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Metapost: COTW, plus: We remember Dingo

Your COTW soon, but, first, an update. After the untimely death of Dingo, a much-beloved character and commenter around these parts, Uncle Lumpy organized many Comics Curmudgeon readers to help buy some flowers and donate money to the Art Institute of Chicago in Dingo’s name. Now Uncle Lumpy passes on the touching note from Dingo’s mom, which you should definitely read. It sounds like his family very much appreciated him for who he was.

And now: your comment of the week:

‘So Crazy Harry is 52,’ Mrs. Winkerbean says as if Crazy Harry isn’t directly in front of her. She had learned long ago to never engage him directly in conversation. Best to only give lip service to occasion and then for the rest of the night passive-aggressively nod at the restraining order tacked to the wall.” –David Willis

And your runners up! Very funny!

“Nina’s a sucker for giving away free oxygenated blood and nutrients to a tiny helpless fetus that will likely never repay her; no wonder Margo’s making the ‘L for Loser’ sign.” –ratnerstar

“People in the Funkyverse celebrate birthdays only as a sign that Death has been cheated of a prize for another year; for gifts, their friends simply leave them essays on why the victory is ultimately meaningless. But hey, cake! Oh wait, it’s just that sub-par pizza? Fuck.” –Dagger

“Excuse me gentlemen but my breasts are down here. Seriously what is the point of flaunting my big breasts if you guys aren’t going to look at them.” –Liam

“I don’t think that Ed Crankshaft actually participated in the military action against the Nazis and the Empire of the Rising Sun that kept the world safe from tyranny. Rather, I think that WWII is being used here as a metaphor for when Crankshaft got married (a catastrophe that took the lives of 27 million people).” –Nekrotzar

“What? What is this? It is as if someone took a tape and crushed it into a flat disk. The joke is on you, Kaz! This will not work in a VHS player! Ha ha!” –hogenmogen

Spider-man: “MJ’s transforming — into someone else! Oh, no — what if it’s someone who won’t put up with my shit?!” –Dono

“I was going to complain about how often Mary Worth tries to pass off ‘?’ as a line of dialogue, until I realized that I respond like that to the strip every day, verbatim.” –Doctor Handsome

“I sure wish we could freeze time now, before Mary exposes Nora’s behavior as a product of her unhappy childhood/first romance/professional lethargy/childlessness/free will.” –A New Day

“Either these guys seem to have a poor understanding of the statute of limitations or the authorities in the Mark Trail universe have very short attention spans. Officer One: ‘Hey aren’t those guys the bank robbers who made off with 200 grand?’ Office Two: ‘That’s so last week. Let’s solve some more recent crimes.’” –Bobdog

“I hate to think that we might never get to see the movie Blind Butch: The Blind Hunting Dog Who Is Blind and Cannot See, Because He Is Blind. It would have been a surefire ratings winner, on the Stupidity Channel.” –seismic-2

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82 responses to “Metapost: COTW, plus: We remember Dingo”

  1. Calico
    February 17th, 2012 at 7:32 pm [Reply]

    A lovely note from Dingo’s Mom – thank you for posting it.

  2. mollificent
    February 17th, 2012 at 7:35 pm [Reply]

    That was beautiful, Josh–thanks so much for sharing.

    /relurks

  3. Harold
    February 17th, 2012 at 7:41 pm [Reply]

    Thanks so much for sharing the stuff from Dingo’s mom.

    A week or two ago I was watching tosh.0 and saw a man burn the back of his pants off, making it look like he was wearing assless chaps. And that made me think of Dingo. And I almost started to cry, realizing he was gone.

    It’s a strange sort of memorial, But whenever I think of assless chaps, I will always remember Dingo.

  4. Écureuil Écumant
    February 17th, 2012 at 7:58 pm [Reply]

    I will never eat turkey without thinking of Dingo, and believe me it’s not easy to coordinate guffawing and swallowing.

  5. Outside Food
    February 17th, 2012 at 7:58 pm [Reply]

    /delurks too… To join in thanking you for sharing the note. /relurks to sit in the corner of the pool party/diner/bad-pizza joint/under a giant squirrel and enjoy listening in on all the great comments, OTW and otherwise.

  6. smacky
    February 17th, 2012 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    In the RSS feed for this post, it has the title “We remember Dingo” with an ad directly under it for Cat Genie, showing a cat taking a poop.

    I think Dingo would have really liked that.

  7. True Fable
    February 17th, 2012 at 8:53 pm [Reply]

    I love Dingo’s Renegade Mom, and his Fishing Dad.

  8. bats :[
    February 17th, 2012 at 9:06 pm [Reply]

    How very nice! I’m glad, just like you mentioned, Josh, that Fishin’ Don and Renegade Betty (and Wacky Sibs) had some kinda kid who they appreciated, and shared him with the world.

  9. Master Softheart
    February 17th, 2012 at 9:12 pm [Reply]

    The note is very nice – thank you Uncle Lumpy for stepping up to memorialize Dingo on our behalf.

  10. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 17th, 2012 at 9:14 pm [Reply]

    Dingo’s mom can write a legible cursive. I know that’s trivial… but I like her.

  11. bats :[
    February 17th, 2012 at 9:18 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#10): (I noticed that, too. mr. bats :[ didn’t have to ask to decipher any word.)

  12. This Guy
    February 17th, 2012 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

    I didn’t get to know Dingo well, but he practically defined that sense of “character.”

    On a lighter topic, is the Commenter of the Week David Willis the cartoonist?

  13. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 17th, 2012 at 9:58 pm [Reply]

    So sorry to lose Dingo. His Renegade Mom is a class act, and I’m glad his family appreciated him.

    Comments of the Week: I didn’t see any of these coming — I mean, I didn’t guess they were contenders. And yet. And yet.

  14. mon-ma-tron
    February 17th, 2012 at 10:06 pm [Reply]

    Of course Dingo’s Mom was a renegade!
    RIP, man!

  15. Josh
    February 17th, 2012 at 10:40 pm [Reply]

    @This Guy (#12): Indeed it is!

  16. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 17th, 2012 at 11:07 pm [Reply]

    @Josh (#15):Wow. The Man Who Was Meatwad!

  17. Poteet
    February 17th, 2012 at 11:09 pm [Reply]

    Thank you, Josh, for sharing the note from Renegade Mom. We do indeed remember Dingo.

  18. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 17th, 2012 at 11:31 pm [Reply]

    Josh, thank you for passing along the note from Dingo’s mom. It makes me a little happier knowing that he came from such an awesome family.

    And congratulations to the COTWers. I had been thinking something similar to bobdog, but wasn’t able to word it so well.

  19. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 17th, 2012 at 11:38 pm [Reply]

    @Kinghasnoclothes (y201): Man, I just did an image search for “Odd Ogg” and you’re totally right. It looks like acool toy. It’s been off the market for decades but I guess the ad is less strange when you consider the fact that the Hitlers are still relatively young.

  20. Baka Gaijin
    February 17th, 2012 at 11:41 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#YY152): Is that a clown? Technically no but it still gives me the willies.

    It’s not hard to see where Dingo got his Dingo-ness after reading that note. Thanks for sharing Renegate Mom!

  21. Trillian
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:12 am [Reply]

    9CL: Obstetrics??? Does this mean Edda is pregnant? I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

    Pluggers: OMG, I’m married to a Plugger. No, it’s worse than that, I bet Pluggers at least get paid overtime. I’ll be over here weeping in the corner now.

  22. Poteet
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:29 am [Reply]

    Congratulations to David Willis and all hail to the other riders of the float! And a special salute to seismic-2 for winning my personal award for Best Movie Title In Quite Some Time.

  23. commodorejohn
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:13 am [Reply]

    @Trillian (#21): I’m pretty certain that in Brooke’s mind, “obstetrics” means “something about vaginas, tee hee snicker snort.”

  24. True Fable
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:33 am [Reply]

    Re: today’s Rex morgan, second panel. Is it just me or does Foster’s widow look like she’s got a tremendous underbite and a fierce set of lower choppers?!

    Because Damn.

  25. Sequitur
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:57 am [Reply]

    Josh, thanks for sharing Renegade Mom’s Dingo message.

    Congrats to COTW and float material!

    and,@Baka Gaijin (#20): Trying to map out the clown boundries here. Can’t be too careful with EVILSCARYCLOWNS out and about.

  26. Sequitur
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:58 am [Reply]

    @True Fable (#24): Yeah, ya gotta watch out for that underbite.

  27. Maggie the Cat
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:42 am [Reply]

    MT- Omg….. does a seven year old write this strip?

  28. Droopy Says
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    @Maggie the Cat (#27): Elrod doesn’t write that well. This strip comes across like it’s written for people who look at the funny pages once a week. They see the one strip, get the idea that something is happening, and think the stuff they’ve missed has to be much better.

    The Amusing Spiderman: It’s the slow, loud, obnoxious work of a twisted mind and it makes you want to call in an air strike. And it will get work with MJ-the-Sif needs to have every detail of Asgard explained to her. That should be good for at least a two-week plot stasis.

    Family Circus: It’ll grow up to be a melonosaurus wretch–no, wait, that’s Jeffy.

    Mock Trail: “Let us proceed in an orderly fashion to the road, where the sheriff is waiting to arrest two men with a weak alibi! When we tell him about Blind Butch and the movie maker, he’ll thank us for giving him the chance to say ‘A likely story!’”

    Pluggers: It’s a “classic” and a “tribute.” That’s the most frightening label since “Intel Inside.”

  29. Chip Whittle
    February 18th, 2012 at 3:28 am [Reply]

    NEWS FLASH!

    Barney Google to appear in Barney Google next week.

    You may now resume being spoken-down-to by a giant squirrel.

  30. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 18th, 2012 at 3:42 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#Y209): Thanks so much. After finally getting to go home for the weekend, thanks to you, I spent my first several hours there reading Wheaton’s reviews of STNG.

    Seriously, though, they’re brilliant. Thanks for bringing them to our attention.

  31. Mr. O'Malley
    February 18th, 2012 at 4:02 am [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#y119): Having put more thought into this than it probably deserves, I’ve concluded that Betelgeuse and Bellatrix could plausibly be called the “shoulders of Orion”. Had a notable battle occurred near either one, it might be called The Battle of the Shoulder of Orion, just as we now refer to The Battle of the Bulge as being one specific bulge. Betelgeuse is more likely, because they wouldn’t have wanted people to be reminded of the movie.

  32. Baka Gaijin
    February 18th, 2012 at 4:34 am [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#29): I know someone who’ll be happy to hear that. ALL OF US! The countdown will finally stop.*

    * You know we all love you, Nehemiah, even with this irrational need to track Barney Google’s movements.

  33. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 18th, 2012 at 4:50 am [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#29): Oh great! There goes Barneypalooza?

    And how much do you want to bet that Nehemiah’s constant questioning had something to do with this?

  34. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 18th, 2012 at 4:52 am [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#31): Huh. I can actually buy that.

  35. Dale
    February 18th, 2012 at 5:19 am [Reply]

    GT -

    Looks like Milford is going to win a game.
    Will Parker tear off his shirt? Who will be outraged?

  36. Little Guy
    February 18th, 2012 at 7:59 am [Reply]

    Very very nice note. Well done.

    Miss you, Dingo.

  37. Liam
    February 18th, 2012 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    Gil Thorp-If you want to dissuade him from tattoos you can also invoke Godwin’s Law. The Nazis liked tattoos too and if they saw someone with an interesting tattoo they would make lampshades out of their skin.

    MW-This coming from a woman who spent four weeks basking in the praise of stopping a kidnapping.

    JP-They looked real but the only way to be sure is to touch them and who would want to do that.

  38. Droopy Says
    February 18th, 2012 at 8:55 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#28): The Amusing Spiderman: Spidey, it reminds you of Wagnerian opera because it’s the slow, loud, obnoxious work of a twisted mind and it makes you want to call in an air strike. And it will get worse when MJ-the-Sif needs to have every detail of Asgard explained to her. That should be good for at least a two-week plot stasis.

    There. Fixed it for me. I shouldn’t post when I need sleep.

  39. Hibbleton
    February 18th, 2012 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    A3G: Tommie’s hospital is so overcrowded they keep a patient’s bed in the locker room and use a victorian hat rack as an IV pole.

    MW: “…and you know it! BTW, would you mind pulling my finger?”

    RMMD: Bollinger hasn’t been reading this strip too long if he doesn’t know how the Morgans accumulate wealth. By the end of this plot line, Rex will own the lawyer’s Lexus and Mabel’s dowry.

  40. wossname
    February 18th, 2012 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    Josh and Uncle Lumpy, thanks for handling the Dingo tribute and posting the sweet and moving note from Renegade Mom.

    Congrats to David Willis and all the funny folks on the float!

    RMMD – That’s the first time I’ve seen a dialogue balloon cast a shadow.

    @Chip Whittle (#29): OMG! Maybe John Rose really does read CC and is responding to Scudder’s demands for justice for Barney. I guess we have to move the party up to Monday, hmm?

  41. The Divine O'F
    February 18th, 2012 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    Thanks, Uncle Lumpy. Thanks, Josh. And thanks, Dingo’s Renegade Mom and Fishin’ Dad, for giving us Dingo and for being so awesome.

  42. Anonymous
    February 18th, 2012 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    Dingo always made me laugh.

  43. FOOBed again
    February 18th, 2012 at 10:36 am [Reply]

    Thanks, Uncle Lumpy, for posting the note from Dingo’s mom. Dingo was a cool guy from a cool family.

    Congratulations to David Willis and all the float riders. David, if you’re the same one that writes “Dumbing of Age” and “Shortpacked”: I just started reading those and am completely addicted!

  44. TheDiva
    February 18th, 2012 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    Congrat to the float riders, and thank you Uncle Lumpy for sharing that wonderful letter.

    9CL: I am learning more about Brooke McEldowney’s kinks than I ever, EVER wanted to.

    A3G: Not in my experience, there isn’t. No matter how much the rational part of your brain knows it’s just fetus and water retention and most if not all of it will go away in a few months, you still feel fat. And it doesn’t help when insensitive twits think it’s suddenly okay to say things like “Wow, look how big you’re getting!” (It’s not an excuse for lighting up while pregnant, but still.)

    C’shaft: I don’t care if it’s a malapropism or not, Crankshaft should never be allowed to use any variation of the word “seduction” ever.

    FW: “Maddie has done absolutely nothing noteworthy recently, apart from cheating on her English assignment. But she’s the daughter of one of the original cast members, which makes her more important. Congratulations, Maddie–you’ve earned this!”

    Luann: it’s not too late to back out, Rosa…

    MW: Wow, Tobey’s going all out on this sitting in judgment of Nola–she even put on a judicial robe for the occasion!

    SM: You mean the Lilac Bridge?

  45. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    9CL: o_O (looks for the ‘unsee’ button.)

    HotC: yup. said as much yesterday.

    SBp: this one is going up on a few teacher’s bulletin boards.

    Bizarro: ewww and true come together again.

    F-: the last strip that I would have expected a Baretto tribute.

  46. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    Love Is . . .counting down to his parole date.

  47. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:19 am [Reply]

    Snuffy – Consarnation! You mean a twelve-inch high fence won’t keep a fourteen-inch rabbit out? Well, if it’s any consolation, the bushes outside the fence look better than the ones inside. And you can eat rabbits.

    9 – Don’t try this at home, kids, or you can get your girlfriend knocked up with a Hitler mustache!

    Crankshaft – Seduction of the Imbecile.

  48. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    Crock – They have dates. I mean, actual years! There is some sense of passage of time here! They exist in the present! This stunning news is so stunning, I wouldn’t be surprised if a dozen readers woke up!

    Gil – Wow! Parker Bowen has really fired up that crowd. There’s nothing like a rousing game of “Simon Says”!

    Mark – I see a shocking twist ending coming as Tommy, bereft of his only jacket, freezes to death!

  49. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:22 am [Reply]

    Spidey – Why is Spider-man sitting on Mary Jane? Wait, scratch that. It’s probably the most understandable thing he’s done this year.

    Family – “Mommy! I’m seein’ the lizards again! I kinda think that milk maybe was bad, after all!”

    (“What’s that, Not Me? I should WHAT them all? But… but they’re my family!”)

    @Droopy Says (#28): It’ll grow up to be a melonosaurus wretch–no, wait, that’s Jeffy.
    Joke’s on you! Jeffy won’t grow up.

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#30): I spent my first several hours there reading Wheaton’s reviews of STNG.
    Ohhhh, yes. After a while, you’ll learn to ration yourself to where you spend no more than an hour or so reading them each time. But the first time, you just have to binge.

  50. Steve
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:24 am [Reply]

    S-M: On February 11, 14 and 15, the writer established that the trip from Earth to Asgard passes through the vacuum of space, and is therefore deadly to humans. MJ is alive because she was magically protected by the so-called “God of Evil”, but why is Spider-Man alive? I guess space isn’t that dangerous after all. Take that, John Glenn.
    Next Week – Loki, the God of Evil, participates in a 10k Race for the Cure.

  51. Liam
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    Spiderman-Wagnerian opera was Hitler’s favorite type of opera and Jameson looks slightly like Hitler with the mustache. There is a joke in there somewhere.

    A3G-Tommie, don’t you see what she is doing. She is trying to kill the baby.

    Love Is-Did Mr. Love walk by a school again?

  52. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    truer words were never captioned.

    as seen in the next Toy Story.

    for Ed Power.

    Dirty Harry Potter. epic crossover is epic.

    Can’t touch this. (squee.)

    I .gif you all something for True Fable. (epic squee.)

    if FW was a furry strip. (fox smirks)

    In honor of the Girls Scouts. (corgsqui.)

    corgi pup is out of gas.

  53. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#29): Holy…
    Folks, it is with great humility that I stand before you. I want to thank all the little people who made this possible. I’m… excuse me, something in my eye.

    We must not forget that it has been, as of today, five thousand five hundred and twenty two days that Barney has been in exile. And he is NOT back yet. We shall have to wait and see.

    I shall be speaking with the committee about the FIVE FIVE FIVE FIVE commemoration – perhaps we should make it a celebration instead. It seems a shame to cancel it all. And a lot of those deposits for fireworks, champagne, Soldier Field, catering by White Castle and Krystal, Radio City Music Hall, the Grand Canyon, and the Crazy Eights Tavern in Bessemer, Alabama – I’m pretty sure they are not refundable. We had firm commitments for coverage by both the NBC Red and Blue networks, and RKO newsreels. Plus The Monongahela Metal Foundry (“Casting steel ingots with the housewife in mind”), and Einbinder Flypaper (“The brand you’ve gradually grown to trust over the course of three generations”) had just signed up as sponsors!

  54. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#19): @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#47): @Liam (#51): Goodness gracious! The CC has been Godwinned three times in one thread!

  55. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    sex scene, take two, blue filter, cheap movie . .

    oops, got carried away there a bit.

    Chapter 2, part 2 is up in the Community boards. here.

    this chapter has more inside jokes, bad puns and a few ‘different’ activities involved. Comments appreciated in the discussion thread.

    Spoiler Tags [*]

  56. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:06 pm [Reply]

    *raises a toast to Dingo*

    we miss ya, buddy.

  57. Ukulele Ike
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:12 pm [Reply]

    Archie is offering to go down on Reggie. Reggie is offering to go down on Veronica.

  58. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#57): And does the Archie strip now owe the Rolling Stones some money? Or do the Stones owe Archie money?

  59. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#54): You need to look up “Godwin.” Mentioning key players in World War Two, for instance, is not a “Godwin,” particularly when commenting on mustaches.

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#58): And does the Archie strip now owe the Rolling Stones some money? Or do the Stones owe Archie money?
    Or does somebody owe some money to Steve Gerber for the Howard the Duck villain with a black hole in his chest?

  60. Calico
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:32 pm [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#29):
    OMG this has me so excited I could practically throw up!
    N.S. must be mighty pleased!

  61. Trillian
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:43 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#23): Gee, for having a woman’s name, Brooke sure doesn’t know much.

  62. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:50 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#59): You need to look up “Godwin.” I did:

    Godwin’s law (also known as Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies[1][2]) is a humorous observation made by Mike Godwin in 1990[2] that has become an Internet adage. It states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” … The rule does not make any statement about whether any particular reference or comparison to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that the likelihood of such a reference or comparison arising increases as the discussion progresses.

    Wiki

    So, any reference to Hitler, is, technically a Godwin. I pointed out that there were three such references already in this fairly short thread, which is unusual.

    There is a corollary to Godwin’s Rule, often cited incorrectly as Godwin’s Law, that says a discussion is over when H. or N’s are mentioned inappropriately or hyperbolically, and that the person who first brings it up is said to have lost the argument, by definition. Obviously there isn’t an argument
    here to be won or lost, and I did not intend my observation to be taken in this sense.

  63. gleeb
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    ‘shaft: No one wants to hear about Ed’s sex life, so he’s going to tell them.

    ‘bean: The same few families run this town, just like in Judge Parker.

    Sequitur: Menopause, ha! Wiley is a clueless kinda dick, ain’t he?

    Pluggers: …forget which girls left high school because they were knocked up.

  64. gleeb
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#62): You know who else used wikipedia, don’t you?

  65. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#60): @Chip Whittle (#29):
    OMG this has me so excited I could practically throw up!
    N.S. must be mighty pleased!

    Excuse me, what? Sorry, I was in the bathroom, doing the Big Spit.

    Dammit. Now I’ll have to get a job!

  66. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    @gleeb (#64): Lemme guess. Was he a vegetarian too?

  67. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:00 pm [Reply]

    @gleeb (#64): I see what you did there. . . .

  68. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    thought 4 the day:

    “If you happen to work in EMS, make sure that you turn your ambulance’s stereo down as you arrive at each call. Fate has a sense of humor, but the hospice patient you’re transporting won’t when the first thing he hears blaring from the speakers is the chorus of “Don’t Fear the Reaper”. LFMF”

  69. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    finally, a funny Grammy related lol. (isopod lovers may also like.)

    Margo, the early years. (implied naughty)

    for commodorejohn, sort of.

  70. KreatureFeatures
    February 18th, 2012 at 1:38 pm [Reply]

    There is no validation in Funky Winkerbean or Crankshaft but fame. If you’re not a trophy winner, bestselling author, interview on the evening news, or a widely celebrated cancer victim, you are not a worthy topic. Will someone give the writer of these strips some recognition, please?

  71. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:02 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#62): “Godwin” is a loaded term, and leads to misunderstanding. Better might have been something like, “Hey, what is this? Fuckin’ HITLER DAY?” Then I could have said… well, never mind that. Anyway, I was hoping to evoke Eric Cartman and what he called “giving somebody a Hitler,” on which I will not elaborate.

  72. Liam
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    @gleeb (#64):

    Stalin

  73. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#72): Now you’ve Trosky’d the conversation!

  74. Señor Tortilla
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:40 pm [Reply]

    Archie: “Hot Shot” isn’t a very good shirt, either.

    9CL: The little Hitler mustache on Edda does make sense, in a way.

    Curtis: Personally, I’d like Gunk to get hit by a truck. He’ll at least live up to his name that way.

    GT: “Slap ‘em”???

  75. The Ridger
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    MT: O fer…. Listen, Tommy or whatever your name is. You can’t spend weeks telling us at least once a day that Butch will stay with your jacket and then expect us to believe that he’ll wander back to the spot your jacket used to be just because you want him to be in Mark’s friend’s movie. Why the hell don’t you actually go look for him? And maybe reconsider the whole “leave the blind dog alone in the wilderness” gig while you’re at it?

  76. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#71): Well, since you, and presumably, your friend Mr. Cartman, are using the term in its Pickwickian sense, that’s alright then.

  77. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#68): I’m not good with lyrics. Back in the days of albums it was all right because they most often came with the lyrics on a separate sheet. But since the advent of CDs, I’ve pretty much given up on trying to figure out what anyone was saying. I’d always thought, for instance, that AC/DC was singing about “Dirty Dees and the Dunder Jeep.”

    But last night, on my long drive back home to St. Catharines, the radio played “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” and I suddenly realised, “Holy Crap! This is a song about mutual suicide!”

  78. Mibbitmaker
    February 18th, 2012 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    For next week, I shall remove the parentheses from “(BG&)SS” for all comments about that strip. Nonetheless, if all that great Billy DeBeck-style line shading doesn’t follow Barney to Hootin’ Holler, it won’t be the same.

    FW: More memories of before this strip sucked.

    9CL: Given this is 9CL, I’d assume this is Laurel and Hardy (not Hitler) before the Hayes Office! Also, it could be worse — they could’ve turned into the Three Stooges! …with Thorax as Curly (ngAH-AH-AH!!!! {runs} WOOB-WOOB-WOOB-WOOB-WOOB-WOOB-WOOB-WOOB-WOOB…!!!)

  79. Liam
    February 18th, 2012 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    9CL-Not the right side of the mouth. Now you’ve doomed us all.

  80. Liam
    February 18th, 2012 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    Snuffy Smith-Tonight we dine on rabbit stew.

  81. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:16 am [Reply]

    A lovely note, thank you for sharing it.

    Congrats to David and the runners uppers!

  82. gleeb
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:32 am [Reply]

    @Liam (#72): No, Stalin used the Great Soviet Encyclopedia.

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