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A plugger takes his moment of fame and he likes it

Pluggers, 4/23/07

Not much of interest to say about today’s Pluggers, except that “Greg Harruff” is actually faithful Comics Curmudgeon reader gh, who, having seen this feature many times on this blog, realized that the easiest way to get his submission accepted would be to go down the oft-trod “Pluggers are obese” route.

Greg wrote me to say that the Chief Plugger never responded to his submission, which he sent in six weeks ago or so, and that he only found out it had been accepted when he saw it live and in the ink today. Greg also requested that the thanks go to his pseudonym of “GH”, which request was, as you can see, not honored. This, I have to say, is Not Classy. You might think based on the content of TDIET that Al Scaduto is tightly wound ball of hate-filled rage, but in fact he sends a cheery and gentlemanly response to everyone who submits ideas to him, whether he uses them or not; and if he does make a cartoon out of your submission, he’ll send you a copy of it, and he’s happy to credit it to “No Name Please” or “Many Husbands Across the U.S.A.” or (as in today’s) “Fed-Up Wifey” if that’s what you want. I guess pluggers are simple folk who just don’t expect to be treated with an ounce of consideration.

Apartment 3-G, 4/23/07

The Apartment 3-G Lu Ann storyline continues to be deathly dull, and this is about the fourth iteration of essentially this girl-ghost confrontation, but I just had a brainstorm this morning when I read it: what if “Albert Pinkham Ryder” is actually Eric Mills in an elaborate disguise? (Not that it would have to be particularly elaborate to fool Lu Ann.) It would explain his mysterious absences, and we’ve already seen that he has some horribly misguided belief in Lu Ann’s artistic talent; presumably he’s trying to generate more revenue for himself as her impresario by forcing her to churn more mediocre fern paintings out. It’s possibly the most moronic and inefficient use of his time to get rich that I can think of, but he also apparently believes that he can toy with Margo’s affections (among other things) without ending up eviscerated by her razor-sharp claws, so he’s clearly not very bright.

Rex Morgan, M.D., 4/23/07

Boy, for a while there Rex Morgan was all about plane crashes and rescue squads and corporate intrigue and family drama. Thank God we’ve moved on to something really exciting.

Slylock Fox, 4/23/07

Oh, goody! Let’s have a double date! We’ll nestle on the couch by the fire, drinking hot tea and eating cookies. We can look at Slylock’s collection of antique clocks and car-shaped trophies (he’s so proud of the one he won for FIRST), and we can have ever so much fun challenging each other with brain teasers! Then, after about an hour of that, the orgy will start.

251 responses to “A plugger takes his moment of fame and he likes it”

  1. fizzy logic
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    Yay, gh!

  2. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    I think it actually says “1957″ under the car.

    And I applaud the return of Tiffany Fox, and I also echo the plaintive cries of other curmudgeonites when I say, “WTF is going on with Slylock’s tail whenever his girlfriend is around?”

    And also, be careful when googling “Tiffany Fox”.

  3. jules
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    gh! You rock! ♥

    So Sarah is reading a “Popeye” comic. Are they still available for purchase? Did she find that in a pile of Rex’s old magazines? Thank goodness she didn’t start reading any of those other old magazines.

  4. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:24 am [Reply]

    #2, thanks for the Google heads-up, Skullturf. I’ll definitely wait until I get home.

    And congratulations, gh. I wish they had been more courteous, though. I mean, you’re a fellow son of the South and everything.

  5. queek
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    Non Sequitur was not the strip that I was expecting a Johny Hart tribute from. Still, it was quite nice.

    PBS: I am so loving the baby-croc and zeeba girlfriend strips.

    Liio was precious today. The dragon making puppy-eyes through the window just rocks.

    Speedbump: an Abby the Wonder-Dog shout out?

    FOOB: GAH! reeeeeeeel mature, there.

  6. Electric Princess
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    No mention of Mark Trail’s talking genitals? I’m disappointed.

  7. Tex LeBeauf
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    I don’t know if this has come up in the forum before, but I just stumbled onto the factoid that Albert Pinkham Ryder is apparently one of the most forged artists in history, with a ratio of about five fakes for every real canvas.

  8. briantologist
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    Yeah, I gotta say, I was about as excited as I get about anything when I saw Mark Trail’s talking groin this morning, and oh dear god, I’ve just said “excited” and “Mark Trail’s groin” in the same sentence, and please excuse me while I go drown myself in the lake, sans revalatory eyehooks.

  9. Francis
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:33 am [Reply]

    “But…it’s not a forgery! His ghost made me paint it!” This explains a lot.

  10. RedLion
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    LuAnn’s head looks as though it’s screwed on sideways in the last panel of 3G today.

    Just pointing that out.

  11. Marked Trail
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:36 am [Reply]

    Next time we hear from Mark Trail’s “manhood”, I hope it says something like


  12. Allie Cat
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:37 am [Reply]

    Nice work, gh!

    I sent in a submission to Scaduto last month – he was kind of lukewarm about it, but I thought it was nice of him to at least write back.

  13. bisbane
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:38 am [Reply]

    Between A3G and MW, I feel like I’m in coma! Fortunatly the exciting action in RMMD and MT is enough to revive me. I was so hoping for more fisticufs from Mark Trail while carrying on normal dialog. Oh well, one can dream…

  14. Maughta
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:40 am [Reply]

    What the heck is that behind June? It looks like a brown and white pashmina with a big blob of Abby the Wonderdog poop on it. Oh, wait, that’s Sarah.

  15. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    You know, I think you’ve covered every SlyFox mystery for the last 6 months. Your fascination with it has made me subscribe to it

  16. Mr. Coffee Nerves
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    FOOB: the lost sixth panel of today’s cartoon is Warren smiling and saying “she bought it” as he and Granthony check into a Bed and Breakfast.

  17. gh
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    Thanks fizzy, jules, (formerly) Ben and Allie Cat. But three things for the record:

    1) Looking back at my original e-mail, I submitted on Nov. 30 — nearly 5 months ago.

    2) I was hoping for the rhino.

    3) That’s not my real name. My real name is Spartacus.

  18. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:43 am [Reply]


    Anyway, congrats to GH. Scaduto wrote me back, too.

    I can’t buy that there’s an idea Scaduot won’t use though, after the Sandwhich Incident of 07 (you’ll be regaling your kids about it one day, trust me).

  19. Cedar
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:44 am [Reply]

    Quite frankly, the BC homage in today’s Non Sequitor made me so a double take. I initially had a much more tasteless interpretation.

  20. Keg of Curd
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    The hell with Slylock, I want “Tiffany Fox & Comics for Kids” in my newspaper every day.

    Not necessarily “for kids”, either, now I think about it.

  21. smacky
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    Nice, GH!

    Be careful : A Plugger cartoonist posts the full names and addresses of submissions on his website!

    I’m kidding. Plugger cartoonists don’t have websites. They’re just dicks.

  22. Ovalicious
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:46 am [Reply]

    So you’re implying that this Apartment 3G plot (a term I use very lightly) could turn out with a Scooby Doo ending?

    More haunted amusement parks, mule!

    Love, Val

    P.S. I’m new to posting, but not new to reading. Quite enjoyable folks.

  23. Plasma
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    MT: Is that the dog opining that it didn’t work? Or Mark’s crotch? Or the dog’s crotch?

  24. whoamItoday?
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    Yesterday, Liz texts Warren she is soon to living alone, in her own apartment. Today, he phones to say he’ll be working out of town for an extended time.

    betcha granthony has already got a couple days off to help her move in.

    I’d always hoped Warren would, sooner or later, become the real boyfriend, instead of the hardly seen flyboy. but as of now, I’ve officially given up.

  25. Plasma
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    MT: Is that the dog opining that he’s glad it didn’t work? Or Mark’s crotch? Or the dog’s crotch?

  26. jvwalt
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:49 am [Reply]

    Ugh, looka the backfat. You know, “Pluggers” could make their characters convincingly obese without being quite so disgusting. This guy is about ready to star in one of those cheesy “1,000 Pound Man’ documentaries on Discovery Health.

    I can only think of two explanations for today’s RMMD detour: 1. The writer has a long-running beef with his cellphone provider and put it in the strip, but the syndicate’s editors excised the brand name. (“Ooh, I hate this Verizon POS!”) 2. The writer and artist get their rocks off by portraying June Morgan in the throes of any kind of passion. Too bad the artist couldn’t make room for heaving breasts. (FBOFW’s website features blinking eyes; if RMMD animated June’s chest, they’d probably fintuple their site visits.)

    Fans of the (DT)GT “Clambake” storyline should be sure to check out today’s installment of Jason Beattie’s excellent “This Week in Milford” blog, featuring Clambake in a movie-poster mashup…

  27. Proteus
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:49 am [Reply]

    The level of detail in Shylock Fox is both astonishing and completely pointless. A hundred carefully rendered items tossed in the room like those find the differences pictures, but with nothing to compare it to. If the purpose of comic art is to tell a story, the story here is one of ritalin. Not enough ritalin.

  28. Uncle Lumpy
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    Congratulations, gh!

    One person’s “oft-trod route” is another’s “core message” — way to work the system!

  29. Keg of Curd
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:54 am [Reply]

    “Take a deep breath, mommy. And put your hands back behind your head. Lean back just a little. Yeah.”

  30. Jeff
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:01 pm [Reply]

    #27 One of the many things I really like about Slylock Fox IS the little details! So lets keep Bob Weber Jr. off Ritalin. As a matter of fact, I’d like to ship him a case of Red Bull and get a look at a week of Slylock Fox strips after that.
    #20 I like Tiffany Fox too, but Cassandra Cat is wayyy hotter. I bet Slylock thinks so too.

  31. fuzzmaster
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:03 pm [Reply]

    SF: Is there, in fact, a way to WALK the “wrong” way down a one-way street? Was the cabbie walking on his hands?

    Or will the next Foxian riddle be “I know a pilot who flew all the way across the country, but his arms weren’t tired. How did he do it?”

  32. frippy
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:03 pm [Reply]

    I’m waiting for the bomb to drop when it turns out that Slylock Fox’s date is his sister who was given up for adoption.

  33. Luna
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    FOOB; WOW, Liz, you really showed Warren. Doses and doses of Patterson passive-aggression are really what he needs.

    P.S. you’d better hurry, hon, because back in January you were all glam-faced and now you are beginning to look like an old school-marm, and if you’re not careful you’ll only be attractive to hometown accounting-types who work…oh, uh, ahem, see ya.

  34. Trotzenbonnie
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations, gh. Acceptance into Pluggerdom is a tough gig to get. I will do a celebratory honk when I drive through SC on Wednesday.
    Not only did the ghosts of MacNelly out your name but they drew a spare tire big enough for a Southern Monster Truck Showdown. Bastards.

  35. Galactic Emperor Chennux®™©
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:05 pm [Reply]






  36. Abbey the Wonderdog
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:06 pm [Reply]

    Today, June and Rex continue their cell phone connectivity rage.

    Last arc, it was the waiting in line at the DMV rage.

    I can’t wait for the next story arc sideline rage, burnt bagels at Dunkin’ Doughnuts, people with more than 12 items in the express lane, plastic wrap that won’t come off the roll and then refuses to get cut, and so on and on

    Oh woe is the world of June and Rex, soon to be Dr. Plugger and Brestina…


  37. Porky
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:17 pm [Reply]

    (MT) I second or third the comments about your overlooking Mark Trail’s talking genitals! At first glance, I thought it was the dog’s genitals speaking, but a second glance reveals that, yes, Mark’s package is highlighted and nearest the dialog balloon’s pointer.

    (MW) In what odd, distorted, Escher-esque universe is Mary’s kitchen today???
    Panel one has the counter and cabinets curving around behind her. The tabletop is tipping towards us.
    In panel two, Mary and the table have shifted several feet away from the cabinets, which the shadow reveals are just flat panels floating six inches from the wall. The table tips the other way; Mary’s chair is about to fall over; and there’s now a black wall and a pink drapery behind her!

    Wait-a-minute! if we suspend our disbelief (even more than usual for MW) and accept that in panel one, Mary’s just crouching at the table and is slowly edging towards the chair — while pushing the table towards some other part of the 30′ x 40′ kitchen, and surreptitiously repositioning the flower bowl… then leaping into the chair, causing it to tip one way while the table tips the other…
    Yeah, that could work! Judging from Mary’s dislocated shoulder — and the way her left eye has shifted towards the center of her forehead — she could have just completed all that strenuous activity in the five-minute pause between sentences…

  38. Pammeey
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    “Cedar says: Quite frankly, the BC homage in today’s Non Sequitor made me so a double take. I initially had a much more tasteless interpretation.”

    Me too. I pictured a BC-like zombie hand reaching up out of a grave.

  39. stinky pete
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    31 fm, the wrong way to walk down any street is for the right leg to not be silly at all and to have the left leg merely do a forward aerial half turn every alternate step.

    On a more serious note, many (even G.E. Chennux at #35!) have commented on the absence of GCMP. Where oh where could he be? When I was reading through a lot of old posts for the award-winning series of “Millenary Moments” I was surprised, at first, to find posts that were 12-18 months old where I did not recognize any of the commenters’ names (I have only been posting on the site for 4 or 5 months). I had just assumed that all the “regulars” had been around since the site began. So, perhaps the median life of a commenter before they run out of snark is 6-8 months (which gives me another 2 months before I fade away). Or, maybe GCMP is just lurking and reading all the nice things people are saying about him. Perhaps someone should start working on “The Red Gadge of Courage” in an attempt to lure him back.

  40. mere cog in the machine
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    In my hometown paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, a call-in contest was recently held to vote for which comic to replace ‘Foxtrot’. To my lasting dismay, some lameass strip called ‘Pickles’ beat out ‘Sherman’s Lagoon’ and a bunch of crappy also-rans. Sherman’s Lagoon is funny – Pickles is not! Why must people be soooo dumb??? Sob…

  41. Mibbitmaker
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    No response from Brookins… refusing to use “gh” upon request, even when real names aren’t always used…..

    I have a theory: What if he knows about the CC, doesn’t like our snarking Pluggers, and recognized “gh” – but still really liked the idea – and did it this way on purpose to get even?

    If so, he’s certainly no Ces or Mark T.!

  42. Foobar
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:22 pm [Reply]

    Hey, nice post today, Josh. Unfortunately, the spell is about to break in A3G. The paint-fumes motif has been illuminated sufficiently well that there is no point in maintaining the whole ghostly facade.

    I cannot overstate the point: more Cassandra Cat! The double date would be more interesting with two species of roughly the smae size.

    19- Hahahaha!

  43. Spanky The Dolphin
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:22 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Marmaduke brings up something I’ve never really noticed before until now:

    Why do so many name-related things tied into dogs contain the word “barf?”

    In today’s comic, there’s “Barfoo” dog food, while there’s a dog actually named “Barfy” in Family Circus?

  44. Captain Thunder
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:27 pm [Reply]

    It’s Rex’s expression that really sells it. Dull, uncaring monotone: “June…hello…can you here me…June…”*click*”There, ‘cell phone trouble’. That’ll hold that unsufferable bitch. Now, where’s Troy? Dr. Daddy needs a little sumpin’-sumpin’.”

  45. Don, the Rebel Without a Blog
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:28 pm [Reply]

    Greg Harruff. It has a good, solid-citizen ring to it!

    Although it is not quite as exotic as Ian Cameron. . .

  46. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:30 pm [Reply]

    Excellent question, Spanky. It makes me wonder whether in some dialect of English, “barf” is an onomatopoeia for the sound that dogs make. I mean, it could be — “arf” and “bow wow” are sometimes used. Although to me, “barf” only means vomit.

  47. Marmalade
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:32 pm [Reply]

    #43. Another thing you can discover in Marmaduke is that he is a really big dog!!!

  48. Big Blue Monkey
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    Why is Max Mouse’s rejection of social norms something everybody is willing to overlook. Even Tiffany Fox (apparently just back from her “lesson” with her golf pro) is properly attired. What sort of extended meth-induced freakout is Max on when he shows up to a tea party wearing shorts and a bowler? This has the makings of an intervention all over it.

  49. Captain Thunder
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    #47: More information on really big dogs can be found on the internet.

  50. Mibbitmaker
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    Hmmm…. On my Chron build-up page, June’s face looked streaky and pale compared to the others. In the above, her face is normal – in fact, a tad darker a caucasian than the other two. Neither one is red, though. Time for Rex ‘n’ June’s li’l cartoon character daughter to get her two-dot eyes checked!

  51. Hogen Mogen
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    When did Albert Pinkham Ryder get to be such a damned bossy asshole? Ditch him, Luann. It’s not like he’s a museum docent or anything.

  52. Douglas E. Iannucci
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    I’ve written Al Scaduto several times, not only with cartoon ideas, but with general questions. He has always responded promptly and cheerfully. He even used my idea for one of his strips. Say what you want about TDIET, but it’s well written and well drawn. It always tells a story, and the characters are human; we can relate to them. It is presented in a light vein: the characters have kooky names and the situations involved are always ironic. Above all, TDIET does not take itself too seriously. On the other hand, consider the execrable Puggers. There’s no humor. All we get are stupidly drawn animal-people, either dogs, rhinos, bears, chickens, or kangaroo-rabbit things. These “characters,” unnamed, yet fully clothed and invariably obese, do nothing except wallow in some sort of mundane existence, with a sickeningly cloying caption provided at the bottom of the panel. I guess we’re supposed to get all smug at reading this tripe, and nod our heads knowingly at the knowledge that we are all embued with that never-say-die homespun American spirit. I think the morons who draw this crap actually believe that millions of Americans cut the strips out of their papers and display them proudly on their refrigerators while saying “Yep, ain’t that the truth!”. I am not surprised to learn at their lack of consideration toward their contributors.

  53. ben
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    Spanky, my dog can answer your question. In the medium of barf.

  54. Hogen Mogen
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    SFx: Is that a clock or an old-timey stock-ticker? And I can’t help but wonder why the tea pot is on the floor. there’s room on the table.

  55. zadig
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    Why would Rex and June lose the signal anyway? He’s standing in the street, she’s in her living room. It’s not as if they’re in cars racing into a new cell or something. I, in a fit of surprise, call “unrealistic” on this strip.

    I do think that, before she has a chance to throw the cell phone against the wall, June’s going to pop that aneurysm that’s clearly building in her head.

  56. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    Douglas: I disagree on one point. I think Pluggers is exceptionally drawn.

    And yes, where would we be without TDIET? Us ironic hipsters need our stimulation of Loopina, Barfo and the gang.

  57. willethompson
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    Hey, gh! I hear Brookings even wrote a song about how he outed you!

    He plugged the Harruff
    and he even plugged his real naaaame
    He plugged the Harruff
    He’s So’ Carolina’s secret shaaaame…

    Yeah, Greg made a joke ’bout fat ol’ bears
    On scales in their underwears
    Now he’s made all the ‘necks irate
    Down in the Palmetto State
    In the Palmetto State…

  58. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    45: I didn’t get a Haruff out of that guy!

  59. mere cog in the machine
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    TDIET is an acronym for turgid, dull, inanity endlessy tormenting. I mean I’m sure ‘ol Al is a great guy and all, but even Hitler was nice to his secretaries.

  60. Captain Thunder
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:56 pm [Reply]

    #58: Give the governor a Haruff!

    You better watch your ass.

  61. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    Christ, lets not compare Scaduto to Hitler just because you don’t like his comic.

  62. Squawk
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:02 pm [Reply]

    Eh…pluggers have goldfish on their shower curtains?

    Wait…pluggers have shower curtains?

    Wait…pluggers have showers?

    Wait…pluggers bathe?

    Wait…nah, I’m done.

  63. Hitler\’s Secretary
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:04 pm [Reply]

    He was not!

  64. gh
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    #58 Gaibe, #60 Captain Thumder

    It’s Harruff. And don’t get me started on Gregg. ["Is that with one 'g' or two?" "You mean is that two 'g's or three? I thought so. Margoing Boxcar."]

    And it’s THORP, dammit!

  65. Derelict
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    Slylock gets more interesting the more you look at it. Perhaps the greatest mystery of this installment is the sartorial choices of the pictured participants. Not only is Max Mouse the only topless critter, but also:

    Slylock’s tail is missing, and he’s still wearing both his cape and his hat in his own home.

    Tiffany’s tail is readily apparent, but one must wonder how that works with the skirt she’s wearing.

    Max’s partner is evidently dressed normally (for a cartoon rodent), but has hands the size of those found on creatures several times her own size.

    So many questions, so little interest in exploring the answers!

  66. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:15 pm [Reply]

    Perhaps in another dialect of English, “Harruff” is the onomatopoeia for the sound that dogs make.

  67. Plugmein
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:16 pm [Reply]

    My “real” name is Greg and people always looked pissed at me when they ask, is that one “g” or two. I always say two, one on each end.

    Then my wife kicks me in the shins and tells me to stop hassling the clerks.

    Does that make me a plugger?

  68. Anon
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    Perhaps in another dialect of English, “Harruff” is the onomatopoeia for the sound that dogs make.

    Yeah, just before they BARF!

  69. Saxman
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    Shylock Fox 65 Derelict

    So let’s get this straight.

    Female foxes where skirts and bluses and shoes but no hat.

    Male foxes wear full suits, capes, and hats, but no shoes.

    Female mice wear dresses and no shoes or hats.

    Male mice just wear pants and hats.

    What’s the sense in that?

    Finally, I have been to many tea parties, from high British teas to Japanese tea ceremonies, to just a bunch of friends sitting around a pot of Earl Gray.

    But I have never been to one where the teacups were on the table and the tea pot steaming away on the floor.

    I tend to endorse Josh’s theory that they will all end up on the floor any time now.

  70. steven
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    In the last panel of Rex Morgan, why is Superman wearing a woman’s blouse? Even worse, why is Sarah calling Superman Mommy?

  71. inigo montoya
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    Did anyone else notice that Albert Pinkham Ryder has at LEAST six digits on his right hand in panel 3?

  72. gh
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    #35 Galactic Emperor Chennux®™©

    I bow. I scrape. I grovel. Words cannot express my gratitude that you dropped the upper case in your notice of my humble efforts. Though I disagree on one point: the pasties were much more becoming than that depiction of 10 pounds of boxcar in size 5 briefs. Kidding! You’re right as always. If you need me, I’ll be in Poteet’s reading room with the Mad magazines.

    #57 willethompson

    Aw, you shouldn’t have. Seriously. Excuse me for a minute . . . there seems to be something burning on my lawn.

  73. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:44 pm [Reply]

    Re: #30 – Jeff
    Cassandra Cat’s a ne’er do well, I doubt Slylock’s into that stuff. Sure, he likes watching her get all tied up and such, but he’s clearly involved with Tiffany here.

    Re: Slylock’s Tail:
    My guess, like most men Slylock has gone into submissive mode around his girlfriend. Thus, his tail is currently firmly tucked between his legs.

  74. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    Oh right, nearly forgot, what with my Tiffany fascination and all…

    Congrats, GH! There’s no greater honor than being immortalized in the Plugger world!

  75. Laura c
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    I pointed this out before long ago at the beginning of the storyline, but A3G’s ghost storyline is ripping off the Lois Duncan novel “Down a Dark Hall.” I don’t know if anyone else remembers it but it was one of my favorite books as preteen/teenager. (Duncan also wrote the original “I Know What You Did Last Summer” — much better than the movie.)
    In “Down a Dark Hall,” boarding school girls with ESP abilities are possessed by the artists/writers/musicians who have died young and are using the girls to create the works they were unable to complete in life. The book ends with a fire, as all good Gothic novels should.

    The painter in the book is not Ryder but an American painter of the Hudson River School. Otherwise its pretty close. Look for Luanne’s studio to burn down and Alan to rescue her.

  76. Diet Dr. Vodka
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:46 pm [Reply]

    Even the domain of the Curmudgeon is not free of Godwin’s Law, it would seem.

  77. Gadge Cubic, Mole Preener
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    June’s simmering sexual frustration boils over – alas, not in a drunken “Girls Gone Wild” sexcapade but in apoplectic cell-phone rage. Poor thing – it’s been so long since Rex has felt anything for her that June’s called the cops to put a chalk outline on Rex’s boxer shorts.

  78. odinthor
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    RMMD — What’s up with the index finger of Rex’s right hand in panel one? It appears likely to me that he has grafted another finger, or . . . um . . . some other body part . . . onto its end. In the latter case, this would seem to take the spirit of “let your fingers do the walking” a little too far.

    Garfield — I’m sorry. It made me laugh today. I’m phoning my therapist for an appointment as soon as I get done here.

  79. Abbey the Wonderdog
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    June hasn’t really been satisfied sexually since Fence Post Frank packed away his post hole digger.

    No cents, no fence.


  80. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    Oh yeah, one other thing: #2 is right. It does say 1957 under it, that’d be a model of a ’57 Chevy Bel Air. Which is oddly out of place in his otherwise Victorian-era house. he even has doilies on the arms of the sofa, for crying out loud!

  81. lesles
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:56 pm [Reply]

    GCMP! do you know what time it is? your mothers and i have been worried sick. you could have at least called. and don’t give us any of that out of town with the helicopter for work guff.

  82. AirForbes
    April 23rd, 2007 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    Ghost of Albert Pinkham Ryder = Eric Mills with fake beard and covered in flour?

    That would explain the Pig-Pen style dust cloud that surrounds Albert all the time.

  83. queek
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    73: a point that I made back in the strip with the Two-Tailed Tiffany Kitsuni. Its all about the foxgirls.

  84. velouria73
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    75 – Laura C: I love Down a Dark Hall! I also noticed the very similar story lines. Was it the ditzy blond that was the painter in that book too? A3G sure isn’t trying very hard (not like it usually does).

  85. lesles
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:16 pm [Reply]

    A3G: after a freak painting accident in her studio with a radioactive figment of her imagination, luann powers became miasmo. able to enshroud peoples’ minds in a befuddling fog just by talking at them, she has sworn to use her powers in the never ending battle to not get laid. with mediocre power comes mediocre mediocrity. and an unopened box of condoms.

  86. Stranger…
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    I realize that Sunday comics tend to run in their own universe parallel to the weekday comics, but…

    If we take the Sally Forth from Sunday and attach the Monday strip with it, it certainly changes the flavor of both days. What exactly did Sally have OUT with Jackie? Is this why Sally gave the kids a bribe to leave the premises? Does this explain why Ted said “You I love”, as opposed to what he might have said to Jackie instead? And would this also explain why she is not actually planning on tossing Jackie out soon.

    Things that make you go…hmmm….

  87. Stranger…
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

    Rex Morgan: Join us for tomorrow’s exciting episode as Rex redials June’s number, and… she answers!

  88. GodWithFire
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:24 pm [Reply]

    Slylock Fox should dump that dog (ahem) for Cassandra Cat, who leaves me strangely, and disturbingly, intrigued after each installment.

  89. Little Guy
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    61: Only if we see a TDIET with Reichschancellor Loopina…

    Congrats, gh! And a bit of a cautionary tome for the rest of us. For me, I’ll start to submit to Pluggers under the pseudonym, “Mitzi’s Shirt”.

  90. lesles
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:27 pm [Reply]

    #87 stranger – and i can’t wait till the bit where june gets sms spam. i think i’m going to wet myself now and just get it over with.

  91. Suburban Legend
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    GT: “I didn’t tell him anything new. He just listened differently.”

    Most people listen differently when you speak about sports in overtly sexual terms.

  92. MonkeyHawk
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:30 pm [Reply]

    I’ve written Scaduto a couple of times, most recently with a fawning fan letter and a TDIET suggestion I admitted might not fit the format.

    I’ve never received a response.

    I suspect Al keeps tabs of this blog, recognized my nym, and knew I wasn’t friendly.

    My next submission:


    MonkeyHawk thinks TDIET is an un-funny, anachronistic exploitation of petty gripes about stuff most certainly never happens every time…

    But as soon as one of his ideas gets turned into a comic, who’s the first to brag about it amongst his fellow curmudgeons?!!! Oh, yeah!!!

    And no, I’m not bitter I’ve never been awarded a COTW, or even a bridesmaid honor. Not at all.

    Not me.

    Doesn’t matter at all to me.

    I have a 16-foot-tall lizard to audit.

  93. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    On the Fox tail issue: My theory is two fluffy tails are visually distracting, so the artist only draws one when there’s two foxes in panel. Any arteest types concur?

  94. Pozzo
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:36 pm [Reply]

    I take that the swirls around A.P.R. are meant to be some sort of ghostly emanation, not one of Luann’s murals. Actually, it puts me in mind of the bubbles that appear around Big Moose’s head whenever he has to cogitate anything tougher than 2+2.

  95. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:36 pm [Reply]

    Re: #93 – Gabe

    To be fair, there were two distinct tails when Tiffany first appeared in the park. However, the second one was completely detached from Slylock. That’s what initiated Queek’s comment about Tiffany being a Kitsune and Slylock tucking his tail.

  96. Steve S
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

    So the ghost grabs Lu Ann by the shoulders and she can’t breathe? Either that’s a hell of a strong ghost, or she has some abnormal anatomy. Or she forgets which part of her does what.

  97. Foobar
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:44 pm [Reply]

    “You I love.”
    “Eh, what do I need, ulcers?”

  98. zeeba
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:44 pm [Reply]

    gh: clap clap for gh!!!! Maybe you should’ve used a pseudonym, like Rolly Thorp or something…


    NS: I was a “little” surprised by the BC homage, but then, I realized it was “Wiley’s Dictionary,” and Wiley draws NS….

    FOOB: yuck!! clean up that spit, Liz!!!

    PBS: Thank goodness for In the newspaper, I couldn’t tell WHAT little croc was doing to little zeeba. It makes a lot more sense after seeing it online!!!

    JP: “and why should you have all the fun?” I can’t tell who’s saying this–Cedric’s shoulder or Neddy’s hair???

  99. willethompson
    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:50 pm [Reply]

    #93 gabe – As an arteest type, I always find women’s tails distracting. Especially the foxy ones.

  100. Foobar
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    99- Oh, nice.

  101. Foobar
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    Throw in some punctuation there that makes it not look sarcastic. It was actually funny.

  102. gh
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:03 pm [Reply]

    #37 Porky

    I was a bit disoriented as well by MW’s layout. But it appears that Mary has shifted from the chair next to Toeby to the one across from her. Perhaps Toeby’s “why depend on a man” comment caught Mary off-guard [“I’m not sure, Toby,” she says, leaning away -- if you’re coming on to me, or why I’m suddenly all tingly – but I need time] which would naturally lead “to some curious conclusions.”

  103. PeteMoss
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:03 pm [Reply]


    Congratulations on joining the Plugger-nation. And exactly how many g’s are in your name? About $3,000?

  104. PeteMoss
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:12 pm [Reply]

    Wow, Monkeyhawk. Even Scaduto won’t write to you. That is sad. No wonder you have this need to lash out at Chennux, the one guy who always writes you back. All that bottled up hostility. Take a cue from “Clambake” and lock your eyes on one hole, get set, swing. And keep doing it. I’m sure everything will work out.

  105. Krazy Kat
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    GO gh!!!
    A fellow Columbian gets a Plugger!!!
    I’m so proud.
    There’s…something…in my…eye.

  106. ElSanto
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    #31 – The answer to your riddle, of course, is that the pilot is a bird of some sort, and birds don’t have arms!

    This is the anthropomorphic world of Slylock Fox we are talking about, right? :)

  107. gh
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    #103 PeteMoss

    A whole string of gs. A regular g-string. Certainly enough to stuff $3,000 into, if you’re buying.

    A Plugger’s pole dance is a polka. Think he’d fall for that one?

  108. Stranger…
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    #90 lesles – I only hope that when the spam comes, they pull back a little bit on June. I’m sure she will be looking a little peaked [sic? or sick] when she turns that shade of red.

    (Speaking of which, obviously the colorist didn’t get the hint that June was supposed to be “red”)

  109. ohyes
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    Sly looks lost in fantasy and anticipation, as he sits on the couch between the two females. Or maybe he’s thinking that there’s still two tasty field mice here, one for him and one for the foxy lady.

  110. Stranger…
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    A3G – perhaps the ghostly swirls are actually just bad cologne fumes and this explains why she cannot breath? “Oh no… not Hi Karate… can’t breath!!”

  111. Dingo
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:39 pm [Reply]

    Y’know, I’m much happier with this woman who looks like she’s staring down at a floor full of cat crap in the Shop Indie ad than that last one who reminded me of a college production of Hair.

    gh, congratulations on your Plugger moment. Granted, we now know your real name and address so if you find papparazzi, a mariachi band, and nude nubile coeds on your front lawn screaming your name as you drive into the garage, it’s your own fault. But… you just got yourself a better table at Olive Garden and a double-baggin’ at Winn-Dixie.

    What did they give you for your contribution? A t-shirt? Autographed copy? Oral pleasure?

  112. anne
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    108 stranger, I imagine that they outsource the coloring to some far-away exotic country. The overlords say “Be sure to make everyone white!” If the color drones forget this simple order, and accidentally make people closer to their own skin color, they are fired and left to beg on the streets, or make shoes for 20 hours a day.

    So even though they read the strip (see, um, they can read English, even though they’re in another country), they are terrified to actually take the hint and make June’s face red.

    Or they just don’t read English. That’s simpler, huh.

  113. Dingo
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:44 pm [Reply]

    Stranger, I believe that you’re close but…

    At the time that Luann’s ghost was a living being, circumcision was not as popular as it is today. Based on his attire, I believe that her ghost hasn’t showered or changed his underclothes in quite some time. This, among men who have not undergone the knife, can lead to “ripeness.” We’re talking Stilton, Limburger, or day-old bologna. I believe that the swirls you see are the result of a century-old unwashed penis. Hell, after two days it’s bad enough; Luann is about to experience the ultimate carny sex.

  114. Chupper
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    #43 Spanky – Don’t forget John Candy’s mog character (“half man, half dog”) in Spaceballs, whose name was Barf.

    I think Spaceballs should be turned into a serial soap strip. May the schwartz be wit’ cha!

  115. UncleJeff
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:00 pm [Reply]

    Holy Hitler, don’t give Mel Brooks any ideas.
    I see he’s got a musical version of “Young
    Frankenstein” ready to hit the boards.
    (“Hitler On Ice” must’ve bombed in Peoria.)

  116. gh
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    #111 Dingo

    What did they give you for your contribution?

    So far, only grief. Several lawyers have shown up waving paternity papers in my face. The price of fame, I guess.

  117. Tats
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    FBoFW: “Uh huh? Uh huh? Yes, I have turned into a blow-up doll in panel two; thanks for asking. Oh, you’re conveniently gone for a while. What’s that? You left the keys to my vagina with Anthony? Well, that’s convenient.”

    MW: “Curious Conclusions” sounds like the kind of board game Mary Worth would play on a Saturday night with a few friends, a mug of cocoa, and some good old-fashioned apple crumble. The loser, of course, would be immolated.

    FW: Funky Winkerbean: imagine 1994, only everyone has cancer.

    JP: On paper this storyline should be intriguing, but it’s been about a month and no one’s getting hurt. Can we just move on here?

    TDIET: This cartoon from “Fed-Up Wifey” seems cute until you realize it probably meant a divorce and all new furniture in real life.

  118. Diet Dr. Vodka
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:09 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers get oral pleasure from Ho-hos?

    I’ll just go shame myself for that one, and save everyone else the trouble.

  119. Lynngineering
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:10 pm [Reply]

    #111 Dingo: “much happier with this woman who looks like she’s staring down at a floor full of cat crap in the Shop Indie ad than that last one”

    I wonder you look up to that ol’ Indie girl poseur there when below is the “Cool T Shirts and More” series of T-shirts with their ‘subtle’ DDs girls filling them out.

  120. nsr
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    A3G– yeah, now that you mention it…I think the tipoff is the fact that Eric is still wearing his sweater. Unless that thing’s supposed to be some kind of inflatable cravat.

  121. Uncle Lumpy
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:25 pm [Reply]

    Shana Logic loves me, but it brings no comfort.

  122. lesles
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    #113 dingo – reckon you’re closer. APR got a bit howard hughesy in his latter days, and apparently hygeine and cleaning weren’t high on his list of priorities.

  123. Kronkina
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

    #119 – Um…I don’t think DDs girls are Dingo’s cup of tea…

  124. Kronkina
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    Mmm, tea. Hey! I think I’ll have some tea.

    But I will definitely keep my pot off the floor.

  125. Lynngineering
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    #123 – er, certainly not mine either, but anythin over the Indie Chick from the production of “Hair” that caught dingo’s attention, ….”I’m just sayin”

  126. ohyes
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    Okay, the mouse’s riddle…

    Um, the cabdriver was Absolute Monarch, driving a cab for a few hours to mix with the people and generate photo ops and good press. So, the laws did not apply to him.

    Um, a police officer directed the cabbie to drive down that street in the course of handling a traffic emergency.

    Um, he wasn’t caught, so how can you say he broke the law, when it was never proven in a court of law?

    Um, he was driving while picking his nose, which is the wrong way to drive but not against the law.

    I don’t know! Slyfox is so hard!

  127. Kate
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    Hooray! gh made PLUGGERS!!!!

  128. lesles
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:46 pm [Reply]

    again on A3G and APR. something that’s been bugging me ever since they started this whole ghost thing – ryder didn’t die in his domicile, he died at a friends abode. so shouldn’t he be off bothering people in the actual place he popped his clogs?

    #121 uncle lumpy – no doubt it brings conflict, as i believe pixelgirl loves you too. do they know about each other?

    i’ve got to say, i rather liked the previous shop indie woman.

  129. ohyes
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:48 pm [Reply]

    Conggratulations, Gregg!

    Our esteemed gh has been outed as a comics reader – and by a pluggger!

    I used to participate in Slate’s daily humor contest, in the late 90′s I think, maybe in 2000. That was in relatively early and innocent Internet days, and I entered the competition regularly under my own name. Now, if anyone ever chooses to Google me, they get several pages of my snarky, risque comments to Slate.

  130. Dean Booth (Tyler Bid Page)
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:50 pm [Reply]

    gh, that’s marvelous! Congrats!

    a3g: Is LuAnn succumbing to fumes? Perhaps it was something she ate. (SFW) At least that would explain all the fizzies.

  131. Victor Von
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    What is Albert Pinkham Ryder doing to Lu Ann’s shoulder? Does she us her shoulder to breath? Does she merely think that she breathes with her shoulder?

    Yeah, that seems more likely.

  132. stinky pete
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    77 Gadge? Gadge Cubic? 60 posts later and no one says “Hey”? Well, “hey.” We’ve been talking about you behind your back. And now, you’re back!

  133. Joemanji
    April 23rd, 2007 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    Slylock and Max’s eyes are locked in a way that can mean only one thing: Slylock, being the taller and stronger of the two, has dibs on ass.

  134. gh
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:03 pm [Reply]

    #130 Dean Booth

    Thanks, and another solid volley from your side of the net. I’m heading out so feel free to violate the one-post rule.

    Kate — let the Perelmania resume!

    Non-Shannon and Chupper — thanks for the kind words back there. Hope I didn’t leave you dangling.

  135. Trixie Belden
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations to gh! That sucks about them not honoring your request to have your submission run under the name you wanted, though.

    I guess a plugger cartoonist is a cartoonist who’s too oafish to respond to the requests made by the people who supply him with his material.

  136. KT
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:17 pm [Reply]

    I’m so sorry,
    Ghostly Albert,
    I’m afraid I’m just to weak to work today.
    I’m so sorry,
    Ghostly Albert,
    But I think your ghostly fumes
    Are causing me to waste awaaaay…

  137. O’Fogeyette
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:25 pm [Reply]

    gh: hot damn! I’m so proud to know you! (And I hear your pain re spelling your name. My real first name can be spelled any of 36 different ways, and in my whole long life I don’t think anybody has gotten it right on the first try, not once!)

    26 jvwalt: thanks for the link to “Milford today,” which I had not seen before, and which I am clearly going to have to spend some time at. Very funny!

    40 mere cog: alas, humor is in the eye of the beholder. I think Pickles is funny, and Sherman is not. Maybe you will come around. After all, I now love Lio after hate hate hating it.

    77 Gadge Cubic, Mole Preener: welcome back! We were getting worried.

  138. Vince M.
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    I’d like to put in a good word for Keith Knight’s “K Chronicles” this week – a tribute to Jackie Robinson that’s classy and inspiring, and has a way better grasp of sports than a certain sports-themed comic I could name.

  139. fizzy logic
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:29 pm [Reply]

    All these people speaking to me subliminally – fizzies — shana logic — I’m starting to feel like LuAnn myself. Can’t just read! Must post!

    Unfortunately, I have nothing clever to say.

    Oh well, hasn’t stopped me before.

    So, remember how week before last, we were (well, I was) baiting G.E. Chennux? Tempting fate? On my vacation last week, I was out walking the dog, admiring the view of the Olympic mountain foothills as I was walking down a hill, when I then twisted my ankle off the asphalt and did a face-plant, half on/half off the road. Skinned my knee, shin and hand and ended up with a fairly sore shoulder and ankle – and came this close to hitting my chin, too. I guess it’s a little harder skinning your knee when you’re not six years old….

    Even though there was no one around other than the dog, I swear I heard maniacal laughter echoing through the alder and douglas fir. Very strange.

  140. PeteMoss
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    136 KT

    Excellent. I wish I had a verse to contribute.

  141. fizzy logic
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    And a hearty welcome back to Gadge Cubic, Mole Preener!

  142. Allie Cat
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:41 pm [Reply]

    #138 – Vince M – I’m a big fan of the K Chronicles…I agree on this week’s strip.

  143. Tabby Lavalamp
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:41 pm [Reply]

    Oh, Slylock, you lecherous cad! You know there’s nothing more romantic than sipping tea with your ladyfriend while still wearing your cape and rakish deerstalker hat! Always the gentleman, unlike that blackguard mouse who has already stripped down to his underwear in anticipation of the coming orgy.
    Or do I have it wrong? Are you planning on not removing your clothes at all so you may leave that much faster after the carnal festivities? Tsk, Slylock Fox! TSK!

  144. Len
    April 23rd, 2007 at 5:46 pm [Reply]

    Rex and June are both pretty hot-looking. They would make a nice pairing in an erotic drawing. What a shame that neither is the sexual type of the other.

  145. Len
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    #43, 46 — Re: Barf.

    In Persian, “barf” means SNOW. There is a Russian (not Iranian!) laundry detergent called “Barf.”

    And I think in parts of India there’s an ice cream-like dessert called “barfi” (no relation to the dog in Family Circus).

    In the movie “Spaceballs,” John Candy played a half-dog, half-human (“I’m my own best friend!”) named Barf. At one point, he reveals that it’s short for “Barfollomew.”

    That’s all I got. Please tip your waitress.

  146. Bill_S
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:11 pm [Reply]

    Slylock: maybe the cab driver was in Italy, where a “One Way” sign is more of a helpful suggestion than an indicator of an actual law.

  147. uncle balustrade
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    Did anyone else see today’s Hi and Lois? I’didn’t really get the main joke, but that’s beside the point. Note the title of the comic book on Chip’s bed in the last panel. Are his parents aware of his taste in reading material?

  148. True Fable
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    #147 Uncle Balustrade: why yes, yes I did. To reiterate (and the fact that I put this in the wrong thread)

    H&L It’s time to study hipster Chip Flagston’s room in today’s strip. Why? Because I covered the Big Four yesterday and today I’m hungry for fresh snarkin.

    So, what have we here? (thanks Ted Forth, you bastard; you stole my stilted language and I want it all back)

    Ah yes, the ubiquidous Teen Room – or is it? Well, it’s got the typical baseball on the nightstand and guitar beside the bed, and the usual Sock Draped Over The Headboard, the girlie magazine on the bedspread – what? Oh, we have a little mini-story right here.

    But look beyond the evidence of masturbation and note the beer can on the windowsill, the hockey sticks in the corner, and the combination lamp and radio on the nightstand. Chip obviously (using Mary Worth deductions of COURSE) listens to the police calls on his radio while boozing it up to build his nerve, then races out with his hockey sticks to re-create a little Paranoia Agent violence in the ol’ hometown.

    Then he slipped back home, drank another beer but uh oh, forgot and left it on the window sill. But that’s because he was dancing around the room in his oversized hat which converts from a cowboy hat to a SuperFly hat, singing to himself until he turned to the foldout of Debbie Double-D, pulled open his bedside table and started to wear but opted out of his James Bond bowtie because he’s too drunk to tie it.

    Instead, he got out Old Faithful and worked himself into a fever pitch. Then he slung Old Faithful back over the headboard and went to sleep.

    Homework? Who has time for homework?

  149. King Folderol
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:31 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers – My monitor only showed the top of the cartoon, so I thought that this bear was looking at his enormous bear junk.

    A3G – Is this the beginning of “A Very Special A3G”, where Luann most learn that “No Means No”? Probably not. The one lesson I’ve learned from A3G is that comics like this make me yawn wider than I ever imagined possible.

    RMMD – First her troubles at the DMV, now her issues with cellular phones…I’m wondering if jane is going to go Amish on us.

    Slylock Fox – I was waaaaaaaaaay too happy that I guessed the riddle correctly.

  150. True Fable
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:36 pm [Reply]

    #77 Gadge! What a relief; I was afraid the moles might have stolen you away or something. Thanks for letting us know you’re okay.

  151. Weasel Boy
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:37 pm [Reply]

    Nice work, gh. Based on the illustration, I thought the caption would read “A plugger never knows how much he weighs because he’s so damn fat, he can’t see the scale.”

  152. John C Fremont
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:38 pm [Reply]

    Regarding the above mentioning of a lack of comments about Mark Trail’s talking penis, I just want to point out that some of us noted this earlier this morning a couple of threads ago. And why the surprise? Like who doesn’t have a talking penis? I know I do.

    The above rant is actually just an excuse for me to say “talking penis.”

    Talking penis, everyone!

    Oh, and Gadge is back.

    And that Aldo fellow looked like the guy who played Mister Mayor on Saturday mornings.

  153. uncle balustrade
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:42 pm [Reply]

    #148, True Fable: You have a true eye for detail! Not to put too fine a point on it, but if Chip is, uh, “amusing himself” with a Zap Comic, the problem is indeed deep. Especially if it’s an S. Clay Wilson story, for instance. An R. Crumb story—well, I might could dig it…

  154. Mountain Mama
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    JP–If Cedric really does off those guys, he’ll be my comics hero. And I haven’t had one of those since Snoopy (RIP, Charles Schulz, *sniff).

    And Gadge is back! Yay!

  155. True Fable
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    #153 Zap comics are an excellent foil for hiding porn. In fact, any innocuous magazine is good as long as it’s something the parents won’t say “Hey, I used to read this when I was a kid!” and pick it up to read it.

  156. True Fable
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:00 pm [Reply]

    Of course…. if your parents read Zap comics you’re toast.

  157. Aaron T.
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:00 pm [Reply]

    C’mon A3G writer(s), I’m getting impatient waiting for you to reveal that Lu Ann’s hallucinations are the result of a gas leak. Shouldn’t she be a nice shade of blue by now, just like fellow asphyxiator Albert?

  158. Blondie
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:00 pm [Reply]

    FBFW: As funny as it is that just days after Big Girl Liz found herself an apartment, she is now making faces at the phone, I find it disconcerting how much moisture is emanating from her mouth. Quite unreptilian.
    MT: Ah yes. After biting my nails all through Sunday’s comic we’ve finally discovered the newest installation of the Mark Trail saga… washing the dog! I find it strangely heartbreaking that the first thing after Andy comes out of his drugged sleep Mark and Cherry give him a bath. Mark Trail is not only boring it’s sadistic.
    JP: Cedric is the Abbey the Wonderdog of Judge Parker.

  159. Kate
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:03 pm [Reply]

    R. Crumb slapped my ass at my 27th birthday party.

    I wish he had done it with a rolled-up Zap comic. It would have been some kind of metareference.

  160. Mooncity
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    Looking at these “ghost” sequences from AG3, I suddenly realized the fact that I had mentally given them a 60′s sitar soundtrack. As if Luann’s “trip” to Art World with her ghostly guru Albert (complete with paisley-patterned sparkles), had been scored by the Strawberry Alarm Clock… only she’s obviously been enjoying substances other than mere incense and peppermints.

  161. teenchy
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:12 pm [Reply]

    Speaking of GH: I don’t know whether any Curmudgeons are old car buffs but it looks from here as though Slylock’s model on the mantel is a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk, like this one: .

  162. Adjuster
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:13 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: I want to be the first to describe tomorrow’s strip. With odds of 3-2, it will be:

    Panel 1: Rex dials June
    Panel 2: June dials Rex
    Panel 3: (split panel) Both Rex and June reach voicemail.

    And I thought action like this could only happen at the DMV!

  163. Galactic Emperor Chennux®™©
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:30 pm [Reply]






  164. Moon Mullins
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:46 pm [Reply]

    Squid Countess was so nice to me in a yesterthread that I wrote this little tune in her honor, sung to the tune of Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration”:

    Cell-u-lar phone’s down! Turn Red! (Lots of indignation)
    Cell-u-lar phone’s down! Turn Red!

    Insider tradings goin’ on right here
    With June the Breast Queen and hubby Rex the Queer
    Trying to delay – some guy named Hugh
    Till the cell signal dropped like the other shoe

    Come on June

    Can you hear me?
    Let’s all hang it up and try a land line
    Can you hear me?
    Or maybe two tin cans together with twine

    It’s time to help out Heather
    Save Avery, make a treasure

    Ooooo I really hate these things
    Ring tone!

  165. fizzy logic
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:49 pm [Reply]

    #163 – Galactic Emperor, sir – my fault entirely. I should have known to be more careful, especially after taunting you so. Please don’t punish Blat for the misfire, though, he means well. Strange that you mention the disorientation ray testing, as someone here at work fell down her back steps that same day and suffered a mild concussion. It all makes sense now.

    But try again for Oregon next time, would you? Actually, Idaho might be good, then you could try stealing their potatoes while they were all trying to find their Bactine and Neosporin.

    (And I won’t tell anyone what a nice guy you are for apologizing).

  166. Moon Mullins
    April 23rd, 2007 at 7:56 pm [Reply]

    138, 142: Good to hear that Keith Knight’s K Chronicles has so many fans. Keith and I used to work together on a magazine in the early 90′s. He’s a really great guy and deserves every success.

  167. weiser
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    #80 Tweeks_Coffee says: “…he even has doilies on the arms of the sofa, for crying out loud!”

    They’re not doilies, they’re Antimacasters.
    Yeah, I’m sorry I know that too. Or is it, I too, am sorry I know that?

    More information on antimacasters can be found….

  168. smacky
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:10 pm [Reply]

    I heard gh’s alternate caption was “A plugger hasn’t seen his own penis since middle school.”

  169. Uncle Lumpy
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:13 pm [Reply]

    #167 weiser -

    Did you mean: antimacassers? Google wants to know!

    By the way, I can’t see your screen name without thinking of a radio jingle from my early (less lumpy) days -

    “Be wiser -
    “Buy Heiser Ford:
    “Twenty-three nineteen North Prospect!”

    Remember that one, Gadge?

  170. Buck Ripsnort
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    Is Albert Pinkham Rider really high, or does he have a bad case of dandruff?

  171. weiser
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:25 pm [Reply]

    Uncle Lumpy,

    You are so right.

    I hang my head in shame. At least I haven’t soiled my furniture, thank heavens for my antimacassar.

  172. Squid Countess
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:46 pm [Reply]

    gh – Don’t fear. I’ve had WilleThompson’s address since I ordered a mug, and I haven’t stalked him yet. That he’s noticed.

    Gadge – It’s spring, the start of boat wrestling season, so I know we have to expect you to be gone a lot. We sure miss you when you’re out there in your singlet, finding the hole and keeping your eye on it, or forcing boats to go to the Bucket, or whatever.

  173. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:47 pm [Reply]

    #161 – teenchy

    I don’t know, I’m still leaning towards the far more pedestrian Bel Air. Though of course it’s hard to tell anything from the drawing. Perhaps is a StudeChevy Golden Air Hawk?

    After much thought (Way too much, possibly) I’ve come up with a simple formula for Pluggers. Pluggers are always one of four things…


    At least one is required to qualify for Pluggerdom…

    “You’re a Plugger if the only brand name in your pantry is the store you shop at.”

    Combine two for added impact…

    “You’re a Plugger if your cholesterol is higher than your bank balance.”

    For a real jim-dandy, put three together…

    You’re a Plugger if the only reason you move to a retirement home is because you can’t fit through the doors of your trailer home anymore”

    You’re practically guaranteed Pluger fame if you can combine all four, but even I couldn’t come up with one.

    *I’m sure all this has been mentioned before, but there’s no way I could let all that thought of mine go to waste.

  174. willethompson
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:48 pm [Reply]

    #171 weiser (and ncl lmpy) – if an antimacassar and a macassar collide, do they, in a burst of nihilistic enegy, create a sofa?

  175. Trotzenbonnie
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    #161 – teenchy
    Can’t be a Studebaker Hawk. It doesn’t look anything like Zubin Mehta.

  176. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:52 pm [Reply]

    Well, whatever those things are on Slylock’s couch, I like to think that he made them himself. Whenever he’s not out solving crimes, eyeballing Cassandra Cat or doing God knows what to Tiffany, he stays at home and crochets.

  177. PeteMoss
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    173 Tweeks_Coffee

    You’re a Plugger if the only reason you don’t move to a retirement home even though you can’t fit through the doors of your trailer home anymore is because you rather watch black n white westerns on tv than fill out the paperwork ”

    Did I get all 4?

  178. True Fable
    April 23rd, 2007 at 8:58 pm [Reply]

    #176 Trotzenbonnie – you beat me to the punchline. Well, if it had to be by anyone, I’d rather be beaten by you.

    ….. hmm. I’m trying to decide if I should correct that or not.

  179. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:06 pm [Reply]

    #177 – PeteMoss

    Bingo, you’ve just struck Plugger gold.

  180. MonkeyHawk
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:11 pm [Reply]

    Okay, Mitzi, take of your shirt. And copy this to the Comics Curmudgeons, they’ll want to be current with the Chennux audit.






    You can put your shirt back on, Mitzi.


    Not yet.



    Okay. Now.

    And be sure to spellcheck this one. Chenny’s kind of anal on misspellings.

    Can I call you later?

  181. Nina
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    # 137 What is so hard about O’? Or is it Old?

  182. Poteet
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    # 72 — gh, I mean Spartacus, congratulations! You deserve the acclaim you are receiving. And yes, you can read my Mad Magazines anytime.

    # 77 — Welcome back, Gadge!

    # 136 — BWAHAHA! KT, I bow.

  183. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:18 pm [Reply]

    Boat wrestling is no joke. Between practicing his single and double pontoon takedowns, Gadge is trying real hard to finess his motorboard suplexes and bowlocks.

  184. stinky pete
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:26 pm [Reply]

    167 weiser et seq, they can’t be antimacassars, since they are on the arms of the sofa, and antimacassars are specifically for preventing hair oil (macassar) from soiling the sofa. Unless anthropomorphic foxes use hair oil on their arms…

  185. The Spectacular Spider-Brick
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    Look at Tiffany Fox’s posture and think again about where Slylock’s tail might be. Poor little Max thinks they’re both wearing those rapt expressions because of his stupid riddle, when neither one has heard a word for the last five minutes. Tiffany had better put that cup down before more than the tea comes to a boil.

    And while everyone else debates what model of car is on Slylock’s mantelpiece, I have to wonder: Is that a turn-of-the-century stock ticker next to it?

  186. yellojkt
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:37 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers also misspelled “Jeff Foxworthy” as “Jim Shane” in the April 18 strip.

  187. Blondie
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    160: Ooo! I enjoy immensely the double entendre of the word “trip” complete with quotes, most likely of the finger variety.

  188. Blondie
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    Er, or should I have said “Immensely I enjoy” in honor of our Ted turned Yoda theme.

  189. Jym
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    67> Does that make me a plugger?

    =v= No, it makes you a pluger.

    =gh= Fortunately for gh, Brookins didn’t call him “Greg Harruff but don’t use my name because of my affair with Marci Hariton, that hot number who works in Human Resources.”

  190. Foobar
    April 23rd, 2007 at 9:58 pm [Reply]

    183- Not to mention oarlocks and coxblocks.

  191. C. Havoc
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:01 pm [Reply]

    I honestly can’t tell whose penis is speaking in the second panel of Monday’s Mark Trail. Is it Mark’s? Or Andy’s? And why is said Penis “Glad it didn’t work”? And, if so, why is Cherry smiling?

  192. Kippetje2000
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:03 pm [Reply]

    gh; I guess you know you’re a Plugger when you’re real name brings up memories of 1950’s movie stars. (gruff her rag)

    Another installment of Bad Family Circus

    And isn’t that a brain under glass over Slylock’s mantel?

  193. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:05 pm [Reply]

    #185 – The Spectacular Spider-Brick: I’m afraid you were scooped by #54. We just chose to ignore that and focus on the important things in the room.

    Now here’s my question: Do we know for a fact that this is Slylock’s house? Isn’t it possible that we’re actually seeing Tiffany’s place here? Though judging by Slylock’s penchant for running around in turn-of-the-century detective garb, it certainly wouldn’t rule out the possibility that his house is decorated to match.

  194. Old Bean
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:13 pm [Reply]

    Note Slylock Fox smooching up close to Melody Mouse on the sofa, thrilling as her shoulder brushes against his paw. Note the cold gap between Slylock and Tiffany Fox. Note the frisson between Max Mouse and Tiffany, their eyes locked in mutual fascination. (‘How does one go down a one-way street without breaking the law?’ Max asks suggestively, his meaning barely coded.) Note how poor oblivious Melody just gazes on at Max with unrequited devotion. This is all heartbreaking stuff. Sure, they’ll mask the pain with a frantic, sloppy, but strangely unfulfilling carpet-orgy, but come dawn, everyone’s lonely.

    (And the fact they’re all brother and sister will just add to the awkwardness tomorrow. Sigh.)

  195. Doug Puthoff
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:22 pm [Reply]

    Getting back to the previous entry. When Ian first appeared, he possessed a staliness like Maurice Evans, best known for playing Samantha’s father on “Bewitched.” Now he looks he was a bassist for a 1960s jazz combo.

  196. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:22 pm [Reply]

    Gadge is the best at Coxblocks! Why just the other day at the pier during a workout, he totally coxblocked me!

  197. Squid Countess
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    #164 Moon Mullins Great song! I LOL’d and I’m honored. Plus I laugh now everytime I see dirty microbe T-shirt girl, since you said she makes an “L” sign on her forehead and won’t look at you because you’ve never made COTW list. Bwahaha!

    Trotzenbonnie – Should you happen to see this- I’ve been meaning to ask you about something from many, many threads ago, when you commented that your girl dog, Mollie, “lifts her leg to pee and humps her overnight bag.” …Why exactly does a dog need an overnight bag? You don’t let her take it on first dates, do you? That just shouts tramp.

    Garfield – It made me chuckle out loud today. A mouse interpreter for a cat. Ha! Funny.

  198. Doug Puthoff
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp is to coaching what Frank McLaughlin is to cartooning–need I say more.

  199. Albtraum
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    I don’t have time right now to read through all the other comments so forgive me if this has been addressed, but:

    Slylock and the others get to sit on the couch all evening, while Max Mouse has to perch on a boiling teapot? No wonder Max has been drawn a split-second after leaping a foot into the air above the teapot, with one hand down his puce skort. He seems happy about the whole thing, though.

  200. Josh
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:28 pm [Reply]

    Doug #195 — does “staliness” mean “similarity to Stalin”? ‘Cause I could see Ian fitting that description, if only in crankiness.


  201. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    For those expressing love for today’s Garfield: Yes, Garfield still delivers when it goes for the bizarre. Garfield is too trenched in me from childhood love; I learned to read with a Garfield book. Sorry guys, can’t hate on it.

    There’s one a few years back where they’re all hanging their heads out the window mooing. It’s beautifully bizarre, and hung on my desk for years.

  202. Kippetje2000
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:36 pm [Reply]

    Gabe: Correct me if I’m wrong, butt aren’t you supposed to hang the other end out of the window when you are mooning?

  203. Kippetje2000
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:38 pm [Reply]

    Oh, sorry. You meant mooing…Well, kids’ watch me pull my head out of my ass..

  204. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:39 pm [Reply]

    Heh. Yeah, meant like the cow and not the butt hanging staple of frat boys everywhere.

  205. Original Emily
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:40 pm [Reply]

    I don’t get a chance to read this blog much anymore but when I read Rex Morgan at work today I was 100% sure it would be made fun of here to the extent that it deserves. Good times.

  206. reader-who-posts
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:43 pm [Reply]

    A3G: I was curious about why Albert is so uptight today. After all he’s a ghost, doesn’t he have time to wait? Then I realized that he must have blue balls.

    Pluggers: *Sigh* Once again my suggestion of “Pluggers are poor, fat, and stupid” is rejected.

    FBOFW: Oh, what a clever way to get Warren out of the picture! With that lumpy butt of hers Granthony is probably the best she can get after all.

    MT: Personally I think that’s the dog’s groin talking. Believing Mark’s groin can talk makes the wildy unbelievable assumption that Mark’s groin is alive. And trust me, Cherry knows just how untrue that statement is.

    MW: Is it just me or is Mary becoming obsessed with Vera? A couple of more dinner invites and Mary will end up driving over a cliff. After that there will be a REAL pool party at Charterstone.

    DT: Can anyone describe what emotion the thief-ette is emoting in that last panel? Fear? Shock? Anger? Constipation? Really, it could be any of them.

  207. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

    #164, bee-ootiful.

  208. Tweeks_Coffee
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

    #201 – Gabe I learned to read with a Garfield book.

    Me too! I believe the first line I ever read was from the very first Garfield collection. I forget the exact line, but it was something about Santa bringing Garfield lasagna.

  209. Laura
    April 23rd, 2007 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

    I’m concerned about the sudden and repeated appearance of girlfriends for Slylock and Max. How did they both come by them at the same time? The obvious answer is that the MAN felt the need to quell rumors about their relationship, but I guess that’s what everyone says when their friends start settling down. Will I never see an anthropomorphic crime-solving bachelor of three score again?

  210. Gadge Cubic, Mole Preener
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:06 pm [Reply]

    Well thanks for all the nice comments. As for all the mean comments…well, you’ll find out. Mwah-hah-hah-ha! Troublingly, my mind utterly and completely believes two contradictory versions concerning my recent absence. One: I was swamped with work and had no time to read comments or make them. Two: I have a vague memory regarding an enormous, lizard-like creature and confusion concerning exactly what kind of moles a mole preener preens (when a mole preener does preen moles). Can’t make any sense of that…

    Oh, and before I was me, I posted under the name “2fs”…so that explains why some folks couldn’t find me back in the ancient days of yore when each post attracted maybe fifteen comments… I’ve actually been reading this thing almost from the beginning!

  211. Kippetje2000
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:07 pm [Reply]

    Laura #209 “Will I never see an anthropomorphic crime-solving bachelor?”
    This gumshoe relationship reminds me a bit of Andy and Barney, Thelma and Betty Lou. And can you think of any better anthropomorphic crime-solving bachelor than Barney Fife? He looks just like a limpet.

  212. Gabe
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:08 pm [Reply]

    Book 5 for me. I learned what “Natch” meant.

    Also, it was a rare hardbound version. I’ve never seen one since.

  213. Dr. Dong
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:14 pm [Reply]

    Max Mouse really needs to get the hot teapot off the floor before someone gets injured.

  214. Trotzenbonnie
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    #197 – Calamari Contessa
    Trotzenbonnie sees all, thank goodness. For now I can put your mind to rest with an answer to your conundrum.
    Baa Baa Miss Mollie O’Reilly has an overnight bag that we pack with her favorite pink blanket and a few toys for her trips to the kennel. She is the only dog I know who gets all Mutley about being boarded. As soon as we put her bag on the floor she straddles it and starts to do the pelvic thrust.

    Mollie doesn’t date because there aren’t many dogs in the neighborhood interested in a butch bitch but she does have a little crush on Cesar Millan.

  215. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    #210, Welcome back 2fs. I do remember bringing up the question of what kind of moles, etc etc. But the lizards aren’t with me. Anyone who says they are is a lying sumbitch.

  216. Trotzenbonnie
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:31 pm [Reply]

    DtM –
    “Yes! Come closer, Dennis. It’s time for the submarine races. Do you want to see my periscope?”

  217. Moon Mullins
    April 23rd, 2007 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    211 Kippetje:

    Do you mean The Incredible Mr. Limpet?

  218. Tabby Lavalamp
    April 24th, 2007 at 12:14 am [Reply]

    I have my suspicions about the ghost of Old Man Albert Pinkham Ryder, but first I need the help of a stoner dog and some meddling kids…

  219. Jamus The Bartender
    April 24th, 2007 at 12:16 am [Reply]

    “So…is that nice boy Warren coming to see you?”
    (Shut up, mother…)
    “He’s a nice boy, don’t you think? But very inconsistent. One minute, he’s leaping off the front steps like someone auditioning for Juliard, the next, he’s cancelling his date with you to rescue someone trapped in the mountains. Dumb victims, like anyone else couldn’t help with that, how many helicopters are there in Canada anyway…”
    (Shut the hell up mother !)
    “If I were you , i’d date Anthony. Such a nice boy, mustache neat and trimmed. And he takes good care of his daughter. Keeps her cage in fine working order. Warren wouldn’t keep his child-cage in working order, I can tell you…”
    “Well, i’m off to shave sheets. Have you seen my Bic razor?”
    (*Liz picks up her mother’s razor and is moving slowly behind her. One slow step at a time.*)

  220. SecretMargo
    April 24th, 2007 at 12:17 am [Reply]

    BB: Whoa, can you read this as anything but the beginning of a nihilistic killing spree, starting the with poisoning of her idiotic husband and ending with a civilization in flames? Death may ride a pale horse, but she wears an out-of-season Mrs. Claus costume.

  221. Trilobite
    April 24th, 2007 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    Tuesday on the comics page is awesome. Well, for limited values of awesome, at least. It’s certainly weird:

    Mark Trail: The shampoo they’re using to wash Andy must have some wicked side-effects…by the time they’re done rinsing him off, Mark and Cherry have shrunk down to the size of action figures and are riding on his back! Or maybe Andy’s swelled up to the size of a minivan, the better to chase the giant squirrels of the Lost Forest. Given the haphazard application of perspective in Mark Trail, it’s hard to be sure which is the case.

    Judge Parker: Blowtorch? Soundproof room? Look out, punks…Cedric and Neddy are gonna get medieval on your asses. Okay, they won’t, but they’ll certainly tease us with the possibility. They’ll end up welding them to a wall or something and then calling the cops. Though if they really did want to torture the punks, they could make ‘em read the last four weeks of Judge Parker.

    Gil Thorp: Can’t the girl’s team afford real baseball caps instead of visors? I mean, if there was any comic strip in the world where you’d want the characters to wear hats that covered up their hair, it’s Gil Thorp. Still, at least they spared us the image of Brynna takin’ it for a ride. (Presumably straight to the Bucket.)

  222. SecretMargo
    April 24th, 2007 at 12:36 am [Reply]

    216: I agree, getting all hoist-the-sail with Dennis seems to cross several lines at once. But somehow it makes the improbably similar Blondie seems kind of sweet in its Ripley-ish homoeroticism, at least by comparison. Who was it who had that crush on the mailman? You can count this as very specific “fan service,” I guess. The rest of us can be glad we have showers. And locks.

  223. skulking on the outskirts
    April 24th, 2007 at 12:43 am [Reply]

    Welcome back, Gadge! Wherever you were, I hope you didn’t return with some kind of mysterious electronic implant somewhere. The Emperor’s ways are cunning and devious.
    I mean that in a respectful way, of course!
    On that topic–MonkeyHawk, why aren’t you toast yet? Not that I’m eager to see that happen, mind you. I’m actually concerned that you’re headed for a much grimmer fate than mere magmacannoning. I fear the Emperor is merely toying with you, my friend. And I’m not sure I’d trust this guy Floyd, if I were you.

  224. Moon Mullins
    April 24th, 2007 at 12:56 am [Reply]

    4/24 Gil Thorp:

    Agreed, the girls’ softball team wearing visors instead of caps is bizarre. They all look like 1950s accountants.

    And hey, that bitchy mom who never got to play basketball and ended up as a coach — it looks like she has fulfilled another life ambition and is now playing second base for the East Rutherford Lady Furburgers.

  225. SecretMargo
    April 24th, 2007 at 12:56 am [Reply]

    JP: Neddy is my favorite budding psychopath since Ruthie. She’s so giddy and opportunistic. “Cedric, your gun is nice and all, but I know where Mom hides the good blowtorch!”

  226. Mibbitmaker
    April 24th, 2007 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    FOOB 4/24:

    P1: Don’t ask, don’t tell, Elly.

    P2: Elly’s internal vinyl record’s skipping.

    P3: Warren’s inconsistant?? He and Liz have that in common, actually. And Elly, stop playing pro- and anti-boyfriend games with Liz all the time. She does that all by herself. Besides, don’t you have better things to do, like ignore April?
    And no wonder Liz is upset, her lips have ballooned to Mick Jagger proportions!

    P4: Yep. Liz is batshit insane (plus, I just like the term “batshit insane”). If she were political, she’d be either Ann Coulter or Rosie O’Donnell.

    P5: Liz and Edgar are both disgusted with Elly. Either that, or Liz is chasing the pooch around to take out more of her frustrations on him.

  227. Plinko Commie
    April 24th, 2007 at 1:03 am [Reply]

    Liz wants to be worshipped, except when Elly wants her to be worshipped, at which point she returns to whatever passes for normal in that bloodline.

    Both fail so miserably that I can’t tell them apart anymore. They’ve merged into a two-headed, four-chinned, heat-flash creating, bun bobbing Tyrannosaurus Suck, and they’re threatening the villagers in their thatch-roofed cottages. Why are you doing this to us, Lynn? Purty please tell us.

  228. Mibbitmaker
    April 24th, 2007 at 1:26 am [Reply]


    JP: They all sure turned into cold-blooded murderers, didn’t they? Cedric wants the shootings to be clean and quiet, while Neddy wants to burn them alive! Go with the lead pipes, if anything.

    A3G: “We’re both fading fast”, huh? Just confirms that she’s dying and her brain (such as it ever was) is conjuring up delusions as it’s slowly poisoned. Even Tom Batiuk has to be going, “Ew, that’s kinda depressing.”

    Fish heads, fish heads,
    rolly-polly fish heads
    Fish heads, fish heads,
    Eat them up, yum!

    MT: Andy: “How do you like my profile, huh? It’s my good side.”

    MW: “…Qluq-qluq-qluq-qluq-qluq-qluq….”

  229. Scot
    April 24th, 2007 at 2:23 am [Reply]

    Re: SF – actually, that’s a 1957 white-on-red Plymouth Fury. The real one’s in the garage, and
    sometimes Slylock lovingly calls it “Chris”…

  230. Jack Parsons
    April 24th, 2007 at 2:56 am [Reply]

    Slylock Fox seems to have an H.R.Giger maquette in a bell jar on the mantle.

  231. AppleGirl
    April 24th, 2007 at 5:07 am [Reply]

    Wow! Another CC infiltration! Congratulations and a tip of the hatlo hat to you, gh!

  232. dreadedcandiru2
    April 24th, 2007 at 5:16 am [Reply]

    FBoFW : What kills me is that Lizardbreath bellows about wanting privacy and does her damnedest to ensure she doesn’t get it. That strikes me as an inconsistency. It’s on par with her having a temper fit because her Not-my-boyfriend isn’t jumping to attention at her whim or her turning into the Grammar Nazi when she speaks abominable English in everyday life.

  233. AppleGirl
    April 24th, 2007 at 5:39 am [Reply]

    It’s great to see you, Gadge Cubic, Mole Preener! You and your humor were missed. I hope all is well.

  234. Len
    April 24th, 2007 at 6:10 am [Reply]

    Why is he SLYLOCK Fox? With the cape and the deerstalker hat, he’s obviously inspired by Sherlock Holmes — he should be Sherlock Fox! As “Slylock” Fox, his profession should be moneylender, right? Like in Merchant of Venice? (Or was that Shylock?)

    Is the name “Sherlock” copywrited or something? Well, they could’ve just changed a letter… “Slerlock Fox” — yeah, that sounds great!

    Max, these cookies are delicious. Who makes them? (Reads package) “D-Con for Mice and Rats.” Yummy. I’ll have another. They’re to die for!

  235. Frank Parsnip
    April 24th, 2007 at 7:29 am [Reply]

    Why the hell does Albert Pinkham Ryder have all those bubbles and psychadelic patterns around him? My guess is that she’s been sniffing way too much turpentine.

    The name anagrams to: ‘A dark terrible nymph’ which seems about right too.

  236. Doug Puthoff
    April 24th, 2007 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    Josh: Oops! I meant “stalieness.” As in Stately Wayne Manor.

  237. whoamItoday?
    April 24th, 2007 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    # 55 zadig says:
    April 23rd, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Why would Rex and June lose the signal anyway? He’s standing in the street, she’s in her living room. It’s not as if they’re in cars racing into a new cell or something. I, in a fit of surprise, call “unrealistic” on this strip.

    nah, it’s realistic. My cell phone service at home was so bad that I could lose the signal sitting absolutely still, that is, after wandering around the house and the front yard to find a signal. when my brother got a cell phone, he got the same company so we could call each other for nothing, and a good thing to, because he had about as good reception at his house. (In my case, the problem was living farther up the hills than any tower, above a college campus with 50 kazillion students all using cell phones. My brother just lives in the sticks.)

    at any rate, it is still lame to bring it up in comic land.

    speakin’ of cell phones, why did Warren call her on the family house phone, instead of her cell phone? he must have her cell number, she called him from it Sunday.

  238. Braniff
    April 24th, 2007 at 10:37 am [Reply]

    Speaking of dogs, yesterday’s Peanuts had Lucy hugging Snoopy and saying “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Was that her entry into the nauseating cliche derby, Charles Schulz’s attempt to make $$$ off of all his Peanuts merchandise, the moment when Peanuts jumped the shark (when Schulz sold out to the Hallmark greeting card people) or when Charles Schulz was trying to prove that he was a Family Circus wannabe?

    Your thoughts are welcome even if you find it as sickening as I do.

  239. Marion Delgado
    April 24th, 2007 at 11:39 am [Reply]

    If it is Eric Miller, those painting will go for five times as much if they are the last paintings Luann did before, well, dying. Anyone who would boink Margo is not going to be immune to market incentives. Bye bye, Luann.

  240. Jym
    April 24th, 2007 at 4:53 pm [Reply]

    =237= Foob (whoamItoday?): Elizabeth must have unlimited hours on weekends, so Warren called here there on Sunday, but yesterday he called the other phone because he’s such a considerate young chap.

  241. Frank Parsnip
    April 24th, 2007 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    Why couldn’t Luann be “inspired” by Robert Mapplethorpe’s ghost. That might spice things up a bit.

  242. whoamItoday?
    April 25th, 2007 at 5:33 am [Reply]

    240 – nah, in my experience, (mother to 23 and 20 y.o. daughters, and having recently been submerged in community college with dozens more of the breed) that age group, if they have the cell #, use it exclusively. In fact, it’s odd that Warren would even have her parent’s home phone number.

    But then, everything about Warren is odd, he hardly ever actually appears except as deux ex machina. she met him on the bus to Mtigwickawa once, and occaisionally they conversed by phone, or she referred to not having seenheard from him, or April would ask about him, then he flew her home that one time, then he showed up with the oh so well meant offer to fly her back to Mtig that other time, and then we proceed to his comments/thoughts after creating that embarrasing scenario with the mounted mountie (comments which were about as appropriate at Granthony’s post sexual assualt comments. )

    thinking back on his history in Foob, I guess it’s obvious he was never a contender, just a plot device leading toward the inevitable.

  243. Vince M.
    April 25th, 2007 at 6:28 am [Reply]

    200 – ‘staliness’ could also refer to the quality of being stale, which also fits – but I don’t know how he gets singled out from the whole strip.

  244. MrP
    April 25th, 2007 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    Take off your damn hat inside, you inconsiderate fox.

  245. D. Reynolds
    April 27th, 2007 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    Ref: Archie cartoon. There is a group of fungi, Order Phalalles, which have species that resemble a penis — human, dog. Phallus impudicus, the one that resembles a human dick down to the balls at the base, has a spore mass on the head that attracts flies because of the fetid smell, a spore dispersal mode.

  246. Poteet
    April 27th, 2007 at 1:03 pm [Reply]

    # 245 — Thanks, D. Reynolds. During a stint as a camp nature counselor, I showed stinkhorns to some young campers, who were very interested in them. I later heard that stinkhorns were put in a few camp cots as a joke, but fortunately, that wasn’t my problem:-).

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  251. Darren Daz Cox
    May 30th, 2008 at 8:11 pm [Reply]

    arrrgh Albert Pinkham Ryder would NEVER force an artist to finish their work, he worked and re-worked his paintings for decades at a time. If there ever was an artist who never ‘finished’ his work it was him!!!

    I’m glad he’s getting into the public consciousness though as his art is really excellent in my opinion!

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