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Ziggy somehow hits even bottomer

Ziggy, 4/8/10

Man, I can’t even pretend that I know what the hell Ziggy is talking about here (the way I pretended with yesterday’s Family Circus — it was about Easter eggs, apparently? Ha ha, people eat Easter eggs! Who knew!). As I usually do when I’m confronted with a slang term that I don’t understand and I want a repulsive definition for it that was fabricated by 14-year-olds, I consulted Urban Dictionary. The first definition given there — “the word used to replace ‘share’ in a request to do so with someone” — can’t be right, as Ziggy is a loser with nothing to share with anybody; he even seems to have once again misplaced his recently rediscovered pants! Thus, we’re left with definitions two (“Defecation. Derived from the term number two.”) and three (“Spar’s strong white cider, sold in bottles of 2 litres, originally for 2 pounds, hence the nickname twosies, often abbreviated in writing to ‘zz.’”). These are both strong possibilities, actually; Ziggy’s facial expression, with undereye bags and a crooked half-smile, could be taken as indicating that he’s shat himself, or that he’s drunk in public in the middle of the day on some British cider drink, or that he’s shat himself in public in the middle of the day after getting drunk on some British cider drink.

Gil Thorp, 4/8/10

You know what would actually be pretty great? If, just as Derek “Slim” Chance has discovered that being a teenage alt-country singer in a Central City bar is about a bazillion times cooler than being a pitcher for the Milford Mudlarks, the Gil Thorp comic strip would realize that, just for a few months, following the adventures of non-athletes might be a bazillion times more interesting than watching yet another team of dim jocks try and fail to make the playdowns. Since it’s been widely acknowledged that the last spectacularly awesome Gil Thorp storyline came three summers ago when Kaz punched his way into Gail Martin’s entourage, the reconnection of our be-mulleted hunk with the world of music can’t in any way be a bad thing.

Boding particularly well is Slim’s rhinestone-encrusted, dice-festooned outfit. I know that’s supposed to be cowboy-style fringe hanging off his sleeve in panel one, bit it looks like his arm is just leaving a trail of pure light behind it as it moves, indicating that Slim is truly a magical, transcendent figure, or that Kaz’s acid is finally kicking in.

Apartment 3-G, 4/8/10

I just want to pause briefly in the midst of all this awesomeness (Ha ha, “She won’t dare shoot me!” And look at Margo’s face in the second panel! “Hey, lady, only I get to insult and belittle my father!”) to contemplate the word “stepmother” for a moment. Is this really the right term for the relationship between Margo and Bobbie? I mean, yes, technically Bobbie is a woman who is not Margo’s mother but is married to her father, at least until state of New York or that illegally purchased firearm dissolves that union. But generally the word is reserved for a woman your father marries sometime after you were born and his relationship with your mother dissolves, and not, say, the woman your father was married to when he knocked up the maid, and who raised you as her own, hating you and him and herself all the while. I have no idea what the correct term would be, though, and I’m open to suggestions.

Baldo, 4/8/10

Ooh, Tia Carmen and her supermarket romancer, who normally only interact in soap opera strip art form, are going on a real date! We’ve been shown that he’s apparently gone nuts and bought a wedding ring already, but he may be reconsidering that decision now that she’s shown up for dinner dressed as Cruella de Vil.

244 responses to “Ziggy somehow hits even bottomer”

  1. Baka Gaijin
    April 8th, 2010 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth: Pilonidal cyst. Fine Ernie was so quiet at dinner because he didn’t want his grape-sized boil between his buttocks to break. Come to think about it, a geyser of festering purulence could only improve a Mary Worth intimate dinner party.

    Apartment 3-G: Which came first, Margo or Techno Viking?

    One Big Happy, final panel: Margo as a six year old.

    Luann: Oh AAaaaaAAAAaaAAAallllllll! Rub my tushie!

    Doonesbury: I can’t wait to see how this ends.

  2. Rachel
    April 8th, 2010 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    I’m pretty sure today’s Ziggy is referring to the game of jacks.

    Apparently Ziggy is an eight-year-old girl from the 1930s, which actually makes a lot of sense.

  3. Blinky The Wonder Wombat
    April 8th, 2010 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    “Twosies”- in the game of jacks, going for two jacks at one time.

  4. zenvelo
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    Gil Thorp- you know, when I was a junior in high school, my coach and I didn’t drink beers together at the local dive. I was at the kid’s bar, he hung out at the teacher’s “lounge”. I sure as hell didn’t want a teacher asking me why I was drinking on a school night.

  5. Patrick
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    Those conflicting backgrounds! The odd horizon lines! The insistence on including the floorboards in a Dutch angled overhead shot! A staircase! Where in the hell are Coach Kaz and “Slim” having drinks, the MC Escher Bar & Grille?

  6. zenvelo
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    I thought Ziggy wasn’t able to get the second square in hop-scotch, what with going back to commando style.

  7. 150
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    I was going to explain that to play jacks, you bounce a ball and then pick them up a certain number at a time before the ball falls, starting at one (onesies) and working up to ten or so. Then I realized that can’t possibly be right, because this is Ziggy and there’s no way he’s graduated to twosies.

  8. Hairhead
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:03 pm [Reply]

    LUANN (if their thoughts were spoken)

    GUNTHER: I want you to DIE, Quill! DIE!! DIE!!

    QUILL: God, you’re such a dweeb! Throw something at me, curse, ANYTHING! I’d laugh if I weren’t so bored.

    LUANN: Gunther, you’re cute when you’re mad! So cute! But no, I’ll never fuck you, Gunther, never, never, NEVER! Still, I like to toy with you; give me your heart, Gunther, and let me eat it.

    GUNTHER: (leaps to his fee) I’ll do something, I will, so help me, I’ll, I’ll . . . cut Luann’s top poorly so that it won’t fit and one of her breasts will fall out, right on stage, in public . . . (Gunther’s fantasy hits him right in the crotch and he sits down quickly)

    QUILL: HA HA HA!! Gunther, I do believe you think I WANT to fuck li’l ol’ Luann here! Give me a break! She’s a virginal, self-righteous, fantasizing cock-tease. There’s one thing I’ll say for Tiffany, she may be a bitch, she puts out, and I mean how!

    GUNTHER: (Lost in fantasy, all of the blood in his brain having run to his penis, faints dead away)

    LUANN: What do you mean, Quill? You don’t like me?


    May TJ live on!

  9. Darkefang
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    Luckily, Rachel and Blinky beat me to the explanation of twosies, because I honestly can’t explain why I know the terminology of games that little girls played 75 years ago.

  10. bunivasal
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    Judging from the look on Kaz’s face in panel one, I’d say that flamboyantly adjusting your cowboy hat to reveal the dice cufflinks on your bedazzled jacket is local homosexual underground parlance for “Meet me in six minutes for illicit bathroom sex”.

    April 8th, 2010 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (Y#327):

    You know, chemical symbol Pb, atomic number 82. A malleable heavy metal that has a bluish-white color when freshly cut, but tarnishes to a dull grayish color when exposed to air. It has a shiny chrome-silver luster when melted into a liquid.

  12. Flamedrake
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    Look, they’ve got seven years of Ziggy backlog to work through, alright? They don’t have the kind of time it’d take to sketch a couple lines indicating pants on every single one.

  13. The TJ
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Maybe he said step mother because they’re on the stairs! Haha, get it? “Step”? “Stairs”? It’s a – I… oh… Margo, stop… stop looking at me like that! I’m sorry! No, don’t!-… Augh!

  14. Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    Josh, I believe the word for which you search is “bitch.”

  15. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:15 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy: This may be Ziggy’s way of indicating 2nd base with girls.

    and Josh asked about Bobbie’s relation to Margo:

    I have no idea what the correct term would be, though, and I’m open to suggestions.

    I believe the correct term is “step-bitch.”

  16. Gabe
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    I’m just going to say Margo’s look of indignation at the thought of being shot just made my week.

  17. skullcrusherjones
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    “But, you, you could use some more bad foods. Papi likes a big trunk.”

    Ugh. I think my brain is vomiting.

  18. The TJ
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#15): If “Twosies” is his word for second base, I can see why he’s still working on it…
    …It’s because he never wears pants and is horrible disfigured.

  19. Jonny Scrum-half
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    That’s one funky store in “Baldo” — “sweetbreads” are the thymus and pancreas of a calf or lamb.

  20. skullcrusherjones
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    Margo. You. Do. Not. Have. Heatvision. No matter how much you tell Luann you do.

  21. aloria
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    I am super disappointed that the sweet breads Tia Carmen and Gregorio are about to partake in are actually some sort of pastry, and not breaded and fried animal glands as I had originally thought. Suddenly this date has become way less awesome.

  22. Wolf Shepard
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    Bobbie is a cuckquean (KUK-wean) n. a female cuckold.

  23. skullcrusherjones
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:28 pm [Reply]

    19. Mexican sweetbreads are just breads coated with sweet stuff. No matter how many times I’ve tried them, they seem just like stale bread with cinnamon on top.

  24. skullcrusherjones
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:30 pm [Reply]

    Looks like Coach Kaz is about to ask Slim what the five giant fingers said to the face.

  25. Sue D. Nymme
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:32 pm [Reply]

    “Stay right where you are, Dad! Bullets wouldn’t DARE pierce my skin!”

  26. Meanie
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    Gil: When I was in high school, I learned the hard way never to be in a band with a jock, specifically with a baseball pitcher. The guitar player was a pitcher in the Moorhead Spuds baseball team, and the night of our first gig, there was a rain delay. The pitcher/guitar player, who had out guitars and amps in his car, didn’t show up until the whole show was over. I found out where the priorties are when you try to play music with jocks. Never again.

    So, whoever is in that band with Slim Chance, WATCH OUT. You will be sorry.

  27. Mibbitmaker
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:34 pm [Reply]

    9CL: I swear, if this ends up being Brooke’s version of Batiuk’s NearMiss-o-Palooza ’94, I’ll…. I’ll…. swear. Alot!

    DT: Oo, this ought to be good! Very coo– or, wait, this won’t be written by Woody Wilson… and drawn by one of his really cool artists. Nevermind.

    FW: If he gets turned down by everyone for publication after all, it won’t be depressing — it’ll be a JOYOUS OCCASSION!

    HotC: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog… you’re needed again!

    JP: You can’t get more the opposite of Cedric the butler than that!

    Luann: Every guy and gal who is an unrequited lover, having gotten his or her heart unavoidably stomped on — and reading this strip — is reacting with, “Gee, strip, THANK YOU, Mr. Play-Misty-For-Me, THANK YOU SO BLOODY, FREAKIN’ MUCH!!”

    MW: Of course, they’re talking about Mary here. Those two were actually okay until they started appearing in this strip and getting involved with that controlling busybody.

    RMMD: Ungrateful little jerk. I trust June will whip her into line (figuratively!!) in no time. Go, June!

  28. Chyron HR
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:37 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy – He’s talking about his balls. They haven’t dropped yet. Was that unnessarily crude?

    Gil Thorp – “Why, I’d recognize that terrible job shaving anywhere–it’s my old friend Toots!”

    Brewster Rockit – Brewster’s going to fly his rocketship to Mount Olympus? Gee, THAT’S ORIGINAL.

  29. Megan (Best of Fates)
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    I’ve read and re-read your comments on today’s Baldo and simply can’t understand their meaning. One might think you were suggesting a man exists who wouldn’t be overjoyed to find himself legally bound to consumate a relationship with Cruella DeVille. As that’s absurd, I remain dumbfounded as to your true intent.

  30. Calico
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:39 pm [Reply]

    What if…
    Bobbies gun was empty, or a fake, like when Cedric the Butler apprehended and hog-tied those two goons in Paree using a toy firearm?

    I know, I know, I was an Agnes Nixon and Labine / Mayer fan during my youth.

  31. Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:40 pm [Reply]

    Oh, Bobbie, will you never learn? There ain’t a cock big enough nor a gun large enough to take Margo down. You’d be better off to attack her with the New York Times crossword puzzle. Or ask her to boil an egg.

  32. The TJ
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:40 pm [Reply]

    Hey, how old is Ziggy anyway? Is he an old man at odds with technology? Is he middle aged and dealing with passing the torch to the next generation? Is he an extremely unfortunate 20 something trying to find his place in the world? Or is he an ageless blob of pantsless misery?

  33. Stroker Ace
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    GT – Central City has a Stonewall Inn?

  34. Calico
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:44 pm [Reply]

    Oh, and Josh, that word for Gabriella would in Québec be “Conjoint(e)”, which I am to my partner, as she is still married to her husband for reasons of family pension benefits, and yes, it’s allowed here legally.
    Cool, no?
    We’re just a bunch of happy hippies with a very varied family, and unlike the Magee clan, we all get along and share certain holidays together!

  35. Baka Gaijin
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:46 pm [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#31): Or bathroom. She hates “bathroom.”

  36. Calico
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:46 pm [Reply]

    Slim Chance wants so badly to be GC:

  37. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:47 pm [Reply]

    @The TJ (#32): Yeah. You got it.

  38. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:53 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#35): Hey, Baka. I haven’t seen any clowns lately in the comics (except Luann in that stage costume). Think we got ‘em all?

  39. Foolkiller
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:55 pm [Reply]

    Spidey: Do cell phone pics go for a lot on eBay?

  40. Foolkiller
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:56 pm [Reply]

    Spidey: Do cell phone pics go for a lot on eBay? And will Sabretooth have the time to check his bots in between searching for Wolverine?

  41. BigTed
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    I get that we’re all supposed to identify with Ziggy’s loserdom somehow. But when you see a pantsless troll on a public park bench mumbling about kids’ games, I think you worry about your own problems after calling the cops.

  42. Buck Ripsnort
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    I’m sorry, but all of my humor has plunged down the bottomless pit that guy in Baldo is using for a mouth.

  43. bats :[
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:58 pm [Reply]

    @Hairhead (#8): oooh, nice scenario. I have to admit, I love seeing Luann crushed (she’s one of my least favorite eponymous characters in the comics).

    And in an alternate universe (aka, “fan-fic derived from fan-fic”): Gunther has succumbed to his self-induced fantasy of Luann experiencing a wardrobe malfuntion:

    …QUILL: HA HA HA!! Gunther, I do believe you think I WANT to fuck li’l ol’ Luann here! Give me a break! She’s a virginal, self-righteous, fantasizing cock-tease. There’s one thing I’ll say for Tiffany, she may be a bitch, she puts out, and I mean how!

    GUNTHER: (Suddenly comes to and sits up in his chair — well, as best he can) No kidding? She kissed me the other day during rehearsal!

    QUILL: That’s just the start, Gunther. I think you should go for it. She’s over there by the gelato.

    Gunther: ‘Bye! (Exit Gunther and his erection.)

    LUANN: (Quill’s words finally sink in.) What do you mean, Quill? You don’t like me?

    QUILL: No, Luann, I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU! Hey, Gunther, I’ll bet Tiffany does twosies! (Exit Quill.)

    LUANN: (sighs) Well, I’ve always got Puddles.

  44. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    @Hairhead (#8): and
    @bats :[ (#43):
    This is great but Quill has mysteriously lost his Australian accent.

  45. mustang
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    Maybe I’m weird, but if I saw a guy with no pants sitting on a park bench talking about playing with his “twosies” I’d think more along the lines of marbles than jacks. Serously, just look at him, and you tell me.

  46. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    I’ve always got Puddles.


  47. seismic-2
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:10 pm [Reply]

    Decades ago I learned what “twosies” meant, by watching little girls play “jacks” in the schoolyard. Note to Ziggy – if you plan on getting away with hanging out in the schoolyard and watching little girls play games, it’s advisable to wear pants.

  48. Sans Sense
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:10 pm [Reply]


    If she does really kill someone with that gun does she lose the right to be called something as carefree as Bobbie anymore? Roberta Wayne Magee? Roberta Lee Harvey Magee? The serial killer name generator comes up with “Jerkwad Destroyer Bitch Meanie. ” Although to be fair it would be “alleged” Jerkwad Destroyer Bitch Meanie until after the trial.

  49. strangerover
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:11 pm [Reply]

    Zig: “Making Twosies” on a park bench is actually much easier – and less messy – without the encumbrance of pants.

  50. Hibbleton
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:12 pm [Reply]

    A3G: if Bobbie had had any brains, she would have raised Margo as a beloved ally in order to get back at both Martin and Gabriella in the future. Maybe the doc can point that out to her -preferably while she’s still holding the gun.

  51. strangerover
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:12 pm [Reply]

    A thought: Ziggy is actually the character Aqualung. Discuss.

  52. Baka Gaijin
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:13 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#38): What did I say a few yesterthreads ago? It’s true: your presence has helped dispel our clownly terror. Never go away again. Never never never. If you do I’ll give Mary Worth a pair of shears and one of your socks for her bloodhound-like nose to track you down and meddle and “snip” you to within the inch of your life.

  53. Krazy Kat
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:14 pm [Reply]

    I love the POV of Gil Thorp’s panel 3. Now we know what the world looks like to Kaz’s left forearm! Hopefully they remember to turn the KazKam off before he hit’s the men’s room to drain all those lite beers.

  54. Sans Sense
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#52): I probably shouldn’t point this out but Victoria “Toby” Cameron, Painter of Clowns.

  55. Little Guy
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:20 pm [Reply]

    Curtis Wilkins, PsyCorps: “Maaaaaa! Curtis is trying to mindwipe me for no good reason!!


    Curtis the Vampire Slayer: If the Lunch Lady is plotting to poison the students, expect Whedon’s lawyers on the line.

  56. lost
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:21 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy: Twosies was his idea for plus-sized onesies for adults. He just never made it past his prototype, the oversized t-shirt, before the snuggie came along.

  57. The Ghost of Jarrod
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:21 pm [Reply]

    @skullcrusherjones (#20):

    No, Margo doesn’t have heat vision. She has cold vision. And that icy glare is dialed down do absolute zero.

  58. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#52): I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I won’t go near Charterstone.

  59. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    @Sans Sense (#54):
    Crowd: Well, Squitur, be more specific and define “lately”.

    Sequitur: Ah, that would be in the last few days.

    Crowd: Please be more specific.

    Sequitur: Since 2:35 am Sunday, April 4, 2010.

    Crown: Thank you, Sequitur.

    We now return you to your previous line of snark.

  60. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:27 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#59): And that’s 2:35 a.m. coordinated universal time.

  61. MKH
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:31 pm [Reply]

    WRT “stepmother”, I believe the term you’re looking for is “evil stepmother”

  62. Walker of Dog
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    @strangerover (#49): So Ziggy is constipated. I guess that explains many of his facial expressions.

  63. pugfuggly
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    As per the term for Bobbie in relation to Margo, I don’t believe that Margo has need for terms like ‘stepmother’, ‘father’, ‘friend’ etc. In her universe there exist only those who are Margo and the smaller, unimportant cretins who are pulled into her gravitational rage. “Morgobitals’, if you will…

  64. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    I think the right answer is that Kaz’s acid is kicking in. Look at the little lines coming out of his eyeball. You don’t get that with just one tab. He’s transmitting!

  65. Walker of Dog
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    GT: “But enough about you, Derek. Let’s all marvel at my hand – my beautiful, gigantic hand.”

    Derek’s hair may be a stringy mess, but he certainly has the tidiest jacket fringe ever. Does he use it to capture krill?

    RMMD: So is Rex saying he will help Jules get into the car, or that he will help him with his ‘spasm’ once they get inside? That eager smile in panel 1 provides the answer. “Neddy, you stay out here and watch the airport luggage cart. I’ll have Jules adjusted in half an hour.”

    MW: The tension from Bonnie and Ernie’s unresolved issue is poisoning their entire relationship. Lately they can’t even get through their Cathe Freidrich STS Shock Cardio at-home workouts without fighting.

    MT: The Camera defends the American way of life and saves law-abiding citizens from the evil plots of evil men. But who will save The Camera? The drowning sidekick? Unlikely.

    Phan: “He called! I can’t believe he called! Mom, I’m coming up! Don’t answer it – it’s for me!”

    DT: I still can’t believe Dick Tracy lives in the suburbs. The local paramedics must call in extra crews ahead of every neighborhood association meeting.

  66. Baka Gaijin
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    @Sans Sense (#54): That wasn’t a clown. It was a leprechaun who was the victim of a tragic collagen implant accident.

    @Sequitur (#58): You don’t need to go near Charterstone. She’ll somehow find out that you have “mysteries” that need prying into. She’ll track you like Dr. Kimball chasing the one armed man.

  67. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    @Walker of Dog (#62): ~spit take – water spew~

  68. Aviatrix
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#333): Does JJJ have a Spider-Man fetish or does Spider-Man’s picture actually sell newspapers?

    Ziggy: I was thinking that twosie was Ziggy’s word for pants. He just can’t seem to get the hang of them, though. Had a pair back in the seventies, took them to the dry cleaners and they disappeared for forty years. Got them back, but now he can’t find them, or perhaps couldn’t remember how to put them on.

    JP: I’m creeped out by Neddy’s big anime eyes.

    MW: Ernie and Bonnie come to the realization that if they do not act swiftly, Mary will meddle them to death.

  69. Nomstrosity
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:38 pm [Reply]

    This has nothing to do with the post, which was awesome, and I am on tenterhooks waiting to see how A3G resolves its most explosive new element yet: the possibility that Margo could be killed by a mere mortal, a possibility which even now she derides with a toss of her immaculately-bunned head. But have you ever seen the Nietzsche Family Circus? Classic Family Circuses with snippets of Nietzsche as the caption. A friend linked me to it a while ago and I am kind of addicted due to such gems as this, which cheerfully depicts little Billy’s return from the previous night’s boozing and whoring. So yeah. Good family fun!

  70. Shawn S.
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:38 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy: Twosies? Aw Ziggy, you’ll grow balls someday!

    S-M: It would appear that the writers of Spiderman have heard about the internet but are not sure how it works in real life. Uploading a blurry smartphone picture would be worth nothing once it’s viewed/copied/downloaded.

    A3G: Rat looks like he’s about to push Margo into Bobbie and make a break for it! Also, the banister to their left is starting to vanish due to Margo’s rage.

  71. Nomstrosity
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    Oops, second link didn’t work. Here it is.

  72. Walker of Dog
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    @Wolf Shepard (#22): So could we say that Bobbie is Margo’s cuck-mother? It’s got a nice meter and sounds very dirty.

  73. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#66): I didn’t think the keepers would allow Mary to leave Charterstone.

    @Aviatrix (#68): Takes another sip. Reads Ziggy comment: ~spit take – spews water~ again.

  74. Sunny Paris
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    Well, as much as I love the suggestion by #51 (Jethro Tull always wins in my book)– here’s my take.

    Ziggie IS referring to his pants-less state. See a “onesie” is a one-piece garment worn by a baby. Ergo, a “twosie” would refer to the shirt and pants combo most people wear after infanthood. Ziggy can only manage half of said “twosie.” Thus he is a failure.

    A failure … “eyeing little girls with bad intent. Aqualung…”

  75. Sans Sense
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#66):
    Altered leprechaun/clown, potaytoe/potahtoe.

    To quote the Bard:
    “What’s in a name? That which we call a clown
    By any other name would still have big feet.”

  76. Oregonian
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:42 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy is such a plugger, isn’t he? Those two strips should stop beating around the bush and just merge already. Then we could all enjoy the pantless wonders of “Pluggy” (or “Ziggers”).

  77. Baka Gaijin
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:44 pm [Reply]

    @Sans Sense (#75): I thought Shakespeare said, ” A clown by any other name would still smell funny.”

  78. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:48 pm [Reply]

    There’s an old joke that typifies Luann’s realtionship with Quill:

    There was once this poor farmer who couldn’t make any money growing grain
    crops. However, his neighbor across the street was doing very well raising
    chickens and selling the eggs. One day when visiting, the neighbor suggested
    that he could make money too by having chickens. The poor farmer agreed and
    purchased a nice hen, just to see how it went. Well after a while the hen
    got comfortable and found plenty of grain to eat and started laying eggs.

    A few weeks went by and the hen noticed this rooster across the street. He
    was a vary handsome rooster and every day would go in to the hen house and
    chase the hens around. All the hens seemed very happy and the rooster seemed
    very happy too. Well, the hen decided to strike up an acquaintance with the
    rooster and started feeding by the road. After a while the rooster also
    started scratching by the road. After a few days the hen could not control
    her self and decided to take the matters in hand (so to speak) and started
    out across the road to see the rooster. Just then a truck came by at full
    speed and struck the hen.

    Laying by the side of the road she thought to herself “WHAT A ROOSTER”!

    Eh, don’t ask me to explain it.

  79. Krazy Kat
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:48 pm [Reply]

    You know, Zig, I get that you’re talking about Jacks–a game no one has played since rolling barrel hoops with a stick was considered fun–so you’re only confusing people by referencing “The Game of Life,” the Milton Bradley board game that has absolutely nothing to do with Jacks. It’s like you’re mixing metaphors, and mixing them very poorly.

    Here, let me save you the trouble of composing tomorrow’s cartoon. I can mix game references, too: “I thought I had a ‘Clue,’ but it’s seems I just ‘struck out!’”

    Boom. Done. Pack it up and ship it out!

  80. Push Trot
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:51 pm [Reply]

    MT: “If those geese manage to escape we’re in deep trouble! Let’s just leave that bloody corpse with a shot gun-wound to the chest free to flow away with the current.”

    Phantom: Now THAT’S how you make a booty call!

    I’ve now been reading Gasoline Alley for about two weeks straight, and I can’t take it anymore – it’s just two wrinkly old geezers droning on and on and telling lame jokes, while a third wrinkly old geezer’s lying unconscious (dying?) in a hospital bed. It’s really creeping me out.

  81. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#77): And see what happens when you let a clown produce Shakespeare:

    Krusty: Now I would like to warn you that our performances tend to make audience members blurt out hidden secrets.
    Claudius (Moe): Oh boy…
    Hamlet (Bart): Ah HA! Methinks the play’s the thing! Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king!
    Claudius: Catch my conscience, what?
    Hamlet: You’re not supposed to hear me, that’s a soliloquy.
    Claudius: Okay, I’ll do one too. Note to self: Kill that kid!

    Er, don’t ask me to explain it.

  82. Bryan
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:55 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: The Flyspeck Island peanuts have awakened Curtis’s latent scanner abilities: “All right. We’re gonna do this the scanner way. I’m gonna suck your brain dry! Everything you are is gonna become me. You’re gonna be with me Barry, no matter what. After all, brothers should be close, don’t you think?”

  83. Das Storminator
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:55 pm [Reply]

    @Rachel (#2): @Blinky The Wonder Wombat (#3):

    And in “The Game of Life” you start off as an adult.

  84. blammers66
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    FunkWink: Set aside all thoughts of Les having his agent tell him his book sucks or that NO ONE wanted to print it – Batuik has Les and Funky in a FREAKIN’ AIRPLANE! Is it exhaust coming from those jet engines, or is it smoke from the beginnings of a brewing disaster? Maybe the guy sitting behind Les in panel one is looking out the window to get his bearings so he’ll know exactly to push the button on his vest laden with explosives. Never discount a botched water landing. Could the flight attendant be a carrier of the latest contagion? Oh, the possibilities! Batuik, you clever bastard, we’ve read your strip!!

  85. Sans Sense
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#81): I thought you got Mel Gibson as Hamlet when you let a clown produce Shakespeare…

  86. Bobdog
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:57 pm [Reply]

    I have no idea what the correct term would be, though, and I’m open to suggestions.

    Mrs. Edwards, perhaps?

  87. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    @blammers66 (#84): Then the plane goes down in flames. Bam. Problem solved. Strip over.

  88. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:00 pm [Reply]

  89. Push Trot
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    Dick Tracy has no interest in fancy wrappings like “mysteries” or “parties” when it comes to his joie de vivre. If it were up to him all social engagements would be nothing but eyes squinting, guns blazing.

  90. Shannon's Puppet
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    @Hairhead (#8):

    LOL! Right on!

  91. fromhils
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    Though it pains me that I knew of what Ziggy was talking, I must admit it and enlighten.

    Twosies is a term used when playing the game jacks, you remember this game? with the little rubber ball and the “jacks”. Its the second level of the game when you try to pick up two jack on one bounce of the ball…

    Sorry i know that wasn’t funny, but then again neither was Ziggy so i guess we are even.

  92. commodorejohn
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#68): A good question, but I’m not sure the world is prepared for the answer.

  93. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    For those keeping score on Ziggy twosies –
    If I figure it correctly it’s:
    Jacks – 6
    Other – 9

  94. Brenda Starr Destroyer
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    Although “your stepmother and I” is grammatically correct, it would be more accurate to say, “Me and my Bobbie Magee.”

  95. Brenda Starr Destroyer
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:24 pm [Reply]

    Other suggestions:
    Cuckoldess, Auntietam, your mom’s boss, love-denier, mother cuckoo, Barreness, combat mentor, Bene Gesseret Mother Superior, Mommie Dearest, and Pills Magee.

  96. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#93): In case you were wondering (and I’m sure you weren’t) there were three references to today’s Ziggy in yesterthread but none of them brought up the subject of twosies. So it remains:
    Jacks – 6
    Other – 9

  97. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    I just realized Dingo and I double-posted @14 and @15.

  98. Black Drazon
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    Margo’s brows lowered. Apparently, Roberta had forgotten about the stigmatic curse Margo made a habit of putting on everyone she was associated with so that they would suffer any wounds inflicted on her. Actually, now that she thought about it, had she actually bothered to tell anyone about any of the Black Magic she had been conjuring these days? Damn! Of course, that was why no one bowed in deference as she walked down the street. She vowed inwardly to correct this once her cthonic servants had disarmed her stepmother and returned her to her rightful position of drug-addled, prostate wailing.

  99. Larry McAwful
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    That’s the same expression Ziggy has on that “Why fart ‘em and waste ‘em when you can burp ‘em and taste ‘em!” poster I ordered through the Weekly Reader back in 1980! A classic pose!

  100. bats :[
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:12 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#88): Hey, now! (Or is it Hey, nonnie!?) Don’t go dissing Branagh! (Knock yourself out with Gibson, though.)
    Oh, all right. Just as long as nobody disses dis.

  101. J.D.Everett
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy is using the defecation meaning of twosies; in other words, he is still working on his shit. I can identify with that.

  102. bats :[
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

  103. One-eyed Wolfdog
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:21 pm [Reply]

    In the ‘Game of Life’ I’m still working on my first period 2 oscillator.

  104. gnome de blog
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:22 pm [Reply]

    @Walker of Dog (#65) said:

    Derek’s hair may be a stringy mess, but he certainly has the tidiest jacket fringe ever. Does he use it to capture krill?

    That’s a floatrider, at least.

  105. Danel
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Pity poor Bobbie, who has fatally misunderstood the situation due to her pill-popping ways, no doubt. She assumes that Margo refers to the bond they once shared, having forgotten that Margo neither requires nor desires human sentiment, and is actually talking about the fact that bullets will only make her angry. Angrier, I mean.

  106. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:29 pm [Reply]

    @Black Drazon (#98): I’m assuming that you meant “prostrate wailing.”

    prostate wailing is what Rex Morgan does when June gets the naughty gloves out on a Saturday night after a few cocktails.

  107. Li’l Bunnë FooFoo
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:31 pm [Reply]

    Can we agree not to use “Ziggy” and “bottomer” in the same sentence ever again?

    Meanwhile, chez Baldo: I don’t read this strip regularly, so I don’t all the characters… but I find it disturbing that there’s a man going on a date with what looks like a newt in a fur coat?

    Seriously, it’s OK to use a highly stylized type of art, and it’s OK to use a more realistic type of art, but it bugs me to see the two next to each other. Like if we saw Ziggy and Margo making out; my eyes would never stop screaming.

  108. Li’l Bunnë FooFoo
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    er… “…so I don’t know all the characters….”

  109. Aqua Karen
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:34 pm [Reply]

    I like Curtis better when it’s a happy fun trip like Kwanzaa. Curtis having a freak out is just uncomfortable to watch.

  110. Izzy
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:34 pm [Reply]

    @Oregonian (#76):

    Compromise: Pluggy Ziggers!

  111. bats :[
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:36 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#106): I thought “prostrate wailing” had something to do with the baleen fringe on Derek’s fancy jacket. Or that in the case of Rex and June, it was “prostate wailing.”
    Wait. What?

  112. commodorejohn
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:43 pm [Reply]

    @One-eyed Wolfdog (#103): I love the variety of geekery on this site almost as much as I hate Conway’s game of Life.

  113. One-eyed Wolfdog
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:44 pm [Reply]

    SM: I have looked at this closely, several times, and it still says “…before I can get out of my Spidey shit.”

  114. mr 12 oz can
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:51 pm [Reply]

    maryworth – what there not allowed to show ernie going rock em sock em robot on bonnie ??? i guess it beats another cooking and garden strip
    mark trail – why is it only in comics when you try to kill someone you only assume there dead


  115. JonnyT
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    Margo: “Stay right there Dad. She wouldn’t DARE shoot me!”
    Bobbie: “Actually, that would be the perfect revenge, wouldn’t it?”
    Margo: “Damn Bobbie, maybe you ARE my real mother!”

    On a separate note, reducing Bobbie to “step-mother” status is kinda harsh considering she raised Margo. I say shoot him. God don’t like ugly.

  116. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:00 pm [Reply]

    @mr 12 oz can (#114): There’s a trope for that.[*]

  117. Poteet
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:05 pm [Reply]

    ZIGGY — So in a world where the comics are increasingly making tech and pop-culture jokes I don’t understand, I did understand the jacks “joke” in Ziggy. I wave my cane in minor ecstacy.

    April 8th, 2010 at 7:07 pm [Reply]


  119. boojum
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#100): How much do I love the fact that your link to Hamlet included a Spoiler Alert?

  120. boojum
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:12 pm [Reply]

    Do Hamlet and the loony chick hook up? Don’t tell me — I don’t wanna know!

  121. This Guy
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:13 pm [Reply]

    @One-eyed Wolfdog (#103): Sort of Ziggy meets xkcd?

  122. Jason1981
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:15 pm [Reply]

    MT :

    A few days ago: “He won’t get away THIS time!”

    Today: “He won’t get away THIS time!”

    Probably in the next day or two” “He won’t get away THIS time!”

    By the end of next week: “He won’t get away THIS time!…No, seriously, this time I really mean it!”

    By the end of this month: “He won’t get away THIS ti..ah, f*ck this, he’ll get away again. I’m gonna go do some fishing, instead. “

  123. One-eyed Wolfdog
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:15 pm [Reply]

    @This Guy (#121): Two greats taste that taste great far, far away from me!

  124. Lisa
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:16 pm [Reply]

    What’s the deal with that Baldo strip? The 07 strip was in a realistic style, but the 10 strip is in classic cartoon style. Only two years between the two styles? Weird.

  125. Poteet
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:17 pm [Reply]

    A3G — So instead of holding Martin’s feet to the fire for an even larger amount of alimony and walking away as a very rich divorcee, Bobbie prefers to tangle with Margo. If that doesn’t prove she’s crazy, nothing will.

  126. wossname
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:18 pm [Reply]

    @Li’l Bunnë FooFoo (#107):

    Like if we saw Ziggy and Margo making out; my eyes would never stop screaming.

    I don’t have to see it; my brain is screaming. Who’s got that jug of brain bleach?

    HAMMY! #11 – Lead-lined hat is not necessary. Everybody knows all you need to do is wrap your head in aluminum (Al, atomic number 13) foil.

    Walker of Dog #65 – You’re having the same lapse I had this morning when I first read JP: It’s Sam, not Rex, offering to help Jules. I thought for a second “oh well, Rex can fix his back,” but then realized that Sam is the lawyer with no clients, not the doctor with no patients.

  127. Poteet
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:20 pm [Reply]

    GA — If Walt isn’t dead by now, I bet he wishes he was.

  128. Col. Havoc
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:28 pm [Reply]

    OK, I’ve been sitting on this for two days now, and can’t take it any more.


    Thank you. I don’t feel better at all.

  129. Poteet
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:29 pm [Reply]

    @Lisa (#124): I don’t follow BALDO, but I think it alternates between the two styles.

  130. Poteet
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:31 pm [Reply]

    @Col. Havoc (#128): I said the same thing in a much more boring, long-winded way, and I didn’t feel better afterward either. I think I’d have to throttle a couple of LUANN characters to really feel better, and I can’t even decide which ones I’d pick.

    April 8th, 2010 at 7:33 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#126):
    and I think I'm picking up radio stations

  132. wossname
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    @HAMMY THE SQUIRREL! (#131): Isn’t that uncomfortable on your, uh, squirrelly parts?

  133. bats :[
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:43 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#132): I think all parts of HAMMY are squirrelly parts…

  134. Austria
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:44 pm [Reply]

    Luann: Upon hearing the Aussie’s mocking words, Gunther felt a snap in his brain. No more would he tolerate being the lost and lonely soul, the victim in this cruel game of high-school romance! A plan, that’s what he needed. Yes, a plan. It struck him — During their performance the next day, he would swap the blank with a real gun. No one would know until Quill lay there bleeding. No one would know…

    R=R: UGH. Look, when I said “All animals in Rose is Rose”, I meant ALL ANIMALS. You greedy-asj birds were NOT exempt. I’ll say it again: PLEASE DIE.

    Zits: Two words — Oedipal Nightmare.

    April 8th, 2010 at 7:45 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#132):
    @bats :[ (#133):
    oooohhhh that tickles

  136. MsMolly
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:55 pm [Reply]

    It is definitely a mistake to think that Ziggy has ever been within a mile of anything hip enough to be in UrbanDictionary. He’s referring to jacks, which he plays, like the game of life, badly and alone.

  137. Old School Allie Cat
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:56 pm [Reply]

    Luann -Maybe I’m late to the game on this, but if Luann spills Chubby Hubby on Gunther’s Masterpiece Maria Dress, there is going to be hell to pay.

    Back in my day, we stripped out of costumes, put on street clothes and went “partying”. We usually left makeup and hair (but not wigs) intact. Meaning I spent many a night drinking coffee at IHOP – age 17, made up and hairsprayed to look much, much older.

  138. 150
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:57 pm [Reply]

    April 8th, 2010 at 7:59 pm [Reply]

    @HAMMY THE SQUIRREL! (#135):

    they're all made out of recycled jokes anyway. just like the humans

    April 8th, 2010 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    @Old School Allie Cat (#137):

    i can't get the costume off

  141. user-of-owls
    April 8th, 2010 at 8:06 pm [Reply]

    Mark Trail gets shot..shot!..out of his canoe by Mssrs. Parker, and Baldo makes the cut? For shame, for shame.

  142. McManx
    April 8th, 2010 at 8:08 pm [Reply]

    Curtis — Given the gritty urban setting of this comic, one would assume that somewhere in all of Curtis’ Flyspeck Island peanut induced clairvoyance someone should be thinking “I’m gonna bust a cap in that muthafukka’s ass.”

    Ziggy — Something about this setting reminds me of those TV commercial bears that shit in the woods and have toilet paper stuck to their asses. I suspect if Ziggy stood up, he’d have toilet paper stuck to his ass too.

    Phantom — Since Captain Sarvarna has actually bought into the idea that Walker is a 400 year old ghost, why doesn’t she just shoot the helicopter down? It shouldn’t kill him; then he would have to swim back to her ship and she could have her way with him. Think about it… makes sense, huh?

  143. Bitter Scribe
    April 8th, 2010 at 8:15 pm [Reply]

    @Darkefang (#9): Luckily, Rachel and Blinky beat me to the explanation of twosies, because I honestly can’t explain why I know the terminology of games that little girls played 75 years ago.

    Maybe you unconsciously remember the episode of “The Simpsons” where Lisa tries to impress a new ultracool little girl with her knowledge of jacks. “Once you get to foursies, you’re in the zone!”

    (The only other joke I remember from that episode is that, when the new girl was introduced to Lisa, she exclaimed, “Lisa? Shut up! I love that name!” The joke was that the character was voiced by Lisa Kudrow.)

  144. Aviatrix
    April 8th, 2010 at 8:23 pm [Reply]

    @Bitter Scribe (#143): The person I learned to play jacks from just turned 77, so the timeline is about right. I had a jacks set when I was kid, but we used them as mines, with our plastic army guys. And we had metal tanks that shot plastic artillery rounds out of their guns, at eyeball-bursting velocities. Ha ha kids these days aren’t allowed cool toys anymore.

  145. commodorejohn
    April 8th, 2010 at 8:42 pm [Reply]

    @McManx (#142): I dunno about you, but I think most guys aren’t really put “in the mood” by attempts on their life.

  146. Josh
    April 8th, 2010 at 8:54 pm [Reply]

    @Lisa (#124): Usually Baldo is the cartoony style seen here. For whatever reason when they did the Tia Carmen/Gregorio strips, they switched to the more realistic style, as discussed in more detail here:

    They stopped doing this recently because … why? I have no idea why.


  147. bats :[
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    @Josh (#146): maybe because the powers that be discovered that even drawing the characters more realistically (like Rex an’ Mary an’ Sam Driver an’ Rusty Mark) doesn’t necessarily make them more realistic (read, they don’t necessarily want to be associated with the whack-job plots in several of these serial strips). Except for in the case of Baldo, it seems to.

  148. ElkMeadow
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:12 pm [Reply]

    @Austria (#134):

    Swapping the blanks gun for a real one would be even better if somehow Gunther was pulled in to do Chino’s lines. Come to think of it, does Chino have any lines? In the movie, he just stands around and beams at everyone, except when he frowns and then shoots the gun at the same time. Which would have been a perfect role for Gunther, only he was probably trying out for Tony or studly male dancer.

    And we’re all jist waitin’ for the “Tony/Toni” crap to rise to the surface again, aren’t we?


    I hope when Rex and Toots buy the paint, that Cue is standing in line in front of them.

  149. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:17 pm [Reply]

    On TODAY’S ROSE IS ROSE : Rose puts her fingers into some dirty holes….lots and lots of dirty holes.

  150. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:20 pm [Reply]

    The Couple In The Glass Bubble: A Very Special MARY WORTH.

  151. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:23 pm [Reply]

    …and on FAMILY CIRCUS, a sardonic Dolly Keane looks for validation from her family as she enters academia. That’s FAMILY CIRCUS, 8/7 Central.

  152. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:25 pm [Reply]

    And…on the season finale of LUANN….we’ve seen the sidelong glances, Luann playing Gunther and Quill….but, tonight, will Gunther snap and make a mistake he’ll never come back from?!! DON’T MISS THE SHOCKING SEASON FINALE !!!!

  153. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:29 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#145): I dunno, commodore. I think Martin’s getting all aroused watching Bobbie wield that gun around. He’ll soon be pushin’ past Margo and he and Boobie Bobbie will be ruttin’ like wild pigs in Arkansas with Margo staring eyes a popping and jaw a dropping sputtering, “You can’t… I mean… hey… uh, oh, what the hell. Let me join you!”

  154. KarMann
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#148): Ooo, or maybe, he could swap out Chino’s gun for Bobbie Merrill’s? Quill goes down, Margo and Martin and whoever else comes along (you hear me, Mrs. Bloom?) are safe, win-win!

  155. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:32 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#43): Lordy…..there’s got to be a health pamplet warning against that somewhere….Luann And Friends Say Pets Are For Petting, Not…That Other Thing.

  156. Jenny the Girl Singer
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    Margo’s dad is backing away slowly because he knows that this is where Margo will spontaneously transform into Anguirus and simply eat Bobbie.

    I must admit, I am always kind of rooting for Anguirus to turn up in one of these strips at any given time.

  157. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    @strangerover (#51):
    Sitting on a park bench…
    Wearing no pants, acting really depressed…
    Dog shits on his carpet…
    Face on greeting cards, and coffee cups…
    Hey, Ziggylung….

  158. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:40 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#155): “You can love your pets, just don’t LOVE your pets”

  159. Rusty
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    Baldo: I think the male suitor is drawn in a realistic style because he’s just so much better looking than the Baldo family. Like Tia Carmen, fathered by the Grinch Who Stole Xmas.

  160. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:46 pm [Reply]

    @mr 12 oz can (#114): 12, the Mary Worth comments gets my vote for COTW :)

  161. commodorejohn
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#157): If we ever catch him “eyeing little girls with bad intent” the strip had damn well better get yanked from the paper.

  162. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    @Col. Havoc (#128): Also, dropping beer bottles out of the dressing room windows on the third floor is verboten. I know, that didn’t happen in Luann’s production of West Side Story, but it did happen in mine.

  163. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    I just realized. Today’s entries are a little more violent than usual. A3G probably gonna wind up with Margo getting shot, or not….someone switching a prop gun with a real one during Luann’s West Side Story performance is looking more and more plausible, and Ziggy’s got……. SNOTS RUNNING DOWN HIS NOSE !!

  164. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    Please tell me. Is that a hand or a giant squid coming out of Ziggy’s left sleeve?

  165. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:00 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#163): *tries really hard not to think of Cross-Eyed Mary Worth*



    Bleepka! STAT!

  166. Jamus The Bartender
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:08 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#165): Too late. Hey, that’s a good one….

  167. NoahSnark
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:08 pm [Reply]

    You need a new plan Bobbie – all bullets will do is give Margo more holes to spit venom out of.

  168. zerowolf
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:13 pm [Reply]

    MW: She’s found us Bonnie, at long last she has found us. You know we talked about what to do if Meddling Mary latched a hold of our lives. We have to end it now. You know what you have to do.

  169. zerowolf
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:19 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: Buffy the Vampire Slayer already did this plot and did it better. Face it Billingsley, you’re no Josh Whedon.

  170. Northernlurker
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:20 pm [Reply]

    Lets see the brothers Parker have assaulted a senator and now think they’ve murdered that guy with the camera. And they think this is going to keep snoops away?
    Wouldn’t they have been better advised to invite the snoopers in for a few drinks and when they are shit faced feed them some of that contraband? Maybe they even have some of the most dangerous animal in those freezers.

  171. zerowolf
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:24 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Oh wait, I know this plot. Margo takes a bullet in the head and dies. Then three days later (about 20-30 years from now) she rises from the dead and claims her throne as the anti-Christ.

  172. Crankenstank
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:29 pm [Reply]

    Baldo’s going to take a page from Funky Winkerbean, and the dashing, suave man of Tia Carmen’s dreams will turn out to be the real thing and more…and then die at the altar, possibly on the night of the honeymoon just before Tia Carmen finally achieves the loss of her virginity, of the same weak and clogged heart that is surely foreshadowed here.

  173. GarrisonS
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    New caption for Ziggy. “If the game of life is HopScotch, I skip the hop and go right for the scotch.”

    Now please excuse me while I work on my new hip website “Ziggy Without Ziggy”

  174. This Guy
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:40 pm [Reply]

    @zerowolf (#169): And Star Trek: TNG before that. Well, it was mostly in backstory, but still.

  175. KarMann
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:42 pm [Reply]

    @This Guy (#174): And, as I pointed out a couple of days ago, Babylon 5 between ST:TNG and BtVS. And it wasn’t just backstory there at all.

  176. KarMann
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:43 pm [Reply]

    Dammit. Well, it’s gonna happen to everyone once in a while. Or so I keep telling myself.

  177. Thomas B.
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:49 pm [Reply]


    I wouldn’t be so confident about your prospects here Margo, didn’t you hear Spiderman is in Miami?


    Margo: “Oh Bobbie you already killed your fashion sense, isn’t that enough murder for one day?”

  178. Thomas B.
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:52 pm [Reply]

    Okay Ziggy if you refuse to wear pants, you need to either cross your legs or stand at all times.

  179. Thomas B.
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:56 pm [Reply]

    “Game of life?” You see Ziggy there is your problem. Look behind you; clearly you are in “Lego Land”, not “Life.”

  180. commodorejohn
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

    @zerowolf (#169): Quite true. He hasn’t started killing off all the funny characters to make things Really Serious yet.

  181. Poteet
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:01 pm [Reply]

    MW — Are we going to start laying bets about the Bonnie ‘n Ernie problem? There are so many possibilities. One, per our COTW, is that Ernie is demanding that Bonnie find some way to grow ears.

  182. Walker of Dog
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#181): I am hoping for “Bonnie is a shoplifter”. However, if the correct answer is “Bonnie overspent the redecorating budget” or “Ernie isn’t an active listener”, I won’t be shocked.

  183. Vince
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:14 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#130): @McManx (#142): I corrected your statement for you:
    Curtis — Given the presence of Curtis in this comic, one would assume that somewhere in all of Curtis’ Flyspeck Island peanut induced clairvoyance someone should be thinking “I’m gonna bust a cap in that muthafukka’s ass.”

  184. Vince
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:17 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#130): Wow, there’s a conundrum – if you could throttle two, and ONLY two, characters in Luann, which would you pick?

  185. Sequitur
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:22 pm [Reply]

    @Vince (#184): I believe that would be Luann’s parents.

  186. mollificent
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:24 pm [Reply]

    @Chyron HR (#28): LMAO!! I was selling a Chris Thile CD to a customer today (one of the early CDs, where he’s shredding on the mandolin at age, like, eleven) and she said, “He looks so young on the cover! His testicles probably haven’t even descended yet!” and, despite the fact that I was on the clock and should have tried to be at least a LITTLE ladylike, I let out a positive BARK of laughter. Those are the customers I live for. :)

  187. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:26 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#181): Well, it apparently involves surviving and saying and talking and doing. So: enduring pool-party small talk? Fleeing the oncoming MeddleTrain Express?

  188. Poteet
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:39 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#187): I wonder if it’s their marriage that might not survive, if only because that seems to be the most boring possible interpretation.

  189. Harold
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:43 pm [Reply]

    You young whippersnapper. I’m not THAT much older than you, and I played with jacks, and marbles, and pick-up sticks when I was a kid. High-quality made-in-USA metal jacks are still available. You may want to keep some of the larger ones in the glove compartment of your car – since they land with one point up, they double as caltrops, which comes in handy in situations where you’d like to shake a pursuer. Or Ziggy.

  190. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#188): So you’re saying that perhaps their marriage involves the surviving and the saying and the talking, but not so much the “doing,” if you know what I mean and I think you do.

    Gee, and looking at the two of those hot, smoldering kettles o’ sex glum, doughy lumps, I can’t imagine why!

  191. Lisa
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:51 pm [Reply]

    Poteet and Josh, thanks for the info re Baldo. It still doesn’t make any sense to me to have one strip drawn in two styles, but at least it’s an explanation.

  192. EatsShootsAndLeaves
    April 8th, 2010 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    Bobbie’s relationship to Margo is “Stepped-on Mother.” This sets her apart as everyone else’s relationship to Margo is “Stepped-on Others.”

  193. KarMann
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:07 am [Reply]

    @EatsShootsAndLeaves (#192): Who cares? What we really want to know is, will Bobby eat first? And will it be a salad of lettuce and bamboo?

  194. ElkMeadow
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:07 am [Reply]

    @KarMann (#154):

    I like that idea.

  195. honeypot
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:09 am [Reply]

    Sighs. I think Ernie is mad at Bonnie because she has a shopping problem. Remember when Mare asked them to dinner? She was self-righteously returning an “unneeded” blouse to Marcy’s, which gave her a moral superiority boost. While she was basking in the glow, she encountered Bonnie with her arms full of bags.

    Another “timely” strip.

  196. Poteet
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:15 am [Reply]

    @Lisa (#191): I followed the strip for a short while when the realistic style was being used. When it quit, so did I.

  197. Poteet
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:17 am [Reply]

    @honeypot (#195): Yep, that seems boring enough to be quite plausible. I was kinda hoping for hoarding, but we can see through the window that Ernie has room to stretch his arms out.

  198. True Fable
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:22 am [Reply]

    Apartment of Doom I’m looking forward to next week’s carnage as Margo reacts to being called a misbegotten brat.

    Rex Morgan, AWOL June is auditioning for a spot on the Random Boldness Club over at Mark Trail’s house.

    Mary Worth, the Demon Meddler of Charterstone It’s hard to tell from the shadows whether she’s listening to someone wearing a fancy Shogun helmet, a Hagar horn hat or watching a castmember of Up With People flinging their arms in the air in a case of excessive exuberance.

    Or a knight who says “Ni!”

  199. bats :[
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    @Harold (#189): true fact about jacks as caltrops. They were the Legos of their day (i.e., something you really, really didn’t want to step on in the dark in the middle of the night).

  200. Aviatrix
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    @honeypot (#195): If Bonnie has a shopping problem, wouldn’t she have nicer clothes?

  201. Jason
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    I hardly ever comment cause I never have anything important to say. But it was bought to my attention that today’s Marmaduke is a repeat…from two weeks ago!! Here’s the proof!

    Today’s Marmaduke:

    March 18th Marmaduke:

    The wording is mildly different, the background went from being in the kitchen to taking place in The Matrix, and everyone’s attire changed but it’s same DAMN strip! I mean, isn’t there editors to notice these kinds of things?? Weirdness, man.

  202. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:24 am [Reply]

    @honeypot (#195): Then let me humbly submit that Bonnie’s “shopping problem” is not that she buys too much. No, Bonnie’s shopping problem is that she shops and she buys this.

  203. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:25 am [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#200): Oops—Great minds, etc.

  204. Poteet
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:28 am [Reply]


    JP — Even at the far-from-sizeable Des Moines International Airport, so named because it does get small loads of cargo from other countries sometimes, it would not be possible to get away with this kind of next-to-the-doors illegal parking for this amount of time unless Jules were having a heart attack. C’mon now.

    RMMD — Brook is such an obnoxious ungrateful brat that she’s making June look like a gentle generous soul. Amazing.

    S-M — Back in ancient times, sabertooth tigers did not waste their time looking for giant sloths so they could demand that the giant sloths tell them where the long-horned bison were. Sabretooth, your name is “Dumbass.”

  205. True Fable
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:31 am [Reply]

    Scenes from Suburban Hell Hint: she isn’t wearing panties.

    Army of One The more appropriate question is, “When will your men every need to actually use a howitzer?”

    The Amazing Media You would think that with all those heroes in New York City, the newspeople would find a hell of a lot more interesting things to report about than where SuperWhinyRemoteControlUsingMan is today.

  206. True Fable
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    Fist O Justice Theater Guest Star: Anderson Cooper!

    Grimm & Gramma Looks like Somebody found out they got transferred to Funky Winkerbean.

    Children of the Circle Is Billy built so close to the ground that he prefers using a hand broom instead of a regular one?

  207. Mibbitmaker
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:39 am [Reply]


    A3G: Well, at least Roberta’s a keen judge of character.

    S-M: “So now I’m going from here in New York down to Miami to get Spider-Man so he can tell me where ol’ What’s-His-Face* is here in New York so I can find him! And that makes perfect sense!”
    *(I can’t keep these furshlugginer superheroes straight!)

    “Chance of a lifetime, Brook.”
    “Yeah, whatever.”
    “Look, Brook! A truck’s going to run over that puppy there!”
    “Yeah, whatever.”

    JP: Jules: “Please hurry, Mr. Driver, I think all my internal organs have just collapsed!”

    MW: Ol’ Mare’s really got them rattled, hasn’t she?

    MT: “What, that they’re idiots?”

    FW: YAYYYYY!!!

    Alternate FW: Funky’s dream ended in 1992 (our time). (there’s no yaying that!)

    Cranky: Mark your calenders: Today Crankshaft’s wordplay was actually clever and funny. This shall never happen again.

    FC: Futility Circus.

    Phantom: That Kit, always the sweet talker!

  208. moe99
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:47 am [Reply]

    My money’s on Martin being killed by Bobbie. Because Margo could not deal with a happy ending and Gabriella is so much better as a martyr.

  209. KarMann
    April 9th, 2010 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    A3G: Oh, yeah! How many not-as-nice words do we have for her?

    Better 1/2: There’s a fix for that, you know.

    Close to Home: True story: When I got a certificate in Linux last year, the reader announce me as receiving a “certificate in Lynx”, or maybe “links”. Does this mean I’m a vet tech now?

    Crankshaft: Well, that’s saying something. Not anything funny, or with a point, but saying something.

    EC: Umm. . . you know there’s a reason for those leathers, right? Protection? Heck, my Facebook friends from here now know that my leather coat saved me from a swarm of bees on my motorcycle earlier today.

  210. KarMann
    April 9th, 2010 at 1:12 am [Reply]

    4/9 cont’d:
    Groovy Blinkerlegume: It’s almost enough to make me take that claim about Funky coming to a close soon seriously.

    JP: Did Manley borrow that crack-in-a-dress look from Barreto?

    MW: Ooo, deja vu in panel two!

    Phantom: So, they’re bringing the veggies tonight?

    Piranha Club: I guess the denizens of the insect world like getting a little head, too!

    Prickly City: Remind me to call my broker about investing in straw futures.

    RMMD: See a few patients, maybe? Oh, who am I kidding!

  211. NotThatGuy
    April 9th, 2010 at 1:28 am [Reply]

    MW: Despite the appearance of Chekhov’s gun, I firmly believe Margo’s insouciant dismissal is because only Margo is aware the weapon Bobbie is waving around is made of licorace.

  212. Kanomi
    April 9th, 2010 at 1:46 am [Reply]


    Hi & Lois: Either Tracy’s cheerleading routine is a low-impact aerobics course for senior citizens, or she is stoned immaculate.

    Judge Parker: “I’ll be right back. I’m fetching a wheelchair for this bounder.”

    Luann: It means Raggedy Anita wants a threesome, Gunther. See, T.J. Quill gets it – he’s responding with the universal sign for cunnilingus.

    Mary Worth: Oh, what is the plight of Ernie and Bon-Bon? A thwarted petknapping scheme? A gun-toting psuedo-mother-in-law? An embarassing lack of pumpkin-colored furniture? I can’t stand the tension!

    Momma: Given yesterday we saw Francis lives in heaps of his own filth, the only way he can possibly be taking advantage of girls is by stiffing prostitutes.

    Phantom: Oh no, not the Coastal Guard – in their steam-powered frigates!

  213. Lucky
    April 9th, 2010 at 2:05 am [Reply]

    Curtis – Poor guy couldn’t escape to Mark Trail -verse in time. (Yeah, I guess someone already has made this joke.)

    Mary Worth – I’m hoping that not every strip in this story arc will end with the exact same (albeit slightly differently cropped) panel.

    Popeye – How come Popeye always manages to switch from one uninteresting story arc to another without me noticing until a few days after?

    Prickly City – You just spent over a week complaining about how outsourcing space missions doesn’t result in anything useful!!!

    Spider-Man – Time to do the heroic thing and run away again.

  214. boojum
    April 9th, 2010 at 2:13 am [Reply]


    …and Narration Box begins his long, slow descent into the soul-crushing world of porn voiceover work.

  215. Mibbitmaker
    April 9th, 2010 at 2:27 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth has apparently learned from the Dick Locher Dick Tracy method of storytelling.
    God help us all.

    4/9 HotC: Nevermind, Triumph, they’ve got it covered! (see #27)

  216. Badger3k
    April 9th, 2010 at 2:51 am [Reply]

    Seeing the title of this post made me wonder if Ziggy was into BDSM. I was also surprised to find out that the thing with hair balls in Baldo is a woman. I thought she was Gregorio and the comic was about a transvestite or transexual. The things you learn (although looking at what I wrote, what does that say about me?)

  217. papa
    April 9th, 2010 at 2:53 am [Reply]

    A3G: “Foster mother” would be a more accurate phrase to describe Roberta’s relationship to Margo, or “adoptive mother” if there was a legal adoption, but she is acting like a wicked step-mother. If the shoe fits, wear it.

    I think there’s an outside chance Professor Papagoras will rush in on this scene and get shot by accident. I think this “Winter Triangle” revolving around Margo is neat.

    Hasn’t A3G been awefully violent for the last year or so? Luann’s carbon monoxide-poisoning ghost, drug-induced shooting death of Luann’s boyfriend what’s-his-name, avalanche-burial of Margot’s boyfriend what’s-his-name’s clone, and now crazy Bobbie. I think they’re way over-doing the plotting for a soap opera strip. Slow it down before you strain something, Ms. Shulock. What do you think this is, Dick Tracy?

  218. papa
    April 9th, 2010 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    A3G: “Foster mother” may more accurately describe Roberta’s relationship to Margo, but she’s acting like a wicked step-mother.

    I think Professor P may blunder into this altercation and get shot by accident. At least it would allow this sordid “Winter Triangle” of Margo’s elders to continue for our enjoyment.

    Hasn’t A3G taken a turn for the violent over the last year or so? Is scripting now being outsourced to the Dick Tracy conglomerate?

  219. This Guy
    April 9th, 2010 at 3:00 am [Reply]

    @KarMann (#209): “Close to Home: True story: When I got a certificate in Linux last year, the reader announce me as receiving a “certificate in Lynx”, or maybe “links”. Does this mean I’m a vet tech now?”

    Either that, or they thought there were certifications for ancient, text-based web browsers.

  220. gnome de blog
    April 9th, 2010 at 3:10 am [Reply]

    @papa (#217) said:

    Hasn’t A3G been awfully violent for the last year or so? Luann’s carbon monoxide-poisoning ghost, drug-induced shooting death of Luann’s boyfriend what’s-his-name, avalanche-burial of Margot’s boyfriend what’s-his-name’s clone, and now crazy Bobbie. I think they’re way over-doing the plotting for a soap opera strip. Slow it down before you strain something, Ms. Shulock. What do you think this is, Dick Tracy?

    Next up: Tommie falls in love. We’ll all be whining, “more violence, mule!” within a month.

  221. Sheila Sternwell
    April 9th, 2010 at 3:17 am [Reply]

    @This Guy (#219): Sigh. I miss Lynx. I used it until a few years ago, most recently when I wasn’t able to get to websites via Firefox because work blocked so many sites. The tech guys discovered PuTTY installed on my work computer and were so impressed that they didn’t narc on me. I just don’t understand the world anymore.

  222. KarMann
    April 9th, 2010 at 3:31 am [Reply]

    Yep, I’ve used Lynx as a browser quite a bit, though I haven’t tried links or elinks. And yes, it had crossed my mind as yet another alternate interpretation, but I didn’t want to get carried away trying to enumerate all the possibilities.

  223. This Guy
    April 9th, 2010 at 3:33 am [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#221): I used to use PuTTY to access the university’s Solaris system for the CS department. I still like using the command line in Linux probably a lot more than most of my classmates. I think I’ve used Lynx maybe once in my life, so I’m not nostalgic for it. I’m not nostalgic for having Prodigy, either.

  224. Baka Gaijin
    April 9th, 2010 at 4:58 am [Reply]

    One Big Happy: Please, please, please Ruthie. Please do NOT tell Mommy that the cell phone touched James’ swinging junk until she already has it in her hand. Come on, you all know James is freeballing.

    Cathy, missing last panel: Irving (and CPA) basking in afterglow, smoking a ciggy, and yelling to Cathy through the locked door for new pairs of undies.

    Apartment 3-G: Martin: “Get down, Margo!”
    “Roberta, cue up KC & the Sunshine Band!”
    “Gabby, let’s DISCO!”

    Pluggers, alternate dialog: “Hubby, get in here. Your P-Mail can wait until morning.”

    Pluggers, second look: Soooo, Pluggers let their spouses out for their evening poo. Why is this not on the front page of Oh right, it’s not news.

    Mary Worth: Bonnie and Fine Ernie live at the Motel 6 in Irvine?

    Luann: Shouldn’t Peggy have a Bon-Bon?

    Brevity: Kudos!

  225. John C Fremont
    April 9th, 2010 at 6:34 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#204): Ah, the Des Moines “International” Airport. That is where I first heard the Muzak version of Prince’s “1999.” I actually stopped in my tracks so that the reality could sink in. Good times.

    JP – Wow, Manley can really draw hot babes. I’m really liking this one, especially in the second panel. I just hope we hurry up and find Neddy so we can get out of here.

  226. KarMann
    April 9th, 2010 at 6:36 am [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#225): Umm, that is Neddy, in that second panel you mentioned among another. Did you mean re-uniting with Abbey & Sophie?

  227. Hi There
    April 9th, 2010 at 7:05 am [Reply]

    FW: What’s in the box, Les, what’s in the box? Could it be someone’s head? That cancer story you tell everyone always seemed a little too pat. No wonder Zombie Lisa haunts you.

  228. smacky
    April 9th, 2010 at 7:19 am [Reply]

    I can’t help but feel A3G and Baldo have equal chances of gunfire this weekend. “But… you came on a coffee date, Carmen. We’re engaged now!”

  229. Mela
    April 9th, 2010 at 7:20 am [Reply]


    9CL: She’s going to leave a trail of personal effects for him, or the nearest enterprising sexual predator, to follow.

    A3G: Bobbie has joined us in using “You’re such a Margo” as an insult.

    Bizarro: And complaints about this somehow trivializing the mentally ill start in 5, 4, 3, …

    Buckles: I used to think that surgery people get to snip their dogs’ vocal chords was inhumane and needless, but I now see there are valid exceptions.

    ReFOOB: Yes, men and their large entertainment purchases! How dare they not burn through money on easily burnt out novelty appliances?!

    FW: Funky’s dream was to replace New York-style pizza with his own ketchup-smeared Saltines? I think you should resume drinking. Les publishing his blight upon his wife’s memory has more dignity.

    GA: Again, I must point out that Walt died about a week’s worth of strips ago.

    HotC: Hey, I can make up words, too! How about ‘schunt’? It means ‘shrill unlikable cunt’, and it perfectly sums up Heart. (Jesus, is the whole strip like this? At least the idiots in “Edge City” take their Ritalin.)

    Luann: Why, threesome, Gunther! What else? Now, excuse me – I need to go bleach that from my mind.

    MW: Has the artist gotten so lazy that he’s switched out the word balloons on yesterday’s strip? It sure looks like it.

    My Cage: Cute & twisted.

    NS: I never thought I’d say this, but… Can we go back to incomprehensible topical references, please?

    Pluggers: Pluggers let their grandkids poop in the yard.

    RwO: I don’t know why, but this made me laugh.

    6 Chix: What’s the joke here? That they’re penguins? That someone mentioned the Internet? I don’t really get it.

  230. AmyS
    April 9th, 2010 at 7:53 am [Reply]

    GT: “I didn’t pitch for Milford last year, but I pitch for myself all the time.” Dear god, is this going to turn into a Victorian PSA about the evils of self-abuse? Or is Derk just hitting on Coach Kaz?

  231. Thomas B.
    April 9th, 2010 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    Ooooooohhhhhh I get it now. Ziggy. Bottomer. No pants. It’s a gay sex joke. (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

  232. Col. Havoc
    April 9th, 2010 at 8:58 am [Reply]

    @Lisa (#191): They’re simply trying to be “Calvin & Hobbes”, and of course, failing.

  233. Leia
    April 10th, 2010 at 3:54 pm [Reply]

    About Ziggy- “twosies” refers to the game of jacks and the number of jacks you are able to pick up before the ball bounces for a second time. Somebody who is just at their “twosies” is not a very good player, as they can only pick up two jacks before the ball bounces, while somebody with “fivesies” or “sixies” would be a much more advanced player. It is rather archaic terminology because nobody really plays jacks anymore.
    So, basically, Ziggy is saying he’s not very good at life. But we knew that already.

  234. ElkMeadow
    April 10th, 2010 at 5:05 pm [Reply]

    Okay, here’s my call for RMMD. The hair and nail salon she’s going today is doing freebies for the women who live at the women’s shelters–both the homeless one and the one for battered women and their children. And a few bring their children with them, because they need haircuts too. And the older girls get manicures too.

    Which is the only reason why June would be headed out the door after coming back from a long trip home without first showering and changing her clothes.

    Which will teach Brooke A Major Life Lesson About How She Should Be Grateful and Be Nice To June and Her Mom For The Rest Of Her Life.

    And at MW Bonnie’s best friend is Cathy. Cathy and Bonnie met up when their husbands refused to step foot into one more boutique. The two women ran into John Patterson outside the Somy store and helped him pick out his new sound system.

  235. ElkMeadow
    April 10th, 2010 at 5:06 pm [Reply]

    Sorry about the all-bold. And preview doesn’t seem to work with my ancient browser.

  236. ElkMeadow
    April 10th, 2010 at 5:11 pm [Reply]

    Going back and looking at Apt. 3G, wouldn’t there be other people needing to use the stairs by now? Someone bringing in their groceries, someone going to work, an amublance team responding to a two-day old 911 call?

    “Sorry, ‘cuse us. Never mind us, I’ve got my own gun; no need to wave yours around too.”

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    @BigTed (#41):

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    October 17th, 2011 at 11:38 pm [Reply]

    Ziggy’s “working on my twosies” reference is from the game of Jacks.

    The game consists of bouncing a ball with one hand, then trying to pick up a specified number of blunted spiked “jacks” that are lying on the ground in front of you before the ball can bounce again, then successfully catching the ball with the same hand.

    Usually, you start with a single jack then move up one by one with each successful grab…and also announcing what hand you are going for as well, thus Ziggy saying he’s stuck at his “twosies” also implies that he’s stuck at what is otherwise an extremely simple, easy and early part of the game.

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