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Fight! Fight! Comics nerd fight!

Crock, 5/6/12

OH SNAP I JUST GOT TOTALLY BURNED! It may have taken six years, but the good people over at Crock have finally noticed that they’re in a feud with me, and have responded appropriately. While the idea that I began my blog as the result of some kind of massive traumatic brain injury would explain a lot of things, the jokes on them: I never had any artistic talent in the first place, suckers!

Of course, if you aren’t me or part of the fairly small slice of the comics-reading public who also reads my blog, this strip would make exactly zero sense to you. Just another Sunday Crock, in other words.

Rex Morgan, M.D., 5/6/12

That lovingly rendered next-to-last panel sure isn’t going to change the minds of anyone who thinks that the creators of Rex Morgan, M.D., have some kind of sick nostril fetish.

Apartment 3-G, 5/6/12

“So my suspicions are correct: Nina is an eternally undead vampire! At last, a worthy adversary!”

261 responses to “Fight! Fight! Comics nerd fight!”

    May 6th, 2012 at 9:39 am [Reply]

    Wow, I’m kind of annoyed that the son of the creator of Crock thinks he’s got more talent than Josh. I’m not a big Josh fanboi or anything – I don’t have a big poster of a shirtless Josh chopping wood in my bedroom, for example. It just pissed me off that the worthless hack who does Crock, who is just riding on the worthless hack who created Crock’s coat tails is somehow defending his art.

  2. Josh
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:43 am [Reply]

    @OMEGA SUPREME (#1): I don’t have a big poster of a shirtless Josh chopping wood in my bedroom, for example

    Well, sure, I mean, that’s the sort of thing you put up in the living room where everyone can see it, right?


  3. C. Sandy Cyst
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    Dying in childbirth? Honey, what decade do you come from? Update that subscription to W magazine, sister! It’s all about surviving childbirth so you can micromanage your child’s life these days!

  4. Doug Puthoff
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    Well, look on the bright side, Josh! At least the Creator of “Crock” didn’t slap you with a “Cease and Desist” order, as Tom Batiuk did to T.F. Hackett of “Son of Stuck Funky” fame.

  5. DrBear
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:49 am [Reply]

    Freerloiter? The best they could do to riff off your last name is Freerloiter?

  6. UncleJeff
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:53 am [Reply]

    A poster of a shirtless Josh chopping wood?
    I’d so go for a t-shirt of that!

  7. LimeyTart
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    I can’t wait until 6 years from now, when we see how the good people at Crock return fire over today’s assault by “Freerloiter.”

  8. mnemonica
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:57 am [Reply]

    Oh! Maybe *all* Crocks are esoteric in-jokes that only a few people could possibly get. That would explain a lot.

  9. Chareth Cutestory
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:03 am [Reply]

    A3G: “I thought dying in childbirth ended a century ago! What sort of third world country was that? [Insert very specific New York geographic reference that only rich New Yorkers know/care about]?”

  10. UncleJeff
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:03 am [Reply]

    Partially-Open Bathrobe Chronicles: What’s with the “sniff” panel?
    Is June checking to see if you can smell the whiskey/drugs she’s putting in Iris’s coffee?

  11. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:03 am [Reply]

    deadtree B&C: porcupines do NOT WORK THAT WAY!!! (if they are also featured in MT today, I will plotz.)

    deadtree GrAv: this strip falls from bland mediocrity into utter suckitude.

    A&J: guest-starring Hammy and his latest crush.

    HotC, PBS: *applaz*

    IP: as origin stories go, that’s not so bad.

    PMP: they don’t allow smoking in the cells these days.

    Zits: at least it’s this strip featuring hot senior chicks. if it was MW, I’d be looking for the brainbleach.

    NAoQV: *gigglez*

    SBp: no “phoning a friend” either, I suspect.

    Bizarro: Sponge Bob is NOT inherently funny.

    MG&G: whoops.

    RwO: they don’t allow smoking in the cells these days.

  12. Ashley
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    Andy Capp:Win!

    That is all.

  13. Chip
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:08 am [Reply]

    The artists for Rex Morgan have retreated to their ‘go to’ default when drawing June’s nose. Look at the perky boob-shape of the thing!

    Oh, and never mind Iris vomiting behind the couch in the previous panel.

  14. Crazy Jay
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    @Josh (#2): No no no! It goes in the formal dining room above the silverware huch! Where the hell else would you put fine art!

  15. lorne
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:11 am [Reply]

    It all makes sense now.
    Every edition of Crock is addressed to one specific person and/or grudge, and is a complete mystery to everybody else.

  16. Ranger™
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    @OMEGA SUPREME (#1): Hold on just a dingdong minute, Mr. Supreme. Let’s not get carried away with the vitriol. Because Kevin Rechin — the son of the creator of Crock — is a talented artist in his own right:

    While I have no idea what Mr. Rechin or Mr. Fruhlinger looks like without a shirt, I doubt if either one of them measures up to my creator, Mr. Jack Elrod!

  17. Digger
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    Crock: I suppose I should go for the obvious joke and say that I was sure Freerloiter would say that he was going to start writing Crock now that he’s had a lobotomy. I guess that would account for the tent in the middle of the desert having an electrical outlet. But hey, why let logic stand in the way of taking that blog guy down a notch? Take that, Freerloiter!

  18. Jon the Red
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:18 am [Reply]

    Crock wants you dead, Josh. I’m kind of jealous.

  19. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    I was sure that Crock was going to end with the guy planning to draw a comic strip about the French Foreign Legion.

    Of course, if you aren’t me or part of the fairly small slice of the comics-reading public who also reads my blog, this strip would make exactly zero sense to you.

    So the punchline is directly squarely at the only people who read Crock. I don’t see the problem.

  20. The Real Dan
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    The best part of Crock is that half of the people who actually read Crock because they like it were just totally alienated by the use of the word “blog,” and will no longer be reading it. That means there are only six non-ironic Crock readers left.

  21. Nuklhd
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    MW – So nice of them to re-animate Allen Ludden from Password to preside over the wedding ceremony. Especially considering the main demographic of MW readers last understood the shows on TV when he was alive.

  22. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    @DrBear (#5): “Freerloiter? The best they could do to riff off your last name is Freerloiter?”

    I know. Just off the top of my head, I came up with “Malinger” and “Freebooter”…

  23. John C Fremont
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    I really enjoyed that Crock-inspired trip down memory lane link to 6 years ago. Boxer crabs, crappy first-run Foob, that weird Marvella business, early Barreto, and “KITTTT!!” Plus, Slick Smitty providing me a genuinely clever way to avoid parking tickets. Life seemed so innocent all those years ago. (As George Harrison might say.)

    @OMEGA SUPREME (#1): You mean you don’t have that poster?!

    JP – In panel four, Sam pretends he’s Stephen Colbert posing for a picture with his judge friend.

    MT – That owl at the bottom left seems to have its head on upside-down. “Weeeeee!!” it says.

  24. Stev0
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:28 am [Reply]

    It’s all fun and games now, but wait until Mary Worth does a storyline about you!

  25. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:28 am [Reply]

    The Last Hairbender?

    meanwhile, at breakfast.

    This is pretty much my thoughts on the subject.

    a response to MG&G. (rather naughty.)

    ikkle corgsqui.

    stumpy corgsqui.

  26. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:31 am [Reply]

    wait until Mary Worth does a storyline about you!

    Oooh. Aldo Kelrast’s angry, ginger-haired son can show up on Mary’s doorstep.

  27. Mibbitmaker
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    Crock: Touche! A worthy adversary (if not a worthy cartoonist). Sure, another option would be to write and/or draw Crock (or Reply All for that matter), but he’d have to change his parody name then. Also, good thing they didn’t go after us commenters, as some of us do have artistic talent. Not sure about me, of course, but some of y’all…[/self-deprecating]

    By the way, how does the commandant pull plugs with no hands?

    A3G: Well, it’s about time they told us the way Nina’s mother died that we all figured out weeks ago! Honestly!

  28. Lord-z
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:35 am [Reply]

    I don’t think anyone who makes Crock has earned the right to insult the artistic abilities of anyone.

    I suddenly had a throught: What if all the Crock strips is actually some sort of response to someone who wronged the guy who makes them? They only make sense if you know who they are and what they did. That would explain a lot, actually. He doesn’t make comics for the public, he makes comics for people he hates! Are we dealing with some sort of cruel genius?

  29. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:39 am [Reply]

    they said it would never happen. they said it couldn’t be done.

    Weapon Brown just got 20% cooler.

  30. TheDiva
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    Well, congrats Josh. I always say, you know you’ve arrived when Crock does a joke about you.

    A3G: *gasp* Nina’s mother tragically perished in childbirth? And this might possibly have something to do with Nina’s ambivalence towards the blessed state of motherhood? Now there’s a twist absolutely everybody saw coming!

    C’shaft: Crankshaft used raw terror and anxiety to stay comfortable. This explains so much.

    reFOOB: Relax, Elly, she’s just been playing with the cleaning supplies all afternoon.

    FW: Eh, at least it’s not The Very Serious and Important Gay Prom Arc of Seriousness and Importance.

    MW: The simple act of repeating the minister is really taxing Gina’s limited brain capacity. I’m surprised there’s not smoke coming off of her ponytail.

    PBS: Calvin would approve.

    SM: “Doing my thing” = “being useless as usual”

  31. Mibbitmaker
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    @Ranger™ (#16): I didn’t see this when I wrote #27. Maybe “if not worthy cartoonist, if, nonetheless, worthy artist in real life” would be better, though that’s too worthy wordy.

  32. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    @Naked Bunny with a Whip (#26): “My name is Joshua Fruhlinger. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

  33. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:50 am [Reply]

    Soup to Nutz

    Which characters does Andrew become? There are a total of SEVEN:

    Answers tomorrow!

  34. The Ridger
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#23): Me, too. “We haven’t seen the last of April,” Sam foreshadows smugly, and Josh says “Still, I for one am happy to offer a provisionally warm welcome to you, “Barreto,” whoever you are.” Barreto, mrrow.

  35. brendancalling
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    thanks for introducing my to “SoSF”. I had no idea Batiuk was such a twat.

  36. sporknpork
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:59 am [Reply]

    “Life support is keeping him alive.” Also, water is wet.

  37. Windier E. Megatons
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    I like that the artist of Crock thinks it takes a lot of talent to write and draw Crock.

  38. Crankenstank
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    Well, Josh Freerloiter, as I think we’re all going to call you know, if the funniest jokes are inside humor, then Crock must be hilarious today. In this case, I think you missed the punch line: it’s funny because he KILLS THE GUY in the last panel! Which is ha ha ha so NOT funny. On the other hand, it appears in this thinly veiled death threat Crock has issued the comics equivalent of a fatwah on you, which is pretty hilarious. Somewhere some Danish cartoonists are quaking in fear of retribution over drawing the Prophet, and Crock Enterprises bravely steps up in defense of the artistic integrity of its genre by going after a junior Wonkette intern. Game on, sirs! Game on!

  39. Buck Ripsnort
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    FW: Man, Fred Basset has stronger punch-lines than this. Joke, please?

  40. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:14 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#32): I think they’ll need to use an anagram for the name.

    I vote for “Rifler Hung” because of my fantasies. Um, oops.

  41. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    It’s really quite a flattering tribute, isn’t it? Crock takes the threat of moving to Baltimore and starting a comics blog so seriously he resorts to murder to prevent it.

  42. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    @Naked Bunny with a Whip (#40): better than “Fern Girl Uh”.

  43. Nomstrosity
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    Personally, I look forward – not without a little terror – to the day when Mary Worth acknowledges this blog with a hearty meddle of someone named “Joff Shruhlinger.”. Mary will teach us all never to question the value of good, clean, wholesome entertainment. NEVER. Joffmania 2012!

  44. Shrug
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:38 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#y192):

    (reposting, since I forgot there was a new list up, and this may be of enough general interest to spend a bit more bandwidth)

    The “taking in each other’s washing” has been subsequently pushed back even more, to at least 1876, with suggestion it was already then an old wheeze; see summary at

    (Anyone who reads through the cited posts there will learn my True Name, not that it’s much of a secret anyway, so I’ll have to hope there are no evil wizards among you who will use that to bend me to your will. Or to make me do your washing.)

  45. Baka Gaijin
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    @Stev0 (#24): Ooooh, burn!

    @Mibbitmaker (#27): “How does the commandant pull plugs with no hands?” Prehensile penis.

    @Nomstrosity (#43): I’m buying the popcorn and lawn chair in preparation for Joffmania 2012!

  46. KreatureFeatures
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    Rechin had a mega movie deal, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Crock. But studio execs nixed the pic when they caught wind of some Curmudgeon snark.

  47. kingklash
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    When you have hospital monitoring equipment plugging into a tent wall, you forfeit any right to accuse others on lack of talent.

  48. geekwhisperer
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    Crock- In joking aside, this whole thing is what makes Crock so terrible. Apparently its creator thinks he possesses talent and yet is more than willing to burn a Sunday strip on a grudge joke that some miniscule fraction of people would actually get. If the guy had actual talent he’d be making his audience laugh or impressed with his artwork or something redeeming, but alas.

    Hey, we joke a lot about Mary Worth, but at least she’s trying to serve her audience. Even Batiuk doesn’t have this much contempt for his readers. And Crock is shittly drawn and full of bullshit like electrical outlets in tents that are needed to make the “jokes” work.

    Talk about being on life support. Projecting much?

  49. Amykins
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    I’m stymied by the arrogance that the writers of Crock in this strip. I’ve met plenty of comic artists who live on WAHHHHHbury Lane, but this just takes the cake. I don’t know what’s more pathetic; the fact that they felt it necessary to dedicate an entire Sunday strip to a single blogger that’s still a relative unknown, or the fact that Crock is written by no less than three guys and yet still manages to never me funny.

  50. Roto13
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:59 am [Reply]

    I miss that Archie artist who was totally in on the joke. Crock is just… bitter.

  51. JD
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:01 pm [Reply]

    @mnemonica (#8):

    Finally, someone has explained Crock! Now if only someone could explain what it’s doing in so many newspapers….

  52. Droopy Says
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:04 pm [Reply]

    So when you get a lobotomy, you become better at spotting Crock’s flaws than Son of Squiggle? Maybe Freerloiter could get a job editing Crock. Someone should have told Son of Squiggle that Freerloiter’s eyes are open even when the doctor says he isn’t awake yet. Or that Crock’s crop has vanished in his last panel. Or–no, no, I mustn’t look any more, it will only aggravate my glaucoma.

  53. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    Slylock – Wow! How to draw a $50 bill!! I can really use this. (“Slylock Plus” just paid for itself!!)

    Valiant – When I think about it, it’s kind of neat that the strip is written by the former employer of one of my friends, and illustrated by the cousin of another. Well, neat for me. Probably kind of boring for you.

    Snuffy – Ah. Will Shakespeare!

  54. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    Close – “John’s latest strip about a stupid invention could withstand three seconds of scrutiny, or nearly twice as long as all but the most persistent reader would ever devote to looking at or thinking about it.”

    Crock – Uh huh.
    [edited to add: seems more like they're waving "hi" than trying to offend, but I'm not the object of it, so never mind]

    Dick – It’s true about married couples! After all these decades of marriage, Tess is now a dick too.

  55. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

    Garfield – I’m fairly certain remotes don’t work for most TV sets with knobs on them.

    Fuzzy – Satchel is confused. The pants were repressed, because the crease was crooked the first time.

    Judge – “And she can handle a shotgun.”
    “Sawed off?”
    “I said, SAWED OFF.”
    “Well, go fuck yourself!”

  56. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:08 pm [Reply]

    love is… – The “Do Not Disturb” sign isn’t working. They’re still disturbing as hell.

    Mark – Also: don’t light your fire when animals are watching. Any one of them would kill for the secret of our red fire. Don’t be a traitor to your species!

    Mary – I hereby give permission to one and all to read this strip as though it’s really Calvin and Hobbes, pretending to be grown up. At least that explains the cross-eyed look Bobby’s giving at the end, like he’s about to hold his nose up with one finger and stick his tongue out.

  57. odinthor
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:09 pm [Reply]

    #1. OS.

    I don’t have a big poster of a shirtless Josh chopping wood in my bedroom, for example.

    Not having the poster is one thing; but why was Josh, shirtless or not, chopping wood in your bedroom?

  58. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:09 pm [Reply]

    Momma – You know what would be a nice present for your whole family and everyone around you, Sonya? Yeah, you guessed it. So do it already. Use gas.

    Id…”Except for the flying monkey.”
    “Wizard of Id. I got that reference!” —Captain America

    @tallyHO (#y264): This time I’m previewing.
    You need a screen name with an apostrophe in it, so we can count the slashes to see how many times you previewed.

    @Shrug (#291): Anyone who reads through the cited posts there will learn my True Name
    Well, my name’s fairly easy to find as well. I thought you knew that handles here don’t actually prevent disease. They’re solely for the pleasure of the user. Mine’s ribbed!

  59. Tony
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:11 pm [Reply]

    Crock: The Crock cartoonist had better be careful joking about pulling the plug on life support. That hits pretty close to home for his readership.

  60. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    RMMD — I can understand a pointy nose when it fits the general drawing style or when the nose being portrayed is off in the distance. But that green and yellow pointy-nose closeup in the seventh panel is just weird.

  61. bats :[
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    @Josh (#2):that’s where my Josh poster is.

    Gosh, I don’t know what’s better…the massive shout-out to Josh, or a fantabulous nose-cam shot of June!

  62. Baka Gaijin
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    Three Rocks Mall? I see only 2 boulders. Luscious, luscious Ritzi boulders.

    Do they make wedding burqa’s? Some people just don’t have the hairstyles for that “no headgear” look. Just sayin’. Not looking at anyone in particular. No one. OK, you dragged it out of me: Gina Jimenez.

    Pluggers dance under the stars because their Special Moments and As Seen On TV-strewn houses were repossessed. In other words, Pluggers have no money management skills.

  63. bats :[
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:32 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#60): I think the *sniff* redeems it all, Poteet. (Read, that panel’s going in my future mashup stash…)

    You know, I’ve wasted boatloads of time done a lot of mashups the last few years, since I’ve discovered this site (and was massively inspired by Dean Booth, Mashup God). I’m proud to say that I’ve never done a Crock mashup (and that’s saying a lot, considering Love is…, Marvin, and a couple of others of dubious cartoon and/or comic content).

  64. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#44): All the way back to 1876! Excellent!

    // Nevertheless, I shan’t be satisfied until I can prove incontrovertibly that that immortal anecdote was written by Francis Bacon, in between writing Shakespeare’s plays, the King James version of the Bible, and Green Eggs & Ham.

    // As to your real name, well, I’ve known it all along. “Rumpelstiltskin” is Dutch, am I right?

  65. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    CROCK — Freerloiter appears to have an incredibly huge abdominal tumor in the first panel. Things being what they are in CROCK, I’m not surprised the doctor decided a lobotomy would be the best treatment.

  66. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:42 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#63): Yay! Now I look forward to seeing that nose again.

  67. NoahSnark
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    Apparently this blog inspires a homicidal rage in the creator of Crock. I wonder if he thinks that will make us mock him any less? Well, speaking for myself, I am filled with the exact amount of terror I should feel when faced with a man brave enough to murder a helpless invalid.

  68. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#54): “seems more like they’re waving “hi” than trying to offend…”

    Agreed. As an insult it is really too feeble to work. And, after all, it can only benefit Josh by driving curious readers* of Crock to CC to see what the fuss is about.

    // *If such beasts exist.

  69. kkarenb
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    Crock – This doesn’t reach the juvenile level of Brooke McE’s Mr. Sphincter, but it’s approaching that. I can imagine both cartoonists sitting at their drawing tables and fuming with indignant anger, saying, “I’ll show them!” What pissants.

  70. mollificent
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    Re-appearing briefly to shout “OH NO HE DI-INT!” Seriously, my mouth dropped open when I saw that.

    Ow. Indignation hurts my hangover.

  71. bbofun
    May 6th, 2012 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#22): Personally, i would have gone with the MAD magazine reference- Josh Fershlugginer.

  72. pugfuggly
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:00 pm [Reply]

    Great to see that the writers of Crock now realize that the only people who their strip are ironic internet comic geeks, because those would be the only people who would get that reference.

    Either that, or it’s a coded message to Josh and his followers that reads: “See? I can put whatever gibberish I want as a punchline and no-one cares! Nobody outside of your readership could even guess as to what this sentence could mean, but no-one will question it because NONE OF MY PUNCHLINES HAVE EVER MADE SENSE! And at the end of the day I still get to cash a fat fucking check because newspapers around the world can’t be bothered to find something better!! HA HA HA HA HA!! I AM PURE COMICS EVIL, FRUHLINGER, AND ONLY YOU CAN HEAR ME!!!!

  73. seismic-2
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:06 pm [Reply]

    JP: “Oh my goodness… I can’t believe it! I never thought I’d live to see the day!” More confirmation that Randy is gay.

    MW: Now there’s a bride who really should wear a veil, on both sides of her head.

    FC: Bill’s wardrobe this morning shows that he totally misunderstood what Thelma told him last night. Sorry, Bill, but she didn’t say, “From now on, no more socks!”

  74. Gabe
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:06 pm [Reply]

    That’s pretty hilarious, all said. Is he the first to actually be angry over this lil’ blog? Most everyone who’s ever mentioned or commented on TCC took it in pretty good stride (Archie, Sally Forth, PBS, Hagar, Slylock, etc). Why would the Crock people be so damn ugly about it?

    Insert art joke here.

  75. gnome de blog
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:07 pm [Reply]

    The city of Portland was brought to a standstill yesterday by the appearance of superstar novelist Judge Alan Parker at Powell’s City of Books.

    “I haven’t seen anything like it since the Beatles came in 1964,” said longtime Portland resident Bob Short, who happened to be in the store looking for books about Istria when the Judge and his entourage arrived. “People were throwing money at him.”

    Crazed Parker fans continued to press money in Parker’s hands even after the supply of books had run out. Seven women, each in a skintight cocktail dress, threatened to jump off buildings in various parts of the city, hoping that Parker would come talk them down.

    Among other gifts, Parker was give three cars, a yacht and the deed to a home in Portland’s exclusive Dunthorpe neighborhood.

    Parker seemed to take the outpouring of love and cash as no more than his due. “It happens everywhere,” he said. “I’ve gotten used to it.”

  76. Mcbain
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:09 pm [Reply]

    Crock: First, is it actual medical procedure for the a doctor to actually say “stitch, pull, nip…stitch, pull, knot…” when suturing someone? I’m honestly asking, I’ve never been to medical school. Second, what injuries did Freerloiter sustain that only a lobotomy could save him? I’m starting to seriously question Mr. Rechin’s medical credentials. As for this feud: I think team “Crock” just brought a stick to a gunfight.

    SM: “Next: When Laughter Turns Deadly!” From what I’ve seen of this play, I think they mean “When Awkward Silence and Uncomfortable Coughing Turn Deadly!”

  77. Red Greenback
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:10 pm [Reply]

  78. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:13 pm [Reply]

    Wow. I don’t think that I’d ever have expected a “thoze haterz r juz jeluz” type response from Crock, of all things.

    The notion that critics critique out of a sense of thwarted ambition due to lack of talent and jealousy of those who have it is something that makes me shake my head with some regularity. In my experience with artists and writers – I know a lot of them – they are brutal critics of their own work and understand that self-examination, and learning from others’ reactions to their work, is necessary for growth. It’s the over-confident hacks and Special Snowflakes who get bent out of shape by the slightest negative neutral remark.

    (Which is why sites like this and Regretsy are so useful.)

  79. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:15 pm [Reply]

    @OMEGA SUPREME (#1): Is there actually a poster available somewhere of a shirtless Josh chopping wood? If someone somewhere were theoretically to ever be potentially possibily interested? Just idly curious. *cough*

  80. Jamoche
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#54):
    Not to mention that Mythbusters busted that idea some years back in their “can ninjas walk on water” test.

  81. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:25 pm [Reply]

    (Not that my friends exactly enjoy being the targets of criticism, but even when they lash out in response they try to be witty — or devastatingly scathing — about it. No point in responding if your response merely confirms what the critic was saying, as Crock does so perfectly here.)

  82. Doctor Handsome
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:26 pm [Reply]

    Josh, you took Crock‘s potshot with amiable good nature, and I respect you for it. A smaller man might’ve pointed out that the plug moved about seven feet between panels, and implied some sort of artistic incompetence.

  83. Frank Lee Meidere
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:29 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#54): Regarding Crock — I’m of the same mind here. I’m pretty sure it’s a kind of insult-shout-out. Unfortunately, by making “talent” the key issue, he’s kind of opening himself up more to ridicule than anything else.

  84. bats :[
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    @mollificent (#70): oh, sweetie, are you only now discovering everything that hurts hangovers? ;)

    Okay, no nose (for now). But a long-time promise finally kept! (Everyone now: Awwwwwww!)

  85. Frank Lee Meidere
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

  86. Mcbain
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    @Mcbain (#76): Oops, I meant “First, is it proper medical procedure for the a doctor to actually say “stitch, pull, nip…stitch, pull, knot…” when suturing someone?”
    I really should use that preview button.

  87. Notebooked
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    Crock’s angry with you, Josh! Congratulations!

    A3G: “I’m wide awake.” “Do you want to talk about it?” “Well, sure. My eyes are kind of open, and my mind is processing information from my senses…” In all fairness, Tommie may never have known the feeling of being awake, instead stumbling around in a state of semi-awareness all day. It would explain why she’s dead-eyed and emotionally distant and…well…Tommie.

  88. AndyL
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:36 pm [Reply]

    Comics Curmudgeon readers are probably Crock‘s second biggest reader demographic, right after “People who don’t actually read Crock, but they buy a paper so we get to count them anyway.”

  89. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:36 pm [Reply]

    A3G — “I thought dying in childbirth ended a century ago! Doing it so recently is just tacky!”

  90. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

  91. Doctor Handsome
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    Jumble Jeff, if you’re reading this, get to work on that Shirtless Josh Chipping Wood picture. I’d like to see something by Wednesday. You too, Bob Weber.

  92. Higgs Boatswain
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:38 pm [Reply]

    Did Commandant Crock just call you a Yank?

    The thing about Crock is that it is so irredeemably mediocre that it’s easy to forget that it’s actually premised on the French colonial occupation of North Africa. You have to hand it to the creators of this comic: they didn’t pick an easy subject to wring comedy out of. It’s as if Six Chix were set in a Japanese POW camp, or if Pluggers all had day-jobs working for the Khmer Rouge. It’s not an easy subject to wring comedy out of, and so far as I’m aware Crock has never succeeded in doing so.

  93. Peanut Gallery
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    @Crankenstank (#38):

    junior Wonkette intern

    @Amykins (#49):

    still a relative unknown

    Maybe we’d better stop defending Josh so much, before he gets a swelled head. ;-)

    @Red Greenback (#77): That’s hilarious!

  94. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    So there was this story I came across, probably an urban myth, about a hospital which had a mysterious upsurge in deaths on the late night shift. Turned out that a janitor was in the habit of unplugging medical equipment whenever the wall socket was convenient for the use of his floor buffer or vacuum cleaner or what ever. He’d plug the medical stuff back in when he was done, but sometimes the patient didn’t make it.

    So maybe this happened at Crock’s desert MASH unit. It’s the only reason I can think of for the doctor to make a point of telling people not to unplug equipment that patients are connected to.

  95. Baka Gaijin
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:42 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#77): Ah ha ha HA!

  96. Doctor Handsome
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:48 pm [Reply]

    So the rule is: if someone’s personal tragedy seems hokey, it’s fair game to fuck their spouse. Good to know.

  97. Doctor Handsome
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    “I’ll get you a fresh cup of coffee, and myself a fresh cup of airplane glue!” *SNIFF*

  98. debussy fields
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    MT–”Forest (sic) and parks are great places to enjoy the outdoors.” “Plants, including trees, are key to life on Earth. Without them, many other living organisms would soon disappear.” “Wildfires could destroy millions of acres of forest land and threaten lives and property if left unchecked.” The only people who might not know of the points being made in today’s Mark Trail would be two- or three-year-olds who don’t as yet know how to read. So what’s the point of today’s strip?

    SF–Yikes! Keep that guy away from me!

    FC–Pity any real children who look at the daddy in FC and relate him to their own daddy. Very unlikely. That guy is such a dweeb that they could put his picture next to the word ‘dweeb’ in the dictionary and let it go at that; no written definition would be necessary. Look at those little feet. And the high-water pants. And his posture. All of his facial features crowded into the top half of his head. Those glasses with no eyes behind them. That eager look on his face because the family will be gone for a while. Most red-blooded men in this situation would see it as an opportunity to go view porn undisturbed. But no. Daddy is going to get up from the chair placed directly in front of the door in the bare living room and go sit on the edge of his bed and watch the big game on the TV sitting on his dresser. Dweeb!

  99. Droopy Says
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:11 pm [Reply]

    I’ve decided that from now on, whenever I look at Crock I’m going to picture myself as one of the native freedom fighters who harrass Crock’s forces. That way I can have the vicarious thrill of literally sniping at Fort Cindergoof. Even better, the only way Team Squiggle can retaliate is to show the French forces as competent soldiers who can win battles. There goes one of their favorite joke-substitutes!

  100. Jobiska
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:11 pm [Reply]

    Maybe, just maybe, it’s not Josh the Crockfolk are going after, but Jumble Jeff! “You think you’re so daring, Jumble Jeff, putting Josh in jail [repeatedly]? Ha! Piker! We’ll actually kill him off!”

    Although come to think of it, wasn’t there a gravestone for Josh in–I think–One Big Happy, many years ago? Some Halloween-themed strip? So even that’s been done. Hmm.

  101. CanuckDownSouth
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:12 pm [Reply]

  102. Mustang
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    Crock – Just another bumpy ride down a dusty road in the bed of an stinky old diesel pickup truck to an ugly little town of a punchline.

  103. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    @debussy fields (#98): Unfortunately, one of those MT points is wrong. Fire doesn’t “destroy” forest land, and forests and fire have a very long history of coexisting. Many species depend on periodic fire, and some of those species are disappearing, especially east of the Missouri River. Enlightened news writers now use more appropriate language regarding fire, like “scorched thousands of acres” or “blackened much of the area south of the road.” Maybe someday MT will catch up.

  104. Amykins
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:47 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#93):

    LOL! That came out all wrong…I adore Josh, and the community he’s helped establish. I just meant in the general sense, I doubt more than 1% of Crock readers even know what The Comics Curmudgeon is. It sure is going pretty darn far out of your way just to spite someone, and it speaks volumes for the caliber of the writers’ characters, or lack thereof.

    TL;DR version: Crock sucks, Josh rules

  105. Uncle Lumpy
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    Best Crock ever. And “Freeloiter” is a pretty good play on words.

  106. Amykins
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    @Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket (#78):

    I ADORE Regretsy, but she creamed a close friend of mine and her shop, which in my opinion isn’t regretsy-worthy whatsoever. That was years ago and she STILL receives some extremely harsh, often threatening harassment from April’s followers. Even still…it’s a guilty pleasure, I can’t tear myself away.

  107. Jamoche
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    (A)SM: What actress needs to be told that “break a leg” is “figuratively speaking”?

    And will I ever get used to sfgate filing it under A for Amazing?

  108. lorne
    May 6th, 2012 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    @Stev0 (#24): New York’s not far from Baltimore. Mary could be on the next train to meddle in the life of that nice young man who quit a sensible job to “do the comedy on the internet”.

  109. Droopy Says
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#105): Best Crock ever.

    I had no idea a bar could be set so low!

  110. Droopy Says
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    @Jamoche (#107): No actress needs to be told that, and nobody who knows anything about the theater needs to be told that, so it totally makes sense that MJ needs the explanation.

  111. BigTed
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    “Crock” has made being in the Foreign Legion seem awful before, but now it appears to be full of evil doctors who will lobotomize you for what looks like a stomach ache. Even more horrific, this one keeps muttering “stitch, pull, nip… stitch, pull, knot,” which indicates he’s poking the poor man’s brain out with a pair of knitting needles.

  112. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    S-M — I haven’t been following S-M because my tolerance for MJ’s acting is very low, but judging from today’s strip, her hair has reverted back to its former self. I applaud that decision.

  113. Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    MW Hey! No fair skipping over the part about “If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.” Surely in this crowd there is some voice of reason. Reason being these two are just too stupid.

    BG&SS True. The mud was what kept King Lear from being a comedy.

    MT Deer and squirrel look shocked – Mark is taking Rusty fishing!

    FW Recession or no, when would a comics book shop turn a profit in this miserable little burg?

  114. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:08 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#105): It’s “Freerloiter,” methinks. Maybe you would become “Aunt Bulging”:-).

  115. Nehemiah Scudder
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    @Jamoche (#107): How about Darkgate filing it under “The”?

  116. Slug
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    You seem to be taking the whole Crock-death-threat thing well. I suppose their plan to unhook your life support has one fatal flaw, anyway.

  117. 555 95472
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    I’m assuming Crock (the guy with the pencil-thin moustache is Crock, right?) is having the following realization in the next to last panel: Even the lobotomized realize how unfunny this comic strip is! Therefore, the only possible consequence of having someone blog about it would be continuous, unrelenting and thoroughly justified criticism … possibly resulting in the eventual cancellation of the strip!

    It was simply a case of kill or be killed.

  118. Peanut Gallery
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    And what’s Rechin got against Baltimore?

  119. commodorejohn
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    A3G – Only Margo could make a woman who died while giving birth sound like a drama queen. “Jeez, that is so 19th-century! Why didn’t she just come down with the vapors, while she was at it!”

    Crock – Josh, the pot called, it wants you to know that you’re an awfully black kettle.

    DT – “Vincent Vinyl?” The comic says “record mogul,” I say “specialty porn star.”

    FG – So they rode from steamy sex-plant jungles to the frozen north in the space of one strip? Those not-Tauntauns make damn good time.

    H&L – It’s not Arlo & Janis, but what the hey.

    MT – “If you plan to use firewood, it is best to buy it. Or, you know, you could get it from a tree, but that would just be crazy.

    MW – Oh God, they’re going to do this two words per panel? I mean, that’s probaby all these blockheads can manage, but God. We’ll be here into June.

    Monty – Ooh, nice.

    PMP – That makes a frightening amount of sense.

    PBS – Good choice.

    PV – Huzzah, more drunkards in the funnies!

    RMMD – And speaking of…actually, Iris is getting kinda un-entertaining now. Can we get on with the nonsense plot?

    SF – Ted Forth, my hero.

    SM – Help me out, here: has Shawn, age 13, drawn (a) the Fourth Doctor minus the perm, (b) Velma Dinkley without glasses, or (c) Marty from The Cabin in the Woods with a scarf?

  120. commodorejohn
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#119): And for SM read “Slylock Fox.” Duh…

  121. Shrug
    May 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#101):

    Beat me to it. I was shocked when I recently read one of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books in which this was used as the serious explanation of a serious plot thread. Now I’m nervous about continuing with the series because I’m expecting the Choking Doberman or The Hairdo Full of Spider Eggs or some other urban legend to show up.

  122. Baka Gaijin
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:00 pm [Reply]

    @lorne (#108): OMG! You’re right. She could pop in by air, by car, or by train. I’d imagine Amtrak has a special Meddle/Biddy© fare for busybodies in their golden years.

  123. Droopy Says
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:11 pm [Reply]

    @Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines (#113): FW Recession or no, when would a comics book shop turn a profit in this miserable little burg?

    Look at the comic book in the close-up: “The Grim Ghost.” Nobody in Tumorburg reads comics for fun, you know. They just mope over whether GG’s secret identity is Masky McDeath.

  124. Flamedrake
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    I’d suggest the punchline should be “I lost my artistic talent, now I’m going to draw Crock for 35 years” but apparently they’re threatening to murder critics now so forget I said anything.

  125. gnemec
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    @OMEGA SUPREME (#1): @Josh (#2):

    I guess I should share my poster of shirtless Josh chopping wood. It’s not fair to keep this from the rest of the world.

  126. Esther Blodgett
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    Josh, I am so jealous of you right now, you sunuvabitch…

  127. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

    @OMEGA SUPREME (#1): Well, he’s not shirtless but I did this mashup of Josh over a year and a half ago.

    Funny thing is that I have no idea why I did it. None whatsoever. I must have been under the influence of Crock at the time and we all know how painful that can be.

    At least the one that @gnemec (#125):did makes sense.

  128. bats :[
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    @gnemec (#125): it’s…it’s JOSHTASTIC!!! That is a really great job — kudos! bravo!

  129. bats :[
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    Meanwhile, while Rex is involved in doing non-funny stuff (intentional or otherwise), it’s up to June to be the responsible, sensible adult in the strip. (No nose here, either.)

  130. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:45 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#129): Actually, June shouldn’t allow her guests to read Crock.

  131. Alfred E. Neuman
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:51 pm [Reply]

    I don’t recall that we have had much to say about Crock of late. Since we are among the few comics readers who ever notice the strip, Rechin and Wilder must have decided they needed to do something to get our attention once again. Well, props to them, because it worked!

  132. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:55 pm [Reply]

    @bbofun (#71): Yes, definitely “Fershlugginer.” Thought about that while I was out playing golf with the kids and then filed it (and you’d already posted by then).

  133. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    @gnemec (#125): @Sequitur (#127): Thank you both. Sculpted pecs! An adorable kitten! My cup runneth over.

  134. Jamoche
    May 6th, 2012 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#119):

    Of course. Who ever heard of a May wedding?

  135. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:00 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#129): Fantastic.

  136. UncleJeff
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:03 pm [Reply]

    @gnemec (#125): Now THAT belongs on a t-shirt!

  137. Zerowolf
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

    JP: Always take advice from an elderly Andy Dick in drag.

  138. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#131): I did a Google search for “Crock Fan Club.” The only reference that had anything to do with the comic strip was this:

    @Angry Kem (way back in 2009 #47):

    What was true in May, 2009 is still true today.

  139. ccg
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:09 pm [Reply]

    Congrats on actually getting Crock to pick a fight with you. Actually, if they just devoted themselves to exchanging insults with you from now on, I think it’d be funnier than what they’ve been doing for the last 20 or so years.

    Also, when June tells Iris “I wish there was something I could do to help” I was really hoping Iris would ask for a nice, long, tender hug.

    Unfortunately that image was ruined for me by the fact that Iris appears to be yakking over the side of the couch two panels later.

  140. Zerowolf
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#119): A true Victorian Lady could die of consumption while having the vapors during childbirth.

  141. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#77): Gah! Mary-Worthian Intervention: a fate worse than Baltimore!

  142. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:15 pm [Reply]

    @gnemec (#125): Well, see, now the bedroom is exactly where that poster belongs.

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#141): (I feel obliged to point out that I’m actually a big fan of Baltimore, but the rhythm of the word seemed to fit nicely here.)

  143. Slug
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    Y’know, I’ve changed my mind. Today’s Crock isn’t mean, it’s just working out it’s sadness. It wishes it could go back in time and save itself from your blog. It just happens to have dramatized your backstory to emphasize what a sympathetic underdog survivor you are, and what a cruel beast it is.

  144. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:23 pm [Reply]

    @Slug (#143): Are you implying that Crock is introspective? HA! Good one!

  145. Blondie\'s Attic Man
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:34 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#32):
    ““My name is Joshua Fruhlinger. You killed my father. Prepare to die!””

    Hmm… Here’s hoping a strange little man with riding crop and an impenetrable accent doesn’t show up on Josh’s doorstep today: “My name eez Kevin Rechin. You killed mon pere. Prepare to die!”

  146. seismic-2
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    Tomorrow in Mark Trail: A shirtless Josh is chopping firewood in Lost Forest. Mark sneaks up behind him, pokes him in the back with a stick to knock him into a trap, punches him senseless on account of his facial hair, and then ties him to a tree and boats away. “Remember, Rusty, you’ve got to be careful who your friends are!”

  147. Liam
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    A3G-Yeah! Dying in childbirth is so Nineteenth Century. We’re still living in the Twentieth Century, right?

  148. Spotts1701
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:10 pm [Reply]

    FW: That is not a joke! That is at least two buses and 8 quid in a taxi away from a joke!

    Crock: Son, put down that can of whoop-ass before you hurt yourself.

    PBS Pig has the right idea here.

  149. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:10 pm [Reply]

    @KreatureFeatures (#46): Rechin had a mega movie deal, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Crock. But studio execs nixed the pic when they caught wind of some Curmudgeon snark.

    Is that before or after the version directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Vermin P. Crock?

  150. Liam
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:15 pm [Reply]

    Crock-The attack against Josh in “Crock” be better if anyone read “Crock”.

    For Better or For Worse-At least she didn’t start tearing up the house looking for Elizabeth.

  151. MaryWorthIneedyou
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:26 pm [Reply]

    @OMEGA SUPREME (#1):

    I can’t wait until the good people at Mary Worth figure out what a jerk Josh is and take him down with some of Mary’s good old fashioned advice. Then I hope the no good blogger/con artist dies in a horrible car accident. I guess Josh should have spend more time getting married and having babies and less time on making fun of hard working professionals.

  152. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm [Reply]


    If you click right here you’ll get to see two Crock strips from January 11 & 12, 1979. I just remembered I had these in an old comic box of mine. I had cut them out of the newspaper and before the newsprint fell apart I Xeroxed them. I just scanned them but was too lazy to clean them up so you’ll get to see the newspaper bleed through in the second strip.

    I have no idea why I kept these except the maybe it’s because the song “Fish Heads” was popular on the Dr. Demento show at the time. Yeah, it must be a Crock attempt at being on the cutting edge of pop culture at the time.


  153. Oh No
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:34 pm [Reply]

    How many people reading this found today’s Crock funny? I didn’t, and it doesn’t look like much of anybody else here did either. And that’s not just because it’s a swipe at Josh; it just wasn’t a good joke, or well executed.

    Here’s the thing, though: people reading this blog make up the entire sum of people who would get the joke, and if nobody here like it, nobody else would have liked it any better. This may have been the first Crock in history that literally nobody _at all_ laughed at. Anywhere. On Earth.

  154. Oh No
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:37 pm [Reply]

    What I’m getting at is that the point of an inside joke is that it’s supposed to be aimed at a group that will actually like it. Tailoring an obscure inside joke so that the only people who will understand it will be hostile to it is about as futile as you can possibly get. Even more so than drawing a legacy comic.

  155. bats :[
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:38 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#138): I miss Angry Kem. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t miss Crock.

    @Sequitur (#130): truer words…

    @seismic-2 (#146): New Adventure!

  156. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:40 pm [Reply]

    Rhymes with Orange — I admit it, this one made me laugh:

    The anchor tattoo on the one merman was also a nice touch.

  157. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:44 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#155): Thanks for the PSA.

  158. Liam
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    RMMD-Yes, let us spend the next several days lounging around in our robes teasing the readers with the possibility of one of our robes accidentally slipping hope.

    MT-This is good advice for when Mark burns the marijuana plants.

  159. Liam
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:55 pm [Reply]

    MW-If no one will praise me openly for Gina and Bobby then I shall praise myself. I need to hear constant validation of my actions.

  160. LimeyTart
    May 6th, 2012 at 6:59 pm [Reply]

    @gnemec (#125):

    This may be the best thing that anyone who isn’t Josh has ever posted on this site.

  161. Zooey Deschanel
    May 6th, 2012 at 7:18 pm [Reply]

    @gnemec (#125): AH-OOOGA!!!

  162. Kyle
    May 6th, 2012 at 7:20 pm [Reply]

    The potshot in today’s Crock nearly distracted me from the real issue. What kind of life-threatening injury requires a lobotomy as a cure?

  163. Rixtremism in the Defense of Libertines
    May 6th, 2012 at 7:23 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#159): MW-If no one will praise me openly for Gina and Bobby then I shall praise myself. I need to hear constant validation of my actions.

    Just wait until the reception afterward. Mary will have a “few” words, including her usual string of platitudes. (That should take the whole week.) And a toast. All the jaded New Yorkers and soccerazzi will be amazed to hear the wisdom of this sage from the West.

  164. Santa Royale With Cheese
    May 6th, 2012 at 7:35 pm [Reply]

    @mnemonica (#8): Well, in another sphere of influence, the same has been said about Peter King’s weekly “football” column (that is about anything but, generally) so that’s not without precedent.

  165. seismic-2
    May 6th, 2012 at 7:37 pm [Reply]

    @Oh No (#153): “This may have been the first Crock in history that literally nobody _at all_ laughed at.

    Wanna bet?

  166. Droopy Says
    May 6th, 2012 at 7:46 pm [Reply]

    @Kyle (#162): What kind of lobotomy involves suturing? The technique is supposed to involve the surgical equivalent of an ice pick, and, uh, details that don’t involve cutting.

    That’s what you have to admire about Team Squiggle. Their errors have subtly turned Crock into a game of “What’s right with this picture?”

  167. sully
    May 6th, 2012 at 7:59 pm [Reply]

    A lobotomy, resulting in the loss of artistic talent? This explains ‘Crock’. Sympathies to whoever does that pitiful strip. Hope you recover, and realize your strip sucky long-time.

  168. tallyHO
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:02 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#138):

    Thank you very much.

    I moved on from this installment of the CC to catch up on other sites.
    When I looked at my history, I chose the latest CC page I visited today and proceeded reading from the newest comment on up.

    For a solid five minutes, I had no idea what any of those comments were talking about.
    It was Spiderman this, Wolverine that.
    Cute Spiderman heads.
    Dick Tracy’s homosexual requests.
    Selling doghouses in Family Circus.
    Comments about A3G that kept referring to Tommie and Gary (????).
    I kept looking at today’s Sunday comics in another tab then switching back to the comments. None of today’s comics match those descriptions. Not a one.

    So that was just a solid five minutes of confusion. I know could have looked at the timestamps and got all Slylock Foxy….coulda, shoulda, probably notta.

    So thanks for that. I hope this doesn’t come across as semi-literate Pluggery.

  169. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    @Zerowolf (#140): True. And don’t forget her chronic case of hysteria. After seeing IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY, hysteria is something I’ll always keep in mind.

  170. tallyHO
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:09 pm [Reply]

    Aaaand for what it is worth, that previous comment was more an attempt at being self-effacing than complaining. I doubt the Plugger remark made that clear.

    Between it feeling hung over and finding out news of the Death Of George “Goober” Lindsey… Jenny Says Pa! I just don’t know.

  171. bats :[
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:15 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#170): oh, dang…not Goober! I liked him. :/

  172. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:19 pm [Reply]

    @Amykins (#106): Yeah, some of the folks who comment there can be a bit… aggressive. Sometimes it’s warranted, and sometimes it seems like it comes uncomfortably close to bullying. April herself seems careful to stay on the right side of that line, but the larger community? Not always so much.

  173. Baka Gaijin
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:21 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#171): Seconded.

  174. Ranger™
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

  175. Slug
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:31 pm [Reply]

    @Oh No (#153): Yeah, I’m with you on that one. It’s not just because they killed Josh, either; a well-paced, clever dead Josh could be funny (sorry Josh).

    The “artistic talent” tangent seems to be unnecessary to the joke, unless he’s suggesting Josh is jealous of his art, which actually makes the comic hilarious. But not in the intended way.

  176. seismic-2
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:34 pm [Reply]

    Sha-zaam! I wish I had a Jughead Jones hat so that I could doff it to you, Mr. Lindsey. “Here lies Goober” is not something most people would want as their epitaph, but you made it be an honor.

  177. tallyHO
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    Yeah. He’s dead.

    To be quite honest, he’s one of those people who I thought had died years ago or was working full-time in Branson Missouri.
    Same thing, with the difference being in the rewards celebreties can get.

    But, I have seen enough repeats of that old black and white TV show and HeeHaw to know he was funny.

  178. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    I saw a Boston Blackie movie on Turner the other day, and BB’s sidekick wore a Jughead beanie for much of the movie.

  179. Inexplicable Bear Tongue
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:43 pm [Reply]

    I think you need to add another section in your archives for all the comics that featured you in some manner. You know, all the appearances in Jumble, your name on a tombstone, the odd hobo with priapism and the inability to speak coherently in Apartment 3G. That stuff.

    Getting back to comics, for a rich doctor, Rex Morgan sure has a lame ass living room decor. I’ve seen budget hotel rooms with more personality.

  180. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

  181. The Divine O'F
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    Gnemec, bats:[, and Red: Bravo and brava and bravissimo. You guys remind me of why I started reading this blog and why I wish I still had time to do so regularly.

  182. tallyHO
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    About the Andy Griffith Show and Goober Pyle:

    One, just the name “Goober Pyle” makes me laugh.

    The main thing I wanted to carve out is this: it is tough to pull off a replacement character like they did in that show.

    The AG show was a spin-off and it successfully spawned other spin offs. But, to replace a “beloved” character, like Gomer Pyle, with a cousin? That could have failed, easily.

    It says alot about the other characters and even more about the actors who played them.

    Increasingly, since some point in time perhaps after the sitcom “Bewitched” and since “The Brady Bunch” (respectively, with two Darrens and one Cousin Oliver.), you presume that a change like that would result in people not caring to watch it, to experience it. Also, the “quality” of the show may have been thread bare to begin with and a change like that just exposes how thin the premise of the content is/was.

    The fact that the AG show lasted beyond that change is a testament to a time (before I was born) loyal people would be to limited yet somewhat “higher quality” entertainment. I guess people were less fickle and entertainers were just more talented than they are now. These days there are too many choices and so much crap and crappy (Crocky?*) entertainers.

    *I kid, Crock maker. I don’t even usually read your strip. In fact, I only found out it existed because of this site. Go figure that out, man.

  183. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    May 6th, 2012 at 8:59 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#169): Oh, wasn’t that a good play? So smart and thoughtful.

    (I’d try to make a comics connection, but I keep ending up with Mary Worth with her hand up some poor woman’s dress, and no one wants to end up there.)

  184. Josh
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:02 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#79): My wife feels I should make it clear that I have never chopped wood, or indeed done any other form of honest work, in my entire life.


  185. seismic-2
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:13 pm [Reply]

    A lot of us read the current comics on The Houston Chronicle, but you might be interested in this story from the 1992 archives:

    Goober to the rescue
    Ernest Borgnine, troubled by a failing marriage, says he once considered suicide — until his life was saved by fellow actor George Lindsey. Lindsey, who played the country bumpkin Goober on “The Andy Griffith Show,” became such a good friend that Borgnine’s life changed for the better, Borgnine said in an interview being broadcast next Monday on Fox TV’s “A Current Affair.” The depressed Borgnine left home one morning during the early 1960s — “anything to get out of the house” — and just happened to run into Lindsey. “I went over to get a cup of coffee at a restaurant and in walks this jazzbo, and eight hours later, we were together again,” recalled Borgnine, star of the sitcom “McHale’s Navy.” “We played golf. We talked. It has been like therapy knowing George,” said Borgnine, 77.

  186. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:19 pm [Reply]

    Goober was a live comic strip character and I mean that in a good way.

  187. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:20 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#168): Glad I could bring some adventure into your day!

  188. tallyHO
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:35 pm [Reply]

    @Josh (#184):
    Sadly, I think that was the gist of why the Crockmaker took a jab at you.

    And, you want to know something, I’d bet he’s gotten the same thing from others. If you have fun, earn some sort of living, enjoy what you do, and *appear* to do okay, the knives come out, and, the over-abundance of commas and hyphens appear–really, they do– all in an attempt to pooh-pooh what appears to be “succeeding”.

    Note to comic strip artists and other cartoonists:
    People are fuckedup.
    Keep that blanket statement in mind and your jobs will be easier.
    Geez. Barney Google/Snuffy Smif is running on fumes (probably from a still) and that cartoonist gets that people are fuckedup.

  189. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:37 pm [Reply]

  190. tallyHO
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:37 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#187):
    Hmmm… now that you mention it, I didn’t try to solve the Jumble and thanks to you maybe my neurons got a workout after all.

  191. Ukulele Ike
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:39 pm [Reply]

    @Kyle (#162): What kind of life-threatening injury requires a lobotomy as a cure?

    See Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer. If Catherine doesn’t get that lobotomy, Violet is gonna KILL her.

  192. tallyHO
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:39 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#185):
    Win Win. We all Win. 40 years without Ernest Borgnine? I can’t imagine that at all.
    The reduced number of Slasher-in-the-Woods movies alone would have made life so much less.

  193. seismic-2
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:41 pm [Reply]

    I think the Crock crew was just bitter. They heard that Josh was quitting his job, and they were initially overjoyed because they thought it was this one.

  194. Mcbain
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:45 pm [Reply]

    Crock: Just be glad it wasn’t “Funky Winkerbean”. It would have have been the same basic story, but dragged out for five depressing, soul-crushing weeks.

  195. Sequitur
    May 6th, 2012 at 9:46 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#193): There’s a whole crew doing that strip?

  196. This Guy
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:08 pm [Reply]

    @bbofun (#71): Ah, the wit of the staircase. Of course, cartoonists don’t have much of an excuse, since their comics don’t go out live.

  197. Liam
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:10 pm [Reply]

    Crock-”Sure you may kill me by pulling the plug but at least I won’t still be stuck in a comic strip that is read by the people my blog would target.”

  198. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:20 pm [Reply]

    @gnome de blog (#75): Wait, you mean I’ve missed Judge Alan Parker’s appearance? I’ve made all my arrangements for Portland, I have my skin-tight cocktail dress, and it’s all for naught?

    Well, damn. Although I suppose I don’t have sufficient money to toss in his general direction anyway.

  199. Scipio
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    Actually, I’m proud of the people at Crock for admitting what we’ve all suspected for years: they know that Josh is the only person who reads it.

  200. Slug
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    @Mcbain (#194): Oh, the smirking would lighten the mood.

  201. Sgt. Stoned
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:34 pm [Reply]

    MW: This is the perfect moment for the long-awaited mob hit: RATATATATATATATATAT!!!!!

    Crock: I’m confused. Just what sort of life-threatening injury or illness is cured by a lobotomy?

  202. exapno
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:36 pm [Reply]

    BB: WalkerCo must be combing though the files, today’s strip is a direct copy of one from the mid 50′s, only it was the much neglected these days Capt Scabbard who was the kitchen inspector.

  203. Calico
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#129):
    Love the *hurk* soundbite.

  204. Yo Yo Joe
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:38 pm [Reply]

    I think Pooflinger would be closer to your name as well as a total burn.

  205. Spotts1701
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:41 pm [Reply]

    @Josh (#184): Well you know what they say – eagles soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

  206. Calico
    May 6th, 2012 at 10:46 pm [Reply]

    @sully (#167):
    Ha ha, yes! Bravo.

  207. Chance
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:03 pm [Reply]

    I love how the plug has moved from the foot of the bed to the patient’s head by the third to last panel. It’s as if the Crock guy is saying, “I’m gonna roast this Josh guy good and still keep to my core principle of putting zero effort into this thing!”

  208. Chance
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:05 pm [Reply]

    @mnemonica (#8): YES! Good one.

  209. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:11 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#186): Goober was a live comic strip character and I mean that in a good way.

    Starting in June of 2010, a thinly disguised version of George Lindsey’s character — “Goob” — joined the cast of Alley Oop. Goob, a visiting caveman from Lem, looks quite a bit like Goober Pyle, even down to his trademark cap. Although he only shares one adventure with Alley, Goob decides to move to Moo (Alley’s homeland) permanently. Unfortunately, I’ve no idea if those strips are still available online.

  210. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#183): I was in the front row and have never been so fascinated, engaged, moved, and embarrassed all at the same time. I’ve sort of forgotten some plays I’ve attended over the years, but that one, never.

  211. Poteet
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:34 pm [Reply]

    @Josh (#184): I admire and appreciate your wife’s concern for historical accuracy. But as far as I’m concerned, gnemec and Sequitur have documented reality. Fine, fine reality.

  212. Rusty
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:47 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#183):(I’d try to make a comics connection, but I keep ending up with Mary Worth with her hand up some poor woman’s dress, and no one wants to end up there.)

    Never say never.

  213. A Fan
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:54 pm [Reply]

    @gnemec (#125): Ohhhh! A shirtless Josh chopping wood…..

    I appear to have misunderstood what was wanted. So what do I do with the mash-up I’ve just spent two hours on?!?

  214. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    @exapno (#202): WalkerCo must be combing though the files, today’s strip is a direct copy of one from the mid 50?s
    They’re always combing those files. There are the ones we are able to spot, and there are probably many that we aren’t.

  215. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 6th, 2012 at 11:58 pm [Reply]

    Crock: Okay, if you bet on this as the first strip that would actually issue a death threat against Josh, give yourself a hand.

    DT: Tracy Agency? Tracy’s a private investigator all of a sudden? Has there been some kind cosmic cataclysm, resulting in a continuity shakeup?

    BB: Ah, the sweetest food poisoning Sarge ever tasted.

    9CL: Amos is the not particularly fabulous Baker boy.

    Garfield: Oh, I’m sure Liz does her share of emergency battery runs as well.

    JP: “I never thought I’d live to see the day, me being elderly and you being a eunuch.”

  216. Frank Lee Meidere
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:01 am [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#215): And Edda is a far cry from the gracious, radiant, and divine Michelle Pfeiffer.

  217. tallyHO
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:03 am [Reply]

    @Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket (#78):
    Well then you must know of those who say that there shouldn’t be harsh criticism because it is “not professional” to break down something negatively. Instead any criticism should be as constructive as possible.

    I’d rather hear someone say they don’t like something and can not explain why as opposed to someone jumping like a cheerleader and saying “you’re good”. Is what they experienced good or bad? Could it be better or could it be worse? Does any part confuse them? Too obtuse or does it remind them of something else? Stuff like that is important to know. But, not everyone is good at giving critiques, at laying out solid criticism. Tact, being deft, and actually considering what you see are all important. But, sometimes there is just really bad stuff that should be called out as being bad. Not everyone needs to call it out. There doesn’ t need to be a mob.

    But, it is good when not everyone is on the same page in how they perceive “art” stuff. That’s probably normal. So, not everyone needs to agree either.

    For better or for worse, * ridiculing something is a pretty valid way to go. It is satire, lampooning or parody. It is “easy” to do because there are lots of ways to do it but making comics and cartoons isn’t always easy and one hopes that comics and cartoons made are good or are great.

    Roll with it if someone pokes your ribs. There’s times when that is tough to do. But, a bad review (hopefully) ain’t taking away your will to or your ability to create stuff. The Crock maker should know this. He’s been at it for a while and knows plenty of his peers.

    * I ain’t looking it up but that is the title of a one panel gag comic, right?

  218. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:06 am [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#155): The “hurk”s are what made me crack up.

  219. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:09 am [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#216): True. There are no winners here.

  220. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:18 am [Reply]

  221. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:30 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#209): After a lot of searching, I was able to find the George Lindsey “Goob” Alley Oop strip from July 13, 2010:

    Apparently, still has the entire Goob storyline!

  222. Droopy Says
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:34 am [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#215): DT: Tracy Agency? Tracy’s a private investigator all of a sudden? Has there been some kind cosmic cataclysm, resulting in a continuity shakeup?

    A poster on the Gocomics forum explained that in the Seventies Dick Tracy worked as a PI with Johnny Adonis. It looks like Staton and Curtis are keeping that as part of their background (they have a bazillion years worth of Tracy history with a character who can’t be all that old, so explanations are going to get fuzzy.)

    Family Circus: The Blessem Mall? Apologies to Vera Lynn, but–

    “Bless ‘em all! Bless ‘em all!
    The short and the squat and the small.
    Bless little PJ with his soggy drawers,
    And all the others, they are such great bores.

    “So we’re saying goodbye to them all,
    The short and the squat and the small.
    With an exorcist’s blessing they soon will be missing,
    So cheer up my lads bless ‘em all!”

    FW Cue the Margaret Hamilton music. But, shouldn’t she make sure the two kids are gay? Because this stinks of a set-up.

    Mock Trail: Ah, e-mail, the modern excuse to get out of fishing with Rusty . . . the excuse so horrifying, so chilling, it makes the color drain from the scenery!

  223. gnome de blog
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:38 am [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#198):
    Take heart. He’s on a never-ending tour, like Dylan. Save your pennies for Baltimore. He has to show up there pretty soon, just to upstage Josh.

  224. Signal 30
    May 7th, 2012 at 12:56 am [Reply]

    FC for todays strip would be more appropos to Daddy Keane digging on the Spice Channel !

  225. Lisa
    May 7th, 2012 at 1:27 am [Reply]

    MW: Bobby is so much happier than Gina about the ”till death do us part’. Is he anxious for Death’s sweet release from the tragedy that is his melting face?

  226. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 7th, 2012 at 1:34 am [Reply]

    Just when I thought 9CL couldn’t push any more of my buttons, there it goes.


  227. Poteet
    May 7th, 2012 at 1:36 am [Reply]

    5/7 MW — Gaaaaah! First Gina got hit with the Ugly Ray, and then Bobby.

  228. Poteet
    May 7th, 2012 at 1:40 am [Reply]

    @Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket (#226): I can’t see new 9CL strips at night. It’s probably just as well.

  229. Poteet
    May 7th, 2012 at 1:46 am [Reply]

    5/7 A3G — GEEZ, Margo. You don’t have to be a global-news maven to know that millions of women around the world still die in childbirth. Just for that remark, I’d like to see you get unceremoniously thrown into the Haiti storyline of STONE SOUP for a few weeks, except the people of Haiti have done nothing to deserve that kind of abuse.

  230. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 7th, 2012 at 2:07 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#228): It isn’t even “heh, this is fun to snark at” bad. It’s just bad, and brings the strip dangerously close to “Duck” territory as far as commenting risks go. Though I should have guessed this was coming, since he all but telegraphed his intentions in one of the “McE talks about himself” that he’s slapped under Pibgorn lately.

    Anyway, I can’t talk about the issue without running the risk of bringing down the Wrath of Josh for getting political, so I may have to not read it for the next week or so.

  231. Lawzlo
    May 7th, 2012 at 2:14 am [Reply]

    Getting trash-talked by Crock? You’re moving up in the world… Someday, you might aspire to get punched by Mark Trail, or catch cancer from Funky Winkerbean!

  232. seismic-2
    May 7th, 2012 at 2:17 am [Reply]

    @Lawzlo (#231): Yeah, but Josh won’t really have arrived until we see him at a Charterstone pool party.

  233. Shadrach
    May 7th, 2012 at 2:19 am [Reply]

    @Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket (#230): Well, then I’ll content myself with saying: Way to construct a complete and utter strawman, McEldowney.

  234. Comcis Fan
    May 7th, 2012 at 2:57 am [Reply]

    MW: Bobby suddenly appears corpse-like. Are these vows some kind of weird romantic/ominous foreshadowing of honeymoon horror, or worse, a mob hit at the wedding reception?

  235. Davey
    May 7th, 2012 at 3:22 am [Reply]

    The weird thing is, that Crock strip is signed by BILL Rechin, which apparently means that he pencilled it out before he died and Kevin Rechin’s involvement would be limited to inking and coloring the strip. Yet this doesn’t seem to have been the type of joke Rechin Sr. would make. Perhaps this strip was supposed to have different dialogue, which Rechin Jr. (or Bob Morgan) threw out in favor of that potshot?

  236. yaoi huntress earth
    May 7th, 2012 at 6:56 am [Reply]

    9CWL: Let me guess, Brooke, you’re trying to dethrone Batiuk as the comic strip world’s most pretentious moralizer. Shame that straw-woman isn’t Mildred like I hoped she was. (If you’re read the “Brunch with Death” arc in Pibgorn, you’ll know what I mean.)

  237. CanuckDownSouth
    May 7th, 2012 at 7:53 am [Reply]

    DT – I had no idea collecting old records was such a competitive sport! (I hope they’re ranking with an international committee and Olympic qualifiers, because some wacky Tracyverse-specific societal twists would be fun, like the roving bands of Francis Bacon impersonators in the Thursday Next series.)

    JP – Why does everyone automatically assume April and Randy will elope unless they’re roped into a normal wedding? Was this part of Randy’s character, or is Katherine a known groomsmomzilla?

    I snickered at MT today – suuurre you’ll get to go fishing, Rusty. What are the odds that a quick lil’ ol’ hotmail check will bring up a wildlife news emergency?

  238. Little Guy
    May 7th, 2012 at 7:56 am [Reply]

    FW: So if we follow Evans’ Strawperson Avatar of Past Personal Injustices, does that make Becky’s Mom to be the horrid mother would wouldn’t let her physically-challenged daughter read a comic book or listen to Liberace while Batiluk was feeling her up?

    I think when h decided to hang it up, we’ll discover that Becky’s Mom was th sourc of all the cancer in Westview, a la “A Civil Action”.

  239. Little Guy
    May 7th, 2012 at 8:15 am [Reply]

    9CL: Today’s strip works better if you keep the dialog, but use PBS’s Rat and Pig. Large Baseball Bat a must as well.

  240. Amateur
    May 7th, 2012 at 8:17 am [Reply]

    MW: Um, you guys aren’t supposed to speak your vows at the same time! Weddings: You’re Doing Them Wrong.

  241. SarahM
    May 7th, 2012 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    @Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket (#226): I was just thinking re. 9CL: oh, here we go. I figured it would only be a matter of time before Brooke trotted out the “pro-abortion” masquerading as “pro-choice” straw(wo)man.

  242. SarahM
    May 7th, 2012 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    @Amateur (#240): At least they didn’t drag the Music Man into this, like they did for Adrian and the cop’s wedding.

  243. A HREF
    May 7th, 2012 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    @Josh (#2):

    Don’t post much but just wanted to take this opportunity to say: Thanks Josh! Been reading the Comics Curmudgeon ever since there was a mention of “Aldomania” in the local paper so many years ago.

    I now have two secret guilty pleasures: Mary Worth and the Comics Curmudgeon.

  244. Alex Blaze
    May 7th, 2012 at 10:37 am [Reply]

    Does this Crock mean that all the Crocks I never understood in the past were inside jokes? That’s about the most charitable thought I’ve ever had about Crock – I always just thought it was written by a sub-literate buffoon.

    I’m probably still right. “Freerloiter”? “Freeloader” would be an actual, you know, insult, and it’d be clever because it’s all “Bloggers are just freeloading on traditional media’s work,” which was a big argument against blogs seven years ago.

  245. Mikey Mike
    May 7th, 2012 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    I think all of you criticizing Crock for making a cruel inside joke at Josh’s expense are way, way, way off base. Crock, as we all know, is utterly incapable of making any kind of joke whatsoever, inside or outside or upside-down.

  246. Some Guy Here
    May 7th, 2012 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    On the other hand this might actually be the first funny Crock in, umm…well, all of human history, it seems. At least funny to a small group of blog readers.

  247. skeltometer
    May 7th, 2012 at 11:46 am [Reply]

    @Some Guy Here (#246): Indeed! First time I’ve laughed at Crock in er, uh, well…

  248. greghousesgf
    May 7th, 2012 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    well, I think we know what it’s a crock of….

  249. Amykins
    May 7th, 2012 at 3:08 pm [Reply]

    @Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket (#172):

    I’ll always love the site though, and April is a personal hero of mine, even if her fan base can be a bit rabid at times. :p

  250. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 7th, 2012 at 6:11 pm [Reply]

    Answers to Sunday’s Soup to Nutz:

    1) Mort [Bazooka Joe Gum]
    2) Waldo [Where's Waldo]
    3) Charlie Brown
    4) Mickey Mouse
    5) Fred Flintstone
    6) Elroy Jetson
    7) Marvin the Martian

  251. Mike Hock
    May 7th, 2012 at 7:18 pm [Reply]

    Damn. The real tragedy here, Freerloiter, is that you can’t fairly return fire until your own son dutifully manipulates the reanimated corpse of “The Comics Curmudgeon” some 40 years in the future. And even then, the joke won’t be worth it.

    You’re done, trussed and helpless, like a real-life Poulet!

  252. MC Frontalot
    May 8th, 2012 at 3:26 am [Reply]

    Dear Josh, I think it is awesome that a nationally syndicated comic EUTHANIZED/MURDERED PROTO-YOU in protest of your opinion of it. You have arrived as a troll of comics page industry cruft.

  253. Brian
    May 8th, 2012 at 10:12 am [Reply]


  254. Count Fistula
    May 8th, 2012 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    It’s at the rare Venn diagram intersection of “completely insane” and “shit I write in blog comments” that I find myself saying: Dude, you just got called out by Crock!!!

  255. BaronHaynes
    May 8th, 2012 at 2:24 pm [Reply]

    This is the first time I think I’ve ever laughed at Crock — which ranks just slightly above Momma in the category for most foul artistic vomit, so it’s pretty bold of them to accuse anyone else of not having any talent.

  256. Marzipan
    May 9th, 2012 at 12:20 am [Reply]

    My god, seriously, Margo is the best character in comics today. Her reaction to a friend’s (well, “friend”) mother’s death is basically, “Haha, what a ridiculous way to die, who even DOES that anymore?? Anyways, I can’t believe that bitch is mad I made out with her husband.”

  257. Mike
    June 7th, 2012 at 8:29 am [Reply]

    @mnemonica (#8): Naw, Crock just isn’t funny. It has never been funny. I can’t even believe that there are any people on the planet that enjoy Crock.

  258. Mike
    June 7th, 2012 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    @Oh No (#153): 4This may have been the first Crock in history that literally nobody _at all_ laughed at. Anywhere. On Earth.

    I have a hard time believing that anyone has at any time laughed at Crock.

  259. Kirk
    August 15th, 2012 at 11:23 pm [Reply]

    You can dish it out, but you can’t take it, Josh.

  260. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:49 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, Josh is a total hypocrite because he dishes out all those death threats against cartoonists… oh, wait.

    Josh is probably the nicest guy on the internet. He is so nice he has made me mad with his niceness! It offended me at the time that Rechin escalated the vitriol to this extent, and against Josh of all people. If someone on any internet forum had posted Josh’s name and address and a “story” about how he was going to get a lobotomy but instead they killed him, people would take it as a threat. To do it in a nationally-published comic strip speaks to a lack of appropriate behavior that is very disconcerting to me.

    And it continues to offend me that Kirk would deliberately characterize Josh as someone he isn’t in an effort to make a weak claim of hypocrisy stick.

    I am truly sorry for Rechin’s loss; as someone whose parents were both dead by the time I was in my early 30s, I can understand the pain. But I also understand that criticism of things my parents did when they were alive and could have responded themselves is not my battle to fight.

  261. Kirk
    January 21st, 2013 at 12:43 am [Reply]

    Pretty easy to get the last word when you can block your opponent from making further comments.

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