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It’s also possible that Barfy has just licked him

Family Circus, 8/16/12

There’s something I find incredibly creepy about the two twin droplets of fluid in this panel — one of them dribbling from Barfy’s tongue, the other running down the side of Jeffy’s face. The similarity between the two seems to hold some hidden meaning, beyond just “This is what a drop of liquid looks like in a cartoon.” Perhaps the key is the unsettlingly knowing look that Barfy is giving Jeffy. The dog seems to be staring straight into the child’s eyes, and assuring him that the two of them are very much alike, that everything that Jeffy has feared and hoped his whole life is true: they may look different and one sweats while the other pants and they walk on different sets of limbs, but the two of them are a genuine pack. “Jeffy, I am your true brother,” Barfy says, in Jeffy’s mind. “These humans, they will never understand you, never love you, like I can. Come, let us run away together, off into the distance. Let’s go poop on somebody’s else’s lawn. You will know true freedom.”

Dick Tracy, 8/16/12

I know I don’t cover Dick Tracy like I used to, but that’s because the new creative team has jettisoned the combination of head-scratching insanity and brutal violence that always drew me to it. Still, I do feel a need to point that they still know how to keep it real! Like, “nurse Dick back to health and then slowly drain his blood” real.

Ziggy, 8/16/12

Haha, someone at Ziggy central sure has some kind of beef with the global financial system! Call me a tool of capitalism if you will, but can’t we all agree that Ziggy is clearly incompetent to run any aspects of his life and maybe his bank should be running his finances for him?

Hi and Lois, 8/16/12

Never has so much entirely justified contempt for two whiny, hapless children been written so eloquently on a noseless, expressionless face.

237 responses to “It’s also possible that Barfy has just licked him”

  1. Unwitting Hummingbird
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    AS-M: “But I have a plan — the first step of which is to do something about my abdominal mumps!”

    A3G: Today’s Panel-3 Margo will be played by Wil Wheaton.

    Beetle: That’s some serious Philip K. Dick sci-fi mind control Chaplain has going on there!

    Hi-Lo: Where are they vacationing, the Niger Delta?

    MW: Whew! All this vicarious excitement has Mary checking her pulse to make sure she isn’t about to stroke out.

    Phantom: What is this? Some kind of back-door pilot for spin-off sit-com? What are they calling it? “Who’s the Ghost?” Anyway, it’s like Walker wants people to figure out his secret identity. Wait, isn’t “Walker” a secret identity too, isn’t it? If it weren’t it would mean that the Phantom uses his own name when traveling “incognito.”

    RxMD: There is no apartment building. You’ve been scammed, Auntie Blue-blood.

  2. C. Sandy Cyst
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    There has always been something unarticulably obscene about how Bil and Jeffy Keane draw drops of water.

  3. AhClem
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    H&L. One match, Lois. All it would take would be one match, thrown onto the petroleum slick that the kids are standing in, and your problems would be over in (literally) a flash.

  4. Dennis Jimenez
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:36 am [Reply]

    FC – Dog Day Afternoon – Stuck in the Middle With You, Dolly….

    DT – Um, Don’t follow the strip, but if they’re smoking in hospital, it must be somewhere in Ceausescu era Romania….

    Ziggy – Come on Zig – Even I could fire a weird tit comeback in this situation – I’d never give control of all my money to anyone, unless they had much bigger tits than you…and really knew how to work that pole….

    H&L – Yet further evidence of man-caused global warming – shitty comic strips….

    Adios Amigos, DJ.

  5. Bill
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:37 am [Reply]

    Family Circus: Jeffy is into bestiality! That is why Jeffy is sweating and Barfy’s mouth is dripping!

  6. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    MW-Dawn had to rip someone’s throat out with her teeth. I’m afraid she’s developed a taste for blood.

    MW 2-Actually it was quite boring. I had to embellish in parts to make it exciting. All Wilbur and Dawn did was stand around and watch other people fight over the sole lifeboat. They even watched a cute blonde girl get trampled to death. Well actually they saw a cute blonde girl and then didn’t see her again. She might have been trampled to death for all we know.

    Hi and Lois-In my newspaper the water the kids are standing looked like oil because the comic was in black and white and seeing it in color doesn’t help because it’s still colored black.

    Hi and Lois 2-Nothing like spending the day on the beach near an oil spill.

  7. Thirsty Thurston
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:39 am [Reply]

    Looks like an ill timed visit to the Deep Water Horizon Memorial Beach.

    Hi, what about the DIP/TET?

    The twins have got to have their DIP/TET!!!

    OMG, where is Trixie?

    Lois, where is the baby?

    I was giving her a bath in the ocean. . . OMG!!!!

    Dum de dum dum.

  8. S.Stout
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    Dick Tracy: It’s The Riddler! When Dick gets better, he and his wrist wizard hopefully bounce around town solving riddles.

    Luann: If you’re going to humiliate this woman just get it over with Evans. You’ve been setting this joke up for what feels like a year; it wasn’t funny then, and it’s not funny now. The only villain here is the moronic TJ who’s worked fast food for at least 6 months – just to get a manager at a fast food restaurant fired – which is probably the most pathetic thing i can think of.

  9. Izzy
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    Peppermint Patty! I hardly recognized you without the freckles. And you really filled out, too! So… how’s life as a snarky bank teller?

  10. pugfuggly
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:48 am [Reply]

    H&L I seem to mention this every time the Flagstons go to the ocean, but why the black? Why does the water always look like it’s being covered by some awful oil spill that goes right to the horizon? Why not just colour the water completely blue and be done with it? AND WHY DOES TIT BOTHER ME SO MUCH?!??!?!

    ASM “I’m going to let him beat me and humiliate me in front of the audience until he gets bored. Then, hopefully, one of the avengers will show up out of pity and save us.”

    A3G Evan enters the glamorous world of professional supportive bff-ing.

    MT So you’ve identified the poachers, realized they may be upset with you and further deduced that since they know the way to your cabin, they may return. And yet you can’t think of a plan to avoid them that you could execute on your own? After Mark gets done punching these guys I think he should really get around to getting rid of those lead paint chips those two keep snacking on.

  11. Mary Wothless
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am [Reply]

    Dawn learned that life at the Santa Royale is not so brutal.

    Welcome Home Pool Party!!!

    Cue up Boots Randolph again!

  12. sporknpork
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    Lois has dragged her stupid kids out to the oil-slicked beach because its easier for them not to see the shark lurking below the waters.

  13. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    Yes, Mary Jane, you’re right to be confused. We’ve never experienced Peter having a plan, either.

  14. Pozzo
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:02 am [Reply]

    “You killed my father!”

    “No, Jeffy, I *am* your father.” (Yip, scratch, lick)

  15. McManx
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:13 am [Reply]

    Hi & Lois — BP polluted our beaches down here in Alabama, driving the cost of holiday rentals down to the point that even the Flagstons can afford it. I can’t stand it. But apparently neither can Hi, who is noticeably absent. My guess is that he is up at the Flora-Bama Lounge, drinking away the memory of his wretched children and shrewish wife.

    Dick Tracy — In the great tradition of all villians, from Goldfinger to this dame, why kill the hero outright when you can truss him up and waffle around for a few days while he dies of natural causes.

    Family Circus — Josh, if any creature named “Barfy” had licked me in the face, I’d not only poop on the lawn, but I’d roll in it too.

    Phantom — If I had just learned that this guy lives in a cave with a chick and a naked pygmy with a bamboo hat, I would be really, really disturbed to think that I had just spent several weeks with him dressed in leotards and gimp masks.

  16. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:19 am [Reply]

    Spiderman-I’m going to create a fake circus in a mall parking lot to lure him to.

    Gil Thorp-So you won’t go out with me. That’s okay. Can I stalk you?

  17. Archivalist
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:22 am [Reply]

    My heart leapt when I thought I saw a shark fin off in the distance, only to suffer the same disappointment that covers Lois’ face in panel 2.

  18. seismic-2
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    FC: I am intrigued not so much by Barfy’s drool as by the look of smug satisfaction on Sam’s face. “God, I am so glad I’m a dog – these human children are total idiots!”

    DT: I must admit that is an original concept for this strip. Most criminal masterminds plan to get rich quick all at once by burglarizing a jewelry store or staging a bank hold-up, rather than earning their fortune at a rate of $2.98 per day by selling Dick Tracy’s blood one pint at a time on Ebay.

  19. Poteet
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:24 am [Reply]

    I’m sure the true devotees of 9CL, the ones who agree with Brooke that his work is sheer unparallelled genius, can actually tell whether Seth saw Amos yesterday and is now lying to Edda. I don’t know and I don’t care. I only read 9CL because it feels so good when I stop.

  20. Mark B.
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    ASM: “If I battle Hardy Laurel at the circus, somebody might get hurt. If only there were some way to hit him where he lives.” [MJ hands Peter the phone book, opened to the 'L's.]

  21. Marc
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:27 am [Reply]

    9CL- I’m not very familiar with the workings of ballet, so is it common practice for the dancers to eat each other out on stage in the middle of a performance?

    Mark Trail- “You’re right Rusty, they do know where YOU live. But what if YOU don’t LIVE here anymore? So ummm, I guess there is no easy way to say this but get lost. You’re not putting my life in danger because you decided to make yourself the target of a couple of mentally challenged hunters. Now Doc, if you could be so fine as to show Rusty the door?”
    -”NO, he’s probably outside.”

    Mary Worth- Toby can barely contain her glee hearing all the details about how that attention whore Dawn has been suffering.

    Funky- “You look bummed Mrs. H. Is it because you only have one arm and have a quickly and massively receeding hairline?”
    “You look bummed too Owen. Is it because you’re ugly, unloveable, and have a hampster growing out of your chin?”

    Luann- Evil Ann is evi because she is following corporate guidelines instead of listening to a coked out register jockey.

    Cranky- The joke is going to be on Crankshaft when he sees what that slip ‘n slide is really going to do to his lawn.

    A3G- Evan the ass kisser is hyptonitezed by the satanic tattoo on the back of Margo’s neck.

  22. geekwhisperer
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:27 am [Reply]

    MT Ahhhh! A computer! The fabric of timespace has been rent asunder! Already we had the discontinuity of the on-foot “pack out” somehow leading to the poachers following Rusty who was on horseback with a truck, but now all manner of things will begin to go awry as the Trails are lost in time. Call the Game Warden? Can’t- telephone’s haven’t been invented yet. But we could teleport there using the wormhole portal. Macedonian warriors will battle the poachers with anti-matter cannons. A giant beaver will watch jetpack-equipped Australopithecines streak across the sky. Madness will ensue, madness do you hear???

  23. Poteet
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:29 am [Reply]

    S-M — MJ looks a little odder than usual today, and a little more unsure of how her features are supposed to align from panel to panel. Get it together, S-M! This isn’t A3G.

  24. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#19): There are true devotees of 9CL? Who are they, the AntiPluggers?

  25. The Ghost of Jarrod
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:35 am [Reply]

    @Marc (#21):

    In re 9CL: No, it isn’t. If it was, ballet would be much more popular.

  26. gleeb
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    Dick: So why aren’t they just leaving two corpses behind?

    ‘bean: “Bummer”? Owen the Idiot’s not smart enough to use that old-fangled lingo ironically. Better check up on what middle-aged stoner he’s been hanging around. My money’s on Crazy Harry.

    Gas: The first panel makes me happy. It gives me the illusion of having another layer of barrier between me and Slim.

    Phantom: I think Walker* must have taken a turnbuckle to the noggin, causing him to forget everything he used to know about security.

    *For “Ghost who Should Run, not Walk Back Home Now.”

  27. Rusty
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:39 am [Reply]

    H&L: This strip is depicted in the Browne’s home base of Fairfield County, CT. If you have seen the western Long Island Sound, which by August is a soupy morass of stagnant pollutants, the use of black ink is fair play.

  28. Dennis Jimenez
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:40 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#24): I think the proper term for the opposite of a Plugger is Laxitite….

  29. Rusty
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    @Rusty (#27): I kind of missed with the use of morass there, more of a chunky stew. Meh, so sue me.

  30. The Ghost of Jarrod
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    Luann: Yes, we must move forward quickly with our plan to serve customers hot dogs with toothpicks sticking out of them! This does not in any way constitutie a huge choking hazard. It’s not true that no company with a risk management department or a lick of common sense would ever, ever, ever do this! Ann is such a bitch for refusing to see TJ’s genius!

    JP: What if Sam walked in with a briefcase full of cash? Would that be okay with you? Because I can make that happen. He’s carrying one around with him right now.

    JP2: Why doesn’t anyone ever wander into my termite-infested drug den and offer me a boatload of cash?

    BB: Yet again, religion causes someone to deny their innermost thoughts. Break free, Sarge! It’s okay to think those depraved thoughts about Beetle! It’s 2012, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed!

  31. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    Apt. 3-G: “Big stars” reminds me of somebody… Hey, they’re both wearing yellow suits!

    Aw, no day is complete without a panty shot from 9 Chickweed Lane.

    Hot sweaty TJ-and-Ann-Eiffel thinking-about-sex-but-not-actually-having-it alert at Luann! Commencing in …5…4…3 weeks…

    Tonight on a very special episode of Snuffy Smith: hillbilly crossdressers trying to quit.

    Judge Parker: Aw, that’s sweet Avery, but all things considered, I’d rather bean you with the hammer.

    The Lockhorns: Mr. Lockhorn, this is Shame, Guilt, Alcoholism, and Cardiac Disease 101. Of course this will be on your final exam.

    Mark Trail: I dunno, Rusty. Judging by the look in those bighorns’ demon-possessed eyes, you may not need Mark Trail around to protect you. Come to think of it, having a bunch of rams strung out on Bea and Bubba’s special herbs and spices ripping a couple of poachers to shreds and then feasting on their flesh might be the best thing in the funny papers this year.

    Tonight on The Phantom: a very special episode: Bantu crossdressers…

  32. Illustrator Steve
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:46 am [Reply]

    MT – (Cherry): “LOOK, Rusty! The Bighorn community has gathered together on Bighorn mountain for their headless leader’s memorial service! QUICK, Rusty! Go take some pictures of them! …Doc, do you think those fellows in the pickup truck will bother Rusty if he goes up there for more pictures?”
    (Doc): “NO, he’s probably outside.”

  33. TheDiva
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:49 am [Reply]

    DT: The Fallacy of the Talking Killer is taken to its logical extreme.

    Ziggy: Even the banks want to put Ziggy out of his misery.

  34. The Divine O'F
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:52 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#19): Poteet, I quit reading 9CL cold turkey three years ago, and my life has been so much better since then in every way.

    My current comics problem is that I can’t seem to stop reading A3G, even though everything about it irritates me, from the bad art to the insipid and poorly-told story lines. There’s no personality there any more, in any of them, including Margo. It’s like the bland, pastel and white clothing they wear has insinuated itself into their bodies and spread through their psyches, resulting in a blah, mayonnaise-flavored strip of uberWASPs. /rant

  35. maarvarq
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:53 am [Reply]

    H&L: It might not be oil. It might be the fog of despair previously seen blacking out the sky, trying water for a change.

  36. Esther Blodgett
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    JP: Shouldn’t this be sexy by now?

    GF: I really, really like Codex. Maybe Codex and Solange should dump their respective strips and go on tour as “The Odd Couple.”

    Luann: Is she upset because TJ used her as the model for the bikini weenie?

  37. Steve
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    Curtis: Greg, you should be grateful that you’re not drawn by Hank Ketcham. Because then your son would be Curtis the Murderous.

  38. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    GT – Well, my crush shot me down. I guess I’d better just focus on golf. Nothing else a guy without a girlfriend can do with only one hand….

    Luann – Didn’t we just discuss that he is writing on the weenies with magic marker and hasn’t worked out all the details yet? Oh, why bother, Idiot Plot must run its course.

  39. KreatureFeatures
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:05 am [Reply]

    GT: Hey Gil, football season’s here, and you’re still screwing around on the golf course. Wildcat and the other Milford boosters will not be pleased.

  40. TheDiva
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    9CL: I fucking hate the “two people don’t see each other because they can’t be bothered to check their peripheral vision” trope, have I mentioned that?

    C’shaft: This is going to wind up being like the end of Urinetown, isn’t it?

    FW: Big girl panties, Becky. You can put them on one-handed.

    Luann: Logic according to Luann:
    Ann listens to ideas from her staff, but still insists on proper protocol being observed and having her position respected. Ann is an evil harridan who deserves humiliation.

    MW: Mrs. Chinbeard hasn’t gotten to the concept of plurals in her remedial English class yet.

    Pibgorn: TL;DR: “It’s not a plot hole! It’s NOT!”

    SM: “I’m going to fail miserably and get laughed at, the way I always do!”

  41. Doctor Handsome
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    “Mom, the waves are splashing us! The sand keeps getting between our toes! The sun is shining on us with its harmful UV rays! Have we convinced you of the folly of your anti-abortion stance yet? That seagull looked at me!”

  42. FafMor
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    The most “logical” explanation is that Dick Tracy is either going to be turned into a vampire, or the Red Cross has an extremely aggressive blood drive.

  43. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    FC: Why do I have the feeling that this is an old panel with a new caption? Like, back in 1902 (pronounced “nineteen ought two”) it was an adorable pun about how dogs pant while people sweat, with illustrative drops to emphasize the point. Or something. By the way, completely unrelated question: Is it common to lose the ability to love and feel joy after pondering a Family Circus panel?

  44. Ranger
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    SM: “I have a plan.” MJ’s off panel ? seems fitting. Since when has Peter ever had a plan that didn’t involve TV?

  45. Doctor Handsome
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:17 am [Reply]

    Any financial institution willing to take responsibility for Ziggy’s crap deserves to fail, and there’s no “too big” about it.

  46. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    I’ll get to the snark as soon as I quit chortling over today’s Sinfest.

    NAoQV: sorry, dude, she’s “into” Erin Esurance.

    Zits: *giggle* nicely done.

    JP: most women do, when confronted by Mr. Avery. just sayin’.

    F-: seems to have stolen a Retail joke today. Schulz only knows it makes no sense otherwise.

  47. Mr. Ray
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    Barfy’s mouth droplet is clearly not saliva, but the black mutation goo from the Prometheus movie. With any luck, tomorrow’s comic will show Jeffy being eaten by a xenomorph.

  48. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    Love Is . . .morning sickness. mine.

  49. Snarkotix Addict
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    A3G “I’ll treat them like big stars.”

    “And by ‘treat them like big stars,’ I mean that I’ll watch them through a telescope all night.”

  50. geekwhisperer
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:22 am [Reply]

    DT I usually don’t comment on DT- but an external pump that is slowly draining his blood? Are the writers aware that the human body already comes equipped with a an internal pump for moving blood around. It maintains something called “blood pressure” and “slowly draining out blood” is also known as “bleeding to death” when a wound (internal or external) does not close. It’s an arcane concept, I realize.

  51. HAnzMFG
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    “Oh yes Jeffy. That’s right Jeffy. Dog days. Because every dog gets his day. His day to chase you through the neighborhood and finally tackle you to the hot pavement, and vomit all over you. And then you will know the true meaning of the name… BARFY.”

  52. Doctor Handsome
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    So Jeffy killed a guy in prison. Still not funny, but getting warmer.

  53. Illustrator Steve
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    MT – Mark had stated that he has wanted to spend some time at the wildlife service. My guess is that Mark and some local fellows have been involved in a hot and heavy game of poker going on in the backroom of the forestry service headquarters for the past three weeks and Mark has a lot at stake. He has already lost his favorite big camera lens. Then he lost the deed to his Lost Forest ranch. During the next hand Mark lost his horses, Cherry and three giant beavers. Moving on with the game, Mark bet Doc and lost again but since no one was interested in winning Doc, they donated him to the Lost Forest Mental Clinic for medical research. Now the only thing remaining for Mark to put up as a bet is his mutant stepson Rusty. With a little luck Mark wlll lose that hand too and with nothing left will finally be FREE!

  54. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    I think Barfy is planning to eat Jeffy at the next full moon, and Jeffy damn well knows it.

  55. debussy fields
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:29 am [Reply]

    FC– What gets me is the fact that the “big” sister is shorter than that medium-sized dog, and only a smidge taller than the little mutt. What the hell.

  56. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:31 am [Reply]

    @Naked Bunny with a Whip (#54): I’m not sure about that. I think Barfy knows better then to eat cat food.

    Here, kitty, kitty, kitty…

  57. Doctor Handsome
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:31 am [Reply]

    I know Tracy’s a certified badass, but draining his fucking blood will take a day or two to kill him? RESPECT.

  58. HAnzMFG
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:32 am [Reply]

    Why is the shapely alien in the first panel who is suddenly a shapely woman in the third panel threatening Rudolph the Red Nosed Riddler?

  59. NoahSnark
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:32 am [Reply]

    The mom in Hi and Lois is trying to think of the magic combination of words that will make the kids swim closer to that shark in the background.

  60. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    Love Is-As a great nudist once said, “Give me a child when they’re young and I shall make them a nudist for life.”

    FC-What’s even better is that since they are dogs one day for us is seven days for them so they get at least two months of this.

    Ziggy-Just wait, Ziggy, soon they will send a large guy with no neck to your house to kill you.

  61. Illustrator Steve
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    @Marc (#21): MT – I’d like a Curmudgeon T-shirt with a picture of Doc and a word balloon stating… “NO, he’s probably outside!”
    …Hell, I’d also buy the matching coffee mug, beach towel and 24″ x 30″ color poster suitable for framing!

  62. Illustrator Steve
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    MT – “HEY, Doc! DOC! Wake up, Doc! LOOK out the window at all those bighorn sheep standing all over that mountain top over there! Have you ever in your life seen anything like that, Doc?”
    “NO, he’s probably outside!”

  63. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    FC-Barfy is fantasizing about eating Jeffy’s intestines.

  64. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:42 am [Reply]

  65. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    BB: XXVI. The trigram representing a mountain, and, in the midst of it that representing heaven, form Ta Khu. The superior man, in accordance with this, stores largely in his memory the words and deeds of former men, to subserve the accumulation of his virtue. He is as a carriage from which the strap under it has been removed : Being in the central position, he will incur no blame.

  66. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:44 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#y104): absolutely nothing. I lub me some monster girls. :-D

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#y203): squeeeee!

  67. Mibbitmaker
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    Oversnarpologies. Busy day…

    DT:
    Operating on Dick just to kill him off afterwards? That’s crazy. Col. Flagg from M*A*S*H crazy.

    FC: “Dog days. Slobber in the face dog days. Jeffy, just be glad we don’t own Odie!”

  68. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    @pastordan (#31): How did it go?

    // I found teaching to be scary, but an incredible high as well – like acting.

  69. Illustrator Steve
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    MT – Regarding Doc’s noticeably strange behavior, his medical report just arrived from the Lost Forest Mental Health Clinic. It seems all those years of eating that movie theater popcorn seasoning salt has finally taken it’s toll on Doc’s brain!

  70. Doctor Handsome
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    Did 15-year-old tellers ever give out loans, or wasn’t that a thing they used to have grown-ups do in an office or at least at a desk?

  71. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    @McManx (#15): Yay! Flora-Bama Lounge.

    One of my all time favorite bars. So glad they rebuilt it.

  72. Mibbitmaker
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    New PCK is now up!

    Entertorials continue with an entertainment twist on the 1994 Winter Olympics…

  73. Little Guy
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    Luann: “Let’s see…. the week before, I made it clear that Tiffany was teh Evuh, last week, Delta is a good, ambitious person, and now, Ann Eiffle is a ruthless employer. Gee, cartooning is hard!

  74. Señor Tortilla
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    MT: Rusty’s face seems to have gotten back to his troll-like face again. These things can’t last long, anyway.

    Spider-Man: I’m going to wager that Spider-Man is going to be a clown and face Clown-9 payaso a payaso.

    FW: Hey, here’s an idea, what if you’re the hateful, whiny one? Ever considered that, One-Armed Becky?

  75. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    @Jocelyn Knockersbury (#43):

    Is it common to lose the ability to love and feel joy after pondering a Family Circus panel?

    No, that is unusual. Most of us lost the ability to love and feel joy long before we even made it to Family Circus.

  76. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:54 am [Reply]

  77. Bill Peschel
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    And as Jeffy follows Barfy, pissing on trees, eviscerating cats, howling at the moon, you know he’ll be followed by a dotted line.

  78. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:59 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#76): @Nehemiah Scudder (#71): And they toss mullets!

    It’s the truth. Like the guy said about infant baptism, not only do I believe in it, I seen it done!

  79. AhClem
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:02 am [Reply]

    Phantom – Whew! The Phantom almost had his secret identity revealed, but was able to divert attention with a lame excuse. Now his wife is haranguing him to come home, and … OH MY GOD! The Phantom* is morphing into Spider Man! Oh, the humanity!

    * The Ghost-who-will-soon-be-installing-a-big-screen-TV-in-his-cave.

  80. Doctor Handsome
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    You’re right, Dolly. Animals who have a thick coat of fur and can’t sweat dig hot weather the most, especially when some thalidomide casualty is fish-hooking them with her sausage-thumbs.

  81. Dennis Jimenez
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    @Bill Peschel (#77): Well, it all must start with Bil shagging him, with the obvious resultant anger, guilt, shame and resentment (on the part of Barfy, I mean) – thus the old expression – he screwed the pooch….

  82. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    MT-Yes I wish Mark was here too but he would probably get a call from some friend and run off to help them before helping us.

    MT 2-Mark knows the quickest way to kill a person and the best way of disposing of bodies so as not to arouse the suspicions of authority figures.

  83. Borborygmy
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    @Doctor Handsome (#52): So Jeffy killed a guy in prison. Still not funny, but getting warmer.

    I killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

  84. Psychid
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    Ladies and gentlemen, Ditto and Dot, two of the children from the hit comic Hi and Lois, have died in an oil spill while their mother was too heartless and uncaring to even give them the slightest of help. Flowers can be to through the Walker Memorial Foundation. Other generous donations will also be accepted.

  85. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:14 am [Reply]

    Ziggy-We can make it look like suicide if you want us to.

  86. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:15 am [Reply]

    @Borborygmy (#83): Was that you? I watched you watching him.

    Uh-oh.

  87. Dood
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    Ziggy: Hey, wait a minute. Nobody puts Ziggy in a corner.

  88. Horace Broon
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    A3G: “Your new clients are Scott and Nina Gaines, because they’re the only clients we have! You take care of them while I hunt for new people I can bully into hiring me!”

    ASM: So, after Clown-9′s fluctuating motivations, we get “I can’t fight Clown-9 at the theatre because the audience might get hurt!” “Why don’t you fight him somewhere else … like a circus!” “That’s a great idea! I just need a way to stop the audience getting hurt!” No-one in this strip has an attention span of more than three seconds.

    Curtis: We’re never going to learn what Curtis’s cunning light-bulb-based ploy was, are we?

    MT: Shamelessly stolen from one of the commentators on Comics Kingdom: They can upload the pictures to EweTube.

    S4th: Hil is stunned by the idea that someone actually entered seventh grade, rather than time being reset so they were still in sixth. (Actually, Ces is meta enough that this might actually be the case.)

  89. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:24 am [Reply]

    @Horace Broon (#88):

    Curtis: We’re never going to learn what Curtis’s cunning light-bulb-based ploy was, are we?

    Chekhov’s light bulb.

  90. Mikey
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:26 am [Reply]

    Well played as usual, Rusty. However, I suspect that you will once again stay one step ahead of natural selection. Panel one art is obviously taken from the good old days when woman stayed home ironing and didn’t use fancy computers.

  91. Comcis Fan
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:26 am [Reply]

    @pugfuggly (#10): I don’t know, why DOES tit bother you so much, and what does tit have to do with Hi & Lois taking their kids to an oil-soaked beach for their family vacation?

  92. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    A3G-They better be big stars because Margo don’t roll with small timers.

  93. Comcis Fan
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:32 am [Reply]

    MW: How’s Dawn? Has she come to terms with life yet?

    FW: Becky is so bummed about her mom being a band mom again that, sometime before panel 2, she’s used her one and only hand to gouge out her own eyes.

  94. Borborygmy
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:32 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#86): Say pal, we oughta get together. Have a beer. Toss a mullet or something. Whatta you say?

  95. Horace Broon
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:32 am [Reply]

    @geekwhisperer (#50):

    That’s the idea. Mrs Flattop wants to kill Tracy. Therefore, she faked up a hospital room, had the wound that he was actually dying of treated, and is now slowly draining his blood until he dies.

    …I didn’t say it was an idea that made sense.

  96. JD
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    Why is the Hi and Lois colourist use black so much? How depressed are they that they are colouring Hi and Lois.

  97. Poteet
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    @The Divine O’F (#34): Yeah, I’m kinda wishing one of them would get mugged.

  98. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    MT-Quick Rusty we have to get you out of here before the poachers return. How do you feel like dressing like a woman and traveling with an all girl band or all girl sports team until the heat dies down.

  99. Poteet
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    FC — That ponytail looks painful and that dress is ridiculous. Before a giant flaming meteorite kills everyone in the Keane Kompound except maybe the pets, I wouldn’t mind if Dolly could enjoy just a day or two of normal hair and clothes. Perhaps even knees and elbows.

  100. Chaze
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:50 am [Reply]

    9CL – How can two people, with eyes proportionately large enough to see algae spores on Mars, miss seeing a guy right in front of them? Also, in previous days, the view from the pit showed the stage pretty far in the distance. Is this a marching pit band, moving around the auditorium? And, yes, art school marching bands are allowed to have bassoons and cellos, and, yes, they stop and sit down when they play.

  101. Poteet
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    @Chaze (#100): BWAHAHA!

  102. pugfuggly
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    @Comcis Fan (#91):

    All I’m saying is that I’d be better able to appreciate Lois’ awesome rack if it wasn’t for all that black goo. Oil spills are a total boner-killer, man.

  103. Chaze
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    ASM – Yup, SM keeps that uniform in the closet. It’s just back from the cleaners, you know, the one that specializes in getting super-villain gunk out.

    Curtis – Alright, I was able to buy almost everything in this crazy plot, but when you have black folks getting a cab, in the city, at night, you have stretched beyond all credulity.

    Marmaduke – Yeah, you may as well give him your side of the bed. He’s been baggin’ your wife for awhile now.

  104. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:04 pm [Reply]

    @Borborygmy (#94): I’ll get back to you on that. I’ve got to move… to Austrailia. Yeah, Austrailia. Gotta check on Quill. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  105. zerowolf
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

    Ah, time for the Flagstone’s annual vacation at the beach next to the oil refinery.

  106. Downpuppy
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    The second panel of Hi & Lois, with identical children splitting a sentence, begs the question: Midwich Cuckoos or just 2 halfwits sharing a brain?

  107. Dale
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    @Horace Broon (#88):

    S4TH – My guess is Hil didn’t know Jon is a year older than she is.

  108. odinthor
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    Spidey. — Peter’s plan is clearly based on the resolution to the Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis of 2002, except that, instead of pumping gas into the theater, he is going to shock and awe everyone present by displaying his intimidating washboard abs, at which point he will be free to subdue the stunned Hardy Laurel. As in Moscow, there will be significant collateral damage, as thousands of Gothamite husbands will have to endure decades of spousal contempt concerning their collective flabby gut. No one said freedom was without cost.

  109. Dennis Jimenez
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    @Borborygmy (#83): Jeffy – I shot a playmate at the Janet Reno Elementary School in a suburb of Salt Lake City, just to watch him cry….

  110. Dale
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:23 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#53):

    I thought MARK TRAIL was going to stop at the magazine office. Whether it’s in LA (likely), NYC or even Denver, getting there and back to LoFo by canoe is going to take some time.

  111. Calico
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    @Doctor Handsome (#52):
    I wonder if he has the word “Fuck” tattood across the back of his neck as well.

  112. Snarkotix Addict
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    BG&SS Silas stocks a line of extra large sizes of shoes (“Fit for a Queen”) for all of the cross dressers in Hootin’ Holler. Although they’re a perfect fit for her big feet, Lureen hates to show up at church wearing the same shoes as Sheriff Tait.

  113. geekwhisperer
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:31 pm [Reply]

    @Horace Broon (#95):So now I’m completely confused. She says “We’ve kept a pump running that is SLOWLY DRAINING YOUR BLOOD.” Does she mean his heart? There is no need to pump out human blood- that would be like setting up a vacuum cleaner to suck the air out of a balloon. The surrounding air is of lesser pressure, therefore it leaks out as the pressure equalizes. In the same way, the higher than 1 atmosphere pressure of the venous system will cause that system to leak if punctured, known as “bleeding”. Her statement, to me who does not follow the strip, made it seem like she is using an external piece of equipment or am I missing something?

  114. Chaze
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:32 pm [Reply]

    ASM – It’s time to put an APB out on MJ’s forehead. It’s seemed to have disappeared.

    A3G – Evan is clearly homeless, seeing as how he showed up wearing the exact same outfit as the day before. Then again, in the A3G-verse, all closets are filled with identical outfits.

  115. Inkwell
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know what food that beaver is sharing, but that turtle looks totally stoned.

  116. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:36 pm [Reply]

    @odinthor (#108): ” collective flabby gut”

    Maybe not a good band name.

    // But hey, if it can sell tickets…
    // I’m thinking Sousaphone, zither, and vibes?

  117. Borborygmy
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#116): Needs cowbell. More cowbell.

    // Anybody seen Sequitur? I gotta talk to him.

  118. Calico
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:39 pm [Reply]

    FC questions:

    Where did Jeffy and Dolly get their red hair genes? Dead Grampa?

    Has anyone else ever noticed that unlike the Mitchells and even H & L, the Keanes never have any other adults but immediate family over to their home?

  119. Calico
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:42 pm [Reply]

    @Snarkotix Addict (#112):
    I’ve always chuckled at the notion of “Queen Sized” pantyhose. Sounds like a foot-in-mouth kind of thing, really.
    I mean, c’mon, how about King-Sized pantyhose? Show some equality, L’eggs ™!

  120. Marc
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:43 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#61): I would buy any and all of those products.

  121. greghousesgf
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    That’s obviously vomit, not drool, why do you think they call him Barfy?

  122. Marc
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#98): Dressing like a girl = Rusty’s dream come true.

  123. tallyHO
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:50 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#y230):
    A Plugger can always find a way to be a smug bastard.

    Yeah. You’re probably right. The way that dog is holding his coffee mug may not be drawn to say any specific. I guess what should always freak me out is that the dog man has furry hands and can use his dog man thumbs to hold the coffee cup. Just as presumably he can sip from the cup instead of lapping from a bowl to get his caffeine fix.

    The Plugger character is probably composing a litatany in his head of all the things he can do with one thumb that allow him to bypass modern conveniences that confuse him and modern contrivances that he rejects out of hand.

  124. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    @Borborygmy (#117): Eh, nobody told me Sydney was chilly this time of year.

  125. Ride Dem Haunches
    August 16th, 2012 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#119): I’ve always chuckled at the notion of “Queen Sized” pantyhose.

    That’s because you’re a girl. Some of us don’t have the privilege:

    a) Because we genuinely like and admire the wearer of said pantyhose.
    2) And she’d knock us into next Thursday were we to chuckle at said garment.

  126. Borborygmy
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#124): I just wanted to show you my Javier Bardem haircut, is all!

  127. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:07 pm [Reply]

    @Borborygmy (#126): Oh, just post it on the web. I have a computer.

  128. Borborygmy
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:13 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#127): Guess I’ll have to break down and get one of them facebreak thingies…

  129. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    @Borborygmy (#128): I understand there’s some really good ones in New York City. Just ask for Margo.

  130. Droopy Says
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#123): The really strange thing about Pluggers getting thumbs is that Pluggers always opposed evolution.

  131. Calico
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    @Ride Dem Haunches (#125):
    I agree – It’s just not very PC – I don’t know if they even say Queen Sized any more (shows you how much I adore wearing panty hose).

  132. Artist formerly known as Ben
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    DT: “Is it? Are you not aware that I’m contractually obligated to attempt your murder in the most convoluted and failure-prone way available?”

    H&L: Dot and Ditto want to go swimming, but only if they’re able to stay completely dry. Sorry kids, but it’s into the oil-slicked waters with you.

    MT: “On behalf of the Bighorn Defense League, we’d like to thank you for your prep work, young man. We’ll take it from here.”

    FW: Owen has started learning the life skill of agreeing with adults without actually listening to them.

    9CL: If Seth has fallen asleep during the performance, doesn’t that also mean that he’s stopped playing? And if so, shouldn’t the conductor be a little peeved about that, especially considering the absence of the cellist who’s actually scheduled to be there? Or is “classical musician” a much more low-pressure gig than I thought?

    Baldo: Unbeknownst to him, Baldo just offered to commit murder for Estella.

    JP: Hollywood is his oyster, but the International Brotherhood of Trout Bums is just too exclusive to let Avery in.

    RMMD: If you’ve been hoping to see Rex indifferent towards hot girls in bikinis, you may be in luck.

    BB: A chilling portrait of contemporary alienation. Sarge blanches in despair that his very thoughts are not his own, or even known to him.

    GT: In Milford slang, “focus on golf” has always translated to “furiously masturbate.”

    Blondie: “You’re an idiot, dad. Sorry for bothering you.”

    Phantom: “Yeah? Well this joker is blowing in your wife’s ear and she seems to like it.”
    “Haha, yeah he’s quite the cutup. Wait. Son of a bitch!”

    6C: It’s even better to stay away from ladies’ rooms that don’t have sinks. What kind of health standards does this place have?

    H&J: Ezekiel isn’t reading any old comic book. He’s deep into a hentai about donuts and talking sperm. Kind of dodgy for the comic shop to sell that one to a minor, but you can’t say he’s not stretching his imagination.

  133. Baka Gaijin
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:29 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#Y228): But, her [Loweezy's] sticky fingers ain’t met a challenge her cleavage cain’t hide. Child’s chalkboard? Hell, Mrs. Smif’s boobage can hide a Chevy Cruze. On day’s she feels “bloated,” there may be a BMW 3-series in hiding.

    @Inkwell (#115): Preach on, Inkwell, preach on.

    @Calico (#131): Queen sized? Ru Paul’s entire clothing line is queen sized. Drag queen sized to be specific.

  134. CanuckDownSouth
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    DT: At this point, I’m reminded of Dr. Evil’s son trying to get his dad to just machine-gun Austin Powers already, rather than seal him up in an underground, unmonitored shark-tank chamber.

  135. Artist formerly known as Ben
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:49 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#116): @Borborygmy (#117): You gotta have some bagpipes in there, too.

  136. Shrug
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:54 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#y118):

    “When I would go to New York to visit my grandparents my dad would take me to Books.”

    Insufficiently generic. I think you meant to say “When I would go to City to visit my relatives my relative would take me to Books.”

  137. McManx
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:56 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#71): Scuds, glad to know there is another Flora-bammian out there. Mullet Toss!!!!

  138. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    FW-Does this mean that she has two Mommies then?

  139. McManx
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#76): You too!!! Yay! Three Flora-Bammians in Curmudgeon land.

  140. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers-It looks like Grandpa has gone rabid. Looks like the family will finally have to put him down.

  141. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    Has anyone seen Rocky Stoneaxe lately? Was he watching Borborygmy too?

  142. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    @McManx (#139): Mullet flinging for all!

  143. tallyHO
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#130):

    It is funny, isn’t it? It is a heck of a way to depict people.
    But, you know that people have probably said they thumb their nose at the idea of evolution.

    @Baka Gaijin (#133):

    It probably isn’t a good thing that I forgot I even wrote that, is it? What a difference a day makes, am I right?

  144. Shrug
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#y138):

    “(I notice that we never see the Trails’ alleged computer – I presume because it’s constructed of electromechanical relays and takes up an entire outbuilding on the LoFo compound.)”

    I was thinking more along the lines of the early version of the Hex computer in the Discworld series, powered by ants crawling through glass tubes.

  145. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#142): The Flora-Bama would be an awesome place for a CC meet up. I believe they even allow Canadians in there.

    // Bourbon Babe is in charge of these things. Late autumn?

  146. Artist formerly known as Ben
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    @AhClem (#79): I look forward to the next escape/revenge of the Sidewinder or the Garter Snake or whatever his name is, where he lures Kit to a wildlife preserve and sticks a “kick me” sign on his back.

  147. Mibbitmaker
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:11 pm [Reply]

    9CL: Near-Miss-o-palooza again! Screw you, McE!

    Curtis: “I repeat…”, says the last officer.

    FW IS Luann!

    MT: Like clockwork! Also, Also, the other bighorns (at the poachers’ victim’s funeral) add, “US, TOO!”

    Glibporn: I just thank God it isn’t Thorax that’s nekkid! (funny comment punchline on Brooke’s part, I have to add)

    PCity: Sensible voter idea, though.

    RMMD: Nice Wilson + Nolan puppet there, old gal.

  148. Artist formerly known as Ben
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    @pugfuggly (#10):

    AND WHY DOES TIT BOTHER ME SO MUCH?!??!?!

    Dunno, but you’d best stay away from Russ Meyer movies.

  149. Spasm
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    @Boots McTush (#y189):

    “Doom, doom, we be all doomed!!”

    // I’ve got a touch of the doom meself.

  150. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:15 pm [Reply]

    @McManx (#137): @Nehemiah Scudder (#145): It wouldn’t be practical to sked this during the mullet toss, and with so many of us chained to an academic schedule, still, the Gulf, in November, not so bad…

  151. Artist formerly known as Ben
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    @Marc (#21): Re 9CL: They’re ballerinas. That’s pretty much the only chance they get to eat.

  152. Peter Parker
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    @Unwitting Hummingbird (#y55):

    SM: “It’s a poster for a cyclotron demonstration! What soon-to-be-radioactive-and-then-dead spider could resist it?”

    // Sorry; this is where I came in.

  153. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    @Peter Parker (#152):

    “It’s a flyer from that new Big Box store that sells universal remotes and Hi-Def TVs! What Peter Parker could resist it?”

  154. Shrug
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:30 pm [Reply]

    @Der Schnärkïnätör (#y69):

    MT: The (always safe) presumption that this is a recycled plot also explains the absence of Andy — the last time around, this plot presumably was taking place at the same time that Mark and Andy were off having a different adventure. But in 2012, we have to assume that Mark is still finishing the Bush Pilot/Gum Wrapper/Helpful Bear epic (either that or he’s on an especially long bender, trying to get his nerve up to return to Cherry and Rusty), and in said epic Mark did not have Andy along. But Andy also does not appear to be back in Lost Forest.

    Actually, of course, the midget who wears the Andy suit got a part-time gig understudying Hornswoggle in the WWE, and was unavailable for this story.

  155. Chaze
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    MW – I get it. Mustaches aren’t cool. But unless you’re Amish, why grow a beard without the mustache? Unless you are really afraid to look like Santa Claus.

  156. Perky Bird
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth: As Mary drones on, Professor Cameron’s eyes begin to glaze over, her words slowly being replaced in his ears by the tinkling of calliope music from the carousel in the background, which takes his mind back to his happier, simpler childhood days, where village get-togethers always featured a hearty haggis and manly caber tossing, instead of those god-awful salmon squares and Wilbur’s fat ass lolling about on a pool float.

  157. Shrug
    August 16th, 2012 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#60):

    Nudism is Clearly Wrong. Why, if God had meant for us to be nudists, we’d be born naked!!

  158. Illustrator Steve
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#154): “…But Andy also does not appear to be back in Lost Forest”.

    WHAT? Those VILLAINOUS SHEEP KILLERS got Andy too?!!!
    …Yeah, I can see that big dog’s head mounted on the wall in some trophy hunter’s den. Cool!

  159. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#68): Still a couple of weeks away from teaching. For the moment, I’m just a run-of-the-mill pastor gone bad.

    Somebody should make a comic of that. No, that stupid superhero one. Another one.

    For justice.

  160. Anonymous
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#158): The trophy hunters could display Andy’s wall mounted head right between the bighorn’s head and Mark’s head.

  161. Alfred E. Neuman
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    Sally Forth— Jon is a film major at the local community college. He aspires to be the next Woody Allen.

  162. Der Schnärkïnätör
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:08 pm [Reply]

    Glibporn – Mark Trail storylines make more sense than this strip!

    //Talk about aiming low….

  163. commodorejohn
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#144): Hmm. I suppose that depends on whether Mark’s nature powers extend to control over ants. Still, I have to think that a shack-sized monstrosity assembled out of WWII surplus radio parts would fit right in with the general technology level of the strip.

    Agnes – I love Agnes. God, do I love Agnes.

    Buckles – Paul, it doesn’t matter if you admit it. They’ll know.

    Crankshaft – I’m just praying for a meteor strike, while we’ve got the two of them together.

    Curtis – Yeah, openly admit that you fully expect your son to be a criminal, to a bunch of police officers, right in front of him. Nice one, Greg.

    DT – The lesson, kids, is to always consider whether the location you’ve picked for your needlessly-elaborate scheme is secluded enough that you’ll have time to draw it out unnecessarily.

    GT – Not permanently! By Randall Munroe’s estimates, all he has to do is wait a couple years and the window for acceptable dating will have widened to the point that it encompasses both of them!

    JP – It’s like they always say: “the way to a person’s heart is through their pocketbook.” Well, in Judge Parker, anyway.

    Luann – Someone added a bunch of words to the wholly appropriate sentence “this teeny bikini weenie is just dumb.” Whoever they were, they’re stupid and I want them to know that.

    MT – Bighorn Avengers, assemble!

    MW – And by “fighting,” they of course meant “standing around on the deck complaining about the brutality of life.”

    Monty – Yes, this is two guys having a conversation about watching DTV porn knock-offs, in a real newspaper comic strip. And yes, it’s still a million times less squicky than Luann.

    Phantom – Yeah, this was a fantastic idea, wasn’t it, Kit.

    SM – “I could not fight him at the circus after all, and just find him somewhere else! Oh wait, that would make too much sense.”

  164. Baka Gaijin
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#143): I don’t have that problem. Few of my comments are worth seeing a first time, no less second.

  165. Der Schnärkïnätör
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    @Comcis Fan (#91):

    They sure don’t bother me at all!

    In fact, they (I prefer them by the pair) are some of my favorite things!

  166. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    Curtis-I’m going to assume that “Operation Shove a Lightbulb Up Barry’s Ass and Plug Him Into a Lamp” was a partial success.

    MW-I’m just asking about Dawn out of politeness. I don’t care if that bitch drowns or not.

    MW 2-I feel sorry for the Brawny man here. He has that distant vacant look that says that he is thinking about something other than this conversation. “Why didn’t I save my money from my paper towel modeling days? Why am I forced to do this comic and listen to this boring conversation and stilted dialog?”

  167. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan (#159): No, *not* that stupid superhero one.

    Who’s stupid now?

  168. The Ridger
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#64): Wait a minute. Either that one tiger has super-speed, or the other one is frozen solid.

  169. Der Schnärkïnätör
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan (#167):

    Did you mean StuporMan perhaps?

  170. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 3:29 pm [Reply]

    @Der Schnärkïnätör (#169): Huh? A-wha? Giant apes? The hell you say! (Grandpa needs his nap. And a new brain.)

  171. Alison
    August 16th, 2012 at 4:04 pm [Reply]

    “Luann”: I had a feeling Ann was going to like this idea-in the last TJ/Ann arc she was starting to grudgingly admit he was upping sales. The question is, how will it backfire on her? (Beacuse, it will.) Perhaps a customer will choke to death on a toothpick and Ann will go to jail for life. In the “Luann” world that would be totally justifiable since Ann fired Brad for goofing off. Evil evil evil woman!

    “Dick Tracy”: Had a good laugh at the Riddler in the third panel, like others as commented on. Perhaps he mistook Dick Tracy and Dick Grayson? Nygma’s a pretty smart guy but I suppose we all have our moments.

  172. Dale
    August 16th, 2012 at 4:27 pm [Reply]

    BIZARRO is funny because the cop wants the victim to pick somebody even if he’s innocent?

    Too much of that shit happens. It ain’t funny.

  173. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    August 16th, 2012 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#24): Nah. They’re Pluggers with ascots holding martini glasses with a New Yorker (only read for the cartoons) conspicuously tucked under one arm. That is, intellectual posers.

  174. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    @Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket (#173): In other words, Beefwits.

  175. littlestevie
    August 16th, 2012 at 4:42 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: Oh this is going to be good. I can’t wait to see June hanging out in the bars down on Grand and picking up some SDSU frat boys for a good time that they never imagined.

  176. Marc
    August 16th, 2012 at 4:50 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#163): RE MW: That’s exactly right. They didn’t fight for anything. They stood around the friggin deck moping and complaining. They didn’t even bother to make the short swim to land in warm water. They just waited around bitching until the rescue copter showed up.

  177. odinthor
    August 16th, 2012 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#172):

    One dude in the line-up is Waldo of Where’s Waldo fame, whose assigned characteristic is that he is hard to “pick out” (in a picture). Oh, teh funny.

  178. SurrealKangaroo
    August 16th, 2012 at 5:05 pm [Reply]

    I know this has been said a million times already, but Lois is letting her kids play in an oil spill. She deserves the “Mom of the Year” award.

  179. Sequitur
    August 16th, 2012 at 5:14 pm [Reply]

    @SurrealKangaroo (#178): You want a “Mom of the Year” then how about this one?

  180. Baka Gaijin
    August 16th, 2012 at 5:24 pm [Reply]

    I guess there’s so little international intrigue that Seal Team 6 has time to rescue SandwichMan and his sidekick MopeyGal.

    I know this is a few days late but that’s how my mind works.

  181. Der Schnärkïnätör
    August 16th, 2012 at 5:57 pm [Reply]

    Luann – I saw a couple of ‘Mungeworthy snarky comments on the gocomics site that actually made me snicker:

    “Time for Ann’s boot to go up TJ’s ass. Of course, there may be a grenade waiting.”

    and

    “A grenade going off in TJ’s ass would be interesting.”

  182. Der Schnärkïnätör
    August 16th, 2012 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    @Der Schnärkïnätör (#181):

    Err, make that ‘Mundgeworthy

    //Stewpud spel chekker!!

  183. pugfuggly
    August 16th, 2012 at 6:03 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#148):

    This summer, Kitten Natividad is Lois Flagston in Lois At Large: Oily on the Beach!

  184. seismic-2
    August 16th, 2012 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    @SurrealKangaroo (#178), @Sequitur (#179): Or how about this one (from the National Lampoon, of course)

  185. Sgt. Stoned
    August 16th, 2012 at 6:20 pm [Reply]

    Non-Sequitur: I believe it. “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men” just “happened” to be there?

    MW: “How’s Dawn?” asks Tobey with a smile.

  186. Dale
    August 16th, 2012 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    @odinthor (#177):

    I considered that, but couldn’t remember specifically “Waldo”.
    My first thought was the guy who needs a cane. Obviously, he goes around beating old people with it.

  187. Shrug
    August 16th, 2012 at 6:41 pm [Reply]

  188. UncleJeff
    August 16th, 2012 at 7:02 pm [Reply]

    FC: Did someone shave the back of “Sam the Dog’s” head?
    Why is it pink?
    Or is it PJ wearing a “Sam the Dog” face mask and getting ready for a little “furry” action in the neighborhood?
    Why am I asking these pervy questions about the so wholesome Family Circus?

  189. Poteet
    August 16th, 2012 at 7:23 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#146): I think The Garter Snake would be a fabulous opponent for the Whining Arachnid. That arrangement would also work well for Spidey because The Garter Snake would spend late fall, winter, and early spring in torpor in his Secret Hibernaculum and would only be active in late spring and summer, when reruns are on TV anyway.

  190. kkarenb
    August 16th, 2012 at 7:45 pm [Reply]

    Non-Sequitur – This is sort of like the autopsy drawings in “The Big Over Easy,” except that I laughed at “The Big Over Easy.”

    Crankshaft – All summer the tv news has reported on drought in the US, with pictures of dried-up lakes and stunted crops, not to mention uncontrollable wildfires. I’m sure that the people in areas affected by the drought are rolling on the floor laughing at Crankshaft.

  191. tallyHO
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    RE: de Cirque de Familie*

    How do we know whether or not Jeffy is suffering from heatstroke?

    That telltale sweatbead**just might signify that the kid might be hallucinating.
    His sister may not be the one talking to him right now. It could be one of his brothers. It could be a cat. It could be another dog. It could be a fire hydrant. We just don’t truly know, do we?

    If it is a hydrant talking to Jeffy then there is a chance that subconsciously Jeffy knows he needs water. That would make it seem like either the dogs have led him to a Trapped Treasure that will alleviate his thirst or they are taunting him and their goal is to make him drink their urine, which they have deposited next to the hydrant.

    Now, I know what you’re thinking***, you’re thinking there is absolutely nothing in that cartoon which would even hint at the girl being a fire hydrant. Now, I’m no Slylock Fox nor am I a Barnaby Jones nor am I sure who Barnaby Jones is but if there is one thing I do realize it is that you do not need to look closely to see that
    Sally/Denise/Whatever-the-girl’s-name-is has only has one leg.****

    Is that an accident*****? I think not.

    The deduction: Jeffy is about ready to pass out and he better hope that the dogs rescue him. *x6
    ———————————————–
    *i don’t know no French so that might be wrong.
    *ironically, one of the driest Poe stories evah!
    ***because I’m half-psychic/half-psycho
    **** and this ain’t Funky Winkerbean or Doonesbury
    *****God, let’s hope not because that is a helluva thing to have happen between yesterday and today!
    *x6–if you got this far: wow! I’m impressed! thanks for putting up with this last gasp.

  192. Snarkotix Addict
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:28 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#171): Evil evil evil woman!

    What I haven’t figured out yet is this: If Ann Eiffel is so truly evil, why hasn’t she just killed TJ? (Or anyone else for that matter… yes, Shannon!)
    In fact, if she were to kill TJ that would prove how evil she is. And if she got away with the murder, she’d be even more evil! And her evil presence that would be a constant threat to everyone else!
    Yeah, I’m enjoying this a little too much.

  193. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:28 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#145): But my jurisdiction is the Mid-Atlantic; someone else would have to step up for a Southcon meetup!

  194. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:34 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#187): Yeah, that’s the stupid one. Do not want.

  195. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:34 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#193): Let me know when y’all get around to Wisconsin. I need a new excuse to drink.

  196. Frank Lee Meidere
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#116):

    Sousaphone, zither, and vibes

    Oh my.

  197. tallyHO
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#116):

    Lesse….I need to activate the magical Peanuts Christmas Special Group Hand Waving App…give it a second….

    Okay, now I need to stand next to a so-so Christmas Tree:

    “collective flabby gut”

    Press Activate. Done.

    A stopwatch? Good Grief! What is this? 1995?

    *ping!* (New Years music plays…)

    Here we go:

    The Flabby Gut Collective

    That might be a good band name.

  198. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    MW-Yes, yes, yes, the ship sinking was a tragedy and anybody who knows that Wilbur is a friend of Mary and that Dawn is his daughter were going to survive instead of tragically drowning and have Mary spend a month at their funerals delivering platitudes about life. Can we hurry up and get to the Super Mega Happy Dance Party ending where Mary picks her next victim.

  199. tallyHO
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#116):

    And, don’t get me wrong.

    “It’s not a bad, little tree.”

  200. Vince M
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:09 pm [Reply]

    FC: It does look like Barfy is staring Jeffy in the eye and telepathically telling him “Yeah, I could take your place at the dinner table, and apart from no asinine talk about ‘busgetti’, no one would notice the change.”

  201. Poteet
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:12 pm [Reply]

    @kkarenb (#190): Yeah, I’m in the drought region and surrounded by dismal-looking corn. I’m hoping good ol’ Crank will get a big fat fine.

  202. Liam
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:20 pm [Reply]

    MT-I wouldn’t worry about the poachers. Judging by the number of bighorns in the second panel they will be too busy hunting to worry about some “child” who took their pictures.

  203. Der Schnärkïnätör
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:28 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#202):

    Yep. And I’m not seeing the lake that should be right next to their compound.

  204. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan (#195): bourbon babe’s 2013 Libation Justification Tour?

    (Actually, I have two nieces whom I’m crazy about and who live in Wisconsin, so it could happen!)

  205. Der Schnärkïnätör
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:39 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#204):

    And Minnetundra is right next door!

  206. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:43 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#204): I make a mean brandy old fashioned. Grasshoppers, too.

  207. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#204): (Actually, I have two nieces whom I’m crazy about and who live in Wisconsin, so it could happen!)

    Plenty of room in that Mini Cooper convertible to bring ‘em down to the Floribama!

    // My new band, Collective Flabby Gut, will be opening there in the fall. We’re just waiting on our zither player to get up to speed.

  208. Camel Toad
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:53 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#201): Dismal-looking corn is the first thing a podiatrist learns about in foot doctor school.

  209. Der Schnärkïnätör
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:53 pm [Reply]

    @Der Schnärkïnätör (#205):

    Course I guess it depends where in Wisconsin as to how close.

    I’m near the west side, being in Minneapolis and all.

  210. commodorejohn
    August 16th, 2012 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#204), @Der Schnärkïnätör (#209): Well, if you ever do make it over to Minnesota in the course of such a trip, I wouldn’t mind a day trip to the Cities for the purpose of a meet-up ;)

  211. Droopy Says
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:16 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#191): Now, I know what you’re thinking

    Then you have my deepest sympathy, because I am paralyzed by fear with my thoughts on today’s Family Circus. It can only be that Sam and Barfy have just negotiated an unholy alliance with Marmaduke. Now gifted with the Hellhound’s dark powers, they smile at the thought of how easily they will bend the melonheads to their wills. Yesterday the Keane Kids were only playing with tripwires. Tomorrow, when the sun rises . . . brrrrr!

  212. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:38 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan (#206): So this mean brandy old fashioned, and a grasshopper, walked into a bar, with their lawyer, and said, “We understand you have drinks named after us?”

  213. Der Schnärkïnätör
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:41 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#212):

    Wasn’t Tom Collins with them too?

  214. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:42 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#207): You know, it’s finally a comfortable 70 or so during the days now. I ain’t giving that up for southern heat and humidity anytime soon.

    Talk to me in about January, February, March…

  215. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:44 pm [Reply]

    @Der Schnärkïnätör (#209): I’m in East Bumbledeedoo, myself.

  216. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:46 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#212): So this mean brandy old fashioned and a grasshopper walk into a bar and say, “In Wisconsin, cocktails drink you!”

  217. This Guy
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

    BB: Has Yossarian been getting at the comics page? If so, I say go, man, go!

  218. Poteet
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

  219. Nehemiah Scudder
    August 16th, 2012 at 10:59 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan (#214): You sure? I hear you can do a mean cowbell.

  220. HAnzMFG
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:20 pm [Reply]

    Those damned kids, texting essays to their friends at insanely high word processing speed and ruining old Plugger idioms.

  221. pastordan
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:28 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#219): Cowbell? Hardly. I can play “Amazing Grace,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” and “How I Love Jesus” on piano, and whistle along to Professor Longhair’s “Mardi Gras,” but I never touch a cowbell. Filthy things.

  222. Erich Clapton
    August 17th, 2012 at 12:04 am [Reply]

    @pastordan (#221): Well, I guess that’s that. Blue Oyster Cult will not be calling you for that back-up gig. We had such high hopes for you.

  223. odinthor
    August 17th, 2012 at 12:09 am [Reply]

    #207. NS.

    My new band, Collective Flabby Gut, will be opening there in the fall.

    I thought they were going to be on the road then with Homoiousians and Homoousians…? Or maybe I’m thinking of that other band, Athanasius and the Semi-Arians.

  224. Alison
    August 17th, 2012 at 12:11 am [Reply]

    @Snarkotix Addict (#192):
    If Ann killed TJ she wouldn’t be evil, she would be the hero of the strip!!!

    Well, you know, to me, anyways!

    Still can’t figure out exactly why Brad hasn’t pulled TJ aside and said, “Dude, seriously, you’ve been working at a shitty minimum wage job you don’t need for the last year just to avenge the fact I got laid off. This is getting really dumb and you should stop it already.” I suppose because that would require Brad to use logic, and also to think about someone other than himself.

  225. Poteet
    August 17th, 2012 at 12:17 am [Reply]

    MT — “Yes, the mysterious Wildlife People will know these men! With their pointed ears, the Wildlife People hear what happens in LoFo, and with their long furry noses, they can smell out evil, and with their golden eyes, they can even see in the dark! So off I go to take them the photos and leave them offerings of meat and grain! Meanwhile, Rusty, you stay right here so the sheep killers can come back and kidnap you or maybe even kill you. That’ll teach Mark to stay away.”

  226. tallyHO
    August 17th, 2012 at 12:33 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail- In some room in that cabin, Doc is playing paddle ball with himself.

    Here’s to “The Wildlife People” being Snuffy Smif and other denizens of Hootin’ Holler’s Militia Mob. (if only Hootin’ Holler is a stone’s throw from Lost Valley) Though, there is that possibility, no matter how slim, that the Wildlife People is the most apt description of the creatures of Count Weirdly’s Nightmare Valley. What good would they do?

    Hillbillies got gumption. Slylock Fox creatures…they might add protein and some bite to a good gumbo.

  227. tallyHO
    August 17th, 2012 at 12:35 am [Reply]

    About Slylock:

    The Hot Dog Dance!

    I’ve heard the legend and I know this is a pale facsimile of the real deal. It is cool anyway.

  228. Droopy Says
    August 17th, 2012 at 12:39 am [Reply]

    Spider-Bland: Asshole. Why not challenge Asi9 to a death-match where it won’t do any harm, like in Stan Lee’s studio?

    FU, W: “Oh, yeah. Mom tried to get you busted. I forgot.” “Uh, right. You wanna fuck?” “Maybe. Anything on TV?”

    Family Circus: And Bil thinks of all those, deadening, unwritten rules by which he must live, like ‘Real men don’t abandon their families.’”

    Mary Mirthless: It’s high time someone suggested Yawn needs shock therapy.

    Jugs Parker: Avery hasn’t been turned down since he learned to identify the hooker in the room. Unfortunately those sunglasses are interfering with his vision. But that’s okay, because they protect us from his basilisk gaze.

    Mock Trail: There’s good news and bad news. With adult supervision like this, Rusty will never survive to reach puberty. The bad news is, Cherry already has.

    Pluggers: All across America, Pluggers scratch their heads, or some other relevant part of their anatomy, and say “Hard copy? Is that what kids call postcards these days? Hey, are the ylike those three-D postcards when we were kids? Remember the one with the Eiffel Tower on it? Boy those were the days.”

  229. This Guy
    August 17th, 2012 at 1:33 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: Well, Andy WAS in Vegas. Right now, he’s probably next door, having beaten his postcard home. Unless, of course, he remains in Sin City, shoving food into his face and his dick into prostitutes in a vain attempt to escape the soul-crushing reality of his life.

  230. Mr. O'Malley
    August 17th, 2012 at 2:23 am [Reply]

    @odinthor (#223): It would almost be worth starting a band just to make use of geekwhisperer’s suggestion, Jetpack-equipped Australopithecines.

  231. Filthy Horson
    August 17th, 2012 at 3:06 am [Reply]

    @Horace Broon (#88): Oh, I wish that were true! Because any kid dumb enough to read Curtis (hilariously described by Comics Kingdom as “The Thinking-Man’s Strip,” for its supposed “witty approach, satire and use of storylines with an expected twist” bwaaaaahahahaha) is now gonna think raining lightbulbs on passerby will earn them a ticker-tape parade.

  232. Prudynce
    August 17th, 2012 at 3:38 am [Reply]

    What is up with the beach in “Hi and Lois”? It looks like there was an oil spill.

  233. Dale
    August 17th, 2012 at 4:26 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail

    The poachers don’t seem to be very good at their job, but the “wildlife people” probably wouldn’t know them unless they’ve been caught before OR they are “wildlife people”.

    Technically, Rusty isn’t wildlife. You do have an actual robbery on your property. Why are you covering it up? Call the sherrif!

  234. Horace Broon
    August 17th, 2012 at 6:03 am [Reply]

    @geekwhisperer (#113):

    Yeah. I’ve no idea. I think the idea is meant to be that there’s a device that controls the bloodflow so that he’s bleeding to death but slower than normal, but that wouldn’t be a pump, it’d be a valve.

  235. Horace Broon
    August 17th, 2012 at 6:23 am [Reply]

    Archie: Hate to break this to you, Archie, but you ain’t Lola from Kiss Me, Kate.

    Crank: That was almost funny. It would have worked better with “Stay on my lawn!”, but evidently Batuik was afraid that without the exact phrase “Get off of my lawn”, the amusing reversal of the stereotype would pass over his readers’ heads.

    Curtis: Wait, “passed out”? After all that she wasn’t even dead? But, hey, either way freaking out and showering passers-by in glass shards makes you a hero.

    FC: Daddy Keane is thinking “Dolly was always the most rule-obsessed of the children, ruthlessly stamping down on deviant behaviour in her brothers, like eating cereal without milk. Now she’s turned into some kind of anarchist! Well, back to the re-education booth!”

    MW: Yes, there’s nothing like watching passengers tear each other apart to get to lifeboats while the shifty crew deny there’s a problem to convince you life isn’t brutal.

    Phantom: It may seem obvious, but no-one else in the strip has ever figured it out. Has he been peeking at the footnotes?

    S4th: It’s a May-slightly-later-that-May romance!

  236. tymime
    August 17th, 2012 at 6:42 am [Reply]

    “Moooomm, we’re getting WET… in the OCEAN!”

  237. Mark B.
    August 17th, 2012 at 9:46 am [Reply]

    It must be summer vacation time for a bunch of cartoonists. We have Rusty being rendered as a normal looking kid with decent teeth in Mark Trail, a woman with normal looking breasts on Judge Parker, and weirdly distorted not quite attractive June on Rex Morgan. It’s the summer silly season in the comics.

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