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Three observations of stuff in the background

Judge Parker, 4/3/06

Panel one: who is this mystery hippie? At first I thought he was wearing some kind of flowing smock, but upon closer inspection it’s just a possibly untucked dress shirt that’s a particularly hideous shade of brown. Nevertheless, I’m not convinced that it isn’t the shade of Allen Ginsberg, cruelly condemned by a nonpoetic God to haunt Judge Parker for all eternity.

Curtis, 4/3/06

Panel 3: The poster. RAP: Nuns with guns. Two points:

  • I look forward to the day when all mass media-themed posters are headed with a prominent indication of the genre in which the artist works.
  • If there were an actual “Nuns With Guns” rap group, I would so listen to it.

Panel one: Mrs. Dr. Troy. What is it with these doctors? It’s like, “Look at my wife’s enormous chest! I’m totally not gay! [Nervous laughter.]“

79 responses to “Three observations of stuff in the background”

  1. Adouble
    April 3rd, 2006 at 10:03 pm [Reply]

    “Nuns With Guns” are no match for “Blood Sister: One Tough Nun”.

    I’m just sayin’.

  2. Carrots
    April 3rd, 2006 at 10:23 pm [Reply]

    Nuns with Guns music

  3. Mibbitmaker
    April 3rd, 2006 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    If Nuns with Guns were a retro rock band, I’d totally listen, too.

    Shades of last week: Nuns with Guns ‘n’ Roses

    Or: Nuns with Guns ‘n’ Rose is Roses!

    ’54700 Observations of Stuff in the Background’ would make a good heading if reviewing an old Mad comics page by Will Elder.

  4. The Rhino
    April 3rd, 2006 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    I just felt the need to point out that in Judge Parker it was implied that Ned and Bob went roadside.

    To wit, here’s Neddy showing up at the guest house where Bob is staying in the middle of the night.

    And Bob using “After last night….” in his protest to Ned the next day.

  5. Canaduck
    April 3rd, 2006 at 11:10 pm [Reply]

    When I was on speech team in high school, we actually did a skit with rapping nuns. No kidding. What we rapped about I can’t remember, but the fact remains: rapping nuns. We didn’t have guns, though.

  6. left of the pyle
    April 3rd, 2006 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    I work for doctors (I work for a lot of them), and believe me, when they pay for tatas, they want everyone to see them.

    It’s like buying a Porsche. Sure, it’s fun to play with… but it’s also fun to show it off to other people so they can know what they’re NOT getting to play with.

  7. Uncle Lumpy
    April 4th, 2006 at 12:45 am [Reply]

    That’s George Carlin.

  8. Lor
    April 4th, 2006 at 12:54 am [Reply]

    #4 – Rhino, I’ve been wondering if the next plot twist is that Neddy gets pregnant. I almost think that if so, it’ll be the meddlers’ fault since she went roadside only to say farewell to her honey. I mean, look what a big deal got made out of a little necking – somehow I think Neddy hasn’t gone roadside ever before. Uh-oh – watch for angst and recriminations, Neddy all alone in not-so-gay Paree with a little one on the way.

    Welcome back, Josh! And for your next bit of Curmudgeon gear, I nominate a worthy partner to “In the absence of weights I am employing isometrics” – it’s today’s “doctored” line from Monty:

    “I’m enjoying civil liberties and freemarket economics.”

    I MUST have a shirt or mug with that on it. Please, please, please?

  9. Claire
    April 4th, 2006 at 12:58 am [Reply]

    3rd panel of Curtis: When taken out of context, you have to wonder if the commanding finger-point and glaringly obvious boner are but mere coincidences.

  10. grendell
    April 4th, 2006 at 5:21 am [Reply]

    check ou sam the smurf in today’s hi & lois

  11. Anonymous
    April 4th, 2006 at 7:11 am [Reply]

    #9: That’s his knee, sicko.

  12. yellojkt
    April 4th, 2006 at 7:56 am [Reply]

    Uncle Lumpy beat me to it. George is on his way to a taping of Shining Time Station. They do it in a real train station for verisimilitude.

  13. Sheila
    April 4th, 2006 at 8:29 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth today: WHAT is with the seating arrangements? Three people have dinner around a square or rectangular table, and you put one on the end and two on the same side? How queer is that?

  14. Thelonious_Nick
    April 4th, 2006 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    “I’m not convinced that it isn’t the shade of Allen Ginsberg, cruelly condemned by a nonpoetic God to haunt Judge Parker for all eternity.”

    I think the mystery hippie looks like David Crosby minus about 400 pounds. He looks like a nice man, though. He has one of the least-greasy pony tails of any aging hippie I’ve ever seen.

  15. prawnboy
    April 4th, 2006 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    “I look forward to the day when all mass media-themed posters are headed with a prominent indication of the genre in which the artist works.”

    Not only headed, but footed as well. In the first panel. I guess that’s a different poster. Maybe for “Priests with Yeast” or some such thing.

    Or maybe it is the same poster. If the poster can just appear and disappear of its own free will, it can probably re-arrange its own words to its liking as well.

    And what happens to the bureau? My only conclusion is that the bureau actually IS Barry in disguise. Damn, he’s good.

  16. RBF
    April 4th, 2006 at 8:57 am [Reply]

    Welcome back Josh and Amber! (Anyone want to start a pool on the start date of their NEXT vacation? I’m in for May 19).

    Looks like RMMD is in for some major competition for Troy-boy from an old flame.

  17. afdumin
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:01 am [Reply]

    Since Curtis is so willing to give up where his brother is hiding, perhaps he can clue us in to where his dresser disappeared to, as well.

  18. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:05 am [Reply]

    Get Fuzzy:

    I don’t have a problem with bipedal, talking animals. I don’t mind that Satchel takes a bath by himself, lying on his back, with no apparent genitalia. It doesn’t bother me that he sits at a table, using silverware as if he had opposable thumbs.

    But for a single guy like Rob to have a table decked out in a floor length table cloth, well that just takes it too far.

  19. BassoGap
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    RMMD — “And what does ‘tell him we ought to go fishing’ mean, anyway? You don’t even like the taste of fish, Troy.”

    SF — Damn, now Ted’s lost his only friend, his 12yo daughter? Nevermind the Gwampa Foob deathwatch…it’s time for the Ted suicide watch.

    GF — Booger.

    (DT)GT — That’s quite a swing, that the pitch goes behind him on the follow-through. You might want to wait on the pitch a bit, Trey. Oh, and Fat Boy? WTF are you doing standing that close to someone taking batting practice?

    Foob — “Eva?” You’ve got to be kidding, Lynn. Well, all they’ll have to do is delete the “h” in the band name, I suppose. And it’ll be descriptive of their raison d’etre…”4Eva”. Once she’s a hit, she’ll leave, too.

  20. BassoGap
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    #12 — Carlin’s not on Shining Time Station/Thomas the Tank Engine these days.

    Maybe he’s pining for the (fjords? nah…) days when he had the role of Mr. Conductor, instead of that hack Alec Baldwin…

  21. Abbey the Wonderdog
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    Dr. Ellis and Dr. Troy were “Roommates”.

    chortle chortle

    snicker snicker


  22. Abbey the Wonderdog
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    What would be really cool is if the new children’s clinic needed a fence around it. Then good ol’ Fence Post Frank could make a spectacular return.

    Here’s hoping.


  23. RBF
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    Jeez, how long did Chesty McCheesy talk to Troy’s old flame anyway? Guess she knows his shoe size and whether he wears boxers or briefs too.

    And yes! Bring back Fencepost Frank! Rex and June will need a good babysitter while working all of those nights at the free clinic. (yeh right)

  24. Dark Star
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    Today’s (6/4) Rex Morgan.

    Are we heading for a “Brokeback Moment?”

  25. Dark Star
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:37 am [Reply]

    err… I mean 3/4

  26. Dark Star
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:38 am [Reply]

    Make that 4/4…

    It’s going to be a long day :-(

  27. Sassy_Rocks
    April 4th, 2006 at 9:51 am [Reply]

    “It’s going to be a long day :-(”

    Yes, it is but I’m still not sure which day you’re referring to.

    Rusty’s kerchief is bizarre, even by typical Mark Trail time warp standards. Elrod makes clumsy attempts to contemporize the strip, like Tony’s digital camera. It’s just too bad the case for it looks like a 50′s era Kodak Brownie case. On the way to see the mountain goat the boys may run into Grandpa’s evil demolition crew and get a picture of their evil-doing.

  28. SteveDallasFan
    April 4th, 2006 at 10:02 am [Reply]

    Okay, it’s time to pick up the pace a little in Rex Morgan. We all know Rex, Troy and his former “roommate” will up in a menage a trois. But let’s get to the part where June and Troy’s wife “Busty” go to the beach and end up comforting each other.

  29. Library Cat
    April 4th, 2006 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    # 27

    Sassy, see Metapost #299.

  30. Sassy_Rocks
    April 4th, 2006 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    Upon further review, that case may be for a more modern camera than the Brownie, like the Kodak 35B.

  31. Abbey the Wonderdog
    April 4th, 2006 at 11:50 am [Reply]

    Upon further review, you could get RMMD and Dr. Troy to invite Dr. Ellis and Fence Post Frank out on the course for a



    FPF could be the big bear they have been hunting for all these years.


  32. Howard Erk
    April 4th, 2006 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    I think that adding Eva to 4-Evah is a great move. She could be the up front eye-candy that is sure to land the band on MTV. Then Apwil can fume in the background because it is not fair. Waaaaaaaaaaaa.

    Which will bring Elly to the rescue when she becomes the bands tour manager and religates Eva to carrying the bags to all the gigs she is going to get them at Inuit gatherings.

  33. anonymous
    April 4th, 2006 at 12:04 pm [Reply]

    Hey, half my wardrobe is the same shade of brown as the hippie’s shirt in Judge Parker! It’s called “cocoa” or “bisque”. I like the contrast with Bob’s generic electric blue jacket. (what is it with all the electric blue in comics? I guess it’s better than purple or red.)

    This clinic they’re planning in RMMD – is it going to be like the McClinics sprouting up in places like Walmart, where you pay a nurse-practitioner about $40 to take a look at your sore throat? It must be nice for Rex and June to have all that free time in the evenings to volunteer at the home-grown clinic they’re planning, every HMO drone I’ve ever known wouldn’t have the time, energy, or inclination to do the same, at least those over 35.


  34. Len
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:25 pm [Reply]

    The hippie in cocoa seems to be wearing a neck-tie of identically the same shade of bisque. He’s also got a huge pearl earring in his left ear, of the sort that used to be favored by Barbara Bush. It appears that he’s watching the farewells of Bob and Neddy, reflected by the glassed over schedule board in front of him. And by his expression, he’s trying hard not to lose his lunch. I suspect he’s also heard the excuse, “We’ll always have Paris” from a vacuous ex-lover.

    The Muzak on the public address system is no doubt playing the 49 Strings version of John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane.” so kiss me and smile for me… tell me that you’ll wait for me… hold me like you’ll never let me go…

  35. Irina
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    Leaving on a Jet Plane was Mamas and the Papas, wasn’t it? Or did JD write the song?

    Anyhoo. Don’t dis the old-looking digital camera — maybe it’s a digital-SLR that costs like $1200. I’m in the market for one of those — they look pretty much like a professional 35mm camera, interchangeable lenses, etc., but have digital memory. Maybe Grandfather Warbucks just opened up a catalogue, ordered the most expensive thing in there that said “camera” not knowing that you had to be a technophile to operate the thing.

    Finally, I’m waiting for the Iranian mulluhs to issue a fatwah against Wiley. Today’s Nonsequitor did a pretty nice about-face against fundamentalist islam.

  36. BassoGap
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    And once seated on the plane, the safety video will feature Mr. Denver uttering the phrase, “In the event of a water ‘landing’…well…let me tell you, it’s not going to be fun”.

  37. Len
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    In Tuesday’s “Ink Pen,” we answer the question of how cartoon animals overcome (or don’t) their natural instincts. Bixby the Rat likes rummaging in garbage. I’m not certain what the item is that he’s using on Fritz the Doberman. It looks to me like a simple can-opener, and clicking it is causing a Pavlovian response in his boss. The smell of fresh coffee does the same thing to me.

  38. Irina
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    Sorry; not Ms&Ps, not JD … Peter, Paul and Mary

  39. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    Peter, Paul and Mary sang “Jet Plane,” written by John Denver. I just know these things.

  40. Irina
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:41 pm [Reply]

    Okay. I just need to shut my yap.

    Leaving on a Jet Plane was a hit single performed by Peter Paul and Mary, written by a (then) little-known songwriter by the name of John Denver.

    Thank heavens for Wikipedia. Maybe I should consult it a bit more often.

  41. Harry Worth
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    John Denver wrote the words and lyrics to “Leaving on a Jet Plane” recorded by an ad naseum number of hacks.

    I’mmmmmm leaving on a jet plane….

    Don’t know when I’ll be back again

  42. Harry Worth
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:48 pm [Reply]

    Words and Lyrics????

    MUSIC and lyrics.

    god, I gotta turn down that musak while I am posting.

  43. Rozenn
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:49 pm [Reply]

    28 : I really don’t think June needs any comforting… Remember this piece of (paraphrased) dialog ?
    - Honey, I am going to… uh… “play golf” with this gay Troy fellow.
    - That’s just great. Can our little daughter and I come watch ?
    That child will so totally need therapy when she grows up…

  44. Badly_Computer_Animated_Boy
    April 4th, 2006 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    #15 & 17: Why does Curtis even need a bureau? He wears the same clothes every day.

  45. Howard Erk
    April 4th, 2006 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    Curtis is a moron. They buy him a bunch of the same clothes so that he knows what to put on in the morning. Kinda like Richard Nixon. He had a closet full of the same drab blue suit.

  46. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    April 4th, 2006 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

    We were so all over that John Denver/Peter Paul and Mary thing, it wasn’t even funny. Actually, it was kind of sad.

    And Howard, I am NOT going to read Curtis, no mater how much you want me to. Not gonna do it.

  47. Sassy_Rocks
    April 4th, 2006 at 2:42 pm [Reply]

    The Boondocks replacement (Corey) in the Washington Post is among the very worst strips in the comics, including such abysmally awful crap as Classic Peanuts, BC and Cathy. It may improve but thusfar, it is not a worthy replacement.

    Although we have not gotten a good look at it, it is doubtful Tony’s “Papa” bought him a digital SLR camera. Such a camera (with lens) would not fit in the Brownie leather field case. It is possible that he keeps his 35mm lenses in a different camera bag but more likely his camera is an obsolete 1.2 megapixel p.o.s. with a little “Crafted with pride by forced Chinese prison labor” sticker on it and an 8mb “Smart Media” card.

  48. Gearyster
    April 4th, 2006 at 2:44 pm [Reply]

    What is the deal with the bolding of old friend? Is he not really an Old Friend? Is it a CODE? Are we supposed to continued to believe that this is nto intentional? It’s almost as bad as inappropriate quotes:

    “Hey did you enjoy “golfing” with your “new friend”? Your “old friend” called, and said he wanted to “take you” “fishing”!

  49. Anonymous
    April 4th, 2006 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    RMMD – Fireworks at Casa McCheesy when Chesty “Chesty” McCheesy confronts Troy “I’m not gay” McCheesy over Harry “He is too” Ellis. Troy: ‘I hardly knew him!’ Chesty: ‘He said you were roommates!’ Busted!

    FBOW – Yet another 4-Evah moment. Is this a soap strip or “Behind the Music”? Get with the project and kill ol’ Scrotum Chin why don’t you? Sheesh…

    GF – Let’s see… Bucky, Satchel, and all the other animals walk upright. Bucky, Satchel, and all the other animals talk and are understood by each other and humans. Bucky, Satchel, and all the other animals have money to spend. Satchel even takes Bucky for walks on a leash. And we’re worried about Rob owning a tablecloth?

    MT – The head-to-body size ratios for Rusty and Tony have always been disturbing, but Rusty in panel #2 today takes the prize. I had a momentary flashback to HBO’s canceled Carnivale. Is that a hump too?

    (DT)GT – Apparently Milford has no batting practice pitcher screen. Then again, those screens are only present in something we all know as reality. Hopefully Coach will take a screaming liner to the groin.

    SF – Of course EmasculaTed is lonely. The Bitch Queen doesn’t let anyone in the Forth Cult Bunke… errr… charming suburban home have friends from the outside. Watch how fast she runs off Faye.

  50. Abbey the Wonderdog
    April 4th, 2006 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    At least I think they were talking about fishing.

    Something about boats, I think.


    Yes, it was definitely about boats and exchanging crews. Something about swapping seamen.


    anchors aweigh…


  51. Hank Kimble
    April 4th, 2006 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    Maybe the kid wearing the neckerchief is a Weeblo. No wait, that’s for the Rex Morgan strip.

  52. Lor
    April 4th, 2006 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    Weeblos wobble but they don’t fall down.

    #42: Tall … and tan … and young … and lovely … the Foob from Ipanema goes walking…

  53. Goober
    April 4th, 2006 at 3:29 pm [Reply]

    JP: Is that Ginsburg/Carlin in panel #3?

    GT: Three panels, three crappy story lines advanced. Not bad. And the “art” is only slightly grotesque.

    MW: Lou is wondering if his pathetic few thrusts between Kelly’s flabby thighs counts as exercise.

    Dick Tracy: BO Plenty being sent to Guantanamo=comedy gold.


  54. loudfan
    April 4th, 2006 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    47: At least the WashPost bothered putting in a replacement strip for Boondocks. The SF Chronicle is just rerunning the old Boondocks, meaning that two strips in their meager single page of comics are reruns (Classic Peanuts being the other).

  55. gnome de blog
    April 4th, 2006 at 5:00 pm [Reply]

    “GF – Let’s see… Bucky, Satchel, and all the other animals walk upright. Bucky, Satchel, and all the other animals talk and are understood by each other and humans. Bucky, Satchel, and all the other animals have money to spend. Satchel even takes Bucky for walks on a leash. And we’re worried about Rob owning a tablecloth?” (#49, Anonymous)

    Comment of the Week? How about Comment of the MONTH?

  56. AwfulArt
    April 4th, 2006 at 5:49 pm [Reply]

    Hey is that Kenny from South Park in todays “Close To Home” ???

  57. Marc
    April 4th, 2006 at 6:03 pm [Reply]

    Awfulart– yes it is. Good observation..

    Mary Worth needs to get some dining etiquette help from fellow WASP, Emily Post.

  58. Marc
    April 4th, 2006 at 6:03 pm [Reply]

    Awfulart– yes it is. Good observation..

    Mary Worth needs to get some dining etiquette help from fellow WASP, Emily Post.

  59. plumberninja
    April 4th, 2006 at 7:05 pm [Reply]

    This is totally off-topic, but the first thing I heard from my niece this morning was: “Can you cover your anus in butter for me?” After much spewtasticness, I discovered the reason for this was that Linda (who is 7, strangely intelligent, and reads the comics, but only ever gets the jokes in Dennis the Menace…) had read that one Dilbert from last week where Alice was talking about keeping Uranus warm. She had recently learned about blubber in her kindergarten-ish thing, and felt sorry for Uranus, and so asked me to cover it in butter. And I just thought she’d been getting into my RM,MD stash.

  60. Ferd Berfel
    April 4th, 2006 at 7:18 pm [Reply]

    #55 – ‘Fraid that was me, Gnome. My browser reset and my handle wasn’t in the name box any longer. I didn’t notice until it was too late. :(

    Of course, I can’t prove it either. :(

  61. Ferd Berfel
    April 4th, 2006 at 7:21 pm [Reply]

    #55 – Afraid that was me, Gnome. I’d upgraded my browser and hadn’t notice my knickname was no longer in the Name block.

    Of course, I can’t prove it either. :(

  62. Hank Kimble
    April 4th, 2006 at 8:01 pm [Reply]

    So, I’m not the only one who wants to see June at the beach. How about a comic that has June, Blondie, that chick from 9 Chickweed Lane and Nancy and Olive Oyl hanging out at the beach dissing men. Josh can make a cameo walking through a panel in a speedo.

  63. Ferd Berfel
    April 4th, 2006 at 8:27 pm [Reply]

    Sorry about #60 and #61 folks, something very weird going on with my machine it seems…

    #62/Hank Kimbell – I’ll take most of that group. I’d drop Nancy and Olive Oyl for Aunt Fritzi and Luann’s mom though.

  64. Gearyster
    April 4th, 2006 at 8:36 pm [Reply]

    Check out the upcoming issue of Jonah Hex, Issue 6:

    “The world’s ugliest bounty hunter faces off against the deadliest combination known to mankind: nuns with guns!”

    DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

    On Sale April 5, 2006

    Dude. Seriously

  65. Mere Cog in the Machine
    April 4th, 2006 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    Does anyone ever – ever – discuss Prince Valiant on this site? I just want to know, thats all. sigh.

  66. Lor
    April 5th, 2006 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    Dear God, my eyes! It’s … it’s Chesty McPhantom!

  67. Mibbitmaker
    April 5th, 2006 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    I’ve come across “Annie” occasionally lately, and they have her dreaming her Depression Era exploits which are from actual “Little Orphan Annie” strips. One has them imagining the future of this new fangled thing called “television”. Oddly, as with a Krazy Kat strip I’ve seen in a book, it seems to be imagined as a big screen interactive thing.


    Monty: Okay, in what reality does Homeland Security care about Intelligent Design? Get you left-wing complaints in order, Meddick.

    Non Sequitur: I’d like to see this arc conclude with Danae herself issuing a fatwa against Wiley for drawing her deity, Danae, in a cartoon.

  68. loudfan
    April 5th, 2006 at 12:59 am [Reply]

    59: Believe it or not, the Uranus joke in Dilbert was deemed too! hot! for the Contra Costa Times, which happens to be Scott Adams’s hometown paper. They substituted a different, more innocuous strip. I was surprised when I read the San Francisco Chronicle and noticed that Dilbert was completely different. Of course, Uranus jokes are not going to shock San Franciscans…

  69. Goober
    April 5th, 2006 at 2:05 am [Reply]

    GT 4/5: There should be a rim shot for panel 2. Also, it’s a short, supposedly continuous, discussion, yet Trey and Wide Ted Pearse (who seems to be growing wider with each panel) change position radically in each panel. Of course the “Trey hiding out” storyline makes no sense unless the baseball team is isolated in some remote camp without phone acess or mail.

    MW: I like the little lounge lizard raised eyebrow Lou is giving Mary in the second panel, and the fact that he’s moved the bowl of potatoes right in front of him and is no doubt going to start gorging directly from the bowl, to Kelly’s apparent horror.

    RMMD: “OK, we slept together a few times, and we did spend that summer in Jamaica together, but there was never anything really…uh…meaningful between us.”

    MT: So the big scheme is to blast some rock down onto the road? And instead of just bringing in a bulldozer to clear the road, they’ll have to build a new one?

    BC, Monty, Mallard: Political messages without humor are boring crap. Monty’s current series at least was slightly funny for a couple days, but it isn’t really an unending source of humor.

  70. Ferd Berfel
    April 5th, 2006 at 2:41 am [Reply]

    #65/Mere – No one has lately but that shouldn’t stop you from doing so.

    A few of us brought up Monty a couple weeks back and it’s still being mentioned despite two very weak story arcs since then.

    I think PV’s problem is that it only comes out Sundays and that it is carried by relatively few papers. My local Daily Fish Wrap & Bird Cage Liner carries it but the coloring is godawful. Absolutely nothing like I remember as a kid, but I think that is more the fault of the paper than the strip as the other Sunday comics look ‘runny’ too.

    So, make some snide comments about King Arthur’s whiskers, Val’s hair, or the Princess’ mammary glands, provide the CC Goons with a link so they can read the strip for themselves, and watch the fun (maybe) begin.

  71. anonymous
    April 5th, 2006 at 7:14 am [Reply]

    #65 – OK, I’d llike to discuss Prince Valiant! But only in a good way, I have an enduring fondness for this meandering big old (and I mean old) strip. I loved the pleisiosaurus storyline a few months back. A long long time ago, the Prince Valiant strip was truly a thing of beauty, art-wise, taking up a half a page. It has deteriorated over the years (as have us all) but even though I don’t always follow the storyline, I like looking at it. Prince Valiant is truly different, not your usual talking animal, marriage-from-hell, or dumbed-down-Disney thing. That said, Val’s haircut needs some work. I know he’s getting up there in age, but his hair needs to be longer on the sides and in back, and trimmed, not just those hacked off bangs. Also think those loooooong absences from the Queen wife have been a contributing factor to their looooooong marriage – absence making the heart grow fonder, etc.

  72. Sheila
    April 5th, 2006 at 7:17 am [Reply]

    How about that Bizarro the other day, pointing out the obvious in BC? I LIKE Bizarro.

    Curtis is stupid.

  73. Edward_Hopper_Rulez
    April 5th, 2006 at 7:18 am [Reply]

    this comic maks me laugh out loud evry time i read it. it reminds me of the time my granma fel in the sinc and died. LOL!

  74. MotoMike
    April 5th, 2006 at 8:19 am [Reply]

    Re: Prince Valiant – (#65, #71): I like the strip too. Long ago I picked up one of those compilations of all of the early strips put into a nice trade paperback and was stunned at how good it was – the art as well as the strory line. And it’s still not bad after all these years – some of the characters actually have some interesting quirks and there’s still a lot of effort put into the artwork.

  75. mere cog in the machine
    April 5th, 2006 at 8:54 am [Reply]

    # 71 and 74: I really liked your thoughts on Prince Valiant. Yes, it has some fun-making potential but it doesn’t have the awful, vapid shallowness of the other serial strips. And i’ll take swords and leather jerkins over cheesy blue warmup suits anyday!

  76. doc nagel
    April 5th, 2006 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    Turns out Nuns with Guns was an alt band of the 1990s, having released the album “Let’s Scare the Hell out of Evellyn” in 1993 – according to the frequently reliable All Music Guide. I would’ve thought it self-evident that something called Nuns with Guns would be an alt band, rather than a rap group.

    In this crazy topsy-turvy world, it’s somehow comforting that Curtis is so dependably deplorable and insulting.

  77. bell hooks
    April 6th, 2006 at 7:06 pm [Reply]


  78. MLH
    April 6th, 2006 at 9:03 pm [Reply]

    Well, based on one look at Dr. Troy’s wife, I’d say he’s married his dominatrix as some sort of cost-saving measure. He’d need permission to be gay.

  79. MissKitty
    April 12th, 2006 at 5:58 pm [Reply]

    Curtis’s “boner” is his knee behind the comic book. Gutter mind!

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