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Metapost: Turkey-stuffed comments of the week

Hey kids, here’s your abbreviated COTW list! (Not including the awesomely long Thanksgiving weekend post, alas.) First, the week’s top comic:

“‘You were under a lot of stress at the circus … How about a nice relaxing concert’ sounds like the opening lines from a badly-dubbed Czechoslovakian porno.” –Patrick

And the runners up! Very funny!

“In an inspired crossover from Sunday’s MT, Ruby accessorizes with kelp.” –Écureuil Écumant

“After all he’s been through, shouldn’t Scott be a little more … withered? Instead, he has soft, rounded arms, and rosy, fleshy thighs; he’d be in perfect health if he were a 19-year-old girl.” –bourbon babe, unbuckled

“I’m not a big fan of piercings, but on Cue, they seem to work. At least they look no worse to me than Ruby’s hair ribbons, the poachers’ long sideburns, and Adrian’s alleged ‘hands.’” –Poteet

“Let’s give Rusty a big hand! Seriously, anything would be less disturbing than that tiny prosthesis he is currently sporting.” –Victor Von

On the possibility of a marijuana-themed Cue-featuring t-shirt: “Anything mentioning weed reduces the number of folks who can buy it. It’s far more socially acceptable to wear incomprehensibly weird t-shirts than those promoting drugs. Sort of like how smoking weed is less acceptable than choking and punching someone because they don’t know where your mother is.” –Aviatrix

“Brad took one off-screen panel to turn a bowl of potatoes into a glass of wine. I’d respect him more for this if he hadn’t apparently also broken down the table into atomic energy to fuel this conversion process. Where will they eat now, Brad? Where will they eat now?” –Dragon of Life

“Sure, it looks like Bob may have gotten off easy, but as the ominous foregrounds in panels 2 and 3 show, the animals have not forgotten. They know the truth, and they’ll be waiting. Wildlife control, Bob? I think we’ll see who controls whom here.” –Joe Blevins

The smallest species of squid will barely cover a dime, while the giant squid will stick you with a bar tab for eight. Squid are fucking cheapskates.” –Uncle Lumpy

DT: “‘Impaled by a trombone slide’. I’m calling it right now.” –One-eyed Wolfdog

“Got to appreciate Rod Whigham and the class he’s brought to the Gil Thorp artwork. Many’s the time I’ve wondered what All the Right Moves would look like if Tom Cruise’s face began melting.” –Edgy DC

“I believe that the poster is of Spook himself, having been forced into prostitution as part of his entrapment. It was meant to be punishment, but he seems to take a lot of pride in his erotic accomplishments.” –dondie

“I’m sorry, but that is not Toby. Look how little she is next to her Dr. Ian! No, Toby’s off doing girl stuff, leaving Dr. Ian to attend the party with a special made 3/4-scale blow-up Toby.” –Matt Algren

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113 responses to “Metapost: Turkey-stuffed comments of the week”

  1. Anna Nimity of the Jungle Patrol
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:17 am [Reply]

    Happy Post Turkey Josh! Hope the gravy boat was delish!

  2. Muffaroo
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:25 am [Reply]

    Last one from yesterthread, reheated:

    Poteet @y20 – I’ve long been an advocate of nametags for everybody, and when I become dictator, you can bet your wish will be granted. I once had a nametag that was about six by nine inches in black sans-serif letters on a board painted reflective orange. Funny story: on my way to visit my cousin in Denver, I was driving past some construction on Kipling street, and someone had ripped a temporary “KIPLING” sign off the pole it was on so that it was hanging on by three quarters of a nail hole. I plucked it down with thumb and forefinger, and my cousin trimmed it for me — it had also been broken so that only my name (Kip) and part of the L remained. It’s like God wanted me to have a name tag.

    But wearing it at a convention was sort of a two-edged sword. People kept calling out to me, and when I turned around, I couldn’t see who’d done it. (It was like being the only anglos visiting Wuxi, China, only there people would shout “Hello!” and when I turned to look, nobody was owning up to it.)

    Mark TrailMany newspapers cut Mark’s speech off completely today. For being too loud.

  3. anty a
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    Thanks Uncle Lumpy for making me laugh till I had to wipe tears from my eyes.

  4. Toronto
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:48 am [Reply]

    Muffaroo – GREAT Mark Trail!

    He could be the new “It’s” man.

  5. commodorejohn
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:50 am [Reply]

    I love the COTW roundup because it so often gives me a few good ones that I missed the first time around. Dragon Of Life’s comment, for example, had me wheezing with laughter for a respectable amount of time, and I’d hate to have missed it altogether.

    Bravo, all!

  6. Poteet
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:54 am [Reply]

    Woot woot for Patrick, and woot woot for the runners up! I feel a little smug that I bwahahaed a few of these when they first appeared. As for mine, I feel unworthy, but very grateful. I’ll toss lots of candy.

  7. Poteet
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:55 am [Reply]

    # 2 Muffaroo — I look forward to submitting to your global rule, and I don’t say that to just anyone.

  8. Poteet
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:14 am [Reply]

    12/1 MW — Augh! Cthulhu at Charterstone! Wilbur turns into Jack from THE SHINING miniseries and Mary sends her doppelganger wandering around in purple! *hides under desk*

  9. Poteet
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:21 am [Reply]

    12/1 MT — Apparently they’ve never heard of “Don’t Veer for Deer” in LoFo. In the Midwest, it’s a widespread safety campaign, and Mark is showing us why.

  10. FOOBed again
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:24 am [Reply]

    Congratulations to Patrick and all the float riders!

  11. dyslexic dog
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:25 am [Reply]

    “Let’s give Rusty a big hand…”
    A carefully crafted multi-level runner-up.
    Fly proud the banner, VV

  12. dyslexic dog
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:26 am [Reply]

    oops, missing exclamation point

  13. Poteet
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:30 am [Reply]


    A3G — Is the Lower East Side a toxic waste dump or something?

    CRANKSHAFT — It’s gonna be a long week.

    DtM — Dennis and Joey take care of a tattletale…permanently.

    S-M — Sandman isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  14. dyslexic dog
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:42 am [Reply]

    Mark’s been taking driving lessons from Aldo?

  15. Farley's Revenge
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:55 am [Reply]

    AhClemYT: I would so buy one of those. Last summer, I walked into a relative’s house and had no clue who the woman was who just up and hugged me. I played along until I figured out it was my sister.

    At least I recognize the spouse and the offspring.

    Congrats to Patrick and all the floatriders! Great snark all around.

  16. 8th Man Fan
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:28 am [Reply]

    #13 Poteet: A3G — Is the Lower East Side a toxic waste dump or something?

    E. 10th St., per Google Maps: Welcome to Hazmat country.

  17. Poteet
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:32 am [Reply]

    GA — This development really frosts me. As I recall, the last time we saw Boogie-Woogie, there was some really stupid Rufus adventure going on in which B-W was basically thrown off (or terrified into jumping off) the junk wagon somewhere and was forgotten and left to fend for himself. And of course the last time we saw Kitty, she was trapped in a grave with Rufus. Bast, take note.

  18. Poteet
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:39 am [Reply]

    # 16 8th Man Fan — Thank you. Your post inspired me to reduce my ignorance by looking up the Lower East Side on Wiki. Now I understand Bobbie’s shock at her husband potentially living there. The Lower East Side looks very interesting, and therefore would not fit the general A3G pattern of making life in NYC seem as dull as Tommie:-)..

  19. 8th Man Fan
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:52 am [Reply]

    Josh: Time to call it a night, but have to say thanks for including the betting pool spreadsheet in the previous post. Credit where it’s due: Amateur proposed the pool and a lot of funny people posted the bets, my part was providing a place to post and keeping track.

    Considering this included going back and forth through a month or so’s worth of Mary Worth strips to figure the start and end of “Adrian’s shame and self-loathing” (my count was 21 strips, first mope to last), remind me not to do that again anytime soon. Due to work and other things, most I can manage these days is lurking, anyway.

    Thanks, again, to the bettors. Carry on.

  20. Mr. O'Malley
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:57 am [Reply]

    ReFoob: If Ellie is buying all the men on her list testosterone supplements, she has only herself to blame for the consequences. And what is in the box labelled “Homo Sapien”—intelligent milk?

    If she hates it, why does she do it? For example, I hate reading this strip, so I just don’t … oops.

    MT: Is Mark going to punch his car now?

    Given yesterday’s strip and the first panel, I can’t quite visualize how the last panel fits in. The ocean is on Mark’s left, the deer is crossing to the left (and practically off the road). There is an elevated hillside to Mark’s right.

    So the deer is planning to jump off the cliff. Either Mark steers toward the deer and goes off the road at a 90 degree angle to the road, or he steers away from the deer, rotates his car 270 degrees in a failed attempt to do a bootlegger’s turn, and then accelerates forward.

  21. bats :[
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    Again, funny, funny stuff — I knew Patrick was going to be there, but the King of the Float? Well done!

    There’s funny, and then there’s psychotic…

  22. Farley's Revenge
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:59 am [Reply]

    RiR: Rose, Jimbo. Haven’t you heard of that newfangled “internet” yet? Why, you could get your phone bills delivered electronically and-brace yourselves, this could be overwhelming for you-EVEN PAY THE BILLS ONLINE.

    I know, I know. It’s hard to comprehend. But you could at least try.

    MW: Whew! That was a close one! Just when it Mary thought Wilbur was about to escape from her gnarled fingers, leaving her with a severe case of meddleus interruptus, there was a hint of foreshadowing.

    Oh yeah. Mary’s about to get her meddle-gasm going.

  23. Hobbes Fan
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:04 am [Reply]

    ReFOOB – “I HATE it when you HAVE to buy gifts for people!” Let’s see, is there any way to simplify that?

    “I HATE buying gifts for people!”

    “I HATE gifts!”

    Whoops, that might be going a bit too far. If the needlessly long-winded dialogue is any indication, it’s clear that Lynn/Ellie loves it when others pay attention to her.

    And why is she fat again? Is this like when a sitcom does a flashback episode and the middle-aged actors can’t really pass off as college students?

    FW – “What? NOBODY keeps Christmas decorations in their basement?!? Lisa always kept our extra decorations in the garage. Why can’t you?”
    “Quiet, you, otherwise you’ll ruin the pun I’m trying to set up.”
    “Oh dear…a collection of seven large, hollow, plastic things. Oh my, this is just so horrible, them being all cheap and light and no doubt easy to carry and set up. I have a bad feeling about this for reasons that I can’t articulate just yet. I should go find my daughter so we can have some more awkward moments together.”
    “I said quiet! I need to explain exactly what these things are, well, most of them, anyway…because to do otherwise would be to miss out on a most hilarious moment.”

    Oh…and long live Bippy!

  24. Mibbitmaker
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:06 am [Reply]

    December foist:

    A3G: I’m not a New Yorker… is there sectionism in the city? I’m sure Alecx doesn’t care.

    Archie: Horrible journalistic ethics are HILARIOUS!

    Cranky: I don’t want to know what’s really growing on him!

    Curtis: Danger, Will Robinson! (too easy?)

    DT: The Mad Conductor (who suddenly cares about his son?) is working with Chief from “Get Smart”? ~How can’t that go wrong?

    Dilbert: Is that a veeblefetzer?

    Edge City: Be real! Your haircut can’t possibly be more important than the (self-abdicating) QUEEN of the WORLD.

    FW: It’s worse than we thought — Funky slaughtered the entire Santa Clause Delivery Operation!! Sorry, kiddies.

    GA: I think Dean Booth has his (early) Death Cat Friday for this week.

    Luann: Gee, I wonder who set THAT standard? –OOK!! Nancy DeGroot just broke my sarcasm ability!

    S-M: Batiuk, stop writing Spider-Man!!

    JP: ….or not.

    MT: At least this cliff isn’t in the MIDDLE of the STREET! (R.I.P., Aldo)

    Marm: “…their tree AND the baby!”

    NS: What’s Danae going to do now — pretend to be stuck in a lost balloon, or sneak into the White House uninvited?

    PBS: Well, he’s no Bill the Cat, but…

    SL: Not as tedious as modern-day Dick Tracy.

    ZtP: What, no “Poseidon Adventure” reference?

  25. Poteet
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:07 am [Reply]

    # 20 Mr. O’Malley — Good points re MT. I’m sure Mark and Rusty and Sassy will survive this dramatic plunge, but I bet we won’t get to see how they manage it.

  26. Mr. O'Malley
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:14 am [Reply]

    25. Poteet. It may be only a five foot drop onto a sandy beach. It’s hard to tell from the picture.

    Mark will set up the tent and tell Rusty to stay there while he hikes out for help, the cell phone not having been invented yet. But then Sassy will be taken by a giant squid …

    Or maybe they’ll all be killed and the strip will continue all in flashback—Cherry Trail presents Mark Trail Classics.

  27. Farley's Revenge
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:26 am [Reply]

    Rats. Missed a spare “it”, not to be mistaken for a spare Cousin Itt.

    MC: Nooooo! Don’t let Norm and Bridget get married! That’s one of the top “jumping the shark”* developments!

    *Or would it be “jumping the Jeff” in this strip?

  28. Mibbitmaker
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:29 am [Reply]

    #26 (Mr. O’Malley): That last option sounds really good. Then, at least, the storytelling and art would be better…. though with old-time sexism (the old spanking strip we saw a while ago), unlike the modern era… with its sexism (the abuse strips a while back)….

    Didn’t I say “better storytelling and art”…?

  29. True Fable
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:31 am [Reply]

    Congratulations to Patrick and all the Float Riders of the week! Good stuff!

  30. Jacob
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:40 am [Reply]

    That was a good catch by Dragon of Life- very funny.

  31. True Fable
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:57 am [Reply]

    To the Snarkmobile, Robin!

    Apartment of Doom Mooovin’ on up (mooovin’ on up!)/ To the East side (moooovin’ on up!)/ To that dee-lux apartment in the sky-hi-hi/ Moo-oovin’ on up (moooovin’ on up!)/ To the East Side (moovin on up!)/ We’ll finally move the plot with this guy!

    Dennis Schmenace Dennis and Joey are doing homework for their Gravediggers in Comics course. Marmadick’s got his Master’s degree.

    Sludge City I hope like crazy that she gets a buzzcut at Speedcuts, but then she’ll just do the I’m Entitled to Whine some more. Bah.

    Children of the Circle During my children’s formative years I was an unemployed Mr. Mom, so I can understand Thel’s wanting to spend a few minutes talking to another adult, even if the other adult looks like Canadian Zombie’s Grandpa Jim in drag.

    Canadian Zombie Speaking of the dreadful… Elly Patterson looks as defeated and worn out at 30 as she does at 60. RETIRE, LYNN.

    Assoline Galley is dead to me As long as those damn hillbillies are in this strip, I’m outta here. Same goes with Slim, which is too bad because I have to miss Clovia too.

    Sam Driver’s Pretty People Posse! Mike Nomad no Race Bannon dammit, I mean War Hero Steve is about to get busted for tampering with evidence! Yow!

    Lullann The Magical Aussie knows all.

    Fist O Justice ACTION Theater! Oh noooo, Mark and Rusty and Sassy are in the Flying Car going over Aldo’s Curve!! AAAUUUGGGHHH! Wait no, they’re just launching over a sand dune or something. Oh please please PLEASE I hope Mark gets amnesia, or Rusty gets killed and Mark turns all dark and brooding and introspective. Trouble with that is, there are so few pictures of Mark brooding that Jackelrod can cut and paste as usual. Mark’s always got that cut and pasted smile that defies logic. I mean I know that is how he survives the inane plotlines, but I really want to see Mark Trail go to the Dark Side.

    Meddle Nation As Wilbur drank the sweetpotatoade that made his face darken down his noseline, Mary made an uncharacteristic faux pas when she said what was really on her mind – she was glad Iris was gone because that meant Wilbur was alone, and Mary could meddle all she pleased. It was a simple task to mold his claylike willpower to her own designs, and she had every intention to make certain her name was the main beneficiary of his will before she plied him with booze and put him behind the wheel. Oh but dammit, she made a slip of the lip of Fable-like proportions, and Wilbur had his doubts… Perhaps there was a way she could salvage the situation. Think, Mary! Think!

  32. Lucky
    December 1st, 2009 at 4:25 am [Reply]

    #115 Rusty – I’m betting that we’ll be seeing his remains on Christmas eve.

    Wednesday funnies!

    9 Chickweed Lane – Wait, German soldiers are Mozart enthusiasts? Does this mean that Granny here has been singing George Gershwin to the American troops?

    B.C. – “…though that might have something to do with the fact that bacon was invented only last week.”

    Buckles – Yup, those were definitely brownies in the original script.

    Dennis the Menace – Is that brown stuff what I think it is? There might actually be some potential for menacing here.

    Hagar the Horrible – Vikings did not drink rum!

    Mark Trail – And so ends the story of Mark Trail. …unless that giant seagull grabs the car and safely lands it somewhere, of course.

    Mary Worth – Oh now that was a cheap cliffhanger. Fortunately there’s still potential for meddling, as the rapidly emptying glass suggests that Wilbur has developed a drinking problem.

  33. Sheila Sternwell
    December 1st, 2009 at 5:28 am [Reply]

    Congrats everyone!

    8th Man Fan — Thanks for the spreadsheet. And I love reading through some of the more eloquent bets.

    MT — Mark’s positively Aldoing right off that embankment. Coupled with the glacial pace of this strip, that can mean only one thing: Full body traction for Christmas!

    FW — Speaking of Christmas, since we haven’t heard from Wally for a few weeks, I’m going out on a limb here and assuming Batiuk is saving Wally’s final descent into psychotic despondency for Christmas week.

  34. Steve the Pocket
    December 1st, 2009 at 5:29 am [Reply]

    Today’s theme is Failure to Do Research!

    9 Chickweed Lane: Mozart died in 1791. So either Germany didn’t produce any songwriters since then, or McEldowney was too lazy to look any up, and too stupid to just tiptoe over it.

    Baldo: This might qualify. I am assuming the writer of this strip is Latino and knows what he’s talking about, but that seriously looks like the most awkward, fake attempt at portraying a Latino-English dialect ever.

    Crock: This must be the worst of the lot: Not only is that not her name; he’s got the wrong comic entirely! The Fat Broad is from B.C.! ;)

    Luann: It’s been said before but it bears repeating: AUSTRALIANS DO NOT HAVE THANKSGIVING.

    Strips to read for real humor value today: Get Fuzzy; The Argyle Sweater.

  35. Jym
    December 1st, 2009 at 5:51 am [Reply]

    =v= FBoFW: After recently discovering a certain Anglo-Saxon term scribbled onto a surface where I didn’t want it to be, I discovered that it’s very easy to ameliorate with a marker of my own. Just do U -> O, C -> O, and K -> B and you’ve got “FOOB” (it works in lowercase, as well), making your graffitied surface family-friendly!

    So now, in my mind’s eye I picture Lynn Johnston overcome by Tourette’s Syndrome, with her syndicate right on her heels bowdlerizing the term. It’s the Foobiverse version of “M’kay,” M’kay?

  36. John C Fremont
    December 1st, 2009 at 7:12 am [Reply]

    MT – Yes, Mark’s last words were, “Oh, no!”

    So Lost Forest is somewhere within driving distance of Santa Royale, then? Well, that would explain the ocean. And the facial hair. And the alligators. Wait.

  37. mordock999
    December 1st, 2009 at 7:48 am [Reply]

    Today’s Luann — 12/01/09

    Quill — “Luann, I think there’s SOMETHING YOU should KNOW.”

    Luann — “Oh REALLY? And whats THAT, you Great big HUNK of masculinity?”

    Quill — “You JUST drove the WRONG Way down a ONE-WAY Street.”

    Luann — “Oh my GAW…,’


    DEATH to TJ!!!

  38. Chyron HR
    December 1st, 2009 at 8:08 am [Reply]

    Rex Morgan – “But what the doctor meant to say was that he had escaped, a feat he had accomplished by using the family’s portable stairway vehicle.”

  39. Écureuil Écumant
    December 1st, 2009 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    Czech porno! And here I thought those extra folks on the float were, like, a synchronized gymnastics team or sumthin’. Way to go Patrick!

    As for myself, it was a good reminder that often the best snark is like Jamaar Gaddis, short and sweet.

  40. Patrick
    December 1st, 2009 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    Oh, wow! This totally makes my day!

  41. Mela
    December 1st, 2009 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    Tuesday’s sstuff:

    Curtis: Yes, it explains why Curtis isn’t a preening twit. I wonder if Michelle’s parents are part of that “Baby Einstein” lawsuit…

    ReFOOB: Elly Hates Men and Thinks They’re All Idiotic Bastards, chapter 7,894,155,231.

    FW: Uh, Les? Those aren’t plastic deer. Those are what was causing that stench you thought was in the walk-in.

    GA: Why does the incomprehensible hillbilly’s eyeless cat look so pissed to see the tailless cat? Is it because he actually has pupils?

    Luann: Y’know, this strip might actually be MORE depressing and soul-killing than Funky Winkerbean. At least the inhabitants of Westview know that their lives are strings of agonies & bad puns that can only end through death. Here, we see that smug misplaced nationalism and passive-aggressive emotional abuse are both a natural part of life and supposed to be funny. You can pity Funky & Co, because they are so painfully aware of their horrible situation; you can’t even extend that tiny favor to the DeGroots, because they are so willfully unaware.
    Oh, and Australia? If you want to use these strips for justifying declaring war on us, I more than understand.

    PBS: I *heart* Bippy. Especially when he’s getting punched.

  42. Écureuil Écumant
    December 1st, 2009 at 9:02 am [Reply]

    FOOB: Buying gifts for one’s self is a classic therapy for the RIGHTEOUS RAGE that erupts when HAVING to buy gifts for FAMILY and FRIENDS. So I suggest Elly treat herself to that lovely cutting board just to her right in panel 2 — the one with the anatomic illustration of a spastic colon.

  43. Lucky
    December 1st, 2009 at 9:22 am [Reply]

    Okay, so evidently I thought that it was Wednesday this morning. Should not try to be snarky first thing in morning.

  44. sugarpie
    December 1st, 2009 at 9:46 am [Reply]

    Congratulations to Patrick! And all the other riders, a great week of comments. I also nominate the entire Thanksgiving weekend thread as one great bit runner up.

  45. Jason1981
    December 1st, 2009 at 9:46 am [Reply]


    MT: YES! Die, Mark, and Rusty, DIE! That deer is the best MT character ever.

  46. queek
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:03 am [Reply]

    “Strips to read for real humor value today: The Argyle Sweater.”

    That would be a first. Sadly, Hilburn squashed what could have been a decent joke by being an unspeakable HACK!

    GA: Basement Cat comes in kitteh-size.

    HotC: win! That’s one of the better Peanuts refs I’ve seen in ages.

    Lockhorns: I laughed.

    MG&G: just when I though all the horrid Twitter jokes were used up.

    MT: Poteet beat me to the “Don’t Veer For Deer” comment.

    SF: o dear. I remember The Noid.

    6Cx: ewwwwwwwwww

    CdS: I’m loving this series of strips.

    The strip in today’s A&J blog post came from deep in Baka Gaijan’s Anxiety Closet.

  47. Little A and his Verkokte Magic Ball
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:07 am [Reply]

    DOONESBURY: This morning, at 5 30, I read the Houston Chronicle strips, and I could swear that the last panel in Doonesbury had Alex remarking, “I’m just wondering what I should wear to my mammogram!

    I remeber saying to myself, what the fuck does this mean? Did I miss a previous strip? Huh?

    I guess I was still half asleep.

    Or was I half asleep?

  48. Little A and his Verkokte Magic Ball
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:08 am [Reply]

    Sorry about that Bronx speling, again.

  49. Calico
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    Speaking of smoking weed, I think today Tia Carmen has been getting into Baldo’s stash.

  50. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    ‘Shaft: Ladies and Gentlemen! Today’s Crankshaft has been endorsed by none other than Wile E. Coyote.

    In The Bleachers: Finally! A race I can enter!

    MT: The seagull is saying, “Follow me!” Boy. Is that Mark Trail gullible or what?

  51. Peripheral Visionary
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:31 am [Reply]

    Luann: I was going to make a joke here, but something about today’s dialogue struck a very deep and very unhappy note with me. Expecting other members of the family to read your mind is one of the clearest signs of pettiness, selfishness, and inability to communicate that I can think of. How is it possible for such an apparently light-hearted comic strip to be so dismal? Funky Winkerbean, you have met your match.

    On a very different note:

    Mary Worth: The figure in the background slowly turns around, to reveal . . . the white hair, dark purple dress, and very image of Mary Worth!!!

    Mary Worth: Oh, hello there, Mary. It’s me, Mary.
    Mary Worth: But . . . what . . . ?
    Mary Worth: I’m you, you see.
    Mary Worth: How . . . ?
    Mary Worth: You don’t understand, do you? But then, I wouldn’t expect you to remember. I needed someone else to stand in for me for a while . . . I had meddling to do elsewhere. But now I need my old life back; and I hope you understand that there simply can’t be two of us.

  52. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    JP – Am I missing something here? Sam and Steve are trying to clear their client, aren’t they? So why are they creeping around and trying to steal the critical evidence that might exonerate him? Are they planning a dramatic reveal at trial, followed by the deflating realization that, by violating the chain of custody, they have rendered the evidence useless in court?

    This strip keeps just missing out on what could be really wacky and interesting plot lines. After all the build up and turnout, Sophie’s cheer tryout could have been spoiled by the fact that she couldn’t do the routines – this would have been much more interesting than the predictable “she turns out to be a prodigy! for once, the beautiful rich girl gets what she wants, without even having to really try!” resolution.

    Same could happen here. The lab results from the gun residue still aren’t in, but Sam has already thrown himself completely into the case based on his hunch. What if it turns out that the results are positive and his client is the killer? THAT would be an actual plot twist.

  53. Calico
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    I never knew true love could exist between a flying, giant deer and a seagull.

  54. Patrick, Interlibrary Loan Lending Division
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail, out on a date in his daddy’s carIt looks to me that the distance the wagon from the deer along with the relative position of the deer is more than sufficient to miss the deer completely. Maybe Mark has that new J. Frank Wilson “Last Kiss” song playing on his AM radio.

    Oh, he better hope that Studebaker wagon isn’t equipped with a Jerry Bruckheimer gas tank because he’s going to be quite the fireball. If I were that sea gull I’d get out of the way.

  55. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    MT: That deer in in cahoots with the GEICO squirrel.

  56. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    Oooh! On the float—best part of the week (so far)!

    Unlucky in love, lucky in snark? I’ll take it!

  57. Muffaroo
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:15 am [Reply]

    AD – Bacon! Baconbaconbaconbaconbacon!

    Smirky Schadenfreude – Anything that gets Les up on the roof is worth a flyer.

    Gil – Let me know when he gets to the part about building the pyramids and beating up Kubla Khan.

    Mary“Oh, thank goodness!” Jeez, Mary, show him your meddle boner, why don’t you? Just whip old Steely Dan right out and ask him where he’d like it! He drank half his remaining Salmon Sling between the first and second panels. He’s ripe for your brand of “help.”

    Prickly – Stantis does his bit to help the straw industry.

    Rx – Dummy! You should have been with the patient!

    Sally – Stupid Noid stole my ‘zine title. I’d been doing the National Noid since March 1976. One more reason not to patronize bleeding Dominos.

  58. Muffaroo
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:19 am [Reply]

    ps: Thanks to Toronto for looking at my Mark Trail! Flickr says it’s had one view, so that must be the one.

  59. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:26 am [Reply]

    MW: Panel 1 reveals why Iris would leave; it can’t be easy, being the lover of Wooly Willy.

    JP: Steve’s got quite a few talents: fighter, lover, guy who can read with his eyes closed.

    A3G: That’s right—screw whomever you want, but for the love of god, don’t move in with a bunch of dirty gentrifying hipsters!

    MT: It’s a set-up, Mark! The deer is clearly in cahoots with the gull, who’s laughing all the way to the mackerel! But who could be behind this? What mastermind, after years of silent frustration, could finally be making his move to overthrow Mark Trail, that empty-headed, punch-happy ruler of the natural world?

    Tomorrow: Andy’s revenge!

  60. K. Ivan Ruppert
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:26 am [Reply]

    You know, it just occurred to me: I have a mustache, goatee, AND sideburns. I bet Mark Trail Artist/Writer Jack Elrod is waiting in the bushes outside my apartment right now to destroy me for the good of the planet.

  61. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    58. Muffarro
    Is your Mark Trail going to be used for a Monty Python intro?

    60. K. Ivan Ruppert
    You and Josh both.

  62. Aviatrix
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    They all make me laugh more the second time around than on the original post. I think such funny company magnifies the humour. I laughed too at mine making it onto the float. I hesitated to make the buzzkill snark about pot t-shirts, so tried to juice it up, and apparently it struck the right note.

    Are we going to get a Thanksgiving snark bonus COTW list? I’m sure there are a few that merit it.

    Also: Free Cue Now!

  63. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    59. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    As a child, Mark Trial had a Wooly Willy (he may have for all we know {wink wink nudge nudge}). Ended up punching the hell out of it.

  64. Calico
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:32 am [Reply]

    #57 – I don’t know if Mary is saying “Thank Goodness!” because Iris may indeed return to wanky Wilbur, or she’s elated that Auntie fell and nearly killed herself.

  65. Aviatrix
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    Whoa, has Mary Worth ever before pulled a sneaky one on us like that? Wilbur got us and Mary all wound up for some marriage counselling meddling and it turns out to be a lousy broken-hipped auntie.

  66. The good ship thetis
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    So, is that Mary’s evil twin or her good twin?
    Also, I used to live on East 10th Street and it was the Village…the East Village, but the Village. The Lower East Side is way below Houston. Eldridge Street, Orchard Street…that’s the Lower East Side.
    As long as I’m being picky, and granted I’m only going on the title of his operas here, but…didn’t Mozart usually write in Italian?

  67. Chip Whittle
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:59 am [Reply]

    Luann, your Thanksgiving is a lot like ours. But I think you Yanks do Anzac day better than we Australians do. Course, neither compares to the Diwali festivals in Spain, and then one year I was in Poland just in time for the Fourth of July. Hey, did you ever go to Rome for Guy Fawkes Day?”

  68. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    66. The good ship thetis
    You are correct. Mozart went to Italy to study the opera and wrote his in Italian. If they wanted Edna (Or Edie) to sing in German he probably should have suggested some of Franz Shubert’s Lieders. These would have been more appropriate and included several love songs.

    Or maybe sing Al Jolson favorites in German, get down on one knee and say “Mami!”

  69. Sister Sestina
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    But “The Magic Flute” is in German, no?

  70. Niall
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:26 pm [Reply]

    I will catch up… I’m just too busy at home to do so…

    YY119 Muffaroo: Wow, that IS a warbringer child!! Is that your daughter?

    YY147 Mardou Fox on Thanksgiving: in Canada, thankfully, christmas in the malls starts November 1, so some weeks after Thanksgiving. But earlier than Yanksgiving, without any remorse of conscience about it.

    YY148. Bryan: yes, Melissa’s original sketches for the My Cage crew had Maureen in a bikini, but it wasn’t even wet. :) And my original question still stands… that was Mel drawing, not Ed.. :)

    YY152 bats :[ : Wow, I never knew what Candlemas actually was – is it a British thing more than a French thing?

    YY155. Will: as a child, I was always somewhat naïve despite having some knowledge of reproduction, but it still puzzled me how Mary would have the immaculate conception on Dec 8 and give birth on Dec 25. But then, I figured that was part of the miracle of Christmas. I wisely held those thoughts for myself though. (The problem of being in an observant-but-not-devout neighbourhood, in francophone post-Vatican II, is that nothing was ever explained to kids inasmuch as basic meanings of gestuals, liturgy and progression.)

    YY163. Nerowolfgal: My mother, once she lived on her own, was a little more liberal with the tree’s lifespan. One year she decided to see how long it would last; on March 1 it still had most of its needles on, and the water levels still had to be topped up, so it looked alive, but she felt it had lived a long enough life. It was undecorated, bringing the normal amount of needles off. Then my brother unscrewed it from the stand, and gave it a small tug up to unstick it from the bottom of the pan – and every single remaining needle fell on him at once. He was still finding stray needles in his coat the next christmas. (Naturally, we all nearly were sick from laughing for a couple of days.)

  71. TheDiva
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:28 pm [Reply]

    reFOOB: It’s so hard when you have to do nice things for your friends and relatives, isn’t it Elly? Now in my family, we have these things called “Christmas lists” which describe a variety of products that the maker of the list would be happy to receive, and which we share with each other in order to simplify the gift-shopping ordeal. But I’m sure asking Phil to provide such an item would be too much strain on your already overburdened shoulders.

    FW: Is there any way this can NOT end with Les slipping off the roof of Montoni’s and spending Christmas in physical therapy?

    HotC: I don’t know where this plot is going, but I like it already.

    Luann: This philosophy explains so much about the clusterfuck that is Luann’s relationships with men.

    Marvin: Using the often tragically abusive environment of a puppy mill for a punchline is probably the most loathsome thing to ever come out of Marvin, and the title character isn’t even involved.

    MW: Whew, that’s a relief! For a moment there a woman in Mary Worth almost escaped her preordained role as a wife, mother, and object of Mary’s interference.

  72. Sister Sestina
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:32 pm [Reply]

    Niall at 70: “Immaculate Conception” refers to the conception of MARY being free of the stain of sin, not her own pregnancy with Baby Jesus. But I only learned that when I took art history classes, not from my Catholic-in-name-only parents.

  73. Sister Sestina
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    I just looked up Feast of the Annunciation and that’s March 25. Can’t get more nine-months-gestational than that.

  74. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    69. Sister Sestina
    That’s true. Mozart did write some opera in German. And The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) was one of the more popular. However, if Edie (Edna) is a pop/jazz style singer, she probably should avoid opera. Shoot. She should probably just sing what she knows. The POW soldiers could probably care less if she was singing in German, English, Polish or Swahili. They’d just be interested in seeing her.

  75. commodorejohn
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:41 pm [Reply]

    BrS – “I don’t need to write! I lived it!”

    Curtis – Okay, Curtis got off a good one today.

    FW – Oh hey! It’s the creepy mechanical reindeer from the 1959 Mexican import classic Santa Claus! Man, they’ll fit right in in Funkytown!

    JP – Wow. For lawyers, they sure do a lot of tampering with crime scenes and evidence. It’s like an episode of Castle, only without the wit and charm of Nathan Fillion.

    Love Is… – censored.

    Lockhorns – Oh, how badly I want that to be true.

    Luann – We need an epic facepalm for this one. Patrick Stewart?

    MT – As anybody who lives anywhere near deer country knows, this is the one thing you are absolutely not supposed to do when a deer jumps out in front of you. Not only are you likely to wrap your car around a tree, deer are retarded and will do their damnedest to stay in front of your car, anyway. But I suppose Mark Trail, Nature Guy can’t take the chance of harming a member of a species that there are approximately six gazillion of. Anyway, Aldo flashback!

    MW – It would be terribly awkward to have more or less automatically verbally assumed that someone’s wife left him, if that someone weren’t Wilbur and therefore this was clearly the most reasonable assumption. Wait, who’s that in panel one? …HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS MARY CAN BE IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE!!!

    MC – Aww…

    OBH – Wow. Grandpa is pretty blasé about our cultural bloodlust.

    Popeye – Oh God! It’s the Loc-Nar! Quick, run away before it tries to sit you down for a boring-story-fest!

    Shoe – What is this, Funky Winkerbean?

    SM – Yeah, it doesn’t exactly take a genius to see through this, but then pretty much everyone in Spider-Man seems to be retarded, so there you are.


  76. Red Greenback
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    Congrats to Patrick and the CotWeekers!…The cream of an incredibly rich crop!
    MT: Missing Captions:
    “OH, DEER!

  77. Baron Bizarre
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    Maybe Mary Worth has some “Mary Worth robots”, the way Superman used to have “Superman robots” back in the 60′s to do the things that for one reason or another he couldn’t do, like when there was Kryptonite around or he needed to be in two places at once.

    Is there such a thing as Charterstonite?

  78. Muffaroo
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    Sequitur @61 – do think having a big foot come down in the next strip would be somehow appropriate.

    Niall @70 – Yup, that’s the daughter of the house, a week or so after we first met. She’s seven now, and no less convinced that she’s in charge. As I like to say, she came with a full set of opinions, and had to learn to talk in order to tell us what they were.

    Sequitur @74 – Aw, Edie’s a Mary Sue, so she can sing any genre with equal facility, from Gregorian Chant to throat singing, and with perfect pronunciation. That said, I like this story better than most of the Chickweeds.

    Loc-Nar? Naw, it’s Rover! Apparently he has a juvenile form, just for kids.

  79. smacky
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    JP: Hot damn! This month will be dedicated to a lawyer/ ex-special forces commando with no legs beating the crap out of the rent-a-cop who “stepped out for a smoke” and returned five seconds too soon. It’s a Christmas miracle!

  80. Dragon of Life
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:01 pm [Reply]

    #77 BB: Did your thought process really just select Superman-bots as the best comic-book-figure-robot-clone-army for Mary Worth? I defy *anyone* to to associate “Mary Worth” and “robot clone army like in the comic books” without immediately jumping to the many DOOMBOTS of DOOM.

  81. gnome de blog
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:02 pm [Reply]

    Les says, “oh dear!”? When was the last time anybody heard a guy other than Ted Forth say “oh dear”?

  82. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    78. Muffaroo
    ie. Liking the current storyline of 9CL: Doesn’t take much to like this one better, does it? I mean, who wouldn’t like a good WWII romance story?

    I kind of wonder if Edie sounds more like Lou-Ann Poovie on the old Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. show.

  83. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    81. gnome de blog
    Maybe Pig?

  84. Baron Bizarre
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    Dragon of Life @ 80: I always was more of a DC guy than a Marvel guy.

    gnome de blog @ 81: So, you’re saying that Les Moore is having an affair with Ted Forth?

  85. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:13 pm [Reply]

    84. Baron Bizarre
    Okay. Les Moore, Ted Forth and Pig in a threesome.

  86. Écureuil Écumant
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:28 pm [Reply]

    @77 Baron Bizarre says: “Is there such a thing as Charterstonite?”

    Charterstonite would be a variant of coprolite, which is generic fossilized shit. In the specific case of Charterstonite, it’s dinosaur shit.

    (NB: I actually have a football-sized fossilized dino turd that metamorphosed to red, yellow, green and bluish-grey agate. I’m carving it into a cinerary “urn” for my eventual ashes as a joke for my descendants.) I think I’ve urned it.

  87. Calico
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    How did Mark, Rusty, and dough dog go over a gully?
    I thought they were driving right near the ocean in Georgia or Florida, not careening off Highway 1 in California.

  88. Miss Othmar
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    I don’t ever post, but I have been reading for years — you folks are something else! Any snark I can come up with seems lacking in comparison, but my real strength is in finding info on the internets. I came across three webpages today that all related to this group. So I provide them for your interest:

  89. Black Drazon
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm [Reply]

    My Cage: Okay, that is just it. Someone in the colouring industry must have literally black hearts, and frankly I… I think we should be putting them in a position with a higher salary lest they unleash their satanic powers.

  90. Sister Sestina
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:49 pm [Reply]

    In going through my mother’s house after her death, one of the things I came across was an album that must have been left by my father : “Alte Kameraden”. Best I can make out, these are renditions of songs (with zither accompaniment!) that were commonly sung by German soldiers during WWII. My father served in that army, though he wasn’t German; after Germany overran Yugoslavia, Croatia was set up as an “independent” (puppet) state and I guess conscription was part of the deal. And though he hated service, he did once express wistfulness about the sense of comradeship, especially as embodied in the group singing around the campfire…

    So yeah, singing to the Germans might be a good way of gaining their hearts and then their trust. But I didn’t see Mozart’s name nowhere on that album cover.

  91. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:52 pm [Reply]

    63 Sequitur: Mark was never a child. No, he sprang fully formed and khaki clad from the union of an intermittently blustery wind and a tree stump.

  92. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:53 pm [Reply]

    88 Miss Othmar: There’s a goat after my own heart!

  93. Sister Sestina
    December 1st, 2009 at 1:56 pm [Reply]

    91 bourbon babe, unbuckled: I have a deep, deep desire to have a Grecian urn with a depiction of that mythical birth decorating it. Damn near enough to take up a ceramics class.

  94. bats :[
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    85. Sequitur: no, it’s only hawt man-on-man action (Les and Ted), but there’s ham sandwiches for snackies afterward.

  95. Tim O'Shenko the Perpetual Lurker
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    MT: As the car swerves off the road, Mark instinctively throws one arm over his eyes, cradles Rusty as lovingly as he would a bottle of scotch, and mutters a weak “Oh No…”

    MW: I, too, am thoroughly creeped out by the presence of Mary Worth NOT TEN FEET AWAY from Mary Worth! Just how many copies of the old biddy roam Charterstone? Do they have individual quirks? Their own memories? Or are they simply One with The Hive, gathering information for and dispensing advice from the Queen Mary? In either case, who does Mary expect to serve that tray of salmon squares to while roaming off into the woods? So many questions…

    RMMD: Today the part of Peter will be played by Willem Defoe

    B.C.: Guest-starring on today’s BC, science fiction author John Salzi!

  96. commodorejohn
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:10 pm [Reply]

    #84 Baron Bizarre – I have to object to that notion. Ted is way too mature for Les.

  97. Baka Gaijin
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:15 pm [Reply]

    #46 queek: What? Huh? I heard my name. Oh. I’m not sure what the ” A&J blog post” is but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to find out. After the recently departed Dick Tracy storyline, my Anxiety Closet is the size of a super Super Walmart. Any larger and it gets it’s own ZIP Code.

  98. Poteet
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    # 91 babe — That would help explain a lot of things, including why a so-called wildlife expert would plunge over a cliff sooner than hit a deer. Also why the only time Mark feels genital stirrings is when he hears trees creaking in the wind.

  99. Sequitur
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    91. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    Oh. I thought Mark was a child just like Rusty. Mark adopted Rusty because he felt sorry for the child and could relate to him. But your way seems more correct.

    94. bats :[
    It’s just as well. Pig has probably been kicked in the Oompa Loompas too many times. However that did tenderize him.

    I’m sorry. I’m just gonna have to take your word that Les and Ted are hawt and manly.

  100. Écureuil Écumant
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    9CL: Instead of Mozart, she ought to be practicing “Lili Marlene”. Or perhaps Horst-Wessel-Lied.

    Alas, Zappa’s Sofa Suite and Grace Slick’s Never Argue With A German If You’re Tired were still several decades away…

  101. wossname
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    87 calico – I’ve been pondering the same subject, since Vince M proposed the theory a few days ago that Lofo and The Poaching Swamp were in Georgia (where I also live). As soon as Mark said they’d take the coast highway, I knew it couldn’t be GA, cause we don’t have one of those (unless you count US 17, or US 1, or I-95, none of which has much going for it in the scenery department). Florida has A1A, so that seemed possible, until the cliffs showed up.

    I can only conclude that one or more of (a) Lofo (b) Swamp and (c) Coast Highway is a movie set.

  102. wossname
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    And congratulations to Patrick and all the float-riders! Throw some candy over here, please — or a few curds.

  103. Aviatrix
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    Can anyone disprove the hypothesis that mark is heading west along the Florida Gulf coast on 98? Are there maybe some little tiny sandbanks there?

  104. Mardou Fox
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    @70 Niall: Sit down, this is a lot to take in, but–Immaculate Conception doesn’t refer to the conception of Jesus, but to the conception of Mary (who was born without original sin).

    Soft-hearted Sister Mardou will not whack your knuckles with a ruler for that mistake. :)

  105. tanz
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    9 chickweed lane is seriously the creepiest and worst comic I’ve ever read, why doesn’t this blog make fun of it??? It’s so much worse than mary worth or whatever!!!

  106. Niall
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:29 pm [Reply]

    Working my way through…

    Y20 Poteet: I can sympathise with your facial dyslexia – I have more of a site-specific memory. I don’t really remember my work password from home, but the second I sit down in my cubicle, I don’t have to even think for my fingers to enter it. Similarly, meeting cow orkers in the supermarket makes me blank out as to where I know them from, or their name. My mind just closes that mental file if I don’t deal with them (or worse, are from a previous job assignment) in that environment.

    Y78. Poteet: in a case, it’s why I like this site – nametages ARE on everyone. But also why nametags at any meetup should be mandatory. :) Speaking of which, it seems a long time since there’s been one. I’m almost done cleaning up my place, I could easily host one in my apartment for 6-8 mudges; and although I don’t have potato-ade, I do have whiskey, white port, saké and ice cider… plus many ways to embarass ourselves once in high spirits. (Kareoke, DDR and Rock Band… the middle triumvirate of blackmail tapes.)

    Y85. AM: Shuuuuuun! You win many internets for that reference, and I hope I’m not the only one who got it.

    Y86 ..such as bourbon babe who just went higher in my esteem. Though it would mean that should you be part of this hypothetical meetup, I couldn’t grin watching your reaction to those videos. But I have others. Many, many others. Oh yes.

    Y92. Farley’s Revenge: I’ve done exactly that, without the benefit(?) of any time in an ICU. This happened as recently as two weeks ago in a grocery store, and it was only at the end that I interjected: “Thanks! But I’m dreadfully sorry, my memory is horrible and I really can’t seem to place you right now…” and I look so pitiful that it seems to work without the other thinking too bad of me.

  107. Mardou Fox
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:30 pm [Reply]

    Oh oops! I see Sister Sestina got there before me! Sorry for stepping on your habit, SS.

  108. Mardou Fox
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    And: Free Cue! Now!

  109. Ichi
    December 1st, 2009 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    Mark’s absence from Sunday made me question if the strip would be better if Mark himself were a squid.

    drama – check
    comparable emotional range – check
    fists of fury potential – whoa yes!
    Rusty as plausible offspring – check.

  110. Sister Sestina
    December 1st, 2009 at 4:05 pm [Reply]

    Or one of the Calamari? Boldfacing so suits “It’s a trap!”

  111. Anonymous
    December 1st, 2009 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    @ tanz (#105) –

    Check the archives — there’s plenty of 9CL mockery to look at. Or just Google “unicorn”, or “Thorax.”

  112. queek
    December 1st, 2009 at 8:17 pm [Reply]

    97: which is JJ’s blog about A&J. Infrequent posts, some commentary, and he seems to have a lot of readers from Michigan that are regular commentators. Today’s post does feature clowns in panel 3.

  113. Emmy G
    December 2nd, 2009 at 6:38 pm [Reply]

    Most obvious plot development of the week: In Jump Start, Joe and Marcy help a homeless family, the Nelsons. The man in the homeless family gives Joe a medallion, which, we are informed, is solid steel and has an angel etched on it, and tells him to wear it all the time.

    Today’s strip shows Joe going off to his job as a cop; Marcy reminds him to wear the medallion.

    If that medallion doesn’t stop a bullet, I’ll be very surprised.

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