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The goodest Friday of the year

B.C., 4/14/06

I’m not a Christian, but I have no objections whatsoever to Johnny Hart doing Jesus-themed cartoons, really. Especially this weekend. Hart loves Jesus, this weekend is the holiest in the Christian calendar, so: knock yourself out. Bonus points for not hating on Darwin or the Jews.

What I object to is Johnny Hart doing Jesus-themed cartoons that make absolutely no sense. Is “stood on the truth” an idiomatic expression that anyone has used, at any time, ever, such that it would justify the word “truth” being carved, in faux Roman capitals, on an ant-sized podium in the middle of bleak ancient/post-apocolyptic hellscape, in order to set up this joke (and I’m using the term “joke” loosely)? In case you had trouble following that sentence, I’ll supply the answer to the question, which is: No.

(Also, the word “truth” doesn’t occur in John 1:14, in case you’re wondering.)

(UPDATE: Er, so it’s been pointed out to me that “truth” is in fact the last word in John 1:14. Apparently I looked up that verse, scanned it, didn’t see the word “truth”, and never got to the end. I’m as bad as Jeffy Keane (see below)!)

But hey, at least he managed to keep his eye on divine, soul-saving ball for the whole strip:

Family Circus, 4/14/06

It looks like this one started out as being Jesus-themed (“Mary”, “lamb” — lamb of God!) but then fell prey to the irresistible pull of an adorable malapropism. I’m pretty sure that people would read the Bible more often if it featured less smiting and thundering against hypocrites and more little kids mispronouncing words in hilarious ways.

99 responses to “The goodest Friday of the year”

  1. Marc
    April 14th, 2006 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    Yes! So far no hatin’ on my people….and by my people I mean Jews.

    So Am I the only one who noticed that Dolly’s thighs are about as wide as her head?!

  2. sephohnek
    April 14th, 2006 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

    let’s all just be thankful that’s its not the pledge of allegiance again.

  3. Weasel Boy
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:02 pm [Reply]

    Keane is cheating! He switched “was” to “were” in the original rhyme in order for the malapropism to make sense. So, if you’re keeping score, this cartoon is
    1. not funny, and
    2. wrong.
    I’m guessing he was up against deadline.

    And is it my imagination, or do all those FC kids close their eyes when they recite something?

  4. captainswift
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:07 pm [Reply]

    I only wish The Ryatts still existed. It was Family Circus for idiots, in three panels: Set up, punchline, explain punchline even though a 2 year old could get it. If Winky Ryatt were doing this same joke:

    Panel 1
    Winky: Mary had a little lamb

    Panel 2
    Winky: Its fleas were white as snow

    Panel 3:
    Mom: That’s “fleece”, dear.
    Winky: Oh.

    True Ryatts fans will note that the last line was always the kid saying “Oh.”

  5. Marge
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:13 pm [Reply]

    Actually “truth” does occur in John 1:14. At least it does in this translation of it, which I acquired with a random Google search:

    “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

    But it’s still not funny. Or poignant. Or intelligible. I’m glad we don’t get BC in our paper.

  6. Anon
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:14 pm [Reply]

    Did your mom ever read you nursery rhymes when you were little? “Mary Had a Little Lamb” has nothing to do with Jesus. Wtf, Josh, wtf?

    And John 1:14 does have the word “truth” in it.

  7. David
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:20 pm [Reply]

    Good Friday – let the Josh-hating begin!

  8. Tracie
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:22 pm [Reply]

    I don’t think the BC comic was meant to be funny. His Easter strips are always serious “reflections” about Easter and what it means…as we all know, not all comics are funny all the time. Some never are (FC, for example.)

    And, my King James Bible also has the word “truth” in John 1:14. And I think I’ve also heard the expression “stood on ______” before. Maybe the word truth was used in the blank at some point.

    Great post, though, Josh. Keep them coming!

  9. Anglican Babe
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:28 pm [Reply]

    [Liturgical geekery]

    Maundy Thursday is the feast day which falls on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, and it celebrates the Last Supper. It highlights the eucharist, for that was instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper. Many churches also will have a footwashing service, because it was at the Last Supper where Christ washed his disciples feet.

    “Maundy” comes from the Latin “mandatum novum do vobis” or, “a new commandment I give unto you” (that new commandment is to love one another as Christ has loved us) and that commandment was also given at the Last Supper.

    [/Liturgical geekery]

    I’m not sure Johnny Hart is a liturgically-minded believer, though, as John 1:14 (which does contain the word “truth” as others have pointed out) is a verse normally associated with the seasons of Advent/Christmas, not Lent/Easter.

  10. Goober
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:35 pm [Reply]

    #6: You’re forgetting the wonderful Bible story about Jesus following his mom to school, and how the disciples laughed and played.

    MT: That has to be Mark, ace detective, breaking into the office. It’s clobberin’ time!

    JP: My God, April is still stoned the next morning. Doesn’t she know that the CIA is going to ask her to pee in a cup?

    GT: Is there anywhere in the US (or on Earth) where they have live radio broadcasts of high school baseball?

    MW: Lou is going to have to be reassured by Mary’s platitudes that his little honey-pot isn’t going to leave him once she stops being a big fat pig. The problem will be that Kelly’s plan is precisely that.

    PBS: A reminder that once in a while PoMo can be funny.

    Luann: Seriously, American IdoI jokes, especially when they feature the word “Dawg,” should result in the death penalty.

  11. Not_Todd
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:37 pm [Reply]

    I’d just like to know why daddy ant is smoking a pipe. The very first line of dialogue establishes the relationship between the two characters. Is this some sly “appeal to authority”? Make him look professorial, and the reader will take what he says more seriously? I guess it’s better than putting him in a tweed coat with leather patches on the elbows.

  12. Mac Thomason
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:52 pm [Reply]

    John 8:32 is the famous line:

    And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

    Would that have been so hard, Johnny? Maybe he hasn’t read that far, though.

  13. Bookworm
    April 14th, 2006 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    The “truth” podium is an extremely old recurring theme in BC. And by “extremely old” I mean it hasn’t been trotted out in a while, but it’s featured quite a bit in the older BC collections. (Yes I own a few, he was funny more often than not in the beginning.)

  14. Ben
    April 14th, 2006 at 10:17 pm [Reply]

    It’s weird for a comic called “B.C.” to talks about Jesus at all.

  15. Doug Puthoff
    April 14th, 2006 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    14. I’m reminded of the “Flinstones” Christmas specials, those were freaking odd.

    Unless, of course, you subscirbe to the theory that both “The Flinstones” and “B.C.” don’t take place in primitive times but after a nuclear holcaust that has resulted in time being bent out of shape and mutations (that would explain the talking animals).

  16. gradioc
    April 14th, 2006 at 10:58 pm [Reply]

    I am privy to the whole upcoming week’s GF and PBS thanks to a local weekly. I have not used this awesome power before in this forum because I like to see the week unfold naturally. However, the pure brilliance of the next week’s GF will be lost on those that do not know PBS. The crossover from Hell is upon us. If you do not get Pearls Before Swine in your paper you must find a way to read it next week or you will not get Get Fuzzy. Darby is the King Of The Slackers. And much love to Pastis for playing along.

  17. Ape Lad
    April 14th, 2006 at 11:01 pm [Reply]

    14. Holy crap you just blew my mind.

    Also, the Family Circus is a lot funnier if you imagine the room in which she is standing. Full of adults, embarassed by her ignorance. Don’t the Keane’s teach their children basic nursery rhymes? What kind of parents are they?? Maybe there is wealthy dowager dropping her wine glass, swooning.
    Well, okay, it’s still not funny.

  18. Len
    April 14th, 2006 at 11:06 pm [Reply]

    They called Jesus “teacher” because he was a Rabbi!

    If they called Jesus “the Word,” because he stood on the word “Truth,” well… I guess you can call me Dr. Scholls.

    If ants are observant Christians, do they have souls?

    If those fleas are white, maybe they’re really honey ants, or termites?

    If Dolly is the name of a little girl in Family Circus, do they have a little boy named Action Figure?

  19. Klaus
    April 14th, 2006 at 11:13 pm [Reply]

    The worst part about the family circus cartoon is that her ponytail is JUST touching the frame. That is so bad and distracting!

  20. Marc
    April 14th, 2006 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    Wow, I think that today is the first time in history said something mean, and in non WASP form. Wow.

    “Whale of a time.”

    Well Mary, I hope you have an “Amaciated of a time.”

  21. melissa
    April 14th, 2006 at 11:30 pm [Reply]

    Does FC ever NOT suck?

    I mean, really.

  22. mooselet
    April 14th, 2006 at 11:47 pm [Reply]

    Dolly doesn’t have thighs, she’s just got ginormous calves… who also had white fleas.

  23. Marc
    April 14th, 2006 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    Wow, two days in a row now, Dinette Set is funny. Or..somewhat funny. But crude humor…more so today than yesterday..but still. I hate it when they go on vacation or they have guest come over and they put on the old “stealing hotel items gag.”

    Verl: Burl, put away the Motel 6 towels! Your boss is coming over; put out the Holiday Inn ones!

    Burl: And I’ll put out the Howard Johnson soap too. He likes quality stuff!

  24. kostia
    April 15th, 2006 at 12:17 am [Reply]

    It’s sad how B.C. has fallen. Ages ago it really was sort of sweet and funny in an innocent way, instead of just hamhanded and lame. I still giggle sometimes when I recall an old, old B.C. strip that featured the character called B.C. (I can no longer tell the guys apart) seeing snow for the first time. He catches some, it melts, and he says “it’s just water! … It’s awful fat for water.” There’s also one I liked where Peter is carving a calendar into a block of stone and spends the strip carving “Wednesday the 11th … Thursday the 12th …” until he reaches “Friday the (stone shatters) *sigh* 13th.”

  25. gg
    April 15th, 2006 at 12:51 am [Reply]

    Also note the John 1-1 in the middle panel (John 1:1, as looked up by Google: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God). I guess it’s more to do with “the Word” than with the actual word “truth” (or TRVTH, if you like). I thought that verse had more to do with Jesus being the word of God made flesh, the person who spoke God’s words to the people, rather than standing on truth (whatever that actually means; I’m not familiar with that idiom either (if it even is a real idiom and not some roadside-esque made-up idiom)). But I’m no theological scholar.

    And as others have noted, the TRVTH podium is an old B.C. version of a soapbox. It’s rather odd to see it again, sort of like seeing “Clams got legs!” again. (Though I suppose that joke may have been used recently; I no longer keep up with B.C., so I couldn’t say.)

  26. rich
    April 15th, 2006 at 12:55 am [Reply]

    24 – Thanks for reminding us that BC was, in fact, a great strip once. Sure, this was over 40 years ago, but the humor was pretty cutting-edge at the time (not like Mort Sahl or Lenny Bruce, perhaps; maybe akin to those good early 60s Bob Newhart albums)

    18 – I agree, Len, I didn’t think that, officially, ants could be “saved” – or dogs or cats for that matter. Isn’t it a given that your pets don’t get to come to heaven?

    4 – I’m always happy to see a reference to Winky Ryatt, Captainswift! Didja know that the Ryatts’ artist, Jack Elrod, who has to be about 80, is still drawing Mark Trail?

  27. mumbles
    April 15th, 2006 at 12:57 am [Reply]

    FOOB: Wasn’t Gordon one of Michael the Divine’s schoolmates? Then why does he look like older than Mike’s father?

    (DT)GT: Well, it’s nice to see how Mimi from the Drew Carey Show turned out. A mean old grandma who criticizes her grandson for not moving his “rump” fast enough. How long before she calls him “pig”?

    MW: Well, I’ve tried to come up with something witty here, but I can’t. So I’ll just say it. Mary’s a mean old bitch.

  28. adb
    April 15th, 2006 at 1:41 am [Reply]

    I really want to know why he does Jesus cartoons at all. BC is “Before Christ,” isn’t it? Having Jesus in the cartoons kind of negates the title/setting, doesn’t it?

  29. Mysterio
    April 15th, 2006 at 2:07 am [Reply]

    IIRC, it has been all but confirmed that BC takes place in a post-apocolyptic setting. I seem to remember some strip involving a library filled with “ancient” texts that told of modern (to us) events.

  30. NJP
    April 15th, 2006 at 2:13 am [Reply]

    Before Mary Worth gets too judgmental, she should remember that she’s the one who broke out the pie and placed it in front of the couple with weight and body-image issues! Jesus, Mary, why not take a bottle of whisky to Rita or meth to that drug kid?

  31. rich
    April 15th, 2006 at 2:16 am [Reply]

    Jack Elrod of Mark Trail and The Ryatts is 82 years old (born 1924). You go, Jack!

  32. Len
    April 15th, 2006 at 4:54 am [Reply]

    #31 — And it’s pretty obvious that Elrod has LOTS of assistants! I can make out at least four different styles of artwork in the Mark Trail strips. Maybe he’s still doing the ginormous aminals.

  33. Frank Drackman
    April 15th, 2006 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    B.C. is really slipping..No antisemetism, or 4 panels of that creepy peg legged Wiley writing a horrible poem. And then todays strip has a lame IRS reference. Hes still got tomorrow…if Jesus sees his shadow…6 more weeks winter

  34. dlauthor
    April 15th, 2006 at 8:46 am [Reply]

    OK, BC-wise … am I going insane, or have the characters become so interchangeable that they’re actually interchanging now? In panel one of today’s strip, the guy on the left is either BC himself or the guy who looks a lot like BC (yes, I know they all kinda do, but stay with me here). In panel two, where he’s doing what I presume to be a slow burn at the reader, he looks a lot more like Clumsy — dark hair, glasses, and all.

    I remember the names of BC characters, but undergrad physics, not so much. I hate the human brain.

    Anyway, the hell? Has Wiley started swapping characters mid-strip? Has his dementia finally reached the point where, two months from now, BC will consist only of smeary fingerprints with word balloons saying JESUS IS COMING, REPENT YE SINNERS?

  35. Donut
    April 15th, 2006 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    18 – I agree, Len, I didn’t think that, officially, ants could be “saved” – or dogs or cats for that matter. Isn’t it a given that your pets don’t get to come to heaven?

    I know a number of Franciscans who would disagree with you on that point.

  36. Chet McCord, Wildlife defender
    April 15th, 2006 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    I remember the Ryatts. The artwork was good, the humor standard family-strip fare.

    The ants in BC are filled with problems. Ants don’t have lungs. Therefore, they have no way of drawing smoke into their bodies through their mouths. They also have no way of talking, at least through their mouths. And ant children have no legs and resemble maggots. So I guess maybe we don’t have to believe everything Johnny Hart tells us about evolution.

  37. MLH
    April 15th, 2006 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    I certainly didn’t know, until today’s “BC”, that Jesus died for the sins of cartoon ants.

  38. Dennis Jimenez
    April 15th, 2006 at 9:51 am [Reply]

    FC – 4.14.2006 – I liked the Dollyism before the re-write:

    Mary had a little lamb, Its feces were white as snow.

  39. Marc
    April 15th, 2006 at 10:03 am [Reply]

    GUESS WHAT!! LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!

    On Sunday, the MW Stirling saga ends…but only to be continued with a walk around Charterstone with Kelly to “discuss” Lou’s behavior.

  40. BassoGap
    April 15th, 2006 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    RMMD – “Troy, you were sentenced to community service *because* of what you did with kids…I don’t think ‘playing doctor’ is going to get past the judge…”

    (DT)GT – I don’t think that’s Mimi from the Drew Carey Show…I think it’s Drew Carey. Or, maybe it really is Dick Cheney in a wig.

    3CL – So, will she tell him? Or will he leave w/o knowing it’s her?

    MT – I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to do an illegal job for you, you’re going to pay me up front, and never see or hear from me again. I certainly won’t go straight to see you, confess in front of everyone and demand payment in front of the person holding the evidence. Oh, and we all know Mark is going to walk into this little meeting, in Monday’s strip.

    Foob – Damn, Gordon’s done well. Can’t for the life of me figure out why he’s still concerned with the little convenience store, though…oh, and he’s sure let himself go downhill, compared to St. Michael.

  41. FleaBailey
    April 15th, 2006 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    That is one ugly veil in A3G.

  42. Old Fogey
    April 15th, 2006 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    BassoGap:

    >>3CL – So, will she tell him? Or will he leave w/o knowing it’s her?

    So it really IS the disinhabited nun and not her lookalike niece or aunt or whatever? So the priest is really stupid? How did he get through priest school? Also, what does he want with her?

    FOOB–why do we call it Foob?

    Also, it IS amazing how prosperous Gordon has become. And how middle-aged.

  43. BassoGap
    April 15th, 2006 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    Old Fogey — Father Durly was asked by Sister Mary Elephant…oops, Sister Steven, to go find Edda Burber, the niece of Sister Aramus…I don’t think we were ever told *why*, exactly, other than that Sister Steven wants to know what caused Sister Aramus to leave the convent. I guess she realized she forgot to do the exit interview?

    And yes, Diane *is* Sister Aramus. I’m just guessing that the usual class list in seminary doesn’t include “Recognizing Ex-Nuns in Streetclothes 101″.

  44. Library Cat
    April 15th, 2006 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    JP Is that Judge Parker? I’ve only been reading the strip for a year (since finding this site) but I’ve never seen the title character. Of course, the strip has only progressed three or four days in all that time but still.

    FBOFW Gordo’s going bald. Well, he has to pay some price for being wildly successful and non-Patterson I guess.

    A3G Frankly, I’m starting to feel bad for Nina. All these people trying on her veil is starting to gross me out. I doubt any of them have head lice, eh maybe Margo, but it’s kinda creepy anyway.

  45. mere cog in the machine
    April 15th, 2006 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    FOOB: Gordon is starting to look like Wilbur from Mary Worth. Or maybe Karl Rove. While Mike, notwithstanding the pressures of job, screaming kids, meddling mother-in-law, and obnoxious neighbors, is actually becoming, in a sick and disturbing way, cuter than his sisters. Oh lord I need to get out of this house.

  46. Pansy
    April 15th, 2006 at 11:17 am [Reply]

    Library Cat #44: I started reading Judge Parker as a teenager back in the 70s. And I do believe this is the first time I’ve ever actually seen the mysterious Judge Parker in the flesh (hint: you can tell by the distinguised grey temples!)

    MT: Geez, I thought that was Mark Trail barging in on those guys on Friday and I had this revelation that it could be Mark himself who is behind the plan to build the new road through Lost Forest! But, alas, my dreams were shattered by today’s episode. Dang.

    Well, I’ve been reading 9CL for a couple of weeks, now, and I can’t figure out what the hell’s going on. I was thinking Father Durley was Edda’s real FATHER. Yes? Yes? This staring in amazement for 2 weeks is getting tiresome. I kinda sorta like the artwork in that one, but the Disney button noses and big puppy eyes are annoying.

    FBOFW: Gordon didn’t graduate from high school until he was 30, so that explains the double chin.

    BC: It stands for “before comedy”.

  47. Pansy
    April 15th, 2006 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    Anyone notice the Google link to “Christian Cartoons” at the bottom of the screen?

  48. Hysterical Woman
    April 15th, 2006 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    “Why was Jesus called [job]?”
    “Because he [job] [noun].”
    “Then why is he called [noun]?”
    “[Non-sequitor]!”

    Fill in the blanks, kids!

  49. Zorba the Geek
    April 15th, 2006 at 12:31 pm [Reply]

    #42: Old Fogey, you have to go back over a year. April and her bandmates made up the word “foob” to describe soeone who is a combination of “fool” and “boob.” Becky subsequently used the word (in her thoughts) to describe someone when April and Becky were scoping out guys at the mall. You can find the link to Josh’s commentary here. Ever since, we’ve used “foob” to describe the strip- Mount Foob, Foobville, etc. (And why do I even know this? Been reading the Comics Curmudgeon far too long.)

  50. Howland Owl
    April 15th, 2006 at 1:04 pm [Reply]

    26: >
    If my pets can’t come along, I ain’t goin’.

    FBOW: If Gordon was Mike’s schoolmate, he would be in his mid-20s now, right? Or has it been that long since I followed the strip?

  51. Old Fogey
    April 15th, 2006 at 1:43 pm [Reply]

    Zorba the Greek,

    Thank you! I’ve been reading FOOB for many years, but forgot about that band thing.

    This is a very educational blog, if you wish to be educated about comics. I even got a very useful answer from Ces, when I emailed him about an important SF question.

  52. Len
    April 15th, 2006 at 1:46 pm [Reply]

    #43 — Edda Burber is NOT Sister Aramus’s niece. Sister Aramus was Edda’s favorite teacher at the Parochial School. And evil Headmistress Sister Steven undoubtedly sent Father Durley to look for Edda, because she suspects that Durley and Aramus were having a flirtation (which caused Aramus to quit the convent). Sister Steven was hoping Durley would meet Aramus again — she’s fugging with their heads!

    Unfortunately, Durley doesn’t recognize Aramus in civilian clothes. And Seth is complicating things by saying that Diane is Aramus’s niece.

  53. Len
    April 15th, 2006 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    #34 — Wiley draws/writes “Non Sequitur.” “B.C.” is scribbled by Johnny Hart.

    Or will the cavemen convert from paleo-Christianity to Danae-ism?

    “Danae, can we please join your cult? We promise not to be too stinky.”

  54. dlauthor
    April 15th, 2006 at 2:14 pm [Reply]

    53: Crap, yeah. I think I got confused by the fact that there’s a BC character named Wiley.

    Speaking of which, when’s that Arbuckle guy going to quit drawing Garfield?

  55. Lisa
    April 15th, 2006 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    #33 – BWA HA HA HA HA HA

    Thanks.

  56. loudfan
    April 15th, 2006 at 3:03 pm [Reply]

    Why is Luann still using that primitive device, the tape recorder, for her diary entries? How many teenage girls even know what a tape recorder IS? Shouldn’t she be blogging on MySpace?

  57. King Folderol
    April 15th, 2006 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    Today’s FC should really be the last one ever. Momma Keane doesn’t let the rest of the family in and they’re forced to roam the streets, hoping that their penchant for incredibly corny, unfunny jokes doesn’t get them killed or swapped for smack.

  58. BassoGap
    April 15th, 2006 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    Len, #52 – you’re right, I was wrong, mea culpa.

    Sister Aramus was Edda’s favorite teacher…I mixed up the storylines, and for that, there can be no excuse.

    Go easy on me, Sister Steven…

  59. Goober
    April 15th, 2006 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    9CL: WTF? He doesn’t recognize her, despite staring at her from point-blank range? Did the nuns dress in burqas or something?

    JP: Wow, eponymous! Randy’s going to confess what he did last night after April passed out.

    MT: I thought it was Mark too. But now Tony can testify to every single aspect of the crime, and identify each of the conspirators. Will his grandpa rub him out?

    MW: Mary hates fat people, thus the disdain in her “whale” remark. She also resents anyone having sex, because she hasn’t been laid since the Truman administration. She will make it her goal to destroy the fatties’ relationship.

    RM,MD: It’s the purpose of his life, and a condition of his parole.

  60. Library Cat
    April 15th, 2006 at 4:20 pm [Reply]

    Cathy
    Damn it b$%ch, pay your taxes and stick a sock in it already! You’ve been talking with that bald, pinhead accountant guy for two weeks. Time for your next annual obsession, shorts season or picking out a bathing suit, or oh no someone brought chocolate into the office. Actually I think it might be better if you just got right and got moving off my comics page because I’m not sure I can deal with your existence. I hate you, and your overreacting, your stringy hair, your sweating and that god-awful twinkie body anymore.

    Ah, I feel better.

  61. mere cog in the machine
    April 15th, 2006 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    Does anyone besides me read Fred Basset? I know it is inane and repetative, but it is possible for inanity to have a sort of charm. I never grow tired of Fred’s weekly concerns about food, walks, who gets to sleep in the comfy chair, etc. while other inane strips such as Family Circus simply make me want to swallow my tongue in anger and frustration. And Freds gentle, dithering owners simply don’t grate on my nerves like, say, the Lockhorns.
    Even the art is soft and likable. Am I crazy? Deluded? Maybe I just like dogs.

  62. RBF-at-home
    April 15th, 2006 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    61. I just read several strips of Fred Basset for the first time (courtesy of Houston Chron) and I can see why you like it – local paper never carried it. Pretty cool idea, especially for us dog-lovers!

    And yeah, I agree with all re: Old Biddy Mary Worth having that catty thought balloon – for shame, Mary! and on Easter weekend, to boot!!
    What good does your (self-thinking) not-too-fat figure get you? Like someone said, she hasn’t been laid since the Truman administration, possibly the Lincoln administration.

    And like Comment of the week (btw, Congrats dimestore!!) I hate that I know that.

    Let them eat PIE !

  63. Marc
    April 15th, 2006 at 8:03 pm [Reply]

    Loudfan–You’re right. LuAnn is a teen girl, and should be using MySpace. Get with the 21st century!

    “GEEZ LOLZ!”

  64. finrod
    April 15th, 2006 at 11:11 pm [Reply]

    MW: Perhaps Lou is into Feederism? A brain scrubber would come in handy right about now…

  65. Marc
    April 15th, 2006 at 11:28 pm [Reply]

    Finrod, I think youre right! It fits Lou to a tee! (Excuse any mistakes, it’s kinda late by me. :))

  66. 2fs
    April 15th, 2006 at 11:41 pm [Reply]

    #6, #33: Remember the old song?

    All of the other saviors / used to laugh and call him names / They wouldn’t let poor Jesus / join in any savior games / Then one foggy Christmas Eve / God did come to say / “Jesus with your holy sprite / Won’t you shrive some sins tonight?” / Then all the Romans mugged him / And they nailed him to a tree: / “Jesus, the hole-y savior / Still more funny than B.C.!”

    (Man, Johnny Hart’s gonna kill me.)

  67. Marc
    April 16th, 2006 at 12:15 am [Reply]

    2fs, don’t worry, there are more people against Johnny Hart than for him…so when he comes to get you we will be waiting with pitch forks and lit torches. All of us curmudgeons.

  68. lilybdcsa
    April 16th, 2006 at 12:26 am [Reply]

    Oh my gosh! Sunday’s Over the Hedge is friggin’ hilarious!! The expression on Hammy’s face is priceless.

    Excuse my language.

    Now I’ll be dreaming about a cow can-can line.

  69. Len
    April 16th, 2006 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    Easter Sunday at B.C. –

    http://news.yahoo.com/comics/bc;_ylt=AqlvGIrq9F96._0QN8qKUWsDwLAF;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

    So “He is risen” means Jesus is NOT a matzoh?

    I like 2fs’s poem better.

  70. Mel
    April 16th, 2006 at 1:52 am [Reply]

    Actually, I’m fairly certain I have seen Darwin hating in B.C. before – one of the Wiley poem ones, if memory serves. Take back those bonus points.

  71. Mysterio
    April 16th, 2006 at 2:17 am [Reply]

    Personally, I’m suprised Mallard Fillmore didn’t do an Easter special. Tinsley usually does, but this year it’s just more hating on those mean ol’ Democrats for making us pay taxes. Because taxes are ALL the liberal’s doing, you know.

  72. Happenstance
    April 16th, 2006 at 2:40 am [Reply]

    #71: Yeah, Tinsley usually uses Easter and Christmas to pretend he’s a genuine Christian (and Veteran’s Day and July 4th to pretend he’s a genuine patriot). That leaves the rest of the year to be a bitter, delusional, hate-filled, smug closet-fascist “speaking truth to power” who wouldn’t recognize Jesus if He pooped on him. (Quick, ask yourself where Tinsley would be if he were present at the crucifixion.)

    …Oof. Gotta lighten up. I haven’t even read MF for a couple of weeks now. But the smell does tends to linger…and it smells like ass.

    BTW Sally Forth is a sick, sick woman. But Faye’s questions bring back that old saying of mine: “tradition” is what someone calls an asinine habit that they can’t otherwise justify.

    (Hey, wasn’t there supposed to be some sort of conflict with Ralph?)

  73. rich
    April 16th, 2006 at 3:37 am [Reply]

    50 – Gordon (like Mike Patterson) turns 30 this year (see Mike’s “Monthly Letter” at the official fborfw website, if you dare). Yes, 30! Gord’s deplorable physical condition makes one wonder if Lynn is planning to knock him off, as he nobly works himself into the ground.

  74. messy
    April 16th, 2006 at 8:16 am [Reply]

    When did the Ryatts go under? I remember it when I was a kid, and it looked like it was done by a greeting card company….when did it go under?

    Which reminds me, does anyone remember PIXies?, which was a panel cartoon dedicated to typography.

  75. Ianscot
    April 16th, 2006 at 8:17 am [Reply]

    B.C.’s customary poem is particularly execrable this time around. Wiley’s tablet writing is supposed to be some sort of scriptural thing, with the red letters being Christ, is that it? Otherwise he’s writing dialog to himself, and it’s not particularly coherent.

    Jesus: “I am a carpenter’s son you know!”

    I know.

    Jesus: “You do? How did you know?”

    Because the Bible tells me so.

    Jesus: “Oh.”

    Is Hart aspiring to be included in the apocrypha or something? He’s not going to make the cut with that sort of effort.

  76. Len
    April 16th, 2006 at 9:28 am [Reply]

    Sunday’s Ink Pen:

    It took me a while to figure out what Capt. Victorious is doing in this strip. In one of the Superman movies, I think Supes travels back in time by circling the Earth at faster than light speed. So here Capt. V. goes back in time to NOT look down at his boots when the Rabbit says “Your shoelaces are untied.”

    Feh. First of all, an appropriate joke for April Fool’s maybe, but not for Easter. And we established, back in the day, when I was a kid in the Bronx — No do-overs are allowed!

    Now, if Capt. V. had travelled back in time to take Jesus off the cross and nurse him back to health… maybe.

    http://www.ucomics.com/inkpen/

  77. Marc
    April 16th, 2006 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    Wow, today’s BC wasn’t as Anti Semitic as I had thought! Good. I remember the year that he was especially Anti Semitic my newspaper stopped their subscription to BC. Bergen Record: 1 BC:0

    Anyone care to explain Mr. Red Ink in today’s Rex Morgan?

  78. Woodrowfan
    April 16th, 2006 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    “If there are no dogs in Heaven, I want to go where they went” – Will Rodgers.

  79. Frank Drackman
    April 16th, 2006 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    WOW!! check out Sundays “Nancy”..Aunt Fritzi is wearin skin tight leather pants, with red hooker heels,,Nancy needs to be smothered with a pillow though, to shut up that yappin mouth.

  80. Bigfoot
    April 16th, 2006 at 12:04 pm [Reply]

    Funny Zippy Alert!
    Check out Saturday’s Zippy. It has a set-up (granted it’s a somewhat weird set-up, but it is Zippy) & a punchline…a legitimately funny punchline! I swear even the Zippy haters who populate the CC comments zone will agree.

  81. Goober
    April 16th, 2006 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    Sunday comics:

    MW: The evil old bitch begins her scheme to destroy the Stirlings’ marriage. Doesn’t she look sinister in the last panel? Neither Kelly or Lou look at all fat (and Kelly looks positively emaciated in the penultimate (hah!) frame, making the whole story line even more bizarre.

    RM,MD: Isn’t it supposed to be nighttime when the two lovebirds have their rendevous, I mean inspect the building?

    JP: April doesn’t know how Randy feels because she was unconscious/wasted when he had sex with her.

  82. sarah
    April 16th, 2006 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    82: HAHAHAHAHAHA… thank you for your JP comment.

  83. Frank Drackman
    April 16th, 2006 at 3:12 pm [Reply]

    The Red Ink in B.C. is referring to those Bibles where all of Jesus’s words are printed in red ink.

  84. Pelagius
    April 16th, 2006 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    BC: I guess “I must go away, for to be killed by Jews.” didn’t fit the rhyme or meter..

    MW: If the dishes Mary prepared were low-fat, then what does it matter if Lou was shoving the tasteless pablum down Kelly’s gluttonous maw?

  85. Frank Drackman
    April 16th, 2006 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    Mary the meddlers apple-pear pie might have been low fat, but the carbs it contained have already caused Kelly and Lous Insulin levels to skyrocket..they’ll be hungry before they even get home, stopping by DQ for a blizzard. They’d have been better off filling up on pork rinds or bacon, and then letting the ketosis kick in

  86. Marc
    April 16th, 2006 at 6:03 pm [Reply]

    MW: Low fat, eh? Well, I just found the nutritional facts for Potatoes Au Gratin. Next up….apple-pear pie

  87. lilybdcsa
    April 16th, 2006 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    Doesn’t it depend on how the recipe is prepared? Just about any recipe can be made low-fat with a little tweaking here and there. Doesn’t mean they’ll taste as good as the full-fatted version, but it can be done.

  88. Marc
    April 16th, 2006 at 7:06 pm [Reply]

    But Mary Worth is bad at math, so I don’t think she’d be able to alter the food and still have Lou rave about the potatoes.

    Why is she bad at math? Because she can’t subtract the right colors for her daily strip. Pigments are a subtractive process.

  89. gnome de blog
    April 16th, 2006 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    61: Nice synopsis of Fred Basset. Inane, repetitive, and charming. A lot of stuff on the comics pages can only manage the first two.

  90. Dub Not Dubya
    April 16th, 2006 at 8:47 pm [Reply]

    79: I’m impressed that Nancy has a five o’clock shadow. Perhaps she hopes to move to Gil Thorp when she grows up.

  91. Pansy
    April 17th, 2006 at 12:08 pm [Reply]

    I’ve been keeping an eye on “Nancy” for the last couple of months. Aunt Fritzi? Ring-a-ding-DING! She provides such an eye-gouging contrast to Nancy’s freakish spikey hair and all-around general hideous nerdiness.

    GT: Is that school counselor male or female? Help me out, here.

    Today’s 9CL: WTF? Is this a stall tactic while the cartoonist tries to untangle his own cast of characters and incomprehensible story line?

  92. kostia
    April 17th, 2006 at 1:07 pm [Reply]

    #61: I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve even thought of Fred Basset. You know what I like about it? Yes, it’s often charming and never offensively stupid and all that, but I love the lettering. The lettering in Fred Basset is beautiful.

    I mean, look at this.

  93. mere cog in the machine
    April 17th, 2006 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    #93 Kostia: you are right! I guess i’ve always just taken it for granted. It’s funny, the lettering seems to fit Freds personality somehow.

  94. Lloyd S.
    April 17th, 2006 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    I’m another Jew who’s never been crazy about Johnny boy’s religious bent. It’s especially troubling when the very name of the strip is explicit that it it deals with the happy times BC. I also know BC doesn’t always have the greatest humor. Even so, I’ll probably always have a soft spot for it. After all, this is still the strip where we found out that “Clams got legs!” Even better, the penalty for spilling these beans was being kicked to death by hordes of angry, belegged clams. Does anybody else here remember that sequence?

  95. ChristianGal
    June 5th, 2006 at 7:23 pm [Reply]

    Um… okay here goes…
    1: The nursery rhyme does represent Mary and Jesus.
    2: If you are noticing a made-up characters thighs…you need to find somthing better to do with your time…because that is very lame.
    3: Everyone here is using very foul language.
    4: It is a joke that is ment to be laughed at… If you don’t like it and do not want to laugh at it… then pass on to the next joke… don’t sit here and show the world that you have to make fun of somone else to make yourself feel beter!
    5: Please do not start talking about other people’s religions… It is rude.

  96. Foolster41
    August 8th, 2006 at 3:43 am [Reply]

    Eh, I don’t like BC much anymore, but I thought this one wasn’t so bad. It’s not really meant to be funny (Who says comics have to be funny? some great calvin and hobbes and Peanuts wern’t very funny). It wasn’t really preachy either, it just lets you know what he beleives.

    Not that anyone here did it, but I’m tired of complaints of “preachy” or “Theistic”-ness. It’s impossible to NOT say what you beleive in your art. Those complaints seem rather “Shut up if you don’t agree with me”. I kind of went on a rant there, didn’t I? Sorry, I’m done.

    Christian Gal:
    1:I’m pretty sure it is, though many non-christians are not nessicerly going to agree with you and there doesn’t seem to be anything concrete. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_had_a_little_lamb
    2:It is a little disturbing that poster noticed that, but making fun of bad art is part of what this site is (See #4)
    3:That maybe is true. I personaly do not like it when people use foul language, but I know it’s impossible to expect/enforce that other people do.
    4.The whole point of this site is to make fun of lame comics.
    5:It’s pretty hard not to talk about other religions, I have to disagree and say It’s not rude. It’s rude to baselessly slander another’s religion, but find nothing wrong with pointing out holes in another religions beleifs to bring them ot eh truth (By the way, I am christian) I’m just pointing out the difference. I don’t know if either side was done here.

  97. Terry C
    October 8th, 2006 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    The Ryatts were a right wingers’ dream.

    I mean, come on – TWELVE kids?

  98. Roger M. Wilcox
    June 15th, 2013 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    “Truth” has another meaning among some sects of Christianity (particularly the more Evangelical branches):

    When capitalized, Truth is shorthand for “What it says in the Bible.” This is why the fish that’s shown eating the Darwin fish in those bumper designs has the word “TRUTH” stenciled across its midsection.

  99. gnbman
    July 3rd, 2013 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    The New Testament’s pretty light on the smiting and thundering, Josh.

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