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It’s not a lifestyle, it’s a life

Marmaduke, 10/18/05

Here’s a series of words that I can guarantee has never been written before in this order: Today’s Marmaduke is the gayest Marmaduke ever.

179 responses to “It’s not a lifestyle, it’s a life

  1. Kitt
    October 18th, 2005 at 8:49 pm [Reply]


    Oddly, the caption works for all Marmadukes, I believe.

  2. Some Guy Here
    October 18th, 2005 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    Second, both in post and in sentiment

  3. Will
    October 18th, 2005 at 9:05 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke looks like an enormous Scrappy Doo in that picture.

  4. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    October 18th, 2005 at 9:07 pm [Reply]

    That Marmaduke! He is some big dog, isn’t he? That’s what makes me chuckle every time– he’s huge!

  5. Hysterical Woman
    October 18th, 2005 at 9:11 pm [Reply]

    Isn’t that Hitler?

  6. Anonymous
    October 18th, 2005 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    Those danes are known for their great humor.

  7. Nom du Jour
    October 18th, 2005 at 9:26 pm [Reply]

    Just notice where Marm’s paw is on Adolf’s body.

    ‘nuf said.

  8. Marc
    October 18th, 2005 at 9:38 pm [Reply]

    Closet Mr. Winslow, coming out with his DOG!

    Hysterical Woman: HE LOOKS LIKE HITLER!! YOU ARE RIGHT!!

    Look at that disaproving look Lady Houseguest has.

    Perhaps the Missus is moving out with Lady houseguest, her new “partner.”

    Only in Marmaduke would they hint at Beastiality.

    Some people express parts of their lives thru writing.

    Brad Anderson has to get laid.

  9. TwoClubs
    October 18th, 2005 at 10:16 pm [Reply]

    I hate to be so sensitive, but this kind of “joke” is insulting to the utmost degree. The term “lifestyle” is clearly a thinly-veiled reference to homosexuality, and likening same-sex relationships to bestiality has been an all-too predictable tactic by our most radical conservatives.

    For our less scrupulous cartoonists, it’s an easy punchline, but very alienating for some of us, to say the least. They are not worth the time of day, and are worthy of censorship in my opinion.

  10. Islamorada Girl
    October 18th, 2005 at 10:17 pm [Reply]

    Hitler and Scooby Doo. Who knew?

    Is this the one where they find Eva Braun is still alive and well and only pretending to be the ghost in the haunted bunker?

  11. zzz05
    October 18th, 2005 at 10:29 pm [Reply]


  12. Eo
    October 18th, 2005 at 10:45 pm [Reply]

    #9: Yeah, it’s not a nice joke at all. (If you add in the fact that the dog appears to be several days deceased, then they’re comparing us queers to necrophiliacs too, I guess.) I can’t really get my dander up, though, since no one actually READS Marmaduke except for the purpose of ridiculing it on this blog.

  13. mooselet
    October 18th, 2005 at 11:04 pm [Reply]

    Putting away the sexual innuendo, which is very difficult I admit, I think the joke was supposed to be a reference to men’s great loves – tv, sleeping, and their dog. And being able to have all 3 at once is the equivilant of multiple orgasms.

    Still stupid. Marmaduke should be put down and Anderson should not try to makes jokes using homosexual references that he clearly doesn’t understand.

    Oooo, I’m number 13! Lucky lucky!

  14. Anonymous
    October 18th, 2005 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    I think it’s a bit presumptious to say that this cartoon has homosexual reference. It didn’t strike me that way at all, and having read a fair deal of Marmadukes in the past, it’s hard to imagine Anderson making such a blatant social statement … or any social statement beyond the trivial and inoffensive.

    My reading of the work: “They (as in hubby, and dog by proxy!) say it (lounging/sleeping around in front of the TV) is a lifestyle (ie: a legitimate way to live one’s life)”.

    If anything, it’s a joke that a wife or girlfriend would relate to, as many would claim to have boyfriends/husbands with similar attitudes toward doing nothing of any practical value!

    Having said all that, it’s a lame joke, and really not worthy of all this dissection any way.

  15. Anonymous
    October 18th, 2005 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    …furthermore, the conclusion of sexual inuendo says more about the reader than the cartoonist.

  16. Bill Peschel
    October 18th, 2005 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    Ahem, Anonymous, permit me to point out that no one is seriously suggesting a gay subtext for Mar- … Mar- … Mar-ma-lade.

    You know what I mean.

    We’re just havin’ some fun here.

    Now “Get Fuzzy” — that’s just TEEMING with subtext.

    But that’s another post.

  17. mooselet
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:15 am [Reply]

    Anonymous, are you saying we’re like a bunch of schoolkids who giggle when words like “penis” and “bum” are used?

    Heh, I said penis…

    I can’t imagine a comic that has been around for as long as this one has to be deliberately using sexual slang, but the point is that because this strip has been around for so long the artist uses such wording without realizing the connotations have changed. When this happens, it’s time to throw away the pencil and retire.

  18. Mumblix Grumph
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:46 am [Reply]

    Look at that birth-control dress the Mrs. is wearing…next to that, even the dog looks good!

    No wonder the poor bastard switched.

  19. Anonymous
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:12 am [Reply]

    Well, at least one post previous to mine has mentioned being offended by a perceived inuendo, so that would suggest that not all posters are just having fun with it. As far as the suggestion that the connotations of words has changed, and that Anderson should be aware of that … hmm, “lifestyle” means just that: Lifestyle. Not homosexual lifestyle, not buddhist lifestyle, not jellyfish lifestyle. Just lifestyle. If individuals want to pin their own connotation to a word, that’s just dandy, but don’t expect everyone else to suddenly change how they perceive that word. To expect someone to “throw away the pencil and retire” simply because they don’t realise the connotation that another individual has decided to adopt for a simple word tht he’s used in a fairly mediocre caption is clearly a bit silly and self-absorbed.

  20. Frank Drackman
    October 19th, 2005 at 5:31 am [Reply]

    Hitlers Dog was “Blondie” a German Shepherd..bought the farm via a cyanide dog treat while the Russians were closing in..

  21. Frank Drackman
    October 19th, 2005 at 5:35 am [Reply]

    Isnt “Lifestyles” a brand of condom?

  22. BigJoe
    October 19th, 2005 at 6:48 am [Reply]

    #20: So what you’re saying is that Hitler was a big fan of the comic strip? He wasn’t in the background of the big party scene, was he?

  23. Chris
    October 19th, 2005 at 6:49 am [Reply]

    Hey, look I don’t really give a crap about this one. All I can say is 10/19 Wizard of Id really sucks more than usual.

  24. Lee
    October 19th, 2005 at 7:05 am [Reply]

    A3-G: Sorry, I can’t think of a smart-aleck comment this time – Luann’s just an idiot.

    FBOFW: Strips like today’s just beg for a Wildly Inappropriate Margo Reaction Shotâ„¢.

    FW: Of all the serial strips we talk about here, this one may be the hardest one to make fun of. At least Lynn gives you enough background that you can catch up on what you’ve missed pretty quickly (granted, it’s not a hell of a lot). Miss any part of FW, and you come back to random images.

    (Granted, I followed the Rana adoption storyline too, and that often seemed like just random images.)

    MW: I thought I was only joking about their special dinner being all about Rita. Exactly why is this strip named after Mary again?

  25. mooselet
    October 19th, 2005 at 7:36 am [Reply]

    A3G: Luann may be an idiot, but Margo is just eee-vil! Just look at her in panel one, smugly observing the destruction she has wrought.

    SpiderMan: I still want to know just where Peter was storing that face mask, given how many comments we had that he was au natural under that gown.

    MW: Snails friggin’ move faster than this “plot”. And that waiter is waaay overattentive; he’s already there, pencil in hand, and Jeff hasn’t even taken off his coat. Dude, back off! You’ll get your tip – or at least a platitude.

    MT: That is, without a doubt, the freaky-ist porcupine I have ever seen! Is that the style all the young ‘pines are wearing these days?

    RMMD: Put a feathered cap on Jack and he’d be Captain Feathersword from the Wiggles! Ahoy there, me hardies.

    FBOFW: I got nothin’… less boring than Mtigiwannahackaloogie, but not terribly exciting. Although we were spared Kelpfroth’s wife beater and back hair (the signs of evil).

  26. Wren Wah
    October 19th, 2005 at 7:51 am [Reply]

    Mrs. Winslow is not upset that her husband is a lazy slob. After a couple of decades of marriage, she would have gotten used to that. It’s just that, usually, she gets all of the bestiality action. Now she’s really annoyed that “Duke has started playing both sides of the record. (An archaic expression I realize, but totally appropriate when discussing Marmaduke.)

  27. Sourbelly
    October 19th, 2005 at 7:54 am [Reply]

    #9: Censorship? No.

  28. Birnt
    October 19th, 2005 at 8:11 am [Reply]

    Gays tend to be so self-centered they think everything is about them. That and they think everyone is gay (just like stoners think everyone smokes pot, or at least should.)

    P.S. This strip is just stupid.

  29. Sourbelly
    October 19th, 2005 at 8:11 am [Reply]

    (DT) Gil Thorp, 10/18: Note that in the first panel, the receiver appears to be frozen in space/time as the ball ricochets off of his stiff hands. No wonder the poor kid couldn’t catch it. Maybe he’s suffering from the dreaded mid-air catatonia. As a DTGT reader, I can relate.

  30. Nom du Jour
    October 19th, 2005 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    FBPFW 10/19: Mike has visions of adding to his writing chops by becomming a slum lord. Just imagine all the hilarious essays he can come up with.

    How I evicted an unwed mother and her infant because they complained about the heat.

    Renting to college co-eds and just where to place the hidden cameras.

    How to bilk the government out of Section 8 (or I guess that would be Section 6.5 Canadian) money and never make improvements on a rental.

    Hilarity insues.

  31. Sourbelly
    October 19th, 2005 at 8:39 am [Reply]

    #29 (me): I meant 10/19. Crap.

  32. Jason
    October 19th, 2005 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    I’m a big ol’ homo and I didn’t take it as a gay reference until I read the comments. I thought it was refering to laziness, La-Z Boy chair and all.

    I was not offended, at least not until I read the post number 28. Well, to be honest, even post number 28 isn’t as stupid as the average Marmaduke.

  33. rich
    October 19th, 2005 at 9:29 am [Reply]

    GT: I can see where this is heading. After Brick’s lifeless body is pulled out of that locker he’s been trapped in all week, the team adopts “Win one for the brickhouse” as their mantra and rolls to the championship. “See, that li’l nerd WAS good for somethin’ after all”, jokes Coach Flamehair.

  34. the white widow
    October 19th, 2005 at 9:33 am [Reply]

    Post #28 kind of offended me. I’m a stoner and I am paranoid that not enough people burn. Wait, I guess that statement makes me one of the afficianadoes that thinks most people should. Damn you stereotype!

  35. David
    October 19th, 2005 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    Anyone else’s local paper censoring Curtis this week? The Washington Post is running old strips, but I see that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has the real ones:

  36. Cottontail
    October 19th, 2005 at 9:44 am [Reply]

    Comment #25, Mooselet:

    Was that a porcupine in Mark Trail? Thanks for the ID… I couldn’t figure it out. The closest I could come up with was a wombat with a severe case of bed head (or bed back) and was puzzled as to why a wombat had wandered into Lost Forest. (“I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque”?)

  37. So-Called Austin Mayor
    October 19th, 2005 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    You want gayer?

    Marmaduke “fluffs” his owner here:

    The last four panels violate decency laws.

  38. Phinneaus J. Whoopigoldberg
    October 19th, 2005 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    Gayest dog other than Poncho in Pooch Cafe.

  39. Sheila
    October 19th, 2005 at 10:30 am [Reply]

    #37, So-Called Austin Mayor: AAAAGGGGHHHH! You mean there’s such a thing as a SUNDAY Marmaduke? With multiple panels? I had no idea!

    For god’s sake, the So-Called Marmaduke Cartoonist has trouble stretching a gag to ONE panel.

  40. hacky
    October 19th, 2005 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    Curtis 10/18: What an ear for the way today’s urban teens speak…”No, pal, you got us wrong…” I was waiting for “Onion” to chime in with “Yeah, see?” Derrick’s flattop fade is more up to date than the dialogue.

  41. Irina
    October 19th, 2005 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    I’m straight, and saw the gay subtext with it … however, I don’t see the evil ghosts in it as did #9, just a lukewarm attempt at humor.

    Wife is explaining it to her friend. She is doing so matter-of-factly, and doesn’t appear to be that ruffled by it. If it had turned into a big disapproval/argument type thing where it was obviously WRONG, then maybe there’d be a case to criticize.

    As it stands it’s just allegory, only using a common term in a new or parallel context — not making a direct connection or equation, let alone passing judgement.

    #28. I disagree. Insert generic flame here.

  42. MyBrainHurts
    October 19th, 2005 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    Kelpfroth sounds like one of those health-food smoothies.

  43. Hysterical Woman
    October 19th, 2005 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    37#: Even without the sexual subtext, that comic is creepy. Marmaduke is going to shake his owner to death! (okay, maybe I’m a weird)

  44. Skj
    October 19th, 2005 at 11:50 am [Reply]

    RE: #37: the only time I’ve seen a dog do that was when he was humping my leg.

  45. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 11:50 am [Reply]

    Censorship? Jesus H. Christ! Are there any other words or phrases the gay community want to stake claim to? I will no longer use the term teddy bear as a reference to a stuffed animal. OK? Happy? Long live the Queen…ooops… Sorry.

  46. Jason
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:06 pm [Reply]

    I have to take exception with the call to censorship too. I’m just as offended as #45 when people start demanding that things be censored. I’m a Bill of Rights absolutist. But there is kind of an issue when people cease to be individuals and are lumped together as “communities”. Seems to me that this as offensive as censorship, #45.

  47. NotEvenARepublican
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, sort of like when references are made about the “Religious Right.”

  48. Bitter Scribe
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    Rick Santorum, anyone?

  49. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:27 pm [Reply]

    My lumping them together is directly related to one gay speaking for all of them. Listen, we are all individuals so act like it. Your opinion may not be mine nor of someone you think you represent. If you are offended that’s one thing. It doesn’t mean I am too.

  50. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    Rather than “community” what would be better? Sect? Organization? People? Group? Clearly not Lifestyled. When did community become taboo? I can think of worse things to be called.

    Defintion: A group of people having common interests: the scientific community; the international business community.
    A group viewed as forming a distinct segment of society: the gay community; the community of color.

  51. Wren Wah
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:36 pm [Reply]

    My fellow curmudgeonites, in these trying times of social unrest and political polarization it is vital that we take time out to remember those principals that bind us together as a community:
    1). Marmaduke, Cathy and Beetle Bailey are lame.
    2). Lynn Johnston can’t write to save her soul.
    3). All of the serial strips exist solely to be ridiculed by the College of Comic Cardinals.

    Let us remember our sacred credo, “It’s all about the funny. If it ain’t funny or can’t be made fun of, take it to another blog.”

  52. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:39 pm [Reply]

    RE: 48…What’s your point?

  53. Sheila
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:42 pm [Reply]

    You know what, I can’t actually recall any cases of “one gay speaking for all of them.” (What, they have a CEO?) I’ve always seen a lot of healthy diversity in the gay “community”. But I think a lot of people HEAR comments by one as somehow referring to all. (The way a lot of people hear a casual reference to “my partner” as “shoving their sexuality down people’s throats” — this from people who say “my husband” or “my wife” dozens of times every day!)

    I think someone can say “I’m offended” without it necessarily meaning “you should also be offended.” Direct quote from #9: “very alienating for some of us,” note that “some”.

    Doesn’t mean I’m with you on the censorship stuff, #9. The answer to “offensive” speech is… more speech.

  54. Library Cat
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:42 pm [Reply]

    All this controversy over Marmaduke…who would have thought it possible? I did not see the “lifestyle” comment as being any kind of reference to an alternative lifestyle in spite of the fact that he was sleeping with his dog. Real estate companies are now selling homes and condos for the “resort lifestyle” or the “urban lifestyle”. There is now an actual career of being a “lifestyle expert” to help their clients achieve a certain mode of living, whether stylishly or ruggedly or whatever the hell they want to pretend to be. In fact, Martha Stewart is now being called a lifestyle expert. I don’t think Brad Anderson or whoever writes that crap is belittling gay people or is even behind the times necessarily, this time. Just this time.

  55. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    RE: 51 How right you are. Thanks for reminding me.

  56. Nom du Jour
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    From #49
    Listen, we are all individuals so act like it.

    I’m not.

  57. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    SOME gay people need to get over themselves. That’s what I’m trying to say. Not everyone is snickering behind your backs or lobbying for laws that go against your, dare I say, lifestyle. You be you and be proud of it not defensive about it. That’s all I ask.

  58. Dennis Jimenez
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    Is the great gay debate over today? I’d rather get back to my usual juvenile sexual entendre, like just what they’ll be pounding in the last panel of GT (OK the obligatory DT) today.

  59. Library Cat
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    Re #54

    Sorry, let me rephrase that part about sleeping with his dog, no I don’t think gay people, individually or collectively sleep with their dogs. It just seemed like the “sleeping together” thing was bringing up sexual innuendos in many people’s minds.

    Too many landmines in this discussion, can we just talk about that weird face Rex Morgan is making in panel 3? Was it the mention of the soccer ball?

  60. Adouble
    October 19th, 2005 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    Political discourse caused by Marmaduke is more surreal than UNICEF blowing up smurfs.

  61. Sheila
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    And not one word about how “I’m a girl” is the MOST humiliating thing that Derek and “Onion” could possibly be made to say…

    I’m a girl! And I’m offended!

    So there.

  62. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    I think someone can say “I’m offended” without it necessarily meaning “you should also be offended.”

    Isn’t this what censorship, in all it’s glory, is supposed to be saying?

  63. Sheila
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:02 pm [Reply]

    Sure, but I’m anti-censorship. See above :-)

  64. Bitter Scribe
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:05 pm [Reply]

    #52: To get my point, Google Santorum together with the phrase “man on dog.”

  65. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:09 pm [Reply]

    #64. OK Now I get it. Good one. How relevant in a weird way.

  66. gershwin
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:14 pm [Reply]

    Forgive my ignorance/spaciness, but which strip is “FW”, again?

  67. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:17 pm [Reply]


  68. Sourbelly
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    Mary is looking kinda hot today. Dare I call her a GILF?

  69. Irina
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:25 pm [Reply]

    As a soccer player, I’m offended by the depiction of soccer balls being filled up with C-4 and being used as IEDs.

    I plan to write my local paper and have them run old strips of RMMD from back in 2002!!

    You know, like 3 weeks ago RMMD time…

  70. Nom du Jour
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    We will know Lt. WilCOX is a complete moron when he says he got hurt when he went to score a goal with the ball.

  71. Robert Canipe, PhD
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    We have become the United States of the Offended where now the offended are beginning to offend me. Why does everything have to be a jab at someone else? I didn’t see ANY jab at gays in the Marmaduke. I saw a simple jab a laziness. However, SOMEONE always has to get offended and put off. Well, I’m getting put off.

  72. Jocko
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    Re: #70

    I’m OFFENDED that you would belittle a brave disabled VET.

  73. gershwin
    October 19th, 2005 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    Death to all extremists!

  74. Nom du Jour
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    All this offensiveness offends me.

    Off with their ends.

  75. Nom du Jour
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:03 pm [Reply]

    I’m OFFENDED that you would belittle a brave disabled VET.

    I didn’t even mention Marmaduke’s doctor.

  76. mental bastille
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:11 pm [Reply]

    Speaking of ‘the lifestyle’, today’s Curtis involves the bullies being told to drop their pants, and say “I’m a girl” while being held at gunpoint. I guess to prepare them for prison?

  77. NotEvenARepublican
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:23 pm [Reply]

    His popeness has done it this time, in the “can ‘o worms opening” division.

  78. NotEvenARepublican
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    whoops, I meant “can o’.” Don’t want to offend with my bad punctuation placement.

  79. Nom du Jour
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    whoops, I meant “can o’.” Don’t want to offend with my bad punctuation placement.

    Your catching your mistake and then correcting it offends me.

  80. NotEvenARepublican
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    My humblest apology. It’s just part of my lifestyle.

  81. NotEvenARepublican
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

    A random thought: if I say something perceived to be offensive, but no one reads my comment, is it really offensive?

  82. Nom du Jour
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:46 pm [Reply]

    A random thought: if I say something perceived to be offensive, but no one reads my comment, is it really offensive?

    Only if you say it in a forest when no one is there.

    And if a tree falls, run.

  83. Nom du Jour
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:47 pm [Reply]

    I forgot, randomness offends me too.

    But only planned and scheduled randomness.

  84. NotEvenARepublican
    October 19th, 2005 at 2:48 pm [Reply]

    This is off the subject, but has anyone accessed the link provided by Pha-Q ? Talk about eeeewwwww!!!!

  85. Sassy_Rocks
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    Fortunately, I only see Maramaduke once a week, in Parade. That is more than enough since it’s one of those comics I read out of guilt more than for pleasure. (Reading the worlds’ smartest genius, Marilyn Vos Savant, is more of a guilty pleasure). Is Marmaduke a talking dog? If so does he have the typical Hanna Barbera Rastro-Scooby speech impediment (“Rye Raggy”) or has he mastered normal human speech like Scooby’s nephew Scrappy Doo?

    At least today’s Mary Worth has a gratuitous reference to a past episode in addition to the platitudes she’s been spouting for the past two weeks. Do we finally have closure? I’d rather see the floating heads every day than two weeks of platitude torture. I’m sensing something Wilbur/Dawn Weston related for the next exciting episode.

  86. Sheila
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    This is off the subject, too, but the frickin’ Jumble is screwed up today — they should have circled the T, not the E, in INVITE, or you can’t get the answer GIFT of GAB.

    AND the Quick Crossword is screwed up — “German article” turns out to be “und”, which is a frickin’ CONJUNCTION, hellooooo….

    Fortunately the Sedoku came out — I’m getting addicted to those.

    Can you tell I’m unemployed?

  87. deeanne
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    To me, it appears that in today’s Gil Thorp the airborne football player has been launched upward with the still-extended helping hand of the person standing behind him- though that must have been a feat for said person since he seems to have an abnormally short forearm. Maybe Coach Thorp developed a new strategy in which one player slings the other into the air so they can catch higher-flying balls. Doesn’t look like it’s working. Just an observation.

  88. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    RE 84 Pretty offensive isn’t it?

  89. rich
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    New topic, Josh!

  90. Adouble
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    If I start a Sedoku I have to finish it, but it seems to require a lot less creativity than cross word puzzles. Maybe I just like it because the name just screams “Japanese craze that made it America”. Take that Tomagachi and Pokemon!

  91. mooselet
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    Yes, Popeness, please cause a new controversy because quite frankly I am becoming offended by all the offensiveness, and the defensiveness or lack of it in (DT)GT, of the offensive comments defending other offensive comments or being just plain offensive on their own merits.

    …oh, no, I’ve gone cross-eyed!

  92. mooselet
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    Hey, someone else noticed the Smurf thing! I’ve got that on my blog:

    Shameless self-promotion, I know… hope y’all ain’t offended.

  93. Nom du Jour
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:28 pm [Reply]

    Yes, Popeness, please cause a new controversy because quite frankly I am becoming offended by all the offensiveness, and the defensiveness or lack of it in (DT)GT, of the offensive comments defending other offensive comments or being just plain offensive on their own merits.

    …oh, no, I’ve gone cross-eyed!

    That has got to be at least 15 yards for offensive interference.

    Either that or 15 hours of reading the last 15 years worth of (DT)GT and having to make a logical and concise essay about what happened.

  94. Zorba the Geek
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:44 pm [Reply]

    Okay, is everybody through being offended and/or offending others now? (Let’s have a big group hug and a chorus of Kumbaya as we toast marshmallows over the camfire.) Back to the comix- WHAT is with the quills on the ginormous porcupine in Mark Trail today? I live in the country, and have seen porcupines, many with quills going every which way, but none like that. Looks like he has a missile launcher on his back.

  95. Pha-Q
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:56 pm [Reply]

    I am done offending the offended. Back to the comics…

  96. Library Cat
    October 19th, 2005 at 3:58 pm [Reply]

    re #94

    Make that a quill launcher. I know I shouldn’t be disappointed (MT has disappointed so many time before) but after all the plotting and scheming, drowning and biting, El Presidente is just giving up the job to Scott anyway. Damn.

  97. Sheila
    October 19th, 2005 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    It’s a FLANGE. That there is an AERODYNAMIC porcupine.

  98. NotEvenARepublican
    October 19th, 2005 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    Here’s a new topic: has anyone ever used a different screen name than the one he’s best known for, to do some stealth postings? You, know, when things get a little controversial, and you want to maintain some anonymity, and just maybe keep your “radical” views from the Mr. or Mrs.? Just a thought.

  99. Marc
    October 19th, 2005 at 4:27 pm [Reply]

    Pha-Q! Ha! It’s funny! Like on some websites where it has a welcome page, and the “exit” button takes you to

    I have never seen this much controversy. It’s comics people! If you are offended deal with it. Life goes on.

    FBOFW: Oy gevalt! Lovey Saltzman may sell the duplex! What a pickle! I’m gonna plotz before tomorrow’s strip. And those shmendricks the Kelpfroths are being quite the pejutches!

    MW: Look at that attentive waiter. To reply to an earlier post, yes he will get paid in platitiudes.

    A fake plat:

    Money is in the eye of the beholder, not the receiver.

    Or. . .

    Charity is for those who deserve it’s help.

    If you’re working at a restaurant off of a WASPY Marina, that serves stuffed flounder, then i believe this over-attentive waiter is living quite well.

    He’s hoping the rich customer will pay nicely.

    I could totally see Rita having an attack in here and throwing stuffed flounder at the waiter and screaming “BOOZE ME BITCH!!!”

  100. Sheila
    October 19th, 2005 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    100! Porcupines!

  101. Sheila
    October 19th, 2005 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

    Sorry, I have porcupines on the brain right now. Did you know they float? Or so I’ve been told, haven’t tried it.

  102. Monkey
    October 19th, 2005 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    Mallard Fillmore 10/19: Reading this comic is like usually like begging to recieve the bubonic plague, for me at least. But anyone else notice how crudely drawn the hand is, that in turn brings life to Mallard?
    The first one looks like some sort of mutated, mangled paw consisting of four stumpy thumbs.
    The second one? It looks like… well you know what it looks like.

  103. Sheila
    October 19th, 2005 at 4:35 pm [Reply]

    That’s a hand? I thought it was, I dunno, lips.

  104. Adouble
    October 19th, 2005 at 5:14 pm [Reply]

    Mallard Fillmore discovers post-modernism only 30 years after it was hip, and 6 months after Beetle Bailey did.

  105. Zorba the Geek
    October 19th, 2005 at 5:53 pm [Reply]

    Sheila- I’ve heard the same thing about porcupines. I assume it’s because of all those quills- the quills are hollow. I still don’t know about the missile/quill launcher on the MT porcupine’s back, though. I do know that I never want to meet a porcupine that big.

  106. Bill Peschel
    October 19th, 2005 at 5:58 pm [Reply]

    Speaking of alabaster thighs glistening with sweat … I must have missed a few 9CL strips, so could someone clairify today’s strip:

    What did Burkhardt do that would lead his girlfriend to suspect he’s stepping out on her?

    I know that Burkhardt and Edda are pairing up for the concert, and that he put the moves on her and she put him in his place, so why would she be so nervous now?

    I suspect I missed some minor backstory, because I get the gist of the strip, but the reactions of Seth and Edda seem a little over the top.

    I guess I’ll have to study those thighs a little closer. Maybe the answer’s there.

  107. Anonymous
    October 19th, 2005 at 6:16 pm [Reply]

    #28… I have no words.

    Marmaduke does suck, though. It’s nice that regular folks and bigoted retards can get together on that.

  108. Dub Not Dubya
    October 19th, 2005 at 8:04 pm [Reply]

    Okay, I had some more time on my hands, so I did up another batch of Mil-ford Gilmore for your reading pleasure, or something like that. For those who might have missed it in the comments thread below this one, I took actual lines from Gil Thorp and put them into Mallard Fillmore strips. Here’s the link:

  109. Adam-12
    October 19th, 2005 at 8:28 pm [Reply]

    It’s high time we put all of this behind us. This is a moral and upright society, and so I think it’s time we propose a Constitutional Amendment…

    …to ban Marmaduke forever!

    We must stop the decaying of the moral fiber and the corruption of our nation’s comic-reading youth. Unfunny and/or poorly-drawn strips have been proven to lead directly to gang violence, drug use, and high rates of indigestion amongst young people.

    Only by passing the Marmaduke Amendment can we combat this decay of the comic pages and restore this country to it’s former glory! Won’t you join me in championing this cause for the good of America? Your help is urgently needed. Please send cash or a money order [no personal checks from you deadbeats, thank you] to:

    Ban Marmaduke Amendment
    P.O. Box A12
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  110. Marc
    October 19th, 2005 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    I bet that’s your PO box or something?

    Marmaduke is like Dilbert. No matter how stupid it is, it’s what makes the paper a paper. If we banned bad strips, this blog wouldnt exist!

  111. mooselet
    October 19th, 2005 at 9:32 pm [Reply]

    Adam, I swear you could be a politician. You beg for funds so well… you’re not DeLay in disguise, are you?

    I’m still not sending you any money, not matter how much Marmaduke should be put down.

  112. The Rhino
    October 19th, 2005 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    Bill #106
    Burkhardt dumped Janice, and she’s been hanging out with Mark (Seth’s boyfriend). In trying to cheer Janice up, Mark told her that Burkhardt probably dumped her for some bimbo. But the ‘bimbo’ distracting Burkhardt is Edda, even though she doesn’t return the attraction. Seth and Edda are aware of this (hence their reactions) and I thought Mark was too.

  113. Mibbitmaker
    October 20th, 2005 at 3:34 am [Reply]

    These days, wherever any entertainments exist, a pointless Culture War will break out! Can’t put on a school play without a Bush-bash-a-thon or an anti-gay marriage harangue, or a platitude if Mary Worth shows up!

    Aw hell, I offended myself for staying up this bloody late.

  114. Mibbitmaker
    October 20th, 2005 at 3:49 am [Reply]


    FBOFW: “Heritage House”. Sounds like a place where they take you, Clockwork Orange-style, and subject you to long lessons about the heritage of Mitigiwannagohome.

    A3G: “Interesting..”, huh? Shut up, Margo!

    And see LuAnn in the last panel: they’ve actually invented the… fist bobble!


    Garfield and Beetle Bailey go meta! A post-modern twofer. And Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy LaMour & Tex Avery are all rolling in their graves!

    Nancy: Don’t get all excited, Nance and Slugg’… all those “rides” are are forced readings of reems of (DT)GT, FW, and many more. All the “intestine ripper” is is an Overview of Rita and The Swans (shudder!)

  115. yellojkt
    October 20th, 2005 at 4:32 am [Reply]

    Is the monkey a special guest appearance by one of the M*lford Fillmore writers? Great job.

  116. Chris
    October 20th, 2005 at 6:31 am [Reply]

    Curtis 10/20 – All that setup for a freakin’ water pistol??? What is Ray Billingsley thinking???

  117. Chris
    October 20th, 2005 at 6:35 am [Reply]

    And then there’s Hi and Lois. Grandma must be really proud for Ditto to not be cured of his dyslexia. Although, I don’t understand why he seems to know that “s” works correctly in the word “sweater”.

  118. laska
    October 20th, 2005 at 6:49 am [Reply]

    Mary, Mary, Mary- stop NOW, please!!! For the love of all that is holy, please stop making veiled references to senior sex!

    RMMD- Why, Lt. WilCOX, what ginormous biceps you have!

  119. Lee
    October 20th, 2005 at 7:37 am [Reply]

    I’ve estimated that it’ll take Luann’s fist about five weeks to cover the distance to Margo’s face. But I may be off by a month or so.

  120. Adouble
    October 20th, 2005 at 7:49 am [Reply]

    re #114
    Sadly Garfield wasn’t self-referential enough to have the last panel read “You’d have to slow the strip way down to see that, and lord knows this comic is slow enough already. We’d be talking an Apartment 3G, ice-age-in-panels pacing.”

  121. Irina
    October 20th, 2005 at 9:00 am [Reply]

    I thought it was illegal to sell squitguns nowadays that resembled actual sidearms. They now have to come in bright neon colors to let police know from a distance that they’re toys.

    Here’s to holding out that our brilliant little chemistry-gifted african american brick house has filled his water pistol with some kind of liquid contact poison a la KGB assassins.

  122. BigJoe
    October 20th, 2005 at 9:13 am [Reply]

    Amazing how that small squirtgun can fire out a gush of water that would rival a firehose.

  123. Cottontail
    October 20th, 2005 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    I think Curtis and that other little twit are in for the beatings for their lives.

  124. Maughta
    October 20th, 2005 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    We all know that Samuel “Squirt Gun” Jackson Boy will be thrown out of school while Derrik and “Onion” continue their reign of terror. Yay, zero tolerance!

  125. rich
    October 20th, 2005 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    118: Thank you, Laska, I missed that Mary Worth reference… “How to ‘handle’ what ‘comes up’” — AAAGGG!

  126. Birnt
    October 20th, 2005 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    #107- You shouldn’t put yourself down that way, you don’t seem bigoted or retarded to me.

    Some of your retard friends who know you better may disagree with me though.

    (sorry, couldn’t resist an infantile dig. sometimes I have no self control. alright, most of the time. but then hey, I can’t resist reading the comics everyday. in full public view. talk about shooting a rep all to hell. and now I’ve likely really stepped in it, using retard instead something more politically correct, like mentally challenged, or reality deficient, or developmental delay, or dumb as a post (or dumb as this post for that matter). I’ve gone on more than long enough, good-bye. )

  127. Nom du Jour
    October 20th, 2005 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    Thank you, Laska, I missed that Mary Worth reference… “How to ‘handle’ what ‘comes up’” — AAAGGG

    And Dr. Jeff’s reply of learning from other mistakes is a thinly veiled comment on using “protection” and being “prepared”.

    One quick look in his wallet will show he is there.

  128. Islamorada Girl
    October 20th, 2005 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    Dub does it again! And it’s better than both the original strips!

    Brint, the 7th grade called. They want their “humor” back.

  129. skippingthroughflowers
    October 20th, 2005 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

    Marmaduke is just stupid. There is no funny there. None. It’s just a bunch of stupid. OMYGAWD THERE’S A BIG DOG O HOW FUNNY!!!!

  130. Zorba the Geek
    October 20th, 2005 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    Can we stop all the name-calling, put-downs, and personal invective? Everybody is certainly entitled to an opinion, on any subject whatsoever, but this has to be the meanest thread we’ve had in awhile. Josh, you opened up a can of worms, here, and it has become, unfortunately, the “gift that keeps on giving.” Be nice to each other, people, we have enough nastiness in the world. We don’t need it here. Let’s have fun, and save your shots for the comics, not each other.

  131. Birnt
    October 20th, 2005 at 12:31 pm [Reply]

    I thought we were having fun.
    Woo-hoo, an upgrade from elementary! I must be maturing.
    Maybe that’s why I think Marmaduke is dumb. (gratuitous comic comment thrown in so’s I can maintain a facade of at least staying peripherally on topic)

  132. Anne Nonymous
    October 20th, 2005 at 1:03 pm [Reply]

    Birnt- this is fun? Calling each other names? It’s rather juvenile, don’t you think? And certainly nothing to be proud of. You’re not the only one participating in this insult-fest, and what I say applies to all. I would hate to see this blog deteriorate to the point that it’s, frankly, no fun any more. There are too few other sites like it- a place where people with a common interest can get together and ridicule and joke about something like the comics, without getting into nasty diatribes about each other. I personally don’t care if anyone is liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian, Socialist Worker, or whatever. We should all strive to keep our various prejudices to ourselves and participate in the discussions with humor rather than hatred. Okay, ’nuff said, I’m climbing down off of my soapbox now.

  133. tah-dah!
    October 20th, 2005 at 1:44 pm [Reply]


    I do agree that Brint’s comment was immature and that bigotry sucks. However, I can’t believe the irony of Comment #107, which seems to be a source of his provocation . This person relates to us the ills of bigotry and then immediately follows with the word “retard” as a derogatory.

    So then, bigotry is bad but prejudice is A-OK?

    Please think first. I vote for a kinder, gentler blog!

  134. Sassy_Rocks
    October 20th, 2005 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    I’m wondering about the hairstyle of Matey there in RMMD. It seems to be a custom cut to accomodate the eyepatch. The homorexual Doctor Morgan is getting all hot and bothered thinking of the nude exam coming up.

  135. Anne Nonymous
    October 20th, 2005 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    tah-dah! (#133), you will note that I said, “You’re not the only one participating in this insult-fest, and what I say applies to all.” No, this is not the place for bigotry, prejudice, or any nasty feelings like those to be expressed. I, too, vote for a kinder, gentler blog.

  136. dave !
    October 20th, 2005 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    Perhaps this would be a fine time to reference the psychosexual analysis of Marmaduke that can be found at The Comic Strip Doctor (follow the link below the comic).

  137. Library Cat
    October 20th, 2005 at 2:23 pm [Reply]

    re #135

    I vote for a kinder, gentler blog as well.

    Except where Mary Worth is concerned……RIP THAT OLD HAG TO PIECES!! I think her week-long, nonstop platitude spew is what inspired the “Meanest Thread Ever”. We turned on each other like rats in a cage gnawing on our own brethren to end the deep dull pain of boredom.

  138. Nom du Jour
    October 20th, 2005 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    Doctor Morgan is getting all hot and bothered thinking of the nude exam coming up.

    Just wait until RMMD finds out just waht else is missing with Lt. WilCOX.

    Can you say Merkin?

  139. Cottontail
    October 20th, 2005 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    Library Cat… not to mention all the pent-up sexual tension from the innuendos in Mary’s plati-spew. (We’re well into week two, by the way)

  140. Library Cat
    October 20th, 2005 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

    And speaking of Spiderman, which no one was, but whatever. Per our recent posts of the nature of hospital gowns and Spidey’s commandoness (a new word) shouldn’t we be able to see his butt in the third panel? And how is he and generic baddy carrying on such a conversation through a windshield at top speed. I don’t think the window is down…not sure though.

  141. Birnt
    October 20th, 2005 at 2:50 pm [Reply]

    This isn’t fun? Semi-intelligent* discourse on sensitivity, political correctness and comics isn’t worthwhile?. I don’t think anyone’s being particulary nasty, most of my post’s have been self deprecating while taking mild shot’s at others.

    Besides, I think we should blame Josh. He bears direct responsibility for the degeneration of this thread. If he would just post more this one would have died a natural death already.

    *Semi-intelligent since I think most if not all current discourse will be considered semi-intelligent once the singularity hits. Do you think comics will still exist post-singularity? What would a post-singularity Marmaduke be like? Oh well, pointless to speculate on post-singularity events by definition.

  142. Kaliflower
    October 20th, 2005 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    Overly enthusiastic Librarian Lady returns to ‘One Big Happy’ today. Either she’s an alien who hasn’t quite got the subtleties of human expression down yet, or there’s a guy with a gun to her back behind the counter whispering ‘Just. Act. Natural.’ A third possibility is that Library Cat has been having it out with the mouse up her leg all week.

    At any rate, the fourth panel in today strip is either ‘I’m so sick of this idiotic brats,’ or ‘I just wet myself.’

  143. Library Cat
    October 20th, 2005 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    re #142

    All right Kaliflower…I confess. While you all were chewing on each other because of mega-plati-spew and sexual tension you could cut with a flounder, I have driven “Library Lady” to the brink of insanity. And right over it by the looks of her. I am ashamed, as if putting of up with the spawn of “One Big Happy” wasn’t enough, now this.

  144. Dub Not Dubya
    October 20th, 2005 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    #115 yellojkt: Ha, I hadn’t even thought of that! Good one! I just happened to run across a Mallard strip with a chimp and could not resist using it. Thanks for the kudos, and you too I-Girl.

    #137 Library Cat: Spew of the day! Yeah, tear Mary Worth to pieces. If she was in fact torn to pieces, the possibilities are endless: feed her to Marmaduke, to Garfield, or, my favorite, feed her to the crocs in PBS so that they will go away and leave the zebra alone. How’s that?

  145. Sourbelly
    October 20th, 2005 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    Please, don’t let’s blame Josh for any of this tomfoolery. He could take his ball and go home.

  146. Adam-12
    October 20th, 2005 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    See? All this discourse is why I started the drive to ban Marmaduke! So let’s get those donations in. [Seriously people, I'm moving so I could use the cash!]

    And Re # 139 & MW, I’m waiting for Friday when poor Dr. Jeff just can’t take it anymore. Right there in the Bum Boat! All he’ll have to do is keep spewing platitudes the whole time, and Mary’ll be putty in his hands.

  147. Pha-Q
    October 20th, 2005 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    How do you make italics and bold words in the posts? I may need this in the future to…uh…comment on comics. We’re still doing that I see. Check my new and improved link attached to my name. I have turned over a new leaf.

  148. yellojkt
    October 20th, 2005 at 4:13 pm [Reply]

    Basic HTML works ok. Google “HTML bold” for samples. Anything fancier that italics or bold gets swallowed whole, so no colors or flashing lights.

  149. Marc
    October 20th, 2005 at 4:13 pm [Reply]

    I like how in Hi & Lois today, Ditto is writing a letter to “Grammy” that is laden with errors. You know those annoying, cute, kids-y, errors. Mr. Browne took it waaayyy too far. If you remember, last month, Ditto was learning the square root of xyz..

    Apparently, Ditto (Backwards s)pilled jooze on his sweater! today.

    He spilled Jews on his sweater today?

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for him to write “joose,” or did Browne think adding Z’s to where s’s should be is funny?

    I’m so very confused. Very, very confused.

    MW: It’s contageous!! Dr. Cory is catching platitude-itis! He’s starting to quote, even though it really isn’t..At first glance, it looks like a plat though. By next week he’ll be in a full fledged plati-cold. Mary, Mary, how dare you infect potential lovers!!

    OH MY!!!

  150. Zorba the Geek
    October 20th, 2005 at 4:24 pm [Reply]

    Pha-Q, use the left angle-bracket, then the letter “i” (for italics) or “b” (bold), then the right angle-bracket before the word. After the word, use the left angle-bracket, forward slash, the approriate letter, then the right angle-bracket. This works for HTML.

  151. Kaliflower
    October 20th, 2005 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    I think Ditto spilled jooze on his brain.

  152. Zorba the Geek
    October 20th, 2005 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    On second thought, just do what yellojkt said and Google HTML bold or HTML tags- it’ll show you what to do, better than I explained it.

  153. Cottontail
    October 20th, 2005 at 4:51 pm [Reply]

    Ditto should be commended for taking the time to write a thank you letter. How many kids do that these days? I’m sympathetic since I have a 7-year-old who is great at reading and math, yet struggles with the mechanics of writing and frequently reverses letters and numbers. Still, it doesn’t necessarily make for a funny comic strip.

  154. Nom du Jour
    October 20th, 2005 at 9:53 pm [Reply]

    Text to put in italics

  155. Nom du Jour
    October 20th, 2005 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    Never mind. I thought I had a great idea, put I pulled a LuAnn.

  156. Kaliflower
    October 20th, 2005 at 10:02 pm [Reply]

    It’s okay Nom du Jour, just tell them that you were trying to make some very intelligent typographic post-modernist statement with post 154. If they didn’t understand it, it’s just because they’re philistines.

  157. kippetje2000
    October 20th, 2005 at 11:34 pm [Reply]

    With all the urban violence and the memories of the semi-recent school shootings does anyone find the water pistol punch-line of Curtis even remotely humorous? I can understand the bro getting by the school’s metal detectors but don’t you think that the other kids in the hall, walking between classes, have now panicked and run for the exits? I for one would not feel too much remorse to see a SWAT team charge in, fueled by the frantic parents and paranoid faculty and take out the whole mess. It could all end in a very brightly colored Sunday special see from the security camera angle. The inkers would need red, lots of red. The kids from Boondocks would probably cheer such an action.

  158. mooselet
    October 20th, 2005 at 11:45 pm [Reply]

    10/21 FBOFW:

    Ah, Weed, the voice of reason. Too bad you’re likely to be ignored. Marry Carleen and move far far away before it’s too late.

    Besides, has anyone in the Foob-verse heard of voicing frustrations and not meaning a word of it? Kinda like when parents say, “Knock that off right now or I swear to God I’ll kick you into next week. I mean it! I’ll stop this car and leave you on the side of the road.” Or some variation thereof. Perhaps Mike ought to check and see if Lovey is serious or just venting before he starts planning his future financial ruin.

  159. Monkey
    October 21st, 2005 at 1:48 am [Reply]

    Marking the third day of weirdo thumb/testicular hand in Mallard.. *sigh*

  160. Lor
    October 21st, 2005 at 5:13 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Oh, for Pete’s sake. He falls on top of two pounds of C-4 in a ditch
    and lives to tell about it – with limbs intact, yet? No way.

    And how did he know it was two pounds of C-4 after it was all blown up?

  161. Mibbitmaker
    October 21st, 2005 at 6:00 am [Reply]


    FBOFW: Yep, Weed’s being the voice of reason, and I think he’ll still say no in the end of — Oh, wait, I forgot, MEN DUMB, WOMAN SMART…DUUUH…

    Spiderman… uh, I mean, Hospitalgownman, or whatever he’s calling himself now: Looks like he’s trying the TJ Hooker manuver.

    Beetle Bailey: Actually, this would be funnier with just the last panel.

    Non Sequitur: Nope, Danae, it won’t work; you actually have a (news)paper trail.

    A3G: Yep, Margo, I’m REALLY SURE a manuscript written by you would stand up in a court of law (but how will Supreme Court Justice Danae rule, I wonder…)

  162. Lee
    October 21st, 2005 at 6:27 am [Reply]

    Re – #157: I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s a little disturbed by the turn of events in Curtis. And the strip seems content to make things worse by passing it off as just another prank, like that lame fake-hand joke in today’s strip.

    What is it with sub-par comic strips that trivialize serious issues just to score a few Relevancy Points?

  163. Sheila
    October 21st, 2005 at 8:11 am [Reply]

    FBOFW: Well, I’m glad Deanna finally got a voice in this. How ’bout that Mike, talking to Weed about “you and me” buying the house? Weren’t we just hearing about Deanna’s full-time pharmacist salary being a significant pillar of the Patterson finances? So maybe “you and US”? Mike may be a saint, but he’s a butthead.

    Drabble: Is there some significance to the “Galtburger”? Like, John Galt from that Ayn Rand book, I forget which one? Just curious…

    Frank and Ernest: A short attention span is the least of his/her problems — the fact that the damn thing doesn’t come CLOSE to scanning is a much bigger one!

    Beetle Bailey: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — this artist can NOT draw animals! What the heck is THAT thing? Not possibly the lion in front of the library? It looks like a cross between a Fo dog and a sheep.

  164. mooselet
    October 21st, 2005 at 8:24 am [Reply]

    MT: Just who is saying “A plane!” in the final panel? Cos from my perspective it looks like one of the pine trees.

    MW: Oy, make the platitude-fest stop already. I was so hoping to see the waiter in panel one dump his tray on Mary’s head.

    A3G: At least we know what Margo’s been doing all this time – writing manuscripts on Luann’s suitors! What a be-yotch.

    Sally Forth: I was going to comment on the outfit Sally has been wearing all week, but then I remembered my mother wears stuff like that to work. She “borrowed” one of my nurses catalouges and ordered a bunch of scrub jackets to wear to work (she’s in the business world) because they were “comfortable”. So I can’t say anything ’bout Sal.

  165. Dennis Jimenez
    October 21st, 2005 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    MW – Om’god – Mary and Jeff are engaged in some sort of perverted platitude slam!

  166. yellojkt
    October 21st, 2005 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    In meddlin’ circles, that’s called foreplay.

  167. Sheila
    October 21st, 2005 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    BTW, today’s Pluggers is… really, really odd. Pluggers are closet transvestites, or what?

  168. Nom du Jour
    October 21st, 2005 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    In meddlin’ circles, that’s called foreplay.

    Outside of meddlin’ circles it’s called, yeeeeccchhhhh.

  169. NotEvenARepublicrat
    October 21st, 2005 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    FBOFW: (#163) Not to mention the fact that Mike’s volunteering his father to help renovate the dump.

    FC: Oh Dolly, that’s a good one! Oh, you’re such a card! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!

    A3G: Margo’s grooming herself to be the new meddlin’ Mary Worth, when Mary finally kicks it. The not kind or gentle version. But, at least we won’t suffer from mindless plati-speweds from Margo.

  170. Bill Peschel
    October 21st, 2005 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    I know this is late, but thanks, Rhino, for that summary on Etta’s troubles!

  171. comixluvr
    October 24th, 2005 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    I’ve read the site for quite a while and I’ve figured it out – The Comics Curmudgeon is a sexual pervert! Give him any comic, especially one that’s geared towards kids, isn’t political or isn’t “timely” and he launches into his fascination with having sex with animals, or fantasizing about penises, or commenting about sodomy or slamming gays. And the readers go along with it! Amazing. Is that his pic with kids on this site? Does anyone know if he’s on a Sex Offender Registry? Sick isn’t funny, folks.

  172. rich
    October 24th, 2005 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    Disagree – sometimes sick can be very funny. But as they say, different strokes…

    (Oh – that was not a double entendre)

  173. Hysterical Woman
    October 26th, 2005 at 8:38 pm [Reply]

    Comixluver, while explain why something is funny is the least funny thing you can do, I’ll try to. A lot of humor is about surprise and contrast. It’s funny to make innocent things sound dirty. Making innocent things sound innocent is pointless (and so on with dirty things). Anyway, if finding sexual innudendos in everything makes you a pedophile, I need to arrest my 14 year old sister.

    oh, and Marmaduke isn’t geared to kids. It’s geared to nobody.

  174. Comixluvr
    October 27th, 2005 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    Hysterical Woman, I’d from the structure of your post your age is close to your sister’s, despite your name, so I’ll break down my reply in sections.

    “A lot of humor is about surprise and contrast.”
    True, those are two of the elements of (western) humor.

    ” It’s funny to make innocent things sound dirty.”
    That depends upon the audience. Some comedians never utter any off-color language. Jeff Foxworth and George Carlin mix it up, but their audience is adult. Chris Rock appeals to a lot of age groups, but adjusts his humor and how he expresses according to the audience.

    “Making innocent things sound innocent is pointless”
    Obviously incorrect. According to reasoning, the only point would be to make innocent things sound dirty. Humor can be had without resorting to crudeness – usually, it’s much more difficult to do, which says something in favor of the writers.

    “Anyway, if finding sexual innudendos in everything makes you a pedophile, I need to arrest my 14 year old sister.”
    A 14-year old’s fascination with bodily functions and sex is just a bit different from an adult’s, or should be, anyway. And, young teens aren’t generally considered pedophiles. That categorization is usually reserved for adults. The comment this was derived from was obviously misunderstood – Sex Offender Registries list many categories of sex offenders, not just pedophiles.
    The point was, I’d be a bit concerned about having kids around an adult who goes to such lengths to select comics to which he can repeatedly apply perverted comments. There’s not much original thought there.

    I find it interesting that he rails against comics that seem to use a lot of the same situations for the gag, yet his comments so often fall into the same old categories – usually categories he forces. Ironic, isn’t it? then again, maybe his style is just to toss out an outrageous comment and see how many people take the bait.

    “oh, and Marmaduke isn’t geared to kids. It’s geared to nobody.”
    Hysterical, that’s just plain silly. That’s like saying “BMW’s aren’t geared to drivers. They aren’t geared to anyone.” Their sales show otherwise. If you don’t care for something, at least have a decent explanation. The income statements of the companies that publish many of the comics CC tries to insult (Beetle Baily, For Better or For Worse, Marmaduke, Family Circus) show they are very successfully geared towards a number of audiences. These are newspaper comics. That means not just business subscribers, but varied households, schools, libraries and such. The dollar results indicate they do quite well with their audiences. And most of those primary audiences, and the newspapers buying the comics, wouldn’t care to start their day with scatological or sexually perverted comments.

  175. rich
    October 28th, 2005 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    Some of the humor on the site is of a more intellectual slant – there was even a Hamlet parody two months ago. Some is more silly and raunchy. If it’s well-written, both kinds of humor can be hilarious. Perhaps this site just isn’t for you. Either way, to equate people who chuckle at raunchy jokes with “sex offenders” is pretty infantile and deserves an apology. Or are you projecting your lack of self-control on others?

  176. Comixluvr
    October 28th, 2005 at 2:45 pm [Reply]

    Some good points, there, rich. There is some intellectual humor – also some silly, some raunchy. I did not equate people who chuckle at raunchy jokes with sex offenders – reread the comment. I took issue with the constant, overworn and repeat repeat way CC will pick a cartoon with a dog sleeping or whatever and only see an opportunity to have sex with it, make a sodomy reference or toss in a gay-bash line. Worth a smile the first time? Maybe. But it’s constant and in the same league as his constant harping on, say, Beetle Bailey “can’t they do a panel without Sarge beating up Beetle?” Or, “here we go again with the saccharin sweetness of Family Circus…” Most people would realize that’s what that comic is, it works for the audience and makes lots of money. We get the idea after the first analysis. Does the same thing with other comics – no matter what it is, let’s stretch the envelope so I can make some whacked-out comment that doesn’t vary much from month to month.
    There’s another style evident on this and other sites – after making a case, toss in a personal jab at the other person. Happens over and over again. Your writing can be good enough without succumbing to that.

  177. comics
    October 28th, 2005 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    Hey, Comiixluvr — if you’re going to drop hints that I’m a sex offender or hate gay people (both of which are not true, FYI), why not supply an e-mail address so I can correspond with you or write to me personally to tell me your beef? Email me at –Josh

  178. Comixluvr
    November 2nd, 2005 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    Nice to hear you don’t hate gay people. Some of your comments and references are less than civil. Such as the comic you picked to reference gay with animals. Sure you initiated a string of comments – but is that the only way an “editor” can think to do it? I dropped hints you’re a sex offender? I merely categorized a number of your recent comments on a number of comics and asked, what’s the reason for all the evident perverted fascination? A bit disingenuous, yes, but isn’t making an outrageous comment just following the example you laid out? Make an outrageous comment in a sick way and wait for a reaction?
    You regularly toss out very personal insults and attacks on people who like certain comics, write or draw certain comics, or publish them, and it’s all for fun and out in the open. But let something get directed at you and you want to take it off the public forum and go to private email where no one else can see. I thought my “beef” was stated pretty clearly. Taking any situation with a big dog reclining, sleeping, playing with people and making references to having sex with the dog, that the family wants to engage in bestiality, or the fixation on penises. Denigrating different artistic styles (reference your comments on Beetle Bailey, one of your “I hate” comics). Making the same old negative comments whenever a theme is played out. Check Beetle Bailey. Also Family Circus. Regularly belittling normal, everyday family situations. Belittling those who like those situations. Again, another attack on “comics I hate.” But from many comic strips, you pick only those that fit your agenda. Look at some of your posts. Don’t you see a few very repetious patterns emerge? Is this just an act to stir up comments?
    Being a curmudgeon (a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas) can be entertaining – and really difficult to pull off without regularly leading the discussion into the sewer. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Even smaller minds keep repeating the same tired comments in a crude (inability to express oneself intelligently) way. Small minds can’t choose to be great, but great minds can choose to make themselves small.

  179. Mcgill
    August 26th, 2007 at 7:05 am [Reply]

    Buffalo dung! I don’t like this cartoon at all!

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