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The root of all boredom

Judge Parker, 10/1/10

I realize that I haven’t been keeping you abreast (Ha! See what I did there?) of developments in Judge Parker, so: Neddy and her breasts have dumped Jules, but the three of them will still be accompanying him to his big shoe show in Milan. Because she adores him! And the best thing you can do when you adore someone is to hang out with him immediately after you break up with him, torturing him with the failure of your relationship together, in the midst of a stressful professional engagement that could make or break his career. That’s just what best friends do!

Family Circus, 10/1/10

Man, I have never seen the Family Circus kids looking more wracked with ennui than they do here. “You’ll start makin’ it when you start losin’ teeth,” Dolly says, with the dead-eyed expression of someone who now just sits around the house all day, feeling her teeth with her tongue and waiting for the next one to fall out so she can add to her pile. PJ, meanwhile, is utterly unimpressed with her hoard of cash. “What’s the point?” he thinks to himself. “All this money hasn’t made Dolly happy. No amount of money could make any of us happy. Why go on? Why do anything at all?”

Apartment 3-G, 10/1/10

Hey, remember when a newly made-over and re-energized Tommie was going to take the world by storm and have interesting adventures? Yeah, me neither. Oh, look, it’s a plotline involving two ancillary Apartment 3-G characters! Let’s watch Lu Ann and Margo deal with this for the next six to nine weeks.

377 responses to “The root of all boredom”

  1. Mac
    October 1st, 2010 at 2:56 pm [Reply]

    I’m sorry, I still can’t accept LuAnn’s hair. Maybe she and Tommie have actually merged into one, dumb and bland person.

  2. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    Whoa, that’s some cranial-bobbing, head-quoting action there!

  3. Sarahindie
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    I see something far more sinister in the Family Circus panel for today. PJ’s old enough to learn that there’s only one way out of the compound, and that’s in the ring. You can make a little money by winning, but you can make a lot of money by taking a dive. Dolly’s not too proud to fall.

  4. littlestevie
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:03 pm [Reply]

    JP: But Neddy we still love you, at least your rack in any event. Now the rest of you not so much, because you still area spoiled beatch.

  5. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    How much do blue comic strip extras — I mean the ones with faces — earn?

  6. Rootboy
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:05 pm [Reply]

    You missed a golden opportunity to use the phrase “breast friends” in the last line of your JP paragraph!

  7. A Shadowy Figure Fleetingly Glimpsed from the Corner of Your Eye
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    A3G: I love girls’ “What???” as if no one had ever been married before. Then again, seeing that male fiances in this strip tend to die tragically, I suppose their alarm is somewhat justified.

  8. Alfred E. Neuman
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (Y #150) said: “GT: WAMPUS CATS??!??”

    The Wampus Cat is some sort of fearsome mythical feline. I’d rather have a Wampus Cat as my school symbol than a *shudder* Mudlark.

    BTW, The real Leesville Wampus Cats are from Louisiana, and not too far from where I live (in TX) we have the Itasca Wampus Cats. My favorite mascot name, though, is the Hutto Hippos.
    (Forney, TX could be a standout, if they would change their mascot name from the pedestrian Forney Jackrabbits to the more audacious Forney Caterers.)

  9. Alfred E. Neuman
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    @Mac (#1) said: “I’m sorry, I still can’t accept LuAnn’s hair. Maybe she and Tommie have actually merged into one, dumb and bland person.”

    There’s nothing sadder than a dumb bland.

  10. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    Jules is thinking, “If only I’d focused on brassiere design instead of shoes!”

  11. Peripheral Visionary
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    Judge Parker: Because when you adore someone, and want him to succeed, and want to spend time with him, and be best friends with him, that’s not a good foundation for a relationship. No, in the world of Judge Parker, what is absolutely necessary for a successful relationship is a shared love of luxury, a shared contempt of the lower classes, and a shared unity of purpose in getting by based on zero real world effort.

    Lio: Somebody’s been playing League of Legends.

    Pluggers: Pluggers should write “medications” on the backs of their hands, so that every time they forget what they were looking for, they can just look down, and there it is.

  12. Taquelli
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    Well, yes, it follows, Jack. You don’t really need to specify she will eventually become your wife, that is technically what happens next. I assume you are not a mid-20s slacker who just calls someone your fiancee but never bothers to followthrough with it until your mother-in-law threatens to cut her daughter off. Well, you might be, I don’t know, everyone in Apartment 3-G looks at least 40.

  13. Carlo
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    Neddy’s zero gravity endowment aside, I think it’s great what she’s doing. It’s not at all leading him on.

    “I love you dearly . . . as a friend. Let’s go to Europe together.”

    “You’re a swell guy . . . as a friend. OK, I’ll share the bed with you.”

    “Just the tip, since I simply adore you but I know now that I don’t love you.”

    “We’ll name him Ned and live together in Tuscany after the wedding. But just to be sure, you know I’m not IN love with you and only think you’re a great friend.”

  14. Krazy Kat
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    It’s telling that the only happy character in today’s Family Circus is the piggy bank itself. In a world populated by melon headed idiot-children who never age and whose only redeeming quality is the ability to occasionally mangle the English language in a quasi-cute way, consciousness is a liability. That’s why there are no parents in sight: they’re down by the liquor cabinet, desperately drinking themselves senseless.

  15. Krazy Kat
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    @Dood (#10): Oh, I don’t think the over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders of the JP universe need any improvement. They seem to be performing admirably…

  16. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:22 pm [Reply]

    Yep, no congratulations, expressions of delight or hugs. Just a perfectly in unison, head-bobbing, “What???” from Andromeda and the Pirelli Calendar Girl (the one wearing the dress made out of ground-up recycled tires).

  17. Bart
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    Why does Jack feel it necessary to point out that Doris is both his fiancé AND his soon-to-be-wife? How can you be one without the other?

  18. bats :[
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    Eh, Josh. Tommie’s probably in the cloak-room (or a prop closet, since this is a TV show), doing it with anything in trousers. Just because we can’t see them doesn’t mean she’s not having interesting adventures.

    Yeah. I’m kidding.

  19. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    Dolly is going all meta: Yeah, PJ, you’ll earn money someday getting your teeth kicked in by the man.

  20. ArchieNemesis
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:31 pm [Reply]

    Josh, you’re right about the FC kids being “wracked with ennui.” But you missed the chance to note a face even more deadened with misery today: Peter Parker. Note how he climbs through the narrow window of his hovel, with a look of disgust that says “I’d vomit, if I wasn’t so damned tired from another day of being me.”

    As his would-be actress girlfriend sulks on the single bed, Peter continues blathering about how miserable Tony Stark must be, with a bevy of meaningless beauties at his beck and call. To make things worse, Peter’s chatter is apparently some kind of jaded attempt at foreplay with MJ.

  21. Baka Gaijin
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:31 pm [Reply]

    I still say that someone should do a “check” on Doris like Crocodile Dundee did in that New York pub in the first movie. Austin Powers would be tugging on her hair saying, “She’s a man, babee!”

  22. A Shadowy Figure Fleetingly Glimpsed from the Corner of Your Eye
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:32 pm [Reply]

    @Dood (#16): Maybe he’s trying to emphasise his hope that, unlike Eric Mills, he will live to see his wedding day.

  23. Rusty
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#8): They fail compared to the splendor of the Port Lavaca Sandcrabs.

  24. bats :[
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#8): personally, I applaud David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, MO for not buckling under and adopting some hackneyed yawn-of-a-name. KEEP SMILING!

    @ArchieNemesis (#20): is Mary Jane naked?

  25. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:34 pm [Reply]

    @Krazy Kat (#15): The women of Hootin’ Holler could sure use this level of performance.

  26. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:34 pm [Reply]

    Does it say something that I read that second A3G panel as “soon-to-be ex-wife”?

  27. Marthas Rolling Pin
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:39 pm [Reply]

    @Bart (#17): It has to be a quickie wedding so she can still wear her gown before she starts to show.

  28. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    my personal favorite mascot.

    as an aside, it took me several hours after reading today’s MC to catch on that they were with “King” Features. . . .

    well played, Ed & Mel.

  29. bartcow
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    “This is money. You’ll start makin it when you start losin teeth.” Uh, things a pimp might say! Things you didn’t want to know about your grandparents! Pass!

  30. Sequitur
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#8): Remember in 2002 when the Frisco Fighting Coons had to change their name to the Frisco Fighting Raccoons?

  31. Mustang
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:54 pm [Reply]

    JP – I always kind of thought that guys who draw comics spent most of their formative years sitting in the back of classrooms obliviously doodling girls’ breasts. I guess my theory is wrong though, because those don’t look like breasts that came from lots of practice.

  32. Aviatrix
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:59 pm [Reply]

    Microseconds after hitting the Post button on this reply to Amanda-Kate, I realized it was on the wrong thread.

  33. tb4000
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    JP: I hope Manley has a decent shade of blue for Jules’ balls in the next couple of weeks of strips.

  34. A Shadowy Figure Fleetingly Glimpsed from the Corner of Your Eye
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:04 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#30): My college changed their teams from the Red Raiders (with an indian chief mascot) to just “the Raiders” with a ship as the mascot. I thought they should have kept the original name and adopted V.I. Lenin as the mascot.

  35. Violet
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    I think Margo and LuAnn’s dismay is occasioned by the revelation that their makeovers have been in vain, and the way to snare a hunky megastud like Jack is actually to look more Amish.

  36. Faye
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    Why are you not commenting on Luann‘s hilarious plot to throw slutface-Toni into the menacingly beefy clutches of Dirk, who I can only assume is a predator.

  37. littlestevie
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:09 pm [Reply]

    @tb4000 (#33): I really think that Neddy realized that Jules only has eyes for Sam Driver, especially the way he holds his wine glass.

  38. Sequitur
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:09 pm [Reply]

    @A Shadowy Figure Fleetingly Glimpsed from the Corner of Your Eye (#34): Oh, yeah. A few years ago (I think the late 1990′s) all schools in Texas with an Indian mascot name had to change their names. This caused quite a few school districts to fume when they had the expense of sanding down their basketball courts to remove the “offending” mascot name and replace it with something else.

  39. commodorejohn
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:13 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#30), @A Shadowy Figure Fleetingly Glimpsed from the Corner of Your Eye (#34): I’ve always been baffled by the local high-school football team, the Rebels (complete with Yosemite Sam-ish cartoon Confederate mascot,) given that I live in northern Minnesota, which is possibly the furthest removed you can get from southern U.S. cultural influence, but what I really can’t understand is how they haven’t been forced to change it yet. I guess it’s just a general lack of attention?

  40. Mr. O'Malley
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:13 pm [Reply]

    BC: Another day of sliced bread? The only benefit of sliced bread is that it goes stale faster, which is a benefit only to the baker, not the consumer. But nowadays you can freeze bread.

    ReFoob: Come on, I made beer money for years by being a subject in psych grad students’ experiments. And why would a dentist have a degree in psychology?

    FW: Anyone who has actually gone to a supermarket at 2 AM would know that you would see more people who look like extras in a Fellini movie than most other times of day.

    MT: And once you’re out of my employ, don’t think you can be using any bold fonts around here!

    MW: The concept that Mary would have an entire bookshelf full of books is very unsettling. Even the Encyclopedia Meddelica wouldn’t take up that much space. Perhaps they are Mary’s diaries from past centuries, bound in the skin of her victims.

    NS: Kind of like how Pres. Marcos of the Philippines came to pass on US anti-Communist funding to the Communists to keep the game going.

    Phantom: Just about everyone we’ve seen at Gravelines has been black, so can the Phantom really pass himself off as an officer?

  41. Sequitur
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:16 pm [Reply]

    JP: I really thought Nehru shirts went out with the 1960′s.

  42. Little A and his Crystal Ball That Might Finally Be Right Predicts:
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    DtM & FAC: I find it terrifically UNCUTE when little kids, and Curtis, speak by dropping the g’s. I find it kinda sickenin’, as matter of fact.

  43. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    Remember that party at the Tribeca Grill when Doris’ sister, Tess McGill, told Jack Trainer: “I have a head for business and a bod for sin. Is there anything wrong with that?” Good times.

  44. Jesse C
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    “The truth is, ladies, I can’t keep a secret. Especially not this one” he said with his pants around his ankles.

  45. Jeff Soesbe (yeff)
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:29 pm [Reply]

    Why are Neddy and her breasts still accompanying Jules to Milan? Shoes! Italy! Helloooo!?!?!

    Besides, there she can meet some handsome artistic Italian guy. One with scruff that covers his *entire* jawline and hair that is properly, not carelessly, tousled. It’s a win-win-win, at least as far as Neddy and “the girls” are concerned.

    - yeff

  46. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    @Jesse C (#44): He calls it his Doris McGill?

  47. Amateur
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:35 pm [Reply]

    MW: Maybe it’s not such a bad idea to have Mary plan this wedding. Anyone who can turn a pink dress into a black dress/pink jacket combo without even getting up from the couch has some serious talent.

  48. Sequitur
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#39): And yet they get upset over a billboard.

  49. Alison
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:43 pm [Reply]

    I am not feeling the new looks of Margo and LuAnn. They both look like hookers in that second panel. And I’m not talking about high class call-girls here, I am talking about hookers who stand on street corners in ripped fishnets clutching cigarettes between yellowed fingers and thrusting their hips at cheap Chevys whilst saying “Hi there, big boy” or something. Yuck, I don’t know, I am just not into this shit. Fuck Kitty and Kat and their makeover show, they ruined the magic.

    Also, Dolly from FC has a mutant mouth to go with her mutant head.

  50. SF_Reader
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:43 pm [Reply]

    @Amateur (#47): It’s no trick, she’s pouring the coffee on her dress while staring at the sky in complete ecstacy.

  51. Vermic
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:44 pm [Reply]

    “This is money. You’ll start makin’ it or you’ll start losin’ teeth.”

    In the “Family” Circus, Capo Dolly believes in teaching ‘em the ropes early.

  52. hilzoy fangirl
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:49 pm [Reply]

    Hooray for Judge Parker exploring the trendy new concept of “friends with benefits“! That is what’s happening here, right?!

  53. SF_Reader
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    @hilzoy fangirl (#52): Well, if you consider having sex with your girlfriend’s dad a “benefit”, then yes, that’s what’s happening here.

  54. A Shadowy Figure Fleetingly Glimpsed from the Corner of Your Eye
    October 1st, 2010 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    @Vermic (#51): “Don Mommy, Dolly made me an offer I can’t confuse!”

  55. Kronkina
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    Is My Cage really canceled??? If so, I am truly bummed as I work in a soul-crushing office myself. Damn.

  56. Shawn
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:09 pm [Reply]

    I like to think that today’s Family Circus is a (long overdue) response to this comic strip: http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF187-Way_Too_Much.jpg

  57. BeamStalk
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    @Bart (#17): Good I wasn’t the only person that noticed the comment was from the Redundant Department of Redundancy.

  58. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    @Faye (#36): Oh, the rest of us ‘mudges have that plotline covered… In vomit!

  59. Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    Soapbox moment: I had the opportunity to read this earlier this afternoon and, after wiping the tears from my eyes, wrote an email to the author thanking him. I think that a lot of people should thank him. A man remembered: Neil Alan Smith

  60. Sequitur
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    @BeamStalk (#57): And was brought to us by the Federation of Associated Organizations.

  61. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    Try out that Family Circus with Dolly saying: “You’re my ranch foreman, Joe … “

  62. Dennis Jimenez
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:24 pm [Reply]

    JP – Panel one – talk to the hand…

    FC – Bil gets topical with a Dollyism on Social Security…

    A3G – This is a coming out moment with one of the Blue Man Group guys in the background, right???

  63. bunivasal
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:25 pm [Reply]

    The real Margo would never stand goggle-eyed and dumbfounded of course. The truth, then, is obvious. Margo traded places with Doris as she entered the room, and is now preparing to take over her life, while Doris (trapped behind a Margo costume) struggles to reveal the plot to her fiancee/husband to be/future spouse/imminent bridegroom/impending mate.

  64. Sequitur
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#59): Thanks, Dingo. We need to be reminded of people like this.

  65. cj
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:27 pm [Reply]

    Parker:
    Panel Three Jules is a dead ringer for Cade Skywalker, the main protagonist of Star Wars: Legacy. However, the resemblance ends there, as Cade is a bounty hunter and Jedi aiding the Galactic Alliance Remnant and Fel Empire against the One Sith Galactic Empire, whereas Jules is a struggling women’s shoe designer. Also, Cade has somewhat more luck with women.

  66. Joe, the Upper-Evergreen Guy
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    Cancer Deathybean: Miss cute petite redhead is beginning to realize that Wally’s neurosis is going from “cute and amusing” to “exasperating and idiotic” very quickly….

  67. Dood
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:29 pm [Reply]

    Gotta admit, Jack and Doris blue people away with their exciting news.

  68. Jamus The Bartender
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    reFOOB: Yes, Elly, there is another way. With “five across the lips”, as Grandpa The Bartender, who was in WW2 on Tinian used to say.

  69. Jamus The Bartender
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    Gasoline Alley: In the kid’s defense, The Learning Channel might not cause him to go ass over teakettle down a ditch in a school bus. And home-schooled kids manage to do okay.

  70. GG
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:34 pm [Reply]

    Yes, Doris is Jack’s “fiancee and soon-to-be-wife!!” She will get to listen to him “be redundant and repeat information” all the time!! Even his punctuation is redundant!!

    Although maybe I’m being too hard on Jack. He probably thought Margo and Lu Ann’s typical reaction to any piece of news with head-bobbling shock was actually utter confusion at the word “fiancee.”

  71. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:37 pm [Reply]

    JP: Neddy reminds me of my kids’ 18yo babysitter, who yesterday was wearing a tight, yellow “Play-doh” t-shirt over her 38-DDs.

    I can’t complain to the girl’s parents, because she doesn’t live at home any more. I can’t reprimand the girl, as I’ll probably end up with a lawsuit on my hands. And I can’t complain to my wife, as she already thinks I stare at the girl too much.

    Can’t we just go back to the 80′s where big hooters were unrealistic and just the domain of Lola Granola from Bloom County? Geez, when did I become old?

  72. Jamus The Bartender
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    Sally Forth: Well, Sally, if you mean “provide for” as in “bring home lots of Star Wars and superhero crap”, then you should be just fine. Meantime, I would teach Hilary how to boil shoe leather in a tin can just like the hobos do.

  73. Jamus The Bartender
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:41 pm [Reply]

    @Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol (#71): I’ll keep you in my prayers, Al….eighteen you say?

  74. Jamus The Bartender
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:43 pm [Reply]

    My Cage: Yeah, that was kind of bittersweet. Norm, you also might just as well arrange for that threesome with Ashley and Bridget. You’ve got nothing to lose, now.

  75. True Fable
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:44 pm [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#59): That is a wonderful article. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  76. zerowolf
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:51 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Called it! @zerowolf (#183)

  77. zerowolf
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:55 pm [Reply]

    MW: That is a meddle-gasm if I ever saw one.

  78. troy macgregor
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:00 pm [Reply]

    And now we see the link between real Family Circus and Nietzsche’s Family Circus

  79. Alfred E. Neuman
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:03 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#30): I’m surprised it took so long. I guess when Frisco was a tiny town out in the country, no one cared much. But when they became an overnight mega-suburb, people started to notice, and the old mascot name had to go.

  80. Carly
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:06 pm [Reply]

    Is it just me or has Lu Ann turned into 80s era Reba McEntyre? Now she can start singing and thus become every tweeniebopper show character ever.

  81. Daniel
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:09 pm [Reply]

    “This is my fiancee and soon to be wife. Over there is my fiancee and soon to be jilted lover. Would either of you lovely ladies like to be my fiancee and eventual second wife?”

    Or is the scripter just concerned that 3-G’s audience may be confused by the accent and need the word defined?

  82. Zla'od
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:10 pm [Reply]

    3G: Seriously, why do Margo and Lu Ann react this way? Is Jack gay? Is it because he picked a girl with glasses? Or maybe because the Asian girl has an Irish surname…? Really, who’s been following the strip?

    Violet, (#35), Sequitur (#38), et al.–Texas Tech has the Red Raiders, but their mascot (when portrayed by a human actor) is basically Zorro (i.e., a horseman in a half-mask and cape) or else (if drawn as a cartoon) Yosemite Sam with a Robin-style mask. I guess it’s supposed to be some kind of 19th-century bandit.

  83. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:15 pm [Reply]

    Nancy — There actually is an Ernie’s Market in Michigan… and it was voted Detroit’s Best Sandwich Shop in an online poll! (It’s also a shout out to Nancy’s creator, Ernie Bushmiller!)

  84. Digger
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:23 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Good thing Jack explained that his fiancee is his “soon-to-be wife.” Otherwise, Luan would have stood there thinking “so she’s in charge of his finances now?”

  85. Poteet
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:28 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#Y103): I think an Aesirblog is a wonderful idea. I’d totally read it.

  86. Poteet
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:33 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#Y105): It’s like…it’s like you looked in my brain for cuteness vulnerabilities and used what you found to form a Cuteness Weapon of Mass Meltation! *turns into floor puddle*

  87. Fashion Police
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:46 pm [Reply]

    Since Mrs. Mary Worth will be occupied managing Miss Cory for the next few months, who will meddle Miss McGill’s wedding?

    Of perhaps greater import, althoughwe are dying of curiosity what sort of wedding dress Mr. Bolle will conjure up, we do not have high expectations.

  88. Fashion Police
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:56 pm [Reply]

    We note with some asperity that the stripes on Dr. Jeff Cory’s collar are perpendicular to how they ought to be. One hardly expected the lumpish Dr. Cory to experiment with unconventional yet horrid stylings. Yet he has failed to cause Mrs. Worth’s head to throb from crossed eyes. One wonders if her cataracts have advanced to the point where attention is required.

  89. commodorejohn
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:57 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#48): Feh, they’re just upset because it draws attention from their NEW STADIUM! that they finally managed to finagle the state into giving them.

  90. Poteet
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    FW — After a summer voted the third worst in the nation by CNN, we Iowans are enjoying a week of warm sunshine, and I spent a little of it in a grocery store today. But as I was walking down the aisle feeling cheery, I suddenly thought “Wouldn’t it be horrible if some nutcase opened fire in here right now?” Aghast, I asked myself where such a demented thought could have come from, and then I remembered. Thanks a lot, Batiuk!

  91. Joe Blevins
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:59 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Lu Ann and Margo have every reason to be outraged. They spend literally weeks getting themselves dolled up, and then Doris — with her toadstool hairdo and librarian couture — manages to snag the only non-blue guy in the place!

  92. Aviatrix
    October 1st, 2010 at 6:59 pm [Reply]

    @Zla’od (#82): I assumed that Margo had a thing for Jack and that both she and Luann were completely convinced that she had him in the bag. But I don’t pretend to keep track of Margo’s romantic relationships.

  93. Poteet
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:03 pm [Reply]

  94. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#86): glad that you approved. :-)

    the alternative, of photoshopping Josh’s face onto Thor was quite beyond my technical abilities.

  95. Fashion Police
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    @Amateur (#47):
    Dr. Adrian Cory is an adept at causing her clothing to function like a mood ring. We weren’t aware that Mrs. Worth has the same talent. It makes one wonder what it all means.

  96. dreadedcandiru2
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:08 pm [Reply]

    Cathy: A Warning…..Now this is just me spitballing here but I think I know what Cathy’s super-amazing, joy-bringing news will be. As you know, the last time she had news that threatened to overload the pleasure center of Mom’s brain, she got engaged to Irving. The only cloud on Mom’s mental horizon was that Cathy was taking her sweet time popping out grandkids for her to fuss over; that tells me that we part company with her going AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK for two. That’s right; as they say on Venture Bros., her eggo is preggo.

  97. Dr. Weird
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:15 pm [Reply]

    @dreadedcandiru2 (#96):

    Could you imagine what a Cathy pregnancy storyline would be like? She’d gain a lot of weight and never, ever stop complaining about it, or the maternity clothes.

    I’m also picturing “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK” as the sound she makes in labor. Arrgh.

  98. Black Drazon
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:20 pm [Reply]

    The best part about this A3G strip is the expressions greeting this announcement. Lu Ann: horror. Margo: shock. Doris: Honest surprise?

  99. Fashion Police
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:21 pm [Reply]

    @Joe Blevins (#91):
    One must remember that Mrs. Powers and Miss Magee have only now ditched their dowdy, bargain-basement rags. Miss McGill makes the same motif look chic and even edgy by comparison. We would say that Mrs. Powers’ one-shoulder toga look at least is hardly an improvement over her former drabness.

    @Aviatrix (#92):
    Their latest spat began when Miss Magee accused Mrs. Powers of throwing herself at this Jack person. He’s wearing a peach suit and goldenrod tie, for goodness sakes. Who would bother? We are rather disappointed that the stylish Miss McGill has aimed so low.

  100. Poteet
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:24 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#94): Oh dear — Thor seems to have anger issues. He needs to hold a fuzzy big-eyed gray and white kitten.

  101. Violet
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:25 pm [Reply]

    Jeff’s wistful yet shifty-eyed reverie of what life would be like if his wife were still alive is really quite poignant: “She’d be helping Adrian get ready for the wedding, and there’d be no Mary…no Mary…(sigh) no Mary.”

  102. Violet
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:27 pm [Reply]

    And don’t get me started on how Mary’s declaration, “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for family,” makes her sound exactly like a menacing mafia don.

  103. Tenfey
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:28 pm [Reply]

    I have read this blog for years and never left a comment, but I must do so today to express the amount of outrage I feel towards the fact that My Cage has been canceled while all these old, irrelevant, pointless legacy comics live on.

    OH HEY OLD PEOPLE YOU KNOW WHATS FUNNY? GOLF AND WORKING IN AN OFFICE AND OH THOSE KIDS WITH THEIR TORN JEANS AM I RIGHT!

    OH NO BEETLE BAILEY IS SLACKING OFF SARGE IS GONNA BEAT HIS ASS AND WHATS THAT DAGWOOD YOUR BOSS YELLED AT YOU BETTER EAT A BIG SANDWICH LOL

    AW SHIT JEFFY AND BILLY JUST USED A WORD WRONG IN FAMILY CIRCUS HOLY FUCKING SHIT GOING TO BUY 3 FRIDGES TO POST THAT SHIT ON LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    HELLO I’M THE STRIP HI AND LOUIS AND I AM TOO FUCKING BORING TO EVEN MAKE SHITTY JOKES ABOUT!

    I am very sorry about this horrible caps-lock outburst, and I will now leave all of you in peace. But I am completely and forever done with the Kobayashi Maru that is newspaper comics.

  104. The Ridger
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:31 pm [Reply]

    Wait, what? Brewster Rockit is set in the present day? I mean, overtly? Oct 1, 2010? I don’t know what to say.

  105. bats :[
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:33 pm [Reply]

    @dreadedcandiru2 (#96): I sure want to be on your side in a spitball fight.
    It might be nice to think that Cathy and Irving are adopting a child, making that the “happy person,” but that’s probably a selfish whim of mine, not having to imagine Irving impregnating Cathy. Ew.
    (Does anyone remember “Little Irvy,” a frozen killer whale that was hauled around the U.S. to county and state fairs in a semi? Might be a good name if there’s a boy-chik in their future, honoring both his father with the name, and his mother with the…)

  106. Fashion Police
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    Judging from Mrs. Sally Forth’s white jacket, it’s not only 1985, it’s July. One hopes the producers of I Dressed in the Dark Ages are paying attention.

  107. Earthgirl
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:39 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#41): I believe that is supposed to be the trademark Asshole Popped Collar.

    Actually, kudos to the JP artist for being able to get at least close to portraying what normal people wear in the 21st century, unlike some other strips I could name.

  108. Earthgirl
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:46 pm [Reply]

    @Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol (#71):

    Well… as the owner of a completely natural pair of DD’s, I have to tell you it’s increasingly common, and not just due to plastic surgery. I think it has a lot to with how many fatty foods we Americans eat — the more body fat you have, the larger the girls get. Some believe that hormones we ingest from foods have to do with it too.

    ~*The more you know*~

  109. Earthgirl
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:52 pm [Reply]

    ^ The artificial hormones, that is. Like you get from chicken or milk.

  110. commodorejohn
    October 1st, 2010 at 8:02 pm [Reply]

    @Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol (#71): Wait, who complains about breasts in the comics? I mean, if we were talking Scott Hillburn’s shit-tastic “draw a semi-circle exactly parallel to the spine” approach, sure, but Neddy’s at least look pleasing, if not exactly probable.

    Besides, for outlier chests, she’s still got nothin’ on Blondie.

  111. Paddy
    October 1st, 2010 at 8:05 pm [Reply]

    The “Family Ennui” would be a much more readable comic. “Buck, up kids! C’mon, which one of you has an adorable malapropism to spout?” “Not me.”

  112. dimestore lipstick
    October 1st, 2010 at 8:36 pm [Reply]

    Okay, Mary’s really starting to scare me. If she still has that “I shall feast on the blood of the innocent” look tomorrow, I’m gonna have to delete MW from my Chron comics page.

    Along with My Cage, sadly. I’m really bummed about that one.

  113. Five Sigma Freud
    October 1st, 2010 at 8:47 pm [Reply]

    Family Circus: Wow, I never understood “Shake Your Moneymaker” until today.

  114. Jamus The Bartender
    October 1st, 2010 at 9:07 pm [Reply]

    @Tenfey (#103): I wish I could say I know how you feel, but I really don’t….but things will get better, I promise. Sure, My Cage will be gone in a month, but it will live on in our hearts, our minds, and I intend to write about Ashley and Maureen doing wonderfully, nasty things to , and with, one another, so….be of good cheer, Tenfey….be of good cheer….

  115. commodorejohn
    October 1st, 2010 at 9:26 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#114): And fortunately, the Cage crew will remain with Ed and Melissa instead of being beholden to a corporation that doesn’t care about them for all eternity, as is the case with far too many underappreciated works out there. It’s a sad event, but it’s not the worst thing that could happen to the strip.

  116. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 1st, 2010 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#115): Ed said in the previous thread that he and Mel would get custody of the children rights to the characters, so that is a ray of hope. Where they go, I mean to follow.

  117. Charles
    October 1st, 2010 at 9:49 pm [Reply]

    I follow A3G here and there, and I have no idea who this Jack person is (I thought he was Margo’s dad miscolored) or why Margo and LuAnn would find his getting engaged all that horrifying or scandalous.

    And my ignorance doesn’t bother me one bit.

  118. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 1st, 2010 at 9:49 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#114): mmmmm, sexy pillow fights.

  119. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 1st, 2010 at 10:10 pm [Reply]

    Peanuts — Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” would be appropriate background music for Friday’s strip! (Happy 60th Anniversary, Peanuts Gang!)

    Fred Basset — Fred meets a pussy with real cattitude! (Is there any other kind?)

    Tom the Dancing Bug — The villainous Dr. Steigitz is back… and he’s Bolling mad!

    Archie — Pssst, Jughead… you’re supposed to roll up your sleeve before you get a tattoo on the arm!

  120. Sequitur
    October 1st, 2010 at 10:13 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#94): and @Poteet (#100): Well, you threw down the gauntlet and I happened to tripped over it.

  121. bats :[
    October 1st, 2010 at 10:18 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#120): oh, I do so love your happy little accidents!
    (And you DO remember “Viking kittens,” don’t you?)

  122. Sequitur
    October 1st, 2010 at 10:32 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#121): Do you mean this?

  123. JudoThrowToy
    October 1st, 2010 at 10:38 pm [Reply]

    FC: I think you are giving PJ too much credit, Josh. I know that look. All he’s thinking is “I just pooped my pants.”

  124. Girl Reporter
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:15 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#8): I was somewhere in Indiana when I drove past the sign outside a highschool; Manual Redskins.

  125. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:30 pm [Reply]

    @Dingo, the Essence of Purity and Virtue Incarnate™ (#59):

    I subscribe to the St. Petersburg Times, so I’m familiar with Andrew Meacham. He usually writes obits for the newspaper — and this is definitely some of his best work. Ironically, one of the thrift stores I plan to visit Saturday is just down the street from the Crab Shack!

  126. ElkMeadow
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#y22):

    Tiffany didn’t get the school to pay for Delta’s trip. Tiffany did one dunk and left. Elwood paid for the trip, with the condition that Luann to date him. Any other universe would have a name for that. Heck, in certain other countries, that’d make Luann Elwood’s wife.

    (sorry if anyone already pointed this out; I missed yesterday’s comments and don’t have time to read everything most of some of any of today’s before the next jump.)

  127. commodorejohn
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:38 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#126): And the whole thing culminated in a truly magical moment where…uh…Delta bumped into the President on the way to the bathroom. Writing, everybody!

    (I still want to know whether the O-man was drawn in face-obscured fashion out of some sort of attempted reverence, as in certain depictions of Christ, or from artistic laziness. Normally I’d assume the latter, but it’s not like Greg Evans is unable to draw. On the other hand, attempted reverence is kind of pointless when you end it with a joke about the can…)

  128. k
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:47 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#127): Eh, Obama’s bathroom at his transition office in Chicago was underwhelming. Probably would rank in the bottom half of gas station bathrooms (but clean).

  129. commodorejohn
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    @k (#128): No, no, see, this was a bathroom in Washington! That makes it special! I guess!

  130. ElkMeadow
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:51 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#127):

    I remember Al Capp used to not do the president’s face. Trudeau is the only I know of who has done the president’s face, but I think Ronald Reagan was a candidate at the time, not the president. Very few strips have put the president in their story lines. I think it makes it easier on the reader in a way.

    And, yeah, the whole “going to D.C.” storyline stank and was picked apart into atoms at calvinsdad at live journal. Including Frank and Nancy getting to be last-minute chaperones and not having to worry about back-ground checks or (in light of there not being enough to pay Delta’s way) ponying up the money. Or reacting when (there is no if) they found about the money arrangements. But then, they already sold Luann to Elwood for a $50 gift card.

  131. Jamus The Bartender
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#126): I forgot…..HEY! Did I tell everyone I saw the president in his motorcade? NO FOOLIN’ :)

  132. ElkMeadow
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:53 pm [Reply]

    Why “My Cage” got cancelled and “Luann” is still being published….

    We’ve been over this. It’s still not fair.

  133. Johnny Knuckles
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:54 pm [Reply]

    JP: I’m calling my travel agent and booking an open ticket to Milan. Neddy is free and I’m just the guy to woo her rack, I mean heart. These people are real, right?

    FC: There’s a pay-for-play Fight Club in the Keane basement? Cool.

  134. Girl Reporter
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    @Earthgirl (#109): Soon after the birth of our daughters, Starr and Twinkle, Mr. Girl Reporter saw a photo of a friend’s son and his Homecoming date. The kids in the photo were highschool freshmen. The young lady did not look like she’d just been in 8th grade a few, short, summer months prior to the photo. Mr. Girl Reporter vowed that we’d be driving out to Amish country for milk and meat.

  135. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:22 am [Reply]

    So. Jury duty’s over. I was Juror #13, which means I didn’t actually participate in the decision-making process. #14 and I were put in another jury room while deliberations went on. There was a whiteboard in the room, on which someone had been playing “hangman.” At least I hope that’s what they were doing. On the last day of the trial, they bought lunch for us. Now I’m exempt for something like eight years.

    Real courtroom story: the prosecutor (swear to gawd) actually said something with the words “your anus” in it, and my first thought was “huh, huh: he said ‘Uranus.’”

    9 – Cantata: a composition using choral and orchestral forces to sing the praises of Edda’s can and tatas.

    Dick‘s doing some hard thinking, but he hasn’t quite realized that it’s broke guys who just don’t give money away. Meanwhile, Sam seems to have almost recovered from some horrific lemon-sucking incident.

    Family – “This is money. You’ll start givin’ it away when you’re homeless.”

    Pluggers put little notes all over the house so they’ll remember to thank Ralph Herman of Ottawa, Ohio, to write to Pluggers at PO Box 29347, Henrico, VA 23242, and they write on the walls to remember today’s date, the name “Brookins,” the email address, and who owns their copyright.

    R=R – And all along, I was thinking “Peepaw” was Sarge’s dog Otto after a night of lapping too many ash trays full of beer.

  136. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:23 am [Reply]

    6 – This is like watching Herb and Jamaal trying to do George Carlin.

    Zippy – I, uh, actually kind of like Dingburgh in the 1840s.

    @commodorejohn (#y126): What Dick Tracy tells you ten times is true, but he’ll tell you ten more times just to be sure you really, really like him.

    @TheDiva (#y147): To be fair, Ed and Melissa were given some notice their strip was ending. I’m not sure if they’ve even told the guys who were doing “Annie” yet. They may still be hard at work, wondering why the checks stopped coming.

  137. greghousesgf
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:31 am [Reply]

    I’m all for Dolly punching PJ in the mouth here.

  138. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:33 am [Reply]

    Pluggers… like Henrietta Beak are cheep chiselers!

    Dick Scruffy… er, Tracy gets a dollar just for asking a woman if she needs help! Which makes me wonder what she’s willing to pay him for a “good time”!

  139. Jim
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:47 am [Reply]

    Meet my fiance, and soon to be wife. The luckiest of all my fiances! Now that i’ve told the good news to Olivia Newton John and her drag queen friend, I’d better go find Margo and Lu-Ann.

  140. tubbytoast
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:58 am [Reply]

    MT- So, is Joe Frank Johnson’s foreman? Remind me again.

  141. Comcis Fan
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:59 am [Reply]

    BB, Saturday: Wow.

  142. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 am [Reply]

    Spider-Man — Jonah can always cut his losses by selling Robbie’s pix to a foot fetish magazine!

    Mary Worth — Isn’t Sorrento’s a chain of pizza restaurants? I think Adrian is in a power struggle with her future meddler-in-law over whether to serve Sorrento’s cardboard pizza or Mary’s rancid salmon squares at the wedding!

  143. Earthgirl
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:06 am [Reply]

    @Girl Reporter (#134): Probably not a bad idea…

  144. Poteet
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:43 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#120): *shriek of ecstasy*

  145. This Guy
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:44 am [Reply]

    10/2
    9CL: Oh, now he’s just fucking with us. What better image, really, to express the turgid stasis of this comic? I envision the performance of piano concerto… the piece comes to a fermata’d rest, and the conductor holds it… holds it… holds it. While the conductor keeps his baton aloft, the orchestra and the soloist remain poised to attack (*), anticipating a downbeat that will never come. With baton still raised, the conductor turns to his right and strides confidently off the stage. As he goes up the long aisle to the lobby, his baton never wavering, he gives the finger to the astonished onlookers with his off hand. He then drives home and spends the evening masturbating furiously while gazing in a mirror, utterly enraptured by The Wonderfulness That Is Brooke McEldowney.

  146. Joshua
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:45 am [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#130): Ronald Reagan wasn’t exactly shown in Doonesbury. Rather, during his presidency, a character named “Ron Headrest” was introduced who was the president’s Max Headroom-like electronic alter ego. (I can almost hear the younger readers of this blog Googling “max headroom” right now.)

  147. Poteet
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:51 am [Reply]

    @This Guy (#145): Thank you.

  148. This Guy
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:51 am [Reply]

    10/2 MC: Epic. Fucking. Win. It also points up the fact that the characters in My Cage look more like humans than the “humans” in Mary Worth.

  149. Poteet
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:55 am [Reply]

    10/2

    MT — A bedroll??! Yeah, right. Okay, so he really was a true genu-wine ranch foreman, uh-huh. And he herded squirrels.

    MW — With the right caption, that second panel would make a wonderful tee.

    S-M — Don’t drag Ansel Adams into this.

  150. ElkMeadow
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:02 am [Reply]

    @Joshua (#146):

    Excellent point. And once he was president, his face wasn’t shown.

    And in looking over other comic strips, it looks like the only one who shows a picture of the president’s face is none other than The Duck We Will Not Name. Which brings us back to not showing the president’s face as a sign of respect. (For Trudeau, it is a way to interpret his thoughts on the character.)

    We know that The Duck does not respect the current POTUS.

    I didn’t see the strip during the Bush administrations, so I don’t know if The Duck showed their faces or not.

  151. Mork from Ork
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:03 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#149): MT: (Psst. Duffel bag.)

  152. Poteet
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:17 am [Reply]

    @Mork from Ork (#151): Thanks. Yeah, duffel bag. I still haven’t seen any livestock except the squirrels. Or maybe he herded ducks.

  153. Jason1981
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:19 am [Reply]

    Luann: Looks like Toni’s been hanging around Crystal. She’s the only other person in the strip who’d go along with a plan like this BECAUSE it’d fail. (Well, okay, maybe Knute would, too. )

    MyCage: If only this version of Mary Worth was in the MW strip…

    FW: “This is where you say ‘Let’s f*ck!’ …and then I say: ‘ Not tonight, I have a headache….and Cancer’ “.

    MT: “Well, next time, I’ll bring Rusty…he’ll scare you ALL THE WAY to death. Or you’ll just sh*t yourself in fright. One or the other.”

  154. Mork from Ork
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:22 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#152): Nanu. I heard of ducks.

  155. Baka Gaijin
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:41 am [Reply]

    @Dr. Weird (#97): “ Could you imagine what a Cathy pregnancy storyline would be like? She’d gain a lot of weight and never, ever stop complaining about it, or the maternity clothes. ” Soooo, status quo, right?

    @Tenfey (#103): No, don’t go away. Come back. You’re amongst friends.

    @bats :[ (#105) parenthetical: Bwa ha ha ha!

  156. Roman Fingers
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:48 am [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#150): Now that I think about it, it’s very rare to see whoever the current president is depicted in a full face shot, in any sort of entertainment program (sketch based shows like SNL excepted). You’ll see a back, or an arm, and that’s about it. The only exception that leaps to mind was a depiction of GWB on “George Lopez”.

    And now, live via satellite, and in living color: The snark

    DT: Now, just do that 999 times, and you can get one of those $1000 bills the homeless people carry.

    FrBas: Is he disrespecting Lauren Cooper?

    GT: Roman Fingers hates it when people refer to themselves in the third person. But, that’s just Roman Fingers’ opinion.

    Luann: Yup, she’s wanting to see the size of the resulting cluster. It’s like seeing the aftermath of a collision between a truck carrying watermelons, and a truck carrying sheep. It’s a huge mess, nobody has any control over the situation, and all you can do is stare in amazement.

    A3G: Given that he just called Doris “this little girl”, Jack’s motto must be “Don’t be sexist. Broads hate that.”

    Cranky: Did they not think of using the call button? Not that I would do something like that.

    BaBlu: It’s like the opening from “The Jetsons” where George holds out a bill, and Jane takes his whole wallet.

    FC: And so were you, Jeffy. And so were you.

    The Funktacular Winkerbean: Wally needs a more clear-cut signal. Like landing lights on the bed.

    JP: This is kind of like getting dumped five minutes before you find out you’ve got a winning lottery ticket.

    MT: It appears that the LoFo culture resembles 1930′s England, where the servants are only known by their first names, but the butlers are only known by their last names.

    MW: You know, the last time we saw two people joyously walking down the street, Richie was cut down in a hail of bullets.

    Plug: Yeah, them old Norge’s will do that.

  157. Baka Gaijin
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:17 am [Reply]

    Saturday’s Strips

    Snuffy Smith: Elviney and Maw are smiling in the last panel. They know Snuffy and Lukey will be having orgasms soon but they won’t be involved. Woo hoo!

    Apartment 3-G: Margo must still be in shock that Jack is marrying what appears to be a woman. In a few minutes (10 strips in real time) she’ll recover and start shoving monogrammed rice packet samples in their faces. She was a wedding advisor at some point in the past, right?

    Spiderman: JJ Jameson, the boys from rentboys.com don’t take their own pictures. Their idea of “action photography” is a little different than yours.

    Pluggers: Haw haw! Pluggers are too lazy to defrost their 1968 Philco fridge. No matter how much pecking Chicken Lady does, all her leftovers from the past year are caught in their own little Ice Age.

    Cathy: From the looks of the last panel, Cathy’s sizing up her mom’s door to be sure she can fit her fat ass through it.

    Pluggers, second thought: Haw haw! Pluggers are too cheap to buy a refrigerator made this century, yet they’re causing the fridge to use so much more energy by not defrosting they could have paid for the new fridge out of the light bill savings by now.

    PBS-Just totally full of win. Best Cathy sendoff yet.

    Mother Goose and Grimm: Grimmy stuck in an elephant’s butt!!! Comedy gold.

    Arlo and Janis: I love that third panel.

    Cow and Boy: The Curmudgeon collective’s thought about Ed and Melissa.

  158. Just some guy
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:32 am [Reply]

    We need more Luann on this blog.
    I mean the other Luann.

  159. Sheila Sternwell
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:23 am [Reply]

    @Dr. Weird (#95 Yesterthread): Without going into too much detail, I work with those who should be real life Wallys. Thus far, I have yet to see any real life person with PTSD issues that resemble Wally’s as portrayed in this strip. Batiuk is doing the cinematic version of PTSD which, like the cinematic version of Tourette’s, doesn’t often resemble reality. Unless he reveals that Wally has serious depressive disorder or something service-related, but not necessarily PTSD, that would more likely match the symptoms displayed such as lack of sexual desire and avoidant behaviors.

    Meanwhile, I’m disturbed that 2 comics I read daily had Cathys in them, Pearls and Mutts. Cut that out.

  160. Dr. Weird
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:55 am [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#159):

    Have you thought about writing Batiuk to explain about your experience and (politely) tell him where he’s going wrong, that he’s doing a disservice to veterans afflicted with PTSD? It might help… Certainly the “ticking bomb still trapped in the war” portrayal of Wally isn’t doing the image of vets any good.

    Doonesbury on showing Presidents

    Trudeau has his presidents speak as seen from outside White House, off-panel or else with an icon… It was a blank space with an asterisk for the first Pres. Bush, the waffle for Clinton (Where there was a vote or something between the waffle and the flipping coin) and a Roman helmet for GWB. There was a little to-do within the strip over what Obama’s icon would be, maybe from Obama himself, back in 2009, but nothing has appeared yet. I think the current “take his chill pills” bit is the first we’ve “seen” of Obama at all since those early days.

    He doesn’t usually draw any celebrities or public figures at all… one notable exception was Donald Trump. Another was the cover of the collection for the 1988 election, showing Bush and Dukakis standing in the mud, throwing it at each other.

  161. Muttley
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:55 am [Reply]

    FC: Amazing! The Perry Bible Fellowship made a Keane spoof with the same theme a couple of years ago.

  162. Mr. O'Malley
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:00 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#125): I heard him interviewed on the radio this afternoon (CBC’s As It Happens). Seemed like a pretty nice guy. Makes me want to go to the Crab Shack and leave an extra large tip. The next time I’m in Florida, whenever that is.

    Maybe I’ll just leave an extra large tip somewhere here and hope that things work out in the long run.

  163. Mr. O'Malley
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:09 am [Reply]

    MC: It looks like this next month is going to be fun!

  164. Mr. O'Malley
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:33 am [Reply]

    @Dr. Weird (#160): I think that the style of most strip comics is not suited to caricaturing real people. Notice the creepy vibe that people got from that recent DtM.

    At best it tends to look like what those five-minute caricature artists put out.

    Political cartoonists have a freer hand to create exaggerated depictions. George W. Bush was often depicted as being about 4 feet tall, with huge ears and cowboy boots. In real life he is reasonably tall and his ears are within normal range. The cowboy boots may be realistic.

    It would be difficult to try to fit this kind of depiction into a strip with other characters. The English strip Flook did manage to pull it off back in the day with a character called Mr. Muckybrass who looked very much like Harold Wilson.

    Walt Kelly didn’t shrink from political issues, and he did introduce real people into his strip—as animals. He did Johnson as a moose, J. Edgar Hoover (bulldog), Castro (goat) and Khrushchev (pig with a bandanna), some of Nixon’s minions, and a variety of presidential candidates depicted as wind-up toys. I don’t remember if he actually did Nixon.

    Walt Kelly was a genius, though. He created a universe of his own where these characters could fit.

  165. Mibbitmaker
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:35 am [Reply]

    @Dr. Weird (#160): And, of course, the talking-from-the-White-House bit was the way Trudeau handled all the presidents and other WH people in the old days (1970-mid ’80s).

    Also, there was a small paperback that came out in 1973 called Trout in the Reflecting Pool, or, The Fireside Watergate by Nicholas von Hoffman and Garry Trudeau (as written on the book). Along with the text aspect of the book, there were illustrations (with captions) and strips (borderless, two panels top, two bottom formatted) by Trudeau. These were essentially Doonesburys, though only a small ammount showing the actual characters. Most were either “talking White House” strips like in the paper, or showing actual caricatures of Watergate figures, including Tricky Dick himself.

    So, at least in these examples, Trudeau (or, at least, his assistant) drew the president.

    That was a really, really cool find in the used bookstore!

  166. Push Trot
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:58 am [Reply]

    A3G: I’m very busy doing …really, what am I doing? Anyway, I’ve only just got time to obnoxiously holler, “I called it!”, on May 26th.

    And, apparantly, Margo is not God, so there’s also that.

  167. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:18 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#120): There is only one possible response to that:

    Viking Kittens!

    (and ROFL!)

  168. zerowolf
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:21 am [Reply]

    MW: Mary’s wearing vibrating meddle-panties.

  169. zerowolf
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:22 am [Reply]

    A3G: Too bad for Jack that male members of the A3G cast have the life expectancy of a Spinal Tap drummer once marriage enters the picture.

  170. Jack Parsons
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:24 am [Reply]

    Margo looks like she has a second left eye over the first one.

  171. zerowolf
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:25 am [Reply]

    BBSS: More disturbing than Lukey and Snuffy getting all worked up over pictures of fillies is that we can’t see their hands.

  172. zerowolf
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:27 am [Reply]

    BB: “I sent out the troops to control it, sir. By the way, do the words, ‘Kent State’ mean anything to you, general?”

  173. zerowolf
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:30 am [Reply]

    Wally: “Why bother. Any time I’ve had an inkling of happiness in my life it has been snuffed out by the Creator.”

    Rachael: “I’m not sure we can blame God…”

    Wally: “God, who’s talking about God. I’m talking about that asshole, Batiuk.”

  174. zerowolf
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:32 am [Reply]

    MT: Looks like Joe’s joining the Merchant Marines. Smart move, Joe. If you had joined the French Forgeign Legion you’d have ended up in Crock instead of Popeye.

  175. zerowolf
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:34 am [Reply]

    RMMD: I’m pretty sure the Mayor isn’t here for a ménage à trois, Rex.

  176. zerowolf
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:42 am [Reply]

    @Jack Parsons (#170): She has trouble maintaining her morphic field when stressed so her guise as a human tends to slip at moments like these.

  177. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:52 am [Reply]

    Cathy – So men are just now learning simple emotions while women possess an entire range of feelings? That makes me feel … sad? I think I need to go watch some football.

    Cathy pregnant is, of course, the inevitable end to this strip.

  178. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:57 am [Reply]

    great minds think alike of Viking Kittens, it seems. :-D

    A&J: heee! This has been a fun week.

    Lio: o dear, this can’t end well. Clean up in panel 3!

    Blondie: wow, talk about lucky timing!!!

    MC: WIN!

    NS: would have been funnier with an isopod.

    Zits: Walt wearing a Humble Pie T for that speech was a nice touch.

  179. Chyron HR
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:58 am [Reply]

    FW“Okay… this is where you say…” “Who the fuck is ‘Robbie’?”

  180. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:02 am [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#164): One of the noticeable things about editorial cartoons is that the President gets smaller and/or thinner over the course of their terms. Reagan was a husky man, but the ‘toons on the Opinion page had him a skeleton by the end. (I’m thinking Olipant in particular.) Bush Jr. suffered the same fate, as well as shrinking to a dwarf (or a chimp). Carter was a dwarf by the end of his term as well, now that I think back on it.

    It’s a pretty standard trope in the editorial cartoons, in other words. (and no, I’m not looking to see if there really is a Trope for that!)

  181. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:15 am [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#150):

    The sheer awfulness of the Duck transcends politics. Even if I were a “right-thinking” individual, I wouldn’t follow this strip. Frankly, Tinsley isn’t half as good at drawing caricatures as the artists I’ve seen working the crowds at Disney, Busch Gardens, etc. And don’t even get me started on the lettering!

    Anyone know why Marvel hasn’t sued Tinsley for ripping off Howard the Duck?

  182. ANDREA
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#40): You must be referring to these: http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/

  183. Hibbleton
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#131): ” I forgot…..HEY! Did I tell everyone I saw the president in his motorcade? NO FOOLIN’ :)”

    When I was a little kid living in Manhattan, my grandmother said to go sit on the stoop because the president’s motorcade would be coming down the block. I was very disappointed when it passed by and I didn’t see George Washington.

  184. teenchy
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:43 am [Reply]

    @dreadedcandiru2 (#96): Spitballing is the way to go these days.

    What age was Cathy supposed to be, anyway? I had her pegged at late-40s at the youngest at strip’s end. I was always expecting a “Cathy and Irving adopt” story arc, as it would’ve indulged all the maternal urges as well as their technophobia/philia in arranging and carrying out an international adoption.

  185. The "Noodle Incident"
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    9 CL: Remember the COTW in the midst of the flashback slog that seemed it would never end stating that once the strip returned to finger fucking and unicorns, we’d be saying “Bring back the Nazi!”? (Forgive me; I don’t remember who wrote it, and I don’t have time to search right now.)

    Well, I’m already there.

    Bring back the Nazi!

    And it’s too late…

  186. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:50 am [Reply]

    Hi & Lois — …and “No Jokes” allowed either!

    Tundra — Someone needs to buy an egg timer!

    PBS — No nose is good nose… right, Cathy? (Not a Pastis-level pun, but you get the idea!)

    Dilbert/Mother Goose & Grimm — Two a-holes with butt a single joke!

    Family Circus — The only “accident” took place on the night Jeffy was conceived!

    Candorville — At least Bell didn’t resort to a horrific pun like “You leave my grandma out of this!”

  187. Écureuil Écumant
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:55 am [Reply]

    A3G: Doris. Oh, Doris. I’d like to unfasten those dainty lil’ pearl librarian buttons. One by one. In no particular hurry.

    I heartily approve that mycetian ‘do. Evidently, it took but one buss from the Death Angel to render those bystanders cyanotic. I swoon in agonized anticipation.

    “She hides in an attic concealed on a shelf
    Behind volumes of literature based on herself
    Knowing that it’s hard to find
    Stuff way back in the mind
    Ends up spending all of her time
    Trying to memorize every line…”

  188. gleeb
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:01 am [Reply]

    ‘bean: Now we find out that Wally left his genitalia behind in Afghanistan.

    Fred: The horrors! The working classes!

    My Cage: No salmon squares. That’s why the strip tanked.

    Sally: Does Hillary’s shirt say “robbing” on it?

    Barney Google: They find it amusing that their husbands like to screw horses.

    Zippy: The hell? No background, and the whole thing is about a giant toad molesting teenagers. Did Griffith really do this? Oh, wait, there’s a contempt for people who read comics, and thus are most of his audience. That’s Griffith, all right.

  189. wossname
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:28 am [Reply]

    Dilbert- BWAhaha – those are not just randomly chosen punctuation etc. marks. Good work sneaking “asshole” past the censors, Adams.

    (BTW, I’m sure in this erudite group somebody knows [as obviously I don’t] the correct collective name for things like * and # and &. They’re not punctuation… they’re not diacritical marks… what are they?)

    FW – Eeewww – I don’t know which is worse, her creepy attempt at seduction, or the likelihood that he’s gonna suddenly decide she’s al Qaeda and strangle her. (And Sheila Sternwell, I’m saying that in reference to Batiuk’s version of PTSD, not reality, and I appreciate your posts on the subject.)

    GA – That’s quite a camera Boog’s got, that captures not just images, but onomatopeic sounds!

    GT – I feel like a traitor to Milford, but I have this overwhelming urge to cheer for the Wampus Cats.

    JP – Ah, that will be le père du Jules responding to the business plan. I’m guessing he goes for it and forks over millions of euros, only because that seems to be what the plot needs.

    MC – WIN WIN WIN! I’m so sad this is going away.

    @Push Trot (#166): Wow – you sure did call it, four months in advance! Good work!

  190. Girl Reporter
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    Jules has a sleek Mac laptop but an AOL email account?

  191. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:45 am [Reply]

    @wossname (#189): re Dilbert: OMG! I had not noticed that!

  192. CanuckDownSouth
    October 2nd, 2010 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    A3G “This little girl” seriously?! I can only conclude that Doris, both sensible and aware of the rules of her universe, accepted his proposal in order to seal his doom.

    Not that this stuff doesn’t happen, but if you’re dating / proposing to someone you think of in terms you’d use for kids, you are seriously fracked up. When I was 30 and dated a 42-yr-old, one big impending sign of This Won’t Work Out was when he called me “young lady”.

  193. wossname
    October 2nd, 2010 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#192): It’s hard to think of any example where the use of “young lady” is not at least mildly annoying. One of the worst is when people use it to address elderly people (like my 97-year-old mom). I guess they’re trying to be cute but to me it’s just patronizing, cloying and annoying. Worse yet is “Oh, I see you’re 97 years young!”

  194. John C Fremont
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    MT – No, no, that’s Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.

    Or maybe it’s Hamilton, Joe, Frank and Reynolds.

    Or Hamilton, Joe, Frank, Ann, Reynolds…

    … but yuz doesn’t have to call me Johnson.

  195. Mibbitmaker
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    BBailey: Al-Qaeda’s next target in the U.S. — Camp Swampy.

    ECity: Pathetic.

    FC: Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooops!

    GA: How dare you be forcibly kissed against your will by an inappropriately amourous girl like that?! You…. you innocent cad!!

    GF: Rob’s an “if you can’t beat ‘im (ASPCA, PETA), join ‘im” kinda guy.
    Yabbadabba don’t!

    JP: “You’ve got conveniently inconvenient interruption.”

    Luann: I heard some of her brain cells dying, though.

    MT: The lettering does all the work, so the drawings don’t have to.

    MW: “Thanks be to Mary (Worth), Meddler of us all, amen. May She own our will all Her o so holy days.”

    MC: We could’ve warned you, Norm!
    (Cool, guys: going out ‘Mudgeon style!)

    RMMD: Mr. Moran is the alternate universe Larry David (Maintain Your Enthusiasm)

  196. dreadedcandiru2
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    Sunday Funnies:

    - Funky Winkerbean: For some reason, we have a flashback with John Darling asking Coach Jock Strapp a stupid question and getting a weird answer.

    - FBorFW: John is worn to a frazzle because his incredibly average son has a set routine for bedtime that takes longer than Daddy wants to to implement.

    - Luann: Luann complains about an embarrassing incident at school; the ‘fun’ is that she pauses in mid-rant to laugh at a funny text message.

  197. TheDiva
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    9CL: So, in musical terms, absolutely nothing is happening. Yeah, that about sums it up.

    A3G: ….Great, they broke LuAnn.

    Cathy: Please don’t go there. Please, please, I’m begging you in the name of everything good, holy, and pure, let this be a fake-out, let them be buying a new car or getting a third dog or anything other than what it looks like it’s going to be…

    C’shaft: Who else thinks the “cute nurse” got creeped out by the dirty old men staring at her and begged a co-worker to cover for her?

    DT: “It’s in Monopoly money, I hope you don’t mind.”

    FW: If that’s Rachel’s usual “come hither” look, it’s no wonder she’s been reduced to dating Wally.

    Luann: The voice of reason, ladies and gentlemen!

    MC: That can’t be Mary. I can look at her without fearing for my soul.

    MW: Hey, they teleported inside the store, it’s impressive! (I have to focus on the backgrounds, as the faces in this make me die a little inside each time I look at them.)

  198. CanuckDownSouth
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    @wossname (#193): Yeah, when I’m old, I plan to respond (if need be) to such by asking their age and if it’s under 200 questioning the person’s eyesight and/or sanity :)

    But just for this case, I’m willing to accept “incurable romantic” = “condescending sexist”. (Fine with it generally, whatever floats your boat, but this character’s attitude grates.)

  199. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:27 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#197): 9CL: an explanation for those of us without musical backgrounds:

    “fermata (It.), Fermate (Ger.): a musical symbol placed over a note or rest to be extended beyond its normal duration, and occasionally printed above rests or barlines, indicating a pause of indefinite duration.”

    yeah, I looked it up. Smootchin’ for “a pause” is actually sort of cute, all things considered. Visual is nice, as well.

  200. Joe Blevins
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    JP: Poor Jules! He tries to graciously concede defeat and leave the relationship wiht some modicum of dignity intact, even throwing up his hands in a gesture of surrender, but Neddy still insists on torturing him with three panels of “I like you as a friend” bullcrap.

    FC: In profile, Dolly’s head looks a lot like those fish you see in those diagrams of the food chain. Presumably there would be a smaller Dollyfish to the left and a larger one to the right.

    A3G: Demitri Martin is right. Adding “…ladies” to any sentence makes it creepy.

  201. True Fable
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    I, Platypus YYEEESSSSSSS! the scorecards read 10 10 10 10 and 10!

  202. Ned Ryerson
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    JP: BING! “YOUR FATHER REJECTED YOUR BUSINESS PLAN! YOU NEED A SUGAR DADDY!”

  203. commodorejohn
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:11 pm [Reply]

    A3G – Dear God, every time I get another look at Luann I laugh harder. What were they thinking!?

    AS – Baffling as this is to begin with, “order of Amity police” and “Martin” seem to suggest that this is supposed to be Sheriff Martin Brody from Jaws, which just adds a whole new layer of confusion. (And add “Roy Scheider” to the list of things Hillburn can’t draw, I guess.)

    BBlue – What? What a bitch!

    BB – Is this a re-run, or a new strip?

    BrS – What’s with the talking inanimate objects? Does Tap live out in Lost Forest?

    C&B – *nods sagely*

    Crock – Do I want to know?

    DT – Hey, another half-recognizable human being! What is going on? Has Brozman suddenly started to dimly comprehend anatomy?

    FC – I admit: I laughed at this one. (Mainly because I hear it in the voice of Don Adams.)

    FB – Fred Basset, xenophobe.

    FW – …is that supposed to be a come-on? Really? That’s what you’re going with, Batiuk? “You wanted a joke? Here’s a joke: ha ha, she can’t get into his pants because he’s dead to the world!” Ftgrarghl.

    JP – When suddenly, a random interruption from out of nowhere! Lord, what is this, Spider-Man?

    Liō – Dammit!

    Luann – What. No. Wrong. Start again.

    MT – Ha ha, the only way this could be better is if he were carrying a hobo bindle instead of a duffel bag.

    MW – Whatever Jeff has been imbibing, I think he shared it with Adrian. Look at that second panel and tell me that means anything other than “high as a goddamn kite.” Even Mary seems to be getting a contact buzz.

    MC – Oh God, Norm, don’t invite her to meddle! Do you realize what you’ve done!?

    OBH – Ruthie made a picture of a dead cow? God, I love this strip.

    PBS – A truly fitting send-off.

    Pluggers – Pluggers apparently never, ever open their freezer. Those non-specific food items have been in there since the Carter administration.

    RMMD – Mr. Moran has just moved in from Funky Winkerbean, and this whole “happy to be alive” concept is still quite novel for him.

    SF – You know what would be great? If Hil went as her father for Halloween.

    Edison Lee – It’s like watching a sitcom written by the world’s worst stand-up comic. “TV dinners! What’s with that! Am I right, folks?”

  204. Baka Gaijin
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:12 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#197) on Cathy: I disagree. Cathy being preggers would be a suitable ending to the overarching theme of Cathy: Cathy wants her own family. It took a lot of AACKing but she finally got a man a few years ago. She needs only a child to complete her life. Instead of turning into Baby Blues or worse (looking at you, Lynn), Cathy Guisewite appears to be ending the strip at a good point with the pregnancy. * **

    * It’s still icky thinking of Cathy having sex with a man. Or a woman. Or a vegetable. Or to “Horse Trader Weekly.”

    ** And we’re saved from the AACKing about the maternity bikini bathing suits.
    . . . . Brain bleach coladas all around.

  205. Poteet
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    CATHY — I think it would be kinda cool if it turned out they were getting a cat. The right cat, that is. The right cat could whip those dogs into shape more effectively than Cathy and Irving ever managed to do.

  206. Mordock999
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    Todays Luann – 10/02/10

    ARGGGGGGGGGGH, TJ!

    I WANT Him DEAD!

    Dead, Dead, Dead, Dead, Dead, Dead, Dead, DEAD!!!

    ________________________
    You KNOW what goes HERE!!!

  207. Black Drazon
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    MC: If Mary Worth swearing like a pirate is something you can get away with when you’re already cancelled, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a few attempts to prune the bucket lists. In that regard, I’m looking forward to… well, everyone’s. Especially Jeff’s.

  208. Mr. Snapping Turtle, Jr.
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:54 pm [Reply]

    LUANN: Toni LOOKS like her answer is sarcastic; but this is not a Rembrandt drawing, so it’s hard to judge the character’s intent by the way her or his face is drawn. I think she is telling them that they are both morons. That’s what I think.

    And as if logic has anything to do with these “plots”: Dirk can go to her firehouse if he wants to find her. He can find her by looking in the White Pages on the internet. He presumably knows where her little niece lives — he can go to that home and inquire.

    This whole scenario demonstrates that TJ and Brad have a combined IQ of about 119, on a sunny day.

    And I think Toni knows it.

    If she didn’t know it before, she sure knows it now.

  209. Amateur
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    MW: Oh, goody, frolicking! We haven’t had a good frolic in weeks!

  210. TheDiva
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#204): While I agree that being spared endless arm-flailing panic over pregnancy and its aftermath is a blessing, I have to say I still find the very notion depressing. Both Cathy and Irving are constantly shown to be self-absorbed, materialistic, short-sighted, and incapable of any form of self control–in other words, the last people in the world who should ever be responsible for a child. I pity any poor soul brought into the world because Cathy wants an amusing accessory, or a pet with her DNA.

  211. Buck Ripsnort
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    FW: So, Rachel is a necrophiliac?

    MC: More action than I’ve seen in the last two weeks of Mary Worth.

    FC (Friday’s): “An you’ll start losing your teeth when I start punching you in the face; get ready for BIG MONEY tomorrow.”

  212. Rusty
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:13 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#199): I would have guessed it symbolized premature ejaculation, but what do I know? The problem with this strip is it is incomprehensible to probably 85% of readers. Which must please Mceldowney to no end.

  213. Girl Reporter
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#198): Even worse: Little Lady.

    That one just reeks of head-patting condescension

  214. Ross
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:25 pm [Reply]

    If I recall correctly, yesterday’s FOOB is sanitized. They have Michael being sent to his room, whereas in the original (which I have in a book somewhere), he was spanked. While I don’t condone spanking, sending him to his room was probably where he started writing.

  215. CanuckDownSouth
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:55 pm [Reply]

    @Ross (#214): Yup, the dialogue was changed. There was a bit of a discussion of it over at the Foobiverse.

  216. Baka Gaijin
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#210): I understand what you’re saying. Really I do. But I think once they have a tiny person completely dependent upon them, they’ll probably do like so many parents and grow up. If not because of the responsibility then the sheer exhaustion of parenting. After all, they haven’t killed their dogs due to incompetence. There must be a spark of goodness inside Cathy and Irving.

  217. dreadedcandiru2
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#177): About the only good thing about Cathy’s being preggers is that we don’t get to see how big the clusterfrakk of her trying to parent will be; I’ve already seen the slow-speed train wreck called the Settlepocalypse and McElnazi’s Grandmother Night. I don’t NEED to see No-nose going AAAAAAACK because her child does things that don’t meet with her approval.

  218. commodorejohn
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#216): I don’t think there’s a spark of anything inside Cathy and Irving. They’re pretty much just hollow shells animated by authorial whim, like some sort of neurosis golems.

  219. dreadedcandiru2
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#216): There’s another factor that would lead them towards maturity: they want to prove themselves to their parents. It wouldn’t do for Cathy to not be the mother hers was to her, you see. What’s more, she wants to extract respect from Irving’s mother and being a competent parent will do that. Sure, giving your mother-in-law the middle finger is a bad reason for doing a good thing but whatever works, WORKS.

  220. Écureuil Écumant
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:36 pm [Reply]

    Neurosis Golem, hell of a band name!

  221. TheDiva
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#216): That’s possible; I know first-hand that few things make you put on your big girl panties like being a mother. I guess after seeing Cathy’s emotional and mental development in stasis ever since–well, since I was old enough to read this strip and understand it–I kind of despair of anything ever shaking her out of it.

  222. Anonymous
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    Just for the record, today marks the 60th anniversary of the very first Peanuts strip.

    I now return you to your regularly scheduled snarking.

  223. Mustang
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    @Jason1981 (#153): Thanks for the LOL.

  224. Baka Gaijin
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:39 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#221): Cathy doesn’t need a child to put on her “big girl panties.” Tee hee. I made a fat joke. Since it’s a moot point whether they’ll be good parents, I’m hoping for the best. It’s the sunshine-and-rainbows kind of guy I am. When I’m not making cruel fat people jokes.

  225. Anonymous
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    10/2

    Lockhorns: She should be sorry. If she had left the cake unguarded for a whole hour, it would be gone and the guests could leave.

    MC: No Norm, don’t go down that road. It might be more helpful to talk to Rex Morgan, MD. Well, at least if you’re feeling bi-curious.

    JP: In a truly left-field plot twist, Meg Ryan steps up and promises to fund Jules’ shoe venture.

    Phantom: Nobody questions why the hulking new white officer is wearing a domino mask and has purple spandex for hair. You just can’t get good help these days.

    BB: “What’s that you say? There’s actually a war on?”
    “Depends on Greg Walker’s mood, sir.”

    DT: You’re a nice lady, and somewhat human loolking too. So don’t take it personally when Dick says, “Get outta here, you’ll scare off the guy with the $1000 bills.” But do move quickly, because he has a gun.

    Luann: Any chance of Toni being the sane one and vetoing this horrible bait-and-switch plan evaporates.

    DtM: Alice’s hair looks the same as always. Whatever she’s getting from the hairdresser, it ain’t hair care. (Her and Cherry Trail.)

    S4th: How about you iron the word “Baskin” onto Faye’s top so she and Hil can go as an ice cream stand. I’m trying to help, here.

    FW: Ooh, let me guess. This is where Wally says, “Sniper fire! Take cover!” Well, that’s the level Batiuk seems to be writing him.

    GA: Preserving sound effects in your digital photo? Apparently, there’s an app for that.

    SSmith: Low’eezy and Elviney find out their men are talking about a horse, and they stop being jealous. For some reason.

  226. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:46 pm [Reply]

    Augh. #225 is me. I forgot the library computer doesn’t have my cookies.

  227. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:49 pm [Reply]

    @Black Drazon (#207): Well the wingdings in today’s Dilbert make it look like Alice is saying “asshole”. “Douchebag” would be more on-point, but I’m not sure if Adams could get away with that either.

  228. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    @zerowolf (#169): Huh-huh. You said “male members”.

  229. But What Do I Know?
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:04 pm [Reply]

    A3G: He’s marrying Harriet the Spy?

    JP: I don’t love you, and I don’t want to marry you. I just enjoy making you miserable, so let’s go to Milan. . .

  230. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    @Écureuil Écumant (#187):

    I’m married to a hottie named “Doris”… and she’s a Scorpio. Need I say more?

  231. Austria
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    @Tenfey (#103): I love you, have my babies.

    MC today and yesterday: Is there a better way to sound off a strip? But, uh, Ashley? Should I be reading yesterthread? I feel like I’m missing something here. (What happened to using comic strip names as swears? Like “Well, then you missed it by a Fred Basset mile!)

    PBS: Farewell, Cathy. *salutes*

  232. Poteet
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    GA — Since we have to see so much of Boog, couldn’t he be cuter? It’s not that hard to draw a visually-appealing child. Little Skeezix used to be kinda cute, for example. Other children in several other strips are kinda cute. I hate to say it, Boog, but I think even Dondi was arguably cuter than you. Well, maybe not.

  233. Poteet
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#218): Neurosis golems. I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen that anywhere else. Kewl.

  234. ElkMeadow
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:40 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#232):

    Dondi was cuter than anyone in GA and Apt. 3G and way cuter than Rusty, Mike and Robin Patterson, or any other kid in the comics, especially the creepy “life based” creatures in DtM.

  235. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:50 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#232):

    I have a theory that Rusty’s the biological child of Dondi and Little Iodine. Rusty inherited his red-haired mother’s fair complexion, so he has freckles… hence the nickname “Rusty”. Or he would have freckles… if Jack Elrod wasn’t too lazy to draw them!

  236. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:57 pm [Reply]

    Gasoline – A camera that photographs sound effects! This will revolutionize journalism!

    Fuzzy – Nice try, but the Flintstones are from the Neolithic, or ‘Modern Stone Age.’ Coincidentally, they were also the generation that was overweeningly proud of their micro-rock-wave ovens and cars, for which they were wiped out in the Noachic flood, along with such media personalities as Stony Curtis and Ann-Margrock. It would be eons before the slow grind of time would re-evolve their close analogues in our own era. (Watch for rain.)

    Mutts – I’ll be. Somebody misses “Cathy” literally.

    Phantom – That’s no senior guard! That’s “Ghost-who-rifles-better-without-a-hat.”

  237. Backup
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:05 pm [Reply]

    Cathy: So the prediction that EVERYONE made that Cathy’s pregnant looks to be dead on, but honestly, I’d love to see her troll everyone and announce she’s getting a sex change.

  238. idledandy
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    Well, thanks to my Sunday comics being delivered with my Saturday paper, I’ve seen the last Cathy. I’m kinda sad about it. I loved the strip back in the day.

    That said, I like the way it ended. I don’t want to spoil it for anybody, but it’s a nice nod to the themes of the strip, especially in the early days.

  239. Aviatrix
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:36 pm [Reply]

    This video is entitled “How to turn a cigarette into a knife,” a skill I hope Cue has mastered by now, but I have linked it here for True Fable because it should really be called “How to turn a cigarette into a knife despite having an adorably cute goat that keeps eating all your demo equipment.”

  240. Hank
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    @idledandy (#238): How about wrapping it in spoiler text/invisiotag for those of us who just want the horror over with?

  241. dreadedcandiru2
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:57 pm [Reply]

    @Hank (#240): I’m with you; I want to know if my ‘spitball’ hit the target.

  242. commodorejohn
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    @Hank (#240): Or those who are idly curious but don’t actually feel like reading Cathy?

  243. dreadedcandiru2
    October 2nd, 2010 at 6:12 pm [Reply]

    I just read some of the comments on Gocomics.com about tomorrow’s final Cathy strip; apparently, my spitball hit its target.

  244. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:05 pm [Reply]

    I’m still hoping that the final “Cathy” strip will take place years in the future, after she dies old and alone, and the hungry pets are fighting over her “ack!” finger.

  245. The Ridger
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm [Reply]

    @Girl Reporter (#190): It’s probably Sam’s computer. I doubt Jules had one, just as he had no business plan. Or brain.

  246. anargeek
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:25 pm [Reply]

    FC: See http://xkcd.com/100/ for the eventual end to all this…

  247. answerbear
    October 2nd, 2010 at 7:42 pm [Reply]

    I know I’m late to this party, but I was out of town. The “tanning” in Brenda Starr refers to hide tanning, you pack of yankees!

  248. Amateur
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:11 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: Has Billingsley ever actually heard people talk?

  249. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#222):

    Yeah, I mentioned that in a post last night, so I was surprised when no one picked up on it. I’m also disappointed Sparky’s syndicate didn’t reprint the inaugural strip today. It would have been an appropiate way to mark the occasion!

  250. ElkMeadow
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:49 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#210):

    Both Cathy and Irving are constantly shown to be self-absorbed, materialistic, short-sighted, and incapable of any form of self control–in other words, the last people in the world who should ever be responsible for a child. I pity any poor soul brought into the world because Cathy wants an amusing accessory, or a pet with her DNA.

    Are you sure you aren’t talking about Elly and John Patterson? There, it’s too late. Being an accessory or a pet seems to be Mike and Liz’s roles. And now it’s going on all over again.

  251. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 8:55 pm [Reply]

    @Girl Reporter (#213):

    No argument there… but it was used in the title of one of my favorite movies:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Big_Hand_for_the_Little_Lady

  252. teenchy
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:08 pm [Reply]

    @dreadedcandiru2 (#241): I hinted at that in my reply to your post. ;-)

  253. idledandy
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:11 pm [Reply]

    I’d love to give y’all the Cathy spoiler, but I can’t figure out how to do a spoiler tag here.

  254. idledandy
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:21 pm [Reply]

    Ooh, I thought of a place to put the Cathy spoiler. I have a blank wiki I’m not using for anything.

    Don’t click if you don’t want to know:

    http://idledandy.wikispaces.com/

  255. commodorejohn
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:27 pm [Reply]

    @idledandy (#254): Are. You. Shitting. Me. Dammit, now I’m going to have to check tomorrow and see for myself.

    By the way, one way to do a spoiler is to use the &<abbr> tag, like so:

    <abbr title=”Spoiler text goes here and is displayed on mouseover”>(innocuous marker)</abbr>

    yielding: (innocuous marker)

  256. Scott Bot
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    Ok, ordinarily I hate Dilbert, but you people made me look at it. Damn you! Damn you all to hell!

    (although you’re still not gonna get me to read Hagar)

  257. True Fable
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:43 pm [Reply]

    @idledandy (#253): I was afraid of that. Ack indeed!

    Listen, anything beats the final For Better Or For Worse. That is still the standard bearer of WTF, AYSM? * in my book.

  258. Anonymous
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#227): You know, I never did figure out what class of word “douchebag” is, come to think of it. I didn’t hear it used until I started college, which happened one of those religiously-affiliated universities where you’re not supposed to swear in public (and where, with the mysterious exception of the term “pissed off”, most people didn’t). Since then, I haven’t heard it on any network TV shows I can think of, so I’d never been able to judge if it was a PG word, a PG-13 word, or one of those PG-13 words you can’t say on network TV.

    Either way, unless the Powers That Be have decided it’s “not a swear”, it probably won’t be allowed in Dilbert. Swearing seems to only be allowed in political strips, which can be moved to the Opinion section if editors so choose.

  259. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:05 pm [Reply]

    Am I the first person to note that October 4, 2010 marks the 79th anniversary of DICK TRACY’S DEBUT?

  260. Rusty
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:09 pm [Reply]

    @True Fable (#257): I can no longer remember the final Foob. I guess the new reruns have wiped it from my mind.

  261. commodorejohn
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#259): I choose to believe that Cathy is ending because Dick kills her. For what, I don’t particularily care.

  262. Poteet
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:20 pm [Reply]

    A3G — Ha ha ha, the secret advantage of being a minor player instead of a lead — Doris can actually get married if she wants! Not that this strip makes marriage look like something any sane person would want.

  263. Epic Fael
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:28 pm [Reply]

    “Margo and Lu Ann, I’d like to present Doris McGill, my fiancée and soon-to-be wife! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to run to the automatic ATM machine and withdraw some U.S. American money-dollars!”

  264. Poteet
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:29 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#234): Ahh, a DONDI fan! Every year there are fewer of us who even remember those big black eyes…*sniff*

  265. commodorejohn
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    @Epic Fael (#263): Reminds me of the “future!” slang tossed about in Battlefield Earth. Maybe they can get a man-animal to operate the picto-cam at their marriage-union wedding-service.

  266. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:44 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#261):

    I’d much rather see a morbidly obese, middle-aged Cathy dump Irving for a 22-year-old Curtis Wilkins. Because I always thought those two annoying characters deserved each other!

    (I know it’s hard to believe, but Ray Billingsley’s strip premiered on October 3, 1988!)

  267. Farley's Revenge
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#131): That’s far more exciting than my brush with a political figure. A former mayor who was still mayor blithely walked right in front of my car. I had to slam on the brakes to keep from running over him. I also had to fight the urge to roll down the window and bellow, “Yo! Idiot! Pay attention!”

    In retrospect, that could have summed up how I felt about his mayoral term, too.

  268. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:00 am [Reply]

    HEY L@@K! Mad magazine’s HARVEY KURTZMAN was born on this date in 1924!

  269. dreadedcandiru2
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:54 am [Reply]

    @True Fable (#257): There’s a sort of reminder that Cathy’s future isn’t going to be all hugs, smiles and loveliness: we see the word “AAAAAACK!!!” emanating from her belly. That means that we’re about to part company with a woman who has no idea why her daughter (with whom she has a love-hate relationship) is obsessed with dieting and boys. We thus have an implied Generation Xerox.

  270. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 3rd, 2010 at 1:05 am [Reply]

    Pluggers… can only afford to teeoff at “Goony Golf”!

    Judge Parker — “It’s Papa Who Pays!” (A tip of the hat to old-timey cartoonist Jimmy Murphy!)

    Funky Winkerbean — Murder victim John Darling appears in a flashback!

    DtM — Mrs. Wilson openly mocks her husband’s inability to control his bladder!

    Brenda Starr — Did Brenda take a wrong turn at Albuquerque? That looks just like Frank Johnson’s house!

  271. Leonard Pierce
    October 3rd, 2010 at 1:15 am [Reply]

    “You’ll start makin’ it when you start losin’ teeth” is just one word substitution away from being a pretty solid bit of hardboiled dialogue (“You’ll start makin’ it or you start losin’ teeth”).

    Which goes to support a longstanding theory of mine: the Family Circus is better read as a bizarre sort of children’s noir where all the kids are running a criminal syndicate.

  272. CanuckDownSouth
    October 3rd, 2010 at 1:27 am [Reply]

    Neddy’s chameleon dress is particularly impressive today. Not only has it morphed from weekday pink to weekend green, but the skirt continues to change throughout the same day’s strip. Someone needs to tell Flora and Merryweather to cut it out.

  273. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:02 am [Reply]

    Lio does a great Cathy farewell in Sunday’s strip.

    Saw Sunday’s Mary Worth. Adrian looks like she’s regretting getting Mary’s “help” in the last panel, especially as Mary’s got a death grip on her arm.

    At Prince Valiant , no fair! Everyone else gets a horse except Ig, and he has to walk. And oh, funny, I just knocked my shin on an anvil. “Old King Cole was a merry old soul….” That’s who we just had as the guest star for the shortest arc in comicdom. And Aleta doesn’t have any clothes on.

    Made you look.

  274. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:04 am [Reply]

    10/3 PV — Zowie. How old is Aleta supposed to be?

    Sorry, Ig, but this week I don’t miss you quite so much.

  275. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:09 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#274): Oh, there you are, Ig. Sorry. I was a little distracted.

  276. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:24 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#274):

    She’s just tanked up on youth potion. So there’s going to be another kid after a three year pregnancy. (I’m surprise Gawain got out of the castle without giving detail, written description of how to get to The Underground and the goblinish creatures there. Still ticked that they didn’t locate Jareth.)

    10 points to Non Sequitur, for its observance of the fifth anniversary of the Mohammed comics. (“Everyone Draw Mohammed Day is May 20, the same as “Eliza Doolittle Day.” and real life person and my former dance partner Jim S___’s birthday, wherever he may be.)

  277. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:35 am [Reply]

    10/3

    JP — What. A. Mope. I can’t believe we’re gonna be stuck following him to Milan. I also can’t believe Neddy “adores” him.

    ReFoob — Even back in the Eighties, I don’t think kids’ pajamas looked like that.

    SLYLOCK — Another double kidnapping? I don’t understand why Weirdly is always at large to keep doing this stuff. I think we should see more strips about how the justice system works there.

  278. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:47 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#277):

    Neddy adores Milan. Jules is her ticket to get there.

  279. Alfred E. Neuman
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:47 am [Reply]

    @Écureuil Écumant (#187): I enjoyed your use of the lyrics from “Not So Sweet (Martha) Lorraine” by Country Joe and the Fish. I saw them play many times during my Berkeley years, as they were a local band. Country Joe’s mother was a neighbor of mine who later became the Berkeley city auditor. She was an unabashed Communist and refused to take a salary as city auditor because she saw that as stealing from the proletariat.

  280. Comcis Fan
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:59 am [Reply]

    Final “Cathy” (SPOILER): Mom propping Cathy as a pioneering feminist is a bit much — the strip trying too hard to make a statement about itself. In addition, I always figured Cathy the character somehow managed to stay the same age while aging, so that the character should be close to 60 now even though she kind of positions herself as 35-to-40ish. That was OK by me.

    I think this dichotomy becomes ridiculous, however, when Cathy’s mom tells her her generation blazed a trail for women, which clearly places her in the late 50s-early 60s age range, while Cathy comes over to announce her pregnancy. It IS supposed to be 2010 in the strip, given Irving’s gadgets. Either she’s 40 and pregnant and the beneficiary of those pioneering women, or she’s one of them and pregnant and soon to be the subject of a heated discussion on “The View” about 60-year-olds having babies.

    As a tail-end boomer myself, I can tell you that women my late-40s age are not considered feminism’s trail blazers. We’re the second wave, more the heiresses to the movement (the good and the less-than-satisfactory consequences).

    Having said all this, I was amused by the fetus’s “aacck” and Irving’s iPhone ultrasound image. I’ll miss knowing Cathy and her mom were there on the funny pages. Her mom often reminds me of my own, who liked the strip. And I appreciate that Cathy Guisewhite ended the story with a pregnant Cathy. Perhaps she’ll consider a spinoff with Cathy angsting over juggling motherhood and work, placing her parents front and center as caregivers, and showing the dogs getting jealous and hooked on children’s TV.

    Thanks, Cathy.

  281. Roman Fingers
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:02 am [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#276): I washed me face and ‘ands before I come, I did.

  282. Baka Gaijin
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:07 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth: “You both are beautiful people.” Mary, do you have eyes? Adrian looks like Liza after a breakfast chock full o’ barbituates. Come to think about it, I’d prefer to be drugged out of my skull if I had to lunch with Mary Worth.

    The Lockhorns: “Leroy treats me like a queen…Last night, he took me to the shoe store in the Castro District that sells women’s shoes in men’s size 14.”

    Spiderman, center panel bottom row: Looks like someone just got a drive-by prostate exam…and liked it!

    Mutts: Ha ha! Schadenfreude ensues.

    My Cage: As usual, full of win. Li?’s cameo is priceless. So sad it’s ending.

  283. Roman Fingers
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:21 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Mayor Dalton, it’s too late to get in front of this story now. The only question is: Is there anybody who doesn’t know about your prostate?

    JP: Back of the head, Neddy. After all, you don’t want to ruin his pretty face…

    A3G: After all, who wouldn’t want Cher and a Roman prostitute as bridesmaids? I take it they’re getting married in Vegas.

    FC: I see that the family is eating at that famous Santa Royale eatery, “Menu”

    DT: Yes, Dick, not carrying $1000 bills is normally one of the defining characteristics of a homeless person.

    Marm: We actually had a black lab once that could have been exercised this way. My sister would try to walk him, and he’d take off running and jump over a car or something. Eventually, we gave him to some nice people out in the country where he could run as much as he wanted.

  284. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:26 am [Reply]

    @Roman Fingers (#283):

    RMMD: Mayor Dalton, it’s too late to get in front of this story now. The only question is: Is there anybody who doesn’t know about your prostate?

    Looks like he’s gonna win by a landslide with the cancer survivors, family and friends of cancer victims and survivors, and the general sympathy vote. Just keep your mouth shut, Mayor, and don’t do anything stupid.

  285. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:30 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#275):

    I was distracted too–I missed the fact that Toast Prudence is missing in the scene.

  286. AndyL
    October 3rd, 2010 at 4:46 am [Reply]

    Back when Doris and Jack just started flirting, he had his own unique face. Now he’s morphed into Generic_Male_Face_#1.
    I don’t know what caused this, but if I’m ever in New York, I’m going to stay the heck away from Margo’s art gallery, just to be sure!

  287. True Fable
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:43 am [Reply]

    Prints Valleyboy I’ve seen Prince Valiant through a lot of swordfights and a lot of adventures. So why is it today when I just noticed what a whiny petulant dickweed he is? Has he always been a dickweed and I just haven’t noticed, or am I just imagining it?

    Cathy Must Die! Goodbye, Cathy. You didn’t have to die after all, you just had to leave.

    Mary Wrath Let me guess: the colors will be taupe and blah. Or teal and lavender.

    Pretty People Posse! Hit him with the book anyway, Neddy. Pretend he’s Spiderman.

    The Amazing J. Jonah Jameson Now that’s what I call an inaction strip!

  288. truthyness
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:53 am [Reply]

    I think Dolly has it backwards here – you make the money whoring out to pay for crack, THEN you start losing your teeth.

  289. Écureuil Écumant
    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:00 am [Reply]

    @ 282 Baka Gaijin said:

    The Lockhorns: “Leroy treats me like a queen…Last night, he took me to the shoe store in the Castro District that sells women’s shoes in men’s size 14.”

    Wow, so all this time Jules has been targeting the wrong demographic.

  290. Baka Gaijin
    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:11 am [Reply]

    @Écureuil Écumant (#289): You got it, Squirrel! Even better, so many drag queens go for the outrageous, the shoes wouldn’t even really have to look good. Oh, wait, Jules may be ahead of the game on that count.

  291. Braniff
    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:31 am [Reply]

    To Comcis Fan–About Cathy: Then Cathy will age a couple of years–and the Family Circle of Horrors will get some real competition!!!! Let’s hope!!!

  292. wossname
    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:41 am [Reply]

    A3G – Oh, this is going to be rich! Forget about “I Dressed in the Dark” and the makeovers and all that – Margo and Lu Ann are gonna be bridesmaids. The only thing that would make this better would be if Jack and Doris had a double wedding with Scott and Adrian, and Margo crossed paths with Mary.

    Crank – His intestinal blockage fixed itself, what, a week ago? And he’s still in the hospital? While they’re kicking people out three hours after they have major surgery? That makes about as much sense as – well, anything else in the Bativerse.

    JP – Thank God – now exit Jules, stage right. So how ‘bout that guy in the Mercedes who’s following Randy, huh?

    MT – Whoa – Nature red in tooth and claw! (Claw not seen this week, but lots of teeth – and the dismembered fish – make up for it.)

    MC – It just gets better and better, as the days dwindle down… to a precious few…

    Sly – OK, the answer to the puzzle was easy, but bigger questions remain unanswered, like how did Weirdly get Slylock and Max into the giant bubble?

    OBH – I love this strip.

    DT – Crimestopper’s Textbook: Be suspicious of someone offering valuable gifts – like $1,000 bills.
    Also, continuity problem: 3D hands him the bill all by itself, but in the next panel Dick is also holding an envelope.

  293. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:50 am [Reply]

    Mark Trail — Gruesome, aren’t we?

    Prince Valiant — Sir Coel proves to be a huge pain in Val’s posterior… thanks to saddle sorcery!

    Shoe — The Perfessor is delusional… he doesn’t have any friends!

    Mother Goose & Grimm — Nice Frankenstein Monster, Peters… but wasn’t Adam created BEFORE Eve?

    Crankshaft — Ha ha… He’s using a pepper mill just like a waiter in a fancy restaurant! (Isn’t “homemade jello” a redundancy?)

  294. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 3rd, 2010 at 8:10 am [Reply]

    @True Fable (#287):

    (re: Prince Valiant) I can’t help but wonder how Mayor Stu Dalton would have handled the situation with Sir Coel: “You’re a dick, Coel!” (I’m probably the only one here who remembers a professional baseball player by that name!)

  295. Bryan
    October 3rd, 2010 at 8:17 am [Reply]

    Judge Parker: Hmm, Neddy could spank me with a hard bound copy of “Master of the Senate” any time.
    My Cage: Aww, I’m gonna miss this strip. Who’s the character between Dagwood and BC?
    Spiderman: Superman: TAS did it better.

  296. gleeb
    October 3rd, 2010 at 8:20 am [Reply]

    Pluggers…: always mess with the rhino. They don’t even have insurance, much less appointments.

    ‘bean: Batiuk admits that his “jokes” are pale and anemic things that might not even exist.

    My Cage: Yes, a month of weeping, rending your garments, and bitching is the way to go. Keep it up!

  297. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 3rd, 2010 at 8:30 am [Reply]

    @Comcis Fan (#280):

    AACCK… your proposed spinoff sounds like the stuff of nightmares! What’s wrong with giving a heretofore UNKNOWN cartoonist a shot at fame and fortune?

  298. Dagny
    October 3rd, 2010 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    I totally didn’t see the point of Brevity this week until today. I will admit I laughed.

  299. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 3rd, 2010 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    MC: ever so much WIN! (the Lio cameo made the strip, imho.) Only one problem, Prince Val, unlike most zombie strips, already has brrraaaaaiiiinnnns.

    Lio: speaking of Win, this is made of it. Perhaps the first ever Cathy/Huey crossover? Well played, Mr. Tatulli, on several levels. *applaz*

    A3G: but never brides.

    FW: stack up? usually the cancer and AIDS patients on top, they tend to be pretty frail . . . .

    Mutts. heeeee! I saw that one coming. *bonk* ow!

    SF: if I get earwormed by that, Ces, . . . .*shakes fist in generally eastern direction*

    standard “haven’t read posts” apology and oversnark disclaimer.

  300. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 3rd, 2010 at 8:51 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#268):

    Where’s the love for HARVEY KURTZMAN? (What, me worry?)

  301. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:00 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#299):

    (re: Lio) Bah and double bah. A potty mouth like Huey makes the cut, but “Little Orphan Annie” doesn’t? How soon they forget!

  302. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#276): thanks for the NS link, the Freep was one of the twenty or so that ran a filler.

    @Bryan (#295): that would by Ellie of ReFOOB.

  303. John C Fremont
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:13 am [Reply]

    PV – Aleta’s not wearing clothes, pulling up the blankets peek-a-boo style and telling Val to be a bigger man. Huh, huh, huh. Heh, heh.

    DT – Oh, come on, Trojans aren’t all that valuable.

  304. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:21 am [Reply]

    a fish-slapping bear strikes a pose.

    squee-faces, feline and canine.

    sleepy fennec movie. squeeee!

  305. AhClem
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    JP – “You see, my son? Never underestimate the power of the Business Plan!”

  306. Hank
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:00 am [Reply]

    So…Cathy ends as a setup for a FOOB style family strip…it’s like a demonic hellspawned circle of comic strip life.

  307. TheDiva
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:37 am [Reply]

    C’shaft: I find it comforting that there’s at least one person in the world who serves as a torment to Crankshaft.

    DT: So the homeless are just pretending to be broke? Next time I see that guy with the cardboard sign on the highway off-ramp, I’m punching him in the nose.

    Frazz: I now long for the opportunity to run into a room screaming “I need the biggest, baddest toilet plunger ever made!”

    FW: It figures that nobody in Funkytown would know a joke–even a lame one–when they hear it.

    MC: LOL

    MW: Come on, make with the Bridezilla already!

    Pluggers: Never, ever use the phrase “Plugger foursome” again.

  308. John C Fremont
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    DT – So why did they put Michael J. Pollard as Scrooge on the thousand dollar bill? And why is Kevin Spacey pretending that he’s Edward G. Robinson and handing out condoms? And by “on the street” are we talking about Iggy Pop or the cover by Rage Against the Machine? And since when is homelessness a profession? Dag nab it, Locher, I need answers, you – you sidewindin’, bushwackin’, hornswagglin’ cracker croaker!

  309. tb4000
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    Pluggers – Pluggers don’t go for medical treatments that don’t involve leeches or snake handling.

  310. Baka Gaijin
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:23 am [Reply]

    Buckles: Um, dogs are color blind. They can’t “see” red. Why do you think they use bulls instead of dogs in bullfights? [*]

    Luann: Yeah, that phone has your number alright. DZ.

  311. Hibbleton
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    FC: A real oldie, I presume. A family of six sitting at a lunch counter with one page menu cards must be Woolworth’s or Kresge’s.

  312. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:36 am [Reply]

    otterly adorable.

    The Otter who Ghosts.

  313. wossname
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#310):

    Why do you think they use bulls instead of dogs in bullfights?

    Uhhhh… because then they’d be dogfights??

  314. Baka Gaijin
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#313): Whoops! Someone was actually paying attention…

  315. greghousesgf
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:41 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#164)
    Walt did do Nixon. he was a spider that also looked a little like a teapot.

  316. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:44 pm [Reply]

    @Roman Fingers (#283): Eventually, we gave him to some nice people out in the country where he could run as much as he wanted.

    That’s what your parents told you, right? Did you ever visit that dog?

  317. commodorejohn
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    A3G – Oh man oh man does this ever promise hilarity. Not that it will actually be delivered, but it does promise.

    Bizarro – It’s funny, of course, but for crying out loud, why is it The Wall and The Dark Side Of The Moon that get all the attention? It’d be like if the only Beatles album the general public knew of was Sgt. Pepper. Oh, wait. Um, if the only Yes album they’d heard was 90125. Uh…I’ll get back to you on this…

    BR – Could’ve been worse. Could’ve been the Cerne Abbas giant.

    Cathy – Well. Never have I been more glad to not be a reader of Cathy. So long, ya narcissistic cow!

    Crankshaft – Gee. Think we can drag this out for another week? Or two? How about a month?

    Curtis – Eh, it’s okay, Curtis. All you’re missing is pure horror.

    DT – Dick Tracy advises you to look a gift horse in the mouth!

    FC – …joke?

    FW – Hey, reporter man, how does it feel to know you’re going to be the guy who ignites Batiuk’s dormant fetish for pain and misery? Count yourself lucky, though; you’re one of three people who actually get to die. (P.S. Tommy boy, there’s this thing you may want to look into. It’s called “lighting.”)

    JP – “What if he turned me down, Ned? I just don’t think I could take that kind of rejection!”

    MT – Holy bloodsport, Batman! Did I really just see a beheading in Mark Trail? Man, Dick Tracy must be so jealous.

    MW – “Adrian, she’s here in spirit sharing your happiness. See? That’s her, right behind you. No, don’t ask how I did it. That’s not for mortals to know.”

    MC – *applause* Still, though, I wouldn’t pick on Prince Valiant until there’s another strip that could fill its niche.

    PV – Oh for God’s sake, not again. Time to look up what this “referer” business is all about…

    Shoe – Friendship becomes a job when you let it, that’s when. All you have to do is say “no.”

    SFx – I knew the answer!

    SM – That’s…a deeply unsettling look for Peter in the penultimate panel.

    Edison Lee – Great. As if I needed another reason to hate him. (Seriously, the fucks who appropriate the cart that’s explicitly for disabled people and then proceed to get in everyone’s way because they’re too damn lazy to actually walk to the snack aisle and reach the Twinkies with the arms God gave them can go straight to Hell.)

  318. mr 12 oz can
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:48 pm [Reply]

    mark trail- i still dont get how you only have one worker but hes the forman .plus why hes walking with a dufflebag and not driving home .just show andy chasing rabbits and this strip will have calendars and greeting cards in no time.
    mary worth – is moy stupid enough to just show the whole planning for the next 3 months . i guess mary will pick out a dj who only plays jimmy durante records.

  319. mr 12 oz can
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:50 pm [Reply]

    i find dark side and the wall quite unlistenable but i can play animals or wish you were here for hours.

  320. Charles
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    What I can’t believe about JP is that this is supposed to be… what? Two days since Neddy and Jules arrived? So she brought him home knowing that her relationship with him was probably going to be ending very soon, and yet that had no impact on her decision to bring him along on an international trip.

    Guess she needed someone to carry all her luggage and this was the best she could do. I just hope she’s not dumping this mopey douche for mopey douche #2 from the diner, but I know that hope’s going to be crushed.

  321. commodorejohn
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:52 pm [Reply]

    @mr 12 oz can (#319): Oh, I like Dark Side and Wall a lot, but there’s so much good stuff in the rest of their discography that gets little or no love.

  322. Dr. Weird
    October 3rd, 2010 at 1:30 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#276):

    My local paper (AZ Republic) didn’t run that Non Sequitur today… it was a 2006 rerun with Obviousman complaining about baked lasagna. Did anyone else get that?

  323. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#285): Well, you’re the one who aptly named her “Toast”:-).

  324. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 3rd, 2010 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#304): I’m taking a quick break in a day (second this weekend) full of grading—and I believe the squee gives me strength to plunge back into the horror that is this stack of papers.

  325. Earthgirl
    October 3rd, 2010 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    @Epic Fael (#263): That sounds like something the Old Spice guy would say.

  326. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:16 pm [Reply]

    @Charles (#320): Yeah, what you said. Neddy is supposed to be rich, beautiful, talented, and mature for her age, yet these two mopes are the best she can do? Has a vast strange plague wiped out almost the entire young male population in the Parkerverse, and the strip forgot to tell us?

  327. Steve the Pocket
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:17 pm [Reply]

    So I just saw the paper. The good news is that they won’t be replacing Cathy with Sylvia. The bad news is that they will be replacing it with Between Friends, which is about as close to a carbon copy of Cathy as you can get without being sued.

  328. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    @Braniff (#291):

    Weirdly enough, Cathy’s daughter will likely never be born. Didn’t you get the memo? Today is the last day of the strip.

  329. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:36 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#321): *grooves with a Pict.*

  330. Écureuil Écumant
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    @Steve the Pocket (#327): Between Friends? You mean it’s like Cathy, but with DP?

  331. agony
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:46 pm [Reply]

    Meddle. That’s all I have to say.

  332. Buck Ripsnort
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    @dreadedcandiru2 (#269): I’m sort of hoping that Cathy’s daughter turns out to be a bomb-throwing lesbian. And the first thing she destroys is Irving’s electronics collection.

  333. Buck Ripsnort
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:58 pm [Reply]

    And MY local fishwrap’s replacing Cathy w/ Stone Soup. Not a big improvement.

  334. Écureuil Écumant
    October 3rd, 2010 at 2:58 pm [Reply]

  335. The Ridger
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:07 pm [Reply]

    DT: I’d like to see a genuine homeless person try to spend that $1000 bill somewhere without getting arrested and/or beaten up and robbed. Seriously. That’s a worse than useless thing to give them.

  336. wossname
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    @Buck Ripsnort (#333): Oh, man, I think Stone Soup is TEN times better than Cathy. Make that 100 times! It can be a little lame and predictable at times but it has interesting characters — along the lines of OBH, although not quite as good. I’m not saying you’re gonna love it, just that it’s way better than Cathy.

  337. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:16 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#335):

    It’s like that big price tag on Osama’s head. Who ever in the Muslim nations suddenly has a ton of money would marked for death and his family too. Put out the word that there’ll be an escape out of the country for the informant and 50 friends and relatives, and after the escape, new identities and jobs in the new world, and there will be a hundred heads forked over. Question is, which would be his?

  338. The Ridger
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:24 pm [Reply]

    Oh, hell – I’m not even talking about his peers. Picture DT looking like that walking into the nearest liquor store and trying to spend it. First, there’s the whole “do you have change for a thousand” problem, and it just gets darker after that.

  339. John C Fremont
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:32 pm [Reply]

    DT – Hey, isn’t that Race Bannon behind those Foster Grants?

  340. commodorejohn
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:46 pm [Reply]

    @agony (#331): Absolutely. My personal favorite. (I just wonder what Mary Worth thinks of it…)

    @wossname (#336): Yeah, Stone Soup isn’t the best strip in the world, but it’s still orders of magnitude better than Cathy.

  341. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    @Buck Ripsnort (#333): Could be Stone Season.

  342. Baka Gaijin
    October 3rd, 2010 at 4:11 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#341): EEEEEEEE! QLUNQ!!!

  343. Baka Gaijin
    October 3rd, 2010 at 4:44 pm [Reply]

    Was there a thread jump and I wasn’t invited?

  344. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 4:46 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#335): As far as I know, there is no such thing as a current-legal-tender $1000 bill, and that has been true for some time. So it seems possible that the biggest danger in flashing one around would be encountering soul-crushing mockery and laughter.

  345. Mibbitmaker
    October 3rd, 2010 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    Since I didn’t see it here as I glanced the thread:

    SNL did their Cathy parody on Weekend Update last night. Saved it for Last Cathy Strip Day, I guess.

  346. Austria
    October 3rd, 2010 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    @Steve the Pocket (#327): @Buck Ripsnort (#333): My hometown dead tree edition had a poll and Lio won. Amazingly. Though I have to wonder how long that’ll last.

  347. Braniff
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:00 pm [Reply]

    @Écureuil Écumant (#334): Or Cathy’s daughter could send her mother to Jenny Craig–and Cathy would then fall head over heels with a female weight-loss instructor. That should have been the perfect ending to this thirty-four nightmare.

  348. Braniff
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    And Brett Favre will announce his retirement–just as he did last year, and the year before, and before, and before . . .

  349. Braniff
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:04 pm [Reply]

    Indeed, it probably predates the days when the counters were integrated thanks to the sit-ins during the civil rights movements of the early 1960s.

  350. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#343): I think everyone is saving their cleverest snark for the new thread, thinking it’s more likely to be read and appreciated that way. They don’t realize that the maximum audience is achieved by having your witticisms at the end of the thread, just hovering above that black space where hundreds of mice are poised, ready to click when it becomes a the new thread.

    A pity I didn’t have anything funnier to say.

  351. mouseshow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:11 pm [Reply]

    Lockhorns: “Last night, Leroy took me to White Castle… today, we’re escaping from Guantanamo.” Actually, back in ’79, the Lockhorns ran the same picture, but with the caption: “my marriage with Leroy is a like great romantic comedy: it’s ‘Up in Smoke’.”

  352. Baka Gaijin
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:17 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#350): Oh. Thanks.

  353. tb4000
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    Cathy: That baby is already prone for a life of hell considering it’s going to inherit the traits of her mother.

  354. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:48 pm [Reply]

    JP: With six million euros, Jules can hire someone who knows something about shoes to design, engineer and market the product. And possibly write a decent business plan, too.

  355. zerowolf
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:50 pm [Reply]

    Weddings in both Mary Worth and A3G: Can we have a “My Big Fat Fucked UP Wedding” competition?

  356. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    While we’re all waiting for the new thread, can someone please explain the relative continuities of the Sunday and regular Phantom? At first I thought that the Sunday was just a week or so behind the rest of the week, in that it had Kit simultaneously in Washington DC and Rhodia, and that it would catch up and settle in. But now it seems to be charting a parallel course to the Kit & Savarna in Rhodia story, as if Savarna and up and coming DA whats-her-face are about to meet on Generic Jungle Avenue.

  357. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#350): Geez, if I waited until I had something funny to say before posting, I’d never…um…never mind.

  358. The Ridger
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:11 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#356): Sunday Phantom is an entirely different storyline than weekdays, so that those who only get it Sundays don’t miss out.

  359. Jamus The Bartender
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    9CL: I know it’s probably not appropriate for a hot mom and her hot daughter to be playing grabass in the ol’ swimmin’ hole…but i’ll let it go…this time.

  360. Jamus The Bartender
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:22 pm [Reply]

    My Cage. This was very good. Excellent would be next Sunday Ashley and Maureen get into a catfight with Edda and Juliette from 9 Chickweed Lane. They can’t stop you now, Ed and Melissa :) :)

  361. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:29 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#358):They’re not fully separate though. He’s staying in his in-laws’ house tracking down suspects, when they receive a call from Diana. On August 7th he says he’ll get that last suspect for them, and then be on his way. He sets that in motion on August 8th by meeting D.A. Collier in New York, then on August 9th he wanders down the street musing about his last day in New York and runs into Savarna.

    Is it coincidence that he meets the two women on his last day in New York in two continuities? If the suspects he is tracking down while staying with his in-laws are not the ones he is turning over to the DA, where and who are they?

  362. Anonymous
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    FC: I know I always put on a suit and a tie to go eat at the local greasy spoon diner.

  363. Jamus The Bartender
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:31 pm [Reply]

    Slylock Fox: AW…JACK KIRBY TOTALLY DID THIS IN FANTASTIC FOUR NUMBER FIVE….( spoiler) and Invisible Girl had to save them. So….unless Melody Mouse, Tiffany Fox or….wonder of wonders….Cassandra Cat is tied up next door, the boys are pretty much screwed.

  364. Roman Fingers
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:31 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#344): Actually, the high denomination bills that were printed up to the 1940′s are still legal tender. The only US currency that is not legal tender are the Series 1934 Gold Certificates, which were printed for interbank use back in the days before they could transfer funds electronically.

    That doesn’t mean that the Wonder Bar has to accept a $1000 bill if you offer it in payment for that double gin and Cherry Coke. But if you owe me $1000, I probably have to accept the bill.

    Yeah, I’ve collected currency for a few years. Does the geekyness show much?

  365. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:31 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#360): No, excellent would be if Ed were teasing us all along, and My Cage was going to fill the spot vacated by Cathy, in papers nationwide.

  366. Pseudo3D
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:47 pm [Reply]

    Cathy – Cathy and Irving would be the worst parents. Ever.

  367. bats :[
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:48 pm [Reply]

    Cathy: quelle surprise.
    Now let us never speak of this again.

  368. agony
    October 3rd, 2010 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    commodorejohn @340 – I only thought of the Mary Worth angle after I posted. “Salmon Squares at the Gates of Dawn”, anyone?

  369. wossname
    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:09 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#350): You say that as if there were some degree of predictability about when Josh will start a new thread. Ha! I long ago quit worrying about getting threadjumped, because there’s just no telling.

  370. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:15 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#369): I figured the time of its coming was somehow related to the continuity in Phantom, and that if I could figure that one out, I’d have it made.

  371. Anonymous
    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:33 pm [Reply]

    Funky Winkerbean 10/2: Finish Rachel’s sentence, loyal readers! Rachel wants Wally to say…
    “…Hey, how about I take you to my bedroom furnished by only a pillow and an illegal firearm and you can get funky with my winker?”
    “…It’s time for me to surrender to your ironically terroristic dating tactics. I’m glad I left one hostage situation so I could eventually fall into another in my attempt to assuage the bitter loneliness that comes with being a Winkerbean.”
    “…Feel free to spend the night on my couch then awaken at 3 AM by the feeling of a gun barrel pressing against your temple when I mistake you for one of the enemy soldiers that held me captive in the Middle East for ten years.”
    “Please…please, go home, and leave me in peace, you ginger pizza-serving succubus.”

  372. Jason1981
    October 3rd, 2010 at 7:51 pm [Reply]

    @Pseudo3D (#366): “Cathy and Irving would be the worst parents. Ever.”

    Except for the Pattersons.

    And Curtis’s parents (they’ve never punished that little shithead Barry even once even when catching him misbehaving).

    I’d also say Les, but he’s been shown to actually give a crap about his daughter.

  373. Amanda Kate
    October 3rd, 2010 at 8:10 pm [Reply]

    My God, I’m totally shocked by Apartment 3-G. First that guy announces that Doris is his fiancee. Which is mildly surprising. But then he presents the shock twist ending to this strip by announcing that she is also his soon-to-be wife???? I’m still reeling here. I haven’t been this surprised since Se7en!

  374. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 3rd, 2010 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    new thread —>

  375. Braniff
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:27 pm [Reply]

    @Jason1981 (#372): You forgot Mommy and Daddy Keane–Billy, Jeffy Dolly and PJ’s stunted growth and Hallmark greeting card-mentality speaks volumes.

  376. wedding dress
    October 25th, 2010 at 1:45 am [Reply]

    In the shop ed hardy we can buy different
    In the shop sex toys we can buy different
    In the shop Fishing rods we can buy different

  377. Rachel S
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:48 am [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#8): We Forney Jackrabbit-ites would stand out even more if they changed to the Forney Gators rather than Caterers… since at least is more like a mascot type animal and still keeps with the innuendo you’re trying to achieve :) Forney High School ALUM

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