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Sunday panels

It’s another fun Sunday of individual panels from individual strips! Let’s see what’s up. Say, has Mary ingested some kind of powerful mood-altering drug that has caused her to pupils to dilate to pinpricks as she blathers on about sunny nothingness?

Panel from Mary Worth, 5/23/10

Sure looks like it!

Panel from Crock, 5/23/10

Crock trufans of course know that the strip’s title character’s full name is “Vermin P. Crock.” This is hard information to come by for the casual reader, because his terrified underlings never refer to him by first name; apparently only the local man of God has that privilege. So, for the 99 percent of humanity who is not aware of this Crockiana factoid, it would appear that Crock is being verbally abused by a priest, which would actually fit in nicely with the general attitude of cruelty that defines the world of the strip.

Panel from Apartment 3-G, 5/23/10

This is the same A3G fight that’s been happening all week, but it’s nice to see a comically rendered narration box breaking up the ennui. Perhaps it’s a phenomenon related to this classic Margo word balloon.

Panel from Curtis, 5/23/10

Yes, many elementary-age children have the name of a special effects artist whose work last appeared in a major full-length motion picture 29 years ago right on the tips of their tongues. Barry is a true cineaste and student of film history, which is why he complains so much about the terrible movies Curtis drags him to, I guess.

And hey, is Mary still tweaking along at full blast?

Panel from Mary Worth, 5/23/10

Looks like it!

93 responses to “Sunday panels”

  1. Elliegal
    May 23rd, 2010 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    Hey, where’d the wall fish go in the second picture of Mary???

  2. Torgo
    May 23rd, 2010 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    Didn’t Ray Harryhausen do the special effects in Robocop (1987)?

  3. mollificent
    May 23rd, 2010 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    @Amateur (#YY390): I watched “LOTR: The Fellowship…” with Rifftrax with a friend of mine a few days ago, and he nearly laughed himself into a hernia. :) But I think my very favorite still has to be the “Twilight” Rifftrax. Oh my God…they actually manage to make the movie madly entertaining to watch.

  4. Sequitur
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:02 pm [Reply]

    @boojum (#Y129):

    Wow. Quite the musical evening. I’d make a go at “Gil Thorp” myself, but the, uh, tune would have to be something by Philip Glass to be at all appropriate.

    Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of Tom Lehrer’s New Math

    Gil Thorp, Gil Thorp,
    It’s so simple only a child can do it.

  5. commodorejohn
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:05 pm [Reply]

    @boojum (Y129): A soundtrack for Gil Thorp? Easy. “Complex Mathematical Equation” by Aphex Twin.

  6. Sequitur
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:09 pm [Reply]

    MW: The last time I say eyes like that was from Yul Brynner in Westworld.

  7. Sequitur
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:12 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#6): And the last time I saw eyes like that too.

  8. Darryl Heine
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:13 pm [Reply]

    2 panels of Mary Worth? You could have used 3 panels of the May 23, 2010 Sunday Blondie comic strip showing Dagwood getting the boot in the behind from Mr. Dithers!

  9. curlyfries
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:18 pm [Reply]

    @yaoi huntress earth (#126): Yeah, Drusilla’s lust for a mild-mannered organist who just happens to look exactly like Brooke is pretty obvious. Oh well, smug but harmless wish-fulfillment, right? It’s extremes like 10 year old Lena Egg’s creepy yen for a dynamite set of charlies and a desire to destroy men sexually that make me want to call Child Protective Services.

    I don’t know about a version of the rape scene from The Fountainhead, since McElromantic seems to go for the My Pretty Pony version of sex rather than Ayn Rand’s “it’s not rape because you really wanted it” concept. It’s like comparing the Dracula version of vampires to the nice sparkly ones in Twilight.

  10. Not Greg Evans
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    Someone tell Mary Worth she’s got that babel fish in backwards

  11. Black Drazon
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:38 pm [Reply]

    You just reminded me, so I checked back up and: Zits can’t say “sucks” but Curtis can do a multi-week storyline pretending he and his single-digit-aged brother found their parent’s sex tape? The world is confusing; I’m staying in tonight.

  12. Dr. Weird
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:41 pm [Reply]


    If everything is perfect, why does Mary have a pink fish growing out of her head?

  13. bats :[
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:44 pm [Reply]

    @mollificent (#3): oh, I must check that out. That — thing — was so dreadful (and so like the book) that it deserves to have its pointy little ears pinned back.

  14. jvwalt
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:47 pm [Reply]

    Ah, the Bum Boat — the only seafood place where they nail the Catch Of The Day to the wall. As Rachael Ray would say, “Yumm-o!”

  15. Digger
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 pm [Reply]

    Looks like Mary had barrels of fun on her drug-induced killing spree.

  16. Uncle Lumpy
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 pm [Reply]

    Omigawd, I’m a Crock trufan. What has happened to me? I’m truly sorry, Mom.

  17. pccmdoc
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:53 pm [Reply]

    Mary’s pupils are ‘constricted’ not dilated. Constricted due to the massive amount of endorphins being released from her latest act of meddling.

    As opposed to dilated (and fixed), like those of the character who can’t be seen who’s skull she has just brutally crushed…in her act of meddling, leading to the aforementioned endorphin release.

  18. Sister Sestina
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:54 pm [Reply]

    I’ve heard of eyes being poetically described as “limpid pools”, but to actually have a fish jump out of them is ridiculous.

  19. Poteet
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:55 pm [Reply]

  20. hilzoy fangirl
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:57 pm [Reply]

    Not without reason was the spice often called “the secret coinage.” Without melange, Mary Worth could not meddle. Melange precipitated the “delinquency trance” by which the transgressions of Charterstone residents could be “seen” before they went astray.

  21. NoahSnark
    May 23rd, 2010 at 10:58 pm [Reply]

    My what big eyes you have Mary Worth! All the better to see your faults my dear.

  22. Stroker Ace
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:06 pm [Reply]

    Billy Bass should always speak for Mary.

  23. Sister Sestina
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:07 pm [Reply]

    I’d give Curtis a little slack there. Given how special-effects heavy films have become there’s a lot of current day movie people who like mentioning Harryhausen as an honored forebearer. It’d be easy enough to know the name without actually ever seeing his work.

  24. mollificent
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#13): Well, here’s a little preview for you (complete with CC in-joke!). ;)

  25. Joe in Seattle
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:28 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth is participating in an “outing”? Who is it, that Dr Reckers and his Rentboy?

  26. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:35 pm [Reply]

    Dick – Guns that shoot blanks? Tracy has one of those, or he will in about four weeks. SHOOT “BLANKS”! Ironic, isn’t it? ISN’T IT??? (“Now, Johnny, we’ve been through this before. You have to say your lines out loud, or the audience can’t hear you!”)

    Pearls – The grand slam of geek tech gags!

    Popeye – I remember this as a panel gag by John Dempsey in Playboy.

    Smirky – Oh, great. The week I quit Facebook. This is like being told that if I quit Facebook, I’m a plugger. (I posted an explanation, but of course it went away when I did. Oops.)

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#114): Are you sure somebody wasn’t cut-and-pasting “Brando movies” and lost the B?

  27. Kremovich
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:38 pm [Reply]

    If 99% of humanity doesn’t know Crock’s first name, that means 1% does; maybe I’m a pessimist, but I’d be shocked if sixty-million people had even HEARD of Crock. Let alone liking it enough to know who Vermin is. We’d probably have to divide that number by, say, sixty-million.

  28. Steve S
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:39 pm [Reply]

    No wonder things are so uncomfortable at Apartment 3-G: They’re repeating the exact same passive-aggressive conversation from earlier in the week. Lu Ann may just be slow enough not to remember, but surely Margo is keeping up the charade out of spite, which is really why she does anything.

  29. Andy L
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:45 pm [Reply]

    Besides, unless Curtis is watching some amusing experiment in retro special effects, Harryhausen is less likely to be “proud”, and more likely to be “pissed off that the art and craft he worked so hard to advance has been entirely replaced by the new technologies that forced him into an early retirement.”

  30. Andy L
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    Also, I understand that scriptwriting isn’t as easy as it looks, and that any change in dialog can have a far-reaching affect on the ongoing plot, but it’s too bad that it wasn’t possible for this line to be used when the boys were watching a movie that featured, instead of blood and guts, something that Harryhausen is actually commonly associated with, Monsters for example.

  31. Andy L
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    So long as I’ve just made two consecutive posts on Curtis, I’m just going to go for the tipple and say that the only way that the pay-off for the current Curtis storyline could be funny at all is if it has all been an elaborate double-bluff and that Curtis really did watch his parents’ homemade porn.

  32. Buck Ripsnort
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    Everything IS perfect when the fish finally leaves your head!

  33. Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™
    May 23rd, 2010 at 11:56 pm [Reply]

    Just watched the series finale of Lost and it really made me appreciate the writing and logic of Apt. 3G.

  34. The TJ
    May 24th, 2010 at 12:13 am [Reply]

    Sure, Mary’s fine NOW… But in a minute she’ll be getting antsy. Soon she’ll be looking for something to meddle in. “That waiter, his ring finger has a tanline. It’s Meddlin’ time!” And before you ask, yes, Mary does do The Thing’s voice when thinking that.

  35. Poteet
    May 24th, 2010 at 12:15 am [Reply]

    What the heck is that yellow thing in/on Curtis’ hat? Does he keep an ear of number two field corn up there?

  36. bats :[
    May 24th, 2010 at 12:18 am [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#33): So in descending order of logic,
    it’s Karen Moy,
    then the writers for Lost,
    then Stephanie Meyer (the author of the Twilight series)?

  37. Poteet
    May 24th, 2010 at 12:27 am [Reply]


    FW — Cayla, if you want a relationship and Les is the best candidate available, you really need to move. Seriously. Get out of Funkytown and don’t look back.

    JP — Arrrgh. Between the endless shoe discussion and Jules getting uglier every day, I’m thinking about bailing.

    RMMD — Ooh, now here’s a challenge. Did the mugger hide in the handy dumpster or climb up the handy ladder? I might suspect Brook if she weren’t a self-confessed idiot who said she was screaming so hard after the mugging that she didn’t notice anything. Whether that’s true or is the best story she can concoct, it speaketh not well for her brains.

  38. Farley's Revenge
    May 24th, 2010 at 12:34 am [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#36): When the spouse worked grave shift, they would often have movies playing. Someone put in “Twilight”, someone who never owned up to the heinous crime. I asked if the movie was as bad as I’ve heard and he said it was worse and that he was still searching for the testosterone that went missing.

    Sunday’s Zits: Oh my. I hate to admit that I could relate with today’s offering. Our #1 offspring would empty a bottle of Calvin Klein’s Cool Water cologne on his body every day when he was in HS. It was so strong that eyes would water, lungs would seize, and noses would beg for mercy. To this day, that scent makes me gag.

  39. Poteet
    May 24th, 2010 at 12:38 am [Reply]


    FC — Children should not have torsos like that. Even the ones with heads like melons.

    S-M — I’m agog with anticipation. Did Wolverine borrow a hundred bucks from Sabretooth and fail to pay it back? Does Sabretooth have a book contract for a tell-all about smelly mutant taloned freaks and needs to interview Wolverine for Chapter Seven? Is Sabretooth planning to marry Sabretoothess and wants to ask Wolverine to be his best mutant? Do tell!

  40. Not Greg Evans
    May 24th, 2010 at 12:47 am [Reply]

    In Funkyverse, it’s day two of combining market leaders to create a fictional company. Sunday: clearing off the ol’ Facespace page. Monday: got that Woody Allen dvd from Netbuster!

  41. Poteet
    May 24th, 2010 at 12:51 am [Reply]

    @Farley’s Revenge (#38): I don’t intend to ever read TWILIGHT or see the movie, but I’ve been entertained by the angry rants and agonized moans of people who hate it. It’s a specific brand of Schadenfreude, I guess.

  42. Nekrotzar
    May 24th, 2010 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    Mary is obviously smoking something or other, but did you see how desperate the dogs in Family Circus are to get their daily fix?

  43. Just some guy
    May 24th, 2010 at 1:12 am [Reply]

    Crock has fans?

  44. J.P. Patches
    May 24th, 2010 at 1:16 am [Reply]

    In Monday’s comics, there are two — count them, TWO (Monty and One Big Happy) with a theme of “cow tipping.”

    I’m sorry more artists couldn’t be convinced to join in.

  45. commodorejohn
    May 24th, 2010 at 1:17 am [Reply]

    @Farley’s Revenge (#38): I was sort of morbidly fascinated by the movie; it’s obvious that a lot of effort went into it, but in all the wrong places. Granted, they couldn’t have really saved it without a complete and total rewrite of the script to make it a good story, but still, so much work on visuals and direction in the service of such a pile of tripe…and I swear, I have never ever seen people acting so poorly on purpose. It’s not even like they were phoning it in, it’s like the director said “okay, now these are supposed to be the blandest, most uninteresting people imaginable.”

  46. Andy L
    May 24th, 2010 at 1:18 am [Reply]

    Wow, Monday’s “Sally Forth” represents a rather serious misunderstanding between artist and writer.
    The only way the Hilary’s line makes any sense is if they’re in a theater that is *NOT* showing a 3d movie. … but then, why is everyone else wearing the glasses?

  47. boojum
    May 24th, 2010 at 1:46 am [Reply]

    MW: That fish is SO photobombing Mary…..

  48. Red Greenback
    May 24th, 2010 at 1:57 am [Reply]

    What does the “P.” stand for?

  49. boojum
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:00 am [Reply]

    MW: Also, there’s this:

    “Opiate and narcotic abusers will experience an accelerated heart rate, constricted pinpoint pupils and a relaxed or euphoric state…”

    Hmm. Seems about right. “Everything’s perfect!!” Are we sure that anyone else can even SEE the pretty, pretty pink fish? Perhaps the strip is now being drawn from the perspective of a woman descending, level by level, the nightmarish steps of opiate-induced madness. It’s like “Judge Judy meets Thomas de Quincey. Then bangs him like a screen door in a hurricane. Then orders a nice piece of fish.”

    This is what the oldsters are into, now? Who knew?

  50. ElkMeadow
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:09 am [Reply]

    There was a big fuss about Harryhausen being the name of the restaurant in Monsters, Inc., and I believe that the extras on the DVD made a bit of a fuss about his work in animation. However, film buff and student that I am, I was surprised that Barry knew that the guy’s first name was Ray. I would sorta expect that maybe he might have seen some of the guy’s stuff on Youtube.

    LuannWhiner Gunther is featured for this week’s arc. What would be great is to trade Luann for Lu Ann or send Gunther or Brad to Apt. 3G. Have Margo hire Frank or have a face-off with Toni.

  51. curlyfries
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:12 am [Reply]

    9CWL: We’ve finally hit rock borrom at Radioactive Survivors Theatre, where the recent virgins are horny and the men are dopey and expressionless! Where the joke has to be repeated 3 1/2 times before it still isn’t funny! Tune in tomorrow, when guest star Kurt Waldheim will attempt to liven things up with shadow puppets!

    FW: Cayla, for the love of Christ, shoot him now. Aim for his balls and empty the gun. Not a jury in the world would convict you because it really would be self defense.

    MW: From the despairing, soulless look on his face when he hears her voice, it appears that Ernie misses Bonnie like I miss mullets and a dial-up internet connection.

  52. ElkMeadow
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:15 am [Reply]

    Just checked Monday’s Mary Worth: . Looks like Ernie lost his paycheck at the track. Maybe his picking on Bonnie’s shopping trips were his way to cover his gambling addiction?

    And there are two places in the dead-end alley where the thief may have gone–into the dumpster or up the fire escape. Or maybe she’s standing there, talking to June. taling to June.:

    Mary Worth:

  53. boojum
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:15 am [Reply]

    GT: Ooh, goodie! another week of Alternate Universe Baseball!

    “Paul Diehl starts at Jefferson, and the Jeffs come out truckin’swinging.” Also, in the third panel: Discuss the sports/ethical dilemmas raised when one team’s outfielders have the ability to fly beneath our planet’s yellow sun.

  54. ElkMeadow
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:16 am [Reply]

    *sigh* still getting the hang of the links thing.

  55. True Fable
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:17 am [Reply]

    9 Dickweed Lane Ah, we’ve gone beyond mere hand fucking.

    Bolda I’m really starting to dislike Little Miss I’m-So-Goddamn-Smart-And-I’m-Gonna-Brag- About- It -Every-Chance- I-Get.

    Dont Ask Dont Tell GEEZ Sarge! What did you do to deserve this, did you not use the Astroglide last night?!

    Hat Head I admit, I enjoyed the resolution of this arc today. “Soul Train”; omg, I used to watch that too. Did not see this one coming.

    Children of the Circle For some reason, the single nostrils really stand out today. I bet they have sinus issues.

    Canadian Zombie Jesus, Elly: does it always HAVE to be all about you?

    Fanky Wankerstanker Aaaaaand here we go with the “misunderstanding because they don’t actually communicate with each other” story. As if Les is going to screw anyone other than his wife’s ghost.

    Pretty People Posse Sam’s still got a hold on that shoe.

    Luannadana Oh, shut the fuck up, Gunther. Go sew a fucking library costume or something.

    Fist O Justice Theater In today’s installment of Truly Incredible Stories That Just Wouldn’t Happen To You And Me, Sassy can stand after getting hit by a car that was traveling so fast the braking left skid marks in the road. Shouldn’t this dog be dead or at least have serious internal injuries? What’s this traumatic experience shit, it’s not as if Sassy “had the vapors” as the sweet old ladies say here in the South. She got hit by a fucking CAR! Oh, I love Fist O Justice Theater when Act Two is subtitled “Denial”.

    Marmadick Geez, that means he even ate the player’s cleats.

    Mountie You cow-tipping AMATEURS!

    June Morgan, MILF Niiiice. Brooke the vampire waits until she gets her victim in a dead end alley before she reveals her true form! Unfortunately, June Morgan has no blood. She runs entirely on malice and sarcasm.

    Argyle Socks I finally, FINALLY read an Argyle Sweater that I like.

  56. This Guy
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:25 am [Reply]

    9CL: I doubt I’m the only one who hears Joel and the ‘bots saying “Shut up!”

    Argyle: Well, I can’t look too badly on any comic that has Stephen Colbert in it.

    CdS: Clearly, Alice is destined to become a music critic.

  57. curlyfries
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:26 am [Reply]

  58. boojum
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:28 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Gaahh!! What the hell happened to Brook in panel two? I admit I may have skipped over some of the finer points in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but doesn’t the transformation usually take a little longer than this?

  59. dale
    May 24th, 2010 at 2:56 am [Reply]

    MT – Being hit by a speeding car pretty much is the definition of trauma.

    GT – Give the guy points for his diving form. But how the hell did he get up from flat on his face and make a throw for the second out?

  60. This Guy
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:07 am [Reply]

    PBS: Is this Pastis’s answer to Bill Amend’s punfest from a while back?

  61. Farley's Revenge
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:32 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#41): & @commodorejohn (#45): Offspring #2 led me to a video titled something like “the ending Twilight should have had” or some such thing. The scene was a couple characters from Twilight, sitting in the grass, and behind them, Wesley Snipes as Blade, sword raised for some action.

    MW: Wow. Now that Bonnie’s got a clean living room, it’s one of the more tastefully decorated rooms in the Worthiverse. Where’s the fuschia? The tangerine? The lemon? Does Mary know about this or is she too busy blowing a fish at the Bum Boat to be paying attention to her meddle-ee?

    MT: Those spots on Sassy’s coat must be armor plating. How else to explain how, mere hours after being flattened by a speeding vehicle, she’s up on all four paws and looking like she’s ready to go out and get herself flattened again.

    Seriously, this dog is a walking bad luck charm. Everywhere she goes, disaster ensues. Yet somehow she always escapes to wreak havoc somewhere else.

  62. Farley's Revenge
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:34 am [Reply]

    Re: “Lost”: So. I didn’t miss much by not watching the last three seasons, eh?

  63. Farley's Revenge
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:41 am [Reply]

    9CL: Y’know, most people, when telling their children of their first time going horizontal, would leave out the details. Not Granny. She’s telling a blow-by-blowjob description to Juliet, who is still sitting there avidly listening, all these many months later. Edda’s probably there, too, with a small keyboard so she can provide the bow-chicka-bow accompaniment. Those Burbers. They’re such refined people.

  64. This Guy
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:57 am [Reply]

    @Farley’s Revenge (#62): I guess that in the hours since the Lost finale ended, I’ve come to understand how Andy Fox felt after her first viewing of Titanic. (See, I made it comics-related.) I suppose it’s not surprising that a fair few people don’t understand the love and admiration I have for Lost in much the same way Andy’s family doesn’t really get why she loved that movie (which I’ve never seen, incidentally) so much. Hype Aversion and Hype Backlash are the inevitable effects of a bunch of people talking up a storm about the shows/books/movies/etc. they love. It’s probably built in to the human psyche. The former trope is the main reason I haven’t seen Titanic, after all. De gustibus non est disputandum.
    So to all who have judged the show and found it wanting, I say: more power to you. Bless your hearts. We’ll all move on. And as for my own opinion, I say: Best. Show. Ever. Thank you, and goodnight.

  65. Mr. O'Malley
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:58 am [Reply]

    @J.P. Patches (#44): Yeah. What’s with all the cow tipping?

    A3-G: It’s not that I am opposed to porn, but this is not interesting.

    Curtis: Somebody—I don’t remember who—really called it back then. But the exposition is rather weird.

    Lockhorns: It’s like some kind of cultural artifact that should be preserved.

  66. Mr. O'Malley
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:01 am [Reply]


    The 24th of May is the Queen’s birthday
    If you don’t give us a holiday, we’ll all run away

  67. Push Trot
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:22 am [Reply]

    @True Fable (#55):
    @Farley’s Revenge (#61):
    We’ve been over this before, people: Sassy Is Made Of Raw Cookie Dough. Chocolate chip, to be exact.

    Curtis: Is that what they used to call it in the 70′s?

  68. Push Trot
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:39 am [Reply]

    9 Chickweed Lane, October 30th, 2009:

    “Juliette, did I ever tell you how I met and fell in love with your father?”

    9 Chickweed Lane, May 24th, 2010:

    “…he mounted me again. Our sweaty bodies were writhing and grinding as he rythmically thrusted his-”

    “Will you look at the time! Mom, I… I really need to go.”

  69. This Guy
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:42 am [Reply]

    @Push Trot (#68): But in this scenario, is Juliette reacting from revulsion, or boredom?

  70. Push Trot
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:49 am [Reply]

    @This Guy (#69): Well, if she’s sat there listening to this story for all this time, I don’t think she understands the concept of ‘boredom’. But then again, perhaps she’s dead by now.

  71. Karmyn
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:55 am [Reply]

    @curlyfries (#51): You’re assuming Les has balls to aim at.

  72. John C Fremont
    May 24th, 2010 at 6:20 am [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#48): The “P” is for “Value.”


    “‘C’ is for that feeling of uncertainty for not quite knowing what ethnic group you’re from.
    ‘R’ is for the gifts you give me every time you smile.
    The first ‘E’ is for – uh, well, I don’t really know.
    But the second ‘E’ is really a grammatical thing ’cause otherwise it would be ‘Crepy Girl,’ and where would that leave us?
    The ‘P’ is definitely not for ‘platonic.’
    And ‘Y?’ Because I love you!
    My-y Cree-eepy Girl!”

  73. curlyfries
    May 24th, 2010 at 6:20 am [Reply]

    @Karmyn (#71): Hmmm, good point. No use in aiming at his heart, then, either. The best thing Cayla could do is draw a bead on his fat ass and blow his brains out.

  74. curlyfries
    May 24th, 2010 at 6:23 am [Reply]

    @Push Trot (#70): Really, I’ve never truly understood the definition of mercy killing until just this moment.

  75. seismic-2
    May 24th, 2010 at 6:56 am [Reply]

    MW: Well, now that Little Orphan Annie has finally been cancelled, it is up to her contemporary Mary Worth to carry on the vacant-stare tradition. I predict that Mary’s pupils will vanish entirely within the month.

    Curtis: “They say the blood, gore, and guts feels like it’s actually splashing on you!” Wait, I missed something – when did they make a 3-D version of Dick Tracy?

  76. Numbat
    May 24th, 2010 at 7:06 am [Reply]

    @curlyfries (#51):

    FWSelf defense? Self defense? I’d say it would be more a humanitarian act worthy of international recognition.

  77. Push Trot
    May 24th, 2010 at 7:13 am [Reply]

    @The Ridger (y#98):
    I think we have to consider the possibility that Spider-Man is no longer -if it ever was- an action strip. If it were an action strip, the protagonist would be the one driving the story along by his … well, actions.
    It qualifies better as a regular comic strip, with the stereotypical sitcom characters a) the sensible, likeable, attractive wife and b) the lazy, bumbling, dim-witted husband.

  78. curlyfries
    May 24th, 2010 at 7:33 am [Reply]

    @Numbat (#76): Yeah, sort of up there with eradicating the plague.

  79. gleeb
    May 24th, 2010 at 7:34 am [Reply]

    A3-G: Whenever she needs to reflect on life, Luann takes a walk through the Lavender District.

    Dick: Just get on with it and be shot by Tracy already, Mr Nobody.

  80. Patrick
    May 24th, 2010 at 7:52 am [Reply]

    The big pink fish next to Mary’s head is a distant cousin of the babel fish, only it attaches to her brain and makes her spout platitudes and cliches. I believe the scientific term for it is “meddlefish.”

  81. honeypot
    May 24th, 2010 at 8:22 am [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#65):

    Hoo! That would be me:

    @honeypot (#207):

    It just flashed on me because I spent a few hours watching the show on demand about 2 months ago, and was wondering what happened to all those dancers….I figure Billingsley did the same but had an outlet for his fantasy.

  82. honeypot
    May 24th, 2010 at 8:24 am [Reply]

    That would be the “Soul Train” arc on Curtis. ;D

  83. Buck Ripsnort
    May 24th, 2010 at 8:55 am [Reply]

    BB: If Beetle’s strong enough to mash potatoes one-handed, why’s he been losing to Sarge all these years?

  84. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    May 24th, 2010 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    Lio: I love this strip. inventive art, good puns, and a Gorey take on a kids life.

    JS: *bridge pinch*

    SB: umm, right? Guest writing from Pluggers/Dinette Set, perhaps?

    MC: Ashley. mrow.

    9CL; seems to have been replaced by a series of panels from the current Pibgorn, minus the fangs.

    Blondie: guest written by Dilbert.

    Dilbert: guest written by thereifixedit.

    FW: o no you didn’t just go there.

    Hateeachothers: *snurk*

    Luann: a burn from Gunth the Hopeless Mope?!?

    MG&G: OTH beat you to it, but that really is quite funny.

    SF: Sally all summery and sassy! Fashion Police, your thoughts? [*]

    SFx: Mrs Rabbit does seem to have moved up from her double-wide next to Reeky Rat, but not in her level of local criminals. Sort of reminds me of those Terminex commercials, where the termites are showing up with pizza.

    posted before reading posts, so my apologies for any over-snark

  85. fishmorgjp
    May 24th, 2010 at 10:28 am [Reply]

    Boy, they ended Lost after only six years of pulling random things out of their butts? Golly.

  86. Liz
    May 24th, 2010 at 10:32 am [Reply]

    Maybe the Curtis kid just watched the commentary on his Monsters, Inc. DVD? That’s why I know who Ray Harryhausen is.

  87. boojum
    May 24th, 2010 at 10:39 am [Reply]

    @curlyfries (#73):

    The best thing Cayla could do is draw a bead on his fat ass and blow his brains out.

    No, Cayla — Aim for the smirk!! AIM FOR THE SMIRK!!!!!

  88. colorado
    May 24th, 2010 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    Is that a babel fish coming into or coming out of Mary’s ear??

  89. boojum
    May 24th, 2010 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    A3G: “I have to admit he’s easy on the eyes.” Oh, come on! ALL the men in A3G are easy on the eyes — they’re practically wall paper! Your eyes just roll right over them!

    BB: After – what? – 70 years in the army, it doesn’t surprise me a bit that Beetle can mash a potato with his bare hand. (See the earlier discussion on cruise socks.) I bet every soldier at Camp Swampy can do it by now. What I didn’t know was that he’s ambidextrous. But maybe he’s just showing off how much he’s practiced, out of sheer boredom. It’s a Dread Pirate Roberts thing.

    Also, I’m proud to say that I recognized the brilliance of honeypot’s “Curtis Meets Soul Train” solution as soon as I read it. A Solomon! A Solomon come to judgment!

  90. Nathaniel
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:35 pm [Reply]

    In addition to Mary’s strange-looking eyes, a fish is growing out of the side of her head.

  91. bartcow
    May 24th, 2010 at 9:41 pm [Reply]

    I think “Go To @%#*, Margo Magee” and Mary’s Pink Fish Hallucination are both worthy of a t-shirt/mug/subway poster/Times Square marquee. Somebody with more talent than I should get on that, ASAP!

  92. Ms. Quasimodo
    May 30th, 2010 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    @pccmdoc (#17): or her heroin addiction, which she’s successfully hidden from everyone. Until now.

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