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Metapost: The pain, when will it end?

I hate having to work for a living. Why can’t the ads on this blog earn about 75 times what they currently earn so I can dedicate all my time to comics commentary?

Stupid work. Anyway, I am *really* going to try to post tomorrow, by which I mean “today”, by which I mean Friday. If I can maintain coherence. Ugh.

Till then: peace out, homies.

69 responses to “Metapost: The pain, when will it end?”

  1. blue indian
    January 13th, 2006 at 5:02 am [Reply]

    long time lurker first time poster.. i hate working too.. try being a musician in KS.. i would love to sell my body,guitar and equipment for adspace… you feep giving me fodder for songs so keep it up.. the curmudgeon album to be released soon..

  2. bubujin_2
    January 13th, 2006 at 5:04 am [Reply]

    Ah, Josh, hope you’re feeling less stressed after the thrree-day weekend. Oh…..wait….you work from home.

    Well, enjoy some down time this weekend.

  3. blue indian
    January 13th, 2006 at 5:05 am [Reply]

    really anyone heard the parody of “for what its worth” by buffalo springfield.. “for better or worse”… its awesome..

  4. Natural Medicine (of Humor) Man
    January 13th, 2006 at 5:59 am [Reply]

    Josh,

    I’ve got some ideas for you. Contact me if you’re interested in discussing them.

    For what it’s worth…I check your blog daily and so do many of my subscribers. You are a very, very funny man.

    Thank you!

  5. Dave the Attorney
    January 13th, 2006 at 6:57 am [Reply]

    To answer Pudgy’s question in Mary Worth today (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/mary.asp):

    No. No, we can not. Nor can we take away your plus-size women’s sweater, your horrible combover, your second chin, or your rotten dinner conversation with that vapid daughter of yours.

    However, for an hourly fee, we can certainly give it our best shot. Here’s my card.

  6. Zorba the Geek
    January 13th, 2006 at 8:16 am [Reply]

    And here I thought Lu Anne in Apartment 3G was dumber than a bag of (blond) hair. We find out that she likes to visit museums, and actually knows who Rothko, Duchamp and Magritte are. Who knew? She must have had a brain transplant.

  7. Ianscot
    January 13th, 2006 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    Dave the Attorney,

    Please, spare the poor man. We’ve caught him during that delicate moment when he’s half changed out of the “Wendy” outfit he wears to write the column.

    (Once he’s combed the hair back to write “Dan Savage,” feel free to have at ‘im.)

  8. Sourbelly
    January 13th, 2006 at 8:56 am [Reply]

    Josh, just try to relax and celebrate Friday the Thirteenth: Satan’s Birthday!

  9. Grandpas Dead
    January 13th, 2006 at 9:19 am [Reply]

    Apt. 3-G: “Why, Heather, they’re speaking in pretension. It’s the native tongue of New Yorkers.”

  10. Endoplasmic Reticulum
    January 13th, 2006 at 9:35 am [Reply]

    Come on Josh….that’s not the attitude that made this country what it is today! If Lewis and Clark had adopted that attitude, they’d have sold ads on the sides of their flatboats and stopped somewhere in North Dakota.

    Nose to the fire, feet to the grindstone, or something like that.

  11. ComicsFan
    January 13th, 2006 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    With all the random artist-name-spouting, it seemed to me at first glance as though the spirit of Zippy the Pinhead had invaded the world of Apt 3G today. Especially since Luann knowing those artists seems as likely as Tommie overcoming her agorophobia and leaving the lair.

  12. Dark Star
    January 13th, 2006 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    Whaa, whaa, whaa! I have to work for a living! Whaa!

  13. gango4
    January 13th, 2006 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    I have to admit, I actually laughed out loud at Mark Trail’s Ballsy Comment in the third panel today.

    “Were not THAT Stupid…”
    “You could have fooled me.”

    I dunno. Maybe it’s the deadpan expression on his face when he delivers it…

    BTW, I NEVER read the strip until I found the CC. Josh, you probably help out bad cartooninsts more than their own parents, in whose basements they still live.

  14. Benicillin
    January 13th, 2006 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    We must all work to make our country great. Ask not what can America do for you but what you can do for America. We are but worker ants feeding the Queen. Do not question the system. Do not fail the Queen. Do not be idle on your weekends. Without work we are purposeless. Without the Queen we are nothing.

  15. Cyanocorax
    January 13th, 2006 at 11:50 am [Reply]

    What I want to know is, can we ad-viewers get a cut of the ad money so that we can dedicate all of *our* time to reading comics and comics commentary? There must be some way to generate mutual wealth here.

  16. Ron
    January 13th, 2006 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    You think you’ve got it hard working for a living, try getting your work done when your wife expects you to put your work aside to watch TV with her dad! And her stupid mother goes out of her way to antagonize your psycho neighbors…

    Seriously, the first time Deanna’s mom stomped on the floor, it wasn’t even funny, but whatever. Now she’s just a nutcase.

  17. Sassy_Rocks
    January 13th, 2006 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    That’s a great pep talk, Benicillin. It reminds me of W’s latest line about “go ‘head and criticize the war, just make sure it’s the right kind of criticism”. No cowardly cut and run, retreat and defeat criticism welcome!

    As for Mark Trail’s dis’ of Pa’s appearance, that is quite the gratuitous, superficial cheap shot. I understand that they dognapped his beloved Andy and have a gun trained on him, but why does that make them look stupid, unless he’s judging them by their overalls and bad teeth? Au contraire, despite Mark Trail’s square jaw, clean Dickey’s shirt and action hair curl, his actions fall somewhat short of mental giant status himself, to wit:

    1. Casually lets dog run around outside without supervision in a strange town

    2. Goes off half cocked, empty handed, vigilante style climbing up a tree to snoop on dognappers after he already has oral agreement with Lucy to rescue Andy.

    3. Punches gun from evildoer but pets his dog instead of picking it up and becomes recaptured.

    4. Disses evildoer pointing gun at him

    I think Pa should point this out.

  18. BigJoe
    January 13th, 2006 at 11:58 am [Reply]

    FC – A whole week of building a snowman. That’s different for this strip, to have a continuing storyline. I wonder what Saturday’s exciting conclusion will be! Maybe they’ll make it anatomically correct.

  19. BigJoe
    January 13th, 2006 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    #17 – Good points. But I think those ginormous turtles in panel 2 are coming to Mark’s rescue.

    Which reminds me, I noticed that lately the strip has been lacking its usual feature of having word balloons coming out of inanimate objects or animals. I’ve been checking daily, hoping that I could make fun of it. Perhaps I need a new hobby.

  20. Dennis Jimenez
    January 13th, 2006 at 12:14 pm [Reply]

    Re: 18 – No dice. Hey Dolly, make that two whole carrots!

  21. MotoMike
    January 13th, 2006 at 12:14 pm [Reply]

    Ianscot (#7) – Oooh, accusing him of being Dan Savage – that’s a low blow.
    Benicillin (#14)- I’m sure that BlogShub Girl would back you up on those sentiments. … Gitsum who?

    gango4 (#13): I didn’t start reading Mark Trail either till I started here. I like the expression on his face too – almost as much as I like the huge turtles in panel 2. I have absolutely no idea how this will turn out. Comic conventions more or less forbid anybody getting shot dead, so DeliveranceMen might as well hang up the firearms. (Although, as an earlier poster has speculated, Andy might take one in the shoulder to protect Mark. Or even to protect Country Girl). And the giant turtles will be no help – they might want to but it would be 2010 before they made it into the back yard. ) However, I do love the line “We’re NOT that stupid” – as opposed to how anybody in the real world would say it (if they said it at all) – “We’re not THAT stupid”. The only reasonable rejoinder being “You ARE that stupid”, but Mark, noting that he’s liable to be in a pissing contest with a man with a presumably loaded gun, just goes for the witty “You could have fooled me!” (obligatory exclamation point and all), knowing that they really can’t figure out what he’s saying, having dropped out of Deliverance HS before Irony 101.

    Now, Judge Alito – er, Parker – what is going on there? I’ve been reading it and reading it and I cannot for the life of me figure out what’s up with the telescope, the two girls discussing something or other – is Mike Nomad going to have to pop up to discuss the situation with the studio audience here? Or – worse yet, but even more cartoonish – Joe Biden?
    Finally, is anyone besides me grateful that Dilbert has quit doing the “Metacomix” thing – writing himself into his own strip? It didn’t work for me, and as far as I’m concerned, Charlie Kaufman has nothing to worry about as far as competition goes. I much much prefer just vanilla Dilbert – bring on Catbert and the gang, but don’t let’s be metacomical.

  22. Benicillin
    January 13th, 2006 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    Don’t you people get it?!? “Mark Trail” is the most brilliant and provocative political commentary we’ve had since “Bloom County!” Do I have to break it down for you?

    > In this strip which we are now discussing, Mark Trail clearly represents the Free Press. He even dresses like a Beirut-era Dan Rather to get street cred.

    > The “hillbilly” is George Bush. He has taken the “Free Press” hostage, thus rendering it no longer free. “Pa” is obviously the senior George Bush, or Dick Cheney, whomever makes the decisions in the White House.

    > We, the people, are represented by the turtle in the foreground of panel 1. Like the reader, the turtle can only watch from a distance, like we, the people, can only watch as our very rights are taken away by Mr. Bush.

    > “Andy” represents “The Truth.” As the “Free Press” is happy to find “The Truth” he is oblivious to the predicament he has put himself in. Soon, his wife will be outed as a CIA agent.

    God, how can you people mock a strip which is the only way the Free Press can communicate with you to warn you of the great peril our nation faces as our rights are sold off with no regard for….ahh, forget it.

  23. Grandpas Dead
    January 13th, 2006 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    Correct me if I’m wrong (which is frequently), but didn’t the downstairs neighbors in FBoFW get evicted? How long does it take to throw someone out of their apartment in the Great White North?

    Or, are these new downstairs neighbors and the Pattersons are just that loud and obnoxious (in a saintly way, of course) that they’ve inspired the new neighbors to bang on the ceiling?

  24. Jocko
    January 13th, 2006 at 1:25 pm [Reply]

  25. rich
    January 13th, 2006 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    Okay, but what were they actually doing when she saw them in the telescope? Obviously something more serious than kissing but not actually having sex. This seems to narrow it down to groping.

    How old is this Neddy supposed to be? Isn’t her ex-boyfriend engaged now? Cmon, Abbey, get off that high horse. Like you never groped your boyfriend at 16 or 18 or whatever…

  26. rich
    January 13th, 2006 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

    I don’t see anything in Mike and Deanna’s “monthly letters” to indicate the Kelpfroths ever moved out. However, with his horrific offspring and mother-in-law from hell raising such a ruckus it could well be the new neighbors, reacting in perfectly reasonable fashion to the insufferable clods upstairs.

    Mike’s current letter is particularly morose. It sounds like it was written at 3 in the morning, with an open bottle of bourbon and one round in the chamber. A psychologist would have a field day with this desperate rant. Michael claims he loves family life, just can’t stand to be around them. Ah, the “complexities of relationships”…”I will give my life for them in an instant” – is Lynn foreshadowing here? Is Mikey about to take a Kelpfrothian bullet for his family? (He says he’s about to turn 30. I always thought Lynn would wait for age 33 before martyring him – that whole Mike=Jesus thing she’s been playing up for years…)

  27. Sourbelly
    January 13th, 2006 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    Read some trenchant, enlightening commentary on Bil Keane’s Family Circus books at http://mistersquirrel.net/mutantdog/dfc.htm

  28. Lor
    January 13th, 2006 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    #22: Hmmm. So, does that make Lucy Laura Bush??

  29. Library Cat
    January 13th, 2006 at 2:58 pm [Reply]

    re #26
    Yes, that is some bleak @%#&. I hate how Lynn feels the need to showcase his writing abilities with those tortured sentences. “Frost on the windows turns the light from the street lamps.” Am I missing something there? What does that mean? Turns the light what?

    Lynn’s letter was much better. I learned that Liz “can toss salad like a pro.” No wonder Liz has so many stalkers. I can’t believe that wasn’t intended, surely even Lynn is not that naive. If she’s called on it she can always blame that damn Canadian language barrier. April’s skills arranging cheese was pointed out twice for some reason, I hope that’s not foreshadowing. And just in case you thought she would forget to be patronizing this month she defines the term crudite’ and recommends some books for us. A Million Pieces by James Frey, how very interesting. And there’s the recap I guess.
    http://www.fborfw.com/char_pgs/elly/index.php?page=letters

  30. Library Cat
    January 13th, 2006 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    I’m awaiting moderation? Little ol’ me! Oh yeah, Lynn can get away with salad thing but I am moderated. So unfair.

  31. Nom du Jour
    January 13th, 2006 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    Is Mikey about to take a Kelpfrothian bullet for his family? (He says he’s about to turn 30. I always thought Lynn would wait for age 33 before martyring him – that whole Mike=Jesus thing she’s been playing up for years…)

    I figured Mike to be one to take a rope out to Farley’s tree and end everything there.

    Then his major Opus would be published posthumously, be a major hit, sell millions, be made into a movie, and keep Deanna in the lap of luxury for the rest of her life. He will give it all for his craft and his family.

  32. Benicillin
    January 13th, 2006 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    #28…Lor…I don’t know…I don’t even know who the hell I am anymore.

  33. David
    January 13th, 2006 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    Maybe Michael should take a page from James Frey and concoct a thrilling back-story, sell the novel as autobiography, and rake in the millions!

    Liz is an adult now, so thank goodness I don’t have to feel creepy for enjoying the way she perches on her desk, tossing the forbidden fruit nonchalantly, knowing how she’s teasing me. . .

    http://www.fborfw.com/char_pgs/liz/index.php?page=letters

  34. MotoMike
    January 13th, 2006 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    Sassy_Rocks (#17) : Good points on “can you find the stupid one in the Mark Trail strip” contest. When all is said and done, who’s got the gun AND the dog? …while Mr. Smarty Pants is mouthing off like crazy.
    and Grandpas Dead (#22) I also distinctly remember the Kelpfroth’s impending eviction. Maybe it’s a ghost thumping … Maybe a Russian couple moved in and then moved out separately, mistakenly abandoning their little girl Natasha, whose body is later found … oh wait. wrong fictional universe. Yog-sothoth! Yog-sothoth!

  35. Marc
    January 13th, 2006 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    8-Sourbelly: Wow, Satan’s birthday? Warm birthday wishes to Ritzilla Belger! Here’s to another year of smashing kinky sex swan figurines!

    FC- Yes Dolly, frozen, slices carrots will stay. Not many snowmen have little ridged, circular cuts of carrots for noses though.

  36. 2fs
    January 13th, 2006 at 6:27 pm [Reply]

    Re Mike’s letter: “the comforting, bagpipe-like drone”?Just how depressed do you have to be to find bagpipes comforting? And: that animated Liz definitely needs to be bootlegged and made more, uh, interesting.

    Finally: the only way to settle this simmering Blogshub Girl vs. Gitsum Girl rivalry is the old-fashioned, honorable way: bikini mudwrestling. I’ll referee – I just hope they stick to the rules so I don’t have to intervene and get in between them.

  37. Zorba the Geek
    January 13th, 2006 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    Benicillin, I’m glad I wasn’t sipping hot tea when I read your analysis of Mark Trail as political commentary, or it would have shot right out my nose. Kudos for a brilliant analysis (and it was too, too funny). Re: your remark in post #32- please don’t despair. You’re obviously a witty and insightful commentator.

  38. Hutch Renfro
    January 13th, 2006 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    Hey man , I check this site every day. keep up the good work. I only have one request, More Gil Thorp!!!
    It’s a damn goldmine is what it is. This is Milford # 1 dealer signing off!

  39. ptrig
    January 13th, 2006 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    Only two and a half more hours to make good on your pledge to post today Josh. Here’s hoping you return early from the bars. And here’s to hoping even more that you left the house early to go to the bars so that we can get some drunken commentary. Third rounds on me. Here here.

  40. ptrig
    January 13th, 2006 at 10:34 pm [Reply]

    Ah, fuzzy math. Only one and a half hours. Oh dear, this is getting too close for comfort.

  41. random dude
    January 13th, 2006 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    Someone tell me I’m crazy.
    I’m seeing words in the BC grass again.
    The first frame looks like he wrote “hermie” and the second frame looks like “dentist”.
    http://www.comics.com/creators/bc/archive/bc-20060112.html

  42. RichM
    January 13th, 2006 at 10:58 pm [Reply]

    Josh, you’ve gotta crack the whip over blogshub girl so that she earns her keep. Or else have 75 blogshubben shaking their moneymakers over there on the side, to break down the defenses of your miserly readers.

  43. Occam
    January 13th, 2006 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    #41 Random Dude:

    Nope, you’re not crazy. Hart does that sometimes. I think it is a name. Last name looks like Vanderveest or Vandermeest or some such. Probably giving a shout to a friend.

  44. Marc
    January 14th, 2006 at 12:42 am [Reply]

    Gasp! Johnny Hart has friends? The Pope should know that the Christian church’s most hated member has friends!But we should keep in mind that plural means at least two: His mother and father (I’m sure it was hard for them).

  45. random dude
    January 14th, 2006 at 1:24 am [Reply]

    Maybe this Vandermeest character can clue us in to the unfathomable deep meaning behind B.C. and its background aviary.

  46. Lor
    January 14th, 2006 at 1:39 am [Reply]

    #32: Snap out of it, man! [Lor administers a concerned but firm slap to the face] You’re Benicillin, love child of Alexander Phlegming and his hottie girlfriend Blogshub! Your superherp powers are to ward off venereal diseases and spawn in petri dishes. Your Fortress of Solitude is a vat in the bowels of the Mayo Clinic. Your archnemesis is Gonzorrhea and your sidekick is Syringe Boy. Your secret crush is Condoleezza Rice.

  47. Keregi
    January 14th, 2006 at 1:40 am [Reply]

    #41
    Johnny Hart must be answering the telephone as he is drawing his cartoon. He takes his telephone notes as he is drawing.
    ie. Dentist appointment reminder call
    Call Hermie regarding refi on house.

  48. Lor
    January 14th, 2006 at 1:41 am [Reply]

    “Superherp” … heh …

    Forgot to mention your fetching enzyme-green, glow-in-the-dark superhero costume.

  49. Monkey David
    January 14th, 2006 at 1:50 am [Reply]

    Man, it looks like this Gasoline Alley storyline is going to take a dark turn into euthanasia.

  50. dimestore lipstick
    January 14th, 2006 at 8:08 am [Reply]

    Holding down a full-time job doesn’t prevent most of us from spending a large chunk of our week on this site–why does Josh have such a problem?

    Oh yeah–his boss is a lot less clueless than most.

  51. dimestore lipstick
    January 14th, 2006 at 8:25 am [Reply]

    random dude

    “The first frame looks like he wrote “hermie” and the second frame looks like “dentist”.”

    Maybe her was subliminally influenced by watching “Rudpolph” while working?

  52. Anonymous
    January 14th, 2006 at 10:35 am [Reply]

    After reading earlier posts, I feel I must make you all aware of this information on ants.

    WARNING: Agitated ants spray formic acid — etc. and the fumes
    from them are noxious. When one sucks use only the mouth and not
    the lungs, and be sure to blow out quickly. –

  53. Dan
    January 14th, 2006 at 2:42 pm [Reply]

    Hey Josh,

    We just started advertising on your site and are big fans. We feel your pain and to further our show of support want to know if you’d like to choose a t-shirt on our site at tshirtsngiggles.com – our treat! It may not be worth 75 times more but it’s a start.

    -dan@tshirtsngiggles.com

  54. Dennis Jimenez
    January 14th, 2006 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    1.14.2006 – A3G – Interesting syntax – I wonder if he’s consulted the brain institute – smart me no to give advise….

  55. Dennis Jimenez
    January 14th, 2006 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    1.14.2005 – MT – Watch out for Lucy, though she may seem frail, excuse me, Lucy, darling don’t you use me, I don’t wanna land in jail….

  56. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    January 14th, 2006 at 8:59 pm [Reply]

    There’s a Hermie and a Van der Watt among the authors in Salvation in the New Testament: http://www.brill.nl/m_catalogue_sub6_id23510.htm

  57. Brad
    January 15th, 2006 at 12:05 am [Reply]

    I am thinking about advertising! But it’s tough to commit to that ten bucks. Love the site!

  58. Kristen
    January 15th, 2006 at 9:52 am [Reply]

    Comic Sex Report!

    Now Luann’s parents are trying to get it on. I swear I never realized how horney the comic characters were.

    Until I started looking for it that is. :-)

  59. Marc
    January 15th, 2006 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    Ohhhh, someone’s got their panties in a painful knot, over in Mary Worth. I wonder what email program Wilbur uses where there a buttons in random places all over the screen? Why did Jane email him? I’m sure both of their lawyers told them no unmonitored correspondance. If they dont do what the lawyers tell them, to a degree, they could both get into even more trouble. But then again these people arent the brightest bulbs in the meddling comic circuit.

    Isn’t there something odd about the “Kitty Corner” in Heathcliff?”
    “Mr. Puss” their cat wont let her husband on the bed.”
    ” He [the cat] is jealous.”

    Sounds like the woman who wrote to Heathcliff didn’t always have lonely nights before she got married.

  60. Hank Kimble
    January 15th, 2006 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    Too bad Gil Thorp isn’t in the Sunday comics. It leaves a void for me.

  61. Occam
    January 15th, 2006 at 5:11 pm [Reply]

    #58 Kristen: Your remark about not realizing how horny the comics characters are until you started looking for it made me laugh.

    And reminded me of an incident years ago in high school Senior English. This was a special class–all Shakespeare. After we’d read and discussed several plays, with the teacher constantly pointing out some of the less obvious bawdy bits, one female student stood up and shouted at the teacher, “Sex! Sex! Sex! I’m sick of it! I used to ENJOY reading Shakespeare until you ruined it. Now all I see are the dirty parts!”

    No sympathy from me. That was the only part that was keeping me awake during those long droning discussions about the plays.

  62. Occam
    January 15th, 2006 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    Is anyone out there familiar with a comic called “Peach Fuzz”? Our newspaper substituted that in place of “Calvin and Hobbes” today.

    “Peach Fuzz” is done in anime style and takes up the space of two regular strips (well, two regular strips with the throw-away panels trimmed off). Today’s episode is about a 9-year-old girl (Amanda) getting a ferret as a pet.

    There are shades of the Sunday “Mark Trail,” I suppose, in that it’s a bit instructive. Or at least includes a side drawing of a ferret, pointing out its “button nose” and “paddle feet,” among other features.

    There’s a sidebar called “Amanda’s Journal,” giving a little more information about the featured event.

    But it’s neither an amusing comic nor one that would make you think (not so far), there are no oversized animals with word balloons coming out of their nether regions, and it’s not really informative. In fact, it seems to be a waste of space.

    Oh, well, maybe it’ll improve. Or, even better, get worse.

  63. Howard Roark
    January 15th, 2006 at 6:33 pm [Reply]

    Today’s “Garfield” strip is very funny. I laughed for 5 minutes when I saw the parade of mice in the last panel. And it’s amusing the way everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic cat is sticking out his tongue.

  64. Lor
    January 15th, 2006 at 7:59 pm [Reply]

    What exactly happened in today’s FBOFW? I don’t get it. John’s shoe is coming off … and it looks like the music is getting louder? And/or the treadmill is starting to speed up? Which causes his earbuds to pop out?

    I’m mystified. Can anyone help?

  65. AwfulArt
    January 15th, 2006 at 9:11 pm [Reply]

    Regarding FBOFW.. Lor #56: Maybe he was listening to the Colts = Stealers game. The ending just blew him away.. As it did to most everyone….

  66. Kaliflower
    January 15th, 2006 at 9:17 pm [Reply]

    For Better or For Worse confused the hell out of me as well. As for Peach Fuzz, however, apparently the main thrust of the comic now appearing in some newspapers is that it’s trying to cash in on the manga ‘craze’, sweeping the nation. The paper here started it a week ago, with the same strip that you described. This week’s strip features the ferrets, now in their own dwelling playing a part in the young heroine’s imagination.

    At any rate, no, it’s not very engaging, nor is it very funny. In fact, from my little knowledge of manga, it also doesn’t seem very representatitive of the genre (besides the drawing style) either. Consequently it’s just a failure all around.

  67. edgeways
    January 15th, 2006 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    pretty sure the FBOFW is pretty simple (SIMPLY STUPID), his shoe came untied while running which is causing his shoe to fall off and he gets overwhelmed between holding on so he doesn’t fall and is unable to hit the off button on the treadmill, hilarity (completely fails to) ensue. eos

  68. Marc
    January 15th, 2006 at 10:39 pm [Reply]

    That’s Foob humor for ya.

  69. jem
    January 16th, 2006 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    About Peach Fuzz–my not-so-local paper has been running this for the past two weeks. They had an article introducing it the day before. It’s a limited run (21 weeks, I believe). It’s the story of girl who buys a ferret told from two points of view–hers and the ferret’s.

    I’m withholding judgement for now. My 13-year old son loves it but he loves anything with anime or ferrets.

    Found the article on-line. Maybe this will help explain it better.

    http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060107/ENT05/601070310&SearchID=73232738244458

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