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The Keane Kids meet the Satanic mills

Family Circus and Dennis the Menace, 9/3/12

Happy Labor Day, everybody! Let’s all celebrate the prosperity of the American worker, which has allowed the children of the American worker to become whiny, entitled brats who can only say “gimmie gimmie gimmie.” Looks like a century of child labor laws have had negative social consequences after all! Let’s get Dennis and Billy to work in a glove factory stat and shut their greed-holes with good, honest manual labor at 50 cents an hour.

Gasoline Alley, 9/3/12

Gasoline Alley traditionally celebrates Labor Day by eschewing its usual inane plots for elaborate drawings of chain-link fences. Today’s strip contains a shocking innovation, however: acknowledgement that a so-called “Internet” exists, and that Gasoline Alley strips can be found there. Given the no-doubt extensive overlap between people who still pay for print newspaper subscriptions and people who faithfully read Gasoline Alley in the newspaper because they are unaware of other alternatives, this seems like a poor business decision.

Archie, 9/3/12

Today’s Archie may be telling us that in times of idleness we desire business and vice-versa, so that we are never truly at ease; it may be making a larger point that the things we desire will never be as sweet as we imagine; or it may be more specific, showing us that Archie himself cannot stand to spend quiet time with himself without confronting his own essential emptiness. This is pretty heavy stuff, particularly for Reggie, whose own obnoxious egotism has largely shielded him from any kind of depressing introspection.

Marmaduke, 9/3/12

Don’t be alarmed, Dottie! Like you, Marmaduke is “watching his weight.” Specifically, he needs to regulate the amount of human flesh-meat he consumes in order to be as svelte a hell-demon as he can be. So even if that number is a little higher than you’d like, be glad, because your extra pounds are all that stand between you and gory annihilation.

146 responses to “The Keane Kids meet the Satanic mills”

  1. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    Whoa, is it Monday evening already? I only sat down to check my email, but then one thing led to another…dang internets!

  2. Brock Sampson
    September 3rd, 2012 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    Anybody else notice the ‘MST3K’ license plate in today’s Gil Thorp?

  3. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    FC — The Keanes really do believe in togetherness. No running around on the grass and playing for these alleged children — they stay close, really close, to those parental recliners. The invisible fence and tiny skull implants make sure of that.

  4. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    @Brock Sampson (#2): That’s…that’s unnerving.

  5. SurrealKangaroo
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke wants Dottie to fatten up before he eats her.

  6. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    9CL — The things you see when you haven’t got your gun.

  7. Sequitur
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#6): Oh, Amos has his gun all right.

  8. teenchy
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    @Brock Sampson (#2): Yep. A nice touch to that otherwise oddly proportioned Mini Cooper.

    GA: I dunno, I find the chain-link fence instead of inanity oddly charming. Does that make me a Plugger?

  9. Sequitur
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    A3G: “You may come in now, mystery guest.”

    I sure hope it’s Mel Brooks. This strip needs some Mel Brooks.

  10. bats :[
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    Svengoolie showed the Claude Rains’ version of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Saturday night. I can only imagine the audience and orchestra members fleeing in panic upon seeing this on stage, screaming and wailing, much like having a gigantic chandelier falling from the ceiling…

  11. Ed Dravecky
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    Meanwhile, sparks from the unattended grill ignite the Keane Kompound with the family still outside on the lawn. “Too soon,” Thel cried. “Too soon!”

  12. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:30 pm [Reply]

    RMMD – “I’m done. How about you?” “Well, I’m not quite there yet.” “Too bad. I’m done. Finish yourself off.”

    GA – God I love those shots of toxic waste dumps behind chain link fences! I think it explains much about the genetic issues these people deal with, including the belief that Skeezix is a real name.

    Curtis – Diane, aren’t we carrying a notsofunny joke just a tad far?

    Get Fuzzy – Pets with lampshades on their heads are always good for a laugh and it was good to see one in today’s strip. When Conley is not filling his panels with pop culture drivel, we get a chance to see how well he can draw and he drew a funny one today. Maybe there’s hope yet.

    Frazz – You are lame. Referencing Pastis and PBS does not make you any less lame. Desperate? Yeah, I’ll take desperate.

    GT – Did Chip Visci put drag slicks on the back of a Mini? What the hell is that thing. I know that no self-respecting Top Gear UK viewer would be caught dead in it.

    9CL – And who said subtlety is a lost art?

    Pibgorn – Please allow me to tell you about why my artwork is so fabulous.

  13. Sequitur
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#10): Okay. I’ll settle for Svengoolie being the mystery guest in A3G.

  14. Horace Broon
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    ASM: If there’s one think I hate (actually, there’s lots of things I hate) it’s the question “And how often do you read a sentence like that?”, with the implication that mere novelty makes it worth reading once. If Spider-Man writers for the past fifty years haven’t found themselves in a situation where they can use a sentence like “Clown-9 has tripped Spider-Man into the path of a stampeding elephant”, maybe there’s a good reason for this.

    FW: YAAAY!!

    JP: Avery claims that Conrad Skunk stole his camera. What clue did Slylock Fox spot that led him to believe it was another human?

    MW: Mary has given her “the past is how you remember it” spiel to Dawn off-camera and is now checking its effectiveness. “We’ve agreed you didn’t say anything about people trampling each other to get to the lifeboats, haven’t we?”

  15. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (y#279): with tired banter interposed

    It’s McE’s version of safe sex.

    @Shrug, Speaker to Spam (y#296): I’m sorry to hear about your cat. :(

  16. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    Archie: “And speaking of experiments that didn’t work, how about we agree that we’re both still heterosexual?”

    M-Dawg: Whoo. If Dottie’s put on a little weight, I like where it went.

    MT: “I have to go back and get my cigarettes. After all, if I didn’t smoke I might have to take up an incriminating nicotine gum habit.”

    Viivi & Wagner: I doff my hat to a comic that can cover Nietzsche, sadism and bestiality in three panels, even if it’s not that funny.

    FW: Come on, one more thing! Doesn’t matter what it is. Getting a mosquito bite, winning on Wheel of Fortune. Just as long as that sweet, comatic silence follows.

    Better Half: So far Stanley has gotten tipped a lot of peanut M&Ms. He might be able to redeem those.

    Garfield: Talking about books he hasn’t read with a cat who can only speak in thought bubbles? Jon actively wants to be committed, doesn’t he?

    HtH: The funny thing—and there has to be one, right?—is that Hagar just sent his men in the direction of Attila while he stays behind.

    DT: That chin… It’s obscene… Why why why?

    GT: Freed from his service in Cecily Alaska, Dr. Joel Fleischman moves to Milford and in a wacky turn of events becomes a high school football legend star player.

    Frazz/PBS: Synchronize their mutual snarking. For some reason this results in Jeff Mallett using some Everyman’s Library font.

    S-M: “If only I had something that could hold it back. Maybe something mounted on my wrists.”

    Pluggers: Pluggers lure mooching children with the false promise of free ice cream. It’s rabbit stew for the whole family tonight.

  17. Baka Gaijin
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#Y297): I am in awe to your commitment to the optimal quality of microwave bounty. I don’t know exactly how many watts my nuker has, nor can I read the instructions on the meal box to figure out how many minutes it needs to cook. I find that 6 minutes seems to be a great compromise between speed and food poisoning prevention.

  18. Calico
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:42 pm [Reply]

    Hi Shrug – I am so sorry about your loss. Losing a fine furry friend is so hard.
    Understandably you don’t feel like snarking now, but remember that a little laughter can eventually be very healing. Best wishes to you and your family (including cats, of course!).
    Take comfort in that your kitty had a safe and loving life.

  19. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:42 pm [Reply]

    Pibgorn: I know that McE is attempting to convey “I’m such an artistic genius I startle even myself” here, but what it comes across to me is “I don’t have exact control of my craft, so when things turn out particularly well, it’s as least as much about luck as skill.”

    Also: “Stupid editors and readers, expecting me to make sense. I’m a Creative Genius, damnit! Making sense is for untalented beefwits!”

    //And you know that he likes to misquote that “hobgoblins of little minds” thing, too.

  20. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    @Horace Broon (#14):

    JP: Avery claims that Conrad Skunk stole his camera. What clue did Slylock Fox spot that led him to believe it was another human?

    Perfect! In fact Avery even looks like he could be a Slylock Fox character. Although Bob Weber Jr. would name him “Pudgy Panda” instead.

  21. Sequitur
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    Fred Basset: This could actually be a bit funny if Jock backed up to the end of the diving board and took a dump in the pool.

  22. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:44 pm [Reply]

    @Brock Sampson (#2): Yeah, I thought it was a nice shout-out.

  23. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:45 pm [Reply]

    FW – Les, I can see the line of volunteers forming to put you into a coma.

    ASM – Speaking of medically induced comas, I’ll take one over reading this nonsense any further.

    JP – After a few days of looking at Avery’s myopic, off kilter stare, those goofy glasses are starting to look good. I also like the return of his pissy attitude. As for Sam, he’s been shaving for over an hour because, damn!, he looks good in the morning.

  24. Calico
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:47 pm [Reply]

    Wow, Archie is getting down and existential today.

    “Within the valley of shadowless death
    They pray for thunderclouds and rain,
    But to the multitude who stand in the rain
    Heaven is where the sun shines.”

    – Tony Banks, Mad Mad Moon

  25. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:50 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug, Speaker to Spam (y296):

    “Stately plump Wilbur Weston came from the poop deck, bearing a bowl of borscht on which a spoon and a baguette lay crossed.”

    Wilbur wisely opted against this one. Even he knows that putting his name in the same sentence as “poop” would lead readers to jump to conclusions and burn the paper.

    (Most sorry to hear about your cat. They do nestle into your heart.)

  26. Jamus The Bartender
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    Happy Labor Day folks :)
    Slylock Fox: I see Max Mouse has crabs today. HAW!!

    Luann: This was a wise decision, Brad. See, if she went on Skype, she’d be tempted to take of her clothes, and that would be wrong. Until she enters college next week, then it’s all good.

    9CL: I really miss the storyline of Gram and the Nazi.

    Family Circus: This is your present, Billy. You get to spend time with your family instead of working twelve hours a day in a coalmine with a bad touch overseer. Happy Labor Day folks.

  27. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    MT – I can handle animal poaching and black market bear innards. I’ve learned to accept your mullet and your oddly proportioned truck. Hell, I’ve even turned a blind eye to your stealing cameras from kids, but, dammit, smoking is a dealbreaker. I’m outta here!

  28. Brock Sampson
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    So, maybe you folks have already hashed this out, but what’s the point of stealing Avery’s camera anyway? It’s not like he needs photographic evidence to alert the police that there’s a grow operation going on, if he even wanted to which I can’t see why he would bother. It’s a digital camera so there’s no worry that some Fotomat employee will see it when he develops the film. If they are really that worried they pretty much would have to kill Avery, otherwise just forget about it and hope he doesn’t say anything. What am I missing?

  29. commodorejohn
    September 3rd, 2012 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    Aw man, and here I thought from the title that today’s post was going to feature the Keane kids being haunted by Blake-esque visions of angels and being driven to create their own mythology and diverge from orthodox Christianity into a sort of proto-New Age hippie Christian-flavored mysticism and avocating free love.


    A3G – “Alan Hale, Jr.!?”

    Archie – Here’s Archie, a zombie gag strip in reruns from the ’90s, being more successfully profound and melancholy than Funky Winkerbean has ever been. Suck on that, Batiuk!

    Bizarro – Oh, so that’s where Steve Jobs got to!

    DT – What are those, pills? I thought the aim of phishing scams was to cheat people out of money, not sell them things they don’t want?

    FW – What.

    GT – “MST3K-mobile, away!

    JP – “Oh, that makes me mad.”


    MW – “I also saw a man bowl over a little girl to save his own skin, but I’m officially forgetting that ever happened, since you’ve made it so clear to me that people are basically good!”

    PBS – Do you think Jef the Cyclist and Frazz hang out together and smug about people who don’t ride bicycles all the time?

  30. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (y265):

    Andy – Ha! Those Death Row guys really do have a sense of humor.

    Your comment led me to read Andy Capp for the first time in years. I was disappointed that he wasn’t being dangled off a roof by Suge Knight’s bodyguards.

  31. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    Shrug, when I was 28, my cat, who had been with us since I was eleven, died one day. I was a mess for a week. He used to follow me around, sleep with me and just sit with me on the porch a lot. That was my first experience with personal loss. Every time I think, that’s it, no more pets, some furry little face wins my heart and off we go.

    But it hurts. Means you’re a good person.

  32. Calico
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

  33. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    Is there any chance we can get the upgrade to A5G? Honestly, 3G is outdated and Siri would add a lot of creativity and dynamism to this cast of cardboard characters.

  34. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    @Brock Sampson (#28): You’re missing the GPS coordinates that a rich guy’s camera puts on every photo, and perhaps Avery’s new-found friends like him so much they’ll never let him leave. IYKWIM.

  35. pugfuggly
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    FC Careful Billy, that’s just the kind of question that get you hauled in front of the House Committee on UnKeane Activities.

    Archie Meanwhile, Reggie has spent the summer designing sweaters that subtly direct female onlookers towards his crotch.

    ASM “If only I had some kind of rope or net with which to slow that elephant down…!”

    A3G *Another* surprise guest??! I better leave the low-fat cheese spread off my milquetoast, this is all the excitement I can handle!

    MT The poachers are smokers, too? And they smoke out in the woods, where they could start a forest fire? I think we may have found Mark Trail’s Moriarty!

    MW Yeah, I’m sure people will be real impressed with Wilbur’s heroic tale of whimpering on deck waiting for the coast guard instead of swimming the 200 yards to shore.

  36. pugfuggly
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#16):

    MT: “I have to go back and get my cigarettes. After all, if I didn’t smoke I might have to take up an incriminating nicotine gum habit.”


  37. Liam
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    MT-How can you be sure that’s your camera, Rusty? Don’t you know that everyone has a 1950s designed digital camera.

    MW-Dear god! This storyline is never going to end is it. Everyday we will keep hearing about how complete strangers came together and rescued Dawn and Wilbur. All the while we are cursing those strangers.

    Archie-I feel like the writer is using Archie as a soapbox here saying that students should be in school year round.

  38. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#12): re: GF: Agreed. When Conley isn’t phoning it in, he’s still pretty funny.

  39. Sequitur
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    FC: Teddy Bear is drinking a beer.

  40. NoahSnark
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    Looks like Mr. Lodge has started the unspeakable procedures needed to instill a work ethic in his future son-in-law.

  41. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#37): I don’t know. Archie could be right about Summer. Somebody who’s been in high school since 1949 is in a pretty good position to know about failure.

  42. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#37): MW – Liam, you’re right. It feels like they’re milking a few more days out of what they must think was a killer storyline. Let’s do a recap in Ask Wendy. Wilbur, tell us more in your Dork and Snarky Night column. Dawn…uh, Dawn….could you act out the rescue with shadow puppets? Maybe make a diorama for our readers?

  43. Baka Gaijin
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:53 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#33): Ah ha ha HA! I hope you make it to the float with this one.

  44. Peanut Gallery
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:54 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#26):

    Slylock Fox: I see Max Mouse has crabs today.

    Again?? Max Mouse sure has a lot of trouble with crustaceans. Maybe they feel solidarity with those worms that Max is stone-cold throwing to the fish.

  45. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:58 pm [Reply]

    @Brock Sampson (#28): That’s a really good question. The only thing I can think of is that they’re planning to harvest the pot in the next few days and remove all signs of the plants, and they can’t risk any evidence that they ever existed in that location.

    Not that this has been explained in strip, of course.

  46. seismic-2
    September 3rd, 2012 at 3:59 pm [Reply]

    Archie: “Summer is an experiment that didn’t work.

    So that’s why she needs all those video tapes from Lisa telling her how to lead her life. Lord knows that job can’t be trusted to Les, since it was his genes that caused the Summer experiment to fail in the first place. Too many mopey chromosomes, don’t you know.

  47. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    I can tell by the diminished traffic here that most of the ‘mudgeons do their posting from their work computers!

    //Me, I’m taking a break. No rest for the weary freelancer, alas. (Especially when dealing with a press in the UK, where it’s not even Labour Day, let alone Labor Day.)

  48. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#46): *laughing*

  49. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:04 pm [Reply]

    MW Mary sees a great future for Dawn as a motivational speaker. With Wilbur’s new-found success as an adventure writer, and her new gig as “Wendy,” all is well once again at Charterstone.

    A3G John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, and Dorothy Kilgallen drop in for an impromptu game of “What’s My Line?” The panel is stumped – no one can guess what it is that Margo actually does. And Luann offers no clues because, well, as usual, she’s clueless.

    BG&SS The best part of drawing lazy people is that they don’t move – you can duplicate your panels and no one will notice.

  50. BigTed
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:25 pm [Reply]

    All the other kids are standing at strangely rapt attention as Dennis offers his lecture about the uselessness of Labor Day — and with it, the American Worker. If he follows that with “Greed is good,” we’ll know that his future menacing will be as a Wall Street hedge fund operator who buys companies, lays off thousands, throws out benefits and union contracts, and sells what’s left for a huge profit.

  51. Sequitur
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    Ripley’s: Today’s Ripley’s reports why commodorejohn is $374,500 poorer.

  52. mojo
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    MW: “I’m surprised and inspired by what I saw … compassion … and COURAGE! Because I’ve never once seen such qualities before! Especially anywhere here in Charterstone!”

  53. bats :[
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

  54. Calico
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#24):
    … annnnnd, Beetle Bailey for the win!

  55. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:37 pm [Reply]

    A couple weeks back, I commented that McEldowney must be a fan of The Shins. I must confess that I am a fan of The Shins. In fact, I think that Port of Morrow is right up there with “OK Computer” and Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In an Aeroplane Over the Sea” as an all-time great album.

    However, James Mercer has a bit of Brooke in him, and when I catch myself singing along with lyrics such as “rise from your burning fiat,” or “we are a brutal kind,” I feel awfully artsy-fartsy.

    Makes me afraid that Joey Ramone will come back from the dead and revoke my rock n roll card.

  56. Calico
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:38 pm [Reply]

    @mojo (#52):
    Yes, courage, like the adults pushing a young child aside instead of helping her.

  57. bats :[
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:40 pm [Reply]

    @pugfuggly (#36): yes, indeed, Bravo!

  58. Calico
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:44 pm [Reply]

    And in both Henry and Curtis, we are seeing some serious neck problems. Yikes.

  59. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug, Speaker to Spam (#Y296): Sympathies for the loss of your kitty.

  60. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#53): YAY!! *claps wildly*

  61. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    @Brock Sampson (#28): For a moment I thought you were referring to MT. All this senseless camera-stealing — it’s a tragedy, I tell ya!

  62. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:01 pm [Reply]

    RMMD — Hey, we were supposed to get to see her try them on! *pouts*

  63. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    A3G — I hope it’s a land shark.

  64. Morndew
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    Shylock, Mark Trail, Whats that other strip?-all about the cameras! Went to a kids birthday party the other day, we all took pictures. None of us had an actual camera.
    What time is it? I don’t know, I don’t have my phone with me…

  65. tallyHO
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (y#251): That’s funny. Signing in Tongues is the new Jazz Hands.

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (y#277):

    “Just one request, to avoid an ugly incident. Please note the correct spelling of Horace Broon‘s name. Thank you.”

    I don’t get it. I looked up that person and he’s a contemporary singer OR his a contemporary comics character.

    According to Wikipedia, citing a historical look at Oklahoma:
    “One source states that the United States had 303 broom factories by 1839, and that the number peaked at 1,039 in 1919. Most of these were in the Eastern U. S. During the Great Depression, the number of factories declined to 320 in 1939.”

    I bet it really sucked when vacuum cleaners became affordable. More broom factories= A Cleaner America!

    (and most likely lots of jobs in lots of places. and yeah, I know cheaper materials, automation and a variety of transportation options most likely means we probably import more brooms to this country than we do making them here. So it goes, I suppose.)

    // Oy! I was reading about the history of brooms on Labor Day. For shame.

  66. tallyHO
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:21 pm [Reply]


    If you replace Archie with Charlie Brown and Reggie with Linus Van Pelt, it would have been an endearing, amusing strip. Based on what was said to the layouts, it would have worked quite well.

    Now, Dennis the Menace and Billy from Family Circus that’s just plain old rabble-rousing. Though in FC as usual, Daddy is outdoors, sitting down and seemingly very disinterested in the kids. (its those soulless, Orphan Annie Glasses’ Fault).

  67. Shrug, Speaker to Spam
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:23 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#y279):

    “9CL: Day 2 of Amos sprawled on top of Edda with tired banter interposed. I’m afraid to find out how much longer McEldowney can drag this out.”

    Edda, on the other hand, is thinking it’s well past time time Amos drags it out.

    (In today’s strip, she tells Amos it was nice of him to “drop in.” I think her choice of verb there should have this week’s Instant Shrivel Award as a, er, shoo-in.)


    Thanks to all the fellow ‘mudgeons who offered good thoughts re my late cat, Stella of the Stairwell.

  68. commodorejohn
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#51): Ehh, I’m not one for the high-priced collector’s items, when there’s so many wonderful machines lying unloved in attics, garages, and recycle centers across the country. Rarest thing I own’s a MicroPDP-11.

    Though on the other hand, the Apple I was back when the Steve nobody talks about was doing all the design, and you gotta respect the Wizard of Woz.

  69. Morndew
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    I think this could be explained by when Bea asked him what the picture was of, he said some back lot in hollywood. So she told the guy that he doesn’t even remember WHERE the pictures was taken. In a strip so far from reality (someone said awhile back something about the big hollywood exec not knowing what pot looks like) this could explain a LOT of things.

  70. Liam
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:37 pm [Reply]

    Lio-This is rather appropriate since September is Library Card Sign Up Month.

    Baby Blues-It’s time to initiate the murder-suicide pact.

    FW-And let us pray they pull the plug on that coma.

    Hagar the Horrible-Those are big steps.

    JP-I saw some kid snooping around here earlier maybe he took it. At least I think it was a kid. It was standing upright and wore clothes but it looked like some wild creature. He was asking if we would take him fishing.

    Love Is-Hey! Someone’s already given her a pearl necklace. That’s what Mr. Love Is wanted to give her.

    MW-This story is amazing. I had no idea that other passengers helped Dawn and Wilbur. There story just gets better with each retelling.

    RMMD-Are we ever going to see this infamous bikini or will we constantly be teased about it?

    Slylock Fox-Of course. The solution is so obvious. Anyone not familiar with boating would never of figured this thing out.

  71. tallyHO
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:42 pm [Reply]

    I doubts he will see this but here goes:

    Happy Birthday, Addison Morton “Mort” Walker!

    I did meet him once.

    He was nice to me despite the fact that I was dressed like a Russian Cossack and leering at him while drawing Beetle Bailey beating up Sarge.

    I keed, I keed. I just shook his hand and said, “Hello” and we had a brief convo about cartooning.

  72. Droopy Says
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:51 pm [Reply]

    Creepy Les: A medically induced coma? One quick jab with a sharp needle and the misery ends? It beats the dull, endless barbs of a Funky-Winkerbean effort, where the stupor never leads to a blissful coma.

  73. Der Kömmëntätör für das Schnärk, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:55 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug, Speaker to Spam (#296):

    Very sorry to hear about the loss of your furry friend!

    We have two 2-3 year old cats and a seven month old puppy. I’m going to be a complete mess when they leave us.

    Enjoying time with your loved ones, be they two or four legged, is always good advice!

  74. sporknpork
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:58 pm [Reply]

    And with a single kiss and a hug goodbye, Archie had the confidence to date girls again.

  75. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#65): Here it is again, with context restored:

    @Dweeb! (#231): Yes! I admit it. I have an addiction to eating brooms!
    Just one request, to avoid an ugly incident. Please note the correct spelling of Horace Broon‘s name. Thank you.

    Just watching out for Horace B.

    It’s good you had a nice chat with Mort Walker. He’s done a lot of stuff over the years, and some of it was downright inspired. Considering how much work he turned out, that was an achievement. Also he named plewds and grawlix and whatnot.

  76. Ginger Yellow
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    And that’s the story of how Archie became the supervillain Jack Frost, dedictated to plunging Earth into eternal winter.

  77. Justin
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:26 pm [Reply]

    Why is Archie talking to Reggie? Reggie’s a jerk, it makes no sense for them to just be casually talking, and the person Archie’s talking to has absolutely zero bearing on the joke.


  78. The Ridger
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:27 pm [Reply]

    @Brock Sampson (#28): What are missing? That it’s all even simpler than that. Just delete the photos, for crying out loud.

  79. Dartpaw86
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:27 pm [Reply]

  80. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    Archie is not too far off base. Both daylight savings time and summer vacation were designed so kids could work on the farm during the height of growing season. Ole Arch ain’t working the farm and he ain’t in school. He’s walking around town with a guy he detests. Yeah, we’ll call it the Andrews Supposition. Summer is a failure.

  81. The Ridger
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:39 pm [Reply]

    @Justin (#77): Reggie is a jerk, perhaps, but he’s always been shown as one of Archie’s circle of friends. They’ve probably known each other so long that they can’t figure out they’d hate each other if they met today.

  82. demoncat
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:42 pm [Reply]

    fc even bill and thelma keene would not be so cruel as to inflict their brood on a sweat shop for fear people would see they had evil spawn. and same goes for denis for not even a glove factory deserves that cruelty. md. of course marmaduke is nosy he wants to see if meets his requirement before he eats her

  83. Alison
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:44 pm [Reply]

    “Luann”: Does Luann even have Quill’s address in Oz? He left so fast I doubt she had time to get it. Knowing Luann, never the brightest bulb on the chandelier, she’ll just write “AUSTRALIA” on the envelope and drop it in the mail box.

    “Family Circus” and “Dennis the Menace”: You’d think by now these kids would be used to the fact that Labour Day isn’t anything special. They’ve all been going to elementary school for the last fifty years, after all. That’s a lot of Labour Days to have already experienced.

  84. Sgt. Stoned
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm [Reply]

    MW: BOOOOORRRRRING! Can we go back to Mary bragging about the abducted little girl she saved?

    MT: Forget the f***ing sheep, goats, bears and deer…isn’t anybody worried that Mark has been missing for over a month now?

  85. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    @Sgt. Stoned (#84): …isn’t anybody worried that Mark has been missing for over a month now?

    They’re afraid that if they say anything, they’ll jinx it.

  86. tallyHO
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#75):

    On Horace Broon….okay. I see what you are stating.

    On Walker….I hadn’t thought about his achievements. But, in addition to a long career and being active in the field, he also started the Cartoon Art Museum (i am not sure if that is the proper name, but, it took you, kind sir, to remind me of his neologism* for the chicken fat** in cartoon/comics art.)

    Don’t get me wrong. I will still make fun of strips he is involved with making (probably via a cell phone sitting in a cradle in his luxury, air conditioned golf cart smoking giant cigars, and, while he’s otherwise talkin’ wise.)

    *Hey! Howzabout that? I was hoping I didn’t just make that word up or misuse it completely. Upon further inspection, that ain’t so square-peggish.

    **MAD magazine’s background visuals used to flesh out the art and to add gags. Though, there is probably a more concise definition; I’ve just been consulting the reference library a bit too often in the past hour. So, clarify if ya feel like it.

  87. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:11 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#86): “Chicken Fat” was Will Elder’s term for all the stuff he’d put into panels. Crumb used to call that stuff “eyeball kicks,” which I sort of like better. Probably because I heard that used first.

  88. rumpled tulip
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:22 pm [Reply]

    I came across this site several weeks ago, and I’ve just now finished reading through all the archives, during a long bout of frustrating insomnia. Now I can’t believe there was a time when I didn’t know about Aldo Kelrast’s tragic death…when I was ignorant of the mighty power of Mark Trail’s fist and Margo’s sneer…when I still vaguely thought Funky Winkerbean was about high school kids and that Spiderman was a superhero.

    Thanks to you, Josh, I now live in a world where my highest goal is to take salmon squares to a Charterstone pool party, or attend a Milford football playdown (should they ever make it) with a few dozen kids who all look alike. Plus, I’ve revisited many strips I remember from my childhood, like B.C. and Hagar the Horrible, dully mumbling, “They’re still printing that?!”

    I may never be the same again, but I’m putting something in the tip jar anyway. Thanks!

  89. sporknpork
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:31 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88): ONE OF US! ONE OF US!

  90. Dartpaw86
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:50 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#81):

    That reminds me of the Robot Chicken parody where at the beginning Reggie is acting like a jerk.
    Archie: Why do we hang out with him again?

  91. Rev. N. Scudder, a vastly more pretentious twit than pastordan
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:52 pm [Reply]

    I like Dottie, and I cannot lie. Nice curves.

  92. Liam
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:53 pm [Reply]

    @Sgt. Stoned (#84):

    Mark has another better family he is seeing. This family has a wife he wants to fuck and a child he takes fishing.

  93. Dartpaw86
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:54 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88):

    This site is really fun, but the whole archives in several weeks!? I bow down to you :D
    And I thought finishing the entire archive of Ozy and Millie was swamping.

  94. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:04 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88): So who was your favorite commenter?

    // It was Muffaroo, wasn’t it? Pfui! Minced oath!

  95. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:05 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88): Aldo!!! NO!!!!! (sob)…..okay, I’m over it now.

  96. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#83): “Luann”: Does Luann even have Quill’s address in Oz? He left so fast I doubt she had time to get it. Knowing Luann, never the brightest bulb on the chandelier, she’ll just write “AUSTRALIA” on the envelope and drop it in the mail box.

    Remember, this is Luann… she’ll just write “AUSTRALIA” “AUSTRIA” on the envelope and drop it in the mail box.

    I am really really hoping that Luann gets bored and frustrated with writing this letter and gives up when she can’t construct a complete sentence – just like everything else she attempts. And, for heaven’s sake, please spare us from having to read whatever she manages to squeeze out.

  97. Liam
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:10 pm [Reply]

    Gasoline Alley-You’ll have to find me first.

  98. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:14 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88): All the snarchives?! Very impressive! Hey, once you’ve indexed and cross-referenced them, you’ll earn the salmon squares recipe and a chance for the mystery guest appearance in Margo’s fabulous business suite.

  99. Alison
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:16 pm [Reply]

    @There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm (#96):
    Count me in as hoping she’ll give up on this letter, because it will be so gross if we have to spend a week (or a month) seeing Luann try to write something romantic!*

    Maybe it would help if her parents barged in and told her that sending letters to Australia is too expensive. That worked when she wanted to go to Juilliard, anyways.

    *Psst, Luann. The guy is nothing but a bad Aussie stereotype, so your first line could be “I love you so much I wanna carry you around with me in a pouch like a kangaroo, and I think you are as cute as a baby koala.” That is all the help I’m givin’ you, Lu.

  100. Dale
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:17 pm [Reply]

    @There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm (#96):

    What are you gonna do if LUANN decides to sing it?

  101. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:19 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88): Mwuhahaha… assimilate, assimilate…

  102. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#100): I’m hearing Olivia Newton-John.

  103. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#100): Oh god, bad video song-letter, here we come…

  104. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:24 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88): Tulip, I’m not sure if this site will cure insomnia, but I know for sure it’s done wonders for my depression.

  105. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:27 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#100): What are you gonna do if LUANN decides to sing it?

    Knitting needles through the ear drums? Wait… but what if it’s a music video with closed captions… Auuugh!

  106. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#99): Yeah, I could totally believe Luann has a pouch.

  107. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:35 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#100): Dear Kwilllllll….I’m writing you this note, cuz I luv uuuuuuuuuuu…..

  108. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88): Wow, impressive! ((raises a tumbler of bourbon in a toast))

    (I’d try to make some form of “joining a cult” joke, but I just keep seeing a cat in a robe and a cone of shame.)

  109. Steve
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    AC9&SM: “Crime fighting” is a vague job description. Even so, arranging a scheduled fight (a “rumble”, if you will) against a criminal at a circus stretches the definition pretty far. If it were underwear elastic, you’d have to throw out the underwear.

  110. Chaze
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:48 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#108): You mean The Secret Society of the Salmon “Square?”

  111. Peanut Gallery
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:49 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#94): Psst, tulip! Say your favorites are Josh and Uncle Lumpy. The others won’t be jealous, because they’ll assume you’re just sucking up. [*]

  112. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 3rd, 2012 at 8:54 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#110): The Secret Society of the Salmon “Square?”

    “Salmon,” for those not yet committed to “Red.”

  113. endless sky
    September 3rd, 2012 at 9:23 pm [Reply]

    FC: Uh, shouldn’t someone be watching the grill back there where dinner is being charred? Do we have to rely on Ida Know and Not Me for everything?

    Frazz: New lettering/font/typeface/whatever makes this more readable. Not any funnier, but more readable. It now takes me only two seconds to decide to skip it.

  114. commodorejohn
    September 3rd, 2012 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    @Steve (#109): What, you don’t think organized crime is a serious problem? *rimshot*

  115. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    September 3rd, 2012 at 9:48 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#110): Ssshhhh…. Don’t tell tulip that the initiation involves a pool party and Ian Cameron’s tartan thong.

  116. Uncle Lumpy
    September 3rd, 2012 at 9:57 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88):

    You mean “all 3,346 posts”, right? Because “all 3,346 posts and all 561,686 comments” seems like a lot!

  117. Liam
    September 3rd, 2012 at 10:03 pm [Reply]

    A3G-Does anyone else hear “Little Spanish Flea” when they read today’s comic? Our mystery guest likes long walks on moonlight beaches and candlelight dinners.

    A3G 2-The mystery guest shall be Paul Lynde. Even though he is dead in our world “Apartment 3G” takes place in some idealized version of the Seventies so he is alive and well there.

  118. Droopy Says
    September 3rd, 2012 at 10:09 pm [Reply]

    @There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm (#96): This Luann-writes-a-letter will set up Tiffany for more humiliation, won’t it? “You sat down and wrote a full letter in just a few minutes? You weren’t tragically immobilized by grief? Your tears didn’t soak the paper, forcing you to start over again and again? And you mailed it? How could you be so heartless as to let go of something that expressed your true felings, not that you have any!” There, is that ready for the Bad Greg Evans Writing Contest?

  119. Señor Tortilla
    September 3rd, 2012 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke: The hellhound has finally gotten his female human owner to wear lingerie around the house for him and his depraved tastes. Wait until you see what happened to Phil.

    FW: For once, I hope Les gets exactly what he jokes about.

  120. Jamus The Bartender
    September 3rd, 2012 at 10:24 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#32): Thanks :)

  121. Jamus The Bartender
    September 3rd, 2012 at 10:29 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88): Welcome to our home, tulip. Soooo…what did you think of the Cat And Curmudgeon stories, he asked, barely able to hide his anticipation, and always on the lookout for feedback, even if it’s “Why is that crazy mofo always writing about a cartoon cat who steals change from purses”.

  122. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 3rd, 2012 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#99): “Dear Quill,
    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get together for a Vegemite sandwich?”

  123. Uncle Lumpy
    September 3rd, 2012 at 11:25 pm [Reply]

    I know it’s from Blake, but I’d like to think “dark, Satanic” Eric Mills has returned blackened and empowered from his sojourn in Hell, ready for an apocalyptic battle with Margo.

  124. Poteet
    September 3rd, 2012 at 11:29 pm [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#88): Welcome! Welcome! And did you happen to notice that Aldo looked like Captain Kangaroo?

  125. Alison
    September 3rd, 2012 at 11:44 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#122):
    “And throw some shrimp on the barbie too, darling!”

    Heh. Now I’m thinking this storyline has possibilities. But, none of which would ever appear in the actual strip.

  126. Mr. O'Malley
    September 3rd, 2012 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#65): There are still a few old-fashioned broom factories around. There’s one in the Amana Colonies in Iowa.

    A good old-fashioned broom will last you for years.

  127. rumpled tulip
    September 4th, 2012 at 12:06 am [Reply]

    Okay, how do I do the response linky thingy? To respond in reverse:

    Yes, I did notice Aldo looked like Captain Kangaroo. It made his death even sadder to me.

    I did not read all the comments, shame on me. Every so often I dipped into the comments when something particularly startling had happened, like an Apt 3G head bobble.

    Because I dd not read all the comments, I do not remember Cat and Curmudgeon stories, Jamus, sorry. Or it could be because the past four weeks are a blur and I dream in a two-dimensional world bound in small boxes now. Can you link me?

    I do feel like I’ve joined a cult, but it’s the cult of Mary Worth. Seriously, I worship that old biddy. I want to move to Charterstone and let her run my life. I suspect that “Peace Village” is actually her Jonestown-esque compound in Vietnam.

    My favorite commenter is Chereth Cutestory, because I’m an AD fan. And Uncle Lumpy had some kick-ass poems way back.

    And thanks for the warm welcome. You guys have made me cackle more in the past month than a Hootin’ Holler chicken.

  128. Uncle Lumpy
    September 4th, 2012 at 12:12 am [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#127):

    … I dream in a two-dimensional world bound in small boxes now.

    Oh, man, the dreams — little tiny boxes with big boldface dialog and precious little “L”s that look like “H”es and they go on and on and repeat themselves on Sunday except for the whales, only everybody knows they’re fish …

    To reply to a comment, just click “Reply” next to the comment’s timestamp — WordPress will put the appropriate html code in the “Leave a Reply” box.

  129. tallyHO
    September 4th, 2012 at 12:16 am [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#126):

    That’s really good to know.

    It should be said though that I probably shouldn’t be ruminating on economics and simultaneously trying to get on a high horse.

    The notion that there were that many factories, a growing amount, just makes it seem like there was more skin in the game for communities around the country. And, it would seem like it was healthy competition.

    Of course, I’m speculating based upon a thin sheaf of information. Many satellite factories sounds somehow more impressive than say 3 or 4 regional factories or one big, centralized factory somewhere. The idea intrigues me.

    If franchised businesses can function by serving specific towns, or specific neighborhoods, and if the start up costs were low enough for the tooling of a factory, it would be interesting to see if anything could be made inexpensively enough to warrant having up to 1000 factories in one country. Of course, if multiple companies owned x number of factories and the costs of shipping were worth while….I just wonder. At the moment, I can’t think of any good examples that might fit that model….

    Oh well, speculating.If I post anything then I should be ridiculing comic strips or finishing up that Mistopher Trendy “Mystery”.

  130. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 4th, 2012 at 12:27 am [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#127): Or it could be because the past four weeks are a blur and I dream in a two-dimensional world bound in small boxes now.

    35 years or so ago, I was pleased to bring home what was, at the time, the most deluxe collection of Little Nemo strips ever. Most were in color! They were almost half the size they’d originally been printed at! It was lavish, and cost a jaw-dropping $35, but I put down half one day, and came back for it a week later, and it was mine! HA HA!

    So I took it home and devoured those strips, one after the other. A truly mind-boggling experience. After an interval of time without numbers, I was called away from the book by Mom, who said I had to go pick up Dad from work.

    I got in our VW and drove, and had to keep reminding myself: I was in Reality now! Actions now had consequences! I couldn’t escape into fantasy! And let me tell you, it was tough.

    So yeah, I know where you’re coming from. Kind of like playing Tetris too long, and everything you look at has falling parallelepipeds sort of embedded in it, with ghostly colors.

  131. Droopy Says
    September 4th, 2012 at 12:35 am [Reply]

    Tomorrow’s Spider-Bland Today: “Your webbing? Hah! I stopped that elephant! How, you ask?” Asi9 pontificates. He holds up a plastic rectangle. “I took away his charge card!”

    Tomorrow’s Creepy Les Today: “Dad, is that bored, dumpy blonde a boy or a girl? Because I can’t figure out if what we did makes me gay or a teen father.”

    Mock Trail: On This Day in History: 1931, Chester Gould invented the thought balloon. 2012, Rusty Trail discovered the thought balloon. 2395, Rusty Trail put an actual, if insignificant, thought in his thought balloon.

    Pluggers: Pluggers live for the thrill of bossing kids around and blocking traffic at intersections. Female Pluggers battle for the affections of male crossing guards. Male Pluggers, in turn, carefully groom the reflective display-bands on their vests, while fantasizing that the vests are bulletproof and the tears in the fabric are bullet holes from the time they stopped an Al-Qaeda terrorist attack. Plugger crossing guards lord it over Plugger schoolbus-drivers, while secretly envying the powerplant that rumbles under that yellow hood.

  132. tallyHO
    September 4th, 2012 at 12:53 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#131):

    In the version I read,

    Poor Rusty has an Elrod ball sized zit on his ear.


  133. Jamus The Bartender
    September 4th, 2012 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#127): Done.

    This is just the first one, there’s like a whole mess of these through the site.

  134. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 4th, 2012 at 1:26 am [Reply]

    @rumpled tulip (#127): Also a few commenting conventions here:

    If you’re responding to a comment on a previous thread, we usually put a “y” before the number (as in y#127) to indicate that.

    If you know how to do mouseover text, some ‘mudgeons like to add additional info and snark there, and indicate it with this: [*]

    Two slants indicate an additional side thought, or commentary on the above.

    Expect occasional comments about slide rules, and “NSFBG” stands for “Not Safe for Baka Gaijin” which means there are scary clowns involved (BG is known among us ‘mudgeons for his coulrophobia.)

    //We do have a whole culture festering away here, don’t we?

  135. Droopy Says
    September 4th, 2012 at 1:44 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#132): Thank you for shooting down my theory that Rusty was using a thought balloon. It is now obvious that Elrod is making cruel sport of Rusty by whispering in one ear and allowing the echo-chamber effect to amplify the sound.

  136. tallyHO
    September 4th, 2012 at 1:51 am [Reply]

    Oh, I mis-read your theory then*. Since he is thinking in that panel, I thought you were referring to that well-defined thought bubble*& and not the flesh-colored Elrodball on his right ear.

    *I was skimming and since you pointed out the MT strip, I replied to it thinking I was adding to what you wrote.

    ** But, we know full well that he will be seen or he will be heard talking to himself.
    This one instance of thought as thought was probably an oversight.

  137. Anonymous
    September 4th, 2012 at 1:58 am [Reply]

    @Justin (#77): Just replace “this free time” with “those blowjobs” and all your confusion should be resolved.

  138. Jamoche
    September 4th, 2012 at 3:42 am [Reply]

    Pibgorn: Tell me that electrified planet is the Dalek Asylum and as soon as the Doctor gets there – well, spoilers, sweetie!

  139. Mr. O'Malley
    September 4th, 2012 at 4:16 am [Reply]

    Although Rusty’s camera does not look exactly like an Argus C-3, it does seem to resemble it in having the capability of taking auxiliary lenses. I believe this was relatively common in the cameras of the 1950s. I believe that Leica pioneered the swappable lens, which I would think would have better optical qualities. But then I’ve never tried the old style lenses.

    Someone has one on EBay right now with the auxiliary lenses.

    Note that Rusty’s camera appears to be a rangefinder, since it has two viewfinder windows, just like the Argus. The only digital rangefinder I know of is the Leica M9, and it sells for $7000 and up. The Fujifilm X100 ($1200) looks like an old rangefinder, but it’s not. It does have an auxiliary lens, but only for wide angle.

    It’s another Mystery of Mark Trail. Or perhaps it’s better to consider it as an alternate universe where bighorn sheep roam in Georgia, the leading producer of automobiles is International Harvester, and, since the SLR was never invented, digital cameras are modelled after the Kodak Pony.

  140. Chaze
    September 4th, 2012 at 5:57 am [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#115): Ian’s XXXL tartan thong was NOT available at La Thong, so he had to make do with some old jockey shorts and a pair of scissors. No prob. No one will see it anyway, as it disappears into folds of furry flab.

  141. Feral Canadian
    September 4th, 2012 at 7:00 am [Reply]

    Am I the only one who thinks the space in between panels two and three of Mark Trail is actually just the corner of the house, and that Rusty and the evil poachers are a mere 4 feet from each other randomly emphasizing syllables at the top of their lungs?

  142. sully
    September 4th, 2012 at 8:25 am [Reply]

    The ‘Funny Papers’ is the very last place I’d expect to see Gasoline Alley. Or Crankshaft. Or Funky Winkerbean. Or Beetle Bailey. Or Adam@Home. Or, what the hell, just about any comic strip currently running.

  143. Dale
    September 4th, 2012 at 8:25 am [Reply]


    The place of indoor living has now been – cabin, house, shack.

  144. Pak-Man
    September 4th, 2012 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    I accidentally posted this under yesterday’s strips, but I’ll repeat it here:

    I have to say, “Marmaduke fan-service” is a phrase I had never wanted to ever have to enter my head.

  145. fillmoreeast
    September 5th, 2012 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    Somewhere, an eighty-five-year-old is painstakingly writing a letter to the editor about the degree of smut that is appearing in Marmaduke these days.

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    August 30th, 2013 at 11:31 pm [Reply]

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