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Metapost: More quick COTW

More travel this week has once again left the COTW shorter than it should be, though I think you’ll still be pleased with the top result:

“When will the girls of Apartment 3-G learn, abstinence-only education doesn’t work? I mean yes, it worked on Tommie. But there were mitigating circumstances!” –Dan

And the very funny runners up!

JP: This is exactly how The Hills Have Eyes starts. I am very much looking forward to the cannibalistic mutants! SPOILER: It ends with Sam staking his claim to the richest new uranium mine in the world.” –Cloudbuster

“I like that guy in the audience who is laughing and pointing at the action on stage while Spiderman flails around wildly in an attempt to stop Clown 9. At least someone is reacting to this scene appropriately.” –Holly Folly

“You call the birth photographer. That’s what happens next.” –LoFoMoFo

“Like I said last time Les compared himself to Hemingway, I’ll put up with all manner of self-aggrandizement and petulance if it will only end with him putting a shotgun in his mouth.” –commodorejohn

“The fine folk of Hootin’ Holler will accept any excuse that allows them to throw feces at each other.” –NoahSnark

“Jericho Brand is oddly excited here, like this is a moment he’s long dreamt of for some reason. ‘Here’s my chance to unmask Spider-Man!’ ‘At last, an opportunity to sabotage Air Force One!’ ‘No one’s looking! I bet I could burn down this hospital!’ He’s kind of a weird asshole, is what I’m saying.” –Doctor Handsome

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78 responses to “Metapost: More quick COTW”

  1. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 pm [Reply]

    @Der Schnärkïnätör (#yy271): Not this summer. I’ll be in Seattle and Portland in a few weeks–hope to see the famous and lovely Mollificent when I’m out there. But once I have a reliable vehicle again, who knows?

    Congrats, float-folk! I missed most of these comments the first time around!

  2. Jim North
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:33 pm [Reply]

    Congrats to Dan and all the floaters. :)

  3. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:46 pm [Reply]

    And more photos from the 2012 ‘Mudgeon / Bad-Transmission / Lolly Road Trip, now featuring Nehemiah Scudder (and his various aliases): http://www.flickr.com/photos/bourbonbabe/

  4. Droopy Says
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (y#194): How is it that there was no trick pie thrown in this strip?

    It hasn’t been thrown yet. In comedy, timing is everything. In Spiderman, timing drags.

  5. Peanut Gallery
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:51 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#Y74): The commenter at the bottom of this page got quite worked up about Pizza Spins. Not unlike the rants some folks get into here about certain comic strip authors…

  6. ALPHA SUBPRIME
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    @Dr. P and the Women (#Y195): Aw, I’m just funnin’.

  7. mollificent
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#1): YAY!! Partyin’ with bourbon babe!

    (Re: COTW: I’m sad to see no Skyping microwaves. But still, great comments, guys!)

  8. mollificent
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:05 pm [Reply]

    P.S. Also, great photos, bb,u!

    (What? I’ve been here this whole time. Really. *cough*)

  9. bats :[
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    Funnee stuff, Floaters! Congrats!

    Strangely enough, commodorejohn, Josh seems to really, really like Hemingway. Either that, or he really, really likes what we hope happens to aspiring hack writers in the comics:
    27 October 2007: “‘My book! My writing! I’m just like Hemingway!’ Yeah, without the pistol.” –bats :[ on Mike Patterson (COTW runner-up)

    Kinda make you go “hmmm,” doesn’t it?

  10. Cichla Vazzoleri
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:20 pm [Reply]

    I am very much looking forward to the cannibalistic mutants!

    Additional Spoiler: IT IS RUSTY!

  11. Nehemiah Scudder
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#3): Congrats to the Mighty Morphin’ Floaters!

    // Close observers will note the #006 Bible Goose Band around my neck. Naturally I had to swear fealty to Bourbon Babe, who holds the #004.

  12. The Ridger
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations to the float-folk!

    Someone please note when 3G stops with the “oh Scott you fulfill me but not as much as our baby!” arc, please? I canNOT read another word of it… kthbai.

  13. The Ridger
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:38 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations to the float-folk!

    Someone please note when 3G stops with the “oh Scott you fulfill me but not as much as our baby!” arc, please? I canNOT read another word of it… ktxbai.

  14. Nehemiah Scudder
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:04 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#Y203): They are like, stoic, man. Stiff upper lip sort of thing.

  15. So Big Deal
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:09 pm [Reply]

    Dagwood is the misspelling of a tree.

  16. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:19 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#13): Would that be before or after the “I will deny all reasonable measures to ensure that I deliver this baby safely” arc?

  17. The Ridger
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:22 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#16): I guess that depends on whether she dies in childbirth leaving Scott and her dad to raise the baby – girl, of course – in shared grief and denial.

  18. tallyHO
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:32 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#14):

    hm.

    I guess I didn’t expect that.
    Like Sunday’s….I read that it was a pretty picture of a strip so I went to look at it.

    There’s shock on Mike’s face (i think that is who it is). But, his daughter and his wife (?) seem positively apathetic…sort of like the actors in a 1980s Calvin Klein TV commercial for a perfume, they seem to be just reading lines.

  19. FOOBed again
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:32 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations to Dan and the floaters!

    For True Fable and other goat-lovers:
    http://tinyurl.com/7dw3atw

  20. tallyHO
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:33 pm [Reply]

    Congrats to the COTWer and the Float Riders!
    I, too, missed all of those earlier in the week.

  21. Rocky Stoneaxe
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:55 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Baldo is reminiscent of an old Jack Benny/Mel Blanc comedy routine:

    http://videosift.com/video/Jack-Benny-and-Mel-Blanc-Classic-Routine-1962

    Congrats to this week’s winners!

  22. seismic-2
    June 22nd, 2012 at 8:10 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#y-204) on superheroes’ secret identities: it would be almost impossible to pull off the ruse. Heck, the ruse would take so much to accomplish, how would they do their superheroics or have a relationship?

    John Byrne came to that same conclusion, in his re-boot of Superman in the aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths. He dared to ask the rather obvious but always unasked question: “Why would Superman be so stupid as to let it be known that he even had a secret identity?” So in the re-boot, he didn’t tell anyone that he went around in disguise from time to time. Lois et al. didn’t spend any time trying to figure out whether Clark was actually Superman, because the whole issue never came up. Everyone assumed Superman was Superman full-time, and that was that.

    Of course, that wouldn’t really work for newspaper Spidey. Since he does so little on the job, everyone would wonder what he spends the rest of the day doing. Heck, we all know who he is, and we still wonder that, too.

  23. Rocky Stoneaxe
    June 22nd, 2012 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#203): The characters in Doonesbury all suffer from Sylvesteris Paralysis, an affliction named after actor Sylvester Stallone. According to Wikipedia, Stallone’s condition came about during the birthing process:

    “Complications his mother suffered during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone’s face.[9][10] As a result, the lower left side of his face is paralyzed — including parts of his lip, tongue, and chin — an accident which has given Stallone his snarling look and slightly slurred speech.”

    As to why so many obstetricians on Earth-Doonesbury are incompetent bunglers, blame it on the Batiuk-McEldowney Act of 1940!

  24. Rocky Stoneaxe
    June 22nd, 2012 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#23): Sufferin’ succotash — I just realized Sylvester the Cat also suffers from Sylvesteris Paralysis.

  25. Downpuppy
    June 22nd, 2012 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#23): So you’re pointing out Watchmen is on TBS?

    Average movie, but one helluva soundtrack.

  26. tallyHO
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#24):

    Well then, could a diagnostic of synthetic fruit be called:

    Polyester Pear-alysis
    ?

    Would a pot smoker who gets paid to be subject in a study be called a

    Jollytester herbalis

    ?

    //methinks that is as far as i can go with this. of course my brain may think otherwise….but for now….

  27. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#y203): It’s my experience that if you look at how real people behave, it’s not like how actors portray it. A lot of us get pretty far with just one or two expressions, and actors — whether on the page or the screen or whatever — seem to think that needs punching up, so they do this “I AM HAPPY!” face or “I AM SAD!!” “I am slightly melancholy but mostly relieved!!!”

    Real people, though, don’t push it so hard, in my observation.

  28. tallyHO
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:04 pm [Reply]

    If Wally from “Leave it to Beaver” saw a guy hooked up to a machine that had tubes coming out of his torso and which looked quite uncomfortable and which he needed to connect to daily for about an hour at a time, would Wally say:

    Golly, Mister! Dialysis?!?

  29. tallyHO
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:09 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#27):

    That’s true and a very astute observation.

    With cartoon drawings though a little extra goes a long way. It doesn’t need to be over the top and exaggerated to great degrees. But, would a smile ruin this sequence in the comic strip?

    It is a wedding and there are awkward moments. Showing a little consternation, a little relief, a little, subtle joy adds a lot to a panel. I think this is especially true given that there are only so many images to convey that part of the story (3 or 4 panels per day).

    Trudeau may be choosing to do this intentionally for greater effect. That’s certainly possible. But, it kind of perplexes me is all. I didn’t think he did his strip like that.

  30. tallyHO
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:17 pm [Reply]

    Robert Crumb, the underground cartoonist who is now one of them bona fide Arteests, according to some*, had a visual gag years ago where he called the way Trudeau draws his eyes as Doonesbury Syndrome.

    There’s a built-in listlessness, a boredom, a tired look to the eyes alone. That is probably why I (selfishly) wish he hadn’t locked himself into that. It limits possibilites. But, if he’s fine with that and plays it up to effect…fine. So be it. He’s been drawing for decades and he’s settled in that way.

    *I like Crumb’s work quite a bit. It is a lot if you just look at the funny stuff. For the portraiture, the bios, the Bible adaptation of Genesis–to my eyes–it is pretty easy too look at. The later work is so much better than the early work in its own way.

  31. UncleJeff
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 pm [Reply]

    A3G: When we come back on Monday:
    Nina will have had the baby.
    Scott will have either fainted or started arguing with the ambulance attendants about how he’s not going to pay for their house call because their services were not needed.
    Tommie will be cleaning up.
    Margo will be doing something with the placenta.
    Nina will look at them and go: “That was it? You got me all worked up about dying in childbirth and POP!, it was over with? I was expecting trauma and all I got was a little nausea? I’ve been robbed! Call my lawyer!”

  32. tallyHO
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    @UncleJeff (#31):

    Soooooo, I’m the only one that sees Scott carrying her down the street through traffic while riding on a foot shaped chariot drawn by street urchins who are trying to make a living by taking whatever pocket change the billionairdo throws their way, eh?

    That figures.

  33. Artist formerly known as Ben
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:43 pm [Reply]

    Congratulations to the folks on the COTW float. The group has quality, if not quantity. The Hemingway riff by commodorejohn made me guffaw.

  34. Peanut Gallery
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:49 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#24): That’s a particularly cruel twist of fate, considering how much trouble he’d have pronouncing “Sylvesteris Paralysis.”

  35. Artist formerly known as Ben
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:49 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#30): If you read early Doonesbury collections, you can see that Trudeau was heavily influenced as an artist by Jules Feiffer’s cartoons. He kept things fuzzy and dark in much the same way. In later years, particularly post-hiatus, he’s developed away from Feiffer, but the eyes are a link to that early style.

    Crumb is all sorts of fascinating, I agree.

  36. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    June 22nd, 2012 at 10:01 pm [Reply]

    I always saw the Doonesbury comic as a combination of Jules Feiffer and Charles Schulz.

  37. Frank Lee Meidere
    June 22nd, 2012 at 10:17 pm [Reply]

    Commodorejohn, Nehemiah Scudder, and any other computer geeks — any suggestions for a good site to find traffic stats on competitors’ web sites? Brainstat is just way, way, way too slow, Compete is really only good for sites in the States, Alexa is detailed, but doesn’t actually give traffic. They’re good enough for my purposes, but if there’s anything better, I’d love to know.

  38. Rocky Stoneaxe
    June 22nd, 2012 at 10:28 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#26): Your splitting headache comes to you courtesy of the Lizzie Borden Axe of 1892.

    @Peanut Gallery (#34): Doctors test for “Sylvesteris Paralysis” by having their patients pronounce “Sylvesteris Paralysis.”

  39. tallyHO
    June 22nd, 2012 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    Feiffer?

    Yes. The early stuff did have that direct influence. I’d forgotten about that. If I remember correctly, I had a chance to read a collection of the earliest strips, maybe even including the college ones.

    The thing about Feiffer is that even with his very crude approach he did have movement. The characters did have a way of being presented with was more expressive.

    True, there was the overwhelming ratio of words to drawings. Much of what Feiffer did with that ration was not unlike what Groening did with “Life in Hell”. The drawings service the words rather than the two being poetically complementary.
    Schulz could do a good deal with or without words and when they (or music notes) were used there was most often just enough of each part (words and pictures) that I wouldn’t say the drawings serviced the words.

    That “Boondocks” guy, Aaron MacGruder, drew to service his dialogue, too. I guess the phrase is “a means to an end”. I always have mixed feelings about that. But, I know people who say they are fine with that.

    Regardless, with “Doonesbury” I’m just taken back at the fact there is so much detail (for what it is worth) and an absence of varied facial emotions.

  40. tallyHO
    June 22nd, 2012 at 10:45 pm [Reply]

    With what I wrote, don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with how the strip is done. Should have hit PREVIEW and POST’ed instead.

    I suppose I could treat it like any other and make fun of it.

    So, who in “Doonesbury” convinced everyone to join a botox cult?

    But, it just caught me off guard earlier today. Honestly, I’m surprised it took me that long to even notice it.

    No harm, no foul.

  41. Frank Lee Meidere
    June 22nd, 2012 at 10:48 pm [Reply]

    Hey, congratulations to Dan and the rest! (Boy, am I observant.) And may I echo Commodorejohn’s wishes for Les to become more and more Hemingwayesque? (Hemingwavian? Yes, I think Hemingwavian.)

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#36): Yes to the Peanuts similarity, but I never knew this other chap.

    @tallyHO (#39): Much of Trudeau’s humour has been in the deadpan delivery — albeit with some wonderfully subtle expressions as well. He used to do wonderful group reactions when someone said something inappropriate. And I always loved the way he sometimes used absence, such as when Mike or someone was passively watching TV while an announcer or politician spoke, and in the last panel, which was, naturally, the punch line, would be absent from the chair. (Actually, I just saw this same technique used in another comic a day or so ago. I remember thinking, “Hey, you ripped that off,” but then, it was well done, and all comedy is a rip off from someone else, so I couldn’t be too angry.)

  42. Col. Havoc
    June 23rd, 2012 at 12:08 am [Reply]

    Regarding the Eyes in Doonesbury. One of Trudeau’s devices is that children in his strip all have the wide open, innocent eyes, while the adults have the tired underlined eyes. An excellent meta-strip a few years back had a young Alex, who is getting married this weekend, telling her dad, Mike, that she was growing up. She told him that all he had to do is look at her, and the change would be obvious. Mike, uncomfortable, thought she was referring to having breasts. In one of those great, expressive character moments that Trudeau does so well, Alex smiles and says, “The eyes Dad, the eyes.” It is then that we realize Trudeau is now drawing Alex with the same “adult” eyes as everyone else. She’s had them ever since. (except that poignant moment in Friday’s third panel-genius.)

  43. Col. Havoc
    June 23rd, 2012 at 12:12 am [Reply]

    Or was it Thursday? Dammit, my eyes are tired.

  44. Frank Lee Meidere
    June 23rd, 2012 at 12:24 am [Reply]

    MT: Of all the lines I never expected to read, “A grizzly, maybe he can help” has got to be near the top.

    The Real Mark Trail — this is you, isn’t it? You’re playing with us, right?

    I want a coffee mug with that panel on it. I want a tumbler with that panel on it. Hell, I want my entire dinner ware to have that panel on it. I believe it’s just about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in the comics.

  45. odinthor
    June 23rd, 2012 at 12:31 am [Reply]

    #41. FLM.

    And I always loved the way he sometimes used absence, such as when Mike or someone was passively watching TV while an announcer or politician spoke, and in the last panel, which was, naturally, the punch line, would be absent from the chair. (Actually, I just saw this same technique used in another comic a day or so ago. I remember thinking, “Hey, you ripped that off,” but then, it was well done, and all comedy is a rip off from someone else, so I couldn’t be too angry.)

    Can’t be the one you saw a day or two ago; but it seems to me that the often-splendid Candorville has done this now and then.

  46. Poteet
    June 23rd, 2012 at 12:59 am [Reply]

    All hail and tossed flowers to Dan and the highly amusing runners-up!

  47. tallyHO
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 am [Reply]

    @Col. Havoc (#42):

    I found one example of an “eye change”.

    I recognize the father but not his daughter. The strip is from late last year.

    As for the wide-eye-ness. Obviously, that makes sense with kids.

    For the lack of a better word, Schulz hinted at wide eyes by putting the parenthesis on either side of the eyes; there would be one on each temple, more or less.

    Anyhow, thanks for pointing that out. After seeing the “Doonesbury” from Thursday (6/21/12)…yeah…that’s a good way to go. It is poignant.

  48. Poteet
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    A3G — There are women who die in childbirth, and then there are women who DESERVE to die in childbirth.

  49. Poteet
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:02 am [Reply]

    JP — So much for any chance to see the lodge and trout stream. Damn.

  50. Poteet
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:03 am [Reply]

    MT — You are fucking kidding me.

  51. Frank Lee Meidere
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:04 am [Reply]

    Please! Come to Twitter on Saturday and help make #helpfulgrizzly a trend.

    Like this:

    Trouble sleeping? “A grizzly, maybe he can help!” #helpfulgrizzly
    Does your computer run slow? “A grizzly, maybe he can help!” #helpfulgrizzly
    Good marketers know a secret: “A grizzly, maybe he can help!” #helpfulgrizzly

    I just really, really need to see this become a meme. I’ve never seen anything so perfectly memeful (“Memvian”?)

    (Be warned — I’ll be reposting this again in the next thread.)

  52. Frank Lee Meidere
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:05 am [Reply]

    @odinthor (#45): Yes, now that you mention it, Candorville does do this sometimes. And you’re right – that’s not where I saw it (the art was completely different — somewhat Berke Breathed-like).

  53. Droopy Says
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:09 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail: If there’s one thing that can keep you from getting shot by two desperate killers, it’s a hungry bear who’s trapped on a small island with no prey. Although maybe Mark can fix him up with Mother McQueen’s bear.

    Judge Parker: Will Avery die, pleasepleasepleaseplease? Or will Smug Sam rescue him from certain death, and receive the keys to the Hollywood kingdom in return?

    Creepy Les: Where’s Keisha in all this?

    Spiderzero: Where’s reality in all this?

  54. Frank Lee Meidere
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#53): “A grizzly, maybe he can help!” #helpfulgrizzly

  55. tallyHO
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:13 am [Reply]

    mark trail

    As I live and breath, either the m***** f***** is crazy or he’s gonna sing to it, like a mythical siren in order for the bear to do his bidding.

    Maybe the “Winnie the Pooh” song? A love song?

  56. Maggie the Cat
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:14 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth- 6/23 In case anyone was wondering, the third panel of Saturday’s Mary Worth didn’t make the cut in the daily papers. Apparently it’s “offensive” that it was a close up of Mary’s giant boner so the newsfolk just left it out and stretched panels 1 & 2 to fill the void.

  57. tallyHO
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:21 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail’s innie-inner monologue:

    “Looks like I’m caught between a rock and a —heeellllo!

    That might be an easy way out of this whole Lost Forest Life! Death by Mauling is better than getting shot by a bad shooter; it is a dignified death for a nature journalist/therapist/detective/country lawyer/ crimestopper….ah hell, *choke*…sniff…whimper…

    It was a good life!

    Now, I should stand here in this cave and announce my intentions, loudly!”

    [/innie-inner monologue]

  58. Maggie the Cat
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:22 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#57): And in random bold wording!

  59. tallyHO
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:26 am [Reply]

    that just goes to show how tough it is to get into Mark Trail’s head. He would be bold in his bolding.

  60. Poteet
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:27 am [Reply]

    MW — I admit that I wasted some irreplaceable hours of my youth reading Dear Abby, Ann Landers, and the like. And a vast number of letters went something like this:

    “Dear Advice Giver: My boss/spouse/uncle/best friend/sister-in-law keeps borrowing money without paying it back/calling me “Fart-Face” in front of other people/coming into my house when I’m not home and eating everything in my refrigerator/framing me for minor felonies/shooting out my car windows. How can I very very very tactfully ask this person to stop without any risk whatsoever that this person might possibly think a little less of me in the future? Signed, Casper/Casperina Milquetoast.”

    So this job may not be quite the exciting challenge you’re anticipating, Mary.

  61. tallyHO
    June 23rd, 2012 at 1:32 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail’s innie-inner monologue:

    “Looks like I’m caught between a rock and a —heeellllo!

    This might be an easy way out of this whole Lost Forest Life! Death by Mauling is better than getting shot by a bad shooter; it is a dignified death for a nature journalist/therapist/detective/country lawyer/ crimestopper….ah hell, *choke*…sniff…whimper…

    It was a good life!

    Now, I should stand here in this cave and announce my intentions, loudly!”

    [/innie-inner monologue]
    (now it reads like a cry for help–Editing Ernie)

  62. Comcis Fan
    June 23rd, 2012 at 2:08 am [Reply]

    MW: It would be fun if letters addressed to Dan Savage, aka “Savage Love,” got misdirected to “Ask Wendy,” and Mary was asked to advise some of those “GGG” kinksters about three ways, strap-ons, pee fetishists and the like. Imagine the sheer number of exclamation points and question marks!

  63. Mr. O'Malley
    June 23rd, 2012 at 3:39 am [Reply]

    A-3G: So does going into labor make your hair grow alternately longer and shorter and develop a sort of flip?

    i>MT: I bet Mark is the first person since Timothy Treadwell to use that particular statement.

    JP: Throw him the camera!

  64. Chip Whittle
    June 23rd, 2012 at 3:53 am [Reply]

    Oh, Mark Trail. Of all the Mark Trails in the world, you’re the Mark Trailiest.

    How does a story manage a dopier twist than Apartment 3-G, Mary Worth, and Spider-Man in a single day?

  65. Baka Gaijin
    June 23rd, 2012 at 3:58 am [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#3): Damn, no wonder I don’t make the float very often. I don’t meet the required beauty standard.

    @seismic-2 (#22): Actually I don’t think about what Spidey does, ever, unless he’s being humiliated by a villain or small child or inanimate ceramic brick.

  66. Baka Gaijin
    June 23rd, 2012 at 4:03 am [Reply]

    Though today’s The New Adventures of Queen Victoria would have been more appropriate on April 1, it’s one of the better technology jokes on the comics page. Ever.

    Mark Trail would have a better chance of surviving if that bear was Dingo. He could think creatively.

  67. seismic-2
    June 23rd, 2012 at 4:04 am [Reply]

    @Col. Havoc (#42): Although chronologically an adult, Boopsie still has the round eyes, to indicate that she maintains her child-like innocent view of life. (Cf. the group scene in the brand-new Saturday strip.)

  68. seismic-2
    June 23rd, 2012 at 4:22 am [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#64): Actually, I hope Apartment 3-G, Mary Worth, and Spider-Man all manage to work “A grizzly… maybe he can help!” into their storylines in the next couple of weeks.

    Let’s face it, a grizzly would in fact be more helpful than Spider-Man, in just about any situation, ever.

    The grizzly would be helpful in the current Mary Worth plot, since Mary will fill in for Wilbur by writing his column, and the grizzly would fill in by doing everything else that Wilbur does, namely eating sandwiches all day and taking up space.

    The grizzly would indeed be helpful in A3-G, since within a week Margo would have it cleaning the bathroom.

  69. Doctor Handsome
    June 23rd, 2012 at 5:16 am [Reply]

    All funny shiz, cats & kittens. Kudos.

  70. Rita Lake and the Special Goddesses
    June 23rd, 2012 at 7:14 am [Reply]

    Okay, so I’ve only been following Spider-Man when it’s posted here, but so far Clown-9′s “crimes” seem to consist of 1) disrupting a terrible play, and 2) assaulting people with a water gun and laughing gas, which are unlikely to leave any permanent damage to anyone or anything. (His other crimes include dressing up in a hideous suit and subjecting us to his awful puns.) My point is, Clown-9′s antics are almost certainly more entertaining than the actual content of the play, particularly when Spider-Man’s comical failure to apprehend him is thrown into the mix. So why are we supposed to object to him? We should be thanking him for saving us from Jericho’s tired “Will you still love me when I’m old?” blather.

    Speaking of laughing gas, I haven’t exactly experimented with the stuff myself, but my understanding is that it doesn’t actually cause people to laugh–it just puts people in a euphoric state so they don’t care about pain. (If it actually caused people to laugh uncontrollably, it would be hard for dentists to operate on people under its effects.) On the other hand, I don’t think I was ever going to defend Spider-Man by saying, “Well, what the strip lacks in entertainment value, it makes up for in veracity!” So I guess this story has failed to lower my estimation of Spider-Man.

  71. Liam
    June 23rd, 2012 at 7:41 am [Reply]

    A3G-No, they follow their rules not ours. If we call them then me and the baby shall live. I want either one of us to die more preferably the baby than me.

    MT-It is a shame that this is Saturday’s comic because tomorrow we shall get a comic about nature. Hopefully it will be about grizzlies and a bandaged Mark will tell us how you aren’t supposed to bother a sleeping grizzly.

    MW-MWHAAAA!

    MW 2-Mary says with smug self satisfaction at the thought of her cult growing much larger.

    FW-House slowly filling with gas for the love of god.

  72. Liam
    June 23rd, 2012 at 7:47 am [Reply]

    MT-And so with his mental abilities to control any animal Mark sent the grizzly bear to maul Mike Harris and the Widow Chavez. Meanwhile back at the Lost Forest cabin Cherry is introducing Rusty to a menage a troi.

  73. The Ridger
    June 23rd, 2012 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#60): I particularly liked the Miss Manners from earlier this week, where the complaint was

    An acquaintance of mine sends me almost daily e-mails. During the election in 2008, she sent very rude messages about the party to which she was opposed, which happens to be the party for which I voted. After a while, I simply deleted them. She has started again with the insults, and I don’t know if I should keep deleting them or make it clear that I do not appreciate her opinions. She is not a good friend, but I do not want to antagonize her, as she has done me some favors in the past. However, I do not know how to gracefully handle this situation. Should I politely mention that I do not find these e-mails funny, or should I just be a wimp and delete them?

    Miss Manners basically said just delete them. Her commenters, almost to a person, said the sender was a jerk and should be told off.

    It seems clear to me that the recipient is also a jerk. She should just accept the emails as the price of getting favors from someone she admits is not a friend. Nothing says she has to actually read them.

  74. Poteet
    June 23rd, 2012 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    @Rita Lake and the Special Goddesses (#70): As a dental weenie, I’ve had laughing gas on a number of occasions, and “resignation” is what it causes in my case. The Clown 9 version seems more suited to Broadway.

  75. Poteet
    June 23rd, 2012 at 8:33 am [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#73): I think you should be the new Wendy!

  76. Frank Lee Meidere
    June 23rd, 2012 at 9:59 am [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#68): I’m trying to get #helpfulgrizzly to trend on Twitter with things like:

    Do you suffer from the heartbreak of psoriasis? “Hey, a grizzly, maybe he can help!” #helpfulgrizzly

    I think Mark Trail has stumbled upon the ultimate secret to all of life’s problems.

  77. Col. Havoc
    June 23rd, 2012 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#67): Wow. Years of reading Doonsbury and I guess I only caught the “Boopsie Eyes” thing subconsciously. (which makes it all the more clever.). Thanks for pointing it out.

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