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Gosh darn, it makes me mad

Heathcliff, 11/23/12

Newspaper comics are an incredibly conservative art form — not in a political sense, necessarily, but in the sense that visual signifiers and little building blocks of jokes that haven’t existed in the real world for literally years are still just taken for granted in comics, because they’ve become established running gags during the strips’ decades-long run. Take, for instance, the idea that you’d put your cat or dog out at night. This was, I guess, an unremarkable aspect of pet ownership at one point; but today, anyone living in an urban or suburban area would be judged rather harshly if they just let the dog roam free at night, and while plenty of people do have indoor-outdoor cats, even in the city, plenty don’t, and those that do almost never actively kick the cat out at night. This change in attitude happened long enough ago that, when I was a child in the early ’80s, I had to have my mom explain to me why Fred Flintstone dropped Dino on his front step in the opening sequence of the Flintstones; yet here we are 30 years later, and Heathcliff is still being comically bounced across the lawn, and Dagwood’s suburban cul de sac is haunted by packs of feral dogs at night.

Wizard of Id, 11/23/12

Meanwhile, newspaper comics are apparently forbidden to use the word “hell,” even when it’s the name of a place of afterlife punishment rather than a curse word. There are probably plenty of other perfectly understandable substitutes that could have been used instead (“Hades,” “The underworld”, etc.), but heck, let’s go with “heck,” a euphemism for the swear word that’s never, ever used to refer to hell-as-a-place, just to confuse and irritate everybody.

Apartment 3-G, 11/23/12

Haha, wait, what? Greg is the new James Bond? Is he even English? Is he even attractive? Wouldn’t he be able to afford a better apartment than a third-floor walkup in a building where teachers and nurses live? I guess this does at least explain why Margo hasn’t been putting any effort into publicity, because having the new Bond in your stable of clients is probably a license to print money, assuming that the film doesn’t flop because it turns out its new star is a bland American who goes around wearing sky-blue turtlenecks.

Meanwhile, Skyler is the victim of a abrupt hair color shift, but as a young Hollywood starlet this is actually one of the more realistic instances of this typically A3Gian blip.

Gil Thorp, 11/23/12

Gil Thorp’s storyline continues to be not even interesting enough for me to bother summarizing for you, but in the interest in keeping you up to date on what’s really important, here is a sexy closeup on Gil’s sweaty face!

259 responses to “Gosh darn, it makes me mad”

  1. Droopy Says
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:29 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: Pluggers gorge themselves on Twinkies and other food-laced chemicals, then complain when people notice the effect of the formaldehyde.

    <Mar'ma'duq: Lady, be glad the Hellhound prefers your leftovers to your firstborn son.

  2. exapno
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    Nancy Fritzi Ritz side shot..FR back shot…FR front shot – all in tight, tight jeans and tight bare midriff top…*SIGH* No leftovers here!

  3. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    A3G: Actually, this could be an excuse to introduce the tagline for all the new male characters in this strip: “Bland. James Bland.”

  4. Atheist amongst the flock
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    Love is …Flipping the meat to do the other side.

  5. KreatureFeatures
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    The coaches in Gil Thorp are unspeakably sad man-children still caught up in high school gossip. Jail time for statutory rape undoubtedly awaits the younger one with the tribal tattoos.

  6. Marzipan
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    Something about Gil Thorp feels wrong – like maybe it seems unfair that Gil Thorp is complacently agreeing that his safety is a dick, but frankly football can’t “afford” to have him feel the emotions that he apparently deserves. Still, I have to applaud their commitment to internal consistency, however, because it feels extremely RIGHT that Gil Thorp would let it happen, right up until the point it might impact him, and then immediately pass it off to someone else, in a way that makes it pretty clear he has no idea what will or should be done, but certainly doesn’t care.

  7. Chareth Cutestory
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    Gil Thorp: Yep, its just a typical scene as two grown men exercise and discuss what teenage girls have been doing to their football players. Better add another set, no frustrations here!

  8. anty a
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    FW: I know we all wanted to see Les get the crap beat out of him, but I would have preferred to keep that an idle dream rather than go down some painful abuse path with Batuik.

  9. Dartpaw86
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    The Far Side used Hell as a setting lots of times, and always used the word “Hell” No-one except the occasional nutty Christian ever complained about those comics.

  10. Liam
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    A3G-Nothing like the sports coat turtleneck combo to give the strip the timeless look it’s known for and not to make it look like it takes place in the Seventies.

    Gil Thorp-The coach’s anti-Irish feelings seem to be slipping through in that first panel. “Dam Irish kid coming to my town. It’s as bad as that guy with the tattoo parlor pretending to be Australian and this Terry kid doesn’t have a tattoo parlor I can burn down.”

    Spiderman-”Because they haven’t shown up yet. Do you want me to hide in Kraven’s dressing room and take some pictures of him?”

    RMMD-I prefer Delores on her knees.

    Garfield Minus Garfield-Jump. Jump. Jump.

    MW-We humans are odd creatures aren’t we.

  11. Anonymous
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:46 am [Reply]

    Dilbert: I posit that “shining the braille toad” is a far more unsavory euphemism than “finding the trout holes”.

  12. Dartpaw86
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    http://www.garfield.com/comics/todayscomic.html haha it’s funny because Jon’s meatloaf went bad.

  13. Anonymous
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    Gil Thorpe: sweat, or senile keratoses?

  14. Dartpaw86
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2012-11-23/
    Dilbert: The Telephone game is now the Hell Drone game.

  15. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:50 am [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#11): That was me. I guess I was too busy shining my braille toad to reset my user name.

  16. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 am [Reply]

    @Dartpaw86 (#12): Who has meatloaf as a leftover on the day after Thanksgiving, anyway?

  17. Chyron HR
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 am [Reply]

    “Skyler”? Is that the new international spy film from the studio that brought us “Transmorphers” and “The Day the Earth Stopped”?

  18. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:52 am [Reply]

    @Dartpaw86 (#14): You mean “heck drone”.

  19. Liam
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:52 am [Reply]

    Pluggers-I just can’t get over it that you’re not dead yet.

  20. Doctor Handsome
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:53 am [Reply]

    On first reading, I honestly thought the caption was, “He’s eager to put out after a Thanksgiving feast,” like Heathcliff’s a slut for vittles. Upon further reflection, that still makes a lot more sense than whatever is happening in the artwork.

  21. Droopy Says
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    @Liam (#10): We humans must be very odd indeed, considering how we baffle Mary Worth’s artist and writer.

  22. Mibbitmaker
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    Heathcliff: Hey, why should Garfield hog all the cheap fat jokes in cat comic land?

    Heathcliff (meta): I’ve been watching The Flintstones since I was a child in the late ’60s (early ’80s? Nope…. I cannot be that old!), long enough to remember the other “t”.
    Yeah, when I started watching it, it WAS the Stone Age! (groooannn!)

    A3G: If he’s James Bond, shouldn’t her name be SkyFALL? Or maybe he’s the original Bond, Sean Connery — after all, they are wearing very ’60s outfits (male turtleneck, groovy ladies’ headband). By the way, the one who advised her leaving Margo as publicist? God.

    GT: I find it extremely difficult to believe that Gil has a hard time thinking of the phrase “damage control”! They’d know it at least as much as the term “playdowns”, or “lovable losers”.

  23. pugfuggly
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    ASM Yeah, Peter, why are you right where Kraven is scheduled to appear instead of out somewhere else trying to get photos of him? I gotta hand it to J^3, he sure knows how to fuck with someone’s mind.

    A3G So if Greg is James Bond, does that make Aristotle ‘M’? Is Margo Goldfinger? Is Lu Ann Octopussy? Am I stretching this metaphor too far…?

    FW I’m hoping this is a lead-in to a very special episode about spousal abuse and changing gender roles in modern America.

    MT Ha ha! You fell right into Mark’s trap. Sure, he says he’ll go fishing, but after the 5th or 6th time he declines at the last minute, you’ll be so depressed that you won’t even notice when he takes your boat and escapes.

    MW …and while Dawn was lost in thought, a tiny black fish snuck up her nose and made its home in her sinus cavity.

  24. tb4000
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    RMMD: I`d say women don’t stand like that but….you know.

  25. Doctor Handsome
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:04 am [Reply]

    “Wow, it’s a like a dream come true to meet you, Greg!” “We’ve actually already met.” “Really? Why wouldn’t I remember that? Your publicist must suck!”

  26. Peanut Gallery
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:05 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#Y10):
    Eat just one more piece of delicious pumpkin pie
    Dumb ways to diet, so many dumb ways to diet…

  27. TheDiva
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:07 am [Reply]

    A3G: Damn, and you thought fans flipped their shit when Craig was cast. “Greg can’t be Bond! All he does with women is stand around awkwardly with them!”

    GT: So, it’s okay for teens to wage a cyberbullying war against a peer, as long as it doesn’t affect team morale. Thanks, Gil Thorp!

  28. Your Insect Overlords
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:09 am [Reply]

    GT: Ah, Gil and Kaz’s patented “Worst Teachers Make The Best Teachers” method. Step 1: Willfully neglect a situation until it’s completely disruptive and utterly untenable; Step 2: Recruit the original trouble makers to deal with the situation; Step 3: Take credit for teaching students to “take responsibility” (i.e., doing your job for you).

  29. Liam
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:11 am [Reply]

    Wizard of Id-Isn’t Heck a suburb of Hell that Dante missed when he did his grand tour?

    A3G-It seems like Margo was starting to lose interest in being a publicist.

  30. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    AD: “Duck Season” called. They want their gag back.

    CdS: *gigglez*

    Dilbert: *snurk*

    LaCuc: “Juan, Juan, Juan!”

    Lio: not fond of anti-hunting screeds, but this is still pretty funny. Love the multi-eyed monster.

    PBS: Josh missed this in his discussion of conservation of comics tropes above.

    SBp: I was expecting a “we’re bigger” comment, not something taken from the Lockhorns.

    speaking of which, *AAIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!*

    FW: Les is such a terrible bottom.

    SFx: that owl be trippin’. also, bats :[!

    Retail: I *snurk*ed at the flying bodyslam.

  31. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:15 am [Reply]

    Love Is. . . .a hot ass and lotsa meat.

  32. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:18 am [Reply]

    @Liam (#29): Il Purgatorio.

  33. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:19 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#31): I am trying so hard to keep my mind *off* Mr. Scudder.

  34. Doctor Handsome
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    “I’m putting you in charge of – what’s the term? – damage control. Deal with all my – how you say? -paternity suits. Make sure those – I’m unsure of the exact terminology here? – bitches keep their mouths shut.”

  35. TheDiva
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    9CL: Wait, who are these people? Have we met them before? Are they any different than the rest of Brooke’s nerdy author avatars and their lissome sex goddess mistresses running around in this strip?

    C’shaft: What’s this? A Crankshaft character stating an opinion I actually agree with? I may need to go lie down…

    FW: I’m torn between being angry that Batiuk is using spousal abuse for cheap laughs, and laughing because Les the Specialest Snowflake is the victim.

    Luann: Well, I can. Let’s start with the fact that you, in all seriousness, closed your song by singing “The End” and work backward from there…

    MW: “For example, you have a simple choice: you either put up with Jim’s crazy or you die alone as an old maid. No pressure or anything.”

    PBS: Speaking of well-worn comic strip conventions that nobody actually does in reality anymore…

    Phantom: Awww, he’s a considerate big-game hunter!

    Pibgorn: And now, a full-panel spread of a succubus dressed up as a harem girl! It’s art, you sick beefwits!

    SM: “Because we need to drag the set-up out for at least another week?”
    “Oh, of course. Carry on, then…”

  36. Alice
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    Wizard of Id: At least when Dilbert uses “Heck” as a place name, it’s for (implied) contrast with Hell, since it only doles out punishment for “the little stuff.”

    Luann: Looks like Puddles is expressing his opinion of the song by voting with his feet. If I were him I’d vote with my hind leg.

  37. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    Luann: I, too, shed tears and placed my hand over my mouth. To keep from barfing all over the newspaper.

  38. Horace Broon
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    BBlues: It’s funny because men are incapable of performing simple household tasks!

    GT: I’ve a horrible feeling “Gil authorises Doyle to do what he was doing anyway, thereby technically putting him an an exremely minor position of power” is meant to be the answer to the question “What is Doyle hoping to achieve with all this?”

    JP: “Being waited on, yes, but in my fantasy you were naked!”

    MT: So let me get this straight. Otto is holding Mark for ransom. The ransom has apparently been paid, because Otto is gambling with it. So Otto now challenges Mark to a fishing contest, in order to bump him off without the villagers noticing because he wants him off the island. What the hell?

  39. Your Insect Overlords
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    GT Redux: Thanks to the color monkeys, we must now ponder the fact that after a vigorous and sweaty workout, Gil does not shower and change, but rather goes about his school day stewing in his man-funk.

  40. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:35 am [Reply]

    This is a typical example of Heck.

  41. Rusty
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:40 am [Reply]

    GT: I’m pretty certain the original Gil had a blonde or grey crewcut, not this Reggie Mantle hairpiece he currently sports.

  42. Mibbitmaker
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    BC: Don’t look now, birds, but your beaks are bleeding.

    MW: Dawn’s thinking, “Why the Goddam’ heck am I listening to this doddering old clueless and staggeringly amoral crone?! Can you believe this, folks? And I’m LISTENING to her??? I’m making a huge mistake!”

    In other MW news… Mary is opening an advise service she’s naming
    “Romantic Relationships Or Else!”

    NS: smugCLANG!!! smugCLANG!!! smugCLANG!!! smugCLANG!!!….

    FC: Oh, God, that’s a euphemism, isn’t it? ….Hello, Child Protective Services….?

  43. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:44 am [Reply]

    9CL: Isn’t Hillbilly Cannibal Zombies from Hell in fact a real strip, except that it’s called Pibgorn?

    GT: Worst-ever adaptation of Lysistrata.

  44. Les Moore Fan Club, LLC
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    I’m not one to say “I told you so,” but by all-that’s-holy I WARNED YOU NOT TO MARRY THAT SHE-DEVIL. I knew there’d be emotional abuse (her digs at your subtle sense of humor) but it has quickly escalated to the PHYSICAL! If this is what your Honeymoon is like, just think about What the Future Holds!

    It doesn’t have to be this way. I’ll always be waiting for you and willing to role-play as Lisa until that time that you can merge me and the Saint into my physical self. Then you’ll be MINE. As it should be.

    Best regards,
    Susan Smith, President

  45. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:52 am [Reply]

    @Dartpaw86 (#9): Very true. I was pretty young when I taped “Welcome to Hell; here’s your accordion” to my notebook in school, and I don’t recall anyone having a fit.

    That said, I definitely remember when I was in the midst of a sticker fetish in 6th grade and offered one to my Social Studies teacher, who took a sticker of a butt-nude Marvin (of the poopy comic strip Marvin) and put it on his desk. People talked; lessons were learned.

  46. OMEGA SUPREME
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:53 am [Reply]

    Doonesbury: “And here comes the 20th Century Eugenics Movement’s float followed by the Tuskegee Experiment Dancers! Yes, Science can never be questioned about anything and is always right!”

    By the way, nice job using a graphical medium to show people watching TV, Gary. You could have shown the actual parade with many opportunities for satire but you decided to just use the time-honored narrative technique of “tell, don’t show”. I think that’s called “phoning it in”.

  47. Mibbitmaker
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:07 am [Reply]

    FW: Les is a smug, repulsive jerk whose very image creates pure hate in a reader of his holier-than-thou pretentious creator’s strip (see also: Thorax). There’s an undeniable satisfaction in seeing such a fictional character get soundly thrashed by someone (unlike the early days, when it was just darkly funny as a bully tormented him), like a reader wish fulfillment.

    So, naturally, Batiuk ruins it by making it essentially spousal abuse, where the early unsettlingly jokey nature of the offense (shades of FOOB’s Eric beating?) is destined to give way to a ponderous, depressing look at an awful social ill. And Les getting hurt will become tragic, and he gets to be… ugh!…. sympathetic (while still smug), and in a way that dares the reader to be insensitive to a truly heartrending problem in society. Badly contrived and misused glurge.

    Either that, or it’s just Batty’s turn at the FOOB/Eric guilt-free assault and battery (assault and Batiukry?) schtick.

  48. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:07 am [Reply]

    @Les Moore Fan Club, LLC (#44): Oh, Susan. As one who also pines for a man who can never be mine, I empathize. Cease torturing yourself over the unattainable Him. Life is brutal, dear. Besides, I question your taste.

  49. these go to 11
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    MW: Wait, I thought Life was Brutal, not Complicated and/or Simple…?

  50. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    @lynn (#33): “a hot ass and ready meat” might have been better. ah well, I try not to overthink the Love Is. . . jokes.

  51. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    @Les Moore Fan Club, LLC (#44): I must add, I wouldn’t tangle with Cayla if I were thou. In fastening one’s attention on a gentleman who is already bespoke, it makes sense to scope out the ‘obstacle’. For example, on Thanksgiving Day I just happened to find myself on my belly in the mud, shimmying under the barbed wire surrounding the Scudder compound. Luckily for me, I observed Mrs. Scudder disporting herself with the object of my affections. She is an imposing woman; for example, in taking offense to some pun her husband had made, she elbowed him sharply in the side of his neck. I decided to withdraw with honor. My pharmacist, however, would not give me a refund on the chloroform. My suggestion is to choose someone for whom there is less competition.

  52. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#50): I teach an entire college course on “Love Is…” including the Francis Bacon controversy.

  53. Anonymous
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    Fred Flintstone dropped a sabre-toothed cat, not Dino, on his doorstep during the closing, not opening, sequence of The Flintstones.

  54. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:29 am [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#53): Oh, thank God someone cleared that up!

  55. Dawn W.
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    @anty a (#8): of which poor wittle Les is the victim.
    “I’ll be the victim!”
    “You will be — all your life.” (Thank you, Wednesday Addams!)

  56. Rimpy
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:35 am [Reply]

    Heathcliff: How is Heathcliff’s owner-lady able to stand straight with the upper part of her body outside the window?

  57. Dartpaw86
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:37 am [Reply]

    @Jocelyn Knockersbury (#45):

    If anything, Dilbert comics are more controversial. People have been fired for taping Dilbert comics to their cubicles in the past O_o

  58. giraffe-o
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    Josh – thanks for the socio-historical footnote on today’s ‘Garfield’. That sort of perspective and analysis is what sets this blog apart from other media pundits.

  59. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    @giraffe-o (#58): Media pundits? I’d be very interested in hearing NJ governor Chris Christie’s take on today’s Heathcliff.
    //too hot for Hoboken

  60. bats :[
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:44 am [Reply]

  61. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    @lynn (#18): Drone drone drone let’s all drone on…

    Did the braille toad shining hurt?

  62. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    Actually, going by what was actually said, Greg is Skyler’s James Bond…not the new James Bond Franchise James Bond. So he’s going to shake, not stir her…and that’s your new sexual euphemism for you.

    You’re welcome.

  63. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:52 am [Reply]

  64. pastordan, lazy professor
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    Judge Parker: So Avery walks into a lodge and says, “Funny, I don’t remember this being a part of my fantasy,” and the lodgekeeper says:
    a. You know this isn’t a gay lodge, right?
    b. It’s not your fantasy you have to worry about.
    c. All you have to do is catch a bigger tarpon than me.
    d. They don’t call this Black Friday for nothing, bitch.
    e. You must have confused this strip with Rex Morgan.
    f. Listen Big Boy, going Galt with you wasn’t in my bucket list, either.
    g. Bring back Peaches!

    Mark Trail: Why do I think/hope this is going to end like The Godfather II?

    Mary Worth: I don’t actually remember Mary being this much of a pimp when I read her strip as a kid.

    That, sadly, is all I got today. I blame the turkey.

  65. pastordan, lazy professor
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    @pastordan, lazy professor (#64): I’d blame the pumpkin pie for the absence of a closing italics tag up there, but I didn’t have any pumpkin pie.

  66. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    @Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (#62): Just what we need, another euphemism for sex. American English has more euphemisms for death, sex, and alcohol than anything else. What would Sapir and Whorf say?

  67. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#60): That’s certain to be so much better than the original that I’m going to pretend that that’s what Greg Evans wrote. Of course, I don’t actually follow that strip anymore, so it’s easy pretending.

  68. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    @lynn (#66): What would Lt. Worf say, for that matter? “P’tak!”

  69. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    @lynn (#68): Oops, I mean “K’plah!” Am rusty on my Klingon, or as Mark Trail would say, “That Rusty is sure a’clingin on.”

  70. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    @lynn (#66): Give me a day or three and I’ll come up with more revolting euphemisms. The more the merrier. I think.

  71. Erich Clapton
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:57 am [Reply]

    So, the Duck we’re not supposed to talk about was really funny today. Too bad it hits too close to home. . .

  72. bats :[
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:59 am [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#53): and the saber-tooth’s name (although I don’t think it was actually spoken in any episode) is Baby. I think I have it written on some piece of Flintstone memorabilia. God, I loved the Flintstones as a kid…I blame the dinosaurs.

  73. gleeb
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    Slylock: What they have in common is that the fox has busted them all, especially the raccoon.

  74. remmy
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:02 am [Reply]

    9CL: Haha – another pot shot at the readers. They never work though Brooke. We never take affront as it is clear you are having a tantrum. OT – I was looking up the 30th anniversary of Funky Winkerbean’s Westview Class, and it lead me to one of Josh’s pages. On that page he goes to explain that the reason he does not attack 9CL is he has a tough time making fun of it on a regular basis. I found this incredible considering the shitty storylines of obnoxious unicorns, Nazi year long hand fucking, Brussels fucking, Thorax, asshat women characters, and stereotypical gay men. This is a veritable cornucopia of snark. I sometimes wonder if the real reason is that he got served papers from Brooke’s attorney.
    Funky: There are people here worried that this will turn into a spousal abuse story? Who cares? The main thing is that one of the most hated characters of all time is finally, FINALLY getting the shit kicked out of him. I say pour it on – he deserves it. Just go back and read the last decades worth of stories, and you will be hoping Cayla puts poison in his coffee.
    Nancy: Eye candy is always good.
    Sally Forth: I thought the family was going to visit Ted’s relatives this year? And Ted – you are being a dick today.
    Zits: Once again – Jeremy shows that he is the supreme asshole. I wonder if he knows Les Moore.

  75. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    How much am I wishing that Cayla, after clobbering Les, mutters, “Take THAT, cracker!”

  76. remmy
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    Curtis: Ah fuck this comic. I would have been happy if they had stuck to Curtis really doesn’t want to see his cousins – and was glad they never showed up. Instead we get this sentimental crap.

  77. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    There’s so much to delve into in today’s 9CL. Bottom line is that I think Brooke is separating himself from those low-rent cartoonists he’s slagging on because he is, in fact, a high-brow, pretentious comics “Artiste” who has higher aspirations than….well…than anyone!

  78. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    @Chaze (#75): “‘S’mofo butter layin’ me to da’ BONE! Jackin’ me up… tight me! “

  79. Inkwell
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:11 am [Reply]

    This is the first time I’ve seen Slylock speak. It’s the last time Max will.

    I’m sure Slylock thought this little puzzle was worth watching his adorable sidekick get horked down by a giant owl, though. Annoying little bugger.

  80. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:13 am [Reply]

    Most days I like Shoe. Sometimes if only because I get a major kick out of the shoes and socks the birds wear. I guess I’m easily amused. However, today ain’t like most days. Dumb joke not worth the effort.

  81. bbofun
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#35): Re: 9CL- That’s Edda’s mother (aka: older Edda) and her beau (aka:older Amos) They show up when Brooke has a joke that doesn’t involve music or gay men, basically.

    @OMEGA SUPREME (#46):Are you ACTUALLY equating political polling with eugenics? I mean, holy mother-fucking crap, guy. You might want to take a vacation- or a drink.

    PIBGORN- Hmmm- I thought I read somewhere that succubus-whose-name-I-don’t-recall’s “clothes” (the black-and red “bodysuit”) was actually her skin, and she was, technically naked all the time. Am I wrong about that? If not, why isn’t she more concerned about her pigmentation changing?

    LUANN- The dog, at least, seems to have taste.

    PBS- Only one thing wrong- the pie needed “scent lines.”

    FW- Honestly, everyone who thinks this is leading to a “spousal abuse” story is giving Batiuk WAYYYY too much credit. I doubt he’s even realized that he put two “Cayla’s stronger/more of a jock than Les” gags so close together.

    MW- “Life is actually simple. People just MAKE things complicated. Which is why I’ve decided to ERADICATE THE HUMAN RACE! BWAH-HA-HA! Salmon square?”

    RMMD- Well, mystery solved! Rex and June can go back home! Wait- but then- no more Honey and Ginger (plus random other biikini babes). NOOOOOOOOOO!

    A3G- I can’t. I just- can’t.

  82. bats :[
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:17 am [Reply]

    MW: DAMN Darn it, if Mary doesn’t always come up with something that’s good for whatever ails ya!

  83. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:23 am [Reply]

    Tangled web, eh, Mary? There’s a very clearly drawn one over in the corner of the room that reads, “Some pig.”

  84. MySpoonIsTooBig
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    ASG- Can I just say how much I love that Mr. ASG Art Guy is blissfully unaware that anything has changed in the outside world since the 60s?

  85. bats :[
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:36 am [Reply]

    @Chaze (#83): *Snort!*
    (And I mean that in an amused way, not a porcine one.)

  86. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:39 am [Reply]

    MT: Be careful, Otto—Mark’s ‘Stache Sense is tingling!

    FC: Just so we aren’t privy to the “in and out” game.

  87. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    Cheer up, Dawn. Even the most tangled web can easily be sliced through, by Clown-9.

  88. MySpoonIsTooBig
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    @remmy (#74):

    I think it as a strip has gotten much worse in the time since Josh said that. There did used to be some at least halfway decent writing, somewhere along the line it got ALL insufferable.

  89. Clint Brawny
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    I like how Heathcliff has been discussed here as much in the past month as Garfield has in more than 2.5 years.

  90. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:55 am [Reply]

    @Clint Brawny (#89): Mudgeons have been waiting for 8 years to discuss Heathcliff. Mudgeons have been trying for 8 years to forget Garfield.

  91. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:55 am [Reply]

    @MySpoonIsTooBig (#88): Not sure which of the five strips in the post you are referring to, but it applies to all of them.

  92. Brad
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    Wait, Gil doesn’t change shirts between lifting weights and doing office work? No wonder Doyle looks stunned, he’s getting a mega-whiff of the Thorp musk.

  93. debussy fields
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:17 pm [Reply]

    MT– I have a niece who, when she was two, loved to watch TV reruns of the old Lassie show. We still tease her for the way she would cry every time the camera panned away from Lassie, then smiled when she returned into view. (Close-ups of Timmy or June Lockhart brought nothing but tears.) The point: Some kid who really likes Andy is out there right now crying his head off. It’s been days since Mark’s good old dog has made an appearance. Where the hell is he? Who’s taking care of him? Why is Mark suddenly giving him the Rusty-treatment?

  94. MySpoonIsTooBig
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#91):

    D’oh! I was referring to 9CL. It’s the most frustrating strip, because every so often he shows he could actually make a good strip if his head wasn’t shoved up his ass.

  95. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#1):
    This summer I was reading Scientific American (I think that was the mag) and they showed the array of chemicals that make up a Twinkie. Made me feel kind of ill. Very little organic food product in there, if at all (a little flour and the corn syrup).

  96. Rocky Stoneaxe
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    Love is… setting her ass on fire.

  97. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:23 pm [Reply]

    RM – Wait, so the sick girl get her rent lowered but the other girls live there for free?

    (I actually initially type “RW” – I think I’m doing my own little FW/RM crossover in my head.)

    FW – Wow. DV usually escalates before it is addressed in some form or fashion, FBOFW. I wonder what’s next and if there’s a Duluth Program for women.

  98. pugfuggly
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    @debussy fields (#93):

    It’s been days since Mark’s good old dog has made an appearance. Where the hell is he? Who’s taking care of him? Why is Mark suddenly giving him the Rusty-treatment?

    Andy is involved in a hunting competition with Senor Mustache’s dog. Winner gets to eat the islanders when the fish runs out.

  99. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:30 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#90):
    Poor HC, being treated like a Brunswick Rhino.
    Our neighbors have two cats – her bro’s B & W female who stays in most of the time (a sweet girl) and the Maine Coon who used to live on a farm – he’s very independent and often spends the night out, but this year my gf made him a lovely insulated “condo” with insulated foam, real house siding leftover from their renos, metal edging, and he has a wool blanket and an old fleece inside and a couple of towels as a curtain. We have a big bowl of water outdoors at all times. He’s very cozy and warm in that thing-she put many hours into creating it, and it is on a bench on our front walkway/steps, which is in turn protected by plastic show/wind guards.
    Yeah, we spoil the animals. They deserve healthy spoiling!

  100. Mark B.
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:30 pm [Reply]

    The good thing about the Heathcliff strip from the artist’s perspective is that they can recycle it by just putting some bowling pins at the end of the sidewalk… And then it’s not just a Thanksgiving strip and it might even be a little funnier.

  101. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:31 pm [Reply]

    *snow* guards
    And we don’t have any snow here yet – so weird and a bit disconcerting, but good for the critters’ comfort.

  102. Mark B.
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#99): I swear your comment wasn’t up yet when I started mine. GMTA. And sometimes, not so great ones.

  103. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:34 pm [Reply]

    @Mark B. (#100):
    AMC Pins, made with the strictest measurements.

  104. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    @Mark B. (#102):
    I know! Too funny.
    I could use a few tenpin games, actually. Need to stretch my back a bit.

  105. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    cousins. The Mustelidae Anti-Defamation League will be in touch.

    meanwhile, next Thanksgiving dinner.

    something for anyone who over indulged yesterday.

    the Very Sexy Diaries, updated.

    Otter Team 6, building entry.

    Corgie wants to join the big table.

    corgi nap attack.

  106. Cespinarve
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    We let our cat out all the time – in fact, my other rarely puts him out during the day because she doesn’t want him to live in the city. I know people with indoor cats, but I don’t know anyone who thinks put your cats out at night is weird or bad unless you live near a major roadway.

  107. sporknpork
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    “Oh by the way, Doyle, could you call 911 for me? My hand has melded to the office furniture again.”

  108. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:43 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#99): That’s hardly ‘spoiling’ an animal, to give it food and shelter. Keep up the spoiling! And let me remind you, the Sunday Heathcliff has that ‘kitty corner’ for cute cat stories.

  109. Shrug, Caller to Canines
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    @debussy fields (#93):

    We were at our vet’s this morning (routine shots for one of our remaining cats, no crisis this time) and got to share the waiting room with the biggest St. Bernard dog I can recall ever seeing. I’ve been known to joke about Andy in MARK TRAIL really being a midget in a dog suit, but if this were a dog suit thing, I think I could have fit into it myself. (And I’m a big guy.)

    Fortunately his human had not gotten around to teaching him to attack any male with facial hair yet, so I was safe. (And I didn’t happen to be holding any rifles at the time.) Otherwise I might have had to spend the last couple of hours tied to a tree. Counting my blessings….

  110. Mark B.
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#104): the bad thing about the bowling analogy is that I’m now thinking where grandpa just put his thumb when he made his toss.

  111. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    I had a cat suddenly appear and take over my yard, which it did so unilaterally that I named her “Poup d’etat” (as in, “I tawt I taw a poup d’etat! I did, I did tee a poup d’etat!”) and she is often out lying in the frost in the middle of my lawn. She belongs to my new neighbors. They say they can’t get her to come in. Never saw a (female) cat who preferred a bed of frost to a nice warm human bed!

  112. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:51 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#90):
    I’ve spent the last eight years actively avoiding Garfield.

  113. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#112): Actively? Why? Is he chazing you?

  114. Joshua
    November 23rd, 2012 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    @remmy (#74): Sally Forth: I thought the family was going to visit Ted’s relatives this year?

    They’re going to Ted’s relatives for Christmas.

  115. Artist formerly known as Ben
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:03 pm [Reply]

    WofI: If you mean Heck, the realm ruled by Phil, Prince of Insufficient Light, you’re inquiring in the wrong comic strip. If you mean Great Heck in North Yorkshire, the answer is probably “chilly and quiet.”

    A3G: Remember that whole ridiculous internet petition that came up a few years ago insisting that Daniel Craig could never be James Bond? Who knew that the job could go to one of an infinite number of interchangeable white guys?

    C-Shaft: Jeff breathes deeply of that special holiday feeling known as “unearned superiority.”

    9CL: And speaking of, it turns out that Brooke looks down his nose at his profession and everybody else in it. Whoda thunk?

    JP: Well that’s a lie. Going to Bea’s cabin for breakfast and “breakfast” was always very much part of Avery’s fantasy.

    RMMD: No one’s actually seen Junior yet, have they? Is he even still alive?

    GA: Oh, the irony. One of the bullies looks like a pint-size version of Boog’s grandfather Slim. (Wait. That’s not ironic. It’s statistically inevitable.)

    H&L: “And here I am making moronic puns like a badass. You’re welcome!”

    DT: Yet again, Cinnamon Knight vows to redesign his costume so he’s not slowed down by 120 lbs of armor. He’ll get to it eventually.

    Phantom: “Assuming I didn’t screw up the tranq, resulting in something that will just annoy her.”

    FC: Jokes on you, Jeffy. Mommy is with the FedEx guy, playing the “in and out” game.

    Luann: Puddles walks away in disgust. I really hope he lived up to his name on that bed.

    SSmith: “Ha ha ha! If it weren’t so fucking hot we’d find an ice floe and put you on it, old man.”

    SFx: The owl is larger than the tiger. This might be a good time for Max to play dead. Slylock too, for that matter.

  116. Artist formerly known as Ben
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:07 pm [Reply]

    @remmy (#74): @Joshua (#114): If visiting Ted’s family is anything like this, missing Jon will be just the salt in Hilary’s wound.

  117. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#113):

    Because my paper believes Garfield is the most popular strip on the planet (I dunno….is it?) it gets the #1 position. Therefore I read my strips from the bottom of the page up, so I don’t have to lay eyes on it. I can only absorb so much lameness in my life, so the lame stuff I read may as well be guilty pleasure, snarkworthy lame, as opposed to “lay there dead” boring lame.

  118. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#117): I never thought about page position and popularity. Doonesbury is at the top of my Philadelphia Inquirer. Also, I always start at the bottom because the paper is long and my arms are short. Is it really true that popularity guides the placement? If so, according to my local paper, ‘Frank & Ernest’ is a smash hit in my hometown. And I don’t think we’re *that* moronic.

  119. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    A3G – You know, Greg is a dead ringer for George Lazenby. Maybe he’s his grandson, Greg Lazenby. In this motif of third generation Bond characters, Skyler is Pussy Galore’s granddaughter, Grander Snatch.

  120. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    These days I actually take my reading glasses off and lean forward on my elbows, pressing my nose to the newsprint, to read the comics. Staroz ne radoz, my mom would say. (Sorry, can not do Polish text)

  121. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#118):

    Maybe placement depends on the parent company. When Peanuts was still first runs, it was in the lead off position, then it was FOOB for many years. I just figured it was based on assumed popularity.

  122. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#120):

    Fellow Polish person….

  123. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:29 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#116): We still don’t know anything about Jon’s parents, do we, or about who it is in this town that he comes to visit every Christmas and summer? I still hold out hope that it’s Aria.

  124. Zerowolf
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    FC : The Melonhead rebellion continues. Having taken down the being known as “Daddy,” the two youngest Melonheads set a trap for the Queen of the Kompound, known as “Mommy.”

  125. Artist formerly known as Ben
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#27):

    GT: So, it’s okay for teens to wage a cyberbullying war against a peer, as long as it doesn’t affect team morale. Thanks, Gil Thorp!

    It’s about time someone stood up for popular and egotistical jocks.

  126. Artist formerly known as Ben
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#120): If you can write Polish text in a Word document, I’m pretty sure you can copy/paste it into the comments. It works for Spanish tildes and stuff like that.

    @seismic-2 (#123): That’s a nice idea. And Aria’s background does have enough space in it that she might have a preteen son we didn’t know about.

  127. Chance
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    Who wears a vest and tie as a matter of course these days? I guess Gil Throp has the answer: “All the young people do.”

  128. HAMMY THE SQUIRREL!
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:40 pm [Reply]

    GARFIELD! HEATHCLIFF!
    GARFIELD!! HEATHCLIFF!!
    GARFIELD!!! HEATHCLIFF!!!

    MEH!

    MUTTS!!!!

    you got to love a strip where the squirrels have the balls to throw their nuts

  129. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:43 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#126): Staro?? nie rado??. Ha. That was easy.

  130. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:43 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#129): Not as easy as you made it sound. It takes some kind of html magic which I am able to do on my WordPress page, but not here. And I think this is WordPress, isn’t it?

  131. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:46 pm [Reply]

    Staro?? nie rado?? – ok this is cut and pasted from my own page. It previewed ok. Let’s see if it works.

  132. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    Sorry to waste all you guys’ time with my experiment. Don’t give me a bunch of advice. Do I really need to post in Polish here? But if you are curious, it looks like “starosc nie radosc” but the ‘s’ is not an ‘s’ and the ‘c’ is not a ‘c’.

  133. tallyHO
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:56 pm [Reply]

    @Inkwell (#79):
    Wow. I hadn’t even noticed that until you pointed it out.

    I wish his voice was a little less mechanical though. Not that I expect him to “sound” like the voice of God. Or, like Mark Trail’s.

    Now we just need a conversation between Max and Slyfox.

    Three of these things belong together
    That fourth one ruins the menaaaagé a trois!
    Three of these things belong together
    The fourth one’s trying to eat me as we sing this song!
    Well, one of these things is a humaaaan!
    That means he’s up to no good, and is all wrong!

    That’s how we play this gaaaaame.
    It’s the animal hall of shaaaaame!

  134. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    This is going to drive me nuts. I used the html section of my WordPress page. There’s no way to tell if it works unless I actually post it. Staro?? nie rado?? and believe me, at this point I really feel, it is not so happy to get old. (I actually have work I should be doing!)

  135. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    I promise I will never, never do this again. Sorry.

  136. HAMMY THE SQUIRREL!
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#135): Polskiego! Inne bia?e mówi?!

    polish - the other white speak

  137. Artist formerly known as Ben
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#129): Ah, sorry. Worth a try, though.

  138. HAMMY THE SQUIRREL!
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#135): YOU’RE RIGHT! IT DOESN’T EXACTLY WORK!!

    so enjoy a bowl of polish nuts

  139. Écureuil Écumant
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    Gizzard o’ Squid: You lookin’ to go to Heck, pard? It’s about 50 miles due south of Hoover Darn.

  140. Poteet
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

    HEATHCLIFF — I see that in the time-warp world of HEATHCLIFF, cats are free to turn into furry basketballs without their owners feeling guilty for overfeeding them. *sigh* As for the indoor/outdoor issue, even out here in the sticks, the old assumption that it’s fine to let your animals roam onto other people’s land if you live in a rural area is declining, though not fast enough for some of us.

  141. Chip Whittle
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    Based on the contorted dialogue, the shocked-sad eyes, and the inability of Mary and Dawn to look directly at or even near one another, I’m guessing that Mary Worth is ordering someone executed today.

    This also implies she orders a lot of executions, which maybe explains what happened to Ink Pen.

  142. Poteet
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:23 pm [Reply]

  143. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    @HAMMY THE SQUIRREL! (#136): I think that what happens is that if there’s an accent mark, it comes out, but where it’s a different letter altogether, it doesn’t. I’m sure there is some way to do special characters here, just like there is in Word.

  144. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:28 pm [Reply]

    @HAMMY THE SQUIRREL! (#138): We polaki are coming out of the woodwork now. I also speak jive…

  145. Poteet
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:30 pm [Reply]

    GT — Now I know for absolute certain sure that rolling beads of sweat do not improve the repulsive appearances of GT characters, so I guess that lesson was worth the trauma.

  146. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    @HAMMY THE SQUIRREL! (#136): Polskiego! Inne nie mówi?!

  147. Katzenjammer Kid
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    Flintstones, with two Ts.

  148. Snarkotix Addict
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    FW – Cayla seemed so quiet and submissive. Who would have figured her for an abuser? I can only imagine the humiliation Les must suffer in the bedroom. Well, fortunately I can’t (or I won’t because it’s just too repulsive).
    And do I take pleasure in this thought? Sadly, no, because I’m sure that Les enjoys it. He hasn’t had such good times since Funky and Bull beat him up in high school.

  149. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    just in case someone out there isn’t happy enough, here is 80 seconds of a pair of 6 week-old fennec pups bouncing around

    *faints from teh kewt*

  150. Poteet
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:40 pm [Reply]

    A3G — I hope Skyler’s hair will stay black, so there will never again be any danger of confusing her with Lu Ann. And it’s interesting to see all the blank space behind the characters. NYC is more rural than I had realized.

  151. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:42 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#150): It expresses the psychic emptiness of the characters.

  152. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:42 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#108):
    Aw, thanks! We do what we can. : )
    Maine Coon is fine-I took him and kitteh sister to the vet a couple of weeks ago as their human Mom is busy with 2 children and a job and she does know how to handle or give meds to the cats-I am their surrogate Mom in that respect.

  153. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:46 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#152): I assumed by your nom de plume that you either sew a lot or like cats. Or both.

  154. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:51 pm [Reply]

    @Snarkotix Addict (#148):
    Oh, and I would speculate that she lied about being pregnant as well; otherwise I would not advise playing contact sports when one is with child.
    Christ, Batuik, you astound me, and not in a positve way.

  155. tallyHO
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    So, with The Lockhorns is the couple on a Let’s Depress or Anger Everyone Tour?

    Just look at the look on the lady’s face in today’s strip. In a strip where most of the characters are heavy-lidded most of the time, you’d think they’d all be more mellow and go with the flow. Howeever, when The Lockhorns–one or both– are happy that means anyone else with them become sad.

    Odd.

  156. Alter Ego
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#Y62): Ooh! Good job on that love is comment!

    I’m gonna need a handicap, so I’ll take two shots at it today.

    love is… getting all up in his grill.

    love is… he supplies the meat, she supplies the buns.

  157. Liam
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    MW-Life is simple, Dawn. Mary tells you what to do and you do it.

  158. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#153):
    I had a Callie 1987-2005. Katie Girl. She was beautiful and quirky.
    I’m 49 (50th tomorrow! Auuugh!) and have been owned by cats since I was 5. It’s my destiny.
    Actually, I hate sewing but like old-fashioned Americana cloth patterns.

  159. Poteet
    November 23rd, 2012 at 2:56 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#151): Thank you! That gives the strip an interesting dimension of bleakness. Plus I see that Skyler has acquired a second coat button between the first and second panels, which I interpret to mean that she wants to be careful not to let down her defenses too soon before this raging volcano of masculine puissance.

  160. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    @HAMMY THE SQUIRREL! (#128):
    Don’t forget Buckles’ squirrel friend! : )

  161. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#158): Happy birthday! I will be 55 shortly. This has been the best decade of my life so far. You go, girl!

  162. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:03 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#159): Now you’re getting the hang of it! “…this raging volcano of masculine puissance….” *sigh* – oh, Mr. Scu…

  163. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#122):
    One of my Great-Grandmothers was 100% Polish. I have her eyes. Love it.

  164. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#161):
    I will be 60 in a couple weeks. If I said that didn’t bother me I’d be lying.

  165. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#161):
    I shall try – and thank you! >^^<

  166. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#163): Eww. In a jar, or what?

  167. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#164):
    Happy Birthday all! : D
    Chaze, 60 is the new 40. ANd Lynn, 55 is the new 35.
    You other Sagittarians you. ; )

  168. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#166):
    Haaaaaaa! Mon dieu, mais non!

  169. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#163):
    My dad was 100% Polish and my mom was 100% Italian. Let’s just say I’ve heard my share of lousy jokes. Although it has made me a master of the sarcastic reply.

  170. The Ghost of Jarrod
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    JP – And the role-playing begins.

    Luann – What’s up with Gunther and Rosa? Brad and Toni? TJ and Ann? FOR GOD’S SAKE, ANYONE….

  171. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:12 pm [Reply]

  172. Liam
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    FW-So they are playing bad touch football?

    FC-Mommy comes after the In and Out Game. Of course sometimes she doesn’t come.

    MT-So whether Mark wins or loses he is going to be sent home to a child constantly wanting to be taken fishing, a wife you wants her womanly needs taken care of, and a father-in-law who has no idea where he is. Sounds like Mark is going to lose anyways.

  173. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#167): *does best centaur imitation possible with only four limbs*

    47 next week.

  174. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#171): LOL! All four of my grandparents were Polish, though my dad’s parents were northern Poles and my mom’s, southern. Dad had those freaky light-blue eyes. All of my mom’s siblings (8) had brown eyes but she had her mother’s green eyes. My eyes are sometimes blue and sometimes green but I always wanted brown eyes. My dad would say brown eyes mean you are full of…Anyway, what color are yours?

  175. Poteet
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#35): At first I thought “Wait, that dork is a surgeon??” And then I realized his being a surgeon in his limited spare time, meaning when he’s not having sex with Edda’s mum, makes as much sense as Edda being a gifted classic pianist on the rare occasions when she happens to feel like performing, so whatever. It’s Brooketown.

  176. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#175):

    Can you imagine that conversation?

    “Hey! I need a bowel resection. Whatcha doing this weekend?”

    “I can take care of that after I mow the lawn. That work for you?”

    “Cool!”

  177. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    and, for the centaur fans, a cute centaur schoolgirl and her friends. (sfw)

  178. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    oops. for the pic in question, try this one.

    the previous post takes you to a tumblr with more pics from the series. (which is really cute and sweet, and has some amazing world-building notes.

  179. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    FC: The “In or Out” game? I’m waiting for a hung-over Thel to stagger downstairs carrying a loaded pistol, take one look at Billy and Jeffy, and play the “Live or Die” game.

  180. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    Since it’s quiet today, can I thread-jack and ask those of you who are age 40+ for some advice? No, not about Mr. Scudder. Seriously. I have a novel (written without any Kickstarter campaign) which can be downloaded to any kind of mobile device. The site people are telling me to break it up into chunks because it’s easier to access. On investigation I find that they’re talking about the younger set using smartphones. I wrote the novel for people in my age bracket, and my observation is that those of us who are reading e-books are using tablets and e-readers, not our phones. Agree? Disagree? the difference is whether I have to take my book down and put it up again, which frankly I don’t want to do as I have already publicized it as it is. (Ugh! Reading a whole novel on a phone? Ugh!)

  181. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#174):
    Light brown – same as my Mom – kind of hazel
    We think my Dad was UK/Irish/otherwise Anglo, and he had blue eyes. (He was adopted by 2 wonderful parents but his birth records were lost in a fire, yes, seriously).

  182. Uncle Lumpy
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#134):

    Re: Unicode to HTML conversion — try this. Paste your source text into the top box and click convert. Either the decimal or hexadecimal HTML will display just fine, in both Preview and Post.

    (The problem is that WordPress screens out special codes and characters before they’re stored in the comments database, but after Preview.)

  183. Austria
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    Never used to refer to hell-as-a-place? Clearly you’ve never seen Rocko’s Modern Life!

  184. Calico
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#173):
    Let us know what day, and we’ll send you some Corgis. ; )

  185. Uncle Lumpy
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#180):

    Agreed — people who read books on phones don’t read books, and certainly don’t buy them.

  186. Peanut Gallery
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    JP – Bea has fantasies, too, y’know.

    MW
    Dawn: “Gosh, Mary, I tried those new potato chips, but I think they’re a little too salty.”
    Mary: “Actually, nothing is too salty! We just like non-salty things too much!”
    Dawn: “Okay, now I’m sure you’re doing it purpose.”

  187. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:16 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#182): Great! I bookmarked that.

  188. Poteet
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#176): HAR!! And it’s not just bowels. Dork probably does complicated brain surgery early on a Sunday morning before heading off to brunch with Edda’s mum and then home with her for a long leisurely afternoon of cosplay and bonking. The Brookepeople are different from you and me.

  189. Poteet
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#180): For what little it’s worth, the forty-plus people I know who read books on electronic devices do it on devices that are bigger than phones.

  190. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#184): and Labs. mos def some black Labs.

  191. Canuckamuck
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#37): Barf tears! I hate when I have barf tears.

  192. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 4:55 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#180): I’m so much over 40 that I can’t even remember what that felt like, so believe me when I tell you that for those us who rely on trifocals the notion of whether to use a telephone-sized screen for reading a book (or pretty much anything else) is completely a moot point. I say that big ideas require big screens and big fonts, and that’s that.

  193. Artist formerly known as Ben
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#173): Huh.
    I’m about halfway done with being 42, which must be why I keep getting carded around here.

  194. Artist formerly known as Ben
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#188):

    The Brookepeople are different from you and me.

    Yeah, they have more money a more indulgent creator.

  195. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#192): Thanks, all, for the feedback, and yes, seismic-2, I *will* get off your lawn.

  196. lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#193): I can tell the younger Mudgeons by their poor grammar and lack of punctuation. So, sorry, you seem literate so I figured you to be 40+. Or at least 30+. Still, the text-speak and twitter-like voicings of the juvenile set are welcome here, particularly to Josh’s advertisers.

  197. Alison
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    “Mary Worth”: I loathe when people who’ve had cushy lives preach to other people that life isn’t complicated. Yes, Mary, we all understand that YOUR life isn’t complicated since all you’ve ever done is bake salmon squares and get your butt kissed for saving little girls from Goleta, but I somehow think Jim, with his missing arm and dead sister, has had a different experience. Oh how I long for Dawn to point this out, but no doubt she will instead reply, “You’re right, Mary. We humans do tend to create drama!”

    “Luann”: How about a song that goes, “Hi mate/You live in the States/That’s too far away/Oh well. G’day!” and then no more mention of this relationship ever.

    Ugh to the “Flintstones”. I hated that cartoon when I was little. Fred scared the shit out of me with the way he screamed at everybody. He was so mean to Wilma for no reason. I hate you, Fred Flintstone.

  198. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#194): Yeah, they have a more indulgent megalomaniacal creator.

  199. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    Hey, is it just me or has Quill packed on a few pounds since returning home? Now he’s a “porky” pining Quill.

  200. The Ridger
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    @Cespinarve (#106): Weird? No. It’s very common. But there are a lot of places – not just roads – where outdoor cats, even half-time, live only a third to a half as long. There’s dogs, other cats, FeLeuk, rabies, coyotes, storms … when I was a kid we had a cat that spent most of his time outdoors and he drowned in a culvert at age 5.

  201. The Ridger
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#115): And speaking of, it turns out that Brooke looks down his nose at his profession and everybody else in it. Whoda thunk? Huh. I got exactly the opposite vibe from this. Cartooning is hard. Even doctors can’t do it. We’re special, creative people, you beefwit critics.

  202. The Ridger
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:37 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#180): I don’t like to read on my phone (fwiw, I’m 59): the screen is too bright and too small for anything besides short blog posts and Facebook. I read on a Kindle, and all my friends also read on Kindles or tablets. I wouldn’t break it up, if I were you.

  203. Amos Snarkadder, CQB
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:42 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#197):

    “Luann”: How about a song that goes, “Hi mate/You live in the States/That’s too far away/Oh well. G’day!” and then no more mention of this relationship ever.

    Thank you! Alison, you’re my hero! (Well, I should have said “heroine,” but that might lead to unfortunate misunderstandings with my parole board.)

    @lynn (#196):

    I can tell the younger Mudgeons by their poor grammar and lack of punctuation.

    I wonder what the demographic for ‘Mudgeon age is? I’m convinced we’re all boomers.

  204. greghousesgf
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:45 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#197): I agree. Fred’s a jerk.

  205. Les Moore Fan Club, LLC
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:47 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#199): Ha ha! Thank you, sir, for the laugh. My dear lamented Les used to make puns like that.

  206. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:47 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#192): ” I’m so much over 40 that I can’t even remember what that felt like”

    so go feel up a 40 year old and remind yourself!!!

    ;-)

  207. Baka Gaijin
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:50 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#119): Oh my God. That’s hilarious! Grander Snatch, leader of an in-your-face lesbian coven of ultra ninjas.

    @lynn (#180): Who do they think are buying all those Kindles and iPads? Not those damned whippersnappers with their good focusing eyes.

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#206): How about feel up a couple of 20 year olds instead. Twice the nice, twice the fun.

  208. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:52 pm [Reply]

    @Amos Snarkadder, CQB (#203): some, even most, but not all.

    I’m under the cut-off for boomerhood (and am immature for my age)

    Austria and mollificent are young pups, and there’s others. Shannon and Non-Shannon were twenty-somethings when they were around.

  209. Dale
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    LUANN

    What are the chances that Quill is actually writing the song for his girlfriend,
    and just wants Luann’s opinion?

  210. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#207): true dat, but the 40-year old would likely appreciate it twice as much, so it all evens out.

    *runs for cover*

  211. The Ridger
    November 23rd, 2012 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    @greghousesgf (#204): Fred was meant to be Ralph Kramden, but let’s face: he was hardly The Great One. (And Barney sure as hell heck wasn’t Art Carney!)

  212. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:00 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#196): Hmmm…. I never thought about that distinction. But my impression is that the younger ‘mudgeons are just as erudite and accomplished as those who are older. The few folks who exhibit flagrant violations against grammatical and syntactical decency seem to do so on purpose, I think. (And I frequently bristle in defense of my students when people claim that kidsthesedays just can’t write; I’ve seen some of the sloppiest writing come from educated people my age, whereas most of my students try quite earnestly to get it right.)

    Oh, and count me among the non-phone readers. In fact, count me among the non-e readers, too. Give me print, baby!

  213. Liam
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp-”I already got an STD from the girls.”

    Gil Thorp-Why does that guy have swastikas tattooed around his arm?

  214. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:06 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#212): “Give me print, baby!”

    font me! font me, sans serif!

    *runs away laughing*

  215. Shrug, Contemplator of Codgerhood
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    @Amos Snarkadder, CQB (#203):

    “I wonder what the demographic for ‘Mudgeon age is? I’m convinced we’re all boomers.”

    I turned 67 a couple of months ago. Haven’t boomed in a long time, though.

  216. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:21 pm [Reply]

    @Amos Snarkadder, CQB (#203): Probably most ‘Mudges are in fact Boomers, because ‘Mudges:
    (1) are, or at least during their formative years were, newspaper readers
    (2) became comics fans when those papers still published multiple pages that were filled with wonderful strips which were printed large enough that they merited beautiful art work

    Neither of those factors apply to more recent generations, I fear, so comic-strip fans are likely a diminishing fraction of the population. The fact that so many modern comics pages are dominated by uninspired second- or third-generation legacy strips does not offer encouragement that this trend is likely to be reversed anytime in the near future.

  217. Amos Snarkadder, CQB
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:24 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#154):

    Oh, and I would speculate that she lied about being pregnant as well

    Oh, I thought that was just a set-up for the “joke.” Well, if she is lying, I hope it’s about who the father is.

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#115):

    FC: Jokes on you, Jeffy. Mommy is with the FedEx guy, playing the “in and out” game.

    The FedEx guy? Oh, right, PJ’s daddy.

    @Chareth Cutestory (#7):

    Gil Thorp: Yep, its just a typical scene as two grown men exercise and discuss what teenage girls have been doing to their football players. Better add another set, no frustrations here!

    Huh. The last time I saw something like panel 1 it was in one of those online “physique” films. Panel 3 was much, much different.

  218. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    I think some of the syntax shortcuts we see on this site happen because of typing on a smart phone or tablet. I know that I am much more precise when I post from my PC with traditional keyboard than from my iPad, using one finger. While the digital posting group is becoming more age diverse, I think younger people still dominate and their shortcuts are just a way of life.

  219. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:27 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug, Contemplator of Codgerhood (#215):

    Shrug, I’ll be turning 60 in a couple weeks. Thanks for setting a very cool example of 60hood!

  220. Amos Snarkadder, CQB
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:28 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug, Contemplator of Codgerhood (#215):

    Haven’t boomed in a long time, though.

    Even after all that Thanksgiving turkey?

  221. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:31 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#207):
    Baka, I saw some pictures of old balloons from Macy’s parades of the past, including a freakish clown, that were downright creepy looking. The clown made me think of you. It DID make my skin crawl.

  222. Amos Snarkadder, CQB
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:33 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#219): @Shrug, Contemplator of Codgerhood (#215):

    Shrug, I’ll be turning 60 in a couple weeks. Thanks for setting a very cool example of 60hood!

    Next year. Yes, thanks Shrug!

  223. Amos Snarkadder, CQB
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:40 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#208):

    I’m under the cut-off for boomerhood (and am immature for my age)

    I’m right in the middle.

  224. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#221):

    Sorry, Baka. It made think of you because of your…..uh….avoidance of clowns.

  225. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    November 23rd, 2012 at 7:11 pm [Reply]

    Good moaning, everyone.

    Action movie dream. Skyscraper rooftop, lady
    cop in body armour versus two Bad Guys,
    who are also mutual antagonists.

    Everyone shoots
    everyone else with handguns the size of
    miniature artillery pieces. Lady cop knocked
    out cold. One Bad Guy falls off. Presumably
    dies on impact with the street. Other Bad Guy,
    injured, runs down stairs, shows up at my
    doorstep, and blows himself up. How? How
    should I know how? I was too busy being
    blown to pieces to ask questions.

    Oh yeah, there was a college botany
    classroom somewhere in there as well.

  226. I speak Jive
    November 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 pm [Reply]

    Rex Morgan – You know what’s going to happen? Horribly Madeover Melissa is going to learn about the stripper’s health crisis and will pay all of her bills.
    Not sure how she will find out about it – she sent Rex and June to investigate the problems at the apartment house, but he hasn’t been in contact with her since he arrived in San Diego. How long ago was that?

  227. Lynn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm [Reply]

    Thanks, everyone, for the advice. I, too, am a ‘give me print’ girl, but after 62 rejections by print publishers, I gave up. And I am not going to break the book up into parts.

    NOthing personal against young Curmudgeons. I teach college freshmen. I recognize the way they express themselves, and know they do almost everything through their phones. I like to think that our younger members are ironic hipsters, appreciating a dying medium.

  228. maryworthless
    November 23rd, 2012 at 7:45 pm [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#53): Hey, there were quite a few episodes of the Flintstones cartoon. I’m sure that they changed from time to time. In fact, I believe that Fred put Dino out (and he happily scampered on) and then the cat.

    I could be wrong. But I watched the Flintstones when they first came out. I was a kid of probably 6 or 7yrs old. Back in the day when there were only 3 or 4 stations to choose from. And, believe it or not, they were on PRIMETIME on Friday nights! ABC.

    Little cartoon history here.

  229. Dale
    November 23rd, 2012 at 7:48 pm [Reply]

    GIL THORP

    Are the girls shunning Terry because he’s messing up the school’s football success or because he got a bit pushy with Cyndy?

    Why would a coach call in someone not on a team to solve a problem for a team?
    How does Gil even know Doyle and what authority does Gil have over him?
    Is Doyle a student or a sports agent in deep cover?

  230. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    November 23rd, 2012 at 7:50 pm [Reply]

    Oh, for the record, I’m 42, I use a smartphone but wouldn’t read a book on one. On my laptop, yes.

  231. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    November 23rd, 2012 at 7:53 pm [Reply]

    Lynn: I know just how you feel. My third novel is now with an e-publisher (eblisher?). I’ve had it with print publishers and their formulaic rejection slips.

  232. seismic-2
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:03 pm [Reply]

    @maryworthless (#228): The Flintstones’ sponsor endorsements of course date to an era in television that now seems, well, prehistoric.

  233. Mr K Martin
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:11 pm [Reply]

    @maryworthless (#228):

    Who could forget The Flintstones? They show it as a documentary at the Creation Museum.

  234. Alison
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:25 pm [Reply]

    @Amos Snarkadder, CQB (#203): Aw, thanks! You know, I think “Luann” is just the most fun comic to mock since FOOB died.

    @greghousesgf (#204): I’m glad somebody else agrees! Because everybody I know thought Fred was funny when they were little. Personally the only thing I found amusing about Fred Flintstone was as an adult when I found the ad @seismic-2 (#232): has linked to with Fred n’ Barney hocking cigarettes. I like pointing at dated things and laughing at them.

  235. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:35 pm [Reply]

    My personal favorite Hannah-Barbara prime time cartoon was Top Cat. No putting those cats out at night. That’s where they lived. I STILL like Top Cat and watch it whenever I can. It never jumped the shark like The Flintstones did.

  236. Sgt. Stoned
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:36 pm [Reply]

    A3G: The real James Bond was an ornithologist who happened to have written a guide to the birds of the West Indies that Ian Fleming happened to have sitting on his book shelf. So, maybe Greg is an ornithologist.

    MW: So, Dawn is “weaving a tangled web” because she does not want to become intimate with an incestuous, necrophiliac psycho?

  237. Uncle Lumpy
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:37 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#234):

    I like pointing at dated things and laughing at them.

    (Sob.)

  238. Rocky Stoneaxe
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    Gasoline Alley

    Geez, is it time for Mardi Gras already? Just yesterday it was Thanksgiving in Boog-land. At least I’m assuming those are giant walking head costumes worn by his tormenters. (The Slim Skinner costume is particularly scary!)

  239. Droopy Says
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    Heathcliff: When that strip started, putting the cat out at night was a great way to guarantee yourself a batch of kittens. I’m fine with that, but some people don’t appreciate a plurality of cats. Now what of the other conventions in the panel? Has anyone noticed how Mrs. Heathcliffowner is standing up straight, yet manages to have the upper half of the window behind her? And that Mr. Heathcliffowner has three eyes and two horns? This suggests that they are not true cat people, but servants of the Hellhound who have just fattened a new victim for Mar’ma’duq’s nightly depredations.

  240. pastordan, lazy professor
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 pm [Reply]

    @lynn (#144): @HAMMY THE SQUIRREL! (#136): Jezu, to zaczyna ?mierdzie? jak South Milwaukee w tutaj …

  241. pastordan, lazy professor
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:46 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan, lazy professor (#240): Uh, by which I really meant “Jezu, to zaczyna śmierdzieć jak South Milwaukee w tutaj,” of course. Damn these over-40 eyes…

  242. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:49 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan, lazy professor (#241):
    Can you spare me a zloty?

  243. pastordan, lazy professor
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#242): A złoty, even, until Uncle Lumpy figures out what I’m doing with html character sets…

  244. Joke Killer
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:57 pm [Reply]

    Sorry Josh, there are many cities in which cats are allowed out all night. As a good liberal, I’m sure that you cringe at the idea that the government doesn’t have complete control over every second of every living creature.

    JOKE KILLER STRIKES AGAIN.

  245. Chaze
    November 23rd, 2012 at 8:57 pm [Reply]

    @pastordan, lazy professor (#243):

    Polish wingdings! Who knew?

  246. pastordan, lazy professor
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:19 pm [Reply]

    @Chaze (#245): The Google holds many secrets…

  247. Liam
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:22 pm [Reply]

    @Amos Snarkadder, CQB (#203):

    I’m thirty-three.

  248. commodorejohn
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:22 pm [Reply]

    @Amos Snarkadder, CQB (#203): I’m 27, and I know there’s a few other late-’20s/early-’30s ‘Mudges around here. I am generally a ’70s throwback, though.

  249. pastordan, lazy professor
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:24 pm [Reply]

    @Amos Snarkadder, CQB (#203): 44 but cranky, a must-have for all mudges.

  250. Joke Killer
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:26 pm [Reply]

    About substituting the word “heck” instead of “Hell”…that is far more entertaining that your suggestions. And NOBODY was confused by the replacement word. Sorry, the strip works just fine.

    JOKE KILLER STRIKES AGAIN.

  251. Joke Killer
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:28 pm [Reply]

    “Haha, wait, what? Greg is the new James Bond? ”

    Nope, Skyler was simply making small talk. She clearly didn’t intend to be taken seriously.

    JOKE KILLER STRIKES AGAIN.

  252. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    I’m about 300 comments behind, on account of giving blood today (double red, and I was only half successful) and never catching up, so once again, I’m going to just dump ‘em out and assume that nobody in the world would ever think of this stuff, because they’re all into comments that are funny and make sense. I’ll probably see some of them for the first time in the COTW.

    3G – Greg pretends not to know about Evan’s activities, but actually, outside office hours, the two of them collaborate on a comic strip about a teenage girl, named after Luann, and her circle.

    Mary – Look at their faces! Hear the orchestra subtly coming in? Mary’s leading up to a song! This must be the musical version of the strip, “Meddler on the Roof”!

    Nancy – Jeez, Sluggo’s drunk again. If he had a dotted line, it’d look like a sine wave.

    Pearls – Going back to the Great Depression? Probably at least 30 years farther than that, to the earliest movies (from when movies were under three minutes in length), if not Vaudeville.

    Josh – There was a memorable BC where somebody said “Go to Heck!” and the recipient of the sentiment, bemused, turned to the audience and asked “Where the hell is Heck?”

  253. Filthy Assistant
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    “Heck” was the Hell equivalent in Earthworm Jim. Clearly, it takes place in the same universe as The Wizard of Id.

  254. The Ridger
    November 23rd, 2012 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#239): Has anyone noticed how Mrs. Heathcliffowner is standing up straight, yet manages to have the upper half of the window behind her? Is that really Mrs. Heathcliffowner, or is that a bizarrely-printed pull-down window-shade meant to scare kids off the lawn and burglars away from the house?

  255. Fat Bass Turd
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:51 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#252): Drunk Sluggoes would make a great name for… oh, um… never mind.

  256. Rocky Stoneaxe
    November 23rd, 2012 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

    Heathcliff

    In a desperate bid to appeal to readers of Mary Worth, Funky Winkerbean and Gil Thorp, Mrs. Heathcliffowner has had both of her arms surgically removed.

  257. Inkwell
    November 24th, 2012 at 1:16 am [Reply]

    Yeah, there’s no way you could drag quiet intellectual Slylock Fox to a wrestling match unless he came along to bust that pill-popping bunny. And honestly, he’s way too late.

  258. Hyhybt
    November 24th, 2012 at 1:54 am [Reply]

    Perhaps Wizard of Id is aiming for variety; after all, they just used the word “Hades” last week.

  259. FOOBed no more
    November 24th, 2012 at 3:05 am [Reply]

    I’m 55. I actually do read books on my phone (though I also read paper books.) Eventually I’ll get a tablet or Kindle though.

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