Main content:

Metapost: Love, Apartment 3-G style

Faithful reader and commentor jonnya created this charming video on YouTube, so I thought I’d post it here for those of you too lazy to read the comments and click on the links.

50 responses to “Metapost: Love, Apartment 3-G style”

  1. gnome de blog
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:23 pm [Reply]

    Bravo, jonnya!

    I can hardly wait til you memorialize the upcoming Margo-LuAnn slamfest.

    More boring plant pictures, Mule!

  2. Zorba the Geek
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    Very nice, jonnya. (Have you all ever contemplated how talented a group we have here at The Comics Curmudgeon? Impressive.) And a huge bouquet and kudos to Pope Josh for the mention in this week’s Newsweek in “Blog Watch.” Hope the added publicity doesn’t crash your server.

  3. treadwell
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    LOL, that final shot makes it. Excellent.

  4. winterbear
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    bravo… well done.

    I would love to see an aldo mania version… but what show should it be set to?

  5. Opus
    September 19th, 2006 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    Excellent! :::standing ovation::: Love the crickets.

  6. Power of 1000 Lemons
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    Is that former Health and Human Services secretary Tommy Thompson?

  7. heywhatsit
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:12 pm [Reply]

    Hey wait a minute! Did Ted just eat her nose??!

  8. David the Plugger
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:26 pm [Reply]


    There’s only one answer:
    “Every Breath You Take” by The Police

  9. ShadeEagle
    September 19th, 2006 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    I was going to vote for “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by Scorpions, but I’m probably the only person that would do that.

  10. AppleGirl
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:17 pm [Reply]

    I watched this yesterday and laughed. I watched it again today and laughed even harder. Jonnya, you are totally awesome!

  11. pretend2benormal
    September 19th, 2006 at 7:48 pm [Reply]

    That’s funny.

    American style.

  12. Ben
    September 19th, 2006 at 8:36 pm [Reply]

    Love the chirping crickets at the end.

  13. beasley
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:10 pm [Reply]

    *cough* The actual link really isn’t to locate if you go to . Here’s the direct link:

  14. mumbles
    September 19th, 2006 at 9:29 pm [Reply]

    Someone in an earlier post alluded to Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” as Aldo’s theme song, and every time I heard that song this summer I’d laugh thinking about that.

  15. Freezer
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:09 pm [Reply]


    I’d go with Sonic Youth’s mucho creepy version of “Superstar”.

  16. angry black woman
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    let me just say I LOVE the people in this community. I mean, Aldo stalking to Yakkety Saks? Mary Worth Live? Now A3G Love American Style? This is so awesome. i haven’t laughed this hard in a long time. Thank you.

    Now I’m going to ahve to publish my rewrite of the Aldo intervention scene with actual intervention dialogue.

  17. Dub Not Dubya
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:00 am [Reply]

    angry black woman:

    Now I’m going to ahve to publish my rewrite of the Aldo intervention scene with actual intervention dialogue.

    Yes, yes, yes, please do!

  18. Richard Onley
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:35 am [Reply]

    “I would love to see an aldo mania version… but what show should it be set to?”

    We could probably cobble up lyrics to the old Captain Kangaroo theme song:\

    Stalkin’ Aldo
    Stalkin’ Aldo
    Looking like Captain Kangaroo
    What a nutcase
    What a nutcase
    Wants to bop Mary Worth . . .

    And maybe fade out to “It’s a Mary Worth Intervention Day . . .”

  19. Hatno
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:49 am [Reply]

    OMG! You thought the torn-up jeans joke was overly recycled. Today, TDIET used the “I bought my wife an exercise machine and she uses it to store junk on” joke. That wasn’t even funny when it was new! Well, neither was the torn-up pants joke, but still.

  20. Debt On
    September 20th, 2006 at 4:10 am [Reply]

    Ha ha. Bobble heads are awesome. Nice job.

  21. yellojkt
    September 20th, 2006 at 5:25 am [Reply]

    Props to jonnya’s mad skilz.

  22. jonnya
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:34 am [Reply]

    Wow. Plucked from the masses. I should call my Mum or something, she’d be proud. Thanks Josh! This is the first time I’ve ever uploaded anything on Youtube. Youtube has an unhealthy obsession with stats and tracking and it just told me that we just cracked the top twenty for views in today’s Arts and Animation category. Considering that the preceding 19 clips are all excerpts from various budgeted Japanese Anime shows that I have never heard of, I think it’s safe to rephrase and say that we, the Curmudgeon Army, are responsible for the number one clip containing user created “original” art that is perhaps of relevance to some Americans in the “Arts and Animation” category for today. Another goal met. This is better than Myspace profile hits! Damn, if I had known it’d get this many hits I’d of fixed up Tommy’s nose at the end.

    Seriously- thanks for all your warm responses- they do this unemployed animator/designer a world of good and encouragement, even though I have no idea who any of you really are, where you live, what you do, or what you look like (except Josh and Mon-ma-tron). That’s alright, I don’t need to know. You all seem like good folks to me and I ‘m pleased and honored to walk amongst you all.

  23. Pozzo
    September 20th, 2006 at 8:06 am [Reply]

    Wow – my prayers were answered. Just last week, I posted a wish that the A3G site would use animation, a la FOOB. Well, they didn’t step up to the plate, but Jonnya did! Kudos, Jonnya! Ask and ye shall receive…

  24. FredN.
    September 20th, 2006 at 8:22 am [Reply]

    Hey Josh, Nice mention in Newsweek!!

  25. MaryAnnTheRest
    September 20th, 2006 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    It’s going to be hard to find a better theme song for Aldomania than Yakety Sax. Although today Aldo comes up with a name for the spoken word in unison group: the Naysayers!

    Nice job, jonnya, thanks for the entertainment!

  26. benro
    September 20th, 2006 at 9:29 am [Reply]

    Excellent animation!! The level of talent (and copious free time) exhibited by the readers of this site is nothing short of phenomenal.

  27. Hogenmogen
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:07 am [Reply]

    I’ve got a question that can only be debated here (or in the local psychiatric unit). As I’ve learned about everything from Moldovian Orthodoxy to grammar to licorice to the scary thing that lives in Jon Arbuckle’s sock drawer, I’m hoping to draw from the accumulated pool of knowledge of all things hopelessly irrelevant to everyday life. A friend of mine and I had a debate as to whether it was better for a lame artist of a strip to actually think what they are putting out is insanely hilarious, or to merely say “Eh, that one is good enough.” I don’t even exactly recall which side I was on at the time. I’m stumped. What signs would you look for to even tell if the artist thought the strip was funny?

  28. Dave
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:11 am [Reply]

    9-20 TDIET

    Migraina’s not just lazy – she’s dead !!

  29. trubbaman
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    What’s up with Aldo’s car in the second panel today?
    I think it’s a 2006 Asymmetrica.

  30. Hogenmogen
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:59 am [Reply]

    Foobs: Didn’t April blow off Becky first? Wasn’t it last year that Becky came asking to be friends again and St. April of the Patterson clan completely dissed her in a most henious manner? That’s when … she… started a ….. long and cum…bersome… conver… sa… tion …. with…. Shann…nn…. nnnn on. Now April has the nerve to accuse Becky of giving her the cold shoulder after she ASKED for it?

    Dennis the non-menace is scared of heights and beans. There he is chatting amicably with renowned snooty biatch Margret. If he learned to comb your hair, he’d fit in pretty well with the Keane kids.

  31. DarkHorse02GT
    September 20th, 2006 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    That is fantastic! Great work.

  32. Craigers
    September 20th, 2006 at 12:04 pm [Reply]

    9/20… check out Beetle Bailey, where Beetle is totally on the verge of getting some. I can see tomorrow’s strip now – Miss Buxley says “My God, Beetle, you’re gigantic!” and Beetle replies, “no, that’s just the swelling from Sarge kicking me repeatedly in the groin…”

    “Meanwhile!!!!”… over at Pirhana Club, the two most defeated-looking women in creation have encountered one another. Those women look less human than Pluggers do, and may well be even more depressing.

    “Meanwhile!!!”… At Tank McNamara, the cognitive dissonance involved in whipping boy Stephon Marbury doing something good has driven the artists into writing gibbering nonsense. English, guys. English.

  33. Dave
    September 20th, 2006 at 2:03 pm [Reply]

    I felt so much better about my life yesterday when I saw that other people with (presumably) lives were checking in on Molly the bear in Mark Trail and were worried about her/it. Today I find it odd that the plot of this current obsession is headed toward the same climax as my adolescent obsession, The Lord of the Rings. The bear and the dog are on the edge of the precipice… they go over the side…. I assume that the last panel will be Molly the bear holding up her collar, crying “My Precioussss…….”

  34. MaryAnnTheRest
    September 20th, 2006 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    Adrienne at the FOOBiverse linked to this article on religion in comic strips, and I had to share in case some of you don’t check out the FOOBiverse Journal site. Look, Josh, this guy reads the comics so the Pope doesn’t have to!

  35. yellojkt
    September 20th, 2006 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    Us Comics Cardinals only have one Pope and that is Josh.

  36. Perry
    September 20th, 2006 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    From MaryAnnTheRest‘s link:

    What probably escapes the attention of most readers of comics is that the “Gil Thorp” comic strip about the earnest high school athletic coach was written for eight years by Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the popular “Left Behind” novel series.

    As someone who reads both this blog and slactivist‘s dissection of the “Left Behind” series on his blog, this conflation of the two sites just made my day.

  37. bootsybooks
    September 20th, 2006 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    #34 – an unintentionally hilarious article.

    “The Resurrection is seldom played out in comic strips”. Great stuff!

    Written by “Mark Pattison”. Hmmm. Could that be an alias for that Foob and Canadian would-be romance novelist, Michael Patterson?

  38. dale
    September 20th, 2006 at 4:43 pm [Reply]

    27 – Hogenemogen
    I have the same general question about the people who make crappy movies. Do they know they’re turning out crap or even set out to do so?
    By crappy, I mean about as much plot line and logic as a porn flick but without the redeeming porn.

  39. Fred P.
    September 20th, 2006 at 4:51 pm [Reply]

    “Coaxed into naming one he doesn’t like, Greenspoon said, “I think most people would agree ‘Mary Worth’ is not great.””

    Clearly this fool has no idea what he’s talking about.


  40. Von Zeppelin
    September 20th, 2006 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    22 jonnya–I add my kudos for the latest production from Curmudgeon Studios. I actually read the missing Tommie nose as a subtle and brilliant piece of symbolism worthy of Bergman at his most enigmatic.

    The old phrase is “to cut off one’s nose to spite one’s face,” right? Meaning to do something rash, only to suffer the unintended consequences, and regret the foolish action. (“I’ll show you, Face.” Slash. “Owww! Damn, that was stupid!”)

    So–Tommy nobly reminds Ted of his marital vows, and winds up with your wonderful Chirping Crickets of Solitude, rather than the Fireworks of Passion. All foreshadowed by her momentary schnozzlessness.

    I nominate you for the Palm D’Or.

  41. Meggie
    September 20th, 2006 at 6:31 pm [Reply]

    Today, I realized the true beauty of the “Hat Man” hat. True, true beauty, indeed.

  42. RBF-at-home
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:01 pm [Reply]

    Too funny! wtg

  43. Ohyes
    September 20th, 2006 at 7:57 pm [Reply]

    jonnya, that is so great.

    And thank you for including Gina!

  44. Richard Onley
    September 20th, 2006 at 11:22 pm [Reply]

    #30: “Dennis the non-menace is scared of heights and beans.”

    We all knew it was inevitable that one day he’d be hoist on his own petard . . .

  45. SmartPeopleOnIce
    September 21st, 2006 at 10:24 am [Reply]

    #35 (yellojkt) Us Comics Cardinals only have one Pope and that is Josh.

    Hey, say what you will about the other pope, at least he’s a hat man.

  46. rich
    September 21st, 2006 at 11:54 am [Reply]

    34: Cruel, cruel Catholic News … “Mary Worth is not great”??

    Interesting bit on Lovey Saltzman’s backstory from Lynn herself…except that Lovey’s husband Morrie isn’t dead (is she onto her 2nd husband??)…supposedly they co-own the building. Mike Patterson’s Sept. letter says Lovey’s husband “keeps to himself”…Oh, I get it…maybe he is dead — and all this time Mike thought those were Kelpfroth’s cigars that were stinking up the joint!

  47. Library Cat
    September 24th, 2006 at 12:08 am [Reply]

    Jonnya great work as always. I remain shocked at your unemployed status. Surely, it is not just the Curmudgeons alone that can see your greatness.

    Yes! Comments within the last couple of days. My overtime is paying off. I will be caught up on comments soon.

  48. Library Cat
    September 24th, 2006 at 12:24 am [Reply]

    rich, I just re-read your comment. WTF! Lovey has a living husband? Where the hell is he? I’m thinking your analysis is correct. No wonder lil’ Meweduth or Wobyn (I forget) is ill. If he is alive, this dude is seriously incognito. I’ve never seen him in the strip or heard him mentioned. I know for sure he’s not a handy man. Wow. I’m thinking some lowly fact checker at FOOB Enterprises is about to lose their job or maybe Lynn just likes lying to Catholics.

  49. Library Cat
    September 24th, 2006 at 12:26 am [Reply]

    We’re idol worshipers, dontcha know. There’s only one group of saints that can be worshiped. Saint Pattersons forgive me!

  50. jonnya
    September 25th, 2006 at 3:20 am [Reply]

    47- Thanks a million LC. It would seem that the “professional” world is not of a mind to embrace my style of animation at this time. On the other hand, maybe if I job searched more often and didn’t spend all my time animating other creator’s comics and working on my own stuff I might yet crack the world of the stable employed ilk yet. Truth is I hate working for others but a man needs a little moolah in his pocket from time to time. Balancing that equation has become a whole other art form for me. What a life!

Comments are closed for this post.