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Metapost: Hello friends! Is this a safe place to talk about my sudden insanity?

Here is something that you might not know, because I haven’t really publicized it much on this blog: 18 months ago, after almost ten years of freelancing, I took a full-time job as associate online news editor at ITworld, a very nice site where I got to work with great people covering technology. Four weeks ago, I quit. My last day was Friday.

I didn’t quit because the job was bad (it wasn’t, and if you live near Boston or San Francisco and would like to apply for it, you can). But I was burned out on the process of coming up with quick reactions to news all the time. And what I really wanted to do — what I’ve wanted to do ever since this blog started connecting with a large audience, years ago now — was be funny, full time.

You can read all my process-y feelings about it over on my jfruh.com blog, but the short version is that I’ve quit my job to try to do full-time writing, mostly funny. This is completely bonkers, obviously. I couldn’t do it without my wife supporting me (in more ways than one) in this decision, but it’s still pretty terrifying. Of course I shall continue to mock Mary Worth over here; but I hope you all will come along with me as I try out other stuff as well. I have several projects in the works, some of which will never see the light of day, some of which will hopefully blow your minds. The best way to follow all the stuff I’m doing is to follow my Twitter or Facebook or Google+ or Tumblr (which is also just a regular blog that has an RSS feed and everything). And of course I’ll announce the big stuff here.

Oh, and if you’re a professionally funny person who’s always thought, “Gee, I’d sure like to collaborate with Josh Fruhlinger on something,” well, now’s your chance! Shoot me an email at bio@jfruh.com. I suddenly have some free time on my hands.

116 responses to “Metapost: Hello friends! Is this a safe place to talk about my sudden insanity?”

  1. Jamus The Bartender
    April 30th, 2012 at 6:55 pm [Reply]

    Hm. This is all very interesting. And congratulations and good luck to you and Amber on this exciting new time in your life. :)

  2. TheDiva
    April 30th, 2012 at 6:55 pm [Reply]

    Best of luck, Josh! If this blog and Citation Needed are any indication, you should do very well.

  3. Rocky Stoneaxe
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#y143): I think it’s just Janis’ nipples that remind Arlo of olives, not the whole breasts. Let’s not give the lady a complex.

    Except his wife’s pert little breasts (nipples and all!) remind Arlo of the modest charms of his former lover: OLIVE OYL. Why do you think Arlo married Janis in the first place? He used to see Olive NAKED on a regular basis when they were an item. But all of that changed when Ham Gravy came into the picture — and she dropped Arlo like a hot potato. Even after 90 years, poor Arlo is STILL lusting after OO’s tiny assets.

    http://www.lalanative.com/2009/01/olive-oyl-is-bulimic-opportunist.html

    WARNING: The above is NSFW!!!

    Note to Mr. Fruhlinger: I have no doubt that you’ll find another paying gig ere long. And I urge all of you Jerry Seinfelds and Kenny Banias out there to give Josh a holler!

  4. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:11 pm [Reply]

    The Nutty Fruhlinger.

  5. Doyle
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:14 pm [Reply]

    I support you every step of the way, Josh!

  6. LanceThruster
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:18 pm [Reply]

    Good to see you as having options. Let your talent take you as far as it can.

    Warm regards, congrats, and best wishes.

    LT

  7. Sequitur
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:22 pm [Reply]

    That’s great, Josh! You’re following your heart and your dreams and doing it while you’re still somewhat young. I wish you all the best, besides, ITWorld couldn’t have been paying you that much.

    [Josh whispers his salary]

    <Penn Jillette Voice> YOU FOOL! </Penn Jillette Voice>

  8. W
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:37 pm [Reply]

    Good luck Josh!

  9. Jamus The Bartender
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    Please Remember Them This Week In Prayer…

    —Mark Trail and his St. Bernard dog Andy, who are using a little bit too much force on the growers of the evil marijuana in Lost Forest.
    —The marijuana growers from the above.
    —Brad DeGroot, Toni Daytona, and their friend TJ, who are currently looking for Toni’s niece/daughter Shannon, by taking a sledgehammer to the walls. Also, please, someone call the police, if no one has already done so.
    —The cast of Funky Winkerbean, because you know SOMETHING bad is going to happen at this prom, probably to those guys who like to fake text one another.
    —The cast of Judge Parker, who, conversely, nothing but good things happen to. I mean, a Winnebago for Sophie to play in, Randy and April are getting married, who just got free cars and gas from the Saudis…have these people ever heard of the balance of karma??
    —Don’t know if this counts, but actress/professional hostage MJ Parker, who, having survived an abduction to Asgard, is currently being harrased by one of her fellow actors, meow, but…hey, this is Broadway, where this sort of thing happens a lot.
    —Edda Burber, impending mommy, and her boyfriend, Amos van Hoesen, the daddy, whom, it looks like he’s gonna get his ass beat by roomie Seth Appleby. Nimbus of impending doom, indeed.

  10. numbskull72
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    Best of luck Josh! I’m a regular (every damn day!) reader and infrequent commenter, but I can’t imagine a day without the ‘Mudge! Keep rockin’!

  11. Audley Z. Darkheart
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:08 pm [Reply]

    Josh,
    I’ve been reading CC for years now and I just wanted to pass along my best wishes. Good luck and knock ‘em dead!

  12. banana
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:16 pm [Reply]

    Best of luck Josh! I’ve been a regular reader since Aldomania, way back when and I appreciate your humor every day!

  13. Calico
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:17 pm [Reply]

    Best of luck / Bonne chance Josh! I’m sure you’ll do fine!

  14. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:23 pm [Reply]

    Wishing you so much success you can afford to hire us all on full time!

  15. cheech wizard
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:34 pm [Reply]

    Best of luck Josh – you’ve definitely got the right stuff to make a go of this. And I completely sympathize with being burned out on the paid writing gig – it’s an occupational hazard. My current gig is a pretty decent one, and I work for some great people, but it’s tough to keep tilling the same ground day after day.

    Oh, and if it doesn’t work out, you can always sell Amway. Mary Worth is going to be looking to recruit other Independent Business Owners shortly.

  16. Pierce Fillmore
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    Now that you have more time, maybe you can research how those kids from Winkerbean were able to send anonymous texts. That really pissed me off, I don’t think it can be done!

  17. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:43 pm [Reply]

    @Pierce Fillmore (#16): They use a flux capacitor.

  18. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    Very exciting, Josh! But how will you find room on the dedication page of your first solo book venture for all of us?

    MT: Andy’s not that big; it’s just that in today’s strip, “The Marijuana Grower” is played by Herve Villechaize.

  19. Blynneda
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:54 pm [Reply]

    Long-time reader, rare poster, but I just wanted to de-lurk long enough to wish you the best of luck! As a writer, I appreciate the difficulty of finding time to fit your own projects into a fully employed schedule. This is the kind of move that you’ll be able to look back on years from now without regret!

  20. IagoPogo
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:06 pm [Reply]

    Bonne chance et n’oubliez pas d’essayer la viande de veau!

  21. calhobbes
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:13 pm [Reply]

    Best of luck, Josh! I’ve been reading this site since 2006, and it’s never failed to put a smile on my face. I look forward to your future endeavors.

  22. Zerowolf
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:23 pm [Reply]

    Best of luck to you. Other than not having a degree in IT or journalism and being a total Facebook/Twitter luddite (I’m with Betty White about Facebook) and absolutely no experience, I’d be perfect for the job.

  23. Yr Obt Servt
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    MW: I am hoping, hoping hoping that the “big announcement ” turns out to be a hard-sell pitch for time-share condos in the Florida Keys.

  24. Droopy Says
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    @Pierce Fillmore (#16): It’s easy to be anonymous when you have no personality.

  25. Anonymous
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#24): Hey! I resemble that remark!

  26. Little A.
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:11 pm [Reply]

    I know you will do well, you are one of the funniest without being stupid funny men I have ever had the pleasure to read.
    Ah bee gezint, as we used to say in The Bronx. That’s Yiddish for, break a leg.

  27. Peanut Gallery
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:16 pm [Reply]

    Good luck Josh!

    @Droopy Says (#149): The really awesome thing about Teenage Caveman (if I recall correctly), is that it ends with that classic caption:

    THE END… ?

  28. Richard
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:20 pm [Reply]

    I wish you the best. I hope your wife makes a lot of money. I personally wouldn’t have had the cajones in this economy.

  29. pugfuggly
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    Best of luck, Josh, and whatever you do, I’ll follow.

    Not in a creepy Police song way. In the good way. Really.

  30. Trillian
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    Best of luck, Josh! Looking forward to your future endeavors!

    9CL: Brooke should just save this strip and run it after she pees on the stick.

    MT: Best. Mark. Trail. Strip. Ever.

    MG&G: Love is…butt-welders from Butte.

  31. Sequitur
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    @Little A. (#26): Be careful with that phrase. We sure don’t want Hardy Laurel taking over the blog.

  32. chistery
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:29 pm [Reply]

    Excellent news, Josh. Congratulations!

  33. Hibbleton
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:41 pm [Reply]

    Whenever I want a laugh, that is more than I get here, I open citation needed. I look forward to more funny stuff.

    …as Mark violently hurls an oversized, stuffed dog borrowed from the lost forest natural history museum’s diorama of canine companions (where he might have had to punch the caretaker) at a reprobate bumpkin.

  34. pugfuggly
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:04 pm [Reply]

    @Yr Obt Servt (#23):

    Are we still taking bets on this? I’m putting 5 mudgeonbucks on ‘vaguely scientology-like cult’. With a fancy compound like that, I imagine that soon we’ll be meeting a shady, charismatic benefactor who’s got a hold on Gina and Bobby, and it’ll be up to Mary to show them that true happiness comes from within, or something…

  35. sporknpork
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    I’m thrilled to hear this news. I’m currently in a similar situation (I won’t go into it here), and this is highly encouraging to me. Having seen what you already create day to day, you’re already well ahead of the curve and should have no trouble finding success. Congrats. :-D

  36. Walker of Dog
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:30 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations and best of luck – can’t wait to see what’s next for you. May Fortune rain on your ventures with gentle nurturing showers and not giant falling dogs.

  37. Droopy Says
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:43 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#27): I don’t recall the end title to “Teenage Caveman,” but “The Blob” ended with “The End . . . ?”

    Good luck, Josh!

  38. Oavis
    May 1st, 2012 at 12:25 am [Reply]

    The situation you’re in never gets less terrifying (and wait until you have a kid!), but it’s still immeasurably better than having a real job.

  39. ElkMeadow
    May 1st, 2012 at 12:27 am [Reply]

    Best of luck with it all, Josh!

    And on a totally different note:

    Wow… Anyone else see Sailor Twain today?

    http://sailortwain.com/

  40. Droopy Says
    May 1st, 2012 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    The Amusing Spiderman: This week’s plot development: Hardly Laurel is obnoxious. Next week’s plot twist: how a microscope can reveal the difference between him and Peter Passive.

    I Was A LoFo Caveman: Up next, Mark Trail discovers fire!

    For Better Or For Wankerbeat: I’m glad that Batiuk explicitly told us this was a joke, because I’d hate to have missed the side-splitting guffaws. But who is that person in the middle frame? Are we certain it’s the One-Armed Wonder? How can we know for certain if we don’t see a pinned-up sleeve in each panel? The suspense is a real nail-biter!

    Pardon My Planet: Just what the world needs: a look at future Marvin in a single’s bar.

  41. CanuckDownSouth
    May 1st, 2012 at 1:36 am [Reply]

    Gee, Rex, I can’t think of any reason why someone who’s arrived in town for the funeral of her estranged father, an estrangement she blames on her stepmother and, oh yeah, had her hotel reservation fracked, so she has to stay with strangers, might want a few solid drinks. I see your diagnostic skills for alcoholism are about as good as your treatments for ODing.

    Gina, meanwhile, will be announcing her new fashion line: metamorphic-neckline gowns. Sadly, the bustline-plunger device is stored in an adhesive Ponytail O’ Ugliness, so there’s no market for them.

  42. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 1st, 2012 at 2:20 am [Reply]

    Wishing you luck, Josh!

  43. Uncle Lumpy
    May 1st, 2012 at 2:23 am [Reply]

    Congratulations — enjoy!

  44. Terryfic
    May 1st, 2012 at 4:31 am [Reply]

    @The REAL Mark Trail (#191Y): So is it a face with glasses and goatee? Is that you?

  45. Terryfic
    May 1st, 2012 at 4:32 am [Reply]

    Oh yeah – congrats Josh! Go for it!

  46. compass rose
    May 1st, 2012 at 5:06 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#37): Add to the list: Manos, Hands of Fate

  47. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    May 1st, 2012 at 5:12 am [Reply]

    Much luck, Josh!

  48. John C Fremont
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:14 am [Reply]

    Congrats and best wishes! In the words of The Reverend Bernice Woodall, get out there and unknot those nuts!

  49. Hogenmogen
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:32 am [Reply]

    Josh, I wish you the best of luck in your new enterprises. I’ll try to catch some of the “funny” as it flies off your brain, which spins at a significant rpm.

  50. Little Guy
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:34 am [Reply]

    Best of luck, Josh, although I would have loved to see a Mungeon take on IT:

    Patch Tuesday: Again, Flashing is inadequate.

    The Cloud: More than a chance of meatballs involved.

    And no, I didn’t mean Dilbert; I say a ‘Mungeon; take.

  51. Little Guy
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:39 am [Reply]

    Oh, and if you’re a professionally funny person…

    That rules out half the strip artists we snark on.

    (And I tore out my ACL Funny Bone in college, so I can only quip half-speed in Semi-Pro Funny).

  52. StriderGirl
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:03 am [Reply]

    Congratulations, Josh, on following your dream! You certainly have the talent for making a career out of funny writing. May all the breaks go your way.

  53. Hogenmogen
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:04 am [Reply]

    Hello? TJ from Luann? Some obnoxious loser over at Spiderman is totally stealing your schtick.

  54. Hogenmogen
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:09 am [Reply]

    BB: Buxley on a Tuesday? WHAT TH’!

  55. terrapin
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:15 am [Reply]

    Congratulations Josh! You’ve been making me and, I suspect, a few others laugh every day for Quite some time. More power to you! The world needs more smart humor.

  56. YouWho
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:19 am [Reply]

    Sounds like Josh took Mary Worth’s advice, and is now following his dreams!

  57. Hogenmogen
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:24 am [Reply]

    Judge Parker: Elope? No, I already got your wedding gift! A jet aircraft (with a free gas card)!

    For the wedding, I would have loved to see a complete reversal of everyone’s overwhelming generosity that they normally bestow on the Driver/Parker clan. “Oh, a clock radio, wow. Look, Honey, we got another smokeless ashtray that comes free with an order of Ginsu Knives. And in this package… a fruit basket! How could we ever thank everyone enough?”

  58. S. Stout
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    Whatever happens, it’s great that you’re going for what makes you happy.

  59. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    9CL: /facepalm of megafail.

    JS: modern art, explained, day 2.

    JUMBLE: oooo, the naughty possibilites!!!

    RMMD: at least they have good taste in booze. (right, bb,u?)

    Retail: how may politically correct people does it take to change a lightbulb? [*]

  60. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:07 am [Reply]

    Love is . . . egg vibrators. set on high.

  61. LUJBEM FEJF
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    Josh- Been there done that! And look at me now! I’m a big time cartoonist who mocks YOU in my art. Good for you! And bless Amber! I couldn’t have done any of what I’ve accomplished without my wife supporting me (more ways that one).
    ODOG KLUC & LAL HET SEBT!

  62. un malpaso
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    Wow! Best of luck Josh! Have a great time!
    “To do what one loves is the best calling of all,” to quote a Mary Worth-Worthy platitude that I JUST MADE UP! Congratulations, and thanks for all the great snarkery so far as well :)

  63. Weaselboy
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:17 am [Reply]

    Good luck to you, Josh. You definitely know funny.

  64. Perky Bird
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    Best of luck, Josh! But tell me, why didn’t you and Amber invite us all to your friend’s posh mansion in New York and throw a big party to make this “very special announcement”? I could have brought salmon squares!

  65. Tom the Sailor Man
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    Josh,

    Looongtime reader; infrequent poster, yadda yadda yadda.

    Good luck to you in your new endeavors!

    Although you must realize that with a few well-placed rumors about fellow writers stealing office supplies, you could be editor-in-chief of ITworld by now. And announcing it at a ‘Mudge-fest in a borrowed Long Island mansion. Oh well, you’re still young – plenty of time!

  66. TheDiva
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    9CL: Subtle, Brooke. Reeeeeally subtle.

    A3G: Well, when you’re as poorly drawn as you are, Margo, very easily.

    C’shaft: Crankshaft’s doctor tries to kill him through ibuprofen overdose.

    FW: “But why are you asking this? You’ve seen my parents a bunch of times.”
    “Must be some hastily scrawled exposition by an author who realized his favorite strawperson hadn’t been in the comic for a while, so he needed to re-establish her identity in preparation for his latest Very Special Episode.”

    Luann: …If Shannon is in the dryer, and if she’s not seriously injured or dead as one might expect a child who crawled into a running dryer to be, I will hunt Greg Evans down.

    MW: Well, people who believe that “true love” is something that just happens to you rather than being built over a lifetime of personal growth and effort usually end up lonely and/or disappointed, so…yeah, I guess you two are lucky. Stupid, but lucky.

    Pluggers have the same priorities they had as a teenager.

    SM: Oh please, MJ, like that was any worse than the scripted lines.

  67. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    for Poteet.

    Meanwhile, in Canada. (rather rude humor)

    for True Fable. (alt: meanwhile, in Afghanistan)

    ikkle Sailor Girl. (Sailor Kuiper Belt Object?)

    nest of bunnies.

    otter iz all out of romp.

    corgsqui.

  68. LUJBEM FEJF
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:38 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#59): Jumble- Oooh, Do tell! Chickachicka-boowboow

  69. Lucky
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    Beetle Bailey – Miss Buxley is getting ready for her cameo in Apartment 3-G.

    Herb & Jamaal – I never imagined that Herb would be the first comic strip character to come out as a transvestite.

    Peanuts – Schultz is fucking with 3eanuts from beyond the grave, it seems.

  70. Dennis Jimenez
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:43 am [Reply]

    You have such a great wit, Josh – I think the first thing I read here was a post on JP called, What They Say and What They Mean – I laughed my ass off and have been grooving on it ever since. All the best to you in all your endeavors. DJ.

  71. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:48 am [Reply]

    Oop – Go on, just send Lola to Mondovia and get on with the next plot. We already know you’re offloading the character as soon as possible for whatever reason — avoidance of undue excitement?

    Valiant – Is this updating for you guys? I’m still seeing the kid sitting on the log drawing.

    Smirky – Ha ha. It’s always funnier to repeat somebody else’s joke than it is to make your own.

  72. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:49 am [Reply]

    Smirky (contd) – Whoa! I just read this at the website, in the hovertext. “Summer is the daughter of Les Moore and the athlete her father never was.” Summer has two dads!

    Heart – Sure they’re freaked. Everything’s scarier when Serling narrates.

    love is… …showing us her anus. Bastards.

  73. Gal Friday
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    Congratulations, Josh! It’s not bonkers to do what you love.

    And hey ‘Mudgeons–Josh didn’t mention his tip jar, but now might be an excellent time to show him how much we enjoy his writing!

  74. seismic-2
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:05 am [Reply]

    Good luck, Josh – if anyone can make a living at humor, you can. (And apparently anyone in fact can make a living at “humor” – look at Mama and Crock). Best wishes to your wife, too, who must have been a great sport to take the news so graciously when you announced your intention to quit your job and rely on her financial support as you launch your robot monkey venture career in comedy!

  75. wossname
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:05 am [Reply]

    Josh, congrats on your bold career move! If there’s any justice, you’ll be wildly successful (hence your wealth). Good luck!

    H&L – Umm, Hi, since the car is sitting right there, you could just crank it and let Joe and/or Bob listen to it.

    CdS – is awesome, as usual, but also reminds me of a real-life drama where a stink bug appeared in my kitchen, and my brother and I managed to usher it outside very carefully and very quietly so as not to piss it off and cause it to blow.

    A3G – Shulock is certainly skipping over a lot of key plot points. So after catching Margo and Scott in the purportedly innocent kiss, Nina lurched down the stairs, I guess with Tommie lurching along behind. One second later, they were at Nina’s father’s house, and Nina was asleep, and Sprawling told Tommie a story so horrifying that we readers were not allowed to hear it. Now, one second later, Tommie and Margo are back at 3G. How did all this happen, and where is Scott all this time?

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#71): PV is Sunday only, isn’t it?

  76. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:07 am [Reply]

    @wossname (#75):

    How did all this happen, and where is Scott all this time?

    After Margo got him all revved up, he’s spending some quality time with Huggy the Bear.

  77. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:10 am [Reply]

    Brewster Rockit — Surely, thou doth jest… Captain Hindsight would never waste one of his delicious baked coconut cream pies on THE ENEMY:

    http://www.jsonline.com/comics/32402404.html?feature_id=Brewster&feature_date=2012-05-01

    Did I just make myself salivate typing the above? And don’t call me “Shirley”!

  78. Ericca
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:13 am [Reply]

    Josh, I wanted to take a sec and wish you all the very best of luck. You will make it happen!

    I too just gave my notice at my [crappy but working wonderful people low-paying part-time retail job which turned into full-time which I only took to bridge some tough times in between freelancing but proceeded to take over my life] job. I am devoting my energies full-time to a new business a friend and I just started, plus a new epublishing site I want to start (hopefully I can promote your work soon!). It’s all crazy and exciting and terrifying and absolutely worth it at the end of the day.

    You have given me so many years of pleasure with this blog, and I laughed my ass off reading [Citation Needed]. Can’t wait to follow your Tumblr too. You are awesome!

    “Courage is the price that/life exacts for granting peace.” -Amelia Earhart

  79. Liam
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    A3G-”Thatwas a kiss on the cheek? We need a new artist. It looked like you were examining her tonsils.”

  80. Mibbitmaker
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    New Pop Culture’s Kids up!

    “Field Trip”: Finally, it’s Kevin & Kyle’s turn. Kevin & Kyle: The Abed Brothers*.

    *figuratively, of course.

  81. Alfred E. Neuman
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    Josh, I have every confidence that you will be highly successful with your new endeavor. In fact, I am not worried at all!

  82. Hogenmogen
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    So I’m wondering how you can actually make a living being funny on these internets, as everyone seems to demand quality content for free.

    But I don’t even understand how to “shoot an email”. Somehow that phrase makes me cringe. I’d prefer to have my emails lightly placed in my mailbox with an appropriate amount of cotton batting. Short of that, gently tossed. No one asks to have their texts shot at them, and I imagine that a text would hurt less due to its relatively diminutive number of 1s and 0s. Now excuse me, I have to go shoot a phone call.

  83. Shirley Stoneaxe
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    I thought I told you not to call me “Shirley”!

  84. Sequitur
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:28 am [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#82): It’s still better to have an email shot at you rather than have a stinkbug blow.

  85. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    @Hogenmogen (#54): I know! Did Walker or King Features get the date confused? Maybe I misunderstood the rule. I know Miss Buxley’s always in Wednesday’s strip, but maybe she’s allowed in on other days as well?

    // If she’s not in tomorrow’s strip, I think we’re all Mayans. @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#59):

  86. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#59): “Retail: how may politically correct people does it take to change a screw in a lightbulb?”

    FTFY.

    // Only two, but they have to be very, very small.

  87. Sequitur
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#86): You could do a cartoon of two small people who live in a light bulb. Phil & Mint.

  88. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    BR: I like Cliff’s thinking: If the pink slime is in the hamburger, eat pie!

    C&B: I was only introduced to Cow & Boy a few months back, when it was in the news after coming in as most hated comic strip in a newspaper survey in a small Texas newspaper. But after following it for a while, it has my vote as the best strip currently going.

    H&L: Hi spent too much time on hold waiting to talk to Click and Clack. Good thinking tho, why waste the recording?

  89. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    @wossname (#75): PV is Sunday only, isn’t it?
    Yes. And it didn’t change to a new strip this week. I’m not sure if it changed last week. I’ve looked on Darkgate and the PI, and searched unsuccessfully for another venue.

  90. Illustrator Steve
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    MT – The things the poor UPS drivers have to put up with!

    WHY doesn’t Mark keep that damn dog of his on a leash? All that UPS guy was trying to do was deliver a new fishing pole for Rusty that Cherry had ordered as a surprise for him!

    Now Mark and his VILLAINOUS dog have gone and ruined Rusty’s surprise!

    Hope you and your VILLAINOUS dog enjoy your damn pancakes tommorow morning, Mark Trail. Because your family sure as hell won’t feel like sitting at the same table with either one of you!

  91. AhClem
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    Good luck, Josh. I assume you took Mary Worth’s advice, and by “I’ve quit my job to try to do full-time writing, mostly funny…” you really mean “I’m going into Sales!

  92. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#87): Ha! Alas MY graphic abilities are similar to those of Chet Jade, in Dick Tracy.

  93. CanuckDownSouth
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:05 am [Reply]

  94. Illustrator Steve
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    The gigantic size of Andy reminded me of the huge 180 pound Newfoundland dog my in-laws had when the kids were little. They rigged a harness to the big dog and hooked it up to a wagon to give the little kids a ride around the front lawn. Everything went well and the kids had fun. That is until that damn rabbit came out of no where and took off across the road!!!!

  95. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    Well, one would hope this site is a safe place for the owner to talk about his sudden insanity. Although it sounds more like striking while the iron’s hot than anything else.

    In other news.

    MW: Yeah, lucky. You’re both… very lucky. Let’s go with that.

    S-M: Just to be 100% clear, NONE OF THIS should be in the script.

    Ghost-Who-Has-Meticulous-Timing: Hey Kit, isn’t Victor’s son in the back of the SUV right now? Oh, but never mind, he’s sleeping. No kid in history ever shut his eyes and pretended to sleep.

    SFx: Man, look at those tongues. Kid must have opened a lemonade stand in Hootin’ Holler.

    DT: Unfortunately, this being Dick Tracy, they had to send in a mole with a name like SP O’Nage or something.

    GT: Come on, narration box. “The next day, the poor boy just strikes out.” This is not hard.

    M-Dawg: Oh, so the same as he does to shortstops.

    9CL: That… makes no sense at all.

    C-Shaft: Is Crankshaft’s doctor trying to poison him with an ibuprofen overdose? Not a very sure way of getting the job done.

    BB: Go ahead, saleslady. Perform an act of vigilante castration. They’ll never get me to testify against you.

  96. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:11 am [Reply]

    MT: Andy doesn’t get many opportunities for fun. Much of the time, Mark leaves him at home with Cherry and that freaky-looking kid, and when he does get to come along, he’s relegated to the role of sidekick, enduring Mark’s voiced-thought inanities. He finds a nice girl-dog, and what happens? Some Mountie moron locks him up. And would it kill someone to ask him if he’d like some pancakes, too? All I’m saying is, Mark, Andy’s about to enjoy himself for the first time in years; at least give him a few minutes of quality mauling before you pull him back.

    MW: “And you’re lucky, Mary, because you get to hear our special announcement. That guy over there, he’s lucky, too. And that woman by the window? Yep, lucky! The girl with the shrimp puffs—-so lucky. . . .”

  97. Liam
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:15 am [Reply]

    MT-”Andy, don’t. Remember the last pothead you ate. You got so high you didn’t come down for a week.”

  98. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#93): That is a SUPER reproduction! Thanks.

    // “Mother’s and Father’s humors will improve when they see this fine turtle I have drawn!” Heh. How many times have you heard that before? Bet Aleta’s refrigerator is covered in turtle drawings.

  99. Cloudbuster
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:27 am [Reply]

    9CL: Wow. That last time I saw in-story advertising that vulgar, its use was satirical, as in Wayne’s World or Josie and the Pussycats. Then, again, lord help me, I clicked. Only to find that the “blog” is almost entirely self-promotion content, with the occasional break where McE harps on his favorite topic: how horrible any readers who criticize him are.

    JP: What? Elope? And miss out on being showered with more riches in the form of wildly extravagant wedding gifts? Does not compute.

    MW: Just putting it down now, because it’s been on my mind. If this plot ends up involving the mafia, consider: 1) It was Gina’s father who saw something more than a decade ago, not Gina. 2) They only put you in the witness protection program if you agree to testify. That ship surely sailed long ago, and movies to the contrary, revenge isn’t cost-effective.

    A3G: Heh, Tommie’s got a “Wow, Margo, you are really full of shit!” look on her face!

  100. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:36 am [Reply]

    MW – People have been conditioned to expect things such as dramatic tension, plot arcs, conflict. Mary Worth has embarked on a while new style. Why bother with suspense or irony, or even plot, when you can just have weeks and weeks of everyone celebrating these two ancillary characters reveling in their perfect, unchanging, unquestioned love?

    The closest thing to conflict in the whole arc was the keystone cops “will Gina’s message get to Bobby?” nonsense. All of which was resolved off-panel, so we could focus on Bobby showing up, declaring that he, too, is still madly in love, and proposing by the end of the week.

    For the Masters thesis, calculate the percentage of strips devoted to everyone wallowing in bliss over the end of a plot, and the percentage of strips actually devoted to something happening that isn’t a straight-line development from the premise of the story line. We’ve coasted on Aldomania for far too long!

  101. Illustrator Steve
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:49 am [Reply]

    BEST OF LUCK JOSH! As they used to say, See you in the funny pages!

  102. greghousesgf
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:58 am [Reply]

    Good luck, Josh!

  103. A New Day
    May 1st, 2012 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations Josh! I look forward to seeing all the amazing things you’re going to do now!

  104. Calico
    May 1st, 2012 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    @un malpaso (#62):
    Can we get that on a T-Shirt soon?

  105. Mark B.
    May 1st, 2012 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations, Josh. You certainly have the talent and drive to be a fabulous success. Plus, you’re really funny.

  106. Scherzo
    May 1st, 2012 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    Follow your dreams, Josh! Good Luck!

  107. Borborygmy
    May 1st, 2012 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    Like Cartman said: “Follow your dreams. Beefcake!”

  108. kattastic
    May 1st, 2012 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    How wonderful!

  109. nightfly
    May 1st, 2012 at 1:42 pm [Reply]

    Good luck with the career change! Gain confidence from knowing you’re funnier than Mary Jane Watson-Parker.

  110. benro
    May 1st, 2012 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    Good luck! I’m looking forward to digesting more of your comedy food product in the future. CC has always been my favorite internet blog (at least since Amber Night disappeared into the ether).

  111. Uncle Lumpy
    May 1st, 2012 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    @nightfly (#109):

    Gain confidence from knowing you’re funnier than Mary Jane Watson-Parker.

    Gain even more confidence from knowing you can walk upright.

  112. Shrug
    May 1st, 2012 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#17):

    “They use a flux capacitor.”

    Pretty high tech for that job. I’m still sticking with my old Interociter. It only distims the doshes in black and white, but I’m thinking of buying more ants from Yoyodine.

  113. DiscomBob
    May 1st, 2012 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    Oooo- you might want to try your hand at being funny first.
    JK, good luck!

  114. Shrug
    May 1st, 2012 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    Also: Best of luck, Josh! “Break a funny-bone!” as Hardy Laurel might say.

  115. Mikey Mike
    May 1st, 2012 at 4:21 pm [Reply]

    You are fantastic and talented and funny and it’s not just me and your mother who think so. Congrats and let us know where you’ll be spewing the hilarity.

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    September 5th, 2012 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

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