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Metapost: COTW, plus: Adieu, Crock

OK, well, now I feel kind of bad about my feud with Crock, if such a thing can properly ever have been said to exist, because it appears that Crock is closing up shop, and for … actually pretty heartfelt reasons. Strip creator Bill Rechin died last year, and, in that bizarre tradition that applies to the newspaper comics world and no other industry in America, his son Kevin took over the strip. Except that working on his father’s strip, instead of making him feel closer to his father as it might for others in his position, made him feel the loss all the more keenly. So instead of continuing, he’s closing it down; the last Crock strip will run on May 20. I want to offer my condolences to Mr. Rechin, and I hope he finds some peace from the move.

Anyway, now it is time for your COTW!

“No, no Rusty, the drug guys aren’t in jail. They’re still tied up to that tree where we left them. Have you ever dealt with the federal government? No, they won’t be in jail for two or three weeks, assuming they survive that long.” –cheech wizard

And your runners up! Very funny!

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!” –C. Sandy Cyst

“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.” –lorne

“Congratulations if you just googled ‘ABORBS’ to figure out if it was a real world. We’re equally idiotic!” –Chareth Cutestory

“Today on Reruns of Archie: that memorable storyline when the cast was turned into a swarm of buzzing bees! Here we see them abandoned by their queen and left to wander, bereft of purpose! Tomorrow: Jughead attempts to sting Coach Cleats!” –Black Drazon

“Look at the grin on Crankshaft’s granddaughter’s face, one of the biggest and most genuine in the history of the Funkyverse, as she gleefully and grattuitously forces him do something he really, really hates.” –Nekrotzar

“Miss Grundy’s all like, ‘Hey, you kids! Turn off those dildos!’” –Doctor Handsome

“The Riverdale ever-buzzing hive mind has been chastised by Miss Grundy, and for a moment, its seven lobes share a flickering of guilt. It leaves the building, lockstep, in unison, unhappiness creasing its seven brows. Then, the node of id, the Jughead, resumes its customary disdainful smirk. Soon, each unit mirrors it, and spoken simultaneously from seven mouths is the final decision: The fall of man.” –bunivasal

That bus is perhaps the single greatest thing I’ve seen yet in Gil Thorp. I hope we’re treated to more storyline transitions inspired by the clip art options available in Microsoft Word 97.” –sporknpork

“I like that really shitty-looking ponytails are now an acceptable hairstyle for brides.” –Vulvarine

“There is no one on the other end of the phone. Mark is desperate to get out of the long-promised fishing trip with Rusty, so he is pretending to have an incoming call, and shouting to make sure Rusty will hear him from the next room. ‘WHAT? YOU SAY YOUR FATHER IS ACCUSED OF MURDER! AND THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT ONLY MARK TRAIL CAN HELP? BUT I PROMISED RUSTY I WOULD TAKE HIM FISHING! WHAT? THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT I HAVE TO COME THERE RIGHT NOW, OR HE WILL INVADE IRAN? I CAN’T HAVE THAT ON MY CONSCIENCE! RUSTY WILL UNDERSTAND … WON’T HE?” –Calvin’s Cardboard Box

“How can that lawman resist giving up all the answers? Mark has totally thrashed him in their ‘leaning furthest forward whilst exclaiming’ competition!” –Adam

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116 responses to “Metapost: COTW, plus: Adieu, Crock

  1. Windier E. Megatons
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    I guess I feel a little bad for Rechin too… but then I think, he used one of the last 15 Crock strips ever to take a petty shot at someone whose only crime was not thinking the strip was very good, which it wasn’t. Dude probably NEEDS to retire, as his energies can surely be better channeled.

    Oh, and well done to this week’s float riders!

  2. C. Sandy Cyst
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    Yet again, I have proven that the way to get into these COTW things is to talk smack about Margo.

  3. C. Sandy Cyst
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    Oh, and farewell, Crock. Or “Brush Up Your French With Crock” as I knew it back in the day. Well done to Rechin Jr. for letting it die with his father rather than carrying on without its creator for no particular reason beyond the purely financial.

  4. Alter Ego
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#Y92):

    what word starting with “g” would both fit and need to be censored for a family comic?

    “Gonads.”

  5. Ed Dravecky
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    Just when the Crock feud us getting up a good head of steam, it’s… over? It’s like the anti-climax of Mary Worth combined with the incoherence of Gil Thorp plus a sprinkling of Funky Winkerbean sadness. Somebody go to Judge Parker and get me a drink.

  6. Poteet
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    Sympathies to Kevin Rechin. Apparently his graphic talents are considerable enough to have won an award, and are used in a variety of venues. May his future be happy.

  7. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:28 pm [Reply]

    I hope Crock can wrap up its interwoven plot threads that quickly.

  8. Peanut Gallery
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:32 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#125):

    Oxford Oop has been sent by his father — Alley Oop — to take back the Girdle of Hippolyta

    Looks like Thel has it.

  9. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    @Islamorada Girl (#y113):

    I still have a can of Howdy Doody Frosty Snow Spray around here that’s almost completely full:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TS8Aw0fZY7I/TukppvTQrlI/AAAAAAAALaE/xKdKeGAWBgg/s1600/Frosty+Snow+Spray+Can.jpg

    I don’t even want to speculate on what the contents have metamorphosed into after 50+ years.

    Congrats to this week’s winners!

  10. Poteet
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    Hearty congratulations to funny cheech wizard and the also-funny floaters!

    Thinking about those MT drug dealers does make me uneasy. We have only Rusty’s assumption that they were ever untied and retrieved, and we all know that Rusty is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Last week I got a salvage tag so I could transfer a roadkill deer to my land for the use of various scavengers. It was interesting to watch what happened to that dead deer and how fast the transformation took place. But the image of it possibly happening to those two tied-up dudes is not pleasant.

    And a happy Friday to all!

  11. Poteet
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#9): Wow. You have some truly interesting stuff. If you are ever featured on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, please let us know in advance:-).

  12. Baka Gaijin
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    Congrats to the Floaters. This week there was a surfeit of COTW-worthy snark that didn’t make it. Congrats to you, too, unrecognized floaters.

    @Sequitur (#Y156): You missed it. Time zones and all. Ran all the way to Swindon I did. Turns out it was drag queen trying to return the wallet I left at Nandos. Damn if he could run fast in those Manolo Blahniks.

    @gnome de blog (#Y177): I’ll have you know my knickers were not in a knot. I have a professional knicker-unknotter on staff.

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#Y92): “Guzongas.” She was going to say “Guzongas.”

  13. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#8): Just as I suspected — Thel Keane is an Agent of Chaos!

  14. Baka Gaijin
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#9): What’s Hot Rize doing on that can?

  15. Chareth Cutestory
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    UGGH! My joke about a typo even has a typo!! I had better go meditate somewhere for a while, get my act together.

  16. gnome de blog
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:40 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#10):
    They’re probably in jail by now, unless Edda Burber was in charge of retrieving them.

  17. sporknpork
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    Kevin Rechin, we only hope for the best for you and your family, and thank you for keeping your father’s memory alive. RIP Bill.

  18. sporknpork
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    Oh, congrats to this week’s fellow floaters! Funny, funny stuff.

  19. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:44 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#13):

    Or should I say Agent of KAOS? (Missed it by that much!)

  20. gnome de blog
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#12):
    So you’re saying that you normally need the knowledge of a knicker unknotter?

  21. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:50 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#14): Hot WHO? That’s Jimmy Olsen! (And when Jimmy’s on the can, even his pal Superman can’t stand to be in the same zip code!)

  22. Master Softheart
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:56 pm [Reply]

    Blessed are the comment-makers, for they… um, well, they are pretty cool.

    9CL: Clearly, the author is taking a bold and heartfelt stance with this plotline in critiquing American Catholics by displaying the notionally intelligent product of a Catholic education who was too ignorant to use birth control and is so amazingly unprepared for adult life as to be unaware of the existence of pregnancy tests. A clever and realistically character-based strike against abstinence-only education, or at least against religious educators who pursue what the internet tells me is a program sanctioned by Popes Pius XI and Pius XII in which the emphasis is on “inculcating modesty, purity, chastity, and morality [...] teaching the sixth and ninth commandments” rather than “a matter of giving explicit “information” at all [...].”

    This subtle and effective satire develops the possibly tragic consequences facing young people inadequately educated about…. um, wait a minute. Edda’s mother is a Professor of Veterinary Medicine or something in rural Vermont. She is in the friggin’ world of elite classical music, which is horrifyingly oversexed and about as morally degraded on a daily basis as the backstage of an alternate rock concert once the cocaine has been handed out. The last two generations of her family have had unintended or undesired children under difficult circumstances – on at least one occasion involving Nazis – and had to live with the consequences of their unconsidered sexual activity for the rest of their lives. Forget the Catholic Church, this storyline betrays the staggeringly self-absorbed and thoughtless parenting of Edda’s family and her own nearly non-sapient lack of any sense of adult responsibility.

    Or I suppose it might be just really implausibly written and the behaviors portrayed, despite all reasonable expectation, are not intended to provide a moral lesson at the expense of the main characters, who will soldier blithely on through the mud of their idiotic behavior in unshaken conviction of their own righteousness and unquestioned moral superiority.

    Oh, no, that’s Luann. Never mind.

  23. Hyhybt
    May 11th, 2012 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    What’s so bizarre about a business passing from father to son? It’s not as common as it used to be, but it’s hardly limited to comic strips, either.

  24. Matthew
    May 11th, 2012 at 4:11 pm [Reply]

    Hmmm, “I must thanks to all…” is still here.

  25. Little Guy
    May 11th, 2012 at 4:16 pm [Reply]

    Happy Friday! Beads for all, and for those who didn’t make the float. And Soma Panties Girl is leading the parade!

    Sympathies to Kevin Rechin and his family. As Hawkeye Pierce once said, “Don’t kick ‘em when they’re down; kick ‘em when they’re not looking.”

  26. cheech wizard
    May 11th, 2012 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    Hot damn! COW of the Week! My long national nightmare is over. I’ve been a rider a number of times, but this is my first time at the top of the float. This is very cool, especially considering all the other riders and other very funny folks out there.

    Sympathies to Kevin Rechin – though Crock was a favorite target for snark here, his dad did create a strip that was pretty successful for half a century – and that’s no small accomplishment.

  27. Clint Brawny
    May 11th, 2012 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    No more Crock? Devastating blow to those who enjoy mocking bad comic strips.

  28. Droopy Says
    May 11th, 2012 at 4:48 pm [Reply]

    9CL “Anoint thee, brick!” the junk-fed audience cried at McEch.

    Gasoline Alley: Add me to the chorus of people who think Scancarelli has never raised a kitten. He must have learned about kittens by watching those old cartoons where a kitten causes a problem, gets scolded by an idiot, then flees to have an unlikely yet entertaining misadventure. So maybe GA is in for a welcome change of pace.

    FW: Is this why were were subjected to the Flunky-Scuzzy feud? So they can volunteer to help Summer support the nameless, now-invisible, might-be-pranking-us gay kids, thereby winning her affections? (Or, worse yet, so she can call on them for help, even though she’s never spoken to them and is unaware of their existence?)

  29. Alfred E. Neuman
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#75y) said: “Mark – I wonder when Mark will tell Rusty that he’s the product of a drunken orgy between Cherry and a bunch of drunken characters that include Dennis the Menace, Howdy Doody, TJ, and Alfred E. Neuman.”

    @Mcbain (#71y) said: “MT: Mark: ‘I’m afraid we’re going to have to postpone our fishing trip, Rusty…’
    Rusty: ‘What, me worry?’”

    @NotThatGuy (#96y) said: “@Mcbain (#71):
    MT: “What, me worry?” ‘Zactly! (Although I don’t quite understand why Jackelrod doesn’t simply let a day or two pass off-page and have the opening segue be Mark complimenting Alfred E. Neuman on how many fish they caught on their day at the river. Is Mark *supposed* to be an asshole?)”

    Hey, I resemble those remarks. Actually, I wouldn’t be caught dead in the same bed room with Dennis, Howdy, or TJ. A couple of years ago, some Mudges talked me into describing my relationship with Rusty, and I suppose it bears repeating after today’s strip. I can tell you that Cherry is not his mother. (Cherry and I never been close because her defenses, and everything else, are impenetrable.) Rusty is played by my “nephew”, Jasper E. Neuman. Jasper is actually my son, the result of my notorious Comic-Con fling with Betty Boop. He was raised by my brother because I did not want to incur the considerable wrath of my then-wife, the lovely Margo Magee Neuman. Some years later, I did Elrod a favor. He was way behind schedule and had run out of coins, so I gave him a nickel so he could draw his JackElrod ball. To return the favor, he agreed to employ Jasper as Rusty. The exposure has done a lot for Jasper’s career. He is also playing Jaxon and Dinny in Gil Thorp, so he’s really raking it in these days. I’m proud of him, but I’d be even prouder if he’d share some of his !@#$%^& residuals with me.

  30. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:05 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#11): Thanks, an appearance on “Antiques Roadshow” would be nice. However, I’m REALLY hoping Mike and Frank from “American Pickers” show up on my doorstep someday!

  31. Little Guy
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#28): I am *soooooo* stealing “McEch”!

    Customer with significant cashflow is willing to be a patron to your establishment. And this is evil, how……?

  32. gnome de blog
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#29):
    Thanks for clearing that up. However, there’s no way in hell you’re married to Margo. Your name isn’t Alfred E. Neuman Magee. Besides, you’d look damn silly in a maid’s uniform and I can’t imagine Margo marrying anyone who isn’t at least presentable.

  33. Cory
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    Don’t mess with the Comics Curmudgeon. He will retroactively kill your whole family.

  34. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:25 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#y208): Aren’t ALL ventriloquist dummys demonically possessed?

    First season Buffy had an episode I still think of fondly, where the gang is involved in putting on a school talent show. Buffy suspects a ventriloquist dummy, but things are naturally more complicated than that. What really makes the episode for me is the end spot, where they’re actually putting on the talent show, and they’re all AWFUL! Groaningly bad. I love that they were so good at being bad.

    @Illustrator Steve (#y213): Didn’t PINKY LEE get busted big time for holding a one dollar bill up to the TV camera on his show and asked the kids watching to go get one of those green paper things out of their parents wallets and purses and mail it to him?

    Soupy Sales. I’m surprised nobody else said it.

    I first heard the story (which is probably on YouTube, as told by Soupy) on a special about classic TV that also had one by Paul Winchell about being the first ventriloquist on television. They had a tech rehearsal, and it was going well, but the director came to him with a look of concern. “Paul,” he said, “Something’s wrong. We’re not picking up the dummy. We can hear you fine, but not the dummy.” Winchell furrowed his brow. Could it be that for some reason, throwing one’s voice didn’t work in this new medium? They resumed the rehearsal, and Winchell happened to look up and notice that every time the dummy was talking, the boom microphone swung over to it.

    Oh yeah, congrats to floaters. Especially Doc Handsome, who I no longer envy for being handsome. Also lorne and bunivasal, and I’ll stop now before my praise stops being “special.”

  35. LanceThruster
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    The Crock comments were quite touching.

    You have almost single-handedly countered what I remember a toddler telling me about the funny pages when she said,

    “Comics are BORING!”

  36. Mcbain
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:33 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#29): See, now it’s all starting to make sense.

  37. lorne
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:36 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations, Cheech, though I think I’d have made COTW had my comment not been tainted by Josh’s annihilation of the Crockiverse this week.

  38. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:40 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#29): Your family relationships are as complicated as Alley Oop’s. Alley’s son Oxford Oop (who’s currently appearing in Luann) is the result of a short-lived affair with Olive Oyl. Although Alley is Oxford’s biological dad, he was raised by his adoptive father, Popeye T. Sailor-Mann. Recently Oxford teamed up with his half-brother TJ (the Joker and Olive’s son) to bring down the evil Ann Eiffel.

  39. Spotts1701
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    @Chareth Cutestory (#15): Might I suggest mellow jazz or bongo drums?

  40. Señor Tortilla
    May 11th, 2012 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    @Jocelyn Knockersbury (#61): From what I know, it’s very complicated and unusual (an exception, not the rule). Point being: Batiuk doesn’t get out very much, does he?

  41. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 7:17 pm [Reply]

    Three cheers for the COTWer/s!

    Hip, hip… geez! @*!# my hip!!!
    All of those funny comments deserve it so congrats to all!

    @Clint Brawny (#27):
    Say, Clint Brawny, aren’t you Aborbsant? At least that is what I’ve heard.

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#19):
    If you hadn’t brought it up, I would have. As a bonus, unlike you, I would have mis-spelled KAOS. What can I say? I’m Quayotic, like that.

  42. cheech wizard
    May 11th, 2012 at 7:24 pm [Reply]

    The most appropriate end for Crock would be for the fort to be overrun by Islamic hordes, a la Khartoum, with the defenders put to the sword. The last panel, of course, would be Crock and a subordinate with their heads on pikes. I’m not exactly sure about the lead-in to the punch line, but the reply would surely be “Oh, shut up.”

  43. Black Drazon
    May 11th, 2012 at 7:26 pm [Reply]

    Thank you Josh! I loved Doctor Handsome’s take on the same strip.

    Farewell, Crock, we hardly knew ye, often even after reading ye. Here’s hoping Kevin Rechin moves on to bigger and better things.

  44. ElkMeadow
    May 11th, 2012 at 7:39 pm [Reply]

    @Master Softheart (#22):

    I thought it was that Edda would never do something so based as to piddle. Especially if she’s going to piddle on something she’s holding in her hand.

  45. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 7:44 pm [Reply]

    spiderman!

    I’m just catching up on today’s strips….
    Soooo, Spider-man’s antagonist is just an amateur actor? And, he’s a threat, how? Are his menacing actions a thinly veiled criticism of bad actors that acted in the real-life Spiderman Broadway Musical Calvacade of Injuries?

    Crock

    I think it bears mentioning that the current creator of the strip will be just fine and isn’t likely retiring from anything except the strip. He’s just pulling the plug on the strip. Since he was doing commercial art before taking it over, he’ll probably have plenty to do that he enjoys. I certainly hope that is the case.

    A3G/Margo Get’s What She Wants (and denies everything)
    So, Margo has business interests. Nina is her Number One Contact. Margo decided it was a good business decision to even come close to messing around her Number One Contact’s husband? That makes little to no sense.

    I am not sure I really, truly want to know but what business is Margo in? (I’m resisting making a joke of what she likely does because I might be correct that she has an apprenticeship in Meddleurgy. And, Mary Worth is showing her the ropes.)

  46. Alfred E. Neuman
    May 11th, 2012 at 7:45 pm [Reply]

    @gnome de blog (#32) said: “@Alfred E. Neuman (#29):
    Thanks for clearing that up. However, there’s no way in hell you’re married to Margo. Your name isn’t Alfred E. Neuman Magee. Besides, you’d look damn silly in a maid’s uniform and I can’t imagine Margo marrying anyone who isn’t at least presentable.”

    The marriage ended years ago. Margo eventually found out about Jasper when Mary Worth told her. But long before that, she preferred spending her time (in a maid’s uniform, ironically) decorating the nurseries of the children of her wealthy male friends. When I questioned her about this, she yelled, “You’re way out of line!”, and stomped out. I never saw her again. To say I was saddened by this turn of events would be lying. As to me being presentable, Margo and Betty both discovered that I’m very presentable by the time the bar closes at Comic-Con.

  47. Droopy Says
    May 11th, 2012 at 7:48 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#45): Hardy-har-har is a threat to Spiderman’s marriage. He’s already done a great job of blowing his lines. If MJ is next . . .

  48. Alfred E. Neuman
    May 11th, 2012 at 8:05 pm [Reply]

    @Mcbain (#36) said: “@Alfred E. Neuman (#29): See, now it’s all starting to make sense.”

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#38) said: “@Alfred E. Neuman (#29): Your family relationships are as complicated as Alley Oop’s. Alley’s son Oxford Oop (who’s currently appearing in Luann) is the result of a short-lived affair with Olive Oyl. Although Alley is Oxford’s biological dad, he was raised by his adoptive father, Popeye T. Sailor-Mann. Recently Oxford teamed up with his half-brother TJ (the Joker and Olive’s son) to bring down the evil Ann Eiffel.”

    Apparently it makes sense in some circles. Both Alley and I have been contacted by sports agents. Based on our family relationships, they think we are NBA material.

  49. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    May 11th, 2012 at 8:25 pm [Reply]

    Congrats, float-folk–very funny!

  50. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 11th, 2012 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    Although Crock is departing, we still have the gentle humor of Moose & Molly to get us through the day:

    http://www.jsonline.com/comics/32402404.html?feature_id=Moose&feature_date=2012-05-11

    I know Bob Weber, Junior is an occasional poster here, so I’ll ask him directly: have you and Bob, Senior ever discussed the possibility of you taking over M&M after he retires?

  51. Miss Othmar
    May 11th, 2012 at 9:37 pm [Reply]

    OK, I went to Europe for *two weeks*, followed by 3-4 days of catching up on life and sleep. So when I finally head back to the comics, not only are Iris and June still hanging around in their PJs telling the same sad story, but Edda STILL hasn’t peed on the damn stick?? And I thought *I* was jet-lagged….

  52. Alfred E. Neuman
    May 11th, 2012 at 9:39 pm [Reply]

    Love Is— I don’t pay a lot attention to this strip, so I have a question: Why is an always-nude character worried about what to wear?

  53. Weaselboy
    May 11th, 2012 at 9:40 pm [Reply]

    Congrats, Cheech, and all float-riders!

  54. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#50):
    Boomerang versus BarBCue fork?
    BBQ fork wins.

    Especially, if fork holder grabs the boomerang and throws it at the Mustachioed Grill Goblin–who’ll probably be schedaddling away on all fours–hits him on his be-hatted noggin, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
    Again, fork wins.

  55. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 9:58 pm [Reply]

    schedaddling on all fours with the chicken in his maw, that is.

  56. Poteet
    May 11th, 2012 at 9:58 pm [Reply]

    @Miss Othmar (#51): Hope you had a great time! But progress has been made. Someone has finally actually NOTICED that Edda hasn’t peed on a stick. Which seems to indicate that the single half-a-brain that is passed around by 9CL characters currently resides within Seth. Congratulations, Seth!

  57. Chip Whittle
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:02 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (Y#115):

    But I’m not sure why Elrod hates Rusty—and Cherry—so much.

    Do remember that while most of us see a couple panels of Rusty per story, Jack Elrod lives in a house stocked full of Rusty Trail clip art, with hundreds, maybe thousands of representations of this homunculus staring out, desperately, in every direction. It’s amazing the man doesn’t spend his every waking hour shrieking and swatting at file cabinets with sticks.

  58. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:05 pm [Reply]

    Funky, Funky Notevencloserbean

    Wasn’t it chiseled on a tablet by Thomas Jeffersonstone that We, the People are entitled the right to pursue a Gay Old Time?

    I think it was on a document called the Rockleration of Independence! Whooooohhoooo! (ironic air guitar in salute!)

  59. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:09 pm [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#57):
    “Rusty Trail”
    Maybe that explains it.

    What is Jackelrod if not a different type of cat who takes the Trail not taken? Rusty is the Trail that is taken, brought out from time to time and put back.
    I’m surprised the Jackelrod ball doesn’t occasionally wear a leather jacket and smoke a ciggie.

  60. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:15 pm [Reply]

    snuffy Smiff!
    In the 21st Century should we expect a child who wears a critter chapeau to school and who is allowed to wear one at school will grow up to become something greater than someone who cheats in grade school?
    In the future should the denizens of Hootin Holler expect to hear about the many successes of Jughaid Smiff?

  61. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    Congrats to the floaters!

  62. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    @cheech wizard (#42): The last panel, of course, would be Crock and a subordinate with their heads on pikes. I’m not exactly sure about the lead-in to the punch line, but the reply would surely be “Oh, shut up.”

    “Hey, commander! I can see my billet from here!”

    (Been a fan of “Oh, shut up.” as a closing line since I read a book called Shovel Nose and the Gator Grabbers in my yoot.)

  63. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:34 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations to the COTWers. You have given us much mirth.

  64. Droopy Says
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:45 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#56): Why congratulate Seth for having the 4.5 Dickweed Lane Brain? Now that he’s the one who has to think about his surroundings, shouldn’t it be “Too bad, Seth?” or “Serves you right, Seth!”

  65. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:50 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (y215): People still avoid black cats at the shelter? That’s disappointing. You’d think that if someone was enough of an animal lover to adopt a cat in the first place, they’d look past these arcane prejudices. And for myself I’d have to say that black fur/green eyes is an absolutely beautiful combination for a cat.

  66. Poteet
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:51 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#64): HAR! Good point.

  67. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:53 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#45):

    I am not sure I really, truly want to know but what business is Margo in?

    IIRC, Margo is a party planner who manages an art gallery because she was fucking the owner a little before he died. Where on that continuum “contact” Nina fits I really don’t know.

  68. Poteet
    May 11th, 2012 at 10:53 pm [Reply]

  69. Anonymous
    May 11th, 2012 at 11:10 pm [Reply]

    While I’ve often disagreed with your choice for COTW, this is the first time I’ve been unable to parse one.

    Was anyone even aware that the original “Crock” guy died? At least this explains the whole “wishing Josh dead” thing. You ridiculed the life’s work of his beloved dead father. You’re a monster.

  70. yaoi huntress earth
    May 11th, 2012 at 11:25 pm [Reply]

    9CWL: I like to think Edda is trolling Seth since she can’t be this dumb, then I realize Brooke’s the writer.

  71. Inexplicable Bear Tongue
    May 11th, 2012 at 11:27 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#65): My mother, when she and I started volunteering at the local animal shelter, said she wouldn’t adopt a black cat because she couldn’t see their facial features like she can in cats with other colors. Now, seven years later, our two households have adopted three cats from them, all totally black.

    I mention this because the disinterest in black cats may not merely be due to the old superstition, and if people hopefully spend some time around the animals, I’d like to think they could come around like my mother.

    Me, all I did was come around to the idea of adopting any kind of cat in the first place.

  72. Mibbitmaker
    May 11th, 2012 at 11:32 pm [Reply]

    Well, we can no longer riff on Crock now, and would now feel bad if we still could anyway. But buck up, ‘Mudgeons — we still have Reply All, the “Castle of Fu Manchu” of comic strips.

    ….yeah…. I just finished watching that particular MST3K….so……….um…..

  73. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 11:49 pm [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#69):

    In all fairness, Josh did note that Bill Rechin passed back in May of last year.

    From the post from that time:

    On a more serious note, thanks to everyone who let me know about the death of Crock cartoonist Bill Rechin at age 80. I’ve been pretty savage with Crock here but he was by all accounts a really sweet guy and is a big loss to the comics community. In the grand tradition of syndicated cartooning, the strip will of course be carried on by Rechin’s son Kevin, a phenomenon that I can’t even work myself up to rage against anymore. It’ll be interesting to see what Crock 2.0 is like.

    Both the father and son have won the Nat’l Cartoonist Society’s Reuben award for their career’s work, with the son winning for his magazine illustration. That’s high praise from peers and it isn’t a fluff award or political; it is something which is earned and shows respect from other professionals.

    While Bill Rechin didn’t win it for “Crock”, he won it for another strip, it is still an award for strip cartooning.

    I don’t think anyone truly means to be a jerk when making fun of the comics. Not every effort is going to be great even from the greatest cartoonists. One would think that even they would quickly acknowledge that they don’t bat .1000 and are good natured about it.

  74. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#67):
    Thanks.
    Well, given what little she has “said” recently, she is either a great artist (probably not) or she bought art (more likely if her husband is rich).

    I guess that does add a layer of soap operatic intrigue….until you realize that Nina is pregnant and the KISS happened after Margo helped paint the nursery. That’s where it becomes Huhhhnnhhh? Say Wha? At that point, it seems like it would make more sense if Scott used Margo to make Nina jealous and wanted to be caught. That would have led to a catfight that would have only been shown from the chest up and that would involve more dialogue than rassling.

    sigh. Margo is no Nola, the Mighty Morphing Power Hussy.

  75. tallyHO
    May 11th, 2012 at 11:59 pm [Reply]

    eh….edit:
    Well, given what little she Nina has “said” recently, she Nina is either a great artist (probably not) or she Nina bought art (more likely if her husband is rich).

  76. Tom T.
    May 12th, 2012 at 12:24 am [Reply]

    Everyone else is too kind, so I’ll say it — the son quit because once he started writing the strip, he actually had to read it, and he finally realized that it’s crap.

    On the upside, browsing around the website of the Fredericksburg newspaper that Josh linked reveals that it refers to Spotsylvania County as “Spotsy.”

  77. Droopy Says
    May 12th, 2012 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    Gasoline Alley: Who else wants to see Slim and Clovia caught in a giant-size mouse trap?

    Family Circus: What is going on with Thel’s daily change of clothes at the Blessem Mall?

    The Amusing Spiderman: When did Peter Passive read the script?

    Creepy Les:Where are the two gay kids any characters at all that we’re supposed to care about?

    Mock Trail: Why does the police station look exactly like Trail’s LoFo stronghold?

    Reply All: How does this strip stay in print?

  78. Poteet
    May 12th, 2012 at 12:54 am [Reply]

    5/12 GA — Some months ago I was so annoyed with Slim that I expressed hope that a big boulder would fall on him. Now I’m hoping for two big boulders.

  79. Poteet
    May 12th, 2012 at 12:57 am [Reply]

    S-M — Please tell me the poor audience members have run screaming into the night, or failing that, have given themselves blessed release via cyanide capsules.

  80. Poteet
    May 12th, 2012 at 12:59 am [Reply]

    FW — Oh, nice one, Batiuk! Now you’re implying that teens who seem to care about gay rights don’t really care about anything except getting out of class, har har har.

  81. tallyHO
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:05 am [Reply]

    @Tom T. (#76):

    Actually, according to the Always Correct Wikipedia the son, Kevin, had a writer, his brother-in-law, Bob Morgan.

    Still, it probably wasn’t like other situations where a spouse, offspring or someone else worked on the strip with the original artist and then took the reigns when the person retired or passed.

    I haven’t read anything which says why Kevin Rechin continued the strip. Like most people I’ve only read some explanation on why he stopped. Whether it was the good or okay or lame strip from start to finish I wouldn’t even try to say. In fact, I didn’t know about Crock until I saw it here.

    Doing a strip about the Foreign Legion though….like a cowboys and indian strip, cavemen strip or an old wizard or viking strip…that’s got to be a tough thing to really get in to. I can’t even imagine how someone gets psyched to be funny about something that vague. It would be easier to start from scratch.

  82. Poteet
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:06 am [Reply]

    MT — Okay, what the hell does THIS storyline have to do with conservation? I wouldn’t even bother to ask except that on the website I use to read MT, I have to read every single bleeping day that Mark is an “avid environmentalist.” Mark, I know avid environmentalists, and you, sir, are no avid environmentalist. Since we’re not sure you’re human, that’s probably beside the point, but still.

  83. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#54): Your post gives new meaning to the term float rider. Were you listening to the William Shatner version of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” when you wrote it?

  84. tallyHO
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:14 am [Reply]

    Jeez Looweezy!
    A3g
    First, Margo is met on the street by actor Richard Benjamin who quickly morphs into Scott the Rich Philanderer. (Benjamin is a good actor. What’s even greater is that he is portraying Scott as a middle-aged Burt Ward, TV’s Robin The Boy Wonder.).

    Then Margo Galleryshopkeeper, generalist in meddleurgy, gets weak in the knees at the thought of Richard Benjamin’s “puppy dog eyes”.

    Oh wait a second, maybe that isn’t Richard Benjamin. Maybe it’s Ralph Nader. The turtleneck is throwing me off.

  85. tallyHO
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:18 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#83):

    uh now that I read it, hours later, much more tired, Sober Even!

    that really doesn’t make any sense at all. I barely knew what it was describing.

    But, Shatneresque? Well let me scat back at that:

    Shooby dee doo.
    Shooby dee doo.
    Baaaar Be Cutie.
    Doodley Doo!

  86. Poteet
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:19 am [Reply]

    @Inexplicable Bear Tongue (#71): The stray black cat I adopted on Friday the 13th (not on purpose) did have one disadvantage in that she was more likely than my other cats to get stepped on in the dark. But I learned to be more careful where I put my feet. She was a sweetie and I miss her. I have friends who adopted four black cats. I read somewhere that stray black cats are more common in urban areas, while stray orange cats are more common in rural areas, for some reason.

  87. Comcis Fan
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:27 am [Reply]

    MW: That ponytail defies the laws of human biology.

    Re Crock, my condolences as well to Kevin Rechin.

    I would hope that the cartoonists realize most of the comments here are good-natured ribbing from people who appreciate comics and wouldn’t bother reading those that they found truly uninteresting. (I realize there are exceptions to this and some strips are the targets of real anger, but at least they’re getting attention. I don’t think Crock was one of those that really ticked off people.) If I were a cartoonist, I might be bummed if no one here ever mentioned my comic strip.

    Have a good weekend, everyone, as congrats to the COTW crowd.

  88. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:40 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#82):

    “Avid” is a misprint. Mark, who belongs to the Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID for short), has been a stalwart “environmentalist” since 1946. Which explains Mark’s taste in pink shirts, his sexless marriage to Cherry and his complete lack of interest in hunting or fishing. (He’s a fancy-pants WRITER for crying out loud!)

  89. Droopy Says
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:44 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#82): I can’t see why we missed the inevitable repetitive explanation. “The Johnson family operates a wildlife preserve. Developers want their land.” That would last two weeks, properly dragged out.

    But I may have figured out why Rusty never gets to go fishing. It’s a hack writing gimmick. Trail would love to relax with the kid, but something happens and Trail must rush into action. The “something” is so bad and important that it justifies hurting Rusty’s feelings. (Either that or Rusty is the spawn of hell and his mere presence brings evil consequences. Come on, when was the last time anyone announced good news in his infernal presence? Was it his malign powers that caused the Bible-banded goose to crash and injure itself?)

  90. tallyHO
    May 12th, 2012 at 2:10 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#82):
    “Since we’re not sure you’re human…”

    So, this bizarre puppet appearance by “Rusty” is hardly an accident?

    If Mark Trail isn’t human then perhaps “Rusty” was a huge red flag that should have signaled that Doc (something or another) might be a brilliant scientist who has made androids that care about the environment?

    Oh sure, there are some bugs. The latest generation of android is obsessed with fishing. The first model is easily distracted by crimes he must solve. It is nothing a little pancake programming won’t fix up, as long as his daughter can concoct the right solution for the batter that doesn’t involve Yumminess corrupting the data.

  91. Droopy Says
    May 12th, 2012 at 2:57 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#90): “Doc” is really Trofim Denisovitch Lysenko. He’s had plastic surgery and looks a bit less like Bela Lugosi on a bad day, but it’s still him, conducting his warped experiments in seclusion from the rest of the world. He will soon meet with another of his colleagues, and . . . hunted and despised though they may be . . . living like animals, with the jungle as their home . . . they shall pefect a race of atomic supermidgets and rule the comics world!

  92. Baka Gaijin
    May 12th, 2012 at 3:24 am [Reply]

    @gnome de blog (#20): Yes. You don’t know how often I encounter clowns or clowny-looking people. That includes in person, on the Internet, and sometimes I just get a funny feeling.

    @Miss Othmar (#51): I wondered why my CC Sense was all a-tingle. Now I know it wasn’t a false alarm or gastric episode.

    @Chip Whittle (#57): “Spend his every waking hour shrieking and swatting at file cabinets with sticks.” I now have a retirement plan. Thank you, Chip.

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#62): Shovel Nose and the Gator Grabbers sounds like a short story by Dingo. Just sayin’.

    @tallyHO (#74): Nola, the Mighty Morphing Power Hussy. I’d pay to see that movie. In Imax.

  93. ALee
    May 12th, 2012 at 3:32 am [Reply]

    GA – Also not happy with this plotline, for the same reasons as everyone else. My little black cat spent her first two years in a shelter before I adopted her. It took some patience and hot dogs and three more years before she figured out the sitting on laps thing, but she’s twelve now and just a great, loving, clingy cat. I hate that stereotype. Luckily I only see this strip here nowadays…

  94. Baka Gaijin
    May 12th, 2012 at 3:45 am [Reply]

    The Dalai Lama is cool, at least according to Cow and Boy.

    Thank you, Heart’s mother and cook, for putting Heart and Dean in their places.

    Ces hit another home run in Medium Large. Did anyone notice that his coffee table book is on pre-order at Amazon? Strangely it’s about cats peeing on things, not the Medium Large strip.

    I love how the background characters in One Big Happy are actively funny. Case in point: James stretching or whatever the hell he’s doing in today’s Classic OBH.

  95. Doctor Handsome
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:00 am [Reply]

    That’s kind of a bummer about Crock. In retrospect, it’s pretty fucking rad that the strip checked “calling out that Fruhlinger asshole” off its bucket list.
    Mad hilario float, as always.
    I just realized that if I had thrown a “motherfucking” in the middle of my floatworthy comment, it would have been a perfect haiku.

  96. Davey
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:15 am [Reply]

    You know, as questionable as the quality of Bill Rechin’s latter strips was, I have to give the guy credit for his sheer tenacity in carrying on for as long as he did. He was clearly NOT at all well in that picture of him and Kevin in the linked article, yet he carried on with at least the pencilling on the strip until his final days.

    And despite last week’s potshot, credit to Kevin Rechin and Bob Morgan for letting the strip bow out rather than just handing it over to some new, underpaid creative team and cashing in on the royalties.

  97. Baka Gaijin
    May 12th, 2012 at 5:45 am [Reply]

    @Doctor Handsome (#95): Yeah, the Josh callout is pretty cool when you put it that way.

  98. Liam
    May 12th, 2012 at 6:27 am [Reply]

    MW-But first there was the mob rubout that Gina’s dad witnessed that forced the family to enter the Witness Protection Program which forced Bobby and Gina to separate. Oh, did I forget to mention that Gina is in the Witness Protection Program because her dad witnessed a mob rubout?

  99. Hank Kimball
    May 12th, 2012 at 6:34 am [Reply]

    MW–With this Bobby and Gina storyline, they should just rename the strip to “Syrup of Ipecac.” Where’s that Mr. Yuk! sticker?

  100. Tim H.
    May 12th, 2012 at 6:37 am [Reply]

    Does anyone buy Rechin’s histrionic alibi? Maybe he just discovered that cartooning is work.

  101. Droopy Says
    May 12th, 2012 at 6:54 am [Reply]

    @Tim H. (#100): He already knows cartooning is work, given that he already had a cartooning career when he took over Crock. I’d say he decided that a strip about uniformly unpleasant people was a poor way to memorialize his father. And maybe he looked at his overreaction to Josh’s work and decided he didn’t like the effect that doing Crock had on him.

  102. Liam
    May 12th, 2012 at 6:59 am [Reply]

    FW-What? There are homosexuals at this school that want to go to the prom? I am so totally against that but I am against a science quiz even more.

  103. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 12th, 2012 at 7:05 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#91): Lysenko’s work in plant physiology would eventually result in the development of plant-based creatures like the Heap, Solomon Grundy and Swamp Thing. And ultimately it led him to create the King Kong of the Plant Kingdom… Giant-Size Man-Thing.

  104. Droopy Says
    May 12th, 2012 at 7:25 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#103): So Rusty was one of Lysenko’s failed expetriments? No wonder Mark Trail spurns his insignificant presence!

  105. Whippersnapper
    May 12th, 2012 at 7:32 am [Reply]

    9CL: Aw Edda, that occurred to us weeks ago.

    MW: Tomorrow in Mary Worth- Mary turns to the guy who wrapped up her toast and screams, “I wasn’t finished, asshole! Don’t you understand that this is all about me?!” and then dismembers with her bare hands before feasting upon his innards.

  106. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 12th, 2012 at 7:44 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#104): Rusty Trail was one of Lysenko’s insignificant failed experiments, so I didn’t even bother mentioning him in my post. (Rusty’s so dumb he thinks photosynthesis is something you take with a box camera!)

  107. gleeb
    May 12th, 2012 at 7:47 am [Reply]

    Archie: I remember back when every other kid had a “slippery road ahead” t-shirt.

    Baldo: And so, the strip avoids anything that might be interesting yet again. Well steered, boys!

    ‘shaft: Batiuk, I know you think it’s a funny name, but it isn’t that funny.

    Dick: I feel better knowing there’s someone who finds Mumbles as annoying as I do.

    ‘bean: Great. Owen the Idiot and Dank Wanker Cody. I can now rest that I know these morons’ opinions. Say, how about the anonymous gay fellas? Surely they have some emotion, some reaction to all this. Something that would have some point, Batiuk, you gutless zero?

    Gil: Beaned! And not in the crappy Buckeye pizza way!

    Judge: The frantic pace of accepting money has Sam feeling a little out of it.

    Red: I generally find modern weather forecasts to be accurate within 2 or 3 days. Is this just part of the whole anachronistic dog-fucking charm of this strip?

  108. gleeb
    May 12th, 2012 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#77): Reply All: How does this strip stay in print?

    The “artist” works for Fatherland Security. You wanna choose up sides?

  109. gleeb
    May 12th, 2012 at 8:00 am [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#69): So all you gotta do is die, and your work is critically unassailable? Too bad anonymity is forever.

  110. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    May 12th, 2012 at 8:57 am [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#Y149): It wasn’t censored, she was simply interrupted in the middle of saying it.

  111. Illustrator Steve
    May 12th, 2012 at 11:06 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#82): “What the hell does this storyline have to do with conservation, seeing how Mark is an advid environmentalist?”

    Good question! If Mark Trail claims to be such an advid environmentalist, he should be using his conservation skills by ridding the environment of muderous scum like his friend Gene! Then the storyline would fit!

  112. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 12th, 2012 at 3:58 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#86): Yes, the invisibility of black cats can be a minor issue (like when you’re trying to figure out what little hole she’s wedged herself into). I’ve also discovered that it makes them hard to photograph.

    That said, I wouldn’t trade my yowling little green-eyed monster for the world.

  113. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 12th, 2012 at 3:59 pm [Reply]

    @Comcis Fan (#87): Yes. For all that I yell at some of them (like McE) it comes from a feeling of frustration in that I can see the potential of their strips, and it pisses me off when they fall short due to fixable problems and the arrogance of their creators.

    Strips that are boring and poorly done I simply ignore.

  114. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    May 12th, 2012 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    Clearly, I am developing a comment style where I witter away, pedantically in the first paragraph, explaining my thoughts until I realize that they’re not going anywhere.

    Then, I toss in a closing bon mot.

  115. sully
    May 14th, 2012 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    So, Crock is mercifully packing it in. No loss, but PRAY your local fish-wrap doesn’t replace it with Adam @ Home. Worst comic strip out there. And yes, that even includes Dinette Set, hard as that may be to believe.

  116. Mike
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    @sully (#115): The sad thing to me about Adam@Home is that the artwork is being done by Rob Harrell, the creator of the pretty decent but defunct strip “Big Top”. I thought Big TOp was a pretty good strip and was saddened when it closed. Apparently Harrell isn’t writing any of the jokes in A@H….which is a shame, since its not that amusing (at least to me).

    About Mr. Rechin passing….its sad, yes, and I feel sorry for his son. I don’t know much of his work outside of Crock, but I glean from this blog that he was talented in other aspects of his career. It just never showed in Crock. I would never want anyone to die to end the strip, but I am glad it is ending, and hoping its replaced with something that is drawn and written better.

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