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Bird eat bird

Shoe, 5/16/06

Do you think that if you just drew all the characters in your comic as birds, day after day after day, you’d eventually forget that they were birds? Do you think that eventually you’d get so bird-blind that you’d think it was perfectly all right to go with a joke that conjures up the horrific image of birds gleefully pecking at the fried carcasses of other birds in a world where cannibalism isn’t just accepted, but celebrated by symbolics acts of the state legislature?

Because it’s not all right. Do you hear me? It’s just not.

Curtis, 5/16/06

Exactly how old are Curtis and his school buddies supposed to be? I always had them pegged as middle schoolers. I figure Curtis is 12, and Derek and “Onion” are maybe 13 or 14. Thus, my immediate reaction to this strip wasn’t “Derek and ‘Onion’ stole a car” but “Derek and ‘Onion’ can drive?” Maybe it’s just me.

I’m convinced that the quote marks around “Onion” are actually part of the gentleman’s legal name, so he doesn’t have to fear the wrath of Finger Quotin’ Margo. Others aren’t so lucky.

Wizard of Id, 5/16/06

Oh, Mrs. of Id, I wish you hadn’t gone and done that. Now she’ll … I mean, I try to stop her but she … oh dear …

She just feels very strongly about it, you see.

94 responses to “Bird eat bird”

  1. plumberninja
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    If we’re very very good, can we please have a Finger Quotin’ Margo for Christmas???

  2. GotFuzzy
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    Icky as it seems, I do believe that some birds are omnivorous. I mean, I’ve seen crows pecking at road-kill carcasses and I don’t think they limit themselves to just quadrupeds.

    So good to see Finger Quotin’ Margo, too!

  3. plumberninja
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    You know, the action figure. With Kung-Fu finger Quotin’ action!

  4. skippingthroughflowers
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:03 pm [Reply]

    FIRST!!! OH, THE FIRST-Y GOODNESS! IT IS MINE AT LAST!!!!!!!!!

  5. saint ruby
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    is ‘east virginia’ a term used by west virginians or something?

  6. Brian Schlosser
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    Shoe: Perhaps the startled expression of the Illini visitor is due to this shocking revelation regarding the cannibalistic tendencies of the East Virginia locals…

  7. skippingthroughflowers
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    Erk.

  8. Josh
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    SkippingThroughFlowers-

    You’re a relatively new poster, so you’re probably not familiar with my policy of zapping posts that just say “First!” or some variation thereof with extreme prejudice. However, loudly proclaiming “First” when you’re actually fourth seems to me to be punishment enough.

    jf

  9. Uncle Lumpy
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    Margo -

    She’s “finger-quotin’” good!

    (Gratuitous quotation marks included at no extra charge.)

  10. Holy Prepuce
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    Well, technically it’s no more cannibalistic for a non-chicken bird to eat a chicken (fellow member of the class aves) than it is for us to eat a cow (fellow member of the class mammalia). I think you have to eat members of the same species — genus at the least — to qualify as a cannibal.

  11. juggernaut
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    East Virginia? Is that near South Pennsylvania? Lord, kill me now………….

  12. Brian Schlosser
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    #10: Do we know that there are no anthropomorphic chickens living in Shoeworld? A better analogy might be a human eating a fried chimp. Not cannibalism per se, but still creepy.

  13. Library Cat
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    Derrick and “Onion” driving and “quoting” is bad enough but…manatees. Come on, Ray! Pit bulls, the old school bulldogs, anything but manatees. I’ll even allow sea lions if he is so marine biology minded; but not manatees.

  14. Chris
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, I see birds eating road kill birds all the time here in Eastern Virginia, also know as northern Virginia, near DC. Makes ‘em nice and plump, really tasty with Mama’s special white sauce and kohlrabi.

  15. Chris
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:37 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, I see birds eating road kill birds all the time here in Eastern Virginia, also know as northern Virginia, near DC. Makes ‘em nice and plump, really tasty with Mama’s special white sauce and steamed kohlrabi.

  16. Chris
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    Damn it, that double post is not my fault. Got back “page cannot be displayed” and tried again.

    Seriously.

    And, Derek and “Onion” would have been either capped and killed years ago in East Virginia, or at the very least would be passed around like currency in Juvey.

  17. yellojkt
    May 16th, 2006 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    East Virginia is the fictitious state the Treetop Tattler is published in. That way Senator Belfry cannot be called a caricature of any individual peson, although his resemblence to the late “Tip” O’Neill cannot be understated.

  18. Moss_Moses
    May 16th, 2006 at 4:07 pm [Reply]

    The whole Derek and “Onion” routine is every bit as inane and formulaic as BaguetteHead the Barber calling Curtis Clyde, Portis or some other wrong name. Har dee har har. The “Yo Momma is so fat” line is about as predictable as the quotation marks before and after “Onion”. The way Curtis always announces, Oh no, it’s Derek and “Onion” is a lot like Cherry telling Mark Trail, “It’s you editor, Bill Ellis, from Woods and Wildlife Magazine on the phone for you, Mark.

  19. Fred P.
    May 16th, 2006 at 4:13 pm [Reply]

    i’m pretty sure a lot of hawks and falcons and things regularly snap up their smaller feathered friends? I’ll have to read some back-issues of Mark Trail to be sure though.

  20. Pozzo
    May 16th, 2006 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    I’m a little late on this one, but does yesterday’s Blondie hold the record for longest time before getting around to a “Brokeback Mountain” joke?

  21. J Shiggity
    May 16th, 2006 at 4:20 pm [Reply]

    When I go out of state I often ask people, “why are there so many fat slobs in this state?” I find its a great conversation starter.

  22. Jeff
    May 16th, 2006 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    For Wiz of ID – the wizard’s serious reaction is one more normally reserved for an agonizingly painful pun – not for a lame product description. Oh the mediocrity.

  23. AMS
    May 16th, 2006 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    People (mammals) eat cows, pigs, deer, rabbit, etc. (all mammals.)

    Is that cannibalism? If so, go vegetarian.

  24. AWM
    May 16th, 2006 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    Re Shoe, I’m reminded of a great Gary Larson cartoon featuring a chicken sick in bed with the flu, and his wife handing him a bowl of soup with the caption, “First, it’s good for the flu; second, it’s no one we know.” At least Larson had *his* universe worked out.

  25. Benicillin
    May 16th, 2006 at 5:20 pm [Reply]

    “First!”
    a poem by Benicillin

    She had thought she was first
    And proclaimed it thus so
    not knowing she was fourth
    and incredibly slow

    Nine exclamation points
    she typed at the end
    of the fateful posting
    that she would then send

    If instead of nine
    she typed only one
    her self-imagined race
    may have been won

    (applause)

  26. lilybdcsa
    May 16th, 2006 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    Excellent poem! Sure to be a classic!

  27. Kyle
    May 16th, 2006 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    I don’t see why it’s so bad for birds to eat other birds — I eat other mammals all the time. Also: mmmm, fried chicken.

  28. mightysamurai
    May 16th, 2006 at 5:35 pm [Reply]

    The New Zealand Falcon feeds on small birds.

  29. Mister Nobody
    May 16th, 2006 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    Hey I just noticed something about those birds — not only are they talking about eating another bird, they are TALKING! in English! and sitting at a counter drinking from glasses and wearing sport shirts! Wow. This strip is totally unrealistic.

  30. gnome de blog
    May 16th, 2006 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    Hey I just noticed something about those birds — not only are they talking about eating another bird, they are TALKING! in English! and sitting at a counter drinking from glasses and wearing sport shirts! Wow. This strip is totally unrealistic.

    I agree. It’s way more unrealistic than talking dogs, cats, horses, pigs, rats, cows, crocodiles, snakes, puppies, stuffed tigers or Blondie’s rack.

  31. dlauthor
    May 16th, 2006 at 7:00 pm [Reply]

    I like to think the fried chicken they eat in “East Virginia” is harvested from the panels of Pluggers. Those are some damn meaty-looking birds.

    Also, last time I was in Illinois, it wasn’t exactly Slendervania, either.

  32. Goober
    May 16th, 2006 at 7:31 pm [Reply]

    Both Pluggers and Dinette Set sometimes seem to wander off from their premises.
    The premise of Dinette Set seems to be “Oh, those proles, what simply awful tastes they have”, and there’s a lot of that today (The Super Size cup, the Round Up, and another “______ on ice” “joke.”). But the main joke today seems like a laziness joke, not the usual Dinette Set putdown.
    Pluggers is seemingly about the nobility of the simple, common, salt of the earth types, but sometimes, like today, it veers into “You might be a redneck” country.

  33. castro
    May 16th, 2006 at 7:51 pm [Reply]

    I weep for Jeff MacNelly. That strip has reverse catapulted – “invertapulted” ? since he died. I can’t believe how poor the writing is and how tarnished that strip is. Fortzn zoffer to the MacNelly estate.

  34. IBID
    May 16th, 2006 at 7:52 pm [Reply]

    Some days just make you stop and say, “Wow. I’ve never been this happy in my life.” This is one of them. Not only is it my birthday, but I have found an icon to fall in love with. That icon is Finger Quotin’ Margo. Air-quote on, oh goddess of poor grammar, air-quote on. Revenge shall be ours!

  35. Dave
    May 16th, 2006 at 7:57 pm [Reply]

    Finger Quotin’ Margo is such a babe!

  36. mollyann
    May 16th, 2006 at 8:19 pm [Reply]

    I’ve always wondered why “Wimpkins” doesn’t merit the quotation-mark treatment and is instead stuck being merely italicized.

  37. Yakka Foob Mog
    May 16th, 2006 at 8:21 pm [Reply]

    All falcons prey mainly on other birds, as do accipiters like the sharp-shinned and Cooper’s hawks. Peregrine falcons have even been known to take down great blue herons, but obviously that doesn’t happen particularly often.

    Plus corvids (the family including crows, ravens, jays, and magpies) will often eat the eggs and young of other birds.

  38. kippetje2000
    May 16th, 2006 at 8:27 pm [Reply]

    There is this thing called a hen-pecking party where a chicken in the flock gets a speck on them that another chicken has to peck at. Once the skin is broken the first chicken starts bleeding and the second chicken gets frenzied. More chickens join in, more blood gets splattered, more frenzy. End result, no chickens. I relish the thought of Shoe having to deal with the bird flu pandemic. Dutch joke: Two cows are standing in a field. First cow turns to the second and asks “Aren’t you afraid of mad cow disease?” The second cow says “No, I’m a rabbit”.

  39. kippetje2000
    May 16th, 2006 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    or “No, I’m the king” Depends on how you translate. Koning(king) closely resembles Konijn(rabbit).

  40. Bill Peschel
    May 16th, 2006 at 8:33 pm [Reply]

    And speaking of (DT)GT … even among stereotypical dumb jocks, Donnell stands alone with a black hole where his brainpan stands.

    He thinks that, if he throws harder, he’ll impress the scouts. But won’t the scouts be equally impressed by the fact he’s losing games? And one word from Thorpe about his ‘tude, and Donnell will be looking forward to a career of pitching nothing but fries.

  41. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    May 16th, 2006 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    Those wacky Dutch.

    Peregrine falcons have been reintroduced to western Massachusetts, and they’ve been quite successful nesting on rooftops in Springfield, feeding on pigeons. In fact, there was a rooftop restaurant there in the 80s that had a nest right out the window, and if you were lucky you could watch the falcons dismember their pigeons as you savored your coq au vin.

  42. Brian Schlosser
    May 16th, 2006 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    #36 – You see, the writer of Curtis wants us to realize that “Onion” is not really named “Onion”, but that Curtis himself really is a wimp.

  43. Jives
    May 16th, 2006 at 9:08 pm [Reply]

    By the way, I loved Opus on Sunday.

    If birds are making fried chicken, does that mean they know the Colonel’s recipe, while his fellow humans still have no idea.

  44. Vince M.
    May 16th, 2006 at 9:18 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, I was always a bit creeped out watching cartoons where Donald, Daffy, or Woody would go to work on a turkey leg…

  45. Marc
    May 16th, 2006 at 9:54 pm [Reply]

    I really like the new “Finger Quotin’ Margo” feature. Make it a shirt.

    I’d buy one.

    She could say “I’m finger quotin’ good”

  46. Phwump
    May 16th, 2006 at 10:16 pm [Reply]

    #38
    As a fellow Dutch commenter, I have to say, I loved the joke. Made my day almost as much as Finger Quotin’ Margo did.

  47. Mister Nobody
    May 16th, 2006 at 10:29 pm [Reply]

    I’ve done a little research now and it turns out that Peregrine falcons have also been known to drink from glasses and, on occasion, a Cooper’s hawk will wear a sport shirt (though they prefer a rugged looking tank top). So, I stand corrected on that count.

  48. Rusty
    May 16th, 2006 at 10:51 pm [Reply]

    The birds in Pluggers won’t eat fried chicken but will have sexual relations with damn near any mammal that walks by.

    Does anyone remember the episode of Curtis where Mike Tyson stops by and beats on Derrick and “Onion”. That was long before Tyson began eating Golden Retrievers.

  49. mumbles
    May 16th, 2006 at 11:20 pm [Reply]

    FOOB: This is getting insufferable. More stupid “Men are from FOOB, Women are from FOOB” commentary from Apwil and her new friend, who, in the color print of the strip, resembles Toni Morrison. I guess they go gray fast up North.

  50. Mibbitmaker
    May 17th, 2006 at 1:15 am [Reply]

    Interesting thing about the quotation marks in these strips: that happened alot in “Krazy Kat”. I got my first KK collection recently (1929-1930) and noticed this. I guess, if the great ones can do it, the mediocre ones might as well.

    This is true, but , on one level, I’m just sayin’ it to see if I get a visit from “Finger Quotin’ Margo” ;o)

  51. Mysterio
    May 17th, 2006 at 1:21 am [Reply]

    Earlier this week, however, Curtis’ father yelled at him to turn that rap junk down-with nary a quote to be seen.

  52. Mibbitmaker
    May 17th, 2006 at 1:30 am [Reply]

    5/17:

    A3G: I wish WE knew! (No… I probably don’t.)

    Non Sequitur: I’m not even sure why, really, but I HATE that dog! His usually arbitrary presence in many a strip was just fully annoying!

    Spiderman and FOOB: Warped of the Sexes continues… Peter’s back to being all bummed out about his wife not failing in life, while the Misandry Sisters make my Eric snark in the last thread irrelevant. Watch tomorrow as Spidey decides to create his own private Taliban in the Parker home, while Lynn Johnston’s mouthpeices end up seriously calling for something they’ll call gendercide… guess which gender.

  53. GotFuzzy
    May 17th, 2006 at 6:53 am [Reply]

    Oh kippetje, you owe me a keyboard. This one has coffee sprayed all over it. The joke was nice and surreal, and then the follow-up killed me. Nicely done.

    Chet, your story about the falcons brought back a memory about a red-tailed hawk that proved the bird-eat-bird point much better than my road-kill example. We had hung up a bird feeder, and one afternoon I noticed a large bird sitting on the fence working on something. I went out later and found some feathers and a tiny beak. I guess the hawk regarded the birds at our feeder as his buffet. Thankfully I missed the actual strike or that would have scarred me forever.

    Speaking of scarring forever, who’s the chick in the 5/17 (DT)GT? Is that Ugly Marjie or the allegedly lovely Mrs. Thorp? At least everything is spelled correctly today.

  54. Justafoob
    May 17th, 2006 at 6:55 am [Reply]

    You go April and Eva!! Take those boys down a notch or two. You know that you never see a girl on a cell phone. It would be like talking into a dildo or something. You have to be pretty roadside to use one.

  55. Dennis Jimenez
    May 17th, 2006 at 7:30 am [Reply]

    Family Circus is ripping off Bill Murray from an old SNL bit.

  56. Badly_Computer_Animated_Boy
    May 17th, 2006 at 7:46 am [Reply]

    Shoe reminds me of a Denny’s commercial a couple of years ago where Kermit the Frog was treating Miss Piggy to the Grand Slam breakfast, which consists of pancakes, eggs, BACON and SAUSAGE. Say what you will about Hannibal Lecter but at least he never took Clarice out on a date and tried to get her to eat her own fingers.

  57. Birdy
    May 17th, 2006 at 7:53 am [Reply]

    We have several bird feeders in the back yard and are visited regularly by a hawk, all year round. Quite a display of cannibalism in the snow! The hawk has to eat, too, and he’s welcome to anything except cardinals, goldfinches, or bluejays. We’re hopeful for a decrease in the population of those loud, fat mourning doves. Though when His Darkness makes his presence know, the back yard becomes an avian ghost town.

  58. Marty
    May 17th, 2006 at 8:09 am [Reply]

    Today’s (the 17th) real life adventures might be the most depressing comic I’ve ever read.

    http://images.chron.com/apps/comics/images/2006/5/17/Real_Life.317.g.gif

  59. Widdle Jeffy
    May 17th, 2006 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    “I could lift this rock if it wasn’t so heavy.”

    To which daddy replies:

    “Why thank you Captain Obvious. Now get back to work before I crack you upside the head.

    Moron.”

  60. Plumberninja
    May 17th, 2006 at 8:34 am [Reply]

    #30- Blondie’s rack can talk?
    Cathy- So it begins. For how long must we bear the torment???
    Pibgorn- Ohhhhhh Kaaaaaay………………

  61. Skippingthroughflowers
    May 17th, 2006 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    Wow. I can’t wait to see how the brain trust behind Dick Tracy draws president Bush.

  62. Pelagius
    May 17th, 2006 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    Curtis: Actually, adolescent joy riders are a major local evening news scandal ’round these parts.

  63. BassoGap
    May 17th, 2006 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    Luann – “And there’s usually one titled something along the lines of ‘What Men REALLY Want (though your mother said it was dirty)!’ ”

    PBS – Where can I get a guard duck like that? You wouldn’t believe how many people ignore a “no solicitors” sign…

    (DT)GT – Now we know why Gil spends most of his time in a lockerroom with sweaty teenage boys — would *you* want to go home to her? Yeesh. Time for Fred Sanford’s cracks about Aunt Esther, I think.

    A&J – Less debit card humor, more Janis in her underwear.

    9CL – Thorax is still my hero. But I’m not sure he ought to taunt Attila.

    RMMD – And we know tomorrow’s strip will be Chesty reading the same headline, with a final panel showing her remembering Harry’s phone call to Troy. More June in a bathrobe, mule!

    GF – “Free Baindaid”. I love it.

    MW – Panel 1: “My elbow itches, Mary.”
    Panel 2: “Of course, to say that, I had to interrupt the Lewinsky I was giving him. Like this.”

    Oh, and Tony, from MT, has decided to run away, rather than stick around and take over his grandfather’s estate, once Pops is locked up. He’s seen crossing Panel 1 in today’s MW.

  64. JudeMorrigan
    May 17th, 2006 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    I wonder if Stantis realizes that today’s Prickly City implies that democracy is a bad idea.

  65. dlauthor
    May 17th, 2006 at 9:44 am [Reply]

    Foob: Is Lynn trying to set some sort of land-speed record for Number of Tiresome Characters in a Daily Strip? Because Eva is appalling. The past couple days read less like Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and more like The Writer of This Strip is Talking Out of Uranus.

    Thank you. I’ll be here all week.

    Mallard: Tinsley still couldn’t find the point with both hands and a sextant (they don’t use newfangled, liberal inventions like flashlights in Tinsley’s ideal world; even sextants are close to black magic). People aren’t upset _just_ because gas prices are high; they’re upset because ExxonMobil is making record profits and its execs are DRIVING TO WORK IN CARS MADE OF GOLD-PLATED MONEY, and claiming it’s necessary to stiff us at the pump. So seriously, Tins, thanks, but bite me.

    Prickly: Er … if bad ideas require guns, why did Bush invade Iraq with, y’know, guns and bombs and such? Or is Stantis actually saying now that diplomacy was a better possible solution to Iraq than blowing up a hundred thousand people? Because that’s a heck of a change of heart for him. But I still think he’d suffered a head wound, and will eventually go back to making cheap liberal/French/Kennedy jokes and drawing indistinct Mexican caricatures.

    Rhymes With Orange: “I’ll have the Hair Balls.” I … um … well, there are a couple ways to interpret that when you’re skimming quickly over the comics page.

    Stone Soup: If this actually climaxes with Biscuit eating the hamstrat, I shall award this storyline a gold star. Particularly if, say, Alix finds just the tail on the floor. (Or the eyeballs, which my wife swears was all that was left when the cat ate her hamster when she was a kid.)

    Zits: I just wanted to mention that Pierce’s facial expression in the final panel made me smile. Been there, Pierce.

  66. David V. Matthews
    May 17th, 2006 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    It’s Derrick, not Derek.

    Curtis truly is a repetitive strip:

    “Well well, if it isn’t Curtis Wimpkins!” “Oh, no, Derrick and ‘Onion’!” “I hear yo mama’s so _____, she _____!” D and “O” leave. Curtis says they’ll end up in prison someday.

    “Curtis, turn that ‘rap’ junk down!” Curtis praises his crappy rap track and/or insults his father. Curtis ends up banished to his bedroom.

    Gunk visits. His Flyspeck Island magical potion causes mischief. Or his Flyspeck Island invisible iguana (?) causes mischief. Or both. Curtis’s parents think Curtis has caused the mischief and punish him severely.

    Et freaking cetera.

    Almost all comic strips turn repetitive at some point; the best ones know how to squeeze laughs out of old routines. Prodigious quotation-slinger George Herriman could usually make brick-tossing funny, for instance. Most comic-strippers, however, prefer excreting unchallenging, boring gags; thinking up even a remotely creative variation on an old gag would cut into golfing time.

  67. MotoMike
    May 17th, 2006 at 9:49 am [Reply]

    BassoGap – hey, good catch. Will Tony become the cartoon version of the Ancient Mariner, the Wandering Jew, Prester John – popping up in, say, Gil Thorp, Luann, Apartment 3G – Family Circus? – always silent, always in the background, doomed to wander from strip to strip, appearing baseball capp’d and silent as a wraith at the door in Get Fuzzy? – seen in the background in Crankshaft’s mirror and dismissed as yet another kid who missed the bus? – the backpacked kid at the bus station in the background in RMMD? doomed forever to trudge, unwelcome and unacknowledged from comic strip to comic strip until the Mark Trail forest road is abjured and foresworn, at which point he can finally return home and rest. And start playing X-Box games again.

    … … “Hey… hun, have you taken those meds today?”

    Oh, hey, on another note: it’s a rare joke that works in more than one language. Nice Dutch joke – and one of the first about mad cow disease I’ve seen.

  68. BassoGap
    May 17th, 2006 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    MotoMike (#67) – I can’t recall where I saw it, but about a year ago I saw a one-panel comic with two bulls in a pasture, and in the background was a cow next to the barn, yelling at one of the bulls that he hadn’t been doing enough work “around the house”. 2nd bull says, “Mad cow?” 1st bull says, “Angry wife.”

  69. Hysterical Woman
    May 17th, 2006 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    You made me laugh with your cannibal birds, despite all the nitpickers. The question is, what type of birds are they? They don’t look like carnivores with their rounded beaks.

  70. Old Fogey
    May 17th, 2006 at 11:12 am [Reply]

    Rhymes with Orange: wouldn’t it make more sense for the dog to order the angel meat and the cat to get the hair balls?

  71. Hogenmogen
    May 17th, 2006 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    Foob: Yeah, a cell phone is like a gun because you put batteries and personal data in it. What?

  72. Moss_Moses
    May 17th, 2006 at 11:26 am [Reply]

    Great Dutch joke! The Netherlands is my favorite country to bike in. Despite spending a couple of months there, about the only Dutch I ever learned was “Let Op, Drempels” and “SuperuitverKoop”.

  73. Lyman Returns
    May 17th, 2006 at 12:10 pm [Reply]

    The man-hate going on in FBOFW is truly mindboggling. But I suppose it’s payback for all the woman-hate that’s been going on for years in Andy Capp, Beetle Bailey, Hagar the Horrible, Born Loser, and Wizard of Id. I guess in FBOFW-land, all men are good for is bringing home mucho dinero from their dental practice.

    I tell you, Eva is a young Ororo Munroe who will grow up to be Storm from the X-Men. She’ll be blasting people with lightning and exclaiming, “Goddess!” any day now.

    A thought about Shoe: Maybe it takes place in the land of Narnia, where there are talking, intelligent animals and regular animals. The first kind you can hang out with. The other kind you eat.

  74. Jives
    May 17th, 2006 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    regarding foob: What are theydrinking? Natty Ice? Rainier Beer? Pure Self Righteousness?

    If the company paid up, I bet Lynne would have Labats Blue all over that can.

  75. Ianscot
    May 17th, 2006 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    If peregrine falcons prey on ducks without anything unnatural going on, I see no reason for which the journalist-birds in Shoe should be held to another standard. They bear some resemblance to Sam, the eagle on The Muppet Show, and are therefore maybe birds of prey too.

    Hey, c’mon, in the comics Mickey Mouse can keep a dog. Remember Pluto? Nobody bats an eye at that bit of species (and scale) confusion, do they? (Nobody else, I mean…)

  76. Jives
    May 17th, 2006 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    About Foob: What are the ladies drinking? Natty Ice? Rainier? Labat Blue? Kudos to Lynn for holding off on the product placement. I’m sure Fresca won’t stop calling.

  77. Ianscot
    May 17th, 2006 at 12:55 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Family Circus is intriguing. The vast majority of FC panels are about Bil Keane’s deteriorating marriage and embittered old age. (That outrageously poor “I’m going to take you to [food] court!” Sunday strip a couple of weeks ago obviously came to him during a pre-opening mall walk, as he and “Thel” [gimme those quotes!] carped at each other about their usual threadbare subjects. Bless’em!)

    One can’t easily divine the origins of today’s ‘Jeffy could pick up the rock’ idea, though. Is this some sort of kidney stone reference? A veiled homage to Sisyphus, as the cartoonist plugs away pushing his daily strip up that hill?

  78. gnome de blog
    May 17th, 2006 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    A veiled homage to Sisyphus, as the cartoonist plugs away pushing his daily strip up that hill?

    According to the byline, Jeffy has “picked up the rock,” so to speak, grinding out the mindless drivel day after day.

  79. MLH
    May 17th, 2006 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    The Finger Quotin’ Margos would be a good name for a rock band.

  80. brendan
    May 17th, 2006 at 1:49 pm [Reply]

    71: a complete deconstruction of today’s incredibly boring, stupid, and totally wrong episode of For Shitty or for Worse is Right Here.
    Apologies for the blatant blogwhoring.

  81. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    May 17th, 2006 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    “good name for a rock band” would be a good name for a rock band.

    I’ve always thought the Perfesser was an owl, and Shoe was a crow. The other characters are harder to identify. The waitress at the diner? No idea. What other regular characters are there?

  82. brendan
    May 17th, 2006 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    Cathy is WAY too old to have a baby.
    She’s like 65 or something!

  83. Goober
    May 17th, 2006 at 2:03 pm [Reply]

    GT: That’s Mrs. Gil, right? Is she entered in the Preakness?

    Dinette Set: The proles are obsessed with that disgusting food they eat! How hideous their lives are!

    RM,MD: Rex puts on his gayest sweater to meet Troy.

    MT: The commissioners sit in a jury box, while the “judge’s” bench is magically transported closer to hear Mark.

    SF: Toulouse-Lautrec shows up at the party. (panel 1)

  84. njkayaker
    May 17th, 2006 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    39: kippetje2000: or “No, I’m the king” Depends on how you translate. Koning(king) closely resembles Konijn(rabbit).

    Stick with “rabbit”. It’s funnier. “King” is too overloaded and egomaniacal.

  85. Mysterio
    May 17th, 2006 at 4:50 pm [Reply]

    #66-
    Don’t forget “You shouldn’t smoke dad!” and “MA! Curtis is tryin’ to hit me for NO reason!” “Don’t fall for Barry’s “innocent little boy”" routine”!” (Ma does. Curtis is punished) “I REALLY hate little brothers!”

  86. Jives
    May 17th, 2006 at 8:38 pm [Reply]

    sorry about the double post above. I’m an idiot.

  87. Vince M.Vince M.
    May 17th, 2006 at 10:05 pm [Reply]

    81: The Perfessor’s name is Cosmo Fishhawk, making him an osprey – Shoe’s full name is Purple Martin Shoemaker, making him…a purple martin. And keeping stuff like this in my brain keeps me from living a useful life.

    85: Add to that Curtis making Barry laugh by commenting on the church ladies’ hats.

  88. Stephen
    May 18th, 2006 at 7:17 am [Reply]

    “Hi Shelley” “Don’t call me Shelley”

  89. messy
    May 18th, 2006 at 9:01 am [Reply]

    Most birds are carnivourous.

  90. Len
    May 18th, 2006 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    #81 and #87 — Flo the waitress at Shoe’s diner hang-out? She’s a flamingo. Flo the Flamingo.

  91. Vache Folle
    May 19th, 2006 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    Many narratives are set in alternate realities where various forms of animal are sentient. In Shoe, for example, avians appear to be the dominant order; however, there are apparently also birds such as chickens that are not sentient or, if sentient, are considered suitable for frying. That states in the Shoe world designate official “birds” indicates that we are dealing with non-sentient varieties.

  92. frippy
    May 19th, 2006 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    What I wonder most about Shoe is how it continues to have new strips when Jeff MacNelly died years ago.

    I think really strict standards need to be applied to so-called legacy comics. If more than 60% of the core fan base is now dead, it should probably be automatically considered for pulling. And if they aren’t funny and capture none of the original spirit that made the comics classics, then they should die with dignity.

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  94. Roger M. Wilcox
    June 27th, 2013 at 12:04 am [Reply]

    Clearly, the quotes around “Onion” are there for the same reason as the quotes in J.R. “Bob” Dobbs.

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