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Metapost: Finger Quotin’ Margo lookalike contest fever: GET IN ON IT!

The Finger Quotin’ Margo lookalike contest has been in full swing for a week now, and we’ve already received a host of entries! I’d sure like to get more though, because I’m greedy like that. So, I’m going to share the entries I’ve received so far with you all now in the hopes that they will inspire more of you to go for the gold.

(Remember, kids, these entrants are your fellow readers, commentors, and community members, and they’ve shown more guts than you in entering, so BE NICE. By “nice” I mean both “not mean” and “not creepy.” You’ve been warned.)

Let’s start by taking a look at the finger quotin’ original:

And now the contestants, in no particular order. Some of their handles may be familiar to those of you who haunt the forums or the comments. First off is Air Forbes:

Next is RetroVirus:

Then comes Bria:

And finally comes a wife-husband team that wishes to be known as “Lucy Ven Pelt” and “Dr. Jeff Cory”, respectively:

So! Will one of these brave contestants grace the face of a future Comics Curmudgeon product, available for purchase from the good people at CafePress? Or will YOU bust that fuchsia turtleneck sweater out of the closet and claim the crown yourself? The only way to find out is to reach for the brass ring and e-mail me those pictures! The deadline is Monday, June 19 (that’s a week from today), and I’ll figure out the winner by the end of that week.

Oh, and our contest inspired David Willis, the totally awesome cartoonist behind the totally awesome Shortpacked! and Joyce and Walky, to produce this totally awesome Warholified Margo:

Because David is totally awesome, he’s given me permission to use it on a product of some sort, which will be ready by the time the contest winners are announced. So go read his strips, already!

104 responses to “Metapost: Finger Quotin’ Margo lookalike contest fever: GET IN ON IT!”

  1. Analyzer
    June 12th, 2006 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    Bria’s hot. Is she single?

  2. Josh
    June 12th, 2006 at 3:40 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, Analyzer, I don’t know if you’re being ironic, but that’s EXACTLY WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN I SAID “DON’T BE CREEPY”. Jesus.


  3. MossMoses
    June 12th, 2006 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    Good motion blur, Bria. You were obviously “in the process” of finger quoting when the photo was taken.

  4. e
    June 12th, 2006 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    Those are all great pics to choose from. Sweaters in June!

  5. Marc
    June 12th, 2006 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    Each pic has it’s positives and negatives..yet they’re all so good.

    MW: I just like how the kitchens are configured in Charterstone…the sinks are not aligned with the windows, the cabinets don’t connect, and door handles magically disappear. The residents dine on Frise Salad with homemade croutons. Can ya get any WASPier?

  6. Karl
    June 12th, 2006 at 4:55 pm [Reply]

    Aw, c’mon. NONE of those “contestants” has six fingers on her/his left hand. You guys aren’t even “trying”! :-)

  7. Uncle Lumpy
    June 12th, 2006 at 5:06 pm [Reply]

    I’m with MossMoses on this one: Bria’s motion-blur is “not really six fingers, but an incredible simulation!”

  8. Anonymous
    June 12th, 2006 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    They’re all great, but Bria’s fiery orange glow milieu is the crowning touch. Makes it look like ol’ Finger Quotin’ Margo is roasting in hell or something.

    Josh – what about a Brick House/Raju contest next????

  9. gnome de blog
    June 12th, 2006 at 5:42 pm [Reply]

    Dr. Jeff Corey should get extra credit for the earrings.

  10. Howland Owl
    June 12th, 2006 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    Well — I’m trying to be nice, but….I’m afraid Dr. Cory is going to need a slight makeover to look like Margo.

    At least the beard has to go.

  11. BassoGap
    June 12th, 2006 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    Bria’s isn’t really a finger-quotin’-Margo photo as much as it is a “finger-quotin’-Margo photo” photo…which I suppose is the point, right?

    AirForbes has the expression/look down pretty well. Everyone else seems to be looking off to the side for some reason…self-portraits/looking in a mirror, maybe?

    Lucy van Pelt ties with AirForbes for best sweater.

    Dr. Jeff? Dude, you get extra points just for being willing to do this and post the results. But where’s the fuchsia?

    Who knew there were this many fuchsia sweaters not packed away in boxes of Winter clothing?

    Why do I keep saying “fuchsia”?

  12. gnome de blog
    June 12th, 2006 at 6:08 pm [Reply]

    Well — I’m trying to be nice, but….I’m afraid Dr. Cory is going to need a slight makeover to look like Margo.
    At least the beard has to go.

    Maybe Margo should grow one.

  13. Mic
    June 12th, 2006 at 6:42 pm [Reply]

    I think “Air Forbes” looks the most like Margo, but my vote has to go to “RetroVirus.”

  14. nicepersonality
    June 12th, 2006 at 6:52 pm [Reply]

    Not to diminish the entries any of the other fine ladies (womyn-born or otherwise), but in favor of Air Forbes:

    1) The sweater drapes perfectly to match the caption.

    2) Her pose makes it clear that Finger Quotin’ Margo is, in fact, the formidable Shaolin technique we all suspected.

    (Her Kung Fu is very strong: only the one the one they call “双手抓住筷子好像爪” — “Randy,” for short — can match her!)

  15. Mike Russell
    June 12th, 2006 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    Maybe Margo should grow one.

    I’m guessing that any boyfriend of Tommie’s already serves as “the beard” in Apt. 3-G.

  16. Ferd Berfel
    June 12th, 2006 at 7:41 pm [Reply]

    Bravo to all participants! I would have sent in a picture but the sutures aren’t due to come out for another week.

    By the way, is Dr. Jeff Cory channeling Finger Quotin’ Margo or (DT)GT’s Coach Heat Miser? Either way it’ll make good merch!

    As long as we’re passing out kudos, let me also thank the several folks whose faces grace the Cafe Press window. The fellow with the kids is too funny, the young man making the gang signs always brings a smile, one young lady wears her “Mule” shirt with obvious pride while another young lady shows off the “Isometric” shirt in proper athletic fashion, and – of course – the Fence Post Frank cameo ices the cake!

    Thank you all. I always check when I visit to see which of you is gracing the window.

  17. Ferd Berfel
    June 12th, 2006 at 7:44 pm [Reply]

    Ooops! How could I forget Miss Roadside!

    Bravo and thanks to you too!

  18. Chris
    June 12th, 2006 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    Lucy is the only one who has Margo’s head posture correct…Air Forbes NEARLY has it going, but if her head had been tilted a bit (and she’d rubbed some soot into her hair to replicate the Margo coif) she’d have walked away with the trophy from the get-go.

  19. Zorba.the.Geek
    June 12th, 2006 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    I must give my vote to Air Forbes (her expression is Margo’s, and the sweater color is perfect), although RetroVirus and Lucy have the right hair color, and Bria’s use of movement in her fingers is inspired. And, as for Jeff- I think a man willing to humiliate himself publicly must be very secure and have a good sense of humor. Kudos to all of you!

    (BTW, Fred, the young lady wearing the “mule” shirt in the ads is none other than Amber, Josh’s lovely bride.)

  20. Ferd Berfel
    June 12th, 2006 at 9:22 pm [Reply]

    #19/Zorba – Holy Guacamole! That’s Mrs. Curmudgeon? She must be one helluva gal to put up with the likes of us…

    It seems so far that our brave contestants each have captured a different portion of the Margo mystique. One has the hair, one the pose, another the turtleneck, yet another superb finger quotin’ action, and so on. Perhaps someone with a great deal of Photoshop savvy could sort of meld every contestant into a single Super Finger Quotin’ Action Figure?

  21. Uncle Lumpy
    June 12th, 2006 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    “双手抓住筷子好像爪” = “the hand holds the chopsticks to look like the fingernail”

    Work’em like a claw, you randy old soul.

  22. Zorba.the.Geek
    June 12th, 2006 at 9:40 pm [Reply]

    Oh, and, Fred, I forgot to mention that the blond in the “Roadside” shirt is Carol Hartsell, wife of Sally Forth writer Francesco Marciuliano (“Ces”). (He also writes the web comics Medium Large and Teenage Girl President.)

  23. lilybdcsa
    June 12th, 2006 at 9:53 pm [Reply]

    Hey! Where’s the Cartoon Violence update we were teased with?

  24. Josh
    June 12th, 2006 at 10:10 pm [Reply]

    Oops, sorry Lily! I fixed the link.

  25. Meg Gone Happy
    June 12th, 2006 at 10:16 pm [Reply]

    Well, I think ReteroVirus is hottest (I don’t mean that in a creppy way), but I say have to give my vote to either Lucy or AirForbes, since they have it more correct.

    Congrats to all!

  26. Islamorada Girl
    June 12th, 2006 at 10:19 pm [Reply]

    These are all fabulous Margos. I especially appreciate the fuschia turtlenecks and the use of finger action. In their own way, each of these fine women IS Margo. Like the many aspects of Shiva make the whole goddess, so each of these ladies represents an essence of the wonder that is Margo.

    But I think Dr. Jeff should get Ms. Congeniality for the earrings. That takes cojones, and he really pulled it off. If he had a fuschia turtleneck, he’d get my vote.

  27. Len
    June 12th, 2006 at 10:31 pm [Reply]

    #5 — Well, I’ve lived in apartments where the windows are not aligned with the kichen sinks. You can’t always gaze at landscapes while doing the dishes. My parents’ apartment had a window over the stove; my current apartment has a window off to the side, where the dining room would be, if there was room to put a table, which there isn’t. I have a friend in a condominium whose kitchen has no windows whatsoever! The kitchen is smack in the middle of the apartment, and none of the walls are facing the outdoors. It’s weird and claustrophobia producing.

  28. Zal
    June 12th, 2006 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    All the women are uncanny likenesses. I like them all.

    The dude in the earrings, not so much…

  29. Len
    June 12th, 2006 at 10:40 pm [Reply]

    #24 — Shiva, the Hindu Lord of the Dance, is a god, not a goddess. Well, one of his forms is androgynous, so he has a left boob.

    Dr. Jeff’s wearing earings took cojones? And he really pulled them off? OW! Ow-ow-OW! Poor Dr. Jeff! He prolly has blood-red pants, if not a fuchsia turtleneck…

  30. lilybdcsa
    June 12th, 2006 at 11:38 pm [Reply]

    Thank you, Josh. Very good as usual. Although, that last cartoon scared me. Not sure if it was the man boobs or the thunder thighs, but I’m going to have nightmares tonight.

  31. nancypaaants
    June 13th, 2006 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    Retrovirus is easily the cutest one with her adorable little sweater (not creepy, I’m a girl), but I have to give the look-alike award to Air Forbes, hands down.

  32. Crimson Executioner
    June 13th, 2006 at 1:44 am [Reply]

    Actually, I’d say its between Retrovirus and Lucy Van Pelt – they both capture the gleam in Margo’s eye – the simple, pure joy she derives from making those there air quotes.

    Photographically, I give it to Retrovirus for the uncropped elbows and graphic white background.

  33. Non-Shannon
    June 13th, 2006 at 2:20 am [Reply]

    See, none of them has the proper earrings (giant fake pearls) on…and that’s why I’m going to win!!!

  34. Mibbitmaker
    June 13th, 2006 at 2:25 am [Reply]

    My choice would be Air Forbes. However, I’ll second the Photoshop idea in #20.

  35. Hank Kimble
    June 13th, 2006 at 2:34 am [Reply]

    Gotta go with Bria. She’s got that Margo/Velma/June Morgan thing going on there.

  36. Analyzer
    June 13th, 2006 at 2:50 am [Reply]

    Haha, sorry, Josh, I was just being an ass. You can delete my first comment if you like.

    #30: I disagree that Margo is exhibiting “simple, pure joy.” Look at her smile; to me, its asymmetry betrays a hint of smugness. Her superiority complex will not be denied expression!!

  37. Raznor
    June 13th, 2006 at 3:58 am [Reply]

    Well, so far, I’d say Air Forbes is definitely in the lead – she most resembles the actual Margo panel, and none of those who don’t resemble do so in a very humorous way. Although I love Lucy’s facial expression, the eyes sell it.

  38. Other_Sally
    June 13th, 2006 at 5:46 am [Reply]

    Dammit, I wish I had a fuschia sweater! I currently look like Margo a lot otherwise.

  39. Other_Sally
    June 13th, 2006 at 5:47 am [Reply]

    And I agree that Air Forbes has got the expression NAILED. Plus her sweater is perfect. (Yet I am fond of Lucy’s and Bria’s entries…)

  40. Dennis Jimenez
    June 13th, 2006 at 7:52 am [Reply]


    MT – Ginormous beaver trick – naw down tree while balancing a Jack Elrod ball on your tail.

    RMMD – So what Cowboy Troy’s big secret? Did he vivisect cats will Bill First in med school?

    MW – Please put me or this story line out of our misery.

  41. Badly_Computer_Animated_Boy
    June 13th, 2006 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    All of these are really great but based on the judging criteria, I think it has to be Air Forbes. Bria, if only you had discarded the glasses!

  42. Hogenmogen
    June 13th, 2006 at 8:13 am [Reply]

    I like Lucy’s “gleam” in her “eyes”. I “look” nothing like Margo, or I would try it. Since admitting to reading A3G (and Rex, MW, MT, et al) is my secret shame, I can’t confess it to my wife, not that she really looks like Margo. She does have the sweater, though.

    JP: So Ragu thinks Sophie is in college? Maybe he just couldn’t believe that a 10 year old would be trusted with a spending account that can afford a $300 per month “personal assistant” and the means to make international wire transfers.

    Mallard: What more can be said about this atrocious waste of time other than “Get rid of it”? Well, after all the morality plays that Mallard has grandstanded on his metaphorical soapbox about, he now seems to advocate unbridled consumerism as a wise parental choice. In the end, the comic doesn’t really even make sense. She’s yelling at him for biting his sister, and then is treated to Fruit Loops and Gameboy? Way to raise the next generation of young Republicans, Mallard.

  43. Len
    June 13th, 2006 at 8:26 am [Reply]

    This buff guy leading the museum kid’s tour looks like yet another offspring of Poopdeck Pappy. Popeye’s little brother, perhaps?

  44. dlauthor
    June 13th, 2006 at 8:41 am [Reply]

    42: Weird. I read today’s Mallard as griping about how he can’t speak to kids so that they actually take seriously what he has to say (hint to Tinsley: adults don’t, either!), so he falls back on the hoary chestnut that young’uns are all brainwashed by advertising on TV. Thirty years ago, you could have substituted Micronauts for Gameboy, and actually _kept_ the Froot Loops (though with half as many radioactive colors), and the strip would have seemed about as “current” then.

    Basically, Tinsley’s old and out of touch. Which, judging from the last couple days’ panels, makes him a Plugger.

  45. dlauthor
    June 13th, 2006 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    Oh, and glasses be damned, my vote’s for Bria because of the motion blur.

  46. mere cog in the machine
    June 13th, 2006 at 8:53 am [Reply]

    If Air Forbes had aligned her fingers with motion indicators drawn onto the background she would have been a slamdunk.

    FOOB: Plant them. Bludgeon them to death and plant them right now, Mr. Dark Glasses Plot Salesman. Plant them and bring this madness to an end.

  47. Screamin Norwegian
    June 13th, 2006 at 8:54 am [Reply]

    Air Forbes has the look. RetroVirus has the tilt of the shoulders.

  48. Glenn
    June 13th, 2006 at 9:11 am [Reply]

    All of these are really great but based on the judging criteria, I think it has to be Air Forbes. Bria, if only you had discarded the glasses!

    Aw come on, my vote’s for Bria, primarily for her enthusiastic quotin’ action despite the large fire that must be burning near her.

  49. GoBobbyGo
    June 13th, 2006 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    Liberty Meadows: Yeah, I know the strip’s defunct, but keeps sending me reruns that I haven’t seen. The 2 (!) strips they sent me today both feel like blatant ripoffs of Akbar and Jeff from Life In Hell

    FOOB: “And the drainage is excellent”?!?! YICK

    F Minus: Seems like almost every day it’s so stupid that it actually hurts, but once in a while it’s hilarious. Today is one of those days. Getting your ass kicked in a party hat!

    GT: The Rap-dog seems to have aged about 20 years between panels one and two

    GF: Did he say B.M. as in, um, B.M.? What exactly does one DO with a shit spoon?

  50. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    June 13th, 2006 at 9:49 am [Reply]

    It’s a tough, tough call, as all are so charmingly Margoesque. But Lucy Van Pelt has that certain je ne sais quoi that says “Margo.”

  51. Hogenmogen
    June 13th, 2006 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    #49 – GoBob, BM is “Bucky Museum”.

  52. BassoGap
    June 13th, 2006 at 10:04 am [Reply]

    GoBobbyGo (#49) – A b.m. spoon helps you make sure everything works out ok in the end.

  53. mere cog in the machine
    June 13th, 2006 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    #52: Jeez, Basso, some of us read this blog when we’re eating LUNCH!

  54. Pelagius
    June 13th, 2006 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    Oh, Air Forbes fer sure. Good effort by the others, but the sweater and expression just nail it. Can she borrow the earrings from Lucy and Jeff?

  55. mcrachinthehouse
    June 13th, 2006 at 10:56 am [Reply]

    The double entendres just keep on coming in “Rex Morgan” today.

  56. BigJoe
    June 13th, 2006 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    This has nothing to do with the look-alike contest, but just wondering how many people have seen the new strip by Mark Tatulli called Lio. The Detroit Free Press ran it last week in place of Heart of the City (same author) which was on a one week vacation. I liked it, I hope they replace one of the crappy strips with it in the near future.

    It’s a bit different, basically no dialog, nice artwork, very creative at times, some dark and edgy humor. The kid is a bit of a stinker, a mad scientist in training? Often it deals with the world inside his head.

    I like the Peanuts reference in this offering:

  57. Badly_Computer_Animated_Boy
    June 13th, 2006 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    BigJoe: We just started getting Lio here (Tampa/St. Pete). I like it too. Kind of reminds me of Calvin’s interactions with monsters and space aliens.

  58. Lyman-Returns
    June 13th, 2006 at 11:24 am [Reply]

    This contest is wonderfully absurd. I love it! My vote goes to Bria. Not only is the sweater the right color, but she has motion blur from air-quoting. You can’t beat the motion blur!

    FBOFW-This series of comics where John and Elly are scoping spots to have their corpses planted gives us a lot of insight into the creator(s) of FBOFW. And that isn’t necessarily a good thing.

    Crankshaft-At what point does a running gag begin staggering, fall down, and roll into a ditch?

    Preteena-This comic doesn’t get a lot of traffic on this site. I don’t know if that’s because it’s not in a lot of papers or because it’s actually pretty good. But regardless, today’s installment bears some attention from us. Holy cow, did the mom REALLY slug her teenage daughter in the arm? On one hand, I’m thinking “child abuse” and the other hand, I’m thinking, “That stinking brat Jeri has had this coming for years!” But do parents really discipline their teenage children physically? Aren’t they better off removing priviledges instead?

  59. BigJoe
    June 13th, 2006 at 11:32 am [Reply]

    #58 – Preteena – yes, it’s better not to punch your kid, however in this case it was necessary… make the pun at the end. And to supply the punchline.


  60. Library Cat
    June 13th, 2006 at 11:40 am [Reply]


    I like how the sheer force of the salesman’s awful joke made Elly’s necklace disintegrate in the last panel.

    This Margo contest is rough, I have no idea, I like aspects of all of them.

  61. brendan
    June 13th, 2006 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    there are some hotties on comics curmudgeon!

    I am not worthy, I am not worthy to be so blessed.

  62. Carlye
    June 13th, 2006 at 12:03 pm [Reply]

    Lucy has the earrings, too. I like that attention to detail. She needs a bit more head tilt and curvature of the fingers, and she’d be perfect!

  63. GodWithFire
    June 13th, 2006 at 12:23 pm [Reply]

    The only question I have is what size engagement ring Bria would like. Oh, and if she wants a church wedding, city hall, back of a boat, top of a mountain… it’s all fine by me.

  64. I Go Pogo
    June 13th, 2006 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    All of these pictures are hilarious, but Bria is teh hawt.

  65. rich
    June 13th, 2006 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    You ever notice how on Survivor when someone is about to act devious, the camera will cut to a shot of a snake slithering along? Symbolic! So in today’s Mark Trail, what are we to make of Mark’s new assignment from his editor being linked to a giant picture of a gnawing beaver? A love connection, perchance?

  66. Joel
    June 13th, 2006 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    Are you people out of your mind? Kudos to all contestants, many of whom obviously put much thought and effort, but this contest goes hands down to Lucy Van Pelt. She’ has it all. Sweater is dead on Fuchsia (perhaps not the Fuchsiaist, but awfully Fuchsia nonetheless) and exactly the right texture. The angle is perfect. The smile is appropriately gleeful for Margo in the throes of an unremitting and self-satisfied taunting. Most of all, she actually looks like Margo.
    I vote for her twice.
    Nice job everyone. All good entries. Retro I think may be second place. The sweater is not like FQM’s, but oh so much like one she would wear.

  67. BassoGap
    June 13th, 2006 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    “I see a bunny.”

    “I see an ice cream cone.”

    “I see…oh, shit…”

    Holy Crap, Ces…today’s Medium Large will give adults nightmares, never mind the little kids…

    Loved yesterday’s Evil Villain, though. “The Clotted Cream”, indeed. Went to Eton, I’d guess.

  68. AirForbes
    June 13th, 2006 at 2:12 pm [Reply]

    Speaking of Andy Warhol, there goes my fifteen minutes.

    Great pictures. Lucy’s captured that slightly manic look that conveys the inner essence that is Margo. Bria’s bun is dead-on Margo and the glasses look like something Margo would wear, even if she hasn’t in the strip. Retrovirus has Margo’s expression and pose perfect (love your sweater!). Most of all, though, Dr. Jeff – those earrings are YOU.

  69. Jives
    June 13th, 2006 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    I vote for a Jeff and Lucy set. Lucy on the mug accompanied by a Jeff refigerator magnet that will only amuse those who are really “in on it.”
    Yes. That’s right, I put “in on it” in quotes. Come and get me flatfoot!

  70. Hogenmogen
    June 13th, 2006 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    Preteena: Round of applause to Teena & Jeri’s mom. If only Elly Patterson and Thel Keane would smack their brats some more (even the adult Patterson kids), we’d have something to laugh about instead of watching a bunch of do-gooder parents with whiny offspring.

    Since St. Elly Patterson herself gets whiny, maybe the kids should hit back.

  71. Benicillin
    June 13th, 2006 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    Can I make out with RetroHottie?!?!?

  72. Josh
    June 13th, 2006 at 4:04 pm [Reply]

    Don’t make me reassert the DON’T BE CREEPY rule. Beniciliin, I’m looking in your direction.

  73. Chert the Chort
    June 13th, 2006 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    Somebody go tell Brooke McEldowney he didn’t win the comic of the year award this year for the Thorax crap he’s been giving us nigh on these many weeks… where is the leggy goodness? The leggy goodness I tell you??!!!

    Oh, on another note, AirForbes, for now, though I am holding out for round two. Never know when the real Margo might stand up. But hey, Photoshop her hair to black, you got it dern near there.

    Ok, Brooke’s email, anyone?

  74. Old Fogeyette
    June 13th, 2006 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    Brooke McEldowney is a GIRL? Or maybe a transsexual? I always thought Brooke was a female name.

  75. Ferd Berfel
    June 13th, 2006 at 4:29 pm [Reply]


    The Contest – After perusing the our very own and far superior Fab Five again, it’s still a dead heat IM extremely HO. Each brings something to the table and each captures a certain individual aspect of the Finger Quotin’ Goddess herself. My suggestion still stands; Photoshop them all into some sort of melded Finger Quotin’ Franken-Margo. The sum of all these parts will be far greater than the whole!

    9CL – Uh, Brooke, the story arc? You remember, the “Durley Doesn’t Recognise Sister Aramis In Mufti” thing? Any chance of getting back to it?

    A3G – Another poster brought this to our attention and upon reflection I’m forced to agree. Tommie’s role in the strip has been reduced to that of a ‘reactor’. Lu Ann or Margo say something awful or get into a scrape and Tommie ‘reacts’. In her recent and very brief story what did she do? React to her college friend’s failing marriage. There is one good thing that has come of this; the “Tommie Head Bobble”. That could be His Popeness’ next contest; Head Bobblin’ Tommie

    FBOW – I’ve determined the identity of the burial plot salesman. It is not Groucho or Granthony. It is the great Frank Nelson You already know who he is, read about him here:

    (DT)GT – Don’t worry Rap Dog, we all miss your mother too.

    MT & MW – Are these two strips in some sort of competition for a Lamest Story Arc Ending in 2006 award?

    Preteena – #58/Lyman-Returns, I occasionally mention this strip as my paper carries it. It has its moments and the art grows on you. As for Jeri, if I were her parents I’d do far worse than punch her in the arm. A chastity belt, a girl’s school in Switzerland, and large doses of psychiatric medicines would be just the beginning.

    RMMD – Ooh ooh! Skanky going to drop the bomb!

    Sorry about the length folks, I had a lot to say.

  76. Ferd Berfel
    June 13th, 2006 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    That’s weird. Why the odd spacing in my last post? Did I break the site or something?

  77. jonnya
    June 13th, 2006 at 4:48 pm [Reply]

    Well.. after getting beat up a little last week for my lengthy post I was thinking it was time for me to gracefully fade away from Crumudgeonville , but now it seems I’ve been plucked from the masses and awarded the coveted COTW. I find this to be very encouraging so I’m gonna stick around and join in on the fun after all. I promise to make an effort to stay out of thesis mode.

    BB- I’m almost certain this is a re-run strip. But then again, does it really matter?

    DtM- Must be Joey week. We’ve been seeing a lot of Dennis’s silent sideman recently. That’s fine with me. I love that kid. And look, Dennis stole Curtis’s Boombox and if actually being somewhat of a menace! And look, Joey is still wearing his pink half shirt! Let’s start guessing what kind of “kids” music annoys Mr. Wilson so. Raffi? Barney? 4Eva?

    GT- I’m fine with calling him heat miser and leaving it at that, but the first time I saw him I honestly thought he was Hank from Brenda Starr.

    H&J- The setup kills me. She can comprehend seconds and milliseconds, but her intelligence hits a wall at nano seconds. Maybe Raju can help her out. It’s also weird for a strip like H&J to play it like it’s any less annoying then a telephone solicitor. You’re both equally annoying.

    Mallard- I like that Mr. T thinks that Fruit Loops are a youth culture staple. Truth is that Gameboy’s aren’t all that contemporary anymore either. I’m waiting for the Mallard/Pluggers/TDIET crossover.

    MW- I was going to insist that they wrap it up already. I was sure after Sunday’s shining light moment on the couch it was fade to black and that a new “story” would start on Monday. Now I’ve come around. I don’t want it to end. Ever. I want Kelly and Lou to walk around the condo going about their daily routine whilst they affirm their love forever. Like a rock. And please don’t ever show them exercising. I only want to see them talking about it. 4eva.

    Momma- Yea, I get bummed out when nobody accidentally puts anything in my safe deposit box too. Life is hard Mother Hobbes.

    RMMD- I’m no murderer/blackmailer, but if I was, I don’t know if intentionally rear-ending my mark would be the way to go about my business. Assuming I didn’t want to get arrested that is. You sort of want to stay under the radar when conducting such business as opposed to ramming vehicles in broad daylight, no?

    RWO- the huge white cat is channeling Cathy. It makes me want to vomit too.

    SS- Four exposed tongues out of five chances. Drink up! I also like how the “joke” depends on Snuffy knowing the specifics of Astrological symbolism. I like my mountain men new agey.

    Spidey- It’s taken five days for MJ to be hurled 30 feet. Just sayin’. Never mind the physics employed here. Never mind that that no one else can see the web. Never mind that now we’re set up for an entire Summer/Autumn of Spidey vs.……Sharon Stone!

  78. MossMoses
    June 13th, 2006 at 5:00 pm [Reply]

    “双手抓住筷子好像爪” = “Two hands grab chopsticks like a claw”. That doesn’t make sense since one of the chopsticks is supposed to be stationary and claws move independently. “Work it like a jaw” would be better because the upper jaw is like the immobile chopstick. April may have freaked out if Randy had told her to work it like a jaw, especially if he was pointing at his crotch when he said it.

    June 13th, 2006 at 6:42 pm [Reply]

    “Finger Quotin’ Franken-Margo” is a great idea, Fred.

  80. Mike Russell
    June 13th, 2006 at 7:02 pm [Reply]

    Photoshop them all into some sort of melded Finger Quotin’ Franken-Margo.

    Would that look anything like this?

  81. Len
    June 13th, 2006 at 7:27 pm [Reply]

    Those Cwocks! Subwimminabibble messages, eh? You know your Zeeba-eatin’ predators have become too domesticated when they insist on steak sauce with their prey.

    But I’m intrigued by the framed photo on Zebra’s side table. Is that a photo of one of the Crock females, in her big-hair wig? Is Zebra consorting with the enemy — romantically? Hoo-hah! Strange bedfellows, indeed!

  82. Chert the Chort
    June 13th, 2006 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    Brooke McEldowney is a he. He’s got a master’s in viola from Julliard and is a published scholar and critic of music in several languages, in addition to being an award winning cartoonist. Only a man could draw 9CL and Pigborn anyway… I mean, c’mon… the leggy goodness of it all, it takes a certain, I dunno, um, certain something. Heh heh.

    Mr McEldowney, please, can you actually enjoy drawing Thorax at a typewriter more than Miss Edda in, well, in anything?? Stop the Thorax crap, quantum anomalies in the barn a few times a month, fine. But this has been going on far far too long.

    I think I am starting to go off the deep end, so I’ll end. But at least I wasn’t creepy about the contest!

    Mmmmm, leggy goodness….

  83. Len
    June 13th, 2006 at 7:46 pm [Reply]

    #73 and #74 — Yes Brooke is a male person, despite his girly first name. And Comics (dot) Com has an E-mail contact address for McEldowney, on both the Chickweed and Pibgorn links. Write him and ask for more leggy goodness. You’ll probably get Seth in a leotard. I like Thorax, too, however.

  84. dlauthor
    June 13th, 2006 at 7:58 pm [Reply]

    80: Mother of God. It’s Finger-Quotin’ Kali.

  85. Old Fogeyette
    June 13th, 2006 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    I am deeply disappointed to learn that Brooke is a boy. I am not sure I will enjoy the strip so much in the future, with the exception, always, of Thorax.

  86. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    June 13th, 2006 at 8:08 pm [Reply]

    There are just too many of us.

    That is all.

  87. Benicillin
    June 13th, 2006 at 8:38 pm [Reply]

    What am I doing here? I don’t belong here.

  88. Marc
    June 13th, 2006 at 9:23 pm [Reply]

    MW: I like how the plant in the background shifted spots! I also like how this frise salad they’re making absorbs the previous strip’s ingredients. And please, just keep making food and talking about exercising.(As stated by someone earlier in this post’s comments section).

  89. ltreaderftcommentator
    June 13th, 2006 at 9:23 pm [Reply]

    Just want to ask what happened to “the soon to be indicted Karl Rove”?

  90. Ferd Berfel
    June 13th, 2006 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    #80/Mike – Shades of Bacchus! You had a recent head injury or something? Six arms is bad enough but a conjoined twin too?

    Without neck bolts and oodles of visible keloids, I’d say that your creation isn’t a Fraken-Margo but is a Kaili-Margo instead.

    Naturally, I’ve printed it out and stuck it on the ‘fridge.

  91. Mike Russell
    June 13th, 2006 at 11:40 pm [Reply]

    You had a recent head injury or something?

    Naw. Just watched some Bollywood and “Total Recall” back-to-back.

  92. mumbles
    June 14th, 2006 at 12:05 am [Reply]

    #75: Fred, is that the actor who would always say, “YEEEEEEESSSSS?” Or was that Gale Gordon?

    As for today’s FOOB, I find it a bit distasteful that Grandpa was talking about being buried with his beloved wife….in front of his current wife. As George Carlin says, thou shalt not offend the giver of thy nookie.

  93. Jim Murphy
    June 14th, 2006 at 1:08 am [Reply]

    All of the contestants–except the dude–I like, but based on the first four if Air Forbes doesn’t win I’m proclaiming that a fix is in…

  94. Ferd Berfel
    June 14th, 2006 at 5:57 pm [Reply]

    #92/Mumbles – Frank Nelson was the ‘Yessssss!” guy. The resemblence to the burial plot salesman was frightening.

  95. MotoMike
    June 15th, 2006 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    Ok. I’ve really thought about this more than I would like to admit. With great admiration for all the contestants, Air Forbes has my vote.
    When and where is the awards ceremony? Will the votes be tallied by Price Waterhouse and kept in a mayonnaise …. never mind, that wasn’t funny even the first time Carson used it.

    … Johnny Carson?
    … Used to be on TV?

  96. Beauty Personified
    June 15th, 2006 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    Air Forbes is my pick. But RetroVirus sure is purty! Kudos to them all though! And Dr. Jeff proves that earrings really do make the man! Nice Warhol work by Willis too. Ah, alliteration!


  97. Bob
    June 15th, 2006 at 2:29 pm [Reply]

    This proves why every house “needs” a Retrovirus! I know I wish my place had one……..

  98. Megan_Koumori
    June 15th, 2006 at 5:03 pm [Reply]

    I just want the Andy Warhol Margo on a t-shirt. Or maybe a coffee mug.

  99. Chris Opperman
    June 15th, 2006 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    Wow! RetroVirus is a BABE!


  100. Cee
    June 17th, 2006 at 11:41 pm [Reply]

    The best lookalike so far is a guy !

  101. Tamara
    June 25th, 2006 at 7:11 pm [Reply]

    Am I missing something here? Why should Josh be the sole judge of this contest, just ’cause it’s his blog?

    Should not his readers–and supporters, I might add–partake in the voting process?

    Just an idea … I’m sure I’m not the first to come up with this brilliant idea, but I just don’t have the time to slog through all these undoubtedly-also-brilliant reply posts.

    So? Anyone with me on this? And is Jeff gonna dump Mary?

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