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Metapost: Finger Quotin’ Margo lookalike contest MADNESS

Baldo, 6/21/06

Hey, Baldo, not everybody who objects to improper use of quotation marks is a humorless pedant, OK? We know how to have a good time! We know how to cut loose! We do that by dressing up as characters from a soap opera comic strip!

I wouldn’t expect you to understand.

Folks, I need to say that I am totally awestruck by your response to this project. As if I wasn’t already feeling all warm and fuzzy that several thousand people a day come visit to share my obsession with all things comical, I’ve apparently convinced 15 otherwise sane individuals to dress up like a character from soap opera comic strip and send me their pictures. I’m about to cry a single majestic tear myself.

In the most important sense, you are all winners. But since this is America and we’re not commie pinkos, only one of you will actually be the winner and appear on a mug. Which one of you that will be, I cannot say at this time. I will probably dedicate a lot of thought on the subject this weekend and come to my Solomonic decision on Monday, though I guarantee nothing about that schedule. Meanwhile, though, let’s all look at and appreciate the truly amazing folks who sent me their wacky pictures.

Let’s start with the pics I posted last week. First there’s AirForbes:



Lucy Van Pelt (including a pic she sent that I didn’t run before, altered with the magic of Photoshop filters):

And Dr. Jeff Cory, the only male type with the cojones to enter:

Now, the new batch! First off is a contestant who didn’t respond to my question about what name she’d like to be known as … I’ll just call her “Contestant #1″:

Here’s JennyFromDaBuck:

Margaret, who served as the model portion of a team that also included Justin and Dji:

Miss Molly:

A couple from mon-ma-tron, the first naturalistic, the second Photoshoppified:

Rem Koolhaas:


tanya2s (note subtle Photoshoppery):

And, last but certainly not least, here’s an entry from a dynamic duo of sisters, tracibub and jenners (it’s not clear to me which one was behind the camera and which one was in front of it):

Then there are the drawings. Dave Willis’ Margo à la Warhol is bound for glory:

Then we have this offering from the Baldwin Gallery:

Pantsman offers this exercize in mashups/copyright violation (“This will likely make a lot more sense if you’ve actually seen the Family Guy episode in which crazy Margot Kidder has dinner with the Griffins,” he says):

Finally, there’s this compelling yet terrifying drawing from CulturePulp artist Mike Russell:

Enjoy! While I figure out how the hell I’m going to pick just one. What have I gotten myself into?

Meanwhile, don’t forget the golden rule of commenting on these pictures, which is that they are your fellow community members so BE NICE. This rule can be broken down into two categories: DON’T BE MEAN and DON’T BE CREEPY! Don’t mess up my warm and fuzzy love for you all by breaking the rules, people!

UPDATE: It’s been pointed out to me, quite rightly, that we ought to have the original for comparison. Here she is, in all her glory:

134 responses to “Metapost: Finger Quotin’ Margo lookalike contest MADNESS”

  1. Uncle Lumpy
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:22 am [Reply]

    It’s MADNESS!

    [to the tune of "John Wesley Harding", by B. Dylan]

    Finger-quotin’ Margo
    Was a friend to the poor,
    She trav’led with six fingers on each hand.
    And all across the comics page
    Misquotations she would cure -
    But never did she
    Mock an honest man.

    Once upon a time in “Momma”
    Was a thing they talk about,
    With her fingers in the air
    She took a stand!
    And that “Onion” mess in “Curtis”
    Margo quickly straightened out,
    Forever glad
    To lend a helping hand.

    All across the Internet
    Cartoonists cried, “Magee”!
    But Sam Driver could no charge
    Against her prove.
    And even Mr. Walker
    Couldn’t track or chain her down,
    Because Margo
    Never made a foolish move.

  2. Doug Puthoff
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:33 am [Reply]

    I wonder what Finger Quoting Margo would look like as a “Simpons” character.

  3. Doug Puthoff
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:36 am [Reply]

    I wonder if Mr. Lumpkin is related to Willy Lumpkin, the mailman in the Fantastic Four comic (who was played by Stan Lee in the movie). I wonder if the creators knew of the other Lumpkin’s existence. Will Marvel comics sue.

  4. Steve Ely
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:54 am [Reply]

    No original for comparison purposes in this post, Josh?

  5. Ilovecheese
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:02 am [Reply]

    Hey Josh!
    I’d vote for Dr Jeff Corry..he’s the best..
    All of them look like the “real” margo..but they’re smiling – (which is a good things) – but I don’t imagine Margo smiling while doing the “air-quote” thing!
    I’m loving it!

  6. walter
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:24 am [Reply]

    Tanya is the girl.

  7. walter
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:25 am [Reply]

    Or maybe Talia. Can we have a catfight runoff?

  8. Mo
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:35 am [Reply]

    I think Margaret is our gal. She’s got the sweater, the hair, the eyebrows and the Photoshopped quotes.

  9. mooselet
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:42 am [Reply]

    Good luck with choosing one Josh. I don’t want your job. But in the interests of giving my opinion, my choice of finalists would be Margaret, Bria and Dr. Jeff (simply for being the only man to enter – good on ya!).

  10. Dr. Baltar
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:57 am [Reply]

    Finger Quotin’ Margo Kidder. That should win right there!!! I think I peed my pants when I saw that (is that too creepy?)

  11. traveller
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:12 am [Reply]

    I vote Margaret — her and her team have totally nailed it!

  12. Dub Not Dubya
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:23 am [Reply]

    More information on Finger Quotin’ Margo can be found on the Internet.

    My hat is off to all of the contestants, and I simply cannot pick one that is best. Glad it’s Josh’s job and not mine!

  13. aeth
    June 22nd, 2006 at 3:20 am [Reply]

    You’d think that since readers of this site probably account for 90% of the people who actually read Apt. 3-G (I know I always used to skip it) they’d let you use the picture in graditude.
    That said, I’m digging the photoshopped one by mon-ma-tron. It’s true, though, her fingers aren’t as claw-like as the original Margo’s but they express quotes well.

  14. Mr. Pink
    June 22nd, 2006 at 3:51 am [Reply]

    “Margaret” voor wint!

  15. Tim
    June 22nd, 2006 at 4:31 am [Reply]

    Winner of the contest (IMHO): JennyFromDaBuck. She’s got the pose down.

    Winner of my heart: RetroVirus. If you’re ever in Tokyo…

  16. mr garfield
    June 22nd, 2006 at 6:42 am [Reply]

    Tanya’s got the right attitude.

    (enough to roust me from six months of lurking)

  17. Badly_Computer_Generated_Boy
    June 22nd, 2006 at 7:43 am [Reply]

    Wow, Josh. It “appears” you’ve “bitten off” more than you can “chew”. I’m “glad” I’m not in “your” “shoes”.

  18. mary b
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:01 am [Reply]

    wow…made me wish I would have tried harder to find a magenta turtleneck. All the photos were great – Josh, now that you see what you inspire people to do, please continue to use your powers for evil and not for good.

  19. Ian
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:17 am [Reply]

    Rem Koolhaas! Her finger-quotes just made me think twice about quoting anyone ever again.

  20. Bill Peschel
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:24 am [Reply]

    For once, Josh, I do not envy you.

    You could do a line of most excellent Margo Mugs with the offerings at hand.

    I suggest looking it up on the Internet.

  21. Bigfoot
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:33 am [Reply]

    For me, it’s between Margaret (probably my #1), Lucy Van Pelt’s filtered version, & tanya2s.

    And I bestow the Mark Trail award for “innovative” use of perspective to tracibub and jenners. Did her left arm get hit with expandor-rays?

  22. Badly_Computer_Generated_Boy
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:48 am [Reply]

    Here’s some value-added fun: If you scroll up and down on this thread at just the right speed, all the Margo feaux-tos (haw haw!) form a hellish animated Margo.

  23. Red in Boston
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:53 am [Reply]

    I have to go with Tanya2. The rest aren’t even really close, except the extreme photoshopped ones.

    Make your life easy, pick Tanya2 and be done with it. . .

  24. Smitty Q. Smedlap
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:28 am [Reply]

    Going strictly by my chosen criteria — quality of finger-crook — Dr. Jeff Corey is the clear winner. He has the perfect mis-matched quotes on the right hand, and the symmetrical placement of the fingers on the left.

    Points off for the blue sweater, though. And also for creeping me the hell out.

  25. Kiru B.
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:33 am [Reply]

    Margaret would be my pick, not least for the pre-photoshopping she’s done to make herself t-shirtable. Nice compsition as well.

  26. Tracibub
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:39 am [Reply]

    I (obviously) would like to cast my vote for…myself. The Tracibub/Jenners entry, as I know it, was full of heart and effort. ;) By the way, it be Jenners in front of the camera. I was the photographer. Seriously, we studied that stinkin’ frame FOREVER before sending the final snapshot. The shoulder angles, the fuschia color, the position of the hands and fingers… If you’ll note, Margo’s left arm looks a bit “puffier” than her right, so that was totally on purpose. Yeah. TONS of effort here, folks. Anyway, I might be biased, but I’m still casting my vote for me. :)

  27. luke
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    My vote’s for dr. jeff cory! Wait a tic, are we voting?

  28. Dick
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    Margaret, then Tanya2s. The underarms black out puts her over the top.

  29. Jives
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    These entries are amazing. They could really make Margot an icon.

    I think 3G should end every strip with a Margot teaser panel. It would look like this.

    Oh, and Lucy is still the best. I don’t care if she’s smiling. She should be smiling. She’s dressed up like Margot from 3G.

  30. mere cog in the machine
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:57 am [Reply]

    It’s nice to know that so many of the readers of this are even more demented than I originally gave them credit for! I find it impossible to choose a favorite, but there is one entry that simply does not belong here. To paraphrase, if I may: I knew Finger Quotin’ Margo. I served with Finger Quotin’ Margo. And you, Dr. Jeff Corey, are no Finger Quotin’ Margo!

  31. Hogenmogen
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:01 am [Reply]

    MT: Pitiful artwork (that makes it appear as if a black hole to the upper right is sucking all matter in that direction) aside, what is so “dangerous” about an outdoor clothing show?
    Kelly: “How did you find out about the bear poaching in Mark’s forest?
    Bill: “I read about it in some other wildlife magazine, of course.”

  32. Hysterical Woman
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:04 am [Reply]

    Don’t be creepy? That Baldwin cartoon is already creepy.

    Anyway, my vote is for Margaret.

  33. Hysterical Woman
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    Oh wait, I don’t have a vote.

  34. Dji
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:08 am [Reply]

    Tracibub, like you I’m voting selfishly: Team Margaret all the way. But I have to salute your framing: it’s hard to get the left arm, right arm, tilt ‘o body and tilt ‘o head right… and that’s without even mentioning Smitty’s finger-crook-quality criterion.

    I wonder how many total “person hours” have gone into this project so far.

  35. Andrew Wheeler
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    A lot of these are wonderful, and/or appropriately Margo-esque, but I have to vote for Margaret. She really nails the superficially happy but deeply evil expression that is Margo.

    Plus, you know, her name practically is Margo, so she gets extra points for that.

  36. OtherMichael
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    Mike Russel, you are scaring me. In a good way. Sorta.

    The Margaret pic is doubleplusgoodawesome, and the second mo-ma-tron pic is plusgoodawesome.

  37. Laura
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    my vote would be for tanya2s. she had the audacity to photoshop the quotes in her pic. it’s a subtle combination of fiction and non-fiction. it’s nice. i like it. either that or let the guy win for suffering through those clip-on earrings long enough to get his picture taken. damn those things can hurt.

  38. bootsybooks
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    To stick with the best resmblance to the “essence” of Margo, I have to go with Margaret. She has the correct combinaion of hot, with a subtle sheet of batshit crazy in her eyes.

    “Hats off” to all competitors!

  39. DC Maggie
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    Andrew, you’ve hit the nail on the head – I AM superficially happy but deeply evil. Muhahahaha! Margarets of the world unite!

    Cheers to my competiton – you’ve all done an outstanding job!

    - Margaret (aka DC Maggie/Margo)

  40. dimestore lipstick
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    Margaret/DC Maggie/Margo.

    She got it all right.

  41. philip
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    I am now more than a little sad that I didn’t take time to enter. Great work contestants. You are true American heroes!

    Good luck, Josh.

  42. Matt
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    Gotta go for JennyFromDaBuck myself. She’s making those most obvious effort to duplicate the hair and the pose.

  43. Benicillin
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:49 am [Reply]

    I love the cartoon/art entries, especially Mike Russell’s.

  44. JustJack75
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    Having been a spectator to the Margaret to Margo transition, I have to cast my vote there… though Dr. Jeff gets an honorable mention for having “balls”

    Though I’ve got to wonder to whom did y’all bill those hours to ;-)

  45. joeyjoejoe
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    If we were voting, I would also vote for Margaret, Justin, and Dji. The sheer quality of this photo illustration attests to the care and time they put it. Many of the entries would be perfect, but for a single detail: a wayward shadow, an object in the background, an oddly orange hue, an amateurish graininess, a distracting timestamp, an overtly amused expression. Only the M.J.D. Project gets it all right. Their submission looks like a comic strip panel in which the character just happens to be photorealistically drawn.

    Props to them for wasting so much of their time and obvious talent on this project.

  46. Meg_gone_happy
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    I think that it would be really funny if the guy won. =)

  47. Nick
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:27 am [Reply]

    I hadn’t seen the original in a while but JennyFromDaBuck took me right back, and she’s got my vote…although I’m not sure I would purchase said mug.

  48. loudfan
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:37 am [Reply]

    I also vote for Margaret. She makes me wish someone would write a theatrical dramatization of A3G just so she could play Margo live onstage.

  49. yellojkt
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:46 am [Reply]

    I have set up two polls in the forums because the software wouldn’t let me put everyone in one poll. We should award the Cardinal’s Cup to the winner of the poll(s) regardless of Josh’s pick of the real winner.

  50. Posthumous
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    Margaret has that “clean” “simple” look that T-shirts cry out for.

  51. Joe
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    Lucy Van Pelt’s Photoshopped version is the best Drew Friedman imitation I’ve ever seen…

  52. ginevra
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    Margaret or Retrovirus would make the best tshirt designy-thing (technical term, that) in my opinion.

    I’m a little scared of mutant Fiji mermaid Margo. Did she get bitten by a radioactive popped collar?

  53. Ronin
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    Hey Josh,
    Would it be possible to vote on this with a poll or something? Would you be able to install one for this?
    I think democratic is the way to go instead of just having mr curmudgeon decide.

    But having said that,

    My vote goes to the natural “mon-ma-tron” picture.
    She has that typical saucy, devious “i’m gonna rip out your heart and feed it to my cat” Margo look in her eyes.
    It would be the perfect image to go with a cup of joe.

  54. derbs
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:28 pm [Reply]


    No contest.

    The pose is NAILED.

  55. Pansy
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    Newflash, Mister Lumpkin “English Teacher”: They’re not “quote marks” they’re QUOTATION marks.

    JennyFromDaBuck has my vote. Margaret doesn’t strike the right pose and doesn’t have that sideways glance.

    And speaking of finger quotin’: Someone in these pages MUST have already sited the fantastic Gallery of Misused Quotation Marks, yes? It hasn’t been updated in several years, but it’s still on display…HERE:

  56. 420
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    RetroVirus has stolen my heart.

  57. Frank Drackman
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    Why does Mr. Lumpkin look like Colonel Sanders?

  58. Meg
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:50 pm [Reply]

    I’m rooting for Margaret, and not just because I am a fellow Margaret! She’s got that vapid yet evil Margo look to her. That said, I think Tanya2 did the best job of getting the shoulder and head angles right, and she gets bonus points for the bobble marks around her finger quotes. What a tough call!

  59. yellojkt
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    Direct links to the poll in the forums:

    Part 1

    Part 2

    I think you have to be a logged in member to vote.

  60. undUH preshUH
    June 22nd, 2006 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    I thought the contest was to be close to identical to the specific Finger Quotin’ Margo frame, not the “essence” of all of Margo’s evil and trechery. And like it or not Margo is the image of precious and kindness in the quotin’ frame! Therefore I say Lucy, Dr Jeff (hands down winner, by the way), Jennyfromdabuck, and Jenners have it down. Though I still think Josh should have the say over the winner, it’s still his merchandise he should be able to have the last call on what/who goes on it!

  61. Catherine
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:07 pm [Reply]

    My vote is for tanya2s! She looks snarky.

  62. Tracibub
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:14 pm [Reply]

    Hey! Not nice if we can’t fit all entries in the poll… I’d like there to be at least an OPTION to vote for myself. Maybe we find alternative polling techniques?

  63. Tracibub
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:16 pm [Reply]

    My apologies to Yellowjkt. I’m lame. Poll two option… hee hee. *blush* My bad!!!

  64. Tracibubagain…
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    Sorry Yellojkt. That whole “look at both links” thing really staggered my brain apparently. My apologies for being a dofus.

  65. dre
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    if somebody could photoshop out the background of JennyFromDaBuck’s shot, it would indeed be perfect. i think the background is distracting folks from the accuracy of the pose and the hair, not to mention the earrings. and if only her name didn’t somehow make me uncomfortable…

  66. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    Impressed as I am with the later entries, I’m sticking with Lucy Van Pelt. She has that certain special charisma.

  67. MossMoses
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    Why are all the men in Mary Worth emasculated sissies?

    Doc Jeff – The poor guy is so desperate he’s been in a platonic relationship with Mary Worth for years and the most physical he’s ever gotten was the dishwashing reacharound.

    Professor Ian Cameron: Harumph! He has the trophy wife half his age yet can’t manage a tilt in his kilt to save his meaningless life.

    Wilbur Weston: Androgenous transgender advice fatty who depends on Mary Worth for advice.

    I guess Mary Worth does balance out Mark Trail, where men go on dangerous gall bladder missions while women are sent to Dickeys fashion shows…

  68. Kansasienne
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:15 pm [Reply]

    JennyfromDaBuck. She’s without a doubt the closest real-life duplicate of Margo in that panel.

  69. BigJoe
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:32 pm [Reply]

    If you ever have a JennyfromDaBuck lookalike contest, Contestant #1 would win hands down. I kept comparing the two photos to figure out if it was the same person or not.

  70. captainswift
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    Mon-ma-tron gets my vote, personally.

  71. Hogenmogen
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:45 pm [Reply]

    #66 – Moss, I know Mark’s editor is referring to Macho Man Mark’s mission (how’s that for alliteration?) as “dangerous”, but since it is in the same word balloon as the “outdoor fashion show”, I want to conjure images of action, adventure and an aura of adrenaline (alliteration again – and again! ..and agai– aw, anyway…) in the diva-infested world of hiking-boot models there’s bound to be treachery afoot. Fishing cap models are always trying to get out ahead. On the other hand, they’ve got nothing on ski glove models. The models for camulflage rain gear are totally cloak & dagger. Ok, I’ll knock it off with the subtle (and yet very bad) punnery.

  72. BassoGap
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:48 pm [Reply]


    1st Runner-up to Jennyfromdabuck

  73. fuzzmaster
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    No, this isn’t a vote. I just wanted to note that the outpouring of Margo lookalikes should forever end any criticism of A3G as “not true to life.” Who knew there was a world of Margos out there? And some of them look even more like Margo than the comic does.

    Now, to find the real Mark Trail. I’m thinking Log Cabin Republican meeting, for a start…

  74. Len
    June 22nd, 2006 at 2:51 pm [Reply]

    I know comics strips are produced months in advance of when they finally appear in your newspaper or on your computer website. But they ARE dated in advance, and designed to appear at specific times. Mr. McEldowney wrote and illustrated a Pibgorn episode featuring Wolfgang A. Mozart last year, and didn’t even draw attention to the fact that it was Wolfie’s birthday in the strip!

    Yesterday was Midsummer’s Day — the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere — and in Pibgorn again the significant date was ignored. Why do a re-write of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and let the night of the Midsummer go unremarked upon?

    Happy Midsummer, people! And to those readers in Australia and other places below the Equator, Happy Midwinter, too. May the Faeries troop through your dreams, but leave you unharmed except for visions of leggy goodness.

  75. MossMoses
    June 22nd, 2006 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    #70: Hogenmogen, you refer to “Mark’s editor” but how would we have any idea who he is if you don’t telegraph it with the obligatory “Mark’s editor, Bill Ellis”. The “from Woods and Wildlife Magazine” part is optional.

    As for Dr. Troy’s head, he lost it today in a great ball of hellfire and Chesty did a head bobble upon witnessing his severed head. This decapitation stuff is getting out of hand…

  76. KarenK
    June 22nd, 2006 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    I think Margaret has it all the way – the head tilt, the snarky sideways grin, the hands/fingers position – excellent work.

  77. rich
    June 22nd, 2006 at 3:28 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Mary Worth:

    Thank God she didn’t imagine Dr. Jeff in his bondage gear. She must have known we were listening in.

  78. brendan
    June 22nd, 2006 at 3:53 pm [Reply]

    Ho. Lee. Shit.

    And I thought the folks here were obsessed with Apartment 3g. This guy takes the cake.

  79. Sans Script
    June 22nd, 2006 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    She is tha winner. She has tha nice eyes. She has tha nice teeth. In my country she would win best prostitue. I like to touch tha Margaret.

  80. NJP
    June 22nd, 2006 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    Props to all the contest entrants. Very nice job everyone! I think it comes down to Tanya2 or Margaret, thanks to the Photoshopped motion lines and the attention to detail by including the black shadow in the bottom half of the frame.

  81. AirForbes
    June 22nd, 2006 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    #77: Boy, the artwork sure used to be a whole lot more impressive, wasn’t it? Makes the current A3G look like a faint imitation of the real thing.

    So…many…Margos! Much as I enjoyed seeing all the photos (we should do another contest of some sort again someday), for the purposes of a t-shirt or mug, I think Dave Willis’ cartoon is the hands-down winner.

  82. undUH preshUH
    June 22nd, 2006 at 5:00 pm [Reply]

    I’m not so sure the photoshoppers should be placed at the top of the pack simply for the photoshopping! At the beginning of the contest Josh said he’d take care of that part! And I’m sure not everybody even has access to the program. I think the photoshop is a non-issue. If the photo can stand alone without it that’s fine.

  83. kostia
    June 22nd, 2006 at 5:03 pm [Reply]

    #73, Len: Because he was too busy doing Lysander-Helena porn. From the crotch-grabbing to the visible tongues, yesterday was the dirtiest Pibgorn ever. I blushed.

  84. monkeyhawk
    June 22nd, 2006 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    You’re all a bunch of silly people and I’m glad I don’t have anything in common with any of you.

    Well, not that much.

    Well, at least, no fuschia turtle-neck.

  85. treedweller
    June 22nd, 2006 at 5:52 pm [Reply]

    I’m speechless. I’m in awe. That Mr. Lumpkin’s eye bulges out of its socket at the mistaken use of “can” for “may” suggests he should be under the watchful care of a mental health professional. That upraised hand in the final panel? Stands for LOSER!

    No, wait, I meant I’m in awe of this collection of entries. Kudos to all contestants for your cracks at copying a comic strip character.

  86. gradioc
    June 22nd, 2006 at 6:39 pm [Reply]

    I`m just trying to get my head around the fact that you showed us Finger Quoting Margot Kidder and then told US not to be creepy.

  87. treedweller
    June 22nd, 2006 at 7:41 pm [Reply]


    This finger quotin margo contest was fun. I know you still have to announce a winner and all, but can we do “thumbs-up Pete’s Gym Guy” contest next?

  88. Chris
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    77, the artwork in the strip’s heyday was amazing…and I think Margo as drawn in the 60s and 70s looks a lot like Cordelia Chase from Buffy and Angel.

    Which is to say, HOT!

  89. Anonymous
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    Kostia (#82) – you blushed? I thought Monday’s was the dirtiest (to use your word), what with her dress pulled up around her hips and the sword line…

  90. BassoGap
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:46 pm [Reply]

    Dammit…#88 was me…

  91. Frank Drackman
    June 22nd, 2006 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    Lets see Talia, Tanya , and Margaret in a 3-way

  92. Katie
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    I vote for tanya2s with JennyFromDaBuck taking second. Jenny has to pose down better, but Tanya’s seems like she’s actually in the action of quotin’ whereas the others seem posed.

    Is the fact that people didn’t photoshop out their backgrounds really going to hurt their chances? That feels like something that can be done later to make the pictures more mug-friendly.

    When are we going to discuss what the quote will be? I vote for:
    I like “coffee!” Guess the puts us in conflict!

  93. Bigfoot
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    The creepiness is in (not-quite-full) effect in some of these posts. Seriously, you might push Margaret (and some of the others) to a career as a prostitute or to wonder whether the various oglers on the street are lustful CC readers.

    Dr. Jeff’s entry was a tad creepy to me, but that’s just because he looked so comfortable…like he’d go out on the street that way. Dr. Jeff? Please please don’t be at Eamonn’s in Brooklyn tomorrow in that get-up.

    [Meta: I can't seem to make the forum work. Anyone have trouble with Firefox & the forum? By now I think I've gone inactive though, so maybe it's just that.]

  94. Bigfoot
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:35 pm [Reply]

    Oooo….good one, Katie. But what about just going straight to the phrase that pays:

    I guess that puts us in “conflict.”

  95. King Folderol
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:39 pm [Reply]

    My vote’s for AirForbes…she’s the most earnest looking of all the contestants…she’s “selling” those quotation marks.

    Uncle Lumpy, that John Wesley Harding parody rocks. It’s going to be in my head all day tomorrow.

    brendan, thanks for the link. That is some awesome artwork in the old A3G’s…and I can’t believe that Joan Collins was ever that hot.

    And, Baldo, those quote marks do suck ass. Here in America, we speak English. We don’t speak “English”.

  96. Katie
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:43 pm [Reply]

    Bigfoot, I just went back and checked the comic’s use of emphasis. Based on the boldings, it looks like it should be:

    I “like” coffee! Guess the puts us in “conflict”!

  97. Bigfoot
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:49 pm [Reply]

    Sweet, Katie. If we both like “coffee,” maybe we could still be in “conflict?” Cause I “seriously” need “my” coffee….

    Egads! The finger-quotin’ Margo look-alikes are closing in on my apartment. Help! Help!

  98. Meg, Again
    June 22nd, 2006 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    ReteroVirus Is pretty cute.

  99. Bigfoot
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:00 pm [Reply]

    Could a new CC challenge be writing in to Pluggers or TDIET? We might have to collaborate though to get a serious “Oh yeah” worthy submission.

  100. Katie
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:00 pm [Reply]

    To keep them at bay, throw a beatnik drenched in holy water at her and scream, “It’s go time, bitch!” At least, that’s how I got rid of mine. If only that worked on spiders.

  101. Ferd Berfel
    June 22nd, 2006 at 10:29 pm [Reply]

    Holy Guacamole! I’m glad I don’t have your job, Your Holiness!

    Each entry brings something unique to the contest. People even photoshopped stuff… wow

    I still say ‘shop’ them all together into some award winning Franken-Margo or something.

  102. Marc
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:08 pm [Reply]

    Only in Funky Winkerbean can the storyline go from metastizing cancer to soft-core teen p o r n (hope the filter doesn’t get it). Prediction: Darren is offered sex and turns it down.

    MW: What was orange shirt and electric blue pant sale this week? I notice how Giella got lazy and the paisly pattern looks like black turds-on-a-shirt. Prediction: Jeff Cory wants to spend the night….

  103. Talia
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:11 pm [Reply]

    Man, I didn’t realize how big my nose looked in that picture; Well, if it is of interest, there are 2 or 3 more Margo-pictures that me and my sister Julia took.
    Also, Mr. Josh: we had to send you a tiny version of the photo due to the required fixing-up of the color, but there is a bigger version (unfixed) as well.

  104. left of the pyle
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:32 pm [Reply]

    I’ll take with retrovirus and talia.

    Now what are we doing here?

  105. left of the pyle
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:35 pm [Reply]

    Tossing aside my blatant objectification above, I think that JennyfromDaBuck has nailed the pose in a realistic interpretation, however, in terms of true impression I think it’s retrovirus.

  106. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    June 22nd, 2006 at 11:44 pm [Reply]

    Is Dr. Jeff Corey any relation to Prof. Irwin Corey?

    He appears to be about ready to hit the road, and who could blame him? No doubt, he’s off on a journey of despair, to desolate places, where he can contemplate putting an end to his pathetic life.

    Sweet mama! Mark Trail features a bit of conniving Kelly lingerie cheesecake, and in panel three, Mark meets Ranger Rick. Or should we call him Mr. Rogers?

  107. OP Corduroy Shorts
    June 23rd, 2006 at 12:03 am [Reply]

    tanja2 is the hottest … so sadly she can;t win.

  108. Dub Not Dubya
    June 23rd, 2006 at 1:30 am [Reply]

    29 Jives, loved the Finger Quotin’ Margo teaser panel. Please do more!

  109. ohhhhyeah
    June 23rd, 2006 at 1:43 am [Reply]

    [Congratulations on posting the first post that I've ever actively censored for content. This violated the "Don't be creepy" rule in just all kinds of ways. -Josh]

  110. RetroVirus
    June 23rd, 2006 at 1:48 am [Reply]

    Wow, those are some great Margos! It’s gonna be a tough decision, Josh.
    I do have to say though, I’m a big fan of the cartoon ones as well– the Warhol one and the six (eight?) armed Margo in particular (…but I’m not sure I want to be seeing that one on my cup first thing in the morning ;) ).

  111. PaddyJ
    June 23rd, 2006 at 1:51 am [Reply]

    isn’t a lumpkin a blowjob while taking a shit?

  112. Wimpy III
    June 23rd, 2006 at 2:10 am [Reply]

    Not that it matters from the looks of the voting, but I still have to go with Air Forbes. She has Margo’s facial structure. In fact, If they were going to do a Mary Worth movie (and who says they won’t) I would pick her to be Margo. But I think the t-shirt would be cool if it was just a series of Warholized small pictures of all the FQM’s.

  113. Occam
    June 23rd, 2006 at 2:29 am [Reply]

    Is Bucky doing a little finger-quoting (or in his case, paw-quoting) in today’s “Get Fuzzy” or is that just a stray mark by his left paw?

    I noticed in the supermarket tonight that they are now carrying a selection of Land O’Frost “Dagwood” deli meats, complete with a tiny Dagwood on the package. What next?

  114. 420
    June 23rd, 2006 at 7:56 am [Reply]

    Yesterdays GF- I spent the first 9 years on my life in Totowa, NJ. Nice to see it make the funnies.

    Yesterdays Dennis- Isn’t it about time the Wilson’s got caller ID?

  115. Dennis Jimenez
    June 23rd, 2006 at 8:08 am [Reply]


    FBOFW – Well, I’m relived it looks like we may be dodging the miscigenation bullet. We wouldn’t want any unseemly race mixing in the Patterson’s happy world.

    MT – Hubba Hubba – Jack Elrod cheesecake.

    MW – Yes, Dr. Jeff – run – run as fast as you can if you value your sanity.

    Pluggers – If only I could photoshop.

  116. MotoMike
    June 23rd, 2006 at 8:23 am [Reply]

    Occam – I noticed the same thing with Bucky.
    I change my vote to JennyFromdaBuck. Great contestants all.

  117. Hogenmogen
    June 23rd, 2006 at 8:36 am [Reply]

    Six Chix’s “joke”, after reading it in various forms about twenty times in other strips – STILL ISN’T FUNNY.

    MW: Dr. Jeff is leaving Mary? Sounds like all these self-help gurus that get divorced three times. Ha ha ha! Healer, heal thyself!

    I’m sure that he’s packing up for a surprise yachting vacation somewhere with Mary – you know, where they can get frisky. But it’s nice to dream…

  118. BigJoe
    June 23rd, 2006 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    MW: So apparently Dr. Cory shops for his clothes at the same grocery store that Mama Raptor bought her dorito dress. Check out his cool cocktail weenie party shirt:

  119. yellojkt
    June 23rd, 2006 at 9:04 am [Reply]

    My accounting methods are subject to auditing, but it seems from the comments that Margaret, JennyFromDaBuck, and tanya2s are the fan favorites, with Margaret getting the most mentions.

    Personally, I think people are overlooking the moody sinister lighting that Bria used. Remember, Margo is “evil”.

  120. BassoGap
    June 23rd, 2006 at 9:08 am [Reply]


    MW – Dude…Dr. Jeff has finally realized he does have a soul mate, and it’s not Mary Q. Contrary. With that shirt, he’ll be the 7-Layer Dip to Jolene Raptor’s Dorito’s Corn Chip dress…

    Luann – No, Bernice’s plan is to *be* the billionaire. And Luann will be one of her hangers-on/yes-girls.

    Foob – No, Dennis Jimenez (#115), he’ll still follow LizardBreath to the South. The new teacher’s one of his cousins, and she’s about to turn to Liz and say, “So *you’re* the whitey who’s asking him to move away from his family? Damn, bitch, we’ve been talking about you…”

    RMMD – Chesty: “I can’t believe this is happening!” Troy: (some drivel about being in prison) Chesty: “No, you idiot, who gives a flying frog about *you*? My EYES are melting!”

    MT – Boom chicka mow mow… I suppose a beige slip is about as racy as MT is ever going to get, if you don’t count animals-gone-wild. And isn’t Ranger Rick supposed to be a raccoon?

    (DT)GT – I am absolutely convinced Rubin and McLaughlin have not only never played the game, but haven’t watched it, either. Where the heck is that batter going, in Panel 2? A single means the runner makes it only to 1B…but that fielder is in foul territory, which means the batter didn’t get a hit…oh, and Jimmy gained 5 years when we weren’t looking (Panel 1).

    SF – Damn, Ted. Get a haircut and a hat that fits, ok? The only people who look non-stupid in a backward-turned baseball hat are catchers, and even then, only when on the field. Please tell me you don’t lean your car seat 1/2 way back and turn the bass up as high as it’ll go?

    Monty – Chester kicks Monty’s ass in yet another sport. Just being alive at his age guarantees a full social calendar, but being a stud athlete, too? He doesn’t need to cruise for chicks with Monty, when all he has to do is walk into the dining room at the Senior Center…

    PBS – Poor Willie. He took one for the team, and his sacrifice was for naught.

    GF – United States of Dwayne…I think I’ve been there.

    Fox Trot – Oh, man. Amend works hard on Jason, to get the math right for the math geeks, the tech stuff right for the CS geeks…and he blows it all, right here: everyone knows you suck the syrup out of a sno-cone by tearing the tip from the bottom of the paper cone….

  121. Grandpas Dead
    June 23rd, 2006 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    FW: If that guy pusses out and doesn’t get into the hottub, I’ll….well, I won’t do anything, because they’re fictional characters…but I would be very upset.

  122. Jives
    June 23rd, 2006 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    “29 Jives, loved the Finger Quotin’ Margo teaser panel. Please do more!”

    Crossover with todays (shocking) MT.

  123. Hogenmogen
    June 23rd, 2006 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    Funky: Yeah, that just makes me irritable. Here you are, a teen age boy (presumably with normal hormones – which at that age means “off the Richter scale”) a hot chick who makes repeated comments indicating that she’s hot to trot, and I understand that you’re a bit nervous, but don’t expect a second date if all you do is stammer the whole evening. At a certain point you should just say “when I wake up, I hope the wet spot isn’t too sticky.”

  124. Dji
    June 23rd, 2006 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    What’s Elizabeth been brewing in her rural kitchen?

  125. Hogenmogen
    June 23rd, 2006 at 10:42 am [Reply]

    A3G: Yesterday: “Ms. Powers needs some air” – read: join Tommie, Lucy and the smiling poet with a perpetual hard-on on the elevator to Eden.

    Today: Eric and Luann walk by Margo, who is ready for all kinds of lip locking action on the lusty e-love-ator of sin.

    New story line: Two guys, four women and one steamy 4×6 space randomly appearing around the building. The doors open in front of a crowd of beatniks, and they all applaud by snapping their fingers. The doors open in the lobby, and Chinese tourists, eager to fit in with the native New Yorkers begin to get wild, too. The door opens on the 24th floor, a law office where a man and woman are going through a bitter divorce. Forlornly, the couple looks at all the writing, naked bodies. The door closes. The couple leaps across the table and begin to strip each other bare. The lawyers pause momentarily, then do the same. The elevator reaches the 69th floor, where they’re shooting a porn movie. The fornicating couple doesn’t stop or even notice the elevator. The doors are about to shut when Margo exclaims “If we show up on film, we deserve royalties!”

  126. Jose
    June 23rd, 2006 at 11:15 am [Reply]


  127. treedweller
    June 23rd, 2006 at 11:42 am [Reply]

    Okay, no thumbs-up-guy contest.

    How about “Finger quotin’ Bucky contest?

    Here’s my entry.

  128. Carlye
    June 23rd, 2006 at 12:07 pm [Reply]


  129. Scumbaggioni
    June 24th, 2006 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    What freaks me out about this post is nothing to do with Finger-Lick…I mean, Finger-Bang…uh, Finger-Quotin’ Margo: It’s Baldo’s teacher.

    Look at panel one. See the murder in his eyes? Lumpy’s got a freezer in his basement stocked full of salted human. All kinds of critters go in Mr. Lumpkin’s fritters…

    For more scary eyes, I’d recommend “Wee Pals” for March 19th. God. Welcome to the Land Of No Foreheads.

    And you know if they ain’t got foreheads, they ain’t got frontal lobes.

  130. Scumbaggioni
    June 24th, 2006 at 5:03 am [Reply]

    #128: I have no idea why I typed “March 19th” when I meant “June 19th.” Talk about not having a frontal lobe…

  131. Islamorada Girl
    June 24th, 2006 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    Although everyone is fabulous, based on a lifetime of reading 3G, my vote is for Margaret. She has achieved that bi-polar look of menace that really defines Margo.

    And Dr. Jeff should get a prize just for having the cojones to put on those terrible, tacky earrings. I’m a woman and I wouldnt’ be caught dead in them!

  132. baguioboy
    June 24th, 2006 at 12:23 pm [Reply]

    I vote for Tanya. It’s all about the attitude.

  133. godfodder
    June 29th, 2006 at 10:48 pm [Reply]

    I’m voting for the one with the biggest tits.

    Um… which one would that be? Can we have some “shirts off” versions?? Cool!

  134. C
    July 6th, 2006 at 6:40 pm [Reply]

    I’ve greeted bun haired, turtleneck wearing ladies with the lines, ” Margo ! ” and ” The perfect couple ! ” while making the finger quotation sign.

    I’m not sure why it startles and confounds them.

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