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You ought to be thankful I’m back

Well, no doubt like many of you, I got swept up in holiday madness last week, and am still playing catch-up in the non-gorging-on-turkey aspects of my life. What with the two Thanksgiving dinners, the Christmas gift exchange with the cousins, the rousing chorus of folk songs from the labor movement, the avant-garde play performed by elementary school children, and the specter of 24 straight hours of uncontrollable vomiting hanging over it all (what, your week wasn’t like that?) I haven’t had time to read the comics so you don’t have to. In both the spirit of the holiday and a desperate attempt to play catch-up, I offer you a week’s worth of comics and corresponding sentence-long things that I’m thankful for.

B.C., 11/23/04

I’m thankful that B.C., having already pissed off both Muslims and Jews, is now going after the Irish, ensuring its departure from the comics pages any day now.

Dilbert, 11/24/04

I’m thankful that public discourse has coarsened to the extent that the phrase “cow’s butt” can now be printed in the comics pages, because I think cow butts are funny.

Beetle Bailey, 11/25/04

I’m thankful that Beetle Bailey has discovered postmodernism, at long last.

Mary Worth, 11/26/04

I’m thankful for Boston, because they rock, man.

Family Circus, 11/27/04

I’m thankful that at least one member of this family is beginning to question the oppressive patriarchal suburban hell in which she lives.

Doodles by Mac and Sack, 11/28/04

I’m thankful that Mac and/or Sack were polite enough to add “please” to their request that I add horns and a bell to the grazing bovine in the bottom middle panel, though I admit that I could have done without the freakish hula-hooping cow above it.

Kudzu, 11/29/04

I’m thankful to Bill O’Reilly, who’s provided days and days of jokes to desperate comic strips everywhere.

B.C., 11/30/04

And now the handicapped. Yep, any day now…

Oh yeah, and one last thing I’m thankful for is this Jonathan Franzen essay about Peanuts from the New Yorker. It’s, like, good and stuff.

13 responses to “You ought to be thankful I’m back”

  1. Dub Not Dubya
    December 1st, 2004 at 4:00 am [Reply]

    What’s Katherine Harris doing in the Mary Worth strip? Anyway, welcome back, Josh. I enjoyed the one-sentence commentaries, and your Thanksgiving holiday was much more interesting than mine.

  2. Anonymous
    December 1st, 2004 at 10:37 am [Reply]

    Just when is one of the kids in the Family Circus going to go postal?

  3. Dan Patterson
    December 4th, 2004 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    RE: Mary Worth of 11-26.

    “I could use more COWBELL…”

    A vague reference but fitting. Who reads Mary Worth anyway? The same folk who follow Rex Morgan, MD I suppose. I always wondered why some guy named Rex would brag about being from Maryland, but what do I know?

    I enjoy your comments and the slips of comics. Please keep up the good work.

    Dan Patterson
    Winston-Salem, NC

  4. Frank Willis
    December 5th, 2004 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    Marlette’s decline is pathetic, because he was a great editorial cartoonist. He was one of the greats at the Charlotte Observer in the 1970s, before Knight Ridder ran ‘em out, along with writers like Jerry Bledsoe, Dot Jackson and Frye Gaillard. Then he moved north to annoy New Yorkers (always great sport for a boy from North Carolina). Even the early Kudzu strips were pretty funny.

    But this … this is sad.

  5. Anonymous
    January 18th, 2005 at 3:21 am [Reply]

    A very interesting website. I plan to access it again when I get home and have more time. There is much I need to look into here.

  6. Dan
    January 25th, 2005 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    Wouldn’t “McNuggets” be more of a Scottish thing?

  7. Diane
    January 27th, 2005 at 7:48 am [Reply]

    Loved the link the to Jonathan Franzen article. Thanks.

  8. Jason
    January 27th, 2005 at 10:48 pm [Reply]

    “Wouldn’t ‘McNuggets’ be more of a Scottish thing?”

    No, those would be MacNuggets.

  9. Mike
    May 15th, 2005 at 12:09 am [Reply]

    Yikes…that Jonathan Franzen fellow needs an editor. What you do, see, is you get rid of all the boring personal stuff NOT about Schulz or his strip, all the condescending deconstruction of why Peanuts was funny in its heyday and you’re left with a few decent paragraphs about Schulz and the strip itself. No offense, Franzen, but how enjoying Peanuts fit into your dysfunctional life does not make for interesting reading.

    Your site, here, though, that I just found, is pretty cool!

  10. PackerDave
    June 29th, 2005 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    Mac and Sack could use an editor as well, or a dictionary … “R-Y-H-M-E-S” indeed!

  11. Holden
    August 29th, 2005 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, Dolly. Same old Cop out, please!

    Walker! Make the Japanse dude open his eyes! Does he watch Pokemon??

  12. Mat
    January 7th, 2006 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    Why did it cost a nickel to forward emails?

  13. Ninjakitten
    May 11th, 2007 at 11:06 pm [Reply]

    Belatedly, to Mat:
    Bandwidth and the time (presumably paid, as it’s at work) spent sending and reading the email.

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