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Fire fight

Mark Trail, 5/18/13

Girl fight Girl fight GIRL FIGHT!!!

Mark Trail is a pretty punchy guy, as you can tell from this collection of a few of his greatest hits. But Cherry, despite her reputation as a coffee-and-pancake-bearing hausfrau, is actually quite the little badass herself. Our gal can cinch up a pack mule, nail a beer can dead center in mid-air with a rifle no sissy shotgun for her no sir — and look damn fine doing it. As we see here, she can also slap the clear light of reason right back into an effete city-dwelling hysteric overcome by panic over some teensy forest-consuming sea of fire.

Or maybe not? Maybe Cherry isn’t trying to focus Shelley’s attention so much as rebuke her for disrespecting Wes? “Don’t you dare speak that way about your husband, Mrs. Wesley Thompson — what part of ‘Love, Honor, and Obey’ don’t you understand? And my own husband Mark loves these backwoods, ablaze or not: I will not stand for you to call them ‘stupid.’” Maybe behind all her woodsy competence, Cherry really is that traditional hausfrau, impatient for this annoying inferno to end so she can get back to her man’s side where she belongs?

Nah, I’m going with “badass.”

Curtis, 5/18/13

Curtis struck a pose for his class picture so outrageous that even Chutney, despite her lifelong crush on him, doesn’t want a copy. But this strip works another way, too: on the very day Chutney finally decides to put Curtis behind her, he shows up with a photo of himself as a gift. She savors the moment and the memory of what felt like love for so long, then, true to her decision, sends him on his way — a loser in every important sense of the word.

Unfortunately, that would make Barry the strip’s principal character, and I’m pretty sure nobody wants that.

Mary Worth, 5/18/13

Oh man you guys Mary Worth has been such a garden of visual delights lately I can’t get enough of it. Check out the disembodied hand watering Elinor’s windowsill — maybe that’s Beth’s leftover hand from panel two? Speaking of which, our monopod young lovers may as well wrap up their tryst — those bushes have already engulfed Tom’s private parts.

Wizard of Id, 5/18/13

Opening for Bung at the Laugh Zone tonight will be Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart singing The Whisky Ain’t Workin’.” Frankly, it’s not doing much for The Wizard of Id, either.

Family Circus, 5/18/13

“It’s a nice day.”
“I like ice cream.”
“It is pleasant to be outdoors this time of year.”
“Punchlines are overrated.”


– Uncle Lumpy

189 responses to “Fire fight”

  1. Baka Gaijin
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:52 am [Reply]

    Saturday’s Early Comments

    Tonight Ted Forth is the top in bed.

    OMG! The @the REAL Mark Trail (#Y112), I hope today is the start of a “bow chicka wow chicka wow” lesbian makeout storyline.

    I want a pimpin’ cane like Kingpin’s. Gold with diamond top, poison gas sprayer and laser built in. The only thing to make it even better is if it dispensed crispy bacon.

    Elinor asks, “Why does Beth seem so distant lately?” Answer: Look in a mirror you narcissist passive-aggressive hag.

    Nancy goes from Porcupine Head to kd lang. Don’t like it.j

  2. Ratiocinator
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:02 am [Reply]

    ASM: The Amazing Spider-Man’s amazing spider sense and amazing spider reflexes, everybody. (“Amazing” does not mean the same thing it used to mean, if this strip is anything to go by.)

    JP: Yes, she will take real good care of Thalia, IYKWIMAITYD.

    Luann: I was actually beginning to feel a little bit sorry for Luann, and then I got to panel four, and stopped.

    RMMD: RUN, ANGIE’S BROTHER! RUN AWAY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

  3. Inkwell
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:10 am [Reply]

    Woah. Wizard of Id gets tragically meta in panel 3.

  4. sporknpork
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:12 am [Reply]

    Jeffy’s facial expression makes me think his poisoned ice cream plan is working. “This is time well spent. Eat up, PJ. Your time has just about run out.”

  5. lorne
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:20 am [Reply]

    Am I missing something about the concept of “two drink minimum” in The Wizard of Id? The nominal joke only seems to make sense if you were only allowed a maximum of two drinks at the Laugh Zone?
    And why does a medieval kingdom have a comedy club called the Laugh Zone? And why would the King want to see his own jester perform at the club?
    Maybe this would make sense if I was drunk… Oh, now I get the punch line.

  6. Uncle Lumpy
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:35 am [Reply]

    @lorne (#5):

    See? Liquor improves everything.

  7. Another Kiwi
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:00 am [Reply]

    It’s about the ice creams melting isn’t it? The passage of time measured by disintegration of Frozen Dairy Confectionery. “All of life” says Jeffy ” is like fake ice cream slowly running down our arms as we vainly try to rediscover childhood joys. But hey, what about we go and play in an old quarry?”

  8. Alfred E. Neuman
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:35 am [Reply]

    Uncle Lumpy said about MW: “…those bushes have already engulfed Tom’s private parts.”

    Nothing wrong with that. Most guys enjoy having their private parts engulfed by bushes.

  9. Francis Hobbs
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:00 am [Reply]

    Mother’s Little Helper: The disembodied hand helping Elinor water her windowsill belongs to me old pal Lamont Shadowskeedeeboomboom (or “Shadow” for short).

    The weed of crime bears bitter fruit… HOO HAH!

    Love Among the Weeds: Not only does Joe Giella give his drawing hand a rest, but he performs a valuable public service by not showing us Tom’s lower body. (At least we were spared the sight of his crotch fruit!)

    The weed of illicit trysts bears a vague fruitlike substance… BOO HOO!

  10. Francis Hobbs
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:10 am [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#6): You’re such a kidder!

    @Francis Hobbs (#y217): Omigaw, I don’t remember writing this drivel. Obviously, alcohol was involved!

  11. Team Beasly
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:23 am [Reply]

    Gah, Wizard of ID took a smile-worthy punchline in the last panel, then annihilated it with an extra line of dialogue explaining the joke and sucking that precious hint of humor away like a dying neutron star.

  12. Dale
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:30 am [Reply]

    MARK TRAIL

    They’ve moved away from the tents, but the lake was closer. They’re going the wrong way.

    As Droopy noted, Cherry dumped her rifle. Set if down carefully or throw it like a scared MT villian?
    Before picking up the rifle, dump your jacket. Those quilted things burn great.

    “How dare you hit me!? You and your husband are just hired help!”

  13. Francis Hobbs
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:40 am [Reply]

    Condiment Girl: “Chutney” is also an Indian word meaning sauce. Which is
    why I’m assuming her boyfriend’s demotion to side dish makes Barry Wilkins
    the new SALTED BEEF TONGUE of Curtis.

  14. Droopy Says
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:37 am [Reply]

    @Dale (#12): Those quilted jackets are an even better source of heat exhaustion when you’re in the middle of a forest fire.

    I’m 100% with Shelley on this one. With this fire, the trip has gone from the camping trip from hell to the camping trip in Hell. Cherry had better grab the rifle, because at his point she’s in more danger from Shelley than from the wolves.

  15. Liam
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:41 am [Reply]

    JP-”I’ll take good care of her” is either code for having sex with Thalia or burying her in a shallow grave.

    A3G-Nothing like a person’s political views to make or break a relationship.

    A3G 2-”I can work with both sides of the aisle.” He goes both ways.

    MW-And why am I constantly watering this one spot.

  16. gleeb
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:45 am [Reply]

    3-G: “Yes, we have a full dossier on you, Lu Ann. Straight Pat Paulsen voter.”

    ‘bean: Without back-up? Everyone he knows works in the same crappy pizza joint where this is going down. If they were meeting at Khan’s Cafe maybe.

    Social Class Comix!: Marie does all the work; Abbey gets all the praise.

    Mark: The lesson here? If someone says they don’t want to go camping, don’t force them.

  17. Liam
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:48 am [Reply]

    Curtis-Chutney already has plenty of pictures of you, Curtis. What she wants now is some of your DNA.

  18. Liam
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:49 am [Reply]

    Archie-It’s funny because Betty is too poor that she can’t even afford to buy at the thrift store.

  19. Dale
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:54 am [Reply]

    MARK TRAIL

    Does that slapping thing really work or has someone seen too many movies?

    When Wes panics, Mark will turn and slap him with his paddle. Then they will crash into some rocks, leaving Mark injured.

  20. SrGrvsaLot
    May 18th, 2013 at 6:09 am [Reply]

    Luann: Sounds to me like Quill is angling for a three-way.

  21. bbofun
    May 18th, 2013 at 6:31 am [Reply]

    A3G- The governor of New York is a Republican? Well, Patacki was, but that was 7 years ago- you’d have to go back another 20 for the last one prior to that. And, wait- Gov. Smoothie here had Lu Ann’s party affiliation checked out? (By the way, Lu Ann is actually registered with the Green Party, but only because it brings out her eyes.)

    ASM- “My laser cane, which is knocking you backwards instead of burning you! Dammit, nothing works right around here!”

    Luanne- Honestly, if this drama camp is being picky, wouldn’t there be auditions of some sort? (I assuming this will end up being that they have x number of girls, and x number of boys, and they’re admitted more by when their applications came in/checks cleared than actual talent. And, of course, someone will drop out, leaving room for Luanne. )

    9CL- So, was today’s strip printed out-of-order? Or did Sven wake up, complain about the ogling, and then just stay there?

  22. pugfuggly
    May 18th, 2013 at 6:44 am [Reply]

    Curtis “A photo? Let’s see. I can’t really upload it, share it, re-size it, or make it sepia-toned….so no, I don’t want it.

    MW To avoid Elinor’s prying eyes, Tom and Beth climb to the treetops like a couple of lemurs to make out.

  23. revenge4Aldo
    May 18th, 2013 at 6:47 am [Reply]

    MW: “Well, time to burn down this apartment to collect the insurance money.”

  24. KreatureFeatures
    May 18th, 2013 at 6:50 am [Reply]

    MT: Meanwhile, back in the canoe, Wes has also dissed the camping trip, so Mark is strangling him with fishing line.

  25. Lumaca Morente
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:17 am [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#1): You forgot the Cheap Nikes comments. (How come that got on and I’ve been barred as spam for several days? Could it be that I didn’t contribute to the fundraiser, and Cheap Nikes did?)

  26. Setec Astrology
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:31 am [Reply]

    Most impressive IMO is Shelley’s apparent telepathic premonition of getting slapped–she’s already holding her cheek in panel 1.

  27. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:37 am [Reply]

    Dilbert: O_O you can say that in the funny pages?!?

    JumpStart: *steady applause* *salute*

    Lio: if we add a bow, does that make it a slimegirl?

    NAoQV: buuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

    R&R: ouch. nicely played.

    SBp: !!! I love it.

    Lockhorns: at least it isn’t the Cone of Shame.

    Pluggers: do maple seedlings count?

    6Cx: implied oral.

    Retail: *ashamed* I’ve used that line.

  28. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:38 am [Reply]

    Love Is. . . .stupid today.

  29. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:43 am [Reply]

    Today’s update is a Baka Gaijin Special! Muhahahahaha.

    Meanwhile:

    9CL: Please someone kill these people now. I’d even settle for them to be gnawed to death by a lodge of giant beavers made homeless by the fire in Mark Trail.

    Candorville: Sometimes, especially with the story lines featuring the two homeless men, I tend to lose patience with this comic. And then along comes something like today’s strip and sets it all right again.

    Lost Side of Suburbia: Does anyone else read this strip? Well, it’s basically a graphic novel, not a comic. Highly recommended.

  30. Huckleberry Fink
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:50 am [Reply]

    @Francis Hobbs (#9): At least we were spared the sight of his crotch fruit!

    Francis, I don’t think “crotch fruit” means what you think it means. Unless, of course, you mean Tom lets his niño watch during his make-out sessions with Beth Kinley. (“This is how daddy makes love. Watch and learn, kid!”)

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

  31. MWDG
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    MW:

    I wonder if Beth still has “pork chop” breath? Some other timely questions the Mary Worth Discussion Group (MWDG) has.

    •Why did Beth and Elinor move to Charterstone? (are they arsonists as was suggested by earlier poster?)
    •When do we get to see Tom’s hot ex-wife? I want to see her double over with laughter as she sees the dog Tom is with now.
    •Do either Tom or Beth have any friends their own age?
    •What type of Pull-ups® does Beth wear? Does she somehow keep them on during intercourse?

  32. Droopy Says
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:06 am [Reply]

    @Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (#29): The Lost Side of Suburbia is one of my favorites. Endtown is another good one on GoComics.

  33. jim, some guy in iowa
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:14 am [Reply]

    @Dale (#19): the scene in ‘airplane!’ where they line up to slap the hysterical woman was terrible, in the bad sense of the word

  34. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    @Huckleberry Fink (#30):

    Conmen and grifters have been preying on the good citizens of Santa Royale for a long time. Remember the sad saga of Ted Confey and “Queenie”?

    Tom Harpman (if that’s his real name) may be planning to swindle Beth out of her book advance money. And she might even find a bun in the oven after Tom takes off with her money…

    Extra points to Karen Moy if Beth names her son with Tom “Darrrin”!

  35. midtown
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    @Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (#29): Candorville: Agreed. A wonderful tribute this week to Emmett Roscoe Bell, Sr.

  36. tb4000
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    SF: Ted has been holding in this line for decades just praying that something would give him an opening to use it.

  37. Jim in Wisc.
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    Blandie: So sloth is more important to Dagwood than gluttony?

    Meddlin’ Mary: “Why does Beth seem so distant lately? And when will these plants finally die from overwatering?”

    Cherry Trail, Outdoorswoman: Looks like the asbestos tents have finally succumbed to the flames.

  38. Misty Dawn
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    SF: Why, Ted! That’s almost.. manly. I feel a strange tingling in my lady parts. That Sally is one lucky woman.

  39. TheDiva
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:52 am [Reply]

    Curtis: Waaaaaay ahead of you, Curtis.

    MT: Shelly’s going to love nature even if she has to be bitchslapped into it.

    MW: Only in Santa Royale does “a private moment” involve one of those awkward side-hugs reserved for people that, deep down, you’re really not comfortable touching.

  40. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:54 am [Reply]

    a lolcat for the current MT arc.

    for Poteet.

    corgibomb.

    a sneak peak at an upcoming Spot the Differences.

    Pnified Westview. *gigglez*

    TAKE MY MONEY!!! (and stay out of June’s way.)

    floofy cow.

    corgsqui innnn SPAAAACE!!!

    <a href="http://24.media.tumblr.com/122ec2a1ac813ff1e6f91d1a216852dc/tumblr_mmypt8NByQ1r7x1rio1_500.jpg&quot;handsome brindle cardi.

    brainmush.

  41. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:55 am [Reply]

  42. Marc
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    9CL- Is it too much to ask for the Mark Trail forest fire to spread far enough to envelop these people?

    A3G- LuAnn isn’t a registered anything. She never could figure out how to fill out the voter registration card. It left her pretty disappointed too, because she really wanted to vote for that strapping young JFK fellow that everyone has been talking about.

    MW- Tom and Beth are bound and determined here. If the only place they can sneak a private moment for one of their closed mouth, face melding kisses is deep in the Tibetan jungle, then goddamn it they are going go there.

  43. TheDiva
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:19 am [Reply]

    9CL: Look, I’ll cop to having a weakness for the “guy with glasses takes them off in emotional moment” trope myself (blame Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer for that). But it loses something when you take the glasses off yourself. While he’s sleeping. And you’re fantasizing about sexually assaulting him.

    A3G: “Which reminds me, do you mind if my aide Scott joins us?”

    C’shaft: It’s funny because…um, Crankshaft’s non-sequiturs are becoming even more incomprehensible in a reflection of his increased mental deterioration?

    FW: “No, I just nag, I don’t actually do the support thing.”

    Luann: Oh, it’s so not fair! Don’t they know that Luann is Quill’s ONE TRUE LOVE and making Tiffany jealous being with him is much more important than silly things like real-world experience? Shenanigans, I say!

    (Today’s GoComics Faithful conspiracy theory: Tiffany somehow switched resume info with Luann, so that the Hollywood movie appeared on Luann’s application while she took credit for the lame school play. Riiiiiiiiight.)

    Pluggers wallow in filth.

    SM: Sword canes are so last century.

  44. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:25 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#43): I would not be surprised by any theory propounded by the Believers of the Holy Temple of Greg Evans. They’re certifiable.

  45. Zerowolf
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:33 am [Reply]

    MT: Bundle up, it’s going to be cold out here in the forest fire.

  46. Mikey
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:35 am [Reply]

    @TRMT Excellent art! Action slap is perfect! Awesome! I’m enjoying the colorists’ effort too! Didn’t know Mark had a campsite on the surface of the sun! Howard Jones lyric is appropriate her “and do you feel scared? I do….things can only get better…”

  47. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:49 am [Reply]

  48. Johnny Q
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail: Man is in the forest!

  49. Lenoxus
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:57 am [Reply]

    Punchlines are overrated. Cf today’s Hagar, which approaches having a joke but veers away just in time, settling simply for “Spouses can have annoying habits.” Honest to God I read the thing three times and could not discern its actual point.

  50. TheDiva
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am [Reply]

    @Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (#44): And yet the Goddess of Inner Beauty still manages to outdo them all with her “that evil skank Tiffany is actually listing her professional credits on her resume!” carping. Because real actors never take bit parts in crappy movies. Just ask Jack Nicholson.

  51. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am [Reply]

    Holy Molé — Pooping penguins need to know where to poop.

    Funky Winkerbean — Poor Darrrin doesn’t know what a MENACE his PHANTOM father is. (Darrrin… I am your father!)

  52. Calico
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:08 am [Reply]

    @lorne (#5):
    The Minstrel in the gallery
    Looked down upon the smiling faces
    He met the gazes — observed the spaces between
    the Old men’s cackle.

  53. Jim in Wisc.
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:08 am [Reply]

    @bbofun (#21):

    And, of course, someone will drop out, leaving room for Luanne.

    Or a camper named “Sanchez” will move back to Spain.

  54. Mibbitmaker
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    MW, p.1: An increasingly muffled voice is heard: “Hey! Lady! Move it over alread– HEY! We’re drowning here! HEY! ……HEY! Whoot awwr woo dwoong? Hoo…hrrrrrgh!……………..”

    MW, p.2: A more realistically drawn RichandAmy.

    Curtis: Loser because the girl he doesn’t even want is rejecting him now. Mega-maxi-mega-loser.

    WoI: SECRETS OF COMEDY CLUBS — EXPOSED!: The clientelle are meant to get so drunk in order to possibly find the comics’ material (much of it tryout stuff for their act in other venues) even the least bit amusing!
    Thanks for the warning, strip!

    MT: “Calm down, city slicker, or I’ll go full “Chinatown” on you next time!”

    FC: I beg to differ, Jeffy (about FC).

  55. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    The Amazing Spider-Man: That’s a little short to be a cane. I doubt the Kingpin could actually lean on it as he walks. It’s more of a mace or a scepter. Oh, you say it shoots lasers? Well, there’s that too.

    //Why hasn’t Dr. Lauren fronnked Kingpin in the choners yet? I’m not sure either.

    Apt. 3-G: In an ordinary world, Gov. Russo’s freakishly large hand (see wheel, steering) would be a tragedy. This being the world created by Frank Bolle and Margaret Shulock, it’s Lu Ann not being a registered Republican. (Cue syrupy strings.) Also: squick. Apparently, the governor ran right home from macking on Lu Ann and Margo to check on their party affiliations. Could this guy be any more of a creep?

    Arlo and Janis: I admit it, I laughed. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I laughed.

    The Family Circus: The caption here would be much better off with a haiku:

    Life is so fleeting:
    In summer ice cream will melt;
    Fall? Children will die.

    Now you try.[*]

    Luann … is far more unwholesome than anything we’ve seen in 9 Chickweed Lane, at least in the past couple of days.

    Mark Trail: ♥. Can’t wait for the miniseries with Joan Collins.

    Mary Worth: This is what happens when you tell your daughter she can’t date until she’s thirty and fail to provide her with basic sex ed. Expect lengthy phone calls and lots of “MRS TOM HARPMAN” doodles on her book manuscripts.

    Ziggy: Angry Birds is so yesterday, except for the bazilions they’re still raking in from merchandise sales. But the idea of Josh as an angry bird, relentlessly brooding as he plots to launch himself at the horrible little piggy man who’s kept him hostage for decades, is appealing.

  56. Good Night Ladies
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:13 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#43): Yes, one of the best ‘take the glasses off’ moments is from the classic “War of the Worlds” when Gene Barry takes his tortoise shells off to get a better look at Ann Robinson. I always felt bad that he never got a chance to eat those eggs.

  57. Calico
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    @Lenoxus (#49):
    Plus, Hagar is never in a hurry, unless there’s something to steal/places to pillage.

    MW -welcome to Cicada season!

    RM – now this is getting beyond creepy. This is turning into MJ creepy.

    JP – do I detect a bit of jealousy in the last panel? Yes, I do.

    MT – Hahahaha!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q597neXKgFk

    A3G – Oh, I see – Peter Russo is Bi. (Which is fine with me, as long as Luann knows)

    H&L – Suburban crop circles.

    Henry – cute!
    Our Tortie has not caught any vermin yet this year – I think she single-pawdley wiped out the whole mole colony last year (20+)

  58. Alter Ego
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    love is… just wrong on so many levels.

  59. Calico
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    @Alter Ego (#58):
    They are both wrong-plus, he doesn’t have a d!ck

  60. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:22 am [Reply]

    @Calico (#57): Jessie – my elder daughter, the GSD – used to murder moles and shrews relentlessly. I, however, have a soft spot for moles and shrews, so I put a stop to it by restricting her going out at night. If she murdered rats instead I wouldn’t have minded so much.

  61. the REAL Mark Trail
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:30 am [Reply]

    @Mikey (#46): THANK YOU! I figured this scene of Shelley getting smacked around by Cherry would get a few comments today!

  62. Illustrator Steve
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:31 am [Reply]

    MT – All Cherry needs now is a group of other campers to stand in line and wait to smack Shelley one at a time and it would be a scene right out of the movie Airplane!

  63. Illustrator Steve
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    MT – *SMACK!* “Just shut the fuck up, Shelley but most of all…STAY CALM!!!!!!”

  64. Mibbitmaker
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    A&J: Using a deceased collegue’s old material? That is a lazy cartoonist!

    FW: Moronic reference and (clearly inhereted) snear-smirk aside, Serves her right. Just see for yourself how bad your idea is, lady!

    RMMD: Given the little troll’s gender attitude, that is NOT a good idea!

  65. Calico
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    @the REAL Mark Trail (#61):
    What is the word/sound in Elder’s Mad cartoons? *Smek* , I think.

  66. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am [Reply]

  67. Calico
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:43 am [Reply]

    @the REAL Mark Trail (#61):
    With The Apocalypse in the background, no less!
    “I love the smell of propane in the morning”

  68. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:44 am [Reply]

  69. Calico
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:44 am [Reply]

    @Calico (#67):
    Rex smacking his head as the entire East Coast burns would be a nice mashup too. *hint*

  70. Illustrator Steve
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    MT – Well, let’s see…they’ve trashed their plane.
    They’ve lost every last piece of their camping gear and food supply.
    Wes has a broken foot.
    Shelley is a basket case.
    Cherry will face criminal assault charges for smacking a client.
    Mark will be charged with theft for unauthorized borrowing of a leaky canoe.
    Those two ransacking moose will be charged with starting a vast forest fire.
    …Well, the Trail’s and Thompsons may as well replax and enjoy themselves from here on out since nothing else could possibly go wrong with this camping trip unless it would involve Rusty, Kelly Welly or maybe a volcanic eruption and…O-M-G, that’s it, isn’t it?!

  71. Calico
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    @Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (#60):
    Heh, Charlie the Tortie likes to “tree” squirrels too, but she’s too smart to actually go after them and engage in a scuffle.

  72. Illustrator Steve
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    MT – (Six months have passed and Shelley has finally dared to venture outside of her house. Wes suggests a trip to the locval Bass Pro Shop ™ )…
    (Sales associate): “Welcome to our store Ms. Thompson. May I show you our newest line of CAMPING gear?”

    (Shelley Thompson): “CAMPING? CAMPING!…slooooowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch… *SMEK*!!!”

    (Sales associate): “SECURITY!”

  73. Illustrator Steve
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    MT – “I TOLD Wes I didn’t want to go on this stupid trip!”

    *SMEK!*

    (Cherry): “How DARE you call a trip arranged by my husband stupid?!”

    (Shelley): “ExCUSE me! I meant to say, I told Wes I didn’t want to go on this trip with you and your stupid husband!”

    *SMEK-SMEK-SMEK!*

  74. Illustrator Steve
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:06 am [Reply]

    MT – “We’re going to die, Cherry! We’re going to DIE!”

    “Not right now, Shelley! We can talk about tie-DYING those shirts for Mark and Wes later. First we must get away from this heat!”

  75. Alfred E. Neuman
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:06 am [Reply]

    @the REAL Mark Trail (#61): @Illustrator Steve (#63): @Calico (#65): I think what we’re looking for here is a good old fashioned “SMEKITTY-SMEK!”

    For a brief tutorial on Yiddish-derived MAD-isms, look here.

  76. Otter-In-Law
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:15 am [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#74): Cut scene from the movie “Airplane.”

  77. greghousesgf
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    Id–”it’s only funny when I’m lit”…on fire?

  78. Uncle Lumpy
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    @Lumaca Morente (#25):

    I’ll go check the spam filter to see what’s going on. Josh or I can usually fix this kind of problem, so please send one of us a note when it happens.

  79. Marc
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:39 am [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#70): Perhaps they can pin all this destruction on Doc and Rusty and be done with it. Doc is too senile to remember anything and would implicate Rusty by pointing out that he was probably outside. And all of the unfortunate events did take place outside. That’ll probably be enough evidence for the Lo Fo police to lock Rusty up.

  80. Peanut Gallery
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#27):

    Lio: if we add a bow, does that make it a slimegirl?

    Better add eyelashes just to be sure. Yes, I know it doesn’t have eyes, just put eyelashes on it anyway.

  81. Little Blue Bicycle
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    MW: The phallic can watering the bush while Mom wonders obliviously about her daughter…oh, Karen Moy is just throwing us material on purpose now.

  82. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#55):

    But the idea of Josh as an angry bird, relentlessly brooding as he plots to launch himself at the horrible little piggy man who’s kept him hostage for decades, is appealing.

    Waitasecond! “Horrible little piggy man”! Hmmm…
    There was one of those on an episode of “Seinfeld”. Could it be that after all of these years of me not getting a good look at that aberration that ran around that hospital in the episode that it was actually not a monster but was Ziggy, in a guest-starring role? The comedy gods must’ve frowned upon that convergence of “humor” and humor.

    Making the comedy gods frown, tsk tsk. For shame, Ziggggggy!

  83. Ratiocinator
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    @Liam (#15):

    JP-”I’ll take good care of her” is either code for having sex with Thalia or burying her in a shallow grave.

    Or both. (Note: if you do both, be very sure to do them in the correct order.)

  84. K-girl
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    It appears Cherry is so frigid she needs to wear a down jacket in the middle of a forest fire! No wonder Mark likes to punch things…

  85. Rip Yauhnoowon
    May 18th, 2013 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    9CL: Sven will never want to wear those glasses again after Fleurrie gets done with them.

  86. Liam
    May 18th, 2013 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    MT-Excuse me, Cherry, but you’re needed elsewhere I’ll take care of this.

    Curtis-Don’t worry, Curtis, Chutney will be back stalking you soon.

  87. Calico
    May 18th, 2013 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#75):
    I grew up near NYC in CT and I still use the words “Schlep” and “Meshuga.” These are probably well-known terms in Montreal but not in Q City.

    Also, I though “Schmuck” meant “stupid”, not a reference to a schlong.

  88. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    @Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (#68): Heh. “Burn baby burn” is the title I gave the image when I saved it (imgur changes the name when you upload).

  89. Ukulele Ike
    May 18th, 2013 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    @bbofun (#21): “And, of course, someone will drop out, leaving room for Luanne”

    I’m hoping one of the other campers straight out goes blind, like the actor in Rosemary’s Baby who loses his role to John Cassavetes. Luanne deserves nothing less.

    Sinfest: I enjoyed today’s strip, so I assume I am going straight to hell.

  90. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#89): Depends. Did you enjoy it, or did you, you know, enjoy it?

  91. Liam
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    Wizard of Id-As opposed to when the jester is performing regularly in front of the king.

  92. I speak Jive
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    Candorville – This is how to do a tribute to someone who has passed away. This week’s strips were beautifully done. (Earlier this week I made a comment about this strip and got the creator’s name wrong. It’s Darrin Bell, not Darryl.)

    Mark Trail – This is awesome! Is it possible to enjoy a comic unironically and ironically at the same time? The art is terrific, and the story has been very exciting. But I can’t help but snicker at all the hell that poor Shelley has been going through. As a non-outdoors person, I know exactly how she feels. Cherry would probably have to slap me if I was there.

    FC – Are they eating Dippin’ Dots?

  93. Uncle Lumpy
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:09 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#90):

    Did you enjoy it, or did you, you know, enjoy it?

    Or “enjoy” it? No way to tell, in postmodern hell.

  94. I speak Jive
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    9CL – The men turn into quivering lumps of jelly when they look at the nape of their girlfriend’s neck or rummage through her undies drawer. The women are so sexually charged that they become aroused when they watch a man sleep or take his glasses off while he is sleeping. Question: When the men in the ambulance come to take Brooke away, will he be babbling incoherently or screaming? Will they have to call the SWAT team?

  95. Shrug Notes Mark Trail is SOL
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    @Mikey (#46):

    “Didn’t know Mark had a campsite on the surface of the sun!”

    Of course, he can only use it at night, and has to break camp and get back to earth before daylight ‘cuz it would get too hot. Even Mark has his limits.

  96. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:30 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#93): No, no: postmodern hell is 9 Chickweed Lane. Sinfest is just pomo.

  97. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    Off to shop for a kayak or two. In the meantime, here’s Mary Worth, improved.

  98. Majicou
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    @Mikey (#46):
    So don’t delay, act now
    Supplies are running out
    Allow if you’re still alive
    Six to eight years to arrive
    And if you follow
    There may be a tomorrow
    But if the offer’s shunned
    You might as well be camping on the sun

  99. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:46 pm [Reply]

    I’m sure that to some this will be construed as a desperate cry for help instead of just me not understanding a Ziggy strip.

    In yesterday’s Ziggy I “get” the joke but it reads as if it is awkwardly worded.

    “…don’t be so naive!
    He didn’t either go to high school with Speedy Gonzales!” [bold in the original]

    //the first exclamation mark is one of his upside down letter “i”; the second exclamation mark is not so fancy.

  100. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#99):

    Oh, hell. Why not just cut to the chase:

    Heeeeelllllppppp!

  101. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 1:56 pm [Reply]

    I like how Kingpin’s “trusty laser cane” is a lot like a flashlight that only operates if you use both hands.

    ‘Behold my laser light and die, Webhead!”

  102. Majicou
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    Momma: “Momma, can you turn on the gun for me?”
    “You’re holding it, dear… turn it on yourself!”

    R==R: This is from that awful Watership Down TV series, isn’t it?

  103. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:13 pm [Reply]

    Good gravy! Neither Popeye or Bluto are impressing Olive enough to make her avoid the choice of bestiality. How it could it come to this?

    Though, I must admit that for a gorilla, he’s a snazzy dresser!

  104. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    Funky Winkerbean:

    Husband:
    Bleep bloop bloop
    Bleep blop blap!

    Wife:
    Us?

    Husband:
    Bleep bloop dorky
    dork bloop dittle doop!

    //I kind of feel sorry for her. I’m a geeky guy and I don’t even understand why he said what he said.

  105. Poteet
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

  106. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    Apartment 3G:

    As a practitioner of the fine art of double entendre, puns and ribald wit, I will say that while normally I might not vote for that “governor” after his last line, I’d say these are not normal times.

    Work it, governor–if that is indeed what you are. Work both sides with aplomb–or, if you are into food, too, with a plum.

  107. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    So, they finally cancelled “Gasoline Alley”, did they?

    Whatever is going on at this retirement home does come across as more engaging than men marrying mules. Though, on second thought, I guess a man who is going to marry a mule must first get engaged. That just don’t mean anyone must be enthralled by the engagement period.

    Just ask Olive and her going ape over some big ape. Her mom doesn’t seem enthused by that banana bandier.

  108. Poteet
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    MT — For some reason I’m hearing music from the final scene of GOTTERDAMMERUNG.

  109. TheDiva
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:27 pm [Reply]

    @I speak Jive (#94): “Babbling incoherently” is pretty much a given with Brooke, so it’s just a question of whether or not he will be doing so at the top of his lungs. I don’t know if a SWAT team will be necessary, but I wholly support their involvement.

  110. the REAL Mark Trail
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    @I speak Jive (#92): thank you! I wanted the first story I did alone to be something that would be action packed and leave readers breathless, and also “make my presence known”… the action in this story isn’t over yet!! and I have an even BIGGER surprise coming before too long!
    stay tuned!!
    -James

  111. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    @the REAL Mark Trail (#110):

    No one is gonna fault ya if you go the Lord of the Rings route and bring in giant eagles to rescue everybody.

    They might not be so forgiving if Mark summons them using a magical fishing pole, like the one he used on that island to foil that kidnapper. However, if he was attired in a beard and gown—no wait. That would never happen, would it?

    Curses! I just shot down the entire giant eagles scenario with the addition of one whisker.

    Oh well.

  112. Baka Gaijin
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#55) on Apartment 3-G: Could the Gov be more of a creep? Look at Les Moore or Crankshaft.

    @Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (#68): Disco Inferno!

    @I speak Jive (#92): You’re a Plugger if you think Dippin’ Dots are frozen rabbit turds.

    @the REAL Mark Trail (#110): OMG! A bigger surprise? OMG, OMG, OMG!!!! Could it be that it wasn’t the propane tank that exploded, it was Cherry’s massive chronic flatulence? Ooh, ooh, we find out Mark Trail has 3 sets of chromosomes? Maybe we finally learn that Kelly Welly is really one of twelve alternate personalities of Chery Trail? I can’t wait!

  113. Amos Snarkadder
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

  114. Artist formerly know as Ben
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:47 pm [Reply]

    MT: Awesome. Cherry must have studied tapes of her husband going to town on guys with facial hair. (I know how that sounds out of context.)

    WofI: Well you seem to think jokes are improved by explaining them, so you should be fine.

    FW: This was her dumb idea, so I guess it’s right she get a front seat for the carnage.

    BH: When you turn blue, that’s how you know it’s working.

    9CL: I’m starting to get a picture of what Brooke would be like as a rock star. He’d spend most of the concert standing around going, “Isn’t this a stunning guitar? Look at it! And Steve’s drum kit, it’s something else, right?”

    RMMD: The ugly world of little brother rentals. And boy, June’s due in seven months? So Woody Wilson is committing to showing the baby by 2030 or thereabouts?

    GT: Kaz will be so excited. He’s bought an executioner’s cowl and everything.

    6C: Oh, you might not think it’s so fun when you read “Life of Pi” to the end.

    DtM: Joey really seems to like the smell of Mr. Wilson’s sweater.

    S-M: Unbeknownst to the Kingpin, his laser cane is just a big flashlight designed by another mole. Spidey thinks it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day.

    H&J: See if she responds to “Toots”.

    Lockhorns: Loretta tries to get the house to herself by unloading Leroy onto special guest Eugene Mirman, at least for a few days.

    A3G: She’s a Democrat, he’s a bisexual switch, but maybe these crazy kids can make it work.

  115. Artist formerly know as Ben
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    Was this what Tom meant when he said “I hope I get balls deep in bush today”? He’s a Mary Worth character, so probably.

  116. Artist formerly know as Ben
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    @I speak Jive (#92):

    FC – Are they eating Dippin’ Dots?

    You are what they eat, and they’re certainly a pair of dips.

  117. Uncle Lumpy
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#96):

    Sinfest is just pomo.

    Pomo, porno — you have to look really close to see the difference.

  118. Artist formerly know as Ben
    May 18th, 2013 at 2:58 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#55):

    Arlo and Janis: I admit it, I laughed. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I laughed.

    I did too. I read it in the Boston Globe comics section. They (inadvertantly?) helped by printing it with splotches of newsprint escaping from the dark panels. Curtis and Chutney were mottled with dark grey smoke, which also has a certain thematic resonance.

  119. Artist formerly know as Ben
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    @Francis Hobbs (#13): Does this mean that Barry will end up in Tia Carmen’s lengua casserole over in Baldo? Dare we hope?

  120. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    @Peanut Gallery (#80): mannnn, I need to look back for that Luann-over-does-makeup strip. . . .

  121. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    @Amos Snarkadder (#113): Color that gold, and you’re on to something.

  122. Poteet
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    MT — I still say a window birdfeeder would have been a better way to start.

  123. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:12 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#117): ???????????, ay.

  124. Zerowolf
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    A3G: I hope this isn’t going to get political. I’d hate to see this strip become “The Domicile That Can Not Be Named.”

  125. Zerowolf
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly know as Ben (#114): Brooke McE as a rock star would be like this.

  126. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#123): I’ve never understood why things look fine in preview, but don’t publish well. Πoρνoγραφια, is what I was going for, though I suppose the New Testament word would be πoρνoγρει…

  127. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    @Zerowolf (#125): If that’s not Brian Eno, I’m not clicking!

    Oh, who am I kidding?

  128. Kinghasnoclothes
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:29 pm [Reply]

    Flunky Wincanobeans: Bio-dad is going to tell Darrin that he had sex with his mother only once, but fortunately caught it on tape. Darrin’s wife badgers him, “You know you have to see it.”

  129. Amos Snarkadder
    May 18th, 2013 at 3:32 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#121): Egad! The truth about Tom is out!

  130. Amos Snarkadder
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#122): *snicker*

  131. Amos Snarkadder
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:05 pm [Reply]

    @the REAL Mark Trail (#110): Auugh! You have us all in your snare!

  132. Dale
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#122):

    MARK TRAIL

    I agree. If Mark had really grasped his assignment, he wouldn’t have led his charges into a location where the only ways out are: float plane, stolen boat, days of hiking.

  133. Amos Snarkadder
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:14 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#54): Gawrsh! It’s like I read your mind:

    @Amos Snarkadder (#113)

    Thanks for the subliminal suggestion!

  134. laila
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    Luann: That Luann appears to think that Tiffany’s listing a professional filmmaking credit on her resume was not only an underhand and unfair move but also done deliberately to spite her says a lot more about Luann than it does about Tiffany. Like she really has no idea how this whole ‘act-ing’ business works and would be better off spending her summer focusing on something more her speed – such as cleaning out cages at PetCo or flipping burgers at TJ’s Emporium of Grease and Botulism.

  135. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

  136. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 18th, 2013 at 4:44 pm [Reply]

    @Zerowolf (#125): LOL, Sweet Jesus indeed. Herr Welk might not have been up on the latest slang.

  137. demoncat
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:05 pm [Reply]

    mw poor elinor she can’t figure out the reason beth is so distant is she has found some love with a man. and is not bitter and sad any more .as beth proves it with tom right now being happy in public

  138. Uncle Lumpy
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#126):

    Yeah, the filters aren’t applied until the comment posts, which causes all sorts of unpredictable mayhem. HTML Unicode equivalents are safest; there are lots of converters/typewriters around.

  139. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    The Real Mark Trail:

    Don’t you flippin’ *dare* improve the strip any further. The last thing I need is to have to add another strip to my daily list.

    Or, OK, you know, improve away.

  140. Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:45 pm [Reply]

    Unca Lumpy: I’m not complaining, mind you, but when I embed a link in my responses here one of two things happens. Either I get the spam filter or else the html is screwed up. Last night’s link, for instance, had a ” added to the url and took people to a page not found.

  141. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 5:53 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#132):

    Oh, c’mon now, you two.

    Mark Trail probably made a scale topographical 3D/relief map out of stacks upon stacks of pancake, of varying sizes.

    I doubt he would have chose to go anywhere that didn’t look delicious.

  142. Uncle Lumpy
    May 18th, 2013 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    @Raghead the Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (#140):

    Hey, complain away – we want the thing to work. Too many urls in a post will indeed add to a comment’s spam-score, and WordPress “correction” of what it interprets as incorrectly formed html sometimes introduces errors.

    The spam filter operates primarily by IP address, so if your ISP assigns a new address to you with every logon, you’ll always look like a “new” commenter, i.e., high spam risk, to the filter. Getting a static IP address, if that’s an option for you, would fix that.

    If your comments are routinely getting flagged as spam, drop a line to Josh or me, and we’ll check the logs and see what we can do.

  143. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:07 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#138): Converters? I’d…I’d never thought about that.

  144. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#136): Aw, I thought it was sweet, in a wonderfully subversive 60′s kind of way. Woulda been better done by the Muppets, though.

  145. Uncle Lumpy
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:35 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#143):

    I’ve had some success with this one. YMMV.

  146. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 7:56 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#145): I have now established a bookmarks folder on my bar, containing Joshreads.com, a rhyming dictionary, an html character guide, imgur.com (where I store my pictures), and your encoder.

    The things I do just to make stupid jokes about comic strips. Thanks!

  147. Poteet
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:19 pm [Reply]

    MT — Oooh, clever! I see a subtle echo of THE SCREAM in that last panel!

  148. Droopy Says
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:29 pm [Reply]

    @Good Night Ladies (#56): I never did understand that “take off the glasses” bit. When I look at a woman, the last thing I’d do is take off my glasses. It would be like saying “You’re so hideous that I’d rather see you as a blur.”

  149. Droopy Says
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    @the REAL Mark Trail (#110): I looked forward to the flashback scene in Wesley Thompson’s office, where a tape recorder tells him: “Good morning, Mr. Phelps. A mad scientist known only as ‘Doc’ had developed a race of atomic supermen who will rule the world. Doc works in Lost Forest, where he is protected and funded by Mark and Cherry Trail. The Trails use their reputation and income as outdoors experts to enable Doc to forward his sinister plans. Your assignment, should you accept it, is to arrange a series of accidents which will make the Trails look utterly inept, ending their utility to Doc. Bonus points if you burn Lost Forest. Good luck, and this tape will self-destruct in five seconds . . . damn, can’t we even get the self-destruct to work right?”

  150. agony
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:22 pm [Reply]

    TRMT Thank you, that was lovely. I especially like Shelley’s despair in the last panel – “I’m going to be burned to death and now this crazy woman is beating me…..”

  151. Cloudbuster
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    GT: So, Knox has been engaged in completely inappropriate harassment of Jimmy over his family’s lawsuit. Now coach Thorp is basically upping the harassment by 1,000 by forcing Jimmy to participate in some ludicrous sham of a trial.

    Yeah, when the award comes through after his family winds the huge lawsuit they’ll be filing against the school, that lame personal injury lawsuit won’t be an issue at all anymore!

  152. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    @Droopy Says (#148): Drat! I knew there was something else I was going to run through the GIMP today…

  153. Cloudbuster
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:32 pm [Reply]

    ASM: If Kingpin has just used, say a .45 ACP, instead of his “trusty laser cane,” Spiderman would be dead right now. When will supervillains ever learn?

  154. Cloudbuster
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Seriously? That was her big reveal? “I’m not a Republican?”

  155. Baka Gaijin
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:42 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#146): And we all love you for your comments.

  156. Sequitur
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#154): Lu Ann is registered with the Whig party. She thought it was Wig.

  157. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:53 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#155): <Actually blushing>You mean it isn’t my sexy body?</Actually blushing>

  158. Ukulele Ike
    May 18th, 2013 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    I love you for your naturally curly hair.

  159. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:01 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#158): That’s not a ukelele at all, is it.

  160. commodorejohn
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:01 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#27): Lio: if we add a bow, does that make it a slimegirl?
    The Internet could tell you…

    Also, it’s finally happened: a printed Dilbert strip is indistinguishable from the output of a Dilbert panel-cutup randomizer.

  161. Ukulele Ike
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:09 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#159): Actually, I play jazz tuba.

  162. Sequitur
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:17 pm [Reply]

  163. bats :[
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:24 pm [Reply]

  164. The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:32 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#163): Aw, your mashups are the best!

  165. Ukulele Ike
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:35 pm [Reply]

  166. Droopy Says
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#153): The artwork (apologies to actual artists, like TRMT, for abusing that word) in ASM makes it look like the laser beam burned through Spiderdick’s chest. You can’t have a blast of light behind him unless the narrow laser beam has burned clear through him. This implies three things: First, Spiderman is dead. Second, Spiderman is dead. I thought I’d repeat that because Peter Parker is a slow learner and is likely to forget that he is now a corpse. Third, if the Kingpin has developed a laser and matching power source so powerful that you can fit it into a walking stick and still zap through a human torso, he should market it to the Defense Department.

  167. bats :[
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:41 pm [Reply]

    @The Rt. Venerable Pasdordan (#164): awww, shucks…all you “new kids on the block” are keeping me on my toes. And this was an exciting, particularly fun mashup. (I was out of town most of today, and I was really looking forward to coming home and messin’ with it!)

  168. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 18th, 2013 at 10:44 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#156): Oddly enough, Lu Ann’s merkin joined the Whig Party before she did.

  169. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:22 pm [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#154):

    Now I’m curious as to what you expected.

    Did you expect LuAnn to reveal that she was really a dude in drag, it was not a date that they were on but in fact a sting operation and that LuAnn was wise to the fact that the “governor” was not actually the governor but instead is Eddie Murphy in a very convincing make up job?

  170. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:25 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#169):

    For what it is worth, I’d be okay with that. But, I want the funny stuff.

    LuAnn would go home. Margo would ask how her date went. Luann would say it went the way she expected it, with the governor going down….down into the hoosegow, that is.

  171. commodorejohn
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:31 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#169): I want Margo to wake up and discover that she’s actually Suzanne Pleshette and married to Bob Newhart.

  172. Droopy Says
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:38 pm [Reply]

    Spiderman: A gun, Kingpin, use a gun. One shot, one kill. You don’t score points for tickling your victim with a big flashlight. And, um, Spiderdick, haven’t we discussed how you can use your web-shooters against bad guys? It’s not like you have to let the big bully zap you, unless you’re adding S&M to the arc.

    Family Circus: Subtly arguing for atheism.

    FU, Wankerbean: Subtly arguing for Armaggedon.

    Pluggers: “–but we can work in a trip to the ER when all that fat gives us heart attacks.”

    Mark Trail: With the sudden and mysterious disappearance of the Giant Lofo Squirrel, Andy is reduced to feeding on normal squirrels.

    Sunday Phantom: Not telling the wives about the danger is a dick move. On the other hand, they’re probably chatting right now: “You know how the boys are. They’ll find a way to get in trouble. Can I borrow your Colt and a cup of bullets?”

  173. Uncle Lumpy
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:39 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#171):

    They have the same voice.

  174. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#173):

    Gah-rrrrrrooooowwwwl!

  175. tallyHO
    May 18th, 2013 at 11:49 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#171):

    Ha!
    The only downside would be that it would not mean the end of the strip. Or, would that be a bad thing? How much space would it take to show Comic Strip Bob Newhart’s stuttering and stammering?

    Ha! Now I’m disappointed there was no “Three’s Company” comic strip! With both the Ropers and Mr. Furley! For the Win, of course!

  176. Not Greg Evans
    May 19th, 2013 at 12:06 am [Reply]

    A3G: Forgive me. I’m not as hip to the kids’ lingo as I once was. Does “working both sides of the aisle” mean that the governor is promising to perform oral or acknowledging that he’s bi-curious?

  177. jim, some guy in iowa
    May 19th, 2013 at 12:16 am [Reply]

    judge parker proves that, while the spencer/drivers may have money fall into their laps, he by god went out and cut throats to make *his* pile of loot

  178. tallyHO
    May 19th, 2013 at 12:18 am [Reply]

    @Not Greg Evans (#176):

    He puts the Bi- in bi-partisanship!

    //and he shakes it all around!

  179. Droopy Says
    May 19th, 2013 at 12:21 am [Reply]

    @Not Greg Evans (#176): You’re just asking, right?

    ———————-
    Jugheaded Parker: So working for the CIA automatically makes you a spy, which automatically makes you a liar? Explain to me again why this clown is fit to be a judge.

  180. Zla'od
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    MW: But what are they doing with their other hands?

  181. bats :[
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  182. anorak
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    “Opening for Bung”. Heh, yup, Lumpy! you sure described that cartoon!

    Oh, wait, there was more words?

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