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Also, fun fact I learned today: “Santa Claus, Indiana” really exists

Pluggers, 9/9/11

Now, non-pluggers, you’re probably confused to see a chicken she-plugger refer to her dog husband as “Henny”. This doesn’t mean that he’s taken his wife’s name — ha ha, that would be unthinkable! She’s just name-checking to Henny Youngman, who was the world’s most prominent producer of humor around the time pluggers stopped paying attention to pop culture forever.

Two somewhat subtle points about this panel that I think are important for its correct interpretation: one, this jokey plugger is standing next to a (presumably spiked) punchbowl; and two, there are kangaroo pluggers. In other words, this guy is getting drunk and telling racist jokes at 7 p.m., much to his wife’s horror.

Apartment 3-G, 9/9/11

Fellas! A lady sure does like it when you propose marriage to her without having had any kind of discussion with her about it in advance. She especially likes it when you put her on the spot in front of your entire family, leaving her in the incredibly awkward position of either humiliating you in front of your loved ones or accepting a proposal that she’s still ambivalent about. Try it out on the girl you’ve been dating for a few weeks, and her eyes will almost certainly bug out with love and adoration, just like Lu Ann’s are in panel two.

80 responses to “Also, fun fact I learned today: “Santa Claus, Indiana” really exists”

  1. Swordsmith
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:39 am [Reply]

    FW: In this bizarro fantasy world, the band is well funded and the football team has to scrounge, is that it? I have to admit I know little and care Less about either, but my recollection, spawned by some comic in the newspaper centered around the hijinks of a bunch of high school band kids, was quite the reverse. Wish I could remember the name of that strip, it was actually pretty Funny sometimes. This strip though, seems to be the opposite of it in every way.

  2. Nekrotzar
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:42 am [Reply]

    Take my spot on the comic page – please.

  3. Pozzo
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:51 am [Reply]

    I wouldn’t drop down on one knee until someone mows that lawn. That grass is so overgrown, you never know what “surprises” might be lurking.

  4. zenvelo
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:55 am [Reply]

    The plugger punch line is “So the bartender says, ‘what is this, some kind of joke’?”.

    I can’t believe I may have just self-identified as a plugger. Time to end it all.

  5. Liam
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    A3G-Let’s see tomorrow we will get the rest of the proposal. Sunday we will get a rehash of the past few days. Lu Ann will spend all of next week contemplating her answer. We should know her answer in about two weeks.

    MT-I know that the artist can’t draw people but he just reused the first panel of today’s comic from a comic a few days ago. Today’s entire comic is just a bad case of phoning it in when it comes to the artwork.

  6. Captain Plaid Pants
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    Only in Mark Trail’s world does one wonder where a dog is “going in such a hurry”. It’s a dog, Mark. They chase their tails, sniff crotches, lick their own testicles, and eat their own excrement. Do you really think they are capable of complex abstract thought such as the concept of “being late”? (On a side note: nice beaver.)

  7. Baka Gaijin
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:00 am [Reply]

    OMG! It’s true! It’s really true! When LuAnn’s half-volt brain overloads, her cervical vertebrae collapse.

  8. Joe
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:07 am [Reply]

    I can’t wait until Paul moves into 3-G. Oh the highjinks (and blood) that will ensue!

  9. Jane Spencer
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:16 am [Reply]

    @Captain Plaid Pants (#6):

    Thanks! I just had it stuffed.

  10. Hyhybt
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:21 am [Reply]

    There’s a Santa Claus, GA too.

  11. Rocky Stoneaxe
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    Top two reasons to read today’s Nancy: ____ ______*

    * “Aunt” and “Fritzi” (Bet you thought I was going to say “b00bies”!)

  12. Dennis the Two and a Half Menace
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    That dog isn’t racist. He’s married to chicken lady and some of his best friends… uh… know a kangaroo. Sure maybe he gets a little drunk now and then and starts asking, “Why is it only kangaroos can call each other ‘Roos’? Huh?! THAT’S rascist. They have their own word and I’m a bad guy for saying it. No, I am not too drunk to drive. You sound like that beaver cop that pulled me over. Beavers. You know beavers are the reason for all the wars in history, right?”

  13. Chareth Cutestory
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: “… and the bartender says, ‘Please don’t hop up on the bar!!’ Ah, well, Larry the Cable guy tells it better than me.”

  14. Kristian
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:36 am [Reply]

    Curtis: Would Curtis be allowed to wear that thing in class in your school? I mean, it’s less a violation of “dress code” than of “building code”. (I’m here all week. Avoid the fish.)

    Momma: Hold it right there. That outfit is officially “Dapper.” This is no longer legal outside a Woodehouse play.

    MG&G: Sure, some lactated Ringer’s solution would really help with not being able to breathe.

  15. animus
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    @Dennis the Two and a Half Menace (#12): You know beavers are the reason for all the wars in history, right?

    You are Sigmund Freud AICMFP.

  16. Liam
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    FC-Sorry Jeffy but these cookies are for the church group. Now eat the poison cookies that I made for you and your siblings.

  17. Captain Plaid Pants
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:00 am [Reply]

    @Jane Spencer (#9): Classic. I heartily approve of whoever went to the trouble of posting under Jane’s name.

  18. Snowshoecat
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:00 am [Reply]

    PLUGGERS– so Henny is a comic out of the past. Then why is the wife drawn as a chicken? Are we supposed to actually THINK while “enjoying” this strip?

    I think not.

  19. Rocky Stoneaxe
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:05 am [Reply]

    The human growth hormone Lu Ann Powers has taken since 1961 to retard(!) her aging unexpectedly causes her to grow a foot taller in less than an hour. In Sunday’s A3G, the Attack of the 50 Foot Lu Ann* will wreak havoc on the Linski family!

    * Produced and directed by Elwood Druit!

  20. Anonymous!
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:17 am [Reply]

    OMG!!! I KNOW that plugger!!!!!

    (And that’s why I chose to be anon, LOL!!)

  21. Anonymous!
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:18 am [Reply]

    And yes, Josh, Santa Claus, Indiana DOES exist.

  22. The Gringo Kid
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    Ballard Street: I felt like this at the end of last night’s Saints-Packers game.

    B.C.: Or else he just borrowed one of those new helmets from the Maryland Terps.

    Beetle: In the last panel, Miss Buxomly realizes that Beetle has unlocked the wallpaper code she’s been using to pass secrets to Al-Qaeda and is leading her off to Guantanamo.

    Blondie: Actually, Dag, from what I’ve been reading about the Postal Service, it might be time to start thinking about an entirely different snail-mail provider.

    9CL: Hey, McElclowney, why is Diane bottomless but not topless? You bourgeois prude.

    Funky: Yet more proof that Batty knows nothing about sports — even in high school, the team buses over to the game in street clothes, then changes into uniforms in the locker room. Sheesh.
    Actually, if this is supposed to reflect reality, the football team would get the bus, and they’d make the band members find their own rides. Or walk.

    Pluggers: Gotta love the reference to Henny Youngman. You’re a plugger if you actually remember Henny Youngman. Uh … oh-oh. I remember Henny Youngman. Sheesh.

    Rex Morgan, Major Doofus: Today the part of Spider is being played by Eminem. Also, Kelly has gone from 14 years old to 25 overnight.

    Sally 4th: That’s why they have beer in college: brainwashing the trauma away.

  23. Gina's Mom
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:22 am [Reply]

    That’s not entirely true, Mary. I also told her to get rid of that Godforsaken ponytail already if she wants to find happiness.

  24. Maggie the Cat
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:27 am [Reply]

    Is that Elrod’s idea of foreshadowing events? Andy running after Princess and then the next panel shows a giant beaver? Quit beating around the bush and pussyfooting around, Jack, and just show Andy mounting Princess.

  25. Edward F. Rochester
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    A3G: What I find fascinating about this strip is, it exists in some nebulous universe or dimension where porch swings, picnic benches, trees, grass, and a family of about 97 relatives appear and disappear from one panel to the next and the main characters float around the air and change positions while facial features never remain the same from panel to panel. Four dimensions don’t exist, particularly time.

    And every male looks alike, except for hair color, and they all go to the same barber once a week, in 1966.

  26. Binder's Butter Beans
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:38 am [Reply]

    A3G: That isn’t Paul in panel two. Did he get one of his cousins to act as stunt double for this proposal? (Good thinking, Paul. When she throws up, it won’t be all over you. Hope you’re paying the man well!)

  27. caracabe
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:49 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: Wait, does the wife have a comb? Is she actually a rooster? Have pluggers accepted gay marriage? On the other hand, she seems to have boobs, despite not being a mammal… Head hurt. Go sleep now.

  28. Jessy
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:53 am [Reply]

    MW. . . Let me get this straight:
    1. Gina loves Bobby, even after all these years, and feels she can’t be happy without him.
    2. Gina made a deathbed promise to her mother that she would seek Bobby out.
    3. Gina has been having dreams lately in which her dead mother prods her on to seek her happiness.
    Only in the Maryverse could there exist someone stupid enough to say, when faced with such a situation, “Mary, what should I do?” For Pete’s sake, Gina, would you like the stars to realign themselves to spell “Find Bobby”?

  29. Twinkles the Elf
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:53 am [Reply]

    I agree it’s a poor idea to put a lady on the spot publicly, but WTF, Josh? The definition of a “proposal” is that you’re putting marriage on the table for the first time. There’s no “discussion in advance”! The discussion comes AFTER the proposal!

    Unless you mean one of those idiotic performance art pieces that people seem to go in for nowadays. But c’mon, does that sound like something Lu Ann Powers would participate in? Picture it. No, I didn’t think so.

  30. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    9 – Well, dag nab it, this is smut. It’s nicely drawn, too. And, nothing. Hm. How did nicely drawn smut get ruined for me, anyway? Is it the knowledge of Monty and Thorax with spontaneous binoculars?

    Family – Thel’s becoming a figurehead, an iconic trademark of silent motherhood. As her progeny forget what her voice sounded like, the standardized view becomes as assured as a rubber stamp. PJ will start yakking his head off and she’ll just stare at him with the same businesslike emptiness.

  31. Rocky Stoneaxe
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    Josh: Also, fun fact I learned today: “Santa Claus, Indiana” really exists

    Another fun fact: By 1929 the large volume of holiday mail sent to Santa Claus, Indiana caught the attention of nationally-syndicated cartoonist Robert Ripley, who featured the town’s post office in his Believe It or Not comic strip!

  32. Apeman
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    Apartment 34-AA: The fear shown in LuAnn’s eyes stems from the fact that she will now have to make a decision, as in “think.” And whenever LuAnn tries to do this “think” thing, her head hurts. And when her head hurts, she gets dizzy, which Paul will mistake for her being so delighted that she’s become light-headed. But since this has been such a short relationship, he doesn’t realize that light-headed is just simply LuAnn’s normal state of being. And this, folks is why you should get to know someone before you pop the question. Or at least do “it” once. In a barn. With the horses watching. No motor homes, please. #snarkcontinuity.

  33. The Ridger
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    9CL: Wait just a dagnabbed minute here. Didn’t she just say explicitly that it was his out-of-body experience. Why, yes – yes she did. So what’s all this about how now it’s hers? Brooke, for Monty’s sake, keep track of your story.

  34. The Ridger
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:08 am [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#33): Daingead. Messed up the formatting. That was supposed to have a ‘title’ saying “Not to mention the fact that she’s not asleep, she’s in LABOR!

    September 9th, 2011 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    Yes Josh, Santa Claus , Indiana really does exist, and it Rocks! It’s the home of one of the world’s first theme parks, Holiday World. As some how loves amusement parks, it one of the best. Big time family friendly and in expensive, free parking, pop, and sun screen. And one of the best water parks around. Anyway, there you go. How bout that Jumble? It’s messed up.

  36. Maggie the Cat
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:27 am [Reply]

    @LUJBEM FEJF (#35): You’ve been there, too? Me three!! It IS a great park. Much, MUCH better than any Six Flags or Disney I’ve visited.

  37. Cloudbuster
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    MW: Yes, Gina, also, always listen to the voices in your head. Especially the ones chanting “Redrum! Redrum! Redrum…!”

  38. Minarets
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:42 am [Reply]


    For a long time I have waited
    borne and been patient
    Holding in my chortle
    Of pure, unbridled urge to throttle
    These comics of the day – BUT NO MORE!

    Take our perpetual Beetle
    Awaiting his fair date
    (Who is always late)
    In the most hideous living room
    Where wallpapers dimension and sanity consume
    As Beetle forcibly leads the lady away. (oh yeah. about that. how romantic. “You’re WITH ME! No wonder her eyes are bugging out)

    And now one of those melonheads
    Whose head is bigger
    than his smaller-than-the-chair derriere
    With his mother, in a beige space
    That sucks Thel’s bottom lip off her face
    Living a perpetually continuous day.

    How now, Luann!
    Epitome of blonde and bland
    Proposed to in a method so un-grand
    That the family, of the family reunion
    In cahoots to form this future union
    Have transformed into grasses fay.

    Come, Paul Linski, consider this:
    You have moved her piano, showed her a shack
    Ate ice cream and admired her rack,
    Guilted her into attendance at Hoboken
    And now offer her marriage with no token.
    You’re only going to make her cheek go gray. (again. Lu Ann has a mutated blush system)

    My dear MD, Morgan rex (guys, I don’t know how to do italics here. Imaginate.)
    Magic world, where teens roam to school and back
    In mummy bandage strips white and latex black,
    Yet their mothers lecture them about
    Cell phone usage and smart mouths,
    And then leave to make dinner, come what may.

    Oh, Mary Worth, where do I start?
    Should I mention that you’ve been sitting
    In Diner since August 30th, somehow fitting
    To not-age, not-go-to-the-bathroom, not-die-of-starvation, and not-stink
    All while playing “Let me Pretend to be a Shrink!”
    To a severely disturbed lady with a pony going astray.

  39. Pamster
    September 9th, 2011 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    I’ve been to Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana, too. Great place to jump off I-64 when driving on a hot day and go on the water rides. And where else can you get pumpkin pie in August? Great ornament shop. Santa Claus was a little too eager for me to sit on his lap, though.

  40. Lenoxus
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:03 pm [Reply]

    Is this the first Curmudgeon blog title that truly has nothing to do with the post?

    Also, having read this, I’ve gotten my hopes up that “name-checking” is the official phrase for the practice of calling someone by a famous name and usually sarcastically, as in “Nice going, Einstein.” Is it? If not, is there a term for it?

  41. Mottsnave
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:03 pm [Reply]

    I feel like I’ve finally figured out what bugs me the most about 9CL. If this IS Diane’s fantasy, then it’s happening while she is experiencing Extreme Pain in her ladyparts. Now I’ve never given birth myself, but I can’t even imagine feeling horny or fantasizing about sex in the middle of childbirth. Ummmm no. The writer never puts himself in the place of his characters to give them honest reactions, he just applies whatever he wants to fantasize about. This is what makes almost all of the characters seem like inhuman jerks.

  42. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

    A3G They laced the Kool-Aid! Don’t drink it!

    September 9th, 2011 at 12:14 pm [Reply]

    @Maggie the Cat (#36): We go every year! Beautiful part of Indiana. Morengo Caves nearby is a must see as well.

  44. bbofun
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    @Lenoxus (#40): Read the “Thanks to” box in Pluggers.

  45. Tom
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    @Mottsnave (#41): Not necessarily true. Some females do experience orgasm during childbirth. (Probably not, however, while lying on a hospital bed, without a doula or midwife, while crushing the hand of your sole companion in labor, an elderly and disapproving nun. But hey, anything’s possible.)

  46. Jeroen Krabbe
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    MW- This strip gets the award for longest to get to the point and stupidest for storyline. What should I do Mary? How about get a life ,stop acting clueless and get a better job too. Then go find Bobby but be warned he is gay and has a lover now.

    APT3G – Can we say contrived children. This shotgun proposal is going to be an epic fail.

    Curtis – What is this the 1880′s one room school house ? He’s been taught by Mrs Nelson at least 5 yrs and he never has any other teachers in different classes nor progresses in grade.

    MT – Why bother , This strip is boring and really I don’t see the need for it to even be renewed . Time to cancel it.

    Crankshaft- Mr B – Time to put this strip to rest too . It has gotten really annoying , the same can be said for FW.

    Marvin – I really wish they would have this kid grow up already and bump the grandparents off and have both annoying dogs euthanized LOL

    The Phantom- ZZZZ

    ASM- Who cares , this strip is about as exciting as a root canal

    Pluggers- I like pluggers but this weeks strip is annoying

    Born Loser – Every other strip with just Gladys by herself involves the same ol weight loss failurfe that every fat obese person with no willpower to push the damn fork away has. Oh I’ll have a whopper and large fries but gimme a diet coke. why bother trying ,be a fat bitch and live with it .

  47. Mottsnave
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    Tom: Thanks, I didn’t know that! That’s pretty fascinating! I kind of still have the feeling, though, that here Brooke is serving his own ends rather than a realistic depiction of his characters.

  48. Government Cheese
    September 9th, 2011 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    Luann: Hey shouldn’t someone call the cops on Elwood? Isn’t it slightly creepy (and illegal) that a 40 year old dwarf is hanging around the high school?

    A3G: “This can’t be happening can it?” I think she is referring to her sudden onset of diarrhea.

  49. Ragthetiger
    September 9th, 2011 at 1:02 pm [Reply]

    @Twinkles the Elf #29: you are right that a “proposal” is by definition a first-time proposition, but Josh is right: if a guy’s going to spring it on his girlfriend in public, in front of a gaping crowd, or in this case in front of the entire extended family (where apparently everyone knows about it except the proposee, since this was obviously a set-up) — he damn well better not do it cold. Unless he is a smug, narcissistic, self-centered boob. Which Luann propbably wouldn’t notice anyway, so I guess it’s all good. Ignore me.

  50. Shrug
    September 9th, 2011 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    @Pamster (#39):

    “And where else can you get pumpkin pie in August?”

    The Norske Nook, in Osseo, Wisconsin.

    (And even if you are Norwegian, it’s not as risque as it sounds….)

  51. Bill Murray
    September 9th, 2011 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    Next Wednesday’s A3G — LuAnn wakes up in bed next to Margo

    LuAnn — “Honey, you won’t believe the dream I just had. I was in a weird farm area and a beautiful blonde propositioned me.”

    Margo — “Go back to sleep … What do you mean beautiful blonde?”

    LuAnn — “Margo, you should wear more Axe for men”

  52. The Eskimo
    September 9th, 2011 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    Plugers: It struck me while reading this strip that quickest way to end a Plugger party would be to go outside and turn-on an electric can opener.

  53. This Guy
    September 9th, 2011 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    H&J: Python (and At Last the 1948 Show prior) did it.

  54. els
    September 9th, 2011 at 2:28 pm [Reply]

    Why the hell is Lu Ann standing that way? Her shoulders are up around her ears, and she must be about doubled over to have her head that close to Paul’s… yet she’s not hunched, so she must also be bending at the knees. I just tried standing in this position, and it’s very definitely the I Really Have To Urinate stance. “This can’t be happening… can it? I’m about to pee myself in front of God and everybody. I knew that third Shirley Temple was a mistake.”

  55. nightfly
    September 9th, 2011 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    A3G –
    Paul: “Oh, LuAnn, you are my true love! I don’t care if we’re badly-drawn, I can’t imagine living life without you!”
    LuAnn: Is this some sort of a joke? Oh, NO. He looks serious! The dream-come-true of a lifetime of horrible, soul-crushing JOY!!! This can’t be happening!!! Dammit, where’s Mary Worth to meddle when I really need her??!?

  56. Karmyn
    September 9th, 2011 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    Forget Bobby being happily married or gay. I’m not hoping that Bobby had a sex change and has become Gina. Or this is like some Ben/Glory situation like on Buffy. Might make Mary Worth seem interesting for once. It’s been downhill since Mary killed Aldo.

  57. Karmyn
    September 9th, 2011 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    I meant ‘now’ hoping of course.

  58. Apartment 4-G
    September 9th, 2011 at 3:28 pm [Reply]

    I think LuAnn is about to hurl her three Shirley Temples, four hot dogs, a pound of potato salad,two ears of sweet corn, and Gramma Rose’s “special” blueberry bramble alllllllll over Paul’s blond locks.


    “What were you going to say Paul?”

  59. D. Mann
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:05 pm [Reply]

    Beetle Bailey has gone crazy after being forced to count all the flowers on the wall. He is now roughly tugging Miss Buxley’s arm to throw her into a rape van. How else do you explain that look on her face?

  60. forgot
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:20 pm [Reply]

    youve been talking to that old biddy for a week now GINA GET OUT OF HERE YOURE FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Marc
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    Beetle doesn’t know any better that you don’t squeeze a woman’s arm until you cut off blood flow when escorting her. Sarge has been doing that to him for so many years he just assumes that’s the way it works with everyone.

  62. StarsongKY
    September 9th, 2011 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    re: Santa Claus, Indiana – home to Holiday World, family friendly amusement / water park. According to their frequent TV ads, “parking & sodas are free!”

  63. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 at 6:11 pm [Reply]

    Uh oh Luann; in Paul’s backwater, down-river, upstate country family, vomiting on a man who’s just asked you to marry him counts as a “yes”.

  64. H-Bob
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:47 pm [Reply]

    Santa Claus, Indiana, also is the hometown of Jay Cutler (the hated Bears quarterback who also managed to get the entire town of Denver to hate him as well) !

  65. Just some guy
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:09 pm [Reply]

    Why does the chicken Plugger have breasts??

  66. greghousesgf
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:23 pm [Reply]

    you’re a plugger if you actually think Henny Youngman was funny.

  67. Sgt. Stoned
    September 9th, 2011 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    MT: Don’t worry about Andy, Mark. I’m sure he’ll find his way back to you through woods he’s never been in before. Keep fishing, animal lover.

    Beetle Bailey: It’s funny because Beetle is an autistic idiot savant.

    MW: Truth may exist in dreams. On the other hand, it may not. It’s a toss-up, Gina.

  68. un malpaso
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:42 pm [Reply]

    Dang, missed the post before the Weekly Snarkie Awards. Oh well… as is my wont, whenever there are fewer than 100 posts, I’ll throw my oar in anyway. You heard that right. My wont is to throw my oar.

    3 Girl Apartment … wow, the sketchiness of the art in these panels is particularly stunning today. More so than usual. The challenge of depicting two actual human facial emotions, plus a foreshortened fence and picnic table, must have driven the artist to new heights of Pop-Art awfulness. At least we know this strip is still hand-lettered like the greats of yore. Well… OK, not quite as great as them.
    Still, the placement of the random glass on the table, Paul’s sleepy gaze in panel 2, and the mysterious persistence of the yellow fence behind Lu Ann’s head through varied perspectives… this stuff is gold. As gold as the flaxen hair of our protagonista, who seems to be headed for a Mary Worth-like moment of proposer-humiliation, if we’re lucky.

    Pluggers: I have nothing to add to this conversation except… would YOU bring a chicken to a dog party? Or, in reversed but totally gender-proper terminology, a *ahem* bitch to a cock party?

  69. un malpaso
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:43 pm [Reply]

    @65: What, you’ve never enjoyed a tasty chicken breast? (sorry, had to say it. posting threshold low today.)

  70. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 at 10:09 pm [Reply]

    @52: perfect.

  71. Ktrout
    September 9th, 2011 at 10:22 pm [Reply]

    You’d think a person from Santa Claus would be called “North Pole.”

  72. ??
    September 10th, 2011 at 12:11 am [Reply]

    To be fair, pluggers absolutely do get drunk at 7 pm. and tell racist jokes. Say what you will but this comic is 100% truthful.5

  73. Westville Ocologist$$$$$
    September 10th, 2011 at 12:35 am [Reply]

    @Ktrout (#71):

    He is. That’s his pornstar name.

  74. Westville Ocologist$$$$$
    September 10th, 2011 at 12:47 am [Reply]

    Pluggers-It’s strips like these that confirm my long belief that nobody really writes suggestions to Pluggers. That these strips are the same boring ideas over and over again and that the names and places are made up to have it seem like they are “suggestions” from “readers”. Really, now.. Santa Claus, Indiana???? What’s next? Joe Quick from Easter Bunny, New Mexico???!!!! How about Linus Brown from Great Pumpkin, Tennesseee???!!!

  75. caracabe
    September 10th, 2011 at 1:25 am [Reply]

    @74: I believe it’s Linus Van Pelt. Pelt means fur, so it would be totally appropriate, in a macabre kind of way, for this strip full of humanoid animals.

  76. Purple Prosecutor
    September 10th, 2011 at 7:13 am [Reply]

    A3G – Look at Paul’s face in panel two. He’s clearly looking past Luann at someone to her left. If I know contrived sitcom-style humor, the punchline will be Luann embarrassing herself by accepting a proposal to another woman. Given the setting of this scene, a woman to whom Paul is related. And possibly who is also named Luann? Shut up, it could happen.

    September 10th, 2011 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

    @Just some guy (#65): All chickens have breasts, that’s the best part.

  78. sully
    September 10th, 2011 at 6:43 pm [Reply]

    Personally, I’d rather see LuAnn drop to her knees, but with that fop, it’d just be wasted.

  79. Jym Dyer
    September 13th, 2011 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    =v= Pluggers: The theme is developed further 3 days later, when we find “Henny” telling his racist kangaroo joke at McDonald’s. None of that fancy big-city rhymin’ stuff. (Poetry slams are also, of course, venues for that “hip-hop” ‘roo stuff.) And when they run out of things to talk about, hey, there’s that supposedly-frivolous McDo coffee lawsuit. Dad-gummed lawyers in their fancy suits, anyhow.

  80. Loran
    October 17th, 2011 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    A bit surprised it seems to silmpe and yet useful.

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