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Sad Sunday

Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, 2/19/12

You know how I pedantically insist on calling this strip “Barney Google and Snuffy Smith,” even though original main character Barney Google hasn’t appeared in it in years, having long ago helped it transition from “Roaring Twenties City Lowlife Humor” to “Depression-Era Hillbilly Humor”? Well, hold onto your hats because Barney’s back, baby. He isn’t named here but you can tell by his goo-goo-googly eyes (and a quick Google Image search).

I was thinking that Barney’s visit to Hootin’ Holler would be a happy occasion full of mischief and hijinks, but then it occurred to me: how bad must things be in the flatlands to get a fancy fellow like Barney to flee up to this impoverished rathole? He’s probably just a few hours ahead of the roving cannibal gangs. And the rest of Sunday’s comics weren’t that much cheerier!

Panel from Slylock Fox, 2/19/12

Like, things are getting pretty grim down at the trailer park! With the nearby forest having been stripped bare (you can see one of the sad few remaining trees in the background), the local mobile home denizens have resorted to burning their own furniture for heat. Or, in Reeky’s case, other people’s furniture.

Six Chix, 2/19/12

Over in Six Chix, a child’s penchant for thoughtless violence has angered a species of advanced aliens with the capability of interstellar flight. Best-case scenario: Our conquest and enslavement. Worst-case scenario: Earth vaporized by a powerful space-based death-ray.

Curtis, 2/19/12

And in Curtis, we learn that Gunther’s spacey bonhomie masks a deep and unshakeable longing for death.

220 responses to “Sad Sunday”

  1. teenchy
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:40 am [Reply]

    I gotta say that’s a more appealing deep and unshakeable longing for death than any version in the Batiukiverse. Thanks, Billingsley!

  2. Snowshoecat
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    The moment I saw Barney Google appear in Hootin’ Holler this morning I just knew that a “certain Mudge” would be very happy. I wept for joy.

    Congratulations, NS.

    BTW, is it some sort of anti-bullying week? Not that it would be a bad thing, but I’ve been busy and missed the e-mail.

  3. Lolsworth
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    Are you dense? Are you retarded or something? He’s the god damned BARNEY GOOGLE!

  4. Calico
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:02 am [Reply]

    I see Gunther was invited to Whitney’s funeral, which actually was rather joyous (really nice music and rememberances).

    And there’s Barney Google! Yay! Is he visiting from Silicon Valley?

  5. Nomstrosity
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:09 am [Reply]

    Barney’s attempt to find Snuffy: a Google search?

  6. wossname
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:11 am [Reply]

    BGSS – Nehemiah, are you all right? Nehemiah??? Oh crap, he’s fainted. Somebody get Rex Morgan and his smelling salts.

    MW – Nola, gaze upon the last panel and be very afraid. One industrial-strength meddle, coming up.

  7. Anonymous
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    It’s nobody’s fault but Gunther’s if Curtis goes and offs himself after that paean to death.

  8. KreatureFeatures
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    In the last week, Thor has threatened Spiderman with: 1) a hammer blow to the head, 2) death during the passage to Asgard, and 3) violent mistreatment at the hands of Heimdall. Now Thor regards Spiderman as “a good man”? Plus, MJ was supposed to die during the passage between realms. Who’s in charge of quality control for this strip?

  9. CanuckDownSouth
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:38 am [Reply]

    @KreatureFeatures (#8): Well, Loki *did* zap up some protection for MJ. Although I wonder how good his spell could be, considering that his idea of finding a Sif-Doppelganger involved a woman who has a cleft chin which Sif lacks, whose hair is a different colour and texture, and yet all this can be disguised by a half-ponytail which Sif doesn’t wear. Clark Kent’s glasses make sense by comparison.

  10. S. Stout
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:40 am [Reply]

    Snuffy: “Did he rape yore chickens?”

    Curtis: Before seeing Gunther, I imagined him to be the one from Luann, nervously cowering every time the door is opened and collecting the hair off the ground to knit costumes with.

  11. Rusty
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    Curtis: I’m no expert on soul food, but ginger ale, ribs and cracker jack seems like a strange combo plate.

    I do like that one of the chief burdens of modern life is being forced to contemplate low-class reality shows. Kill me now.

  12. KreatureFeatures
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:43 am [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#9): You make a good point regarding MJ. But I still don’t understand Thor’s sudden affection for Spidey. Perhaps Spiderman was yanking on something other than Thor’s foot during their ascent?

  13. Calico
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    @Rusty (#11):
    Maybe “Cracker Jack” is Gunther’s drug dealer?

  14. Crankenstank
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    Now it can be told: Curtis is named for Ian Curtis of the band Joy Division, and it’s part of an elaborate suicide cult. I can hardly wait for this year’s Kwanzaa tale, involving seedy punk clubs in London and industrial drone music.

  15. John C Fremont
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#y94): But what if the letters on his forehead say, “Kill everyone and never sleep?” Okay, that seems unlikely, but still…

    Hey, maybe cyborg monkeys on hovercrafts could go up there and erase his forehead!

    BG&SS – Okay, we saw him. Now we have to reset the clock.

    SM – And remember, Loki Strikes means fine tobacco.

    MT – It’s a trap!

    JP – And for the ladies, a couple of glimpses of Steve’s titanium ankles. Giggity.

  16. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:13 am [Reply]

    5523 days. He’s back! Isn’t it wonderful? Oh, Barney, our long national nightmare is over! Well, I guess my work here is done. I suppose I’ll have to get a real job now. Maybe I’ll go back to preaching and sharecropping, or run for President and set up a deranged theocratic dictatorship. If any of you folks come by New Jerusalem, pay me a call. But try to make it before 2100. (I like to be in bed by midnight.)

    So long, folks!

  17. Hank
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:17 am [Reply]

  18. UncleJeff
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    THE BARNEY GOOGLE & snuffy smith comic strip: Congratulations to Mr. Scudder for nudging BG out of retirement/the government witness program.
    Can it be too much to hope for Mr. Rose to have actual interaction between his two title characters? All the Curmudgeons will be watching this week.

    CdS: We should all be sending karmic good wishes to Mr. Thompson.

    Reply All: Thank you, Donna A. Lewis. You have made me feel good about my meeting notes scribbles. I’m going to sell them to a local gallery. Anyone know any good agents?

  19. lorne
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:30 am [Reply]

    So it’s finally happened. Barney Google has emerged from the forgotten mists of time to reclaim his name and launch his intellectual property suit on the other Google.
    He’s chosen Hootin’ Holler as his venue because their U.S. District Court is presided over by an actual Troll.

  20. bemibet
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    Slylock Fox – I was really hoping that the clue Slylock saw was the bone lying by the ash pit – Reeky didn’t even bother taking little Harry Beaver out of the cradle before chucking it onto the fire!

  21. Alfred E. Neuman
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    Curtis— “Heck, we oughta cry when babies get born into this messy world…”.
    Now we know who Nina’s hairdresser is. You would never expect such negativity and pessimism from a guy named Gunther, right? Oh wait…

  22. mr12ozcan
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    mary worth-as the kitchen expands in size cookie jar decides to walk away

  23. commodorejohn
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    6Chix – And the moral guardians go into a frenzy of blaming The Day The Earth Stood Still!

    Curtis – For a moment I was stunned that Curtis of all things had managed to out-Batiuk Batiuk.° Then I remembered this.
    ° (For the single-strip competition, anyway – Tommy Sunshine still has the long-form medal clinched.)

    DT – Oh hey, is that the golem from Prince Valiant there?

    FG – The lesson here is the same as it was in Event Horizon, DOOM, and Quake: seriously, portals just aren’t fucking worth it.

    FW – AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    JP – And now, something for the ladies!

    MT – Huzzah, more cephalopods in Mark Trail!

    MW – Offered to take her to…? Is Nola going to seduce Mary!?

    Phantom – Aw, he just wants a hug!

    PV – “I have found it! I’ll just wait for the square-cube law to be discovered and let this horror collapse under its own weight!”

    SF – Well, it kinda depends on whether that’s original-flavor Godzilla or Japan’s-national-hero Godzilla, you know…

    SM – I suppose I should be laughing at the fact that even Heimdall thinks Thor’s an idiot for falling for this, but I’m too busy taking offense at the notion that Peter Couch-Sitter is “a good man, as humans go.” Ouch. You cut me to the quick, sir.

  24. Al Ewing
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    “We had the party here in my barber shop because of the razors, Otis. The sharp, sharp razors, so quick in their work. Step a little closer, Otis. Lift your head.”

    “It’s CURTaaaaaaggghhh”

  25. Tedler
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    You did it Scudder. You really did it.

  26. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    Slylock – Has Reeky Rat been replaced by a new Reeky? I’m guessing the old Reeky got tired of living in a trailer so small that the bathroom was a bucket by the door.

    Prince – Val thinks back on all the giant creatures he’s fought in the past. All the time, giant creatures! Why, he says to himself, it’s like living in the God-forsaken New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest all the time!

    Snuffy – So, um, who’s this ugly little git with the goo-goo-googly eyes?

  27. Ukulele Ike
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    Howcum Barney Google is talking in Hootin’ Holler hillbilly idiom, instead of speaking like the Damon Runyonesque big-city horse-playing wiseacre he’s supposed to be?

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

    Crankshaft – I get it. It’s like a pun, only lots smaller.

    Dennis“At least we’re not babies any more.”
    “Yeth. There’s forty years I’m glad I don’t have to live through again.”

    Hägar – “Hey, we need a different dog in today’s strip. Where’s the intern who’s never seen an animal before?”

  29. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:12 am [Reply]

    Mark – Sweet Jemima, that cephalopod is a shark wearing a cunning costume!

    MarmadukeDog Gone Funny! They just couldn’t get their dog to swallow a pill, and the dog later died! Ho ho, eh Readers?

    @John C Fremont (#15): Loki Strikes… you win, man. You win.

  30. Mibbitmaker
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    BG&SS:
    “Well, he DID steal my own comic strip from me way back in the 1940s. That guy weaseled his way into the name of my strip, then, when Mr. DeBeck was no more, he edged me right out! Me and my danged horse, too!”

    “Waaall, why ain’t yer said so, friend? That’s Snuffy, alrightee! He lives jus’ down th’ road here yonder. Can’t missim!”

  31. Trillian
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:22 am [Reply]

    Curtis: This is why I am not a Christian.

    Crankshaft: “Yeah, the doctors here think everything is cancer. I went in for a sinus infection once and got diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma!”

    DtM: Joey, it’s gonna scare everyone at school no matter how slowly it happens.

    FW: I’ll give Batiuk this: he knows nerds.

  32. TheDiva
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:23 am [Reply]

    Curtis: The really scary part is the slight smile on Curtis’ lips as he walks away. He’s received the incentive he needs to take out Derrick and “Onion” in a bloody schoolyard rampage. Then it’s Barry’s turn.

    SFx: “Fine,” Reeky thinks, “cite me for petty theft and illegal woodburning all you want. Just so long as you don’t notice the eyes of my latest victim peeking out the window, silently begging for help.”

    9CL: Poor McEldowney got to the last panel before he realized he hadn’t included a sex reference, and had to shoehorn it in as best he could.

    A3G: I can’t wait until the inevitable labor and delivery part of this arc, because I’m eager to see how the stress and pain of childbirth is conveyed by characters who never manage an expression beyond Dull Surprise.

    C’shaft: Okay, you’re just abusing the English language on purpose now…

    FW: “Love and affection? Keep it away, keep it away!”

    MW: “But Mary, everyone knows emotional and spiritual fulfillment is to be found in status and material goods! I don’t understand what Nola’s problem is!”

    Pluggers: As if Pluggers shop anywhere that doesn’t sell pre-used merchandise. (On the other hand, imitation alligator skin Crocs sound like the most hideous fashion statement possible, so it doesn’t surprise me a Plugger would own two pairs.)

    SM: So Loki made MJ look like Sif so…he could turn her back into MJ? You got some ‘splainin’ to do, Loki…

  33. Beverly Hilton
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    BG & SS – Cannot stop saying the following (in my best Rod Serling voice): “Death has come calling for Snuffy Smith… in the guise of one Google, first name Barney”.

  34. Trillian
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#32): Pluggers: Yeah, is there a Goodwill in the mall now?

  35. cheech wizard
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    Barney Google may have returned, but Cassandra Cat is still MIA in Shylock Fox! This is a real tragedy. Given that we haven’t seen her comely face in over a year, she must be serving time in the state penitentiary and not just the county lockup.

    Still, Barney’s return is worth celebrating. Let’s hear it for him!

    “Barney Google! With his goo-goo-googley eyes!
    Barney Google! Had a wife three times his size!
    She sued Barney for divor’s
    Now he’s living with his whores!
    Barney Google! With his goo-goo-googley eyes!”

  36. Stev0
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:33 am [Reply]

    Geez, you’re right, those are all depressing comics. Think I’ll go read Funky Winkerbean to cheer up.

  37. gleeb
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:36 am [Reply]

    The Fox with Police Powers: Slylock also found the charred thighbone of a raccoon, but this just made him want to go easy on Reeky.

    ‘shaft: I had no idea things had got so bad that there were no doctors in Ohio. I guess that’s why Batiuk seems to be untreated.

    ‘bean: No wonder the insane man keeps buying the same comic book. He keeps getting it all sticky.

    M&J: They are unable to find the only red car in existence?

  38. Luban
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:44 am [Reply]

    SF: The desolate treeless plain suggests a tie-in to the movie adaptation of The Lorax. After the Bar-ba-Loots left the Truffula Forest, the only creatures left behind were malodorous cradle-burning rodent trailer trash.

  39. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:00 pm [Reply]

    the QG picked up a Freep on the way home from work, so I was able to ready some of the Sunday funnies as they were intended to be read, on the throne in the morning. . . .

    GF: failing to be Pastis, week 2.

    IP: commodorejohn, if you don’t already read this one, you need to read today’s.

    Lio: utter win.

    NS & SBp make an interesting comparison today.

    Bizaro, panel 3: you’ll like the way you’ll M*F*N look.

    Lockhorns is treading on NSFBG territory.

    MT: CEPHALOPODS!!!!!! (Poteet must be in paroxysms of joy.)

    PV: more tentacles.

    SF: *golf clap*

  40. darwiniac
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    Let me be the contrarian and take the view that Curtis isn’t really that dismal today. Traditions like a jazz funeral or an Irish wake or other post-mortem parties aren’t entirely rare, and a reasonably devout Christian sure would have cause to celebrate when a fella left to the infinite glory and peace of God’s kingdom.

  41. Cloudbuster
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    JP: Wow, Sam noticed she had a nice body! I’m a bit shocked! Anyway, the whole thing is seeming too obvious now. I’m back to thinking it was the old lady, so devoted to Randy that she’d kill to protect him! Yeah, I know, it’s a really stupid reason to kill someone who hadn’t even threatened Randy, but I’m kind of counting on that.

    FW: I think the comic already sufficiently acknowledged how much it grossed us all out, but the real crime is that, yes, he actually is touching that classic comic, letting his corrosive body secretions soak into its fragile old pages. We get to watch its value drop faster than a .. a thing that drops really fast. Faster than Edda’s panties during a flashback? Faster than Lisa’s white cell count? Faster than Sophie’s guitar teacher dropped her when he realized she wasn’t going to be his sugar momma?

    MW: Toby wants to hear those “disturbing things,” Mary, but wait until she changes into something more comfortable. And, Mary, when someone who wants to “have it all” offers to take you to lunch, it probably means they mean to “have” you, too. Bow-chicka-wow!

  42. tb4000
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    9CL: And like clockwork, any appearance by Juliette focuses on her inability to keep her vagina unoccupied.

  43. Peanut Gallery
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:09 pm [Reply]

    Have the makers of Hagar decided they want it to be the new Fred Basset? Well, at least they’ve chosen a goal that’s within their reach. They almost nailed it today, except that they wasted enough material in the throwaway panels to make a whole additional Sunday strip.

  44. Chyron HR
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:17 pm [Reply]

    “What’s she look like?”
    “Medium height, nice body!”
    “Oh, shit, Sam, I think the killer is in the room with me!”

  45. TheDiva
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    @darwiniac (#40): I think the dismal part isn’t so much the idea of celebrating a life well-lived or rejoicing in a soul moving on to its eternal reward, it’s the whole “everything in this world sucks so much that we’re not only better off dead, we should be miserable about the fact that we were born at all” attitude summarized in the penultimate panel. Believing in a better hereafter doesn’t have to preclude the possibility of finding happiness in this life.

  46. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    Freebird!!!

    sure plays a mean pinball. (mildly naughty)

    Titanic being remade.

    when universes collide. (more comics geekery with awesome sauce.)

    The Daily Puppy is an adorbable beagle mix.

    cuteness is no accident. What he’s doing on the carpet, however. . .

  47. sully
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    Sweet Lawdy Mama! Talk about a rude welcome! First, Gunther blows a loud fart (toot) upon Creemore’s entrance to the party with no people, and then suggests that it was the windy emission that blew him in! As if that wasn’t enough, he proceeds to bum out his unwelcome guest with the most depressing assessment of life’s misery in the history of comics, and that ain’t easy on the same pages as Skunky Cancerbean.

  48. Anonymous
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:30 pm [Reply]

    I think today’s Curtis was ghost-written by the guy who does Crankshaft.

  49. Swordsmith
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    SFx I call shenanigans. Firstly, scrap lumber, and even trees can have nails in them. Second, and more importantly, cradles and other pieces of furniture very often do not have nails in them. Third, the whole thing is a cheat, since we aren’t shown the nails; they aren’t introduced until mentioned in the upside down solution text.

    The idea behind mystery fiction is to present all the clues and then see if your reader can come up with a solution, not to present some situation and then announce out of the blue that a clue the readers weren’t told about proves something… particularly not if, in this case, it proves no such thing; it is both possible for there to be nails in the pit without a cradle having been burned in it, and for there to have been no nails in the pit even if a cradle -had- been burned there.

  50. Charles Solution
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    Why is Curtis’s barber a Conehead?

    whhhhhyyyyyyy

  51. Victory Garden
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    My dad used to sing that “Barney Goooooogle with the goo-goo-googly eyes” song to me when I was little. And he can never use The Google without thinking of that song. I think during our Sunday call today I will tell him that the prodigal Google has returned to the comics.

  52. seismic-2
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#16): But NS – surely you can’t leave us, while Sut Tatersall is still missing! Keep the faith, and wait for his second coming!

  53. seismic-2
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#15): LSMFT. I am in awe.

  54. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    The first part of A Weekend Together, Day 2 is up in the CC community. Thrill to hangovers, shopping trips, and sunbathing! (yeah, it’s set-up, but it’s fun character-driven stuff.)

    here’s a deleted scene, available here as a DVD extra. . . .

    The two couples felt the need to stop for a break. They dropped in to a coffee shop for lattes and some snacks. As A and J reached the table with their order, T suddenly started gyrating in his seat, head and torso twisting in opposite directions, his arms moving in a chugga-chugga railroad motion. A looked perplexed, “You okay?” T replied, “I’m alright, Nobody worry ’bout me.” A realized what song was playing in the background, and grinned. “Shinderella boy, Shinderella boy, leading the pack, at Augusta.” A put down his tray, and mimed an exaggerated golf swing. “It’s in the hole-OH!” A’s air-swing clipped the tray of one of the barristas on clean-up duty, almost knocking it out of her hands. T and the two ladies dissolved in giggles while A apologized profusely. Deciding that “to go” sounded like a better idea all of a sudden, the two couples headed for the car, laughing all the way.

    (unlike the main story, this part hasn’t been edited, so don’t blame bb,u for any punctuation/grammar issues, just pity her for what she’s had to put up with! :-P )

  55. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 19th, 2012 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    MW: Well, for starters, Toeby, she could ask for a little subject-verb agreement.

    SFx: At least it’s not as grim as I thought it was when I first read it and thought that Reeky Rat burned her baby.

    JP: Just in case you forgot that the guy who does all the work in Driver $ Associates is an amputee war hero, Steve’s going to exposition that sucker up on the desk for you.

    FC: Here’s the game: Lock the boys in a room with only a pillow, a blanket, a stool, and an empty toy box. The last one left alive gets a dotted-line map to the cookie jar.

  56. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:04 pm [Reply]

    @Jocelyn Knockersbury (#y99): Having been raised by a mother who didn’t want to have any of her children (and, yes, told them so—although she did stop smoking during pregnancy), I’m bracing myself for the moment when Nina sees her baby and decides that gosh, she was wrong, and motherhood is a beautiful thing for which she was destined all along.

  57. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#56): Yeah. Personally, my “bracing” consists of “having a string of appropriate obscenities ready to yell at the computer screen.”

  58. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:26 pm [Reply]

    CURTIS — No one is actually forced to watch reality shows. Yet.

  59. Digger
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

    SFx: Did Reeky really burn the cradle for heat? I assumed he did it just because he’s a miserable prick.

    6Chx: For an advanced species, those aliens seem to be utterly baffled by the concept of rock-throwing. And the concept of clothing.

  60. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    I had a fun nature moment yesterday while having a walk with Tu’i. He started tugging at his leash, and I was chiding him for wanting to chase birds when I realized that the bird he was watching was a hawk, chasing songbirds around a pair of yards, through shrubbery, and all over the place. Was quite the amazing dogfight for a few seconds. Not sure if the hawk got the second bird or not, they swooped behind a house. Could have been a sharp-shinned /Coopers hawk or possibly a merlin, not entirely sure. Ordinarily, I’d say “take THAT!” to Mark Trail, but it’s hard to top cephalopods.

  61. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#39): You’re right, I am very pleased. This is a good strip. And I’d rather watch intelligent cephalopods for the next few weeks than follow the sorry adventures of Tommy The Moronic Irresponsible Dog Owner And His Dim-Bulb-Buddy Mark.

  62. bats :[
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#23): who can resist a cephalopod? Although I’m a wee bit sad for the shark (I know…Circle of Life ™ and all that…)

  63. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:53 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#60): I had a hawk hanging out in my backyard a few days ago—standing on the wall right about where I’ve been putting out food for the little critters (wrens, chipmunks, squirrels, cardinals—you know, hawk food).

    @Poteet (#61): How about a crossover in which the intelligent cephalopods take over Mark Trail, blindfolding Tommy and Mark and sending them out to wander the woods while Mark’s filmmaker friend films it?

  64. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#60): Cool! Besides the intelligent cephalopods, I’d rather watch Tu’i.

  65. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#63): I would pay the intelligent cephalopods to be able to watch that.

  66. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#63): I do NOT want to think of Mark, Rusty, and tentacles.

    srsly.

    Edda, her mom and tentacles? sure!

    Mark, not so much.

  67. commodorejohn
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:02 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#62): True, true…sharks get a bad rap, but they’re really neat as well.

  68. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#15): Loki Strikes means fine tobacco. Out of the ball park, sir. It’s toasted!

  69. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

  70. Señor Tortilla
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    Archie: Jughead, Sarge, and maybe Dagwood are in a strange sexual minority called “foodosexuality”.

    Luann: It was five minutes later that Bernice and her friend realized that Luann hadn’t fallen asleep in her food, she had been dead for half an hour.

    MW: “She lies when she says she’s happy. It’s up to me to make her unhappy.”

    FW: The one with the roadkill on his head is the creepy one, almost to Les levels.

  71. NoahSnark
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    Six Chix brings up an interesting parenting question – if the threat of anal probing isn’t enough to make a child behave what will?

  72. Zaratustra
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:12 pm [Reply]

    Six Chix: I have to hand it. Any other comic artist would have just drawn one of the saucer’s windows broken, but Rina Piccolo goes the extra mile to show us the unconscious, possibly brain damaged alien. Why, I’m not sure, but she goes.

  73. endless sky
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    The Return of Barney Google: Does this mean the 5555 party is off? Bummer. I hope I can get my deposit back on the limo.

  74. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    @cheech wizard (#35): She sued Barney for divor’s
    Now he’s living with his whores!

    Very good! Is that something of your own, or a traditional parody?
    Incidentally, Josh’s Google image search for Barney brings up some interesting, seemingly vintage, Barney Google porn.

  75. Spotts1701
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

    @Señor Tortilla (#70): I think if I had to spend any significant time with Bernice and Delta, I’d wish for the sweet release of death. Then again, any contact with the Pittsvile mopes would probably be a sign of suicidal tendency.

  76. Austria
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    BGSS: You know, I sort of wondered if this wasn’t the infamous Barney Google. I knew I could find out at the good ol’ Comics Curmudgeon – and I did!

    BB: And in today’s strip, Sarge decides to cheat on Beetle because Lt. Fuzz’s “cookies” are better.

    reFOOB: Okay, splitting Farley down the middle was a nice touch.

    PBS: Awwww! The little plaid zebra is so cuuuute!!

  77. theironjef
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    Gaaaaah, when Barney Google blinks, it’s just his pupil that blinks! His eyes have eyes! I think he’s been gone for decades because he’s been in dark depths, dreaming.

  78. bats :[
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:42 pm [Reply]

    @Chyron HR (#44): yep, but the same could be said for just about anywhere in Parkerland!

  79. IVstudios
    February 19th, 2012 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    A few minor changes = very different Slylock Fox.

  80. Mr K Martin
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    BARNEY GOOGLE AND WHAT’S-HIS-FACE: Those eyes are definately googly but they are not goo-goo-googly. The song lied to us.

    Then again I am reacting as a man who has just seen a ghost.

  81. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    MW — Yes, the prospect of Nola possibly trying to seduce Mary is interesting. But I would be much more excited if they went to an eating establishment that served something that actually looked like food.

  82. Redclaire
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    Wow. I was reading that Curtis and I kept expecting the punchline to be that someone had passed….an exam! or some such thing. But no, someone is really dead. Huh.

  83. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#60): One of the most amusing sights I’ve seen was a hawk being bedevilled by s sparrow (or some other small bird — hard to tell) that simply wouldn’t leave it alone. I don’t know what the hawk had done to piss it off, but that little fellow just wouldn’t let up. I have no idea why the hawk didn’t simply snatch him out of the sky, but he never once tried to defend himself against this maniacal bird that continuously flew in at his head, then swung away, chirping like a madman the whole time.

  84. Santa Royale With Cheese
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#16): Guess you’ll be airing on Current TV now. I would say “see ya later” but ca-mon, who watches Current?

  85. The Ridger
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    9CL: A far better question, my good man (as humans go) is: What the hell does it say about you that you ever had any respect for him in the first place?

  86. js
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    Oh God, my first thought with Sherlock was, “It’s the bone, isn’t it? That’s a baby’s bone.”

  87. The Ridger
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#83): Raptors get no real respect. When was the last time you saw rabbits chasing a fox? Deer running a wolf pack out of town? But raptors get heckled all over the place.

  88. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#83): I’m guessing that the small bird may have had a nearby nest with eggs or babies and was trying to chase the hawk away on principle. Songbirds sometimes harass hawks or crows for that reason. I once saw a red-winged blackbird land briefly on the back of a red-tailed hawk in midair while chasing it away. Crazy.

  89. bbofun
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:50 pm [Reply]

    A3G- The placement of the names “Nina” and “Tommie” in the first and last panels make me read them as being said the way Seinfeld and Newman used to address each other with barely-disguised scorn. “Jerry.” “Newman.” “Nina”. “Tommie”.

    In reality, it looks like an editor decided we needed to be reminded who these people were and added in the names, of course. But my way is more fun. What is the unspoken incident in the past which led these two to hate each other so? The world may never know. And, this being Apt. 3G, it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting as we’d hope.

  90. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#16): Wait, wait! Don’t leave! I’m counting on you to help guide me through these first uncertain days of The Great Return!

  91. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    @IVstudios (#79): Now this was my first thought on reading the strip today, and I’m surprised that you’re the first (at least I think you are) to mention it. Nice clean fixup work on the picture, by the way.

    (By coincidence, I’m just reading the part of The Food of the Gods where they’re dealing with the giant rats! I think I’m about to start on a binge of re-reading all the Wells novels and stories, and even catching some I didn’t read before.)

  92. Rocky Stoneaxe
    February 19th, 2012 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    Snuffy Smith Minus Snuffy Smith — One down, one to go! (Hey, Jim Scancarelli, how about bringing in my pal SUT TATTERSALL as a resident of Gasoline Alley’s Old Comics Home?)

  93. Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    MT All octopuses are color blind.
    Yikes! Yet they can still hunt a dead shark. And they will know where to return if you leave your jacket behind. Preferably one with a distinctive herringbone pattern.

    MW She told me about some things she’s done… some disturbing things…. But I want to get to know her better!
    I’m with you, Mary! I want to get to know some more disturbing things, too: Did she kill a man with her bare hands? Did she sell her baby to buy more from the Jaclyn Smith Collection? Did she steal an old woman’s purse at the Lemon Wedge? Inquiring minds want to know.

    FW Okay, there is a limit to the disturbing things I want to know.

    CS What dread, terminal illness are they being treated for?

  94. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:09 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#91): Nah, I saw it, too (@55), but it’s much more gruesome in visual form.

    @Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines (#93): re: MW: And have some of those disturbing things involved Charley Smith, a bottle of Scotch, the overture from South Pacific, day-old salmon squares, a stripey shirt, and a lost beagle?

  95. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:13 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#88): That was my thought, too.

    @The Ridger (#87): Well, sometimes the mammalian predators get a comeuppance. Have you ever seen the video of the monkey annoying two tigers?

    I have no idea about the origin of this video, and I wonder about the filming, which shows close-ups. But that is definitely a monkey, and he’s definitely plaguing the hell out of those tigers. And he’s apparently doing it simply because he can.

  96. Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#94): …those disturbing things involved Charley Smith…
    Ah, yes, Charley Smith! You’d think that in a community as small as Charterstone that the only two fun-loving depraved people would have hooked up long ago.

  97. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#90): Don’t worry, Poteet. Nehemiah will always be with us. A ‘mudgeon ain’t got a soul of his own, just little piece of a big soul, the one big soul that belongs to everybody, then it don’t matter. He’ll be all around in the dark – he will be everywhere. Wherever a comic strip hero is missing, He will be there – he’ll be there with Steve Canyon, with Little Orphan Annie, with Rip Kirby. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, he’ll be there. He will be in the way guys yell when they’re mad. He will be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready, and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise and livin’ in the houses they build – he’ll be there, too.

    Oh, wait. That’s Tom Joad. Never mind.

  98. twg
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    JP: That dude has a prosthetic leg, right?

  99. Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    @Señor Tortilla (#70): Luann hadn’t fallen asleep in her food, she had been dead for half an hour.
    Well, after all, they’re eating at Weenie World. TJ and Ann Eifel must have teamed up to assassinate the deGroots.

  100. Swordsmith
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    SFx SC I could tell which number they wanted me to say, but I could also see that they wanted to fool me into thinking the number was nine. Trouble is, I can’t actually see anything wrong with nine. Or, on reflection, seven, or any other odd number larger than three, such as (just as an example) 5555. The riddle fails to include something asking for the smallest possible number.

    CdS I do -not- want to repeat babyhood.

  101. Doctor Handsome
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:40 pm [Reply]

    From the look on Slylock’s face, this is the first time he’s seen Reeky’s pathetic, shit-strewn hovel, and he kind of feels bad now about being such a hardass about all the petty theft.

  102. cheech wizard
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:40 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#74): Thanks – it’s something that’s been rattling around in my head for awhile and this finally gave me a chance to vent it. Now, maybe I can have peace.

  103. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:46 pm [Reply]

    @Swordsmith (#100): Actually, it could be any uneven number, since “a girl” is not specific. Say there are 11 girls. If the first “a girl” refers to the fifth girl in line, then there are four girls ahead of her, and if the second “a girl” refers the fifth-from-last girl in line, then there are four girls behind here, and since it’s an odd number, there is a girl in the middle. I honestly can’t see how any particular number could be arrived at with the way this is worded. Yes, if it said “the shortest possible number,” then you’ve got a legitimate puzzle. As it stands, however, the only real answer is, “any odd number greater than or equal to five.”

  104. Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:48 pm [Reply]

    @endless sky (#73): The Return of Barney Google: Does this mean the 5555 party is off?
    Just like a certain condo complex pool party. I thought we were going to have balloons, clowns, uniforms, and band instruments. Pooh!

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#97): And a whole mess of Oklahoma chicken-fried steaks! Gonna wear ‘em like a hat!

  105. Rocky Stoneaxe
    February 19th, 2012 at 4:50 pm [Reply]

    A3G — “You’re pregnant, Nina, not fat!”

    Then this must be the world’s most pregnant squirrel:

    http://s569.photobucket.com/albums/ss140/twal6_album/fark%20threads/?action=view&current=241574-450.jpg

  106. Doctor Handsome
    February 19th, 2012 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    Maybe now Mr. Scudder can switch to counting the days between laffs in Family Circus.

  107. John C Fremont
    February 19th, 2012 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#28): No, no, not a pun. No, what’s the other thing which reads the same backwards as forwards?

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#97): Just as with Peter Parker and Spiderman, has anyone ever actually seen Nehemiah Scudder and Tom Joad together at the same time? Makes you think, doesn’t it?

  108. seismic-2
    February 19th, 2012 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    The De-Rapturing of Barney Google: Even without the much-anticipated Day 5555 festivities, we can still have a day dedicated to celebrating BB&SS. Heck, 50 years ago this May the town of Starkville, MS, celebrated it for a whole week.

  109. Calico
    February 19th, 2012 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    @NoahSnark (#71):
    Nice one.

  110. sporknpork
    February 19th, 2012 at 5:35 pm [Reply]

    “I can’t quit you, Snuffy Smith.”

  111. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 19th, 2012 at 5:53 pm [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#107): “No, no, not a pun. No, what’s the other thing which reads the same backwards as forwards?”

    Mark Trail? A3G? Mary Worth?

  112. Trillian
    February 19th, 2012 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    @Señor Tortilla (#70): Luann: That’s not ketchup, it’s blood.

  113. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:03 pm [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#107): No, no, not a pun. No, what’s the other thing which reads the same backwards as forwards? Palindrome? As in Weird Al’s “Bob” song?

  114. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#108): NO! NO! They were celebrating “Snuffy Smith Week”. Not Barney Google. That’s when the rot set in.

  115. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#111): Win. Win. Win.

    You might add Zippy, too, but I’ve never actually been able to read it all the way through in either direction.

  116. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:15 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#115): Zippy scares me and makes me feel like life is pointless.

  117. Red Greenback
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:16 pm [Reply]

    (Kinda) off-topic: There’s an auction for a 7′ Pickett slide rule on ebay.

  118. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:24 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#117): Why does it have a can of gasoline on one side, and a fire extinguisher on the other?

  119. Irrischano
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    It’s a shame that Gunther’s uncle died before the two of them had a chance to star in an all-black remake of <Coneheads.

  120. Spotts1701
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    @Doctor Handsome (#106): I think that is measured in epochs, not days.

  121. hibbleton
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:37 pm [Reply]

    MW: Nola’s not so bad. She’s just trying to cross GILF off her bucket list.

  122. Trillian
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:39 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#108): “First Annual”, huh? Was there ever a second? I can’t imagine there being enough about BG&SS to celebrate for an entire week every year, but, then again, there was apparently enough about Li’l Abner to build an entire theme park!

  123. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:40 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#117): It’s the old NatLamp tactic. Buy the slide rule or the slipstick gets it!

    But Jeez, $495? That’s what, about $71 a foot (according to my 6 inch Pickett). Does Muffaroo know about this?

  124. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:44 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#116): But I love his fashion sense! Dean’s Comic Booth had a number of RMMD mashups where the only change was Dean dressing Rex in a Zippy suit. It was beautiful!

  125. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:46 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#123): But I paid more than $200 for my 4 foot Pickett several years ago, so maybe that’s not out of line.

  126. Ride dem haunches
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:52 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#117): (Kinda) off-topic… If the Rev. Scudder taught us anything, it was that slide rules are never off topic.

  127. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 19th, 2012 at 6:59 pm [Reply]

    Well, that’s a nice-looking slide rule, but I have to wonder what kind of care they’re taking of it, letting people write on it and standing it around outdoors and all. A bit rich for my blood!

  128. Uncle Lumpy
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:01 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#116):

    Zippy scares me and makes me feel like life is pointless.

    Of course — that’s the funny part.

  129. bats :[
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:02 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#117): a friend of mine was a high school science/math teacher in the era when slide rules were rapidly losing favor to calculators. There was one of these hanging above the blackboard in his class room. He very graciously gave the technological orphan a home when he quit teaching.

  130. Uncle Lumpy
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:03 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#127):

    Maybe it’s a Slip ‘n’ Slide rule, outdoors for the log-rolling contest.

  131. Red Greenback
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:05 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#116): Ziggy scares me and makes me feel like life is pantless.

  132. bats :[
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    @IVstudios (#79): and now we can venture into the R-rated world of eating…no, never mind.

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#97): mebbe they’re related.

  133. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#127): Note too that the 1010 model lacks the log-log tables true geeks require.

  134. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:13 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#129): He stole it, in other words! Now the old geezer’s cashing in! O tempora, o mores!

  135. Ride dem haunches
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:24 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#130): Maybe it’s a Slip ‘n’ Slide rule, outdoors for the log-rolling contest. Since it’s outdoors I’m guessing that that is a natural log rolling contest.

  136. Uncle Lumpy
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:27 pm [Reply]

    … I’m guessing that that is a natural log rolling contest.

    Only if everybody’s naked. Watch out for splinters!

  137. Ride dem haunches
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:32 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#136): Yeah, one year at the regionals, I got a prick in my mantissa, and it hurt for weeks!

  138. Swordsmith
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#103): While I agree with you, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what I said. Just, arguably, worded better…but my way didn’t spoiler the puzzle solution and did include a reference to our upcoming celebration of specialness.

  139. seismic-2
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:41 pm [Reply]

    With a 7-foot slide rule, even the largest raccoon can be chained to a log scale.

  140. Rocky Stoneaxe
    February 19th, 2012 at 7:44 pm [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#107): Just as with Peter Parker and Spiderman, has anyone ever actually seen Nehemiah Scudder and Tom Joad together at the same time?

    Come to think of it, we’ve never seen NOLA (Mary Worth) and NINA (Apt. 3-G) together at the same time, either!

  141. Liam
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:02 pm [Reply]

    MW 1-Nola is taking Mary out to eat so Mary can see what real food is and not the mysterious green stuff she served.

    MW 2-Hopefully Nola won’t take Mary out to the diner near the hospital. While there Mary would be distracted be a love lorn waitress or start a crazy scheme to stop a kidnapping. Of course that could be Nola’s intention to get Mary distracted with other people’s problems and forget about her.

    MT-Good heavens what is going on in that last panel. Are we looking at that octopus and shark going against the laws of nature? “Oh yes. Stroke my fin. Say my name.”

  142. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    @Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines (#96): I recommended as soon as Nola appeared on the scene that she be introduced to Charley because they were obviously made for each other. But nooooo, instead poor Nola is having meals with Mary Worth. And to think some people still question the ominous judgment of Providence on the wicked.

  143. Poteet
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

  144. wossname
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#140): Hey now, I pointed out the amazing Nina/Nola similarities several days ago, in a post I’m way too lazy to go find.

  145. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#142): …ominous judgment of Providence on the wicked.
    You may recall that the Rev. Scudder’s oft-anthologized sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Meddler” waxes eloquent on just that point. A shorter version may be found in his “Divine Retribution for Dummies – Imprecatory Prayers for the Rest of Us”.

  146. seismic-2
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:33 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#144): Ever since Nola and brunette-Nina recently appeared, I have been assuming that it was just Paula Prentiss playing both parts.

  147. Écureuil Écumant
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:35 pm [Reply]

    @145 “Imprecatory prayers”. The shortest definition of “cognitive disconnect” I’ve seen yet!

  148. Uncle Lumpy
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    @Ride dem haunches (#137):

    Yeah, one year at the regionals, I got a prick in my mantissa …

    A problem Westview High has struggled with for years, but can’t do anything about. Tenure’s a bitch.

  149. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    BG&SS: The gag here is actually pretty well done, I think. It has an old time radio feel to the set up and punch line. I could see it being used in some form on Amos ‘n Andy, or Lem & Abner, or Fibber McGee.

  150. Edwin Herdman
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    I agree with the Smirch, BG&SS is just what I needed today (even if it is a formula joke).

  151. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:54 pm [Reply]

    SSmith: Barney’s in quite the metaphysical quandary. Even though he’s a title character, no one recognizes him after his long absence. And they prevent him from meeting the other titular character. Shades of Kafka.

    SFx: I see no nails in the ashes. Methinks Slylock may be planting evidence again.

    9CL: Your fireproof lingerie says more about your creator than about you, dear. To be fair, it says something about his gifts, too.

    S-M: Man, even evil plotter Loki is losing the plot.

    JP: Randomly call five star hotels and ask who’s stayiing there? Yeah, that sounds like a plan. Oh, who am I kidding? Steve works with Sam Driver. Of course they’ll give him a pass.

  152. Señor Tortilla
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:05 pm [Reply]

    @Trillian (#112): Yeah, I did forget to mention the ketchup/blood reference in my original post, which was kind of the point.

  153. Jamus The Bartender
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:06 pm [Reply]

    Slylock Fox: Reeky Rat reminds me of one of my neighbors. He thinks the sun is gonna explode on Dec 23 and smells like an ashtray.

  154. agony
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:09 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#74):

    In that Barney Goggle porn, is that AUNT FRITZI??!!!

  155. Señor Tortilla
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:10 pm [Reply]

    If Mary Worth is being seduced by Nola, do not expect the “Girl On Girl Is Hot” trope to be executed (“Brain Bleach” will be needed instead).

  156. Señor Tortilla
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:14 pm [Reply]

    To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by this appearance of Barney Google. His eyes are not as the old ones were, they look just like the weird bug-eyes of Hootin’ Holler (at least he didn’t do the “tongue wagging” thing).

    It also disproves Zerowolf’s Spam theory.

  157. IVstudios
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:14 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#91): Thanks. If I can’t use my Graphic Design degree to earn a living, at least I can use it to make jokes about baby murder.

  158. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:16 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#151): Shades of Kafka And Homer too. Isn’t it interesting how great art resonates down the centuries?

    // Homer of the Odyssey I mean, not of the Simpson!

  159. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

    @Señor Tortilla (#156): Which is to say simply that John Rose is not Fred Lasswell, nor indeed Billy DeBeck. As Captain Renault said to Major Strasser, “Well, personally, …I will take what comes.”

    // Hmm. Is this a godwin, implying that Rose is the 3rd Reich, to Lasswell’s 2nd, and DeBeck’s 1st? Nah. Sure. Maybe. Well, now it is.

  160. name
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

    You can read vintage Barney Google comics here, complete with 1930s era racism, and enourmous, eye-straining dialogue bubbles of hill folk ramblings

    http://dailyink.com/features/Bgoogle_vintage

  161. Zerowolf
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    @Señor Tortilla (#156): You got to admit, at the time, that was a promising theory. And now that he’s back on Hootin’ Holler, it may yet turn into prophecy.

  162. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#153): Anyone who believes the sun smells like an ashtray must be nuts.

  163. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:38 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#91): May I recommend Tono-Bungay, if you hadn’t read it yet? Just finished it. Well’s best novel IMO.

  164. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:53 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#162): Alas, poor Jamus, undone by a zeugma.

    // What’s that psych term for when a person experiences one sense for another, such as colors for sound, as in the classic LSD trip?

  165. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:54 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#108): Okay, that’s strange. But what’s even stranger is the ad a couple of pages further along for Piedmont Funeral Home that says, “Air conditioned — two way radio — oxygen.”

    I — I just can’t quite wrap my mind around that one.

  166. S. Marty Pannts
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:54 pm [Reply]

    So, “Mr. Scudder,” you say your “work here is done.” How convenient. But not so fast, sir, – I am on to you. You are none other than BARNEY GOOGLE HIMSELF!

    It all adds up. Barney knew he’d need a public awareness campaign to stage a comeback. And where better than here? So he infiltrated this community in the guise of “NS”, impressing us with his erudition and charming us with his homespun witticisms. Then it began. “where’s Barney?” How many days, etc?” Thus the meme was born. When it finally reached the attention of TPTB at the comics-industrial-complex, they seized on the marketing opportunity and sought out BG/NS. And the result is on today’s comics page/internet delivery device.

    I’m afraid we’ve been bamboozled by that master con-man, Barney Google. Well done, sir. But what about Sparkplug?

  167. Swordsmith
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:57 pm [Reply]

    OOTS Order of the Stick, which is indisputably the best D&D stick figure webcomic currently in production, has been doing a Kickstarter to fund reprinting some of the collections. I don’t comment about the strip much here because, well, it’s really good so there’s not much to snark on, and it’s not in newspapers… so while I might say something about Sally Forth or Cul de Sac, I just leave it to the few of us who would actually enjoy such a thing. But the kickstarter, targetted at 57K or so, just crossed a cool million and has a little over a day left to it.

    So A) there may be more OOTS fans out there than I first thought and B) now I’m wondering what else could be kickstarter funded. How much were you planning on spending on moonshine for the BGSS celebration?

  168. Zerowolf
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:00 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#165): What’s even freakier is the “Ambulance — Call Piedmont….” Is it really a good idea in a medical emergency to call an ambulance run by a mortuary?

  169. Zerowolf
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:04 pm [Reply]

    @S. Marty Pannts (#166): But what about Sparkplug? Hmmmm…. Maybe my Spam Theory only needs some minor tweaking…

  170. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:06 pm [Reply]

  171. The Ridger
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:12 pm [Reply]

    @Swordsmith (#167): I loved it when they did the whole “one guard always lies and the other always tells the truth” and Haley just shot one of them, who started yelling “You didn’t just shoot me!”

  172. commodorejohn
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:14 pm [Reply]

    @Swordsmith (#167): I didn’t have spare cash to donate to OOTS (though it is indeed excellent, and even people who don’t play D&D should find lots to enjoy, as it’s excellently written and terribly funny,) but I did get in on the “Manos” The Hands Of Fate restoration project…I’m gleefully awaiting the day when my copy is in the mail ;)

  173. Peanut Gallery
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:17 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#62): Are you saying that the Scarecrow Conjecture is true for cephalopods?

  174. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:19 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#170): Thanks. That’s the word I was sniffing for!

  175. Liam
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:22 pm [Reply]

    @Señor Tortilla (#155):

    Should that Brain Bleach be ingested orally and how much?

  176. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:30 pm [Reply]

    @Zerowolf (#168): Is it really a good idea in a medical emergency to call an ambulance run by a mortuary?
    That was very common, actually, in the day. You can see it in some old movies. I remember being startled by the concept too, when I saw it on late night movies as a kid. But it makes sense, when motorized transport started to become common, it was pretty clear that a vehicle that could carry a coffin could just as easily carry a stretcher or gurney. And for the mortuary companies, if the patient didn’t make it, and was declared dead at the hospital, then they were that much ahead of the competition.

  177. Rocky Stoneaxe
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#144): I’m not surprised. It’s so obvious! (I don’t come here as often as I used to, so apologies for the oversnarking, etc.)

    @seismic-2 (#146): I’m fine with Paula Prentiss playing both parts — as long as Paula’s hubby Richard Benjamin gets to play Scott (Apt. 3-G) AND Nola’s “handsome boyfriend” (Mary Worth)!

  178. Peanut Gallery
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:49 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#162): That’s for sure. Last time I was there, it smelled like strawberries, same as always.

  179. Shrug
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:52 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#174):

    The give-away was that it smelled purple.

    (Ah, pure comedy Gold…)

  180. Shrug
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:53 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#149): @A Smirch Unheeded (#149):

    “I could see it being used in some form on Amos ‘n Andy, or Lem & Abner, or Fibber McGee.”

    Actually, it was Lum ‘n’ Abner. Lem’s sidekick was ‘n’ Pledge.

  181. Liam
    February 19th, 2012 at 10:58 pm [Reply]

    Curtis-I can understand Gunther’s secret longing for death. It must be hard to live in a world where you do the same stuff day after day and any big changes just last for a short while before returning to mundanity.

  182. ElkMeadow
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    You shouldn’t use nails in furniture, as they can pop out of place. Reeky saved the baby’s life, and should be rewarded.

  183. Mr. O'Malley
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:17 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#165): Sounds like an update of The Premature Burial. Just think how Poe would have liked a two-way radio in his coffin.

  184. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:32 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#180): Oh, right. That Pledge guy was a hoot though – his comedy shined!

  185. Ride dem haunches
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:39 pm [Reply]

    @S. Marty Pannts (#166): You may have something there. Remember how Rev. Scudder always wore those big dark glasses? He said he had synesthesia, and too much light always reminded him of those cheap stubby cigars he smoked before he was called to the ministry. Maybe that’s true, but just maybe behind those bodacious Raybans was a pair of world class goo goo googlies.

    Just sayin’.

  186. Dale
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:42 pm [Reply]

    @Zerowolf (#168):

    In 1962, communities didn’t have EMT services with rolling hospitals.
    Funeral homes had ambulances. Motorized wheels with flashing lights and a siren, beats walking.

  187. Rocky Stoneaxe
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#180): Yeah, I remember the Lem ‘n’ Pledge radio show from the 1940s. I especially remember the commercials Harlow Wilcox did for sponsor
    SC Johnson “…a family company since 1886″!

  188. Dale
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#176):

    #175 was the last thing on my screen when I typed #186. One of the few times I didn’t scroll back before hitting Post.
    Ambulances looked a lot like white hearses for decades.

  189. Ride dem haunches
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:56 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#186): Righto! And Piedmont had air conditioning, oxygen, and a two way radio! And remember, those ambulances (and hearses) were usually built on a Cadillac or Lincoln chassis, for that smooth luxury ride, with a big V8 engine!

  190. tallyHO
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:56 pm [Reply]

    In that “Six Chix” comic,
    Like, ohmigod! That lady is an undercover space police officer! No wonder the two boys aren’t running away. There’s no chance for escape!

  191. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:00 am [Reply]

    @Dale (#188): De nada. I had forgotten that the practice lasted well into the ’60s, though. Probably longer than that in many places. I’m somniculous, so I won’t bother Mr. Google about it now.

  192. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:01 am [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#158): Oh yes, definitely some Odyssean echoes. I’d love to see that teased out over the next couple of weeks. Not holding my breath, but…

  193. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:08 am [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#192): Me too. I’m itching to do another parody of “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”.

  194. tallyHO
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:10 am [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#27):
    I’m gonna interpret that differently.

    B. Google said “fella”. While the hillbilly said “feller”.

    So, I wouldn’t be surprised if that Daper Dandy from Alacandy (*) says things that are citified and result in some gags that are hillbillized word play.

    (For instance:

    BG: Snuffy, you wouldn’t happen to have change for a hundred, perchance?

    SS: Only if ya’s gonna try ta perchance me some cornpone!

    )

    (*no reason other than it rhymes.)

  195. Sequitur
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:12 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#16): What? You’re giving up that easy? Just because some clown appears claiming he’s Barney Google, you accept that at face value? Look close. Don’t you think that could be Snuffy Smith disguised as Barney Google for some unknown reason. Where’s your detective spirit, man? Let it not be said that Nehemiah Scudder is a quitter! Hunt the truth and the truth shall make you free.

  196. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:15 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#32):

    Curtis: The really scary part is the slight smile on Curtis’ lips as he walks away. He’s received the incentive he needs to take out Derrick and “Onion” in a bloody schoolyard rampage. Then it’s Barry’s turn.

    I picture “I did it for Michelle” scrawled in blood somewhere.

  197. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:22 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#195): Should we ask for his long-form birth certificate?

  198. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:24 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#187): Yeah, I remember the Lem ‘n’ Pledge radio show from the 1940s. I especially remember the commercials Harlow Wilcox did for sponsor
    SC Johnson “…a family company since 1886?!

    And to this day, they still call ads on some stations “Pledge Breaks.”

  199. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:40 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#198): Isn’t it fascinating how the Johnson company has diversified into products such as tote bags, coffee mugs, and DVDs of Riverdance?

  200. tallyHO
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:43 am [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#197):
    Has it been shown that anyone in Hootin Holler can read? I’m sure Jughaid has been shown trying to read but I get the feeling if this “Stranger”, as @Sequitur (#195): says, might try to pull the wool over the Smifs’ eyes by dazzling them with divining abilities to channel and speak for Letters and Numbers lined up in a row on tree slivers.

    I’m not that cynical though. Surely, @Nehemiah Scudder (#16): is joking.

    What would be fun is if Barney had escaped from an insane asylum, like another early comic strip character. That, indeed, would be a hoot.

  201. seismic-2
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#195): You may be onto something. Most fugitives on the lam try to disguise their identities (on TV and the movies, of course) by growing a beard, but Sut Tatersall might try sneaking back into Hootin’ Holler unrecognized by shaving his beard off.

  202. Poteet
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#145): Comments like that keep me coming here.

  203. odinthor
    February 20th, 2012 at 1:05 am [Reply]

    @A Smirch Unheeded (#199):

    Yes; but do they drive ambulances?

  204. Ride dem haunches
    February 20th, 2012 at 1:08 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#195): It wouldn’t take much of a disguise for Snuffy to impersonate Barney. Remember, they’re cousins, identical cousins all the way. Ok, Snuffy would need some bodacious contact lenses, but surely he has enough “spam” to pay off that young substitute doctor.

  205. Just some guy
    February 20th, 2012 at 1:16 am [Reply]

    I have to post just in honor of Barney Google’s wonderful return.

  206. ElkMeadow
    February 20th, 2012 at 1:22 am [Reply]

    MW We’re not going to see any frolicking, are we? Sheesh, so much gossip between the two. Everyone in Charterstone is going to know all the details by tomorrow afternoon, so just go ahead and schedule an intervention, and stick the unwelcome guest star into a car and shove it off a cliff, like you did Aldo.

    RMMD Should have met at an neutral place, like starduds, and brought your own lawyer. She is not going to let you leave alive, Rex!

  207. bats :[
    February 20th, 2012 at 2:27 am [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#173): (cephalopods aren’t really as smart as they think they are.)

  208. This Guy
    February 20th, 2012 at 3:10 am [Reply]

    By coincidence with Sunday’s Mark Trail, I downloaded a freeware game titled “Squid Yes! Not So Octopus!” (along with its sequel, “SYNSO 2: Squid Harder”) purely because of its title. After I googled it, though, I was mildly disappointed to find out it wasn’t a Squid Girl game.

  209. DigitalGonzo
    February 20th, 2012 at 3:47 am [Reply]

    Yes, truly, the Sunday comics are the place I to go to be reminded that the living should envy the dead.

  210. Here Come ole Flattoop
    February 20th, 2012 at 4:30 am [Reply]

    Juggs Parker: Did she get hit in the back with twin cruise missiles? Good God!

  211. Mr. O'Malley
    February 20th, 2012 at 4:42 am [Reply]

    MT: If only he had trained another dog to track the dog that follows his coat!

    No, then both dogs would be at the cabin.

    I guess there’s no way out of this problem.

  212. Swordsmith
    February 20th, 2012 at 6:05 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#172): I didn’t so much donate as “promise to buy a certain item when it becomes available,” and I think most of the drive consists of people doing the same thing. There’s a whole slew of bonus rewards for people who do even a fairly low level commitment, in the form of PDF’s of things that are only available through the drive.

    I always thought of kickstarter as a charity deal, but I see the way Burlew is using it is much more along the lines of a self funding commercial enterprise. Maybe that’s been the intention all along and I just got the wrong impression?

  213. gleeb
    February 20th, 2012 at 8:02 am [Reply]

    ‘bean: So, no gag, but they did get Associate Supreme court Justice Sotomayor, so that’s pretty impressive.

  214. Trillian
    February 20th, 2012 at 8:20 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#32): I can’t wait until the inevitable labor and delivery part of this arc, because I’m eager to see how the stress and pain of childbirth is conveyed by characters who never manage an expression beyond Dull Surprise.

    Now we know: Just skip that part entirely!

  215. The Ridger
    February 20th, 2012 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    @Swordsmith (#212): Kickstarter requires rewards, but not every project is “buy in advance”. Sometimes they’re downloads, or whatever, but they encourage what they call “a mix of commerce and patronage”.

  216. MapDark
    February 20th, 2012 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    Curtis : Mourning births and celebrating deaths.
    This is exactly why I’m an atheist. -_-;;

  217. greghousesgf
    February 20th, 2012 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    @MapDark (#216): I know what you mean.

  218. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    February 21st, 2012 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    Josh, as a descendant of fine, upstanding hillbillies — only some of whom were involved in that Hatfield-McCoy unpleasantness — I have to tell you just how tickled I am every time you use the term “flatlander.” I’m completely serious, it never fails to brighten my day.

  219. Paul1963
    February 21st, 2012 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    I actually skipped right over the title panel in Snuffy Smith, saw the derbied guy in the first two panels and thought “Holy shit, it’s Barney Google.”
    Must be trademark-protection time.
    I was actually more surprised that he wasn’t accompanied by his hideous mutant racehorse Spark Plug, who has shown up every time Barney has appeared in the strip in my lifetime.

  220. Bobdog
    February 21st, 2012 at 1:13 am [Reply]

    Au contraire mon frere, Shylock — Reeky was not incorrect in saying he only burned wood from the forest — at best he is guilty of a lie of omission — he omitted to mention the cradle itself was built from wood from the forest. Check and mate I do believe.

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