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Young Goodman Thorp

Gil Thorp, 9/11/08

Thank goodness that the huge Satan-worshipping fire orgy that rings in Milford’s football season has now become an annual event. God only knows what exactly is burning in the background of panel one — probably the high school, or perhaps the entire neighborhood surrounding it — but I kind of love Gil standing on his makeshift platform exhorting his crazed minions to ever-higher levels of ecstatic bloodlust. You’ll note that at least one devotee of the flame is flashing some devil horns at the end of her jelly-braceleted arm, indicating her devotion to the archdemon Astaroth. The fact that Cully has been given temporal dominion over the football team is a sure sign of the carnage that will conclude the evening, as he fallaway slams the unwitting victims directly into the inferno, ensuring that the Dark Lord will smile on the Mudlarks this fall.

Mark Trail, 9/11/08

After much promise, the just concluded Kelly-versus-Cherry storyline rapidly declined into a total snoozefest, but I’m still holding out high hopes that we’ll get some action out of this modern day St. Francis, his adorable daughter, and their sinister raccoon familiar. So far our gentle baldy has cunningly used the passive voice to explain the plight of the thirsty, thirsty animals, noting only that the water is being “drained away.” Eventually, though, the little tyke will want to know who is doing the draining, and he’ll have to admit that it’s the humans, with their endless appetite for well-watered suburban lawns and Bed, Bath, and Beyond-bearing strip malls. Presumably the two of them will then silently watch the dehydrated beasts in panel two stumble around in the vicinity of their cabin for a bit; next, the raccoon will chitter menacingly, they’ll nod their heads in agreement, and the killing spree will begin.

Apartment 3-G, 9/11/08

Lu Ann is capable of such charming depths of self-deception that I was hoping she’d take her initial thought balloon to its logical conclusion. “Beer cans, wine bottles, and pizza boxes! It looks like a scene from a frat house movie. That’s it! Alan is allowing a major studio to use his apartment as a set for a frat house movie! It all makes sense now!” It would also explain the terrible state of the curtains; as any good set dresser knows, the stereotypical denizen of a frat house in a frat house movie is such a seething cauldron of homophobia that he would literally have a stroke if he attempted to contemplate window treatments.

Marmaduke, 9/11/08

I originally read this caption as “Why don’t you bury him in his own lawn chair?” Which you have to admit makes sense, as Marmaduke appears to be dead.

200 responses to “Young Goodman Thorp”

  1. Tabby Lavalamp
    September 11th, 2008 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    You would die of thirst before you die of hunger. I’m just saying that as it could explain the thought process in why Papa Baldysadface would bury carrion instead of letting the denizens of the forest eat it and live just a little longer.

  2. commodorejohn
    September 11th, 2008 at 8:56 pm [Reply]

    Actually, Josh, that’s not devil-horns. That would be the ASL gesture signifying her love for Gil.

  3. Canaduck
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:03 pm [Reply]

    That is the deadest Marmaduke I’ve ever had the good fortune to gaze upon.

  4. Rachel211
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:06 pm [Reply]

    “And now your co-captains! Steve, Cully and Hitler! Wait, what? Oh sorry, going back to the youth rally days for a minute there! My bad…”

  5. Aesop
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:08 pm [Reply]

    “You’re not a scared, skinny 10th grader anymore, Charles! Now you’re a fatter, yet equally useless 11th grader!”

  6. CanuckDownSouth
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:08 pm [Reply]

    When I saw the Gil Thorp panel, I thought it was Tarzan exhorting locals in a jungle ritual…. or maybe Mad Max. Would Milford as a postapocalyptic ruin make any less sense than the regular Thorp?

    (and more FOOBfic today.)

  7. danzig
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:09 pm [Reply]

    We NEED a crossover comic. We need Lu Ann to look for Alan and run across Toby crying over her lost credit identity. I’ll bet Alan is behind it all.

  8. scruffylove
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    Actually danzig, I think Lu Ann stole Toby’s identity, in a Single White Female sort of way. I swear the only way I can tell which comic I’m looking at when either ladies are featured is by looking for white hair on any of the other characters.
    That, and by reading the title.

  9. commodorejohn
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:20 pm [Reply]

    #8 scruffylove – That, and the bearded older man around 3-G relates to Luann in more of a fatherly way, whereas…oh, never mind, that’s not a very good criterion after all.

  10. Doug Puthoff
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:21 pm [Reply]

    Were the only comics that mentioned 9-11 “Six Chix” and “Nancy?” I was expected “Mallard Fillmore” to have its usual dosage of 9-11 snark against the liberals, but I wound up disappointed. THE TERRORISTS HAVE WON!

  11. Plasma
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:22 pm [Reply]

    I think “Lu Ann confronts the kitchen” is a poor choice of words: I wouldn’t have thought Lu Ann capable of confronting anything, not even an innocuous, harmless kitchen.

  12. Junker
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:24 pm [Reply]

    Sieg Heil mein Gil!

  13. Citric
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:27 pm [Reply]

    I have noticed an error in today’s Pluggers. The bottle says ‘Sports Drink’, when it should clearly be whiskey.

  14. Kaitlyn
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:28 pm [Reply]

    10 – Doug – No, One Big Happy did.

  15. Les of the Jungle Patrol
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke doesn’t just look dead, he looks like some kind of dead beetle. This of course, is a reference to Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Which further infuriates suburban Hitler because Kafka was a German Jew. Again, the giant dog mocks his failed final solution!

  16. Tracer Bullet
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:32 pm [Reply]

    CURTIS: I know comic strips have been mining that hoary old trope of back to school shopping since time immemorial, but seeing as how Curtis never wears anything but that same outfit with the stupid hat, shouldn’t Billingsley try just a bit harder than this?

    FOOB: I bet this is the exact moment Lawrence caught the gay.

    GF: Bucky didn’t call Obama a Secret Muslim, so I’ll take this as evidence of progress.

  17. WillieO
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:41 pm [Reply]

    “You can handle this charles, you’re not a scared, skinny 10th grader anymore! Now get up there on that sacrificial altar! Our Dark Master, Lord Gridiron, demands virgin blood! You lost the lottery… I mean ‘won’ the lottery! TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM, DAMMIT!”

  18. Tlachtga
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    GT: It’s good to see Jack Chick is still working.

  19. yellojkt
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    Frat house movie? Or porn flick set? Either way, Lu Ann is getting a pearl necklace.

  20. Mac
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:52 pm [Reply]

    Actually, Josh, it’s not the humans draining the water at all. At most, they’re patsies. It’s obviously the sinister raccoon who is the mastermind. He’s actually rubbing his paws together. Next, he’ll start twirling his whiskers.

  21. Mollyscribbles
    September 11th, 2008 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    When I first read ‘strip malls’, I thought you’d added a layer to it by writing ‘$trip malls’.

    Then I realized that, while I was reading the site in a dark room, a small insect had perched on the screen.

    CanuckDownSouth, it’s awesome to read more. You’ve drawn in fans from the crowds who love to hate the original.

  22. realtorlady
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:01 pm [Reply]

    Believe it or not when I went to high school AT MILFORD, the annual bonfire was a huge deal every fall. I am convinced that Gill Thorp is based on my Milford (Ohio). We even played against Goshen pretty often. But the characters in Milford weren’t anywhere near as strange.

  23. Lisa
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:14 pm [Reply]

    {FOOB: I bet this is the exact moment Lawrence caught the gay.}

    By not getting cookies? Elucidate, my dear, please do.

  24. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:15 pm [Reply]

    BBailey – I want to see Beetle crossing the road like that, on his back, bending and unbending his legs like an inchworm. Must be hell on his elbows.

    Cshaft – Welcome to Canto Five of No News, or, What Killed the Cat.

    DTracy – So soon? It’s like I can still hear dog whistles. Maybe Tracy swallowed one, with amusing complications. So what’s this invention? An automatic hat tipper, perhaps? When a gentleman [A] sees a lady [B] he wishes to tip to, he pulls a string [C] that reveals a pitcher of lemonade [D] to a thirsty Prohibitionist [E] who reaches for it, knocking over a table full of light bulbs [F] that sound like explosions [G], causing a shell-shocked bomb-sniffing dog [H] to run on a treadmill [I] that winds up a string [J] that reveals a hideous secret [K!] to a gullible girl [L Ann] who recoils, stepping onto a teeter-totter [M] and causing a plug [N] to be pulled that drains all the water out of Lost Forest [O]. This makes a cute little baby deer [P] drop dead, and thus causes the farmer [Q] to dig a hole for it. The dirt [R] exposes a Jack Elrod ball [S], which a nearsighted giant squirrel [T] takes for an acorn, pulling a cord [U] tied to his tail to expose a random picture of anything in the world [V] to Bruce Tinsley ]W], whose knee-jerk reaction causes a duck [X] to look out at the audience with his patented “as-you-and-I-both-know, liberals-are-full-of-shit” look. The audience [Y] throws up into a bucket [Z] which is on a pair of scales [LX], and as it goes down, it causes the gentleman’s hat [XL] to go up and tip itself. Ye Gads!

    FCircus – “We’re not s’posed to watch this. Daddy says the New Christy Minstrels are a bunch of commies.”

    Luann – Not only is Luann’s tat a tribute to Mother Earth, but if you press it in the exact center, it plays “It’s a Small World, After All” until you turn it off by punching her hard.

  25. thatquietkid
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:18 pm [Reply]

    MT: If i was the old balding man, I wouldn’t have answered until my daughter fixed her grammatical errors.

  26. NoVan
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:27 pm [Reply]

    The scene in Gil Thorp reminded me first of the French Revolution, but once you mentioned its Satanic qualities that became evident to me too. Maybe it’s just an all-around rally. There’s a chick whose hands urge someone to “rock on”, there’s one (white) guy making the Black Power fist, and a third person between those two is using the open-hand salute of Zimbabwe’s MDC.

  27. Telemachus
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:40 pm [Reply]

    Why does Lu Ann turn into a transvestite in the last panel? That’s a serious case of man face going on.

  28. Anonymous
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:43 pm [Reply]

    I think Marmaduke must be alive since his tail is curled toward his abdomen. If he were dead it would be sticking straight out and we’d all get a glimpse of something we probably would not like to see.

  29. Tlachtga
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:47 pm [Reply]

    get a glimpse of something we probably would not like to see.

    I’m not sure what would be more disturbing–Marmaduke’s giant doggie dong, or the evidence of absence–i.e., castrated.

  30. Echo
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:49 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp — The bonfire is too small. When I was in high school, our bonfires were at least twice that size. If there’s one thing rural Michiganders know how to do, it’s build a fire the size of Luxembourg. If only we could throw the Detroit Lions into it.

    Marmaduke: Marmaduke’s obviously a vampire (vampdog?) and the lawn chair is his coffin.

  31. BigDave
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:50 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp – It’s not a bonfire. Gil and his minions found Marty Moon’s clandestine television studio/speakeasy, and burned it to the ground

  32. Gordo's Cat
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:51 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke SHOULD be dead. After all, he’s 54 years old. In dog years, that’s a fossil!

    DT: “Years in the making,” indeed. The tarp comes off, revealing … the original Chester Gould Dick Tracy, frozen in a block of ice, where he’s been since 1992 (about the time that writer Max Allan Collins was fired from the strip). “Ye Gads!” exclaims Locher’s Doppleganger Tracy — revealing himself for the fraud he is, since the REAL Dick Tracy would have uttered “Ye GODS!” — “My whole LIFE is a LIE!!”

  33. Foolkiller
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:53 pm [Reply]

    The frat party movie would explain the frilly girl’s shirt she found on the floor.

  34. slinkimalinki
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

    13– a plugger’s sports drink is whiskey. too easy.

  35. Poteet
    September 11th, 2008 at 10:58 pm [Reply]

    # 30 Echo — I grew up in Michigan, and you owe me a keyboard.

  36. Lou Shumaker
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:09 pm [Reply]

    C’mon, gang, no love for Josh? He’s referencing Nathanael Hawthorne, one of America’s greatest writers after Dan Brown.

  37. scruffylove
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:09 pm [Reply]

    Hey, hey. Over here! I’m from Michigan, too.
    It’s true that it’s not a bonfire until the fire department shows up. That’s for the rural fires, not because you didn’t get a permit from the city for burning your leaves.

    Echo-The Lions still have a chance (yet another) to prove themselves. I say it’s the Tigers who should be burned. They were actually really good a couple of years ago, and now look at them. Jim Leland can throw them in.

  38. Joe Blevins
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:15 pm [Reply]

    Here, “Marmaduke” pays unlikely tribute to Lenin’s Tomb. Meanwhile, his neighbor is reavealed to be one of those “children of Thalidomide” that Billy Joel sang about. Check out the unfortunate stubby flipper arms.

    MT: “And it’s being drained away…. just like your Mother’s love for me after I lost my golden, flowing locks, my virility, and my Orange Julius franchise.” Mr. Raccoon, however, cannot be bothered as he is preparing to do a complicated high dive. Shhhh! He needs total concentration.

    A3G: Luann seems to finally be wising up here by panel 3. No, really! She’s asked herself that vital question, “What would Margo do?” The answer, of course: raise your eyebrows in a villainous manner and start snooping like you’ve never snooped before.

  39. skullcrusherjones
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:17 pm [Reply]

    And so ended the bloody reign of Marmaduke. His followers would carry his corpse into a burial chamber filled with dog treats, the skulls of his enemies, and a dozen or so of his favorite slaves that he could enjoy in the afterlife.

    The cause of his death is still a mystery though there is the popular belief that he was tricked into devouring a mailman made entirely of chocolate.

  40. The Spectacular Spider-Brick
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    Psst. Hey, Josh. About Marmaduke? Yeah. You ain’t the only one.

  41. Paperback Rifler
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    Well, it’s been a while since I’ve tried rolling off my chronically low-grade snark, but here goes:

    Beetle Bailey: Jeez, what would the warning sign look like if there were a nearby brothel?

    Gil Thorpè: Much has already been made about the Milford firelight bacchanal / cockfight / swap meet; but I’m most disturbed by the third panel, where I take “changing offenses” to mean not “changing how a team or individual scores points during a sporting event” but rather “moving on to a new illegal or immoral activity.” Keeping that in mind, I imagine that Gil’s new “offense” involves sweet-talking Charles into enthusiastically accepting whatever the heck Gil’s doing with his other hand.

    Apartment 3-G: I don’t have any proper snark, but I have prepared a song parody fit for your ignoring pleasure. Apologies to Elvis Presley, to Elvis Presley’s estate, to songwriter Mark James, to fans of “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley, and to everybody everywhere:

    Your poor half-a-brain
    Will cause you pain
    If you try thinking too much, baby.
    Can you in-tu-it
    That your man is a twit
    Who’s often high, but mostly vaguely . . .

    How can you think things out with
    That deficient mind?
    That’s why your head keeps bobblin’ —
    Your deficient mind . . .

    Now if you snoop through his house
    And find a “skimpy” blouse,
    Do you assume he’s been cross-dressin’?
    Has your mind been consumed
    From sniffing those gas fumes?
    And when will Margo slap some sense in you?

    How can you think things out with
    That deficient mind?
    That’s why your head keeps bobblin’ —
    Your deficient mind . . .

    [bridge]
    Oh . . . if you just used your head,
    Oh . . . you’d see there’s trouble ahead.
    Though maybe you’ve misjudged this goon
    ‘Cause he looks just like every guy in this toon.
    Mmm . . . yeah, yeah . . .

    Your poor half-a-brain
    Will cause you pain
    If you try thinking too much, baby . . .
    Can you in-tu-it
    That your man is a twit
    Who’s often high, but mostly vaguely . . .
    [repeat and fade]

  42. Celebrity Haiku
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:45 pm [Reply]

    Weird things are going around in the blogosphere’s air, Mr. Curmudgeon. As soon as I finished posting http://celebrityhaiku.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/either-nathaniel-hawthorne-or-philip-k-dick-would-approve/
    I see your posting’s title today. What a strange coincidence, eh? Kinda like the Hi & Lois/Pearls Before Swine connection the other day…

  43. cheech wizard
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:48 pm [Reply]

    Milford traditionally begins its football season by chasing the “undesirables” out of town – egged on by Gil, who’s actually giving a Nazi salute. However, it looks like the undesirables might get the better of them this year, if the stoned kid at left is any indication of the general state of the whole crowd.

  44. kalki
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:48 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke: What the neighbor is really thinking is: “ooo yeah…that dog got a really purdy mouth.”

  45. Galuaboy
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:51 pm [Reply]

    Big Dog: I, too, misread the caption this morning, but as “Why don’t you burn him in his lawn chair?” Then they could bury the charred remains.

    GT: And, uh, Josh, I hate to be picky, but it’s a “fallaway slam” (not a “faraway slam”) that Cully employed to off Jarrod. I’m just sayin’ . . . as I cover my head with my arms and back away like a good supplicant.

  46. Poteet
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    # 36 Lou — You are right. Josh has once again shown himself to be master of the amusing and apt literary reference. All hail to our Pope!

    And now I’m remembering YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN, along with THE SCARLET LETTER, OF HUMAN BONDAGE, SISTER CARRIE, MISS LONELYHEARTS, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, and other gloomy masterpieces that I absorbed during my brief career as a mediocre English major. How wonderful to know that now, since I have finally accepted my shallow nature, my bedtime reading can be old cartoon compilations like THE BEST OF H. T. WEBSTER. I admire you, Nathaniel, but I don’t think I’m ever going to read THE MARBLE FAUN after all.

  47. JP (not Judge Parker)
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:58 pm [Reply]

    GT: I am football illiterate, so I initially read “tight end” as being Steve Rosen’s nickname. I know it’s a football position now, but I prefer the homoerotic overtones of my idea more, especially since Milford has been lacking in that of late.

    I wish that girl were flashing the devil horns, but I concur with commodorejohn: it’s definitely “I love you” in ASL.

  48. Lou Shumaker
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:10 am [Reply]

    Thanks, Poteet, for noticing. I read Hawthorne in high school (and Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Vonnegut), but my real education came from reviewing the Library of America’s offerings for the book review page. Nabokov, Henry James, Thurber. Talk about pearls before swine.

  49. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:14 am [Reply]

    Gordo’s Cat @32 – re DT: Yeth.

    Poteet @46 – I’ve been haunting used book stores, thrift shops, and library sales for years, and I’ve never seen any other H.T. Webster collection. Enough copies of “Best of…” that I suppose it must have been a Book Club selection. But where are the other collections mentioned in the front of the book? I’d love to get my hands on some of that. (Shary Flenikin, by the way, cemented her position in my pantheon of the greats by parodying Webster in the Air Pirates tabloid around 1975.)

  50. Cami
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:14 am [Reply]

    I thought that raccoon was stealing the contents of Baldy’s pocket. Whatever caused the man’s vacant stare is probably to be had in there, and who can blame the raccoon for wanting a share? He’ll spread it around to his forest friends and they’ll blank out the remainder of their piteous lives. It will be a blessing really, seeing how they are running out of water and Trail’s on his way.

  51. arto
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:17 am [Reply]

    So let me get this straight… the new Gil Thorp artist is Jack Chick?

  52. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:17 am [Reply]

    Lou Shumaker @48 – Library of America’s been a real boon. Their two-volume brick of all Mark Twain’s shorter stuff is, like, about the richest stuff this side of Harvey Kurtzman. You can’t read too much, because your brain locks up on it — packed so full of literary goodness. I need to find my Agee volume now that I’ve read Agee and Chaplin and watched Night of the Hunter again, but everything’s in Just-Moved Limbo. The Thurber volume was a treat, in part because I finally got to see the cartoons in good printing, instead of a 30th printing paperback reprint.

  53. Angry Kem
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:21 am [Reply]

    In Middle English Comics News: bats has created a beautiful ME version of the Mary Worth comic, and I have done my best with BC. Both new creations (with old, old words) can be seen here:

    http://middleenglishcomics.blogspot.com/

    Re. Gil Thorp: Must…not…get…dizzy…from…rapid…changes…in…time…and…location…

    Re. Mark Trail: Is that raccoon praying? It’s got its little paws pressed firmly together. Perhaps it is thinking, “Dear God: Please make Jeffy fall down and skin his knees, for he is a child of Satan. Love, Dolly.”

    Oh, wait…

  54. Hawkeye
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:22 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth: A security expert on the third floor? I don’t believe it. Mary has on-site meddling subcontractors.

  55. Echo
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:25 am [Reply]

    scruffylove says, “The Lions still have a chance (yet another) to prove themselves.”

    We Lions fans need a support group. Lionanon or something.

    The Tigers won the World Series for me for my eighth birthday. I had the hugest crush on Alan Tramell, and it still hasn’t disappeared completely. So I can never be really angry with them.

  56. Pint Slayer
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    I am a bit bummed about there being no mention of the sad ballad of Ted Forth and his inability to make friends. He can’t even talk sports? He is half a man!

  57. cheech wizard
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:49 am [Reply]

    Marmaduke only looks dead – but once sunset gets here, no doubt he’ll rise to feast on the flesh of the living.

  58. Poteet
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:53 am [Reply]

    # 49 Muffaroo — Sympathies. By coincidence, I went to a very large used booksale in Des Moines today, and sure enough, the only H. T. Webster was THE BEST OF. And the only old cartoon compilations were New Yorker compilations that I have already. Dang. Except for THE BEST CARTOONS OF 1954, and I have a feeling they may not be all that “best,” but I snagged it as a historical artifact.

    # 53 Angry Kem — That particular B.C. was MADE for Middle English. Bless you.

    # 55 Echo — My sadistic high school band director made us rehearse at bizarre hours and for bizarre lengths of time before we marched at a Lions game. Sorry, Lions, but I associate you with futile, senseless suffering. I associate the Tigers with 1968. I understand they’ve continued playing since then, but I haven’t paid attention:-).

  59. mumbles
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:05 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Jeez, who the hell is Rex crewing for – James Coburn?

  60. Adjuster
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:14 am [Reply]

    MW: Mary is uncharacteristically expressing ignorance today. Usually she knows the answer even when she doesn’t, but today it’s all, “I’m not really familiar with it. It would never occur to me that you’d want to visit http://www.ftc.gov or lodge reports with the three major credit bureaux.”

    I prefer to believe that the talk has drifted from ID theft, and Mary is now being coy about vibrators. “I’m not really familiar… but you should educate yourself!”

  61. Lisa
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:21 am [Reply]

    {I am a bit bummed about there being no mention of the sad ballad of Ted Forth and his inability to make friends}

    I have been meaning to ask about that bird bird bird bird thing the other day…. what is that from? I haven’t ever heard it… of course this will be buried by the time I get back online Sunday evening, but I can always hope.

    (BTW, too bad this site doesn’t have a mechanism whereby when you go to a certain date, it automatically takes you to your last post…. I guess because we don’t have to log in to post? Oh, well…)

  62. Jack Parsons
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:26 am [Reply]

    GT:
    “4 legs good! 2 legs bad!”

    “Are we not men? We are Gil Thorp!”

    “Give us Barrabas!”

  63. bats :[
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:29 am [Reply]

    TGIFunnies! Not too much…

    MT: I’m not getting the raccoon’s relationship with the family…in Panel 1, it appears to be molesting the little gir, in Panel 2, it’s getting booted in the butt. I’m sure this all means something…

    PBS: the kitty’s name is Snuffles! And it’s SINGING! How cool is that?!?

    GF: heh. For one brief, shining moment in Panel 2, Bucky is so happy his ears are up.

    53. Very nice, angry kem! I do like the font you’ve found — very readable!

  64. Jimmy Olsen
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:36 am [Reply]

    Lisa: Ted was singing “Surfin’ Bird,” a sort of…er…novelty song, recorded by the Trashmen in 1963. Very popular on the radio, in those days.

  65. Dingo
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:43 am [Reply]

    (Sigh)… Only in Mark Trail could you have a young girl, lying on the porch, staring at her beaver in broad daylight and wonder what Ted Forth is doing.

  66. Amateur Snark
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:52 am [Reply]

    25: The ‘all’ makes it confusing, but the question makes grammatical sense.
    “Why is the water disappearing?”
    “Why are the water disappearing?” would be funny, though.

  67. BenG
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:02 am [Reply]

    DT: A giant Dick Tracy mech suit? It would take a Dick Locher to screw up this awesomely delirious premise.

    FW: So has this offically become Crazy Harry’s second job? Right about now seems like a ripe time for Funkyville’s resident mailman to go postal.

    MT: Is Baldy answering his own question in panel one? Maybe the daughter is just a figment of his imagination brought on by the rabies induced mania, courtesy of his little raccoon friend.

    S-M: It wouldn’t take a spider sense to see that one coming.

  68. Alfred E. Neuman
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:02 am [Reply]

    Friday stuff

    A3G— LuAnn: “No, I was wrong! It’s…it’s a picture of Hurd Hatfield!”

    Crankshaft— Yeah, why sell a customer a protective gas tank cover when you don’t have to? Who needs a stupid piece of safety equipment anyway. I’m sure that their Pinto will be fine without it.

    Luann— Frank DeGroot, going where no man has ever gone before.

    Phantom— DePaul and Ryan pay an obvious tribute to our very own bats :[ !

    MW— Toby: “Mary, if only there was some way to educate myself about identity theft by using my computer.”

    OBH— I like that kid’s attention to detail, placing reverse between drive and the lower forward gears on the shift console. Downshifting on that car would be a real adventure. He has a future as a car designer at Yugo.

  69. Alfred E. Neuman
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:17 am [Reply]

    #61 Lisa— You can hear “Surfing Bird” at this YouTube site:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMJyci90RLU
    I believe that this is the original 1963 version by The Trashmen. The Ramones covered it later.

  70. Bobdog
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:29 am [Reply]

    Hitler looks awfully pissed that that big dog died in his lawn chair.

  71. Bobdog
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:33 am [Reply]

    Dude, that Racoon is so totally trying to steal a pack of cigarettes out of Papa’s shirt pocket.

  72. Bookworm
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:49 am [Reply]

    Repost becuz I got caught in the spam filter right at the end of the last thread

    In honor of Sept 11, a video to share – Why I Do What I Do.

    And many prayers and thoughts for those in the path of Ike, already causing flooding along the Gulf Coast.

  73. Bookworm
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:52 am [Reply]

    And yes, utterly cool Hawthorne reference, Josh.

    As for A3G – my very first thought on Friday’s strip was – “My very own meth lab!” But then I remembered that Alan buys his “dope” from someone else. Bummer.

  74. flodnak
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:13 am [Reply]

    Yup, that raccoon is definitely a pickpocket. Raccoons are feisty little survivors, and they’re smart, too. Witness how they will sometimes wait several days after you buy that expensive, complicated, insanely impractical “raccoon-proof” trashcan the home owners’ association insisted everyone had to have before they pop the lid off and spread the contents all over your lawn – it’s all a plot to make you feel confident so they get the maximum impact when they crush all your suburban hopes and dreams.

  75. Anonymous
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:14 am [Reply]

    GT “Back when I first met you you were PATHETIC! Now I’ve molded you into a man. A man who knows there’s things we do not speak of.’

    A3G I bet Luann is stupid! That explains everything!

    MT “Remember when Mama cut her wrists? And all the blood drained out? This is very similar. Let me get out the photo album…”

  76. Divick
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:15 am [Reply]

    One second later, Marmaduke jizzed over all three of them.

  77. Desert Ghost
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:23 am [Reply]

    GT: So I guess that Milford..uh…yes?…mmm…are they meeting in Hell? It sure looks like Hell. If it isn’t the “real Hell”, it’s darned close, by golly. I’m Sarah Palin, and I approved this message.

  78. Josh
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:27 am [Reply]

    #45 Gallulaboy — Oops! I fixed.

    Josh

  79. Mibbitmaker
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:29 am [Reply]

    9/11 FC: Doing a 1966 Monkees-mocking joke. In 2008. 1986, maybe, but…

    9/12:

    9CL: When McEldowney women are being despicably cruel, just go with the flow ~~~

    A3G: “TOBY CAMERON! What are you doing here?!!”

    BC: Hey, one or two of those guys are infringing on Sarah Palin’s territory!

    DT: (I’ll say it first — I think — ) “Don’t Traze me, bro!”

    Re-FOOB: Family-wide killing spree averted!

    GF: Obviously written pre-speech. Plus, I think McCain deserves better than Bucky — as does Michael Palin, come to think of it…

    GT: Hey, you’re not supposed to move the chains until Halloween, when they make that cool spooky noise.

    MF: It’s supposed to make sure “everybody else” learns it, too, you self-centered, reactionary little waterfoul! (spelling intentional)

    MT: “Daddy, why is your answer asking its own question? And why are you kicking my raccoon?”

    Big Furshlugginer Dog: Kid, there are far, far worse things Marm’ could consume before licking your face!

    MW: Trust me, Mare, she’s been the full-fledged Queen of moronic, idiotic, clueless stupidity times one trillion. And that’s giving her altogether too much credit! So to speak.

    The Criminal Mind of Edison Lee: Yeah, that worked SO well for Enron…!

    ZtP (panel 1): AAAWWWWW! — It’s too difficult at his age for “osszefogva” just yet.

  80. TB Tabby
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:41 am [Reply]

    9CL: Welcome to 9 Chickweed Lane, where love means cruelly manipulating someone to your own selfish ends when you’re not sexually assaulting them every chance you get…just as long as you’re female.

    DT: Diet needs to watch less anime. Or more.

    H&L: Okay, miss Luddite, try this: You go to the Library of Congress and look for a document in their archives, and I’ll look up that same document in their digital archives. Don’t worry, I’ll start with the computer off as long as you start from here.

    Popeye: Oh, you’re a mother, all right…

    SM: As Deadpool would day, “Shhh. My common sense is tingling.”

  81. Desert Ghost
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:49 am [Reply]

    Oh darn it all to heck! I’m really not Sarah Palin and I really didn’t approve that message!

  82. AMC
    September 12th, 2008 at 4:04 am [Reply]

    A3G – “GASP!”, gasped LuAnn.

    “It’s a painting of me! That rat bastard Alan stole my identity!”

    “Why am I wearing that skimpy woman’s shirt?”

  83. AMC
    September 12th, 2008 at 4:14 am [Reply]

    Archie – the day Jughead discovers he’s biceptual.

  84. survivor
    September 12th, 2008 at 5:54 am [Reply]

    11 – As Lu Ann confronts the kitchen …

    “Beer cans, wine bottles, and pizza boxes! It looks like a scene from a frat house movie.”

    “That’s it!”

    “Kitchen, we are having an intervention.”

  85. Bryan
    September 12th, 2008 at 6:09 am [Reply]

    The water is being stolen by the Combine and Mark Trail is the One Free Man who has to stop them.

  86. Barbara P
    September 12th, 2008 at 6:28 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth seems to be all about Toby, and how she needs to learn not to trust so much.

    But actually, in a stunning plot twist, it will be Mary who needs to learn not to trust so much. Because Toby will be found on the horribly murdered by “security expert” Terry Bryson (after going up alone to a total stranger’s apartment to seek advice).

    How is Mary going to tell Ian when he returns?

  87. John C Fremont
    September 12th, 2008 at 6:39 am [Reply]

    Dear Gasoline Alley,

    Stop it!!

    Your’s in anger,

    John C Fremont

  88. Gazza
    September 12th, 2008 at 6:45 am [Reply]

    At the end of GT what, exactly, is Charles meant to handle?

    And where is Gil’s hand? Or worse, the rest of his arm?

  89. gleeb
    September 12th, 2008 at 6:59 am [Reply]

    Arlo & Janis: At school? I thought the kid was going to run off with some woman or something. I guess that dull story caused me to doze off for a while.

    BC: Wow. They’ve already developed a parasitic upper class.

    Dick: Oh, good. A huge, even more stiff version of Tracy. Now, dozens of citizens can be killed in efficiently horrific ways.

    Edge City: I thought the husband in this comic was the one who ignores the laws and customs of civil society yet still expects to be treated like a decent human being.

    ‘bean: And so, Insane Hank saves his daughter’s bacon, knowing that death at the hands of The Funky One would be the punishment for failing Montoni’s.

    Sam Driver: That’s it, Sam, contaminate a police investigation site. They’ll love that.

    Bunny Hoest’s No Exit: Loretta has an extra finger and third nipple?

    Duck: See, the free market works! Seriously, I can’t stop seeing that damned red arrow. Brucie just doesn’t trust me to guess that his strip is to be read from left to right, even on those days when it’s only a one-panel.

    Zippy: These pinheads are possibly the least scary thing I’ve ever encountered.

  90. Ned Ryerson
    September 12th, 2008 at 7:34 am [Reply]

    Someone stole my identity and then they used my money!

    That’s kind of the way it works, Toby. You’ve more or less proven that, aside from access to the Chinbeard’s fortune, being you pretty much has no other discernable upside.

    Now, get to work on retiling the kitchen. Maybe Mary will give you a hand with the wet saw.

  91. LITTLE A. OF THE GRAND CONCOURSE JUNGLE PATROL
    September 12th, 2008 at 7:40 am [Reply]

    I know this is as obvious as a Mary Worth platitude, but these days, if you are looking for, say, The Best of H.T. Webster, you can find it on the internet, on ABE.Com, or ADDALL.com, or Amazon.com, etc. You can even find a copy of my book, What Happens Next? Stories to Finish for Intermediate Writers, on the internet, although I don’t know why you would want to. That’s Finish, not Finnish. I am from The Bronx, not from Helsinki.

    My copy of the Webster book, which I bought in Strand Book Store many many years ago, has a beautiful turquoise blue cover. Looks good on the shelf.

  92. Motorposus
    September 12th, 2008 at 7:54 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail would make a lot more sense if it concluded with the community service announcement from Mary Worth: “If you don’t know about something, educate yourself!” Meanwhile, Toby is glazed over in rapture at the hope that Mark Trail might be called upon punch the sideburns off her credit card fraud.

  93. Ned Ryerson
    September 12th, 2008 at 7:58 am [Reply]

    I’m not much of a follower of the Phantom, but I tuned in today to see the BATS :[

    I really like the SNIFF!

    See Devil.
    See Devil SNIFF!
    SNIFF, Devil, SNIFF!

    By the way, since the subject of The Trashmen, of Surfin’ Bird fame has come up, let me share a fun fact: The Trashmen were a surf band….from Minnesota! Oh well, I’m sure Ted Forth would find that fascinating.

    One more thing: I was glancing at my 2008 hurricane guide and noted that this years storm names for S and T are Sally and Teddy (yeah, Teddy, not Ted, which is kinda weird). Being a denizen of the Gulf Coast, I don’t really want to actually see us get that many named storms, but I thought it was nice of NOAA to give a shoutout to the Forths when selecting this years names.

  94. Bryan
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:00 am [Reply]

    BC (9/12) Holy cats, is BC making a sly reference to the discovery of the cave paintings in Lascaux, France on September 12, 1940?
    Am I expecting too much from BC?

  95. Pozzo
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    Is it significant that the “You can handle this” word balloon appears to be coming from Coach Manlychest’s crotch?

  96. Sam
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    3G-Yeah, that’s it LuAnn. Alan had his sick Delta buddies over….

    Gil Thorp-What is Gil’s record over the years. I know there are a couple books out there but I haven’t seen them yet. Maybe Gil can call Ralph Friedgen at University of Maryland and give him tips on his new offense. Lord knows it’s not working in College Park.

  97. Grandpa's Dead
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    Yay! The Houston Chronicle delivered the Sunday funnies on Friday so that we wouldn’t miss them because of Hurricane Ike Turner.

  98. Sinister Solipsist
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:16 am [Reply]

    GT: Caann…youuu….dig it!?!?

  99. Grandpa\'s Dead
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:26 am [Reply]

    Ludicrously early Sunday comics reviews:
    Peanuts: Rerun from 1981. Lucy yanks away football before Charlie Brown can kick it.
    Foob: Rerun from indeterminate time. Dr. Patterson hates being a dentist.
    Crankshaft: Crankshaft gets haircut, is crabby (wait, is that a rerun? no.)
    Luann: Greg Evans toes Dem party line, Luann dresses like reject from Destiny’s Child video circa 2002.
    Fuzzy: Rob goes “full nerdtard.”
    SF: Ted tells Sally he wants a larger extension.
    PBS: Continued pure genius.
    Opus: Continued thanatopsis (thanatopus?)
    Doonesbury: Garry Trudeau toes Dem Party line. Surprisingly, not a rerun.

  100. Whippersnapper
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    MT: Why is Baldy McDeerburier kicking that raccoon in the butt in panel 2? Is it because the raccoon was trying to get to second base with Baldy’s daughter in panel 1? I really don’t understand Mark Trail’s world.

  101. JohnnyB
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    All the water is slowly being sucked up by the healthy fields of grass and lush plants. Clearly this is the work of East-coast, liberal, gay-marriage-supporting environmentalists who place vegetation and animals above people. We must get the rest of these trees down and pave this landscape or else the “green” terrorists win!

  102. Dean Booth of the Affect Ad Patrol
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    A3G: Pay no attention to what’s behind the curtain.

    And, for those who want to put something else behind the curtain, here are the parts:
    Background
    Curtain

  103. Islamorada Girl
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:33 am [Reply]

    In Friday’s MW, the last panel shows Toby’s reaction to Mary’s taser.
    “You didn’t ask my advice? Take that, blondie!”

  104. Brick Bradford
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:33 am [Reply]

    DT Question–will anyone be able to tell the difference between Real Dick and Robot Dick?

    Yes, Robot Dick will be more lifelike.

    I feel a cheap ripoff of Robocop coming on!

  105. athena
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    Today I achieved what will surely be one of the peaks of my journalism career: I used the Toby/Enormoushop storyline in MW as the hook for my editor’s letter in the next issue of the magazine I edit, a trade book for print and online cataloguers and cross-channel marketers. I even directed readers to Enormoushop.com in the PS. Chalk one up for the power of the press…

  106. The Spectacular Spider-Brick
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    9DQ: Who wants to see Seth turn Edda over his knee and spank her bitchy ass until tears run down her nonexistent chin? …Put your hand down, Brooke.

    A3G: “GASP!” Judging from the look on LuAnn’s face, it must be a nude portrait of Jones.

    A.D.: Attention, cartoonists everywhere: Golf is not inherently funny.

    BB: Someone should introduce Mrs. Halftrack to Ted Forth, since she also seems to have no outside friends. Besides, I’m sure Ted would love to go to a flower show!

    BF: Colorist FAIL.

    Blondie: I’ll repeat it until the cartoonists of the world finally understand… GOLF IS NOT INHERENTLY FUNNY.

    (WT)DT: It stands to reason that a giant robotic version of Dick Tracy would have stubby, ineffective arms.

    GF: Did someone say Michael Palin for VP?

    H&J: “Oh, yeah, those were rough, weren’t they? My brother was a military person in the Wars. He was stationed in the theater of combat as a person who used a weapon against the enemy. Real shame too, he came home with a combat-related problem! Because of that I’m going to do that thing that lets us change our leaders this autumn.”

    JP: <voice="Morbo"> THE DESERT DOES NOT LOOK THAT WAY! </voice>

    Luann: Congratulations, Mr. DeGroot, you and your wife are about to join Walt and Connie on the very short list of comic characters who “do it.”

    Marvin: Tom, the concept of humor is based on surprise. Which means if you do the exact same joke all week — a joke that was telegraphed on its very first day, I might add — IT’S NOT FUNNY. Couldn’t you change things up and do a strip about golf? Now golf is funny.

    Monty: Psst. Wrong pump. That’s Austin Powers’s.

    PBS: I saw this one coming from panel 1.

    One-Eyed Sailor: They say that SweePea is gonna become a mother… Shut yo’ mouf! I’m just talkin’ ’bout SweePea. We can dig it!

    RMCB: “Just tell me what to do, Lenore!”
    “Sit on the high side of the boat, you chowderheaded moron! I’m not paying you to sit around and look good, and if I were, I’d want a refund!”

    SL: They have to make Sherman scarier? Doesn’t he eat tourists and surfers all the time? Isn’t that how the iPod got in there in the first place?

    B&BB: Wow, perspective. Well done, too. A tip o’ the hat to Bob Weber Jr.

  107. The Spectacular Spider-Brick
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:40 am [Reply]

    Oh, P.S.

    (WT)DT: Whatever you do do NOT Google “Robot Dick”!

  108. Ned Ryerson
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:48 am [Reply]

    MT: Pa, I’m gonna be bald like you someday, aren’t I?
    Yes little one, but just keep combing it over like I taught you.
    Pa?
    Yes, half-pint?
    This raccoon is really starting to freak me out, man!

  109. Chupper
    September 12th, 2008 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    Woo Hoo! My wedding registry at Bed Bath and Beyond is contributing to a future Mark Trail fist o’ justice! To thank me, please buy me things from my registry.

  110. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:09 am [Reply]

    BenG @67 – Now I’m imagining a giant mecha-cartoonist suit called LOCH-R. It would have to be a huge brute with misshapen little hands and somewhat inadequate eyes that repeats the same things over and over for weeks at a time.

    Mibbitmaker @79“Don’t Traze me, bro!” Let us bookmark this comment and refer back to it whenever someone else comes in and thinks he or she is saying this for the first time. He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d, and rouse him at the name of Traze-R. He that shall live this day, and see old age, will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, and say “To-morrow is ‘Don’t Traze Me’ day.”

    Bryan @85“The water is being stolen by the Combine and Mark Trail is the One Free Man who has to stop them.” Right after he delivers this five-year-old pre-WW3 mail.

    Little A @91 – Actually, A., I used to find that book by walking into almost any used book store. It’s the other ones by Webster (except the dictionary and the Restoration plays, of course) that I might have to search out online and pay more than a dollar for. I suspect I got mine at a Goodwill in Greeley or Cheyenne for a quarter.

  111. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:09 am [Reply]

    Jimmy Olsen @64 – There was a TV movie called Back to the Beach that had Pee-wee Herman singing a great cover of “Surfin’ Bird” that was the best thing in the movie.

  112. Weaselboy
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    MW, panel two: Mary has mistakenly started to lecture a blow-up doll. No harm done, though, as the doll is probably smarter than Toby anyway.

  113. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:13 am [Reply]

    A3G – Lu Ann is sufficiently dense that any sort of hint or indicator wouldn’t penetrate her protective layers of gullibility, so I’m presuming that Alan’s painting consists of nothing less than a full confession, either with diagrams or perhaps in simple, easy-to-read comic format, of his myriad sins and failings that Lu Ann has yet to detect even the slightest whiff of. Unless maybe it’s his own version of that scat-perv internet porn clip everyone’s been talking about.

    Blondie – Maybe I’m just too suspicious, but the fact that “Dr. Thomas Austin” has his full name on a shingle in panel three makes me wonder if this is a real friend of the creators being Tuckerized. It’s not an uncommon name, so I expect a certain number of strips are going up on bulletin boards and fridges, with an additional number going up after the name is crudely fixed in a different color of ink.

    Crock – Grudging enjoyment of today’s strip; worry that I’m going soft.

    DtM – For god’s sake, kid, do something menacing! You’re just this close to becoming a bleeding sap like that twerp in “Bloom County” who used to sit around in the dandelions with that smarmy rapturous expression and talk directly out to the reader about his cute widdle bottom. Break something now! Beat up Joey! Torment Good Old Mister Wilson! Anything! You don’t understand how much danger you’re in!

    DTracy – Oh boy. I’ll bet it has just enough independence to rebel, causing humorous complications. I mean, deadly complications. Okay, I really mean boring complications. Just don’t be where the chin is when it falls forward.

    GFuzzy – Hey, I haven’t heard that joke …today.

    Hagar – Funny today. I guess it’s true; a stopped calendar is right just about once a year.

  114. Patrick, Interlibrary Loan Lending Division
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    A3Gasp!: The fact that LuAnn actually said the word “GASP!” made me laugh out loud. She could have just as easily said “Egads!” or “Zounds!”or even “Zoinks!”

    Toby Worthless Mary all but Toby the back of her meddling hand. The evil in Mary’s face combined with the glazed wide-eyed expression on Toby’s face was just priceless because that can’t be the real Mary Worth, but her evil twin sister Shari Worth.

  115. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:16 am [Reply]

    MTrail – That ol’ raccoon doesn’t seem to mind getting its ass kicked. Looks like it must be an everyday occurrence.

    Marvin – Is Hulk Week over yet? I thought these things were tied to the movie release. Was this drawn when the movie was in theaters? Some lead time.

    Monty – I do love the cartooning in this. Monty whaling away on that pump with no expression. If that’s not comedy gold, it’s at least comedy pewter.

    MG&Grimm – Help me, Obi-Wan Peters! You’re my only hope!

    Phantom – What? Can’t a master criminal go bat shopping without you releasing the hound? Who died and made you the ghost who snoops? (Oh yeah, that’s right.)

  116. Patrick, Interlibrary Loan Lending Division
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:18 am [Reply]

    Toby Worthless: Let me try writing that again. Not enough caffeine this morning.

    Mary all but gave Toby the back of her meddling hand and again admitted not knowing something. The searing glare on Mary’s face combined with the glazed wide-eyed expression on Toby’s face was just priceless because that can’t be the real Mary Worth, but her evil twin sister Shari Worth.

  117. smacky
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    Watch where you point that platitude finger, Mary. You never know if that thing’s loaded!

  118. AmazingThor
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:22 am [Reply]

    A3G: I was going to think some outrageously raunchy picture to make Luann gasp like that, but since this is A3G it will end up being really mundane. “GASP! I had no idea Alan could paint something so plain and uninspired!”

    DtM: It’s a beautiful day, flowers are in bloom. Dennis has all day to just sit and dream about Joey…

    FC: I can only hope that during the ensuing football game, the ball will get lost and suddenly the Keane gang will notice how Jeffy’s head is perfectly football shaped….

    GT: Its nice to see the one-armed kid still gets some game time

    H&J: “This old bucket has really gone through the wars.” #21456 on the list of phrases used in Herb and Jamal that no human being would ever utter.

    H&L: “Okay, then you have to start with the dictionary unwritten”

    Lockhorns: There’s gonna be a good ol fashion beheadin’! And how do the Lockhorns keep getting invited to parties?

    LuAnn: “You’ve got some searching to do” No, Luann, we have some vomitting to do.

    MF: Mallard doesn’t realize that he’s the only one doing the same work over and over again. The other children get to progress to harder problems. We call this “learning.”

    MT: Someone already mentioned that the poor raccoon is getting a foot up his bum, so I’ll just point out that “Papa” seems to be implying that people are coming by one-by-one to steal the water, probably a bucket at a time.

    MW: Check out the size of Mary’s neck in the second panel. She’s training to be a tackle for the Chicago Bears.

    RMMD: Trust me creepy old lady, we’re ALL watching Rex’s boom. *wink*

    Ziggy: Beheadings in the Lockhorns, Pagan rituals in Gil Thorp, and now Ziggy is going to be stoned. The comics are getting down right Biblical this week.

  119. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:27 am [Reply]

    AmazingThor @118 – The reason Mallard has to keep repeating the numbers from 1 to 100 is that all he’s written is ‘The Numbers from 1 to 1 hundred” and added a near-illegible footnote to see the bottoms of the first hundred pages of the textbook.

  120. Calico
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:32 am [Reply]

    Good Lord, poor Marm. Looks like a meteor got him. Or that Acme crap that Mary bought for her temporary beagle.
    Maybe Marm knows the “bang” trick as well.

    #180 yesterthread – Mary’s turned into a giant yellow centipede! Scary stuff.

    Today she looks downright pissed, and Toby is in a caffeine and valium trance.

    MT – Be a good raccoon, Rocky, or Daddy will give you a swift kick in the pants.

  121. Calico
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:39 am [Reply]

    3G – Luann is shocked to see the collection of dirty panties and strap-ons Alan has accumulated during his weeks-long meth binge. Then again, she probably couldn’t tell a sex toy from a basketball.

  122. Hank
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    RE: LuAnn. Yay. Another 45 year old woman tried to recapture her lost youth by getting a tramp stamp. When will the cast be moving into their new trailer park?

  123. Bryan
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:49 am [Reply]

    # 111, Muffaroo-who-walks:

    I’m ashamed that I know this, but Back to the Beach was a theatrically released movie, not a TV movie. I love those old, awful AIP Frankie & Annette beach movies, so I had to check out Back to the Beach. Ask me someday how Keenan Wynn’s losing fight against the surf kids in “Bikini Beach” is an allegory for the Vietnam War.
    Or how the drag racing scenes in “Muscle Beach Party” indicates how the youth at the time was becoming more interested in technological pursuits (drag racing) over simple, non-technological pursuits (surfing).
    Plus, Annette’s got a great rack.

  124. Angry Kem
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    #53 bats: Believe it or not, that font is called “Ale and Wenches.”

    …And it has now been applied to our favourite melon-heads.

    FBOFW: Wow…Michael really is a saint. His mother calls him stupid without realising that she is a freaking hypocrite, and he still grows up to write forty thousand best-selling novels and save a puppy from falling off a building into a volcano on Mars. All hail Michael.

    Dear Adam@Home:

    Bite me.

    Yours,
    Angry Kem.

  125. queek
    September 12th, 2008 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    Cleats has a nice rif today.

  126. AMC
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:01 am [Reply]

    A3G – I think what LuAnn is seeing is a blank canvas. She’ll confront Alan, who – knowing LuAnn’s gullibility – will look hurt and tell her: “It’s a picture of you, my little tabula rosa.”

    Of course she’ll buy it. She loves any pet name where Alan calls her a flower.

    MT – LoFo needs H20 like a MoFo. Or, Mark fist ‘o.

  127. A Lemur
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    DT: Criminanimals of the world beware! It’s a giant robot Tracy that um, well, won’t fit under powerlines, has arms even less useful than a T-Rex, and sports a horrifying simulcrum of Dick´s face that suggests that Diet’s affection for Tracy has gone from: ‘My good man-pal Dick Tracy’ to ‘alone in the dark of his laboratory a naked Diet Smith bows before the horrific effigy, his fleshy buttocks aquiver in the air…’

  128. gah
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    I refuse to read the lame soap opera comics. Reading a bunch of text is not what comics are about, and The Comics Curmudgeon shouldn’t promote reading of such non-comics.

  129. Cheese-n-Pear
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    A3G: “Gasp…Why, it’s not a painting at all. It’s his very own meth lab!

    Cathy: Ack! Ack, indeed! We’re no longer interested in Cathy’s strange compulsions that nobody else shares. Just show her chowing down continuously on expensive, name-brand, deep-fried lard and get this over with!

    DT: Diet, you bastard! All of New Hampshire has been mourning the loss of the Old Man of the Mountain, and now we learn you stole it to make the face on your giant ugly robot!

    MT: You see, honey, the world is more complicated than that, and sometimes people end up doing destructive things even with the best intentions. They won’t necessarily stop just because you call them and ask them to. Unless you had someone who could punch the living facial hair off of them, of course.

    MW: Toby’s expression in the last panel is something I’ve only seen on mannequins – wide, unblinking eyes, painted-on expression, head tilted at an odd angle. Perhaps we’re finally learning that Toby is just a figment of Mary’s gin-soaked imagination.

    RMMD: And so Rex is the next recipient of bonkus of the conkus.

  130. Stifler's Dad
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:18 am [Reply]

    Hmmm, somehow posted this on yesterday’s comments, so will try a rehash here -

    I don’t know anything about American Football, but any sport about which one can say “Gil’s been working up quite a sweat all season training his Tight End and Tackle” is just plain gay.

  131. Sour Kraut
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    A3G: As LuAnn confronts the kitchen…

    If those cabinets don’t straighten up and fly right, it’s chainsaw time.

  132. Dingo
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    Oy. It was late, it was early. I couldn’t tell the difference between a raccoon and a beaver. So embarrassed.

  133. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    Bryan @123 – Good lord, they release TV movies theatrically? Wot next!

    Okay, I yam correctipated.

    Good thing Son-of-Ed wasn’t an allegory for inflation, or Gerry Ford would have had us wearing WYNN buttons.

  134. Gabacho
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:23 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth – When I first saw this, I thought it would be much better stated in the second panel if Mary were saying, “Listen, bitch, for people of normal intelligence, when they don’t know something, they learn about it. Especially when it affects them. What the hell is wrong with you?” but then I realized that’s exactly what her body language is saying.

    The only thing clenched tighter than her teeth in panel 2 is her patootie.

    Once again, Mary wins.

    Sally Forth and Surfin’ Bird – Ted is too young to know the Trashmen version of 1963 and while it’s possible he is referring to the Pee Wee Herman movie, I think the most likely cover of “Surfin’ Bird” for Ted is the Ramones. Ted is just a Ramones kind of guy.

    We could ask Ces to settle this for us but it’s much more fun to argue about it without factual basis.

    In the meantime, Sally just gave Ted permission to seek out some GMILF’s. Way to be open minded, Sally.

  135. Sed
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    Josh-

    Thanks for working one of my all-time favorite short stories into today’s title – not often do we see a shout-out to Nathaniel Hawthorne!

  136. Dingo
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    Stifler’s Dad, I’m not sure in which country you reside but American football has many terms that translate into gay slang for a sport that doesn’t tolerate homosexuality:

    Tight End
    Sack
    Wide Receiver
    Wishbone Formation
    Turnover
    Receiver
    Too Many Men on the Field
    Returner
    Tailback
    Roughing the Passer
    Piling On
    Open Receiver
    Coach Thorp Inside Your Hairy Arse

  137. AsleepOrDead
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:31 am [Reply]

    Today’s Mark Trail features a special guest appearance by Colin Mochrie.

  138. TB Tabby
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    137: Ah, that explains the weird posing and scale issues! Lost Forest is actually in an Animutation!

  139. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:44 am [Reply]

    9/12

    MT: “I know. We’ll get our friend Mark to write us up in a magazine no one reads. That will solve the water shortage AND my male pattern baldness.”

    GT: Bloomer? I’m not sure having a nickname synonymous with Victorian panties bodes well for Charles’ career in football.

    Crock: Geico needs to spend its advertising budget more wisely.

    9CL: Seth and Edda present “Exposition for the Terminally Dense.”

    Phantom: Wait, did Chatu turn all of his minions into vampire bats? This could be interesting, if they don’t screw it up.

    Momma: By “advance copy” Francis means “80% of all Mommas printed to date.”

    Marvin: He turns green? The hell you say. I hadn’t noticed.

    MW: “If you don’t know about something, educate yourself.”
    I completely agree. And first on the agenda, Toby should educate herself on the dangers of marrying a much older man, then regressing as you treat him as a father substitute.

    S-M: Whoa whoa whoa! Your exact replica commits armed robbery, you ambush a police unit from above, and suddenly they’re all up in arms. Chill, people.

    Lockhorns: For completeness’ sake, some guy should be standing there with a hood and an axe.

    BC: I saw this same gag in a men’s magazine once. Only instead of the eighteenth hole, the last caveman was painting a piece of ass.

    PBS: But are you willing to swear it was in self-defense?

    FC: Grandma thinks, “Got to get these medications changed. Damn hallucinations got me seeing a cantalope carrying a pigskin.”

    JP: The hell are you babbling about, Sam?

    RMMD: Hey, let’s make every Friday “Near Decapitaion Day” in RexMorganland.

    SFx: Following this practice to its logical conclusion, Boo Boo was eventually charged with filing a false report with the police department.

    DT: It’s a manmade Dick Tracy. It’s made of metal, has one facial expression, and its only purpose is to kill. Even Tess won’t be able to tell the difference.

  140. Niall
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    Darnit, been so busy preparing for my Toronto trip this weekend that I haven’t had any time to check comments or snark Under Josh. So I guess it’s too late to ask Skullturf or other T.O. mudgeons if they’d have time for a luncheon meeting Sunday downtown…

  141. Dingo
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:50 am [Reply]

    Niall, take the advice of Lynn Johnston: it’s never too late.

  142. Idols of Mud
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    GT: “That’s a whole new outgoing Cully. Here I thought he would murder Marty Moon shyly and silently, but he’s invited all of us here to watch that twisted sportscaster burn. Sometimes coaches really can end lives!”

    And for what it’s worth, I laughed at Get Fuzzy today.

  143. One-eyed Wolfdog
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    DtM: “I’ve got nothin’ to do an’ all day today it so I’m just gonna sit here crappin’ my overalls, and, should I achieve any particular success in that endeavour, clappin’ my flippers together in celebration.”

  144. Galuaboy
    September 12th, 2008 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    Yester-Yester-Thread: Sorry, this is going back a few days, but I just saw AsleepOrDead’s 9/10 question (“Can Dennis’ parents PLEASE buy him a pair of fucking pajamas that don’t have an ass opening? PLEASE???”) and had to respond.

    Well, if they didn’t have an ass opening they wouldn’t BE “fucking” pajamas. Badda-bing. Thanks, I’ll be here ’til Thursday.

  145. Calico
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    #131 – Calling John Denver from the grave.

    #135 – I thought Ted was maybe more Bay City Rollers, or Coldplay.

  146. spike
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:24 am [Reply]

    MW: Proof positive in Panel II that Toby really is a Stepford Wife.

  147. Sobek
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:27 am [Reply]

    Wait, is Mark Trail going to punch global warming? I think I just came.

  148. T. Chicana
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    In Cleveland, our paper replaced Foob with something called The Pajama Diaries. It seems to be about babies and mommies and it’s really kind of icking me out. Anyone familiar with this? Today, the punchline was something to do with vasectomies! UMMM….?! WTF.

  149. commodorejohn
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    9CL – You know what I’d like to see? I’d like to see Amos tell her off and then move to the other coast.

    A3G – I want that final panel on a shirt.

    AS – Okay, I guess I should be fair and admit that I did, in fact, laugh at today’s Argyle Sweater.

    A.D. – Holy crap, Peter brought down a moose with that dinky little club? Everybody else may as well just give up and go home.

    BB – Ha ha! The Halftracks’ marriage is a loveless sham!

    BS – Oh dear! This strip is in black and white! They’ll never be able to tell if that’s a coral snake or not!

    Crankshaft – Wouldn’t it make more sense to put a new protective cover on? I mean, that’s what it’s there for, right? Oh, sorry, I forgot this whole storyline is merely an excuse to humiliate wifey for thinking that her ovaries and competence with internal-combustion-engine-powered vehicles aren’t mutually exclusive.

    DT – OH. MY. GOD.

    FW – I don’t get it. Why can’t she get a job that isn’t incompatible with her schedule? Or is a stint at Montoni’s a membership requirement at St. Batiuk of Inevitable Cancer or whatever strange, mopey religion they have in Westview?

    Garfield – If only Lorenzo Music were still alive, they could just turn this strip into a radio drama and be done with it. It might not be any funnier, but at least it would remove the utterly superfluous visual component.

    GA – Of course, the point here is going to be that all the eeevil oil companies are just trying to buy his invention to squash it, but have they stopped to consider what a cash cow this thing would be? Buy the rights and take advantage of the patent-protected period to establish yourself as the leading producer of these things, hire talented engineers to refine and improve the design, and you’d hammer the competition. But then, that would actually make sense, which pretty much bars it from happening in Gasoline Alley.

    GF – Finally, this strip features a political joke that’s actually funny. Naturally, everybody beat Conley to it, but that’s just the delay between submission and print.

    Heart – Um, that’s because TV shows aren’t produced in letterbox format.

    H&L – “I bet I can win, as long as you accept the handicap I impose on you!”

    Lockhorns – Does he, now?

    Luann – Okay, Evans. I almost forgive you now.

    MT – Well, to everybody joking about “the Trail signal,” I guess the joke’s on you.

    MW – “If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s if you don’t know about something, give people advice about it!

    Pibgorn – “It is time to extract this vile pollution from your body…with my penis!

    Popeye – Swee’Pea is going to become a mother? Wait, is this going to be a Very Special Episode about gender dysphoria or something? Nah, what am I thinking, this is Popeye. They couldn’t even pronounce it.

    SM – Smart. Kiss that secret identity goodbye, Peter.

  150. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:33 am [Reply]

    Niall @140 – How are you getting to Tronno? I mean, if you’re driving… say through Rochester, NY… we might be able to go to Tim Horton’s or something. (We’re about five hours from there by car — Toronto, not… well, you know.)

  151. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    DTracy – There’s something about Tracy’s body language in the first panel that makes me think there’s something wrong with his balloon and that the text should really say, “Whee! I enjoy being a girl!”

  152. Sequitur
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    MT: The old guy is about to kick that racoon into the next comic strip. Which in our paper would be “Love is…” Have you ever seen a racoon wreck havoc with a couple of kewpie dolls?

  153. commodorejohn
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:44 am [Reply]

    You know what? I totally forgot something on that Lockhorns pic. So I’ll pull a George Lucas and futilely attempt to pretend that was my intent in the first place.

    That first version never happened, okay?

  154. AtomicDog
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:50 am [Reply]

    The Spectacular Spider-Brick @106Luann: Congratulations, Mr. DeGroot, you and your wife are about to join Walt and Connie on the very short list of comic characters who “do it.”

    A list that most emphatically does not include Cathy and Irving; I have not seen anything even remotely resembling sex between those two since they inflicted their marriage upon us three and a half years ago.

  155. Deborah
    September 12th, 2008 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    The platform Cully is standing on appears to be a gallows. The question then becomes, hang the Satan worshipers in a reenactment of the Salem witch trials, or sacrifice virgins?

    I vote virgins.

  156. queek
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    106: Don’t forget Arlo & Janis. Perhaps the most “doing it” couple in the funny pages.

    PBS: yup, saw it coming, still funny.

    NS: oh so true!

    Speedbump was also amusing today. mmmmmmm, Belgian ales!

  157. AtomicDog
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:03 pm [Reply]

    Dingo @132 – I see that I’m not going to be invitin’ you to any orgies!

    (Yes, I know; but you left me a perfect opening to paraphrase a Dr. McCoy line, and I’m not gonna pass it up!)

  158. Jeremiah
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    The characters of “Mark Trail” are looking particularly soulless today.

  159. boojum
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    GT:

    Hey! I thought Jeff Ponczac caught everything they threw at him!!

    And on Gil Thorp in general: I don’t follow sports that closely. Is this supposed to be interesting?

  160. ka-pwingg
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:23 pm [Reply]

    “As Luann confronts the kitchen…”

    Silly Luann. Everybody knows kitchens can’t talk.

  161. Batman Beatles
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    #154 AtomicDog – I don’t know. Do we really want to see Cathy in lingerie looking at the mirror going “Ack!!!!!!!”?

  162. Ethan Shuster
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    “Sometimes coaches really can change lives! Maybe you’re not as big of a fucking loser as I said you were the other day, Gil.”

  163. Colinski
    September 12th, 2008 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    For a moment, it seemed that the art in Marmaduke had improved when Anderson Junior took over, but I see today that the style has reverted back into the general melty half-assery as when Anderson Senior was doing it. Apparently Pop has finally shared his secret of getting good and loaded before sketching the panel with his boy.

  164. Miz Becki
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    TO ANGRY KEM:

    I work at a school for gifted students and sent our Middle School Humanities teachers the link to your Middle English Blog. I thought it might be a good resource! They do a huge Middle Ages unit. They’re ecstatic! Thanks!

  165. Miz Becki
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    P.S. to #164…
    I apologize for all the exclamation points, but we really, REALLY are that excited about the blog!

  166. Angry Kem
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    #164 and 165: That’s fantastic. Have the students found Geoffrey Chaucer’s blog? It is possibly the best medieval-themed website in the whole frickin’ world. If the students like the Middle Ages and don’t mind reading entire entries in Middle English, they will be both entertained and enlightened.

  167. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:26 pm [Reply]

    commodorejohn,
    Love the revised Hateeachothers picture.

  168. huntch
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    I don’t think Sally Forth needs to worry too much if Ted has female friends – I would worry more if he started learning about sports so he could cultivate male friends.

  169. Nathan
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    MARK TRAIL/JEAN DE FLORETTE CROSSOVER FTW

  170. Baron Bizarre
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    Snuffy Smith: Say, what medical school do you suppose the doctor in Hootin’ Holler (or wherever the hell they live) graduated from? Or is he a “doctor” the way Granny from “The Beverly Hillbillies” was a “doctor’?

  171. DAS
    September 12th, 2008 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    Eventually, though, the little tyke will want to know who is doing the draining, and he’ll have to admit that it’s the humans

    Isn’t the “Lost Forest” in Canada? Doesn’t that mean that it ain’t just any ol’ humans who are doing the draining but FOOBs? Perhaps the killing spree of which you speak will be the real FOOBocolypse?

  172. AtomicDog
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    #161 Batman Beatles: Brrrr! I may never have sex again.

  173. bats :[
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    68. Alfred E. Neuman re Phantom: yeah, yeah. Only because I probably haven’t cheezed them off. ;)
    A “swarm” of bats? I don’t think so (unless these are special bats with stingers or something). Groups tend to be colonies (because when they’re in their roost, all of them wear little tricorn hats). However, some scrounging around finds “a cloud of bats” (oooooh….).

    74. flodnak and others: what Mark Trail really needs is a guest crossover with “Over the Hedge”. Papa and R.J. — how twisted would that be?

    102. Dean Booth: Thanks! A little easier for a cheap shot, and a game the whole family can play!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9545446@N07/2851500890/sizes/o/

  174. commodorejohn
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

  175. dale
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    Cathy, you ignorant sow!

    There is no 12:00 PM. Noon is neither AM nor PM. You could look it up.
    Garner’s “Dictionary of Modern American Usage” is a great reference and just fun to read.

  176. bats :[
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:23 pm [Reply]

    136. Dingo: didn’t John Madden use that last phrase several times during the Patriots game last week?

  177. tb4000
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:30 pm [Reply]

    Luann: I never realized how horny Mama DeGroot is.

  178. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    AtomicDog @154 – [comic characters who "do it"] “A list that most emphatically does not include Cathy and Irving…” Well, come on. If you were Irving, would you want to play Hide the Pickle with somebody who, at moments of passion, emits plewds and cries out “Ack! Ack Ack!” while rolling her eyes back and pointing one index finger heavenward? Even if she was human-shaped, with a nose and everything?

  179. Artist formerly known as Ben
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    #170 Baron Bizarre,

    I don’t know, but the fact that he also runs the meat slicer at Hootin’ Holler’s deli makes me worry about conflict of interest.
    “Nope, no savin’ this foot. But that ain’t to say we can’t put it to some use.”

  180. Poteet
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    # 166 Angry Kem — *Bows low* Your Middle English comic site is on my daily list now, and I’m trying to forget I ever saw that Chaucer site because I could easily get hooked. Those “Lynes of Pick-up” are truly funny.

  181. dale
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    Funky
    This might have been funny if Crazy, or whever the old fart is, had filled in at band practice.
    But go ahead and deliver the pizzas (and keep the pay and tips). The girl can’t drive without him in the car anyhow.

  182. bats :[
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

    139. AFKAB: I feel compelled to say that these are not vampire bats. They and most of the Microchiroptera (“little wing”) species are nocturnal. These look much more like some sort of Megachiroptera (yeah, “big wing”) forms, larger bats than are often active during the day. They’re usually not as “ugly” as the smaller species because they don’t use echolocation for guidance and so don’t need all the wrinkles and tags on their muzzles and ears to direct sound back to them; instead, they usually have big eyes (hence the term “flying fox”) and use vision to get their prey — which is usually fruit.
    So unless Klaatu or whatever has an insidious plan to ravage innocent mangoes or to have freshly-laundered sheets drying in the air pooped on, this plot could be going nowhere fast.
    More information on bats can be found on the Bat Conservation International website.

    140. Niall: like Dingo says LJ says, it’s never too late. Heck, if you were in Tucson rather than Toronto, I’d be free for lunch! (I have no life, but that’s beside the point.)

    149. commodorejohn re 9CL: I agree. Amos is an invertebrate and so is pretty disinteresting to me, but I’d love to have him grow a spine, or a pair, or whatever, and just dump Edda. And I thought better of Seth, too, before he let Edda continue acting like a complete and total…
    Oh, hell, I like the illustration style, but only really am interested in Solange and Seth’n’Mark.

  183. Angry Kem
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    #180 Poteet: The Chaucer site is highly addictive. It also has a brand new entry, a fact I didn’t realise when I posted the link. *Squeals*

    I just realised I went and picked the same Blogger theme for my ME comics as Chaucer did for his blog. Oh well. It’s just that it’s the only reasonably old-fashioned-looking theme, I guess. The other ones are all bright and perky.

    #178 Muffaroo: Thank you very much. Now I have an amazingly clear picture in my head of Cathy in the throes of passion. I want to scrub out my brain.

  184. Bootsy
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    # 178. Muffaroo, I am almost but not quite afraid to wonder what a “plewd” is.

  185. Al of the Christian Single Jungle Patrol
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    Monty — Is that bicycle pump in his pocket or just floating next to the table in panel 1?

  186. Niall
    September 12th, 2008 at 2:56 pm [Reply]

    141. Dingo: I’d rather not base anything in my life after her, thankyouverymuch…

    150. Muffaroo: I’m actually flying (yay $55 and $85 base tickets three weeks ahead of time), and even driving, Buffalo would be (dare I say it) an enormous hop away from my trajectory. So alas, alack, no meeting possible!

    53. Angry Kem: you would be one Torontonian I’d want to meet to heap praise (and lunch) upon in thanks for things like this (and WOB if you are indeed the one responsible for making me and several friends lose many hours in rapid succession once you appeared ‘pon this board).

    173. bats: AUUUGH sometimes I miss this place, sometimes I wonder why I come back. You always make a perfect case for both at the same time. :)

    182. bats: I’d very happily take you to lunch any day! And not just fruits. :)

    Skullturf, Toronto (is he still here?) Mooncattie (if he’s back), Angry Kem… there could be enough for a full Toronto meetup, with me being the lone Ottawan. (The wan one?)

  187. Bootsy
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    # 184, me. I found it! The Lexicon of Comicana defines them asl ittle sweat droplets around a character’s head. Neither as disgusting nor interesting as one expected.

  188. Angry Kem
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    #186 Niall: It would depend on the time. I’m leading a gaggle of reluctant souls on a quest to participate in the Terry Fox Run in the morning; it’s possible we’ll be having lunch after that, though at the moment, it’s hard to tell. And yes, WoB is my fault.

  189. bats :[
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

  190. Paul1963
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    Bootsy @ 184, 187: I remember running across all kinds of arcane terminology for comics tropes in Mort Walker’s Backstage at the Strips, back in the ’70s.

    Muffaroo-who-walks @178: Perhaps Irving is able to shut out reality to the point that, when he and Cathy do the deed (in the dark, missionary-only, with the phone unplugged and in the next room in case Mom calls), he thinks he’s doing it with someone with a little self-esteem. And breasts. And a nose.

  191. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    Bootsy, good job. I put a link in a comment and previewed it, and the furshlugginer thing went kablooey on me. The Lexicon of Comicana. This time, no previewing. What could go wxrnf?

  192. Muffaroo-who-walks
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    H&Lois – …And the word to look up will be “goatse” [nsfw!]. Ready with that 1971 Seventh Collegiate, Lois?

    MFmore – Wait, this is more of Mallard’s Back-to-school Memory #19! Are we now going to spend days at a time in subdivisions of the weeks-at-a-time sequences? Anyway, why is he so steamed about his school not giving a shit about him? Isn’t that how he feels about almost everything else? It looks to me like he learned something there, after all.

  193. trey le parc
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke: Don’t dogs this big usually die by now? Please?

  194. hax0ryuri419@yahoo.com
    September 12th, 2008 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    athena @ 105 –

    I used the Toby/Enormoushop storyline in MW as the hook for my editor’s letter in the next issue of the magazine I edit, a trade book for print and online cataloguers and cross-channel marketers. I even directed readers to Enormoushop.com in the PS.

    Thank you for kind reference to our humble Web site. Please contact me if I can assist in any way, and encourage readers to have full financial information at hand when they visit. International credit transfers are no problem, we are full-service outfit.

  195. Alfred E. Neuman
    September 12th, 2008 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    #114 Patrick, Interlibrary Loan Lending Division Re: A3G—
    LuAnn seems more like a “Gee-willikers” type to me.

    #136 Dingo— Also:

    End Zone
    Fly Formation
    Naked Reverse
    Illegal Use of Hands
    Split End
    Backfield In Motion
    Red Zone Penetration
    Muff

  196. gnome de blog
    September 12th, 2008 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    195 Alfred:

    Don’t forget “skinny post.”

  197. Rebochan
    September 12th, 2008 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    Marvin: DIE RECYCLED ART DIE! He was even too lazy to just flip it!

  198. Angry Kem
    September 12th, 2008 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    Marvin is beginning to make me want to chew off my own leg. The joke wasn’t funny the first time…and he tells it again…and again…and again

    Cut-and-paste art…cut-and-paste jokes…a cut-and-paste concept: why is this strip still alive?

    Of course, in light of the continued existence of The Family Circus, Hi and Lois, Adam@Home, Beetle Bailey, The Wizard of Id, B.C., For Better or For Worse, Blondie, Marmaduke, Mary Worth, Apartment 3G, Rex Morgan: MD, The Phantom, Spider-Man, Judge Parker, Gasoline Alley, and all their little friends, maybe it’s a stupid question.

  199. thatquietkid
    September 12th, 2008 at 5:15 pm [Reply]

    #25 oops sorry i misread the comic strip, to be honest, i was kind of sleepy

  200. Vince M
    September 12th, 2008 at 6:50 pm [Reply]

    111,123: Bryan, I’m ashamed to know this, but the drag racing storyline was in fact part of ‘Bikini Beach’ – that’s my favorite AIP Beach Party movie, mostly for Frankie Avalon’s portrayal of English pop star ‘Potato Bug’, who acted like Terry-Thomas on amphetamines – his goofball antics would embarrass Austin Powers. Oh yes, and he’s a drag racer.
    While I really dug Pee-Wee’s number in ‘Back to the Beach’, the high point of that movie for me was Annette singing her old number ‘Jamaica Ska’ backed by Fishbone – raised her cool cred exponentially.

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