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Comics whiplash

Momma, 8/3-4/05

If you’re wondering why I didn’t post yesterday, it’s because I’ve spent the last 48 hours trying to wrap my head around the fact that Wednesday’s Momma made me laugh aloud in what most experts believe was the first incident of its kind to date. I mean, it’s not earth-shatteringly amusing or anything, and it continues the strip’s baffling trend of setting the action at the beach for no discernible reason (though the seaside scene is much better drawn this time around), but I like Francis’s casual attitude towards his own sister-comforting incompetence.

The intricate network of assumptions and prejudices that make up my worldview was however strengthened by today’s Momma, which makes no sense and isn’t funny. I do kind of like the single wave of what I presume to be panic radiating out from Francis’s nose in panel three, but everything else about the strip (What the hell is a “Mothers Club,” anyway? And are we supposed to think that Momma considers 22-year-old Francis an “older child”? And what possible interest does she have in laxatives for him? And are we expected to find the “punchline” funny solely because it evokes the image of Francis crapping uncontrollably?) blows. In fact, the strip is so extremely not funny that it has retroactively quashed most of my goodwill towards the previous installment, leaving me disgruntled about Mary Lou’s wildly spewing tear ducts (is she crying so vigorously that tears are actually coming out of her chin and the top of her head?) and, of course, Francis’s tiny buy still unfortunately visible nipples.

93 responses to “Comics whiplash”

  1. Sourbelly
    August 4th, 2005 at 7:37 pm [Reply]

    Hey! My first first post.

    You actually found that first one funny?

  2. Sourbelly
    August 4th, 2005 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    I mean the first strip, not the first comment, which was mine and not funny.

  3. Skuje
    August 4th, 2005 at 8:37 pm [Reply]

    Why is Francis the only one who ever shows evidence of mammary glands?

  4. Anonymous
    August 4th, 2005 at 8:38 pm [Reply]

    I think the Momma creator is from Southern California, where people just go to the beach a lot.

  5. Islamorada Girl
    August 4th, 2005 at 8:39 pm [Reply]

    Momma is a sick old beyotch and this is a sick, sick strip that has always given me the creeps. But that laxative
    thing is beyond sick and well into total perv.

  6. Islamorada Girl
    August 4th, 2005 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    Momma is Mary Worth with kids.

  7. Anne Nonymous
    August 4th, 2005 at 8:59 pm [Reply]

    I-Girl is right. I have never, ever found Momma to be funny. This has to be the most disfunctional family in the comics. I can’t believe that anyone finds this strip entertaining. Why is it still carried?

  8. K
    August 4th, 2005 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    I’m from California and we don’t. :)

  9. Colin
    August 4th, 2005 at 9:19 pm [Reply]

    It may be that the ‘older children’ refers to the last of Shakespeare’s 7 stages of life, where the person regresses into a second childhood.

  10. jamison
    August 4th, 2005 at 9:35 pm [Reply]

    i read it only because my mother was *exactly* like that. whoever was in the will was on her mind all the time. and my brother looks just like that, too. maybe i read it for therapy.

  11. Mibbitmaker
    August 4th, 2005 at 9:46 pm [Reply]

    Bottom line: When we have (had?) “Miss Peach” in the comics section, why on earth could we possibly need “Momma”??

    Shoulda quit while you were ahead, Mel!

  12. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 4th, 2005 at 10:18 pm [Reply]

    I am only theorizing, but I wonder if Momma IS amusing to those who have friends who are plagued with dysfunctional hags for mothers. Relatives and friends can clip ‘n save these strips and present them to the Francises of the world– “ha, ha! This one reminded me of your mom!!” Of course, these are the same people who enjoy Marmaduke.

    And then there are those who enjoy clipping Andy Capp strips and giving them to their friends who are victims of domestic violence…

  13. PizzaBagel
    August 4th, 2005 at 10:28 pm [Reply]

    Mibbitmaker, I did some checking. As mentioned in a Washington Post Style section comics discussion of May 7, 2004, cartoonist Mell Lazarus retired “Miss Peach” in 2002. When asked by someone from Petersburg, Va. why he did this, he responded: “Actually, I think it ran its course as far as I was concerned. I had done it from 1957 to 2002, 45 years, so that seemed long enough. Very few comic strips last that long. I must say I still get letters and e-mails asking about her, and people who apparently miss it and are very kind to say so.”

    It took 45 years for “Miss Peach” to run its course?!!! Supposedly, he started “Momma” in 1970, so it might have legs to go as far as 2015.

  14. Islamorada Girl
    August 4th, 2005 at 10:30 pm [Reply]

    Say, Chet, exactly what wildlife do you defend? And who do you defend them from?

  15. Anonymous
    August 5th, 2005 at 1:00 am [Reply]

    No. 8 commenter – you must be a queba.

    I grew up by the beach and never thought it was weird that the strip was at the beach all the time.

  16. Mibbitmaker
    August 5th, 2005 at 1:09 am [Reply]

    I *thought* I’d heard Miss Peach was discontinued. That’s why the “(had?)”. Ironically, “Momma” probably ran its course in 1971! Possibly 1969!! (post-modern commentary)

  17. loudfan
    August 5th, 2005 at 2:12 am [Reply]

    Did anyone else think of “Arrested Development”‘s Motherboy pageant when they saw the Mother’s Club in the second comic? Just me, then?

  18. Chris
    August 5th, 2005 at 6:51 am [Reply]

    Oh, come on! Momma is still good. I like this storyline. If it has a good enough ending, it may finish… wait a minute, I can’t do this twice. When I commented for Fox Trot, I can tell it still has legs. Momma meanwhile has always sucked, even Wednesday’s.

  19. MaryAnnTheRest
    August 5th, 2005 at 7:37 am [Reply]

    Josh, I’m impressed that you know that the sister’s name is Mary Lou. Momma was in my paper growing up as a kid/teen so I read it everyday, and yet I somehow managed to forget Mary Lou’s name. Everybody remembers slacker Francis, who remembers poor Mary Lou? One of the things about this comic that always freaked me out is how little the siblings look like each other. What does it mean, Momma?

  20. Monkeys Uncle
    August 5th, 2005 at 7:40 am [Reply]

    Josh, when you’re right, your right. Uncontrollable crapping is funny. That’s comedy gold baby!

  21. Paul
    August 5th, 2005 at 7:48 am [Reply]

    Is Momma trying to understand adult laxatives for the purpose of forcing an eating disorder on one of her children????

  22. Zorba the Geek
    August 5th, 2005 at 7:51 am [Reply]

    jamison (#10), if your mother was “exactly” like Momma, I feel really, really bad for you- I’m so sorry. I hope you’ve been able to work out any problems stemming from this type of upbringing. I find the whole strip to be offensive to mothers in general, and concerning mothers who are actually like this, I don’t find this a subject for humor, since these kinds of mothers can cause irreperable harm to their children. I just don’t find pushy, self-centered, manipulative, verbally abusive mothers (or fathers, for that matter) to be “funny.” I wonder what type of mother Mel Lazarus had- she must have been awful.

  23. Lee
    August 5th, 2005 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    Wait a minute – Francis has a sister?

  24. fluffytufts
    August 5th, 2005 at 9:00 am [Reply]

    Thanks! Thanks alot! I’ve never bothered to read this strip, so curse you Josh for bringing yet another piece o’ crappola to my already overloaded attention span! Momma‘s art sucks – that’s all I got to say.

  25. The Burg
    August 5th, 2005 at 9:13 am [Reply]

    Y’know, I had always presumed Momma to be a member of the tribe. But now that I think about it (and who ever really thought about “Momma,” honestly)the fact that she named her children Francis and Mary Lou would seem to indicate that she is, in fact, an overbearing Catholic mother! Thanks, Mel Lazarus, for shattering an ugly stereotype!

  26. sally
    August 5th, 2005 at 9:24 am [Reply]

    Not to mention that the older son’s name is Thomas. As a general rule, name including “Mary” = not Jewish, at least when you have only three panels to tell your backstory.

  27. sally
    August 5th, 2005 at 9:27 am [Reply]

    Ok, I hate the fact that I’ve been sucked in to even paying attention to Momma, but Josh, I’m intrigued by your interpretation of the beach strip. My first take was to assume that Francis had tried that line on his own two-timed girlfriend at some time in the past. I have been spared Momma for many years now, but I vaguely remember that Francis had a string of loser girlfriends that Momma hated. Or am I confusing them with the string of Mary Lou’s loser boyfriends that Momma hated?

  28. jamison
    August 5th, 2005 at 9:39 am [Reply]

    jamison (#10), if your mother was “exactly” like Momma, I feel really, really bad for you- I’m so sorry.

    thanks zorba. i’m fine. i only screech occasionally. and she was *hispanic* (adding to the ethnic mix.)

    mary lou had the bad boyfriends, francis won’t work, and thomas has te wife who can’t cook. it’s ok. momma has friends that look like they came from easter island.

  29. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 5th, 2005 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    Islamadora Girl, I once knew someone named Chet McCord, and he worked for the state Dept. of Fish and Game. I always thought it would be a good name for TV action thriller in the Mark Trail tradition. So– sorry to disappoint, but I don’t really defend innocent squirrels in rodent court, although I am an ecologist.

    Last I heard of the real Chet McCord, he had quit his job and left town to become an evangelistic preacher.

  30. Jon H
    August 5th, 2005 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    I think the laxative thing is an attempt at a joke about getting rid of older live-at-home children.

  31. Cyn
    August 5th, 2005 at 11:12 am [Reply]

    #20 – There’s more uncontrollable crapping humor in Friday’s Close to Home.

    And I have to agree with comment #30… a not so subtle reference there about getting the adult child “moving” so to speak. My husband’s sister is in her 40′s and still lives at home with mom and dad.

  32. Perplexed
    August 5th, 2005 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    Any ideas about the offensive word in today’s Gil Thorp?

  33. yellojkt
    August 5th, 2005 at 12:08 pm [Reply]

    Re: #30.
    I don’t think any of Momma’s kids live at home. Momma showing up at the crack of noon with Francis still in bed is yet another tired running set-up. I would’ve changed my locks years ago.

  34. Ron
    August 5th, 2005 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    I dunno, but with all the rapid cutaways, I think I’ve gotten whiplash!

  35. PizzaBagel
    August 5th, 2005 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    Re the uncontrollable crapping humor in today’s Close to Home, as noted by Cyn in comment #31: It brought to my mind a mid-’80s SNL commercial parody for a cereal called Colon Blow. As I recall, in the “ad” the late Phil Hartman touted the stuff as being high-fiber, and wound up sitting atop a mountain of cereal-filled bowls. My description isn’t doing it any justice, but it was pretty funny at the time.

  36. SenatorTCJ
    August 5th, 2005 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    I’m wondering the same thing Perplexed. What offensive word might end in “le” and be misspelled? Knowing the standards in Milford, even the most innocent of words could be taken as an offense.

  37. Frank Drackman
    August 5th, 2005 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    I think the word was “MULE”, not sure of the context.

  38. yellojkt
    August 5th, 2005 at 1:53 pm [Reply]

    Tadpole“?
    Maybe Psycho Ex is a fan of art house films about older women and under-aged boys.

  39. rich24
    August 5th, 2005 at 2:48 pm [Reply]

    In today’s Phantom, our hero is still exploring a vast underground maze of marble rooms where an ancient race practiced “lost science” – apparently some smart idea about sewing animal heads onto big burly human bodies. I think he said a few weeks ago – or was it a few years ago – that some of their experiments died immediately, but some survived, and – surprise surprise! – were PISSED! A huge war followed, with carnage so horrible that P. had to leave delicate flower Mina behind, in the watchful hands of faithful Guran.

    So today, Phantom surveys the scene: lots of scattered mutant skeletons with long arrows through them – and immediatley concludes, “Some chambers in human hands – Some held by the creatures – they must have struggled here for CENTURIES!”

    In other words, two hostle civilizations were living side by side in a claustrophobic stone maze, having arrows fights for, what, 250? 300 years? And on what evidence is this conclusion based? We’ve been touring this joint for several months, and so far every room looks exactly the same, big marble halls with statues and lots of evidence of pointless destruction (remember, these guys worshipped the “God of Abject Violence”!) – but still, no signs of actual life. Where did they eat? Sleep? Smelt their armor? Bathe? (Oy, the smelt!) And all the time they just kept fighting in these hallways – for centuries?!

    Even given the high tolerance for boredom evidenced in the Phantom universe, I find this hard to believe and, thus, reject the Phantom’s research methods, which we find to be slapdash and stooopid..

  40. yellojkt
    August 5th, 2005 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    Thank you, rich24 for articulating the exact problem I have been having with this story line for weeks now. This war went on for centuries in tombs right under “Eden” and all the previous Phantoms just jotted down some notes and encrypted them. This wouldn’t pass muster as a Stargate-1 Atlantis plot idea.

    Not to mention the level of genetic engineering, alchemy and black magic required to pull this off and all they do is chase each other around caverns like a middle school LARP lock-in?

  41. The Burg
    August 5th, 2005 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    Re: Milford’s vandalism wave. Not to mix media, but I’m thinking of that episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” where the irate treat-or-treaters spray-painted “BALD ASSHOLE” on Larry David’s front door.

  42. luluchappel
    August 5th, 2005 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    #35–And didn’t the ‘Colon Blow’ ad end with a promo for ‘Super Colon Blow’, if the regular Colon Blow just wasn’t moving things along fast enough?

  43. Mooncity
    August 5th, 2005 at 3:54 pm [Reply]

    If there’s one kind of comic I really can’t stand, it’s those drawn with “scribble-art”. When I think of all the talented folks who get passed over in favor of this, or that Dilbert knock-off (mentioned elsewhere), or Cathy, it really burns me up. I mean, if you can’t draw, then just hire somebody to do the art and be done with it.

    Speaking of crappily-drawn comics, what is Cathy’s art style but a cross between “Love Is…” and “The Mini-Page”?

  44. Islamorada Girl
    August 5th, 2005 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    So, Rich, it’s just a blatant ripoff of The Island of Dr. Moreau, yeah?

  45. Zorba the Geek
    August 5th, 2005 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

    rich24, excellent analysis! I totally agree.

  46. gnome de blog
    August 5th, 2005 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    Either that or the Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian series.

    More Deejah Thoris, Mule!

  47. Lee
    August 5th, 2005 at 5:20 pm [Reply]

    PizzaBagel:

    The mountain of cereal bowls in the Colon Blow ad was meant to parody those ads where they’d show you a ridiculous amount of bowls of Corn Flakes or some other rival cereal and say that’s how much you’d have to eat to get the nutrients provided by one bowl of Total. Phil was just taking it to its only [il-]logical extreme.

    The highlight for me was the very end of the commercial, with a jingle sung by Phoebe Snow (who was singing roughly 94% of all commercial jingles at the time – the other 6% was Michael Bolton): “Colon Blow and yoo-oo-oo-ou – in the morning.”

    How do I remember all of this?

  48. Islamorada Girl
    August 5th, 2005 at 5:46 pm [Reply]

    “Last I heard of the real Chet McCord, he had quit his job and left town to become an evangelist preacher.”

    Somehow, this just seems so right. Rich in irony.
    I bet the Mark Trail we never see is a holy roller preacher.

  49. Speed Racer X
    August 5th, 2005 at 7:05 pm [Reply]

    Here’s a better question about (death to) Gil Thorp: WHAT THE HECK IS THAT LAST PANEL? Who are those people, what are they in front of? And perhaps most importantly, WHO IS GARY AND HOW DO THEY KNOW HE DID IT?

    Every time I see this strip, I want to hop in the Mach 5, whip out the front-bumper buzzsaw, and chop down every last house in Mil*ord, along with all its denizens.

    DTGT!!

  50. Speed Racer X
    August 5th, 2005 at 7:15 pm [Reply]

    Oh, and apparently, our friendly neighborhood Spiderman has been talking to Rex Morgan.

    Seems the web-slinger’s alter-ego is demanding a job with HEALTH INSURANCE!!!

  51. PizzaBagel
    August 5th, 2005 at 10:29 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, lulu. And as I recall, when Super Colon Blow was mentioned, the cereal-bowl mountain upon which Hartman was sitting grew several orders of magnitude higher.

    Thanks to you, Lee, for reminding me about the closing jingle. It’s gotta be over 15 years – great memory! (I stopped watching SNL shortly after that time.)

  52. Perplexed No More
    August 5th, 2005 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    The Burg: of course! For some reason I don’t think I would have thought of “asshole.”

  53. Dingo
    August 6th, 2005 at 12:09 am [Reply]

    Just saw this and had to post. Look at it longingly and whisper, “Roadside.”

    http://www.fborfw.com/char_pgs/who/index.php?id=66

  54. rich24
    August 6th, 2005 at 2:50 am [Reply]

    Re #44 – Phantom’s an HOMAGE to Moreau. Always an homage – never a ripoff!

    yellojkt – I liked your “chasing around caverns” description. It does seem like a waste of some good Mad Science. If only they’d discovered sedatives. And gotten some fresh air!

    Mooncity – Crappily-drawn comics get my goat too. I’d like to at least see some personal growth over the years. I think Dilbert manages to convey some subtle touches, despite looking suspiciously computer-drawn (that is, 1980s-computer drawn). Well, it used to be even more primitive. And I’m so happy that one of my local papers cancelled Cathy last year. Haven’t seen it in months! A badly drawn strip that’s grown on me is Rhymes with Orange – I just wish she’d try a LITTLE harder with her art.

  55. yellojkt
    August 6th, 2005 at 6:14 am [Reply]

    Dingo,
    Nothing says “roadside” better than freckled jailbait wearing a gold cocktail napkin as a halter. The wrist bangles complete the gig.

  56. Chris
    August 6th, 2005 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    Okay, I’m taking bets for Saturday morning. What would Josh comment on?

    I’m willing to bet on either:

    Blondie
    Rex Morgan
    or… maybe even Funky Winkerbean?

  57. Cyn
    August 6th, 2005 at 9:43 am [Reply]

    Is it just me, or does the idiot cop in Gil Thorp bear a striking resemblance to John Ratzenberger? I was waiting for him to start spouting useless trivia about the Vandals or something.

  58. Mel
    August 6th, 2005 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    The laxative thing threw me too…

    Does anyone read Funky Winkerbean? Wally and Becky are in Afganistan on their honeymoon and they’ve been building up to him getting blown up my a land mine for about a week. Harsh as this sounds, I’m thinking “Blow him up, already!” The forced ‘suspense’ is annoying me, not killing me.

  59. Daijinryuu
    August 6th, 2005 at 10:28 am [Reply]

    So, apparently in Spider-Man, Peter Parker is only now worried about a doctor finding his spider powers after furiously demanding for the last week to no longer be one of the 45 million people without health insurance. But how would a doctor find these superpowers in a basic physical, anyway? Do they routinely throw patients against the wall to see if they stick? Does Peter have an Amazing Spider-Scrotum?

  60. Chris
    August 6th, 2005 at 11:38 am [Reply]

    Mel #58:

    That’s what I was thinking too. If that mine turns out to be a dud, I don’t know whether to be relieved or annoyed!

  61. Desoto
    August 6th, 2005 at 12:09 pm [Reply]

    Re – That’s what I was thinking too. If that mine turns out to be a dud, I don’t know whether to be relieved or annoyed!

    Maybe Batiuk just wants Wally to match his new bride in limb deficiencies.
    OK, that was a tasteless joke, but Funky Winkerbean’s sucked for years, ever since he ‘grew up’ the older characters and made the strip polictically correct. Remember Les the hall monitor, with his trusty machine gun, or Band Camp, complete with barbed wire and guard towers? The bullies? The bitchy stuck-up girls? If Batiuk wanted to draw another strip, he should have just done so and left Funky alone.

  62. Bookworm
    August 6th, 2005 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    For the Funky commentators, see the discussion forum under Wally Limping Bean. For the Phantom watchers, check out the discussion forum under Battle of the Gods.

  63. LittleGuy
    August 6th, 2005 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    Daijinryuu:

    I never thought Stan Lee could make one more idiotic twist in the “I can’t get any monetary gain, because people will realize I’m Spiderman” one-note plot, but here he did.

    I never thought health care insurance would be considered the same. This is sad, sad, sad, indeed.

    I’m just waiting for the “I can’t pick up this penny I found on the street! People will think I’m Spiderman!” strip.

    And oh yeah,… *SCREEEEEEAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMM*

    (Why do I read this strip? Why? Why? Why? Why?)

  64. Marc
    August 6th, 2005 at 7:37 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, the landmine is pry a dud. They wouldn’t kill off a character that way….And yes, I agree with number 61

    MY BLOG STARTS UP THIS SUNDAY AGAIN!

  65. Frank Drackman
    August 6th, 2005 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    I remember reading “Momma” as a young child in southern california. I was a little slow and didnt catch on to the jewish thing, even though my mom is jewish. My dad and I would laugh because Momma bore an amazing resemblence to my moms mom even down to the hat. She would never ride in our VW because of the whole holocaust thing.

  66. Wim
    August 6th, 2005 at 11:14 pm [Reply]

    “Mothers Club”? I read that as “Mothers Clog”, some sort of weird clog-dancing social event for mothers. With seminars. Hey, it makes as much sense as the rest of the comic.

    Momma isn’t carried in the papers around here, and for that I am grateful.

  67. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 6th, 2005 at 11:27 pm [Reply]

    Whew!

    I stayed up late just to check in on Mary Worth’s Sunday episode. It’s a shocker– she leaves Charterstone in search of Rita!!!

    At Mary’s great peril, she ventures out to the women’s shelter, which is located in a neighborhood populated by young toughs with attitude.

    Is this the first time Mary has rubbed elbows with the hoi polloi? I’m sure she’ll handle it well.

  68. rich24
    August 7th, 2005 at 12:06 am [Reply]

    Maybe Spidey still has some trace effects of radioactivity on him. Then again, doctors don’t usually pull out a geiger counter at routine physicals. (Has Marvel ever attempted a scientific explanation of HOW Peter Parker can climb walls? Light bones? Sticky palms?)

    I’ll definitely have to start reading Funky… you guys have already gotten me hooked on Mary Worth, Rex M.D. and so many others I can only find online. Havent seen Winterbean? Winklebrain? since it was a funny strip; this dramatic version sounds as jarring and deliciously bad as some of the others who inexplicably moved from humor into overearnest drama (like Archie’s Christian Spire comics, or that Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis “drama”, The Stooge).

  69. Firegoat
    August 7th, 2005 at 7:15 am [Reply]

    I’m more concerned that Sunday morning has found one of the Saintly Pattersons waking up with a hangover…. at a co-ed party! the shame!

  70. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 7th, 2005 at 8:21 am [Reply]

    Peter’s concerned that the doctor will discover that he has no internal bones, but an exoskeleton. This seems understandable. Someday, we might get to see him scream “I’m molting! Molting! Oh, what a world…”

    Today’s Funky W. found a way to prolong the suspense even further, causing me to lose interest altogether.

    It’s not easy to find, though. Try http://www.chron.com/content/chronicle/comics/archive/showComick.mpl?date=20050807&name=Funky_Winkerbean

  71. cranberry27
    August 7th, 2005 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    Not only is poor, brave Mary out there among the gangbangers, one of them is even *gasp* non-white! He’s a charming shade of canary yellow instead. Really mixing it up, there. Next week they introduce her to a remarkable new medicine for her glaucoma!

  72. Chris
    August 7th, 2005 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    Not only that, it’s so nice that they paint women’s shelters in such a wonderful light. Yes, let’s just convey to the public that there are no alternatives women can go to when domestic life is awful.

  73. Lisa
    August 7th, 2005 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    I too was perturbed by the co-ed party at Mt Foob. Is that Liz or April? Whichever one it is (and I’m going to assume Liz), do my eyes deceive me that an unmarried female Patterson has woken up in a cabin alongside two males?? Where alcohol was clearly involved?? Shocked! Shocked I am!

  74. Bill Peschel
    August 7th, 2005 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    That woman’s shelter in evil downtown storyline would be useful for generating controversy if anyone ever bothered to read the strip.

    I’ve lost track of the St. Pattersons. Wasn’t April visiting family at some cabin? So it was far more wholesome than the drunken revels I was subjected to at that age. Look, they even have a guitar! Everybody sing:

    I gave my love a cherry,
    that had no stone

  75. Occam
    August 7th, 2005 at 6:49 pm [Reply]

    #74: Isn’t April off visiting her aunt and uncle on some farm? But then, the storylines in Sunday strips and daily strips in Foobville don’t always jive.

    I liked the magic drop-down cupboards and the sudden appearance of counter appliances in the last panel of “Adam @Home.” More continuity in drawing, Mule!

  76. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 7th, 2005 at 8:25 pm [Reply]

    I was looking for the forums, and thought I’d try adding /forums to joshreads.com and see what happened. Here’s what:

    “! The page you’re looking for, /forums, does not technically “exist” as such on this Web site. Might you have more luck at the IRTCSYDHT main page?

    “By the way, only losers use Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0 as their browser”

    Am I to believe this is our Josh, who if he had an opinion about browsers would never be such a tool as to advocate the use of Internet Explorer? Maybe he just has the misfortune of using a hostile server. Maybe it’s the voice of Beezlebub.

  77. Firegoat
    August 7th, 2005 at 8:58 pm [Reply]

    I used a hostile server once. i’m pretty sure she spit in my food.

  78. Josh
    August 7th, 2005 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    Hi Chet-

    Josh here — that message is general-purpose misanthropy. It just spits back whatever user agent it detects. Basically, it calls everyone who gets there a loser.

    I use Safari on Mac and Firefox on Windows myself. Death to IE!

    For the forums link, check under “community” in the sidebar.

    jf

  79. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 7th, 2005 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    Whew. For a moment there, I thought I might be considered a loser.

    I know I’m not a loser

    I know I’m not.

    NOT a loser.

  80. PizzaBagel
    August 8th, 2005 at 12:13 am [Reply]

    Yup, Dingo, the Beckster’s bio says that “keyboard and vocals are her forte.” So she’s good with her fingers and her throat. ‘Nuff said.

  81. Lor
    August 8th, 2005 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    Hee! Zits made me chuckle today. They’ve got an off-scene spew that’s pretty funny as described. You could say they’ve “taken the spit” to a whole new level.

    Or is it just that it’s 4:00 a.m. where I am?

  82. Alex
    August 8th, 2005 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    Why will no one acknowledge the fact that Mama is wearing a trash can lid on her head?!?!?!

  83. sally
    August 8th, 2005 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    Re #47 — I loved the Colon Blow commercial; my husband and I still refer to our favorite high fiber cereal as Colon Blow. But my favorite part, other than the mountain of cereal bowls that was poking fun at Total or whatever, was the disclaimer/warning at the end. The voiceover guy rapidly lists all the possible side effects of eating Super Colon Blow and disclaims any responsibility for the consequences.

  84. Dennis Jimenez
    August 8th, 2005 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    Why so quiet? No comments on Papa Patterson’s probable pummeling? Mary’s frustration trying to find her special derelict among all those other derelicts? The professors undue interest in gourmet pastries?

  85. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 8th, 2005 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    I find it odd that the Women’s Shelter just lets weird people like Mary waltz right in. They are, after all, in a questionable neighborhood, and they ought to have a bit of security.

  86. RBF
    August 8th, 2005 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    I found it odd too Chet, as well as their allowing all of those could-be rapists/serial killers to mull around just outside the door, eye-balling every woman who even thinks of entering.

    They use the word “shelter” in the lightest sense, I guess. Shelter from the rain.

  87. RBF
    August 8th, 2005 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    At least, to Meddlin’s relief, all of the women inside are lily-white like she is.

  88. barrett
    August 8th, 2005 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    Are we about to see Funky Winkerboom?

  89. Islamorada Girl
    August 10th, 2005 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    It looks as if Ritzilla took part of Mary’s living room. In the background of this grim, brunettes- only flophouse, we see a dresser, a bouquet of flowers and some Wal Mart art that sure looks like what we’ve seen previously in Mary’s den of meddling at Charterstone. I’ve heard of women who carry a mattress on their backs, but a Danish modern, walnut veneer bureau?

  90. Mary Brandt
    August 15th, 2005 at 12:40 am [Reply]

    I think they just have some very cold beaches in California.

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