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Oh, Margo, you sassy adulterous lush!

Curtis, 4/24/12

Whatever issues I have with Curtis’s repetitive and corny jokes (and I have many issues with them), I’ve always been a fan of the strip’s incidental details. The posters hanging up in Curtis’s room are generally good for a laugh, whether they’re extolling rap as an abstract concept or hot new rap groups like Nuns with Guns. Today we see that Curtis’s genre classifications have gotten more sophisticated (he’s traded in his RAP posted for a HIP-HOP poster), but really what tickles me is that he has a giant, textless picture of a triple-decker hamburger hanging on his wall. It’s the sort of thing Dagwood Bumstead would own, if he had any authority over his home’s decor.

Apartment 3-G, 4/24/12

If anyone wonders why I always think Margo is the best: This is why Margo is the best! Most of us, if caught drunkenly making out with a pregnant friend’s spouse, would at least offer some kind of half-assed apology. But that’s not Margo’s style. Margo’s style is boozily slurring “No … you’re out of line!” at her friend instead.

Pluggers, 4/24/12

Elitist Neapolitan ice cream reminds pluggers of the two things they hate the most: immigrants and race-mixing.

293 responses to “Oh, Margo, you sassy adulterous lush!”

  1. C. Sandy Cyst
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:33 am [Reply]

    I’m surprised you’re not more confused by the fact that the HIP HOP poster turned into the pointless Hamburger poster.

  2. Derek Radisky
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    Pluggers also hate complexity–only vanilla for them!

  3. Little Guy
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    Luann: Shut up Lori Toni.

  4. Chareth Cutestory
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    A3G: The only way to up the ante with Nina now would be to drunkenly vomit into the crib. Now who’s way out of line??

  5. Mibbitmaker
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:37 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: Wow, Brookins really walked into that one, didn’t he?

    Curtis: Not only the posters themselves, but also the fact that they keep changing from panel to panel! Curtis buys his posters from the G. Herriman Poster Company from Kokonino County, Arizona.

    A3G: Wow (again)! Even for you, Margo, that was cold!

  6. Mumblix Grumph
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    Yeah, Pluggers are a rather reserved folk. They still won’t accept Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, that unholy marriage of chocolate and peanut butter. That’s the kind of thing that can lead to dancing!

  7. Vanya
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:44 am [Reply]

    I don’t know what the hell is going on in Tennessee. Real pluggers can’t afford 3 separate cartons of ice cream. Where I grew up (New Hampshire) it was the opposite – the elitists were the people who could afford single flavors of ice cream – usually the hoity-toity Bryer’s “natural” vanilla ice cream or maybe even a Rocky Road. The pluggers usually served up Star Market or A&P brand Neapolitan with freezer burn, but no one ate the strawberry.

  8. Mibbitmaker
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:44 am [Reply]

    New Pop Culture’s Kids is now up!

    The origin of the clubhouse!

  9. Liam
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    A3G-Margo is right. There is no way to tell that Scott and Margo are drunk.

    MT-When did Mark change boats. I thought he had a canoe when did he get the motor boat.

    MT 2-I would be careful about what you say Mark. That deer is going to tell the pot growers what it heard.

    Gil Thorp-When she opens those thighs of hers…

    MW-”Hurry up and go already. I have hookers and drugs coming over.”

    JP-What is Sophie’s relationship to Abbey because Abbey is pretty big and Sophie could be on Abbey.

  10. pugfuggly
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:46 am [Reply]

    A3G I just love Margo expression in panel one. Not upset, or ashamed, or even defensive, just….bored.

    I also can’t wait for tomorrow’s explanation. “So you see, I wanted to , um, put on a little play, err…to…ah….to show you how much I love you…and Margo was playing the part of ‘you’, see?…So I said…”

    MT Yeah, no better way to sneak up on people than yelling out the details of your plan from a moving boat.

    MW How convenient! An airport terminal in her own kitchen!

  11. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:48 am [Reply]

    IMPORTANT ONGOINGS IN A3G!! Nina ended a sentence with a period! So did Margo!!!

    Oh, and as a spectator, Nina is completely IN line. It IS what she thinks. Great teamwork between Scott & Margo backing each other up and beginning to engineer a turn around. Margo needs only to step to the foreground to run interference for Tommie. A stern Margo stare to remind her to keep her mouth zipped is all it will take.

  12. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:50 am [Reply]

    “Scott! How could you?!! And with Margo, my so-called friend!!”

    “Yeah, but doesn’t the nursery look fabulous, Nina?”

  13. Mibbitmaker
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:50 am [Reply]

    @Vanya (#7): Exactly! If anything, Neapolitan IS plugger ice cream — despite the foreign-sounding name, that is.

  14. gleeb
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:50 am [Reply]

    3-G: “Head full of wine. Kissing someone else’s husband. Situation excellent. I attack.”

  15. CanuckDownSouth
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:54 am [Reply]

    “You’re way out of line, Nina. How can you think badly of your husband who, after a long day of foisting baby-prepwork on others as a warmup for getting you to care for the infant he pressured you into having because he soooo wanted one, spends hours practicing his kissing on other women so it’ll be perfect for you? The sacrifices he makes!”

  16. Nekrotzar
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:55 am [Reply]

    I’m kind of surprised that pluggers are willing to eat anything other than Sweet Cream – just the ice cream base without any of these new-fangled ‘flavors.’ Pluggers are pathetic, is I guess what I’m saying.

  17. Chyron HR
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    A3G – You ARE way out of line, Nina. Margo has never claimed to be anyone’s “friend”, much less yours.

  18. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    Judge Parker: “Anything you can talk about?”

    “I was on the payroll of a Saudi prince on a project to grease some American woman, but that’s on hold. I’m blackmailing a billionaire for soliciting sexual favors from my 14 year old online personna. I hacked into Apple Corp and stole the designs to their new products and I’m shopping them around Silicon Valley… Nah, nothing we can really discuss right now.”

  19. Horace Broon
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    ASM: “No, honestly, Peter, just leave me the hell alone!”

    FW: And thus Lesclone doesn’t win the Specialest Snowflake … yet. He will, eventually, just as she will get cancer and his friend in the silly hat will become a postman. It’s like 100 Years of Solitude, only without the feelgood factor.

    JP: “Derek dumped Honey, but he didn’t do it when I commanded so it doesn’t count. Anyway, I’m on to bigger things; I’m going to ask that nice Arabian lady to put a hit on her.”

    MW: Poor Mary. Her meddling may seem to keep her occupied, but beyond that her social life is so empty that she considers a waitress she had two meddlesome conversations with a few weeks ago to be “an old friend”.

  20. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:00 am [Reply]

    @Chyron HR (#17): Yes! That’s the way to go!

    “Nina, it says on my tax returns that you were a CLIENT. Don’t go fooling with the IRS!”

  21. LP2004
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:01 am [Reply]

    @gleeb (#14): Outstanding. General Foch, wherever he is, should feel honored.

  22. Little Blue Bicycle
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:02 am [Reply]

    @Vanya (#7): Seriously, Neapollitan was a way to please three palates with one box. Pluggers in Madison, TN must also have Cayman Island accounts.

  23. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    Mary: The good life has made her eccentric!

    No, accepting an invitation to a party across the country is eccentric. Sending a mass e-invite figuring the old biddy would never show is merely engaging in risky behavior.

  24. This Guy
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:05 am [Reply]

    Crank: When your jokey restaurant name gag vastly outstrips the quality of your dialogue, you’ve got a problem–i.e., the problem of being Tom Batiuk.

  25. Mibbitmaker
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    9CL: Never has anyone in 9CL ever looked as monkey-faced as Chuckles here! And that includes actual monkeys! Such horror on Amos’s face! Sorry, kid, looks like the divisive social issue for you. Too bad.

    CdS, Best Comic in the World: Sorry, but Zippy the Pinhead’s messin’ with you, son! [*]

    FW: Good! This is the last strip I’d want to go all Oedipus on us!

    MT: An early take, panel 1:
    “Aaaand… Action!”
    “It sounds like a boat coming up the river… with tangerine trees and marmalade skies…”
    “Cut! Do over.”

    MW: “And if there’s anyone who knows eccentric, it’d be you, Mary!” (pause) “I… I just lost my sex privileges for 2012, havent I?”

    S-M: …A needy, possessive spider.

  26. Katie
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:07 am [Reply]

    Odd. Every Plugger I’ve always known has insisted on buying Neapolitan ice cream, in spite of the fact that the vanilla tastes like milk ice, the chocolate tastes like dirty milk ice, and the strawberry tastes like hate.

  27. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:09 am [Reply]

    MT: Baseball hat guy:There’s a boat coming! Let’s hide!

    Mullet Man: Good, he’s passing!! I’m glad he didn’t see us!!”

    Mark: I hear shouting. Maybe I should announce my intentions VERY LOUDLY so there are no surprises later!!!

  28. Doctor Handsome
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:15 am [Reply]

    Pluggers always hold their giant ice cream scoops/pudding spoons/cake trowels in the proper overhand grip, making sure that the tip of the implement makes contact with the bottom of the dessert receptacle, before scooping upwards to shovel the entire confection into their gaping maw in one joyless, fluid motion.

  29. Crankenstank
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    We’re missing a key element to Curtis here, which is that the POSTERS CHANGE THEMSELVES from Panel 1 to Panel 2. Either they’re really fancy LCD-picture panels set to rotate among a number of images, or some kind of devil-pictures which change based on who can see them.

  30. wossname
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:22 am [Reply]

    DT – So how does Fritz Ann manage to speak a complete sentence while planting a big sloppy kiss on Sam? If Margo and Scott had mastered that technique, they could have been saying “I love the nursery” and “Here’s to your wonderful wife” when Nina walked in, and she wouldn’t have her maternity panties all in a wad.

    Also, if Dick and Chief would just loll their tongues out a bit in panel 3, we’d have the DT/BGSS crossover we’ve all been longing for.

    MT – Oh hells yeah, Mark, you’re in grave danger – they’ve got their ferocious guard fawn on patrol.

    MW – BWAhahaha! Way to foreshadow, Mary! I can’t wait to see what kind of “eccentric” Gina has become.

    Plug – I’m with @Vanya (#7), @Mibbitmaker (#13), @Little Blue Bicycle (#22) and @Katie (#26) – Neapolitan ice cream is the profiterole of pluggerdom. I think W. L. Smith of Madison, TN, is some liberal elitist poseur who really doesn’t know pluggers at all.

    @Hibbleton (#Y265): Thanks for the link to language log. I love it and I’m bookmarking it. But as soon as I glanced at it I found an arguable error – metafiction does not take a hyphen, at least according to Merriam Webster.

    @Shrug (#Y212): @Ukulele Ike (#Y249): @Rocky Stoneaxe (#Y268): Naw, he’s a member of the Florida Board of Elections and he’s trying to find the Lost Chad.

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#Y269): @Droopy Says (#Y280): Wow – last night was a night of inspired songwriting! Kudos to both.

  31. gleeb
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    Dick: So, why isn’t Tracy shooting her for sexual harassment?

    ‘bean: And we continue on the way from Cancerdeathville to Dankwankerville. Feh.

    Sam and Sophie’s Coffee Time: “You, you, you.Ask me about the free gas, dammit!”

  32. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    A3G: Bobblehead anger and then dismay—that’s it? I was kind of hoping Nina would reach into her uterus, pull out the baby, and thrust it into Scott’s arms, exclaiming, “Here—I think this belongs to you!” before she storms out.

    MW: No, no, Jeff—”regret” and “longing” mean you turn the corners of your mouth down, not up; try that again, and this time, try to forget that Mary is going away, and think sad thoughts.

  33. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:25 am [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#18): Plus: “Oh, and I’ve been ghostwriting novels for some guy who says he’s a judge. He keeps asking for more sex scenes, though, so I gotta do some more internet research.”

  34. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#y269): Nicely done. It’s still a comma splice. =-)

  35. Lenoxus
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:38 am [Reply]

    I’m tempted to defend Pluggers from accusations of inaccuracy by suggesting that maybe the joke is just “Pluggers love eating a lot of ice cream, so, three cartons instead of one.” But if that had been the idea then that’s probably what Brookins would have drawn. Then again, maybe that is what W.L. Smith had in mind, but Brookins misinterpreted.

    (All in all, the label of “Pluggers” seems so broad that it’s hard to say whether or not Neapolitian ice cream is “really” a Plugger thing or not. Probably, yes, but it’s hard to say.)

  36. Marc
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:43 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth- Mary finds it eccentric that her dear old friend the ambiguous ponytail did not give the requisite 8 weeks notice on her party invitation. However Mary finds it perfectly normal to pick up and head 3,000 miles across the country at the drop of a hat to attend said box social.

    Luann- you’re so busy with your jobs and friends? What friends? Brad’s only friend in the world is TJ and since Dirk left, all Toni has is Brad and that piss pot kid. So in order to make up for all that lost time, Toni wants B wad to lock Shannon in the basement so they can get back to sitting near each other on the couch, looking into each other’s eyes, and maybe do a little furious dry humping.

    Funky- Maybe she doesn’t like you because nobody wants to date a creepy nerd who narrates his every move out loud as he stalks the chick he’s obsessed with despite having never spoken to.

    Mark Trail- Yes Mark, because walking up directly in front of them will make you invisible while pulling your boat up directly in front of them might get you spotted.

    FC- Thel is going to throw Jeffy out the window in 3…2….1…. CRASH.

    9CL- If the next question out of monkey face’s mouth doesn’t pertain to a pregnancy test than he is even more fucking stupid than anybody gave him credit for.

    A3G- 3-way anybody? Tommie of course is not invited.

    Cranky- Hopefully the catfish is full of mercury and will poison the shit out of that old bastard.

  37. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    as a random comment, long vivid dreams about being a monster-hunter aren’t much fun when the monsters are winning. :-(

    9CL: ok, regardless of the overall level of snark directed at Brooke, today’s art is nice in both 9CL (face fault!) and Pibgorn. (no-pantsu upskirt, day 2)

    Lio: I’m not sure whether to laugh, or reach for an Eldar Sign.

    SBp: ok, points for well-executed concept.

    Bizarro: guest-starring Chuck Tabbey and Omaha.

    PMP: *SNURK*

    6Cx and MG&G share a setting today. Neither resembles an actual joke.

    F-: total concept fail.

  38. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    Love Is . . .lube.

  39. TheDiva
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:46 am [Reply]

    A3G: As suspected, Nina’s going to get the blame here. This strip is an infertility crisis away from turning into The Handmaid’s Tale

    Curtis: The rules of stability in the Curtis universe are entirely backward. Posters on the wall change from moment to moment, while the lives of the characters have been stuck in the same holding pattern since 1988.

    Pluggers cannot handle more than one idea at a time.

    9CL: Since the focus is mostly on Edda’s hands, I’m guessing she’s giving him a detailed explanation of how babies are made.

    C’shaft: Wouldn’t a person be more likely to ask this sort of thing at a butcher’s counter instead of a chain restaurant? Ah, but then we couldn’t see the cast regulars quietly suffering under Cranky’s verbal abuse.

    FW: Relax, Cody. Dimples here is just asking Summer if she can recommend a good physical therapist to help him recover from running face-first into a wall.

    Lio: Ia! Ia! Lio Fhtagn!

    Luann: The lesson: don’t let a child in your care wander off to play in traffic because you were too busy making out to notice it. Make sure she’s playing in traffic first, then you can make out to your heart’s content!

    MT: “I’d also better shout my plans loudly to make sure anybody listening from the shore can hear them!”

    MW: Oooh, maybe the mob has finally caught up to Gina Ponytail! I can’t wait until Mary tries to meddle the capo di tutti capi.

    SM: I C WHUT U DID THAR

  40. The Ghost of Jarrod
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:49 am [Reply]

    A3G – “You’re out of line! Everyone knows that all men in the world are required to pay tribute to I, their Goddess! Now, kneel!” Or maybe that’s just a line from my Margo fanfic.

    JP – It’s no fun if you can’t steal someone away from their girlfriend. I’m going to move on to trying to steal Randy Parker from his fiancee.

    FW – Price is Right sad losing music.

    9CL – When a mommy hand loves a daddy hand very much….

    Luann – Yes, Brad, you are a moron. But not because you’re going to look for Shannon.

  41. Mibbitmaker
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#25): Uh-oh… “havent” isn’t a word without the ‘, is it?

    A typo… HERE?! After me reading yesterthread, too! Better distract the ‘Mudgeons…. lemme see…

    AH! LOOK! over there! John Patterson’s acting like Wrod again!
    See? See? Over there…….

  42. word-doctor
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    A3G: “Pregnant friend’s spouse’s pet bear” would be a double-eagle.

    FC: I’d give a sawbuck to watch her dance with Baldo’s inflatable witch.

  43. The Ghost of Jarrod
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:51 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#39): Great minds think alike….

  44. Liam
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    MW-I only knew Gina for a couple of weeks but I refer to her as an old friend.

  45. Jonn
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    I’m more concerned with the fact that Curtis’ hat is speaking while he is asleep. The shocked look in his mum’s face is actually realization at the fact that her son has been suborned by some manner of alien parasite haberdashery, which would explain why he is wearing his hat in a fashion that has been out of fashion since before the invention of the iPod.

    Can’t explain away the hair, though. That’s just bad taste.

  46. twg
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#39): Does this make Margo Serena Joy? YESSSS

    FW: Haha, suck it, Nerdlet.

    9CL: I guess it’s *possible* to tell your S/O you’re late *before* you take a pregnancy test, but this becomes a non-starter if you first go to Vienna.

    JP: Okay, I admit I grew up a long while ago, but I was a kid who liked coffee, and no one let me drink it on a day to day basis in high school. Coffee was for breakfasts when staying over at grandma’s, mixed with Vitamin D milk from an ice-cold carafe and way too much sugar. 14 year olds don’t drink french press.

    And let me guess, Sophie is somehow going to oust Derek from his band?

  47. KreatureFeatures
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:59 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#39):

    “I’d also better shout my plans loudly …”

    Mark Trail’s strategy is to give up his one advantage, surprise, by presenting himself to his armed adversary as an easy target in an open boat. Remember how well this worked against the diamond smuggler? Oh wait, he got shot in the head that time. I can only assume that, once again, Mark’s remarkably calcified cranium will be both a blessing and a curse.

  48. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:59 am [Reply]

    @gleeb (#14): What, the Foch?

  49. LP2004
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:02 am [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#32): Re: A3G – At first, I thought that would result in a pretty horrific comic strip, but then I considered how Bolle would actually draw it: Three completely expressionless faces, with Nina saying “Here – I think this belongs to you!”, Scott saying nothing, and Margo saying “Gasp!! You just ripped your baby out of your uterus!”

  50. Rocky Stoneaxe
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:02 am [Reply]

    Too bad Soup to Nutz is on Josh’s “no snark” list or he would’ve mentioned one of the strip’s most notable shticks:

    http://www.gocomics.com/soup-to-nutz/2012/04/05

    Seriously, bro, I’ve never seen you mention Soup to Nutz or the comic strip that’s most responsible for the whole “silly portrait/poster on the wall” trope: Smokey Stover.

  51. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:05 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#Y280): Well done!

    // I used to use Clement Wood, but now I favor Penguin. You?

  52. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:10 am [Reply]

    9 – I think Amos keeps asking her to tell him again, so he can act gobsmacked while telling himself what a studmuffin he is.

    Crankshaft – Farm-”fad” catfish! Dale Evans! Leroy Lockhorn! Boy howdy, today’s strip has every single thing there is but humor.

    Liberty – How soon, I wonder, before we’ll see a drawing of Brandy in Slylock Fox?

  53. Santa Royale With Cheese
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:10 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#50): Soup to Nutz is far too remote for an effective demonstration, but don’t worry… he’ll deal with your cartoon friends soon enough.

  54. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:10 am [Reply]

    @LP2004 (#49): Hee—yes. Can’t show a woman pulling a baby from her uterus if you only draw people above the waist.

    But one amendment: Tommie would be gasping; Margo would be looking disapprovingly at the mess on the floor and then asking Scott where the mop is so Tommie can clean it up.

  55. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:11 am [Reply]

    love is… …four naked booties stamping on human hearts, forever.

    Nancy – AAAAAAAAAAAAHHH! Jesus CHRIST, don’t EVER do that again!!

    Popeye – “Untie me, Wimpy!” (Sorry, I just like that panel.)

  56. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:11 am [Reply]

  57. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#y269): Not bad, but “Little Nemo” doesn’t fit the meter. How about “Hans and Fritz”? Also suggest “…in matters apt to drive cartoonists off in dudgeon” for penultimate rhyming lines.

    @Dr. Weird (#y283): Isn’t it kind of insulting to do a gay storyline with all-new characters who will almost certainly vanish afterwards? “Hey, look at me, I’m relevant and inclusive! Briefly!”
    Spot on, with a bullet. The people who get all excited over “groundbreaking milestones” like this don’t notice details like that. It’s not like they’ll be reading the comics a week from now.

    @anon (#y294): Amos isn’t overcome with JOY
    Wait till he finds out what’s going to happen to her boobs.

  58. Santa Royale With Cheese
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:13 am [Reply]

    9CL: Hulk not understand. HULK SMASH!

  59. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:13 am [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#25): Never has anyone in 9CL ever looked as monkey-faced as Chuckles here! And that includes actual monkeys!
    Amos’s transformation into Dick “Darren Stevens” York is complete. Now Edda will twitch her nose and return them all to the status quo.

    @Crankenstank (#29): We’re missing a key element to Curtis here, which is that the POSTERS CHANGE THEMSELVES from Panel 1 to Panel 2. Either they’re really fancy LCD-picture panels set to rotate among a number of images, or some kind of devil-pictures which change based on who can see them.
    Another possibility. The Regal Hotel in Hong Kong has a restaurant where the pictures are on wires hanging from tracks. They creep along the walls and go from room to room. If I’d thought about it, I’d have gotten pictures, but we were pretty frazzled by the time we got to that part of the trip.

  60. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#33): “Oh yes, I’m also working with a group of quantum physicists to explain the phenomena of how… time…. on….. this….. strip……
    movess……. ssoooo…….
    slloowwwllllyyy…..

  61. Shrug
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:17 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#39):

    “Curtis: The rules of stability in the Curtis universe are entirely backward. Posters on the wall change from moment to moment, while the lives of the characters have been stuck in the same holding pattern since 1988.”

    As inspired by that classic movie, THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GROUNDHOGDAY.

  62. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#59): Curtis:
    At first when I saw it, I thought that maybe Curtis was daydreaming of a giant burger and Bend-a-Roo Michael Jordan – because that’s the first thing I think of when I slide out of bed – but that doesn’t explain the diappearance of Curtis’ giant Hip Hop Etch-a-Sketch.

    Maybe the Etch-a-Sketch was the dream, because Curtis is so heavily involved in Republican primary political discourse. When you think about it, that scenario is less strange than a giant psychic otter.

  63. Shrug
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:22 am [Reply]

    @twg (#46):

    “JP: Okay, I admit I grew up a long while ago, but I was a kid who liked coffee, and no one let me drink it on a day to day basis in high school.”

    As best I can recall, I’ve been drinking coffee since first grade or thereabouts. But then I came of Plugger stock. (I never got around to eating Neapolitan ice cream much, though; we were from a different Plugger Synod.)

  64. Shrug
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    @LP2004 (#49):

    “…and Margo saying “Gasp!! You just ripped your baby out of your uterus!” ”

    That should of course be “…and Margo saying “Gasp!! You just ripped your baby out of your uterus! It’s going viral!”

    Fixed it for you.

  65. Señor Tortilla
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    FW: So, are you gonna do the “backpack spin” like your role model Gunther?

    Luann: “What am I, a moron?” “…Yes?”

    MW: “Careful, Mary, that ponytail already changed enough in the time you knew her, it may be sentient…and dangerous.”

    FC: My eyes!

  66. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#60): “And later today, after guitar lessons with Derek, I’m Skyping with a group of mechanical engineers; we’re exploring the cantilevering properties of bulbous objects.”

  67. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    @Shrug (#61): Curtis: Now that I think about it, there was once a Twilight Zone rip-off show in the 80s that showed 5-10 minute bits. Some were ok, some were lame. One starred the black guy from Barney Miller as the devil. Every time the camera showed him, he had a different humorous message on his t-shirt. I did the same with some amateur comics that I did. So what I’m getting out of this is that either the devil is Curtis or he’s trapped in the wall behind Curtis’ bed. No wonder Barry is so jumpy at night.

  68. btown
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    I don’t think Pluggers hate race mixing so much. After all, the First Couple of Pluggerville consists of a BROWN dog married to a WHITE hen. And they do, to paraphrase Mark Trail, appear to be popular in the community

  69. Illustrator Steve
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:35 am [Reply]

    MT – Left behind by some unknown ancient civilization, the 400 foot tall statue of the SACRED GOLDEN DEER IDOL becomes more and more visible as it’s massiveness rises high above the surrounding tree line. WHAT lies ahead has not yet been written by Jackelrod’s ghostwriters. Yes, the SAME ghostwriters who’s job it was to write the final episodes for the TV series, Lost. Which, unfortunately for it’s viewers, ended in as lame a fashion as a typical Jackelrod plotline.

  70. Mibbitmaker
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:36 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#59): No, Amos! You’re doing it all wrong! You’re supposed to START as Dick York, then turn into Dick Sargeant! Honestly!

    Amos sure is acting like a Dick!
    (somewhat understandably, I suppose)

  71. Francisco Arrowroot
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    You guys where did that door behind Scott come from?

  72. Austria
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:39 am [Reply]

    Curtis: Gotta confess, I do like the changing-pictures-on-the-wall schtick. I do it in my drawings whenever I can.

    FW: Creepy stalker or creepy white-shirted dimple jock? Decisions, decisions.

    Pruggs: Pluggers stick to off-brand vanilla “ice milk.” Real ice cream is too hoity-toity for them.

  73. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:39 am [Reply]

    @gleeb (#14):

    This made my day! I’d been using “Mon centre cède, ma droite recule, situation excellente, j’attaque” as my email signature for a few months, as it gave me the opportunity to explain that it was what wasn’t happening on his left flank that was so important…..

    I’ve since updated to “L’audace, encore de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace!”, as it is more appropriate for corporate communications.

  74. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    Attention CCers that happen to be flying from CA to NY this week: If your seat-mate is a way-too-well-dressed senior citizen casting around for a victim to force a judgemental conversation upon:
    * Do not make eye contact.
    * Pretend to be asleep.
    * Pull out your laptop and watch porn.
    * Make disgusting bodily noises.
    * Ask the flight attendant what would happen if a grenade went off at 35,000 ft.

    This has been a Public Service Announcement. You’re welcome.

  75. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    @Mumblix Grumph (#6): So pluggers are really trying to beat out Petey Otterloop on the global picky eater ranking? Yet they enjoy hot dogs, which are made of … stuff.

  76. commodorejohn
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    9CL – No, Edda, your boobs do not go out farther than your gut when you’re pregnant. I know you probably learned about this from gazing haughtily at the Venus of Willendorf while you were in Vienna, but try actually looking in a textbook sometime.

    Agnes – Trout reads Heinlein? I did not know.

    A3G – Ohhhh yes. Look, could we just retitle this strip “Drunk Margo” and make that the mission statement?

    DT – This has been the Deconstruction of Dick Tracy’s Hat week.

    JP – “Hey, Dad, I destroyed a boy’s relationship in order to get what I wanted out of him, and now I’m going to leave him behind in pursuit of further wealthy and power!” “Aww, you’re growing up so fast, pumpkin!”

    Luann – You’re both morons. I hope Shannon’s breeding a new strain of ebola, you dipshits.

    Mandrake – THERE. I PLAYED IT, LUCIPHOR. NOTHING HAPPENED. CAN WE MOVE ON ALREADY? [*]

    MT – Andy’s got poise.

    MW – Mary’s mouth waters at the prospect of meddling a famous whacko. Down, girl!

    Monty – Screw you, Monty, that was legitimately funny.

    Popeye – Harold Pinter, the comic strip.

    RMMD – Did you learn that pelvic thrust from your father, Sarah?

  77. Illustrator Steve
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    MT – Strange things happen along the dark river that runs through the forest of the lost. Like when a man and his dog will unexpectedly change in size and proportion with each other. Such as we see depicted today in panel #3 by the size of the man and his eight foot tall dog.

  78. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#57): Thank you! I had thought of “dudgeon” for the refrain, with perhaps a different strip mentioned in conjunction with it for each verse, as “As long as Mary Worth can rouse my dudgeon…” etc., but each attempt seemed clumsy. While it doesn’t rhyme, I figured I couldn’t go far wrong sticking with the original Gilbert. But for the 2nd edition, I’ll probably change it. (Stay tuned, kids!)

    I like the “Little Nemo” reference, (but had considered the “Yellow Kid”). Wasn’t worried about the prosody – it’s a patter song after all, and one’s allowed to stretch and bend things a bit.

  79. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    I’m bored at work, so I shuffle on over to Snuffy Smiff, trying to find some snarkable material, and I get the VERY DISTURBING view of Loweezy’s boobs sagging below her waist. I’m going to wash my eyes out with soap.

  80. Mibbitmaker
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    JP: Sophie’s new thing is a relationship with an older man with whom she has alot in common: Scott Gaines. Sure, it’s creepy, but they clearly deserve each other!

  81. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#77): Marajuana Trail: When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead? Sounds like a song almost. Go ask Andy… when he’s ten feet tall.

  82. Joshua
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    Popeye: Wimpy isn’t supposed to refer to Dee-Dee as “the doomsday doll” if he wants Olive to let Popeye kiss her. He’s supposed to call her “my country cousin.”

    I really ought to stop reading this strip.

  83. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:02 am [Reply]

    @Francisco Arrowroot (#71): …where did that door behind Scott come from?
    The house is a sentient vortex. It changes in seemingly random ways. It ‘accidentally’ leaks gas to give people hallucinations. It is all powerful, so when it puts a sign over you that says “KISS,” by god, you’d better kiss, that’s all.

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#78): Any bending of words to a patter song should be done well in advance of singing, on the page. It’s the precise fit of the lyrics to the notes, one syllable per, that gives them their crispness. (By the way, you might not have been here last time I linked to this.) “Yellow Kid” would be a good fit, and it’s damn near as old as Hans & Fritz.

  84. TheDiva
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:02 am [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#67): Demonic influence would explain a lot about Barry, now that you mention it.

    “MAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Curtis is trying to exorcize me for no good reason!”

  85. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    Funky: It’s hilarious, because right then, the dissed geek hatched a murder/suicide plot. Ha ha!

  86. Cloudbuster
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:06 am [Reply]

    9CL: The focus on hands is moving out beyond actual sex. Eventually, the strip will be nothing but hands. With the occasional Solange interlude.

    Pibgorn: Brooke maintains consistency. Anytime someone criticizes him, it means there’s something wrong with them.

    FW: Yeah, that used to happen to me in high school. I’d see a girl I liked talking to another guy, and inky blackness would close in on me. Then I and a team of my quirky-yet-lovable friends defeated the hell-beast that was living under the library and everything went back to normal. Or maybe that was an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer I watched once. It’s hard to keep straight.

    JP: Like a fledgling young cult leader, Sophie has Derek turning away from everything he loved in life. But it’s not enough. Sophie knows that if you let them think they’ve fully won your approval, they stop trying so hard to please you.

    MW: It is Gina! Holy plot continuity! I guess I should have seen it coming. Gina drove off into the sunset without bothering to spend a week fawning over Mary. It had to be rectified.

  87. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:19 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#83): …you might not have been here last time I linked to this… Oh yes I was! Refulgent was the wrod I used, I’m sure of it, and I meant it.

    // I hate to mention this, but you know, I really can’t help myself. (I trace my ancestry to a primordial pedantic protoplasmic blob…). Caliginous only has one “L” in it.

  88. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#87):

    I really can’t help myself.

    Dude, seriously? Here, take a deep breath, back away from the keyboard, and have a nice long sip of this Chateau Margeaux Adultery Bordeaux—or better yet, some high-grade LoFo marihuana. It has the Ranger Tom Martin Stamp of Approval!

  89. Noel Schornhorst
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    I’d like to think that Jughead Jones snuck into ‘Curtis’ to promote his pro-hamburger/anti-hip-hop propoganda.

    Either that or every panel of the comic takes place in an alternate universe where things just get duller and duller…

  90. Rescue Cat
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail: The only remaining hope for this comic strip is for Andy to escape from that green boat just as Mark ends up going head-over-heels down a waterfall. Then, due to receiving a serious blow to his head, Mark will eventually recover and awake as a HUMAN BEING! This, of course, would require him to do all of the following:
    NOT talk out loud to himself and use some thought balloons instead.
    STOP looking so damn stiff all the time!
    WEAR more colors in his casual clothing wardrobe and be drawn realistically by adding some wrinkle lines.
    IMPROVING his parenting skills with that adopted mutant kid of his, who’s only request is for Mark to take him FISHING once in a damn while!!!
    DRIVE a vehicle that is smaller than a greyhound bus or Goodyear blimp.
    MAKE physical love to his wife! (THIS one will surely take years of therapy).
    AND maybe, just MAYBE, Mark will also come to the realization that he is, in fact, NOT above the law after all!

  91. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    Curtis: I like to think that when no one else is looking, two of the burger’s patties flap up and down and it speaks to Curtis.
    “You need to show that little punk Barry what’s what.”
    “Yes triple decker hamburger. You’re my only friend, TDH.”

    A3G: “You’re out of order, I’m out of order, this whole nursery is out of order.”

    BB: Congratulations, Sarge. Obedience school has taught your dog to growl. Truly a rare skill among that set.

    GT: Oh Neil Ruben, do you know how much disappointment you’ll sow if panel 2′s promise of a massive girl jock lesborgy doesn’t come true?

    DtM: Alice had heard that Dennis would be playing doctor with Margaret, but she just figured he’d be coming home a little more educated.

    C-Shaft: He means “pharm fed catfish” of course. Crankshaft likes his seafood loaded up with Oxycontin.

    JP: Sophie’s over Derek because she’s “on to bigger things”? All right! Finally we’ll see some black guys in this strip.

    H&J: Take a gander at that gas station attendant. Apparently you get hit with high prices at the pump even if you travel back to 1956.

  92. Fashion Police
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:33 am [Reply]

    We are quite intrigued by Amanda’s ensemble: tight (leather?) skirt, athletic shoes and socks, chunky bracelet – all working to best show off her catcher’s physique.

    Intrigued indeed. But not pleased. Where is Master Bellini Verde when we need him?

  93. commodorejohn
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:36 am [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#91): Oh Neil Ruben, do you know how much disappointment you’ll sow if panel 2?s promise of a massive girl jock lesborgy doesn’t come true?

    We’ll always have the fanfic, Ben, we’ll always have the fanfic…

  94. Stroker Ace
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:38 am [Reply]

    Curtis – Never as popular as the lava lamp, the Nyquil lamp is a rare find.

  95. Illustrator Steve
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:40 am [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#81): Ten THUMBS UP for you! Great comment!!
    Come to think about it, isn’t the entire Trailverse a lot like the “White Rabbit” song by Jefferson Airplane?
    This explains MUCH of the mystery surrounding Jackelrod and his past!

  96. Jim North
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    9CL: So instead of actually explaining anything, Edda just stone cold started masturbating in front of Amos and anyone else who might be strolling through the park. Nice.

    A3G: “I dropped one of my contacts, and Scott was helping me look for it. In my mouth. With his tongue.”

    DT: Oh look, there’s the hat from when Tracy’s head exploded in a shower of sparks and gore, leaving nothing but a bloody stump and the vague scent of gunpowder! Good thing his new head is bomb-proof.

    MT: Oh my holy crap . . . surveillance does. I hate those.

    MW: Mary’s right, only insane weirdos make plans on the spur of the moment. Everyone else has their lives rigidly scheduled out at least six weeks in advance.

    Pluggers: No. No no no. I refuse – refuse – to believe that if you pick out any random plugger in the world and open up their fridge you won’t find at least two cartons of Neapolitan ice cream inside. REFUSE.

    On the other hand, I’m perfectly willing to admit that when you do inevitably find those piled up boxes of Neapolitan stuffed somewhere to the side, when you open them you will find that only one of the three flavors have been scooped completely out and the others left untouched save for a scoop here or there taken by visiting plugger relatives.

    RMMD: DAD-BOT IS DISPLEASED WITH YOUR POTENTIAL TARDINESS, CHILD-UNIT.

    S-M: ” . . . or maybe a spider!” Peter says. And Mary Jane laughs.

    She laughs the laugh of the damned.

  97. Braniff
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    FC: Jeffy realizes that he has killed his daddy and is free to marry his mommy in this scene from Oedipus Jeffus.

    “Mommy, you are a cool-gar”, anticipating the orgasm which would come to both of them.

  98. Hibbleton
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:47 am [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#32): A3G: Bobblehead anger and then dismay—that’s it? I was kind of hoping Nina would reach into her uterus, pull out the baby, and thrust it into Scott’s arms, exclaiming, “Here—I think this belongs to you!” before she storms out.

    Brilliant! Although really, if anyone were going to reach into someone’s uterus and yank out a fetus as a prelude to an exit statement before storming out of a room it would be Margo.

  99. Illustrator Steve
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:54 am [Reply]

    MT – TAKE the lyrics of “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane and incorporate them into the current Jackelrod plotline.
    Now,THERE is something to curmudgeon about that would give this story a great boost. Or, as the all wise Mark Trail has said, “THIS could make a good story!”

    That, or as noted by another post, maybe using the sound track from, “Apocalypse Now”, would help things along. Afterall, that old green row boat is almost the size of the Navy gunboats we used on the rivers in nam back in the day.

  100. Fashion Police
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#86):

    9CL: The focus on hands is moving out beyond actual sex. Eventually, the strip will be nothing but hands. With the occasional Solange interlude.

    We could live with that if it means no Thorax. We’d miss the lovely dresses though.

  101. Jim North
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:58 am [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#67): The actor you’re looking for is Ron Glass, and the 80′s ripoff of The Twilight Zone you’re looking for is the 80′s version of The Twilight Zone.

  102. Fashion Police
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:00 pm [Reply]

    We are certain Mr. Trail’s adversaries will not notice him sneaking through the woods in his hot-pink shirt.

  103. Johnny Knuckles
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    FC: Awww. I mean, ewww.

  104. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#91): BB: Growling is the only language that garbage understands.

  105. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    Pardon the re-posting, but this incorporates some suggestions from Muffaroo, much improving the product.

    I am the very model of a comic strip curmudgeon.
    My irony and wit are as sharp as any bludgeon,
    I know about all comic strips both present and historical
    From Yellow Kid to Cul de Sac in order categorical,
    I know about slide rules too, and matters mathematical,
    But I am especially good at anything grammatical.
    I can diagram a sentence, and correctly use apostrophes
    Tho I curse like Donald Duck when I attempt to write pornographies.
    But as long as comic strips are there to rouse my dudgeon
    I am the very model of a comic strip curmudgeon.

    I am very good with words recondite and sesquipedalian,
    Although my drinking habits are especially bacchanalian
    Such words as fulgent, orgulous, occupy my cerebration,
    Whilst I practice floccinaucinihilipilification.
    I love to flaunt my knowledge of English lit and history
    Tho anything to do with sports to me is just a mystery
    But tho my comments range from the sublime to the ridiculous
    I hope that I’ve never made a fellow ‘mudge somniculous!
    But as long as comic strips are there to rouse my dudgeon
    I am the very model of a comic strip curmudgeon.

    // I’m just wondering where to put my long-form COTW award. Is it a plaque? I’ve got some empty space on that wall there, but if it is a statuette, I’ll have to clear some shelf space.

  106. Joe Btfsplk
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#5): It’s a “Pluggers Clasic,” so I assume he’s walked into it at least twice now.

    I don’t know what message he thinks this thing is sending, anyway. Pluggers literally don’t like their different foodstuffs touching each other, like three-year-old children, and I’m supposed to admire that? Is there any metaphorical interpretation other than the obvious one?

  107. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    @Jim North (#101): Yes, you are correct on both counts. I kept thinking “Harris”, but that was his character’s name on Barney Miller. Yet, when I saw him on Firefly, I immediately said “Hey, that’s Ron Glass!”

    I wasn’t sure about the Twilight Zone thing. There was another very similar show on around the same time. Amazing Stories, I think. I didn’t watch either much. Mid 80s TV for me was hanging around with a hukka-smoking character and watching Late Night with David Letterman. We could never tell what was supposed to be a joke and what was unintentionally funny. Like if A3G were turned into a talk show.

  108. bats :[
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    MW: while i suspect we’re going to be seeing Gina the Waitress and Skateboard Boi, I prefer my own fantasies…

  109. kkarenb
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    FC – Another sentence that no child has ever said or would ever say.

    Pluggers – Whether it’s Neopolitan or just plain vanilla, it’s surely one of those gallon tubs of ersatz ice cream from Wal-Mart.

  110. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    Dilbert Dilbert’s company seems to have merged with Ikea.

    QC “Assbutt” – there’s a curious greeting. How about “Headhole”?

  111. Comcis Fan
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:17 pm [Reply]

    Looking forward to the parade of disheveled, stubbly, swarthy, troublemaking ethnics Mary will encounter in New York City.

  112. Sylkozakur
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    I thought Neopplitan is Plugger ice cream. The only brands that sell it are the cheap ones.

  113. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    -ffaroo here, with a breaking scoop of possible tangential relevance!

    I’ve never seen an explanation of Jean Shepherd’s beloved word “figligee,” as in, “I’ll award the first correct answer to this question the Brass Figligee with Oak Leaf Clusters.”

    And then I ran into this at Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blog, and in the last panel, we find “phippled figliggies.” I expect the spelling I’ve been using comes from the superb tome Excelsior, You Fathead! (which I heartily recommend).

    At a stroke, I learned what a figliggie (reconstructed singular form) looks like, at least when it’s phippled, and how you spell it in the plural, and where the word comes from. It’s been a good day. Nehemiah, enjoy your CotW award. I’ll think about it when I’m polishing my Pulitzer. [*]

  114. Señor Tortilla
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

  115. seismic-2
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers: When I was growing up back in Hootin’ Holler, no Pluggers had ever heard of “Neopolitan” ice cream, much less eaten it. Why bother putting it in the grocery shelf, since no one would have known how to pronounce it in case they did decide to ask for it. Even if they wanted to find out what it tasked like, they would have had to whisper to request it, since it sounds somehow pornographic.

    9CL: Judging from the expression on Amos’s face, Edda has just told him that she is going to give birth to a giant cockroach. Of course, Amos’s mother too once had to make that same announcement.

    JP: Derek fails to measure up, as Sophie announces that she is moving on to bigger things. Does the name “Sultan” ring a bell?

  116. bats :[
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:28 pm [Reply]

    @LP2004 (#49): alternatively, Margo rips the fetus from Nina’s uterus: “You don’t deserve this, Nina! Here you go, Scott!”

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#56): “Yuck! Tiggers do not like plastic!”

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#105): fer real ‘n’ true, I’d like to include this in my blog (with credit where credit is due, naturally…). May I?

  117. Jim North
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:30 pm [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#107): Funnily enough, when I reached back and started re-watching some of the old Twilight Zone episodes from the 80′s, I went “Hey, it’s that guy from Firefly!” when I got to “I of Newton”.

    Of the two shows, I’d personally say that Amazing Stories was the superior one. Not that TTW didn’t have its excellent moments (“I of Newton” was one of them, in fact), but it seems to me that AS had more of them more consistently.

  118. Mark B.
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    Say what you want about Mark Trail, but he really knows how to sneak up on someone. You just go right past their camp in a really loud motorboat, and then double back on foot. They’ll never expect that. Stopping downriver before they ever become alerted to your presence would have just made them suspicious.

  119. Government Cheese
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    MW: Uh, what kind of airport is this? Or is Dr. Jeff dropping off Mary at a Crate and Barrel? What kind of airport has kitchen cabinets? “We’ll be boarding our flight as soon as I get my bowl of sugar from the cabinet.”

    Luann: Yup well, not much to say. I guess a sniff of her hair is all the intimacy he needs.

  120. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:39 pm [Reply]

    I swore off Neopolitan when I learned that he conquered Europe in the 1800s.

  121. Hogenmogen
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    Wouldn’t a plugger’s freezer be too crowded for three separate containers of ice cream? They have all that fish, deer meat, road kill and assorted human remains to keep on ice.

  122. Rocky Stoneaxe
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    @Sylkozakur (#112): Neapolitan ice cream is for people who can’t decide which flavor ice cream they prefer.

  123. Mark B.
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    ASM: Wait, Peter Parker is Spider Man? I’m glad they cleared that up for us.

  124. Charterstoned
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    A3G – Just to prove how wrong Nina is to suspect that anything is going on between Margo and him, Scott should produce a bottle of Chateau Tommie from his wine cellar and raise a few toasts to the midwife, and the mother of the landlord, and the garbage men, and the father of the newspaper delivery boy, and then loudly kiss Tommie in front of Nina and Margo. That way, Nina would know that his kissing Margo didn’t mean anything. Then, later, in Apartment 3-G, we can see the cat fight between drunken Margo and Tommie.

  125. Rocky Stoneaxe
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    @Fashion Police (#102): Hot pink is the new camouflage green.

  126. Mark B.
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    Judge Parker: So Sophie convinced Derek to dump his girlfriend so she could string him along and NOT go out with him? That’s diabolical. Good job, Soph.

  127. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#116): Absolutely! Proud and honored, sir.

  128. Government Cheese
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    Luann: Actually a better word balloon for Brad would be “Hang on Toni, I need to find my balls. I never use them, so I need to figure out where they are.”

  129. sporknpork
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    Exactly five minutes later, his ice cream a watery mess, the bear man curses living in a world without opposable thumbs. And this will be the worst Twilight Zone ever conceived.

  130. A New Day
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    I’ll join the chorus of protests and declare that I’ve only seen Neopolitan ice cream in Plugger homes. Today’s is a Bizarro World Pluggers. I think it’s a stepping stone to even greater heresies like: “Pluggers only pair Louis Roederer Cristal with red caviar” and “Pluggers only drive the blue Prius.”

  131. Rocky Stoneaxe
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#127): “Sir”? Has bats :[ gone Chaz Bono on us?

  132. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:07 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#88): Does it have the union label?

  133. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#131): It’s a Ma’am? Dear me, sorry about that.

    // That’s the trouble with names like Leslie and Terry and bats :[, you can never be sure.

  134. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#290):
    You know that strip was a tribute to Earl Scruggs, right?

    Oh yeah. Scruggs’ name is right on his cap, too.

    It is just a nice little strip. You don’t expect to see anything close to this.

  135. $$$WESTVILLE ONCOLOGIST$$$
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    JP- Ah, Sam Driver’s wistful looks tell me that the development of his daughter into as big a gold digging whore as his wife, is going along nicely.

    Pluggers – Troll alert for Pluggers.

    Apt3g- Why is it whenever this type of situation occurs in comic books, movies and etcx.. the guys first response is “It’s not what you think.”?

  136. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:26 pm [Reply]

    @Vanya (#7):

    I like to refer to that flavor marriage as Mix-yummynation.

    I’ve marched for the rights of a good sammich.

  137. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:30 pm [Reply]

    @Mumblix Grumph (#6):
    Aaaaargh! I intended to reply to this comment not the Vanya’s. Though, Vanya speaks the truth. Only the well-to-do (and ice cream parlors) pulled up three separate scoops from three separate containers.

    Somehow Neapolitan ice cream is the most American of all ice creams…which makes us think of a short French emperor.

  138. LP2004
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#133): “// That’s the trouble with names like Leslie and Terry and bats :[, you can never be sure.”

    Well, sure, when you just see the written name. There’s no confusion about gender when you hear it spoken; it’s all in the pronunciation of the “:[“.

  139. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#9):

    The limitations of the comic strip prevent us from seeing that Margo is doing a neener neener neener dance which she does when she gets Apartment 3G-iggity wit it!

  140. greghousesgf
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#67): It wasn’t a rip off of the Twilight Zone, it was the 80s version of the Twilight Zone. Not as well remembered as the early 60s version but some of the vignettes were great (and it was all over better than the brief 00s version, which was terrible.)

  141. lynn
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    In today’s Phantom, El Guerrero accents his pronounced meztizo features with unfortunate egg-sized earrings.

  142. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:49 pm [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#79):

    If you notice, the Parson is experiencing some sort of episode.

    He’s talking about his mother, comparing Loweezy’s soup to his mom’s, is saying everyone has a bad day….
    …all while staring at those massive mammaries.

    It is likely the Parson is luke(y)warm about the quality of the soup. It is more likely he just misses being breast fed. If Loweezy had only offered then he would consider it a good day.

  143. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    A3G – I think they left out a panel in-between the two in today’s strip:

    Panel 1: S: “It’s not what you think!”

    Panel 2: S: “We wanted to shurprise you with a three-way! But we had a wee bit too much to drink while we were waiting for you to come home, and I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to perform. So, Margo was trying to stir things up. You see, it was completely >hic!< innoshent!"

    N: "And you thought I would be attracted to Margo? …"

    S: "It's not as bad as thinking you would be attracted to Tommy!"

    Panel 3: N: "… you're right. It's worse. You're both drunken fools!"

    M: "You're way out of line, Nina!"

  144. wossname
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#122): Naw, Neapolitan ice cream is for plugger kids to have at their birthday parties in the ’50s, cut in slices and placed on top of bland vanilla birthday cake with vanilla frosting. And then you get those little firecracker things and pull the ends and they explode mildly, and you play pin the tail on the donkey. Not that I’ve ever done any of those things, of course.

  145. Baka Gaijin
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:53 pm [Reply]

    @Katie (#26): The strawberry tastes like hate? Did I miss something here?

    @Lenoxus (#35): Labels of Pluggers are broad. Labels is as Plugger bodies are.

    @word-doctor (#42): Inflatable witch? I missed something here. By the way, did anyone tell you your nick is misspelled, wrod-doctor?

  146. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    A Plugger would no more eat Neopolitan ice cream than he’d use a fianchetto opening in chess. Nope, a good old fashioned Ruy Lopez, or a Queen’s Gambit Declined and plenty of sitz·fleisch is “hypermodern” enough!

    // You can tuna fish, but not a Giuoco Piano.

  147. Ranger
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    3G: You are way out of line Nina. Margo has no friends, only disciples.

  148. Gladly, the cross-eyed bear
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    I’ve always assumed that Neapolitan ice cream was the pluggerized/Americanized version of spumoni.

  149. Alfred E. Neuman
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers— Josh, instead of “race-mixing”, shouldn’t that be “species-mixing”?

  150. Baka Gaijin
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:12 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#59): Self-locomoting pictures. Other than to mind-fuck the room’s occupant, what practical purpose could that have? I’m sure a clown had to be behind such a scheme.

    @Shrug (#64): Nina is walking around with a gilt picture frame around the baby. Isn’t that what “going viral” is all about?

    @Hogenmogen (#74): Hell, I’m not even on the same continent yet I won’t go near any airport within the next month, just to be safe. One never knows when a big wind’ll blow a plane off course or a big wind inside the plane will annoy the pilots…

    @Hogenmogen (#79): Be glad she kept “the girls” out of the soup.

  151. Fashion Police
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:14 pm [Reply]

    @$$$WESTVILLE ONCOLOGIST$$$ (#135):
    We beg to differ. Mr. Driver is the one who is the gold-digging whore. His wife is landed gentry and therefore the victim of his schemes affections.

  152. Calico
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:14 pm [Reply]

    Wow, Margo! Then she tries to make Nina feel guilty.
    That is some major psychological manipulation going on, but you know what? I’ve actually known someone like that, and it wasn’t pretty. Glad I dissociated 18 years ago. TG I didn’t know her for long. : P
    Margo rocks, but she needs a bit of a reality check again (her man dying in China softened her a bit for a while, but now she’s baaaaack!). Phew.

  153. Cloudbuster
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#110): It would be more like “headface.”

  154. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    @Fashion Police (#151): And Sophie has money, too, right? Derek is the one digging for gold—or BenderBlasters, as the case may be.

  155. Calico
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    Thanx all for letting me spew/vent for a moment there. Back to regularly scheduled snarking. : )

  156. Baka Gaijin
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#91): “Massive girl jock lesborgy” is a great M-rated X-box (or XXX-box) game, miniseries on Cinemax After Dark, or new Ben and Jerry’s flavor.

    @Señor Tortilla (#114): Got any of The Match Game waiting while Brett Somers thinks of how to spell “boobs” music? It’d go well with the massive girl jock lesborgy and half of the Arlo and Janis strips.

    @sporknpork (#129): Pfuh. Ice cream would last about 20 seconds around a Plugger. With a flurry of flying spittle and cardboard, the term “mauling” comes to mind.

  157. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#154): Digging?
    “She backed a truck full of guitars up to my door! I’m not made of stone!”

  158. Droopy Says
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:28 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#51): Are those rhyming dictionaries? I just saw Trail explaining his plans, thought of “Paul Revere’s Ride,” then switched over to Tom Lehrer. (Sincere apologies to both.)

  159. Liam
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers-I remember seeing George Wallace standing at an ice cream cooler declaring no mixing of the ice cream flavors.

  160. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#153): Yeah, that’s better. Or “Craniumskull”. How about other body parts: boob-titty, shank-leg, oxter-arm. And if we go to what my dictionary calls “the male organ of copulation”, we have a cornucopia of possible redundant delights.

  161. Shrug
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#75):

    This Plugger prefers the “Yoyodine” brand hot dogs. They make the best “stuff.”

  162. Liam
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    JP-I’m onto breasts now. From what I’ve seen around here those are pretty big.

    Crankshaft-Sorry, all we have is the cranky old man fed catfish.

  163. Poteet
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#Y280): BRAVO!!!!!!

  164. sporknpork
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#156): Point taken, but I didn’t say he wouldn’t still devour it. All Plugger bear men pass out asleep with their fur matted in sticky ice cream milk gunk.

  165. Rocky Stoneaxe
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#144): If I didn’t know better, I’d say you were at my 8th, 9th and 10th birthday parties. (At least I wasn’t born in a leap year — or that would REALLY be pathetic!)

  166. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:56 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#158): Yes. Stephen Sondheim likes Clement Wood’s The Complete Rhyming Dictionary, Doubleday (1936), or so I read somewhere. I used that book for years, until I discovered Rosalind Fergusson’s The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary (1984), which I’ve come to appreciate more. In addition to two whole columns of words that rhyme with “penguin”, there’s lots of other words as well, and it’s easier to use as every word is indexed.

    Anyway, I think Tom Lehrer would appreciate your effort. Longfellow, maybe not so much. But don’t worry about him. He’s dead.

  167. Shrug
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:58 pm [Reply]

    @Gladly, the cross-eyed bear (#148):

    I thought “spumoni” was what had caused Edda’s current problems. So much to learn…

  168. Poteet
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    9CL — This, Amos, is what happens when you bonk a Burber. You’ll always be the last to know.

  169. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#161): Just a Pynchon ‘tween your cheek an your gum?

  170. Kwazzymodo
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    Aw Josh. It’s sweet that you think any Plugger knows that Neapolitan refers to Naples, Italy.

  171. Droopy Says
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#110): “Assbutt” was used on “Supernatural.” The angel Castiel (described as “looks like Columbo, talks like Rain Man”) was doing his best to insult someone in human terms. I don’t know how well that fits with QC.

  172. Droopy Says
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#27): Mark: I hear shouting. Maybe I should announce my intentions VERY LOUDLY so there are no surprises later!!!

    Yeah, he just spoiled his chance to jump into the camp and shout “Surprise!”

  173. Rocky Stoneaxe
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

  174. Droopy Says
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    @gleeb (#14): They shall not make a pass!

  175. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#159): Pluggers-I remember seeing George Wallace standing at an ice cream cooler declaring no mixing of the ice cream flavors.

    That’s right. That was the famous “Confection today, confection tomorrow, confection forever!” speech.

  176. T. Chicana
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    FW: I guess it doesn’t take much to be considered a hottie in Cancerville. But back in my day, we put a lot more work into it than wearing the same dirty red hoodie every day!

  177. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    @LP2004 (#138): I pronounce it “Bats Colon Left Square-Bracket”. Sounds like a character in a Monty Python sketch, doesn’t it?

  178. commodorejohn
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#160): Why, one could name all the parts of a man-animal thus!

  179. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#171): I don’t know “Supernatural”, but if it had anything to do with anime or sci-fi or fantasy, then it’s probably a quote. QC is like that.

  180. Baka Gaijin
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    @sporknpork (#164): Let’s just hope it’s only sticky ice cream milk gunk in their matted fur. Let’s also not channel Dingo for his take on this little vignette.

    @Droopy Says (#171): I worked with someone who routinely called people this. I still get a chuckle out of that term.

  181. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#178): Nice try, noggin-pate!

  182. Peanut Gallery
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:44 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers – Thanks for the explanation, Josh, as it makes not a bit of sense otherwise. But it does remind me of a favorite Homer Simpson bit (first quote on the page).

  183. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:47 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#171): I guess you’d have to call it an instance of double synecdoche.

  184. Peanut Gallery
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#105): Thank you! Now I have something to show anyone who might ask why I spend so much time reading this blog.

  185. Droopy Says
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:07 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#179): “Supernatural” is a series on the WB network. Friday nights at nine in the US. It’s inventive and has a great sense of humor. In one episode its two main characters have a Dickian moment in which they realize they’re actors playing characters on a TV show. “A highly-rated one?” “No, not really.”

  186. Austria
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    Oh, an item of note – Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) is going to be in Pittsburgh for a book signing on June 23. Are any other PA ‘Mudgers as excited about this as I am?

  187. Alison
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    “Luann”: I’m confused about how old Shannon is supposed to be. Her biting habit and the fact that adults (“adults” speaking loosely) don’t want to leave her alone, even for a few minutes, suggests a child who is maybe two or three. But she looks, and talks, like she’s about eight. I don’t get it.

    The whole thing reminds me of FOOB, where Anthony’s daughter Francie and Michael and Dee’s son Robin were both supposed to be two, yet Francie could speak in full sentences and acted like a genius, while Robin was always pooping his pants, crying, and saying nonsense words. Totally confusing, especially since I refuse to believe Anthony had any intelligent genes to pass on to Francie. Or maybe she got ‘em from her evvviilllll French mother.

  188. Vardulon
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:37 pm [Reply]

    Wow. Years ago I refused a mixed Chocolate/Orange Sherbet concoction on the basis that I was offended by ‘ice cream miscegenation’. Turns out I’ve unknowingly been a plugger all along…

  189. word-doctor
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#145):

    Last week Cruz set Baldo up with a blowup doll to practice on. If I ever get the band back together, we will definitely go with The Inflatable Warlocks instead of Satellite Pinetree.

    MT: Look out mullet there’s a green boat comin’ up the river
    With a big dog droolin’ and a dork with head up his ass
    I think we better step sharp cause it looks like he’s here to deliver… the punchin’

  190. This Guy
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:55 pm [Reply]

    @Vardulon (#188): You missed out. That was one of Ben & Jerry’s finest flavors.

  191. Calico
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#187):
    Most children in the comics lately seem to be either especially precocious and concurrently selfish (except for Gunk, who’s just out there on another plane), or ready to go to a place where they are deemed “special” in some way or another.
    I really think Elmo in Blondie is the most adjusted kid in the funnies these days (or any day for that matter).

  192. kkarenb
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    @sporknpork (#129): That would be the Plugger counterpart to the episode where Burgess Meredith stacked up all the books he planned to read in the next several years, then broke his glasses.

    Baldo – Several people have commented in the last few days about the detour into soap-strip art. The drawings this week are just wonderful. It reminds me of the Calvin strips that were drawn like soap strips. I wish that the Baldo artist would take over the artwork for A3G. With his talent, A3G would be worth looking at instead of snarking.

  193. bats :[
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#133): true dat. (Never thought of bats :[ being gender neutral, but there you go!)

  194. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    @This Guy (#190): For real? Chocolate and orange are a great combination.

  195. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#185): I’ll have to ask Madame Scudder to point the DVR at it.

    // I like that adjective “Dickian”. Philip K., of course. Someday, when I’m famous (or infamous), I’ll have my own adjective. “Scudderly”? No, “Scudly”, that’s the t..

  196. Calico
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:17 pm [Reply]

    @kkarenb (#192):
    I’m never quite sure when I am going to receive Baldo via GoComics.com – sometimes I get the strip via e-mail in the AM, sometimes later at night, sometimes not at all. I have not seen it today.

  197. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#166): I use Clement Wood’s rhyming dictionary — I was particularly taken with his explanations of verse forms and stuff. Didn’t know about Sondheim. Maybe that’s why everybody says his stuff reminds them of mine.

  198. Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    MW “Gina’s invitation was very last minute! Maybe the good life has made her eccentric!”

    Wow! I never recognized Mary’s gift for irony before now.

    CS Huh?

    A3G “You’re way out of line, Nina!”
    “If you’ll just step back about two feet and, Tommie, you step forward about 4 inches, we’ll be all lined up! Now, Macarena, anyone?”

    FC Thel was enjoying a few minutes alone swaying to some smooth jazz, when something hideous leaped onto her neck. She spun around wildly trying to jettison the little monster, but it had her in a death grip. Then she saw Grandma’s knitting needles.

    Luann Shannon has stumbled onto TJ’s “physique magazines” and “art films.” Not a problem.

  199. bunivasal
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    Shhh! Curtis’ vaguely hat-shaped brain parasite is still asleep.

  200. kkarenb
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#196): I read Baldo in a Big City newspaper I buy daily. I usually don’t care about it, but the realistic drawings in this story are really nice. The artist is really talented. Some of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips were the ones drawn seriously, like a soap strip. It’s funny that some of the “funny” artists can make more of an impression than some of the actual soap strip artists.

  201. SF_Reader
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:40 pm [Reply]

    A3G – What’s the fuss. It’s Margo, the Queen of Fucking Everything. Of course Nina is out of line. Besides, don’t pregnant women want their husbands to do their so-called friends?

  202. This Guy
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:41 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#194): Yes, although it is sadly no more. They actually had two, apparently: “Pulp Addiction,” which was a mix of chocolate and orange-cream ice creams, and “Chocolate Orange Fudge,” which seems to be chocolate with Grand Marnier flavoring.

  203. Der Schnärkïnätör
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:43 pm [Reply]

    A3G – I’ve noticed that many of the characters in this strip seem to be bobble-heads. And the women seem to be saying “Ooooowwwwww” a lot.

    Take Nina in today’s first panel, for example.

  204. flatsixes
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:46 pm [Reply]

    MT: Are there any alligators in Lost Forest? There should be an alligator in this storyline. A hungry, menacing alligator with a penchant for mullet meat. Or maybe a stoned alligator instead. We could call him “Lucky.”

  205. Calico
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:08 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#191):
    … Um, oops, except that we never see his parents.
    Henry is bizarre even in this day and age, but we see his parents pretty frequently.
    As for Joey in DtM, I have not seen his Mom since a 60′s-70′s comic book, and I am really not sure if I have ever seen his Dad. (I’ve seen both of Margaret’s parents in a 60′s – early 70′s story, and they seem awfully nice, considering their kid is a brat for the most part)

  206. Calico
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    @kkarenb (#200):
    I like it too when they break out the realism. Nice art.

  207. The Ridger
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    @This Guy (#202): Baskin Robbins once had Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet which was the best thing ever. Sadly, it too is no more.

  208. Poteet
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:23 pm [Reply]

  209. Zerowolf
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:23 pm [Reply]

    GA: Because cats are good judges of character and you are an asshole.

  210. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#197): Clement Woods is a neighbor of mine in a way. He was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, about thirty miles from the present Scudder manse. I do like the introductory part of his book, where he explains the difference between dactyls and anapests and clerihews and chilly willies.

  211. odinthor
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:26 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#207): I liked the long fingernails in the Mandarin part. Mmm—nice and crunchy!

  212. Zerowolf
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:28 pm [Reply]

    FW: I got this figured out. Cody and Owen, realizing neither of them can have Summer, turn to each other for comfort. Realizing their love for one another, they turn gay. That’s how gay works in Batiukverse because “writing” is easier than actually doing research.

  213. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:28 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#207): Swensons in California had a dark-chocolate / orange flavor. Heaven. Of course, that was back in high school—eons ago.

  214. Black Drazon
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    Margo turned up her nose before saying a word to Nina, of course. “You’re out of line, Nina. It would be more polite if you gave me a chance to gloat first.” Just so.

    Also, since it doesn’t seem to be possible to buy generic-quality strawberry ice cream out of the Neapolitan spread where I live, I’m relieved to say I dodged the Plugger bullet on a technicality. This is an intense game, how do you all live with yourselves playung it day-for-day?

  215. Zerowolf
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    GT: Let’s face it the not so subtle message here is, “She opens up, her vagina.”

  216. Shrug
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    @This Guy (#190):

    “Ben & Jerry’s ice cream — now with 15% more Ben and 35% more Jerry!!”

    (It used to be basically Ben-flavored with just some Jerry-ripple added.)

  217. Zerowolf
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:33 pm [Reply]

    JP: Translation: I found out from Honey he has a small penis, which is why she dumped him. I’m a Spencer-Parker-Driver, I deserve a monster sized penis.

  218. Liam
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:56 pm [Reply]

    A3G-”No, Margo, you’re out of line. Scott’s out of line. The whole freakin system is out of line.”

  219. Écureuil Écumant
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:12 pm [Reply]

    @Horace Broon (#19) on FW: “It’s like 100 Years of Solitude, only without the feelgood factor.”

    I hope that doesn’t rule out the enemas.

  220. Écureuil Écumant
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:26 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#76) on 9CL: “No, Edda, your boobs do not go out farther than your gut when you’re pregnant. I know you probably learned about this from gazing haughtily at the Venus of Willendorf”

    Is it impolite to hope the ends up looking more like the Hottentot Venus?

  221. bats Colon Left-Bracket
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:29 pm [Reply]

    I WANT ICE CREAM! AND I WANT IT NOW!

    (And yes, “Left-Bracket” is one of those snooty English hyphenated marriage names…)

  222. commodorejohn
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:41 pm [Reply]

  223. Bill Peschel
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:17 pm [Reply]

    @Austria (#186): Can’t afford a 4-hour drive to Pittsburgh, even for Pastis. Philly, maybe …

  224. Mr. O'Malley
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:32 pm [Reply]

    @bats Colon Left-Bracket (#221): Pronounced “Brack-ay”, I assume.

  225. Rocky Stoneaxe
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:33 pm [Reply]

    Todd the Dinosaur — I’ve always called it a launderette, but maybe that’s a regional thing:

    http://www.jsonline.com/comics/32402404.html?feature_id=Todd&feature_date=2012-04-24

    Hey, Crazy Funhouse, you wanna come out and play?

  226. seismic-2
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    Neopolitan is the blended Johnnie Walker Red of Plugger ice cream, whereas individual cartons of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate are the Plugger equivalent of Glenfiddich, Cragganmore, and Talisker single-malts. (Butter pecan is the 25-year-old Highland Park.)

  227. Baka Gaijin
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:58 pm [Reply]

    @word-doctor (#189): Really. I didn’t know they made blow-up witch dolls. I’ll be wondering about that all day, I just know it. It’ll be the earworm for my brain.

    @Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines (#198) on Family Circus: COTW-worthy.

  228. Poteet
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    MT — I’ll say it again — what time is it supposed to be in LoFo now? Given what we’ve been told about the events of the evening, I don’t see how it can be any earlier than 9 pm or so. I wait with interest to see if that fact will ever be reflected in the color of the sky. Perhaps the next Sunday MT lesson should be about a special natural phenomenon called “Night.”

  229. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:24 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#228):
    Agreed. However, the green fog aspect seems appropriate for this storyline.
    Perhaps the unprovided sub-title for the story is:
    The Longest Day Ever, Dude!

  230. Ukulele Ike
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:25 pm [Reply]

    GT: “Does she ever open up?” “Oh, you’d be surprised.” I SAW WHAT YOU DID THERE.

    DT: Well, this has been the weirdest plot yet from the new Tracy team. Blackjack not only LOOKS bizarre but has that screwy man-crush on Dick….and the FBI agent with the knobbly knees sexually mesmerized by Sam Catchem, who has never before in history been considered a lust object.

    9CL: I see the McEldowney has self-published the first two years of 9CL, in two separate volumes. I am sad because I was a little kid in the 1960s, when everything from Peanuts to Tumbleweeds to Miss Peach was published in book form by Signet or some other mass market company, in a deal with the cartoonist which presumably included some money.

    MW: “Eccentric” = “Lesbian.”

  231. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#230):
    “Blackjack not only LOOKS bizarre but has that screwy man-crush on Dick”

    Over the past century, how often has that been written in high school yearbooks?

  232. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:46 pm [Reply]

    This is so much better than any zinger-filled paragraph I could compose. Apparently, this is factual:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Tracy#Space_period

    As technology progressed, so too did the methods Tracy and the police used to track and capture criminals. These took the form of increasingly fanciful atomic-powered gadgets and devices developed by Diet Smith Industries. This eventually led to the 1960s advent of the Space Coupe, a spacecraft with a magnetic propulsion system. This marked the beginning of the strip’s “Space Period,” that saw Tracy and friends having adventures on the Moon and meeting Moon Maid, the daughter of the leader of a race of humanoid people living in “Moon Valley” in 1964. After an eventual sharing of technological information, Moon technology became standard issue on Tracy’s police force, including air cars, flying cylindrical vehicles. As such, the villains became even more exaggerated in power, resulting in an escalating series of stories that no longer resembled the urban crime drama roots of the strip. During this period, Tracy met famed cartoonist Chet Jade, creator of the comic strip Sawdust, in which the only characters are talking dots.

    Don’t stop now, read on at the link. There’s more.

  233. Poteet
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:54 pm [Reply]

    A3G — Would any sane woman make out with Scott if she WASN’T drunk?

  234. Ukulele Ike
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:57 pm [Reply]

    Totally true, my friend. This is the Dick Tracy I grew up on. Flying around in upside-down garbage cans, with crutches under their arms (NOT KIDDING) and moon stuff that would have delighted William Butler Yeats at his looniest.

    I didn’t grok the REAL Tracy until my parents got me a copy of THE CELEBRATED CASES OF DICK TRACY (which reprinted classic storylines from the 1930s-50s) sometime in the early-mid ’70s.

  235. Poteet
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:06 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#234): I too read some classic DT stories when I was young. What The Brow did to the Summer Sisters and what finally happened to them scarred me for life. Good times.

  236. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:07 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#233):
    Well, now that you mention it, I did kind of expect that sometime before his wife gave birth Scott would invite Tommie over for her “mid-wife mid-terms”. Tommie would call B.S. and tell him there is no such thing. Then Scott would wander down to the wine cellar and produce a bottle called Tommie Up, Tie Me Down. Drinking would ensue.

    And, finally, while Nina was in the delivery room, Scott would successfully enchant LuAnn with a bottle of Two Buck Chuck.

    So far, so good.

  237. Swordsmith
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:08 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#76): Rocket Ship Galileo, well spotted sir! I think the first book I read outside the kindergarten section, well, that or Space Cadet, either would be an excellent introduction to the world of literature.

    (as if Seuss wasn’t literature)

  238. Ukulele Ike
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:13 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#235): CELEBRATED CASES edited out the Brow’s eventual impalement on the flagpole, denying me closure. But they left in many other sicko moments, like Littleface Finney setting fire to his henchman back in 1941. How the hell did Gould get away with that stuff?

  239. tallyHO
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:14 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#234):

    I thought I had at least read examples of various decades, including ones from the 60s and 70s. Apparently, I never read enough examples. To me, that description up to Gould’s retirement in 1977 reads like a description of a series of long running MAD Magazine parodies.

    His son married a Moon girl?

    That’s like Snuffy Smiff visiting an opium den and particiating in a year long, scholarly discourse on the I, Ching.

    That’s just way too much.

  240. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:24 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#30):

    MW – BWAhahaha! Way to foreshadow, Mary! I can’t wait to see what kind of “eccentric” Gina has become.

    Remember that this is “eccentric” by Mary Worth criteria. I’m pretty sure “wearing a baseball cap whilst not at a baseball game” would be enough to qualify.

  241. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:30 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#93): Fanfic: salve for the pervert’s soul.

  242. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:32 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#210): Little Willies? Say, did you know that Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes is online? It’s either at Gutenberg or archive.

    @tallyHO (#232): Chet Jade? I thought “Sawdust” was by Vera Alldid. Wait, was he hired as an assistant and then took over when Chet died in something horrifying?

  243. Rocky Stoneaxe
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#239): Remember the time Dick Tracy teamed up with Marmaduke to solve the mystery of The Big Bone(r)?

    http://pics.livejournal.com/peur_evol/pic/000kbetp

  244. Artist formerly known as Ben
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:34 pm [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#67): @Jim North (#101): I remember that being a funny little vignette. The professor who called up the demon was played by Sherman “George Jefferson” Hemsley.

    BTW, hasn’t that changing t-shirt bit been covered by Luann‘s Knute as well?

  245. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:34 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#241): My favorite: Chicken Soup for the Vegan Soul.

  246. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:48 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#242): Oh, right. “Little Willies”. I keep thinking of the naughty British postcards instead of the tragic tale of the lad in sashes.

  247. seismic-2
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:48 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#239): “His son married a Moon girl?

    Yep, that’s why Junior Tracy’s daughter (who is a frequent character in the current continuity) is named “Honeymoon”. Does her strange hairstyle disguise a pair of antennae, inherited from her Mom? Does she dine on moon-folks’ favorite food, giant escargot? I suspect we shall see some of the wackiness from the late 1960s and early 1970s return to the strip, in some form or another.

  248. commodorejohn
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:48 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#233): But Poteet, how can you resist those charms? All the ladies love a guy who belittles them and pressures them into things, then goes “oy, again with the hormones!” when they react negatively!

    @Swordsmith (#237): If people start suggesting Seuss isn’t literature, I’ma have to bust some heads.

  249. Nehemiah Scudder
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:01 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#242): Gutenberg it was, praise Cthulhu!

    Here’s a little Graham cracker for the troops:

    Self-Sacrifice

    FATHER, chancing to chastise
    His indignant daughter Sue,
    Said, “I hope you realize
    That this hurts me more than you.”

    Susan straightway ceased to roar.
    “If that’s really true,” said she,
    “I can stand a good deal more;
    Pray go on, and don’t mind me.”

  250. crazy fungus
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:01 pm [Reply]

    #195- “scudsy”

    #106- hey joe, is that you? Couldn’t tell with the dark rain cloud hanging over you & Mary Worth

    Luann- now to reveal that Shannon is Dirk & Toni’s kid all along and has been abducted (so what?) Or os hanging from the shower rod.

  251. Poteet
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:35 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#236): Arrrgh. If we have to watch all that, I’ll need more than a wee drap myself.

  252. Trillian
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    9CL: “Sex causes WHAT?!?!?”

    A3G: “Pregnancy causes WHAT?!?!?”

  253. Frank Lee Meidere
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    DT: Tracy says he gets his hats from a “nice little shop in Napervile.” I didn’t know this, but it seems Tracy really does have a close connection to Napervile. So close, in fact, that they’ve erected a nine-foot statue to him. It also seems that a couple of years ago, there was a flood in Napervile that reached the statue. I wonder if this was the inspiration for Locher’s last Tracy strip?

  254. gnome de blog
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:51 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#228):
    There are northern pike (or muskies) in LoFo, so maybe it’s the end of June in northern Manitoba. On the other hand, when did it ever snow in LoFo, and where are the skeeters?

    We can only conclude that, like Judge Parker, LoFo is in an non-Euclidean alternative universe where time is not linear. Not the same one though.

  255. Chip Whittle
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#253):
    I thought a skipping record played at the wrong speed was the inspiration for all Locher’s Dick Tracy strips?

  256. gnome de blog
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#233):
    Don’t forget – $cott is filthy rich, and he was once engaged to Lu Ann.

  257. Frank Lee Meidere
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:01 am [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#255): The record player was affected by the flood, too.

  258. Frank Lee Meidere
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:07 am [Reply]

    AG3: I remember this from A Guide for the Married Man with Walter Mathau! It’s the “deny, deny, deny” scene in which Joey Bishop’s wife walks in on him when he’s in bed with another woman. Classic.

  259. Poteet
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:08 am [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#238): Good question. I remember that when I spent an otherwise-happy week with my Ohio grandparents at the age of ten or so, I was very peeved when my grandmother wouldn’t let me buy a comic book I wanted because she thought it was too violent for a child my age. I wasn’t about to point this out to her, but the local newspaper I was free to read in her house each day carried DT, which was more twisted and violent than anything in that comic book.

  260. tallyHO
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:10 am [Reply]

    @gnome de blog (#256):
    Reeealy? Well, that makes all of this knottier. I was joking about him trying to make the strip Scott’s Wild Apartment 3Gasm! I didn’t know he was involved with one of them before Nina.

    @Poteet (#251):
    More than likely Scotty Winebucks (or whatever his last name is) wouldn’t be allowed to be like Nola from “maryworth”. He couldn’t have that much of a lead role in the comic strip.

    @seismic-2 (#247):

    No wonder Al Capp created Fearless Fosdick. It sounds like Gould went weird and he went weird often.

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#243):
    It’s always rending flesh and bone with that mutt, isn’t it? MARMADuuuuuuke!

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#253):
    Sort of a mild curiosity:
    From what I recall, that Dick Tracy statue is one of many comics based statues.
    There’s a Superman statue. There’s one of Beetle Bailey. There’s also one of Andy Capp. Pardon me for not finding the images but there are probably pics of each online.

    Are there others? I’m guessing Snoopy and the Peanuts exist somewhere, or, that statues of the Peanuts gang is in more places than I could imagine.

  261. Not Greg Evans
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:11 am [Reply]

    A3G (4/25/2012): I’d like to think that the Bowdlerized word was “fuck,” and that Nina meant it literally.

  262. Poteet
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:14 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#248): As far as I can tell, there are only about twenty men total in the universe of A3G, which works to Scott’s advantage…

  263. Poteet
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:19 am [Reply]

    @gnome de blog (#254): Oh yeah, I forgot that muskie. Thanks. Maybe we can still look forward to a terrifying twilight cloud of skeeters and blackflies descending on perps and heroes alike, sending them screaming into what passes for the night.

  264. Frank Lee Meidere
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:34 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#260): There are a lot of them, I know that. Personally, I think it’s high time they put up a few of the Judge Parker and Rex Morgan figures.

  265. Poteet
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:35 am [Reply]

    4/25 MW — AAIIEEE!!!! A massive image of Gina thrusting her mighty head out of the clouds like Bali Hai! I gotta quit reading MW just before going to bed!

  266. Droopy Says
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:43 am [Reply]

    The Amusing Spiderman: Oh noes, the leading man done broked his leg! Where will MJ find a replacement with talent to match hers and the ability to supply free PR through his employer’s newspaper?

    For Better Or For Wankerbeat: When was the last time this strip showed a boy-girl encounter among the students? Because this is one of the things that makes the story so dull: Flunky and Asshat have never been shown talking with Summer, or any other girl that I recall. So who cares if their hearts break over an imaginary relationship?

    Mock Trail: Is that a red shirt Trail’s wearing? Because he’s about as swift as the designated casualty on a Star Trek episode.

    Pluggers: Every once in a while Pluggers must face the cold, harsh fact that they don’t live in Mayberry.

    Family Circus: The last time I saw anything that small wandering around, an owl swooped down and ate it. Which mutagens do they have in the local water?

  267. Comcis Fan
    April 25th, 2012 at 1:37 am [Reply]

    MW: Even as a huge head floating in a cumulonimbus outside the unusually large window of Mary’s chunky plane, Gina has ridiculously crooked bangs.

  268. Comcis Fan
    April 25th, 2012 at 1:40 am [Reply]

    FW: Meet Ryan, women’s collegiate basketball scholarship gold-digger.

  269. Charly
    April 25th, 2012 at 1:55 am [Reply]

    Margo and Margo’s Fuck Buddy definitely didn’t consult Dan Savage on the proper way to warm up your heavily pregnant spouse to the idea of a three-way with her friend/cousin/former boss/whatever the hell the relationship is there. I can see it now: “Dear Dan, It’s not cheating if I make him baby talk to me (“KISSY KISS!”) and drunkenly come on to her by screaming “it’s not what you think!,” right? – Mama’s Angry, Romantic, Grinding Orgasm-Giver”

    @9 Some supertitles would serve. “DRUNK!”

    @46 in re 9CL: COTW!

  270. Charly
    April 25th, 2012 at 1:57 am [Reply]

    I had the most delicious blood orange and fig gelato the other day. Yuppies: 1 Pluggers: 0

  271. Charly
    April 25th, 2012 at 1:59 am [Reply]

    Maybe Edda is seriously considering terminating her pregnancy because the sperm donor looks like McLovin.

  272. Uncle Lumpy
    April 25th, 2012 at 2:13 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#260):

    … that Dick Tracy statue is one of many comics based statues.

    Here’s Dennis the Menace.

  273. Droopy Says
    April 25th, 2012 at 2:33 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth: As the plane reaches its cruising altitude of 20,000 feet, a nervous Mary Worth looks out the window and sees–Gina! She’s throwing salmon squares into the engine! Mary Worth has just discovered that when you leave Santa Royale you step into the Twilight Zone!

  274. Jamoche
    April 25th, 2012 at 3:29 am [Reply]

    @This Guy (#202):
    chocolate with Grand Marnier flavoring. Ooh, I’ll have to make that – only with real Grand Marnier.

  275. Mr. O'Malley
    April 25th, 2012 at 3:35 am [Reply]

    A-3G: Why is Nina lurching if Scott and Margo are the ones who’ve been drinking? Oh well, never mind. Cast logic to the wind, this is A-3G and it’s more eventful than usual. I’ll just relax and watch the stilted, awkward progression of the plot.

    JP: This child appears to have some kind of attention deficit disorder. In the past few days she’s gone through cheerleading, buying a boyfriend, taking 2 guitar lessons and now she wants to be Lana Del Rey.

    MW: How long does it take to fly from California to New York in a Ford Tri-motor?

  276. Master Softheart
    April 25th, 2012 at 3:48 am [Reply]

    JP: Okay, you will find no more devoted apologist for Judge Parker in this forum than me, but certain standards must be upheld. I don’t mind that everything works out to directly support the crude material interests of the characters in this strip. I don’t even mind that this takes place, generally, through no fault of the main characters.

    But damn it, I draw the line at dramatic conflict worked out in favor of the main characters, due to actual decisions made by minor or one-shot characters, but taking place entirely off panel. Throw me a bone, here, Woody.

  277. Droopy Says
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:06 am [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#275): By the numbers, it would take about 28 hours of flying time to take a Tin Goose from Los Angeles to New York City. Add in five refueling stops and that’s about a day and a half. And in time spent on the ground due to darkness and you’re looking at a minimum of two days. But when Transcontinental Air Transport started flying that route in 1927 nobody flew all the way:

    http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/tat.htm

    Total trip time, barring weather delays, forced landings and crashes, was forty-eight hours. The two nighttime segments of the trip were made aboard trains with Pullman sleeper cars, which would give Mary ample time to meddle with any number of strangers.

  278. Dr. Weird
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:49 am [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#247):

    With her big eyes and unusual blonde hairstyle, I can’t help but think the current look for Honey Moon Tracy is a tribute to Sailor Moon.

  279. Mr. O'Malley
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:51 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#277): So you could get some nice photos through those big square windows, and you’d be flying at a fairly low altitude too. Then sleep on the Pullman through the boring flat parts. Well, and Pennsylvania too.

    Seems like a very civilized way to travel cross-country. Where did we go wrong?

  280. John C Fremont
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:20 am [Reply]

    FC – “… but we doesn’t has to call her Johnson.”

  281. Droopy Says
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:28 am [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#279): Well, the minimum ticket price was $350, one way, in 1930 dollars. The Tri-Motor could carry fourteen passengers (on wicker seats, with lots of engine noise), cruised at 90 MPH, was limited to thirty pounds of luggage per passengers, and couldn’t safely fly over the unboring mountainous part of its route across the Southwest (too much turbulence and not enough places for emergency landings). Plus several fatal crashes did a lot to discourage potential travellers.

    Just the same, I’d have loved to flown on that route. One of the models on my shelves is a Tin Goose. It has a wonderful Jazz Age look to it and I can picture Grandpa Droopy selling bathtub gin to the passengers.

  282. LP2004
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:46 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#281)</ @Droopy Says (#281): Up to around the mid-1970′s Island Airlines flew a few Ford Tri-motors out of Sandusky, Ohio, to some of the islands in Lake Erie. I got to ride one of them in 1970, and it’s one of my favorite childhood memories.

  283. CanuckDownSouth
    April 25th, 2012 at 7:35 am [Reply]

    A3G, the only comics world where a man can get away with his wife witnessing him canoodling with another woman by invoking the passive-aggressive artist-witer feud: you can’t trust what you see because drawings vary from omitting key details to outright contradicting the script.

    At least I hope that’s how they’ll resolve this clearly-full-on-clinch, otherwise Scott’s manipulations, forcing his wife to apologize for thinking badly of his deep-kissing Margo, would be even more sick and twisted.

  284. AhClem
    April 25th, 2012 at 8:06 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#260):
    As the hometown of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schultz, St. Paul, MN has a large number of statues depicting various Peanuts characters. They were created in the early 2000s as a “public art” project, with various artists and businesses putting their own special touches on the statues. You can see a number of them here.

  285. Vince M
    April 25th, 2012 at 8:06 am [Reply]

    MW – There’s! Some! THING! On the WING! Of! The! Plane!!! [imitating Jim Carrey imitating William Shatner].

  286. tb4000
    April 25th, 2012 at 8:10 am [Reply]

    9CL: So, with the possible news of them having a child, Edda and Amos decide to console themselves the only way they know how. Having a horrifying hand fuck.

  287. Doctor Handsome
    April 25th, 2012 at 8:29 am [Reply]

    @bats Colon Left-Bracket (#221): But “Colon” seems like an Ellis Island practical joke.

  288. Jeff Soesbe (yeff)
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:46 pm [Reply]

    I think John wins “Comment of the Week” with that Pluggers one. Classic! Still laughing,

    - yeff

  289. Jeff Soesbe (yeff)
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    “Josh”, not “John” – stupid mental auto-correct is out of control.

  290. No Mas
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:21 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#137): In the store I heard a guy yell across the freezer aisle, “What kinda ice cream you want, baby? Napoleon?” Some people I’ve told that to say, “Yeah, Napoleon, how’s that funny?”

    Someday it will BE Napoleon ice cream, with a little cartoon of Napoleon on the package, and most people will assume that Napoleon invented it.

  291. boconn
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    Look Pluggers! Neopolitian Ice Cream is as American as Red, White, and Brown…Oh wait…Ooopsies

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