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You know, most kids try to prevent their parents’ inevitable divorce

Dennis the Menace, 7/27/06

I’m not sure if that’s Mr. the Menace in the background with the surfboard, but Dennis clearly is learning at the beach that his dad’s no paragon of hunkery. In this twisted act of marital warfare, he shows that he’s taking his menacing out of the world of mere mischief and into the dark realm of psychological destruction.

Herb and Jamaal, 7/27/06

Yeah, because it was so much more naughty back when it was up … on her … thigh? My guess is that in the original joke, the tattoo was somewhere a bit below something a lot naughtier (on her stomach?) and then the powers at be forced the poor strip back into the Herb and Jamaal Prison of Blandness and Inoffensiveness. (It’s not the first time it’s happened, either.)

Pluggers, 7/27/06

OK, even when I hate Pluggers, I generally get Pluggers, but this is just baffling. Do non-Pluggers hold their dogs in such contempt that they just say things that excite them, not caring about the emotional roller-coaster ride it puts them on? Do non-Pluggers just have extremely stupid dogs? Or maybe it’s that Pluggers are themselves quasi-beasts, and so their language is close enough to that of the true dogs that interspecies communication is almost possible? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s stupid and doesn’t make any sense and DAMN YOU PLUGGERS FOR MAKING ME THINK ABOUT THIS DAMN YOU STRAIGHT TO HELL.

Anyway, if you’d like a little Pluggers spoofery from the fellow who brought you that TDIET takeoff the other day, click here.

125 responses to “You know, most kids try to prevent their parents’ inevitable divorce”

  1. Dawn Weston
    July 28th, 2006 at 1:15 am [Reply]

    I damn near died when I read the “A plugger’s class warfare is often misdirected”
    wow.
    hilarious!

    and I assume Josh is gonna let the FOOB granthony appearance simmer to a rapid boil before he comments on it too soon. We know we’re gonna be in for a saga of granthony, we shouldn’t wear ourselves out too soon.

  2. Dawn Weston
    July 28th, 2006 at 1:22 am [Reply]

    also why does the ! comment box on Herb and Jamaal have a Larry from the three stooges hair cut??

    does this give us some hint to the tattoo on his mother in law’s knee?

  3. Prehumous
    July 28th, 2006 at 1:44 am [Reply]

    Am I the only one who doesn’t really like or understand Pluggers? I mean, I get what it’s trying to do but all it does is make the people it’s supposed to be honoring look kind of stupid.

    Take this strip today. Most dogs that I know enjoy being walked. The main purpose of spelling things out instead of saying them is to trick them into doing something that they don’t want to do. The joke would have worked much better if they had mentioned something unpleasant, like going to the vet. But right now, it just seems like they’re being needlessly deceptive.

    (Also, why the heck are some animals anthropomorphized while others are merely ugly? Truly, Pluggers is an exercise in Cthulhu-style incomprehensibility.)

  4. mooselet
    July 28th, 2006 at 1:50 am [Reply]

    Why in the hell is a bear married to a kangaroo?? Cross species mating is a Pluggers trait? Ack! Imagine their kids.

    Although, and I am ashamed to admit this, we used to spell walk in front of the dog because we didn’t want her getting all excited if we weren’t ready to take her out. This worked well until my husband taught her to spell, or at least that the sound of w-a-l-k meant walk. Thanks dear.

    I will now hide my head in shame at my Pluggers-ness.

  5. Citric
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:17 am [Reply]

    You think that’s bad? One plugger couple was a dog and a chicken, which is even worse, because that dog would totally try to eat a chicken.

  6. Mibbitmaker
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:18 am [Reply]

    Dennis is just acting out the new all-the-rage routine in pop culture: Even little boys join in the immasculating of dads/husbands, despite sharing a gender. This can turn even the most macho pig into Blandthony!

  7. catastrophile
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:19 am [Reply]

    One of my cats has learned the word “treat” . . . so if you say it in his presence, you better make with the cat treats or be ready to have a snugglebutt follow you around, whining pitifully.

    As to the tattoo . . . Josh, the mildly naughty part of the thigh isn’t much higher than the knee, it’s just above. Much higher = in the crease. So to speak.

  8. Mibbitmaker
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:02 am [Reply]

    7/28:

    A3G: Well, now that Margo’s being properly drawn (relatively speaking!) again, she up to her old tricks. She’s acting out an alliteration: MegloManiac Margo Magee (second “M” for M-phasis).

    FOOB: It plays out just like we feared. Actually, the “right thing” would’ve been for the complete absence of romantic interlopers and contrived complications way back when Liz and Anthony were in “true love” status as teens. Lynn, however, ended up writing the “wrong thing” for many years, right through Mtigqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqwaki* and this strip!

    * Props to Will Forte’s spelling bee.

    FC: To expand on my warnings to Mr. & Mrs. Familycircus (AKA Keane): Uh, Mr. & Mrs. FC, you’re raising a bunch of bubbleheaded idiots. I fear for their generation.

    FW: …And Les, here, is raising at least one MegloManiac Margo Magee. Well, considering Les also seemed to lean that way, according to panel 2.

    SF: Interesting image collage, followed by the actual strip in one small panel. Notice nobody in the car that suddenly becomes filled with Forths in the afforementioned panel.

    (DT)GT: “No!… Okay, yes.” seems to be said too fast in that one little speech balloon. She doesn’t even put the effort into the cute irony routine. And the guy in the last panel seems like he’s saying he wants a cup of tea! That’d make it real messy using it as a tee.

    Garfield: …The End! ….or not. Looks like the long national nightmare of Jon’s being a loser taking over the strip from its rightful focus (the cat in the offputting clown feet) is finally over, in any case. Good riddance, Jonfocus.

    Curtis: Looks like Billingsley’s stealing Conan O’Brien’s MC Hammer jokes.

    Foxtrot: Amend’s pretty behind on his FOOBs, isn’t he. The referenced sequence is from the last time FBOFW had any integrity left. On the Foxes themselves, that’s a sibling rivalry that would scare people in Lebanon!

  9. fishbulb42
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:05 am [Reply]

    OMGWTFGARFIELD

    http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2006/ga060728.gif

    Something happens that is so significant in the Garfield world that mentioning here it would spoil the shock. And Garfield’s line suggests that it might be finally, mercifully, over. Unfortunately, just as the strip rediscovers the concept of plot, but welcome nonetheless.

  10. Scumbaggioni
    July 28th, 2006 at 4:02 am [Reply]

    Okay, #9 beat me to it. Nevertheless…

    Garfield: Does this mean it’s over? DOES IT? IT DAMN WELL BETTER ‘CAUSE I JUST HADS ME A ‘GAZMO. OOOOOOEEEEEEEEEE.

    (You know, Liz and Ellen do look different. Look at the shape of the lips. Also, Liz looks like a damn vampire in this one. That would explain why she’s expressing interest in a dork dressed like that. Raju’s got more going on! Go for the throats, Liz! Go for both their throats!)

    Sally Forth: Ewwwwww. Ewwwwwwwwwww! Kill it! Kill it with fire!

    Gasoline Alley: Speaking of killing with fire…and speaking of ewwwwwwwwww…I know I swore off this strip, but it’s like a canker sore, or a third eye growing out of your shoulder; it demands attention. You know what’s going to happen to all these animals now that you’ve devestated their habitat, Slim? While you’re stuffing your grotesquely obese frame with peanut butter and jelly in your blissfully-ignorant-of-consequence world, they’re gonna ****ing starve. What a lovely strip. Man, I wish that talking grizzly from Mark Trail would come along right now, say “WHAT THE…?” and rend your sorry arse to dripping shreds.

    FOOB: Wow, I’m on a violence kick tonight, it seems. Lynn’s not helping. BECAUSE I WANNA REACH RIGHT INTO MY MONITOR AND GOUGE OUT THOSE G*DD*MNED BLINKING EYES. Knock it the hell off, woman!!

  11. Monkeys Uncle
    July 28th, 2006 at 4:05 am [Reply]

    I just realized that every Pluggers strip could easily be a Jeff Foxworthy comedy bit. Now I hate Pluggers, Foxworthy, and Comedy Central for bringing this unholy combination to the forefront of my mind. Blue collar comedy tour next stop Pluggerville!

    “You might just be a redneck if you have to spell in front of your dog…” (insert monotooth laughter and finger pointing.)

    “You know your a Plugger if your dog can spell NASCAR” (Tape this little gem to the fridge on the front porch. The one that works, not the other one…)

  12. Scumbaggioni
    July 28th, 2006 at 4:22 am [Reply]

    Oh, maybe I should talk about the strips in the OP, huh?

    Pluggers is the end result of those genetic-manipulation horror stories you hear from politicians who also entertain us with such shows as “Video-Diagnosis: Murder” and “My Daughter’s Dinner With Embryos.” Or maybe it’s an alternate reality where the two leads from Prick City finally made some bacon…and a brood of half-human horrors that wiped out humanity. A planet where apes evolved from man?!? You blew it up, you maniacs! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!!

    Just be glad the guy can spell. You know how bad things are. If Pluggers had an Internet, dude he’d be all like,

    yo babe R U reddi to w*rk teh d*g LOLr0XX0rzIIRC

    Dennis: Cut Mr. Mitchell a little slack. His semen produced this li’l bastard. I’d go to seed in a heartbeat too. And c’mon, Mom’s no prize pig herself. Lookit that hat-and-glasses combo. She looks like one of Mary Worth’s “oldest and closest friends.”

    …However, it is still amusing that Dennis seems to be mixing Oedipus Rex and The Omen into his repertoire…

  13. Natural Medicine (of Humor) Man
    July 28th, 2006 at 6:11 am [Reply]

    Wow. When I read that Dennis the Menace, all I can think is that ‘ol Hank K. must have a lot of internalized shame.

    What a sad thing to put on the funny pages. Yikes.

  14. Len
    July 28th, 2006 at 6:12 am [Reply]

    I went to look at Fiday’s Pibgorn. Not posted yet! Drat!

    But here’s Miz Bottom, transformed into a donkey (with furry breasts!) whinneying “Nay” (or “Neigh!”) to the advances of the erotically stimulated Queen Titania.

    http://www.comics.com/comics/pibgorn/archive/pibgorn-20060726.html

    Veddy, veddy kinky!

  15. Badly_Computer_Animated_Boy
    July 28th, 2006 at 6:53 am [Reply]

    What we’re witnessing in Dennis The Menace is a young man’s burgeoning homosexuality. The beachside confab with his mother about his father’s shortcomings is foreshadowing a future where mom will make day trips, alone, into the city to visit him and Joey (a total bottom if there ever was one) at their loft in the theatre district.

    Also, what is that just off the shore? Looks like an aircraft carrier in much-too-shallow water.

  16. Gnarl E.
    July 28th, 2006 at 7:44 am [Reply]

    #15, I think that building may be an attempt to reference the Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island.

    http://images.worldres.com/property/a3500/3556/hotel.jpg

    Dennis comics sometimes take place in Hawaii, as a kid I even remember a whole “giant” DM comic book that entirely took place over there. I know that Ketcham’s gone (1920-2001) but perhaps this thematic tendency has been preserved by the other artists who draw the strip.

  17. Hogenmogen
    July 28th, 2006 at 7:52 am [Reply]

    #4 – Mooselet – I think dogs are keen on body language more than speech. I’m not a dog owner, but I’m the proud owner of a few small children. Even when they don’t know what you’re saying, they can make a good guess from tone of voice or general movement. Plus, if you walk your dog at the same time every day I don’t see it as a big leap of intuition for a dog to know what’s about to happen. Just look at the dog in the strip. He’s looking up at bear-man and seems to know what’s going on, while kangaroo-woman is falling asleep because spelling big words bores her.

    And, taking your suggestion, I did imagine bear-kangaroo kids (kangears? bearoos?). They look like bears but hop around like kangaroos. They sit on the couch reading, too. See Gasoline Alley archives for an explanation.

    #5 – Critic – Yikes, dog-marries-chicken goes beyond inter-species. If I remember my BIO 101, it’s inter-genus or inter-order or something. My indeciciveness reflects that I do not, in fact remember my BIO 101.

    To sum it all up, I don’t think having to spell in front of a dog is really a plugger-exclusive trait. Effete, liberal poodles on the upper west side of Manhattan wearing pink turtlenecks and diamond studded collars can figure out when it’s time for a w-a-l-k.

    FC: To save on time, Bil Keane again relies on some stock art of random FC kid running into the house to announce something so utterly pathetic in its lack of understanding that some may find it cute instead of the product of a brain gone limp.

    SF: Would have worked better if there was more than two lines to that “freestyle rap” job. I know you generallty don’t get much rap from white suburban moms, but wouldn’t that be the joke? Sally actually puts together say 4 lines that rhyme instead of 2?

    Barfield: Jon now has a life and no longer needs pets to keep him entertained. Barfield and Odie are donated to the ASCPA. Jon’s house is overrun with spiders that Barfield used to whack. His refrigerator is overrun with stale lasagna that Barfield used to eat. Liz dumps Jon’s sorry ass. Jon gets lonely and seeks his old pets only to find that they have been euthanized. Jon turns gay and starts dating Granthony, then enters into a suicide pact with him. One of them doesn’t follow through. Johnson and Davis will keep us on edge to find out which one.

    Alternatively, Barfield is jealous of Liz, eventually has her whacked.

    Sorry for the grim scenarios this morning. I’m not depressed and actually having a pretty good day so far. Sorry for the long post. Actually I’m not sorry and I’d do it again if I felt like it.

  18. Hogenmogen
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:01 am [Reply]

    #16 – Gnarl – Yes! I used to own that comic book!

    True, Dennis’ dad isn’t the hulking testosterone-pumping hunk of manly steel that we see in the distance. However, those bodies only last for so long, then their tatoos slump to their knees.

    Now that I’m thinking of it, did H&J mean “the back of her knee” instead of “her knee”? Because that would make a little sense. Get a tatoo on your butt in 1969, have kids, then come 2006 it’s gone down south a way bit.

    But on DM, Mr. Mitchell is relatively healthy looking. Contrast that to the 20-somethings in Foobville that are balding. Contrast that to Irv from Cathy, who, if you haven’t been following – and pride yourself on not succumbing to this drivelling unrealistic woman fantasy of a man suddenly becoming self-conscious of his gut – but to his amazement, it doesn’t suddenly flatten in two days of reading muscle magazines.

    Alright I’m done tangenting off of whatever topic I thought I was writing about. Thanks for playing.

  19. Opus
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:10 am [Reply]

    I really appreciate these comment threads, if for no other reason than the presence of people who are wondering what I’m wondering (“What the hell is that thing in the water behind Dennis the Menace?”). I, too, thought “aircraft carrier wtf?”

  20. Dan B
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:11 am [Reply]

    PBS: So it’s bash on North Korea week? Are America’s “strippers” trying to get their war on? Sweet – Pastis and Tinsley on the front lines…

    MF: Speaking of, did we just initiate the beginning of “bash China” week? And I don’t think Margo Magee would approve of those quotes around “China.”

    A3G: Apparently there is such a thing as a hat man, and I am not it. I actually was a little bit annoyed at Margo’s hat this morning.

    TDIET: Doncha hate when families reminisce about the good times, right? OH YEAH!

    MT: We see the return of the porcu-beaver from panel two a couple days back. Also, it appears that while Ranger Rick and Kelly Welly were canoodling at the restaurant, Mark was diligently combing and molding his hair helmet. Even though Kelly Welly might be UNPREDICTABLE, Mark’s hair never will be.

  21. Bigfoot
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    Hogenmogen, don’t you dare apologize for post #17. Your Barfield prediction has brightened the morning of many a CC reader. Ah, suicide pacts!

  22. Ghastlymess
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    TDIT: He’s back! Scaduto’s loveable little 60 year old scamp who has trouble with his backpack! I cannot decide whether Scadder just does not have any contact with children whatsoever, or whether Jimmy has progeria.

  23. blueprairie
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:37 am [Reply]

    I don’t know if it constitutes pluggerdom or not. But we have always owned German Shepherds and not only do we have to spell out words , we have to keep switching the words we use since they soon figure out what we’re spelling. If that’s a comment on our intelligence or theirs, quien sabe?

  24. Beasley
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:40 am [Reply]

    I’m curious about that strange alien ship/structure out at sea in teh Denace the Menace strip.

  25. Beasley
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:41 am [Reply]

    Oops…soory about those evil typos: “The” “DENNIS” the Menace strip…

  26. MaryAnnTheRest
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:48 am [Reply]

    Re: Pluggers and the interspecies thing, I think a bear would try to eat a kangaroo. I don’t know if anyone has ever put a bear and a kangaroo in the same room together before, but yeah, I’m thinking the bear might go for it. At the very least, the bear would maul the pet dog. Hey, maybe the bear should be spelling to the dog “I’m a B-E-A-R.”

  27. JohnMc
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:02 am [Reply]

    #9 and others–I happened to hear the “celebrity birthdays” segment on the morning drive-in show, and today (the day the strip ran) is Jim Davis’ birthday. I forget how old he is–61?

    Maybe he thought Jon should have a birthday present too, because early on they were clearly meant to be seen as analogues. (Remember? When Jon had a job and a family?)

  28. Justafoob
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    Oh my god, Liz said the wrong thing. Now she is going to have to break Granthony’s heart and tell him that she has fallen ass over teakettle for Officer Dooorightbyme.

    I do not know how she is going to handle Granthony’s suicide for I am sure that such news will lead him to the noose. They will find his body swinging in the basement of Gordo’s dealership, hanging from a pipe with a cinnamon role in his hand and crumbs in his ‘stache.

    Liz will be doubly hit when she finds out Officer Dooright turns out to be Officer Doothenewschoolmarm.

    She then will make a muppet face and then be resigned to a life of spinsterhood.

    Until the day Francois’ shows up on her doorstep. . .

  29. Hogenmogen
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:05 am [Reply]

    TDIET: The kid in the back is wearing a backwards baseball hat signifying his child-like rebelliousness, accompanied by a sweater-vest signifying yacht club preppie. Curtis gives props to kid in TDIET.

    Hey, everyone, remember the good ol’ days when family members would happily gather around the family photo album and look at pictures? Well, gosh, along comes this new fangled thing in the kitchen that keeps food cold – and wuddn’t ya know it – they also invent magnets to stick pictures to the thing. The last time my family gathered around to look at pics, we were on vacation, and we watched the slide show on TV while we were still at the resort. But doing a cartoon of that wouldn’t be funny. But then again, neither was looking at a refrigerator.

  30. BassoGap
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    While seeing Pig make Kim Jong Il cry was a definite high point, the best was seeing Pastis get the “couldn’t care less” line right, rather than the nonsensical “could care less” I usually see.

    And we’re all still waiting for Rat to kick Mary Worth’s @$$, too.

    In other cross-strip action, I thought Amend’s journey to the Foob-side was pretty dark, in that Jason’s saying nobody’d mind if it were Paige that drowned instead of Farley. The PBS crocs with Paige-style hair, a couple days ago, were the best in the series, so far.

  31. Ned Ryerson
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    MW: You can say what you want about Aldo Kelrast, but his penmanship is superb. (The box probably contains a dozen pairs of edible undies printed with a floral pattern.)

  32. Maura
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:07 am [Reply]

    The “joke” in H&J is that mom’s an old bag with baggy saggy skin, so while the tattoo used to be above her knee, now she’s all sagged out! Ha ha!

    As for the dogs, my parents have to spell out “out” in front of theirs or else she’ll think it’s time for HER to go OUT OH BOY!!! You’d think she’d cotton on pretty quickly to the fact that “o-u-t” means the same thing.

  33. Thelonious_Nick
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:08 am [Reply]

    Actually, Dennis, I would guess your Dad didn’t even make it in the top ten…

  34. Dan B
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    #29 and all: How many days until Scaduto gives us a TDIET lamenting how people used to sit around the fridge and look at family photographs, and now all anyone likes to sit around and look at is the teevee?

    Right? Oh yeah!

  35. Dan B
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    #30: Pastis also draws a better representation of Kim than Tinsley, or at least more hilarious.

    GT: I forgot to bring this up before, and I’m new to the world of Gil Thorp, but, uh, what the hell is going on? I can appreciate just ending storylines, like A3G appears to be doing all of a sudden, but I don’t have the attention span to follow both the world of competitive gymnastics and Ben Franklin’s foray into the world of illegal Nassau golf. Furthermore, I don’t care and I can’t tell anyone apart in Gil Thorp anyway. Might as well be a bunch of stick figures, doing things.

    But seriously, that town must be the creepiest place ever. Can you imagine stumbling upon a town of square-jawed weirdos who are all exactly alike except for their hair? Egad.

  36. Pat Faraday
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:15 am [Reply]

    7/28 comics

    Pluggers: This is just getting sad. Now if you’re old and you have kids, you’re a plugger.

    Phantom: The incredible physics/reality defying antics of the ghost who walks continue. Today he shoots 5 parachutes out of the hands of two bad guys. When is Chatu going to notice that the Phantom seems to be oddly reluctant to kill him? Meanwhile, shouldn’t one of the pilots being trying to off the Phantom while he’s showing off his shooting skills?

    MT: You know what’s UNPREDICTABLE, Mark? YOU shouting OUT random WORDS.

    JP: I think I know what sort of ‘work’ Abbey has for Raju. Sam shouldn’t worry about ‘trouble’ with immigration if she isn’t ‘careful’. Children born in America are natrualized citizens, aren’t they?

  37. treedweller
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:18 am [Reply]

    Hey, maybe Prehumous (#3) is on to something. When they spell “w-a-l-k the d-o-g,” they really mean “g-i-v-e the d-o-g a b-a-t-h.” They are trying to fake the dog out, because as others pointed out, if you try this trick long, the dog is gonna figure out what that means, too.

    No, wait, that doesn’t make any %#*$$@ sense, either! There’s still nothing “Plugger” about it. It’s just something people with indoor dogs do. But Pluggers marry dogs! Or chain them to a tree out back! Why the $*&@# does this $#@(*$* make any sense in Pluggerville?!?

    I’m falling back on my earlier theory. “Walk the dog” is a euphemism. The dog, though seemingly a pet, is actually the bizarre outcome of a bear and a kangaroo mating in Pluggerville. Pluggers spell out their sex euphemisms because they don’t want the “children” to know what they are up to. No, wait, that doesn’t fit the definition of “plugger,” either . . . aaaaugh!! [head explodes].

  38. anonymous
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:19 am [Reply]

    I think it’s odd Dennis the Menace is wondering about his mom’s early dating life at all. Isn’t this something a little GIRL would mull over in her mind? Why would a little boy be quizzing his mother about her past? Would it even matter to a little boy? Peculiar!

  39. Foob
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    Hey, somebody shuffled the strips in FOOB. Yesterday, Liz exclaims “WAIT!” as though she’s about to say or do something momentous. Today, Tony Stash launches into a whining fit of melancholy. WHAT WAS LIZ ABOUT TO SAY AFTER WAIT?! Hmm, maybe she meant “WAIT, you can’t fondle me here on the highway. We can’t start until we’re roadside.”

  40. Laura
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:28 am [Reply]

    …So, is that it? Is Garfield over?

  41. Jingo
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:29 am [Reply]

    #29 but did you notice, apparently this is strictly an American thing. It was submitted by “quite a number of contributors all over U.S.” Those furreners still must use cave paintings or sketches to memorialize themselves.

    P.S. They WON’T do it every time.

  42. Colleen
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    what the bejeezus

  43. Colleen
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:32 am [Reply]

    Um, okay, half of my comment got deleted….”What the bejeezus” was my reaction to Garfield this morning. Just to clear that up.

  44. Laura
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:32 am [Reply]

    Oops. Sorry. I guess like eighty people said that already.

    Still. I guess this is like Cathy getting married, or the time Aaron Hill kissed Luann: a fundamental change to the strip that, um.

    Had very little noticeable effect.

  45. Odie
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:33 am [Reply]

    If Jon doesn’t wake up from a dream soon, I’ll eat my own poop.

  46. Sara B.
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    #12: This made me ell oh ell, as the kids say. I especially like that it says what I think would translate to “work the dog,” and I can only imagine what that is. IMHOROFL!

    Also, Tom McHenry is a genius. Also also, “Sara Bauer, Chicago IL” is ME!

    I’m new to commenting here, but Josh this is the best blog ever. It is maybe the best part of my workday!

  47. D.A. Pennington
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    FOOB: Gawd. You know, after saying the right/wrong thing, Liz is the biggest cocktease south of the MittRomneywaki providence.

    Damn whore.

  48. Pozzo
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    #26 – As to a bear and a kangaroo being seen together, what about in “Winnie the Pooh”? I think Kanga might have let Pooh have a little taste of the “hunny” from time to time, if you know what I mean.

  49. mere cog in the machine
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:48 am [Reply]

    If Lizardbreath had one shred of dignity she would merge onto the nearest freeway, step on the gas, and shove that four-eyed, gay-moustachioed, coffee-swilling, casper-frigging-milquetoaste right out of the goddamn car. I for one would gladly pay Lynn Johnston for such a glorious scenario.

  50. bupdaddy
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:49 am [Reply]

    Mooselet, you’re an anthropomorphized moose. We already knew you were a plugger.

  51. Pelagius
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    DtM: I always thought Dennis looked a lot more like Mr. Wilson than his purported father. This could explain why the Wilsons put up with his crap – latent guilt over having cuckolded Mr. Mitchell.

    Pluggers: You know you’re a plugger when you have to come up with goofy euphemisms for having sex. You can “walk my dog” any day, Kangaroo lady. Rrrowr!

  52. TheMagicMel
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:51 am [Reply]

    I’m holding on to a tiny sliver of hope that Lizardbreath realizes Granthony’s a ginormous tool, and that he most likely does not *have* a ginormous tool. (Don’t want no short, short man.) The look he gives her in the last panel is so pathetic, it gives me gas. Run away, Liz, run AWAY!!!

  53. ScottR.
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    Maybe Liz likes mustache rides, otherwise I dont know why she’d be interested in Anthony, the biggest douche on the planet. Maybe in Canada chicks just dig losers.

  54. BigJoe
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:08 am [Reply]

    10: Gasoline Alley – You know what’s going to happen to all these animals now that you’ve devestated their habitat, Slim?…

    This storyline and Scumbaggioni’s comments reminded me of this PBF strip. I can see GA ending up this arc the same way:

    http://70.86.201.113/imageserv2/stilltemporary/PBF085ADLumberjack.jpg

  55. Badly_Computer_Animated_Boy
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    I have to believe that Lynn Johnston is seriously pissed at Bill Amend this morning. Between referring to her as unnamed cartoonist and the phrase “…the next time she offs a dog…”, there were some buttons being pushed.

  56. Canaduck
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    The Pluggers strip actually makes sense, though what deems it “Pluggerly” I’m not sure. I grew up on the east coast (in a pretty unpluggerly place) and had friends who would spell “walk” in front of their dog because it had learned to associate the word (in ANY context) with freaking out and running for his leash. He wouldn’t calm down for a LONG time after getting the idea he was going for a walk. (After he figured out what W-A-L-K meant, they changed it to “slow-motion run” and that fooled him for quite a while.)

  57. JEdens
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    Dennis the Menace –

    Mom’s reply:

    “No, dear – but then neither were you…”

  58. Jordan
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:25 am [Reply]

    Have you seen the recent fantagraphics collections of Dennis the Menace? If today’s strip were a Prince album you would be calling it a “return to form.” Getting all inappropriate about his parents’ sex lives was what launched the Menace’s career.

  59. Canaduck
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    One other note–I lived in Highlands Ranch/Littleton, CO (from where the Plugger strip hails) for a while and it is a snotty, cookie-cuttery sort of town mostly full of chain stores and rich people. Not pluggerish at all. It was even in TIME (or some major magazine) about ten years back as the fastest growing town in the country.

  60. David
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:32 am [Reply]

    Strangely enough, I think I know the guy who submitted the Pluggers for today…

    And yes, it sounds like him.

  61. BigJoe
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:35 am [Reply]

    Phantom: Okay, yesterday he shot two parachutes out of Chatu and friend’s hands. Today he shoots 5 more out of their hands and out the door. Chatu keeps grabbing more and more chutes and Phantom just keeps plugging them out of their hands with his magical bullets that can make the parachutes fly out the door.

    I guess he’s applying that special tv/movie physics that allow bullets to knock people flying backwards 10 feet through windows.

  62. Ellie
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    #48 – I don’t know what Winnie the Pooh you were reading. Kanga was all about Tigger. They liked it extra bouncy.

  63. Hogenmogen
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    Phantom: Waste of comic space today. With Spidey, virtually every day is a rehash of the day before, but Phantom usually moves a little bit. Even Phantom himself seems a little miffed about the rerun. “I friggin told you guys not to do that… AND I MEAN IT! Don’t make me come back there, or I swear I’ll pull this copter over and make you walk the rest of the way. Chatu, turban guy, turn around and face the wall. You’re both in time out! Not the same wall!!”

  64. Hogenmogen
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    … And Chatu, put a sweater on, you’ll catch a cold for Pete’s sake!

  65. BassoGap
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:57 am [Reply]

    #62 – damn right…more than once, Kanga was heard to be singing to herself, “Tiggahs are wunnerful things”

    And please tell me, Colleen (#42 and #43), that you’re *not* my ex…

  66. roydrink
    July 28th, 2006 at 10:57 am [Reply]

    Best panel of the week:

    http://comics.com/comics/getfuzzy/archive/images/getfuzzy2006020939728.gif

    #3…Fuzzy channelling Madonna

  67. adb
    July 28th, 2006 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    As soon as I saw that Dennis the Menace, I knew it would be on here by the end of the day. Priceless.

  68. Mr. Wilson
    July 28th, 2006 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    No, Dennis, your “Dad” wasn’t my first choice, but I was knocked up and needed a sap to marry me so that I could save face. Henry was the first chump to come along. (Anthony had moved to Canada and was rumored to have grown a ‘stache).

  69. Bootsybooks
    July 28th, 2006 at 11:22 am [Reply]

    HogenMogen always cracks me up. I always look forward to your ramblings, er, rantings, diatribe, or as Scaduto might say, wachamacallit.

    I gave up Garfield about 10 years ago for a NY resolution, and even the curmudgeon cannot make me undo that.

    But Mary Worth? Forget Mr. Pederast’s elegant cursive, those must be the flattest flowers ever!

  70. MossMoses
    July 28th, 2006 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    Kelly Welly is UNPREDICTABLE?

    There is no such thing in Lost Forest. Is a techno-loop of mundanity that replays the same tired plots ad nauseum. Every character behaves exactly the same regardless of extenuating circumstances.

    I can predict with certainty that Kelly Welly will:

    1. put the move on every available man who crosses her path.

    2. will act stupidly around animals.

    3. will need Mark Trail to rescue her from the aforementioned stupidity.

    4. will attempt to hug and kiss Mark Trail as he rejects her advances.

    5. will behave exactly the same in every future episode she appears in.

  71. dimestore lipstick
    July 28th, 2006 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    Words my dog has figured out the meaning of, both spoken and spelled:
    out
    outside
    walk
    stroll
    journey
    constitutional (as in a walk taken regularly for one’s health)

    we are currently using “perambulation”, but it’s only a matter of time before she figures that one out, too.

  72. Dave
    July 28th, 2006 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    Dennis’ mom: MILF?

    Dennis’ mom: Beachside?

  73. BigJoe
    July 28th, 2006 at 11:47 am [Reply]

    Hagar: uh, can somebody explain this one? It does not make sense to me. How would whether or not the mirror can “see” her ever affect it answering the question? Is it supposed to be that it knows she’s so ugly that it doesn’t have to even see her? But that wasn’t the question, the question is who is the fairest.

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/hagar.asp?date=20060728

  74. rich
    July 28th, 2006 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    Based on the way Dennis’s dad is checking out Mr. Beefcake, the question should probably be “Dad, was Mom your first choice?”

  75. Pansy
    July 28th, 2006 at 11:58 am [Reply]

    Seems Mr. Menace is a Hat Man. Isn’t that Margo’s hat Missus Menace is wearing?

    “No, Dennis, your dad wasn’t my first choice. But paternity tests don’t lie, so I guess I’m stuck.”

  76. rich
    July 28th, 2006 at 12:03 pm [Reply]

    MW: “PS, you looked lovely in the shower this morning, dear Mary. Did you notice that I shot my “aldo” on your shower curtain? Something to remember me by.”

    FW: There is something worse than desiccated Charterstone biddies spouting platitudes — that would be sweating, middleaged men spouting platitudes.

  77. leathermessiah
    July 28th, 2006 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    Today’s MT: Wait… Mark Trail is a reporter? I don’t think, in over a year of reading the strip, I ever picked up on that. I always figured Mark was just a nature… guy. Who does nature things. Like hiking, and fighting rednecks. What does he report on, anyway? With the amount of time he spends roaming the mountainsaid sleeping in tents with other men, I can only conclude that he reports on either bears or gratuitous gay sex. Weird…

  78. AirForbes
    July 28th, 2006 at 12:17 pm [Reply]

    You know you’re a plugger when you’re a bear and your wife is a kangaroo.

  79. Dave
    July 28th, 2006 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    Dennis’ mom: Beachside?

  80. cheech wizard
    July 28th, 2006 at 12:28 pm [Reply]

    Sorry to disappoint everyone, but the Canadian Horny Lizard will NOT be getting back together with Grampathony, as today’s strip indicates. This is the “You can’t go home again” saga in Liz’s evolution into a Strong Independent Woman, and Johnson is smart enough to know that a lot of her fan base would be outraged if Liz were to abandon personal growth for life with a guy who basically works the counter at 7-11 (Or more precisely, Tim Horton’s).

    No, Lizzardtongue will sorrowfully recognize the pathetic loser Grampathony has become and spend the next few weeks fending off his feeble advances. She’ll also discover what a fucking boring whitebread-type place her hometown is and the Fat Ass That Will Always Return will goose-waddle her way back to Mikki-Tikki-Tavi.

    Unfortunately, she’ll discover that “You can’t go home again” also applies to her home in Mikki-Tikki-Tavi, where Officer Paul is enthusiastically pouring the totem pole to the new teacher and Jessie has matured from troubled child into punk-ass delinquent, stealing the new car Gordon gouged her on and getting it stuck in a swamp, where it is slowly swallowed up by the tundra.

    But it will all be a valuable learning experience for her.

  81. philip
    July 28th, 2006 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    Them Pluggers is misceginatin’!

  82. King Folderol
    July 28th, 2006 at 12:51 pm [Reply]

    My issue with FW is that it’s not even really much of a platitude. If Les had knocked Lisa up after their prom, I could see him saying that, but isn’t he like 30-35? I figured that out years ago, before I had a kid on the way. And this guy is teaching our children??? Westview should run this guy out of town on a rail.

  83. rich
    July 28th, 2006 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    78: Great scenario! And I do hope you’re right, Cheech.

    While it’s true that Lynn has honestly portrayed Granthony’s emotional neediness and obnoxious loserdom this week, she’s also gone out of her way in the past to point out what a great accountant and savvy businessman he is (that cinnamon bun stand is but one part of the Gordthony empire!). He’s been proclaimed by one of the holy Pattersons to be a “good provider,” and I don’t see Lynn letting him remain single forever.

    Basically, Elizabeth needs to hook him up with someone new (how about that chubby girl she used to be friends with? Or April??)

  84. Len
    July 28th, 2006 at 1:33 pm [Reply]

    #73 — A Menace for the New Millennium: “Dennis Has Two Daddies.”

    I woulda thought Henry Mitchell was an anorexic, skin and bones type. But anyway, the Tow-head has NONE of Dad’s physical features.

  85. rich
    July 28th, 2006 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    My post above (83) should have cited number 80, not 78. It’s weird when the numbers change after the fact… were two posts “deleted by the administrator”??

    77: Mark Trail is a nature reporter — he writes a nationally syndicated Sunday comic strip where he expounds on such subjects as warblers, coral reefs and licorice.

  86. J Shiggity
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    I read this Dennis the Menace strip as more of an oedipal thing. Dennis is ready to kill his father and marry his mother, so all he has to do is convince Mrs.The Menace that she made a poor choice to begin with and he’s home free. I can understands Dennis’ move – she is rather attractive, and no religious zealot like Mrs. Family Circus so she’s probably a barrel of fun.

  87. rich
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    Actually, that didn’t make sense. Apparently two posts were added after the fact, sneaking in out of order.

  88. Josh
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    Hi Rich (#85, 87 — FOR NOW!)

    Actually, it’s the opposite: sometimes a post gets sent into the spam queue incorrectly; when I rescue it, it appears in its original place in the sequence, thus messing up the numbering. Sorry about that but there isn’t really any way to fix it. All I can say is that it’s a little easier to hold back and forth discussions in the discussion forum

    jf

  89. cheech wizard
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    83- I’d forgotten that Anomaly had a “real” job at Gordo’s – but wasn’t it the more humble and Crachit-like post of bookkeeper, rather than accountant (which I believe requires a degree) and/or partner?

    At any rate, the crafty Gordo must not want him examining the books too closely if he’s got him slinging coffee and sticky buns. Gordo’s growing fat on sumpthin’ and I doubt it’s selling Quality Used Cars.

  90. gump worsley
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know why, but in the half-second each day before I click on “Pluggers,” the KISS song “Strutter” always pops into my head and stays there.

    It doesn’t make the strip any better. (Although I do like the art, generally.)

  91. Ellie
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:07 pm [Reply]

    On FBoFW official website (yes I need therapy) it says that Liz is looking for someone just like her Dad and then it describes Anthony as just being like her Dad. Ugh.

    I like Officer Paul, but Lynn will probably have him cheat on Liz with the new teacher and she’ll go to Anthony’s pasty white arms for comfort.

  92. catastrophile
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:28 pm [Reply]

    Just out of curiosity, is there anybody in the known universe who finds this funny?

  93. D.A. Pennington
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:30 pm [Reply]

    Really. Granthony needs to be sterilized.
    Lets get the sequence of events straight.

    1) Granthony pines for Liz.
    2) Liz hooks up with everyone except Grantony.
    3) Granthony hooks up with a woman he doesn’t even love and forces her to have a child with him, to make up for the spurned hurt that Liz has inflicted upon him.
    4) Granthony pours his heart on Liz before she takes off to Mitagationwaky.
    5) Liz leaves. Granthony proceeds to as Therese to dress in frumpy outfits, dye her hair dirty blonde, and give up her 150k/yr lawyer job to teach indian kids at $10.50/hr
    6) Therese moves out of the house and in with her Sr. Partner at the firm.
    7) Granthony spends off hours changing diapers and talking to an inflatable love doll dressed in a polka dot dress with a blonde wig and the name “Liz” written in black magicmarker on her chest.
    8) Liz comes come for good from Mitwackawackai
    9) Liz looks for a car. Liz becomes “rice”, and Granthony becomes “white” if you catch my drift.
    10) Grantony drops a bunch of double entendres on Liz. No matter what Liz says, it is taken the wrong way by Granthony . . . or the right way if you are Granthony.
    11) Granthony goes all “Howard” on Liz and the car Liz is test driving goes over a guard rail and crashing into some trees. On a deserted highway no less (watching wife’s soap opera at this point for more ideas)
    12) Liz is unconcious from a concussion. Granthony proceeds to make his move at this point.
    13) Liz wakes up in a dried out well in some basement.
    14) Granthony, dressed in a silk kimono, lowers a bucket down the well. “It rubs the lotion on her belly.” is the only direction Granthony gives Liz.
    15) Liz, greased up, looks up pleading with Granthony. Granthony responds, “It puts the lotion in the bucket.”
    16) Liz, woozy from her injuries asks Granthony to lower a ladder. Granthony reiterates his request then finally puncuates with, “PUT THE FUCKING LOTION IN THE BASKET!!!”

  94. snapdragon
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    There was an update of the Liz bio on fbofw.com. I wince at the implications:

    While away from home, Elizabeth experienced the fun of living life on her own, the discipline of marking homework, and the pain of a broken heart. In her second year of university Liz met Eric – a charismatic, handsome, popular jock. She moved in with him but soon found out that a book isn’t always as pretty as the cover! Eric was cheating on her and she took it hard. He was supposed to be “the one”. After swearing off men forever, Elizabeth met Warren on the bus back to school for her third year at Nipissing University. Although their friendship never had time to become a serious relationship, Warren helped Liz renew her confidence. She needed it when Constable Paul Wright came into her life – now that Liz is moving home from Mtigwaki, she hopes that the love she shares with Paul will be strong enough to bridge the distance between them, at least until Paul can get a transfer to her area.

  95. Bootsybooks
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    Sometimes there’s a plugger couple that is an obviously male dog, and a rooster. Since the rooster is male, we can only assume that it’s OK for pluggers to be gay, or at least roosters, or something…

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Is the pet dog in the Pluggers under discussion the same one that a few weeks ago was wearing a shirt, standing upright, looking into a btahroom mirror, and worrying about his male pattern balding?

    And now he’s naked, lying on the couch having the bear SPELL in front of him?

    WTF?

    For the record, that’s the only stupid internet-type acronym you’ll ever find me using. If I tell you something, you better know that’s it’s my damn opinion, and it ain’t humble. If I find something funny I’ll tell you so.

    But WTF captures both incredulity and stupefaction admirably. So lemmings who use that lame-ass shorthand shit, and you know who you are, quit being so lazy and actually write something!

    That doesn’t really pertain to most of you – I enjoy the pithy and apt writing here, you guys.

  96. ScottR.
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    Is there something wrong with me if I want to de-flower Liz? Or did Paul beat me to it?

  97. rich
    July 28th, 2006 at 2:54 pm [Reply]

    95: LOL!

  98. ScottR.
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    I often think of that little minx Liz at my beck and call. The things I want to do with her couldn’t even get printed in Penthouse. I might let Anthony watch, but only if he hid in the closet and didn’t make too much noise.

  99. BigJoe
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    92 – catastrophile, if they were Pluggers it would be funny, especially if the lady was an elephant.

  100. Jad-ben-Otho
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:08 pm [Reply]

    The Phantom: “I said you’re not jumping! Instead, you’re going to dance! HAHAHAhahahah! Dance, you funny monkeys! Dance!”
    http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20060728&name=Phantom

    The Phantom is losing his grip. Of course, he runs around the jungle in his funky purple stretch jammies, so we should have seen this coming.

    Mark Trail: Return of the central panel mystery beast from earlier this week. Mary Worth is not the only one with a stalker. Introducing . . . Porkypine Kelrast.
    http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20060728&name=Mark_Trail

  101. MaryAnnTheRest
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    Wait a minute! (Or as Liz would say, WAIT!) Did we get one poster here whose Plugger submission ran yesterday and another who knows the guy whose submission ran today? That would be amazing!

  102. catastrophile
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    95 — just to clarify . . . are the phonetic-equivalent variations on the acronyms acceptable — i.e., “loller” and “roffel” and the like?

  103. Scumbaggioni
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    #57: OH SNAP! Alternative:

    Mrs. Mitchell: “We all make choices we regret later, Dennis. Having children, for example…”

  104. BigJoe
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    100: Hey, I just realized Porkypine’s last name is an anagram for…..stalker!

  105. SNF
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    dimestore lipstick: You can always move on to foreign languages

  106. catastrophile
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:17 pm [Reply]

    99 — “You’re a plugger if your misshapen animal mouth makes human speech difficult and causes other people to misunderstand you.”

  107. Hogenmogen
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    #92 – Catastrophile – It’s a simple play on words. Could have been set up better. On the other hand, if THAT’S what he calls “elegant”, then look out Mary Worth, you’re going to have not one but two frumpy middle age men to fend off.

    #69 – Bootsy – thank you for the compliment. I blush. I’m with you on actually typing out words instead of the common abbreviations, the meanings of which I usually forget soon after hearing what they are. WTF is probably an exception as is BFD. I figure that when there’s an obscenity in there you can make the excuse that you’re not really using profanity. BFD predates the internet, so it’s not technically in the same category. WTF might be, but I don’t know for sure and don’t care to research it because it really isn’t any big fucking deal.
    As far as animal nomenclature I did research and dogs and roosters are in different classes in the kingdom animalia and the phyllum vertebrata. The class mammalia applies to the dog and the class birdia or something applies to the rooster. Why does this matter, you may ask. Now armed with this information, re read the plugger spoof in the link in Josh’s post http://www.noncanon.com/index.php?date=2006-07-26 . You thought it was funny before, but this takes it to a deeper level. Oooh. I can almost hear your brain cells multiplying.

  108. Prehumous
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    I just realized that Aldo Kelrast is an anagram for Do All Streak.

    Make of this what you will.

  109. Bootsybooks
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    102: They are NOT acceptable if I don’t know what the fuck they mean. So there. Thanks for playing along in my little world of neo-luddism.

    Wait, wait, I guess I can’t be a neo-luddite if I’m using the computer.

    HogenMogen, my new brain cells HURT.

  110. Bootsybooks
    July 28th, 2006 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    Does that make me a Plugger?

    No but it puts us in CONFLICT!

  111. catastrophile
    July 28th, 2006 at 6:13 pm [Reply]

    107 — I get the joke . . . indeed, I’ve seen it used to great effect . . . in media other than single-panel comics. I just happen to find this instance of the gag, as frontpaged at comics.com, singularly unamusing. There are lots of comics I don’t laugh at, but this one leaps out at me as being simply impossible to find funny.

    109 — Perhaps the “neo” in “neo-luddite” changes the philosophy’s core tenets sufficiently to permit the use of computers, as long as you don’t 5p34k 1337? Roffel lemau.

  112. Paul
    July 28th, 2006 at 6:34 pm [Reply]

    WHAT are you people smoking? Aircraft carrier? It’s a hotel across the bay! There’s a sailboat just to the left of it, and what looks like a scuba diver behind Dennis’ head. Aircraft carrier? No.

  113. Katie
    July 28th, 2006 at 7:21 pm [Reply]

    I think something needs to be said about today’s disturbing, disturbing, disturbing Foxtrot strip.

    Now that’s cartoon violence.

    It needs to be addressed. Foxtrot just needs to be featured more often period. Did you see the great Family Circus Foxtrot strip? It was great!

  114. ohgrl
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:56 pm [Reply]

    Pssst– Jamal, that ain’t her knee you’re lookin’ at, if you know what I mean. Oh yeah!

  115. Mibbitmaker
    July 28th, 2006 at 9:35 pm [Reply]

    I think the term “neo-luddite” would have to implode according to the laws of physics.

    Did you notice that Aldo’s last name is an anagram for “Throatwarbler Mangrove”? Make of that what you will.

    And concerning the Pluggers panel being talked about more often than posters noticing the Aldo/Capt. Kangaroo similarities: To keep the dog from figuring out what various words mean, make them all “potrzebie”.
    Wha’?? Huh now?
    Classic Mad references; P.S., I’ll do it every furshlugginer time!

    WAIT! I just noticed that Aldo Throatwarbler Mangrove looks just like Capt. Kangaroo!

  116. k_space
    July 29th, 2006 at 3:05 am [Reply]

    do the well-developed pecs on dennis the menace bother any one else? are they an oedpial symbol suggesting dennis is more masculine than his dad? will he blind himself with his own slingshot?

  117. catastrophile
    July 29th, 2006 at 4:14 am [Reply]

    116 — OMFG YOU’RE RIGHT!

    And check out the forearms . . .

    I bet Mrs. Menace is wondering whether it’s time to tell Dennis that her first choice was actually Popeye.

  118. Scumbaggioni
    July 29th, 2006 at 6:04 am [Reply]

    #116: Yeah, I noticed this but didn’t mention it re the OP’s strip…however, this was followed by another strip with Dennis at the beach, wherein both he and Joey are freaks with no necks – but Dennis is…beefy. Oh ****ing ewwwwwwwww.

    Today’s Dennis (Saturday) is fully clothed, thank God, but veers into Pluggers territory as Dennis discovers the timeless wonder of the rocking chair. …”Cool?” Oh no, Dennis, it’s SO not that.

    And he STILL has no neck. And he’s STILL…beefy.

    *hwarrrrrrrrf*

  119. Megan_Koumori
    July 29th, 2006 at 6:23 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: Aw, man. My family actually does that. Whenever someone says the word “out”, the dog starts whining and won’t stop, so we’ve taken to spelling it. Stupid Pluggers…

    Garfield: If Garfield was ending, don’t you think we would’ve heard about it? People knew Peanuts was ending months before it happened. Personally, I don’t think Jim Davis is ready to stop milking the cash cow, or ever will be.

  120. Craig Shergold
    July 29th, 2006 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    Dennis the Menace has always had striking 3D effects and today’s is grade-A+.

  121. dimestore lipstick
    July 29th, 2006 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    Mibbitmaker
    I think you are mistaken, as the correct spelling of Throatwarbler Mangrove is “Raymond Luxury Yacht”.
    and the anagram “A DR LUX MY RAUNCHY TOY” clearly has more to do with Rex Morgan than Mary Worth.

  122. dorko
    July 30th, 2006 at 11:34 pm [Reply]

    a quote reputedly by nabakov:

    “Dennis the Menace doesn’t look like his father. Could he be illegitimate?”

  123. Eric
    July 31st, 2006 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    You know, Dennis is more buff than his dad, which is highly disturbing in a “whoever draws Dennis the Menace is a confused pedophile” sort of way.

  124. Eric
    July 31st, 2006 at 12:49 pm [Reply]

    Just what is going on with the muscle-y guy in the background of Dennis the Menace? Is he smelling his fist?

  125. Prehumous
    August 3rd, 2006 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    Check out Dennis in that strip. He’s ripped! You can even count the muscles on his forearms and thighs. He sure didn’t get that from Mr. de Menace.

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