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The spirit that moves us all

Mary Worth, 5/26/06

The problem with this strip — well, let’s not call it a “problem” so much as a “totally awesome thing” — is that it sort of ignores sequential art’s usual left-to-right chronology. Thus, to the casual eye this exchange reads like this:

Kelly: …I started to spend less time with my husband!

Mary: That’s the spirit, Kelly!

Also, to the casual eye it looks like Kelly is psyching herself up to punch Lou in the face in panel two. That, also, is the spirit, as far as I’m concerned.

Spider-Man, 5/26/06

How many geeks now desperately hope to recreate this little scene, and its real-superhero-on-fake-superhero sexual aftermath, back at the hotel at the next big comics convention? So many noble dreams, just waiting to be shattered.

Ziggy, 5/26/06

At last, somebody has the guts to speak the truth to power. I just hope that when Tom II enters his 76th day of solitary confinement somewhere in Guantanamo Bay, the knowledge that he spoke up when nobody else would consoles him.

87 responses to “The spirit that moves us all”

  1. Mic
    May 26th, 2006 at 9:46 pm [Reply]

    Oh my God, Ziggy’s gone editorial. It’s the end of the world.

  2. Marc
    May 26th, 2006 at 9:46 pm [Reply]

    Mary is like one of those cheesy “life-coaches” that people hire for $300 an hour. Kelly needs that push…even if it’s free and from a woman as old as the water in that bird bath.

  3. arto
    May 26th, 2006 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    Is it just me, or does Kelly’s expression read as “Okay, I can just concoct a good lie for the meddling hag, and then make a break for it!”?

  4. Dr. Laura
    May 26th, 2006 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    What is that structure firmly attached to the back of Mary’s head in panel one? A stylish hat? Halo traction? Oh, wait, it’s just a floating birdbath drawn by “artists” who apparently skipped out on their Perspective 101 class.

  5. NotThatGuy
    May 26th, 2006 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    Even now, I am wondering how my life might have been different had I been inspired by TV makeover shows.

  6. Sleestak
    May 26th, 2006 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    MJ is wearing Magnetos’ old costume?

  7. Len
    May 26th, 2006 at 10:34 pm [Reply]

    Friday’s Pibgorn — Titania! That fraud, the piano-playing, tuxedo-stripping Indian changeling… His lullaby didn’t put you to sleep. Fire him! Aren’t you tired of stuffing his waistband with currency? Oberon wants him, let him HAVE him! (Perhaps that’s why Oberon was so uninterested with Pibgorn/ Puck in bed — the Faerie King wants some Changeling action!)

    Oberon should offer to take Changling-boy out for some golf. It did wonders for Doctor Troy’s love-life.

  8. Len
    May 26th, 2006 at 10:54 pm [Reply]

    M.J.’s movie character gained her super-powers when she was bitten by a radioactive baby.

    Oh, whoops! I’m wrong! That was Marvinella…

  9. Marc
    May 26th, 2006 at 11:08 pm [Reply]

    Saturday’s Mary Worth — Okay, three things:

    a) I truly have had enough of this storyline. Sunday’s strip will probably be about another poor schlub’s story.

    b) Why is Kel holding a giant joint in panel two with light purple jagged circles hanging out? Is that why the little boy in that snazzy electric blue is holding his hand over his mouth?

    c) I think we need “FQM” (Finger Quotin’ Margo) to point out how unnecessary (but correctly quoted) the platispew is. I would enjoy her insight.

  10. Doug Puthoff
    May 26th, 2006 at 11:37 pm [Reply]

    Well, at least Spidey is in costume. Maybe tomorrow he’ll start fighting Osama bin Laden.

  11. edgeways
    May 27th, 2006 at 2:05 am [Reply]

    Funny that Ziggy shows up today, as his names is dropped in PBS, as being a “real man” (don’t hurt me margo)

  12. kippetje2000
    May 27th, 2006 at 3:21 am [Reply]

    Next week in Spiderman: Peter must rescue Mary Jane from jail after she’s arrested for stealing costumes from a major motion picture studio. Art imitates life.

  13. yellojkt
    May 27th, 2006 at 7:11 am [Reply]

    Kelly: …I started to spend less time with my husband!

    Mary: That’s the spirit, Kelly! Let’s go back to my place and I’ll put on some k.d. lang while I find my DVD of Better Than Chocolate.

  14. Frank Drackman
    May 27th, 2006 at 7:41 am [Reply]

    I’d love to see Kelly return home early and surprise Lou and his obese mistress in flagrant dilecto, with 2 empty Dominos pizza boxes on the floor next to the bed. I like MJs dominatrix costume..but a real superhero would never say “I’m
    back honey”. If Ziggy’s artist had any stones he’d show Ziggy in a cell down at Guantanamo being tortured with german shephards.

  15. Monkey's Uncle
    May 27th, 2006 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    Saturday’s Spider-Man:

    Jane: “Lets just say. I never felt closer to you then now.”

    Perhaps this is because you two are only separated by an eighth of an inch of lycra and his Spidey Sense is going off…

  16. Justafoob
    May 27th, 2006 at 9:43 am [Reply]

    Saturday’s FBOFW “A building needs a strong foundation”

    Well, from the looks of it, Liz has quite the strong foundation and if she continues to be like mom, it is going to grow and spread.

  17. mollyann
    May 27th, 2006 at 10:30 am [Reply]

    Today’s B.C. features a joke about pot. Nothing in my world makes sense anymore.

  18. Marc
    May 27th, 2006 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    SUNDAY’S MARY WORTH – Nothing special. Please end the storyline already!

  19. NotThatGuy
    May 27th, 2006 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    #17, maybe the pot’s medicinal.

  20. Jerseygull
    May 27th, 2006 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    What makeover show is Kelly watching? “Wife Swap”? “Honey, I Killed My Husband”?

  21. Ferd Berfel
    May 27th, 2006 at 1:52 pm [Reply]

    9CL – Bravo Thorax! He’s been bursting self-important bubbles in his “Agony Aunt” column and his latest response to Father Durrrley is spot on. Over analysing your thoughts is one of the oldest ways to avoid dealing with them known to man. And as for quoting theologians, you could just as well quote Grimm’s Fairy Tales for all the ‘insight’ they’ll provide. I dislike the gimmick of Durley’s blindspot concerning the ex-Sister Aramis but I suppose I should be content a priest is interested in an adult woman and not a 9 year old boy. Or money. Or power.

    A3G – We asked for a Tommie arc, too bad it’s this one. Gotta love Margo though. She keeps tabs on her roommates in order not to miss meals! Well, officer, I first realized that Tommie may have been abducted, murdered, raped, and buried in a shallow grave in Central Park when she failed to make me Eggs Benedict for Sunday brunch. (By the way, Your Holiness, you wanted ideas for new merch. Let me echo all the others in suggesting a Finger Quoting Margo mug or tee.)

    FBOW – Liz, Liz, Liz, you satanic siren you. Poor Doo-right has asked to transfer to an outpost closer to Miggiewiggiewhogivesafuck just so he can fondle your ample rump more often and you’re moving back ‘south’. Do you think his dogsled team could make the trip? I hope you do marry that Howard Sprague-clone Anthony and end up leading a life so filled with quiet desperation that you develop a prescription drug addiction, pass out, and end up burning down the house and killing the entire family.

    GF – If you lived with Bucky would you leave your checkbook where he could find it?

    MT – It seems a child’s tears will accomplish what the threat of Mark’s Fists o’ Justice could not.

    MW – After spending yet another week discussing her troubled marriage with Mary, I hope Kelly goes home to find Lou dead from a massive stroke on the kitchen floor with his lips wrapped around a big spoonful of lamb stew. Yes, Mary, love is funny that way. It’s why poor Dr. Jeff still swings by for your endless cups of coffee despite the fact you haven’t even given him as much as a reach around in thirty years.

    RMMD – Skank Alert panel #2. So Dr. McCheesey is an ex-con huh? Now we know where he developed his taste for hot sweaty man love.

    Monty – Who else could make global warming and Michael Crichton funny?

    SF – Seeing the pre-marriage, flat haired Sally sends chills up my spine. Knowing what the future will hold for that idiot Ted in specific and the world in general produces horrific frisson within me. It’s like stumbling across that famous old black & white photo of the infant Hitler in swaddling clothes on his mother’s lap… shudder…

    Preteena – I’ve been reading this strip lately and have grown to enjoy it. The artwork takes some getting used to and the story arcs only bat around .300 or so, but the hits usually make the misses worthwhile.

  22. johnw
    May 27th, 2006 at 4:20 pm [Reply]

    The movie studio’s gonna be mad when MJ brings the costume back with Spidey Stains (TM) all over it.

  23. AwfulArt
    May 27th, 2006 at 4:48 pm [Reply]

    Sundays “Fox Trot” says “The National Cartoonists Society is having its annual get-together this weekend”..
    Would any of you cartoonists out there care to elaborate..??

  24. Anonymous
    May 27th, 2006 at 5:37 pm [Reply]

    Hey Ferd, if you got your own blog you’d have someplace to post your anti-catholic hate-speech every day and then you wouldn’t have to go on and on and on here.

  25. naugahyde
    May 27th, 2006 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    Saturday’s Rubes was actually l.o.l. funny (and sick, sick, sick.)

  26. Library Cat
    May 27th, 2006 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    Sally Forth: Ces, I only got online today to tell you 5/27 strip, LOVED IT! Thanks…that damn cat.

    And leave Ferd alone; he’s the Curmudgeon’s Curmudgeon.

  27. viewerlikeyou
    May 27th, 2006 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    Ferd, you are too funny! I’m laughing so loud I woke up the family :D

  28. Marc
    May 27th, 2006 at 8:49 pm [Reply]

    Ferd should definately get a blog, and so should Sassy_rocks…err. “Moss_Moses”

  29. Jay Nickola
    May 27th, 2006 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    So, can anyone help me out with 5/27′s PBS? Pigita breaks up with Pig, which somehow makes the Rat’s giant ego shrink down to stompable size — whaaa? Brain . . . hurty . . .

  30. Ferd Berfel
    May 27th, 2006 at 9:23 pm [Reply]

    #27 – I wasn’t trying to be funny, I was trying to be grouchy! ;)

    As for being anti-Catholic, is Durley was a mailman I’d be making cracks about dogs, fallen arches, and workplace shootings.

    Like the great W.C. Fields, I’m an equal opportunity offender.

  31. AwfulArt
    May 27th, 2006 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    Rats, “Unfit” is history..

  32. Ferd Berfel
    May 27th, 2006 at 9:48 pm [Reply]

    #29/Jay – Read panel #2 again. Pigita dumps Rat, not Pig.

  33. monkey
    May 27th, 2006 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    #29: Pigita is Pig’s sister. She broke up with Rat. I hope that clarifies things; otherwise you have a sick mind!

  34. dlauthor
    May 27th, 2006 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    24: Seems to me that Ferd’s more anti-pedophile than anti-Catholic. Unfortunate that you confuse the two, “Anonymous.”

  35. Occam
    May 27th, 2006 at 10:36 pm [Reply]

    #23 AwfulArt: I haven’t seen the Sunday “Foxtrot” yet (where do you find the Sunday comics so early?) but the National Cartoonists Society is giving out their Reuben Awards May 27th in Chicago. This is the equivalent of the Academy Awards for cartoonists/illustrators.

    There are a lot of different categories, such as advertising illustration, book illustration, animation, comic books, etc. In competition for the top award this year are Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Dave Coverly (Speed Bumps), Brian Crane (Pickles), Dan Piraro (Bizarro), and Mike Luckovich (editorial cartoonist).

  36. Dawn Weston
    May 27th, 2006 at 10:43 pm [Reply]

    #33- Pigita is Pig’s girlfriend, not sister. Read PBS from 5/24 where Pig says that he and Pigita have never kissed despite dating for 6 years, to which Pig says they are “taking it slow”.

  37. Len
    May 27th, 2006 at 11:24 pm [Reply]

    Pigita is Pig’s girlfriend. She wears a big-hair wig. (Pig in a wig! Pig in a wig!)

    FARINA is the germ-phobic piggy who travels around in a sterile bubble, and she used to date Rat. She’s also been renting out space in her bubble to every comics male who might be interested — Dilbert, Hagar, etc. Even the cwockodiles wanted to get into the bubble with their “Leetle Bacon Girl.” She seems to have settled on Ziggy, which shrank Rat’s ego to stompable size.

    Farina is not Pigita. Neither one could stand up to Miss Piggy. Even Petunia could knock ‘em out two times outta three. Keeping your pig girlfriends separate and identifiable is important. You don’t want to offend Varahi Devi, the Hindu Pig Goddess! Oink, oink!

  38. Len
    May 27th, 2006 at 11:30 pm [Reply]

    Farina is Pig’s sister. Pigita is not related at all — although it would be ironic if she were related to Dean the sex-crazy pig in Liberty Meadows.

  39. Craig Shergold
    May 28th, 2006 at 12:06 am [Reply]

    #14: Ziggy would much more likely be torturer.

  40. Not Todd
    May 28th, 2006 at 1:07 am [Reply]

    Loved the salute to Bill Mauldin in today’s Opus.

  41. Not Todd
    May 28th, 2006 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    I loved the homage to Bill Mauldin in today’s Opus.

  42. rich
    May 28th, 2006 at 2:04 am [Reply]

    The last few weeks of 9 Chickweed Lane have been laugh-out-loud funny — just brilliant stuff. I suppose there’s a risk of becoming too reliant on Thorax’s advice-column humor (like Fonzie taking over Happy Days), but I haven’t laughted this hard in a long time.

  43. Goober
    May 28th, 2006 at 4:04 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth is a fiend in human shape. The strip is clearly not in the daily papers because of its quality, but because Mary serves the corporate interests that oppress us all. No doubt Mary was the one to suggest that Kelly start watching some makeover shows. Kelly is power walking. Soon she’ll go for liposuction, breast augmentation, and cosmetic surgery. Kelly is fully under the spell of our “Feel bad about yourself and buy our products to make you feel better” society. Kelly’s “revelation” that Lou feels bad about himself is a lie, because Mary has the power of mind control. That is the state they need to reduce Lou down to. The filthy old hag.

  44. Jonny A
    May 28th, 2006 at 4:59 am [Reply]

    Sunday “Funnies” :

    3g- Tommie’s got her priorities straight as she leaves Margo’s quotin’ “fingers” malnourished because she accompanies Prof. Bemydaddy on his dye job. Or maybe she just bored his gray away. Margo is aghast by this Tommie’s abscense. I guess cel phones haven’t caught on in NYC yet. Or maybe Margo can’t dial a phone for risk of damaging her precious quotin’ ‘fingers’

    BC- Sesame seed chaff. Indeed. I watch baseball from time to time. It’s sunflower seeds Johnny, nothing ungodly about them. Little bitty sesame seeds really would have negligble chaff, if any at all. Hell, I eat them whole. Isn’t there anyone in Hart’s entourage that can approach him about this stuff, or is he like Elvis in his final days, surrounded by yes men who don’t dare offend the king. Regardless this is but a small head scratcher compared to today’s Wizard of Id. It’s strike 11,456 for you Mr. Hart. Yer outta there.

    Snuffy Smith – I just feel the need to share that on the whole I’ve never seen so much exposed tounge as I do in any given Snuffy Smith strip. Some party college students really should start some kind of Snuffy Smith exposed tounge drinking game.

    Foob- ???. I’ll take a stab anyway- Merideth is a master of slight of hand. I didn’t see her use or put back Greatgrandpa’s dentures at anytime. Although I do love his denture jar. That’s what you get when your Greatgrandchildren muck about unsupervised Jim. Snozzzz

    RMMD- I really fixate on Troy’s close-up on panel 5. He looks like the cat that ate the canary. Is that a total nudge-nudge wink-wink moment or what? I guess by know we all know what it is that he can’t make “happen” alone. To bad they didn’t show Rex all a blush. I also like the four stars and eight stripes on the USA flag in the next panel. Hey, I know It’s hard to draw an accurate flag, especially on Memorial day, I get it. Never mind the fact That June removed the plate collection, changed the frame on the art work and painted the wall between panels three and six. That’s what it takes to maintain a house in the country.

    MW- I guess It’s easy pickings, but in the first panel Mary and Kelly appear to be about as tall as the second story balcony. That’s weird.

    SF- No biggie, but I’m just a little disappointed that Don Ho gets a mention but no Vincent Price.

    Doonsebury – It’s so sad to me that this is the third year that Trudeau has had to do this. Mallard Tinsley really should read this. You see you can be against the war but still support the troops, It’s a simple concept. “lefty” Trudeau shows this with these Memorial day Memoriams and BD’s story line. I love America, but Bush is bad.

    Mallard – I’m pleasantly surprised (somewhat). Green Mallard does a Memoriam of his own, although not without a lame swipe. Couldn’t he just leave it alone and attempt to let the spirit of his memoriam rise above partisan nitpicking (see Doonsebury)? Way to juxtapose the insignificant (an alleged t -shirt ban in one public school) with the sadly significant (thousands of troops and civilians killed). On a lighter note, it’s a much better flag than Rex Morgan’s. I also like how the t- shirt ban has quotes. Way to snark in on the Crumudgeon’s scene, Mr.Tinsley

  45. Smitty Smedlap
    May 28th, 2006 at 8:03 am [Reply]

    #40 — Not Todd beat me to it. Breathed’s hat-tip to Schultz’ annual Bill Mauldin tribute made my morning.

  46. lilybdcsa
    May 28th, 2006 at 8:26 am [Reply]

    Has anyone been able to get Get Fuzzy, Luann, Monty, Pearls Before Swine and Over the Hedge online? I can’t get them to come up on the website. And can’t get them at the Seattle Times website either. Ack! No Sunday Get Fuzzy! I’m having withdrawal!

  47. Marc
    May 28th, 2006 at 8:46 am [Reply]

    44- I thought I was the only one who didn’t see his choppers.

    Great job, Lynn!

  48. Frank Drackman
    May 28th, 2006 at 8:55 am [Reply]

    #44 Johnny Hart as a bloated drug addicted Elvis is priceless..The King was quite religious in his later years also.

  49. dlauthor
    May 28th, 2006 at 9:25 am [Reply]

    Mallard today just shows off his blinders in a bigger way than we’ve seen to date. Yeah, we’ve got the NSA spying on Americans, the president just deciding he can ignore hundreds of laws with signing statements, wobbly-at-best definitions of torture, mercenary death squads operating for us, El Salvador-style, in Iraq, and on and on, and yeah, the _big_ threat to the freedoms that the troops fight and have fought for is a school banning a shirt about which even Tinsley has to put the word “patrotic” in quotes. Yeah, whee. Try wearing an unapproved slogan on your T-shirt at a Bush rally.

    And here I was hoping that Tinsley’s Mem Day strip was going to be an announcement that he was putting his money where his mouth was and enlisting in the army. Silly me — he must have a pilodinal cyst on his ass or something.

    Bravo to Trudeau for his more appropriate strip today. It’s even more poignant that it has to continue into next Sunday’s strip — and beyond?

  50. King Folderol
    May 28th, 2006 at 9:48 am [Reply]

    #49 – I agree it’s poignant, too, but Trudeau did this last year and may have done it the year before, too.

    #13 – “If this is anybody but Steve Allen, you’re stealing my bit” (see #77 from “Happiness is Several Warm Guns”:

    MW – I read the dialogue out of order today, making me think MW was saying, “that’s the spirit” to the idea of Kelly spending less time with her husband and to the idea of spending more time getting it on with MW. Ew, what the hell is wrong with me?

  51. Hank Kimble
    May 28th, 2006 at 10:36 am [Reply]

    Is this the first time June has worn anything other than a black top? Has Rex ever taken her to the beach? Has June always been a minor character? I know more about Kelly (MW) than I do June. I know some of you have linked old A3G comics, are there any good June ones? The wife is out of town and she has some kind of block on this computer thingy. Tappity tap tap ticky tack tap tick.

    Just kidding.

  52. Anonymous
    May 28th, 2006 at 11:08 am [Reply]

    46: the houston chronicle has a few of those:

    You can read Get Fuzzy “direct” here:
    (better presentation than at the Chronicle, where tones cause ugly compression artifacts)

  53. dlauthor
    May 28th, 2006 at 11:11 am [Reply]

    50: Yeah, he’s done it every year of the war. It’s become a tradition. And he’ll almost certainly do it again next year. That’s part of what makes it so sad.

  54. lilybdcsa
    May 28th, 2006 at 11:54 am [Reply]

    #52 — The Chronicle doesn’t have those particular comics on Sunday. And is not showing the Sunday comics. When I tried to access them through The Seattle Times, they don’t show up there either. Is anyone else having this problem?

  55. Mauricem
    May 28th, 2006 at 12:31 pm [Reply]

    I noticed that a lot of comic strips break the left-to-right reading format. Sometimes reading them in order makes a bizarre twist, but this is the best I’ve seen.

  56. kostia
    May 28th, 2006 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    When I Googled “Opus” to find a link to today’s comic to see the Bill Mauldin reference (“Up Front” was one of the first books about war I ever read), I was amazed to see that Opus Dei’s site comes up before any mention of Berkeley Breathed. And here I thought the world of comics was proof against the influence of the Da Vinci Code.

  57. SatchelFan
    May 28th, 2006 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    lilybdcsa — you aren’t the only one. A number of the strips I read on haven’t been updated for Sunday, nor are they updated on various newspaper sites. Don’t know if it’s the holiday weekend that’s causing the problem or not, but I’m hopeful they’ll be uploaded eventually — even if not until Tuesday.

  58. lilybdcsa
    May 28th, 2006 at 3:30 pm [Reply]

    Thank you for replying, SatchelFan. Good to know it’s not my connection. But I don’t know if I can wait until Tuesday. Guess that means I’ll have to go to my folks’ place and read the comics from the Seattle Times.

  59. Maughta
    May 28th, 2006 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    lilybdcsa, I’m having the same problem. I get my e-mailed to me (yes, I care enough to pay, ucomics, and *shudder* King Feature’s Daily Ink something like $15 a year. I am a tool), and they didn’t show up in the e-mail, either. I’m not getting Get Fuzzy, JumpStart, Luann, Monty, Over the Hedge, 9CL, Pearls Before Swine, or Watch Your Head. I did, however, manage to receive Johnny Hart’s paean to sesame seeds and quite the eyebrow raiser into which Pibgorn’s “Midsummer’s Night Dream” is turning (someone save me from Margo!). I hoping they’ll have the problem fixed tomorrow.

    My husband just suggested they’re being censored, but he’s a little paranoid!

  60. Moss_Moses
    May 28th, 2006 at 8:29 pm [Reply]

    Lou has given up on doing anything about himself. What reason can Kelly give him not to give up? Maybe this is Mary Worth’s way of having Kel give the control freak slob an ultimatum. “Shape up, you sofa spud, or I’m leaving”. If that doesn’t inspire him the marriage is not worth saving and Kelly should move on. On the other hand Kelly can withhold sex until he loses weight. That might be reason enough or then again it might be reason enough for Lou to start hanging out at the Santa Royale NAAFA looking for plumpers….

  61. AwfulArt
    May 28th, 2006 at 9:38 pm [Reply]

    Thank you Occam #35 for the info. Some papers give you Sundays comics in Saturday edition if you subscribve daily..

  62. jeanne
    May 28th, 2006 at 10:11 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know if someone else mentioned this, but I find Sundays PBS to be one of the saddest, most touching comic strips I’ve ever seen.Doonesbury is extremely well done, but the emptiness in PBS says it all.

  63. Frank Drackman
    May 28th, 2006 at 10:13 pm [Reply]

    As a teen I slaved away as a paperboy for the LosAngeles Times, delivering 60 papers at 5am 7 days a week. What really sucked was trying to collect from 60 different customers monthly. I did enjoy saturday afternoon when the bulk of the Sunday edition was dropped on my driveway since I was the first in my town to read the Sunday funnies.

  64. Jay Nickola
    May 28th, 2006 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    Thanks for the help, everybody. But dang, who knew you needed so much backstory to follow a strip that doesn’t involve big heaping gobs of tragedy like somebody being pregnant and getting cancer while stationed in Iraq and their whole family was crushed by a falling water tower and the pizza shop is going out of business and the flutophone band only came in fourth at the state fair?

  65. Occam
    May 28th, 2006 at 11:03 pm [Reply]

    #61 AwfulArt: Some of the Reuben Awards given at this year’s meeting were: Editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich took top honors; for Television Animation, David Silverman won for “The Simpsons”; Jerry Van Amerongen of “Ballard Street” fame got the award for Newspaper Panels; and Brooke McEldowney who does “9 Chickweed Lane” won for newspaper comic strips.

    And #62 Jeanne: I agree. What I find saddest about the listing of names in “Doonesbury” is how each year it takes more and more days to do the listing, there are so many deaths in this war. But “Pearls Before Swine” was even sadder in its emptiness.

  66. Marc
    May 28th, 2006 at 11:05 pm [Reply]

    Monday’s Mary Worth – Lou has realized that he was a fat lard ass who was wrong and wants to serve avacado green appliance paint colored salad and chicken…if that made any sense. I see the end!!

    Monday’s Sally Forth – Momma “Third or insert maiden name here” is a blonde. And a very brilliantly colored one, too. Does Salyl dye her hair?

  67. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    May 28th, 2006 at 11:07 pm [Reply]

    Here’s a link to the Sunday Get Fuzzy. There’s a scroll button there that will lead you to others.

    I’m particulary fond of today’s Get Fuzzy.

  68. Maughta
    May 29th, 2006 at 1:49 am [Reply] has it’s Sunday comics working again.

  69. Maughta
    May 29th, 2006 at 1:50 am [Reply]

    …and I have no idea why I put an apostrophe in “it’s”. Chalk it up to being 2:50 am, I guess.

  70. Mibbitmaker
    May 29th, 2006 at 9:05 am [Reply]

    Above strips:

    Ziggy: Josh, if everybody attacking the war were sent to Gitmo, most of the left-wing news and entertainment media would all be there. Do you see Garry Trudeau being there? Michael Moore? Wiley? Al Franken? Neil Young? Howard Dean? etc.? etc? etc.? “Speaking truth to power?” More like, “Speaking paranoia to power”. There’s enough that’s troublesome about the NSA policies without the extreme exageration of what those policies are.

    Spiderman: (Adding to Josh’s commentary this time): …while all the REAL comic book cartoonists – the indy creators – just want more people to know that comic books are far more than the “mainstream” superhero bores that cater mostly to people who’d wish to recreate this little scene in the above Spidey strip.

  71. Mibbitmaker
    May 29th, 2006 at 9:23 am [Reply]


    A3G: Touche, Tommie!

    (DT)GT: Why’s he afraid the world? Hell, EVERYONE should be afraid of the GT world.

    Zits: Once again, I actually hate Sara.

    FC: Already everyone’s forgotten “Celebrity Poker Challenge”. I like “Shuffle up and deal!” better.

    Classic Peanuts 1993: But how does Charlie Brown know what happens after you die?- Oh, yeah, that’s right. Actually, the way you’re allowed to come back after you’re gone is to have your old strips regurgitated onto the comics pages for generations when the collections should be enough.

    Spiderman: If only Peter here had seen all those ’30s and ’40s WB cartoons about movie studio cops, he’d’ve known what would happen. Daffy Duck never tried sneaking in as a lame, jealous superhero.

    Hi & Lois: Want a chilling image? Just eliminate all but the first panel, and rid that of the speech balloon…

  72. Mibbitmaker
    May 29th, 2006 at 9:28 am [Reply]

    #71, FC: That should be “Celebrity Poker Showdown”. Apparently, I’ve forgotten, too.

  73. jeanne
    May 29th, 2006 at 9:59 am [Reply]

    Is today’s 9CL a not-so-subtle dig at the former glory that was President Reagan?

  74. Chris
    May 29th, 2006 at 10:22 am [Reply]

    What the hell happened to Judge Parker? It looks like there’s a whole new “artist” drawing the strip today?

    And Mimi is a pychotic beast, is she not?

  75. Hank Kimble
    May 29th, 2006 at 10:37 am [Reply]

    June fans, DO NOT! repeat DO NOT! read today’s Rhymes with Orange.

  76. april glaspie
    May 29th, 2006 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    Chickweed Lane explains it all, in terms HL Mencken
    would understand. Of course, the combination of taxidermy and animatronics seems more beguiling of the boobocracy in current circumstances. Maybe the engineers at Mickey’s Chop Shop could do something about the unsightly controller bulge that ruins the line of the Pretzeldent’s suit.

    Good Lord. A male character in FBOFW that’s not a milquetoast.

    Some of y’all need to take some advice from Foghorn Leghorn regarding Guantanamo references. As a bit part player in the Cointelpro files, I know this whole business is as funny as it is disturbing.

    Hindu Existentialism.

  77. dlauthor
    May 29th, 2006 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    70: It’s all right, Mibbit. Wave your flag. It’ll be all right. We’ll explain hyperbole to you when you’re older.

  78. monkeyhawk
    May 29th, 2006 at 5:55 pm [Reply]

    Nothing from Josh since Friday?

    Golly, I hope he’s on vacation.

    He was due for one.

  79. AwfulArt
    May 29th, 2006 at 7:03 pm [Reply]

    Thanks again Occam # 65 for info.. “Ballard Street” won best Newspaper Panel.. Great frigging septic rats..!!!

  80. Sarah
    May 29th, 2006 at 7:13 pm [Reply]

    #42: LOL funny?! I’m bored to tears…

    LuAnn: When did Brad and Toni ever start going out in the first place? What was there that needed “breaking up”?

    JP: I really wanted April to stay or Randy to run off to DC with her. It would have been romantic. We don’t need the old, obsessive g/f back in the picture.

  81. Donut
    May 29th, 2006 at 7:27 pm [Reply]

    Poor Ziggy.

    Today (Memorial Day), he tries to do something good by promoting foster homes. Sadly, he screws up the URL and proposes that everyone should adopt a moth.

  82. yellojkt
    May 29th, 2006 at 8:17 pm [Reply]

    I was going to make a joke about too many Doonesbury repeats since Trudeau did this same strip last year, but I’m not sure the irony wouldn’t get lost. Let’s hope he doesn’t have to do it again next year.

  83. Occam
    May 29th, 2006 at 9:06 pm [Reply]

    #79 Awful Art: Your “great frigging septic rats” got me off my duff; I’d never heard of “Ballard Street” until it took a Reuben Award. I read the archives for “Ballard Street” and I’m puzzled. Perhaps it is an acquired taste? Perhaps I read the only two weeks that it was both poorly drawn and not funny? Two other contenders for the same Reuben Award were Mark Paris’ “Off the Mark” and Hilary Price’s “Rhymes With Orange.” I haven’t read either of those but how bad must they be to lose to “Ballard Street”? Great frigging septic rats indeed!

  84. rich
    May 30th, 2006 at 9:04 am [Reply]

    Congrats to McEldowney for the Reuben, although from what I’ve seen over the years, the award doesn’t always have much credibility. (Past winners have apparently included Jim Davis in ’89 and Cathy Guiswite in ’92).

  85. Mibbitmaker
    May 30th, 2006 at 3:32 pm [Reply]

    #77: Give me a break. If I’m not on the far left I’m on the far right? Gee, thanks, you just equated me with the blind, flag-waving idiocies I’ve opposed the whole time I cared about politics. I hated Reagan and love mocking Nixon. I had already taken too much comics-mocking time up as is without going into the nuances of my views on terror war stuff.

    In contrast (and I hope it’s not bad netiquette to say this), Josh set the record straight for me in e-mail, and made the humor points without the political slime.

    So, please, leave the simplistic us-v.-them stuff to right-wingers like Tinsley. I think they have it copyrighted or something…

  86. Anonymous
    June 5th, 2006 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    Trudeau dishonors the dead with his phony “tribute” in Doonsebury that is not a tribute at all but a mockery.

  87. BIG Q
    July 19th, 2006 at 11:08 pm [Reply]

    Did Kel Kimble (from kenan and kel) really die??????

    Please answer….if i dont get the answer i will probably die!!!!!

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