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How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless lackey

Gil Thorp, 6/27/09

O CRUEL DISLOYALTY! Shep Trumbo’s sandy-haired sidekick, who’s felt no qualms about tagging along for the ride in Shep’s reign of prank-filled annoyingness, and who has otherwise kept such a low profile that I neither remember nor feel obliged to look up his name, has finally had enough! It’s one thing to loosen salt shaker lids and get Coach Thorp’s bludgeoning ranked #4 comedy video of the day on YouTube, but humiliating a young lady for her non-drunken, non-revealing, non-humiliating cardboard-bikini antics is quite another. Fortunately for Shep, his vengeful hanger-on is going to betray him by using idioms like “throw you under the bus” that no teenager will be able to understand, even if they are translated into moronic txt-speak.

Judge Parker, 6/27/09

Well, it appears that lovable underdog Sophie will not only be backed by her wealthy and influential parents, her parents’ celebrity friends, and the school administration, but the entire student body as well! I’m particularly charmed by the Sophie’s Choice-themed sign in the foreground in panel two, as it implies that after their defeat, the snobby cheerleading girls will be sent back in time to die in the Holocaust.

Mark Trail, 6/27/09

“I’ll have my brother meet with us tomorrow! I have an idea … why don’t you join us for dinner? I’ll make sure that he has the information you want, and our mother will be happy to vomit half-digested worms and insects down all of our throats!”

Ziggy, 6/27/09

Ha ha! The side of Ziggy’s face will soon be covered with mollusk barf!

88 responses to “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless lackey”

  1. Victor Prime, the Ghost-Who-Waddles
    June 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm [Reply]

    It’s not because Ziggy picked you up that you feel nauseous, Mr. Hermit Crab; it’s because you’re in freakin’ Ziggy. A general malaise when within its borders is normal.

  2. Victor Prime, the Ghost-Who-Waddles
    June 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    Oh and re throwing under the bus: That’s a phrase that has been used no less than three million times with regard to politics in the past year. By now, most everyone knows it. Except those Family Circus kids. They’re still stuck in the days of “I Like Ike”.

  3. KarMann
    June 27th, 2009 at 3:49 pm [Reply]

    Thanks, Josh! Now, I don’t feel so bad about not remember sandy-haired sidekick’s name!

  4. Poteet
    June 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm [Reply]

    I’m sure many teenaged Mudges understand the bus idiom perfectly. It’s the clueless teens in Milford who may not get it. Not that the clueless Milford adults would necessarily get it either.

  5. TheDiva
    June 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    Okay, let’s use the old Google-fu on the phrase “throw under a bus”:

    1.)”One is thrown under the bus when they are made the scapegoat or blamed for something that wasn’t their responsibility in the first place. A coverup for your mistake. ” (Urban Dictionary)

    2.) “an idiomatic phrase meaning to sacrifice some other person, usually one who is undeserving or at least vulnerable, to make personal gain.” (Wikipedia)

    3.) “a metaphor for what happens when someone takes a hit for someone else’s actions.” (Newsweek article c. 2008)

    So…Sulky-Faced Blonde Kid is threatening to make Shep a scapegoat for something Shep did. Wait, what?

  6. Poteet
    June 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    I don’t have a cell phone and know little about texting. But I can’t help suspecting that most real text messages don’t start out with “Heres a txt 4 u.”

  7. Poteet
    June 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm [Reply]

    And why do the alleged teens in GT so often look, in closeup, like they’re about forty-five, and not a young forty-five, either? Maybe I shouldn’t complain. By Milford standards, I’m only about 24, whoo hoo!

  8. Brick Bradford
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:00 pm [Reply]

    Do we really believe that there are teenaged mudges–given that everybody here seems to remember “Our Boarding House with Major Hoople”?

  9. ScienceGiant
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    I’m sure there’s a certain inner logic to make out of Mark Trail inappropriate juxaposition. Either that, or Jack is sending us secret messages. For example:
    A) Wife hugging husband while talking about him flirting with another woman = cold-blood fish sallowing whole a blood-sucking fly.
    B) Other woman inviting married man to dinner while brother “chaperones” = the hungry maw of chicks being stuffed with phallic-looking worms.

    Well… it ain’t exactly “The Da Vinci Code,” folks. But I’m starting to get the picture.

  10. Ben Carlsen
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    Mollusk barf? Perhaps. But I read it a different way: putting a seashell up to your ear lets you hear the sound of the ocean. Apparently Ziggy-land’s ocean is filled with seasick people on ships complaining. Such a depressing and loud world that must be to live in.

  11. Carbonbased
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:05 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy has apparently failed to arouse the interests of his phone-sex operator with his amorous “moving guy” themed dirty-talk. Maybe he was turning her on as he whispered, “I’m picking up the sofa, I’m picking up the sofa,” but I guess she choked when he made the big move to actual simulated physical contact.

  12. Artist formerly known as Ben
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    GT: Me. I can’t believe that “I’m throwing U under the bus” doesn’t have it’s own emoticon yet. Maybe a scowly face getting crushed by a rolling wheel.

    JP: Ooh, I had missed the Sophie’s choice thing. I’d like to think it was Eduardo Barreto’s way of saying, “It’s cheerleader tryouts. Who cares?”

    Momma: You know, this may be the one comic strip that would be less horrifying if you added man-on-horse bestiality.

  13. Calico
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    #5 – Well, in Funky Winkerbean, the phrase would indeed be literal.

  14. Alan's Addiction
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    I can only hope that this cyber stalking finally snaps Shep’s fragile, weak, little mind, driving him to paranoia, drug abuse, insanity and violence. Then, one day, years later, his unnamed classmate can come along and film Shep being attacked by invisible spiders as he undergoes withdrawal/breakdown on the sidewalk, and then post it to Youtube. If that is the final revenge scheme/prank on Shep, I can only say, “Well played, nameless secondary character. Well played, sir.”
    Who ever heard of a massive rally in support of a bimbo-wannabe overachiever with a guaranteed spot in the upper class? That’s like cheering Paris Hilton along in… whatever it is she’s attempting at the time. I can only imagine the horrendous disappointment that’ll come to Sophie, as it comes to all of us who went out for sports/band/etc. in high school; that the only people really cheering for us among a crowd of strangers are our parents, that precise moment we realize that we are only uniquely talented and special in the eyes of people who directly donated chromosomes to us. On the other hand, Sophie’s parents can afford to hire the entire town to cheer for her, so maybe they can stave off her inevitable realization that she’s not going to become a professional cheerleader for a few more years. Which is when they’ll simply buy a football team and hire her as a cheerleader…
    Grand though Mark’s Magnificent Fists o’ Justice are, they are getting a little dull after all these years together. That’s why I’m excited about the foreshadowing in the second panel of today’s Mark Trail. Instead of simply showing up and punching the villains into a state of submission, he’ll tear them limb from limb and then feed their corpses to his unholy, freakish spawn (little known fact: Mark Trail, like other lower forms of life, reproduces in an entirely asexual manner through binary fission).
    I can hardly blame that conch for feeling nauseous; I mean, I feel queasy just looking at Ziggy. I’d imagine actually touching him would be an experience worse than death.

  15. Ms Avery
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm [Reply]

    Has anyone, ever, started a text with “Here’s a text 4 u”? I mean, it’s rather self-evident, isn’t it?

  16. Baka Gaijin
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth Yesterthread: I can’t believe Josh overlooked the cliffhanger in Mary Worth, even after my quite witty and NSFW comment.

  17. Ned Ryerson
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm [Reply]

    Sandy-haired sidekick is Robb Larue. Yes, it’s Robb with two b’s. No, I don’t have a life.

  18. Anonymous
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    I don’t think the “Here’s a text 4 u” is a duh! line at all. Read it with a sort of Joe Pesci inflection — “So you’ve been texting everybody, have you? Well here’s a text for YOU!”

  19. Poteet
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm [Reply]

    # 8 Brick — I could swear that a couple of self-declared teenaged Mudges have commented on this forum in the past year or so. (I don’t think my late-night hallucinations are that bad. Yet.) But yes, I do agree that us Hoople-rememberers are in the majority.

  20. Poteet
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:57 pm [Reply]

    # 18 Anonymous — Okay, I’m willing to give the Joe Pesci interpretation a try. But it would have helped if Robb had at least capitalized the “U”.

  21. commodorejohn
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    #19 Poteet – There are a few teenagers around here, yeah, and some of us twenty-somethings as well.

  22. Anonymous
    June 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    Well, the text message IS shown in all caps in the strip.

  23. Johnny Q
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy: “Nauseous” doesn’t mean “having nausea”; it means “causing nausea.” No doubt the seashell feels the way he does because Ziggy is so nauseous!

  24. Alison
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    If that shell is nauseous from the sight of Ziggy in his trunks, just wait until it finds out Ziggy doesn’t usually wear pants.

  25. Eldaglass
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm [Reply]

    GT: In the second panel, you can see the moment sidekick-kid broke. He’s staring out at hundreds (okay, three) Gil Thorp readers and realizing, for the first time, exactly what sort of world he’s trapped in. Now that he’s seen the truth, he’s literally going to throw Shep under a big, yellow Milford school bus.

    MT: Is it wrong for me to hope that Mark and Cherry have an awkward dinner with these people and that Mark performs the social faux pas of punching the hostess’ brother before dessert is served?

  26. NoahSnark
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:17 pm [Reply]

    So Sophie sees a group of people outside her window and immediately thinks they have gathered to make her life miserable. That is exactly the kind of perkiness I appreciate in a cheerleader.

  27. Mars
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    If this “Godiva” celebrity shows up at the Rally for the Oppressed Young Bourgeoisie, she better be protesting naked while riding a horse. Otherwise, what is the point of naming her that?

  28. Poteet
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    # 22 Anonymous — Good point. Like all artists, the texter must work within the limits of his medium. In this case, the all-caps format makes it hard for me to imagine the Joe Pesci version, but that’s not Robb’s fault.

  29. Poteet
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    # 21 commodorejohn — And you youngsters do provide invaluable reality checks upon occasion, as well as some good snarking. And it does me good to imagine your fresh young bright-eyed unlined faces:-).

  30. Rana
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:29 pm [Reply]

    @12 Artist formerly known as Ben

    You mean something like this?

    |(O)—-(O)-/ :o

  31. Steve L
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy? Wearing PANTS? Blasphemy!!!

  32. Charterstoned
    June 27th, 2009 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    MT – There’s a lot more to today’s strip than meets the eye. For one thing, I don’t think that the invitation for dinner necessarily includes Cherry–and since she’s already primed for a jealous snit, I now think we can look forward to her flinging some leftover fleshy flapjacks at the log walls of LoFo Cabin. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the Eastern speckle-breasted tanager depicted in the second panel is known for a higher-than-usual number of offspring (way more than two). What the heck happened to the other nestlings, and what does this mean in terms of the story?

  33. dale
    June 27th, 2009 at 6:06 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp
    It gives me unseemly pleasure to point out that
    Trumbo is an anagram of bumroT.

    This is no place for a vocabulary lesson. Try
    “I’m gonna be sick!”

  34. NoVan
    June 27th, 2009 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    Judge Parker: Abso-fucking-lutely bonkers.

  35. Dr Pill
    June 27th, 2009 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    FW Sat: Kudos to Summer for stopping something horrible from happening. Now that her life is forfeit, though, Les is free to have his way with Cayla. Writing a book about her battle with cancer, say.
    I remember Major Hoople, unfortunately. Never liked the old humbug. Harrumph, egad! Out Our Way was more my cup of tea.

  36. Jeff
    June 27th, 2009 at 6:41 pm [Reply]

    FW: “I have to go strangle my daughter now.”
    ” I understand. I myself have to spank the man in the rowboat.”

  37. Yellow Cat
    June 27th, 2009 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    FW: Against all odds, Les finally gets some action. The meteorite is due to strike on Monday, methinks.

  38. pccmdoc
    June 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm [Reply]

    I’m sorry, I can’t following anything in today’s Mark Trail as their is no BOLD FONT

  39. Mat
    June 27th, 2009 at 8:14 pm [Reply]

    Is Shep wearing a Ninja Gaiden t-shirt?

  40. angus beef
    June 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm [Reply]

    Not sure why, but I read “put me down” as “kill me with deadly chemicals as you would a sickly pet”. I knew it was a misread not from Josh’s comments but from the fact that social commentary, however misguided simply isn’t possible in Ziggy.

  41. little red-haired girl
    June 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm [Reply]

    The bird in Mark Trail appears to be a female Wood Thrush, yet the coloring monkeys have made it blue instead of a reddish brown. Either the monkeys are colorblind, or they have run out of certain hues and are now working with a limited palette, or the monkeys are just plain mean because they’re jealous of the skills of the inker.

  42. Donald the Anarchist
    June 27th, 2009 at 8:49 pm [Reply]

    GT Wouldn’t “I’m telling!” have gotten the message across just as well, and more accurately?

    JP It’s Revenge of the Nerds: Part- oh, who the fuck cares at this point?

    MT “Oh, and tomorrow night is Incestuous Threesome Night, so don’t feel you need to bring a date!”
    Oh, Ziggy, God must hate you as much as I do! Perhaps this religion stuff has something to it after all!

  43. Talking Squirrel
    June 27th, 2009 at 8:57 pm [Reply]

    MW: Mary is back to having trouble with her face mask mucilage again. The high humidity in her livingroom has caused it to soften and run. Now in Panel 2, Mary is forced to hold it in place clumsily. And by the hobs of hades, there’s surely something flat-faced and reptilian lurking behind that mask.

  44. Zaq
    June 27th, 2009 at 9:02 pm [Reply]

    I haven’t been posting much (or at all) recently, and I don’t really know why. Oh well. Either way, there’s some good material today.

    DT: This has just been beyond comprehension lately. I approve.

    MW: Some aspect of Mary’s countenance is melting in panel 2, and I really can’t tell what.

    Crock: Please, please, PLEASE tell me this doesn’t mean what I think it does. Of course, even if it doesn’t mean what I think it does, it’s still going to end up vile beyond belief.

    AD: Is this an actual reference to casual sex in the comics? Huh. Whaddaya know.


    FW: I think I see Batiuk’s objective here. My first comment was something like “once again, we see that no one in the Winkerverse can ever be happy, ever.” But then I realized that really, that just wasn’t funny anymore. He’s trying to beat our jokes into the ground. Dammit, Batiuk.

    Pluggers: Given the size of that fish and the emotive nature of its face, I’m about 85% certain that it’s another Plugger. The original caption was “A Plugger on-line” or something.

  45. Mdgoldrush1984
    June 27th, 2009 at 9:45 pm [Reply]

    Saturday, June 27th: Today I learned I would die alone. I recognized Ziggy’s art from a previous Ziggy strip. The shame is palpable.

  46. tb4000
    June 27th, 2009 at 9:58 pm [Reply]

    I think that Gil Thorp text would have had a much greater impact if the texter ended with LOLZ.

  47. Poteet
    June 27th, 2009 at 10:08 pm [Reply]

    # 41 girl — I agree with your ID. However, that wood thrush is either desperate or not too bright, nesting out in the open like that. I’m surprised she isn’t feeding a cowbird.

  48. jamoche
    June 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    Flash from the past – ApolloPlus40 is twittering the Apollo 11 moon mission 40 years on. One link went to a news article that shared a page with a They’ll Do It Every Time strip.

  49. Amateur
    June 27th, 2009 at 10:46 pm [Reply]

    Re: Gil Thorp: I wouldn’t be too sure about “thrown under the bus.” That sort of thing came up often enough during the Obama campaign that any toddler might have heard the expression, let alone any teenager.

  50. Muffaroo
    June 27th, 2009 at 10:49 pm [Reply]

    GThorp – I’m more impressed by Robb’s line in panel 2: “Yeah, Shep… Suck.” (As for “Here’s a txt 4 U,” I think it works to the tune of The Who’s “I Can See for Miles”: “Now here’s a txt 4 U / U’r gonna choke on it 2 / U’r gonna lose that smile / B cuz all the while / I cn C 4 miles n miles…”

  51. Muffaroo
    June 27th, 2009 at 10:49 pm [Reply]


  52. tpjim
    June 27th, 2009 at 10:54 pm [Reply]

    Though I acknowledge that 1) I shouldn’t be getting emotionally involved in Gil Thorp, and that 2) they haven’t done a great job of getting Robb’s motivation across, it seems obvious to me that Robb’s less concerned for Molly’s reputation than just pissed off that Shep blew two Mudlarks’ teams shot at the playoffs (sorry, playdowns) by getting Bill and Molly suspended. And he’s probably about to tell everyone on both teams before he goes to the principal or whomever. Or else he has evidence that Shep was actually drinking at that one party and not just Posing With Alcohol.

    Though I also have to acknowledge that 3) it’s a fool’s game guessing what’s going to happen in GT.

  53. tpjim
    June 27th, 2009 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

    Argh, misplaced apostrophe: “Mudlarks teams’”

  54. Nekrotzar
    June 27th, 2009 at 11:00 pm [Reply]

    I’m a bit concerned with Sophie’s new found ability for large-scale mind control. She seems like a decent kid ‘n’ all, but once she gets a taste of power, well, the comics just aren’t an appropriate place for a retelling of the final scene of Carrie, is what I’m saying.

  55. Poteet
    June 27th, 2009 at 11:25 pm [Reply]

    6/28 PV — That’s what Arn looks like now? Oy. I’ve been away from this strip a long time. As for Gawain, his target is so bored that she’s slipping into a coma.

  56. Edgy DC
    June 27th, 2009 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    “I have an idea. Why don’t you join us for dinner?”

    “I’d rather punch you in the face. It’s what I do.”

  57. dyslexic dog
    June 27th, 2009 at 11:43 pm [Reply]


    Excellent rendition. Much superior to the one I thought of, to wit: _____

  58. Rana
    June 27th, 2009 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    @57 dyslexic dog – Yours is hilarious!

  59. Jeff Soesbe (yeff)
    June 27th, 2009 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    I feel for the Mark Trail Soundtrack technician, who has been waiting to “cue the hard porn music” for this entire sequence of scenes.

    Of course, it is Mark Trail, so the technician has been waiting forever. And will be.

    - yeff

  60. Pastor Z
    June 28th, 2009 at 12:00 am [Reply]

    I can’t tell whether the 50 foot woman is getting ready to attack Mary Worth or if Mary has been chosen by the US government as their last round of defense. Either way, the clothes and decor scream 1958.

  61. Charlene
    June 28th, 2009 at 12:39 am [Reply]

    BB: Today in DADT Theatre, Sarge’s uniform has suddenly turned brilliant mustard yellow. I think he had
    the shrimp scampi.

  62. Soujin
    June 28th, 2009 at 1:05 am [Reply]

    8: My sister and I are seventeen and nineteen, respectively, and we both follow Josh religiously, and in fact have heated debates about the comics at breakfast, which completely baffles our parents.

    “Is this Beetle Bailey strip homoerotic?” I ask Maria.

    “They’re all homoerotic, why are you arguing about it?” my mother says, with a flippant little wave of her hand.

    We go back to complaining loudly about Zits.

  63. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    June 28th, 2009 at 2:23 am [Reply]

    “Mollusk Barf.” I think I’ll pick that as the name of my Ween cover band.

  64. Jilliterate
    June 28th, 2009 at 2:51 am [Reply]

    I sat there, staring at sandy-haired kid’s t-shirt (Apparently his name is Robb Larue, according to Ned ‘Needle-Nose’ Ryerson in post #17), trying to figure out what on earth it said, as the words are obscured by his arms, which are furiously texting. The first thing that came to mind was Ninja Gaiden, which, for you non-videogame afficionados, came out in 2004 for the X-Box.

    Now, see, this does not add up at all for me. A 2004 videogame in Gil Thorp? I picture Milford as a town segregated from popular culture, and possibly even time itself. The place feels like something from the Twilight Zone for me — Milford is secretly the last bastion of human life, a small, flourishing community existed plunk in the middle of a nuclear wasteland. The town fathers desperately try to cover the entire thing up for the sake of the fragile psyche of its citizens (Nobody every goes in, and nobody ever goes out…), and the only sign of nuclear fallout is the horrifically deformed mutated hands that many of the townspeople have developed, and yet studiously pretend not to notice.

    Frankly, I’m a little baffled as to how “texting” even made it to Milford. Perhaps a daring survivor went out in search of others in his small, one-man aircraft, and crash landed in a cornfield on the outskirts of town. There, the town’s fascist muto watch quickly killed the pilot and ate him, dissembled the plane, and brought his newfangled technology (“A wireless telephone?! Surely it must be magic!”) back to town, where they likely received accolades for their find, and perhaps a position of power as well.

    And that is how you find joy in reading Gil Thorp.

  65. Dr. Weird
    June 28th, 2009 at 3:12 am [Reply]

    64 Jilliterate –

    If it makes you feel better, the Ninja Gaiden franchise goes all the way back to 1988, so there’s not TOO much newness creeping in.

    I like your theory though. Marty Moon could have been the one who brought television programming to the community, which explains the baffling content of his program. Only recently have cunning natives caught on and tried to outdo him.

  66. Baka Gaijin
    June 28th, 2009 at 3:54 am [Reply]

    Sunday’s Strips:

    Curtis: I hope Mr. Wilkins has strong plumbing. Power dookie on deck.

    Bizarro: Full of win today.

    Pluggers: Pluggers follow their gut feeling? Duh. That’s how they got their massive guts.

    Dean Booth: I’m a little late, but this Lio is excellent!

  67. Baka Gaijin
    June 28th, 2009 at 4:05 am [Reply]

    Retail: We need a Thunderdome at work, too!

  68. KarMann
    June 28th, 2009 at 6:05 am [Reply]

    @Jilliterate #64: The name of the place you’re talking about is Pleasantville.

  69. Loopina
    June 28th, 2009 at 7:38 am [Reply]

    #23 – Good catch! The conch should be saying, “I feel nauseated”, because Ziggy is nauseous. Or, it could in fact be nauseous – perhaps it’s clostridium difficile, and Ziggy will soon be suffering from severe diarrhea. Good thing he doesn’t wear pants!

    #45 – I believe you’re right. The original caption was something to the effect of “please hang up and dial again” or the 21st century equivalent. Or maybe something to do with texting, I don’t know.

  70. KarMann
    June 28th, 2009 at 7:58 am [Reply]

    Well, today’s comics settle one issue I know has been weighing heavily on all our minds. The residents of Shoe are, indeed, Pluggers.

  71. DebiDeDawg
    June 28th, 2009 at 8:04 am [Reply]

    MW – Rogers and Hammerstein? Sigh… I was so waiting for the sex toy…..

  72. Uncle Balustrade
    June 28th, 2009 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    So, we’re gonna see some “Sopranos”-style stuff in Gil Thorp now? Buncha stunads!

  73. queek
    June 28th, 2009 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    I find it fascinating what some comics artists do for Sunday, with their expanded space. Zits is often quite innovative with its artwork, as seen today in support of a lame joke. Frazz was just gorgeous, and Lio was awesome. Candorville, on the other hand, was just lazy and lame, and Luanne was a sketchbook exercise at best.

    SF, panel 7: Hilary experiences Enlightenment as Faye completes the roll-over and initiates their first, hesitant kiss.

  74. Chyron HR
    June 28th, 2009 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth – “It’s the soundtrack to “Dune”, featuring the music of Toto! It will never go out of style!”

    Funky Winkerbean – “Well, it seems when God took the firmament and strained out all the goodness to create the garden of Eden, he was left with a big lump of misery and despair. So he called it Westview.”

    Judge Parker – “Those people are here to support me?” “Well, they were, Sophie… until you made that face. No, seriously, stop it.”

    Phantom – For those who don’t follow the Sunday Phantom, the current plot is about a fifteen year old boy who’s in love with a thirty year old woman and nobody seems to mind. I blame the influx of hardcore XXX manga like “Fruits Basket” and “Yotsuba&!” for corrupting our culture.

    Rex Morgan, MD – “Say, Rex, why don’t you pull some kind of crazy House shit and save Willy’s mom?” “We’re sailing into the sunset, June. The story’s over.” “Yes, but…” “SUNSET.”

    Slylock Fox – “Why, this crop circle wasn’t made by aliens, it was made by a strange green-skinned being!”

  75. Charterstoned
    June 28th, 2009 at 8:52 am [Reply]

    From “Mary Worth, The Musical” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things”

    Brides who are kissless by husbands who travel,
    Conmen whose schemes to get richer unravel,
    Neighbors who drown in their credit card flings,
    These are a few of my favorite things!

    Boyfriends with sailboats and offspring who stumble,
    Chin-beard professors who lecture and grumble,
    Stalkers who drive like their cars have got wings,
    These are a few of my favorite things!

    When a dog barks! When a phone rings!
    When I’m feeling glad,
    I simply remember my favorite things
    And then I can feel more sad!

    Food that is formless (except when it’s salmon),
    Folks who are gormless who fall prey to scammin’,
    Hideous fashions from summer to spring,
    These are a few of my favorite things!

    When a dog barks! When a phone rings!
    When I’m feeling glad,
    I simply remember my favorite things,
    And then I can feel more sad!

  76. KarMann
    June 28th, 2009 at 8:56 am [Reply]

    *sniff* ‘Tis truly a thing of beauty, Charterstoned! Thank you!

  77. teddytoad
    June 28th, 2009 at 9:09 am [Reply]

    O, how ironic that Shep should witness his betrayal via… a ‘txt’!! Of all things! Those who live by the petty, passive-aggressive sword, die by the petty, passive-aggressive sword.

  78. John C Fremont
    June 28th, 2009 at 9:27 am [Reply]

    #75 – Hee-hee!!

    GA – Ladies and gentlemen, Upton O. Goode on the drums!

    RMMD – June 28, 2009, the day June Morgan put on clothes. A nation mourned.

    June looks a little like Judy Garland in the sixth panel. I could make a joke about that making Rex a friend of Dorothy, but that would be in poor taste so I won’t say it. Nope. Won’t say it.

    Phantom – There must be an outbreak of measles in Baronkhan.

    Apparently, as an infant, Captain Lara earned a living on the streets as a Henny Youngman impersonator.

  79. gleeb
    June 28th, 2009 at 10:17 am [Reply]

    Brewster Rockit: Hey, guys, didja hear there’s a new gadget?

    Phantom: Time to titillate the readers.

    Rocky Ledge, distraction!: Suddenly it’s not about Sophie any more.

    ‘bean: I guess for Cancerdeathville this is like New Yorkers who have never visited the Statue of Liberty.

    ‘shaft: Yeah, she was following all the contention about the proposed property tax hike until someone sold her house.

    Beetle: kneepads, huh?

    Dick: Tracy plays a deadly game of “got your nose”.

  80. Fathead's Father
    June 28th, 2009 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    #30 Rana: You’ve created my new favorite emoticon.

  81. Joe Blevins
    June 28th, 2009 at 11:27 am [Reply]

    JP: It looks like Sophie’s about to step out on a balcony and sing “Don’t Cry For Me, Wherever the Hell It Is This Strip Takes Place.”

  82. Amateur
    June 28th, 2009 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    #75 — A standing ovation for Charterstoned!!!

  83. clint
    June 28th, 2009 at 6:26 pm [Reply]

    My favorite thing in the universe: the text message that starts with “here’s a txt 4 u.” I’m assuming this is included for the benefit of “Gil Thorpe’s” target audience who, being mostly octagenarian shut-in cat horders, need such monolithic cues to understand that, “OHHH…that’s one of those “texting messages” the kids are all crazy for. No wonder the kids can’t speak proper English these days!”

  84. idgeek
    June 28th, 2009 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    #41 little red-haired girl: I was wondering the same things. Lost Forest, home of the Blue Wood Thrush, Reverse Mallard, and others to confuse you while it educates.

  85. stephieku
    June 28th, 2009 at 9:31 pm [Reply]


    I’m a teenager, and specifically looked at these comments to figure out what “throwing under the bus meant”

    Never heard of it ever. But then again Gil Thorp doesn’t really resemble anything i’ve experienced in high school.

  86. Melissa G
    June 28th, 2009 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    You know, I’d sincerely like to thank the Comics Curmudgeon and commenters for giving me a new appreciation for Gil Thorp. When this comic first hit syndication, I found it incomprehensible. Now I find it… still incomprehensible. But I have stopped having the nightmares about disembodied claw-hands! Mostly.

  87. Mr. Nice Guy
    June 29th, 2009 at 6:04 am [Reply]

    GT: Maybe “throwing you under the bus” means literally throwing you under the bus! Though it may be a mistake to telegraph such an intention in a text message.

  88. andrew t.
    June 29th, 2009 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    The strategic lack of color within the panel suggests that Sophie’s fanclub hails from pre-Witherspoon/Maguire Pleasantville.

    Or that the coloring staff couldn’t keep themselves awake long enough to finish the strip.

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