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Maybe the Bigfeet are also accurate-looking?

Beetle Bailey, 9/22/12

I know it doesn’t pay to overthink Beetle Bailey (though I do, constantly; “Overthinking Beetle Bailey” will be the name of my autobiography), but one sign that your strip isn’t very good is that there’s really no coherent background that could explain the action we see in the first panel. Have the men of Camp Swampy been sent on a Bigfoot hunt by meddling government scientists who have somehow got the ear of top Pentagon brass? General Halftrack may not have a PhD in cryptozoology, but he still feels that he knows how likely it is that various sites might have Bigfoot infestations!

The easiest explanation is, as ever, total madness, which is to say that the most likely thing is that Halftrack is barking incoherent complaints into a bar of soap to nobody and is about to be waylaid by the weird, underimagined hallucination we see in panel two. But that’s undermined by the fact that the flat black rectangle he’s pressing to his face is a shockingly accurate depiction of a 2012-era smartphone. I mean, usually in Beetle Bailey you’d expect him to be talking into something with a huge antenna or maybe a curly phone cord trailing off to nowhere at the bottom of the panel. The presence of a recognizable piece of modern technology in this strip ought to shake you to your very core. On the other hand, it’s possible that the cellphone industry’s industrial designers have finally created objects so simple and minimalist that even Walker-Browne Amalgamated Humor Industries LLC can draw them.

Slylock Fox, 9/22/12

That’s right, kids, don’t worry about the horrifying, violent fights between your parents, the ones that always attract the attention of the police, the ones that are literally tearing your house apart. Just focus on the Six Differences. Find the Six Differences and it’ll be OK.

402 responses to “Maybe the Bigfeet are also accurate-looking?”

  1. Baka Gaijin
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    I’ve developed stretch marks on my cheeks from yawning so much from reading Mary Worth.

  2. Powers
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    I’m a little alarmed that you find the presence of a “recognizable piece of of modern technology” more core-shaking than the family-unit of bigfeet drawn in panel 2.

  3. Baka Gaijin
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    Life beat Batiuk to this story.

    reposted from end of yesterthread.

  4. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:48 am [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#1): We’ve been stuck with the interminables lately:

    Dawn’s unending lunch with Jim
    The Morgan’s nonstop travel details
    Avery and Sam’s romantic bedside chat
    Edda’s looooooooooong farewell ballet
    Rusty’s episodic hunt for arrowheads

    You think maybe they don’t know how to progress these so-called plots?

  5. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    This morning’s epiphany, courtesy Slylock Fox: There is very, very little difference between a police officer and a 1960s-era airplane pilot.

  6. Baka Gaijin
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:54 am [Reply]

    @Chaze (#4): Oh my. I read only 2 of the strips on your list, and barely follow Mark Trail during this storyline. If I kept up with all of those, I’d be catatonic.

  7. Cloudbuster
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:54 am [Reply]

    9CL: So Seth supposedly sewed this gown that fits Edda like she was poured into it, and she’s never tried it on before? Truly, Seth is the Magic Gay.

    GT: I find the comments section for Gil Thorp on gocomics.com entertaining. It’s pretty evenly divided between sports nuts who speculate endlessly on the outcomes, strategies and player performances on the fictional team, and genuine snarkers. I find the sports fans quaintly charming — they get annoyed when inconvenient things like “plot” and “feelings” get in the way of their beloved play-by-plays as delivered by Marty. And the snarkers, well, they’re our people.

    Luann: Even in vintage Luann, I like Tiff better.

    ASM: Not buying it. Clown-9 was robbed of his victory by the writers! At least he’s a good sport about it. Unlike Spiderman.

    JP: “Goddamnit,” thinks Sam. “Why did you have to drag me into this! What do you think I am? A lawyer or something?”

    MW: “Fuck changing bedpans, I’m not letting this hottie out of my sight! Mary was right, volunteering has been great!”

    RMMD: Rex looks like such a grumpy jerk in panel two. “Man, I really don’t want to be around people who are having fun!”

    Dilbert: Not to be all Miss Manners-ish, but offering to loan someone a book is an act of generosity, if you don’t want to read it, it’s OK to politely decline. No need to be a dick about it.

  8. remmy
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:55 am [Reply]

    9CL: Oh Seth it’s sooooo FABulous! Yeesh. Edda looks like she is leaving a toilet paper trail from her ass.

  9. rumpled tulip
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    I think I’m going to switch up the action in MW and A3G before I go insane with boredom. Jim and Evan will meet and fall in love; Evan will promote Jim’s bio “Right Hand Man” and convert Jim to wearing clothes that match his hair.

    Dawn will find Aunt Cathy to be just the in-your-face kind of life coach she’s been looking for, far superior to Mary. Aunt Cathy will set up Dawn as the head of her human trafficking ring. Dawn discovers that life IS brutal, but also lucrative.

  10. debussy fields
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    MW– The relationship with Jim has barely started when Dawn commits Faux Pas #1: “Sure, I’ll go for some air with you. Hold my tray for a minute while I fix my hair.”

  11. Nate
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:29 am [Reply]

    In the first panel, Mom and Dad are arguing about how much time Dad spends traveling for business even though he promised to talk to his boss about it after Mom got pregnant. Now Junior is five and if you wanted to live a bachelor’s life why did you even suggest we have kids? Don’t give me that look, it was your idea and you know it! Fine, walk out, take your damn bowling ball and the ugly lamp your mother gave us and just leave me with Junior, yeah, like you’ve ever been a real father to him anyway, and DON’T EVER COME BACK! I don’t care if everyone can hear me, let them call the cops, I don’t care! You know what, I don’t even care about your six differences ANYWAY!

  12. AndyL
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:33 am [Reply]

    I don’t know about you, but I am constantly being harassed by unsolicited calls from scientists asking about mythical beasts.

  13. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    9CL: Fashion Police alert.

    Lio: *golf clap*

    R&R: Warner Bros FTW!!!!!

    SBp: /facepalm.

    Zits: good thing the joke was labeled. I would not have understood the gag without it. @_@

    Bizarro: meanwhile, at Poteet’s cabin. . .

    JUMBLE: starring a shaved Plugger?

    RwO: he’s just not that into you. (nice pun)

    6Cx: cats can be such bitches that way.

    Retail: stealing a “gag” from Marvin.

  14. Amazing Labyrinth
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    That is one lovingly rendered ice cube tray in Slylock Fox!

  15. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:35 am [Reply]

    Love Is . . . a tender subject. [*]

  16. Dartpaw86
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#7):

    About Dilbert, I think most of that has to do with the fact that it’s a co-worker who’s lending it to him. If it was a friend or family member then he’d be nicer about it. The golden rule of Dilbert “Do not try to be chummy with co-workers or the universe will end”

  17. Illustrator Steve
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:44 am [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#1): “I’ve developed stretch marks on my cheels from yawning so much from reading Mary Worth.”

    It could be worse, like developing black mold on the brain from reading Mark Trail!

  18. Mibbitmaker
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:48 am [Reply]

    SFx: “Check out fight at the Lockhorn residence. Either Leroy or Loretta finally snapped. Use precautions. Over.” (Cops theme)
    Men in black are not just for investigating space aliens (or the Three Stooges as doctors) anymore — sometimes they’re just policemen.

    BBailey: General Halftrack drawn by the Walker-Browne people, Bigfoot family drawn by the late Howard Post. The next mythical creatures to be discussed will be Spooky and Hot Stuff.

    SFx, revisited: That officer wearing a black uniform is not an ordinary policeman, he’s a Goth policeman!

  19. Illustrator Steve
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    MT “Dad, I can not wait any longer for Rusty to get home…Andy and I are going to look for him!”
    (Doc): “WHY are you looking away fromme while addressing me? Are you blind? I’m standing right behind you! …Now, in regards to Rusty, No…he’s probably outside!”

  20. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:51 am [Reply]

    9“My knees are fused together.”
    Riiiight. Like Edda’s going to keep her legs together until after the wedding.

    Dick – Officer Jim Doherty — and Mugg! (woof!) — will save the day. Doherty’s nearly omniscient, so he probably knows exactly where Sam is and how much air he has left.

  21. Faoladh
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:51 am [Reply]

    Bigfeet. Bigfoots.

    I don’t know, I think that both plurals make me unhappy. Which is pretty much what Beetle Bailey does to me constantly.

  22. Illustrator Steve
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    MT – Haven’t we seen the exact same clip-art pictured in panel #3 somewhere before in a previous story line but with Mark rather than Cherry watching from a distance?

  23. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    love is… …working my heart out for you people!

    Mark – “Darn it, we moved to Lost Forest precisely so that Rusty would stop picking up criminals! That scamp is going to get a hiding when he comes home.”

  24. Illustrator Steve
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:01 am [Reply]

    MT – “That looks like Rusty with two men…WHAT’S going on? Maybe they are taking Rusty fishing! Go ahead and bark loudly and give our position away, Andy!”

  25. wossname
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:02 am [Reply]

    Congrats to Izzy and all the funny folks on the float!

    A3G – I’ve fallen behind in my comment-reading, so ‘scuse me if this has already been covered in excruciating detail… but WTF is Aunt Cathy up to? Her monitoring of Evan’s progress doesn’t seem as simple as merely wanting little nephew to do well in the world of business. I suspect (and hope) she’s been harboring a grudge against Margo for many years for some reason and has sent Evan (with the phony reference) as a mole to infiltrate Margo’s business and then sabotage it, messily and dramatically. That would be a lot more fun than watching Greg and Lu Ann get all huggy and kissy.

    DT – Wait a minute – is that the real Sgt. Jim Doherty of the Railroad Police?

  26. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:04 am [Reply]

    The Phantom – Now the Ghost-who-doesn’t-rush will go into action. He just needed a little taunting. Apparently, the two jerks in the open car are his conscience!

    Spider-Man – Today’s first panel is another contribution from our guest artist, Edvard Munch. Note how the guy in blue is so amused, he’s attempting to detach his own skull. Now that’s entertainment.

    Josh – You can tell you’re overthinking Beetle Bailey by answering the question, “Am I thinking about Beetle Bailey?” If the answer is yes, then it’s pretty clear you’re overthinking Beetle Bailey.

  27. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:08 am [Reply]

  28. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:08 am [Reply]

    and some lolsnark to go with the squee!

    The Avengers merchandising has gone too far.

    an adorable take on Harley & Ivy cosplay.

    more cosplay win.

    shopping for Saturday night.

  29. Illustrator Steve
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    MT – “WHY would two men be staying with Rusty in a remote cabin in the wilderness? WHAT is going on? …OH MY GOD!!! They CAN’T do that to poor Rusty! NO, They CAN’T make Rusty take all those cases of candy bars to sell for the Lost Forest endangered giant beaver fundraiser drive…AGAIN!”

  30. Stroker Ace
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:18 am [Reply]

    BB – What is totally absurd is that Halftrack would have a 2012-era smartphone but not use the term “squatchy”.

  31. Alter Ego
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:18 am [Reply]

    love is… when you keep trying until you get the fetish scenario just right. “You were supposed to be naked under the apron! And this time I want the cake heart-shaped. And there should be exactly four more differences.”

  32. Mibbitmaker
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    Archie: HE’S TURNING INTO A SPONGE!!!
    (Squidward: “Oh, NO!”)

    BC: Miss Know-it-All (lawsuit from Jay Ward productions pending) askers know they must write their letters as straight lines to set up a punch line.

    9CL: Designed with your discomfort in mind.

    Curtis: Hey, don’t bring race into it! (*rimshot*)

    FW: Wall of Text, brick by brick.

    Lio: Lesson for Lio’s dad at the denouement of this story: You have no right to be happy.

    Lockhorns: Leroy is really bad at Firesign Theater album titles.

    MT: Careful going near those poachers, Cherry. I mean, They shoot Horses, Don’t They?

    S-M: Not anyone reading this storyline, they don’t.

    FC: Oh, how old is Eve today?

  33. Rusty
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    BB: This strip always portrays the outdoor “missions” taking place in what looks like the local public park. I’m surprised there isn’t a softball game going on beyond the trees.

  34. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#7): Dilbert: Not to be all Miss Manners-ish, but offering to loan someone a book is an act of generosity, if you don’t want to read it, it’s OK to politely decline. No need to be a dick about it.

    True. And anyone who regards books as clutter is a dolt. If he only regards paperback books as clutter he is a snobbish dolt.

  35. TheDiva
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    SFx: 1.) Panel one is a crack house, panel two is a meth lab.
    2.) The cop in panel one is three days from retirement and will be shot the moment he goes through the door.
    3.) The bird in panel two was horribly amputated in a bizarre Satanic ritual.
    4.) It really is hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement in panel one.
    5.) The small black creature in panel one is a mouse. In panel two, it’s an alien from a highly advanced race who will use this scene of domestic violence as an excuse to wipe our entire planet off the map.
    6.) The cop in panel two has no badge.

  36. TheDiva
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:36 am [Reply]

    9CL: Edda Burber: from zero to Bridezilla in 2.5 seconds.

    A3G: “You know I abuse you just because I love you. Now get in your cage!”

    C’shaft: Donate to Goodwill? Pah! If we can’t profit from it, it’s junk!

    FW: “I told you to plan the entire wedding while I went off on an exotic African vacation and I don’t really have any opinions about anything, but I will bitch and moan about every little thing anyway!”

    MT: This will keep going until everybody apart from Mark is kidnapped, isn’t it?

    MW: “Want some air? I’m buying!”

    Pluggers don’t see the environmental value in anything that’s not mindless entertainment.

    SM: And while all the world laughed outside/Hardy the clown sat down and cried.

  37. Digger
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    I find it very appropriate that one of the six differences is “crack.” In fact, I’d say that’s the major difference in this scene.

  38. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:43 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#20): No! That can’t be Doherty of the Railroad Police! Jim Doherty of the RP is a Sergeant, and they are very particular in the DT universe to address people by their correct titles. (In the real cop world as well). Nevertheless, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a nephew or a cousin – police work tends to run in families.

  39. Holly Folly
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    I have never suspected more that Beetle Baily will turn out to be one of those “A Beautiful Mind” type endings where we learn that General Halftrack has just imagined everybody.

  40. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    @Alter Ego (#31): courtesy of bats :[ and inspired by me: response.

  41. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    Rose is Rose: Ok, I’m coming around. It used to just irritate me, but now I see the point, and I have to concede it’s sort of clever. Pat Brady needs to indicate that baby Mimi is speaking some sort of barely comprehensible baby-talk, and yet at the same time indicate precisely what she is saying. So Brady translates the plain text, as cryptographers would put it, into perfect dictionary.com phonetics.

    // But I still hate all cartoons with babys in them. And it’s a lousy gag.

  42. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#41): “But I still hate all cartoons with babys in them”

    I knew I liked you for a reason. :-P

  43. Nekrotzar
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    The most disconcerting thing is that the General would never actually go out in the field with his men. He must be standing in his office in front of a green screen with the background edited in later. And the ‘bigfoots’ are just temps sent over to cover for Miss Buxley’s vacation, by the bargain-basement temp agency.

  44. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:08 am [Reply]

    @wossname (#25): “… but WTF is Aunt Cathy up to?”

    I agree. It certainly looks as if she has gotten her nephew to infiltrate Margo’s agency for some sinister purpose. My guess is that Aunt Cathy and Evan are both members of a hard core fundamentalist religious cult. As soon as Evan has insinuated himself into Margo’s good graces, and made himself essential in the publicity business, he will start leaving Chick Tracts in the break room and restrooms.

    // Next, massive God-spamming from the email and twitter accounts of Margo’s A-list celebrities. Nothing will stop Aunt Cathy then!

  45. debussy fields
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    MW– Faux Pas #2 occurs when Dawn takes Jim home to meet Wilbur, who is busy at the kitchen table making sandwiches for the week. “Nice to meet you, Jim. Give me a hand with these sandwiches, won’t you?”

  46. Stev0
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:12 am [Reply]

    I’m glad General Halftrack called them by their proper plural name, “Bigfeet”, and not the more gauche “Bigfoots”, showing he knows his Tolkien.

  47. hogenmogen
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:14 am [Reply]

    Sly: One of the six differences is the badge. That makes the guy in panel 1 a police officer and the guy in panel 2 is a train conductor or bus driver. He’s coming in with the full force of PORT AUTHORITY.

    How hot does it have to be to fry an egg on the grass immediately after it breaks?

  48. hogenmogen
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    @Stev0 (#46): And is the plural of “Sasquatch” really “Sasquai”?

  49. hogenmogen
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    Sly: The smashed DVD in panel 1 is Leroy Lockhorn’s porn. The smashed DVD in panel 2 is Loretta’s “Intolerable Cruelty”, which, let’s face it, was one shitty movie.

  50. hogenmogen
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:23 am [Reply]

    BB: There’s just so much to mock in today’s nonsensical BB. Why, then, am I pulled to point out that the tent behind Gen. Halftrack should also appear under his chin but doesn’t? I’m no marine biologist, but I think the army would use green tents for woods, and the tan ones for desert environments.

  51. Mike D!
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 am [Reply]

    Hi & Lois: Looks like the family went to the Springfield Theatre since the Simpsons are sitting behind them.

  52. Chance
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 am [Reply]

    Beetle Bailey: Haha! It’s funny because the exact opposite of what he believes could happen, is actually happening while his back is turned!

    Oh the hilarity!

    Oh what they won’t think up next!

    O tempora o mores.

  53. hogenmogen
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#7): Dilbert:

    Yeah, this is kind of trumped up on Scott Adams’ part. After a reaction like this, you’d think Dilbert would be protesting the tyranny of the public libraries.

  54. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:33 am [Reply]

    @hogenmogen (#48): Sasquatch, like moose, is singular AND plural.

    if the plural of mouse is mice,
    then the plural of spouse is spice.

  55. Poteet
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:38 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#13): Yep, that’s my place. It’s all gingerbread and hard candy now because I ate the chocolate years ago.

  56. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:42 am [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#1):

    And which cheeks might that be? Do I see a book title? Mooning Mary Worth?

  57. Poteet
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:42 am [Reply]

    9CL — I know that a bride wearing white means nothing anymore, but in Edda’s case, I’m still going to indulge. *snigger*

  58. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#55): You have to eat the chocolate. It doesn’t keep. It gets splotchy. It melts. And don’t get me started on the flies.

  59. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:44 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#55): not to mention the berries.

  60. dull_old_man
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:49 am [Reply]

    Josh,

    I hope “Overthinking Beetle Bailey” is the title of your first biography. Do your biographer a favor; use some variant of “I Read the Comics” for your autobio. You famous and notable persons should plan to save some good material for your biographers.

  61. Inkwell
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm [Reply]

    OK, I saw that Slylock Fox panel and thought “spousal abuse”.

    Slylock Fox isn’t fun anymore.

  62. Shrug, Speaker to Spam
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:01 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#y33):

    And as I noted/grumped about a few days ago, the “old miner’s cabin” apparently isn’t even that far away from the Trail home — when Rusty went to photograph sheep comingdownthemountaintotheplainstofeed he travelled on horseback; when he went to look for arrowheads he walked, with his puppy trotting along beside him, and the old miner’s cabin was apparently ON THE WAY to the old Indian burying ground. How far away can the cabin logically be from the Trail house? Even if Rusty thought he needed the exercise, I can’t see it as being more than about three miles away, tops.

    Cherry probably suffers from Selective Cabin Blindness, a side-effect of Pancake Poisoning.

  63. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    @Mike D! (#51): Hi & Lois: Looks like the family went to the Springfield Theatre since the Simpsons are sitting behind them.

    Wow! Good catch. That is exactly right. Who’d a thought Walker-Brown Amalg. would be capable of a meta joke like that?

  64. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:06 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#58):@Poteet (#55): You have to eat the chocolate. It doesn’t keep. It gets splotchy. It melts. And don’t get me started on the flies.

    Of course, of course. And no, please don’t start eating the flies.

  65. Shrug, Speaker to Spam
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

    @Dartpaw86 (#16):

    Though I suspect if the paperback being offered were a DILBERT collection, Dilbert would not have been the same sort of jerk about it. . .

  66. Shrug, Speaker to Spam
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:08 pm [Reply]

    @Faoladh (#21):

    How about “Bigsfoot”?

    // Or should that be “Bigsfeet”?

  67. btown
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    The humanoid cops in Slylock Foxland are like the uniformed constabulary in Nazi Germany. They have no weapons or power of arrest. They are only there as a fig leaf covering up for the real law enforcement mission, as carried out by Slylock and the Secret Police. Note that the human cop’s arms and ankles are broken. This is to keep them weak and subordinate to the SS (Slylock Security).

  68. Lupin The 3.1415926th
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:22 pm [Reply]

    Dawn is about to discover that when Jim says “get some air”, he really means “smoke some medicinal marijuana”.

  69. btown
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:27 pm [Reply]

    mw: if Jim goes to India, how will he wipe his ass?

  70. Calico
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:30 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#3):
    Hooray for Conrad!
    My friend of 31 years (he turns 50 tomorrow!) is fighting this F’in cruel disease like a Jedi, and somehow he is reataining his wit and genius sense of humor and general knowledge of numerous subjects. So he and Conrad the dog are my new heroes.

    That being said, I actually LOL’d at sme of the comics today-Bizarro, Rex’s recurrent Pissy Look ™, and Baby Blues. Fart bubbles! : )
    Oh, and I like Avery more and more every day. He seemed like such a doofus at first but I think that was merely Fly-fishing intoxication, a very real affliction (I’ve seen it firsthand).

  71. Calico
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    Oh, and Les, go for the pork Mechoui. Pig on a spit is so damned good, although looking at it takes a little getting used to at first.

    (Fun fact-Bar-B-Q comes from the French “Barbe a Queue”, roughly “From the beard to the tail”, as the whole animal is skewered in the mouth and out the backside and then put on the spit to slow roast.)

    The things you learn at The Comics Curmudgeon!

  72. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:39 pm [Reply]

    MT – Cherry is wearing her “I’m scared of spiders” face from last Sunday. Or else that bad mescaline trip is causing flashbacks.

    RMMD – Great. Rex’s eyeballs have rolled back into his skull. Just another delay keeping us from the bikinis and June’s thong. Is he possessed? Has he perfected the FW sidelong glance to the nth degree? I really don’t care. I lost interest back with the diabetic cab driver.

    MW – Well, Jim, to be semantically correct, since I haven’t exactly started my volunteer duties, I can’t really go back to them. So, yeah, let’s fuck.

  73. greghousesgf
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    The guy who was the main Bigfoot guy (I forget his name) who had all the films and everything recently admitted that he’d made the whole thing up and those were guys in gorilla suits like you get at Halloween. Why does anyone still believe in Bigfoot? Because they want to, I guess.

  74. anonymous one
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    9CL – Love the gown. Love it, love it, love it.

    Cow and Boy – took a long look. It reminded me somewhat of the comics page in the old, old National Lampoon. Frankly, I thought it sucked. Sorry.

  75. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    Crankshaft – Are my eyes deceiving me, or is Jeff throwing away a Spiderman costume in panel 1. Not that I blame him.

    9CL – What else is Seth gonna do? Bake the wedding cake? Play the wedding march? Give away the bride? Blow the groom? God, he’s a one man reality show.

  76. Rachel
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:50 pm [Reply]

    Imagine the pride that will be felt by the former English teachers of Greg and Mort Walker upon reading the correct plural form of “Bigfoot.” Or is that the work of a sharp copy editor?

  77. Señor Tortilla
    September 22nd, 2012 at 12:54 pm [Reply]

    Archie: Oh no! Archie has picked up some strange skin disease from the tap water!

    9CL: Stereotype much?

    MT: Cherry witnesses something very horrible go down…

    MW: “And by ‘air’, I mean that compressed nitrogen.

  78. Baka Gaijin
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#17): Tomorrow’s Sunday Strip topic perhaps?

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#34): Nerds want books in their Kindles or iPads or Galaxy thingys, not on dead trees. That and they don’t want to read the dreck their loser coworkers read. Voice of experience.

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#41): The best part is when one of the major characters gets his comeuppance. It doesn’t happen often but it’s well worth it. The kitten gets it often. It’ll get snagged in the drapes upside down, the squirrels will tease it, and the man character will ignore it. I’m waiting for the day Rose’s rotund dirigible of a mother sits on the cat “accidentally.” And the little boy and the little boy next door who has the orange cotton candy spouting from his head who will end up as big as Rose’s mother if his eating habits continue.

  79. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:13 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#71): Fun fact-Bar-B-Q comes from the French “Barbe a Queue”, roughly “From the beard to the tail”, as the whole animal is skewered in the mouth and out the backside and then put on the spit to slow roast.)

    I think that is what is called “folk etymology”. Most etymologists trace it from Spanish, from a native Caribbean language, Taino. An interesting discussion here.

  80. Jon the Red
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:15 pm [Reply]

    From what I can see in Slylock Fox, today’s six differences are:

    -Mom doesn’t drink, but Dad regularly passes out from hitting the bottle so hard
    -Mom spends lots of extra money on home shopping networks, to Dad’s chagrin
    -Mom’s abusive behavior is much more psychological, whereas Dad gets physical
    -Mom’s been cheating on Dad with that police officer, but Dad just buys porn
    -Mom wants to keep the marriage alive for the kids, despite how much she hates everything about it; Dad couldn’t care less
    -the bird’s feet are gone in the right panel

  81. commodorejohn
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    A3G – What the hell is her plan, anyway? Infiltrate a startup talent agency, ???, profit?

    A&J – Arlo is a simple man.

    A.D. – Discussion question: does this count as a more or less plausible pregnancy storyline than the recent birth in Apartment 3-G?

    Blondie – “Son, if you’re going to start demanding money for love, it’s going to take you down a path you probably don’t want to go, if you get my drift.”

    Crankshaft – Yes, they could just donate the rest of it to a thrift store, but that might bring somebody some happiness. Can’t have that!

    DT – So Honeymoon is a Zappa fan? I bet her grandpa is just thrilled about that.

    Dilbert – Dilbert is kind of an asshole.

    GT – Oh, those teens today, always with the making reference to advertising agencies of the ’50s-’70s!

    JP – “Why should I tell her? You people have been having a conversation that’s not about me for like five minutes now! Pout!

    Jumble – It’s good to know that cartoon diner waitresses in Wales have the same poofy, vaguely-unkempt hair and lipstick as cartoon diner waitresses in the U.S.

    Mandrake – …that was the denouement? Gah, this strip breaks every single thing I think I know about storytelling!

    MT – Is Cherry going to get captured, too? And then Doc, and then Mark will come along and punch something?

    MW – “How much is the air? I might have to stop by the ATM on the way.”

    OBH – Look on the bright side, Ruthie: if you grow up to be a witch, you’ve already got a familiar!

    PBS – I’ll be honest, Silly String makes far more sense than string theory to me.

    Popeye – Dear God, they’ve gotten on the wrong side of the strip’s resident psycho-bitch. Will there be a Grumper left alive by the end of this storyline?

  82. Dartpaw86
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug, Speaker to Spam (#65):

    lol, to be honest I doubt Dilbert would want to read about his long annoying miserable life. And relive every single work day he ever had.

  83. Dartpaw86
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    Slylock Fox: One of the answers was “Crack”
    I’m sure crack was involved in this somehow.

  84. bats :[
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    Screw you, Edda — that is a GORGEOUS wedding gown!

  85. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    @anonymous one (#74): Cow and Boy can be a little off-putting when you happen upon it unprepared. I read it for a while and found that I quite enjoyed it, though.

  86. Santa Royale With Cheese
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    BB: Yeah, but just look at panel three where General Halftrack takes a bite out of some Jack’s Links® jerky. It’s about to get real!

  87. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:38 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#78): Nerds want books in their Kindles or iPads or Galaxy thingys, not on dead trees.

    Nerds of a certain age, perhaps.

  88. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:42 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#85): It grows on you. Like spores.

  89. Calico
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:42 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#79):
    That is interesting. TY for the post.
    This discussion reminds me of the origin of the word for the concoction we refer to as “ketchup” or “catsup” – I’ve read that it is derived from a Chinese word or phrase, or that it comes froma term called “Catch-Sup”, when sailors had to supplement their usual rations of beans, pickled beef or pork, and beer with a tomato and lemon drink in order to get their badly needed vitamin C (I also read a long time ago that Capt. Cook used to make his sailors eat cabbage and onions or else they would be punished).
    More info is gladly welcomed. The more you know…

  90. Calico
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:46 pm [Reply]

    @Dartpaw86 (#83):
    Ha, what I was thinking.
    The bowling ball is a nice touch. Hopefully I’m not too far gone as a Plugger, but I do enjoy a few games of tenpin on well-maintained lanes.

  91. Baka Gaijin
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:52 pm [Reply]

    @debussy fields (#45): What’s wrong with that? The minimum required number of hands to spread mayo on Wonder Bread is one.

    @Mike D! (#51): OMG! You’re right. The Simpsons are seriously slumming.

    @Sequitur (#56): I’ll never tell. Heh heh heh.

    @btown (#69): If this were Funky Winkerbean, Batiuk would make sure the armless wonder somehow ended up in India. Levity ensues when she washes in the Ganges and picks up an arm-eating disease, leaving her only future job option as being a Venus de Milo stand-in.

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#87): TRUE nerds, not fake nerds whose favorite Linux distro is based on Ubuntu or Red Hat.

  92. Remmy
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:53 pm [Reply]

    Not a big fan of Cow and Boy

  93. HAnzMFG
    September 22nd, 2012 at 1:56 pm [Reply]

    Even the circus audience is rebelling at the inanity of the Clown-9 story’s conclusion. “HAHA! FUNNIEST thing I ever saw!,” said Jock-Head McPinkshirt. “Actually, who am I kidding? I should have left a long time ago with everyone else!”

  94. Calico
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    Oh, and if you thought today’s Henry was a bit off-putting, here’s this:
    http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t3#/video/bestoftv/2012/09/20/ac-the-shot-tooth-ache.cnn

  95. Calico
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    And I’m thinking that today’s Gen. HalfDrunkCrankTrack was maybe, just mayyyybe inspired by something I posted a while ago:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJKythlXAIY
    If not, it’s a funny coincidence!

  96. Baka Gaijin
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#94): Hey! That article doesn’t mention anything about Henry’s chin buttocks.

  97. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#91): TRUE nerds, not fake nerds whose favorite Linux distro is based on Ubuntu or Red Hat.

    No true nerd would use emacs as a text editor.

  98. bats :[
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:23 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#27): you don’t sniff Superman’s butt, either.

  99. commodorejohn
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#78): As a nerd, I take my books in deadtree format whenever I can get ‘em that way. They don’t vanish if a hard drive fails, they can be accessed at any time, without having to switch to another program, and the inherent cool factor of something produced from natural materials and manufactured by the modern development of processes that are centuries old cannot be denied.

  100. tallyHO
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#90):

    I, too, am impressed by the inclusion of the bowling ball.

    Sometimes these Find the Differences puzzles (?) are like the movie “Groundhog Day”. So, today, the cop is just going through slightly different events in panel two.

    Or, maybe it is the cat that is going through Groundhog Day. Who knows.

  101. Daniel
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:46 pm [Reply]

    SF Correction–horrifying, violent fights between your parents that fling the lamp so hard against the door that it wraps around the doorpost like a noodle.

  102. Baka Gaijin
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#99): Piffle! True nerds have multiple backups across media and devices. Anything short of an electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear reaction or massive physical disaster will prevent them from accessing their online books and data.

  103. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#34): @Cloudbuster (#7): No need to be a dick about it.

    I agree. As much as I enjoy Dilbert, sometimes there is that dickish, smug attitude. It gets old.

    That being said, we should never confuse dickish, smug attitude with Genuine Snark:
    MT “WHAT’S going on?”
    Gee, Cherry, I dunno. Although I don’t live in LoFo*, I’m not familiar with Rusty and his behavior, and I didn’t see the pictures of the dangerous, criminal sheep killers, I’d venture to guess that Rusty is in a bad situation. Go get help now, ask questions later.
    * but apparently, not too far away, being in the Northern Part of the State.

    MW Deal breaker: Jim is a smoker. He hasn’t mastered the one-handed technique for lighting his cigarettes yet, so he needs Dawn to fire one up for him.

    A3G “Really, Aunt Cathy? It’s hard to tell.”
    Either Aunt Cathy is a master of subtlety or Evan is stunningly stupid. Well, I guess it could be both.

    BG&SS Loweezy has actually lost a lot of weight; she only weighs 85 pounds. Her apparent bulk is mainly loose skin and some padding to make her clothes fit.

    Crank Is there supposed to be a joke here? You sold most of your junk and then you put the rest curbside. It will get picked over, and what’s left will be taken away with the garbage.

    FW Cayla, it’s not too late to get out now. Save yourself the trouble of having to kill him later.

    Luann No, Tiffany, even 7 years will not be enough. Stop encouraging her.

  104. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#102): Anything short of an electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear reaction or massive physical disaster will prevent them from accessing their online books and data.

    Hey, don’t give them any ideas!

  105. bats :[
    September 22nd, 2012 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#79): call it what you will, I’m first in line, with my plate and napkin!

    MW: takes one to know one.

  106. seismic-2
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#79): The version for the origin of “barbeque” that you cite (namely that the Spaniards took the word from the language of the Arawakan Indians on Hispaniola) is what I have always heard, too. It is interesting that the name of the surrounding body of water, “Carribean”, also came from that same language, since the Spaniards used the word “caribal” or “canibal” to refer to the natives, which in English became “cannibal”. Yes, the Arawak language gave English two words, one referring to a style of outdoor cooking and the other referring to the eating of human flesh. Just remember that, the next time that Crankshaft starts pouring a bag of charcoal into the grill.

  107. seismic-2
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:08 pm [Reply]

    And while we’re on the topic of “words”, I suggest that Volume 1 of Josh’s autobiography be titled 1001 Nights with Mary Worth.

  108. Peanut Gallery
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    Speed Bump – Hey! Is Coverly stealing gags from us?

  109. Baka Gaijin
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#107): I’m getting stretch marks on my cheeks just reading that title…

  110. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#102): “True nerds have multiple backups across media and devices. Anything Nothing (ftfy) short of an electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear reaction or massive physical disaster will prevent them from accessing their online books and data.

    EMP: One of the reasons I keep my slide rule collection.

    // The other is, well… I had some very bad retirement planning advice.

  111. Alison
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    “Marvin”: So the punchline is that Marvin’s cookie-baking grandmother secretly thinks she looks like…a cookie-baking grandmother? Granted, her “mirror image” self has blonde hair while she has grey hair, but that is the only real difference here. But of course this is “Marvin” so anything that’s not a poop joke is never as bad as it could have been.

    “Mary Worth”: “No, I don’t have to do any work! Why would I? Volunteers don’t do actual work, do they? You big ol’ one-armed silly-billy. Come on, let’s go waste more time aimlessly hanging out.” Oh ugh. I do volunteer work with animals (not trying to sound like a martyr, I am only bringing this up because it relates to the subject) and it cheeses me off that some people think volunteering means that since you aren’t getting paid you can just goof off and have a good time. I know a lot of volunteers who work their asses off. If this strip was real Dawn would have already been asked to leave the hospital for being such a shitty volunteer.

    “Luann (vintage edition)”: Tiffany always did have more wit than Luann did. She gets to deliver the zinger while Luann is reduced to sticking out her tongue. Next Luann will be telling Tiff, “Go take a long walk off a short pier” or “I hope you sit on a tack”.

  112. yaoi huntress earth
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    9CWL: When you think about it, this proves what a sociopath Seth can be. He just sees Edda as a doll he can dress and choose the life for (making her wedding dress years ago getting pissed when Amos didn’t want to marry her).

    Then again, he does have a similar attitude with others: he forced Roger to admit he was gay (when he argueably wasn’t) because that’s how he thought and having Fernanda be his personal blow-up doll despite how naive she is.

  113. tallyHO
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:28 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#110):

    “(ftfy)”???

    Fudge Tasty, Funyons Yummy?

  114. commodorejohn
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:30 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#102): You know what they say about pride and falls…take a lesson from Wile E. Coyote, sir.

    @yaoi huntress earth (#112): “But we’re heroes, so it’s okay when we do that.”

  115. Peanut Gallery
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#79): I always heard that “Bar-B-Q” derives from the experience of standing in line to buy dolls at a Mattel factory outlet.

  116. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    SFx: This is why police officers hate domestics. There’s always so much confusing visual detail.

    MT: “Oh, I bet he’s selling them a subscription to GRIT. My little man is so enterprising! Well, I’ll be riding along home then.”

    MW: If there’s a “Worst Volunteer of the Year” award, Dawn is an imposing favorite to win.

    FW: There’s not much to be left out of, Les. This isn’t so much wedding planning as a last minute grab at whatever you can get.

    9CL: “For those of you just joining us I’m Edda’s roommate and best—let’s face it, only—friend. And believe it or not, I’m gay. If you ever forget that, don’t worry. I’ll camp it up enough to remind you.”

    Baldo: Okay, who’s the asshole that slapped the “Time Machine” sticker on the de-aging ray?

    JP: Haha, Avery still thinks Sam knows law stuff.

    GA: So Slim is just like Picasso, only instead of world shaking artistic genius, he’s got an imaginary sports car.

    H&L: Buying bulk concessions gives you a lot of leeway at this movie theatre. They actually let the Simpsons bring Santa’s Little Helper in.

    Blondie: “That’s what you call hands tight around your throat, right?”

    FC: “Look, you’re my sister and I… put up with you. But you’re an idiot.”

    DtM: If you’re talking about the “Babysitters Gone Wild” website, Henry knows all about it.

    SSmith: Elviney learns that Low’eezy has been keeping a written log of her bowel movements, and suddenly remembers she has somewhere to be.

    M-Dawg: “Now roll over and give me some of that good doggy lovin’.”

    A3G: Is momentarily turning into Tim Gunn part of Aunt Cathy’s toughening plan?

  117. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:40 pm [Reply]

    @yaoi huntress earth (#112): All true. Of course it’s not clear that any of this is a problem within the moral confines of the strip. Actually it’s pretty obvious that it isn’t, as far as the creator is concerned.

  118. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#113): Serious? “fixed that for you”.

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

    @There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm (#103):

    Luann No, Tiffany, even 7 years will not be enough. Stop encouraging her.

    Luann will actually become hotter as time goes on, but it’s mainly a matter of Evans’ ephebephile tendencies becoming more pronounced.

  120. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:44 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#114): “You know what they say about pride and falls…”

    As Frank Lee Meidere said, “Pride goeth before Niagra Falls.”

  121. Alter Ego
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:47 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#40): I don’t entirely understand what’s going on in that picture. And yet I can’t stop looking at it.

  122. tallyHO
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#118):

    Well, if there were editing brackets about it, [...], then maybe I would have read it more carefully and discerned something to that effect. The thing is those Internet-isms stop me cold, wrecking any chance that I will guess what the ones which are new to me actually mean.

    brb…..

    k

    got interrupted…anyways…

    Forever thankful, fastidious you!

  123. commodorejohn
    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#120): “NIAGARA FALLS!

    Slowly I turned…

  124. Liam
    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    MT-”Has Rusty chosen another family to live with over us?”

    MT 2-Does Rusty have two daddies now?

    JP-”You Hollywood types think your so much better than us with your firm moral beliefs. Just because you guys don’t do anything wrong doesn’t mean that you are better than us.”

    MW-”Sure I love air.”

  125. Poteet
    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#59): Yay turtle! I feel that way about Mars seedless grapes:-).

  126. seismic-2
    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#123): “GIBRALTAR ROCKS!

  127. Baka Gaijin
    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#120): Falls? Like the Evil Queen in Disney’s “Snow White?” Or Shang in Disney’s “Mulan 2?” Or the Beast in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast?” Health and Safety should insist Disney install handrails in future movies.

  128. Poteet
    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:38 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug, Speaker to Spam (#62): Pancake Poisoning. Thanks for that. It will be easier on my nervous system than just thinking she’s dumb as a box of rocks.

  129. Poteet
    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#58): @Nehemiah Scudder (#64): Chocolate, gone quickly. Flies, out of luck.

  130. Poteet
    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:48 pm [Reply]

    BB — Given a choice, would you rather spend some time in the woods with the Bigfeet, or some time in the Keane Kompound with the melonheads? Me too.

  131. Mr. O'Malley
    September 22nd, 2012 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#89): “Ketchup” comes from a Malay word “ketsap” meaning fish sauce (like the kind the Vietnamese have with everything, I guess), but it has Chinese roots. Later it came to mean a sauce made from various ingredients like mushrooms or tomatoes.

    It also provides an element of humor in Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon.

  132. Maggie
    September 22nd, 2012 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    If Bigfoot lived there there would be a family of Bigfeet by now? Does Halftrack think the North American ape reproduces by budding?

  133. Calico
    September 22nd, 2012 at 5:52 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#106):
    Again, very interesting. *Fried green tomatoes*

  134. Calico
    September 22nd, 2012 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#131):
    Wow! Again, as I am a foodie, I love hearing correct origins. Thank you! : )

  135. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 6:08 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#131): That was a Sheldon Cooper “fun fact” on Big Bang Theory. Sheldon is my “brother from another mother.”

  136. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 6:34 pm [Reply]

    Hey! What’s in today’s Ripley’s?

    From 1984 to 1992, OLYMPIC SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING had a singles category!

    It was also known as the mastabation category. It was discontinued because people kept complaining about the condition of the water in the pool.

  137. mr12ozcan
    September 22nd, 2012 at 6:45 pm [Reply]

    mary worth-something tells me that righty o doul is gonna ask dawn for a hand job proving that handicap men can also commit sexual assault . life is brutal in purple clothes for sure !!!!

  138. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:12 pm [Reply]

    MT – OK, the game warden knows who the poachers are, what they do, and that they are in the area. WHERE IN THE HELL IS HE?!!!

    More importantly, why is all of this stupidity getting me upset?

    The Three Stogies moives make more sense than any MT plot, and are MUCH more entertaining!

  139. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:16 pm [Reply]

    Love is…. – This strip is so overly sappy sweet, I think that reading it is going to give me diabetes!

  140. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:22 pm [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#138): We can tell you’re very upset.

    The Three Stogies?

  141. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:27 pm [Reply]

    Momma: Gee, Francis. Momma was just going to go over her will with you. Guess who now will be written out.

  142. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:33 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#140): The Three Stogies. Those hijinks of the three burnt down cigars is hilarious! Especially when they kick each other in the butt.

  143. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:35 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#142): They also are hilarious.

  144. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#142): Tragic how their careers ended. They were always lit and eventually burnt out.

  145. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#143): I’m wondering if hijinks isn’t one of those singular plural words, seems how I’ve never seen the word hijink used.

  146. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:41 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#144): But when they were hot, they were smokin’!

  147. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:43 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#145): Hmmm. You may be right. Which means I may have been right the first time. Any comments from the Didactic Duo or others? Mr. Scudder?

  148. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:45 pm [Reply]

    So, the Three Stogies walked in to a bar, and the bartender says:

    1. Sorry, can’t serve you fella’s. You’re already lit.

    // and the first stogie says, c’mon, just one moe!

  149. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:47 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#147): What’s it worth to you? Cross my palm with silver.

  150. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:48 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#148): Plus, you stink up the joint. Literally.

  151. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:49 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#149): Knows Grammar, Will Travel

  152. wossname
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:56 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#147): OK, based entirely on Merriam-Webster:
    Hijinks or hi-jinks is a variant of high jinks;
    High jinks (plural noun): lively pranks; boisterous fun;
    A jink is a noun: Chiefly Brit. an eluding, as by a quick, sudden turn.

    So apparently if jinks are high, they must be plural; however, an unmodified jink can be singular.

  153. seismic-2
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:56 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#143): “Hijinks” is indeed singular, being derived from “high jinx”, the hilarity that ensues when all sorts of disasters befall an extraordinarily cursed person . And yes, I just now made that up.

  154. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 7:58 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#150): But those joints are already stinking up the joint – it aint fair!

    Oh, those are the Doobie Bros.! House band. Aren’t they great?

    Jesus. They’re just alright.

  155. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:00 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#152): Yep. I’d have disagreed on the grounds of it being an allowable colloquialism, but as I have no financial incentive…

  156. seismic-2
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    The Three Stooges had a certain flair in their slapstick. The Three Stogies just made ashes of themselves.

  157. Liam
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    BB-If Bigfoot did live there it would be home by now.

  158. Elk Meadow
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    @Nate (#11):

    I still can’t see what the differences are between the light in panel 1 and in panel 2.

  159. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#154): Oooooh. Listen to the music.

  160. Elk Meadow
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    Never fails. Once I post, I find it.

  161. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:08 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#153):

    Hi, Jinx.

    – Pixie and Dixie

  162. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:12 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#156): The Three Stogies simply fell apart. They weren’t wrapped too tight.

  163. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#149): Well, if TallyHo gets drunk we can get you some HiHO Silver.

    TallyHo drunk. Could you tell the difference?

  164. Sgt. Stoned
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:32 pm [Reply]

    Archie: It’s funny because Archie obviously has leprosy.

    MW: (Jim and Dawn, post-intercourse): JIM: You know, I wasn’t really in the hospital because I’d recently lost my arm in a ferry mishap. I was really there being treated for syphilis. DAWN: Life is brutal.

  165. tallyHO
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:32 pm [Reply]

    The Three Stogies walk into a bar.

    They drag their butt over to the restrooms and stood in front of both the men’s room and the ladies’ room.

    The bartender looked over and said, “Make up yer minds! Just pick one!”

    Moe Stogie turned around as said, “These ain’t what we’re lookin’ for. We’re lookin’ for the humi-door!”

    This joke brought to you by The Cigar Bar ™. The smoke-filled room of choice for conspiracy-minded people!

    // @Sequitur (#163): Now, just wait one gosh darn minute!
    …( a minute later)…

    Ahhh! I had to refresh my martini!

    Now see here, my Good Sequitor, if I were drunk would I compose a “new” joke in the time it took you mugs to come up with ten? I should…hold on a sec…

    Tasty Olives! Makes ya wonder if Olive Oyl prefers dry martinis or wet ones? Stirred or shaken? Gin or Vodka? Which ever way she likes, lets hope when she goes to a Martini Bar everyone buys her a com-Pimento-ry drinks.

    Anyhow, I thought the we wuz talkin’ ‘bout Segars, wuzn’t we?

  166. tallyHO
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:36 pm [Reply]

    Gosho Vega! I’m gonna be late for the Cigar Band Band!

    Be back later!. Don’t mind my typos in the previous post. They can take care of themselves!

  167. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:41 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#163): There’s a plan! We’ll ply tallyHo with John Barleycorn, and when he’s squiffy, drunk, tipsy, intoxicated, inebrious, bombed, smashed, three sheets to the wind, under the table, drunk as a lord, drunk as a skunk, drunk as a piper, drunk as a fiddler, drunk as Chloe, drunk as an owl, drunk as David’s sow, then… mark my words, for here’s the crux o’ the scheme, we shall filch his purse, and absquatulate!

    Profit!

  168. pastordan, snark late shift
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    Move three-quarters done. Now to put things away, clean up the old place.

    But I had to come out of self-imposed hermitage to say this much: Jesus Christ, Rex Morgan, M.D. scares the crap out of me.

  169. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#165): I guess there is no difference. Are you sure there’s real alcohol in your booze?

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#167): I love it when a plan comes together.

  170. Peanut Gallery
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:05 pm [Reply]

    @Elk Meadow (#160):

    Give me your bowling ball, your light,
    Your appliances busted in a violent spree,
    The wretched refuse of your screaming fight.
    Send these, the broken-window-tost to me,
    I wedge my lamp beside the sky-blue door!

  171. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

  172. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:32 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#170): Ah! The Theme for the Illegal Alien.

  173. Chet McCord, defender of wildlife
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    Those aren’t Sasquatch in Beetle Bailey. Those are Pig-Bears. I’d stake my reputation on it, such as it is.

  174. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#140):

    Goddamned spell check!

    Oh well, at least everybody had some fun with it!

  175. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

  176. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:58 pm [Reply]

    @Chet McCord, defender of wildlife (#173): Will they be making their way into Mark Trail soon?

  177. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:00 pm [Reply]

  178. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:03 pm [Reply]

  179. Chaze
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:06 pm [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#174): You know, with all the brilliant comedic minds we have here, I’m surprised we haven’t come up with names for The Three Stogies.

    Stubby?
    Rollie?
    Smoky Joe?

  180. tallyHO
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:12 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#169):

    I guess there is no difference. Are you sure there’s real alcohol in your booze?

    I’ll have to get BAC to you on that.

  181. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:19 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#179):

    Toke?
    Puff?
    Butthead?

  182. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:20 pm [Reply]

  183. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#175):

    “Herr Umlaut” would be a great name for a German rock (or polka) band!

    Um pa pa um pa pa……

  184. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:30 pm [Reply]

  185. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:38 pm [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#183):

    An alt-rock band, Herr Umlaut
    Had the best percussion, no doubt.
    Their drummer played metal,
    On snare drums and kettle,
    And their flautist was great at the flaut.

  186. tallyHO
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:44 pm [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#183): @Sequitur (#184):

    slightly changed, it would be a good name for a Three Stooges short:

    “Harum Lout”

  187. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:50 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#186):

    Three Stooges, or Three Stogies?

    You be da Judge!

  188. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#186):

    Or totally change the letters around and get that Three Stogies classic, “Eat Rum Hurl.”

  189. Red Greenback
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#186):
    A Three Stogies short: “But Not Too Big Around”

  190. Mr. O'Malley
    September 22nd, 2012 at 10:59 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#179): You know, with all the brilliant comedic minds we have here, I’m surprised we haven’t come up with names for The Three Stogies.

    Dutch, weren’t they?

    Real masters of their art.

  191. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#189):

    Roger Miller would love that.

  192. tallyHO
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:09 pm [Reply]

    I don’t see why I’m being scorned for my tastes in corn pone (admit it, it is better than having a disturbing appreciation of cornpornucopia <–if that even exists, who could cope with that!?! The very knowledge of the word I just corned, I mean, coined is disturbing.).

    Anyhow, I will now digress:

    Here, right before your eyes, stands one General Halftrack on a cellphone complaining to “scientists” about not just the existence of Big Foot (if it only were so simple). He’s arguing with “scientists” about Big Foot being in the very woods in which he stands.

    We can only presume the Sasquachi and Halftrack are currently shown near Camp Swampy. So, the development in the second panel presents two options with one being the most likely truth:

    The first possibility:
    There’s mutliple Sasquachi in the woods and they are pissed!
    They are likely a family in the same way the Manson Family was a “gang”.
    My guess is their gang name is The Chewweez (because everyone knows realy Sasquachi can’t spell).

    All I can say is that General Halftrack better keep that other ear open for the Millennium* Falcon Cry! It also means that in this conference call, Halftrack is being warned by “scientists” because somehow a Big Foot’s anger management problems and its social disfunction are (apparently) well-documented and well known to the “scientific” community. As far as we know, “scientists” called him for his solo, survival skill adventure (a.k.a., getting away from the wife for the weekend and “communing” (by himself, parenthetically speaking) with nature).

    The second possibility is more likely.
    The very reason this strip is happening is because Halftrack has not had a chance to crack open his bottle of Good Morning Scotch and is experiencing the D.T.s.

    After essentially summoning a frightening hallucination, Halftrack will soon see his fears realized.
    ——-
    *was that ship really named that? Or, am I confusing the first word with another? Please no one tell me it was the Millimeter Falcon. Or, the Millie from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” Falcon.

  193. Rocky Stoneaxe
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:15 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#142): Meh, Stubby Kaye — “Marvin Acme” from Who Framed Roger Rabbit — can run smoke rings around the Three Stogies. And that’s no pipe dream.

  194. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:17 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#192): I do believe it was the Milenium Falcon (one “l” one “m”). Milenium is a rare mineral known only to the easily angered Sasquachi. It is the main ingredient in Wookie Cookies.

  195. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    So, this umlaut walked into a bar, and noticed that circumflex, tilde, macron, breve, cedilla, and both acute and grave accents were already there. “Everyone’s a diacritic,” remarked the bartender.

  196. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:22 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#194):

    Trivia question: What was the nickname for the “illness” that Star Wars fans called in sick to work when the first moives came out?

  197. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#193):

    Didn’t they star with that smokin’ starlet Cheroot Puffington in “The Butts of Little Ash”?

  198. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:31 pm [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#196):

    Wookie Nookie?

    No, wait. That’s what you don’t want to see in a Star Wars movie.

  199. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:40 pm [Reply]

    I bet tallyHo knows this one.

    Why is Wookie nookie like riding a moped?

    Because it’s fun to try but embarrassing as hell if someone sees you.

  200. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#198):

    You are very close……

  201. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:51 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#177):

    How about a glass of whine instead!

    Dave liked to to hear me whine…. *sigh*

  202. Sequitur
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:56 pm [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#200):

    Darth bladder?
    Jedi redeye?
    Leia Diarrhea?
    Luke Sleepwalker?
    Obi-Wan Can no pee?
    Chewbackache?

    Ya gots me, pal.

  203. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#196):

    And the answer is…….”Wookie Hookie”

    // This was also one of the fun daily trivia questions at one of my local Caribou Coffee shops!

  204. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:58 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#202):

    All very funny and original! Good guesses my friend!

  205. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:00 am [Reply]

    Dead comics update!

    I understand that The Best of Crock (oxymoron!) will be available through at least 2015.

    Why, yes. You do have permission to chew off your leg.

  206. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:01 am [Reply]

    BB – WTF?

    Luann – Was much better in 1988.

  207. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:04 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#203)

    Of course! i played Wookie hookie and nobody noticed.

    Wait. I was no longer in school when Star Wars came out. So that’s the reason nobody noticed.

  208. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:19 am [Reply]

    PV — I like her. She’s too good for Gawain.

  209. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:30 am [Reply]

    Are other Mudges getting Daily Ink ads instead of comics? I glumly figured the time might someday come when I would be forced, kicking and screaming, to learn how to do financial transactions online, but somehow I never thought the reason would be JUDGE PARKER. Arrgh.

  210. seismic-2
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    Actually, the names of The Three Stogies were “Slick Bender”, “Cadillac”, and “Monty”, according to their IMDB page.

  211. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:38 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#209): Yup. I’ve been forced to go over to Seattle PI to read the Sunday comics. The problem at Seattle PI (Comics Kingdom) are all the ads that load slowing down the time to get the actual comic.

  212. Rocky Stoneaxe
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:39 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#197): Sorry, no time to stop and chat — I’m on my way to the Smokey Stover site:

    http://www.smokey-stover.com/50smokebigcigar.html

    Warning to Baka Gaijin: don’t click on “Clown”!

  213. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:40 am [Reply]

    MT — Yay, MT appeared! And I’m happy to see a strip asking for more understanding and compassion for sharks. When I think about “nature’s least agreeable creations,” I think of Edda, Marvin, Les, Rusty, Crankshaft, Luann, etc. Eww…*shudder.* Sharks, on the other hand, are great.

  214. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:41 am [Reply]

  215. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:49 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#212):

    OK, you guys have had so much fun with my dumb ass typo, and I’m glad that I could spark so much fun with something so unintentional!

    // Until next time…..

  216. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:50 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#215):

    Let drink to the iPad spellchecker!

  217. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:53 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#216):

    Fuck!

    Let’s drink to the iPad spellchecker!

    // Where’s my beer?……

  218. seismic-2
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#215): Don’t feel bad about it. A simple innocent typo in a USENET discussion on rec.arts.comics sparked a thread that continued to generate lots of posts on a daily basis for years. So creating a comic-book hero (or in your case, a comedy team) through a mere slip of a finger on the keyboard can be a gateway to Internet immortality, of a sort!

  219. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:13 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#212):

    Baka Gaijin should be shining those clown’s shoes with a flame thrower in about 4..3..2..1…

  220. Droopy Says
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:15 am [Reply]

    Spiderbland: Under his mask Spiderman sheds an unexpected tear of sympathy. He’s heard that derisive laughter many times before. No, Clown 9, this isn’t the sort of laughter you want to hear.

    Les and Lesser: So Creepy Les suddenly feels impotent? This marriage could turn out better than expected.

    Jugs Parker: Avery, why don’t you find Bubba and tell him if you don’t get your camera back, you’ll hold your breath until you turn blue? At the very least that would mean covering your hideous face with blue ink, which would be an improvement.

  221. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:17 am [Reply]

  222. Terryfic
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:19 am [Reply]

    No discussion about DarkGate? All the King comics are showing an ad for DailyInk.

  223. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:24 am [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#218):

    Thank you but I don’t feel bad…..I’m happy that my typo generated so much fun and snark!

  224. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:25 am [Reply]

    @Terryfic (#222): If you right click on the DailyInk ad and choose “Open link in new tab” it will take you to the comic on the Seattle PI website.

    //sucks donut.

  225. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:33 am [Reply]

    Caution! Thorax alert!

  226. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:35 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#225):

    Why do I read this shit?

  227. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:39 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#224): Sounds great, but “Open link in new tab” is not one of the options I get when I right-click on the ad. I’ve tried a few times. Dang.

  228. Droopy Says
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:40 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#226): For Solange.

    Lio: Nice farewell to Cul De Sac.

    Luann: Tiffany, you ditz, the only slot Luann would fit is on a shredder.

  229. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:49 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#227): What browser are you using? I’m using Google Chrome but I checked it with Internet Explorer 9 and it works there too. Ah, well. You can go directly to Seattle PI by clicking here.

    By the way, did you see how cleverly queek linked us together here @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#27):?

    Sneaky queek.

  230. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:56 am [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#228): On Lio: Not only was it a nice farewell to Cul de Sac, it was a proper dope slap to all the useless legacy comics.

  231. tallyHO
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:57 am [Reply]

    Okay. I have been sneaking in a Spider-Man or two in the past week.
    I just read Sunday’s…

    That’s just tragic.

    The pain that Clown-9 must have endured — being fired from a play and all.
    Who could imagine the torment that wracked his soul. His Soul, people!

    Finally, he’s getting that which his heart craves: laughter, uproarious laughter. It is like they are channeling what we feel and in turn are making Clown-9 probably feel like Clown-1 (who is probably on Cloud-9, if Clown Heaven is regimented like that. Now that I think about it, there’s probably 20 other clowns that are squeezed onto that cloud with Clown-1. Sucks to be Clown-1 right now, amirite?)

    Now, I’m secure enough in my sense of Spider-Man justice to admit when reading this –denouement to a ridiculously involved (Three Month?) battle of the wills and prop comedy by the protagonist and the ant-like Spider-Man—that my eyes started welling up and my heart grew three sizes.

    Bravo to Messers. Stan Lee and Larry Lieber. I haven’t been that moved since….wait a second, I had to shift in my chair…since… whoops! Forget what I just wrote, sitting up straighter moved me more than Sunday’s Spider-Man.

  232. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:03 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#229): Yes, sneaky clever queek. I’m still getting unstoppable Daily Ink ads, and am not even sure exactly which browser I’m using. I’ll consult a friend tomorrow to see if there is some way to break the evil spell. Thanks for the hope that it’s not going to have to be Popeyes all the way down.

  233. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:03 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#231): It’s amazing how gasous equilibrium expulsion can clear one’s mind.

  234. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:05 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#232): Which brings up the question, “Why is Beetle cuddling Otto?”

  235. tallyHO
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:09 am [Reply]

    Confessional, continued:

    Sunday’s Slylock Fox and His Ratpack Companion are the only comic I look forward to reading.
    So, that is what I am going to do.

    Dig that Crazy Jaguar! (seriously, he looks a little bit cah-ray-zee.)

    Spot the Differences: Sorry, I’m fixated on the perve looking out the window. I failed that challenge. hm. Now I am wondering Where’s Slylock Fox when those backyard revellers need him. Oh that’s right. They are humans. Slylock won’t nab the perve no matter how tempting it is to get him off the streets. If if means protecting humans, Slylock would prefer to…

    Investigate a burglary at a squirrel’s house.

    Let that sink in for a minute.
    Done?

    A. Squirrel’s. House.

    Where the hell does a squirrel go for vacation? The state of Acorn-sas?

    Okay, the challenge: luring a thief with newspapers….This is a thinker.

    An erudite parakeet who moonlights as a cat burglar would be attracted to using facilities like a recent spread of newspapers.

    Yup. That’s my final answer.
    Too bad I can’t turn the comic upside down and enlarge so I can read the correct answer.

    Like I mentioned: Slylock’s Sunday Melange of Mystery and Merriment make the comics worthwhile.

  236. Mr. O'Malley
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:10 am [Reply]

    JP: But that could possibly be legal. A pot bust in California is like arresting a pickpocket in Ankh-Morpork — “Thieves’ Guild membership please!”

    MW: Oh no! (Foreshadowing music) His father choked on a sandwich!

  237. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:14 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#235): However, I think we can all agree that Emily, age 11, has a big head.

  238. tallyHO
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:19 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#237):

    Shhh!

    Her head’s so big she can probably hear you typing that!

  239. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:23 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#209): @Sequitur (#211): Why not try the Darkgate slurper? No ads. darkgate.net.

    It is not perfect, as it doesn’t update all the comics, but it gets most of them, and there are work-arounds for the rest.

  240. tallyHO
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:24 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#234):

    You got my hopes up with that comment. Then after reading Sunday’s Beetle Bailey, I had to do a double- Hunh?

    @Poteet (#232):

    does going directly to the GoComics dot com page let you see what you usually read? I haven’t figured out a one-stop way to just look at ones that are not on that site but there’s quite a few there.

    //that’s a serious comment, by the way.

  241. tallyHO
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:28 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#239):

    I haven’t tried that yet but I keep it in mind. That method is like a fire alarm where you have to break the glass. It’s there if there’s a burning desire. Or, when it is Prank Time. *

    I can’t think of many comics I would read that I miss out on reading.

    *these little asides o’ mine, I’m gonna let ‘em shine!

  242. Sequitur
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:32 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#239): Ah, but we’re talking about Darkgate. All the comics they get from Comics Kingdom has an ad for DailyInk.com (with Beetle Bailey cuddling Otto and Popeye – Beetle is not cuddling Popeye) instead of the Sunday comic. If you’re actually getting the comic then it must be that Scudder magic working for you again.

  243. tallyHO
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:34 am [Reply]

    Finally, an observation which I couldn’t fit in earlier…

    Big Foot.

    What’s up with the fact that each of those Sasquachi fit the Big Foot description in every way except for having Big Feet?

    Oh yeah. Confessional continued: I know next to nothing about Star Wars. Someone asks about Wookie Hooky, I’m like: hoobidy doobidy whu?

    Someone says, tie-fighter, I say: a gun is probably more effective.

    Someone says, Darth Maul, I say that’s sad; successful malls are a rare thing these days, even before the recession.

    Someone says, Ewoks, I ask, Woking is a healthy activity. Good for him. Woking is aerobic exercise, not an anaerobic one, right?

    I know next to nothing about that stuff.

  244. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:38 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#239): Oh well. It looks like I’m going to have to temporarily withdraw my endorsement of Darkgate. It looks like SeattlePI has changed their comics URL addresses, so half the RSS feeds at the Slurper are broken, and now show a “DailyInk” ad instead of the comic requested.

    This kind of thing has happened before. The Darkgate Master will fix it in a day or so, so stay tuned.

  245. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:47 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#242): Yes, I see. Well, until Darkgate gets fixed, I say to hell with it. “Hi & Lois” (and many others) aren’t worth the pain of putting up with Gocomix animated ads.

    // You can actually build your own custom RSS feed – I think commodorejohn has done it – maybe I’ll give that a try.

  246. Mr. O'Malley
    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 am [Reply]

    OregonLive seems to be better than the Seattle PI for comics. Not as many ads.

  247. Baka Gaijin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:45 am [Reply]

    Oh, no. Jim’s got his pouty face on. My bet is that his father died in a freak accident involving a toppled 18-wheeler full of Hellmanns.

    Ha ha. Pluggers are out of touch with reality.

    Ha ha. Women love to shop even if they don’t need to, courtesy Sherman’s Lagoon.

  248. gleeb
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    Blondie: Darn those rarebit-flavored chips.

    Dick: Phishface looks so disappointed. Here he is, looks like a catfish, has been shown constantly walking past tanks containing sharks and giant Portuguese men o’war and whatnot, and he’s going to be killed by a land animal.

    ‘bean: Of course, this only makes sense if Creepy Les is considered some kind of take-charge planning genius. The man who had to be dragged to Africa, pushed into writing a memoir about his dead wife, and had to be saved from an airline tragedy by the direct intervention of that invisible deadwife.

    Mark: And here comes Mark with an explanation that dogs are much more of a threat to those committing wire fraud than sharks are.

    Mary: Jim almost lost her father, too. He’s one of the advice column’s most loyal fans, and he was disgusted by the turn it took from sandwiches to salmon squares.

    Rex: That’s a pretty hastily made-up alias.

  249. Vince M
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    MT: *COUGHCOUGH*VILLAINOUS WOLVES*COUGH!*
    Seriously, are the Sundays and weeklies two totally different strips?

  250. John C Fremont
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#y39): I just read today’s Mutts. Is this your tree?

    @Mr. O’Malley (#246): Agreed.

    SF – If there really was a store that still sold Quisp, I’d drive 80 miles to get some. Why is that a problem? Astro Pops, on the other hand…

    (Hey, according to The Internets when I checked a moment ago, Quisp is available at Dollar General. I have a daughter who works at a Dollar General. Hmmmm.)

  251. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#229): *bows*

    I was rather proud of that one, tbh. :-)

  252. CanuckDownSouth
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    JP: isn’t explaining the money to the IRS the easy part? There’s a line on the form for it: “Illegal activities. Income from illegal activities, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on Form 1040, line 21, or on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity. “

    Now, dealing with the people the IRS would report Bea to, that’s the hard part.

  253. Baka Gaijin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:59 am [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#250): Target periodically sells Quisp or another one in that Jay Ward line of fine cereals.

  254. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:13 am [Reply]

    dead tree B&C: slams Zits, references C&H.

    dead tree SG: ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. tmi.

    rMC: *snurk*

    CdS: nicely meta.

    Lio: nicely meta, best Fred Basset strip ever, and *sniffle*

    IP: ROFL!!!! *hearts*

    PBS: Pastis lampoons his former occupation.

    SBp: one for commodorejohn?

    Bizarro: compare and contrast with today’s Sinfest. (good idea)

    MG&G: compare and contrast with today’s FW. (bad idea.)

    RMMD: well THAT’S a stripper name.

    RwO: I should be /facepalming, but I actually liked this one. maybe because it’s cheetahs.

    SFx: Emily, age 11, auditions for 9CL artist. also, it’s sad to see Chester Cheetah having to pick up odd gigs.

  255. commodorejohn
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#245): It’s not RSS, it’s just a site that links the images so’s I don’t have to deal with the bloat. (It’s also in desperate need of updating…)

  256. TheDiva
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    9CL: Brooke gives his lissome pinup girls the same grinning maw he attributes to dishonest politicians. Discuss.

    A3G: Today’s Apartment 3-G weekly recap: two people talked while circling around each other without advancing the plot any. Next week: more of the same.

    C’shaft: “Actually, we really want to watch the games, but Ed had this ‘quarterbucks’ comment that he insisted on getting out of his system, so we set up this scenario so we could set up the pun/malapropism/whatever it is he’s doing. Now that that’s over, we can turn the TV on again.”

    FW: Les Moore is a dick.

    Lio: Truth.

    Luann: How about a Teen Without Any Talents? Bratty Individual, Two-faced and Constantly Humblebragging?

    MT: Wolves, however, are unrepentantly evil.

    Marvin: A planet where apes evolved from bad comic strips?!?

    MW: “I know how you feel, Dawn–I almost lost my father too! But he’s still around, stuffing food into his face, making ham-handed efforts to ‘relate’ with me and combing four hairs over his head in a desperate attempt to convince people he’s not balding. Now I wish that I really had lost him!”

    SM: All that and all we had to do is laugh at him (even in ridicule)? We’ve been doing that since Clown-9 revealed his costume.

  257. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:30 am [Reply]

  258. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    Slylock – Today’s quiz states that “most bats” give birth to X number of offspring a year. Does this mean that most bats are female, or that bats are even more strange than most people think?

    Gasoline – It’s good to see “Sawdust” in the paper again, but I’d rather see how Scancarelli draws Blonkie. Va-va-va-blonk.

  259. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    Cul de Sac – Is this the last day? It totally sucks that this is the end. I wish Mr. Thompson a full recovery and the wonderful life he fully deserves, and I hope that somebody at least half as entertaining might come down the pike one day (and get a chance).

    Lio – Apart from Lio, they’re all legacy or zombie strips. A more appropriate line would be “Close th’ door… you’re letting fresh air in.”

  260. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    love is… …a hearty breakfast.

    Marmaduke – Here’s a match, Marmaduke. Crankshaft has the fluid.

  261. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:59 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#99): I have many books on paper. Amazing how much room they take up. Fun fact: our home is apparently a pit of fungal spores, so we’re going to have to lug some thousands of books and other things to the upstairs for the work. Going to try and get rid of a few, too. It’d be nice to ditch about a third of them, though it seems impossible to let go in practice. (Meanwhile, I have a few hundred books on my reader, though comparatively few of those aren’t also in paper form.)

    @Chaze (#140): Three Stogies? Meet the Three Cigars! (Eight minutes of delirium — go on, you have time!)

    @Sequitur (#194): Watch the spelling: “Wookiee” is correct. The internet validates my useless knowledge.

  262. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#198): I once watched my former boss pay real money at a convention charity auction for the “Wookiee Nookie Looky,” described as “a pastry egg with a hole through which you can see a scene that will astound and horrify you.” (There was also the “Jawa Friction Lotion,” which might appear to us as a mere jar of sand, but which put the grit in the sex life of these amazingly stoic little people.

    Mark – Last week spiders. This week sharks. Next week, Mark rips the lid off of “CLOWNS: Bastard Offspring of the Primate Family.”

    Darkgate quietly removed a lot of names (temporarily maybe?) from the roll. I have bookmarks for pretty much all the strips I look at, due to previous crises. The hard part is remembering which ones I haven’t seen. Half the ones I click on, I apparently did look at already. Eh. Onward!

  263. Hibbleton
    September 23rd, 2012 at 11:08 am [Reply]

    BB: Up till now, Sarge had always believed that a “Flying Fuck” was just a myth ..a very wonderful myth.

    Marm: It’s funny because the sticks come from the house of one of the “three little pigs.” The one he just ate.

  264. commodorejohn
    September 23rd, 2012 at 11:13 am [Reply]

    I am loath to be the one to bitch about not getting stuff for free, but really, ComicsKingdom? Really? Are you that confident in your rock-solid reader base in newspapers, that you’re just going to give the finger to everyone on the Internet who isn’t a DailyINK member? You know what, I wouldn’t even be bothering with visiting your image files directly if you had a site that was ad-supported and displayed comics at a reasonable size, but you fucking don’t. You just have a dozen client newspaper sites that are all horribly bloated and display the tiniest GIFs you offer and convert them to JPEG half the time for no reason. GoComics is better than any of your client sites, and I’m the guy who made a site specifically to not have to use GoComics.

    God, fuck this shit. I don’t know what’s worse, that they’re this stuck on the dying print model, or that I’m actually halfway considering shelling out for a DailyINK subscription. How has it come to this, newspaper industry?

  265. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#255): Oh, I see. But, of course, you have the same problem Darkgate does, when GoComix, or whatever the original provider is, changes the URL for any particular comic, your links are broken too.

  266. kkarenb
    September 23rd, 2012 at 11:56 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#261): Does your library accept donated books? I have donated lots of books to our library, which has a humongous book sale twice a year. I hate to get rid of books, but if I kept all of them, they’d take over the house. Plus at least I know they are helping to support the library.

  267. agony
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#261):

    Sorry to hear that – whenever we move, I think of the old joke “Jeez, lady, why didn’t you read them before you moved?” Aren’t the spores in the books, too, though?

    We had a house fire several years ago, and all the books had to be cleaned to remove smoke odor. They put them in a room, seal it up, and pump in ozone, (O3). The ozone combines with the carbon in the smoke, and turns to CO2 and oxygen. Pret-ty clever.

  268. seismic-2
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:09 pm [Reply]

    The soap-opera strips all show up OK today on the Washington Post site. I can’t decide whether this is a good thing.

  269. Peanut Gallery
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:17 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#195): “Hey, sugar, that’s a acute accent you’ve got there.”

    “Only ’cause I’m sloshed. Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.”

  270. Da Coconino Kid
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#253):

    Oh, let’s be honest:

    Target periodically sells Quisp or another one in that Jay Ward line of fine cereals delightfully-illustrated, slightly differently-shaped Cap’n Crunch

  271. Chaze126
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:22 pm [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#252):
    Sam = cute but dumb.

    Bea owns a business selling services, not goods. There’s no cost of goods to consider. She has a tax ID#. If she reports what Bubba pays her and remits the proper taxes, she’s fine.

    Call me, Bea. I’m not unlike Avery. Just nicer.

  272. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:32 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#269):
    You say diaeresis, I say umlaut,
    Let’s call the whole thing off!

  273. seismic-2
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:41 pm [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#252): This has in fact actually happened. In the 1960s Mississippi was one of the few remaining “dry” states where the sale of liquor had remained illegal for decades after the repeal of Prohibition. Nevertheless, in certain counties the sheriff tended to look the other way (in return for payment, no doubt), and so the enforcement of the no-liquor-sales law was lax in many jurisdictions. The state government was alarmed to see all that liquor being sold without its being taxed, so the state legislature passed a business tax that was officially called “A Tax on the Sale of Certain Illegal Commodities”, and it remained in effect (and was enforced) for many years. The government will never let hypocrisy stand in the way of revenue!

  274. zaratustra
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:42 pm [Reply]

    Maybe Beetle Bailey did a time-skip of a couple of decades? That would explain the phone, Halftrack’s fancy helmet, and the unexplained bigfoot invasion. Halftrack’s still the same, but everyone in Beetle Bailey is some sort of immortal soldier, so that’s not a dealcloser.

  275. greghousesgf
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    Mutts: apparently we’re supposed to find falling leaves hilarious. this is why I hate this strip.

  276. Baka Gaijin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    @Da Coconino Kid (#270): Is that what Quisp is? I’ve never had it. I just remember Ted Forth talking about it and seeing the boxes at Target.

    @zaratustra (#274): Occam’s Razor would state the phone is actually an extra-large Hershey bar that just happened to look exactly like an iPhone 5. The ultimate in coincidence if you ask me.

  277. Mibbitmaker
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    Waiting too long for the new thread to start. Better note this now…

    *~Special Sunday Edition of PCK is now up!~*

    Proof of an unjust world: comic strips are a “dying medium”, but Parkinson’s isn’t.

  278. Calico
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:54 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#162):
    Could you be any more blunt?
    (Sorry, trying to get a new thread)

  279. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:56 pm [Reply]

    @kkarenb (#266): I help with our book sale. They take some books, though I’m not sure how many of ours would go right into the dumpster. (There are still some used book stores around here, but as I used to work in one, I don’t hold out much for our chances of getting anything for what we have.)

    @agony (#267): No doubt there are spores in the books. The thing is, there are spores in everything, everywhere. In the thousands of comics, no doubt. In the wall of LPs, likely. I think what’s important is not giving them a hospitable environment to go to the next stage.

  280. Baka Gaijin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:56 pm [Reply]

    Am I the only one concerned that it’s almost 1pm and Josh hasn’t posted Sunday’s comments yet?

  281. Calico
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#261):
    Oh wow, another book hoarder like my Dad was. I love it.
    Sorry about the fungi problem, though – better to get it fixed asap. Can be dangerous if not chronically uncomfortable.

  282. Calico
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#279):
    I learned a bit about some conservation/repair methods when I volunteered for the Rokeby Museum back in the 90′s, but I don’t know the answer to this – as for bug infestations in pulp/paper items, would a deep freeze chamber kill the spores, or would they just go dormant from the cold?

  283. Mibbitmaker
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#280): I think we’re getting spoiled. Josh used to be even later getting new threads up on weekends, especially when the COTW used to go up on Sunday. Still, I’ve been getting impatient, though I don’t have much snark today (maybe 3 strips).

  284. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:15 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#279): No doubt there are spores in the books. The thing is, there are spores in everything, everywhere. In the thousands of comics, no doubt. In the wall of LPs, likely. I think what’s important is not giving them a hospitable environment to go to the next stage.

    Sorry to bring the bad news, but as Ripley said in Believe it or Not!, the only thing to do is “take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

  285. Baka Gaijin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#283): True. It may take Josh a while to find something snarkworthy today. My snarker was rather flaccid after reading today’s comics.

  286. mollificent
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:29 pm [Reply]

    Maybe the Maui sun is getting to me ;) but I had the strangest urge to look at 9 Chickweed Lane today (since his Sunday strips can often be quite beautiful.)

    Jesus Christ on a sidecar, what a mistake THAT turned out to be. I’d go back to bed, but I don’t think I could handle the nightmares.

  287. Gringo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    Lio: Nice farewell to Cul De Sac.

    Is the strip ending? Hadn’t heard anything about that.

    I know Cow & Boy is in danger of shutting down.

  288. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#228): Lio: Nice farewell to Cul De Sac. What did the no talent Chas Addams wannabe do? Kill them off horribly, ala his “tribute” to Calvin and Hobbes?

  289. commodorejohn
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    You know, I’m going to take a break from comics snark for the next few days while I think over some stuff and wait to see what develops out of this ComicsKingdom mess. I’ll still be hanging around, but I’m wondering if it might not be time for me to reapportion my time to some of my many neglected projects…

  290. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#277): *~Special Sunday Edition of PCK is now up!~*

    With all due respect, you advertising your web comic like this really bugs me.

    Josh has asked many time for donations to keep this site going and we all know he takes ads as a way to support the site. You seem to think that, because you are a commentator here, you should get a free ad every time you put up a new episode of your web comic. That just rubs me the wrong way. I have my own business and you don’t see me spamming the comments with links to my website trying to get the people here to buy my services.

    It was one thing the first few times you did it, since it was a way for us to know that one of us had a new project. But now it just seems like you’re taking advantage of Josh’s hospitality. It’s also a little like the family friend who tries to sell us on his new start up every time he meets us for coffee.

    But that’s just me. Maybe no one else here is bothered by it.

  291. Inkwell
    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    @cartooncritic2544 (#288): Actually, it’s rather sweet. It shows Lio waving farewell while Alice walks off into the distance, and also points out that the comic page is a filthy cesspool without her.

    I never saw his C&H tribute, but it sounds childhood-killing.

  292. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    For True Fable: Some Pig!

  293. commodorejohn
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    @Inkwell (#291): I think it was meant to be bittersweet (the idea being that he never had to grow up,) but yeah, it pretty much was. I love Liō, but I don’t know what the hell he was thinking with that one.

  294. tb4000
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:14 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: A naked Honey Combs? Oh, this shit is ON.

  295. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:16 pm [Reply]

    Calvin and Hobbes as two skeletons — that’s a gag. I can shrug it off if it doesn’t make me laugh.

    The one that burrows under my skin [don't click if you're drunk, depressed, driving a motor vehicle, or just one heartache away from going up on the roof with a rifle] is this one. There’s something all too real about it. It makes some people really mad, and it makes some people cry. It makes me somewhat pensive.

    (Somebody pasted up a slightly more polished-looking version with slightly changed dialog, too. As far as I was aware, the other one was the ‘real’ one. either way, it’s a little harder to take than Lio’s version.)

  296. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:23 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#289): Dunno if I’ll take a break from snarking, but I’ll certainly be reading fewer online comics. Hey ComicsKingdom, a little advance warning would have been nice, rather than this sudden sharp kick in the rear. If you think I’ll immediately figure out how to subscribe to DailyInk because I just won’t be able to stand missing the Les/Cayla wedding and the aftermath of the Crankshaft garage sale, think again.

  297. Gringo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    @cartooncritic2544 (#290): With all due respect to Mibbitmaker, I’m in your corner, Critic.

  298. Will
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    BB: That’s one of the weirder ways to commit a murder-suicide.

  299. Gringo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:30 pm [Reply]

    So, really, can someone answer: Is Cul de Sac over?

  300. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    @Gringo (#299): Yes, it’s over. The only way I can stand to think about it is knowing that the artist will now have more unpressured time to do whatever he can do and wants to do.

  301. This Guy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    I opened Darkgate and saw an ad reading “Looking for the world’s best comics?” No, I’m not. I know where the world’s best comic is, and it’s ending today, you worthless zombie motherfuckers.

  302. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    STONE SOUP — I hope that’s a restaurant designed and intended for young children so the nearby patrons knew what they were getting into. There are some small children who are capable of behaving well in restaurants, but Max keeps proving he isn’t one of them. UGH! I loathe him more than Marvin and all the melonheads put together. There’s a strange exhileration in such total detestation…

  303. seismic-2
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:39 pm [Reply]

    And, to tie these two together, both Tatulli and Watterson leave parting comments on the end of Cul de Sac here. (I hope that URL isn’t too long for your browser.)

  304. wossname
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:47 pm [Reply]

    @cartooncritic2544 (#290): I understand your point, but I, for one, am not bothered by Mibbitmaker’s daily posts when PCK is up. I don’t usually click on them (sorry Mibbit!) — but especially since he’s not trying to make money off us, I just think of it as a regular daily occurrence like queek’s squee.

  305. wossname
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:47 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#304): And I do click on queek’s squee! Ooh corgis!

  306. Peanut Gallery
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:50 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#272): I always get diaeresis mixed up with diesis. Fortunately, I can’t remember the meaning of either one of them, so I just use ‘em interchangeably.

  307. Baka Gaijin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 2:56 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#306): A capful of Immodium’ll take care of that diaeresis for you.

  308. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 23rd, 2012 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#306): Just as long as you don’t mix up your diuretics.

  309. Chaze
    September 23rd, 2012 at 3:31 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#261):
    Thanks, Muff! Cool ‘toon!

    Ain’t it amazing what you can find on that interweb? We get joshing around about The Three Stogies, and there they are, pretty much as I imagined them.

  310. Mars
    September 23rd, 2012 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#239): Huh? This only opens a blog; I see no comics.

  311. Chaze
    September 23rd, 2012 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#278): Not my fault The Three Stogies career went up in smoke.

  312. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    I actually click on PCK every day to see how Mibbitmaker’s work is coming along. Sometimes I post a comment or a criticism. I suppose I should just add it to the handful of separate links for the cases where Darkgate wasn’t sufficient, but I always click over when he posts that it’s up.

    If I did a daily comic, I’d be hard pressed not to point it out. It’s hard to get any feedback for things — well, hard for me. I got grim satisfaction from a piece someone posted where the person who writes with genuine wit gets nothing but a bit of condescension (“too clever”), and the one who posts drivel about what she had for breakfast gets whole strings of approbation. In case it’s not clear, I identify with the clever one.

    I successfully blogwhored my entry about the Wright Brothers corrections at a friend’s website, and got something like 1159 hits, which is about 1149 more than I usually get, even my “A” material, like the Toon River pieces. Creation isn’t necessarily easy, but it’s a damned sight easier than getting anybody to read the stuff.

  313. bats :[
    September 23rd, 2012 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

  314. bats :[
    September 23rd, 2012 at 3:56 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#295): that one was just awful.

  315. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 23rd, 2012 at 3:56 pm [Reply]

    Regarding the comics that aren’t on GoComics, I’ve found that I can force my browser to kludge together a sort of page-like experience. I get them from AZ central, and what I do is bookmark each comic and stick the bookmarks together in one folder, which I place in my bookmarks bar. (I’m using Firefox.)

    You can then select “Open All in Tabs” and read each one in its own tab.

    Caveats: This is a memory hog, and works best if you go do something else while they’re loading, and close each tab after you’ve read it. Also, be sure to bookmark the generic URL for each comic, so http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/comics/king-comics.html?feature_id=Mutts rather than http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/comics/king-comics.html?feature_id=Mutts&feature_date=2012-09-23

  316. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:07 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#314): That one doesn’t bother me as much, perhaps because its not from a fellow cartoonist. Its about as easy to ignore as those stupid window decals of Calvin peeing on a Chevy logo.

  317. Shrug, Speaker to Spam
    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:09 pm [Reply]

    @agony (#267):

    When we moved into this house back in 1988, we had something over six hunded boxes of books and magazines*. Around two hundred of them are still unpacked up in the attic, but at least it’s a comfort to me to know that I have a complete set of (fill in the blank), even if it’s compressed wood pulp by now.

    Of course, since this house is much bigger than the one we moved out of, I’ve been able to up the book acquisition into high gear since 1988…

    // *we had something like forty helpers from the local sf club, most of whom I had helped move in the past, so we could do bucket brigades, which is how the two hundred or so boxes made it all the way up to the attic.

  318. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#309): Those 1930s “Happy Harmonies” have some real wild stuff in among the cuteness. Here’s another one of my all-time favorites: BOTTLES (also 1936). It goes from horror to product gags to high weirdness without breaking a sweat and asks the all-important question “Can you take it?”

    And to finish this triumvirate of favorites, how could I go without mentioning 1937′s SWING WEDDING? Ethnic amphibians portray giants of hot music, with a not-terribly successful attempt to show sexiness, but (more importantly), they actually capture about half of Fats Waller’s charm, which is still a considerable amount of charm. And Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson is represented, and Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong, and Ethel ‘No Nickname’ Waters, and candor compels me to regretfully mention that Stepin Fetchit’s there too, which is an unpleasant reminder of the kind of stuff black actors had to do for dough (Willie Best, one of the great screen comics, had to spend whole movies doing nothing but being hungry and acting scared). Stick around for the end, when the force of the music causes an outbreak of frog-on-frog violence, and they smash all their instruments, and one frog is left holding a trumpet valve that looks like a hypodermic needle, which he promptly sticks in his arm before jumping through the bass drum. CARTOONS TODAY JUST DON’T DELIVER LIKE THIS. Swing, swing, swing.

  319. Baka Gaijin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:21 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug, Speaker to Spam (#317): A Kindle could hold all of those books and more. Just sayin’.

    tongue in cheek.

  320. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug, Speaker to Spam (#317): We don’t trust anything like that to the attic, though who knows? Maybe it would have done better up there. We’re at a time in our lives, though, when the unthinkable is going to happen. We’re probably going to get rid of fanzines. And I suppose in a few years, I’ll have to think about a suitable way to decommission all my old apas.

    @bats :[ (#314): Yeah. It murders the characters in a much worse way, in my opinion. Viewed dispassionately, it’s an incredible troll, pushing a lot of people’s buttons without touching the net.

    @cartooncritic2544 (#316): I once commented after Earnhardt died that the pissing kid should have a single tear in his eye. I got a lengthy argument from somebody on it, because that just wasn’t logical!

  321. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:25 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#319): Six hundred books, sure. Six hundred boxes, no matter how firmly your tongue is lodged in your cheek, just won’t do it, unless they are trick boxes, each containing one book. (On a scale of 1-10, it’s “highly unlikely,” or nine Spocks.)

  322. Baka Gaijin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#321): I’m not sure I agree. Those Kindles can hold a lot. Electrons aren’t that big. Most people can’t see ‘em with their naked eyes.

  323. commodorejohn
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#322): On the other hand, publishers can’t delete books from your bookshelf due to licensing issues…

  324. Mibbitmaker
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    @cartooncritic2544 (#290): What wossname (#304) and [Old Man] Muffaroo (#312) said.

    It’s really just an update so whoever here reads it (and anyone new), will know when a new one is up. I make zero money on it, as it’s my temporary surrender to getting anything published occupationally, an attempt to just get my work out there at all. I’m certainly playing by the official rules: since mine is not a comics snarking blog (though the occasional comic strip satire gets drawn), which would only have the right to advertise here once.

    Maybe, as a compromise, I could at least not bold the initial part of such posts, and, in most cases, leave out the extra comment below it — unless there’s a specific thing of interest to CC’ers in the day’s strip? Maybe only post updates when it’s CC-friendly material that day? I certainly have no intention of being a mercenary spammer, since I hate that sort of thing myself.

  325. bats :[
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:17 pm [Reply]

    All my comics are so mucked up that I’m forced to make do with what little I’ve been able to find (actually, I’ve found most of them…just not much snarkworthy today).

  326. remmy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#295): Not sure why it would depress people. It was actually very cool to see that little snot take his studies seriously – medication or not. If it allows him to focus and stop having ADD for five minutes – I’m for it. If you have ever read the C&H collections Calvin does not come off endearing – he really starts coming off as an asshole.

  327. John C Fremont
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#324): I appreciate the new comic alerts, Mibbit.

  328. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#324): I’m not going to debate this with you beyond noting it’s not a question of board rules, its a question of manners.

  329. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    @cartooncritic2544 (#328): But, again, others may feel different.

  330. Leifr
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:33 pm [Reply]

    @remmy (#326):

    You are missing the whole point.
    Calvin is self-centered yes, but in a way that we recognize about ourselves– particularly when we were children. Hobbes provides the concscience aspect of his psyche–it is a manifestation of the same mind.

    Together you see the full mind.

    Besides, it would never occur to me to call a small boy an asshole–no matter how poorly he behaves.

  331. remmy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:35 pm [Reply]

    @cartooncritic2544 (#328): good manners on a forum of snark = oxy moron.

  332. remmy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    @Leifr (#330): Oh no I got the point – I just hate the little fucker. It’s nice to see his will broken by the meds and starting to live a normal life as studious and well behaved. If it means Hobbes goes from imaginary tiger back to a stuffed animal? Dems the breaks.

  333. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:42 pm [Reply]

  334. agony
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:45 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#324):

    Seldom read your comic, but the updates don’t bother me at all. My feeling is that if Josh had a problem with it, he’d have a private word with you.

  335. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:00 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#306):

    Clerihew for the Double Dagger!

    An umlaut, or diaeresis,
    Is not the same as diesis.
    The first indicates inflection,
    The second’s a reference direction.

  336. commodorejohn
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:04 pm [Reply]

    @remmy (#332): Wow. That’s kinda fucked up. I’ve known some bratty children in my day, but I can’t say that I’ve ever derived pleasure from seeing their wills broken.

    And honestly, he’s a six-year-old. To borrow a line from Uncle Buck (a very underappreciated film in the John Candy oeuvre, “I’ve never met a six-year-old who takes their career as a student seriously, and I sure as hell don’t want to meet one.” Isn’t it enough that we hammer kids into dutiful little wage-slaves in the forges of the fast-food industry after they finish puberty, while denying them real education? Do we really have to extend their long-term job prep out to encroach on that last little bit of freedom they have in their early life?

    This is why I’m going to homeschool my kids, no matter the cost.

  337. Leifr
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:26 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#336):

    I agree. After reading Remmy’s response I detected the distinct odor of a troll.

    Feed according to your desire.

  338. remmy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:27 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#336): Commodorejohn, no offense – but I am takin the C&H comic strip as a whole when I make such comments. A comic or two of being a daydreaming imp is fine; read the treasuries and it is pages and pages of the character being a complete disruptive asshat that causes those around him – specifically his parents – a LOT of financial grief and headache inducing hardships. They have even had the occasional cartoon where they talk about how it would have been easier to have a dog. The parents are completely aware of the little hell spawn they are dealing with. This is not to say that Watterson did not have some heart-warming strips. But the majority of heart ache the character causes eclipses the warm fuzzies. Thus – seeing this parody of him actually getting his shit together IS heart warming.

  339. remmy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:33 pm [Reply]

    @Leifr (#337): That is an offensive remark. I am NOT trolling. I am honestly giving my opinion. To accuse someone a trolling on a forum based entirely on SNARKING on defenseless 2-dimensional cartoons is hypocritical.

  340. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:42 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#312): Gosh! I thought everyone loved my series of “what I had for breakfast” posts.

    // (whimper)

  341. Mr. O'Malley
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:46 pm [Reply]

    Calvin was nothing compared to the comic strip imps of yore like Buster Brown or the Katzenjammer Kids.

    In the old days an episode of juvenile delinquency would be terminated with a severe whipping. It was a simple and productive formula guaranteed to produce laughs.

    We no longer believe in whipping children, nor do we chuckle over destructive behavior by children, so cartoonists have to change with the times as well.

    Comedy based on physical exaggeration has become obsolete, because people would be wondering whether the Keystone Kops were eligible for worker’s comp
    or if the oxygen levels in the Marx Brothers’ stateroom met OSHA requirements.

    Cul de Sac was one of the best of the new strips. A pity to see it go.

    And on the same day I found out my local Costco will no longer develop film. Sic transit gloria Minoltae.

  342. Gringo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:52 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#318): Thanks for bringing back a bit of childhood with the link to “I Want to Singa.”

    Also:
    Willie Best, one of the great screen comics, had to spend whole movies doing nothing but being hungry and acting scared

    Puts me in mind of Mantan Moreland, a great comic actor often saddled with contemptuous material.

  343. Vince M
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#253): Hey, I’m completely on board with Ted on this – I bought the retro Ward-design boxes of Cap’n Crunch they issued a while back, and when I occasionally replenish my supply I replace it into the ‘old’ boxes. Sad but true.

  344. Mars
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:55 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#322): The problem with Kindle is that you cannot buy EVERY book. The library is actually pretty limited if your tastes aren’t mainstream enough.

  345. Gringo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:56 pm [Reply]

    Ya know, between the Dark Gate snafu, the lack of a Sunday Josh post and the end of CdS … it’s just been a What the Hey? kind of day.

  346. Liam
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:09 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#289):

    What is going on with Comics Kingdom? I was on there this morning around seven and it was okay.

  347. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:17 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#341): Sic transit gloria Minoltae.

    Nil desperandum. There’s still a few labs out there. E pluribus pauci. (Out of many, a few.)

  348. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:18 pm [Reply]

    @remmy (#338): …and reading an entire volume of “Peanuts” as if they were real children would lead one to believe that most of the cast need to be medicated as well: Lucy was a narcissist, Peppermint Patty had ADD, Linus had anxiety and delusions about a magic pumpkin, Charlie Brown was frequently despressed, etc. And, since we never saw their parents, DSS/CPS should have been called in long before the strip ended.

  349. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:26 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#347): “There are a few labs..”

    // Vive gladio peri gladio.

  350. Chaze
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:32 pm [Reply]

    @Gringo (#345):
    Not for nuthin’ but I’m going trough withdrawal here.

  351. Chaze
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#350): Through…..through….typing skills starting to fade…

  352. commodorejohn
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:39 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#346): The comic images have all been replaced by banner ads for DailyINK. Because yeah, I’m totally going to be favorably inclined to the service that replaced something I normally use with a plug for itself. Fuckers.

  353. Liam
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:39 pm [Reply]

    MW-Jim wants to feel more than your pain, Dawn.

    RMMD-”Oh great now I have to deal with a woman in a towel. It’s bad enough I’m going to have to deal with my wife in a bikini.

    MT-Run it’s attack of the seagulls.

  354. Chaze
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm [Reply]

    Dawn is beautiful, Rusty is brilliant, Sam Driver is empathetic, Avery is tall, Edda is…….naw, no way…can’t say anything nice, even in jest.

    I need a fix…..

  355. Liam
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:43 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#352):

    That is weird. I was just on Comics Kingdom and it seems okay to me. I seemed to of missed out a lot today.

  356. tallyHO
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:44 pm [Reply]

    @remmy (#338):

    “But the majority of heart ache the character causes eclipses the warm fuzzies.”

    @Mr. O’Malley (#341):

    “We no longer believe in whipping children, nor do we chuckle over destructive behavior by children, so cartoonists have to change with the times as well.”

    That’s taking it all too seriously. These are cartoons you are talking about. To be quite blunt, anything from “Calvin and Hobbes” is mild in comparison to what it could be, what the humor and the gags could be.

    As for cartoonists changing with the times, is that the case with “South Park” and “Family Guy” and with “The Simpsons”? There are ways of utilizing disruptive, wild kid characters –or bad characters in general– that results in havoc being created and caused without “real world” consequences which seem excessive.

    Again, these are cartoons in comic strips. As “real” as Calvin may have seemed that was mainly due to just a lot smart commentary that was a big part of the backbone of the strip.

    I don’t want to wade into this too deeply. Obviously, I mainly just write absurdities when I do write anything here. So, all I ask is that you put it into the perspective of the “logic” of that comic strip. For goodness’ sake, even the worst comic strips ask that you accept that logic and can’t expect you to compare “Blondie” to “Beetle Bailey” or try to establish direct formulaic comparisons between “Dick Tracy”, “Hi & Lois” and “Garfield”. Just accept them on limited terms and you won’t get frustrated–really frustrated– with one cartoon character’s role in Our Society. The commentary being made might facilitate thinking about the Big Picture in C&H but for goodness’s sake, Calvin is just a cartoon character that won’t grow up. That’s all.

    @cartooncritic2544 (#348):

    Exactly. “Peanuts” can be read as the projected neurosis of Charles Schulz. You can bust it down in ways you laid out. But, it was made to be entertaining and was so well made it was endearing, charming and relatable for many people. That doesn’t mean it needs to be taken literally. Perhaps the absence of adults in the strip allowed the “problems” the characters had to just be character quirks of their personalities. Maybe if “C&H”* didn’t have adults in it remmy or others wouldn’t try to pour mud on the bread and call it gravy**.

    Stop being so serious here, please. If you are gonna be serious, at least make it funny.

    * gah! You seriously expect me to write seriously while resisting the urges to ridicule?
    “C&H”…every time I wrote that, the jingle “pure, cane sugar/ that’s the one” came to mind.

    ** Accent Gravy. I didn’t write it yesterday. Maybe I should have incorporated it into The Three Stogies somehow.

    “Well, looky here, Moe! In France, the letter E works so hard it sweats!”
    “ Shut up, you brillo-headed moron! In France their spelling is as fat as their food. That E ain’t sweating, that’s Accent Gravy!”

  357. There have always been Snarkadders at Curmudgeon Farm
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#325): “The Judgmental Opossum” made my day. (We were recently visited by one. Our three girls were very polite in that they did not break its neck, but I suspect it had some harsh judgement for us all.)
    Anyway, I’d like to drop that phrase into conversation during the next week, but I’m unsure whether I should pronounce the “O” or not.

  358. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:09 pm [Reply]

    SFx: I cannot emphasize strongly enough how bad an idea it is to do a cannonball into a wading pool.

    MT: Sharks are neither “cruel” nor “vicious” but wolves are still “villainous”? It’s so hard to keep up.

    MW: “I almost lost my father too. But the old bastard always finds his way home.”

    S-M: The psych ward have so many Napoleons already, it’s about time they get a Sally Field.

    GA: I would have figured the first woman in Gasoline Alley to try and give her husband a heart attack would be Clovia.

    Blondie: Dagwood has been a problem eater for 80 years, with no consequences. At this point they can only show him with a normal metabolism in dreams.

    BB: Beetle goes through great lengths to surprise that big bear of a man of his. This is the most blatant subtext in quite some time.

    H&L: The efforts to make Hi look intimidating are actually kind of successful today.

    JP: Put your feet up, Bea. Avery’s going to be namedropping for an hour, at least.

    RMMD: In a sign that the San Diego trip may actually live up to its promise, the Morgans find their room occupied by a naked woman with a fake name and real breasts. (Leastways they don’t have the Rob Liefeld-y look you’d expect from fake ones.)

    OBH: Godot is sure taking his sweet time getting there.

    Marvin: The title panel shows us Marvin Miller before his stint as a contestant on The Biggest Loser.

    Lockhorns: Their ever-present verbal rancor aside, it’s sweet that Leroy and Loretta still do couple things like tour the crematorium together.

    9CL: AFAIK, bankers and politicians aren’t aiming to make you run screaming to the nearest National Guard office.

    PBS: Rat misses the point that Humpty was kinda on the dead side.

    Lio: Sweet and classy. Although some of Tatulli’s fellow cartoonists might have issues with it.

  359. Leifr
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:11 pm [Reply]

    Josh’s silence on the loss of the free and easy access to the comics seems odd.

  360. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:12 pm [Reply]

    Tomorrow, Cul de Sac will not be in your daily paper.

    Reply All will be.

    Where is your god now?

  361. Leifr
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:14 pm [Reply]

    Remmy

    Try reading Red and Rover; it’s C&H stripped of everything you dislike. Of course it is neither interesting or funny.

  362. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:16 pm [Reply]

    @Inkwell (#291):

    I never saw his C&H tribute, but it sounds childhood-killing.

    This is it. I think that in his own way, Tatulli was just saying that he missed C&H>

  363. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:27 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#362): I think that in his own way, Tatulli was just saying that he missed C&H
    Kind of how Norman Bates, in his own way, missed his mother.

  364. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:29 pm [Reply]

    @Mars (#344): The problem with Kindle is that you cannot buy EVERY book. The library is actually pretty limited if your tastes aren’t mainstream enough.

    Agreed. Between our specialty academic books, our foreign titles, and my now-largely-out-of-print sci fi and fantasy books, it would be damn hard to replicate our physical library on a Kindle.

    Plus, at the moment, Kindles and other e-book readers (and e-books, period) are not very compatible with nonfiction. Take indexes: there’s a lot of discussion going on between the indexing community and the publishing industry and the software and hardware folks as to how to handle them, from how to indicate locations, what the index would look or behave like, and how to support it with the physical devices (Kindles and Nooks have no “go to index” button, for example).

    I like the idea of Kindles for travel (if you read quickly, those books add up!) but not as a replacement for an actual library.

  365. Mr K Martin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    BLONDIE: It’s finally happened. Dagwood ate a beach ball.

  366. Elk Meadow
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    PV: Dang, look at those outfits–crime really does pay! Both Bathrobe Dude and Red Hood have nice outfits, while Valiant and Gawain run around in the same tunics they’ve had for more than half a century. (Drinking youth potions from time to time sure didn’t do anything for their taste in clothing.)

  367. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    Re the C & H debate — I once read that even some of the best elementary-school teachers very occasionally come across a child that for some reason, they just really don’t like, and it’s a problem they have to recognize and solve in order to be fair to the child. I’m sure there are/were some readers who just didn’t like or relate to Calvin. I always liked Calvin a lot, even during his worst moments. It’s Max in STONE SOUP whom I can’t stand. But maybe someday he’ll become bearable. Meanwhile, after reading this discussion, I’ll stop saying that I wish a large boulder would fall on him. I may think it, but I won’t say it.

  368. Uncle Lumpy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:46 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#346):

    What is going on with Comics Kingdom? I was on there this morning around seven and it was okay.

    If you go to any of the newspaper sites using King’s Comics Kingdom (NewsOK, Albany Times-Union, JSonline, etc.) to serve comics, you can see strips from the current day starting at midnight US eastern. This is unchanged from yesterday.

    What’s new is that King has encrypted the links from the Comics Kingdom selection menu to the actual comic images. This means you can’t use the old image URLs to “intercept” the comics to build your own consolidated page — you have to pick through the King interface link by link, or subscribe to DailyInk to use their “build your own page” tool. It also means you can’t take advantage of a peculiarity of the old system: in the past, King loaded a week’s worth of comics (Sunday through Saturday) every Thursday morning, so comics, um, “reviewers” could sneak an early peek to plan their commentary and even create posts in advance to be rolled out using the WordPress “schedule” feature.

    This is annoying to folks who want to read a lot of comics efficiently (cj), and inconvenient for ACD West-Coast-based second-string comic bloggers who now have to scurry to hit their self-imposed 1:46 AM (eastern) deadline. But for East-Coast-based Master Comics Bloggers working on novels or whatnot, it’s a fricking disaster.

  369. bats :[
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:46 pm [Reply]

    @Gringo (#345): yep, it was feeling like that to me, too. Then again, it might’ve had to do with hosting a Mathom Day party last night…

  370. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:48 pm [Reply]

    @Elk Meadow (#366): And to think all this heartache and destruction was caused by tea. Just wait until you’re introduced to coffee in a few centuries, folks!

  371. bats :[
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:48 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#360): Moses, Moses, Moses…

  372. bats :[
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    @Gringo (#345): and on top of all that, my Facespace page has been seriously hosed all day. No access, just automated “we’re looking into it” crapola.
    argh

  373. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#322): If Kindles are still 4GB, then that’s about 3000 non-illustrated books (WikiAnswers said 2GB holds 1500 non-illustrated books). Assuming big hardcovers, you can get about 25 books in a box. Assuming non-trade paperbacks, maybe twice that many, so somewhere between 60 and 120 boxes of books will go into a Kindle 3 or Kindle 4. 600 is five times the highest figure I could endorse here.

    TIP: Some books I own (and have bought several times) that I wanted to put on my reader were able to be located by picking a likely phrase — something not likely to be in a bunch of other books — and Googling on it. It’s interesting what’s been OCR’d and put online out there. Particularly if you’re not after this year’s best sellers, which would be full of DRM anyway. (I’ve avoided it like the plague when a number of books I’d paid nominal sums for, and a bunch I got for free, turned out to be tethered to Sony’s crap software. When it died, the books became useless lumps. I’ve used Calibre ever since, instead of anyone’s proprietary systems.)

  374. Chaze
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:52 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#367): I’ve would hung out with Calvin as a kid. I would have had fun with him in my class when I taught.

    The kid I can’t stand is (cringe) Caulfield from Frazz. And, yeah, it starts with the friggin’ name.

  375. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 8:57 pm [Reply]

    Re ComicsKingdom, the problem for me is that if I try to access any of a number of comics, I can only see a DailyInk ad and it won’t go away. My computer was set up by a friend and I only know how to do a few very basic things. So unless something changes, I won’t be reading those comics anymore. I should probably thank DailyInk for forcing me to leave the grim Batiukiverse behind.

  376. Liam
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#368):

    Thanks for that info.

  377. remmy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    @Leifr (#361): I love Red and Rover! Very sweet! How is it not interesting or funny? Because the child character isn’t being a jerk 85% of the time? Nothing wrong with some heart-warming characters.

  378. Baka Gaijin
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:02 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#360): AAAAAH! Hand me a sandwich. Life is brutal.

    @Mr K Martin (#365): I think it’s, “Dagwood became a beach ball.”

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#373): A real nerd would know how to get 600 boxes of books into a Kindle.

    @Poteet (#375): On your Darkgate page, open the “Official Site/Archives” link. It’ll get right to the comic.

  379. Poteet
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:03 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#371): BWAHAHA! And how the heck is her name supposed to be spelled? There are several versions on line. Nefreteri? Nefertari?

  380. SurrealKangaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:07 pm [Reply]

    Where is Josh?

  381. Peanut Gallery
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#276): It’s true that Quisp is basically Cap’n Crunch in a different shape, but the difference is an improvement. Quisp is thinner and softer-edged, so it doesn’t slice up the roof of your mouth the way Cap’n Crunch sometimes does (especially if you eat it dry).

  382. Uncle Lumpy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:13 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#375):

    Go to this page, select the “Comics A-Z” tab, and click on the comic you want. Voilà — Winkerbean returns!

    Um, you’re welcome?

  383. Peanut Gallery
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:16 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#285): A tablet of Niagra will take care of that flaccid snarker you.

  384. Leifr
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:25 pm [Reply]

    @remmy (#377):

    1. The sugary sentimentality that drips from this cloying, twee strip gives me cavities.
    2. It is as dull and uninspired as any tired legacy strip.
    3. It does not make me laugh.
    4. It is derivative of C&H but without any of the cleverness or artistry.

  385. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    @remmy (#377): Ah, okay, I got it. You’re just trolling now. Well done. You had me fooled for a while and I thought you actually meant that b.s. you wrote.

  386. Liam
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:35 pm [Reply]

    @SurrealKangaroo (#380):

    Good question. I hope he’s alright.

  387. Leifr
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:42 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#386):

    I was just wondering if the Comics Kingdom move to subscription access somehow coincided with a cease and desist to Josh for his copying of their strips on this site. Perhaps he is dealing with that.

    I don’t know the legality of it all, I could be completely off with his speculation.

  388. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    @remmy (#377): De gustibus non est disputandum. Some like their tea with sugar, some with lemon.

    I expect you prefer Elizabeth Browning to Robert Browning, Wordsworth to Tennyson, and Arnold to Hardy in poetry. In music, Mozart over Beethoven, Tchaikovsky to Shostakovitch, Peter Paul & Mary over Bob Dylan. In mysteries, Agatha Christie over Dashiell Hammett, and so forth.

    I don’t mean this as criticism – it is a matter of taste. You’re into sweetness and light, some of us are into sarcasm and darkness as well.

    // As a matter of fact, too much sugar makes me ill.

  389. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:45 pm [Reply]

    Josh tweeted a short time ago, so at least we know he’s not at the bottom of the old well trying to get Sassy to quit barking at him and go tell Andy.

  390. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#383): If your snarker is tumescent for more than five hours, log on to fark.com.

  391. remmy
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:57 pm [Reply]

    @cartooncritic2544 (#385): Uh no, I did mean it. I also happen to like Rose is Rose. Yes, sweetness CAN get a bit cloying, but I’ll take that any day over constant wise guy characters in the comics. And for the record while I do like Rose is Rose – I don’t much care for Clem. I enjoy the comics where the others get the better of him. What is with some of you here? No, seriously – I enjoy the snark on some of the bad story telling and such of some of the comics, but a lot of people here seem to like snippy rude characters. It takes all kinds but some people really hammer home their love of characters that get under people’s skins.

  392. capt k
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:03 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#324): i like your comic an link ,keep up good work !!

  393. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:06 pm [Reply]

    @Leifr (#387): If Josh got a C&D I’m pretty sure he’d have posted about it. He’s pretty upfront with the workings of the site.

  394. hibbleton
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 pm [Reply]

    @capt k (#392):
    Screwing up my formatting.

  395. exapno
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#381):

    The few ties I have had Quisp lately – it pops up in odd places every once in a while here – it seems to be a touch sweeter than the Cap’n.

  396. hibbleton
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:20 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#388):
    Hey! Watch it with that Arnold vs Hardy stuff!

  397. cartooncritic2544
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#382): Thanks, but unfortunately, my 48 year old eyes can’t read those tiny little strips.

  398. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:36 pm [Reply]

    The mention earlier of the ubiquitous “Calvin peeing on an automotive logo” decals reminded me of another one which irked me even more. This one showed a Calvin figure kneeling in prayer before a large cross, with the inscription, “Real men pray.”

    Oh. Oh. Oh. Wrong on so many levels.

    1. First, and obviously, Calvin is not a man, nor is he real.

    2. As is well-known, Bill Watterson never authorized ANY commercial use of his characters, outside of his own comic strips and collections. No t-shirts, ball caps, coffee mugs: Nothing. So this is theft of intellectual property. I guess some folks love Jesus so much they’ll steal for him.

    3. I don’t know for a fact that Watterson is an atheist or agnostic, but I strongly suspect that to be the case. As far as I know, he never depicted Calvin praying, before bed or any other time, or the family ever going to church, common tropes in “family” strips such as DtM, Curtis, FC, and probably others. In fact the only mention of god I can recall is a fantasy sequence where Calvin imagines himself as an evil Lovecraftian “Elder” god, wreaking indiscriminate destruction.

    // As far as I know Watterson never expressed a preference for Chevy over Ford or vice-versa. I did hear a rumor that he strongly preferred Pickett slide rules to Accumath, but nobody’s perfect.

  399. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:41 pm [Reply]

    @hibbleton (#396): Don’t get me wrong! I am not implying that Oliver Hardy was in any way superior to Edward Arnold as a poet.

  400. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 23rd, 2012 at 10:54 pm [Reply]

    @cartooncritic2544 (#397): I have trifocals — practically a super power! — I can read Anything!

    // But you might try pressing CTRL and the plus sign on your keyboard, simultaneously.

  401. The Central Scrutinizer
    September 24th, 2012 at 7:13 pm [Reply]

    It may seem that Halftrack’s phone is a realistic depiction of 2012 technology, but it’s actually a realistic depiction of a 2001 Alien Monolith. That family of bigfeet is going to start beating him to death with bones any second now.

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