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Enjoy a refreshing shrew-verage

Slylock Fox, 11/3/08

Oh, today’s Slylock is a cavalcade of delights. I love Shady’s early-20th-century finery, and the Fat Cats dressed in various period costumes — we’ve got Roaring ’20s Plutocrat Cat and Bespectacled Early ’60s Cat, along with a more contemporary counterpart. Plus there’s Shady’s framed “Inventor of the Year” certificate, which was obviously created in Print Shop. Mostly, though, I like Shady’s invention, which bears a suspicious resemblance to an always-cool pillow gadget I thought up in junior high, when I had even less engineering knowledge than I do now. If only I had had a pair of stripey pants, I could have gotten venture funding!

Mark Trail, 11/3/08

Sue, Charlie isn’t going to be able to leave you alone if you keep slamming the door into his chest. “Go home, Charlie! [SLAM] We’ll talk [SLAM] in the office [SLAM] tomorrow!” “Eargh, Sue, I think you just broke my sternum! Please stop! [SLAM] Aarrrrgggh….”

Meanwhile, Sneaky is heading out for his date with dog-drowning destiny. Realizing that he may need to be identified later, he pauses between panels two and three to put on his collar.

Spider-Man, 11/3/08

“We know who did it! It’s the guy who’s unconscious and immobilized at the scene of the crime, where the stolen goods are nowhere to be seen! God, I love being a cop! It’s so easy!

145 responses to “Enjoy a refreshing shrew-verage”

  1. mrskryan
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:36 pm [Reply]

    I think that shady is wearing his collar in the second panel- you can see the tag hanging down beneath his chin. It’s just nearly obscured by his neck-fat.

  2. Idols of Mud
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:36 pm [Reply]

    Spider-Man: Do all cops run blindly into crime scenes while yelling at one another? “HOLY COW, THE CLOCKS ARE GONE! IS THERE ANYBODY INSIDE OR DID YOU ALREADY FIND THE UNLOCKED DOOR IN THE BACK? IF YOU DIDN’T, COME BY — I’M ENTIRELY EXPOSED IN THE OPEN!”

  3. Poteet
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:38 pm [Reply]

    MT — The collar may also help with the drowning plotline, if it isn’t the breakaway kind.

  4. Poteet. a.k.a. Anal, Annoying Minor Goddess of Pedantry
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    Error in the fourth sentence about Slylock.

  5. WillieO
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    I think we all know where that racoon is actually headed; to the nearest garbage can. It will then knock it over, spreading garbage all over the yard in an attempt to get at some old ravioli. The rest of the story will be devoted to the cleanup effort.
    Weeeee.

    Also, if you add a solute, or drop the temperture slowy enough, water can be super cooled to 20F, so shady may be onto something. For some reason, I feel that this information may be lost on Shylock Fox’s readers.

  6. Niall
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    Holy.. Spider Man never ceases to amaze ME – with its lameness!

    (…and maybe i’m glad my last comment was the end of thread…)

  7. Poteet
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:46 pm [Reply]

    JP — Even at weddings around here, I don’t see women dressed like Detective Roberts. It wouldn’t surprise me if she makes Duggan rise from the dead.

  8. spookycatlady
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    You can call me immature, but it looks like the racoon just blew a floofer that smells of Elrod.

    I don’t know what this means.

  9. Niall
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    I still see Sneaky running away and uncomfortably letting go of gas in the form of a floating Elrodball. That’s gotta hoit. What are they feeding him??

  10. Niall
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:49 pm [Reply]

    8. spookycatlady: JINX! :)

  11. Lettuce
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    Those cops are so checking out Spider-Man’s ass…

  12. Lettuce
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    MT: Why is Sneaky farting Jack Elrod’s name? Did he earlier eat Jack Elrod’s name, in dairy form?

  13. late2theparty
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    Spiderman isn’t unconscious. He’s just taking a nap while waiting for help to arrive.

  14. Rusty
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    Spidey, relaxed on valium, awaits his colonoscopy. I’ve been there.

  15. 150
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    Why do the Slylock Fox villains always overdo it? I’d probably buy a mug that could instantly drop my beverage to a nice, chill 40 F.

  16. Josh
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:16 pm [Reply]

    #4 Poteet — Fixed, assuming you were referring to “you though”. Feel free to specific and explicit in your pedantry; I promise I won’t mind. (Or just email me instead of posting a comment.)

    Josh

  17. gh
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:16 pm [Reply]

    #7 Poteet –

    And yet she can’t make Sam rise from the living. Sad.

  18. Comrade Denny
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:16 pm [Reply]

    BB: Oh, Sarge, is there anything you do that isn’t a metaphor for (trom)boning Beetle?

    Heathcliff: I don’t get it. I see no mud. I see no slingling. Who is the moderator even talking to? And does Heathcliff has his paw pads crossed? For what purpose?

    Phantom: Someone please explain the current storyline to me again. I don’t want to wade through a month-and-a-half of 2-panel strips. Again.

  19. Uncle Lumpy
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    #15 150 –

    Why do the Slylock Fox villains always overdo it?

    Villains always overdo things — they’re like bankers that way.

  20. Hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    I’m bewildered by Mallard’s latest attack on the very newspapers that carry the Mallard comic. I thought that his entire hatred of the mainstream media was based on his belief that they favor Obama. But today, he insinuates that they only say that they favor Obama, but are secretly, clandestinely favoring McCain. Man, if you can’t rely on a drunken duck for coherent and sage political advice, what’s this world coming to?

    You can vote any way you want to, and you’re still a good human being – well, that presupposes that you were both good and human prior to this election. But what about Tinsley? Does he have an anti-Bradley effect thing? Although he talks a good Republican game, an Obama presidency will obviously provide more career opportunity. All spring long, he blasted away at McCain (I guess other people don’t consult the duck when voting, either) and now he’s on a blitz to convince us to vote for the Macster? Confused much, Bruce? Have another drink.

    And speaking of coherent, I initially thought that the cops in Spiderman were total idiots. “Who did this? Must be the guy handcuffed on the floor!” But consider this – all the criminals caught by Spiderman are simply webbed up and left at the scene of the crime. So it looks pretty normal to the police. Evidence? Due process? Warrants? Miranda rights? What language are you talking?

    Liar, liar, pants on fire! One of those “fat cats” is only moderately overweight. A little bit of a spare tire is all. He’s big boned. Has his mother’s hips, and he’s comfortable with that. But to call him “fat” is a rude lie and bordering on slander, Slylock. Oh, and the shrew is full of BS, too.

    For reasons unexplained by science, Shady can’t simply turn down the chill power of his cup in order to keep it from freezing. Slylock should also note that beverages other than pure water freeze at lower temperatures than 32F. Alcohol and sugar are common ingredients that lower the freezing point. Maybe Shady’s invention would go over extremely well with the demographic that regularly drinks antifreeze, for example.

    I only occasionally pseudo-hack the chron.com site to see Sunday comics. For the soaps, they’re shameless exposition, and the supposedly funny ones are normally a 2 or 3 panel joke stretched into 8. Even with this diminished expectation, A3G Sunday was a bizarre mash of confused exposition, devoid of plot advancement not bound by the normal chronology of any kind. Maybe the lack of rational progression in a story line was brought about by the Spiderman plot, with Big Time shooting the hands off his magic clock, he somehow opened up several rifts in the comic time/space continuum. Gary is waiting for Tommie – even though the last two days shows them talking. Then suddenly, Tommie is there, repeating what she just said Friday and Saturday. Prof Aristotle’s hair has again gone brown from grey, and what the hell is he doing in Ruby’s apartment? Today, suddenly, the Prof is gone, and Luann is there. But this just about typifies the strip lately. Ever since the less-than-dramatic death of Alan, the strip has been rambling and circling aimlessly in search of whatever passes for a plot in the world of A3G.

    But today’s champion for incomprehensibility is obviously Heathcliff. With the highest degree of cutting edge science, deep piercing sonar, thermal scans and intensive radioscope analysis have detected no joke in this seemingly innocuous set up. I say “seemingly innocuous” because although it is close to an election, and this scene is intended to depict some Kook out on the campaign trail, I’m not so certain. There are stars coming from Kook’s back as he bends over, indicating great pain. His presumed assistant has a dozen unused word balloons above her, indicating all the things better off not said. Heathcliff himself seems to have a huge grin painted on his globular, bulbous head as if it were a balloon. Is he crossing his fingers as he’s shaking hands? What passes for fingers to Heathcliff, anyway. What does that mean? That Heath and Kook made some kind of deal, sealed by a handshake, but Heathcliff is entering this deal fully intending to break his side of the bargain at the first opportunity? Or, is he giving the finger to the people behind him, as if to say “I’ve just bargained away your school vouchers in exchange for tax breaks to cat owners, assholes!” What does this have to do with your aid discussing why everyone hates you in front of your fan base? Just what does it all mean??? Other bizarre elements:
    *Two people behind barricades – with no legs – amongst some indescript cloud-like things.
    *Two more people in the corner with yet other unused word balloons.
    *Kook’s nose-bob.
    It’s like a week’s worth of A3G-level bafflement crushed down into a single frame. I’m half expecting to see Abe Lincoln talking to a surreal, silver unicorn in the background.

    More animals: Marmaduke salivates while contemplating devouring two pedestrians.

    Garfield attempts a come-on to Jon, but fails miserably. Jon drinks from the same coffee cup as Garfield to show that there are no hard feelings.

    I have sudden love for Traz-r. Dick is so shocked at the appearance of another robot – even though he already talked about that possibility. Today, Traz-r is like “Pay attn, Dck, we dscussd ths alrdy.”

    The Other Coast: Four people sitting at computers and this guy gets his finance numbers from a newspaper?

    Crock: The ongoing joke of Chester, the talking chicken perpetually damned to be cooked alive with all his feathers is yet again set to be deep fried. Oh, if only the feathered fowl in Shoe could face such a fate.

  21. Lettuce
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    A3G: I sure hope Luanne’s South Dakota adventures lead her into the arms of Shlomo: A Kosher meat-packing plant manager and his highly ironic Meth addiction.

    Blondie: Hah! Topical humor. But it’s nice to know dsylexic kids can still get their hands on alcoholic beverages.

    Crankshaft: Oh, is there nothing you won’t sneer at, Cranky? Although with the hat and jacket, you do remind me of the time Dick Cheney inapproriately wore a green parka to a Holocaust Memorial Service, and that was fun, too.

    FC: Daddy, your new fuzzy slippers are nice, but… they give away your closeted gayness more than your late night sobbing while watching porn in the attic.

    Curtis: Poor random Pinhead quotation-mark abusing “Curtis” charactor: if only he lived in Kosciusko County, Indiana, he could vote for Merlin E. Yoder for Scott Township Advisory Board.

    Popeye: Quark is too big for Sweatpeas room! Which is why the pressure of the windowsill on his neck led to his passing out unconscious, and, sadly, incurable brain damage.

    Phantom: The Ghost is THERE! On THAT mountain! No. The other one. The green one. Okay, I guess that’s more of a hill. Remember that time on Sesame Street when they went to Hawaii… God, it must have been the 70s or 80s, and there’s this “Mount Snuffalupagus” and Big Bird is convinced it’s going to come to life but it doesn’t until he leaves? Remember how frustrating that was? Anyway, it’s the mountain that looks like that. And, lastly, in the next panel when you thank me? You’re being sarcastic.

  22. Lettuce
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:27 pm [Reply]

    #20: Off topic, and politics aside, but have you ever noticed that the “art” in Mallard Fillmore is usually someone writing, reading, or watching something on TV? Not even Hybrid Plugger Spiderman is that focused on the old literary adage of “Tell, don’t show. Or be funny.”

  23. Harpa
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:27 pm [Reply]

    During one of the rare times the comics.com site was working today, I noticed that they describe H&J as: “A tribute to lasting friendships and a reflection on a life well lived.”

    Huh?

  24. zadig
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    Of course, there are two painfully obvious problems with Spider-man’s latest mastermind-criminal’s master plan (the camera that Peter Parker hid before falling asleep, and the fact that security cameras never store their footage in the cameras themselves. But I’m sure that neither of those issues will have anything to do with the lame denouement ticking towards us like an antique clock.

    Also, the police will never think of unmasking Spider-man. Never. Why would they? They already know who he is: he’s Spider-man. Duh.

  25. McManx
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    SFox – Haven’t you ever heard of “The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit” circa 1956. Obviously the ginger tabby cat’s attire draws on that movie relic.

    Regardless, the fat cats look far more interested in Shady Shrew than his presentation. I suspect Slylock is more waiting for the mayhem to begin than he is in intervening in the investment opportunity.

    MTrail. Oh Sneaky. We hardly knew ye. After the carnage, he’ll make a nice cap for Mark to take home to Rusty. After all, recycling is key to a healthy environment.

  26. Idols of Mud
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    @20 (HogenMogen): Don’t try to figure Mallard Fillmore out. The only reason any newspaper in this country carries his strip is to provide cover for carrying “Doonesbury.” Tinsley could write about the aliens controlling his brain as long as he bashes liberals for questioning his assertions.

  27. Beach Bum
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    It looks as if Max Mouse is preparing to rip off a piece of Slylock’s cheek meat for a bit of his favorite sushi.

  28. Hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    #18 – Denny – The Phantom story line is wacky, even for Ghost-Who-Wears-Stripeys. Phantom’s arch nemesis Chatu re-appears with dreams of spreading Ebola through a flock of vampire bats crapping all over known civilization. Instead, he manages to contract the disease himself and get his lights punched out rather easily by the titular superhero, who doesn’t seem concerned in the least about the flesh eating bacteria eating Phantom flesh. I guess it pays to be a latex fetishist. Anyway, Gilligan Gauran he of the Lampshade Head People in addition to being a laugh riot at keg parties, is also the greatest doctor known to mankind and will save one or both of the members at the Phantom-Chatu camp. And the quest for action continues…

  29. WillieO
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    Its actually a good thing shady’s invention doesn’t work. Imagine the brainfreeze you’d get from drinking a supercooled fluid. That and a frostbitten esophagus, but I think its a toss-up as to which is worse.

  30. Hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    #24 – Zadig – I’m not so surprised that the cops don’t unmask Spidey – I’m more surprised that none of his enemies ever have.

  31. spookycatlady
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    Niall at 9/10… Hee… Two Canadians making fart jokes… How very Terence and Phillip of us. :-)

  32. Cranky
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:40 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy believes a “virus” could cause a toaster to actually generate more toast than it can hold, and spray said toast around the room at impossible angles.

    Ziggy’s parrot, the brains of the household, feeds Ziggy this misinformation to keep him under control.

  33. Al of the Christian Single Jungle Patrol
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:42 pm [Reply]

    slylock — actually, I already own one of those cups. Its a neat toy, but unless you own a giant-ass heatsink to go with it, you can burn yourself pretty easily.

  34. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:47 pm [Reply]

    Re Slylock. Now I’m curious (like a cat!) and I know someone here will know the answer: what temperature does a slurpee machine keep its contents at? Is it slightly above freezing? Or is it at or below freezing, but it’s just that the constant motion means the contents don’t become solid?

    And include me among those mystified by today’s Heathcliff. The best explanation I can think of is that we’re all overthinking it. Maybe we’re not missing anything, and today’s strip is deliberately walking that thin line between gentle humor and non-humor.

    What I’m saying is, I think it’s supposed to be funny simply because he’s a cat, but he’s shaking hands with the politician as though the cat’s one of the potential voters the politician is trying to reach.

    Also, the politician’s name is “Kook”, because, heh heh, politicians, am I right?

  35. Sequitur
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:48 pm [Reply]

    #7 Poteet: She’s make part of Duggan rise from the dead. Won’t do the same with Sam, however.

  36. One-eyed Wolfdog
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    Heathcliff is himself a dirty fighter and approves heartily of Kook’s vicious mudslinging tactics. That is, for what it’s worth, the extent of the joke in Heathcliff.

  37. Seismic-2
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    #5 WillieO: right, you certainly can super-chill water, so long as it doesn’t have too many contaminants (around which ice crystals would nucleate) and so long as it says really still. However, once you disturb it (as would almost inevitably be the case when you pour it), it freezes right away. Here’s a neat video demonstration. And it was done with an ordinary refrigerator, no venture capitalization required!

    GT: Gee, I hope Milford High didn’t pay Dr. Wally in Central City too much for that group physical, if all they had to show for it was, um, a verbal “You’re OK to play football” or “You’re about to clutch your chest and drop dead,” from the good doc. You would think Dr. Wally would have been required to submit something back to Coach Thorp, just to justify his invoice. Or maybe that did happen, but the Sackmeister just lied about his height and told Dr. Wally that he was actually 5-feet-8. Since Dr. Wally apparently played at being a lineman for too long without a helmet, maybe that would have worked.

  38. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:50 pm [Reply]

    I think that from now on, for every New Yorker cartoon caption contest, I’m going to submit the caption

    “However, most object to your mud-slinging.”

  39. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:50 pm [Reply]

    Dammit, One-eyed Wolfdog is right. Mathies for the win!

  40. Spunde
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:51 pm [Reply]

    I say, anyone who invests in a drinking cup that has a vent on the side deserves what he gets.

  41. Hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:51 pm [Reply]

    After a few days of Frank’s incessent beratement of his own kid, I’m almost looking forward to Mary’s sage advice giving. What I’m really looking for is Frank giving Mary a dressing-down on her meddling.

    “You’re not doing it right. You should open with a vague quote, then offer a useless bromide and before your personal tampering gets thrown back in your face, offer up pithy-yet-saccharine treacle! Practice harder, Mary. If you’re taking this national, you’re going to have to be flawless out there!! Quote! Bromide! Treacle! Quote! Bromide! Treacle! Personal note, treacle again! Go go go!”

  42. bats :[
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    8. spookycatlady: I gotcher floofer right here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9545446@N07/3000336208/sizes/o/

    (Why I found this so funny, I don’t know.
    Yes, I do. We were at the zoo yesterday, and a friend who accompanied us came up to me as I was looking at the giraffes. “You should’ve looked at the rhinos a little longer. You missed one of them farting.”
    And I wonder why he can’t attract the ladies…)

  43. Seismic-2
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    #37 (me) _ er, I meant that the Sackmeister lied about his name and height. Of course, he would have had to put something on his head to convince the doc that he was really Matt the Hatt.

  44. Hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2008 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    I know it’s kind of a stretch, but Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell sort of fits Mr. Kook’s look.

  45. One-eyed Wolfdog
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    I get it now. Traze-R saves up extra vowels so he can restore them into contractions where they have been replaced by apostrophes, which he is… allergic to? I guess? Maybe they get stuck in the belt that powers his wheels? But he only does it randomly, in order to… um, maximize the entropy? To defeat the easily-confused forces of evil? I actually don’t get Dick Tracy at all.

  46. Hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:03 pm [Reply]

    Gil Throp(e): I’m sure we’ll be let in on why Mutt & Jeff switched medical reports. But it won’t really explain how. I’m sure the news that you have a heart condition would be surprising to an athletic high schooler. So, how and why would you lie about your name with your buddy when you expect your medical report to come out clean? It takes action before the exam to do that. The only reason you would trade medical reports would be if you already knew the result.

    The entire cast of Gil Thorp ought to start whacking themselves on the heads daily with pine branches instead of just acting like they do.

  47. Baka Gaijin
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    Judge Parker: Dixie must be a member of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Halter Top.

  48. Hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:08 pm [Reply]

    Thank you, Josh for pointing out the Slylock 20th Century fashion review (hey, the cat dressed in black stole the Monopoly guy’s hat!). However, you didn’t mention Sly’s own trademark cap and cape that heralds the 19th Century.

    So the moral of the day is “Don’t trust rodents with bowler hats. That goes for you too, Max.”

  49. Trixie Belden
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    Poteet Yester Thread – I guess it can depend on what type of squash you roast. Butternut is one of my all time favorites, and Delicatas are another good one. Also, I’m not obsessed with keeping it healthy. For me, a good butternut squash (the flavor seems to depend a lot on the soil in which it grows) sometimes needs nothing more than a generous dollop of butter. Maple syrup is what I use if the squash in question needs a little sweetening. Salt? Sure, why not? Roasted squash is such a virtuous food it can tolerate some messing around without spoiling its nutritional value. And of course if you roast a pumpkin for pie you’ve got the spices and the evaporated milk going in to help the flavor.

    This message has been approved by the United Squash Council of America

  50. Baka Gaijin
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    #5 WillieO:

    Also, if you add a solute, or drop the temperture slowy enough, water can be super cooled to 20F, so shady may be onto something.

    Is this a fancy way of saying it’s a Kool Aid mug?

  51. Niall
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    42. bats :[ : O Mistress of the Well-Done Shopping! Very nicely done! And funny. The “heh” really makes it.

    As for your friend, well, I’d have found that funny, and I used to think I was hopeless…

  52. Shermy Glamrocker
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    Got it. After hours of trying to access the “Opus Final Letter” on berkeleybreathed.com, I finally got it downloaded and printed.

    There wasn’t any way to copy the text though, at least not with my limited technological knowledge, so I typed it in Word (thank you Spellcheck!) and present it for you here:

    The Extraordinarily Shrewd Winners of the $10,000 Opus Paradise Contest

    We received about 6000 entries from around the world. They were, to say the least, diverse in their investigative imagination. I’m happy to confirm that Opus will not replace the sequined eagle on the jumpsuit worn by Elvis Presley as he sites on the potty for eternity. Good but utterly depressing guess by Etta Martin of Massachusetts.

    My other favorite guesses involved Opus ending up with Scout and Boo, forever living out the adventures of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” A reasonable paradise except for the inescapable fact that I simply could not inflict the humidity of a 1935 non air-conditioned Alabama summer upon a penguin. Nor would I inflict a penguin upon Harper Lee, a gracious friend of this comic strip for 15 years.

    Fifty-five of you got it right. We put those names in a Carmen Miranda fruit hat and drew ten runners-up and one winner of a $10,000 grant to their favorite animal shelter.

    Winners of a signed 25-year Opus collection:

    1. Aaron Green – Huntington, Michigan.
    2. Robert Emmerson, Blaine, Washington.
    3. Alan Zuckerman – San Diego, California
    4. Alicia Gaulke – Morehead, North Carolina
    5. David Stoff – Arlington, Mass
    6. Jesse Rigsby – Morrisville, North Carolina
    7. Robert Goff – Sarasota, Florida
    8. Matt Bonaguide – Roseland, NJ
    9. Sara Davis – Makanda, Illinois
    10. Sarah Axtell – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    The $10,000 winner:

    Stephen Allen – Lutz, Florida

    The grant will go to The Humane Society of Tampa Bay … All towards helping t Tampa’s Dogs and Cats find the loving homes – their paradise – that otherwise might have been lost to them.

    Opus is napping. He sleeps in peace, dreaming of a world just ahead brimming with kindness and grace and ubiquitous bow ties.

    Please don’t mourn him. He lives in all my children’s’ stories, if you look. I hope to meet you again there.

    Thank you, truly, for coming along with us on Opus’ twenty-eight year journey.

    – Berkeley Breathed

  53. Aging Hipster
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    I was going to say that the 3rd cat in Slylock reminds me of a mid-50′s Jimmy Stewart, happy-go-lucky print journalist.

    #14 — are handcuffs involved in a colonoscopy? I am not sure how I feel about this, frightened, confused, a little bit curious…

  54. Aging Hipster
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    Oh and 42, shrews are insectivores, not rodents. I think it is don’t trust anyone in a bowler, especially small furry animals.

  55. Aging Hipster
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    er 48, not 42.

  56. Baka Gaijin
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    #42 bats [: : Ha ha ha, snerk! You hit another out the ballpark.

  57. Wings
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:32 pm [Reply]

    Glad I am not the only one who didn’t get Heathcliff today!

  58. Little Guy
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    S-M: Remember the bank robbery in Crankshaft a few weeks ago? According to our intrepid cops, Cranky’s money was stolen by those evil people sprawled on the floor. Brilliant deduction!

  59. papa zita
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:39 pm [Reply]

    7: They won’t be calling Duggan a stiff for nothing.

  60. Amateur
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    Josh’s commentary on MT today made me SNORK (term used frequently at Dave Barry’s blog) out loud. Thank heaven I had just put down my iced tea.

    Doonesbury: If I were going to get into politics, I would say that Trudeau’s hypocrisy and dishonesty are stomach-turning. If he gave two hoots about how soldiers actually vote — if, for instance, he read actual military newspapers — he’d know it’s a completely different scenario from what he painted.

  61. NoVan
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    All that is needed in today’s Slylock is a drawing of a bunch of the cat’s buddies chanting “Chug! Chug! Chug!”

  62. Weaselboy
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    SFx: I’ll invest in the Kool Kup. I’ve been looking for something to chill my vodka to twenty degrees Fahrenheit. This looks like it might do the trick.

  63. fashion police
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:49 pm [Reply]

    7 Poteet:
    Given that Detective Roberts’ daytime apparel includes leather pants (in Arizona), and Dixie Julep wears stilettos for lounging around the house, we can only conclude that, in whatever unnamed Phoenix suburb Heidi polices for, the little black halter-top number is just casual wear.

  64. Jeff Soesbe (yeff)
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    What? You mean the “Foan Knee Institute” (of Higher Learning) isn’t real?!?!

    Reeky Rat will be crushed to know that his costly set of certificates from the Institute mean nothing: “Father of the Year”, “Husband of the Year”, “Criminal Mastermind of the Year”.

    - yeff

  65. AmazingThor
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:53 pm [Reply]

    SF: But what if his invention really can freeze a cup of water to 20 degrees F? Maybe the investor realize that it will freeze water, but they are investing in the technology, but not the product. They hope to harness the design and tweak it so it doesn’t get quite so cold. It would be nice for Slylock to assume that the other animals aren’t complete ‘tards once in a while.

    Of course I might have it all wrong and this whole time the investor’s have just been waiting to pounce no Shady and devour him.

  66. bats :[
    November 3rd, 2008 at 3:59 pm [Reply]

    52. Shermy: thanks for your diligence and for sharing the news about Opus.

  67. Just_human
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:04 pm [Reply]

    #20 – the Bradly effect they’re talking about is referring to the public being polled. It has nothing to do with the media. The line about racist is that the media says that racism is to blame when a black person polls better than they’re actually doing – when in fact, it’s the fear of being labeled a racist that’s to blame.

  68. Shermy Glamrocker
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:10 pm [Reply]

    You’re welcome, Bats. Luckily I’m at work and can waste time on such things.

    Also, a device that chills vodka to 20 degrees F sounds like a wonderful invention.

  69. One-eyed Wolfdog
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:11 pm [Reply]

    Publically Slylock claims he has nothing against shrews. He claims some of his best friends are shrews. Also rats. And yet… and yet…

  70. queek
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    and so begins another week’s worth of Shelter Stories in Mutts.

  71. dyslexic dog
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    # 18, 20, 34, 36, 57:
    While Heathcliff shakes the hand of Congressman Kook, he cocks his middle finger, preparing to jab the pol with such a clock, the starts will be coming out of his ears. You see, unlike the anti-mud-slingers, Heathcliff has been repeatedly horrified by Kook’s repeated and ugly practice of cat-flinging.

  72. texas buddha
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    In today’s episode of the New World Order Family Circus, the Keane clan have taken to the hills out of fear of the presidential election results (no matter who wins, they’ll be a tool of the Illuminati New World Order Global Elite). Alas, it looks like they forgot to pack toilet paper.

    http://texasbuddha.wordpress.com/

    Enjoy!

  73. Jumper
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:27 pm [Reply]

    This website, “Eyesore of the Month,” may be completely inappropriate for a comics site. Yet I find the snarky humor curiously familiar. More comics artists should peruse the site, too, for material.
    http://kunstler.com/eyesore_200712.html

  74. dyslexic dog
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    #72 – myself: One instance of the word “repeated” should be sufficient, no matter how ironic you think it sounds.

  75. dyslexic dog
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    #72 – me again: How does one have starts coming out of his ears? Of course I meant out of his ass.

  76. dyslexic dog
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    #74, 75: Hey dd, it’s not like you have to pay each time you preview. Let’s make that #71.

  77. Perky Bird
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    The orange tabby clearly has cat hair all over his nice grey suit. Very meta, Mr. Weber!

  78. Aging Hipster
    November 3rd, 2008 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    #60 Amateur –

    “If I were going to get into politics”, um, I think you just did.

    Don’t underestimate the research that Gary Trudeau does. Working on the story line for BD, Gary spent a long time at the VA. So accusing him of not reading military newspapers, without any substance to back it up…I don’t know how to reply to that.

    One question, are you referring to today’s strip? I don’t think that implied how the soldiers will be voting one way or another. I think the ‘joke’ there was that we’ve stopped talking about the war this election cycle.

    Or are you talking about the Nov 5 Doonesbury that appears to have been leaked? I haven’t seen it yet.

  79. Pozzo
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    I love how Max is using Slylock’s tail to do his famous Gypsy Rose Lee/Sally Rand imitation. Or is he just trying to hide from that pack of cats?

  80. Red Greenback
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    NY’erCC: “You should see their short order cook!”
    I know, it’s a lame caption, so it could very well be a contender.

  81. Hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:03 pm [Reply]

    Slylock: Yes, the fat cats balk and walk. Shady then turns his presentation over to The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee who doesn’t realize that water doesn’t work that way.

  82. Daveh
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

  83. Violet
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    And with Jamaal’s startled exclamation consisting solely of a giant asterisk, Herb & Jamaal soars to dizzying new heights of non-specificity.

  84. Comrade Denny
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:34 pm [Reply]

    #83… I don’t even think that’s anything as specific as an asterisk. I’d say it’s a semiotic representation of explosive distaste, but that’s only if you include the context clues (“Eeew!”; spitting) in Panel 3.

    Anyway, It looks more like 8 exclamation points sharing an invisible dot to me.

  85. Red Greenback
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:41 pm [Reply]

    H&J: That’s not an asterisk, it’s… well, just look at it!

  86. odinthor
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:42 pm [Reply]

    NYer CC

    “Don’t get any ideas, Mildred!”

  87. Comrade Denny
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    #85… Oh. Yes. It’s what makes of 90-99% of any given hot dog. Good eye, Red Greenback.

  88. texas buddha
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    #76 … And here I thought I was getting a critique and I couldn’t figure out what it meant.

  89. Tom the Pirate
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:45 pm [Reply]

    Ha ha ha! Ellie got pissed off because she got pissed ON! Now, that’s comedy! Seriously, how many of us have harbored a desire to let loose a stream of kidney-filtered Bud on that harridan?

  90. gh
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:48 pm [Reply]

    #80 Red Greenback –

    “I think half the pleasure of dining out is in the presentation.”

    or

    “I’ve been looking forward to some real orangutan cuisine.”

    Nah. I think I’ll stick to my new stand-by: “A penny for your thoughts.”

  91. Ginger Yellow
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:49 pm [Reply]

    Looks like Shady’s cunning ruses are about as well thought out as Count Weirdly’s. If you’re going to scam investors, why go to all the effort of making something that’s too effective?

  92. Seismic-2
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:55 pm [Reply]

    #65 AmazingThor: You may be onto something there. The fat (and thin) cats may be interested in the-cup-that-freezes* for the technology, not for the opportunity to shove super-cooled water down people’s throats. Maybe Rover suggested that installing a super-chilling fuel injector would allow modern cars to get 80 miles per gallon, and these guys want to go sell one to some Middle Eastern condiments sheik.
    *in the Kelvin tongue

  93. A Vet
    November 3rd, 2008 at 5:57 pm [Reply]

    #60: I’m guessing someone already went there — but you speak out of ignorance.

    Garry Trudeau has given procedes of his books to Vet groups, has won awards from Vet organizations and has put a face on this war and the Gulf war that goes far, far beyond politics.

    I don’t always agree with the strip’s politics, but 9 time out of 10 the only place in the newspaper acknowledging that ours is a nation of vets, many wounded and still suffering, is in Doonesbury. The Hypocracy is from those who would ignore the injured or fallen because of politics or visuals.

    It doesn’t matter how they vote — Garry Trudeau does more for vets and those currently fighting than most in the media who claim to speak for us.

  94. UncleJeff
    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    Shermy Glamrocker — Thank you for printing the Breathed letter. I gave up after trying several times to get into the site. I guess there are still a lot of Opus fans out there even if some of our fellow ‘Mudges have been unhappy about the strip’s latter years.
    One of the other ‘Mudges pointed out the various objects of “Good Night, Moon” in the strips leading up to the finale.
    Now, we have to look for Opus in Breathed’s future books. Kind of like Alfred Hitchcock. Only with a bowtie.

  95. Muffaroo
    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    9CL – Here’s a quarter, McEldowney; go buy a new joke, and this time don’t just take whatever’s on top of the pile. PIck a funny one, since we’re likely going to see it pretty much every bleeding day.

    Archie – Actually, Archie didn’t even hear what you were saying, Veronica. That’s what he does when his butt itches.

    TRAZE-R – “Well, next time you want to warn us about something, use words. Maybe a nice noun like ‘robot’ or ‘other robot,’ something like that.”

    FWbean – Les is in dreamland again. Pray he didn’t give his daughter the tongue when he kissed her goodnight.

    GAlley – Oh yeah. It’s beautiful but worthless, so pitch it in the can, you moron philistine. I know something else that’s beautiful (sometimes) but worthless. It rhymes with “Vaseline Valley.”

    GThorp – If that’s Sacko, where’s Vanzetti?

    MFmore – Week 2 of “Don’t Be a Racist – Vote for the White Guy!”

    Mduke – At least he doesn’t sit there and pass hilarious judgment on other comic strips. Then he’d be a snark attack dog.

    SFox – The vent is in a rather exposed place, there. I can see why the cat in the illustration holds the thing at arm’s length and pours from the back.

    S-Man – “Just watch him carefully, boys. That kind has a tendency to wait until you look away, and then shoot himself in the back with his hands tied thirty-seven times, pausing only twice to reload.”

  96. Muffaroo
    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:26 pm [Reply]

    WillieO @5 – The raccoon will go through the garbage and find a painting, which it will laboriously drag over to a much better art appraiser who will value the frame at $700,000. Hooray! The swamp is saved!

    Niall @6 – Well, to be fair, a superhero who wins all the time is often kind of boring too.

    Hogenmogen @20 – Chester dies for our sins. Over and over. Truly, this was the King of Chickens.

    (yeff) @64 – Nice to see you around these parts, yeff! (Kip here!)

  97. Amateur
    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:28 pm [Reply]

    #78 — The “if I were going to” part was a joke.

    #78 and 93 — I’m talking about how Trudeau plans to devote more than one day to showing soldiers in Iraq desiring and celebrating an Obama victory, when by all accounts they’re voting overwhelmingly for McCain. It’s great that he’s given them his time, energy, and money, but it would be even greater if he would represent their views accurately. (And it would be fantastic if he would show what they have to go through just to get their votes counted.)

    And I’m a veteran’s daughter. You don’t have to tell me about what soldiers go through.

  98. Josh
    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:36 pm [Reply]

    78, 93, 97 — Does nobody listen to me on my own damn site? Seriously, I beg of you to knock it off with the political back-and-forth. If you desperately want to continue the conversation, please do so in the forums. I’ll be happy to create accounts for your ASAP.

    Josh

  99. Tom the Pirate
    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    I am proud to say my message about urinating on a comic-strip character met the strict guidelines of avoiding political content.

  100. AmazingThor
    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:49 pm [Reply]

    *back of the hand to her forehead*
    Toby is still reeling from the sight of politcal discussion on the Comics Curmudgeon comments!

  101. AmazingThor
    November 3rd, 2008 at 6:55 pm [Reply]

    DT: How the hell is Dick Tracy surprised by this? We spent a whole month doing nothing but hearing Traze-R groan on and on about the evil robot.

    MT: Sneaky is trying his darndest to escape from this dead-end story arc. Run Sneaky! Run like the wind!

    PBS: 10 to 1 odds that this story line ends with Andy getting another collar.

  102. Rebochan
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    Josh, thank you. I feel so vindicated at having the exact same reaction as you did.

  103. Rebochan
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:11 pm [Reply]

    To Spider-man that is! Dang, must not hit submit before finishing my thoughts!

  104. Stij
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:28 pm [Reply]

    FW: Implications…of…incest…too…great…..can’t…make…complete…sentence…

    BB: Today’s Beetle Baily is about how Sarge enjoys whacking Beetle with his trumpet. No one is surprised.

    Blondie: Oh, Blondie, it’s so cute when you try to be relevant.

  105. Hasty Penguin
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:30 pm [Reply]

    This is the best Spider-Man has ever been. Hopefully he gets locked up for good and we can get back to the dating misadventures of J. Jonah Jameson.

  106. Alfred E. Neuman
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:32 pm [Reply]

    FC— Anyone want to finish Jeffy’s sentence?

  107. Poteet
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:44 pm [Reply]

    # 16 — Thanks, Josh. Will do. And in other words, in her attempt to pop up and disappear as quickly as possible, Anal managed to be even more annoying. (It’s a gift!)

  108. bats :[
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:46 pm [Reply]

    Yes, Josh, yes! There are important things to consider! Like…ah…oh, yeah…plots that fall apart! (I think you’d mentioned this in regard to a certain physician once):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9545446@N07/3001136980/sizes/o/

  109. Black Drazon
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:48 pm [Reply]

    What? They’re actually going to arrest whoever-that-is in the Spiderman costume, who is in handcuffs, at the scene? I mean, even if it’s not Peter under that mask, this is still the dumbest cop I’ve ever seen. I have no jokes. This is just bizarre.

  110. Poteet
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:48 pm [Reply]

    # 17 gh & # 35 sequitor — HAR! Good point.

    And by the way, have we Mudges ever tried to figure out just what might rock Sam’s boat? He seems kinda asexual to me.

  111. Poteet
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:52 pm [Reply]

    # 49 — Thanks, Trixie! Mmm…butter…

  112. Poteet
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:55 pm [Reply]

    # 63 fashion police — Thanks. As a rural resident, I’d love to know what the farm workers wear in that county.

  113. commodorejohn
    November 3rd, 2008 at 7:59 pm [Reply]

    Well, having braved Nintendo 64 levels of fog this morning in Duluth, I have lived to tell the tale and rip on today’s comics. Now if only I hadn’t spent the majority of my day being lost in the confusion that is the Duluth street layout, I might have gotten to this in some semblance of a timely fashion…

    9CL – WELL IT’S ABOUT GODDAMN TIME.

    Agnes – “Cynicism is the new patriotism?” Damn, I want that on a bumper sticker.

    A3G – Violations of basic optics upset Luann.

    AS – The eminently logical and skeptical Mr. Spock writing horoscopes? Bullshit. You fail Star Trek forever, Hillburn.

    Blondie – And at long last Blondie jumps on the bandwagon. The stupid thing is that DuckTales did this premise without the political allegory, and did it better, over twenty years ago.

    BS – Brenda Starr: carefully engineered to permit the reader to imagine that the leading lady is, in fact, brazenly topless.

    BR – Dear Brewster Rockit: while I enjoy your strip in general and find the joke in today’s installment entertaining as well as uncomfortably close to the truth, the delivery is rather deadened by the fact that it’s two characters narrating the events shown on a TV screen we never see. Kindly refrain from this sort of authorial laziness in the future. Thank you.

    Curtis – Hey, I’d vote for him.

    DT – The best thing about Dick Tracy, I think, is how marvelously the art complements the glorious insanity of the story. Today is a very nice example.

    FW – Look, Batiuk, are you going to keep going with the drawing of parallels between Les’s wife and daughter? Cripes, you’re making this about as sporting as reading homosexual innuendo into Rex Morgan.

    GA – Hey, you dolts, just because something isn’t insanely valuable doesn’t mean it’s worthless. Somewhere out there are one or two people who are devotees of the underappreciated Guido Tarantella, and you just ruined their day by throwing that away instead of putting it on eBay. Idiots.

    GT – “But Coach, I use tampons!”

    Luann – “Don’t let this happen to you. Use only genuine professional photographers. This message paid for by Professional Photographers of America.”

    MT – “He heads straight to the only stream that is still flowing in the swamp, pausing to listen to what this plant has to say.”

    MW – Poor kid’s gonna grow up into a lady Norman Bates.

    Momma – “On the other hand, McCain? Stringy and gristly, undoubtedly; he’s what, ninety-three? Obama’s got to be much tenderer and juicier. But that thirty pounds’ difference…hmm…”

    OBH – Either this was previously established, or someone read One Big Happy this morning, said “so that’s what Ruthie’s mom does,” and rushed to the computer to update Wikipedia accordingly, doubtless with the Pop-Tart still hanging out of their mouth.

    Pluggers – I kind of figure the Plugger autograph collection was cuttings from the backs of Corn Flakes boxes with the mass-printed signatures of NASCAR drivers. (When the hell did Corn Flakes sell out to the yokel demographic? And Cheez-Its, too? Gah. At least Cheerios are firmly in the after-school PBS camp.)

    SM – So what I’m getting here is that Spider-Man only works as a superhero insofar as the police are even more incompetent than he is.

    Ziggy – Back in the mid-90s, there was a cartoon based on the Mega Man video games. And in one particular episode, Dr. Wily took over the power grid, which rendered him completely able to control any electrical appliance, to the extent that he could make a phone wrap its cord around a security guard’s neck, despite phones not having any mechanics with which this would be possible. What I’m trying to say is, that was a more accurate representation of electronic devices than any electronics-oriented Ziggy strip.

    Zits – Jeremy apparently dressed as the Creeping Terror for Halloween.

  114. gnome de blog
    November 3rd, 2008 at 8:10 pm [Reply]

    Teddy Roosevelt!
    William Howard Taft!
    Party like it’s 1912!
    “Bully!”

  115. fashion police
    November 3rd, 2008 at 8:28 pm [Reply]

    112 Poteet:
    There are maids and gardeners in the Town of Heidiville, but no farmworkers. Folks in the surrounding unincorporated county favor the noted designer Levi-Strauss.

  116. Isaac
    November 3rd, 2008 at 8:33 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: The narrative Herb and Jamaal woes continue- “One of the other guys?” Who are running in that political process to assume that very important office?
    Spiderman: Plot twist- the cops actually know exactly who did it, not being idiots, and they arrest Big Time and exonerate Spiderman. Then the plot wraps up and focuses on Mary Jane trying to make it as an actress.
    Slylock Fox: I demand to know why this group of suit-wearing felines does not have a clever name yet. “Venture cat-ipalists?”

  117. ms. docweasel
    November 3rd, 2008 at 8:34 pm [Reply]

    They’re not “stripey” pants, they are “stripèd pants”

  118. Little Guy
    November 3rd, 2008 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    98: This is your site, Josh? I thought this was the repository of mashups of bats:[.

    I predict all of the strips where the regulars are fourth- and fifth- party candidates will be disappointed on Wednesday.

  119. Rusty
    November 3rd, 2008 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    #53: Umm, that’s what the nurses told me.

  120. Jame G Blaine
    November 3rd, 2008 at 8:58 pm [Reply]

    I haven’t any Taft/Roosevelt fiction, but I do have an idea for some racy Grover Cleveland stuff:

    The rope snapped taught. The murderer was no more. Sheriff Cleveland sigh outwardly, struggling to hide the intense physical ecstasy it gave him to execute another man…

  121. captain bee
    November 3rd, 2008 at 9:08 pm [Reply]

    It just occurred to me that Traz-R is merely an elaborate scheme by the crocs to get at their zeeba neighbors.

  122. commodorejohn
    November 3rd, 2008 at 9:12 pm [Reply]

    #73 Jumper – A bit over-pretentious at points, and kind of annoyingly prone to interspersing political ranting with apolitical humor, but still, nice link, and I’m not just saying that because the modern American “Little Boxes” culture of prefab, generic architecture is a pet peeve of mine.

  123. commodorejohn
    November 3rd, 2008 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    P.S. It’s Quake II, come to life!

  124. Muffaroo
    November 3rd, 2008 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    Amazing Thor @101 – It was a month for us, but for Dick it was just a few minutes, and he was probably busy surfing for porn on his wrist internet and not really paying attention to his giant robot. Who listens to giant robots, anyway?

    That reminds me of the Japanese Spider-Man TV show. In its honor, I wrote the line: “Have you ever noticed that we never see Spider-Man’s giant robot together with Peter Parker’s giant robot?”

    And of a cartoon I drew. “What are you working on?”
    “Remote control for a giant robot.”
    (pause)
    “You don’t have a giant robot.”
    “Yes, but the next one I see is mine!”

  125. Chris Stuurman
    November 3rd, 2008 at 10:04 pm [Reply]

    Slylock and Max are staring at the display a little more wide-eyed than is appropriate for some white-collar maybe-fraud. I suspect they’re watching nervously for the moment the three cats decide to supplement their fatness with some shrew meat.

    They needn’t worry though. You don’t get away with dressing like Shady in the criminal underworld unless you know you’re the meanest, dirtiest and most brutally effective combatant in the room. The dapper feline in the top hat may have the weight advantage to last longer than the others, but after enough jabs to the throat Shady will reign supreme, duly cracking the knuckles in his blob-fingers before straightening an askew bowtie, surrounded by the three groaning corporate executives that dare cross him.

  126. geogeek
    November 3rd, 2008 at 10:14 pm [Reply]

    bats – not to be picky, but since this site seems to allow, nay, encourage it, you want camaraderie in panel 6.

  127. bats :[
    November 3rd, 2008 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    126. geogeek: dammit! That one always trips me up (while I’m a good speller, I hated being in the school spelling bees…still, I’ll remember misspelling alfalfa for the rest of my life and not representing my 7th grade classroom). Thanks! (OTOH, I’m just going to be lazy and fix it for my blog strip. :)

  128. Digger
    November 3rd, 2008 at 10:39 pm [Reply]

    Wasn’t Shady stealing tires off a cop car a few weeks ago? And now, here he is, running an investment scam. Welcome to the thrilling world of white-collar crime, Shady.

  129. farnsworth
    November 3rd, 2008 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

    So Slylock would have had to stand there and watch Shady Shrew take money from the investors if Shady hadn’t made claim that was physically impossible? If Shady had only said the cup chilled down to 40 degrees F he would have been OK?

    The “criminals” in Slylock’s neck of the woods are so inept, how do they keep from starving? They are never successful at anything, ever. They always make some obvious boneheaded mistake, right in front of Slylock.

    I could make my fortune if I only was some weird animal and lived in the neighborhood.

  130. Beatrice
    November 3rd, 2008 at 11:04 pm [Reply]

    Bats. if you think alfalfa was bad, I misspelled chocolate two years in a row.

  131. FOOBless in Seattle (formerly FOOBed again)
    November 3rd, 2008 at 11:09 pm [Reply]

    Is that a Kaz sighting in Tuesday’s Gil Thorp? He hasn’t been in there in weeks—I was wondering if they’d written him out.

  132. spookycatlady
    November 3rd, 2008 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    bats:[ @ 42… That has made my day. It has made me feel touched by glamour … like the time one of my cats made it on to stuffonmycat.com. Thrilling. Probably the only time Mark Trail management has touched a woman.

  133. Mary Sue
    November 3rd, 2008 at 11:23 pm [Reply]

    From *that* thread: “9CW: FINALLY, the geek gets the pretty girl. That makes my week. (Now where’s MY ballet dancer?)”

    Yeah, it’s unfair the way geeky guys end up having to settle for women who are less hot. Those ballet dancers are so shallow.

    I was going to ask if anyone else thinks Amos is a stand-in for Brooke, but I just now read that he claims Juliette is closer.

  134. Poteet
    November 4th, 2008 at 12:20 am [Reply]

    # 132 spookycatlady — I must be immature, because you and bats and Sneaky made me laugh like a drain. And I appreciate my new vocabulary word. By coincidence, I went to a meeting tonight about a shady deal engineered by a local economic-development director. The angry crowd definitely thought it was a floofer.

  135. previouslyinthesilentmajority
    November 4th, 2008 at 12:26 am [Reply]

    The raccoon ~is~ wearing a collar in the second panel. His rather ample neck fat just obscured it, I think.

  136. Donkey Hotey
    November 4th, 2008 at 2:14 am [Reply]

    #133 Mary Sue – The geeky guy who composed your unattributed quote does not, in actuality, consider either beauty or ballet prowess to be a prerequisite for his affection.

  137. nil zed
    November 4th, 2008 at 5:54 am [Reply]

    SF: ‘More contemporary counterpart’ ?
    He’s wearin’ a mohair suit!

  138. Wendy
    November 4th, 2008 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    As I read Rex Morgan while traveling on business yesterday, I actually said out loud to myself, I hope the Curmudgeon comments on the passionate look on Rex’s face as he gazes at Lenore in the final frame. I mean, really! June is lucky to get thrown a sidelong glance of withering indifference while this wizened crone gets the look of love. I think you should do a whole piece sometime on which is the more neglected wife – Abbey Spencer or June Morgan?

  139. Des Olu
    November 4th, 2008 at 12:03 pm [Reply]

    Maybe Ziggy would have been funnier back in 1989 when the flying toaster screen saver was all the rage… but, I guess nobody knew what a computer virus was…

    then again, maybe Ziggy is just a complete idot and he thinks his toaster is a computer, and his computer is a lawnmower….

  140. Sam
    November 4th, 2008 at 1:25 pm [Reply]

    15, 20, 65 — Yes, I’m not sure that the Fat Cats will be upset to learn that Shady Shrew has committed the crime of making his refrigeration unit TOO POWERFUL to cool drinks.

    But perhaps Mr. Shrew is merely guilty of confusing Fahrenheit with Centigrade, possibly due to his old-world roots, or because, as with many consumer products, the parts and manual come from a metric country? A battery-powered cup that cools liquids to 68 F on a hot day may not be quite as impressive a product but should sell well in sports stadiums and novelty shops if the price is right.

  141. MarkMcgoo
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    I had the same idea for a cold pillow but someone already invented it-it’s called the chillow. Seriously.

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  144. Notebooked
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    Deeply, deeply late to the party, but I must ask…why? Why does Shady call it a ‘Kool Kup’? The regular words are just ‘cool cup’! He would have gotten the alliteration anyway!
    Also, of course, Slylock is a petty jerk who can’t bear to see Shady get any sort of success. Shady could just have spotted this fault and made the Kool Kup slightly hotter, but no, Slylock has to come in all Lawman-like and ruin his credibility.

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