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Metapost: Keep your talks open and well-informed with this warning!

Open talks: on the one hand, they’re an invaluable therapeutic tool (NOTE: Open talks have not been certified by the American Psychological Association as a therapeutic tool and are not intended to diagnose or treat any mental illness), but on the other hand they can sometimes lead to feedback — unwelcome feedback. People need to be cautioned about the potential for such feedback! And what better way to caution everyone in advance than to wear a t-shirt with this logo on it?

This logo was designed by faithful reader and logo-design hero A-wel Cruiz and you can now buy it on just about any CafePress product you can imagine, including thongs, but if you want it on some product you don’t see there just email me and I’ll add it. Feedback! Sharing! Open feedback sharing fever! Catch it, by buying products from my CafePress store. And then send me pictures of you wearing them, so I can showcase them on the site!

76 responses to “Metapost: Keep your talks open and well-informed with this warning!”

  1. Lumaca Morente
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    Love it!

  2. Joe, the Upper-Evergreen Guy
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

    Left-Hand Guy: “Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca Wacca….”

  3. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    Yes! Today I am a celebrity. I hope it doesn’t go to my head.

    Now someone fetch me a Chardonnay, for I am thirsty!

    Oh, and you should totally buy this stuff, too. ^_^

  4. pugfuggly
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:22 pm [Reply]

    ok, I’m feeling dumb today: what’s the red target thingy on ‘Aggie’s’ head there?

    Looks awesome, btw!

  5. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    @pugfuggly (#4):

    Veins popping. It’s used in anime a lot to convey anger or annoyance.

  6. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

  7. Ratiocinator
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    This is hilarious!

  8. pugfuggly
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    @A-wel Cruiz (#6):

    Oh you kids and your pokemons!!

    Seriously though, it looks great. Can I get it on business cards that I could give to people prior to speaking to them?

  9. yaoi huntress earth
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    Pibgorn: Ok, Brooke, you’re getting creepy. You have the character playing the mother descending upon her 14-year-old “daughter” who acts like she’s six. Welcome to a new low.

  10. Chyron HR
    September 10th, 2013 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    Oh, good. For a minute there we’d had another “Halloween 2008″ moment.

  11. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    @Chyron HR (#10):

    I wasn’t here for that. I what happened?

  12. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    I mean, “what happened?”

  13. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 1:27 pm [Reply]

    @Chyron HR (#10): Never mind, I just checked the archive. Yikes! I can see why you’d been worried.

  14. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    @pugfuggly (#8): I dunno. Ask Josh. Or just have them printed out. Whatever works.

  15. digupthebones
    September 10th, 2013 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    Warning: sexism at TechCrunch may lead to feedback.

  16. Uncle Lumpy
    September 10th, 2013 at 2:03 pm [Reply]

    Well, that does it: I’m going to review past interactions for possible causes right away. I’ve put it off long enough.

  17. Liam
    September 10th, 2013 at 2:44 pm [Reply]

    Looks like I’m going to have to stop going to Alcoholics Anonymous since I’m bound to get feedback.

  18. mary_worthless
    September 10th, 2013 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#16): Just be aware that open talk could lead to feedback. OK, Uncle?

  19. Illustrator Steve
    September 10th, 2013 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    Okay, I get it, no more talk, just snarks directed at the comic strips. From now on any open talk I want to make will be left as an empty space where the comment once was intened to go.

    // Let’s see if I’ve got this right…



  20. Calico
    September 10th, 2013 at 3:12 pm [Reply]

    Bull is looking for the day when FW jumped the shark.

  21. Amos Snarkadder
    September 10th, 2013 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    @A-wel Cruiz (#3): BRILLIANT!

  22. Illustrator Steve
    September 10th, 2013 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    I don’t understand why simply talking openly should have such a dramatic and unwelcomed effect. Afterall, look at Jack Elrod. He’s one guy who’s never left even one measly comment on this board and look at all the unwelcome feedback he gets anyway! But, on the other hand, TRMT has talked openly on here many times and has received very high praise from many readers. I can’t think of one unwelcome remark directed at him, except maybe just in good fun.

    /// didn’t they try to do something like this in Germany back in the 1930′s?

    //// Whats next, putting the new logo on armbands we all have to start wearing?

    ///// if we can’t talk openly maybe I shouldn’t even bother with this any longer.

  23. Anonymous
    September 10th, 2013 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    (psst… Illustrator Steve: The shirt design is a reference to a recent Mary Worth storyline. Check the links at the beginning of the blog post!)

  24. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#22): Are you being serious? Cuz if so, you’re scaring me.

  25. Lenoxus
    September 10th, 2013 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    I would share my thoughts on this, but I fear the feedback so.

  26. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    September 10th, 2013 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    I shall risk feedback and say quite openly, “Well done!”

  27. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 5:03 pm [Reply]

    Many thanks, everyone. I’m glad you like it.

  28. tallyHO
    September 10th, 2013 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    It is amazing how Open Talk(ing) has spread like wildfire through the funny pages.

    Why just earlier today we were able to look through the window panes of “Funky Winkerbean” and witness actor Hal Holbrooke in his alter ego of “Mark Twain” having a casual conversation with a more realistic Herb from the comic strip “Herb and Jamaal.” The two of them were Open Talk(ing) and presumably well aware they doing so might manifest feedback. Yet, it is “Funky Winkerbean” so the feedback is limited to the eye-rolling of the readers. That is when feedback becomes montonous.

    However, alternately in the both the background and in the foreground (as seen through those bi-focaled window panes used by strips which have run far too long and that take themselves way too seriously), there is a man named Bull. This is his story about Open Talk(ing):

    Flexing The Loving Grasp of Open Talk

    Of all of the literati at Westview High School, longtime football coach Bull [Name Withheld] has tastes which are varied. Recently he encountered a text explaining the benefits and the pitfalls of Open Talk(ing), the practice of sitting with others and, in short, talking openly without fear of being judged by others.

    The very notion captivated the coach. He was so used to yelling at others to obtain feedback in the form of minions doing his bidding that he had never considered the chance that some feedback may lead him to question what he said and that doubt leading to making him a better person. Up until he read the text of “Mary Worth” he thought he would just rightly hate the person who talked back to him.

    Then one morning something dawned on him: a memory. A memory of Open Talk(ing) Past. He rushed to the hallway where Hal Holbrooke and that weirdo Herb jawboned. Bull then rummaged through the Lost and Found box.

    Hal and Herb knew he did this activity daily. Yet, while they cracked wise about what he searched for, little did they realize what he sought would lead to life-transforming relief for Bull.

    “A Ha”, Bull thought as his hands grasped an object which would change his life.

    “We meet again, old friend!” he whispered holding the object near to his smiling, moist face. Quickly he turned around and shot a furtive glance towards Hal and Herb. They had taken to acting as if they were standing on a raft which they were rowing and that the hallway was the Mighty Mississippi. As they slowly sauntered down the hall, Bull, held out his prize and beamed like he had found the motherload.

    What he held was a prosthetic arm. Why was such an object in the Lost and Found? Many people in “serious” comic strips lose arms. Duh.

    While some would look at that artificial appendage and awkwardly wonder what good it does them, Bull knew how Open Talk(ing) with it would get the feedback he long desired. If one fake arm with one fake hand would allow him to obtain the pleasures he longed for all while barely doing more than sweet talking and confessing his wants to it then bravo. He welcomed the feedback to be had.

    Later that day Bull tried it out for the first time. During football practice he lined up the players who underperformed and yelled at each with rhetorical questions and then beat them each once with the fake arm!

    “You can’t suspend me, School District! You can’t force me to retire! You can’t even give me cancer!
    “Tis not my hand which strikes this lummoxes! Tis the five fingered feedback of a former marching band member which punishes them! My hands are clean while this one is open for talking!

    //enh. bleh.

  29. Chareth Cutestory
    September 10th, 2013 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    @A-wel Cruiz (#27): I don’t mean to take any credit away from A-wel Cruiz, and the shirt is definitely fantastic, but I think everyone should know the full story…

    A-wel Cruiz submitted the shirt idea to Josh and he simply freaked out with some (frankly) uncalled for negative criticisms. But since I was there and witnessed everything, I found myself in a position to write a letter to Josh’s supervisors to let them know that their policy that ‘the curmudgeon is always right’ is a bogus policy. Plus, if they fired A-wel Cruiz they’d lose an excellent yoga teacher and a good person.

  30. Sgt.Stoned
    September 10th, 2013 at 5:29 pm [Reply]

    After “Warning” I think it should read: “Mary Worth and the Surgeon General have determined that…etc.”

  31. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 10th, 2013 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    @Chareth Cutestory (#29): Another meddle well done, Chareth Cutestory! Fulgent.

  32. A-wel Cruiz
    September 10th, 2013 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    @Chareth Cutestory (#29): That was supposed to be a secret. SHHHHHHHH!

  33. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    September 10th, 2013 at 5:55 pm [Reply]

    @yaoi huntress earth (#9): “getting” creepy? It’s already been creepy!

  34. cheech wizard
    September 10th, 2013 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: “I decided I don’t want a job!”

    “A very sensible decision!”

    Yeah, like what other response would you expect from a trophy-wife nanny? Next time, why don’t you just ask Maynard G. Krebs instead?

  35. Casey, Crime Photographer
    September 10th, 2013 at 7:05 pm [Reply]

    @cheech wizard (#34):

    Maynard G. Krebs, First Mate Gilligan and Dusty Nolastname walk into a bar…

    “Gimme a triple whiskey!” they shout in unison.

  36. Illustrator Steve
    September 10th, 2013 at 7:24 pm [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#23):
    Thanks for clarifying that. I thought they were being serious.

  37. Illustrator Steve
    September 10th, 2013 at 7:27 pm [Reply]

    @A-wel Cruiz (#24):
    I didn’t realize it only had something to do with a Mary Worth story.
    I didn’t read it through enough. No offence meant. I just don’t take kindly to being advised I should be careful with talking openly.

  38. Calico
    September 10th, 2013 at 9:04 pm [Reply]

    @tallyHO (#28):
    Does anyone here remember John Goodman’s Halloween garbage disposal trick he played on Roseann’s sister Jackie (on the show)?

  39. Calico
    September 10th, 2013 at 9:07 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#37):
    Only things we should not discuss here (real Mudgeon rules) are politics and that mean-spirited one-panel thing featuring a canard, which ties into the first no-no.

  40. Poteet
    September 10th, 2013 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    I do like the amusing logo, but when that big WARNING first loomed on my screen I feared, in my paranoid way, that somehow something bad had happened to Josh and/or CC. Ah, what a relief. And I blame my paranoia on YOU, Mary Worth. You and your scary blue eyes.

  41. Poteet
    September 10th, 2013 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    @Chareth Cutestory (#29): Congratulations! I hope you’ll celebrate with some of your famous salmon squares. No thanks, I’ve already eaten.

  42. Nehemiah Scudder
    September 10th, 2013 at 10:09 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#37): Well, they fooled you on that one, Steve. You should step up and buy a t-shirt or a mug to celebrate, or make amends, or something.

    // Me, I’m looking at the ball caps. Can’t have too many ball caps.

  43. Odie Odo
    September 10th, 2013 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

  44. Odie Odo
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:11 pm [Reply]

    DtM: Poor Joey gets one cookie — and Dennis gets six. No wonder “Piggy” Mitchell’s friend is so skinny!

  45. Odie Odo
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:22 pm [Reply]

    MT: Mark looks embarrassed. Probably because Anne Marie blurted out that he has a large penis*.

    *One of “The Top Ten Things a Daughter Should Never Say in Front of Her Father”!

  46. Mr. O’Malley
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:42 pm [Reply]

    Love Is: It seems to me that just a few days ago I was reading something somewhere (here?) about sports that are unlikely to show up in comic strips, and high up on the list was Pooh Sticks, and now look!

  47. Odie Odo
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:44 pm [Reply]

    Blondie: September 11, 2013 is notable for something else. It’s on the tip of my tongue, but I just can’t remember it…

    Oh, yeah — it’s singer Harry Connick, Junior’s 46th birthday!

  48. Poteet
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:44 pm [Reply]

    MW — So, bad decor, teensy rooms, odd-looking cuisine, wildlife-less desert, strange administrators, and staff members who assess the guests’ levels of emotional growth and discuss them with other guests. I’ll bet there’s even a ghost-corpse in Room 217.

  49. Not Greg Evans
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    MT (9/11): Hey, Jack Elrod, you’re a pervert. Also you misspelled DONG in the final frame.

  50. Odie Odo
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:51 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#48):

    I wish there was a a ghost-corpse in Room 217, Poteet — instead of this:

  51. Poteet
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    MT — So Senator Hudson Mason and Mark are old friends, which presumably means that Hudson knows that Mark lives in LoFo, and yet the Senator has been pushing oil drilling in LoFo without *whacks self gently on head with croquet mallet* Sorry about that, anti-pointless-rant device needed to be reset. My, what lovely yellow hair.

  52. Poteet
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    @Odie Odo (#50): Aaand it’s pleasant dreams ahead, gaah!

  53. Calico
    September 11th, 2013 at 12:20 am [Reply]

    @Not Greg Evans (#49):
    MT – Nice call on the last panel. That can be Photoshopped quite easily, although another Bats PS extravaganza would be awesome.
    @Poteet (#48):
    It resembles a rehab center more than a health spa.
    Plus, why is Mary wearing a scarf in the desert, and why is there a man in a suit jacket?
    @Odie Odo (#50):
    Yes, Steven King territory.

  54. Calico
    September 11th, 2013 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    DtM – corny, but kind of cute.

  55. Huckleberry Fink
    September 11th, 2013 at 12:40 am [Reply]

    @Odie Odo (#50):

    Your post reminds me of the old Billy Rose song “You Tell Her I Stutter.”

    Before anyone accuses me of making light of stuttering, let me point out that I stuttered as a child. But I grew out of it, fortunately!

  56. tallyHO
    September 11th, 2013 at 2:14 am [Reply]

    Wednesday’s Spider-Man:

    The worst way to begin a roadtrip is to have the driver leap out of the car and run away.

    Wednesday’s A3G:
    So, The Tarantula does that girl’s hair. Trendy.


    So, the mice sort of live in a place within a place? There’s Heathcliff’s owner’s house and within that there is Heathcliffgrad, where images of Heathcliff adorn all places where the mice dwell.

    Mark Trail:

    “So I’ve been told! Just please don’t my wife that because she’s been trying to get me to try Consommé, for years and I won’t do it. I won’t fall for her trickiness! And, her dad says I don’t have to as long as I keep supplying him with samples for his experiments! Oh my! Did I say any of that out loud?”

  57. Dale
    September 11th, 2013 at 4:08 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#42):

    Ball Caps -

    I don’t care how many you have. The problem is where you wear them.

    If you are a licensed baseball/softball player, on or at the side of the playing area of a park.

    If the weather is bad, as far as the curb in front of your house.

  58. Dale
    September 11th, 2013 at 4:18 am [Reply]

    @Calico (#53):


    Isn’t “wellness” in the name of this place? That would explain the available Activities:
    sitting, walking, eating, swimming, yoga
    talking! to yourself (disparaged), at a new friend, at a group (risky)

  59. Calico
    September 11th, 2013 at 4:23 am [Reply]

    @Dale (#58):
    What if Aggie’s “ex” friend was from Charterstone? Ah, just imagine the drama.
    Share, people, share!

  60. Dale
    September 11th, 2013 at 4:45 am [Reply]

    @Calico (#59):

    Excellent plan. Shannon has access to the “guest” records. She can find Aggie’s identity and share that info with Mary. Mary can track Aggie down (just to help her through this trying time).

  61. Oregonian
    September 11th, 2013 at 6:30 am [Reply]

    @Dale (#57): Ball Caps – I don’t care how many you have. The problem is where you wear them.

    People who break the rules about ball caps tend to also break the rules about ketchup.

  62. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    September 11th, 2013 at 7:05 am [Reply]

    @Dale (#57): Ball Caps – I don’t care how many you have. The problem is where you wear them. Acceptable: If you are a licensed baseball/softball player, on or at the side of the playing area of a park.”

    If you are 30 years or older and wearing a baseball cap while not on the field playing baseball, you are not fooling anyone. We know what is going on under that cap. Just own your hairline, don’t embarass yourself by dressing like a teenager to try and hide it.

  63. remmy
    September 11th, 2013 at 7:28 am [Reply]

    Nancy – when did Gilcrest go with the No Comments? Must have been too many remarks about Fritzi or something?

  64. Liam
    September 11th, 2013 at 7:37 am [Reply]

    Spiderman-You can add driving without a license to Spiderman’s list of charges.

    A3G-”Meanwhile, in Marty’s room…We’re saying that it’s her room even though due to the artist’s limited drawing ability it could be any room.”

    A3G 2-Marty’s dad is in the closet?

    Crankshaft-”You’re a sweet kid. Would you like your lemonade in a glass or on your head?”

    MT-Dong is what I think she meant to say.

    MT 2-”No that’s Rusty. He’s my ward. Sure the kid is ugly but he isn’t a dog.”

    Gil Thorp-”I just want to take him into a back alley, shove a rag into his mouth, and dissect his brain.”

  65. Anonymous
    September 11th, 2013 at 7:42 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#42):

    Yeah, I overreacted to something I took to be serios but apparently was only someone’s idea a spoof of a comic strip. I should have read it more carefully first but yesterday was not the best day for me to even be on here. Our 18 year old Maine Coon cat died and I was pretty bummed out about it.

    All things considered I still don’t care for that logo.

    // I’m ready for that cold beer at the Elbo Room the sooner the better!

  66. Huckleberry Fink
    September 11th, 2013 at 8:00 am [Reply]

    @Odie Odo (#45):

    MT: Mark looks embarrassed. Probably because Anne Marie blurted out that he has a large penis*.

    *One of “The Top Ten Things a Daughter Should Never Say in Front of Her Father”!

    It isn’t what you think.

    Years ago, Anne Marie saw “Uncle” Mark’s huge schlong when she accidentally walked in on him playing the XXX rated version of Give the Dog a Bone with Andy.

  67. Downpuppy of androgenic alopecia
    September 11th, 2013 at 8:16 am [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#62): I no longer care that I look stupid in a cap. Looking stupid is a given. Keeping the sun off the dome & out of my eyes is more important.

  68. A-wel Cruiz
    September 11th, 2013 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#37): Nobody’s saying you can’t talk openly. Just know that it could lead to feedback. :D

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