tired, save Canada.

  53. Mr. O’Malley
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:54 pm [Reply]

    34, So, Trotzenbonnie, zhaleika my explanation?

  54. Trotzenbonnie
    April 19th, 2007 at 8:56 pm [Reply]

    Ay yi yi … yi yi !
    Imagine if we ceased to seek out comics that had plots and/or drawings that we didn’t like. What the friggin’ hell would we be yapping about then?!

    #49 – Red
    It’s PibTHROP, dammit!

    Sorry. I’m a little testy (testy. TESTY. not testes, Harry Para)
    There’s a Louisiana Black Bear trolling through my neighborhood and my dog has to pee. It’s been nice knowing y’all!

  55. Trotzenbonnie
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:07 pm [Reply]

    Mr. O’M
    Ez shpasik, yes?

    Who am I kidding. I’m as goyisher as they come. My late husband’s mother once called me a gold-digging shikse!
    And one Passover I got into a big fight with my father-in-law about whether or not Rice Krispies were pareve.
    (Remember Bridgett & Bernie? )

  56. Dorianne
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    Count me among those who have to force themselves NOT to read it as “Pigborn.”

    I liked the strip up until the whole Midsummer Night’s Snore thing, though. But now that it’s over, I’m interested again….only to have it ripped from me!

    I do confess to liking Pibgorn and 9CL for the sheer creativity and the artwork itself.

  57. kostia
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:28 pm [Reply]

    I loved the Pibgorn take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It was beautiful. But then, I paid good money last night to see “Coriolanus” on stage. I have a Shakespeare problem.

    Leaving for his own site can only be good. The same move has been an absolute goldmine for “Sheldon,” a strip that’s just plain too good to make fun of.

    I just hope McEldowney gets to put his whole archives on the new site, as I didn’t start reading Pibgorn until a year or two in.

  58. True Fable
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    I realized it was Pibgorn and not Pigborn, but I say it either way depending on the mood I’m in, and whether I can speak intelligibly that day or not.

    However I say it, the artwork in Pibgorn and 9CL is wonderful. This is not to say that I will not snark him – nobody is THAT damn good – but he gives good fanservice, I’ll say that about him.

    More long sexy legs, mule!

  59. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:32 pm [Reply]

    I thought it was “Pigborn” too, until the yahoo search engine corrected me. Even though I have a significant amount of Welsh in me, I’d never known what a “pibgorn” is. Embarassing, but at least I knew “crwth.”

  60. queek
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    57: word. I really would like to see the earlier strips as well. (and no, I can’t afford to buy the printed books.) Strange how those two things go together, books and lack of online archives.

  61. Freticat
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    I tumbled onto Pibgorn a couple years ago (I was a longtime 9 Chickweed Lane reader), never had a problem reading the title straight, but it wasn’t until I got the notice from on Monday and did some digging that I found out that it was also the name of a Welsh hornpipe. Subscribers to got a couple days’ advance notice. Others found out the hard way. I got the impression that the parting of the ways was a mutual agreement between McEldowney and the syndicate.

    On the other hand, I do believe in fairies – I have to, ’cause there’s a couple of bars near where I live where they hang out all the time.

    “Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc.”

  62. Cerebus
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:38 pm [Reply]

    It’s spelled “Pibgorn”
    but it’s pronounced
    “Throat-warbler mangrove”.

  63. willethompson
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    #55 Trots – You may be a shiksa but that doesn’t make you sheygetz (as a shabbes goy for a couple of semi-hassids in college, I spreken ze Yiddishe). All that said, Mark Trail is still a schmuck.

    #47 Dean Booth – Again, as one Pshopper to another, I bow to you. I wish I had the time to trade steel with you, but since i have this thing called ‘work,’ I will let you make us laugh with cut-paste and layered silliness. Well done, my brother!

  64. Uncle Lumpy
    April 19th, 2007 at 9:52 pm [Reply]

    #61 Freticat -

    Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc:
    “Now we feast on those who would subdue us?”

    Is that a B&D garage-cleaning reference, or what?

  65. Allie Cat
    April 19th, 2007 at 10:10 pm [Reply]

    #63 – Willie – you were a shabbes goy?! Is there nothing you haven’t done? Gevalt!

    For those not familiar with the concept, orthodox Jews aren’t supposed to work on the Sabbath, and that includes things like turning on and off lights, locking doors.

    So a Shabbes Goy would be employed to do the “work” – you know, fry the bacon for breakfast, whatnot. I kid. I kid because I love. And because though it may be trayf, bacon is TASTY!

  66. Dean Booth
    April 19th, 2007 at 10:10 pm [Reply]

    #63. thanks, wille. I have work, too, but have had a slack week combined with left over adrenaline from a major hustle with two jobs last week. Perhaps it’s time to do like Fox Trot and only photoshop on Sundays.

    I haven’t heard the expression “trade some steel” before.

  67. Marion Delgado
    April 19th, 2007 at 10:11 pm [Reply]

    Phuck you, Those of us with limited computer skills and a taste for furries will have to find SOMEWHERE else to masturbate, thank you very much. We need our Bigporn … I mean Pibgorn. …

    Actually, it was the better written of the two, overall.

  68. Aaron T.
    April 19th, 2007 at 10:14 pm [Reply]

    #29 Harold: That’s Mister Pibbgorn to you and me.

  69. Mibbitmaker
    April 19th, 2007 at 10:16 pm [Reply]

    Keeping the MT-joke thing going (mainly since I missed the explosion of them on the other thread):

    Mark Trail punched Dan so hard, Margo’s head bobbled — in a different newspaper! On a different day!

  70. Blade Runner
    April 19th, 2007 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    Pink Haired Girl and Sabre Chick: I used to go to the Des Moines Fencing Club. Monday and Thursday. It has been a couple of years, though.

  71. Poteet
    April 19th, 2007 at 10:46 pm [Reply]

    Pant, pant. Finally catching up. I spent the day out of town at a prairie conference, and on the wall, to illustrate the valuable role played by prairie vegetation along the travel routes of Iowa, was a large poster that said in giant letters, “ROADSIDE, IOWA.” I managed to control myself, no thanks to you people here.

    I just got converted to PIBGORN a couple of weeks ago. I was wary of it, since I don’t care for 9CL, but when I saw it had a naked guy, I realized that it seriously deserved my close attention and support. Which I will resume, once it has a new home, as long as naked guys keep showing up.

    # 1 — gh, per your much earlier and flattering question re DT, I am as drop-jawed as anyone. As far as I can tell, Queen of Diamonds (who is definitely NOT ready for her closeup) is trying to turn this fight into a choreography contest, so maybe her line in the last panel refers to Riverdance. The alternative is trying to envision her in prison, which hurts my brain. I can just see her being released — “Don’t worry about me, Warden — I’ll be fine. I’m going to be an enormous playing card with a jewel fetish.”

  72. under_score
    April 19th, 2007 at 10:58 pm [Reply]

    55 Trotz: shiksa, represent! (yes, I now out myself as yet another 40 something female who has no business using that word either but who can’t help herself). I remember Bridget & Bernie. So, who won the rice krispies=chamatz argument? Never been called a gold digger though, at least not to my face.

    Oh increment the ‘pigborn’ count. I just cannot get it straight without effort.

    Dean Booth, your pix are killing me today, thanks, I needed a laugh.

  73. Freticat
    April 19th, 2007 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    #64 Uncle Lumpy –

    I’m surprised you didn’t recognize it (since you translated it) – that’s the motto of the Addams Family, at least from the film versions. Charles Addams used to collect medieval weapons, and once destroyed a door in his apartment demonstrating a crossbow to an interviewer.

  74. Trotzenbonnie
    April 19th, 2007 at 11:25 pm [Reply]

    #72 – under_score
    It was my contention that the puffiness of the Rice Krispies was caused by air and not leaven making it a perfectly acceptable breakfast choice for my kid (as opposed to the Man-o-Maneschewitz drenched pancakes that Gramps was flipping on the griddle.) Gramps won that battle but lost the war because Bubbe took young Dan to the Lord & Taylor cafe for lunch and bought him a freakin’ cheeseburger.

  75. AppleGirl
    April 19th, 2007 at 11:26 pm [Reply]

    11 – You mean it’s not Pigborn?


  76. mumbles
    April 19th, 2007 at 11:37 pm [Reply]

    FOOB: Wow, those are some child-bearing hips that Michael’s sporting in the third panel.

  77. Fred P.
    April 19th, 2007 at 11:59 pm [Reply]

    Being someone who is Welsh (by which I mean that the spelling of my real-life name is mystifying to most Americans, and also that I’m originally from Wales), I take issue with the idea that “Pibgorn” (which, parenthetically, I too always thought was “Pigborn”) is a Welsh word meaning “hornpipe”. Truthfully, I tell you that Welsh words mean nothing at all in English because they are merely unlikely (yet random) combinations of vowels and consonants made up on the spot. In fact, I take issue with the idea that there exists such a thing as a Welsh language. “Welsh” is merely the nonsensical gibberish that my more rural cousins spout when they wish to make the rest of us feel vaguely uncomfortable.

  78. MonkeyHawk
    April 19th, 2007 at 11:59 pm [Reply]

    I have a sneaking suspicion some idiot suit at contacted McEldowney about halfway through the Midsummer’s Night Dream episodes with “notes” along the lines of, We love the artwork, but who’s writing this crap?! You’ve gotta replace ‘em!

    I’m no geologist, but maybe I’l lesdyxic. I thought it was “Porn Gig.”

  79. Trotzenbonnie
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:11 am [Reply]

    Gil Throp –
    THAT’S IT? No more Clambake? He left faster than Donald Turnipseed at a James Dean Film Festival.

    Crap. I miss him already.

    And Poteet – Please, call if you’re going to be late. I was starting to worry.
    (Riverdance—That was great. I’m still laughing ! :>)

  80. Trotzenbonnie
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:17 am [Reply]

    One more before hitting the sack.

    Pluggers –

    That reminds me of a photography exhibit I saw at the WPA in DC back in the 80′s. It was some guy named Robert Mapple something or other.

    Thank you and G’night.

  81. MsChicken
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:21 am [Reply]

    Slylock Fox (20 Aprl): I’ve never been a fan of the ‘spot the differences’ Slylock Fox, far preferring the pervier narratives of suspicious justice. The ‘spot the differences’ panel always seemed to offer differences so seemingly negligible– ok, yeah, that;s the point, but then there’s something else: In this most recent puzzler, it seems that the second panel is merely missing items that were in the first– a portion of the roller coaster apparatus, for example. This means there is one more glaring difference: in the second panel they are all closer to death.
    I now realise that in addition to having sought out Apt 3G, Mary Worth, Judge Parker and Slylock Fox this morning, I also sound like an insurance risk assessor.

  82. Moon Mullins
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:25 am [Reply]


    RMMD: June, seductively curled up on the couch, her freshly pedicured feet with giggly, wriggly toes, tries to convince her questionable-sexuality hubby to have a threesome with newly alone Heather. But Rex can only think of Dr. Troy: “I love Heather, but we can’t get involved in this!”

    MW: “Vera had “a nanny” as a child? She must have lived in a millionaires stomping ground!”
    That, or been an average kid growing up in a two-working-parent home the last twenty years.

    Foob: As freshly humorous as a 2004 T-Mobile ad.

    Luann: Brad, remember what the little devil on Tom Hulce’s shoulder said in “Animal House?” I bet he’s on yours now. F-k her! F-k her brains out!”

    JP: The batting stance Neddy is in has her ready to “take one for the team,” and there are three different ways you can interpret that, and I am imagining all of them.

    (DT) GT: The Mudlarks must play in a conference where the teams are named after their sponsors, like the Japan league. Today they are playing a team co-sponsored by a bank and a condom company, the Chase Trojans. Fits right in with the Clam Bake Sale theme.

    MT: With those black eyebrows, I’m figuring Sally must color her hair to get it that post-Red Bull urine color.

  83. SecretMargo
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:28 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Ahhh, June, you’re back. The values that keep this marriage together now come roaring back to the fore: it’s the money, stupid! Those based on love, empathy, and friendship are for the weak and actually heterosexual.

  84. Mibbitmaker
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:32 am [Reply]


    RMMD: Well, Rex, looks like ol’ Ends Justify the Means just Ted Forthed ya!

    FC: So, Jeffy, would you rather have “to be continued…” at the end of your stories? Good luck getting to sleep that way!

    Zits: Now, that‘s a head bobble! Top that, Margo.

    A3G: Jeez, that Margo’s worse than Mary Worth! Hey, Vera, try doing the information dance with her.

    BBailey: …That’s because Killer comes on so strong he scares “Miss Right” Away.

    Garfield: Well, in your case, cat, it’s better to keep up the illusion of being funny.

  85. Trilobite
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    Friday’s comics ahoy!

    FBOFW: Wow, a 1-bedroom basement apartment in the basement of an old house! What a find! Tell us, Liz, is there a playpen built down there, and does your landlord smell of cinnamon and sport a Stranger Danger moustache? No? Well, don’t worry: the next basement you move into will have all those things, and manacles, too.

    Judge Parker: Neddy’s batting stance just shows how desperately we need “Clambake” Yancey to cross over into other strips to provide important coaching tips. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as happy as anyone else to see her stick her ass out like an expatriate hooker from Brooklyn, New York, but…this whole side plot has just been so boring that only seeing someone get their skull cracked open by a pipe is going to make me feel better. Choke up on your grip, Neddy, and just imagine that Cedric’s head is a pinata. Make me proud.

  86. Poteet
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:40 am [Reply]

    # 55 — BWAHAHA! And thanks, Trotzenbonnie.

    # 82 — Moon, per your earlier request, I sympathize with your difficult position. But I’m afraid our Dread but Snarky Galactic Overlord keeps his financial and medical affairs strictly to himself, at least as far as I’m concerned. Perhaps AppleGirl could help(?)

    DT (4/20) — Wow, I thought I had big feet. And as my final DT rant of the night, I seriously resent it when a handgun dissolves into thin air with no explanation, magical or divine.

  87. Moon Mullins
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:42 am [Reply]

    In the 4/20 Foob Liz proves how hip she is with the world’s longest text message, using some unusual abbreviations.

    Is “cnt” a regular word in texting? I suppose it means “can’t”, but that’s not what I first thought.

  88. Mibbitmaker
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:48 am [Reply]

    Hi, Warren. I dnt knw w hppnd t Ap. She n nywhr. G, ths strp is lm! I rmembr bk whn w wr ntrtning! Gh! (n rltion t th CC pstr!) jyf, nf nnb www mtig grokfv hh bgj nfs drowning pets hgfgh Jhf mmMm u gr qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq so pu PU! Mju g ppy potrzebie juy dty lkjh dgyi p qwerty juj ug overthrow the cartoonist hujkn kh rrf m dm cdm bump off Eric kgnvd nb yyt. M zprs, mule! kjubr worse than Gil Thorp nhgfd oi drt. Or not.

    (ps- Did I actually text elipses in my last message?? Weird!)

  89. Dactyl
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:54 am [Reply]

    Just when I thought I couldn’t hate Vera any more, she said the word Nanny.

  90. SecretMargo
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:57 am [Reply]

    BB: It’s not “Miss Right or Miss Right Away,” it’s “Miss Right or Miss Right Now!” If you’re going to just repeat an old joke and call it an original strip, at least quote it correctly! Aaugh! It’s like a jamming typewriter located behind my eyes!

    80, Trotzenbonnie: That made me laugh a lot. Now I’m less cranky, and ready for bed (that became dirtier on the page than I intended. Sweet dreams!).

  91. Kronkina
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    TDIET: I’m…I’m ashamed to admit this…but today’s cartoon actually is kind of true. I mean, don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying this is a great strip or anything. But, you know…I mean…actors (and actresses) do that…

    Artwork still sucks, though.

    MT: I’m very worried about Elrod. All the dialog boxes in today’s strip are actually pointing to the mouth of the character speaking! What happened!? Did he have a ekorts?

    FOOB: Hoo! Kids these days!! They text and text and text! Until their fingers cramp!! Way to be relevant, Lynn.

    Luann: What a letdown today’s strip is after days of Toni’s teasings. I have blue balls – and I’m a woman.

    DtM A piece of Joey’s head appears to missing. Maybe Dennis is doing some menacing after all, it’s just all behind the scenes.

  92. True Fable
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:54 am [Reply]

    There will be a new thread any minute now, I’ll wager. I’m always at the tag end of a thread with a new days’ worth of snarking and it all gets lost in the shuffle. waa, yeah. march on.

    FBoFW Today Lynn continues to wow her white bread middle class audience by showing them she’s hip to text messaging. Hey, Lynn! Read this: Fk U!

    JP The Hairy Handed Hero saves the day! So where are the punks? Did they run or is he holding them at bay, cowering before his supreme natty pomposity? OOOooooh! You punks had better hope he’s in a good mood. He knows how to make hors d’oerves and he will just plain get up in your face. He’ll wax and buff you within an inch of your life. He just bought a loaf of French bread AND he can stuff a turkey. You do the math, punk.

    GA Chip, please for sweet Pete’s sake, keep Bird Head Boy fired. Every time he’s shown talking, my eyeballs bleed. I’d ignore this strip but I grew up with Skeezix and just once, I’d like to see him stab his roly-poly son in law with a 9 inch dagger. I keep hoping.
    What’s the son in law’s name? The one who married the girl with the creepy always wide open circular eyes? gah. why do I bother…

    RMMD This is why I bother: June Morgan, in all her sexy glory. So curvaciously feminine and yet so masterfully masculine, she makes me question both her sexuality and mine. So demanding and so avaricious, what a powerhouse! Look at her shame Rex into pulling a dirty trick on the unsuspecting Hugh. Work it, girl. You got the confidence of a freshly cleaned garage going for you. rrrrrowwllll. hhhgh.

  93. True Fable
    April 20th, 2007 at 2:20 am [Reply]

    DtM Dennis is blind to the truth: Joey isn’t crying because he skinned his knee. He’s crying because Dennis won’t kiss it and make it better, which means he wore his cutest purple crop-top for nothing.

    FC Grandma No-Eyes did not read him a story. She made it up, the whole three-hour extravaganza. why? So she wouldn’t have to listen to their rancid little malapropisms. Yes, The End, kid. Now lean over and let me turn out your lights with this book against your head.

  94. True Fable
    April 20th, 2007 at 3:04 am [Reply]

    BB In the “You can only see it in the funny papers” department – look at the grip Killer has on the brunette in panel 2. You couldn’t pry his paw off his arm with a crowbar.

    Do you know what would happen to me if I strolled up at a dance and seized someone by the arm like that? I’d get STOMPED, that’s what, complete with eyes scratched and torn ears and personal property vandalized to the hilt!

    But it’s perfectly okay for Killer to play caveman in the strip. He’s been a walking morals charge for decades. Like Beetle and Sarge’s Love That Dares Not Come To Light, Killer knows that he is regarded as the Hot To Trot But Ultimately Harmless Hunk because nobody gets any at Camp HornySwampy.

  95. dreadedcandiru2
    April 20th, 2007 at 5:38 am [Reply]

    FBoFW: Lz shldnt try t tp txt prgrfs, shd sh? Not when she could have used a Palm Pilot, used the handwriting recognition function and Lynn could’ve stolen Doonesbury’s “Hell, Jello! Howard yo-yo?” payoff.

  96. calico
    April 20th, 2007 at 6:19 am [Reply]

    I thgt it ws cld “Blckbry Thmb.”
    Why ds Lynn pt us thr ths?

  97. calico
    April 20th, 2007 at 6:40 am [Reply]

    FC – don’t they ever clean the house in Family Cirrus? That book looks like it has fifty years of dust on it. Widdle Man will be an asthmatic for sure.
    I think there was a FC some time ago where they found/dug up some sort of shit from between the couch cushions for Grandma too.

  98. Vince M.
    April 20th, 2007 at 6:47 am [Reply]

    It’s probably the mind wanting to bend things to the familiar, but I keep seeing it as ‘Pigborn’ too (and getting a creepy ‘The Omen’ mental picture)

  99. ChefMike
    April 20th, 2007 at 6:50 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: So, I’m guessing the world is made up of considerably more pluggers than non-pluggers at this point. How many people rent backhoes to do their gardening?
    TDIET: I can’t figure out whether the casting director is in the wrong for not selecting one of the hundreds of other actors who look more the part of a middle-aged, balding uncle; perhaps Chuck Chiselchin needs to have a talk with his agent about the parts he’s being auditioned for, or he just needs to suck it up and do what he’s asked, because he needs the money.
    Sherman’s Lagoon: Sherman is the Mike Patterson of Children’s books: one attempt, and he’s an instant success
    MF: Ha ha! Coffee sure is expensive these days! but wouldn’t it have been more topical (and more in the realm of “political cartoonist”) to have said “Need Help: I just fueled up my SUV?” Maybe he’s saving that joke for later on this week.
    FW: So, the girlfriend’s sob story about the murder of her birth father is supposed to instill a need in Darin to go on a quest to find the abusive high school quarterback that knocked up his biological mother? Actually I think that since the father in this case was just a throwaway character, it’s just going to be revealed once and for all that Lisa is Darrin’s birth mother and that’s gonna be the end of this storyline.

  100. ChefMike
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:01 am [Reply]

    And now: Your Regularly Scheduled Jump Start Comic will not be seen tonight as we’ve replaced it with a clip from the Animaniacs cartoon series…
    Beethoven: I am Ludwig von Beethoven, I am a world famous concert pianist!
    Yakko Warner: Goooooooodnight everybody!

  101. Hornpipe Jones
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:04 am [Reply]

    Well, this has just made me curious about the McEldowny family dynamic.

    Brooke: ‘Nicola, come see! A comic about all the invisible sex fairies in love with me. Wait. No. Not me, someone not me. Called Geoff.’
    Nicola, “daughter and spokeswoman”: (long pause) ‘Okay, Dad.’

  102. Islamorada Girl
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:23 am [Reply]

    Fun Factoid: Elvis Presley was a sabbes goy.

  103. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:34 am [Reply]

    A3G: Margo’s in a constant dark mood, so this is no real change.

    DT: Queenie’s taking a page from Chuck Norris’ play book with a sweeping roundhouse. Sadly, she’s no Chuck, so swings wide. Just for the record; dodging a kick isn’t exactly cowardly, wanting a person to stand still so you can pummel them without any retribution is.

    FC: I get the impression that Grandma is closing that book early to spare Jeffy from a sad ending.

    Foob: Nobody texts like that. At least, nobody that’s not insane.

    (DT)GT: I’m sure we’ll see Clambake return. They spent a lot of time building him up, what with is racial indiscriminant son leaving and all.

    MT: So….Mark punched him then just left? Man, he’s quite the jerk. Don’t bother reporting him or anything, just punch his lights out.

    TDIET: Isn’t part of the point of TDIET is that it’s relatable? Actors change their appearance all the time for parts, do you want the job or not?

  104. andreavis
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:36 am [Reply]

    MW: Wow, Vera sure likes pie. Maybe we’re all on the wrong track and Von is short for Vonda? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Actually, I have a creeping suspicion that Von is Vera’s brother, and he somehow gypped her out of her inheritance by being the oldest (“Curses upon you, primogeniture!”)

    Or maybe Von is the executor of their parent’s will, and told lazybones Vera she can’t get her trust fund until she gets off her ass and holds a real job for a while. Anyone think I’m off base here? Anyone? Bueller?

  105. Hogen Mogen
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:47 am [Reply]

    Foob: Yeah, that’s a real edgy strip right there. Instead of the crappy “ticky tappa tick”, we get Liz using a mobile device, and she’s ticky tappa ticking so much that she hurts her thumbs – ah ha ha ha. That wasn’t funny when it was told in other strips 500 times before.

    The method by which Johnston delivers the punch line is an old staple, too. Give some series of initials, and the punch line is the explanation thereof. It might be funny if the initials could potentially be confused for something else. For example, when I was dating my wife, after a while I had a bunch of dirty clothes over at her place. I could have taken them home and cleaned them myself, but to keep some inventory in stock when I was there, I figured I’d just keep them at my girlfriend’s apartment. But there wasn’t enough for a full load of whites or colors. So… I took the step and told her that we crossed the border. Yes… the “L” word. Laundry.

    Not that funny, but it had potential depending on how much panache you can muster in the delivery. Another example is a memo my boss once sent me saying “F.U. on the B/S.”, which turned out that he wanted to “Follow up on the Balance Sheet”

    What we get today in Foobville is just as string of letters. Hey everybody, I just contacted RSOF!

    Next panel: I’m Really Sick Of Foobs!

    If I wanted to work at it a little bit, I’d get some initials that could be confused for something else like (warning – it’s not 100% in good taste – or even grammatically correct):

    I just got STD from AIDS! Meaning “I just got Sick To Death from All In Dis Strip!”

    Alright not only is it not in good taste, I had to force it a little, but I warned you first. Now I can do this in spare time at work and Johnston has all day, assistants and a fat paycheck. I demand more from the pros.

  106. Hogen Mogen
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    #94 – True – Yeah, I saw that one this morning and knew I had to say something about it, but also figured someone would have beaten me to the punch. Ha ha! Look at Killer walking up to some very surprised looking chicks and grabbing one of them! Killer is putting handcuffs on her, too! Haw haw! Killer is pushing her into the back of a Jeep! Hee hee! Hey, why is his name “Killer”?

  107. Hogen Mogen
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:06 am [Reply]

    MW: Vera was rich, she became trophy wife of a rich guy. Von cheated on her with his secretary. Really not a terribly interesting story when you strip it down to its essentials, and tedious when you draw it out with Vera’s reluctance to discuss it. Curses upon you, VON!

    Of course, the story could be Vera’s reluctance to discuss her past and inevitable caving in to spill her guts to the titular character, queen meddler Mary “best biddy on the block” Worth. That would be even lamer, in the way that a blob of merangue has less substance than tuna casserole.

  108. Paul Curtin
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:13 am [Reply]

    “That I may answer your central question forthwith, I’ve composed this response for everyone — so please forgive me if I seem impersonal.”

    Impersonal? Who cares, I don’t know him, but that “forthwith” is a standard pompous touch. Draws nice, writes second year prep school.

  109. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:15 am [Reply]


    RMMD: Nothing says “milk of human kindness” like browbeating your husband to protect the family stocks. June is all heart. Or at least all tit.

    S4th: It’s heartening to know that buying your niece discontinued Sex and the City merch at a job lot makes you “hip”, rather than “cheap-ass.”

    A3G: Perhaps Nora knows that Margo isn’t the first Margo that Eric has Margoed and left.

    DT: Dick is not quite dumb enough to hold still just because some walking playing card insults his manhood. Not quite.

    SM: “Who am I? Oh, a refugee from Dick Tracy, but that’s not important now.”

    MT: For “Good luck, Dan,” you can read, “Don’t drop the soap, Marlboro Man.”

    (DT)GT: And the Chase Trojans take an early lead against the Milford Lifestyles with Reservoir Tip.

    Baldo: “Manchurro” doesn’t sound like it means what they say it means. “I was thinking about Lisa in the shower this morning, and I just had to manchurro.”

    Blondie: Wooo-eee, a caricature of Dithers as a pitbull, with Family Circus lettering. Dagwood is stickin’ it to the man. Not in a Randy Parker sense…

    DtM: Young Dennis is now booboo-pimping for his mom. How do you think they divvy up the profits.

  110. Chat Noir
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:20 am [Reply]

    Today, Dennis the Menace continues his parental mind-boxcar’ing by subtlely letting his mother know that all parents are interchangeable and not to get too cozy there, hmm?

  111. willethompson
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:20 am [Reply]

    I’m no advertising professional…no, wait, I AM an advertising professional…but the ads on this blog are getting downright softpornish. That Shana Logic Pippy Longstocking pic is kind of an entry-level kiddie porn shot that segues into Dirty Microbe Girl (may she live on forever in GEChennux’s digestive tract).

    But the new ad for One Horse Shy t-shirts…well, I know we’ve commented on June’s ink-enhanced boobs but, Rolly Church of Crete, these seem to be undoctored photos and whenever I scroll past them, my flat screen keeps wanting to bulge outward!

  112. willethompson
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:23 am [Reply]

    …and weren’t we promised some barky stick head-whackin’ pix today? Hmmm, Mister Too Busy To Be A Homecoming Queen? O’Fogeyette! More coffee, mule! This metapost must end!

    (taps foot, waves pitchfork…)

  113. Chupper
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:24 am [Reply]

    Dean Booth: Now that Mark Trail has punched off Chinbeard’s chinbeard, will we have to just call him The Chin? He certainly appears to have quite an expanse of lower jaw to earn the name! Great work all around, BTW.

    Also, links to your Yo God detector pop up every few months in various atheist groups I peek my head in on, they’re a big hit.

  114. man behind the curtain
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:25 am [Reply]

    MW — So, slowly but surely another secret revealed as Mary continues to gather information. Lemon meringue pie laced with truth serum — a special Mary Worth recipe. Under the Geneva Convention does dinner with Mary constitute torture? Who needs waterboarding when we have Mary. If she was at Gitmo we’d have all the terrorists’ secrets by now and Osama in the bag.

  115. Hogen Mogen
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    Say what you will about Luann, but I do like the way Brad’s eyebrows actually move north of his usually sullen eyes when Toni is around. And the slightly stooped over posture is a nice touch, too.

    But because I’m a curmudgeon, like everyone else here, I have to follow up a compliment with a complaint.

    It’s one thing to have a character like the 12 year old Luann (when the strip started – now she’s somewhere around 16 or so) eternally pining for Aaron Hill. It’s also acceptable for a young boy like Charlie Brown constantly missing opportunities to reach out to “the little red haired girl” who had no name and was only shown once on some TV special (I was disappointed – and worst of all, Charlie Brown even got to kiss her). Anyway, seeing Brad, an adult in his own house with a real job being so lovestruck and stupid that he can’t just get off his unnatural Toni infatuation/obsession and date someone else, well, that’s just borderline sad.

  116. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    94, True Fable,
    It makes you wonder how many times General Halftrack has had to dip into Camp Swampy petty cash to make certain charges go away.

  117. Foobar
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    It’s 4/20, guys. You know what that means…
    Happy Hitler’s birthday!

  118. Gulielma
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    FBoFW: Sheesh, if Liz has that much to tell Warren, maybe she ought to actually call him.

    Doonesbury: Not only were the model sheets lost, but the characters were college age before I was, and I’m 51.

    Lio: Loved the tentacles pulling our hero to the television, where he sits hopelessly entranced.

    FW: You’re expecting a resolution? There have been umpteen strips with Darin and Lisa in the same panel, all unknowing, for years

    GF: Even Satchell knows there’s no such thing as “fourple platinum” and not to rely on Wikipedia

  119. Abbey the Wonderdog
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:29 am [Reply]

    Geez, Rex can’t entertain a guy for an hour?

    His Viagra prescription must have run out.


  120. Hogen Mogen
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    DtM: How very… FC of you.

  121. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:36 am [Reply]

    For today, I suggest that we all take a look at this abomination and gather later in a circle on the lawn to discuss exactly which sexually transmitted disease they share.

  122. Hogen Mogen
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:39 am [Reply]

    Rex: If the nanny gets the gig as CEO, I’d sell those 500 shares pronto, June. Wall Street is not going to like it, even if Heather is attractive and pleasant. They want someone who understands – y’know – basic business concepts, how to read a quarterly report and all that technical stuff.

  123. under_score
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:41 am [Reply]

    (DT)GT: This strip is hard enough to understand as it is. The addition of corporate sponsored baseball teams, and players with verbs for last names is going to make it downright incomprehensible. John should wisely hold at second on that single, IMO.

    DT: How did the diamond get from the rail to (Dick) the doorknob? Where does QoD buy shoes for her ginormous chest-sized feet? And wasn’t her whole self just barely chest-sized on Sunday? QoD, I wish I could quit you!

  124. Hogen Mogen
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    #121 – Chet –
    Eeeeww. I’ve seen more parodies of “Love Is” than actual strips. Is it routine to show full frontal nudity (and not anatomically correct, either) for minors? Why does this strip even exist? Some old ladies think it’s cute or insightful? Look out! I’m gonna HURL!! Bleaughhh….

  125. under_score
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    adverbs. D’oh!!

  126. Little Guy
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    Geek question (along the lines of Flash vs Superman and Kirk vs Picard….):

    If Mark Trail and The Phantom both landed right crosses on each other at the same time, would it cause the the earth’s crust to shatter?

  127. Trilobite
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:46 am [Reply]

    104 – andreavis says: MW: Wow, Vera sure likes pie.

    Right now, that’s her sole endearing quality. It’s the only thing that indicates that she’s actually a person, and not some kind of rogue AngstBot from the future, sent back to confound humanity with bitter parenthetical asides and bizarrely asymmetrical facial features that realign themselves at random.

    Because everyone likes pie. Pie is actually one of the best ways to demonstrate civilization, as well as being one of its major benefits.


  128. O’Fogeyette
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:48 am [Reply]

    112 willethompson: I’m here! I’ve got coffee brewing! I’m still infested with exclamation marks!

    47 and many others Dean Booth: I’ve said it before, and I’ll no doubt say it many more times. You are a margoing genius.

    Finally, can’t resist: Re shiksedom: I am a proud shikse, but have always had Jewish boyfriends and husbands, so consider myself Jewish by Injection.

  129. Dingo
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    June Morgan – Zits Mom: dream cleavage and something that looks like a Bosc pear that’s been in the fridge far too long.

  130. man behind the curtain
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:50 am [Reply]

    #122 Hogen Mogen —They shouldn’t wait until Heather becomes CEO, they need to use their inside information and sell now before the stock tanks. Better yet, Rex could talk to Hugh and the two of them could plot against Heather or perhaos conspire to manipulate the stock price. Hugh could sell his interest at a nice profit, then when Heather takes over and the stock tanks he could buy up a controlling interest on the cheap, oust Heather, and control the company.

  131. calico
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:51 am [Reply]

    #103-MT-but at least he’s swingin’ with style!
    I’ve actually never seen Mark emote as much as during this betrayal / screw-me-twice storyline.
    He seems genuinely hurt, and pissed. He’s usually in that near sub-conscious quasi-meditative “Everything is great with LoFo and the Huge animals and my Family” mode, so this is kind of a new dimension of Mark for me.

  132. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:54 am [Reply]

    #88 Mibbitmaker

    That was hilarious! However, I must, with deepest regrets, thank Lynn for her PSA explaining what DTMI means. I’ve seen TMI here several times and had no idea what it meant. Now I do. Maybe.

  133. Dingo
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:55 am [Reply]

    Rex Morgan: Is… is it just my imagination or is Abby the Wonder Dog looking straight up June’s skirt? What is it, girl? Whadja see? Is it Timmy? Is he in the well?


  134. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    #121 – Ugh, that just turned my stomach. It wouldn’t be quite as disturbing if they were actually wearing clothes.

    #131 – Well, I’m relatively new, so this is the first full series I’ve seen of MT. Though Mark does seem to be much calmer after his de-follicilation of Dan’s face.

  135. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    #!28 O’Fogeyette,
    You could have said “by extension” or “by osmosis” and I wouldn’t have really reacted. But I gotta say, “Jewish by injection” is an eyebrow-raiser.

  136. Dingo
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    gh, TMI means “too much information.” DTMI means that Lynn Johnston was tired of reading our thoughts on foob and needed a new term for derision. DownTown Manx Investigator?

  137. cheech wizard
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:02 am [Reply]

    JP – This city is full of psychos!

    No shit, Ned – now don’t you wish you’d gone on a few campus visits before choosing an art school?

    BTW, Paris is a pretty big city – so how did Cedric the Avenging Butler find Abby and Neddy? He obviously didn’t simply come across them by chance – he must have been stalking them. With a gun.

    Hey, this could get more interesting than I ever dared to dream. Maybe Sophie wants all four Euromansions for herselt and is paying Cedric to whack her sister and stepmom. After all, she’s got an extra $500 a month lying around now that Raju’s not working for her anymore.

  138. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    #80 Trotzenbonnie

    I know you retired for the evening but you will return, oh yes, I know you will be back. So witness my mighty wrath as I say unto you: It’s MappleTHORPE! THORPE! THORPE! THORPE! And if someone has already informed you, all the better. It’s a lesson that bears repeating.

  139. Dingo
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:08 am [Reply]

    gh, you just made me think of a photo of Mark Trail with a bullwhip inserted into his anus. Oh. Oh, my.

    Vera, hand me the smelling salts!

  140. Laura Jane
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Something loves Heather! I just can’t tell if it is the dog’s butt or June’s butt. Also, having thrust themselves up and out in order to to poke somebody in the eye (or to tittilate the male readers), June’s breasts have retreated somewhat. Perhaps she has some of those new-fangled implants that can be pumped up or deflated at will?

    Pluggers: More like “Pluggers know somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody who owns a back hoe.” At least that’s how it is here in the South. Actually the people who moved in across the lane (after their momma passed) from us own a back hoe. My husband and I are plotting how to make friends. My buttermilk pound cake and sweet rolls figure heavily into our plans.

    MT: Ooooo what a squirming little weasel mind Dan has; try to punch Mark out and when that doesn’t work:
    a) Try to be “friends” again
    b) Try to turn Mark into a criminal by offering him half the loot
    c) Try to become Mark’s bum boy
    d) Try to appeal to Mark’s gallantry to women
    e) When none of that works, just apologize. “No hard feelings.”

    GT: I hope somebody is writing down all these names, because I’m sure not

  141. willethompson
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:18 am [Reply]

    I’m no geologist, but re: RMMD and the shares of Avery, I think I called it last week. For those that would enjoy the inner workings of June (the conniving part, not the clean garage part), just click on this link.

  142. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    #136 dingo

    Thanks for just exactly enough information [JEEI]. I somehow thought I still didn’t get it.

    Plus with all the DTs, MTs, and GTs flying around here I couldn’t disconnect TMI from Mark Trail.

    Pigborn, I say! Now and forever!

  143. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    #139 Dingo

    So I guess we’re even for the JEEI.

  144. Allie Cat
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:24 am [Reply]

    #140 – Laura Jane – I have a good friend who lives just outside of Augusta, GA and is proud to tell you all about the backhoe her husband gave her for Christmas.

    Personally, I’m good with a nice pair of earrings, maybe some fancy bubble bath.

    Though my husband and I did give ourselves a furnace for Valentine’s Day last year.

  145. calico
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:24 am [Reply]

    #133 – Ah, the dark vortex of June.
    #136 – Did you mean Minx, perchance? Because even though Liz has completed her Slut Phase (or so I hope), April is certainly turning into one.
    Turning, turning.

  146. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    Oh, and Poteet — at least now we know DT and QoD are near an actual river. In case you were harboring any doubts. Can’t wait to see QoD in the dock!

  147. O’Fogeyette
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:40 am [Reply]

    gh: calm down! Have you had too much coffee?

  148. cheech wizard
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:43 am [Reply]

    I have this site to thank for my discovering Pig – er, Pibgorn. Though when I first came across references to it, I assumed that posters were deliberately mangling the strip’s name as a joke – I kept wondering what they were referring to. I finally googled the damn thing when curiosity got the better of me.

    BTW, if you haven’t seen it already, The Girl in the Coffeecup is a pretty entertaining read — well worth the fifteen bucks or so, if they ever get the link back up. The development of the character of Drusilla, the succubus, is particularly interesting, but then, the evil characters always are. Just ask Dante.

  149. Allie Cat
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    Do you ever wonder what would happen if Rolly Church of Crete ever Googled his name for an ego boost?

    That would suck for him.

    But that still doesn’t stop me from invoking his name when I get cut off in traffic.

  150. dimestore lipstick
    April 20th, 2007 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    TDIET: “Chuck Chiselchin” Is sooooo my new name for George Clooney.

  151. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 10:03 am [Reply]

    #147 O’Fogeyette

    No! Yes! And there’s still a bit left in my styrofoam cup.

    When my daughter was about four, she was eating a bowl of ice cream and got one of those sugar rushes, started head-bobbling like an A3G pro, and suddenly said: “WOO HOO! After this, we’re going to have HOT COCOA!

    I love buying ice cream for small children. Especially other people’s.

  152. ohyes
    April 20th, 2007 at 10:11 am [Reply]

    I think the invisible male sex fairies have used their publication break to go camping with Aunt Fritzi today.

  153. willethompson
    April 20th, 2007 at 10:13 am [Reply]

    #151 gh – along those lines, my son had an overnight guest several years ago, and his single mom took the opportunity to slip out of town for some horizontal margoing, leaving no number. The night was a disaster – he was homesick, shrieking, wetting the bed. Mom showed up at noon the next day still glowing post-coitally. For Christmas that year, I found the loudest boxcarsaturn toy gun I could find, loaded with alkaline batteries and gave it to the kid with a smile. I would have laced it with smallpox, but I keep that vial for real emergencies.

    Barky stick pictures, mule!

  154. ohyes
    April 20th, 2007 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    DT – Wow, the Queen of Diamonds is in position, and Dick’s got the moves, but he needs to close in on her and thrust! it’s a woodcut of sex dolls in action.

  155. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 10:21 am [Reply]


    Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
    But there is no joy for Mudlarks – mighty Clambake has checked out.

  156. Paperback Rifler
    April 20th, 2007 at 10:31 am [Reply]

    153. “Barky stick pictures, mule!”
    Hey, maybe that could be the impetus for a Gil Thorpé and Abby the Wonderdog crossover:

    Q: What makes a stick ideal for whacking your own head and cutting open your scalp?
    A: Bark, bark, bark!

    Yep, this thread can’t end soon enough. In the meantime though, I’d just like to say that I spotted all six differences in today’s Slylock Fox and that I’m therefore going to add “SOO-PAH GEEENIUS!” to my resumé. That’s right: today, six differences in Slylock Fox; tomorrow . . . the world!

  157. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 10:39 am [Reply]

    #156 Paperback Rifler

    I believe you mean Thorpè.

  158. O’Fogeyette
    April 20th, 2007 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Okay, I get that everyone loves looking at June’s bazoombas (or, as Stephanie Miller calls them, “Lady Lumps”). And I often enjoy the weird chiarascuro. But even at its best, this strip is not as much fun to look at as 9CL, and this current story line is so boring it makes me want to pull my hair out. I’d much rather watch a nine-month golf game between Rex and Troy, if only to enjoy the double entendres, and the Niki/May/Elvis storyline was genuinely entertaining. (And by the way, are we ever going to see Niki clean June’s garage again?) I think what this story line needs is a well-drawn skank. Do you think Heather has it in her?

  159. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    Thorpě! Thorpę! Thorpё! Thorpẻ! Thorpễ! Thorpệ!

    Okay, now I’m going to go outside and run around the parking lot a few times.

  160. Uncle Lumpy
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:01 am [Reply]


  161. Paperback Rifler
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    Hmm . . . Guess I should’ve just gone with “Thorp” . . . or maybe “Theaurp” . . .

  162. Trotzenbonnie
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:06 am [Reply]

    gh –
    Deep breaths. In and out. Slowly.
    There, is that better?

    Yes. Thorpe it is. I didn’t want to post Robert’s full name for fear that someone would google it and, heaven forbid, be shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, by what came up.

    #128 – O’Fo –
    Yes. I used to say I had a little Jew in me, may he rest in peace.

  163. Paperback Rifler
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:08 am [Reply]

    . . . or maybe “Thörp,” ’cause that would, like, be all rock’n’roll . . .

  164. under_score
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:14 am [Reply]

    #128,162–BWAH! (*wipes tea off monitor*)

    I had the pleasure of having a man named Von bag my groceries today. (C’mon now people, minds OUT of the gutter). I was perversely hoping that he’d put the cans on top if the bread so that when I got home, I’d be able to send him the wrath of my mighty thought bubble “Curses upon you, Von!” It’s no parodilemma, but, still, this is the only place I can hopefully amuse someone besides myself with this thought. Of course, this is the place which caused, it, so…

  165. Trotzenbonnie
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:14 am [Reply]

    As this thread sails off and our boat sinks slowly into the west…
    I have a question for anyone and everyone out there–
    In light of recent events, am I the only person obsessed with Roger Waters’ “Amused to Death”?

  166. rich
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:15 am [Reply]

    Oh, Lynn — I may be an old fart but even I know that’s not real text messaging. For starters, if Liz’s thumbs are so sore, why does she insist on typing “to” instead of “2″? Lynn’s version of text messaging seems to be a combination of real estate speak (“3 br, f/furn, sep din rm, a/c…”) and “don’t use vowels.”

  167. Uncle Lumpy
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:17 am [Reply]


    Kore wa tanoshimi da yo!

  168. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:23 am [Reply]

    #150, I think it might better suit Aaron Eckhart.

  169. Red Greenback
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    #160-Uncle Lumpy: 真那!
    MT: I just ♥♥♥ Mark Trail! AAMOF, I’ve been following the latest plotline as intently as Mark follows a trail of eyehooks.

    Oh yeah, “Mark hit Dan so hard, he caused ‘Clambakes’ shirt to fly off Loony Toons-style, to be re-deposited onto his frame in the proper configuration”

  170. D.A.Pennington
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:40 am [Reply]

    Now if Liz sold a few more pox blankets to the MittaRomneygaki indians she’d be able to afford a Blackberry and nix the carpal thumb syndrome.

    Although Lynn needs to be a bit more hipper to the text msg thing.

    Now for next weeks episode:

    Liz gs apsht ovr prnstch!

  171. D.A.Pennington
    April 20th, 2007 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    Of couse it would be pure hell if she was text messaging Shannon.

    ok . . . c . . . u . . . sn . . .Apl . . . rd . . . grmy . . . 2 . . . crmy . . . cmpltn . . . *phone explodes*

  172. slushman
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

    yay! i’m glad! see, this is why i come to this site everyday – because you are so full of comic know-all, and ridiculously funny comments. i do enjoy Pibgorn, it’s neat. so thanks :)

  173. willethompson
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    If they can ruin a movie by putting it on an iPod screen, they can text-message the dialog…

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    no mor wre hngrs


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    I m sprtcus!


  174. Poteet
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:14 pm [Reply]

    # 146 — gh, I am torn between the desire to see what the creators (I use the term loosely) of DT have in mind for the next month, and a strong wish for a quick Dick/DoQ double-drowning. And what the hell is Dick holding in his left hand? It looks like a crystal ball attached to a fist brace.

    And is this casino story taking place in some Nevada town, and if so, which river runs through it? Or is this one of those fake Los Vegas rivers that is sucking all the groundwater away from farmers and endangered species for two hundred miles around in order to entertain tourists? (Hits self to end rant.)

  175. Hogen Mogen
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    #150 – Dimestore – George Clooney (aka “Chuck Chiselchin”) bloated himself up for his role in Syriana. So, I guess they really will do it at least some of the time.

  176. ncl lmpy
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    #173 wille -


    u fln lky – pnk?

  177. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    #173 willethompson


    #174 Poteet

    Casino? Er, I haven’t followed it that closely. Just the kickin’ and punchin’. Maybe it’s a hologram. Vegas is big on laser shows, I’ve heard.

  178. willethompson
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    UL – bwax7ha

  179. Max
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    It may have been McEldowney’s decision, but it was still pretty weird how fast they deleted the Pibgorn archives from Not to mention that the e-mail subscribers got this in their inboxes in place of it.

    I like Pibgorn, esp. the artwork, but I used to be much more of a fan of Chickweed which has really gone downhill. IMHO he overextended himself doing both at once.

  180. Trotzenbonnie
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:22 pm [Reply]

    And Marlon Brando–he ballooned up nicely. I’d say pound for pound, America’s finest actor.

  181. Red Greenback
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

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  182. Galactic Emperor Chennux®™©
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:25 pm [Reply]




  183. Anon
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    Pibgorn IS porn.

  184. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    Hy, ncl lmpy — u tlkn 2 me?

  185. Hogen Mogen
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    Foob: No, I don’t want to date Warren, I just want to string him along until a mustachioed knight in woolen armor comes to whisk me away.

    Liz thinks she can play Toni Daytona to Warren. The thing is, Liz ain’t got what Toni’s got, and Granthony is no Dirk.

    I was a little happy that at least one member of the Foob clan suffered today in at least a small sense. Her fingers seem to be sending some kind of a signal that they, too hate the Foobs. I only wish that it wasn’t just her thumb that hurt. I wish that in solidarity other, bones joined in to the fray, like the rest of the hand, then as members of the same union, the other hand hits the alarm, she feels a burning sensation from the spine coalition and suddenly Liz’s femur explodes in grimacing agony. Awesome, that would be so awesome.

  186. AhClem
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:31 pm [Reply]

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  187. blase
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    #99 FW: What? Not find out more about the abusive screwed-up quarterback father? …C’mon, this is the Funkyverse you’re talking about. It would present yet another golden opportunity to further exploit the depths of the Funky Misery Mine.

  188. Vera Shields
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    curs upn u vn

  189. Mountain Mama
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:41 pm [Reply]

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  190. Daktari
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

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  191. Red Greenback
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    Crnkshft: yr tp p ry skllz r mzng! bt dd u hv 2 mk cmmnt @ yr erctl dsfnctn?

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    April 20th, 2007 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

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  193. Captain Thunder
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:51 pm [Reply]

    #149: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Rolly Church is a person? I’d always pictured it as a congregation of Pluggers–getting together, thinkin’ real hard, and submittin’ the best dern Pluggers entry they could come up with. Which, frankly, doesn’t speak well of the parishoners of Rolly Church of Crete. The First Rolly Church of Crete, next door to Buck’s Hardware and across from the Waffle Hut. Come on Sundays, we got Entemann’s.

  194. O’Fogeyette
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    182 GEC:

    Thumbs? You have THUMBS????? In addition to all your other protruberances? Hot damn!

  195. lgbtt
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    the rg 2 txt hr msg but gd

  196. Frito Bugger
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    I’m hoping Margo is about to go all Jack Bauer on Nora Mills. She’ll cut off Nora’s fingers one by one with an oversized nail clipper until she spills what she knows. Or she’ll just stab an emery board into her shoulder. One way or the other, she’ll get the truth.

  197. Mark Trail
    April 20th, 2007 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    Hly mkrl nd!

  198. mattt
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:00 pm [Reply]

    Apparently Jack Elrod has a beard and black hair, since today we can see the “Jack Elrod” name tag Dan wore as part of his disguise.

  199. lesles
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    #173 wlle – fkn fny, mate. no, hlrus. nice taste in movies, too. it would be an interesting, if horrifying, exercise to have all kirk’s dialogue delivered as txt. got some idea that it would somehow fit.

    i think the whole text thing in FBoFW is lynn’s subconcious using the redundancy in english words which texting relies on (by omission), to try to own up to the redundancy of the strip. i’m developing a general theory that a lot of the more egregiously hair pulling moments in FOOBland are down to lynn’s subconcious driving things to ridiculous extremes in a desperate attempt to get lynn’s conscious mind to finally realise what a true dag of a strip it has become. but it’s to no avail. just as in forbidden planet, the disembodied id of lj that is FBoFW is too powerful and overwhelming.

    and i think we should desist from the whole text thing before GEC picks up on it – his high volume missives would be even more painful delivered in text-message form. could probably wipe out a population without needing the magmacannons.

  200. Red Greenback
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:04 pm [Reply]

    (dt)gt: = UV’s

  201. lesles
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    oh, too late. and the thread’s ended. damn.

  202. lesles
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:12 pm [Reply]


  203. cheech wizard
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    No, you’re not.

  204. Red Greenback
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:32 pm [Reply]


  205. Trixie Belden
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

    # 141 – willethompson – you might be pleased to know that the very first thing that went through my mind when I saw today’s Rex Morgan was that you were due congratulations for your impressive bit of prescience.

  206. D.A.Pennington
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    Neither are you.

  207. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    If he wants to be last, I say let him be last. Why spoil his fun? cheech? Red? Any comment?

  208. Red Greenback
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:40 pm [Reply]

    #207 gh: Why, yes…”He who lasts last, lasts best”

  209. F. Winkerbean
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:44 pm [Reply]

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  210. cheech wizard
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:45 pm [Reply]


  211. Daktari
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:47 pm [Reply]


  212. Plunk Your Magic Twanger
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:54 pm [Reply]

    Nancy: The Aunt Fritzi pose we’ve all thought of but never hoped to see in reality:

  213. cheech wizard
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:54 pm [Reply]

    207 – ps: I wasn’t trying to spoil his fun; it just seems like the joke the situation demanded.

  214. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    213 — yeah, like you said that out of contrition. You just want to be last!

  215. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    213 — ps: I was looking through the archives a few weeks ago and there was one where two guys kept claiming “Penultimate!” Now that’s hard.

  216. Red Greenback
    April 20th, 2007 at 2:11 pm [Reply]

    lesles posts last, so we don’t have to…Hello? Is this thing on???

  217. dale
    April 20th, 2007 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    109 AFKAB — 4/19 SallyFor
    Read a little closer. Jackie’s sticking Sally with the bill. I started wondering about who’s paying for this stuff a few days ago when I was also thinking a large pizza split 4 ways is more a snack than a meal.

  218. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    April 20th, 2007 at 3:36 pm [Reply]


  219. gh
    April 20th, 2007 at 3:46 pm [Reply]

    #218 Skullturf Q. Beavispants

    Not yet, but close[r].

  220. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    April 20th, 2007 at 6:27 pm [Reply]

    ummm…. penultimate?

  221. Matthew
    April 20th, 2007 at 7:02 pm [Reply]

    I always figured that “Pibgorn” was some kind of epithet. “Quit yer yammerin’ and pass me the pibgorn potatoes, son!” or “When is Josh going to post a pibgorn update?”

  222. rich
    April 21st, 2007 at 12:42 am [Reply]


  223. lesles
    April 21st, 2007 at 3:05 am [Reply]

    how about now?

  224. Islamorada Girl
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  225. stinky pete
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  226. Ken
    April 27th, 2007 at 11:45 pm [Reply]

    Where do I begin…”Pibgorn” never (IMHO) lived up to its interesting premise. Bad enough that BM thought MOZART was the greatest composer ever (Thorax tells Wolfie, “You raised music to an incomparable height. Ever composer owes his soul to you.”) Uh-huh. I guess the tone poems of Richard Strauss are mere bagatelles compared to MOZART.

    But worse than that, all the characters in “Pibgorn” (and “Chickweed Lane”) ever seem to do is dance or suck face. BOOOOO-RINGGGGGG!

  227. Dan
    May 23rd, 2007 at 2:51 pm [Reply]

    I have only recently discovered this comic strip. Ironicly it was during a production of “Much Ado About Nothing” to which I played the part of Don Padro (excellent run by the way, I love performing shakespear). I had immediately noticed “midsummer night’s dream.” Obviously this now became my obsession. Then it was pulled from me all to soon. But, Happy days. It is now back on GoComics. Go back a few days on it, they are replaying the strip to spark new readers but their is a nice intro to the opening that I never saw before, very haunting.

  228. Thomas
    January 16th, 2013 at 10:28 am [Reply]

    I love pibgorn and 9 chickweed. Can’t wait for the next issue.

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