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This is better than the first draft, where they read the story on MySpace

Gil Thorp, 10/26/12

Oh, hey, sorry I haven’t been keeping you up to date on what’s been going on in Gil Thorp, but trust me when I say that what’s been going on Gil Thorp is exactly the same thing that was going on when we last checked in with Gil Thorp — some Milford kids whose names I am not bothering to commit to memory are trying to make Irish Terry Gallagher into a star, for some reason — and it hasn’t gotten more interesting since. Today’s strip is mostly of note because the plot requires that characters find out information from a newspaper but somebody at some point in the creative process said, “Wait, kids don’t read the newspaper anymore, do they? iPads, kids love iPads, have them looking at iPads.”

Pluggers, 10/26/12

I love the bear-man’s facial expression and body posture of cringing terror here, as he becomes increasingly alarmed that he’s been lured to a non-plugger dining establishment, perhaps as some kind of trap. In fact, the bear-man’s wife is looking pretty smug, and it’s already been established that she’s not of plugger origins, so maybe it is a trap, or at least a deliberate attempt to drag him out of his comfort zone for the dual purpose of eating some non-deep-fried food for once and also seeing him squirm a little.

(Side note: I’m vaguely embarrassed to even know this, but Mrs. Bear-Man is actually supposed to be a kangaroo; I think the colorists have misinterpreted the ears and guessed that she’s a rabbit, thus the white coloring. Either that or the years of hated she-plugger existence have turned her normally brown pelt prematurely grey.)

Spider-Man, 10/26/12

Hmm, how to distract readers from the fact that Peter’s logic — “Kraven will steal that diamond tiara! Except, wait, that doesn’t seem like the sort of thing Kraven would do at all? Looks like I’m going to have to figure out why he’s going to do the totally out-of-character thing I’ve just arbitrarily decided he’s going to do!” — is completely insane? Hey, why not have Peter take off his teal suit jacket, hang it up on a weird, ill-drawn blob on the side of a building, and put on an electric blue suit jacket? Perfect! That makes even less sense!

Shoe, 10/26/12

“And I don’t care how much of the world has to be destroyed to lower those gas prices, as long as I don’t have to see it!”

213 responses to “This is better than the first draft, where they read the story on MySpace”

  1. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:25 am [Reply]

    @LP2004 (#y291): Is there some law in the Trailiverse that only guys named Otto can rule small tropical islands?

    Let’s not forget major bad guy Otto Octavius (Doctor Octopus) from Spider-Man. It also seems to be a popular name for animals. Sarge Snorkel has Otto (the dog) and Otto (the octopus) was one of Aquaman’s early sidekicks.

    (As hogenmogen pointed out, “Otto” spelled backwards is still “Otto”…)

  2. Felix Margay
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:25 am [Reply]

    AS-M: I like how Peter presents his theory of the (pre)crime in, immediately undermines it in the same panel, but in the second panel continues operating as if it were true. The World’s Greatest Detective (or anything else) he ain’t.

    FC: Ah, good ol’ ‘shit on a shingle.’ Question: It isn’t Munchhausen’s-By-Proxy if the parent actually wants to kill the child, is it?

  3. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    woozles.

    Charlie Brown pain scale.

    snake!

    truth hurts.

    Spike cosplay, done epic. (no, not Pony Spike, Cowboy Beebob Spike.)

    speaking of ponies. . .

    Halloween stuff, creepy and awesome.

    ikkle cephalopod.

    LoCorgi. epic costume!

    ye godz. corgi costumes everywhere on OCD. too many good ones to link, go look for yourselves. (the Alice/White Rabbit pair are wonderful!)

  4. Honey Badger, Does not give a shit
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    MW: It seems to me you tried to save another woman from drowning. How did that work out for you?

  5. Alter Ego
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:37 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#Y302):

    Love Is. . . getting backstage.

    Well played! Too good to languish on yesterthread.

  6. Cloudbuster
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:40 am [Reply]

    MW: “…and then I will put you in the special place I’ve prepared for you in my basement, where I will keep you safe forever!”

  7. Justin
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:41 am [Reply]

    “I’m old, you see, and my wings only get 10 miles to the gallon. Maybe I should stop drinking gasoline.”

  8. McManx
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    Spiderman — I think the blob is Peter’s suitcase that he has webbed to the side of a wall. Nah. It still makes no sense.

    Marmaduke — Christ. Marm ate the clowns from the head down to their toes.

    Family Circus — “Oh silly Jeffy!There is not second piece of bread. SOS stands for ‘shit on a shingle,’ not “shit of a sandwich.’”

  9. ScienceGiant
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    See how Spider-Man just webbed his luggage to the side of a wall in very public view, and then to further draws attention to it neatly suspended his teal colored jacket from it on a HANGER?!

    That, folks, is why Kraven has never had a conversation like the one Parker is having right now. “But that makes no SENSE! You can’t keep an identity SECRET if you did that! He must have an ANGLE!”

    No. No, he does not.

  10. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    RMMD – The author just seems to have a fetishistic need to constantly remind us that the characters in his strips are getting things for free. This is the second consecutive strip that has ended with June’s reaction shot on hearing the news that her lunch will be comped. The free stuff is never a plot point, never essential to anything that is going on, just something that has to be hammered home at every opportunity, in every story line.

    Luann – “It was you TJ!! OK! I learned it from watching you!!”

    FW – Is there any point to this whole trip down misery lane? Other than reminding us of Batiuk’s philosophy that life itself is just a trip down misery lane? It is just such a cheap copout. OK, life sucks – so now what? It makes me think of this quote from Joe Jackson (the songwriter, not the other one)

    “I’ve always thought that cynicism is a disease of the young, contrary to what other people seem to think. I think when you’re young, it seems clever to be cynical, but once you get to about 40 or something, you start to realize that actually, things are even worse than you ever expected, so if you’re going to make it through this life, you actually have to be more positive. I don’t mean sappy, I just mean positive. Just not give up. Cynicism is giving up. Cynicism is close to pessimism; it doesn’t get you anywhere.”

  11. bad wolf
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:51 am [Reply]

    Pluggers—aren’t the characters Andy Bear and Sheila Roo? She’s such a modern, hard-charging career woman, she kept her maiden name.

  12. benro
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:52 am [Reply]

    I always like when you include links to old posts, such as today’s link that shows the back story of Ms. Plugger, not for the Plugger info, but to see the other things that were happening on that day. It’s hard to believe that Aldomania was actually six whole years ago.

  13. Liam
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:52 am [Reply]

    Gil Thorp-And so begins the Irish bashing.

    RMMD-I think June wants a rose.

    A3G-”I wasn’t expecting to be seen. I’ve turned into a shut-in over the last few weeks.”

    Spiderman-Maybe Kraven will use the tiara in an attempt to woo some animal he wants to date.

    JP-But to build the farm you are going to have to destroy some of this nature that you love and possible pollute the river.

    MW-You must keep her safe from that mean old ocean who will fall for Dawn’s beauty and want to drag her away and have Dawn live with it forever.

    Crankshaft-”Online dating? But you are at that age where you are supposed to be scared of anything online.”

  14. William Gatevackes
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:53 am [Reply]

    AS-M: And Peter, who can climb walls, leaves the jacket hanging where just anybody can snatch it off the wall. No wonder he’s having so much trouble figuring out the mindset of a thief. He actually expects that his jacket and duffel bag, webbed to a wall in Las Vegas, a city filled with degenerate, down on their luck gamblers and numerous pawn shops that will buy just about anything, will actually be there when he gets back.

  15. Liam
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:56 am [Reply]

    A3G-Poor Lu Ann. Her invisibility shield has failed.

  16. Liam
    October 26th, 2012 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    Shoe-”Now I just want to watch the world burn.”

  17. Josh
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:01 am [Reply]

    @McManx (#8), @ScienceGiant (#9), and @William Gatevackes (#14): Thank you for explaining that this weird, ill-defined blob is Peter’s luggage webbed to the wall. Normally when I completely fail to understand what’s happening in a comic and people explain it in the comments I feel really dumb, but not this time, since continues to make zero sense. Is Jameson being so cheap that he also didn’t get Peter a hotel room?

    Josh

  18. Crankenstank
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:04 am [Reply]

    “Kraven’s thing is animals! Now if I can only find out what his thing is, so I can use it against him? What could it be?”

  19. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:04 am [Reply]

    Phantom: Umm, didn’t Phantom leave Devil alone yesterday, while following the mining camp guys?
    Get Fuzzy: awww, have to admit, Bucky is adorable today.

  20. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:07 am [Reply]

    @Josh (#17): I had no idea, either, Josh, and I came here hoping to be enlightened, which I was: I now am closer to understanding the full extent of Peter Parker’s idiocy.

    (And isn’t MJ supposed to be some big-deal Broadway star now? They can’t even afford a discount room at Circus Circus?)

  21. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:11 am [Reply]

    MT: Kudos, Elrod: Turns out, a kindly old man named Pops, speculating on the hideous tortured death that awaits you, is pretty damned chilling.

    (And I continue to be befuddled by the ethnic make-up of the folks who live in Long-Pants Island; is there a special race of “people trapped in 1950s America”?)

    MW: Have we ever seen Dawn express a desire to walk along the pier before now? And suddenly she’s all, “I want to walk along the pier! Come with me to walk along the pier! It is my greatest desire to walk along the pier! I must have my daily walk along the pier!” If you’re just trying to torment ol’ Grabby McOneArm there, well, good job!

  22. Marc
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:12 am [Reply]

    9CL- Of course, evey man in the universe becomes a blubbering idiot at the mere sight of a Burber.

    A3G- This is building up to the giant orgy between Margo, Evan, Greg, Lu Ann, and Skyler. It’ll be the most boring ever since we’ll have no idea what is going on below the chest level, but at least Tommie won’t be invited. You have to maintain some kind of standards after all.

    Mark Trail- “Fellow, WHAT will happen if my friend the editor Bill Ellis doesn’t return?”
    “You will probably be sold into slavery on the main island. Although I’m not sure where the main island is for I have never seen it. Sometimes I doubt it exists and Otto uses the rouse as a means to maintain control. But alas I dare not speak those thoughts aloud.”

    Mary Worth- Heh heh, she said ‘do it’.

    Funky- Gee Coach Anal is a laugh a minute back there isn’t she. I’ll be she’s a riot at the open mic nights at The Local Comedy Club. She almost enrolled at The Local Clown College too, but couldn’t afford the tuition because the position of ret conned award winning girls basketball coach didn’t pay as well then as it does now.

    Luann- So it’s a great plan when it’s TJ’s, but if Ann does it and in a no less ethical way than him, it’s a terrible, evil plan that she must be burned at the stake for. By the way, nice diet dumbass.

    Family Circus- Awww isn’t that cute, Jeffy threw up on a piece of bread and thinks it’s a sandwhich. Although what could you really expect from a kid who has to wear a shirt with his name on it so he doesn’t forget it.

    Snuffy- Don’t go to any of the houses of people you know Jughaid unless you want to get blasted with a sawed off shotgun before you finish the words ‘trick or treat’.

  23. Honey Badger, Does not give a shit
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#21): I think they’re called Cubans.

  24. bats :[
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:14 am [Reply]

  25. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    Blondie – Blondie’s dressed as a pizza. And Dagwood’s actually thinking about having a piece.

    Doonesbury – Maybe now Jeff will wise up and start taking some of the good advice regularly offered to him by the readers.

    Dennis – Just hit him with the book.

  26. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:15 am [Reply]

    Garfield – Fortunately, criminals are a merry and easily amused lot.

    love is… …two first-class tickets to Little Shagging-Up-The-Bum.

  27. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:16 am [Reply]

    Phantom – See the line of little white flags in the ground? Those mark the ‘invisible fence’ line for the lioness. Just leave Devil outside of those, and she won’t go near him.

    Family – “I feel better now, Mommy. C’n I have another piece of toast?”

  28. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:16 am [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#y268): I did forget Li’l Guy. I’m not sure I ever saw him. Was he before my time, or after it?

    @LP2004 (#y291): Is there some law in the Trailiverse that only guys named Otto can rule small tropical islands? Or is it just traditional for them to change their names to Otto once they’ve taken over?
    It’s an empire. An Otto-man empire.

    @burberry canada (#y283): @sac longchamp hobo noir (#y284): Spam and Spammer.

  29. Pozzo
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:17 am [Reply]

    “When I was your age, I wanted to save the world. Now I’m just trying to figure out if I’d throwing myself off this branch would end my meaningless existence, or if I’d just bob to the surface.”

  30. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:19 am [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#10): The quote would be equally appropriate coming from Shoeless Joe or Michael’s daddy.

  31. Mary Worthless
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    @benro (#12):

    Did anyone else here notice Aldo Kelrast’s resemblance to Captain Kangaroo?

    Eerie.

    Also just noticed his name is an anagram of stalker.

  32. Dono
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    Gil Thorp–

    “What the Irish kid’s number again?”
    “22. Hard to miss.”
    “Right. Unlike 47 or 83, those sly numeric masters of disguise.”

    “What the Irish kid’s number again?”
    “22. Hard to miss.”
    “I wish I could believe you.”
    “Trust me. Milford players wear numbers on the outside of their jerseys just like we do.”

    “What the Irish kid’s number again?”
    “22. Hard to miss.”
    “That’s two numeral twos right next to each other, right?”
    “Yes, Ox.”

  33. bats :[
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    @lynn (#19): re GF: yup…especially stretching his little toes on his hind feet (nice to remember that Bucky occasionally still does cute kitty-like things).

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#21): re MT: I think the main-island thugs just read the title for Nevil Shute’s On the Beach and left it at that. Well, it could’ve been a lot worse.

    And whatever the hell PP is doing in Panel 1 is just ticking me off. Granted, I just mash panels, but there are times that I think I spend a lot more time and effort doing it.
    Dang, looking back at this, did he web his luggage/bag/whatever to a WALL? That sort of makes sense, but no, not really — I KNOW for a fact that the Greyhound bus station in Vegas has LOCKERS! (Okay, not very secure — my dad’s bag once was stolen from the lockers there…this still ticks me off.)

  34. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    @Dono (#32): I think they mean “hard to miss” in the sense that when they spear him in that spot with their helmeted heads, he will become a quadriplegic.

  35. Dawn Weston
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:27 am [Reply]

    @Mary Worthless (#31): Sigh. Dave used to notice Aldo Kelrast’s resemblance to Captain Kangaroo.

  36. Dood
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:28 am [Reply]

    Blondie: Blondie in a pizza outfit. Well, that’s one more Rule 34 category Dean Young can knock off his bucket list.

  37. Oregonian
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:32 am [Reply]

    I’ve read Shoe 3 or 4 times and I’m still not sure: Is this sharp and timely criticism of an older generation that refuses to support even a modest gas tax to address the very real threat of anthropogenic climate change? Or is it just a depressing generalization about how our goals get smaller and we become more petty and self-centered as we get old?

    Okay, okay… I know the answer.

  38. Dono
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:32 am [Reply]

    @lynn (#34):

    Ah, the Goshen bounty hunters! I wondered what Greg Williams was up to these days.

  39. Illustrator Steve
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:33 am [Reply]

    MT – An island leader named OTTO? …Really, Elrod? So, in addition to re-using clip-art pictures over and over, you’re now actually recycling previously used NAMES too?
    And this Elrod guy has recieved how many awards from how many organizations?

  40. The Ghost of Jarrod
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    JP – In the Parkerverse, large amounts of money solve everything.

    Luann – Yes, we know there’s a double-standard here, and Ann is being as portrayed as evil for doing exactly what TJ did. But in Evans’ defense, TJ is a Designated Hero, and Ann is a Designated Villain. I hope that clears things up.

    ASM – If Peter had said this while sitting on the couch, watching television, this would be the Platonic ideal of an Amazing Spider-Man strip.

  41. MrGuy
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    Pluggers – First the definition for Pluggerdom becomes ridiculously broad, and now it’s obscenely narrow, seeing as I’ve gone to some pretty damn hole-in-the-wall diners and never seen a pegboard there. Or maybe the implication is that Pluggers only eat at pubs, so they have a steadier supply of liquor to dull their endless pain.

  42. Digger
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    Shoe: “What I really want is for this branch we’re sitting on to break so we can plummet to our deaths and be spared the crushing pain of high gas prices.”

  43. Esther Blodgett
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    FW: Aaaagh, I hatehateHATE when two couples go somewhere in a car, and the men sit in front while the women sit in back. Drives me crazy. On the other hand, these characters bug the shit out of me regardless of seating arrangement.

    JP: Has Avery considered the possibility that Bubba will hear him out, hack him to bits with the chainsaw, and then carry out the plans himself and keep all the profits? Seems like a Bubba thing to do.

    Blondie: Deep dish or thin and crispy?

  44. Dawn Weston
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    @Dawn Weston (#35): Sigh. Dave used to run ‘Dave used to…’ jokes into the ground.

  45. Liam
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:46 am [Reply]

    Gil Thorp-”22. Hard to miss since he is the only Irish person on the team and he is the only person who doesn’t know how to play football.”

  46. A New Day
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:51 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: I prefer to think of the restaurant as a literal trap, as in, Mrs. Plugger is evaluating options on her menu for smoked bear, fried bear, and bear-ka-bobs. A kangaroo can’t take down a bear that size on her own, so this restaurant and its obliging staff is a nice, low-energy option for her.

  47. Illustrator Steve
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:52 am [Reply]

    MT – “Say, Pop. I really like the way you keep your primitive hut so neat and tidy. I especially like the shade of bright white you choose to paint the sheet rocked walls of your primitive hut. Now all you need is a framed picture of flying geese and an adobe blanket hung on the wall. By the way, how well do you think this place will hold up in the approching hurricane?”

  48. Liam
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    Luann-”Ox, Ann is evil because she is cheating customers which is completely different from the times that I cheat customers.”

  49. Chyron HR
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    Silly Spider-Man, the diamond tiara is just a red herring to distract you from the real crime–Kraven’s opening act is billed as “Yes” despite barely having any original members of the group in it.

  50. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    @Alter Ego (#5): aww, thank you!

  51. Mary Worthless
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    @Dawn Weston (#44):

    They are short handed in the humor department at the Santa Royale bullpen.

  52. debussy fields
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:59 am [Reply]

    MW– Dawn, you selfish bitch. What difference does it make where you go for a fucking walk? Just to ease Jim’s mind, why don’t you settle for a walk down the street, on a regular old sidewalk, on solid ground, away from the water that torments him?

  53. Greg
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am [Reply]

    Spider-Man: In the hope of luring a hunk, Peter Parker has set up his web like a true spider and baited it with a fabulous blazer. Next on: Spider Eye For The Queer Guy!

  54. Hibbleton
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:01 am [Reply]

    ASM: Those jackets are there for schmoes who show up at a jackets-only place in a t-shirt.

  55. Mustang
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:02 am [Reply]

    The first panel in Spiderman comprises Peter’s impromptu dressing room. The bag is webbed to the wall, and on the webbing is a jacket on a hanger. Because it’s funny. Now we laugh.

  56. Liam
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:02 am [Reply]

    MT-”I fear that if your friend doesn’t return the water supply will be poisoned.”

    MT 2-”It’s ironic. We’ve been abandoned by thugs and now we are forced to become thugs to survive.”

    Luann-Later on Ox is going to trap Anne somewhere and violate her with the thirty weenies he had just bought.

  57. Dave Dahl
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:04 am [Reply]

    GT – I believe the correct term is “Ease up, friend.”

    (http://joshreads.com/?p=1153)

  58. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:04 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: No, Bear-Man, I only see one old tool here.

    MT: Pop’s got two-tone teeth and quite the stiff upper lip. “The big island” is England, right?

    Ziggy: Ziggy is a devotee of French automobiles, which sort of figures for a guy who washes down Mary Worth-ish green mush with a nice cabernet.

    FW: Sexual abuse scandal? That’s probably enough to put it on the Westview tourist map.

    Archie: I’m pretty sure that trying on a toupee in the teachers’ parking lot counts you as an exhibitionist.

    JP: Oh, you were doing so well until you said “and I’ll get the cash.”

    RMMD: “Oh, and you probably know this already, but love is a stranger in an open car, to tempt you in and drive you far away.”

    HtH: Maybe if Hagar took all this awesome weaponry on raids he and his men wouldn’t have so many narrow escapes. Just a thought.

    DT: Apparently a lunch date with Measles is not really a life-affirming experience.

    Blondie: The prospect is uncomfortably like the scene in “The Gold Rush” where Charlie Chaplin’s mining buddy hallucinates that Charlie’s a cooked chicken. Blondie had better keep Dagwood well-fed before dressing as food.

    FC: Judging from the stink lines, I’d say that Thel just booted on a piece of dark toast, so if I were you… Heh, nothing, never mind.

    SSmith: Protip to John Rose: A fictional Appalachian village with an all-Caucasion populace provides a rather disturbing context for a young boy going out dressed in a white sheet.

    M-Dawg: Good news for people who hate clowns, bad news for the friends and families of clowns.

    Marvin: You must have loaned the phone to Jenny. The little lady has some weird fetishes.

    A3G: “… and a peeping Tom.”

  59. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    @Dave Dahl (#57): Or of course, “Ease up, Hobart!”

  60. debussy fields
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    MT– In panel one, it looks like Mark might actually be putting down his fishing pole and tackle box, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to really know for sure. As Cherry knows only too well, when Mark is under stress he treats his fishing pole and tackle box the way a child does a security blanket. And what could cause more stress than being abducted by a smiling pretty boy named Otto?

  61. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:11 am [Reply]

    the vintage A&J strip on Mr. Johnson’s blog hits way too close to home.

  62. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    @Dave Dahl (#57): If you scroll down to RMMD on that 2007 post, note how June looks amazingly like the dark-haired guy in GT panel one, today’s post.

    Hey, why doesn’t Josh write as much now as he did then?

  63. Mibbitmaker
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    Late again oversnarpologies…

    GT: iBoring.

    Pluggers: To a plugger, even those diners Zippy the Pinhead frequents are way too “upscale”.

    S-M: The Mr. Rogers of superheroes.

  64. Horace Broon
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    A3G: “I wasn’t expecting to be seen!” exclaims LuAnn. Margo quickly distracts her with the news that Greg’s moving in before she asks why the invisibility serum she got in return for taking all Margo’s chores isn’t working.

    FW: Ah, whimsy.

    MW: Aww, isn’t that sweet? (AAARGH!)

    Phantom: “Because everyone knows, once a lioness tastes wolf, there’s no going back!”

    S4th: Prince Ted of Eternia’s ridiculous wig for the win!

  65. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    @debussy fields (#60): “it looks like Mark might actually be putting down his fishing pole and tackle box” – is that what the kids are calling it these days?

  66. pastordan, lazy professor
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    Andy Capp…hits a little too close to home today.[*]

    Apt. 3-G: My, doesn’t Greg stand ere – ah, straight up when Lu Ann appears?

    Judge Parker: The math checks out. 65 acres of solar power could produce somewhere between 350-500 megawatts of power a day, enough to keep a lot of grow lights going in an abandoned salt mine. If you know what I mean.

    Mark Trail: Why do I think Mark’s rescue will involve Papa Hemingway and/or an enormous marlin?

    Mary Worth: Why do I think we’re going to discover Jim’s problems all began with an overbearing mother and a pathological fear of seals?

    Rex Morgan, M.D.: Look at the eyes today! “Can I have…you on the house, tee hee?” As previously stated, I’m all for June discovering her inner lesbian, not because I’m a pervert,[*] but simply because it’d be way more interesting than whatever the hell it is that beefwit Rex gets up to during the day.

  67. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:22 am [Reply]

    @Dono (#32): “What’s the Irish kid’s number again?
    “No number. Just a star, a moon, a heart, and a clover.”
    “I guess that’s why the goddamn Gumbos are always beaming at him.”

    @MrGuy (#41): It’s a specific reference to some place I haven’t been to in years, and I’m trying hard to remember what it was. Something on the order of Denny’s, but I think I’ve only eaten there a couple of times, ever. The playing board was triangle shaped, and the pegs were golf tees.

  68. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    @Marc (#22): re: 9CL

    Who was it the other day who dreaded the mixture of tee-hee sexual hijinks with sophomoric political commentary?

    Burber Thrall #2 here has been with Juliette for at least 23 years. And yet he still is prone to fainting at the mere sight of her in lingerie. This isn’t a mere matter of it being the Burber ‘type’ – all straight males in the 9CL universe behave this way, making me suspect that it is the author who suffers from this condition.

    I wonder how a Burber would react to a man who wasn’t reduced to a quivering mound of near-comatose protoplasm at the prospect of intercourse? Is that the reason Edda continues to chase Seth? “That thing you are doing, where you actively thrust into me – what is that? Shouldn’t you just be lying there and focusing on your breathing while I use you as an apparatus?”

  69. Steve
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:29 am [Reply]

    S-M: Since Clown-9 was defeated by a mere joy buzzer, I assume Kraven the Hunter will be defeated by a mere hunting rifle.

  70. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:30 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#67): Something on the order of Denny’s, but I think I’ve only eaten there a couple of times, ever. The playing board was triangle shaped, and the pegs were golf tees.

    Cracker Barrel. Welcome to the American South! Be sure to fill up at Sheetz before you leave!

  71. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    Full-body fur coloring and bleaching is offered by Great Clips in Pluggers’ World. Prepare to have your mind expanded.

  72. Old School Allie Cat
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#58):

    I love this forum, because people here have actually seen The Gold Rush and remember the Chaplin as Chicken scene. I should point out, though – Big Jim thought he was a live chicken, not cooked.

    But AFKABen, I’m willing to overlook it – we can still be Cyber BFFs.

  73. Santa Royale With Cheese
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    JP: A fool-proof plan, except for the part where the cartels come around wondering where their pot source went. Oh, and the sun shining on the valley for 4 hours a day because of the mountain cover. If Avery was really on the stick, he’d get Bubba to switch to one (or more) of those crops that the US government pays formers NOT to grow. Smarter, not harder, people!

  74. Santa Royale With Cheese
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    Who italicked?

  75. Santa Royale With Cheese
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:35 am [Reply]

    Fixed now?

  76. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:37 am [Reply]

    Blink.

    Blink.

    Blink.

    Yeah, just be glad I can’t really do it.

  77. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    @Horace Broon (#64):

    Margo quickly distracts her with the news that Greg’s moving in before she asks why the invisibility serum she got in return for taking all Margo’s chores isn’t working.

    Invisibility serum? I just figured that Lu Ann thought no one could see her as long as she shut her eyes tight.

  78. TheRealAaron
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:39 am [Reply]

    GT: Forget the weird tinge of anti-Irish racism in this plot… What I want to know is when did Gil Thorp start appearing in color???

  79. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    @Old School Allie Cat (#72): Thank you for clearing that up. It’s been a while since I saw it.

    Cyber BFFs seem to do a lot of leaning, don’t we?

  80. Ned Ryerson
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    @pastordan, lazy professor (#66): Judge Parker: The math checks out. 65 acres of solar power could produce somewhere between 350-500 megawatts of power a day, enough to keep a lot of grow lights going in an abandoned salt mine. If you know what I mean.

    That’s genius! You syphon off the power you need before selling to the regional utility concern. The DEA won’t detect your spike in usage when they go snooping into patterns of energy consumption. Do you think you’d need to “cook the books” on your energy production output to hide the power you subvert for the grow facility, or would such an production operation even be subject to any regulatory oversight that would look for irregularity in actual output vs. expected yield? You have the makings of a criminal mastermind!

    Okay, I didn’t do that italics thing, I hope, even though it made me mental repeated trying to fix the “error” in preview.

  81. Boophilus
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#68): Elliot, the professor Burber’s man toy, is not Edda’s father. He left long ago. So it’s been less than 23 years.

    Why do I even care? Sorry. This information is in my brain.

    Heeeeelp meeeeeee . . .

  82. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    o/
    Spins a web
    Any size
    Leaves his clothes
    In front of your eyes
    Don’t steal!
    They are the Spider-Man’s.
    /o

  83. scherzophrnic
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    anyone else getting a mr. rogers vibe from spiderman? because jonah jameson would make a GREAT shrieking stand-in for lady fairchild…

  84. This Guy
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    FW: In Westview, you can really answer any “why” question with “because death horror despair.”

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#67): It’s a reference to Cracker Barrel. They have pegboard games on the tables and old tools on the walls.

  85. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#67): Are you being ironic? Should I be ashamed of the fact that I immediately knew it was Cracker Barrel?

  86. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#70): What did you do to land us all in italic-land? (Seems to have healed itself)

  87. tb4000
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    Pluggers even find Cracker Barrel with its diverse wait staff too much unlike the “good ‘ol days.”

  88. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    @lynn (#85): Cracker Barrel, food that will kill you, not only in the South: we got ‘em here in NJ. Too hot for Hoboken, though.

  89. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    Sorry, everyone, I failed to close my italic tag. As penance, I will read “Gasoline Alley” every day until the apocalypse.

  90. Uncle Lumpy
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    Ah, the malformed italics close tag. Never gets old.

  91. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    Luann — What is this “$wing” sound (I guess) that the cash register is making? Is it some kind of commentary on Ox/Ann sales relationship?

  92. Chip
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    Peter Parker is just sleep-deprived from his three day bus ride. Jameson obviously didn’t spring for a hotel room for him, so he’s forced to web his clothes to a wall. It might have been a better idea to do it up higher, so the next hobo that comes along won’t get a new wardrobe.

  93. Austria
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    Oh, this is funny. Italics Day at the Comics Curmudgeon!

    Arch: Protip, Mr. Weatherbee. Putting a pinecone on your head does not make you look younger.

    FW: Oh. Oh. Ew. Please, Batuik, no flashbacks this time.

    Jump: Buddy, I’ll have you know, my handwriting was terrible BEFORE everyone typed their papers and before texting was even a thi–…..oh.

    MT: That face. Yup, Pops is awesome.

  94. Chip
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:02 am [Reply]

    That Plugger Bear has just seen the PRICES on the menu at this non-chain restaurant! He’s subtly whining about the atmosphere so his wife won’t think he’s a cheap bastard!

  95. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:08 am [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#89): OMG, not Gasoline Alley every day – even Hitler doesn’t deserve that. Or his dog Marmaduke, either.

  96. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#70): Okay, Cracker Barrel, I guess, but there was someplace else. Some place as pedestrian and low-rent as Dairy Queen or like IHOP used to be. Not Perkins. Some place I went with my parents in the 70s.

    Gaaaah.

  97. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    @Chip (#92): Oh, Chip, no hobo would wear that teal jacket.

  98. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    @lynn (#97): Hobos have some pride, you know.

  99. pastordan, lazy professor
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    @Ned Ryerson (#80): Are California’s energy markets still de-regulated? If so, you could simply create a phantom power transmission out-of-state to cover the siphonage

    Walp, the DEA’s knocking on my door. Talk to you later…

  100. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    @pastordan, lazy professor (#66):

    Why do I think we’re going to discover Jim’s problems all began with an overbearing mother and a pathological fear of seals?

    If only. I think that if you combined Mary Worth with Helen Clark, you’d get Lucille Bluth.

  101. Uncle Lumpy
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:22 am [Reply]

    @Esther Blodgett (#43):

    Aaaagh, I hatehateHATE when two couples go somewhere in a car, and the men sit in front while the women sit in back.

    It’s supposed to be a class marker:

    Lower: men in front, women in back
    Middle: married couples together
    Upper: sit with with opposite-gender member of the other couple

  102. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#Y273): CRANKSHAFT — Wow. So suddenly Jeff’s mom is using the computer well enough to navigate an online dating service, even though she can barely use a TV remote.

    Personally, I find it MUCH harder to operate a tv remote than to use a computer. All computer systems, Linux, Windows, Mac, work pretty much the same anymore as far as the user is concerned, and the Internet is the same for everybody.

    TV remotes, OTOH, are all different. If they control other devices, such as DVRs, DVDs, VHS, stereo systems etc., and switching between cable/satellite/broadcast etc., they can become extremely complicated. Each manufacturer’s remote device for a particular unit is significantly different from other manufacturers, and different from other models by the same manufacturer.

    // At least all the manufacturers have agreed on one standard anyway. All the tiny little buttons on remote devices, and on front panels of the tvs, stereos, dvd players, etc. will be labeled with tiny icons or lettering in a faint gray on a black background. This is perfect for dimly lighted rooms or for older users who enjoy a challenge.

  103. Mibbitmaker
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:32 am [Reply]

    (reading the comments, this first one is now somewhat moot, but I’ll type it in anyway)

    9CL: Thorax is a smokescreen — the real theme today is the usual men-turn-to-putty-at-the-mere-sight-of-the-rarified-glory-and-superiority-that-are-Burber Women. Really, Brooke, get help. Even Madonna, if reading this 9CL, would be saying, “Enough with the sexy-strong goddess fetish already!”

    ReFOOB: “Ha ha! Rod got hurt — I mean….”

    FW: Westview, ladies and gentlemen!

    MT: Otto?! How many friggin’ Ottos are there in Elrod’s world? Even by the 1950s, nobody was named Otto anymore!

  104. hogenmogen
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:37 am [Reply]

    Kraven has a plan to destroy cities of the world and convert them all back to the tropical jungle – including those that started out as parched desert. He begins with growing grass in what used to be a busy street mere moments before. Soon, the buildings will become kudzu covered boulders. The law of the jungle will apply, with Kraven as its king! Except the forest will wilt and die in like, two days from the arid climate. Maybe Krav shoulda tried Mexico City first and saw how well that went.

  105. Hibbleton
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:39 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#96):
    We used to find those things in a bunch of places driving south years ago. Maybe the Cracker Barrel is known for them nowadays but they certainly aren’t unique to that chain.

  106. hogenmogen
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:42 am [Reply]

    Gil: Who dresses in black? Milford’s arch-rival football team of pure evil from the land of Goshen. And they have the secret for defeating Milford, once and for all! Everybody jump on the kicker! Oh noes!

  107. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:49 am [Reply]

    @hogenmogen (#Y294): The other Otto spelled his name backwards.

    Palindrome for the win!

  108. hogenmogen
    October 26th, 2012 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    I thought JJJ’s humiliation of making Parker take a bus to Vegas was the end of it. No, he’s also making Parker hang his clothes and bags on a random street corner, the one near the entry to his enemy Kraven’s palace. Yeah, better take a sponge bath with a few Hani-Wipes. Once the crowds line up to go inside Kraven’s show, you’ll get no privacy at all.

  109. Doctor Handsome
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    “What’s the kicker’s number again? I have trouble telling which one’s the kicker.”

  110. Alex
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    “Luann” is turning into the worst “Of Mice and Men” adaptation I’ve ever seen. On the other hand, if we get to see Ox ask to be told again about the weenies just before TJ tenderly shoots him in the head, I’ll let it go.

  111. Doctor Handsome
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:08 pm [Reply]

    So how bad is Andy Bear going to freak out when he goes to the restroom and the urinal flushes itself?

  112. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:08 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers: I remember the first time I ate at a Cracker Barrel. I was on the road, and stopped in because I was curious about the place. I had a yen for ham and eggs, and without looking at the menu too closely, saw that they had a combo called “Cousin Buster’s Favorite” or something, which had those two items. In a short while, the waitress returned and started filling up my table: There was a large slice of ham, and the eggs, and biscuits, and sausage gravy, and toast, and a couple of pancakes, and stewed apples, butter, butter, butter, and… and… lots of other breakfasty stuff. About 12,000 calories, I estimated. (But it was only 7 or 8 dollars, very reasonable.)

    Because my depression era parents raised me to always clean my plate, I did so. As I was finishing a button popped off the lower part of my shirt, flying across the room, almost injuring an nearby diner. By the time I waddled out of the place, I truly felt like a Plugger.

    // Restaurant review: Good value for the price, tasty, but wear loose clothing.

  113. Dale
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    @Ned Ryerson (#80):

    I don’t see a problem. The utility pays (is supposed to pay) for the energy you feed into its system. It will want to do its own metering. The energy fed into the system depends on how much is produced (is the sun shining?) and how much you are using at any instant.

  114. Doctor Handsome
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    Saving five cents a gallon is an oddly specific revised goal. He never knew exactly what he’d save the world from, but he damn sure knows his ideal gas price to the penny.

  115. Baka Gaijin
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:22 pm [Reply]

    Plugger-bear is cringing because the last time he was in a place this swanky, Ours Cerveau en Croûte was the night’s special and everyone was eyeing him hungrily.

    // baked bear brain wrapped in puff pastry

  116. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#28): It’s an empire. An Otto-man empire.

    I genuflect before your refulgence, O Muffaroo!

  117. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:27 pm [Reply]

    hrmm. HuffPo has a link entitled “Clown Convention Secrets Revealed.”

    wonder if Baka Gaijin noticed that or not.

  118. Marc
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:32 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan, lazy professor (#66):
    - “Watch out for that loose seal”
    - “I don’t care about Lucille!”

  119. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#112): “As I was finishing a button popped off the lower part of my shirt, flying across the room, almost injuring an nearby diner. ” – THAT WAS YOU???!!! Oh! I still have the button (embedded in my forehead).

    You are just as handsome as we all imagine you to be.

  120. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:34 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#117): I am so tired of all the election stuff.

  121. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#120): *bwa-hahahahahah*

    well played.

  122. Calico
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    YT #296 – I always kind of admired Lotta’s hair-trigger temper, too-based on some deep moral foundation she got from who knows where, but her wrath against the shits of the world often resulted in collateral damage.

    I’ll have to dig thru my old comix this weekend.

    I did like how Dot was so obsessed with dots, she painted them or stuck them everywhere. Some sort of OCD, I guess.

  123. commodorejohn
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    Shoe, Tom Batiuk called. He wants his pretentious, affectedly world-weary über-stereotypical Boomer quasi-philosophizing back.

  124. Calico
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:39 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#120):
    Oh Lordy, me too.
    I know who I like, I posted my absentee ballot, they received it, all systems go. Done.

  125. commodorejohn
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#123): P.S. He means it – don’t make him send out the killer-shark issues!

  126. Baka Gaijin
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:42 pm [Reply]

  127. Snarkotix Addict
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:43 pm [Reply]

    MW – I have a really bad feeling about this – at the pier, Jim will have a flashback. He’ll push Dawn into the water, then jump in to try to save her, thinking she is Merry. Of course, he’ll wind up just swimming in circles, and Dawn will have to drag him to shore.

  128. greghousesgf
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    @Esther Blodgett (#43): I know what you mean, sister. That arrangement is to sexism what Black people having to sit in the back of the bus is to racism.

  129. Dood
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    Shoe: Apparently, gas prices really chap his cloaca.

  130. Calico
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#25):
    Dag, go for the middle! It’s the best part. Yum.

    RM – since when did Annie Lennox need a waitstaff job?
    JP – drunk before noon! Well played, guys.
    MT – Dude’s face is melting.
    FW – well, that’s just creepy. And wrong. Where this man gets his ideas I’ll never know (and probably don’t want to).

  131. Dood
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers: “And there’s no all-you-can-eat buffet to fill your pouch with.”

  132. Snarkotix Addict
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    A3G – “Oh my gosh, Greg! I wasn’t expecting to be seen! Let me dash back inside and have someone draw on my makeup!”

  133. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    GA: Ok, I called this one a week ago, and I’m pretty sure I was the first. Sorry, Poteet. Ok, don’t everybody rush to congratulate me all at once.

    // Sheesh. What a non-achievement! Ok, Poteet, you take the glory!

    // I wonder if Slim will get his jacket back?

    Mutt & J. Ok, 1953. Another one dated!

    Pluggers: So If they wanted to “plug” Cracker Barrel, why didn’t they just say so? Oh. Subtlety. Right.

    TASM: I used to have a teal Members Only jacket, just like that.

    Family Circus: Please, please put a cover on that horrible steaming mess!

    Luann: So much for Ox’s diet. Too bad they don’t have a Cracker Barrel there. Ox would like Cracker Barrel.

  134. Mr. Mxyzptlk
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:56 pm [Reply]

    Spider-Man- The Leiber brothers are in a sibling rivalry: Stan says he can write dialogue more ridiculous than Larry’s illustrations. Today looks like a draw.

  135. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:56 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#119): I don’t mean to impose, but could I have the button back? I’ve lost a little weight, and I really like that shirt.

  136. Red Greenback
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    The Amassing Driver-Man: In some nutty way, Sam will win!

  137. Bootsy
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#107): sez:

    The other Otto spelled his name backwards.

    But inside out it’s spelled Toot.

  138. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    it’s hard not to smile when there’s a gamboling Lab pup going past the house.

    got her leash in her mouth, just all bouncing around being a happy pup.

  139. Marthas Rolling Pin
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#112): Was there a chicken around to catch and swallow your button?

  140. Anonymous
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    The way Sheila Roo is giving Andy Bear the evil eye, I’d say Andy’s “old tool” is about to be hanging on the wall.

  141. Perky Bird
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    Oops, 140 was me. Stupid italics monster must have eaten my cookies.

  142. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:09 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#135): If you’ll just give me your address and discontinue the restraining order, I’ll be right over, good sir.

  143. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#135): Has anyone ever told you that you look like Dagwood Bumstead? Especially with that one big button on your shirt. Or that used to be on your shirt.

    *he is sooooo cute!*

  144. Hank
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:13 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. Mxyzptlk (#134): Stan hasn’t written this strip in years. I think they just assign it to whichever intern at Marvel is least talented at fetching coffee that semester.

  145. Mr. Mxyzptlk
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    @Hank (#144): Hank, are you trying to tell me Stan Lee is taking credit for something he didn’t do? Come on!!

  146. Chaze
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    @Doctor Handsome (#114):

    Saving a nickel on gas when you pay with cash has become the norm in most places since the Durbin Amendment passed. Credit card fees are around 2.5% of retail, so the math is easy. At $4.00 a gallon, about a dime per gallon is going to MasterCard/Visa.

  147. Chaze
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    MW – Dawn, this psychopath just showed you a picture of his dead sister who is a dead ringer for you. He just about ripped your arm out of its socket when you suggested a walk along the pier. And now, because he can balance his tray on one hand, you act all giddy and lovesick as you leave the table. Mr Resculini ain’t gonna be there this time to help you when Jim snaps.

    RMMD – June is looking at Rose in a deep, suggestive way that is making my stomach do flippity flops. She might be second guessing her decision NOT to wear the thong.

    ASM – Peter, I’m tired of you and every other Spider-Man wannabe looking for a gig with Cirque de Soleil webbing your damned luggage to buildings all over town as soon as you get off the bus. It’s becoming a damned eyesore.

  148. Poteet
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    @annieLurk (#Y287): Thank you! I truly appreciate your kind words.

  149. Chaze
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. Mxyzptlk (#145):

    Did you hear Kevin Smith butcher the pronunciation of your name on AMC’s Comic Men?

    Kevin, it’s Mix-yez-pittle-ick!

  150. Poteet
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#102): Good point. I probably avoid trouble only because I stick to on, off, volume, and channel. I don’t know what all those other buttons do and am afraid to push them. Sad but true.

  151. Poteet
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#133): No no no, if you called it a week ago, the glory is definitely yours. I’m taking off the tasteful rhinestone-encrusted GA crown now and placing it upon your worthy brow. There. You look great!

  152. Old School Allie Cat
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#112):

    Cracker Barrel is one of my guiltiest guilty pleasures. And in order to get the three breakfast items I want without resorting to ala carte-ing them for $14, I end up getting what I lovingly refer to as “The Big Nasty”, which is essentially every item on their breakfast menu for $6.

    I try to avoid chain restaurants, but since they’re headquartered out of Lebanon, TN (that’s pronounced LEB’ nun) about 20 miles out of Nashville – I tell myself – well, at least it’s a local chain.

    Also, apropos of nothing, I’d like to have the job of going out and buying the crap that they hang on their walls. If not that job, I’d like to work for OPI, naming their nail polish colors. If anyone can hook a sister up with either of those gigs… let me know.

  153. Poteet
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    @TheRealAaron (#78): Yeah, that’s the first thing I wondered too. And then I started looking at Goshen High School and wondering about the tower. Is that where the scary chem-lab experiments happen?

    Also, Josh, I can’t speak for anyone else, but you need never apologize to me for not always keeping me completely informed about the doings at Milford. Honest.

  154. Poteet
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:02 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#3): What a great cephalopod. Possibly a princess!

  155. kanomi
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:02 pm [Reply]

    What in the name of Marmaduke is a “pegboard game”? Darts I presume? Bar games? What are they talking about? Why do people on this blog know what they are talking about? Is this like a thing now? A bizarre Midwestern thing?

  156. Uncle Lumpy
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    @kanomi (#155):

    What in the name of Marmaduke is a “pegboard game”?

    Cribbage and its degenerate kin.

  157. rich
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:11 pm [Reply]

    A Plugger’s 4G Network:

    “Gee, I love CBS! NCIS – gee, what a show! Gee whiz, and Blue Bloods! …Golly gee!!”

    (Feel free to send this one in.)

  158. bats :[
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:12 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#112): Cracker Barrel is a guilty pleasure for us, usually when we’ve been traveling and there’s a dearth of indie restaurants. Fortunately, none are close, and if you stop at the one north of Tucson, you’re well on your way to Phoenix (something that we go to great lengths to avoid).
    OTOH, they will let you order a kid’s meal (essentially two sides and a drink), if you’re not too hungry (tip: two mac ‘n’ cheeses and chocolate milk for the win!).

  159. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:12 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#142): Do you suppose we could pry the button out of your forehead using a pocket knife, or maybe a small screwdriver? Since it’s been there so long I’d hate to have your brains sploosh out over everything. That would be a mess, and we’d have to call EMT. As we know, they play by their rules, not ours.

  160. bats :[
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:14 pm [Reply]

    @Bootsy (#137): Libby’s canned fruits and vegetables used to have a spokes-cartoon called Libby the Kid. He was dressed as a cowboy and his byline was “That’s Billy the Kid spelled sideways, sort of.” Heh.

  161. bats :[
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    @Old School Allie Cat (#152): TGIF’s used to do the crap on the wall, too, as did a couples of semi-chain here, Carlos Murphy’s and the Lunt Avenue Marble Club. I find myself still wishing for (and occasionally browsing eBay for) a DeKalb winged ear of corn. Just because…

  162. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#156): Degenerate? Sure, but actually no. Cribbage is essentially a card game; the pegboard is a way of keeping score. The Cracker Barrel game is more like chinese checkers. The wikipedia article on Cracker Barrel says the pegboards have been a feature of the place since store #1, and are all hand crafted by the same hillbilly family.

  163. bats :[
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#159): hah! You WISH they played by their rules — you toss a vacationing doctor into their midst, and it’s clams all the way down.

  164. Dale
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:24 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#150):

    Given that the typical remote control manual is a picture that resembles the thing, I try not to touch anything, too.
    But surely you know about MUTE. LAST is also good.
    I’d give up ON and OFF before either of those two.

  165. Red Greenback
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#162): Chinese checkers was my first thought, as well. Pluggers call the game “Freedom Checkers”.

  166. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#159): Since my prefrontal lobotomy, not a problem! A buttonhook or crochet needle will do. Are you still wearing high-button shoes, a la Calvin Coolidge?

  167. Señor Tortilla
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    From the Typical Mary Worth storyline perspective, it’s looking like “Man with Missing Arm But Big Heart”, but from the snarkers perspective “Disabled Person Also Is Creepy Kidnapper”.

    Cloudbuster (#6) had a similar idea, but posted earlier in the day.

  168. rumpled tulip
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    FW: Gray skies, run-down houses, senior citizens driving 15 miles per hour…that’s northeastern Ohio, all right. And now I’m homesick…

  169. Shrug, Speaker to Sidemen
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#y51):

    MT – “I am contractually obligated to deny that we are a guerilla band! We tried to form a cartoon band called The Guerrillas, but that apparently infringed too closely on the name of another cartoon band. So we went underground and re-named ourselves the Peoples’ Revolutionary Quartet.”

    We used to have great Battle of the Bands nights going against the Revolutionary People’s Quartet and the People’s Quartet of the Revolution. Then our band broke up when the lead singer decided to go solo as Mr. People’s Revolutionary.

    Damn splitter!

  170. tallyHO
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:40 pm [Reply]

    @Josh (#17):

    You know, and I don’t this is too far out as a theory goes, if Peter Parker doesn’t have a hotel/motel room for the time he is there in LV, he could just find a place a make a hammock, or an actually, king-sized spider web. As stupid as the character and the premise of the strip is, that solution is not so far-fetched.

  171. Shrug, Speaker to Baldrick
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#yy210):

    ” If you had sex with someone, and that person subsequently did a series of watercolor paintings of the event, wouldn’t that be different than if they had made a surreptitious video of it?”

    The former technique was of course most famously used by Black Adder (Elizabethan version) in “Money,” causing the downfall of the The Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells.

    // Well, the sex wasn’t with a “person,” exactly, just with Lord Percy.

  172. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:44 pm [Reply]

    @Old School Allie Cat (#152): …I lovingly refer to as “The Big Nasty which is essentially every item on their breakfast menu for $6.

    That sounds like what I had. And it helps if you dine alone, because all the little dishes and plates will take up a whole table. It’s a great price, if you are training to become a sumo wrestler, or trying out for the part of Jabba the Hutt in your local Little Theatre production of Star Wars.

    // I had to give up sumo. I just don’t look good in a mawashi.

  173. Liam
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:46 pm [Reply]

    Blondie-This might be the only time Dagwood would want to eat his wife if you know what I mean.

    Marmaduke-Marmaduke is going to feel funny the next day.

    Marmaduke 2-It’s funny because he viciously killed and ate a bunch of circus clown probably in front of children too.

  174. tallyHO
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:46 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#28):

    There was Li’l Rascals comics too, right?

    Perhaps in the early 20th, the entertainment industries put the determiner “Wee” on the sidelines in favor of expanding the use of “Li’l”. It wouldn’t surprise me if this all somehow ties into the era of Prohibition.

    Now, I’d say hear me out in explaining how Prohibition factors into that shift…but I have no idea other than there was a lot of drinking during Prohibition and back then cartoonists liked their drink.

    Wheeeee! They still do (some of ‘em.) Can anyone else think of “Slur Words” to coin a phrase? “Li’l” would be one.

  175. Dale
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan, lazy professor (#66):

    Please point to the source of those power numbers.
    I don’t actually have a clue, but that looks high.

    “power a day” doesn’t make sense for the units. Power is an instantaneous thing, energy per unit of time. This is a bit like saying, “My car can go 60 mph per day.”

  176. kanomi
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:50 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#156): Cribbage! Okay, I have played that. Yes, you move a peg around a board…because of something to do with cards. I don’t remember the rules, particularly. It was no Texas Hold ‘Em, let’s say.

    But what is this Pluggers comic asserting? That there are cribbage boards in every restaurant in the Midwest? How is that possible? I have never, in decades of living in the United States and travelling all over it, I have never, been in a restaurant where they give you a frackin’ cribbage board?!?!

  177. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:51 pm [Reply]

    Re Cracker Barrel stories: All these posts remind me of a fine Dave Barry column about how restaurants with crap on the walls and extra “e”‘s in their names should be banned with fire. However, I ran into some problems when I tried to Google for it.

    Just as a note — do not search for anything on Google with the term “crap on the walls”… especially while at work.

  178. Shrug, Speaker to Minor Walpole Works
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. Smith (#y18):

    “Josh, why do you keep referring to Momma’s relationship with her children as “oedipal”? “Oedipal” would imply that they have sexual feelings for her, when it is clearly the other way around. A more appropriate term to describe the sick sexual feelings in the strip would be “Jocastal”, named after Oedipus’s mother Jocasta.”

    Or “Countess of Narbonneial”

  179. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#172): I think you would look adorable in a mawashi *blushes*

  180. Shrug, Speaker to Geezers
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    In MARK TRAIL, Mark’s wrinkled Pop-like companion explains just how hard life has become on their oppressed island: “For instance, I’m only nineteen years old…”

  181. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#166): Are you still wearing high-button shoes, a la Calvin Coolidge?

    Mostly I sit in a tree, naked, while learning to play the flute.

  182. casino LF
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    @Esther Blodgett (#43): The only reason I ever do that is if I am a) good friends with the other woman in the car and want to chat with her or b) the passenger seat man is tall (I am not so much).

    Lame Spider-Man: Thanks, all, for clearing up panel 1. I, too, was

    9CL: If a man really got this fappity over a normal woman in a dress musn’t he absolutely die a) at any beach, ever, b) if he ever attempted to watch TV (an episode of Gossip girl would lay him low, let alone something racy on HBO), c) if he went out into the world in general. Also, Jesus Christ, if my boyfriend got so het up than his brain malfunctioned every time I walked into a room I think I’d find it tedious.

    Luann: Ann for president!

  183. bbofun
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:58 pm [Reply]

    RMMD- “I’ll have the fried clams!” “That’s funny, that’s JUST what the old lady you and your husband helped had!” (Yes, I know you were expecting a sexual joke with the whole “clams” thing. I resisted.)
    Also, nice to see Blaze Rize getting work since she left Dick Tracy.

    Funky- Yes, in Funkytown, nothing is spared the taint of corruption and sadness.

    Cranky- Is this suppose to be funny? She wants to meet someone outside of her family. I can understand why.

    A3G- “Get use to being seen, Luann. He’s already started drilling peepholes.”

    JP- I may see a flaw in Avery’s plan- does Bubba actually OWN the 65 acres? Most pot farms like this (I’ve heard) are on government lands (as in the recent [HAH] Mark Trail story). If Bubba could afford to buy 65 acres of lakefront property, he might not be the sharpest business man if all he could come up with as a business plan was “pot farm!”

    Luann- No to be pedantic (well, okay, to BE pedantic)-A) At the beginning of the week, Ox said he was dieting. B) Ann, YOU still have to pay taxes on the dogs, plus you’re giving 3 away. I’m sure there’s a high mark-up- but you’re still, in effect, losing money on the deal. C) TJ, why are you upset with ox? Ann didn’t fall for your little trap- it doesn’t matter how many dogs Ox buys now, a recording of her doing this doesn’t negate any recordings you have of her cheating customers. D) How the hell did I get to “D”? I need a life.

    Pibgorn- aw, fuck, he got his computer working. I was hoping this would go on long enough it would effect 9CL. too.

  184. Shrug, Speaker to Langland
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    MW: Dawn tries to get away from her newly-loony inamorata by explaining she has to go study for her English lit class. Unfortunately, she supplies too much information by mentioning they are reading PIERS PLOWMAN.

  185. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#166): Since my prefrontal lobotomy, not a problem!

    You’d have thought the surgeons would have taken care of the button then, but I suppose it wasn’t covered by your insurance.

  186. bbofun
    October 26th, 2012 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    It should have been “affect” in that last sentence. It doesn’t mean much to you, but my parents were both magazine editors. I must now ritually disembowel myself.

    See you all tomorrow!

  187. lynn
    October 26th, 2012 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#181): *blushes more*

  188. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 26th, 2012 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#175): “My car can go 60 mph per day.”

    Yeah. I used to have a car like that too.

  189. Liam
    October 26th, 2012 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    Archie-Sorry, Mr. Weatherbee. Even with that ridiculous toupee Betty will still recognize you.

    Gil Thorp-He’s Irish they all have little cocks.

  190. This Guy
    October 26th, 2012 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    @Old School Allie Cat (#152): “At least it’s a local chain…” Hm. I should try that with Waffle House, headquartered in this very county.

  191. Vince M
    October 26th, 2012 at 3:29 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#122): I loved the Simpsons reference when Bart is trying to come up with a comic strip idea:
    Marge: You could rip off Little Dot – I mean, who’s gonna know?
    Bart: I am *not* ripping off Little Dot!
    Marge (to herself): That little girl sure liked dots!

  192. Vince M
    October 26th, 2012 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    @This Guy (#190): Are you near Avondale Estates, GA, home of the first Waffle House, now a museum? Yes, a Waffle House museum.

  193. KreatureFeatures
    October 26th, 2012 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    Kraven the Hunter’s girlfriend: Calypso

    Kraven clearly has Spiderman outclassed from every angle.

    Can we change the name of the strip to Kraven, and follow him around for a while, please?

  194. ReFlex76
    October 26th, 2012 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    Luann – Ann promises Ox a free Wee-Weenie if he orders 10, charges him for all 20 extra Wee-Weenies . . . and not only does no one here call her out on it, they try to parallel her actions with TJ’s (who never straight-up cheated a customer).

    Though TJ’s not earning any good karma points by getting angry at Ox.

  195. casino LF
    October 26th, 2012 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    @KreatureFeatures (#193): EEK BREASTEYES

  196. Marc
    October 26th, 2012 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#174): I thought ‘lil’ was just a thing rappers liked to call themselves.

  197. Marc
    October 26th, 2012 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    @ReFlex76 (#194): I see you’ve made it back to defend your shoddy work again Greg Evans.

  198. Dale
    October 26th, 2012 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    @bbofun (#183):

    LUANN

    Based on the original aborted sale, I figured they have a 7% sales tax.
    Ann has effectively dropped the price from $1.99 to $1.86 and is giving one away for every 10 sold. I can’t believe they’re losing money on the deal.

  199. Dale
    October 26th, 2012 at 4:46 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#188):

    Do you mean your car could hit 60 if it would start?

  200. Shrug, Speaker to Doddering Danes
    October 26th, 2012 at 5:33 pm [Reply]

    @Little Blue Bicycle (#yy8):

    “MT: Look it’s a whal…oh, never mind.”

    Pol: It is backed like a weas. . .no, wait, you’re not catching me with that one again.

  201. Shrug, Speaker to Wheeled Woofers
    October 26th, 2012 at 5:48 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#yyy206):

    “Pluto, Goofy… and then there’s a middle category of four-legged dogs that talk: Scamp!”

    There’s also at least one two-legged and two-wheeled dog who talks — a supporting character in BUCKLES, whose name I forget. As far as I know, we’ve never been told how he lost his back legs, so we can only assume a cruise ship disaster of some sort.

  202. giraffe-o
    October 26th, 2012 at 5:51 pm [Reply]

    Once eatin’ places start getting rid of their pegboard games, the next thing ya know is they have computin’ machines calculatin’ your bill, and all that.

  203. Alison
    October 26th, 2012 at 5:58 pm [Reply]

    “Mary Worth”: Since Jim and Dawn were both in nautical accidents I can only guess he wants to “protect” her from a giant boat or ferry crashing into the pier. Jim is a nutcase. As for Dawn, she seems very happy to be going for a walk with a nutcase, which makes her one, too.

    This whole arc is just another part of the disturbing “If a man tries to control a girl’s every move, that doesn’t mean he’s a creeper, it means he loves her!” trend I’m seeing more and more of in teen fiction/movies. It bothers me a lot. My only comfort in this case is that no teenage girl will be badly influenced by this strip, because none of them are actually reading it.

  204. Der Schnärkïnätör mit Ümläüts!
    October 26th, 2012 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    MT, panel 2 – GAAAHHHH! Doc, er I mean Pop, just morphed like Rusty does!

  205. Der Schnärkïnätör mit Ümläüts!
    October 26th, 2012 at 6:06 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#24):

    Way too funny bats:[

    Ah, Shit on a Shingle! Complete with stink lines and chunks!

  206. Illustrator Steve
    October 26th, 2012 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    MT – “Say, Pop. Do you have a radio in this hut? I would like to listen to my favorite radio shows tonight. Do you get Gangbusters or the Long Ranger down here?”
    “No, son. we don’t have radio shows down here. But I DO have a dish that gives me 400 HD channels for my flat screen!”
    “…Dish? Flat screen? HD? Ha ha ha! Old man, you CAN’T hear anything with a DISH! I don’t know WHAT you mean by this ‘h d’ stuff but as far as your flat screen, well…as far as I know EVERY window screen is FLAT! Now, how’s about you finding us RADIO and an antenna big enough so we can listen to the Long Ranger tonight!”

  207. Illustrator Steve
    October 26th, 2012 at 6:20 pm [Reply]

    MT – “Mark, I should warn you that my strange looking eleven year old adopted grandson, ‘Rusto’, will be joining us for dinner, that is if he gets home in time from hunting for arrow heads with his little yip-yip dog he calls ‘sissy’. He is always pestering me because I promised totake him fishing once but never have”.
    (Mark): “This all feels so strangely familiar….hey, Pop, I have a strange feeling that I will want to leave within minutes after Rusto arrives. Are those the keys for the outboard motor boat on the table over there?”
    (Pop): “Son, I would NEVER leave my motor boat on the table!”.

  208. Harry F
    October 26th, 2012 at 7:54 pm [Reply]

    Peter left all his stuff webbed to a hotel wall in Las Vegas. Maybe he’ll come back and find it stolen by homeless guys. Then there will be a sidebar story where he’ll meet up with those Reality TV Pawn Star guys and have to buy his Spiderman suit back.

    “Hey! This is Vegas. We got three,maybe four Spiderman suits back in the vault.”

  209. The Ridger
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:19 pm [Reply]

    @casino LF (#182): But they only get that way over Burbers. Ordinary women don’t move them at all – only Burberlicious sex goddesses can reduce them to quivering heaps of jelly.

  210. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:09 am [Reply]

    @Esther Blodgett (#43): We’ll do that, but it’s usually only because the men have longer legs. And it’s not like it’s a fixed thing.

  211. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:15 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#102): That’s been my experience, too. I’m “biplatform” (though more on the Mac end) and reasonably computer savvy, but any time I have to deal with the stupid remote it gets ugly.

  212. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:23 am [Reply]

  213. Mr. Mxyzptlk
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#149): Smith is a fool! I know it backwards and forwards. “Kltpzy-”Oh HO! Almost got me!

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