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I’m impressed by the loving detail on the nose-crinkles

B.C., 10/27/12

Ha ha, yes, because pirates were known for their … lack of respect for others’ personal space? Along with the pillaging and murder? Yaarrrr?

I know I should be impressed that these primitive cave-dwelling hominids have mastered writing at all, but I think a big banner that says “HALLOWEEN PARTY” hanging up at a Halloween party is a little on the nose.

Mary Worth, 10/27/12

NO NO NO SECOND PANEL MUCH TOO CLOSE BACK UP BACK UP FOR THE LOVE OF GOD BACK UP

304 responses to “I’m impressed by the loving detail on the nose-crinkles”

  1. lynn
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    Look how lovingly rendered Dawn’s eyebrows are! I am so impressed!

  2. Chyron HR
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    NO NO NO SECOND PANEL MUCH TOO CLOSE BACK UP BACK UP FOR THE LOVE OF GOD BACK UP

    Sorry… it’s the pirate costume.

  3. Tim H.
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    BC: Maybe: The eyepatch of the pirate costume compromises his depth perception, so he has no idea how close to stand?

  4. Jimbo
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    Believe the eye patch has negatively impacted his depth perception. That’s the joke…I guess. I’m using the term in the most generous manner possible.

  5. Rusty
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    Didn’t Wiley always have an eyepatch? I refuse to actually cop to knowing this.

    MW: Guess who’s coming to dinner. Only one person in MW can sling platitudes strong enough to cut through his grief.

  6. Felix Margay
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    RxMD: A sexy, red-haired Billie Jean offered me a clam cornucopia once, but I was like, “Nuh mang, I’m married.”

  7. Zerowolf
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:04 am [Reply]

    This has been a year of events in the land of dead-tree comics. First Barney Google returns to his own strip and over in 3G we actually see people drawn below the midriff. Maybe next week, Dennis will actually be menacing, Spiderman will be Amazing, and Mary will tell someone, “That’s not my problem, you deal with with it.”

  8. BeckoningChasm
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:11 am [Reply]

    Maybe the woman in Mary Worth (can’t be bothered with names) can use her incredible shrinking hand powers to help.

  9. Cleve Barrister
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:13 am [Reply]

    MW-Why exactly is Dawn punching herself in panel 2? (and using her right arm only-out of sympathy for Jim?)

    JP-How exactly does Sam know anything about Avery at all? (I hardly think Avery’s “towering mound of Jello” negotiating stance with Sam caused Sam to recognize how “tough as nails” Avery is) And since when does “Tinsel Town” (ie, see “make believe world”) make anyone “fearless” in the real world?

  10. Little Blue Bicycle
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:17 am [Reply]

    Typical Dawn, walking straight into the camera like that. Cut! Take 34!

  11. Arabella
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    FW: I’m not sure about the point of this interlude, but if it keeps us from seeing the Les-Cayla honeymoon, I’m OK with it. Thanks, Batiuk.

    Blondie: Comic art imitates life. This happened at my house last weekend.

    FC: Your Mom is torturing you, Dolly. Once kids are old enough to dress themselves, most mothers choose clothing that will facilitate that. Not our Thelma!

  12. debussy fields
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    MW– If only the rest of us had the sense of that guy in the background, who is telling the woman to his right, “I’ve had enough of this bullshit. Let’s get the hell out of here.”

  13. pugfuggly
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    BC The only thing worse than being unnecessarily crowded at a three-person party is being one the guy at a three-person party left out.

    MW “Of course! I can help Jim get over his painful past by giving him an even more painful present! With my FISTS! Like they say, this will be easy as boxing a one-armed man…”

  14. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:37 am [Reply]

    Dawn is about to punch the past painfully on the nose. Knockout! Watch out, Laila Ali!

  15. Canton
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:39 am [Reply]

    I saw a woman on the bus yesterday who, I swear, had Dawn hair. It was very strange, and today’s Mary Worth is not helping.

  16. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    Doons: darn reality based lifestyles.

    GF: dakimakura ewwwwwww.

    LaCuc: dig the phloating phone.

    Lio: next panel, a chomping yellow dot. *wakka wakka wakka*

    SBp: *gigglez*

    Zits: stealing a joke from Pluggers.

    Blondie: wants her garage cleaned, iykwim, aittyd.

    JP: Weezy is much slimmer here than in her own strip. and male.

    Lockhorns: Leroy is trippin’ balls.

    OBH: *furious applaz*

    Pluggers: Florida has medical marijuana?

    RMMD: June loves her some clams. . .. (and daaaaang, girl got some jut!)

    RwO: *saves for gardening girlfriend*

    6Cx: d’awwwwwww!

    Retail: ayup. they’re like that.

  17. Binder's Butter Beans
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:48 am [Reply]

    Is Dawn still hoping for some one-armed sexytimes? Even though she knows now that she looks just like Jim’s dead sister? I think she is. Gad, I am so creeped out.

  18. Overwhelmed
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:53 am [Reply]

    “Sorry, it’s the pirate costume” is going to be my excuse for everything, from now on.

  19. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    Scary Gary At last! We internet ordained ministers get some respect in the comic pages!

  20. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:57 am [Reply]

    FWP “It’s like Batiuk has a camera in my house! I had a washer and dryer on the premises of my second apartment too!! This is SOO heartwarming and true to life!!!”

    // Unironic comment from the Comics Kingdom website. I’d be suspicious, but it is surrounded by similar material.

  21. Liam
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    MT-Where are these guys? I thought they were fishing in Key West which is still part of the United States.

    RMMD-Cue the ‘That Girl’ theme.

    A3G-”I have to go and do whatever job it is that I’m doing for this storyline.”

    Spiderman-Jameson’s been there for about three days now.

    Spiderman 2-”That’s it, Fiona. Keep telling me that I’m handsome. That’s what I’m paying you for.”

    Luann-This can only end with TJ sadly shooting Ox after Ox has either killed Ann or Tiffany.

  22. Les of the Jungle Patrol
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:59 am [Reply]

    @Tim H. (#3): Thank you for explaining the depth perception ‘joke’. I thought perhaps BC was very subtly referencing the love that dare not speak it’s name. …Seamen together on ships for months at a time with no company but each other…. I’d really like to stand very close to you, sir. Because of the pirate costume.

    Bonus: in the UK, dirty book stores are called ‘Pirate Shops’ for some reason, thus adding to the raw sexuality of this BC strip. The original artist is rolling in his grave, I’m sure, to go from constant crypto Christianity to crypto homosexuality to quickly after his passing…

  23. tb4000
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:03 am [Reply]

    RMMD: June, I know you are disappointed as fuck that what you ordered is in fact food the redhead is offering.

  24. Tom T.
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:07 am [Reply]

    Luann: Incomprehensible plot aside, it really frosts me that Evans insists on depicting Ox as a simpleton.

  25. Horace Broon
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    A3G: “Crazy, drunken orders aren’t going to get barked at Evan on their own!”

    Pluggers: It’s funny because … I got nothin’.

    S4th: “The honor of Grayskull or whatever“?? I expect Ted to be much more certain when throwing around catchphrases from 80s cartoon shows.

  26. CanuckDownSouth
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:11 am [Reply]

    I’m not sure what’s more frightening, that the MW artist is taking inspiration from WWII “Yes We Can!” propaganda, or that the MW writer thinks that a guy who grabs you menacingly for suggesting a walk by the water can be cured by a girlfriend rather than a huge team o’ psychs. Dawn is doomed to pose pathetically on the way to her doom.

    PBS: Quid pro quo *is* illegal. Not saying the system can’t be corrupted, but they contribute in the hopes of influencing, not for a definite vote. And it looks pretty similar to some national interest group pooling funds from people beyond the representative’s constituency, supporting a candidate and hoping to influence him/her to vote in some way regardless of whether that’s what their constituents want.

  27. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:11 am [Reply]

    Polamalu lolcat.

    I was sick of this meme even before I knew what it was about, but this is still pretty funny. (the version in Klingon also rates.)

    Truth. [*]

    speaking of which. . .

    bb,u wept.

    No Exceptions. (I’m ashamed that I didn’t think of this.)

    epic kewt moe, now 20% cooler.

    lolsnark . . .

  28. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:11 am [Reply]

  29. CanuckDownSouth
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#20): OMG – that’s where the FOOB-zombies migrated to!

  30. Texzilla
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    Not only does the banner say “Halloween Party” but the “ALLOW” part looks like it’s been written at an angle so it goes around the word balloon. Cause not only are we so dumb we couldn’t have guessed it was a Halloween Party without the banner, we still couldn’t have figured it out with some of the letters block. Thank you BC for literally spelling it out for us.

  31. Liam
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:17 am [Reply]

    FW-”For the next stop on our tour we shall be going to the third apartment we lived in. It’s not as impressive as the first and second apartments. It was the site of a murder.”

  32. Liam
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    MW-This can only end with Jim dying in a shoot out with the cops after he has taken Dawn hostage.

  33. Girard
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    I think more amazing than their ability to write is these cavemen’s apparently ability to see future eras when things like pirates, superhero comics, and Bela Lugosi movies.

  34. Mibbitmaker
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    MW: Dawn is faced (romantically!) with a guy she just met whose dead sister looks creepily just like her, and is paranoid about water to a degree of being mildly abusive and chauvinistically “protective” over said water/pier fear — and she wants to stay close to him and “help” him?! Jeez, girl, just turn tail and RUN! Let dedicated professionals handle this serious case! One thing is painfully clear: Dawn’s been hanging around with Mary Worth for way too long!

  35. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:27 am [Reply]

  36. Anonymous
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:36 am [Reply]

    @Les of the Jungle Patrol (#22): Your “loneliness at sea” conjecture makes as much sense as my (and Jimbo’s) depth-perception explanation. It’s clear this strip is one percent writing to fifty percent art (summing to a less than total experience).

  37. Santa Royale With Cheese
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    MW: So this is like Dawn’s Episode I, with the “yippee” and the pod racing, right? We’ll get more of an idea of how she turned to the dark side of the Meddle in Episode II, I guess, huh?

  38. Mysterion
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:50 am [Reply]

    Dawn can do this! She can fit her whole fist in her mouth…I know she can!

  39. Lupin The 3.1415926th
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#26):

    I fully expect Pastis to introduce a cephalopod lobbist named “Squid Pro Quo” at some point now.

  40. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:59 am [Reply]

  41. Lupin The 3.1415926th
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    First, tolerating Jim’s borderline psychotic behavior, and now hitting herself. Poor Dawn’s got issues.

    It almost seems as if Mary has a grudge against the Weston clan. She takes over Wilbur’s column, reducing it to even more mindless drivel than it already was, then tries to “help” Dawn by encouraging her to work at the hospital, where she “by chance” met Crazy-Ass Jim. Stay far away from The Meddler, Westons! *Cue Admiral Ackbar*

  42. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    @Liam (#21): MT-Where are these guys? I thought they were fishing in Key West which is still part of the United States.

    Where did you get Key West out of this? All we know for sure is they picked up the big boat in Miami. Anyway, the Bahamas are my best guess. Not far from Miami, and about 3000 islands to play with. And they speak English.

    // Beyond that, of course, this is Mark Trail, after all. How much sense do you expect?

  43. bbofun
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    BC- as mentioned, it’s a “depth perception” joke. Of course, that would be more obvious if the line was “Sorry- it’s the eyepatch.” But then, BC wouldn’t have gotten mentioned here, and all this valuable free publicity would be lost!

    You know, that would explain a lot. Maybe some comics creators are so desparate for attention they sit around thinking “What will Josh notice?” Are there WWJN wristbands?

    ASM- Peter has the knowledge of relative travel times of different modes of transportation OF A SPIDER!

    A3G- “As Margo sweeps down the stairway” is full of win. I imagine “sweeping” is pretty much how Margo makes all her entrances and exits- she probably has teams of men who carry stairways around for her.

    I also enjoyed this comment on the Comics Kingdom website- “The art looks odd today.’” TODAY?!?!?!

    On the other hand, Greg’s “smooth” pick-up line would only work on a woman whose brain has the intellectual capacity of a pile of straw. In other words, Luann didn’t stand a chance against it.

    DT- Honestly, we don’t even need Dick in this story. “Measles, the self-destructive pusher” is pretty much going to take care of himself.

    JP- not certain if being “in the movie business all his life” would translate to “fearless and tough as nails”, but, okay. Meanwhile, Mrs. Jefferson apparently works for Bubba.

    RMMD- Aaaaaand the plot thickens. Plus- BABY GOT BACK!

    9CL-Just a sec- so “Older Amos” (which is the only name I will allow this guy to have” ran away from the question, found Thorax (whose name I have, reluctantly, burned into my brain), and brought him back. While Edda’s mom (see first parenthesis) just waited. AND- if he had just gone with his instincts, they’d already be doing whatever it is they do when she takes off his glasses (which i refuse to call “making love,” “having sex,” or even “bumping uglies, ‘as it would degrade any of those terms).

    Seems about right.

    Luann- Wait- but Tiffany and Ann are both “designated evil.” How can one be set against the other? This could end the Luann universe as we know it!

    Nah. We couldn’t be so lucky.

  44. Liam
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:11 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#42):

    I thought that I read somewhere where they said Key West.

  45. remmy
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:11 am [Reply]

    S4th: man, awkward moment. Ouch.

  46. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:17 am [Reply]

    @Girard (#33): I think more amazing than their ability to write is these cavemen’s apparently ability to see future eras when things like pirates, superhero comics, and Bela Lugosi movies.

    Someone here once made the rather fulgent suggestion that BC takes place in the post-apocalyptic future. The surviving inhabitants have devolved into living in caves with crude animal skins as their clothing. At least several generations have past since the disaster, but they have dim memories and legends of earlier civilization, where Christianity, and Halloween, and Bela Lugosi movies existed. If the apocalypse involve atomic war, the dinosaurs around may be the result of mutations. My guess however, is that the dinosaurs are escapees from some kind of Jurassic Park who spread out and multiplied after the fall of civilization.

  47. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:19 am [Reply]

    @Liam (#44): I don’t remember that, but I won’t call you a liar. This is what it is.

  48. Cloudbuster
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:22 am [Reply]

    @Overwhelmed (#18): So how long have you been walking around in a pirate costume without using that excuse?

  49. I speak Jive
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:26 am [Reply]

    @bbofun (#43): Re: A3G and making an entrance – In the 1950′s Loretta Young had a tv show wherein she always made a grand entrance, opening the door, twirling so that her skirt swirled as she stepped in. This is how I imagine Margo making an entrance. Except that Margo’s hair style and clothing are old-fashioned even by 1950′s standards.

    OBH – Amen!

  50. Johnny Knuckles
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:37 am [Reply]

    MW: As the second panel foretells, Dawn is in way over her freakishly large head. She will inevitably botch her attempt to “save” Mr. Amputee-Sister-Luster. Long after he finds sweet relief at the bottom of the condo pool, Mary Worth will admonish Dawn to leave human interference to the professionals. In this storyline, it’s the would-be meddler Dawn who will learn the Important Lesson.

  51. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:57 am [Reply]

  52. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    MW — Dawn, you were actually better off with GAME OF THRONES.

  53. Liam
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    MW-Dawn is determined to cure Jim through kite flying.

  54. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    RMMD – June might be oblivious to this, but her breasts have perked up to full attention and are screaming at Rose’s butt (which apparently will exit the panel about two minutes after Rose, herself) “No, no…don’t leave. We love you.”

  55. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:17 pm [Reply]

    LUANN — Of the dozen comics I now follow, this storyline is the most depressing. I can feel the baleful artificial light and smell the stale weenies and see the scattered fries and crumpled napkins on the ugly floor and hear the voices of whiny toddlers in the background. Excuse me, I badly need a little chocolate.

  56. Illustrator Steve
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#21): @Nehemiah Scudder (#42): MT – “Where are these guys?”

    Well, scientifically speaking…since Gamera just washed up on the beach, I’d say they’re most likely somewhere in Japan. Probably the southern part of the Japanese islands in their ner by area where everyone is caucasian and speaks english. (back to the scientific part… check the weather channel, Sandy must have blown them off course from the carribiean to the sea of Japan. That Sandy, WHAT a gal!)

  57. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    Hi & Lois – Chip’s room features a boom box, a Superman comic, and a nifty Hendrix poster. All that’s missing is Michael J. Fox and a DeLorean.

  58. Lupin The 3.1415926th
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:23 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#56):

    Gamera washed up on the beach? Must be Hurricane Sandy Frank.

  59. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    Dawn — I realize that Panel Two shows Dawn in a delusionally-radiant mood, but I still say if her lips are dark pink in the first panel, they shouldn’t be light pink in the second. She’s not a baboon.

  60. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    MW – Somewhere between panels 1&2, Dawn developed cheekbones. If she’s evolving that quickly, commonsense needs to kick in and tell her to run away from that freak she just met.

    A3G – Margo has work to do, namely sexually harassing Evan, thus fulfilling Aunt Cathy’s master plan for a lawsuit. She knows no woman can resist Evan’s Dick Cavett-ness.

  61. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    MT – Is it safe to assume that Otto’s last name is Mann and that he is in the process of forming an empire?

  62. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:31 pm [Reply]

    JP – I think what Sam meant to say was that Avery is furless and chews his nails.

  63. Calico
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:32 pm [Reply]

    @tb4000 (#23):
    What, no Pink Pearl Surprise? ™

  64. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:42 pm [Reply]

    “…anyone would have a hard time finding someone hidden among them.”–talking hut, Mark Trail

    I doubt that, Yakkity Hut. Your legend is known on the mainland because you are the only hut who dares speak of the love that dare not speak its name. So while you believe no one will know Pop is…familiar with you fetching thatching, you’d be dead wrong. And, if you don’t think these here United States won’t have a palpable sense that it is missing its Fists of Justice, well, then, humble, grass and stick-constructed dwelling, you just don’t know how united this place is.

    As for you Pop…it figures you’d be the weasel here. Mark is lucky that Otto ain’t bright enough parlay his natural talents into being a Burt Reynolds impersonator. There’s a market for that but he seems unaware of how to capitalize on it. I won’t blame you for not being encouraging, Pop. I blame this entire dumb plot for even happening. No harm, no foul, old timer.

    The Fists of Justice will be returned to their rightful place, in Lost Forest–where we won’t have to see them again; where they shall remain rightfully seldom seen and only used for trivial emergencies.

  65. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#61): No, he’s in the process of becoming a low upholstered seat.

  66. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#64):

    Now I sorta wish Mark worked in a flag factory.

    Picture this: he is standing in front of a clothesline, right? And, there are a bunch of flags with just stripes on them.

    Mark’s job is to punch each of these striped rectangles of cloth, to punch them so hard they see stars.

    And, that, Billy is how America’s flags are made.

    The end.

  67. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    Ladies and Gentlemen, in Spider-Man we are witnessing how Newspaper Editors work out in the field. Well, how old, fictional ones work, that is.

  68. Baka Gaijin
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#32): I’m praying for an unsuccessful hostage-shield.

    @bbofun (#43) on Apartment 3-G: I’m laughing just imaging that. It’s even more funny if Margo is portrayed by Carol Burnett wearing curtains.

    @Poteet (#55): Take solace that neither Luann nor Brad nor Toni are there. Feel better now?

    @Poteet (#59): Scientists have not proven the theorem in your last sentence.

  69. KreatureFeatures
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    a banner that says “HALLOWEEN PARTY” hanging at a Halloween party is a little on the nose

    True, Josh, but to think up a decoration that would cleverly imply Halloween Party takes time and effort. And you know that the John L. Hart Corporation has to crank one of these comics out each day, and still get in 18 holes of golf before dark.

  70. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:02 pm [Reply]

  71. Red Greenback
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:02 pm [Reply]

    Fake Superman can help Jim.

  72. Inkwell
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:04 pm [Reply]

    That B.C. is one for CIDU. Unless it’s a depth perception joke (and it makes no sense if it is), then I’m stumped.

  73. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#56): Well, scientifically speaking…since Gamera just washed up on the beach, I’d say they’re most likely somewhere in Japan.

    You are mistaken. Japanese waters look much different. You can tell by the frilly tops of the waves.

  74. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:06 pm [Reply]

    BC — C’mon, Hart Corporation, how hard would it have been to put a drink or snack in Clumsy’s hand? Or at least wrap his cloak around him. “HALLOWEEN PARTY,” a chance to be warm enough for once.

  75. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:07 pm [Reply]

    Six Chix

    This strip doesn’t get enough love. And, it probably takes a lot to love six chix.

    So, I’ll be gentle.

    This is the first one I’ve ever seen with more than two panels. Set-up, twist, gag panel.

    But the art. For a brief moment, I thought, maybe they are giving someone a break, allowing them to whet their chops at making comic strips; allowing them to practice the trade and get the mistakes out of the way early; etc, etc, so forth and you know.

    But, man. That art is phoning it in. And, keep in mind as I type this, I’m recalling that the as a device, the phone was invented over 100 years ago. So I ain’t saying what type of phone they phoned it in on.

    Maybe it is:

    “Mertle, I got a great idea that is gonna get me in on my deadline before my gambling editor gets back from Vegas. Newsflash! Two trick-or-treaters hear a howlng, see? They run like the dickens and it turns out it was a puppy dog and a here before unseen li’l girl. Its a thinker, Mertle! But, why don’t ya connect me to the Daily Boogle…yeah, you heard me. That old rag! The Bugle is too hoity toity for my tastes.

    “And step on it, Mertle!”

  76. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    @KreatureFeatures (#69): So, how about a banner that just said, “Happy Halloween”? Too easy, I guess.

  77. KreatureFeatures
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    @Canton (#15): I’ve seen two spot-on Dawn haircuts in the last month. They are unsettling to see in real life. Sorry to any ladies who sport this ‘do, whatever it’s called, but please stop.

  78. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#61): Ooh, I believe Muffaroo beat you to that one yesterday. Refulgent as the joke is, I’m afraid you’ll have to accept being Alfred Russel Wallace to his Charles Darwin.

  79. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:13 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#78): Or would that be Gottfried Leibniz to his Isaac Newton? Or possibly the other way round.

  80. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:15 pm [Reply]

    3GIt’s a good thing we have the caption to tell us Margo is sweeping down the stairway. I can’t even see the broom handle. [*]

    Smirky – At the Seattle PI, there are five pages of comments. Four-fifths of them are slamming the strip. One fifth hotly defends it. (My favorite line was asking if Lisa got “a cyst and decease order.”) The readers have become more interesting than the strip.

  81. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:15 pm [Reply]

    On B.C. Has anyone postulated that perhaps the Pirate Guy is being compelled to try and “hook up” with the guy named Peter? Pirates were a lonely lot. You all have heard about how One Bottle of Rum could result in 16 of them on a dead man’s chest. (whew. that mental image scarred me for years.

    I say “were” because we are still going on the premise that this entire strip occurs in post-apocolyptical times right? So, pirates are a thing of the past…

    That said, Be-speckled dude likes to watch. Somethings never change, even after nuclear annihilation.

    //Seriously though, I thought it was just a joke that a pirate is prone to wanting to “get in someone’s face” and start fighting.

  82. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:16 pm [Reply]

    Hi – Yeah, people are being killed by weather all over, but the real tragedy is that Chip’s room is messy.

    Slylock …BZZK! #4! BZZK! #5! BZZK! #6! BZZK! #7!…

    Zippy – Shades of my 1980s cartoon, “[Dull observation.]” “[Witty topper]!”

    Dennis – “He’s lazy!”

  83. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke‘s lemonade. Don’t worry about paying for it! He’d gladly give it away, just to see the horrified look on your face, and your helpless gagging, after you’ve tasted even the tiniest little bit of it, scarring you for life. “Marmaduke’s Lemonade: It’s Number One!”

    Mary – The real horror comes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, as the camera continues to zoom in on Dawn!

  84. Ohio Undertakers Guild
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    It’s the costume because he’s wearing an eye patch and it’s messing with his depth perception. No I’m mad that you made me actually think about a comic. Damn you all to hell.

  85. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    NancyGet the hell out of there, Sluggo! You’ve somehow wandered into Non Sequitur! [*]

    Spider-Man“…he took a plane, instead of a bus like me…”
    I’m a bus! Honk! Honk! One side, buster, here comes the Titanic, Truculent Greyhound-Man!

  86. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#20): Unironic, my aunt’s cat’s pants. And I think they made the same comment at the Seattle PI as well.

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#46): I’ve entertained the theory myself, but it’s been around so long I don’t even know if I came up with it independently. I think it was around 2000 that I first proposed that the strip actually detailed the present-day doings of the inhabitants of Broward County, Florida, though.

    @Ohio Undertakers Guild (#84): My only quibble with this theory, and I think somebody already said it, is that Wiley wears an eyepatch all the time. Except when he’s drawing Non Sequitur, and then he wears two.

  87. KreatureFeatures
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    I believe Dawn’s haircut is called a “short a-line bob.”
    Thank you Internet, knower of all things.

  88. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    Nancy: Notice the headstone marked “comics for kids”? Is this the beginning of a feud between the Gilchrists and Bob Weber Jr.? (Hoping…)

  89. Red Greenback
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:44 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#88): Perhaps. BTW, do you remember this?

  90. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#86): FWIW, wiki says, “Washington Post columnist and comics critic Gene Weingarten—B.C. suggested[citation needed] that it is set not in the past but in a dystopic, post-apocalyptic future.”

    Of course, there is that pesky “citation needed”.

  91. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#89): Ha! (before I started reading this blog, tho)

  92. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:52 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#88):

    Nah. He might mean that in broader terms than just comic strips. It isn’t like there is a dearth of kid friendly strips. There are not a lot of kid-friendly comic books. There’s some but they are second class in the bigger picture. They don’t have that zaz that comes across as a treatment for a TV show or a movie trilogy.

    On a Nancy-related note, It may all come down to this, don’tcha know. Someday, this kids will grow up and skip formalities.

    Say, during a job interview:

    What are my goals in five years? What? Did you not Google Me? Quit wasting my time. Am I hired or not?”

  93. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#90):

    re: citation needed

    Others have said it for years. But, if it was in the Post, couldn’t the article be found?

    Oh Wikipedia, find a way to automatically fill your holes and the Renaissance will kick into high gear. (after a few, quick modifications to other, bigger problems that stifle things, of course)

  94. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:14 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#92): He might mean that in broader terms than just comic strips.

    Oh, you are prob. right. But can’t a guy foment a fight now and then?

  95. Dale
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    Mark Trail

    I suggested that they might be headed for Key West because they picked up the boat in Miami. It seems much more likely that Bill was tasked with moving the boat south for the winter than being allowed to take it out for a two-man fishing trip at company expense.

  96. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#94):

    Always.

    Forget I wrote anything. Forment away.

  97. Liam
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    MW-Jim can overcome his painful past but can Dawn overcome that cramp in her arm.

    MT-If this was a time when America was well loved kidnapping an American would be very serious now it’s just a slap on the wrist.

    Sally Forth-I want to see Ted collapse into a psychotic rage and kill everyone at the party.

    Sally Forth 2-”What an interesting Prince Valient outfit, Ted.”

  98. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#93): I can find references to Weingarten’s Theory of B.C. as far back as 2004. It was even mentioned by a commenter called “peanut” here at CC in 2005. I can’t find the specific Washington Post article though. Someone with better google-fu skilz than I will have to take on the job.

  99. Arabella
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#1): As one who is “eyebrow challenged” I also noticed Dawn’s perfectly drawn brows. I may print out a copy of the close-up (appropriately re-sized) to make a stencil.

  100. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#95): But there is hardly any need to move a yacht farther south than Miami for the winter, is there? I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, and I used to love to ride my bike down to the Bahia Mar marina to see all the big boats from the North East when they came down at the end of the summer for their winter berths.

    // That was the same marina where Travis McGee kept The Busted Flush. You can see why he needed lots of money; dock fees were astronomical there even when I was a kid.

  101. Jamus The Bartender
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:39 pm [Reply]

    BC: I actually LIKE today’s BC, and i’ll tell you why. Okay, some of you know I like superheroes, and am a fan of Watchmen by Alan Moore. Okay. ( spoiler) In the story, while real life superheroes were running around, the superheroes on the shelves, like Superman and Batman were made irrelevant and replaced with pirate comics. So, I kinda like BC and Wiley going nose to nose for literary supremacy while the guy with glasses dressed as Batman looks helplessly on.
    I may try to get this framed.

  102. Bill Peschel
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:48 pm [Reply]

    @Lupin The 3.1415926th (#39): That is far too witty for Pastis’ skills, so you’ll have to email him. (And, yep, I’m a fan of the strip, but I’m not stoopid.)

  103. endless sky
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    @Bill Peschel (#102): Isn’t Pastis an attorney? Surely he’d get the reference.

  104. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#98):

    Took a quick spin around the WaPost’s searchabout.

    turns out you can search back beyond 2005 ONLY if you pony up some semolians .

    When it comes to finding out trivia, tallyHO don’t swing that way.

    Sooooo….after 20 minutes of searching, dilly dallying, working, taking a break, remembering I was searching for something and wondering what to eat… suddenly that “Land Down Under” song plays on the radio…. after several toe-tapping minutes of wondering how awesome Australia is that a song could be written about it, I found this:

    a very long article on Hart and B.C. that mostly focuses on the religious angle. It cites Weingarten throughout, particularly an interview he did with Hart. The strip being set in the future isn’t mentioned, that I saw, but, it certainly points out the anachronism of the strip–after Hart began using more religious themed humor.

  105. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    Love Is. . . geeky. (this is adorkable!)

  106. Christian
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    @Rusty (#5): No, no. Wiley doesn’t have an eyepatch, he has a peg leg. Hence the choice of costume–if I had a peg leg, I’d be a pirate for Halloween every year too.

    I’m willing to admit knowing this because I used to read B.C. thirty years ago, when it was funny.

  107. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#101): Oh really? Well I was thinking it was more of a metaphor for 19thC English literature, where Superman is the exemplar of the new realism represented by Anthony Trollope and George Meredith, while the pirate alludes to the older romanticism of Walter Scott. You will remember, of course, that one of Scott’s later novels was called The Pirate. The guy with the glasses suggests the 18thC Enlightenment of Pope, Dryden, and Dr. Johnson.

    // I shall be putting my copy of the print in a fancy carved wood frame, with a little light above, it at the entrance to my Library, next to my bust of Goethe.

  108. Bill Peschel
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    Gene Weingarten: “Chatological Humor” column, June 29, 2004:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2034-2004Jun24.html

    Actually, it wasn’t Gene who proposed that B.C. was set in a post-apocalyptic future, but “some reader” who wrote in a few months before with the suggestion.

    The identity of said reader remains undiscovered. My google-fu reached its limits, and I can’t find the original column. Gene did not link to the previous column, and the Post has closed its search function before 2005 except to paying customers. (His archives seem to rely on non-Ecludian algorithms, since the Deep Archives run 2001-2003 and the period between that and today is possibly reachable only by clicking through link after link after link until you’re driven insane. It’s probably faster to achieve that state by reading a few of his columns instead.)

  109. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    @Christian (#106): if I had a peg leg, I’d be a pirate for Halloween every year too.

    Well, if I had a peg leg, I’d go as Silas Wegg, from Our Mutual Friend — such fun! — I’d drone on and on about the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire until people guessed who I was!

  110. giraffe-o
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    BC : I’m duly impressed with the detailed cave painting of Clumsy, in Dracula garb, no less. That’s what the artist is trying to convey – a painting on the wall, correct? The perspective would be too awkward and ill-designed to be anything else…

  111. Illustrator Steve
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#61): MT – “Is it safe to assume that Otto’s last name is Mann and that he is in the process of forming an empire?”

    Nah, he’s just a guy named Otto. But you are correct about his last name being “Mann”. As a matter of fact, Otto Mann has just finished building a foot stool and since he is the ruler the people of the little village are naming his foot stool after him.

  112. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    Jamus, you need to see this.

    (commenter on CIDU has her Champions Online character dressed as Ashley Bengal.)

  113. Illustrator Steve
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#100): I grew up in Fort Lauderdale too! FLHS class of ’64!

  114. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    @Bill Peschel (#108): Actually, it wasn’t Gene who proposed that B.C. was set in a post-apocalyptic future, but “some reader” who wrote in a few months before with the suggestion.

    Ok, Muffaroo, fess up. You were “some reader”, weren’t you? But you didn’t want to let it out because you’re still vexed that Weingarten didn’t accept your Broward County theory.

    // Good google-fuing, Bill!

  115. Amos Snarkadder
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    A3G “You two have fun. Some of us actually work for a living!”

    By which Margo means “I’m going to go play suck face with my employee, Evan.”

    BG&SS Ewww! Tater taint atop his pate.

    Crankedshaft The money is nothing. Wait until Jeff sees the pictures Rose has been sending. You know, the kind of pictures that aren’t quite discernible, so you look closely for a long time, and look some more, and then suddenly, it’s clear. All too clear.

    FW And now our next stop: The parking lot where you were conceived.

  116. XenaFan
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    B.C.: Trick-or-treating in those days must have been a much different experience. Instead of sweets, children received animal fangs, dried meat, or if they were really lucky, human eyeballs (the forerunner of the jelly-filled candies that we enjoy today).

    MARY WORTH: “He can do this… I know he can. As surely as he broke my wrist earlier! Oww…”

  117. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#113): Go Flying L’s! (Class of ’74).

    // I don’t buy that B.C. is about Broward County, do you? I think it was Brevard County (tho the mistake is understandable).

  118. Zerowolf
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: “…that girl.” Does this mean Marlo Thomas will be making a guest appearance?

  119. Zerowolf
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:28 pm [Reply]

    MW: That he can do what? Punch you in the face? I’d be disappointed if he didn’t.

  120. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:30 pm [Reply]

    @Bill Peschel (#108): You know, that may very well be the first reference to the Theory. He says a reader wrote in several months ago; he doesn’t say he published anything about it. This might be the first time.

  121. Liam
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    MW-We have the technology.

  122. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:40 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#120):

    Nah.
    The theory pre-dates 2004. I’m almost certain of that.
    My memory of it is that it kind of started out as a joke that snowballed into plausibility. That’s when I first encountered it on an old message board. (and by “old” I mean it no longer exists).

    If I get a moment, I’ll see if the board is archived and searchable.

    (obviously, people were snarking comics prior to the CC site. And, it got ugly sometimes.)

  123. Amos Snarkadder
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    @Tom T. (#24):

    Luann: Incomprehensible plot aside, it really frosts me that Evans insists on depicting Ox as a simpleton.

    Don’t feel too bad for Ox. He’s still smarter than anyone else in the Luanniverse. Except maybe Puddles.

  124. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    @Christian (#106): Got me. And all I had to do was walk over to the bookshelf where there are a double handful of BC books to check the eyepatch, but I saw it in my mind, so why bother checking? I have no visual memory, man.

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#114): I certainly wasn’t the reader who wrote to Weingartner, because I never was a Washington Post reader until I started using them sometimes for online comics.

    I believe the theory was already out there. As I say, I may have come up with it independently, but I seriously doubt that anything I said could have penetrated as far as the post-apocalypse theory has, probably with the help of TEEN-AGE CAVEMAN on the late movies every so often.

    But yeah, Broward County. Dade County has the right mindset, but the wrong letters. Brevard, I know nothing about.

  125. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:45 pm [Reply]

    one more thing: there is an outside possibilty that the discussion did pop up around or after that WaPost chat. I suppose I should acknowledge that.
    But, distinctly recall it being a running joke more than anything… when I first encountered the theory…

    Also, How is it that LuAnn knows where the wormhole is on that landing?

    She seems to be soaking her hands in it?

  126. Jamus The Bartender
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#107): Hell, I can’t beat that.
    Except to say that if Alan Moore was an American, he’d have probably substituted the pirate comics for Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone and western comics, because kids liked those. I think he went for the pirate thing because that’s what British kids knew.

  127. Jamus The Bartender
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:49 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#112): Damn. That’s fine. Thank you queek :)

  128. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    Waitasecond! Hold the Phone! Call the Mayans and tell ‘em to give us an extension on the End of Times! Then tell Uncle Billy and Aunt Succotash that their “Funky Bunker” has too many mirrors and not enough cans of corn! And, if anybody sees the Green Giant break it to him gently that Li’l Sprout has found a career in movies, as the Incredible Hulk. (He’s actually quite smashing.)

    I was reading some of that article I linked to earlier on B.C. and it turns out one of the characters is named B.C.? Well, that changes everything. It was ironic before it became intentionally ironic.

  129. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:53 pm [Reply]

    MW: Jim’s neuroses and controlling behavior trigger delusional optimism in Dawn. It’s either the perfect marriage or the perfect storm. Meanwhile a very unauthorized rendition of “Gonna Fly Now” plays in the background.

    FW: “Why didn’t anyone tell me why they were called the ‘Friendly Fire’ unit?”

    C-Shaft: Crankshaft proves that it’s true what they say about a broken clock being right twice a day.

    Better Half: Put a padlock on that panty drawer, lady.

    JP: Of course being in the movie business all your life translates to being fearless and tough as nails. Hence Mike Ovitz’s three Purple Hearts.

    RMMD: “That Girl” may have been cancelled 40 years ago, but that delightful sitcom about a kooky girl in go-go New York City can still get wild parties thrown in its honor.

    H&L: Trixie is a little rattled from her mother teleporting the two of them upstairs.

    GT: “He’s nowhere near the ball, but it says in the scrip we’re supposed to sack him. Who am I to argue?”

    DtM: Sure she always knows where her husband is from now on. Still, she might want to call the authorities before the smell of his rotting flesh gets too thick.

    Luann: Um, if anyone has “easy to rip off” written on their head, it’s more likely Ox than Tiffany.

    M-Dawg: Leaving aside the eternal question of whose liver he wants to devour, anyone who quaffs down a glass of “lemonade” made by a humongous dog is a born sucker.

  130. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:54 pm [Reply]

    @Felix Margay (#6): So Billie Jean is not your lover, either?

  131. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:59 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#122): I should have said that that was the first time Gene Weingarten mentioned it, and probably/possibly its first mention in a major venue. I have no doubt it was around along time before.

  132. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 4:05 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#78):

    Okay, Muff…as they say, “great minds…..”

    I was in Muff’s neighborhood yesterday checking out the new Trader Joe’s in Pittsford, NY. I beeped my horn and waved. Yeah, that was I.

  133. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 4:14 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#126): I love Watchmen, but I think that whole Black Freighter interlude was the weakest part of the book. They did a video of it too. It might have been one of the DVD extras from the movie, but I found it unwatchable.

    One little pedantic thing that bugged me about the Black Freighter, was that “freighter” is just not a word associated much with sailing ships, and certainly not pirate ships. Indeed, the earliest reference in the OED to the use of the word freighter for a type of ship is 1878, so at best the word is anachronistic.

  134. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#132): I beeped my horn and waved. Yeah, that was I.
    I hope you didn’t see what I did after that, because I didn’t recognize you and I misinterpreted the wave. I haven’t been to that TJ yet, but I went to one in Massachusetts when we were there, and don’t feel like I need to rush.

  135. Alison
    October 27th, 2012 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    “Luann”: Tiffany doesn’t strike me as someone who’d ever be at Weenie World. Considering she is consistently painted as the world’s snobbiest snob and who is also the vainest vain person ever, it would make a lot more sense for her to turn up her nose at the place (“Fast food? How could you ever eat that garbage? Don’t you know that kind of stuff makes you fat?” etc).

    “B.C.”: Cavemen celebrated Halloween? I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise since they’ve also been shown celebrating Christmas and Easter in this strip. Honestly, just make them drive cars and use the Internet while you’re at it. What’s the point of even pretending living in “B.C.” has anything to do with this strip, really.

  136. Chip Whittle
    October 27th, 2012 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#128):

    I was reading some of that article I linked to earlier on B.C. and it turns out one of the characters is named B.C.? Well, that changes everything. It was ironic before it became intentionally ironic.

    B.C. has characters? With names? Is this like how Mark Trail totally has a cell phone and digital camera and Spider-Man has superpowers?

  137. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:05 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#135): Re BC, you’ve almost paraphrased a “Medium Large” strip from maybe five years ago, where they’re saying something about Easter, and one asks “Are we even pretending to be cavemen any more?” From late in the career of the original cartoonist. (Who I must say once again was a true genius in the early years of his strip. People don’t believe me, but the first half dozen or so collections are wonderful.)

  138. Liam
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:09 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp-Alright people it’s time to unleash our anti-Irish attitude.

  139. Dale
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#100):

    MARK TRAIL

    Someone thought they were in Key West. I used “Key West” in a comment suggesting it as a destination. I did not say it was or that they were there. These fools could get lost taking the garbage out. Being caught in someplace like the Bahamas makes sense more than geographical relationships usually do in MT.

    A different issue is why Bill Ellis has use of the yacht. He isn’t rich. WHO IS paying for this?

    I don’t know anything about yacht moving. I have enough trouble with my own body.

  140. bats :[
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    @Arabella (#11): FC: even if things were facilitated for Li’l Miss Melonhead, I think there’s a bigger question looming…

  141. casino LF
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    MW: OH MY GOD I’m watching an episode of Friends and EMILY HAS DAWN WESTON HAIR AUGH

  142. Alison
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:45 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#137):
    Heh, I’ve never heard of “Medium Large”, but I like that they did that joke. Years back, before Josh’s site existed, I posted about this subject on another board which was discussing comic strips, and got bombarded with posters telling me there was nothing wrong with cavemen celebrating Christmas. I still remember that because I was just totally perplexed at how many people didn’t understand why celebrating Christmas in a strip called “B.C.” made no sense.

    When we were little my brothers and I were watching “The Flintstones” Christmas special and one of my brothers was all, HOW CAN CAVEMEN HAVE CHRISTMAS?!, and the rest of us burst out laughing.

  143. Peanut Gallery
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:48 pm [Reply]

    Popeye – “Sounds like a coyote thet went to school!” is definitely a phrase I’ll want to use in conversation.

    Ziggy – I dimly recall that the character of the old man on the park bench has a name. If anyone out there recalls it, and you’re not too ashamed to admit it, please speak up.

  144. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:49 pm [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#136):

    Admittedly, I have only pretended to know what is going on with the B.C. comic strip. I just didn’t know that…what I’m trying to say is…

    I can’t read!

    There!

    I got that off my chest. You can’t believe how much of a burden it has been being semi-literate all of these years. Oh sure, I can make out the gibberish I’ve written. My memory is good enough to compensate for the inability to read.

    //seriously, I just didn’t know one of the characters actually is named “B.C.” So, what does “B.C.” stand for (prior to Jesus showing up, that is)?

    Bobby Caruthers?
    Baberaham Clinkin’?
    Beauregard Cerebellum?
    Biscuit Chomper?
    Body Coddler?
    Bimmy Coffa?
    B.J Cro-Magnon (would that even be possible to have an initialed name and to have that initialized?) ?
    Brody Cambrian, Caveman Gigalo?
    Barnacle Cretaceous?
    Baseballbat Conker?
    Bourbon Coke?
    Blinkered Caveman?
    Blotto Conkedoutoh?

  145. hcv
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:49 pm [Reply]

    Is BC just cheaping out by repurposing bits of his Midnight Skulker costume? Does he still even skulk any more? Seriously, I haven’t seen an actual BC strip other than as an illustration for commentary/ridicule in maybe 30 years, so I have no idea.

  146. Amos Snarkadder, CQB
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:52 pm [Reply]

    @Canton (#15):

    I saw a woman on the bus yesterday who, I swear, had Dawn hair.

    @KreatureFeatures (#77):

    I’ve seen two spot-on Dawn haircuts in the last month.

    I haven’t really studied the “Dawn” hairstyle until now. I assumed the odd, two-toned coloration was the only way the cartoonist could depict auburn hair in the light – that the lighter shade was where the light was reflected and the darker shade was shadow. I guess I was wrong, and now I’m fascinated and repulsed at the same time. This can’t be healthy.

  147. hcv
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:53 pm [Reply]

    I posted the above without reading the tail-end of the posts here, and only now see that I’m unwittingly piling onto a “what’s a BC, anyway?” thread. So I wanted to say that I have a frighteningly intimate knowledge of things BC, it’s just a bit out of date. My dad was a big fan (lots of BC collections around the house — I remember one had a foreword by Rod Sering of all people), and I quite enjoyed it, too, back in the day, but managed to have separated myself from the oeuvre long before Mr. Hart went off the deep end.

  148. Peanut Gallery
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:58 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#143):

    “Sounds like a coyote thet went to school!”

    Of course, the correct response to this is “Sorry, it’s the pirate costume.”

  149. Amos Snarkadder, CQB
    October 27th, 2012 at 5:58 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#144):

    So, what does “B.C.” stand for?

    British Columbia (it takes place in Vancouver).

  150. Inkwell
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    @Amos Snarkadder, CQB (#146): I think that’s what it is. That’s a pretty common way of drawing “realistic” hair without doing anything remotely realistic.

    I have auburn hair, though, and it does not get big dumb black shadows in fully lit areas.

  151. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

  152. Johnny Q
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    So is Dawn going to do an Aldo on her new fella? (YOU’D BETTER NOT!)

  153. Peanut Gallery
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:19 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#71): Well, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, and you don’t mess around with Jim. So they have a lot in common.

  154. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:23 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#139): Key West was not a bad guess. If you wanted to go bonefishing, anywhere in the shallow waters of Florida Bay would be fine. But the shallow waters of the Bahamas are fine too, and nearby, and they fit (sorta kinda) the plot requiring a foreign country. Back when I was a lad in South Florida, my dad and I would go fishing in the Keys, though anything south of Marathon was too much of a drive from Fort Lauderdale. We often caught bonefish, but threw them back as inedible.

    // Of course, they are edible. It’s just a chore.

  155. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:26 pm [Reply]

    @casino LF (#141): I’m watching an episode of Friends and EMILY HAS DAWN WESTON HAIR AUGH

    It’s going viral! Now it’s even on old TV shows!

    // Must be the beginning of the Mayan apocalypse.

  156. demoncat
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:41 pm [Reply]

    mw. dawn up close appearance in the second pannel and grin is saying jim may soon regret starting his stalker behavior for he will get more then he bargined for now seeing how scary dawn is up close.

  157. Peanut Gallery
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    @Rusty (#5), @Christian (#106), @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#124): And yet, I too could believe he always had the eyepatch.

    It’s like when someone you know shaves off his mustache. After giving him puzzling looks all day, you finally ask, “Did you do something that changed your appearance?”

    And he says, “Yeah, I used to have an eyepatch. And a peg leg.”

  158. Peanut Gallery
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:51 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#109):

    I’d drone on and on about the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire until people guessed who I was!

    Finally someone would say, “I’ve got it! You’re Nehemiah Scudder!” ;-)

  159. Peanut Gallery
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:52 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#158): Also, if you’re going to do that, shouldn’t you be dressed as a Gibbon?

  160. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 27th, 2012 at 6:57 pm [Reply]

  161. Dartpaw86
    October 27th, 2012 at 7:04 pm [Reply]

    Hey it’s Captain Caveman!

  162. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    @Johnny Q (#152):

    If Dawn adopted Aldo’s hairdo, it would be an improvement.

  163. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 7:33 pm [Reply]

    What would be awesome (and disturbing) would be for the characters who are going to experience some sort of doom to have a moment in the storyline when they look in a mirror and see Aldo. The thing would be that they would be unaware of the reflection; only the reader would see his face.

    Though that would mean portending a lot of doom. So, maybe they could see Aldo in the mirror and decide to change their ways. That way Dawn could bypass trying to force Jim to go to the pier and just have him look in a mirror. He would suddenly realize–even without knowing who Aldo is– that if he doesn’t change his mindset at that moment, he is doomed to be drunken Captain Kangaroo.*

    //*yes. now it dawns on me that that guy decided to be called “Captain Kangaroo. What is that all about? Mr. Greenjeans…. he made sense…sort of…in a self-fufilling prophecy sort of way. But, the good Captain? I don’t recall a damn thing kangaroo-like about that creepy so and so. Did he randomly kick Greenjeans around? Did he tuck away children in pouches? What was going on with that?

  164. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#142): “Medium Large” is Ces Marciuliano’s webcomic (he writes “Sally Forth”), and he does some mighty fancy skewering in it. It’s worth a ramble through the archives — it’s in my daily list, though it doesn’t always refresh daily.

    Flintstones and Christmas, oh, yes. When I was first in college, back around 1981, my world history class referred to the “neolithic” or “Modern Stone Age,” and it all clicked into place. Mind you, I was living in southeastern Georgia, in a town where Christian bookstores made up half the bookstores in town. Most of my Chick tracts and comics came from this time. I decided that the Modern Stone Age was not only the time of the Flintstones, but that with all their (bird- and mastadon-based) inventions, they probably were afflicted with the sin of Pride, and for this reason, they were smote by the Flood. I pretty much kept this theory mum, not having all these internets with their curmudgeons with whom I could share such a lovely thing.

    @tallyHO (#144): Bloody Caveman? Since this may be a fresh audience, at least in part, I’ll repeat that Hart’s cavemen’s resistance to the theory of evolution is all the more remarkable in that BC himself witnessed evolution in one strip, where Peter is expounding on how, probably, one day a clump of seaweed washed up on the beach (unbeknown to him, but witnessed by BC, a clump does so — and keeps up with his narration from then on), sits around, grows arms and legs, and finally a brain. The now-human clump, who looks something like Grog, asks BC what day it is. “Father’s Day.” “How about that.” He walks off. Peter (who hasn’t turned around in all this time) asks BC who he was talking to, and BC says “a clump of seaweed.”

    @Peanut Gallery (#158): Ooooh! Sometimes you have to be cruel to be snarky!

    @Amos Snarkadder, CQB (#149): Broward County, I tell ya! They’re CAVEMEN.

  165. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 7:37 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#163):
    Mr. Greenjeans…. he made sense…sort of…in a self-fufilling prophecy sort of way.

    Though, even as a kid, I was pretty sure it was the equivalence of a lifestyle choice. I don’t know how it was formulated but you know what I mean. It would have made more sense if he got a great bargain on green jeans and decided his life was suddenly fulfilled and hence forth he would change his name to reflect that sense of joy.

    “From this day forward, I shall be known as Greenjeans!”

    Either that or his origin story involved a lot of vegetarianism and tequila shots and never quite making it to a toilet.

  166. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#163): Maybe Keeshan needed a name that started with K, in case he wanted to use his monogrammed clothes in the show? Then the Captain part just followed by the rules of alliteration. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  167. I speak Jive
    October 27th, 2012 at 7:43 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#163): @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#166): I didn’t look this up, but I seem to recall that it had to do with his coat pockets, which he thought were like a kangaroo’s pouch.

  168. exapno
    October 27th, 2012 at 7:51 pm [Reply]

    @hcv (#147):

    The probable reason Rod Serling did the forward to a B.C. collection, is that Serling and Johnny Hart both hail from the fair city of Binghamton, N.Y. Serling made several references to Binghamton and the surrounding area on TZ, and Hart used to host a minor stop on the PGA Tour called The Broome County Open (BC – get it?).

  169. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 7:52 pm [Reply]

    @I speak Jive (#167):

    I watched the Captain every morning before school, and, yes, he was Capt Kangaroo because of the huge pockets on his jacket and the fact that he pulled all sorts of stuff out of them the entire show, including carrots that the evil Bunny Rabbit always managed to swipe.

    Me? I was a Dancing Bear fan.

  170. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:00 pm [Reply]

    @exapno (#168):

    Serling’s production company was Cayuga Productions, named after Cayuga county, home of Serling’s hometown, Ithaca, NY.

    Johnny Hart’s BC Open is a similar tribute to his home in Broome County as well as his comic strip.

    Remember when his BC characters were used in Dr Pepper commercials, along with the 10 2 4 number arrangement?

  171. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:05 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#169):

    I’m probably mis-remembering that character. What I recall was almost like interpretive dance.

    But, then again what frightened me as a child, delights me know. A dancing bear (not the Grateful Dead variety) doing interpretive dance to be-bop would be fantastic. Extra points for finger snaps and jazz hands…er…jazz paws.

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#166): @I speak Jive (#167):

    If he had deep pockets that might explain everything. And, I guess Captain Kangaroo is better than Major Marsupial or Captain Carry-a-lot.

  172. Girard
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:28 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#46): Makes sense to me! And invites wonderful speculation as to what “B.C.” may signify in a post-apocalyptic wasteland…

  173. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:38 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#46):

    Are there ever dinosaurs though?

    Anteaters and Ants*, sure. But, were there ever dinosaurs in the strip?
    If so, do they still appear?

    * Worst idea for cartoons, ever. It never works. Ants are not that funny. Together the two are at best very obvious, cliched types. That animated show with the Jackie Mason-esque anteater and the Bing Crosby ant…whew! Forced humor from start to finish. By gum, by gosh, by golly, you were happy because the episode ended, not because of the final gag.

    The feature films “ANT Z” and “Pixar Ant Movie**” ….pardon me while I faint from lack of entertainment.

    THUD!
    ** Somewhere Angel Nat King Cole starts singing and forgets the lyrics to his best known song.

  174. Jamus The Bartender
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#133): Word was Alan and Dave had to throw that in to stretch the series to twelve issues. Same for Rorshach in prison too.

  175. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:42 pm [Reply]

    @hcv (#147): @exapno (#168): Hart and Serling do look like an odd couple, but having read that introduction, I’d say there’s nothing in it that wasn’t true at the time. It’s just a shame that Johnny’s fanaticism so often dulled his wit in the later years.

  176. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#143): Re Popeye: There’s a Coyote/Roadrunner cartoon where Wile E. Coyote breaks the third wall and narrates his attempts to catch the bird. They do, in fact, give him an erudite Ivy League kind of accent.

  177. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:52 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#171):

    Our real estate company is called Dancing Bear LLC, but mostly because my boss is a big bear and a great dancer.

  178. Anonymous
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:57 pm [Reply]

    So is the BC a depth perception joke or something?

  179. Chaze
    October 27th, 2012 at 8:59 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#173):

    Yes, there are dinosaurs, along with snakes, wolves, people and the uncategorized, like Grog. Everything that’s ever lived seems to be alive at once, as if the meteor never hit the Yucatan.

  180. This Guy
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#155): Going viral back in time? Is that going retroviral?

  181. Peanut Gallery
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:02 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#176): Good point! “Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius.” The accent made it work. Although, in the cartoons where he talked, he was up against Bugs Bunny instead of the Road Runner.

  182. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#177):

    That’s cool.
    @Chaze (#179):

    Figures that I would have not seen those….or, that I’ve seen those and can’t recall seeing them.

  183. Liam
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#178):

    Or something. This guy is a different kind of pirate.

  184. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#169): I especially liked Mighty Manfred The Wonder Dog and the stuff made out of construction paper and shoeboxes. Mister Green Jeans appealed to me also. I suppose some psychologists would have fun analyzing the inner meaning of Captain Kangaroo preferences.

  185. tallyHO
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

  186. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 9:42 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#135): The impression I get is that Weenie World is supposed to be the only restaurant in town, which makes me wonder if LUANN is taking place in a small town in the infernal regions.

  187. Dale
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:01 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#186):

    Ann told Ox that his order was canceled and he should go to Burger Bucket (something like that).

    Strange that she didn’t question his still being there.

  188. Poteet
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:08 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#187): Thanks. I’m relieved to learn that the denizens of LUANN have at least two dreadful eating establishments to choose from.

  189. agony
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:18 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#86): I believe he always wears an eyepatch, yes. So when he puts on a pirate costume, he now has two eyepatches, and can’t see anything. Isn’t that the joke?

  190. Joe Btfsplk
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:19 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth – When you play “Got Your Nose!” with someone, you’re supposed to give the nose back before you walk away. Poor guy’s already minus an arm, for chrissake.

  191. gleeb
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    Josh at Zissimo’s: Not bad. A little nervous, but in front or a friendly audience. I know I could never do that. I was the guy I hope you didn’t notice.

  192. Anonymous
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:35 pm [Reply]

    MW: Now if only Jim will begin insisting that Dawn dress like Merry and do her hair in exactly the same way, the storyline can devolve into “Vertigo” with a dash of incest.

    MT: Dang! If only those Commies on the “big island” (hint: name begins with a “C” and ends with an “a” and has an “ub” in the middle) would do their jobs and take care of their citizens living on the “little island”, then Otto wouldn’t have to kidnap Americans with yachts in order to make ends meet.

  193. Steve
    October 27th, 2012 at 10:51 pm [Reply]

    I noticed the second time I saw it that he looks as if he’s actually cut off his own hand to wear the hook for the costume. Now that’s dedication!

  194. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:00 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#27): Oh, I don’t know—I might kind of like it if one of my students drew me a Fancy Whale.

  195. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:20 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#64):

    Fists ‘O Justice? How fucking long has it been since Mark actually PUNCHED somebody ?

    Seriously, wasn’t it the “shooting the pet deer arc”? How long ago was that?

    Mark is a big pussy!

  196. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    @agony (#189): I went and checked in my books. He views the world through two unobstructed eyes. My brain inked in an eyepatch that’s not there. Bazooka Joe he ain’t.

  197. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:24 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#92):

    “don’t cha know” – Cripes! Are you in my neck of the woods, fer sure then there?

  198. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    October 27th, 2012 at 11:34 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#95): @Liam (#44):

    OK guys, I’ve been to Key West, loved it, look forward to going back. Please don’t narq on my KW buzz by associating Mark Fail with Key West!

  199. tallyHO
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:25 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#195):

    He punched those pre-doobie growers, didn’t he?
    True, Andy Dog took the lead and went for the guy.

    But, man, that was forever ago. Since then there’s been sheepkillers and people killers (who are trying to quit smoking).

    Elrod should treat us to him just making a punching bag and punching it so that stars appear in the night sky…the cloudy, night sky….the commie, cloudy, night sky.

    (cue Rocky theme…)

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#197):

    Oh, I’ve necked in many a wood. Waitasecond. That doesn’t sound as svelte as intended. Neckness and wood and me is everywher….nope…that don’t sound right either…

    I write a lot of things that seem mildly amusing to me?

    Waitasecond! Achtung Beiber! Ist du bist eine schlotsenshaggin keine howzabout dat?

    (I forgot the German word for “Stop”)

    Are you in der Rhineland? If du bist ober der, den nope. Ichabod Cranenhausen sausage snausage munchen hausen then

    No, sir. I am no where near der Rhineland. Nor did I grow up near it. I grew up in drinking country. Oh, wait. That’s ambiguous. Well, shoot howdy. That pert near fits. Where I hail from we drink like fish; we is almost amphibious.

    //i’m gonna stop now. I have butchered enough languages for tonight. This oh so fun night. Where I sit, touching up colors.

  200. Sequitur
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:26 am [Reply]

    Heh, heh. Fred Basset said, “Sausage roll.”

    Hey, there’s no telling what you’ll find in a sausage roll.

    But I guess it could be kinda sexy.

  201. Dale
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:29 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#198):

    MARK TRAIL

    Key West was just a suggested destination. Mark isn’t there now. In a rational world, he’ll be communing with the crocodiles whether Bill shows up with the money or not.

    How do the parties set up the Mark for money swap so both sides feel secure?

  202. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:35 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#199):

    I live in Many Happiness, Minnetundra. Do you like in east of us Cheese Land? If so, I love WI cheese, and it’s a beautiful state to boot!

  203. Droopy Says
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:35 am [Reply]

    Spiderdick: Wow, what are the odds that Parker would run into Jameson?

    Funky Whatahasbeen: Batiuk is a few decades behind the times with the “going postal” joke set-up, but if Nameless Bearded Drone sends Les to the Dead Letter Office, it will be worth it.

    Jugs Parker: So the well-scrubbed hippies are going to reform and become proper hard-working capitalists? This is like watching an especially bad episode of “Dragnet 1968,” right down to the freaky skin tones on a badly-tuned Zenih color TV.

    Family Circus: Halloween just inspires the bejeezus out of artists, doesn’t it?

    Pluggers: After poisoning pigeons in the park, the Plugger will drop his popcorn container and cal it a prefab home for the squirrel. Only a Plugger would put a good spin on littering.

  204. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:38 am [Reply]

    @Dale (#201):

    I’m still buzzed from Key West, and I was there two years ago.

    Party on Garth!

  205. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:41 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#202):

    Make that live and not like! Fucking auto correct and Kendall Jackson Chardonnay!

  206. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    SM – Even JJJ has bigger muscles than Peter Parker!

  207. tallyHO
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:46 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#202):

    No. Actually, I’m out West. The Northern part of West.

    However, while I don’t normally utter “dont cha know” someone tried to guess my accent and chose Minnesota. Unless I’m forcing it, I don’t know if I have a distinguished accent.

    The thing is that I love dialects and sometimes trying to be funny is made easier by knowing many of them. That said, I was probably tickled by the way Minnesotans spoke long before “Fargo” and that N. Dakota dialect made the scene.

    You Northern Midwesterners are most cool. Your foods and libations rock the nation.

  208. bbofun
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:55 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#133): If you will allow me to place, once more, the pedantic nerd glasses on (in this case, not only the comic book nerd, but the musucal theter nerd version)- By using the name “Black Freighter”, Moore was deliberatly invoking one of his favorite authors, Bertholt Brecht. In The Threepenny Opera, brecht wrote a song (with music by Kurt Weill) called “Pirate Jenny”, about a woman who works in a bar and is abused by the clientele, but gets her revenge when “a ship, the black freighter, with the skull on it’s masthead” pulls into harbor. It destroys the waterfront, except the building she works in. The crew of the “ghostly freighter” then, in the shadows chains up the people, and asks her “kill them now, or later?” Finally, she sails out to sea on the ship.

    Of course, Brecht didn’t actually write “black freighter”- he wrote “Und das Schiff mit acht Segeln”- literally “the ship with eight sails. It was Marc Blitzstein, who did the English translation, who changed it to “”And the ship, the black freighter”. So he’ to blame, I guess.

    Side-note- Moore also used the song (as well as other aspects of Threepenny Opera) in LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN:CENTURY, 1910-creating Jenny as the daughter of Capt. Nemo, who runs away to London, only to find her life to be hell. She signals the Nautilus, which destroys the seafront.

  209. Sequitur
    October 28th, 2012 at 1:00 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#207): I was born in Connecticut, raised in South Florida, lived most of my life in North Texas and my Mom is German.

    I’m a dialect disaster.

  210. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    October 28th, 2012 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#207):

    Washington State? Been to Seattle, loved it. Or Oreagon perhaps? Looking forward to seeing it?

    // Based on experience, if you use the term “don’t cha know” you’ll be tagged to Minnetundra!

  211. Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör
    October 28th, 2012 at 1:13 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#207):

    Do you live in the southern part of the state? Have you been to Lost Forrest perchance?

  212. tallyHO
    October 28th, 2012 at 1:30 am [Reply]

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#210):

    Oregon, actually. And, the whole NW is pretty impressive. This time of years is not so great because of the changing weather but there’s a range of natural beauty up here.

    @Sequitur (#209):

    That actually sounds pretty cool though.

    @Der Kömmëntätör, Herr Schnärkïnätör (#211):

    No. I’ve been all over the NW, short of Alaska. But, I haven’t been to LF. Now that I think about it, I haven’t really been in any forests recently. That’s kind of a drag but I haven’t been doing much lately. I haven’t even gone fishing in a long while.

  213. Sequitur
    October 28th, 2012 at 1:56 am [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#212): If by cool you mean I’m in Texas and it’s gonna get down to freezing tonight and it’s only October then I guess you’re right. It is kinda cool.

  214. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 28th, 2012 at 2:09 am [Reply]

    @bbofun (#208): Well, thank you. I did not know of the Pirate Jenny/Brecht connection to Watchmen. That explains a great deal.

  215. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 2:31 am [Reply]

    JP — For crying out loud, a 65-acre pot field is ALREADY worth many millions, unless Bubba is completely incompetent. Which, since he’s not related to Sam Driver, is entirely possible, come to think of it.

  216. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 2:33 am [Reply]

    PV — GAAAH! Val, you don’t look your best by moonlight.

  217. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 2:41 am [Reply]

    MW — How can Dawn be so dim? Aren’t there any weird controlling men in GAME OF THRONES?

  218. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 2:44 am [Reply]

    RMMD — “Lap Dancing For Phoenix!” That’s so sweet.

  219. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 2:46 am [Reply]

    MT — Interesting. I wonder if this is another consequence of U.S. major stupidity re ballast water policies.

  220. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 2:56 am [Reply]

    A3G — The conversation makes no sense to me, but my favorites are Panel Five Margo and Panel Six Greg. As for Panel Two Greg and Panel Three Margo, yeesh.

  221. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    GA — Ghosts with flop sweat, YUCK!

  222. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 3:02 am [Reply]

    STONE SOUP — I guess they aren’t in a drought.

  223. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 3:03 am [Reply]

    *does a little soft-shoe number, then is yanked off-stage*

  224. Purple Prosecutor
    October 28th, 2012 at 3:28 am [Reply]

    MegaDawn crush tiny hospital staff! GRAAAH!!

  225. ArchieNemesis
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:10 am [Reply]

    These new push-button phones are the ginchiest!

  226. gleeb
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:46 am [Reply]

    Sally: Ted, meet Ted.

    Slylock Maigret: Sure, Smitty could be hiding it in a pouch, but I choose to believe he simply ate the candy.

    Beetle: Otto, who wears clothing and thinks in co mplete sentences, is frightened that Sarge will find out he can do some simple gymnastics.

    Bizarro: Should have given him the bunny head.

    Curtis: Pretty women are a dime a dozen. No matter how you slice it, that’s an insult to his wife.

    ‘bean: Though clearly a lettercarrier, Insane Henry dreams of being a postal clerk. Or, this is yet another thing that Batiuk has inadequately researched.

    June’s Clams: At last! The fried clams! Oh, and an answer to the question, “what’s going on at the beach house?” that Rex and June were sent to find out.

    Argyle: I like Medusa’s cap.

    Dick: An etymology lesson and no Moon. Feh.

  227. Ellie
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:11 am [Reply]

    MW – Ol’ Jim must be fun at bathtime, huh?

  228. CanuckDownSouth
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    Rex – Well, this could go all kinds of ways: cancer PSA, Rex curing Phoenix with smelling salts, a con where it’s actually to pay for Phoenix’ implants… but since we haven’t reached the stupidity quotient yet, my bet’s for Rex and June convincing the old lady to keep the party house going.

  229. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    usually, reading the funnies generates at best a few “heh” chuckles, the occasional derisive snort, and a lot of silent “meh”. However, today’s Frazz had me laughing long and loud. Well done, sir!

    9CL: at least it’s not more Thorax.

    AD: *agrees*

    Dilbert: there are far too many people that are “generally opposed to science, rational thinking and all manifestations of common sense.” I’d mention a few pertinent examples, but I’d end up in the Cockpit.

    IP: Ms Amazement has The Most Common Superpower.

    rNAoQV: they aren’t endangered, actually.

    PBS: I *snurkd* in amusment.

    JP: Hummer =/= carbon footprint reduction.

    Bizarro: love the demotivator poster in the background, also the subtle ref to the first phone call.

    DT: ‘scuze me while I kiss this guy.

    MT: mmmmmm, shrimp.

    Ghost-who-did-the-research has nice MiGs. can this be the end of Captain Hotness?!? NOOOO!

    RMMD: the plot, it coagulates.

    SFx: kudos on the monster at the top, Mr. Weber Jr, sir.

    Foxtrot: heh.

    rMC: NY Pets. Mookie Strawberry. *snurk*

  230. Holly Folly
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:51 am [Reply]

    I don’t know who painted Dawn’s face on the body of that manikin, but they need to be stopped.

  231. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    4 bb,u.

    LAAAAAA, laa laa laa laaaaa.

    Advice for Poteet.

    in support of Rat.

    Lady Zatanna, 1887. for the geeks.

    ok, I would SOOOOOOOO watch this.

    Happy Trails. bumbedeeda. (for the ladies and Dingos.)

    The Daily Puppy is an adorbable Golden.

    handsome cardi.

    epic derpface. (poor corgi, just back from the vet, having lost his nuts.)

  232. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 28th, 2012 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    Slylock: In addition to the candy (not shown) in the costume pouch (NS) is, amazingly, a full, signed confession (also, NS).

    // Fortunately, the little trick-or-treaters had the presence of mind to carry Sharpies (NS), and initial each piece of their candy (NS) before it was stolen by Slick Smitty, so it could be distinguished from the legitimate candy Smitty was carrying.

  233. Calico
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:15 am [Reply]

    RM – Oh crap I just lost a long time friend to cancer don’t make me cry thank you very much
    (Very nicely played, though – it really takes a village to help someone who is so sick)
    *Phoenix Reising*

  234. Mark B.
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:23 am [Reply]

    What’s the deal with the up-nose pictures in Rex Morgan? It’s a little creepy and not sexy at all. It must be some kind of fetish that the artist has.

  235. Calico
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    MT – Aaaaaah, giant clicking, ticking shrimp!

    DtM – Dennis is gearing up for the insult comedy circuit, and he’s not doing half bad, haha! *rimshot*

    FC – Dolly’s gone all Pagan/Lorena McKennitt, and Jeffy has a six-pack. Nice.

    Sally – wow, Halloween, marketing stats, and you. Kid is Martha Stuart with a sprinkle of Chef Ramsay.

  236. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:47 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#231): Oh my. That’s a “Mark Trail” that I’d read unironically.

    CdS: I still am very sad that Richard Thompson isn’t producing new strips, but there’s one small consolation: I can now reread all his wonderful strips from the beginning—such as today’s for example.

  237. Calico
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:56 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#231):
    It’s always kinda sad to see an animal after a procedure or two-our elder statescat Renny had a big day at the spa (Vet) Thursday, and he had a bath, vaccines, claw clip, back end realignment (read: anal gland evacuation), teeth cleaning, and finally had a tooth pulled. He was not a happy camper for a while.

  238. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

  239. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:09 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#236): I thought of Dingo, he would have agreed with you, I’m sure. :-)

    and yes, my thoughts as well.

  240. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    9CL — Yes, this is how people in academia spend their time. They read the occasional book as a change of pace, but most of their waking hours are spent having sex, thinking about sex, talking about sex, acting out sexual fantasies, and buying sexy new clothes to make sex even more fun, using their abundant discretionary time and ample salaries. Eat your hearts out, people in other occupations!

  241. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#236): CdS: I still am very sad that Richard Thompson isn’t producing new strips, but there’s one small consolation: I can now reread all his wonderful strips from the beginning—such as today’s for example.

    Exactly! I only recently discovered his work, so all this stuff is new to me.

    Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
    When a new planet swims into his ken; 10
    Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
    He star’d at the Pacific—and all his men
    Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
    Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

  242. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:30 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#241): I hope you appreciate how I left that line number in there for reference.

  243. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:34 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#242): Definitely. Nice to see part of that poem again.

  244. bats :[
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:36 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#236): re CdS: yesh! I’m so surprised that CdS seemed to hit the ground running/always had its stride from the very beginning. Usually I can tell the “early work” of a strip, but these are solid and crazy from the beginning — maybe having a four-year-old as a protagonist has something to do with it.

  245. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#240): Damn! Why did my high school guidance counselor never tell me of this?

    // Probably too busy having sex, etc..

  246. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:39 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#244): I’ve been thinking the same thing. I wondered for a few days whether we were actually seeing early strips. Yesh indeed.

  247. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    LUANN — This is the weirdest alleged teenage-girl friendship I’ve ever seen.

  248. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:42 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#244): If I understand correctly, Thompson had been an editorial cartoonists for quite awhile before he started CdS. So he was already a professional, and you don’t see that amatuerishness that you see, f’rinstance, in very early Doonesbury.

  249. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:43 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#240): Wait, who let out our secret? They shall be punished—a sexy, academic punishment!

  250. bats :[
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#228): re RMMD: wow. For a minute, there, I was sure this was going to be a reference to nostril cancer.

    @Calico (#235): re MT: we’re going to brunch morning — I will endeavor to remove as many shrimp from the world as is gastronomically possible!

    FC: it appears that Dolly is all Scottish princess from “Brave” (I don’t recall her name). What is REALLY scary is that this isn’t an obvious four-times-run Halloween strip (aside from PJ, who I think has been a kitty/leopard before).

  251. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 28th, 2012 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#248): Not exactly editorial cartoons, but this weekly brilliance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard%27s_Poor_Almanac

    (Best phrase in today’s CdS: “an ironic novel by Dave Eggers.”)

  252. Bill
    October 28th, 2012 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    B.C., One legged guy (names of characters in unmemorable comics escape me [THANK GAWD!]) thinks he’s a butt pirate!

  253. Nehemiah Scudder
    October 28th, 2012 at 1:14 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#251): (Best phrase in today’s CdS: “an ironic novel by Dave Eggers.”)

    Yes!

    I’d like to hear that Irish ballad version of “Make the Pie Higher”.

  254. bats :[
    October 28th, 2012 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#248): I figured that his previous work had a lot to do with this.

  255. Will
    October 28th, 2012 at 3:46 pm [Reply]

    Garfield: A lazy gag, but it did make me laugh.

  256. endless sky
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:25 pm [Reply]

    @gleeb (#226): FW: I was wondering if anyone would mention this. As one with a long family history with the post office, I can confirm that postal employees are either carriers OR clerks, not both. So either Harry is dreaming, or Batiuk doesn’t know squat about the PO.

  257. I speak Jive
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    @endless sky (#256): My money is on him not knowing squat.

  258. Overwhelmed
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#48): Far too long, buddy. Far too long!

  259. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 28th, 2012 at 5:25 pm [Reply]

    Do you think that Josh is hunkered down in his Baltimore Bunker, surrounded by various cans and Coleman products, muttering, “Storm’s a-comin’”?

  260. Sequitur
    October 28th, 2012 at 5:29 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#259): Shouldn’t you be doing that?

  261. hump
    October 28th, 2012 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#259): I sure hope not. I’m guessing the lovely Mrs. Josh refused to hunker and had to drag Josh onto the last train out of there (you how devoted he is to being The Comics Curmudgeon) . Once the power goes out and the water stops running there wont be much comfort, ironic or not, to be found in any of the comics. If not: run, Josh, run! Before it’s too late!

  262. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 28th, 2012 at 5:53 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#259): he’s stuck in a Lodi, again.

  263. Horace Broon
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:04 pm [Reply]

    FG: It’s too bad X9 doesn’t have his own strip any more. Prince Valiant could appear in that, and the cycle would be complete.

    PV: I’m embarassed to admit that it’s taken this long for me to clock that Rhoda is a genderflipped out-of-period Robin Hood.

    S4th: Ted’s just annoyed he never thought of this when he was a kid.

  264. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#260): Haha! No! I’m too busy avoiding grading essays by joking about storm prep on Facebook, and obsessively checking the closings and weather, to have time for any hunkering!

  265. Sequitur
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:10 pm [Reply]

    According to Ripley’s…

    As a hobby ROBERT BURDEN of London etches portraits of celebrities into the sides of dirt-encrusted vans that he finds around the city.

    Oddly enough that is how Reply All is drawn.

  266. Sequitur
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#264): Ah! The approaching storm party. Carry on.

  267. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:31 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#265): Incidentally, Donna A. Lewis’s “work” is especially horrific today. (I know, that’s like saying that the zombies are especially dead today.)

  268. Peanut Gallery
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    FC – “Butterthumb”? “Charmers”? Apparently the only candy these kids ever get is cheap Chinese knock-offs from the dollar store.

  269. Jamus The Bartender
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm [Reply]

    9CL: “…can’t pretend that growing older never hurts”

  270. Peanut Gallery
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:37 pm [Reply]

    SFx – “Slick Smitty is accused of wearing a Katie Kangaroo costume…” I’d say Slylock’s got him dead to rights on that. But is it a crime to be a transgendered furry in Slylock World? Are they afraid he’ll deceive the real anthropomorphic kangaroos?

  271. Peanut Gallery
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:45 pm [Reply]

    MT – GAAAH! Giant, diseased, cannibal shrimp! Run for your lives!

  272. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:45 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#265): *SNURK!!!*

  273. Jamus The Bartender
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:46 pm [Reply]

    Rex Morgan, MD: So. I guess it’s not a brothel then. Okay.
    Never mind.

  274. bats :[
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:51 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#270): it would be way cooler (and really rather demented) if Slick Smitty were wearing a Sheila Roo costume…made out of the real Sheila Roo!
    Of course, her ursine husband would mourn, but then he’d realize that he could go to all the restaurants-with-cuntry-krap on the walls as much as he’d like!

  275. Liam
    October 28th, 2012 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    Spiderman-Parker, I pay you enough to use the slot machines at the bus station and to buy your ladies of the evening from the same place.

    MW-If Dawn looked back once in awhile she would see her father checking her out from behind.

    Sally Forth-And the little kid is going to put an X on the Forth’s door.

    RMMD-June, I don’t think your husband will be jealous about you eating that woman’s clams.

  276. Liam
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:00 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#270):

    That is not a costume Slick Smitty is wearing. He actually killed and skinned Katie Kangaroo.

  277. Sequitur
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:01 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#274): Beefy bear would try to make Plugger love to Slick Smitty in the Sheila Roo costume.

    Slick Smitty deserves every bit of it.

  278. Jamus The Bartender
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    Slylock Fox: “…she was….an American girl!”

  279. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:14 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#274):

    all the restaurants-with-cuntry-krap

    Wow, that spelling gives me a whole new view of Cracker Barrel.

  280. Mibbitmaker
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:23 pm [Reply]

    PCK note: I’m going off-schedule a bit due to Sandy (no, not Little Orphan Annie’s dog!). I just put up the Monday strip, and intend to get the Tuesday strip up mid-day tomorrow, if possible. Hopefully I can get back to regular schedule on Wednesday. This is all because I don’t know how the power situation will be here in Massachusetts for the next couple days.

    And now, we return to the usual me not mentioning PCK much on CC, already in progress….

  281. Liam
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:27 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#276):

    It puts the lotion in the pouch or it gets the hose again.

  282. Amos Snarkadder, CQB
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:35 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#259): “Storm’s a-comin’”

    Oh, no! And Dawn and Jim are at the pier! It’s not safe! I hope they evacuate to downtown and stock up on some ice cream or something.

  283. bats :[
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:55 pm [Reply]

  284. Braniff
    October 28th, 2012 at 7:56 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#235): And isn’t PJ channeling the Cat Burglar from the Batman movies/TV shows? Holy Bil Keane!!!

  285. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:12 pm [Reply]

    C-Shaft: Jeff and Pam have installed surveillance devices in the entertainment center, so as to make sure Crankshaft doesn’t get into trouble.

    SFx: With animals firmly entrenched as the Earth’s new masters, I suppose it’s not too surprising that many of the surviving humans are now crossdressing furries.

    S-M: “While you’re down there, I’m going to give you the chance to earn first class airfare back to New York.” *zip*

    SSmith: And best of all, Jughaid didn’t exactly have to lie.

    Phantom: The tale also includes the Phantom and the woman spending extensive time in couples therapy bickering over a lady sea captain.

    PV: Gawain has some kind of elaborate gender bending Doctor Who fantasy going.

    MW: “It was dad who told me about the looking ahead thing, right? Or did he just talk about how Miracle Whip makes everything better?”

    DtM: Dennis’ view of trickery is sadly arrested at the most inane level of wordplay.

    JP: The walkie talkies shaped like Anjou pears are another charming touch.

    RMMD: Mudges hoping for down ‘n’ dirty debauchery are further disappointed to learn that the 2am beer blasts are for a worthy cause.

    DT: A sudden interruption to the “My Favorite Mondegreen” hour with Gravel Gertie.

    9CL: Someone has never learned the difference between “keeping the romance alive” and “constantly sucking up.”

    Lio: Be careful what you wish for, kid.

  286. Chaze
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:22 pm [Reply]

    Spent the day getting our stores (86 of ‘em) ready for the big blow and whatever comes our way here in Central NY the next couple days.

    Probably will be a tad busy the next couple days.

    Good luck to anyone else in the Northeast.

  287. Poteet
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:41 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#286): I will be thinking of you and the other Mudges in Sandy’s path. May the next few days go as well as possible for all of you.

  288. Ukulele Ike
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:43 pm [Reply]

    Thanks,Poteet. Brooklyn in da house, here.

    Meanwhile, Josh has been washed out to sea….

  289. Chaze
    October 28th, 2012 at 8:56 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#287):

    Thanks, Poteet. We have a generator in our office, so if I can keep my iPad charged and find a connection, I can get in my daily snarkage.

    If we have multiple problems in multiple locations….well…who knows?

    Hope Josh is okay.

  290. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:10 pm [Reply]

    9CL It took her two panels to slowly puzzle out that sledgehammer-subtle hint? None too quick on the uptake, is she? And given how easily manipulated by their overwhelming vanity the Burber women are, especially in matters sexual, I suspect that Thrall #2 could have saved a lot of time with a simple “I think you would really look hot in a slit skirt!”.

  291. Peanut Gallery
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:13 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#275):

    RMMD – June, I don’t think your husband will be jealous about you eating that woman’s clams.

    He’ll be jealous because she got crabs.

  292. Baka Gaijin
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    Please, Dawn, force Jim to walk by the water. In an ironic twist during his PTSD terror-induced hallucination, he throws his “sister” overboard to save her from the impending “wreck.” In reality he tosses you in the path of an arriving barge. Oopsy.

  293. Sequitur
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:19 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#292): Death is brutal.

  294. debussy fields
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:28 pm [Reply]

    MW— When Wilbur said, “ It’s best to look ahead and not behind,“ it was in response to everyone making fun of his big fat ass.

  295. Baka Gaijin
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:29 pm [Reply]

    @debussy fields (#294): I agree and propose this is the same meaning when a Plugger says the same thing.

  296. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:46 pm [Reply]

    RMM- Really? Two more references to the free meals today? And it has expanded from a free lunch to every meal they eat is free, with the waitress encouraging them to return as often as they can.

    If only they can continue this (and in a Woody Wilson strip, free stuff is the one constant), we will learn that the apartment really is a brothel, and that June can eat all the clams she wants for free there, as well. Rex will be crestfallen, until he hears about the Weenie World around the back….

  297. Baka Gaijin
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:48 pm [Reply]

    If we don’t hear from Josh soon, I’ll round up homing corgis for the search party.

  298. Baka Gaijin
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:52 pm [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#296): I see what you did there. “Weenie World around the back.”

  299. bats :[
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:52 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#297): On, on! Mush, you huskies corgis!

    Stay safe, east coast snarkers! If we have to, we’ll save Halloween candy for you so you can still trick-or-treat a few days after the fact (woo hoo! cheap candy!!)

  300. bats :[
    October 28th, 2012 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#279): yeah, mea culpa (and drat that we don’t have the opportunity to self-correct). Then again, Lord Hamlet would probably be very entertained by the fact that we’re discussing country matters…

  301. Droopy Says
    October 28th, 2012 at 10:02 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#288): Meanwhile, Josh has been washed out to sea….

    …. and if he washes up on the Isla de las Momjeans, I hope he has a good time.

  302. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 28th, 2012 at 10:47 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#287): Thank you, Poteet. I’ve already been affected in an I-guess-positive way, in that my boss told me the place I work is closed tomorrow. We’ll probably just get a bit wet.

  303. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 28th, 2012 at 10:49 pm [Reply]

    Muffaroo hasn’t shown up today either. Wonder what that’s about.

  304. xzargo
    October 29th, 2012 at 10:08 pm [Reply]

    Um, about BC. Pirates were notoriously homosexual. Many of them came to be outcasts because of that simple fact. BC Inc. must have read a pirate history.

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