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Getting a head start

For Better Or For Worse, 4/2/05

Good to see that breaking off her friendship with Becky hasn’t put a stop to April’s plan to become a gig. Maybe they’ll engage in a competition of hands-on-ness: who gets the first rose tattoo on her ankle? The first boyfriend with a criminal record? The first venereal disease?

121 responses to “Getting a head start”

  1. Yikes?
    April 2nd, 2005 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    Yep and what is that animal little “gig” used? a rabbit? or a gawd-awful ugly dog?

  2. Joshua
    April 2nd, 2005 at 11:22 pm [Reply]

    It looks like a sheep.

  3. Maven
    April 2nd, 2005 at 11:24 pm [Reply]

    If you followed FBOFW, you’d know they have a large dog, and a rabbit. That’s the rabbit.

  4. Uccellina
    April 2nd, 2005 at 11:25 pm [Reply]

    How many times does Mom have to tell her not to bring farm animals into the bedroom?!?!

    That was just bizarre. Even for a Canadian strip.

  5. Shaenon
    April 2nd, 2005 at 11:28 pm [Reply]

    The rabbit’s name is Mr. B, and Elizabeth won him in a fairground auction while spending a summer with her cousins in the country. I mean, DUH.

  6. Jiggles
    April 2nd, 2005 at 11:41 pm [Reply]

    If I were trying to feel what it was like to be pregnant, my first thought would not be, “stuff a rabbit inside my shirt.”

  7. Incident
    April 2nd, 2005 at 11:43 pm [Reply]

    Ugh, the last thing we need is another pregnant chick on the comics page. Enough with the babies, already!

  8. PizzaBagel
    April 2nd, 2005 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    What’s next? Trying to find out how it feels to lactate chocolate milk by tucking Zip-loc bags of Bosco inside her bra?

  9. fuzzmaster
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:02 am [Reply]

    Y’know, every so often Get Fuzzy slips in a strip — sometimes a week of them — apparently designed to taunt newspaper editors with dirty minds into yanking them. I wonder if Lynn wants to get out of her contract early — next, Gordon discusses giving Elly a free lube job.

  10. WTF?
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    I got a different strip. Maybe an alternate one provided in case a local paper didn’t want to publish a strip with a 13 year old pretending to be pregnant? The strip I got shows April going through the groceries her father just brought home from the store. The gag is that he never liked shopping before but now takes an interest in what they eat because there is so much now that they can’t. Not the funniest gag.

  11. Incident
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:27 am [Reply]

    Looking again, I’m kinda diggin’ that pissed-off rabbit.

  12. moonshadow
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:38 am [Reply]

    This would have been mildly amusing if April was oh, say, five. An eight in intelligence, huh?

  13. PizzaBagel
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    If the purpose was just to find out how it feels to carry a baby, there’s a lot of other things she could have stuffed inside her top – but they wouldn’t have provided the doofus punchline. Good thing she didn’t want to learn how it felt to actually give birth.

  14. el st ruby
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:58 am [Reply]

    mr b is way old, isn’t he? After all, Elizabeth has been teaching in the middle of effin’ nowhere for a bit now, and rabbits don’t live all that long.
    if they killed farley, ain’t mr b gonna have to go? i demand consistency in the funny papers!

  15. Hysterical Woman
    April 3rd, 2005 at 1:23 am [Reply]

    Perhaps he isn’t the first Mr.B.

  16. paintbrush
    April 3rd, 2005 at 1:37 am [Reply]

    I just don’t get it. This strip was SO funny, until about 8 months ago and now its all bunnies under the shirt and grampa dreaming he has a harem. What happened?

  17. Joe D.
    April 3rd, 2005 at 1:44 am [Reply]

    Soon that gig be goin’ roadside, doin’ crazy ass ‘speriments to see what it be like to be gettin’ knizzled up ‘stead a bein’. Fo’ shizzle!

    Wait. Sorry about that outburst. I’ve been reading too much Gil Thorpe lately, so I’ve been resorting to street slang in preparation for Hutch Renfro’s big party tonight.

  18. Chris
    April 3rd, 2005 at 1:49 am [Reply]

    Is it just me, or is the back of April’s head really pointy? Or is the beehive starting to come back in fashion?

  19. Rilchiam
    April 3rd, 2005 at 2:12 am [Reply]

    The rabbit is Butterscotch. Mr. B died in April’s arms two years ago. Elly told her, “You’ve just seen a miracle!” The next day, one of April’s teachers saw her all teary-eyed and offered her a replacement rabbit. Because the Pattersons can’t function without at least two pets, and April doesn’t need to learn to accept loss.

    Mr. B stayed in the freezer until Elly decided to do a food dump and gave a bunch of frozen stuff to Mike and Dee. Hilarity ensued when Lovey got hold of his corpse, but instead of cooking him for dinner, she prepared him for burial.

  20. JelloSubmarine
    April 3rd, 2005 at 3:50 am [Reply]

    As for today’s strip…good news for April, the rabbit didn’t die!

  21. Joe
    April 3rd, 2005 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    ‘Wondering what it is like to be pregnant’

    Yeah, well…your home designed ‘teen pregnancy simulator’ is missing a few things:

    1. The experience of being looked at scornfully by your peers. (well, I guess you already experienced *doing* the scorning)

    2. The experience of having everyone from your hot water heater repairman to you nosy relative give you much needed advice.

    3. The experience of letting your 15 year old luvah know that you are bearing his love child.

    4. The experinece of getting crappy gifts from your cheap friends at the baby shower.

    5. The opportunity to work at a world class catering job.

    To experience the others, I recommend reading the daily comics.

  22. Juli
    April 3rd, 2005 at 11:12 am [Reply]

    At least April doesn’t have that godawful bowl haircut that she had for many years anymore.

  23. Brian J.
    April 3rd, 2005 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    Sunday wrapup

    The Blondie strip — in the last panel, it’s pretty obvious that Dagwood has a butt for a head. That adds a new dimension to this strip … now it has two.

    Has FBOFW introduced any good characters since bringing back Deanna? Her mom, Therese (I can’t make the urgently necessary accents), Becky, Kourtney, demon seed Meredith … more like For Worse or For Worser. Maybe Lynn has some subconscious self-gender hatred going? Also, Meredith is wearing a rainbow shirt today. Rainbow, hello? Clearly she’ll be the strip’s first lesbian character.

    Beetle Bailey: Y’know, you’d think a dude named Plato who writes extensive philisophical treatsies on walls wouldn’t be so conservative. An intellectual elitist you can bring home to Mom … if your mom is Johnny Hart.

  24. lynette
    April 3rd, 2005 at 11:40 am [Reply]

    I’m with Incident, enough with the babies. And thanks, Rilchiam for the concise wrap-up of the pet chronology. I recognize April’s hairdo from working with 17-year-olds who throw their hair up in nonchalant fountains with those banana clips.

  25. Mikey likes it
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:08 pm [Reply]

    “Is it just me, or is the back of April’s head really pointy? Or is the beehive starting to come back in fashion?”

    No Charles, they are really just from France.

  26. Roland
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:12 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, just what was that in today’s Beetle Bailey?

  27. Mikey likes it
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    “Is it just me, or is the back of April’s head really pointy? Or is the beehive starting to come back in fashion?”

    No Charles, they are really just from France.

    Sorry, I meant Chris. Damn this dyslexia!

  28. Juli
    April 3rd, 2005 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    No comments about today’s Family Circus? I have to admit that I laughed when Jeffy fell after trying to fly.

    And why is it so damn sugary-sweet these days? It wasn’t like this years ago (I’ll admit that I still have most of my old FC paperbacks and I read them).

  29. Other_Sally
    April 3rd, 2005 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    Wow, most people try to do that (and with pillows, not rabbits!) when they’re like, 5.

    Is something wrong with April? Is she gonna ask her mom where babies come from next?

  30. the ghost
    April 3rd, 2005 at 4:16 pm [Reply]

    Has anyone seen Prickly City today? What is he commenting on? Gay marriage? Political correctness in general? It couldn’t be Bush Administration politics, because that would require straying from the conservative flock.

    This comic makes me yearn for the relative sense of Mallard Fillmore.

  31. acheron
    April 3rd, 2005 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    Y’know, you’d think a dude named Plato who writes extensive philisophical treatsies on walls wouldn’t be so conservative.

    Why not? The original Plato was smart, too.

  32. Shaenon
    April 3rd, 2005 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    The “Prickly City” strip is way too vague for me to figure out what it’s supposed to be commenting on, so it must be about gays or feeding tubes or something equally controversial. I used to think that I’d like to see a well-drawn conservative comic strip, just for balance, but, as it turns out, cute little girls and puppies bitching about abortion are friggin’ creepy.

  33. the ghost
    April 3rd, 2005 at 4:44 pm [Reply]

    Plus, in Prickly, it looks like the girl has a balloon knot for a mouth, which is creepy. Lazy strip. At least Mallard is well-drawn.

  34. Brian J
    April 3rd, 2005 at 5:06 pm [Reply]

    Granted, but conservative philosophers seem less likely to express themselves via vandalism. How Plato got in the Army in the first place is an interesting question.

  35. Adouble
    April 3rd, 2005 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Diamond and Coal Awards
    Diamond:
    To Rilchiam for knowing the entire history of April.

    Coal:
    To Rilchiam for knowing the entire history of April.

  36. meagan
    April 3rd, 2005 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    what’s going on with apt. 3-G? margo’s the one asking all the questions, so why does she ask the doctor if he’s writing a book? and why the hell does he say “soaks up information like a wet vac!”?? doesn’t a wet vac…vaccuum? shouldn’t she be soaking up information like a wet sponge?
    ever since i started reading this blog, i spend way too much time analyzing the comics. thanks a lot, josh.

  37. Peaches
    April 3rd, 2005 at 5:36 pm [Reply]

    Granted, but conservative philosophers seem less likely to express themselves via vandalism.

    What? You didn’t see all those graffitti tags Hagel sprayed all over Europe? What about Hobbes’ famous headstone-tipping hobby? Spinoza breaking all the windows out at his high school?

  38. Islamorada Girl
    April 3rd, 2005 at 6:12 pm [Reply]

    Nietzsche keyed my Jeep!

  39. Charles
    April 3rd, 2005 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    Elly seems remarkably blase about her young teenage roadside potentiality wondering about what it’d be like if she were pregnant.

    Which is probably less odd than wondering why she’s going about it like a 5 year old.

  40. Charles
    April 3rd, 2005 at 6:15 pm [Reply]

    D’oh, there should be a “not” in that last sentence.

  41. Bookworm
    April 3rd, 2005 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    All of the original soldiers in Beetle Bailey were draftees, not volunteers (which shows how long this strip has been in production). So you get Plato the Philosopher, Zero the Empty-headed, Killer the Girl-crazy, Cosmo the Con Artist, Rocky the Non-conformist, and Beetle the Lazy – definitely not traditional soldier material, and all interested in other things besides fighting.

    The Plato writing on the wall gag is an old one that I haven’t seen in a while. I have a bunch of old Beetle comic collections and any time Plato is given an assignment to paint a sign on a wall (“This way to cashier’s window” was one), he turns it into an opportunity to express his thoughts to the world. I don’t think he’s necessarily conservative or liberal, just philosophical.

  42. Grotesqueticle
    April 3rd, 2005 at 7:16 pm [Reply]

    Thanks for the rabbit chronology. But, ain’t the replacement Farley getting a little long in the tooth?

  43. Zanzibar
    April 3rd, 2005 at 7:30 pm [Reply]

    I have the impression that Plato’s writings in the past have been on more politically ambiguous issues; here it just seems like a B.C.-style effort at getting Walker’s own ideology across.

  44. Luban
    April 3rd, 2005 at 8:09 pm [Reply]

    If Plato (or rather Walker) is staking out a free-market libertarian point of view, and if he’s arguing for term limits in the bottom left panel, doesn’t that go against the libertarian position that term limits violate the individual’s right to choose candidates? I’m just sayin’.

  45. Incident
    April 3rd, 2005 at 8:53 pm [Reply]

    If my memory serves, Plato’s essays were originally more questioning of authority and war. Seems like he’s pulling a Dennis Miller style switch, putting his ideology where the money is. I wish the residents of Camp Swampy were shipped out to Afghanistan. Then we’d never see them in the newspaper, ever again.

    Shifting gears, can anyone explain today’s Arlo & Janis? Nobody in my household can make heads nor tales of it.

  46. Other_Sally
    April 3rd, 2005 at 9:28 pm [Reply]

    “Prickly City” is about the Harvard president controversy. I actually agree with the point of view expressed there (ie, “feminists” shouldn’t automatically jump on the poor man for wondering if women are maybe not as suited for math/science and do RESEARCH to see whether it may be true instead–I mean, people keep saying that men are generally worse than women at language skills, and no-one has a hernia over that), but man, “Prickly City” was being all annoying and self-righteous about it.

    Generally though, I don’t think it’s a bad comic. It’s funnier than some other conservative ones, and at least it doesn’t have blind republican loyalty.

    As for Beetle Bailey… since when does an editorial full of platitudes count as “humor”? The best thing is that Plato’s statements are so vague and obvious that I don’t even think there’s anybody who’d care one way or another. (Unless he’s seriously proposing libertarianism, in which case the irony is great–libertarianism, imo, is basically the same as communism in that it relies on an ideal view of human nature/economics/market behavior that’ll never work in practice.)

  47. Sokudo
    April 3rd, 2005 at 9:37 pm [Reply]

    Gyurgh. “Prickly City” makes me think of all those art classes where they forced us to copy the Masters, and yet, untalented hacks like that guy can make a living drawing comics. And not even particularly funny ones either; I may be a liberal, but I can at least appreciate style.

  48. JelloSubmarine
    April 3rd, 2005 at 11:28 pm [Reply]

    acheron: The “original Plato” advocated an ideal society designed on a strict state-socialism basis. And was gay. ;-)

  49. PizzaBagel
    April 3rd, 2005 at 11:44 pm [Reply]

    Re 4/4 Blondie: First of all, it’s good to see that butt-head Dagwood’s weird hairstyle grew back so quickly. But the joke seems to be that he prefers “junk” food – cheeseburgers, pizza, and fries – to free-range chicken. He heads to the kiddie table to partake in the snack foods. It would have been funnier – not a laugh riot, mind you – if it had been something like one of those minimalist “artsy” plates of veggies, rather than free-range chicken. I can’t see him passing up poultry, no matter what its origin might have been.

  50. Mikey likes it
    April 4th, 2005 at 12:55 am [Reply]

    “What about Hobbes’ famous headstone-tipping hobby?”

    Peaches, Did Calvin help? Damn I miss them!!

  51. sickboy
    April 4th, 2005 at 1:19 am [Reply]

    I laughed my head off at the Sunday “Family Circus” – (and not in the way the Keane family wanted me to).

    It’s another piece of evidence that Jeff Keane had a miserable childhood and is expressing it in the funnies.

    From “Go”

    WOMAN: So what do you have against the Family Circus?
    MAN: Okay. You sit down to read your paper, and you’re enjoying your entire two-page comic spread, right? And, you know, then there’s the Family Circus — bottom right hand corner, just waiting to suck. And that’s the last thing you read, so– it spoils everything you read before.

  52. Garment Industry
    April 4th, 2005 at 6:24 am [Reply]

    THe first to get venereal disease…or, the first to get rabies?

  53. Zanzibar
    April 4th, 2005 at 7:41 am [Reply]

    I wonder if Blondie took the barbershop joke from Kids in the Hall. But I suppose it’s probably been around longer than that.

  54. Zanzibar
    April 4th, 2005 at 7:46 am [Reply]

    Also, about Arlo and Janis: it could just be a very underplayed (to the point of near-nonexistence) joke about Arlo encountering someone who looks exactly like him, but it seems almost, due to the lack of text and the inconclusiveness, to be the beginning of a storyline, probably about Arlo’s lost twin brother or something like that. When has Arlo and Janis last had a storyline? It seems fairly uncommon for it.

  55. meagan
    April 4th, 2005 at 9:17 am [Reply]

    was the question about sunday’s arlo & janis? my guess is that the cat is doing rounds of the house, and goes to bed when he decides that everything is how it should be.

  56. Pookie
    April 4th, 2005 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    Why is Elly wearing sunglasses in the house? Is she stoned again?

  57. Thel Keane
    April 4th, 2005 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    Have people seen the beaver joke in today’s “Get Fuzzy?” In many papers, “beaver” was replaced with “marmot,” which completely ruins it, of course.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/buffalum/getfuzzy.gif

  58. J.Po
    April 4th, 2005 at 10:35 am [Reply]

    What was even funnier than the beaver joke (which very nearly resulted in a comics section splattered with the recent mouthful of coffee) was Rob’s delayed catch of the joke in the last panel – LOL!

  59. Sam
    April 4th, 2005 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    The fishy thing about today’s Get Fuzzy is that it appear’s with the very risque “beaver” in my paper, but on United Media’s comics.com, “beaver” is replaced with “marmot”! Why would the syndicate distribute the racy version to paper’s when it won’t publish it itself?

  60. Amber
    April 4th, 2005 at 11:24 am [Reply]

    Without knowing about the beaver censorship, I have to say that the sheer randomness of “marmot” made me laugh this morning.
    Oh course, a cat talking about oral sex is much funnier. But, marmot, that’s just a funny word. marmot, marmot, marmot.
    People, must we be pervy to have fun? Wait, don’t answer that!

  61. Hi Rev
    April 4th, 2005 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    Arlo n Janis often has a story line–usually for 3-5 days. Remember the recent story line about Janis seeing a ghost? Did that ever get resolved?

    Today’s is surely the start of a new story. I just hope it’s funnier than the setup.

    Linky to A&J:
    http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/arlonjanis/

  62. Moesy
    April 4th, 2005 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    GF about made me choke when I read it. It is the funniest in today’s paper!

  63. roland
    April 4th, 2005 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    It’s amazing what Get Fuzzy can get away with.

  64. parkrrrr
    April 4th, 2005 at 11:47 am [Reply]

    “Marmot” doesn’t completely ruin the joke; it just changes it to another joke. Groundhogs are marmots, and it’s not inconceivable that Bucky would link Valentine’s Day with Groundhog Day since they’re both in February. So, instead of the hur-hur-hur-he-said-beaver “humor” of the original strip, we get Get Fuzzy Stock Gag #5(b) with Bucky being both smart and dumb at the same time (and Satchel, of course, being just clueless.)

  65. GWB
    April 4th, 2005 at 12:12 pm [Reply]

    You don’t need health insurance. All you need is to be experienced in fence building and go around following Fence Post Frank while he tries to rip off doctors. You can catch him in his con and then have the good doc come look at your pus filled, um, er, “hand” and then move on.

  66. WoodrowFan
    April 4th, 2005 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    The Washington Post had “Marmot” which not as fuuny as “lemur”. I wondered why it wasn’t a beaver joke, now I know.

  67. fuzzmaster
    April 4th, 2005 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    I didn’t expect Get Fuzzy to prove my point (#9 above) so soon, but then he’s used beaver for the same purpose in the past. (Remember the Benny the Beaver mascot?)

  68. Zipper the mule
    April 4th, 2005 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    I’m really glad that April didn’t wonder what it was like to be a boy.

  69. Moesy
    April 4th, 2005 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    Wait just a minute…is my rose tattoo on my ankle “Gigish?”

  70. Flasshe
    April 4th, 2005 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    I can’t believe my local paper stayed with “beaver” on the GF strip instead of using the alternate “marmot”. Wow. A blow for anti-censorship is struck.

    What a wacky country we live in, where beavers and marmots are considered interchangeable. Somebody get Mark Trail on this!

  71. Thel Keane
    April 4th, 2005 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    “Nice marmot.”

    “Thanks, I just had it stuffed.”

  72. Ali
    April 4th, 2005 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    I wonder if they eat the tail of the beaver – “Ooo, look at that nice piece of tail.”

  73. leathermessiah
    April 4th, 2005 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    On a note unrelated to both FBOWFW or Get Fuzzy…

    Is anybody else massively depressed by Funky Winkerbean? I mean, does anybody else remember when Funky Winkerbean was a happy little blond kid?

    Look at him nowadays: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/funky.asp?date=20050401

    Look at the bags under his eyes! His bedraggled expression! You can almost hear the despondency in his voice as he sinks ever deeper into the black pit of his despair!

    I’m probably thinking too much about this…

  74. Brucker
    April 4th, 2005 at 5:37 pm [Reply]

    The ghost wrote (#30):

    “Has anyone seen Prickly City today? What is he commenting on? Gay marriage? Political correctness in general? It couldn’t be Bush Administration politics, because that would require straying from the conservative flock.”

    I’ve been following “Prickly City” for a long time because as conservative comic strips go, it’s pretty funny. (Of course, it stands in that category pretty much alone with “Mallard Fillmore”, so that doesn’t say much, I know…) In any case, Stantis has indeed run strips criticising the Bush administration on numerous occasions, and unless somebody knows a good reason to think otherwise, I’d tend to interpret this as commentary on the outcome of the Iraq War.

    We got in. We got stuck. Can anyone help us out? “So you admit there’s a problem here?” Hell, no! Stop asking questions about our decisions that led to where are now. If you can’t just blindly accept our need for help without commenting on the fact that something’s not 100% right at the same time, we don’t need you!

    The whole thing about “tailism” seems to suggest a liberal issue, but I’m missing what it is, so absent another clue, I’m going with Bush administration.

  75. Other_Sally
    April 4th, 2005 at 7:41 pm [Reply]

    Nope, it’s about the Harvard controversy.

    Anti-tailism = anti-feminism here.

  76. Francois Mitterand
    April 4th, 2005 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    Margo flips when Mim’s water breaks! “Don’t look at me! This is outside my expertise and I want to keep it that way!”

    My high hopes for the newly compassionate Margo are dashed.

  77. David C. Matthews
    April 5th, 2005 at 12:28 am [Reply]

    Moesy (#69): Yes, your ankle tattoo is “gigish”. And if you have a tattoo on your lower back (just above the buttocks), be aware that such a tat is sometimes known as a “tramp stamp”.

  78. Adouble
    April 5th, 2005 at 2:04 am [Reply]

    Anybody see the satire of Mallard Fillmore in the Daily Show book? That ish was real.

  79. fluffytufts
    April 5th, 2005 at 8:22 am [Reply]

    In defense of those sweet, sweet lower back tatoos, my wife got one and she’s a hot ultra-conservative, possibly the only one on Earth. Though I will have to someday explain it to the grandkids.

  80. Moesy
    April 5th, 2005 at 9:15 am [Reply]

    I guess I have a “tramp stamp” too. But I’m not gonna stop now, just because I’m lookin’ all roadside. My shoulder is next on the hit list.

  81. Flasshe
    April 5th, 2005 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    Not to change the subject (yummm… lower back tatoos), but in Spider-Man, I don’t understand why the Rhino gets to wear his costume in prison. Is it permanently grafted to him or something? Is it so he can break out easier? I bet he’s a real hit with the other inmates, with that giant forehead horn and all.

  82. lemonface
    April 5th, 2005 at 10:11 am [Reply]

    what voice are we supposed to assign to Margo? personally, i like to think she talks like Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Hudsucker Proxy. this works especially well in today’s strip.

  83. lefty von righty
    April 5th, 2005 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    I think that Jack Elrod’s art work must have been lifted from the PBS fella in that Alaskan cabin. How is it that he can draw animals so well and yet he can’t draw a person with any conviction? He’s either spent the last 40 years in a cabin alone in the wilderness or his wife left him and he’s found companionship in two Irish wolf hounds. I bet the closest he’s come to human companionship in the last twenty years is a twice yearly air drop from the ski plane.

  84. Incident
    April 5th, 2005 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    Yes, I’m pretty sure the Rhino’s costume is somehow “grafted” to his body. Y’know, if that were at all possible in real life, all the cool kids would be doing it. To hell with tattoos! “Becky is permanently stuck inside a Micky Mouse suit! She’s so roadside!”

  85. RememberByronFrost
    April 5th, 2005 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    Mim’s water breaks and she freaks out, Margo assumes she’s asking HER what to do…. with a Doctor standing right there! How arrogant can she be?

    And how creepy is Buck knocking on the Morgans’ door in the rain? Sheesh, just cause he saved them $2000 on their precious fence, he thinks they’re gonna give him shelter now?

    Get a job!

  86. J.Po
    April 5th, 2005 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    I’m just waiting for Rex’s facial expression (and perhaps June’s) when he opens the door. Now the fun begins!

    And why is it that their sleep-inducing dialogue is always followed by exclamation points, but loud sound effects (dog barking, June’s backdoor man Buck knocking) are not?

  87. RememberByronFrost
    April 5th, 2005 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    So sorry, should’ve said,

    Get a job, Pus-boy !

  88. RememberByronFrost
    April 5th, 2005 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    Good point J.Po. Yep, now the fun begins and we find out if Pus-boy really is a serial killer.

  89. gershwin
    April 5th, 2005 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    “So you get Plato the Philosopher, Zero the Empty-headed, Killer the Girl-crazy, Cosmo the Con Artist, Rocky the Non-conformist, and Beetle the Lazy – definitely not traditional soldier material, and all interested in other things besides fighting.”

    …Whereas, had the strip come along during World War II, the characters’ names would be California, Alabama, Dakota, Jersey, etc.

  90. Pookie
    April 5th, 2005 at 12:05 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know nothing about birthin’ babies, Miz Mim!

    Must kill Margo. Must kill Margo. . .

  91. GeoX
    April 5th, 2005 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    Whereas, had the strip come along during World War II, the characters’ names would be California, Alabama, Dakota, Jersey, etc.

    Anyone who’s ever read the original Beetle Baily comic books from the fifties/early sixties will remember that there is in fact a soldier from Alabama named “Bammy.” He didn’t really have a lot personality; he was basically just there when they needed a fourth regular soldier to go along with Beetle, Killer, and Zero…but there you are. Little-known fun fact.

  92. NatsFan
    April 5th, 2005 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    At one point, the Rhino’s costume was affixed to him, but he was able to get treatment and have it removed. He now wears a costume that contributes to his near-invulnerability.

    When the Rhino breaks out, you can see two cops over his shoulder. They don’t look like prison guards; why were two patrolmen in the Rhino’s cell with him?

  93. RememberByronFrost
    April 5th, 2005 at 12:39 pm [Reply]

    Now that Mim’s ready to bring the little bastard into the world, ya think we’ll finally get to see low-life Chuck? And perhaps bible-thumping van-dwelling flower child Granny?

    We’re in for a LOTTA fun !

  94. Moesy
    April 5th, 2005 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    Of course we won’t see Chuck, we need to remember 1 thing, Apartment 3-G is about Margo & NotMargo. My guess is that Margo is Chuck dressed in drag. Margo is Mim’s babydaddy. How ’bout them apples?

  95. Other_Sally
    April 5th, 2005 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    >>my wife got one and she’s a hot ultra-conservative

    Conservative sexually, do you mean? Because I’ve seen as many, if not more, republican/”conservative” girls sporting those as democrat/”liberal” ones. Having conservative politics doesn’t have to mean you’re not a tramp. ;-)

    Anyway, Margo is clearly the devil. I mean, her name’s Margo!

  96. Monty
    April 5th, 2005 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    “All of the original soldiers in Beetle Bailey were draftees, not volunteers.”

    I don’t think that’s true; it was originally a college strip until college student Beetle enlisted.

  97. meagan
    April 5th, 2005 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    so why would you explain a lower back tattoo to the grandkids? my grandkids are never going to see any skin (or ink) of mine.

    because i’m a geek, i remember that when the rhino was bitching about the imposter, he was watching it on tv in a “common” area – there were some guys sitting around him, looking alarmed at his outburst.

    how long can the cheese go on between the good doctor and anna?? it’s killing me!

  98. Busy-body limerick-writer
    April 5th, 2005 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    A roadside gig down on her luck
    Knocked up by some faceless dude, Chuck
    Now ready to give birth
    (please don’t tell Mary Worth!)
    Margo pretends to give a f….

  99. Busy-body limerick-writer
    April 5th, 2005 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    Hey – we might as well try for 100!

  100. Moesy
    April 5th, 2005 at 3:29 pm [Reply]

    Back to tattoos & grandkids…You don’t have to explain anything to grandkids, you just hafta spoil them & they’ll love you anyway…At least that’s what my mom does.

  101. Joe D.
    April 5th, 2005 at 3:47 pm [Reply]

    Over 100? Where’s Josh? I’m concerned.

  102. Flasshe
    April 5th, 2005 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    I think Josh is out walking, leaving a dotted-line trail behind him while he investigates the goings-on in his neighborhood.

  103. RememberByronFrost
    April 5th, 2005 at 4:07 pm [Reply]

    And searching for ancient lost tribe femurs – not to mention, auditing fence work estimates for his adoring neighbors.

  104. Laura Shapiro
    April 5th, 2005 at 4:45 pm [Reply]

    Hey there, Josh. We haven’t talked in a while, but I was re-reading my Italy travelogue today and remembered how we met. I’m thinking fondly of you. Glad to see your comics blog still rocks, too. (:

    Drop me a line sometime,

    ~ L

  105. Pookie
    April 5th, 2005 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    More comics, Mule!

  106. Dub Not Dubya
    April 5th, 2005 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    Margo is obsessed
    Mim had better watch out, lest
    Margo steals her kid

    Anna’s ugly shirt
    Looks like maternity wear
    But not as stylish

  107. Moesy
    April 5th, 2005 at 5:42 pm [Reply]

    Josh…are you ignoring us??? You haven’t posted since the 2nd!

  108. Islamorada Girl
    April 5th, 2005 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    Mim must have swollen up overnight. Last week, she still had abs of steel. Maybe Chuck is really Satan? Come on van dwellin’ Bible bangin’ Mom!

    And, yeah, more comics, Josh.

  109. RememberByronFrost
    April 5th, 2005 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    As if Josh weren’t already preoccupied, (what with collecting human femurs and assisting his neighbors with their fencework estimates), now he has an Italian old-fling stalking him..

    Dammit all!

    And us Josh-heads think he has time to read the freakin’ comics??

    Guess we have to step up to the plate — I just hate it tho if he misses Mim’s baby birth, (????)

  110. RememberByronFrost
    April 5th, 2005 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    Yes, I was thinking same thing re: alien

  111. RememberByronFrost
    April 5th, 2005 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    Sorry guys: I much prefer limericks to Haiku (s):

    A group of Josh-heads are sad
    Cause their leader has been bad….
    He is searching for freedom
    from his Blog, but we need him
    Hurry back quick Josh, you cad!

  112. Islamorada Girl
    April 5th, 2005 at 7:14 pm [Reply]

    More limericks, Byron!

  113. zot
    April 5th, 2005 at 7:18 pm [Reply]

    Can commentors start a riot on a blog?

  114. Anne Nonymous
    April 5th, 2005 at 7:25 pm [Reply]

    zot- sounds good to me. Let’s riot! Where the hell is Josh?

  115. Everett
    April 5th, 2005 at 8:19 pm [Reply]

    WTF?

    Anybody else catch the beaver joke in yesterday’s Get Fuzzy? Well today, the online version reads “Marmot.”

    Witness: http://www.comics.com//comics/getfuzzy/archive/getfuzzy-20050404.html

    First the Patriot Act, now this. What’s next, suspension of Habeas Corpus?

    Less censorship, mule!

  116. Everett
    April 5th, 2005 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    Read the comments, mule!

    Of course you noticed. For the record, my local paper perfers beaver over marmot, any day.

  117. David C. Matthews
    April 5th, 2005 at 8:37 pm [Reply]

    Overreacting much?

    Unless you were exaggerating for humorous effect, Everett. The newspapers who substituted “marmot” for “beaver” in this strip aren’t at all worried about what the government will do them… but about soemthing far more deadly (to a newspaper’s bottom line): the cancellation of thousands of subscriptions by enraged readers who don’t want their “wholesome entertainment” “polluted” with “smut”.

    And I’m exaggerating too, a bit. Likely a lot of the readers wouldn’t have even caught it. But in areas like these, the papers’ philosophy is “play it extra-safe”. Nothing at all to do with censorship.

  118. USA
    April 5th, 2005 at 9:10 pm [Reply]

    Maybe there’s a real life soap opera playing out? Or maybe Josh just ran out of money to pay for more bandwidth. Buy something?
    I am in withdrawl. I need a fix. Soon.

  119. Islamorada
    April 5th, 2005 at 9:16 pm [Reply]

    I think Lynn Johnston’s death squad goons have kidnapped Josh and are holding him in an undisclosed location.

  120. Tropress
    April 6th, 2005 at 1:25 am [Reply]

    The Offices of Shapiro, Shapiro, Solomon and Shapiro.

  121. J.Po
    April 6th, 2005 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    I hope Josh has
    DEATH SQUAD GOON INSURANCE!!!

    But as of this morning, it appears that he is back…or perhaps it’s “Not Me.”

    And, back to Rex, who actually is inviting pus-boy into the house? Looks to me like a disembodied voice emanating from Rex’s tie.

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