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Behold Plug-Niggurath, goat with a thousand puns!

Pluggers, 10/7/09

Dum de doo, let’s see what folksy bit of lower-middle-class reactionary agitprop Pluggers has for us today AAAHHH TERRIFYING DEMON GOAT FROM THE PIT OF HELL ITSELF! All apologies to faithful reader True Fable and other known goat-a-philes, but this fellow looks a little bit too much like Baphomet for my taste. I believe that’s actually a mummified goat head that “Bernie Lange” wears as a mask for human sacrifices.

Satanism aside, what exactly is today’s Pluggers ostensibly indicating to us? That some pluggers have long, scraggly beards? I find this troubling, but it is true that with the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, the plugger and old hippie demographics will only continue to overlap, a long-term trend that’s much more unsettling that the fleeting dalliance between pluggers and hipsters.

Marmaduke, 10/7/09

Ha ha, the STIMULUS PACKAGE, am I right, folks? It looks like Marmaduke saw what a great job other cartoons did with stimulus package jokes and decided to follow up, on its own inscrutable schedule. Like Shoe’s Roz, Marmaduke appears to have ordered some kind of extra-large vibrator, or perhaps a device that electrically stimulates his victims’ flesh, the better to tenderize it before he devours them.

Marvin, 10/7/09

I know that it’s profoundly not news when Marvin makes jokes about shitting, but this week we’re being treated to an epic multi-day story arc — one that’s really impressive in its scope — about how one of Marvin’s associates has taken a huge dump in his pants and how the entire day care smells like feces, much to everyone’s disgust. The smell of poop is so bad that it’s threatening to blind Marvin, and it’s only Wednesday, so I can’t wait to see what heights of turd-focused drama we’ll see by the end of the week.

Hi and Lois, 10/7/09

Notice all the extra whitespace in Trixie’s thought balloon in panel one; does this indicate that the original dialogue was changed at the last minute? Perhaps Walker-Browne Amalgamated Humor Enterprises LLC tried and failed to get the first ever “infant with a hangover” joke into America’s funny pages.

Ziggy, 10/7/09

The car that Ziggy wants to buy is attempting to commit suicide, for obvious reasons.

213 responses to “Behold Plug-Niggurath, goat with a thousand puns!”

  1. Baka Gaijin
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm [Reply]

    did the evilscaryclown give the tiger indigestion in dick tracy?

  2. Carly
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    Most boring Pluggers ever. The goat is just standing there, being inscrutable, like the punch line.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought Trixie was hungover. Guess we know how her parents get her to sleep at night.

  3. Buck Ripsnort
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy: No, the SALESMAN is saying that line, and Ziggy is desperately trying to sell his deathtrap before it kills him. Ha. Ha. This would be even funnier if Marvin was locked in the trunk, but you can say that about most strips.

  4. Burrill
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers must be making some sort of goatee joke. I don’t know what it is, but as one who has a long goatee, I’m inclined to be offended, just on principle.

  5. Jaime Weinman
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:06 pm [Reply]

    Since all babies in the Marvinverse can read each other’s thoughts, wouldn’t Tommy already know that his diaper is stinky, by virtue of Marvin and whatshisname thinking about it?

    That must mean that Tommy is a person incapable of reading Marvin’s thought balloons, so this is really a story about a senior citizen wandering into the pre-school and soiling his diapers. But it’s better to be an old man with a smelly diaper than to know what Marvin is thinking all the time. Tommy is luckier than we.

  6. Old School Allie Cat
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    So ZZ Top is a band of Pluggers?

  7. zenvelo
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:11 pm [Reply]

    Funky Winkerbean- Keisha doesn’t care about the Walk of Shame, just as long as she can see where she’s going in the light of day.

  8. Gary
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    Was Ziggy once a car salesman? It would make sense, since neither wears pants in Ziggy’s nightmare world.

  9. BigTed
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    You might think a goat would have a goatee — but in fact, everyone knows that Satan wears a soul patch. It’s in Revelations, somewhere near the back.

  10. cj
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    H&L:
    Trixie can’t be hungover – she’s not making a futile attempt to block out the blinding bright “low beams.”

    Ziggy:
    Josh, ALL subcompacts have a deathwish. Ziggy’s destruction is merely an added bonus.

  11. Black Drazon
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    And so the US Government turns to Marmaduke to revive the flagging newspaper industry, as they could think of no better example of the traits they wanted to magnify across the entire plan: someone in the making money when they really shouldn’t be (and Family Circus wasn’t available).

  12. Niall
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    I had thought of drug or alcohol references for Hi & Lois, but no one who would have such a headache would voluntarily go lie in the sun. On their back. With a ray in their face and eyes. Because that’s liable to take any headache and make it a monstrous torture implement with enough pain to make you black out and regain consciousness some time later with a bloody knife in your hand and only the echoes of your voice shrieking “make it stooooop!” bouncing around the corpses.

  13. Jacob Singer
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    I am so stealing “turd-focused drama”.

  14. One-eyed Wolfdog
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:17 pm [Reply]

    “I’m bored. Please turn the high beams on tomorrow, Eduardo.”

  15. True Fable
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    You know, there is one possible explanation regarding the appearance of the goat (GOAT!) in today’s Pluggers: Bucks pee all over their own legs and feet in order to attract does. I don’t see the attraction, but there you are. That is why males have such a bad smell. Does, on the other hand, are fastidious and like to stay clean. (And goats don’t like to eat anything off the ground, just a little Goat FYI. Mind you, they’ll eat it, but they might pitch a hellfit at you over it.)

    Judging from the looks of the Plugger panel in question, I’d say Plugger goat (GOAT!) is ready for a guest shot in Marvin.

  16. Chyron HR
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    Baphomet: The Original Plugger.

  17. PeteMoss
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    Marvin-

    Class, ccording to the Chron’s “about Marvin” page,

    He’s a natural philosopher whose reflections on life often bring a new perspective to everyday occurrences. Marvin is just like every toddler, only more so. He’s a big baby in every way … and totally lovable.”

    Discuss.

  18. Rain
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth – okay, so I’ve lost track of all the different choices in the Scott Death Pool. Maybe one’a’youse can tell me, did anyone snag the possibility that this is a Halloween-themed story, and will end on the 31st with Zombie Scott wreaking havoc throughout the hospital, and Adrian having to make an agonizing decision between shooting her betrothed in the head, or joining him in a wild brain-chomping spree? Cuz my money’s on that. Of course, my money ain’t worth much to begin with…

    C’mon, Adrian, yummy brains! Your hairstyle might even improve!

  19. Niall
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    Y262. buckyswife: It wasn’t the snark that was (still is) sick, but the snarker. As for promises on which I can deliver… maybe I shouldn’t say anything. *waggles eyebrows*

    Y269 commodorejohn: actually, isn’t that how many actors have delivered fine performances? Admittedly it’s more in scenery-chewing, but they can save a movie from total pointlessness…

    Also, on Marvin, isn’t it hypocritical of him to complain of another toddler soiling his diaper and not noticing? I have not paid (and will not pay) close attention when it was mentioned here before, but it felt like Marvin did the very same thing repeatedly… also, well, I think the daycare grownups would be on it rather quickly, unless they were all left without supervision.

    15 True Fable: did you see the link to photos including a gorgeous Marhkor goat? That may appease you a little.

    17. PeteMoss: ah, the truly stupid descriptor. “Norm is like every platypus, only more so.”

    18. Rain: Moy and Giella may not be able to even conceive of the awesomeness which your idea embodies. The timing would be about right, too.

  20. Rain
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    Dangit, forgot to say re: today’s MW – .check out the look Mary’s giving Dr. Jeff. Is that or is that not the look of a woman shocked that the secret heroin operation she spent so much time setting up has been shot up by a bunch of incompetent Santa Royale cops? And she’s not considering if she should just push Dr. Jeff out of the moving car now, or let one of her goons kill him later? Heroin is bad, you say? Clearly, HE KNOWS TOO MUCH and must be dealt with.

  21. Rain
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    now. NOW. She’s NOW considering. Not ‘not considering.’ See, this is why I don’t comment. I’m crap at it.

  22. BigTed
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:29 pm [Reply]

    Marvin complaining about another kid’s smelly poop is like Cathy calling you a whiner, or Funky Winkerbean calling you a downer, or Mary Worth calling you a meddler, or Margo Magee calling you self-involved, or Snuffy Smith calling you a dadburned lazy drunken varmint. I mean, it takes one to know one, but this is ridiculous.

  23. Shlomo
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    Marvin, your eyes are watering because there is some of Tommy’s crap right next to your foot.

  24. Baka Gaijin
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:33 pm [Reply]

    #Y213 commodorejohn on Mark Trail: “Also, good God, what is that turtle doing to the log?” I think the term is humping, john.

  25. mr 12 oz can
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:34 pm [Reply]

    i refuse to read pluggers or marvin people who like that type of humor usually end up in family court .

  26. The Spectre
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:36 pm [Reply]

    Everything is better with goats, isn’t that right Mr Fable?

    Unless the plugger with the goatee is actually a mountain goat, because if so then he’s NOT A GOAT.

  27. survivor
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:37 pm [Reply]

    hitler dad wears zubaz pants?

  28. MolyBendum
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    – Apartment 3G –
    This scene had better either end with either: a) some ginger carpet munching or b) these two carrying out some kind of suicide pact.
    And what the hell’s with those earrings, Ruby? They look like the floaty end of a boat keychain.
    Also, comparing the angles in yesterday’s strip with today’s I can only conclude these two are stalking each other in a circle, feeling each other out with their kvetches until one finally brings up a) or b) above.

  29. Baka Gaijin
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    Marvin: Maybe Tommy’s Vegemite sandwich had a blowout in his back pocket. Pee-yew! I guess it could just be his stank ass, too, after eating a Vegemite sandwich.

  30. Baka Gaijin
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    #23 Shlomo: No, it’s not a Tommy dropping, it’s a toaster tootie! More on Toaster Tooties can be found on the Internet.

  31. Larry Fine
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy — Self-destructing cars are nothing new, as owners of the Ford Pinto and Chevrolet Chevette will attest.

  32. Poteet
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    Thanks for reminding me why I don’t read MARVIN. STONE SOUP provides more than enough obnoxious-toddler content. And if Max gets one more sib, I’m leaving SS for good.

  33. ratnerstar
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:57 pm [Reply]

    Let’s be fair to Marvin: of the various activities that are rumored to cause one to go blind, “moving closer to a shitty diaper” is among the least noxious. That same punchline could have been used with a much more horrible setup, like Marvin masturbating, or Marvin reading the comic strip Marvin.

  34. One-eyed Wolfdog
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    “He got some sort of stimulus package, and that stupid deliveryman interrupted my zebra dress-up fantasy before I even got the top on.”

  35. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:11 pm [Reply]

    This plugger has a ponytail in front–AKA a beard–because he has a goat and goats have beards. That’s weird. Pluggers generally has nothing to do with the species of its title characters, who usually seem to be fired theme-park workers who couldn’t get out of the costume. But that appears to be changing. Next we’ll see the hefty chicken lady and the caption, “Pluggers have these stubby little wings that won’t let ‘em fly anywhere.”

  36. Joe Blevins
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:12 pm [Reply]

    PLUGGERS: Wait, the word “goatee” still exists, right? I guess a goatee can be called a ponytail, though it’s a confusingly mixed metaphor, especially when it’s being modeled by an athropomorphic goat. Has anyone ever pointed out that pigs don’t actually have tails sticking out of both sides of their bodies?

    ‘DUKE: Those of you who have seen the movie Crumb, notice that Marmaduke Owner Man’s pants are drawn today with the same “weird wrinkle technique” that presaged young Charles Crumb’s descent into madness. Interesting, no?

    P.S. Is it in poor taste to mention that I have a Twitter account and am trying to round up followers so that I’m not just posting stuff to myself? If you have a moment, click on my name above and follow ItemsOfDelight. The premise of the account is very narrow. Each day, I post some random thing that I find delightful. It’s a deliberate attempt to force myself to be positive for at least a few seconds per day. So far, not too much that’s directly comics-related, but I’m sure there will be.

  37. Jason D.
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:20 pm [Reply]

    This week shall henceforth be known as “Yeah, Like YOU Should Talk, Mr. Poopy-Pants” week on Marvin.

    In “Comics Seldom, If Ever, Mentioned on This Site” news: Am I alone in thinking that a certain story currently all over the news makes today’s “Housebroken” far funnier than it would otherwise be?

    http://www.gocomics.com/housebroken

  38. Aviatrix
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:23 pm [Reply]

    Rain@18,20&21: Keep commenting, that’s brilliant. It all comes together with yesterday’s discovery that MW was footwrestling for the accelerator.

    Mary is indeed the SantaRoyMart drug kingpin, as well as the owner of enormoushop.com. Knowing that Scott was closing in on her heroin operation, and that all Adrian’s beaus come to a bad end, she meddled Adrian into Scott’s arms. The bust came a little too soon for her plans, so now she’s in damage control, starting with killing Jeff Cory in a car crash. Mary, of course, is undead and will walk unharmed out of the ensuing carnage.

    And then there will be another pool party, with “special” salmon squares for all.

  39. Master Softheart
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    For today, I will softheartedly avoid both the morass of squickyness that is Luann and what our gracious host has rightly identified as the Chthonic horror of Pluggers and focus instead on the strips that are doing their job.

    Because today is a banner day for the action soap strips.

    JP: Sam Driver brings the unethical legal action! Seemingly fully awake, sober, and not paralyzed by his usual toxic cocktail of boredom, contempt, and ennui for perhaps the first time since his walk with Rusty through the Napa Valley vineyards some time during the early Pliocene, looks down his suddenly sharp nose and intimidates the local law enforcement into letting him question a murder suspect.

    I still hold to my theory that Judge Parker Sr. threatened to replace Sam with the legless JAG guy unless he started doing interesting and law-related things again. If so, then thank you Alan Parker, from the bottom of my heart!

    Phantom! This is what a serial adventure strip should be. Kit’s face in the inset circle looks as though it has aged decades, his thoughts fully deserve the bolding and exclamation marks, and the visual layout is excellent. I am honestly anxious to read the next strip and to find out if Diana is okay and for the first time I actually think the Python is a villain worthy of someone more competent than Spider-Man.

    Today’s strip was so great, even the narration box has decided to observe a respectful silence.

    RMMD: There is less to work with here – a secondary character and a dumpy, middle-aged one shot driving around in the rain looking for Alzheimer’s patients is not quite up there with a major terrorist attack on the United Nations or the murder of a crooked financial mogul by one of his victims. But given what he has to work with, Nolan has done a great job with panel 2 and the visual geometry in panel 1. Bekka’s reaction image seems like it deserves exclamation like “He’s got a gun!” rather than “It’s water!” but again the craft lies in working with what you have.

    To be honest, the blowjob lips in panel 1 detract slightly from the overall effect, but I’m willing to let that pass because I think it’s important to encourage Nolan in his tentative forays into competition with Baretto.

    MW/SM: The bizarre inversion whereby Mary Worth is dealing with an action-packed and emotionally wrought storyline involving heroin while Spider man sips tea and the villains make pancakes continues. To be honest, I think the change suits both strips. If Mary Worth wants to transition to a ludicrously implausible police drama where Dr. Jeff pontificates about the social blight of drug addiction while Mary sedates the medical staff with platitudes while Spider Man becomes a drawing room manners piece, I would not complain.

    FW: And I would like to offer a big Softhearted thank you to this strip for serving up a humorless, uninteresting set of panels that climax with an observation rejected by Fred Basset for being too banal. The danger that the sheer force of self-pity swirling around Les might actually rip a hole in phased space-time and damage the fabric of reality was growing alarmingly great over the last few days. Breaking to some smirking teenagers who offer the Plugger-like observation that they don’t like to get up before dawn is a great way of giving the world a break.

  40. bats :[
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:39 pm [Reply]

    I think Brookins is talking about Pluggers in West Virginia, or maybe along the Appalachian Trail.

  41. fishmorgjp
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:48 pm [Reply]

    I wish they’d just go and rename the Marvin strip as The Excrement Creature already.

  42. Girl Reporter
    October 7th, 2009 at 6:48 pm [Reply]

    Off topic personal note to Dingo:

    You’ve been in the front of my mind for a couple weeks: My 5 month old twin girls, Starr and Twinkle, are vocalizing up a storm. An emerging favorite sound seems to be “ppppbbbbfffffffthththth”. It gains an unfair advantage over all the other noises they’re playing with because whenever they make it Mommy throws her hands in the air, toasts the world with her (unfortunately imaginary) champaign bottle and glass, and declares “rrrrrrrrraaaaazzzzzzzberries!”

  43. Mr. Beautiful
    October 7th, 2009 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    Oh that Marmaduke. Next thing you know, he’ll be asking for a bail-out.

  44. vanya
    October 7th, 2009 at 7:12 pm [Reply]

    Just imagine that Marvin is not about toddlers – it’s about homeless men. Now that’s funny!

  45. Nekrotzar
    October 7th, 2009 at 7:27 pm [Reply]

    OK, here is my version of a goat-themed Pluggers.

  46. bats :[
    October 7th, 2009 at 7:30 pm [Reply]

    16. Chron HR: yup.

  47. bats :[
    October 7th, 2009 at 7:35 pm [Reply]

    45. Nekrotzar: is this something weird and occult, with our adjacent posts? Should I be scared? Sacrifice a chicken-lady?

  48. Buzz Carter
    October 7th, 2009 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Pluggers seems to indicate that Brookins has finally accepted that he sees anthropomorphic animal-human hybrids on a daily basis , and therefore he should begin to make comments about the features that are common to both full humans and the hybrids. Either that, or he should quit the LSD cold turkey, and we all know how hard that is. Right? I mean, I don’t personally, but…right? Right?

    Anyone?

  49. Alan's Addiction
    October 7th, 2009 at 7:42 pm [Reply]

    Does it make me weird that I’m way more terrified of the thought of grody, gut-length old-man beards than some horrific goat-human-demon hybrid? I don’t think so, I think it only means I’m more aware of how microbial pandemics work than most people.
    I’m amazed that Marmaduke was able to order human-meat steaks; E-bay’s been trying to cut back on those sort of incidents.
    I can only pray that the billionth excrement-based joke we’ve seen in Marvin actually does make the little maggot go blind. And then kills him.
    Actually, today’s “Hi and Lois” was originally two entirely separate, self-sufficient comics. The first one is a perfectly acceptable satire on child abuse and/or underage drinking; the second features babies on LSD. Both are humorous enough to stand on their own, but putting them together kills them both, proving that two jokes do make a wrong.
    Like so many things Ziggy-related, I have no idea what the point of today’s strip is. Is it about cars exploding and immolating vile, over-commercialized pantless men? Because if so, then it’s hilarious and I only wish the writers would include an “After” panel. If it’s an attempt to comment about the crappy quality of American cars (“Get it? They self-destruct!”), then it’s boring, trite, and, by now, obsolete. Which would make “Ziggy” the “General Motors” of the comics industry.

  50. JP (not Judge Parker)
    October 7th, 2009 at 7:57 pm [Reply]

    MW: Clearly, right before panel 1, Mary said “Fuck tha police,” which set off Jeff’s tirade about the role of local police officers in today’s strip. It also explains why they both look so pissed in panel 1.

    Also, I’m intrigued that Santa Royale’s nearby towns have a heroin problem, but Santa Royale apparently does not. Moy and Giella must think drug dealers choose where to set up shop in manner similar to Wal-Mart deciding where to build its next superstore.

  51. Aaron
    October 7th, 2009 at 7:59 pm [Reply]

    #24 Baka Gaijin:
    I recognize that expression!

    I worked at a golf course in high school. One day when I was out dropping fertilizer on fairway divots, I saw what I thought was the biggest turtle I’d ever seen very slowly rocking back and forth on the banks of the creek. As I got closer, I saw that it was two turtles!. They continued going at it (by which I mean, the one on top was slowly bobbing his head and the one on bottom was basically holding still) for at least half an hour. By the time it was over, the entire grounds crew was standing around watching. Don’t worry, there was no loss in productivity. We were dropping fertilizer on fairway divots, which is no more useful a job than turtle voyeurism.

    Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that Mark Trail’s illustrator can’t draw a human face to save his life but his depiction of turtle copulation is spot-on.

  52. Nekrotzar
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:00 pm [Reply]

    #47 –
    Pluggergeddon is upon us. Be very afraid.

  53. Agent 07
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:04 pm [Reply]

    ‘Agiprop’, that’s a completely new one to me, and I’m supposed to be the grandson of a genuine old-time, cigar-chomping, profane old newspaper editor. And then, Capt. Poulet occasions me to become aware that the term ‘platonic’ is based on Plato? Dude! If I knew I was going to be learning stuff, I’d have read the comics!!

    Oh, wait….

  54. Style Invitational Week 837
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    Now that the resident curmudgeon at “The Weak Week” has expressed doubts about the humor involved in combining comic strips, it is time to enlist some expert help:
    Anyone who would like to contribute to the “Strip Search” is encouraged to click on the link and enter. Please note that the entries must be based on comics that appear in the Washington Post.

  55. LITTLE A. OF THE GRAND CONCOURSE JUNGLE PATROL
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:09 pm [Reply]

    Marvin: What’s so funny about blindness? Just asking.

    Doody, okay.

    Not blindess.

    What a shitty comic strip this is.

  56. LITTLE A. OF THE GRAND CONCOURSE JUNGLE PATROL
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:11 pm [Reply]

    Incidentally, is doody just an East Coast word, used mostly by little kids? I have not traveled much around the country nor studied our language, much.

  57. Dr. Weird
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:13 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers

    I think (after spending more than a single regrettable moment thinking about Pluggers) that the joke is about beards that are drawn together by a rubber band or scrunchie or something, like a ponytail. Something like Dumbledore sports in the HP movies. Though it’s completely unsupported by the art, it’s a better outcome than the “Hey, anthropomorphic animals are anthropomorphic!” punchline that is the only other conclusion.

  58. Jumper
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:14 pm [Reply]

    Whoever draws Pluggers is simply an imbecile. A simple horse’s ass would serve to illustrate both the basic concepts of “pony tail” and “pluggers.”

  59. indrifan
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:18 pm [Reply]

    Regarding goats, here’s some good news: despite rumors to the contrary, Goats Across Canada is still being published.

  60. Alison
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:25 pm [Reply]

    If the smell of stinky poop will make Marvin blind, why hasn’t he gone blind from his own poop by now? And real nice the way Marvin and his friend are standing around judging Tommy for having a stinky diaper, while meanwhile any time Marvin has a stinky diaper of his own he has a huge, smug smile on his face about it. I hate this strip.

    Meanwhile, I think Marmaduke is awesome! Not just today, but always. He’s the Jason Voorhees of the comic strip page, and I salute him for that.

  61. Chyron HR
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:31 pm [Reply]

    Plugger Baphomet puts on his good bib overalls for the Black Hoedown.

  62. Jamus the Bartender
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:33 pm [Reply]

    9CL: Okay, Edda, over in Gasoline Alley we have some hot dancing girls called The Cackle Sisters who are more interesting than that interpretive dance you’re doing, and Archie had the Best. First Panel. Ever. This means you can stop dancing now.
    Luann: Okay, are these girls on crystal meth or something? We’ve established that Li’l Elvis is a faker and dirtbag, and they’re STILL dreaming of millions he probably doesn’t have? I miss Tiffany and the dunk-tank like you don’t believe….
    FOOB: Damn. Lynn really hates her ex.
    My Cage: Damn. Norm’s in trouble now. Sarah T. Dog is probably gonna be anything but, she’s gonna pop out of the shower all naked and at the worst possible time…..trust me Norm, no good can come from this.
    MW: Yeah, but….Doc, heroin addiction can only make Santa Royale more interesting at this point. Unless Scott was shot breaking up some kind of salmon squares and potato-ade smuggling ring, which I kinda doubt.
    Judge Parker: WHERE IN HELL IS GODIVA AND ABBY AND THE HOT TUB??

  63. True Fable
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:42 pm [Reply]

    #59 indrifan – GOAT! Goats across Canada!

    Man, this has been one truly terrific goatastic day today with all the goat love in the room. It’s not even my birthday yet, but I already know what I want.

  64. Perky Bird
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:48 pm [Reply]

    # 30 Baka Gaijin–
    You know what goes well with a Toaster Tootie? A refreshing bottle of Yoo-hoo-hoo.

  65. Dingo
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    #42 Girl Reporter: If my heart were capable of being warmed, you would have just done it! What a delightful story.

  66. buckyswife
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:59 pm [Reply]

    63 True Fable: Yay! Post-essay-grading, pre-sleep Goat Cuteness!

  67. zamros
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    Hey, Crankshaft, Here’s a thought about your Gotham National Bank holdings…. you suck! Well, I guess that’s more of a thought about your comic. But honestly, “Here’s a thought about our Gotham National Bank holdings,” who says that?!?!

  68. Écureuil Écumant
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:09 pm [Reply]

    56 LITTLE A. OF THE GRAND CONCOURSE JUNGLE PATROL says: “Incidentally, is doody just an East Coast word, used mostly by little kids?”

    Well, let’s just say when I was a tyke in Hawaii and we finally got TV stations, we thought “Howdy Doody” was the funniest name in the world.

  69. seismic-2
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:14 pm [Reply]

    Of course Mary Worth is the drug kingpin of Santa Royale and nearby towns. It all started in the Depression, when she was Apple Mary, barely making a living (yet still finding time to meddle) by selling apples out of a pushcart. Her income as, literally, a “pusher” skyrocketed when she started lacing the “Granny Smiths” first with gin and then with coke, and since then she has never looked back. Now running her drug empire from her comfortable retirement villa in Charterstone, with the capable assistance of her aide who serves as a mule, a portly goateed Plugger named Chinbeard, and with their oblivious patsy Toby whom they have set up to take the fall should they get caught, Mary has expanded her operations from a single pushcart to an entire SantaRoyMart warehouse. How much is Mary Worth? A street value of $500M, easy. Now, however, Mary has to make sure that Scott, like Officer Colleague, is silenced. Asking Adrian to perform the surgery should do the trick. Ah, protecting one’s turf is never easy, but Mary is someone who does what has to be done. Just ask Aldo Kerast. First, though, she must stop by the Bum Boat and pick up a fish. It is necessary to leave a sign that Scott will soon sleep with the salmon squares.

  70. NoahSnark
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:52 pm [Reply]

    Seeing as how he is a feces gourmet, one wonders exactly how bad a poop has to be for Marvin to notice it. The expression on his face seems to indicate it past the point where most of us would be snorting burning skunks for a moment of respite from the olfactory assault.

  71. One-eyed Wolfdog
    October 7th, 2009 at 10:01 pm [Reply]

    I think that’s as close as we’ll ever get to seeing a plugger sysadmin.

  72. Esther Blodgett
    October 7th, 2009 at 10:05 pm [Reply]

    MW: Since a threat is defined as a “potential danger,” and heroin is a “potential threat” to Santa Royale, then it seems that, as only a potential potential danger, it’s not really that big a deal. In other words, Scott was shot basically for nothing. What a loser!

    Archie: It’s funnier if you overlay Marvin’s storyline onto today’s strip. Clearly the girls are reacting to the huge dump Reggie has taken in his pants.

    Luann: Would it shock anyone to hear that I don’t care if Elwood is rich or not?

    Doonesbury: OK, this is just damn sweet.

  73. sugarpie
    October 7th, 2009 at 10:10 pm [Reply]

    JP (not Judge Morgan) 50 Guess what song is now stuck in my head? Thanks.

  74. fink
    October 7th, 2009 at 10:20 pm [Reply]

    he’s not a goat, he’s Krampus. Santa’s demon helper http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus#Krampus

  75. AeroSquid
    October 7th, 2009 at 10:32 pm [Reply]

    Let’s tighten up today’s Judge Parker just a *wee* bit:

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2662/3991987946_a1257f6c0a_o.jpg

  76. AeroSquid
    October 7th, 2009 at 10:43 pm [Reply]

  77. Mrs. Micah
    October 7th, 2009 at 10:43 pm [Reply]

    I think when it comes to dark back alleys I’d rather run into Shub-Niggurath (who doesn’t actually look like a goat (I know, it’s confusing)) than that….thing just standing there in its overalls.

    Found one artist’s rendering of Shub Niggurath for comparison. Still rather run into this guy: http://www.3×6.net/vhoorl/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/elder_god.gif

    I’d also rather run into Shub Niggurath than Margo, but that goes without saying.

  78. Chip Whittle
    October 7th, 2009 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    Gasoline Alley: am I bad for being torn between feeling relieved that Gertie is finally getting out of her holding pattern and kind of wanting to see more of her participation in The New Cherry Sisters?

    Gil Thorp: “Punt, team! Go! Even if it is only second down and three yards! Anything to get us to the next panel!”

    Spider-Man: I can honestly say I had no thoughts of Flint Marko, although I did wonder if the Sandman was going to get back into the plot. But his reintroduction leaves me torn: on the one hand, he seems to be having as much fun making flapjacks as it is possible to make. On the other, his facial expression is clearly one of despair and terror, as if he knows he’s about to be sent to Funky Winkerbean. Does he know something we don’t?

  79. commodorejohn
    October 7th, 2009 at 11:15 pm [Reply]

    #77 Mrs. Micah – Shub-Niggurath? Pff, she’s a piece of cake. Just telefrag her.

  80. bunivasal
    October 7th, 2009 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    Judging by the tar-black floor and circular spotlight of “sunshine” coming through the window, Trixie appears to be living in a grim facsimile of her domicile.

    If I had to guess, I’d say her parents finally broke down and sold her to those alien zookeepers.

  81. Johnny Knuckles
    October 7th, 2009 at 11:17 pm [Reply]

    (9) Big Ted: “It’s in Revelations, somewhere near the back.” That would have answered 98% of the questions in my old timey Pentecostal Sunday school.

  82. commodorejohn
    October 7th, 2009 at 11:24 pm [Reply]

    #62 Jamus The Bartender – Norm encounters Sarah coming out of the shower? Wouldn’t that be interesting. Where’s KT gotten to? Maybe we could talk him into some more, er, specialty fanart.

  83. Johnnycakes
    October 7th, 2009 at 11:29 pm [Reply]

    Pantsless Ziggy sitting on me? I’d start the suicide countdown lower than nine.

  84. Iris notIris
    October 7th, 2009 at 11:45 pm [Reply]

    #45 Nekrotzar: On the one hand, as a certified goat-o-phile, I dislike the association of goats with the devil. On the other hand, I applaud – fan – rec- the Gatz Hortzberg reference to Angel Heart. That book kept me up all night reading it, and at the end I said, “damn! he got me!”

  85. Steve S
    October 7th, 2009 at 11:51 pm [Reply]

    I think that goat beast has actually eaten a pony, and the tail is sticking out its mouth. Thus, the joke is actually yet another variation on “Pluggers are morbidly obese and/or pathological overeaters.”

  86. Pippy the Ziphead
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:12 am [Reply]

    Those Pluggers are such a fraud. Who in their right mind is really going to believe that someone from Lexington, MA, a rather wealthy suburb of Boston, is a Plugger? Pluggers from neighboring Billerica, I can see, or maybe a slight chance of Pluggerism in Bedford or Burlington, but certainly not Lexington.

  87. Poteet
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:19 am [Reply]

    10/8 MW — Mary decides it’s time to up Jeff’s meds.

  88. Niall
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:39 am [Reply]

    Oct 8 My Cage: I think a few people here may like Sara. She’s certainly healthier-looking than emaciated Bridget… and with a temper to match Norm’s. And being this particular strip, no, I’m not expecting the cliché trope of Norm hiding an attraction to her – besides, we already had that with Ashley, and that made actual sense.

  89. Johnny Q
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:41 am [Reply]

    Hi & Lois: Trixie’s pose lying in the sunshine reminds me a bit of Balthus’ “Teresa Dreaming.” (Ain’t I a sickie? =)

  90. Mibbitmaker
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:42 am [Reply]

    10/7 RMMD (continuing after the last panel):

    “…buuuuut… I’m driving in there anyway!”

    “What??”

    He drives into the deep water, the car sinks, they both drown, the end.

    This has been another “Mr. Mike’s Least Loved Bedtime Tale”. Stay tuned for ‘Rex & June hit an iceberg’ over most of these NBC stations.

  91. Lisa
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:51 am [Reply]

    That pair of goats is adorable, TF, I hope you get em for your birthday!

  92. bats :[
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    87. Poteet: too late.

  93. Sheila Sternwell
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:02 am [Reply]

    MW: Is Jeff about to pull a sober Aldo? He looks like he’s about to drive off the bridge in a rage, and all Mary can do is offer weak platitudes and hope they calm him down just enough that he makes it to the next stop light where she jumps out of the car to safety.

  94. Aviatrix
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:40 am [Reply]

    I have no trouble picturing the strip where Mary Worth is hauled off in handcuffs while other Charterstone denizens stand around and confide that they always knew there was something more than fishy about those salmon squares.

    And then she can meddle in jail!

  95. KarMann
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:43 am [Reply]

    10/8 RMMD: “Say, didn’t we pass a castle back there?”

    10/8 Curtis: Stay classy, Curtis-creator.

    10/8 BC: Oh dear lord. Is it just me, or is there a lot more definition on Fat Broad than I remember seeing in this comic before?

    10/8 WoId: Don’t look, True Fable! Cover your eyes!

  96. Mibbitmaker
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:25 am [Reply]

    10/8:

    9CL: Oh, I dunno — you never know what Khadafi will do!

    DT: They’re in mortal danger — or would be, if this was moving anywhere. Dick’ll eventually get bored and just walk away from the statictiger and the umpteen billionth tape loop of “Laugh, Clown, Laugh” over the still life clown painting.

    FW: Where’s the “Don’t bother to sue the grossly negligent hospital” tee?

    ReFOOB: So much for How I Met Your Mother‘s butterscotch theory.

    GA: Of course he won’t see that it’s her! Uh-oh…. flashbacks from Summer of 1994! ~~~ Les, Lisa, you IDIOTS!!!…

    GT: That last panel’s like a pun maze.

    MT: Next panel: Two sideburned figures address the reader:
    “Remember us, the poachers? Some part we have in this storyline! Phooey!” (apologies to Bob McKimson)

    Marvin: “…or read his comic strip.”

    MG&G: Grimmy is now officially scum!

    Ghost-Hoo-Boy: The villain’s now called “bin-Python”.

    The … Mind of Edison Lee: A question: 67 or 68? Don’t ask him, ask Chicago Transit Authority.

    MC: In the near future, another visit:

    “Look, Norm, my sister Sara is here.”

    “”Madoff.”

    “Halderman.”

  97. Crooked Soricidae
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:27 am [Reply]

    DT: Obviously Tracy has succumbed to a Grand Mal seizure and cannot unlock his jaw,

  98. Charlene
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:38 am [Reply]

    #93, you think Jeff is sober?

  99. mordock999
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:42 am [Reply]

    Today’s Luann 10/08/09

    Okay, the ‘Frank Unit’ FINALLY got a good idea for once: RETURN the ALF’s ring.

    Now remember to BE POLITE when you do it.

    Just be prepared to listen to his long drawn out BULLSHIT explanation about WHY he gave you a dime store ring.

    He’ll probably add that he has been bullied and picked on all his life because he is short and insists on wearing a hair-style that is so 50 years ago, and he just HAD to find a girl that would ACCEPT him for WHAT he IS and NOT for his ALLEDGED millions.

    Kindly tell him you’re SORRY that LIFE took the same DUMP on him that IT takes on everybody else and that he SHOULD take his cheap-assed ring back and KEEP LOOKING.

    Thank him very much for WASTING your VALUABLE time and ASSURE him that if he EVER darkens your door-step AGAIN, there is an empty hamster cage in the basement with HIS name on it.
    _______________________

    DEATH to TJ and the ALF!!!

  100. Jacob
    October 8th, 2009 at 4:23 am [Reply]

    Ziggy–of course the car is going to off itself–Ziggy doesn’t wear pants.

  101. MolyBendum
    October 8th, 2009 at 4:37 am [Reply]

    10/8
    BC – I’ve never given it two licks of thought, but I’d assume a cave floor would be rock, and sweeping it seems like a reasonable thing to do. And if you had a pond for, like, watering livestock or something and it got low, you might have to add water once in a while. So maybe this is just an historical account between two worker-bee cavemen. (Or I could just sit back and appreciate the intended sarcasm, but….nahhh.)

    Cathy – Other useful stores Cathy could shop at to get away from the high-pressure salesmanship of couture fashion:
    Noses-R-Us – Motto: “Look around and let us knows if we can help!”
    Frank’s Liquor & Guns – Motto: “Colt 45 or a Colt .45, we have the answers to ALL your problems!”
    Johnson’s Corner Pharmacy – Motto: “Mama’s Little Helper isn’t just for Mama anymore!”

    Candorville – Trippy + Existential + Gross = Totally awesome. Does anybody really know what time it is?

    Crankshaft – Is there something wrong with the economy? This is the first I’m hearing about it.

    Curtis – Good ol’ Curt, always looking out for his mom’s tuna. So….is New Orleans like Auschwitz and Hiroshima now? I fail to see how a 6 year old in Washington, DC was particularly traumatized by a flood 1000 miles away, even if it was George Bush’s fault, which apparently makes everything that much more traumatizing.

    Marvin – And the other kid says, “Oh yeah, like in the Superdome.” Now I get how this works.

    Mutts – He peed on the Dude’s rug.

    Pluggers – This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass! (Also, this is apparently what happens when Brookins does Pluggers with no help from Plugger America.)

    Six Chix – Again, this week, I have to say: fuck you Anne Gibbons, you make no sense. Even if I go waaaaaaay out on a limb and say it’s a reference to putting flowers on a grave, and now the flower’s dead, it still is nothing more than two people making an inane statement about a flower.

  102. Brad
    October 8th, 2009 at 5:03 am [Reply]

    Seems likely that Trixie’s extra whitespace is because the entire strip was a re-hash other than the lettering.. Foob and Lois?

  103. Kanomi
    October 8th, 2009 at 5:12 am [Reply]

    Ia Ia! Shib Niggurath!

  104. True Fable
    October 8th, 2009 at 6:38 am [Reply]

    If Ever a Wizz there wuz Noooooo…!

  105. Strangefate
    October 8th, 2009 at 6:39 am [Reply]

    That’s not a look of horror on Marvin’s face. That’s a look of professional jealousy. For the first time in his life, he’s just been out-pooped. Things will never be the same.

  106. AmyS
    October 8th, 2009 at 7:12 am [Reply]

    The Funkyverse T-shirt for those who haven’t yet had cancer says “so far, so good”? That’s unexpectedly cheery. I would have thought they’d go for something more in tune with the strip’s philosophy, like “just awaiting the inevitable” or “still in denial.”

  107. Mela
    October 8th, 2009 at 7:29 am [Reply]

    A3G: Margo’s back! Hooray! And she’s chewing out her negligent father! All’s finally right with the world.

    ‘Shaft: Okay, we get it. The economy is in trouble, and stupid Boomers everywhere won’t be able to retire to the Caiman Islands like they thought. Shut up already.

    FW: Funny, our cancer walk T-shirts say fun stuff like “Save the Sweater Chickens”. We don’t boast that we’re not dead yet.

    GA: Oh, for the love of God, TURN AROUND! Dick Moore would’ve wrapped this up a week ago, at least.

    Luann: Another good message for the young women of America – if the diamond’s real, it’s okay to keep it even if the guy is a skeevy little troll whose heart you’ve just broken. If not, then that’s the only reason to return it. Remember, girls, greed is good!

    My Cage: This is the first time this strip has really disappointed me. Sara’s whole schtick is tired, not just from the in-law perspective but also from the “Ha, ha, look at the bitter fat girl! Stupid fattie!” choice in the design (because, for some reason, fat guy = lovable, fat girl = bitch). It’s cliched and insulting, and I know the creators can do better than regurgitating material that had dust on it by the Carter administration.

    Pluggers: There’s no “thanks” box on this one. Should we just assume it’s Reed Hoover?

    Zits: I’ve actually seen this happen to people. It’s fun to watch them squirm once they realize everyone will see their flag-less car and know they’re a jackass.

  108. buckyswife
    October 8th, 2009 at 7:42 am [Reply]

    SM: Why do Foghorn’s ears perk up when he hears that the cook makes great pancakes? Was Sandman known not only for his villainy and his ability to dissolve into sand but also his mad pancake skilz?

    MW: All my hopes and dreams will come true if Mary and Jeff are in a terrible car crash, and when they’re wheeled into (and out of, and into, and out of, and into) the ER, Adrian will have to choose between chewing her fingers off attending to her fiancee or her father. Quickly, though, Mary’s stronger gravitational pull will draw Adrian in, and she’ll be leaning in close to her Mary’s hoarsely whispered platitudes at the very moment that both Scott and Jeff draw their last breaths. The crippling guilt will keep Adrian in Mary’s thrall forever, and she will join Toeby as a mindless minion, doomed to spend eternity locked in pointless, banal “conversation” on Mary’s back patio.

    FC: Kid, you’re 53 years old, and your feet don’t yet reach the gas pedal; you are NEVER getting your license.

    MT: Apparently, Rusty and Little Girl Jackson are hitting it off; Rusty has that “Yeah, she likes my cute dog—I am so getting laid tonight” look on his face.

    Curtis: I thought Barry was the bed-wetter in the family?

  109. buckyswife
    October 8th, 2009 at 7:50 am [Reply]

    108, me: fiance. I think.

  110. Rob
    October 8th, 2009 at 7:52 am [Reply]

    Well, for what it’s worth, it looks like the Wizard of Id is about to rid us of this meddlesome Plugger.

  111. buckyswife
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:02 am [Reply]

    MC: Yuck. I’m a newcomer to this strip, and I’m glad this wasn’t my first impression. Doesn’t help that I got a version of this comment from the buckyhusband early in our marriage (and that attitude is one of the reasons that it’s not long until I’ll be buckys exwife…).

  112. AhClem
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:02 am [Reply]

    (WT)DT – Yes, Locher, we get it. We get it. You can draw a really cool-looking tiger. Now can we PLEASE move on?

  113. Whippersnapper
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:05 am [Reply]

    FW: What you can’t see from this angle is that the back of both t-shirts says “…but we all know we’re doomed.”

  114. Susan
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:14 am [Reply]

    10/8

    MW: I don’t know, but I think today’s MW is one of the most hilarious yet. First of all, I assume Dr. Jeff is driving across a one way bridge in the middle of the day with no other cars on the road, yet the arrow in the first panel is pointing inexplicably off the side of the bridge! In the second panel, Dr. Jeff looks absolutely crazy, and it makes one ponder whether he’s coming down from his high and is REALLY just mad because his pony-tailed supplier was carted off to the Santaroyjail right after the paddy wagon stopped to throw Scott to the butchers at the hospital…but not before Colleague was brought to the morgue. Best case scenario is that Dr. Jeff plows the car right over that rail and dies in a fiery crash a la Aldo. Mary, however, will just turn on her holier than thou meddling halo and escape all injury, leaving her available to go forward to the hospital and tell Adrian that her father is dead and the coroner will probably need some dental records. After clutching her chin in despair, she’ll inject Scott and herself with enough morphine to drop a goat with a face ponytail. Mary will move on to the next story arc, which will involve Dr. Good drinking heavily and showing up at the Bum Boat to throw non-descript beige food stuffs at a waiter’s face after he declines to serve him more alcohol.

    …or, we’ll be forced to stay in the car to nowhere for the next two days, culminating in a Sunday strip which focuses on Dr. Jeff parking in the hospital garage from various angles and with numerous platitudes.

  115. Brick Bradford
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:14 am [Reply]

    DT: It’s like Locher is just egging us on, isn’t it?
    Love the look on Dick’s face this morning, though.

    MW: Dr. Jeff looks like a petulant 6 year old, not a concerned father. They’d best look out if the road to the hospital takes them by Mary Worth’s Cliff O’ Just Deserts, though. The ghost of Aldo lurks!

    S-M: Just as a former millionaire supervillain settles in to a swell gig as a short order cook they try to pull him back in.

    JP: I’m getting a little tied of all this square jawed solemnity.

    RMMD: Most boring Rex Morgan arc EVER. And that is saying someting.

    MT: I think it’s clear from the last panel what Rusty would like to explore.

  116. MolyBendum
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:21 am [Reply]

    #111 – Ha. buckysexwife would be dedication to a sn. As well as SUPER confusing for most people.

  117. Nekrotzar
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    I would like to see all of the goat-lovers on this forum (I had no idea there were so many of them) band together to form an anti-defamation society and then launch a protest/boycott of this episode of Shaun the Sheep.

  118. Chyron HR
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    9 Selfabsorbed Lane – I’m sure the U.N. will keep Edda’s resume on file in case President Ahmadinejad ever wants to say, “What a feeling, being’s believing, I can’t have it all, now I’m dancing for my life.”

    Malignant Winkerbean – “And this one that says ‘Left Early to Beat the Rush’ is for mom.”

    Judge Parker – “Come on, Jim… don’t you smell something here?” “Hey, if Jordan’s diaper bothers you so much, you change it.”

    Luann – “That boy is odd. Why don’t you go out with that nice Anthony Gunther, who dressed you up in a slutty witch costume?”

    My Cage – 1) Woah, she’s cute. 2) Her go-to insult is a Simpsons reference? And they don’t get along… why?

    Popeye – Oh! I get it! Spinachovia is smoggy!

    Rex Morgan – “Oh, yeah! That’s the trailer where all those teenagers were murdered last summer! Let’s go make out!”

  119. Ellie
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    Holy Crap! Are Mary and Jeff heading for a big car accident?? Maybe everyone Adrian loves will be lying in hospital beds while she shakes her fist in the air and thinks “YOU’VE GOT TO GET WELL. YOU”VE GOT TO !!!”

  120. Amateur
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    MW: First we had the shootout and now we have the possibility of (1) Dr. Cory Hulking out (“JEFF SMASH HEROIN DEALERS!”) and/or (2) Adrian’s father and her own personal meddler being wheeled into the hospital right after her boyfriend.

    Am I an evil person if I say this storyline just keeps getting better and better?

  121. AeroSquid
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:36 am [Reply]

    DT: Ha ! Even Tess’ first word balloon is panicking. “I’m helpless”

  122. LP2004
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    DT – At first glance, it looked to me like the tiger was saying “I’m helpless”. Which would fit into the sheer insanity of this story line, come to think of it.

  123. MolyBendum
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:54 am [Reply]

    – Apartment 3G –
    Lu Ann got over her and Margo’s depressing conversation from a couple weeks hours ago, but it seems Margo hasn’t. Still feeling bitter (well, derrr) and unloved, she lashes out at her father. Shocking! There should be italics on the phone because you know she’s spitting verbal phlegm at him.

    The girls are back in 3G…Mary’s back in Mary Worth…Mark Trail is rattling off random facts about swamps and attempting to remind us once again that Mark is indeed a wildlife photographer…and that leaves……

    – Rex Morgan –
    Still with Becka and Douchestache as they trespass. “This is a dangerous place!” sounds exciting, until you realize they’re at a GOLF COURSE. The only dangerous thing going on is maybe Tim forgot a rubber and he’ll have to navigate the perils of Becka’s psyche to convince her to let him bareback it.

  124. 8th Man Fan
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:24 am [Reply]

    #101 MolyBendum re: “how a 6 year old in Washington, DC was particularly traumatized by a flood 1000 miles away”: Politics aside, the Katrina flood and afermath did affect children across the country, as well as adults. It was a major event that exposed serious flaws in how U.S. society and government operates and, for many reasons, it resonated more strongly for the African-American community.

    Okay, having Barry (at most, two years old at the time) make a Katrina reference is sort of shaky. However, generally, it’s not that surprising that a black person outside of New Orleans would have it in mind.

  125. One-eyed Wolfdog
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    Tom Armstrong saw today’s Slylock and had an amazing idea for a funny new Marvin gag.

  126. Sams Mommy
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    MW: Dr. Jeff doesn’t look worried for his daughter, he looks almost homicidally angry. I can see it now, “If he goes and dies on her, I’ll KILL him!”

  127. hogenmogen
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    BC: “Water the pond” is some kind of cave-person slang for urination. Apparently, in prehistoric times, when a man and a woman peed together, it constituted foreplay. Way to go, Curls!

    “Laugh, Clown, laugh!” Why is the clown saying this?

    reFoob: Lynn Johnston thinks that Snuffy Smith’s formula of a weak punchline coupled with an inappropriately large smile results in good comedy. Look at the hint of Ellie’s tongue about to protrude like a big, wet noodle.

    H&J: It’s funny because Herb got fondled by a 300 lb man named Olaf.

    MW: I absolutely LOVE angry Dr. Jeff!! Wow, he didn’t even get so riled up when he got dumped by Mary. Now we know that Detective Scott is his one true passion. “Slow down, Jeff, what did that sign say? ‘Danger, bridge… ‘ I didn’t get to read the rest… Was it ‘bridge – ouuuuutttt’? Oh, hello, Aldo. Aren’t you dead?”

    Coincidental punchline duplication of the day: My Cage & Non-Sequitur. And, here’s the hat trick.

    Pluggers: As if you had to ask. Pluggers don’t know shit about Sponge Bob, don’t wanna know shit about Sponge Bob and don’t even acknowledge Sponge Bob as a legitimate cartoon character as he was created after 1970.

    Zig: The store is called “Bookshop”. There was a store in my old neighborhood called “Books and News” that had one mainstream newspaper for sale and everything else was porn. Since the specifics of the deal are not disclosed, other than the price, I can only imagine “all you can read” means “short, bald guys can come in and ejaculate over our filthy magazines”.

  128. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:40 am [Reply]

    FW – See, it’s funny because, if you don’t have cancer yet, you will get it eventually, so we all have that to look forward to! Ha hee ho! Laugh Clown Laugh!

    Marvin – Why are the kids debating whether to tell the child with the dirty diaper that he has shat himself? Trust me, the kid knows this already. The point of the diaper is that the kid is too young to do anything about it. Maybe they should be debating whether to tell the adult attendant that the diaper is soiled? Or is there no attendant and they are hopelessly stranded in a post-apocalyptic wasteland?

    Shit and cancer. Hee ha ho. Still better then the past week of 9CL, though, and that is after factoring in the Edda in little black minidress part of the equation.

  129. One-eyed Wolfdog
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:47 am [Reply]

    Edge City: For god’s sake, man, it’s twenty-five freaking miles; I ride five times that far if I’m just in the mood to pick up a couple burritos at the nearest Chipotle on a Saturday, and I don’t annoy the hell out of everyone I know asking for donations, either, despite the fact that stamping out hunger is a very important humanitarian cause.

  130. AeroSquid
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:48 am [Reply]

    FW: Other Cancer Tee’s available in the Funkyverse:

    PROGNOSIS: POSITIVE !

    MEDICAL RECORDS SWITCHED

    VOTED OFF THE ISLAND (Goes with the SURVIVOR tee)

  131. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:53 am [Reply]

    Other suggested Cancer T-Shirts:

    “I have cancer!!! But you are still the worst part of my day.”

    “Cancer! I’m what’s for dinner!”

    “Have a nice day! Or, at least try to even though you know we will all get sick and die. It’s the human condition!”

    “My wife died of cancer, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt. Plus the continuing hallucinations of her ghostly apparition. And an imaginary cat. Please kill me now?”

  132. One-eyed Wolfdog
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:57 am [Reply]

    I kind of liked today’s Hi & Lois, although it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. That may be because – this is true – when I was around that age my father thought flash cards were great, whereas I was fascinated with making (awesome monochrome amber) charts in Lotus 1-2-3.

    Also in the H’s, I was just thinking it would be nice if Heathcliff would gives a break from Heathcliff for a while and serve up some Riff Raff and Cleo. In these dark time, the world could use a cat in bright leg warmers.

  133. MolyBendum
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    #124 8th Man Fan: Errr…yeah, valid point. In that light I’d say it’s just manipulative and heavy-handed in comparing tuna-napper catching with Katrina, dread-wise. When I think of life altering events for a race/class/ethnicity I tend to think a little more severe I guess (but I wasn’t in the country for that one, either, and most of the (black and otherwise) people I know and associate with are pretty hard-hearted fuckers). In a different forum I’d discuss it, but…. //
    I sure hope Curtis can figure out who’s been poaching his mom’s tuna and save his parent’s marriage! (Wait, that’s not what’s going on….)

  134. spike
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    MW: Moy’s just toying with us, right? The prospect of Adrian losing Scott and her father within hours of each other is just too good too be true!

    FW: Other T-shirt saying:
    “Resident of Westview. Any questions?”

    bats :[ @ 92: The only thing missing was Aldo hitchhiking prior to the curve, a la “Twilight Zone”. “Going my way?” :-)

  135. Professor Fate
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    MW: And what now? Do they go flying off Aldo’s Curve? Which would be cool.

    FW: And for those who are terminal “Wormfood in training” don’t like to guild the lilly?

  136. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    10/8

    WofI: What the hell, Brent Parker? Are you looking for True Fable to bust a cap in yo’ ass?

    Marvin: There’s the Marvin we know and love well we certainly do know him, don’t we?

    MC: Wow. Sara is a much spicier stew that her little sis. Me likey.

    Phantom: Props to the Phantom for taking the story in a dramatic and somewhat unnerving direction. Although not strictly realistic, as there’s no way all these people could just waltz into the vicinity of the destroyed building.

    DT: Why does Mr. Pops have to keep reminding himself to laugh? He’s really not a natural at the whole creepy clown game, is he?

    DtM: Margaret’s not the one who put it in a too-wmall box with no ventilation. She’s more of a friend to frog-kind than you are.

    M-Dawg: The shoes are trophies of the hunt, of course. A lot are still sticky with blood, so caveat emptor even if you could buy them.

    FW: Then there’s the T-shirt directly inspired by Lisa: “Christ, my doctor is a schmuck.”

    C-Shaft: “Not only am I losing my piece of mind, but I have no hoooooome!”

    H&J: “So when he finally got around to the tug part of the rub-n-tug, I couldn’t really enjoy it.”

    SSmith: I wouldn’t recommend you go with the Lincoln hat, vicar. The War of Northern Aggression still rubs a lot of people raw in these parts.

  137. Dingo
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail is actually making the snark no fun. These two guys are aching to get alone out in that swamp for an afternoon of steamy, shirtless kisses and oral pleasure against a knotty pine.

    Someone tell me where they put Rusty. If Hervé Villechaize were that close to my daughter, I’d have a pitchfork nearby.

  138. bats :[
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    135. Professor Fate: well, of course that’s the only logical conclusion, isn’t it?

  139. bats :[
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    Um. Is F-Minus referring to a massive, sports-induced wedgie?

  140. Tom S. Fox
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    Haha! Ziggy is going to die! Seriously, I find this hilariously funny! Does that make me a bad person?

  141. Niall
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    107. Mela & 111. buckyswife: While I did not get that impression from Sara’s introduction, you both make valid points about the cliché she may represent. However, keep in mind that the bitchiest character in the strip is Violet, and she’s also the thinnest. All I read this as, was that “Sara and Norm dislike each other and snipe at each other” (as panel 2 intimates), and has no immediate bearing on the rest of Sara’s behaviour. We’ve seen that Norm is definitely not the most likeable character around; plus, well, he recently hurt her sister, so I’d say Sara has good reason to hate his guts right now. The next two days should tell if Ed Power subverts the trope or has fallen to it.

    109. buckyswife: correct, fiancé is the guy and fiancée is the girl.

    116. MolyBendum: I don’t think I should touch that comment. :) :)

    Between Adrian’s “You’ve got to get well!” and Phantom’s “I won’t allow my wife to be harmed!”, it’s Self-Delusional & Denial Week in the comics…

  142. hogenmogen
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    Curtis: Oh my. Barry thinks that his brother’s scheme will devestate a city, leaving over a thousand people dead in its wake. It’s a tuna sandwich, for cryin’ out loud. Have you ever heard of “proportionate response”?

    Driving in the rain, day 12: Are they in the trailer? Maybe we should discuss and debate this for the next week. I really hate to say this, but when Rex isn’t around making unintentional gay double entendres, this strip really drags.

  143. Bootsy
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:02 am [Reply]

    Hey, Curtis’ little brother (Barry, is it? Whatevs), nice punchline. Depressing Good to see that levees, Katrina, FEMA, New Orleans and floods in general can stand on their own, humor-wise.

    BTW, we’re still nervous sleeping next to the levees.

  144. commodorejohn
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    A3G – Oh, Margo. Your devastating words never fail to make me smile.

    BrS – Oops.

    Crankshaft – If there’s one thing that can make me feel good about current economic circumstances, it’s that Anthony from FOOB (who has apparently re-grown the ‘Stache) is having his amazing wonderful marvelous wonderful amazing success gradually eroded away. It warms my black heart to think about.

    DT – Brozman exaggerates the slope of the tiger’s head just enough to make it look absolutely nothing like a tiger’s head; an impressive feat for so small a change. Also, it’s got one hell of an underbite. And while I appreciate his dedication to this story’s “clowns are scary and evil” theme, panel three just isn’t as stunningly nightmarish as its progenitor the Sunday before last. Quit while you’re a(scary clown)head, I guess.

    FC – “Christ,” Thel thinks, “he’s found the calculator. It’s only a matter of time before he’s punching in 5318008 and they’re all giggling like idiots. Well, even more like idiots.”

    FW – On the other side it says “I’m dying of cancer, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.” Also, is it me, or does Keisha in panel two look uncomfortably like a Homo erectus? Ah, maybe it’s just a facial tumor.

    HOTC – This is the Very Special Episode where Heart learns the True Meaning of Halloween.

    JP – Lord, there’s more craggy features on display here than the freaking Grand Canyon. (The one in Arizona, that is, not Abbey’s.)

    Love Is… – totally not how the climactic battle in The Great Mouse Detective went. Less spooning, more surprisingly brutal combat. Get it right.

    Luann – Okay, who in this strip isn’t a whore given a high enough price?

    MT – I like Sassy’s please-kill-me expression today. Also, Rusty is turning invisible, starting at the feet; an encouraging development to be sure.

    MW – Oh my God, they are fighting over the accelerator! All you wonderful people who pointed that out can give yourselves a pat on the back. Also: “I’m worried about Scott! Sweet, sweet Scott, with his generic Aryan features…oh yeah, I suppose my daughter’s not too happy about this, either.”

    MC – Hmm.

    Phantom – The Phantom is being really, really good, hitting the perfect note of tragedy while maintaining restraint and not jumping headlong into Winkerbeanian melodrama. Although I do wonder what Clambake is doing on the right-hand side of the panel…

    SF – I love this strip.

    SM – Gah, is no string of coincidences too dumb for Spider-Man? What next, is Spidey just going to happen along while Twerpy McButler here is trying to recruit Sandman back to Team Evil?

  145. hogenmogen
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:11 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail: Oh yes, the pleasant swamp smell, the joy of fishing every day. I really like to escape the hectic pace of the barely populated forest and head out here to the completely unpopulated swamp.

    Bob: It’s not unpopulated. My famil lives here.

    Mark: It’s so pleasantly rustic and primitive.

    Bob: You big shot forest people with your “running water” and “dirt roads” come out here for sport and recreation, but you’re talking about my life, Mr. Trail. Like fishing? Try living on it – not for a few days, but forever. Can’t catch a fish today? Can’t just go to the cooler and have a sandwich. No. I can’t make the catch and my children starve. You think this is amusing? You think this is entertaining? You deep woodsmen are all alike – living in your draft-free hardwood cabins that don’t flood every time we get a downpour. You think it smells pleasant, you should be here in July, when the water level drops and the mold blooms. It makes day old beer farts smell like Channel #9. Think my kid has a future? She’ll be toothless, barefoot and pregnant when she’s 13 if she doesn’t get eaten by gators first. When you flush your toilet, where does it go? Open your eyes, Mister! You’re in a goddamn cesspool! Be glad that you can leave! You “0.5 residents per square mile” people make me sick. Here I am trying to feed a family and you keep passing laws against poaching endangered species left and right. Well I’m an endangered species, Mr. Trail. What about me?

    Mark: Yep. Looks to be a good day for some fishin’! Know any good spots, Bob? What do you keep as bait?

  146. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:15 am [Reply]

    #107 mela,
    I’d give My Cage more benefit of the doubt. For one thing, Wanda isn’t drawing Sara as grotesque. She looks like a professional woman with a few more curves than Bridget. Also Norm isn’t such a Mary Sue hero that we can assume we’re supposed to hate a character just because he doesn’t get along with them. So Ed could break our hearts, but so far this turn has potential.

  147. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:17 am [Reply]

    Me at 146,
    Or what Niall said. That works too.

  148. buckyswife
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    141 Niall: My “yuck” was mostly directed at Norm’s comment, actually; I have no complaint about the Sara character.

    And…. the “I think” about fiance/e actually referred to potential confusion over Scott’s gender, not any spelling confusion! However, I was–clearly–unclear.

  149. commodorejohn
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    #146 Artist formerly known as Ben – Agreed. While this is not the most inspiring start to a storyline ever, it’s too early to tell how it’ll turn out yet, and Ed and Melissa have done more than a little subverting of cliches in the past.

  150. hogenmogen
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    The economic turmoil has been repeated fodder for slow-to-get-it strips like Blondie, Shoe, Ziggy and Crankshit for months now. On the other hand, we have the still-in-the-dark Heathcliff to keep us in stitches rolling our eyes. And, why does the girl cat need to be on a treadmill, too?

  151. Needle D. the Bug F.
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    I’m pretty sure that Plugger was at the last Slayer show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium here in Saint Paul. Boy was he drunk!

  152. hogenmogen
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:33 am [Reply]

    #144 Commodore – Phantom: “What’s Clambake doing on the right hand side?”

    Looking for a … yes… clambake, of course.

    As soon as they clear out all the dead bodies, that is.

  153. buckyswife
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:39 am [Reply]

    116 MolyBendum: Hence my strategic use of the space bar.

  154. Jess
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    So I checked Mary Worth online today to see if anything had happened since the last time I read it (Answer: of course not, don’t be ridiculous)

    When the page first loaded, I saw Jeff and Mary and a car. I thought to myself “Great, not only has nothing happened at the hospital, but now Jeff is rushing Mary to the hospital, while Mary is presumably bitching about his driving.”

    Conclusion: Mary Worth storylines are so predictable that you don’t even need to read the dialogue.

  155. Johnny Q
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:47 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth: Jeff will drive so dangerously he’ll end up going off a cliff. Mary’s last words will be “I’m coming to you, Aldo!”

  156. StoutHearted
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:49 am [Reply]

    See, now this is why pluggers shouldn’t become Satanists. Searching for a good pair of overalls and sensible shoes will only have them ready for a long afternoon nap, instead of a drug-fueled orgy in the blood of lambs dedicated to the Dark One.

  157. Calico
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:55 am [Reply]

    #142 – This certainly isn’t Rex’s Big Gay Golf Game, is it?

    Lockhorns – haha, incontinence is funny!

    MW – not only is Jeff driving like a 17-year old, he’s driving on the wrong side of the road.

  158. AhClem
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:01 pm [Reply]

    MW -
    Dr. Jeff is so busy arguing with Mary that he failed to notice this sign.

  159. StoutHearted
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    18. Rain: ZombieScott will undoubtedly rise from the dead, only to be lectured by Dr. Corey for letting down the memory of his illustrious father, but will be meddled into vegetarianism by Mary in order to maintain Adrian’s love.

    39:SoftHeart: Spider-Man is sipping tea? Why did no one tell me of this thrilling new development!

    51 Aaron: Because face-to-face human contact may mean gazing upon some dirty, dirty facial hair, Mark Trail’s artist prefers the company of animals.

  160. TheDiva
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:32 pm [Reply]

    Cathy: In panel 3 the saleslady reveals her true form as Kali, goddess of death and destruction.

    FW: Where’s the “I’ve Got a Date With Masky McDeath” t-shirt? I want one of those.

    Luann: Dammit, Mr. deGroot, you managed to sound perfectly rational and sane up until that last sentence. Now I’m convinced every single character in this strip is brain-dead and/or insane.

    MW: Wow, Dr. Jeff is pissed! “I KNEW that no-good sonuvabitch would go and get himself shot like this! How DARE he do that to my little girl?!”

  161. Niall
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:33 pm [Reply]

    BWAHAHAHA….

    This is too much.

    Here in Gatineau, on the other side of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, there’s a mini-convention called the Rendez-Vous de la BD de Gatineau, or a Comics Meeting for a very bad translation. Bandes Dessinées, or BD for short, is what the Europeans call their style of full-page comics – strips are an oddity for format, and subject matter is, basically, anything. They have local and European guests, though most of them of second-tier popularity level, not being a festival big or important enough to warrant the Big Names (it’s the Québec City festival that can snag those).

    So I peruse the list of invited authors, writers and artists, and who do I see? Lynn Johnston! :) Did I mention this is pretty much an all-French event? Has anyone heard if she speaks any French? I guess translations of her strip may exist, but if they don’t, she’ll be a little lost and feel pointless… what was her agent thinking? So the wrong market. Or is she now that desperate?

  162. Niall
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

  163. Niall
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:41 pm [Reply]

    …crap, I was sure I had closed that tag properly. Oh well, it still works.

  164. commodorejohn
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    #161 Niall – Give ‘er hell, boy. Give ‘er hell.

  165. AirForbes
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    #161 Niall – considering the protrayal of French-Canadian characters in her strip over the years, I think we can look forward to her being pelted with produce.

  166. bats :[
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    160. TheDiva re FW: “Masky McDeath is My Homey”?

  167. Bootsy
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    My side bet in the Scott is Shot! betting pool was that Dr. Jeff would wear a real (white) doctor’s coat and seemingly practice medicine. I got the day correct when Shot Scott arrived at the hospital, so maybe I’ll get lucky on this too!

  168. Écureuil Écumant
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    MW: And not only is he driving on the wrong side of the road .. he doesn’t have his hands in the 10 o’clock / 2 o’clock position either.

    Not on the steering wheel. In the air.

  169. Niall
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:29 pm [Reply]

    164. commodorejohn: I’ll actually ignore her completely. She just wants attention now. Best revenge is to do as if she didn’t exist.

    165. AirForbes: won’t happen – it would need francophones to read her strip. Since it didn’t run in any Quebec newspaper, I doubt many are aware of that much of her strip, other than it exists. :)

  170. Uncle Lumpy
    October 8th, 2009 at 1:54 pm [Reply]

    Yat-il un homme bourru vers les bandes dessinées?

  171. Baka Gaijin
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    Has anyone seen Josh since Plug-Niggurath entered this blog?

  172. Niall
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:02 pm [Reply]

    146. Artist Formerly Known As Ben: I do give benefit of the doubt so far, but nonetheless two intelligent women have had a sour taste from the strip, so I can’t dismiss it entirely. Wait and See seems the best approach.

    170. Uncle Lumpy: Hunh? “Is there a shaggy man towards the comics”??

  173. Calico
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:05 pm [Reply]

    #169 – Actually, Foob has run, and I think still runs, in Le Soleil out of Quebec CIty.
    “Pour le meilleur ou pour le pire”

    Will André-Philippe Côté be there? I love his work, and his cartoons have helped me learn more French.

  174. Niall
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    173. Calico: whoops, my wrong, should have researched this first. So a few, but then, it would make more sense to have her at the Quebec city festival. No Côté, sorry.

  175. One-eyed Wolfdog
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

    #170 for COTW.

  176. Comcis Fan
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    #128 See, I thought when she said “everyone else,” she meant those who have cancer and don’t know yet if they’re going to survive, so their shirts say, “So far so good.”

  177. Calico
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:40 pm [Reply]

    #174 – Hey, no prob!
    I think Le Soleil only does a funny page on Saturday, though – as you know, Sat. is the day for a big mega-edition in Québec, as is the case on Sundays in the US.
    I think said page includes Foob, Ben, Overboard, Drabble, Hagar, Stone Soup, Blondie (Blondinette”), and a few others I cannot recall now.

    Coté is intelligent and controversial, and I would enjoy hearing him speak, but he’s a bit elusive, or so it seems.

  178. Calico
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:46 pm [Reply]

    My apologies Niall – you are right on! Soleil used to have Foob, but now it looks like, judging from this Saturday’s paper, that they only feature 4 comix (I must have been thinking of The Gazette’s bigger offering).
    The 4:
    Ben
    Garfield
    Blondie (who has been much loved here over the years)
    Hagar l’Horrible!

    Poor newspapers…a dying breed…

  179. bats :[
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    169. Niall: I suppose it would be too cruel to take a mashup (or better yet, one of the most excellent “Foob’s Paradise” strips) and try to get LJ to sign it.
    “Oh, I’m sorry, my mistake…this isn’t your work, is it?” (said in your perfect French, of course).
    Yeah, I can be a real shit… (then again, LJ’s minions are the only ones who ever contacted Flickr to have one of the mashups I’d done of FOOB pulled, so poopy is as poopy does).

  180. buckyswife
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    179 bats:[ –Really? She sent her flunkies/goons/sideburned helpers? Did they threaten you with legal action?

  181. The G Man
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    RE: Oct 8 Family Circus – “Know what? Bil Keane can’t even do the simplest math, so now I’m what, 4 1/2 years old?”

    By my calculations, 4,206 days divided by 365 days in a year = 11.52 years until Billy can get his driver’s license. Isn’t he in like 3rd or 4th grade?

  182. JH Pants
    October 8th, 2009 at 2:58 pm [Reply]

    The last panel of today’s Mark Trail is actually a still from an episode of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom about the social behaviors of lesser primates. Jim’s just off camera, about to drop a net on Rusty and wrestle him to the ground. Then Rusty will be tranquilized, tagged and released; armed with another anecdote to share with his “friends.”

  183. Calico
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    #179 – Are you kidding? Mike Patterson contacted Flickr?
    God, get a sense of humo(u)r, Lynn and team grumpy.

  184. Poteet
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    # 92 bats:[ — Rapture.

  185. bats :[
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    buckyswife and Calico: no legal action, but having Flickr (not the minions themselves, of course) saying something to the effect that I was posting copyrighted material. This was early in my mashup career (mid-2007), and I knew from the start, from this site, what a jerk LJ&Co. could be — I’d always either remove her name or “add” to it (“Definitely not LJ”), so no one could mistake my little ha-has with her original deathless artistry and prose. Dean Booth started running my Foob mashups on his old site (thank for forever for that, Dean), and this eventually prompted me to set up my own blog so I wouldn’t inconvenience him.
    Anyway, I’m glad Foob is dead — gives me the excuse to have a little more fun with better strips and cartoonists.

  186. Poteet
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    GA — The dancer kicking Gertie is the only one wearing high heels. That means “POIK!” is definitely the sound of a high heel invading a place where the sun never shines. So much for GA’s last shred of human dignity.

  187. Ed Power, My Cage Writer
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    Mela @ 107.

    ‘”My Cage: …Sara’s whole schtick is tired, not just from the in-law perspective but also from the “Ha, ha, look at the bitter fat girl! Stupid fattie!” choice in the design (because, for some reason, fat guy = lovable, fat girl = bitch).”‘

    Usually, I don’t respond to negative comments, but you are WAY off base on this. :)

    Melissa designed the character and I said to make the character a cross between Bridget and Norm because I wanted a formiable opponent for Norm.

    And where did you get that she’s a bitch (although technically being a female dog, she is, so let’s say ‘witch’ to clarify). Because she thinks her sister can do better? That’s not a witch. Half the people who read our comic think that. :D :D :D

    Also, I don’t think Norm is ‘lovable’. He’s (sincker) a curmudgeon.

    Sarah (named in a way after Cerebus) is going to be the one who makes sure Norm is up to marrying her sister by the end and hopefully give some insight into why Bridget likes Norm. Again, this is if we don’t get canceled before we get to they’re wedding. :)

    She’s also a workoholic, and a female Norm in a lot of ways you’ll hopefully see in the next year. .

    Could it be possible you’re opinion has been past stereotyping?

    But I’ll tell you what. Bridget has another sister (who will be mentioned tomorrow) who Mel hasn’t designed and LOVES Norm (much like Norm’s soon to be Father and Mother in-law who Norm likes better then his own family). I’ll make her much heavier than Norm and Sara, kay?

    See? Comics Curmudgeon makes a difference! :D

    PS: Violet is horrible and thin. A fact of which I’m now proud. And Max and Rex are awful and males. :)

  188. Ed Power, My Cage Writer
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    That should read:

    “Could it be possible you’re opinion has been BASED ON past stereotyping?”

    Sorry.

  189. Baka Gaijin
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    #185 bats :[ : I’m intrigued about this: “I’m glad Foob is dead…” Can I do the Happy Dance? For Better or For Worse is no longer? Damn, how did CNN miss that?

  190. TruthOfAngels
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:31 pm [Reply]

    “He got some sort of a stimulus package.”

    “Oh boy, did he!”

    “I’d be offended and aroused by that, but the tedium of my one-frame existence has caused me to start envying characters in Funky Winkerbean.”

    “Yes, at least they get to die eventually. Oh well, perhaps Marmaduke will finally get round to eating us at some point.”

    “That’s the spirit!”

  191. Bootsy
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    Mela and Ed Power, I didn’t think she was fat!

  192. Marion Delgado
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:53 pm [Reply]

    To paraphrase what I said earlier:

    When the only tool you have is a Marvin comic strip, every problem looks like a pile of crap.

  193. DaveyK
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    I’m with you, Mary Worth writers! Enough of exciting shoot outs and face-grabbing emotion. Platitudes decrying the state of the world during a week-long drive to the hospital…that’s more like it! And listen to Mary…slow that car down. Don’t go getting into some sort of exciting car accident!

  194. Marion Delgado
    October 8th, 2009 at 3:59 pm [Reply]

    Summer, why are you smiling? Is that Lisa’s legacy?

    No, dad …

    What’s Lisa’s legacy?

    If you smile, you’ll die blinded in pain.

    Thatta girl!

    Wait, aren’t you smiling now?

    Smirking, honey, smirking.

  195. odinthor
    October 8th, 2009 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    Retail. — Ha ha! It’s funny because men don’t make invading their friends’ privacy a priority!

    Love Is . . . — Heavy on the minutes, light on the hours.

  196. commodorejohn
    October 8th, 2009 at 4:18 pm [Reply]

    #191 Bootsy – It was kind of difficult to tell at first (I think it’s her posture that does it,) but I concur. She might be a bit heavyset, but she’s not fat.

  197. queek
    October 8th, 2009 at 4:21 pm [Reply]

    @Ed Power: lets see, a heavy-set happy hippie chick and a buttoned down powerbitch? Bridget’s sisters are my aunts on my dad’s side, just younger!

    (and there is no way that Sara could be a tenth as unlikable as the aunt in question. . . .)

  198. Bootsy
    October 8th, 2009 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    My Cage: I’m trying to imagine what it would be like meeting all of my sisters at once (I have six sisters).

    Of course, Norm knows Sarah already, but still…

  199. ms. docweasel
    October 8th, 2009 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    “heights of turd-focused drama”? I’d think “depths” more appropriate.

  200. Muffaroo
    October 8th, 2009 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    Family – You? Get a driver’s license? Billy, I’d like you to meet another invisible member of the household. His name is “Not Gonna Happen,” and here’s his pal, “No Way José.”

    Hägar – This wasn’t too bad, but the second panel was completely unnecessary.

    Phantom – Impressive, but based on what I’ve seen of building demolitions and whatnot, wouldn’t there be an expanding cloud of dust filling the streets in all directions from the building?

    Pluggers – Never mind the Band-aid; it won’t stick to dog hair anyway. What this fella needs is one of those conical lampshade collars to he won’t keep gnawing at the place where he got the shot.

    Orange – Sorry, Lamb Chop, you got it wrong. Your Mom said you came from a wooly ball. Possibly the left one.

    Sally – “Tremor in the Force” would be a good name for a garage band.

  201. Muffaroo
    October 8th, 2009 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    Jumble Jeff @y254 – I know you guys do the best you can, but I still miss the glory days of Jumble, when there were twenty to fifty clue words, and the answer was a quarter of a page of agate type of erudite classical wit, sometimes in a foreign language. Things just haven’t been the same since T.S. Eliot left the panel, though Pound managed to hold it together for a while (with the help of Burne Hogarth’s masterful cartoons, of course).

    Niall @19 – Left without supervision? I think that’s the whole idea. Marvin and the other helltots are being deliberately neglected in what will come to be known as the Brown Hole of Cleveland.

    Perky Bird @64 – Every time I see “toaster tootie” I expect Skip Williamson characters to compare it to tutti fruity and I feel sorta Smooty.

    ps: Vootie!

    fink @74 – Oh, man, why didn’t we think of Krampus? Good spotting!

  202. Marthas Rolling Pin
    October 8th, 2009 at 5:41 pm [Reply]

    Uncle Sam is a Plugger!

  203. Old School Allie Cat
    October 8th, 2009 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    #196 – commodorejohn – So, what’s the fine line separating heavyset from fat?

    I’m not trying to stir up shit – just want to see if I can get away with.

    I like to think that I’m the kind of woman who, if you saw her walking down the aisle of an airplane, you would probably think, “I’ll be she knows a good place to get a bite to eat in our destination city” more than – “Oh, please don’t let her be sitting next to me”.

    So am I fat or heavyset?

  204. One-eyed Wolfdog
    October 8th, 2009 at 5:55 pm [Reply]

    I believe quite strongly that much good can be done in the world by ignoring that question and mocking some comics instead.

  205. Old School Allie Cat
    October 8th, 2009 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    Good point.

    So, that Lynn Johnston is a real hack, n’est-ce-pas?

    And what’s with all the doom and gloom in Funky Willyoupleasejustdiealready?

    Mary Worth, you’re such a pesky meddler!

  206. Écureuil Écumant
    October 8th, 2009 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    186 Poteet says: “GA — The dancer kicking Gertie is the only one wearing high heels. That means ‘POIK!’ is definitely the sound of a high heel invading a place where the sun never shines.”

    So! It appears Survivor’s (y14) Jumble solution of high heeled shoes as “TOYS FOR the BUTT” was prescient!

  207. Écureuil Écumant
    October 8th, 2009 at 6:19 pm [Reply]

    Garfield: Ventures outdoors for the first time in a while. Promptly gets punk’d by a dog. Garfield, I hope this will teach you not to go outside. Not where I might catch sight of you, at least.

  208. True Fable
    October 8th, 2009 at 6:22 pm [Reply]

    I’d like to see the comic version of the Fabulous Fable Sisters, all four of ‘em, chomping at the bit to say something devastatingly acerbic which they interpret as witty, while at the same time protesting to their baby brother that “we only pick on you because we looooove you.” “Love you to pieces!

  209. migellito
    October 8th, 2009 at 6:31 pm [Reply]

    mary worth – Yes! Drive off a cliff Dr. Jeff, drive off a cliff!! Die! Die! Faster pussycat, kill, kill!!!

  210. commodorejohn
    October 8th, 2009 at 6:59 pm [Reply]

    #203 Old School Allie Cat – That’s a good question, and I’m not sure I have a verbally communicable definition. Personally, I’ve always thought of “heavy-set” as being more like “stocky,” in that it has more to do with how people are built than how they wind up due to their lifestyle; i.e., some people are just kinda big. Gertie from Gasoline Alley is heavy-set, for example, whereas Pluggers are fat. (Not that I am trying to attach a stigma to being overweight, unless it’s due to just completely not giving a shit about taking care of your body, as with Pluggers.)

    Then again, I could be off the mark, since this is mostly based on my own observations of people I happen to encounter. As I said, I’m not really certain I can explain what I mean.

  211. bats :[
    October 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm [Reply]

    I’m not fat, I’m big-boned, dammit!

  212. Poteet
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    # 206 Ecureuil — Indeed!

    # 210 commodorejohn — Something deep within my body keeps telling me that the best way to take care of it is with chocolate. If I could get that something to shut up, the rest of my body would look more like Twiggy’s.

  213. Surfing Kite
    October 9th, 2009 at 9:37 pm [Reply]

    Fantastic post, it takes a while on the internet to finally read
    something of quality.

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