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Old and boozy

B.C. and Wizard of Id, 11/3/06

Here’s a true comics fact that I find endlessly fascinating: Johnny Hart, the deranged mastermind behind B.C., is also the writer (but not the artist) for the Wizard of Id. This is interesting because B.C. is, as frequently noted here by me and others, totally deranged these days, whereas the Wizard of Id is, if not breaking any new comedic ground, actually still kind of funny. Today’s strips, both on the topic of sweet, delicious, tempting, demonic booze, illustrate the point nicely. B.C. is pretty typical of the strip’s current loopy state: the weird verbiage, convoluted but not particularly funny, the setup that’s ultimately just one character telling a joke to another, and the punchline that’s dependent on a series of odd assumptions and that seems like it might, in a parallel universe, be funny, but in this one is not. Now, a lot of you cruel bastards have taken this to mean that Hart has just lost it. But take a look at this Wizard of Id, which is itself typical of the strip’s style: blunt, dry, to the point, and actually driven by some cursory knowledge of the strip’s characters. In other words, ol’ Johnny is fully capable of working within the constraints of what makes a comic strip funny and normal; but in B.C. he’s made a conscious decision to follow his own meandering muse. Which in some ways is all the more alarming.

Apartment 3-G, 11/3/06

Meanwhile, the Story of Lu Ann’s Magical Mysterious Attic has apparently been outsourced to a Brontë sister. I’ve been all in favor the new interweaving storylines in Apartment 3-G, but we need more of Tommie teasing married men with her awkward sexuality and Margo threatening people with bodily harm and less of Lu Ann’s maybe-supernatural loft space. Yesterday we were teased into believing that this pile of bedding was someone asleep on the bed; presumably tomorrow we’ll learn that there isn’t actually anybody in the next room, but that someone has accidentally left the radio on in there and it happens to be playing Li’l Jon’s latest hit, “Hello, Anyone There? (Feat. Ying Yang Twins).”

If Alan and Eric Mills and, hell, Margo are all conspiring to drive Lu Ann insane à la Gaslight, though, all will be forgiven and then some.

Dick Tracy, 11/3/06

If you haven’t been following Dick Tracy (and really, who could blame you if you haven’t?), Dick has acquired an experimental device that can read minds. This turns out to be much, much less interesting than it sounds, as so far he’s only used it to annoy his officemates. I just wanted to point out that one of his coworkers is apparently Lara Flynn Boyle, seriously slumming in some kind of Nehru-collared shirt.

Marvin, 11/3/06

Lord alive, I hope the dog eats that baby.

155 responses to “Old and boozy”

  1. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    November 3rd, 2006 at 4:53 pm [Reply]

    I also note that today’s Fred Basset seems to indicate that Alex Graham is three weeks behind with his strips, which is actually pretty impressive for a dead person.

  2. BCist
    November 3rd, 2006 at 4:53 pm [Reply]

    ” ‘Jack Daniel’s’ ”

    Was it actually Sterno in an old Jack bottle?

  3. Harold
    November 3rd, 2006 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    You’re not…because the baby is…and a dog eating…ironic reversal…no. No. Certainly not.

    Liz is hot. And if there’s any reality in Dick Tracy, next week will consist entirely of repeats of that last panel, with occasional mumbles in the speech balloon.

  4. benro
    November 3rd, 2006 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    Since I started reading this site, I have been sucked into the sordid world of A3G, FC, FW, JP, MW, GF, MT, (DT)GT, MF, SM, and TDIET, but I steadfastly REFUSE to start following DT!! Don’t push me!!

  5. Harold
    November 3rd, 2006 at 4:57 pm [Reply]

    And I was thinking the answer to the question in B.C. was “Uncle Phil practicing downstairs on his trumpet.”

  6. Mic
    November 3rd, 2006 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    The Chinese baby has the new baby smell because she hasn’t yet moved her bowels for the first time.

  7. Opus
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:00 pm [Reply]

    I think that the Wizard Of Id works especially well if you imagine that the tall guy has just read a week’s worth of B.C. … and the jester is Johnny Hart.

  8. dcrat
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

    I just hit the refresh button about 50 times looking for the hottie doing the batman dance move in CC gear, I can’t find her don’t tell me she’s gone. I’m on this site way too much.

  9. King Folderol
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:06 pm [Reply]

    I’m dreading a week of story where Luann gets scared for no good reason and it turns out to be something mundane. “Oh my goodness, what’s that?” “Whew, it’s just my toothbrush scraping my teeth.”

    Liz looks hot in the second panel, but she’s got some weird breast pointiness going on in panel 1. And how does Dick know what she’s thinking, unless she wrote it down and he’s looking at it? The machine could just be picking up Dick’s thoughts about what he thinks her thoughts are. And that would just cause my brain to explode.

  10. Johnny Q
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    I figure the reason FRED BASSETT is three weeks behind is that it’s published in Britain first.

  11. Krazy Kat
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    Meanwhile, in Ontario…
    Wormy, Germy Jeremy Jones didn’t show up to run the soundboard! That poor Foobs career as a Canadian sound tech are OVER! He’ll never get his union card now.
    And don’t be hatin’ on Becky, just because shes Roadside…you know, a “gig”…”hands-on.” After all she IS the one who gave us the word FOOB in the first place.

  12. Zikar
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:17 pm [Reply]

    By Aldo’s Boozy Ghost, I wish the comics would pick up. All my favorites have just stalled out on the precipice of being interesting. I mean, MW has Tommy the Tweaker…but he’s still in jail, holy rolling. MW also introduced a psychic that just needs a few props to look like an old Louisiana voodoo priest…but she disappeared, taking a backseat to Tommy’s holy rolling. Spidey fought a honest to goodness supervillian…and now is back to whining and watching TV. RMGMD brought in Elvis, Starfish Boy, and WTM…but instead we are treated to what dealing with the DMV is like. (WHAT!?, the DMV has officious pricks, and long lines?!? You don’t say!) Even FW, with its exciting binge drinking + (possible) french maid catfight has now denigrated into…a glurgy comment on self-esteem. A3G? Well, Margo got all fired up about…something…and then we’re back with Luann’s Creepy Art Studio…Holloween is over ppl!
    Don’t even get me started on FOOB. When watching Uncle BeerBong swing his “thing” around, making a sound like a dying giraffe is entertainment, well, I tune out. Not to mention the glurgefest waiting in the wings. I invoke the name of Aldo’s Boozy Ghost once again, in hopes that his awesomeness will rub off on these stalled comics, and once again be snarkworthy.
    BTW, I still have the memorial picture of Aldo as my desktop background. You are gone, but never forgotten. LONG LIVE ALDOMANIA!

  13. benro
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:20 pm [Reply]

    Seems to me these readers are overwhelmingly pro-Becky. She is, after all, the hapless victim of bad writing.

  14. Uncle Lumpy
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    #12 Zikar -

    “RMGMD”? WTF? Typo, or totally awesome?

  15. benro
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:24 pm [Reply]

    #12 – Hallelujah!! Now, let’s all hold hands and chant “I refuse to believe that you prefer to be alone”

  16. bup
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    Suzanne Pleshette, not Lara Flynne Boyle.

  17. blessened
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    Thanx to you Josh I now read a whole lot of crappy comics that don’t even appear in my local paper. I go out of my way to read Pluggers, TDIET, etc. I just want to know what happened to the totally abandoned Mary Worth’s non sexual boyfriend plot. Why hasn’t he called? Where is he? What do his kids know that Mary doesn’t? Curse you Josh, but I want to know!

  18. PseudoChron
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:37 pm [Reply]

    In Soviet China, dogs eat you!

  19. roydrink
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    One thing I’m not getting about Spiderman, if MJ is a so totally hot babe and movie material, and Peter Parker’s a pro photographer, and they live together, he can’t make any money in photography?


  20. Joe
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    BC is definitely one of the worst things to be produced by the human race. But my god, under what bizarre mating circumstances would some kind of unidentifiable bird and a turtle share a mutual aquaintance known as “Granny?” I would think Jesus-lovin’ Hart would be against such cross-species sexual hijinks.

  21. Steve S
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    BC is indeed batshit insane. Unfortunately, Wizard of Id is not funny. Yeah, we know the guy is a drunk. If I recall correctly, his name is Sot, so his parents pretty much doomed him from the get-go to a lifetime of raging alcoholism and badly telegraphed jokes. (I assume they have a telegraph in Id. Hart’s anachronisms being what they are, he thinks that’s cutting edge communication.)

  22. comicrazy
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    Why is Liz the only character that looks completely different than in the Chester Gould days of Dick Tracy?

  23. cheech wizard
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    What Liz is thinking: (“You moron, I was talking about your dick.”)

    Last week, Tracy was equally flabbergasted by reading Chief Patton’s thoughts (“…Tracy would sure look hot in a Speedo…”) and to discover that loyal partner Sam Catchum does not – gasp! – share the same political affiliation as Tracy. Which, given Tracy’s enthusiasm for Orwellian technology, is surely the American Nazi Party.

  24. Al Gore
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:42 pm [Reply]

    #10 – Johnny Q says “I figure the reason FRED BASSETT is three weeks behind is that it’s published in Britain first.”

    Yes, and they come shipped on a supertanker, which takes three weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Wow. If there was only some way to transmit images electronically, we could bounce the signal off a satellite, and then we’d REALLY have something going. Wow. I’m going to rush to my garage right now to cook up an invention like that. I’ll call it the … the… Interest-net! Nah… the World Wide Wonder! Nah… Oh well, maybe I’ll just forget the whole thing.

  25. Islamorada Girl
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:43 pm [Reply]

    When did Dick Tracy morph into Ronald Reagan and why am I not surprised?

    Oh, and definitely Suzanne Pleshette.

  26. MossMoses
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    Di’s new hairdo could land her a job as a backup vocalist in a Motown band and it is different but it doesn’t change the stale nature of the repetitive gags in Curtis. The dreaded Kwanzaa story is coming up soon and before that Curtis will visit Baguette-head the barber, who will call him by the wrong name. Chutney’s advances to him will be rebuffed and Michelle will act snotty to Curtis.

  27. hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:48 pm [Reply]

    #13 – Benro – “Seems to me these readers are overwhelmingly pro-Becky. She is, after all, the hapless victim of bad writing.”

    Nah, I, like so many other faithful readers, am pro-BeckaH because we went roadside last week. She may be underage, but she’s a gig, man!

  28. hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:49 pm [Reply]

    I did not just say that. Do not tell my parole officer.

  29. hogenmogen
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:49 pm [Reply]

    I deny all wrongdoing! You can’t prove anything!

  30. cheech wizard
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:53 pm [Reply]

    What would really rock would be for BC to bring in Jack Chick as a guest artist. Or for someone with the appropriate artistic gifts to produce a BC parody in the Jack Chick style. Grog could be the guy that pulls off his mask to reveal he’s actually the devil; the fat broad is a lesbian humanist and the whole group ends up going to Hell. Now that would be sublime.

  31. Tekende
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    The husband in today’s TDIET is named Arfly.


    And you just ignored this, Josh?
    Tsk!, as April might say.

  32. Poteet
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    #4 — Benro, thanks for making me feel better:-). I’ve only been sucked into four new strips. So far.

  33. Zikar
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:55 pm [Reply]

    #14 – That was not a typo. So, employing logic, that must mean its “totally awesome”!!! Sweet!
    Correction: I meant hoodoo, not voodoo…
    Hogenmogen: It’s ok, you’re right into the pop culture! BWEEEEAPPPAAAFRAAACCCKKK!

  34. K Bear
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    BWAAAHAHAAAAA! I called the Brontë outsourcing!
    Sweet, sweet vindication.

  35. johnw
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    After decades of cluelessness re: the inner workings of the human mind, dealing only with the outer manifestations of said workings, Dick Tracy is now having to deal with a completely unknown and alien terrain. No wonder all he can say is “I can’t believe it!” and “This is incredible!”

    He is, in Freudian terms, 100% superego. Now, for the first time, he has suddenly come into contact with the id. And he just can’t take it. I expect him to climb on a rooftop and start mowing down passersby: “You are all evil! I have seen your thoughts, and they are impure! I must cleanse the world of all impurity!”

  36. kostia
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:58 pm [Reply]

    I don’t understand why comic strips so often put brand names in quotation marks. Bloom County always ALWAYS did that. It drives me nuts. Is it some sort of legality thing? How does it change anything?

    And in panel two of A3G, LuAnn looks like she’s aged thirty years, whereas she’s back to normal in panel three. It’s the attic from A Picture of Dorian Grey!

  37. gnome de blog
    November 3rd, 2006 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    LIz has always had a good TV-domme thing going. But if my ears were that far out of alignment I’d have longer hair.

  38. Zikar
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    Also, I must interrupt again, since I will be unavailable, to exhort everyone to mark this 5th of November, a day that sadly is no longer remembered in these parts. Freedom! Forever! Down with the evil conglomerate! Yeah! Ahh! Uh…other stuff!
    More information on my political views can be found on my blog…which is…wait for it…ON THE INTERNET!!! OH YEAH-H!

  39. Rex Parker
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    Regarding Dick Tracy: what have they done to his face? I’ve heard of being “square-jawed” and having “chiseled” features, but dear god, it looks like someone reanimated Reagan and then took a shovel to his face.

    I love the design on the mind-reader. I always wondered what happened to the cord from my family’s kitchen phone circa 1979, and now I know.

    Lastly, Liz’s boob is scarily pointy. Almost as pointy as her alarming forelock. Tracy looks rightly suspicious / concerned / afraid / nauseous.

  40. Chromium
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:04 pm [Reply]

    Today we find out that, against years’ worth of evidence to the contrary, there are actually Pluggers under 70 years old.

    Is this Pluggers trying to influence the election on Tuesday? Discuss.

  41. K Bear
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:05 pm [Reply]

    34– drat it, i meant validation. damn my high tolerance to coffee! now my morning kick isn’t what it used to be…

  42. Joel
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    #20: Maybe they’re closet Pluggers.

  43. Poteet
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:08 pm [Reply]

    #37 — My gawd, Gnome, you’re right. And what are those earrings supposed to represent, tiny kidneys? And Dick’s expression in the last panel is bizarre even for him. Oy, this strip is scary.

  44. Derelict
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    Although both the setup and Tracy’s expression have “SEXUALLY EXPLICIT!” written all over them, I simply cannot contemplate the thought of Dick Tracy in connection with sex in any way, shape, or form. Not even the form of Lara Flynn Boyle with super-pointy boobs.

  45. Jerry
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:11 pm [Reply]

    #21: You do not recall correctly. His name is Bung, which I guess is just about as bad. There was a collection called “Strike the Sot!”, so maybe that’s where you got confused.

  46. Skullturf Q. Beavispants
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:18 pm [Reply]

    In today’s Hi and Lois, is Chip typing the word “bling”, just as he is presumably typing LMAO and BRB, or is “bling” supposed to be a sound that the computer is making?

  47. Ukulele Ike
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:20 pm [Reply]


    Sam Catchum, being a Jewish guy from Boston, is most definitely a Democrat. Tracy can’t be much of a detective if he couldn’t deduce THAT.

  48. Interceptor
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know how clean high school bathroom floors are in Foobland, but I would rather not walk barefoot in any public restroom.

  49. Jennifer
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    #13 – Benro
    Seems to me these readers are overwhelmingly pro-Becky. She is, after all, the hapless victim of bad writing.

    I used that defense for an anime character recently, insisting to a friend, “She can’t help it if she’s badly written!

    (*skulks off to get life*)

  50. Genetic Mishap
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    B.C. is clearly in need of a smack down from Finger-Quotin’ Margo.

  51. DrBear
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:33 pm [Reply]

    Mindreading device-apply directly to the forehead!
    Mindreading device-apply directly to the forehead!
    Mindreading device-apply directly to the forehead!

  52. cheech wizard
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:37 pm [Reply]

    51 – Which reminds me, I hear that the HeadOn people are coming out with a hemorrhoid remedy,,,

  53. ben
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:42 pm [Reply]

    #30, I’m not sure the newspaper funny pages are ready for anachronistic cavemen drawn with Jack Chick’s Tom-of-Finland homoeroticism.

  54. Johnny Q
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    DT has been suffering from repititiousness recently. For example, in the 10.26 episode Tracy said “Good grief! Are you serious, Chief?” On 10.29 he said “Chief! I can’t believe it! You can’t be serious?” Then on 10.30 he said the same thing as 10.29. Also, they showed the same panel–Tracy holding the mind-reader with a smile–on 10.29, 10.30 and 10.31.

  55. bradles
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:57 pm [Reply]

    #51- you owe me a sip of V8 juice.

  56. Binky Betsy
    November 3rd, 2006 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    #11: No, we first heard the word “foob” from April. The definition has always slain me as well. “Combination of a fool and a boob.” What middle-schooler (as April was at the time) defines “boob” as anything other than “breast”? Or thinks “fool” is an insult?

  57. David
    November 3rd, 2006 at 7:04 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know if this is common knowledge or not, but word has it Johnny Hart was a notoriously angry alcoholic before he found God. Strangely enough, his strips were way better back then. . .

  58. pedant
    November 3rd, 2006 at 7:07 pm [Reply]


    The way I was taught by my high school English teacher:

    If it’s it is it’s it’s.
    If it isn’t it is it’s its.

    Unfortunately, she was lecturing at the time.

    At first, I read that and thought, “Man, who’s the pedant here?” But I finally got it today. I bow to your superior commenting abilities.

  59. Marion Delgado
    November 3rd, 2006 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    Re Dick Tracy’s roofside shooting campaign:

    As sherlock holmes, i believe, said once

    when you have eliminated the innocent, whatever remains, however improbably, must be the guilty!

  60. Harold
    November 3rd, 2006 at 7:17 pm [Reply]

    #35, perhaps we will now have a cool Dick Tracy / Watchmen crossover as Dick Tracy gets insight into the minds of others, snaps, and becomes Rorschach.

    The streets are extended gutters
    and the gutters are full of blood
    and when the drains finally scab over,
    all the vermin will drown.

    - From Dick Tracy’s Crimestoppers Notebook

  61. Cornwhacker
    November 3rd, 2006 at 7:18 pm [Reply]

    46: I like to think that somebody, somewhere just received a message from Chip which mostly said “Tappity-tap-tap tappity-tap bling bling LMAO”

    Is this the closest Hi & Lois has come to saying “ass”?

  62. dramashoes
    November 3rd, 2006 at 7:22 pm [Reply]

    I do think there are big changes afoot for in the Dick Tracy universe, or Dickworld as I like to call it. Today is the first time in 75 years that his eyes opened all the way, such is his awestruckiness at the mind reading device. He still looks like he could cut you to ribbons with that razor sharp profile of his, but maybe that can be corrected with microderabrasion. At any rate, I’ve been wanting to say “Dickworld” on the web for a long, long time.

  63. Mudman
    November 3rd, 2006 at 7:31 pm [Reply]

    More impressive than the mind reader is the way DT bends his arm back like that in panel 3…or are those Liz’s hairy knuckles?…hmmm that could explain the parking cones…

  64. Mr. Barkie
    November 3rd, 2006 at 8:19 pm [Reply]

    “I hope the dog eats that baby.”

    Gee, that’s sort of harsh. Wouldn’t it be enough if the dog whizzed on the baby’s chair?

    And about that Liz boob: a man could poke an eye out on that pointy protuberance. And insurance probably doesn’t cover that.

  65. Chromium
    November 3rd, 2006 at 8:34 pm [Reply]

    46, 61: I think the “bling” might be the sound the computer makes every time he gets a new message.

    Also, I’m guessing Chance Browne (or whoever the hell writes this strip) has no clue what LMAO actually means… note the nonsensical RFLOL (?) and that Chip keeps typing after he writes BRB.

  66. Canuckguy
    November 3rd, 2006 at 8:42 pm [Reply]

    #46: I think Browne was just combining words he knows from “teenspeak” (that is, “bling” and “LMAO”, the ONLY two he knows) in order to appear (through Chip) “hip”. Whereas 34-year-old me can even spot what a dismal failure that was (I don’t even use either of those words, knowing how un-cool I”d be labelled the instant they escaped my mouth, if it’s possible to be more uncool than I already am.)

    And I’m REALLY surprised no one mentioned the A3G caption: “CLICK – she turns on a light and …”, not only putting CLICK *in the caption* but the whole caption together makes it for the oddest caption I’ve ever read, and I’m a regular reader (albeit new) of this site!

  67. Canuckguy
    November 3rd, 2006 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    #65: I thought “RFLOL” was a real “Internet-slang” word meaning “rolling on floor laughing out loud” (a combination/cousin of “ROTFL” and “LOL”)

    Drat, despite desperately trying in just the previous message to remain not un-cool, I think I just blew it, right?

  68. Albatross
    November 3rd, 2006 at 8:46 pm [Reply]

    All any prankster needs in order to build a bogus mind-reading device that works on males is a Hallmark-card sound chip programmed to repeat the phrase “Want sex. Want sex. Want sex. Want sex.

    I see a lawsuit in Dick Tracy’s future.

  69. Da Scrodfather
    November 3rd, 2006 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    DT’s never looked human, but at least before, Liz looked like she belonged on his planet. Today, she looks basically human, and human/DT miscegnation is an affront to Johnny Hart.

  70. Jorge
    November 3rd, 2006 at 9:19 pm [Reply]

    #62 Heh, heh. You said “Dickworld”

  71. Blueline
    November 3rd, 2006 at 9:19 pm [Reply]

    Liz doesn’t look like she’s enjoying Dick’s invasion of her private space. From that sneer in panel two, I can bet that her first thought after the device was glured to her forehead rhymed with “duck poo”.

  72. Wayward
    November 3rd, 2006 at 9:41 pm [Reply]

    DT – Is that somebody else’s hand holding the earpiece to Tracy’s ear? It’s possible to hold it that way, and in terms of panel layout it works better art-wise than the more intuitive way of holding something to one’s ear with the hand pointing back and the curled fingers on the upper side …

    … Except that hand is proportionally too small to be Tracy’s, and he’d just been holding the reader-bit in his right hand. I guess he could have switched hands, but maybe the “incredible” thing is that some short guy just snuck up on him and jammed a thing in his ear.

  73. Wayward
    November 3rd, 2006 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    No, wait, that is his left hand in the second panel. Oops. That hand in panel three still looks weird, though.

  74. MacGyver
    November 3rd, 2006 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

  75. Buzz Carter
    November 3rd, 2006 at 9:53 pm [Reply]

    Am I the only one who is wondering why Luann, after seeing the neatly folded pile of linens on the cot in the supposedly vacant studio, didn’t wonder where it came from? Instead, she is relieved. I guess a rapist/thief would never do laundry?

  76. Ben
    November 3rd, 2006 at 10:15 pm [Reply]

    So Dick and Liz have acquired a vibrator that looks like a hearing aid, and now they’re giving each other mute, expressionless orgasms? Whatever turns you on, but don’t kids read the comics? Come on, Dick Tracy! You’re an American institution. Try respecting those heartland values.

  77. HappyNoodleGirl
    November 3rd, 2006 at 10:40 pm [Reply]

    Regarding FOOB: If you cannot play guitar while stoned, you should have your instrument confiscated.

  78. Albatross
    November 3rd, 2006 at 11:03 pm [Reply]

    Best laugh I’ve had all day, NoodleGirl! Glad I wasn’t drinking anything.

  79. ragthetiger
    November 3rd, 2006 at 11:04 pm [Reply]

    #75: Buzz Carter, you’re not alone. I thought the same thing.

    #77: HappyNoodleGirl, you’re not alone. I thought the same thing.

    (you guys post so I don’t have to)

  80. yellojkt
    November 3rd, 2006 at 11:14 pm [Reply]

    MacGyver (#74): It bothers me that Jonathon is settling for once a month that early in the marriage. That stage usually doesn’t kick in until at least the fifth anniversary.

  81. yellojkt
    November 3rd, 2006 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    Bitsy doesn’t want to eat Ming-Ming. Bitsy is waiting for the diaper to get all filled with the yummy goodness that dogs in houses with infants love.

  82. Octal
    November 3rd, 2006 at 11:58 pm [Reply]

    #72 Wayward – Hey, you’ve got the other half of my name! :P Small Internet.

  83. Poteet
    November 4th, 2006 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    11/4 –

    AG3 — Okay, I surrender. I’m adding this strip to my list. And it shouldn’t take more than a year to figure out what the (Margo) is going on.

    MT — There she is! There she is! I can’t resist that face…

    RMMD — Way to go, Rex! You’ve just earned yourself a place on June’s (Margo)-list for the day.

    MW — Iris is new to me. She isn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier, is she?

    JP — Forget the girls, Raju. I bet you’ll meet some other wrestlers who will really want to hear all about your Third World economic theories.

    Foob — Lynn seems to have a special deal that makes Foobville unavailable until midnight even when other strips can be read at 11 pm. Figures.

  84. blase
    November 4th, 2006 at 12:41 am [Reply]

    MW: Mary’s expression betrays her barely-contained discomfort over the newcomer who may soon usurp her crown as the advice-giving biddy of Charterstone. …That, and Dr. Jeff’s silence, may be giving Mary the feeling that she’s not as necessary as she thought she was.

    Somewhere, the ghost of Aldo is snickering, “Karma!”

  85. Jennifer
    November 4th, 2006 at 12:45 am [Reply]

    11/4 MW

    Man, you can just hear the “Psycho” strings screaming in the background while Mary tries not to FREAK OUT that someone else is dishing advice on her turf.

  86. Nori Chan
    November 4th, 2006 at 12:51 am [Reply]

    “New Baby Smell”?

    You mean like dirty diapers and baby powder and spit-up and strained carrots? Is that what that dog means?

    Then again, dogs seem to enjoy sniffing poop and other dogs butts, so I guess it’s kind of relative.

  87. thithyphuth
    November 4th, 2006 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    “stuff” in the news:

    The Reverend Ted Haggard must be a faithful MW reader.

    He said he has voice mail messages from Haggard, as well as an envelope he said Haggard used to mail him cash. He declined to make the voice mails available to the AP, but KUSA-TV reported what it said were excerpts late Thursday that referred to methamphetamine. ”Hi, Mike, this is Art,” one call began, according to the station. ”Hey, I was just calling to see if we could get any more—either $100 or $200 supply.”

    A second message, left a few hours later, began: ”Hi, Mike, this is Art. I am here in Denver and sorry that I missed you. But as I said, if you want to go ahead and get the stuff, then that would be great. And I’ll get it sometime next week or the week after or whenever.”

  88. Jennifer
    November 4th, 2006 at 1:09 am [Reply]


    …Are people really that laid-back when the plumber’s late? don’t you call a plumber about water-related issues such as broken pipes? And can’t most normal TDIET TVs be carried-in for repairs if they’re that vital?

  89. ohgrl
    November 4th, 2006 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    Zikar (12)–thanks for using my Aldo catchphrase. If I ever meet someone in real life who gets that reference, I’ll have found my soulmate.

  90. Kate
    November 4th, 2006 at 1:14 am [Reply]

    In today’s BC, I love it that “knits and purls” is in quotes. It makes me think that Granny’s actually creating a string of anal beads in blue fuzzy Dacron, but Hart, being extremely Christian, is Disneyfying her handiwork.

  91. Mr. Barkie
    November 4th, 2006 at 1:15 am [Reply]

    So #87 ………

    Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

    Since Tommy went to the Big House, The Rev. Ted Haggard had to use extreme measures to score his Boner Powder?

  92. The Real Caffeine
    November 4th, 2006 at 1:29 am [Reply]

    Dick Tracy seems a little provocative today, but maybe I just have a dirty mind.

  93. Gadge Cubic, Mole Preener
    November 4th, 2006 at 1:51 am [Reply]

    We need new CC gear. Here‘s my suggestion (goes best on a gray sweatshirt). It’s a little rough at this point – but you get the idea.

  94. Kate
    November 4th, 2006 at 2:01 am [Reply]


  95. Mr. Barkie
    November 4th, 2006 at 2:35 am [Reply]

    I, too, would buy that shirt. It’s better than sex with a midget.

  96. Audible Sigh
    November 4th, 2006 at 2:38 am [Reply]

    Noting this guy’s Latrobe address shouldn’t his submission have been, “You’re a plugger if you’ll be damned if you ever drink Rolling Rock again, after Anheuser-Busch bought it out and moved the brewing operations to New Jersey.”

  97. maidhc
    November 4th, 2006 at 2:58 am [Reply]

    I like the shirt.

    But in reality, didn’t every “State College” in the US become a “State University” about 30 or 40 years ago?

    I realize comics tend to be a bit behind the times. “Out Our Way with the Willetts” prolonged the 1920s into the 1970s and “Our Boarding House with Major Hoople” kept the 1900s going well into the 1960s.

    Do I remember these names correctly?

  98. maidhc
    November 4th, 2006 at 3:22 am [Reply]


    As a followup to my last post about comics being behind the times…

    I vaguely remember in my childhood in the early 1960s, when most TVs were built with vacuum tubes, that there were people who would come around to your house to repair your TV.

    But since transistors came into fashion, such old-fashioned service seems to have become extinct. And for a good reason–TVs built with transistors will usually last at least 15 or 20 years without any maintenance at all.

    Also, since it would probably cost at least $100 for a house call, you could pretty much just buy a new TV for the same price.

    And how many households have only one TV to “catch the big ball game”? We don’t watch much TV, we don’t have cable, and still somehow we have 4 TV sets in the house. And there’s only 3 people living here.

    I’m disappointed that the dialog didn’t read “It’s almost a quarter to 11!! I gotta catch Amos ‘n Andy…”

    Is St. Louis really enveloped in some kind of time warp, where people still watch one of three channels on a vacuum tube TV set?

  99. Marion Delgado
    November 4th, 2006 at 3:40 am [Reply]

    Apartment 3G is a “Halloween Garfield” homage.

    It turns out all the A3G “girls” have aged past retirement age. LuAnn is starving to death alone in an abandoned studio and her visions of the young, carefree days with Margo and Tommie are merely the pleasant dream-stuff her dying brain is using to soothe the strident caloric clamor of her fading metabolism.

  100. Marion Delgado
    November 4th, 2006 at 3:54 am [Reply]

    #40 I mentioned that on my forum post:

    A Plugger American Idol

    “A friend serving his country in Iraq.”

    Daily Plugger for 11/03/06

    Thanks to Sylvia Weeks,
    Panama City,


    Yes, eerily as hell, no sooner had I completed my poll with an “American Idol” question than “Pluggers” flipped (note: within a minute or two) and I did indeed find out what a Plugger considers an American Idol.

    Note: This is also the youngest Plugger I have ever seen. He’s typing:

    “and we think of you many times a day. Take care of yourself, Bro, and be careful! Your buddy …”

  101. Marion Delgado
    November 4th, 2006 at 4:04 am [Reply]

    As an aside, is Barb of “Crap Every Time” in Maryland living in Baltimore? Like Scacca, Mcleod and Josh Fruhlinger? And if so, WTH is going on there? Is it like the big newspaper Comicon venue?

    Is that why travelocity always wants to fly me to baltimore whenever i have to fly to DC? Does it think I need a quick dose of funny pages humor?

  102. Marion Delgado
    November 4th, 2006 at 4:24 am [Reply]

    Ever wonder what those “Artistic Aptitude Test!!” and “Learn to Draw from Professional Cartoonists!!” ads in the back of comics were all about? Well, thanks to some gumshoe work on my part, the secret can now be revealed:

    You get to LEARN ON THE JOB by drawing POPULAR COMIC STRIP DICK TRACY. Previous experience drawing NOT REQUIRED. Just pitch in there and DRAW, boy, DRAW! Our talented inkers will quickly tidy up any errors like drawing women that look like one-breasted Romulan cyclopses. So have at er’!

  103. Dave
    November 4th, 2006 at 8:06 am [Reply]

    #53: I totally want to see ol’ Lightbulb-Head making an appearance in B.C.

  104. Weasel Boy
    November 4th, 2006 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    FC, 11/4: Could this comic be any more phallic?

  105. fillmoreeast
    November 4th, 2006 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    Foob 11/4: Another saintly Patterson saves the day. Whew. At least April admitted it was a little skeezy to bring in Uncle Phil to wave his hose around. And she stuck the side of her face against the floor of a toilet stall. So all is not lost.

    Spidey: I really, really don’t think Doc Ock’s getting his security deposit back. I wasn’t aware that there were many houses/apartments in LA made of brick with a thin layer of plaster over them, though. And I hope Jameson’s on-air dump turns out OK. It looks pretty painful just now.

    A Plugger reinforces every stereotype known to man. Or dog. Or chicken.

    Mallard: Actually, America is pretty happy, Tinz. Now don’t you have to go somewhere to get a massage? And some meth?

  106. dramashoes
    November 4th, 2006 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    When did Spiderman’s Doc Ock start looking like Elton John? “I’ll get you Spider-Man! It seems to me you live your life like a candle in the wind!”

  107. fillmoreeast
    November 4th, 2006 at 8:52 am [Reply]

    Oh, and regarding this week’s Non Sequitur:

    Quacks do echo.

    But yeah, shimmering colors of lipstick do contain pearlescence, derived from fish scales. Red lipstick (and yogurt — hi, Get Fuzzy!) also contains ground-up cochineal insects.

  108. johnw
    November 4th, 2006 at 9:38 am [Reply]

    #105: I had the same thought about Ock’s security deposit. Which made me realize the sad state this formerly planet-threatening arch-villain has fallen to: Living in a dingy little apartment (presumably a second-story walkup over an inner-city convenience store), keeping up with the news by watching amateur anchor J. Jonah Jameson on broadcast television (no cable for you!), battling his Spideriffic enemy in a garden-variety fistfight which results in absolutely no collateral damage except for rumpling JJ’s shirtfront, and being stymied in said fistfight by having his super-strong cyborg arms grabbed and held. Sad, very sad. What’s the next step in his anti-Spidey plot? Writing a letter to the editor?

    Maybe the whole gang will move to Charterstone and start talking out all their issues. They’re almost there already.

  109. Derelict
    November 4th, 2006 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    FBOW: In the real world, April would have opened the stall door to find Becky passed out and drowning in her own vomit. Instead we get yet another Milquetoast homily on the importance of true friends. That’s enough to make me want to drown in my own vomit.

    MW: Mary’s gorge rises as Iris gushes about the advice from Ella the Sub-Biddie. I think Mary is trying to concoct a plan to have Ella take a scenic drive with Johnny Walker.

  110. Krazy Kat
    November 4th, 2006 at 9:47 am [Reply]

    I’m thinking Lizardbreath actually crawled under the door in today’s FOOB since we never see Becky unlock the door. Wearing nothing but a shredded trash bag at that. I don’t know about the school crappers in Ontario but where I grew up that would have mean she now smells like a hobo and is looking at a mighty staph infection next week.

  111. Krazy Kat
    November 4th, 2006 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    Binky Betsy
    Re: THe origins of ‘FOOB’
    I refer to FBOFW of March 22, 2005:
    Can you find an earlier reference?

  112. David V. Matthews
    November 4th, 2006 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    Re. today’s For Better or for Worse:

    Another female butt shot today. An UNDERAGE female butt shot. Should I even write about this?

  113. Baron Von Foobenstein
    November 4th, 2006 at 10:31 am [Reply]

    Saint Ape The Grape scores again! The patron saint of The Differently Intelligent shows that it doesn’t matter how many times someone takes a dump on you, you forgive them and give them a hug when they are feeling blue.

    And remember today’s preachy lesson: Even though someone is a HUGE star all over Canada, making perhaps millions of Canadian Dollars (about $13.64 American), they too can be sad and insecure, and sometimes just need a hug.

  114. Marc
    November 4th, 2006 at 10:37 am [Reply]

    MW Sunday – Am I the only one who is sensing a little bit of jealousy in Mary Worth? Please tell me this storyline ends where Ella Byrd dies of an overdose of Metamucil. Mary will then reign supreme ruler of the WASPs of Charterstone.

    FC Sunday – I’m so glad that they decided to ditch their turquoise oven for a newer one! But…why is there a counter in front of it? And what is Daddy serving Jeffy? Microwaved raccoon diahrrea?

    Saturday’s FW – Oh yes! This storyline ends with vomit! What a happy…unrealistic ending. Looks as if Jess (if that is her name) is able to toss her cookies and not have mucus dripping from her nose and mouth within one panel. Well there goes that costume, Darrin.

  115. Dactyl
    November 4th, 2006 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    Please let Josh be correct that the Mary Worth storyline is building up to an elaborate con by Tommy and Ella. Because if Ella spends the next three weeks helping the evil Charterstone bunch gain “closure” on the death of Aldo, I will have to hurt someone.

  116. Poteet
    November 4th, 2006 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    #93 — Gadge, I’m not sure I would buy that shirt, but it’s so wonderful that it made me spit water all over my keyboard.

    #97 — Maidhc, those names sound familiar. I am addicted to buying and reading old comic collections from 1900 to 1960 or so, but can’t always remember titles accurately.

    #108 — JohnW, I think you’ve got a good shot at COTW with that one!

  117. Dale
    November 4th, 2006 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    Whats up with Tiger on Saturday? Little children want to know if they turn each other on? And her response reminds me of my ex-wife.

  118. Dingo
    November 4th, 2006 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    Wow. No one commented that the Marvin strip doesn’t have a dog and a baby; it’s a dingo with a baby. He’s just waiting for her to cure. Mmm… [licks lips]

  119. Anonymous
    November 4th, 2006 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    I got busy last week and forgot to post about This Sally Forth:
    First time I’ve actually laughed out loud at a comic in a long time. Thanks, CES! It’s about time someone paid attention to the important grammarian-with-difficult-mother(-in-law) demographic.

  120. Dingo
    November 4th, 2006 at 11:06 am [Reply]

    What I love about the new storyline in Apt. 3G is that — when dealing with Luann — it’s never anything but the blonde leading the bland.

  121. treedweller
    November 4th, 2006 at 11:13 am [Reply]

    oops, I didn’t mean to compliment SF anonymously (#119). I fly my English major flag high and proud!

  122. Fuzzyman
    November 4th, 2006 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    It looks like she’s giving Dick oo-mox in the last panel. At that angle it couldn’t possibly be his own hand unlesss he’s a contortionist. Of course, if Liz touched my ear like that I’d think it was incredible, too.

  123. Gracie287
    November 4th, 2006 at 11:48 am [Reply]

    MW: Biddy war! Sweet! Rrrrowl!

  124. fishmorgjp
    November 4th, 2006 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    #30: Well, how about Hart just draws up some comics for Chick? Boy, imagine the atheist/devil characters going “HAW HAW HAW!,” or big-eyed Hispanic waifs, or liberal-feminist-Jewish-Catholic unbelievers all drawn in B.C.’s style.

  125. Binky Betsy
    November 4th, 2006 at 11:54 am [Reply]

  126. ragthetiger
    November 4th, 2006 at 12:00 pm [Reply]

    EEewwwwwwwww ick ick ick ick eeewwwwwwww Never mind the bare feet, now April’s got her hand, her hair and her FACE on the public bathroom floor. And then ICK ICK ICK Becky lets April lay that toilet-germy side of her face up against her for a hug.

    And btw, what kind of high-school bathroom stall has a full toilet in it with a tank and a lid? aren’t they usually that black-open-front-seat with the pipes that go into some mysterious place behind the wall?

  127. RoboMax
    November 4th, 2006 at 12:15 pm [Reply]

    Man, Lara Flynn Boyle has some stubby, stubby arms.

  128. dramashoes
    November 4th, 2006 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    #126: Yeah this whole fbofw storyline has quite literally gone down the toilet. I mean, I know Becky is a spoiled pop princess, but is she really too dumb to know how to use a toilet? Sweetie, don’t sit on the tank, sit on the seat. Unless maybe she keeps her flask of WIld Turkey hidden in the tank and she was going for it when April interrupted. That would be awesome.

  129. Alex Blase
    November 4th, 2006 at 12:36 pm [Reply]

    RMMD – A yellow star tells June that she should have brought her original birth certificate with her. This is the climax we’ve been waiting for all week? It appears that the Rex-Morgan-iverse moves even more slowly than the Mary-Worth-iverse.
    MW – Ha! Take that Mary Worth and your smug sense of self-satisfaction!
    MT – Isn’t there better bait for bears, like… I don’t know… food? Don’t campers always have to hang their food up high to prevent bears from stealing it? I would think that a bear wouldn’t be the best bait for another bear since bears aren’t communal animals.
    SS – Huzzah, Gertie! You just got Elviney’ed!

  130. blase
    November 4th, 2006 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    FW: Too bad Batiuk didn’t have Jess downing a bunch of Bloody Marys before she upchucked on Darin. Then she could have aimed at his “fries” and it would have looked like ketchup and they’d have had a little laugh about it!

  131. JB2
    November 4th, 2006 at 1:07 pm [Reply]

    FOOB: An appropriately maudlin ending to an exceptionally inane storyline. Many references have been made to Becky as some kind of established teen-idol pop star (tours, CD releases, TV appearances). But her main sound engineer is a 15 year-old goofus; her back-up band can’t even play when stoned (unlike every other rock/pop musician that ever lived); and it’s a major set-back when a Halloween talent show goes poorly.

    Too stupid for words.

    TDIET: It’s already been pointed out how NOBODY does this EVER, that there’s not even such a thing as a TV Repairman anymore (much less a one who wears a bow-tie and a special hat). I would like to highlight a valuable new piece of Scadutese: “diffo.”

  132. Krazy Kat
    November 4th, 2006 at 2:24 pm [Reply]

    Binky Betsy
    WOW! Nice memory. I had no idea it went back that far!
    Put that in the Comics Crumudgen Oxford Encyclopedia of Comics under “Canadian Jive”.

  133. Gadge Cubic, Mole Preener
    November 4th, 2006 at 2:27 pm [Reply]

    #102: And those who can’t quite handle the artistic demands of DT draw (DT)GT.

    Re FOOB: No one’s pointed this out in all the ick about the toilets, but at long last the passionate desires Roadside April has for the heavy-breathingly reciprocating Gig BeccaH have a chance to go somewhere. At least they do in the imagination of sick bastards like not me.

  134. Christopher
    November 4th, 2006 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    Funky Winkerbean: FINALLY. Okay, yes, it would’ve been better to have had her puke on him before they got their feelings out in the open, and it would’ve been even better to have some actual catfighting, but you did deliver the puke, so I’ll let it go, this time.

    Mallard Fillmore: YAWN.

    Heart pf the City: That sounds kinda fun, actually. I wish I got to spend my day making fun crafts.

    9 Chickweed Lane: That also sounds fun. I wish I had a Swedish love slave.

    Man, the comics are always making me feel bad about my life.

    They’ll Do It Everytime: It fascinates me that it’s not the Tv Repairman, but the plumber who is named Philo. I can’t shake the feeling that this means something, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what it is.

  135. Christopher
    November 4th, 2006 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

    Oh, and:

    FOOB: BOO! BOOOO! *throws popcorn at the screen* BOOOOOO!

  136. Gracie287
    November 4th, 2006 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    I long ago stopped trying to find humor in BC’s so-called punchlines. Now I just stare hypnotized at the drawings. Tee hee! A bird is sitting on a turtle’s shell! That’s funny! But not as funny as a wingless bird with hairy feathers. Ha ha, what a freak! BC lets me feel smugly superior to all non-humans.

  137. Justafoob
    November 4th, 2006 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    Man, the way things are going in the fooberverse, Liz is going to give Howard Erk a big ol hug and say, oh, that’s ok. I was asking for it anyway. You couldn’t help yourself.


  138. fillmoreeast
    November 4th, 2006 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    113: The Canadian dollar’s been hovering around 90 cents American for the past six months (88.5 cents as of this message).

    Given that, isn’t it time to find a new joke?

  139. Uncle Lumpy
    November 4th, 2006 at 4:35 pm [Reply]

    #138 filmoreeast -

    But “strange foreign currency” is always pure comedy gold!

    Zloty! Piastre! Punt! Hahahahahaha!

  140. Randy S
    November 4th, 2006 at 5:34 pm [Reply]

    I’ve been collecting BC strips containing religious references for a while now, and surprisingly enough, he really doesn’t include them as often as one might think (Or maybe he’s just avoiding them lately?)
    Anyway, Saturday’s strip finally has one, but the overall “message” is so cryptic, I have no idea what he’s talking about, or even whether it has anything to do with religion —
    “Can you put a Christian fish on a 20-inch chest?”
    Huh? What’s the joke?

  141. Anonymous
    November 4th, 2006 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    #19: Peter is a photo journalist. Doing high quality studio photo shoots is much harder than sticking a camera to the wall on an automatic timer.

  142. Gabe
    November 4th, 2006 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    Oops, 141 is me.

  143. Gabe
    November 4th, 2006 at 5:43 pm [Reply]

    138: Making fun of Canadian money is a timeless American tradition that we refuse to give up.

  144. Derelict
    November 4th, 2006 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    Making fun of Canadian money is a timeless American tradition that we refuse to give up.

    At least until 10 cents Canadian buys a U.S. $10 bill.

  145. weiser
    November 4th, 2006 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    101, “Is that why travelocity always wants to fly me to baltimore whenever i have to fly to DC? Does it think I need a quick dose of funny pages humor?”

    That and BWI is the sweetest little airport around

  146. weiser
    November 4th, 2006 at 7:14 pm [Reply]

    You can always bring those vacuum tubes to the Pluggers’ grocery store and the clerk wlll check them in the handy-dandy-vacuum-tester-checker-machine, then sell you the replacement tube.

    Other duties as assigned, like renting out the “Rug Doctor”

  147. Harold
    November 4th, 2006 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    #144, when that day comes a lot of us will be digging through our junk drawers looking for all those Canadian coins that we occasionally get in our change. And we’ll be RICH, baby!

    Seems to me that most of the folks in TDIET have recently purchaed $3000 52″ flat-panel widescreen HDTVs (with knobs on the front). I imagine taking one of those in to the shop for repairs would be a bit of a chore. Are TV repairmen making a comeback in the real world, too?

  148. Anonymous
    November 5th, 2006 at 1:07 am [Reply]

    Liz is Famke Janssen, can’t you see? in the TV show NIP/TUCK she turns out to be .. that’s right .. a man. That would explain her weird hand and/or boobs…

  149. Octal
    November 5th, 2006 at 1:52 am [Reply]

    140 – It makes sense when you notice he’s at a tattoo parlor(or at least a rock with those words on it) and he wants a fish tattoo on his chest. So the “joke” is that he’s less buff than he’s saying he is.

  150. Anonymous
    November 5th, 2006 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    #140 (Randy) There was some titter here when this BC mistakenly appeared on one of the comics sites a few days early. Start here and work down.

    You asked for it Enjoy!

  151. Brendan
    November 5th, 2006 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    Hmm…it looks like he was trying to make a “chest of human/wood” pun, but made the last line too vague.

    It really wouldn’t have been a good pun anyway. I mean, twenty inches is twenty inches…if he had come up with a descriptor that’s different for body parts and containers…

  152. Randy S
    November 6th, 2006 at 10:35 am [Reply]

    I understand that he’s at a tattoo parlor, but 20 inches doesn’t sound “buff” to me, it sounds anorexic.

  153. Eighthman
    November 6th, 2006 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    If Johnny Hart (still) does the Wizard of Id, why is it signed “Parker”?

  154. katya
    November 6th, 2006 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    I tip my hat to “B.C.” (for hopefully the last time ever) over “The Wizard of Id” only because “B.C.” doesn’t always rely on a character to give a face forward deapan look to the viewer that says, “Ta da! Here’s the punchline!”

    It’s not to say “B.C.” doesn’t do it. It just isn’t done in every single strip like “The Wizard of Id.” Come to think of it, I think the only reason “B.C.” doesn’t do it more often is that there aren’t usually punchlines in comic strips about God’s wrath.

  155. AlexM
    August 12th, 2008 at 9:38 pm [Reply]

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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