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Lazy Saturday

Blondie, 8/7/10

Ha ha, Dagood is a philistine who only appreciates books for their physical qualities, not for the wonders of storytelling contained therein! Of course, the third-panel payoff should have been evident from the beginning of the strip, as nobody selects a whole bookshelf’s worth of books with identically colored covers for their literary qualities. (Longtime readers of this blog will remember the day Dagwood made this mass sham book purchase.)

Judge Parker, 8/7/10

Oh my goodness, now we know why Sophie was so keen to become a cheerleader; she’s gone from being a mere know-it-all to being literally omniscient.

37 responses to “Lazy Saturday”

  1. Mayzshon
    August 8th, 2010 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    Who knows what evil lurks in the Marks of men? The Sophie Knows!

  2. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:11 pm [Reply]

    I will forgive Manley for not being Baretto if he keeps drawing more Neddy like in Panel 1.

  3. Keru_Shiri
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:12 pm [Reply]

    Is the link to the Blondie strip is broken, or did I just completley miss a joke?

  4. Uncle Lumpy
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:19 pm [Reply]

    @Keru_Shiri (#3):

    Try it again.

  5. Poteet
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:20 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#293): “Inordinantly” is, of course, not a word. I’m glad my former-English-teacher mother doesn’t read this blog. Inordinately, inordinately, inordinately. *embarrassment mode*

  6. colonel bat guano
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:22 pm [Reply]

    Aren’t Sophie’s hands in panel one a little on the small side?

  7. Poteet
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#Y295): Exactly. You clearly know your cattle fencing, and dope makes a lot more sense.

    And yet, if you are right, they’re gonna have to grow a helluva lot of weed and charge a helluva price to cover the cost of that fence. Maybe they developed their business plan after a long evening of product-sampling.

  8. Poteet
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:26 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#5): And then I forgot to indicate that comment was on a yesterthread. *sigh*

  9. Sister Sestina
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:35 pm [Reply]

    I didn’t remember the book purchase, but I’m impressed that the color monkeys did. I mean, they’ll change hair colors overnight but they remember book jacket colors after a couple of years’ gap? (I’ll attribute the lightened shade to sun fading–hell, my jackets sometimes do that even without outside usage as a sunblock!)

  10. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:37 pm [Reply]

    Just coming off of a debilitating, I mean, refreshing family vacation (NOW! With added pretend-family member for daughter to fight with!), so I’m going to invoke the secret rule whose number cannot even be written out and drop in a clutch of comments that have not been tested for potential lack of freshness. Then when people give me links to where they’ve already been said here in the last day, I’ll go read those comments, and it’ll be kind of like catching up, in reverse, only missing those comments that aren’t just like the ones I’m writing now. My hearty thanks to [redacted] for having the wisdom and compassion to create that particular secret rule! [*]

    AD – Now the quiz guy on the TV set that just had a question about Nixon and Ford in the 70s wants to know, “On what date in history did the BC strip officially say ‘Screw it: we’re just taking place in the present from now on!’?”

    Slylock – Face it, if the stuff worked, Wanda Witch wouldn’t be a hideous old crone, jellyfish blood or no jellyfish blood. Also, beware of bald men selling magic hair tonic.

    Rx“You had a biopsy and didn’t tell me? WHAT were you thinking, Stewart? Don’t you know that ‘the family that’s diagnosed together is “the family with the most” together’?”

    My Cage – How do you ruin He-Man and the Masters of the Universe? Me see words but me not understand.

    Hi – Darn it, Ditto! Don’t you realize, as your brother does, that the only possible reason to ever associate with someone outside your gender is in the hopes of eventually procreating and continuing the species? As my daughter says, “Jeesh!”

    Curtis – That’s odd. The sight of streams of something white filling the mouths of three objects resembling human faces doesn’t inspire me to say anything snarky at all. I wonder if that curse from the gypsy woman whose toe I trod upon has anything to do with it? Stay tuned, kids, to see if ol’ Muffaroo has lost his edge — forever!

  11. mr 12 oz can
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:44 pm [Reply]

    mary worth – please save me adrian with your amazing oral technique
    fred basset-that dog has alll the punchlines
    popeye- can i borrow money for a hamburger ill pay you tuesday

  12. Bill Murray
    August 8th, 2010 at 7:19 pm [Reply]

    At least Dagwood only used the book as a sun visor. Think about what Snuffy Smith would do with a book

  13. Dan K.
    August 8th, 2010 at 7:35 pm [Reply]

    The link to the old Blondie comic certainly leads to an interesting last post (#298).

    http://joshreads.com/?p=1100#blondie

  14. S. Stout
    August 8th, 2010 at 7:43 pm [Reply]

    I’m actually impressed that Blondie has some continuity by showing us the blue book bookshelf! I’m even more impressed that Josh continually remembers these facts.

  15. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    August 8th, 2010 at 8:01 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#10): as a wise old Indian once said, “you drink it.”

  16. Dagger
    August 8th, 2010 at 8:46 pm [Reply]

    Sophie has clearly reached enlightenment, and tomorrow’s Judge Parker shall reveal the simplified equation of all laws of the universe. Since this is Judge Parker we’re talking about, though, it’ll probably just be boiled down to “80085.”

  17. Kurt
    August 8th, 2010 at 8:47 pm [Reply]

    @colonel bat guano (#6): Sophie’s in panel one?

  18. Rocky Stoneaxe
    August 8th, 2010 at 8:48 pm [Reply]

    I hope Mr. Manley wlll refrain from drawing Neddy with chapped lips in the future!

  19. Scott Bot
    August 8th, 2010 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#2): I agree wholeheartedly, but I’m still trying to figure out why her name is ‘Neddy.’ That just reminds me of Ned Flanders.

  20. McManx
    August 8th, 2010 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    Blondie — Aww. Who hasn’t spent a lazy summer afternoon with their nose in a book.

    Nancy — August 7: Aunt Fritzi alert!

    Judge Parker — Umm. If you were omniscient, why would you follow your divination with an inquiry? Unless you were making a rhetorical inquiry to which you already knew the answer. In that case, you would know why you would be asking a question to which you already knew the answer, and for what purpose it would serve, and to what effect it would have, and … aw fuck it.

  21. Stu
    August 8th, 2010 at 11:34 pm [Reply]

    Two great lines in one Judge Parker! “I’m a Cheerleader–I Know Everything!” and “We had lunch…and I wish we hadn’t!” will be in my vocabulary from now until my last day.

  22. skullcrusherjones
    August 8th, 2010 at 11:40 pm [Reply]

    So, Sophie’s the all-seeing eye on the top of the cheerleading pyramid?

  23. Ed Dravecky
    August 8th, 2010 at 11:47 pm [Reply]

    Sophie became a mid-1970s Jack Kirby character so gradually, nobody noticed until it was too late.

  24. Henning Makholm
    August 8th, 2010 at 11:54 pm [Reply]

    “nobody selects a whole bookshelf’s worth of books with identically colored covers for their literary qualities.”
    The content of that bookshelf could easily be my paper encyclopedia, down to the identically bound blue volumes. Except that a handful or two of the volumes seem to be missing from Dagwood’s shelves (which actually matches the average state of my encyclopedia well, too; I tend to leave the volumes where I last used them).

  25. Smokehouse
    August 9th, 2010 at 1:02 am [Reply]

    the phrase “I know everything” should never be followed up by a question.

  26. Kelvin the Clown
    August 9th, 2010 at 4:39 am [Reply]

    9CL: Dr. Burber has a reputation as being a bit of a hard-nose as a professor. When her students call her “a real Nazi bastard”, they have no idea how right they are.

    -KtC

  27. Chowder
    August 9th, 2010 at 5:22 am [Reply]

    The reason cheerleaders seem to know “everything” is actually similar to the difference between an MP3-enabled phone, and a dedicated MP3 player. The MP3 player only has one function to which it’s limited capacity can be put, so it gives the illusion of being better at it’s job, for longer.

  28. Little Guy
    August 9th, 2010 at 7:15 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#2): Said it before: It’s not Hendrickseque, but it’s good.

  29. Patrick
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:01 am [Reply]

    Does anyone else see the angry, greenish, satanic monkey hanging on Sophie’s coat rack, or is it just me?

  30. Monica
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    JP: Sophie’s cheerleading powers have apparently just kicked in, as she is completely shocked in the first panel to realize that she *does* know everything.

  31. Gold-Digging Nanny
    August 9th, 2010 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    I want an “I’m a cheerleader — I know everything!” T-shirt!

  32. Carrie ForthWorth
    August 9th, 2010 at 4:27 pm [Reply]

    @Patrick (#29): No, and now it’s ALL I can see….

  33. studs
    August 10th, 2010 at 3:34 pm [Reply]

    I find it interesting that Sophie would disclose her powers to mere mortals. The cheerleaders I know would never dare to mention their omniscience for fear all high school would rise against them.

  34. nancy sluggo 4ever
    August 11th, 2010 at 8:09 am [Reply]

    I second @#31!! What a way to follow up Margo’s finger-quotin’ t-shirt and the Aldomania t-shirt!

  35. SamECircle
    August 13th, 2010 at 2:24 pm [Reply]

    @Patrick (#29):

    I guess there’s two now!
    I was going to post almost that exact same comment, but i searched for “monkey” and found yours

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