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Breast cancer: Are you aware of it?

You almost certainly have noticed that King Features has washed its comics in pink today in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! How has our favorite art form managed to acknowledge this important issue in the context of its usual light-hearted fare? Let’s take a look!

Rhymes With Orange and My Cage, 10/10/10

Rhymes With Orange is, as near as I can tell, the only strip with the guts to do an actual joke about breast cancer. My Cage at least attempts a Breast Cancer Awareness meta-joke.

Marvin and Curtis, 10/10/10

Some strips did a half-hearted job of trying to explain why they were all pinkish without acknowledging the “you or your loved ones might get terrible cancer” subtext. For instance, Marvin’s parents are apparently giving him psychoactive drugs, and Curtis is attempting to up his enjoyment of ladies’ church hats by literally viewing them through rose-colored glasses.

Apartment 3-G, 10/10/10

Mostly, though, the creators just churned the strips through a Breast Cancer Awareness Photoshop filter, shoehorned a pink ribbon in wherever it would fit, and went about their business. This sometimes had awkward results. Here, the ribbon of female solidarity silently shames Lu Ann and Margo, who are engaged in petty intragender squabbling.

Rex Morgan, M.D., 10/10/10

Breast Cancer Awareness Month had the bad form this year to fall smack in the middle of Rex Morgan’s attempt to raise awareness of prostate cancer. At least the pink ribbon had the good sense to not float right next to June’s word balloon in panel one, stealing its awareness-raising thunder. Still, the noble ribbon is oddly juxtaposed with the mayor’s final-panel threat to decapitate whoever is raising awareness about his own personal tumor-ridden prostate gland.

Blondie, 10/10/10

Blondie deserves kudos for not simply slathering Pepto-Bismol all over everything but rather integrating pink relatively tastefully into the color scheme of the Sunday strip.

Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft, 10/10/10

Shockingly, the Winkerverse strips are mostly pink-free, though Funky Winkerbean did pair up the boilerplate “Cartoonists Care” ribbon with a hand-drawn “Lisa’s Legacy” ribbon, as if to say “We don’t need to do this crap because we own this issue. We are aware of cancer and suffering and pain 365 days a year, to the exclusion of all else.”

Spider-Man, 10/10/10

And, of course, Spider-Man ignored the campaign completely, the better to reflect Peter Parker’s longstanding tradition of just stone cold not giving a shit.

263 responses to “Breast cancer: Are you aware of it?”

  1. Mac
    October 10th, 2010 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    I just thank God that Marvin isn’t breast-fed is all.

  2. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 3:56 pm [Reply]

    @Mac (#1):

    Why? Coulda made a neat “Marvin starves” story!

  3. Truckasaurus
    October 10th, 2010 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    I tried to come up with something witty about how handsy Peter is getting with Aunt May in that strip, but I was too creeped out. It’s really fucking creepy though, innit?

  4. Mad Monkey
    October 10th, 2010 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    I’m pretty sure Marvin performed an emergency, involuntary, unnecessary mastectomy on the last person to even come near him with an exposed nipple.

    As for Spider-Man — I’m a little uncomfortable with the presence of someone who looks like they MIGHT have some sort of freakish super power in the last panel. Hopefully that’s just an ordinary maintenance worker or something boring like that, and not an actual subterranean menace that only The Amazing Spider-Man can defeat. I’m still a little dazed from the whole “Iron Man vs. Spider-Man” thing from a couple of weeks ago.

  5. Shawn S.
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:00 pm [Reply]

    Blondie: Sob! They stuffed Daisy and made her a bath mat! Sob! Sob!

    <b<Funky: They’re the Scapegoats? At least someone in the town is taking the blame for all the pain and misery.

  6. John Small Berries
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:05 pm [Reply]

    To quote Jen McCreight, the creator of BoobQuake, discussing the current Facebook meme amongst some women of posting a cryptic message of where they put their purses when they come home, making it seem like they’re talking about favorite places to have sex, purportedly to raise awareness of breast cancer:

    How is this raising awareness? Or more importantly, who the **** isn’t aware of breast cancer by now? We don’t need to be raising awareness that it exists. We need to raise awareness about self examinations, mammograms, or places where we can donate money. That will actually save lives.

    I think that applies just as well to today’s pink comics section.

  7. TruthOfAngels
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:16 pm [Reply]

    Yes, if I were married to Blondie, I too would sneak into the bathroom to masturbate furtively about sammiches.

    If I were a freakin’ IDIOT.

    Oh, wait.

  8. Mad Monkey
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:21 pm [Reply]

    some women of posting a cryptic message of where they put their purses when they come home, making it seem like they’re talking about favorite places to have sex, purportedly to raise awareness of breast cancer:

    I love this stuff though. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the first two parts “favorite place to put your purse, favorite places to have sex” have no rational connection to “rais[ing] awareness of breast cancer”. You could look at the phrase, “I like on the kitchen table” for 2000 years and never, ever make that logical leap to, “Man, breast cancer really sucks. Let’s do something about it TODAY!!!”

    At least the goddamn ribbons actually tell you what they do, albeit in the laziest possible way imaginable.

    I tried to come up with something witty about how handsy Peter is getting with Aunt May in that strip, but I was too creeped out. It’s really fucking creepy though, innit?

    After the Oedipal horror-show that is Momma, Parker could be in a 3-way with his aunt and the mouldering corpse of his slain uncle Ben and I’d still yawn.


  9. Alison
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    Aunt May’s girly “Giggggle!” makes me want to barf. She is like 145 years old. And why does the word need a bunch of extra “G”s anyway?

    Kudos to “Rhymes With Orange” and “My Cage” for attempting a punchline that makes sense with the theme. In the other comics, the pink just looks awkward.

  10. Mars
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:25 pm [Reply]

    I don’t know what the point is of making comics pink. If it’s not going to cure cancer, or at least contribute to the process of curing cancer, why???

    I’ve never seen the point of those ribbons in general, for the same reason. Someone saying that breast cancer exists. Uh, okay. I would never know that if not for that ribbon there.

  11. This Guy
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    I don’t think I get the joke in RWO, but at least she put forth some damned effort. As usual, the snark is strong with Ed & Melissa over at MC.

    @Mad Monkey (#8): Well put. Those Facebook memes are akin to having a picket line in which all the signs are heavily encrypted (*). Also, the past couple of times they’ve come up, the only women on my friends list who have participated have been related to me. End result: I am totally squicked out, and cancer continues to run rampant.

  12. Izzy
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    I am literally incapable of reading “SOB! SOB!” without mentally hearing “Son Of-a Bitch! Son Of-a Bitch!” For being a legacy character, Blondie sure has a potty-mouth!

  13. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:35 pm [Reply]

    Originally posted on October 10th, 2010 at 1:00 am:

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#86): Okay, I’m calling it… Aunt May becomes the Mole Man’s consort! And the words “The Mole Man Cometh” will appear at the end of a strip!

  14. Chyron HR
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    This nascent Spider-Man plotline is blatantly derivative of Uncanny X-Men #148, in which the Morlock Caliban emerges from his sewer dwelling to abduct Kitty Pryde (alias Ariel, alias Sprite, alias Shadowcat) and forces her to be his subterranean bride. I expect a written apology on my desk Monday morning, mister Stan Lee, if that is in fact your real name which it is not.

    Excelsior to you, sir.

  15. CleverNameIsaac
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:37 pm [Reply]

    Poor Pat DiNizio– I know the Smithereens haven’t had a popular album since the 90s, but I had no idea he was driving cabs for delusional people now.

  16. Josh N.
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:37 pm [Reply]

    @John Small Berries (#6):

    So true! I was AWARE of breast-cancer last year, for crying out loud! Breast-cancer awareness is getting to be absolutely useless. Gosh, it almost makes me hate October. Who gets to decide these things? Who told them they could have October? Gah.

  17. Amateur
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    @John Small Berries (#6): There’s a great blog post on that here.

  18. Bigjag
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:46 pm [Reply]

    So to Peter, first class is the back seat of a NY cab? Geez, I’d hate to see what he does when he’s cutting corners.

  19. bats :[
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:51 pm [Reply]

    Woohoo! Since it’s “that” time, I don’t feel quite so ashamed about trotting out a couple of old mash-ups…think of the prostates! And the breasts!

  20. Neil
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:53 pm [Reply]

    I honestly thought there was something wrong with my monitor this morning.

    But I agree; Blondie did it best.

  21. Mad Monkey
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    You know, I actually think that there was some amount on confabulation in the “bra color” / “I like it–” memes. They initially started off as jokes and then someone fabricated a Worthy Cause (like breast cancer awareness) and tossed it on after the memes had become popular. It’s akin to trying to link the pet rocks craze to some kind of pro-Zionist message or something. The two ideas are so mismatched that they had to have arisen separately.

  22. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 10th, 2010 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    The 10-10-10 Rhymes with Orange takes me back “Beyond the Pink”! BECAUSE CARTOONIST OTTO SOGLOW USED TO DRAW FEET EXACTLY LIKE THAT!!! (Anyone else remember O. Soglow and “The Little King”?)

  23. Windier E. Megatons
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:03 pm [Reply]

    The pink sky in panel two suggests that Spider-Man feels no need to integrate the message as, in its version of New York, the collective awareness of breast cancer is so powerful it has tinted the heavens themselves! Or that’s supposed to be neon and Spider-Man only cares about himself, as usual.

  24. Les of the Jungle Patrol
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    @Amateur (#17): That blog post links to a much better comic than today’s pink fare:

    Although, props to Rhymes with Orange.

    Can you imagine if somebody tried to do a strip about self-exams? You can colour your comic pink, but actually saying something meaningful about breasts? Won’t anyone think of the children?

  25. Hank
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    @Chyron HR (#14): Actually, he legally changed his name to “Stan Lee” years ago. He mentioned it way back in 1975 in his book “Origins of Marvel Comics.”

  26. zerowolf
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    It will be just my luck that I’ll contract a horrible disease and there will be no colors left.

  27. Lorne
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    Newspaper comics raising awareness of breast cancer?
    I’m pretty sure people are more aware of breast cancer than they are of newspaper comics.

  28. WLP
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    @Truckasaurus (#3): In a word? “Yes.” In two words? “Gods yes.”

  29. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:24 pm [Reply]

    @Les of the Jungle Patrol (#24):

    Funky Winkerbean did that, waaaay at the beginning of the first Lisa schtick. It’s the cover illustration of the book.

  30. John C Fremont
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    I’d just like to go on record as saying that I am in favor of breasts of all colors.

  31. Shawn S.
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:41 pm [Reply]

    @John Small Berries (#6):

    One step at a time. For now, Breast Cancer Month should be Breast Cancer Week. After a full month of this I’m less inclined to donate money towards it.

  32. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:43 pm [Reply]

    What’s confusing about Spider-Man is that even though it doesn’t have the ribbon anywhere in it, the sky in panel two is pink. It’s like the colorists ordered pink in bulk and had some left over, but not enough to put Peter in a pink tux. But wouldn’t that have been awesome?

  33. Chyron HR
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:47 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#32): “What’s confusing about Spider-Man is that even though it doesn’t have the ribbon anywhere in it, the sky in panel two is pink.”

    If NYC in the summer is anything like DC, panel 2 is 100% accurate.

  34. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    @Chyron HR (#33): Oh, granted, we sometimes see carnation sunsets up here in New England too. But orange is more the standard color for illustration. Plus I had to set up the joke.

  35. cj
    October 10th, 2010 at 5:57 pm [Reply]

    Most real people’s reaction to such an occasion would be neither as muted as Dagwood’s original reaction or as melodramatic as Blondie’s. Seeing as Dagwood has a secret second reaction, I’m pretty sure we just caught another glimpse of the long-standing pattern of these two putting on an act for each other. They don’t really know each other that well after decades of marriage, leaving them to engage in stereotyped performances. If they were actually close, Blondie’s reaction would be authentic and reasonable, while Dag would not be afraid to flat out state that he does not give a shit about the Cantonis.

    Meanwhile, in Rex Morgan:
    Realpolitik, in the doctor’s office.

    Years after purposely letting a criminal take the life of gentle ol’ Uncle Ben, Peter is finally making the moves on Aunt May.

  36. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:12 pm [Reply]

    Dick – I’m not sure what’s more disturbing here: Dick’s six-inch long arm that goes from shoulder to pointing hand with no joints between, or the apparent fact that Comic Book Guy has apparently replaced a wino in the last panel with some relative, or perhaps customer in his shop. (My theory that he lets customers draw part of the strip while he does other things still stands.)

    Cathy – What the hell? I clicked on this today for the joy of seeing nothing (or the last strip) come up, but there’s something there. Some Cathy strip. Way to ruin my Sunday.

    AD – I’m guessing this strip hinges in some way on the fun fact that dogs urinate on certain objects — such as TREES!, but I’m damned if I can see how that connects the dots from ‘tee’ to ‘hee.’

    9 – Aaaaaand… nope; still flat.

  37. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:15 pm [Reply]

    9-1/2 …On top of which, it neither confirmed for me the certainty that Edda is one hot piece of ass, nor shed humorous light on the way that cats just keep engaging in feline behavior, so I’m giving this one a great big F.

    Slylock – I thought Slylock was maybe going to find the frequency of the station by looking for a blank signal emanating from the transmitter’s local oscillator, triangulating its location, then tuning the FM radio to 10.7 MHz below that, placing his radio directly in front of the bug, and nabbing Wierdly when he came running out of his lab with his ears bleeding from the feedback.

    Still, this was a tiny bit better than finding Wierdly’s lab assistant and offering him two radios in exchange for his testimony.

    Pinkeye – Nothing. Just wanted to say “Pinkeye.”

    Marfield – I really thought this strip should be all brown today.

  38. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:16 pm [Reply]

    @Alison (#9): Aunt May’s girly “Giggggle!” makes me want to barf. She is like 145 years old. And why does the word need a bunch of extra “G”s anyway?
    Those merely signify that she had yet another near-fatal heart attack in the middle of her giggling fit. Happens all the time.

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#13): If you’d guessed that without seeing today’s strip, I’d be bowing down in front of you now, or at the very least, gibbering in superstitious terror.

    Breast Cancer – Well, excuse me for being ‘politically incorrect’ here, but I think using all this [virtual] newsprint to promote breast cancer is profoundly wrongheaded. If anything, we should be trying to find a cure for it!

  39. Gold-Digging Nanny
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:17 pm [Reply]

    No comment on the pink comics. But I’ve been behind on the comics for so long that now that I’m caught up, I feel I must weigh in on a few plotlines.

    Luann: Honestly, I don’t know what to make of the “Dirk returns” plot, but I’m happy if for no other reason than I don’t have to see Gunther. He’s like FOOB’s Anthony in the pupa stage.

    MW: I am so excited for Adrian’s wedding! What do you think her colors are going to be? Salmon-square pink and pantsuit lavender? Salmon-square pink and pistachio-ice-cream green? Salmon-square pink and obnoxious-men’s-jacket orange?

  40. Polly
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:20 pm [Reply]

    I’m pretty sure no one’s going to open today’s paper, see all the pink ribbons, and have the epiphany, “Breasts can get CANCER?!”

  41. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:35 pm [Reply]

    The ribbon in 6 Chix isn’t the King “Cartoonists Care” badge, and it’s not a link to the main Breast Cancer Awareness Month site cited in My Cage (specifically the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, not to be confused with the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan). No, it’s a special site set up by the NBCAM folks to promote the cause of not using pink ribbons to raise money by selling things they don’t like, such as cars, yogurt, and cosmetics — a practice they call “pinkwashing.”

  42. Fritz H
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:36 pm [Reply]

    I’m a little late with this on Breast Cancer Awareness day, but… at Who2 we’re speculating on who’ll direct the Family Circus movie.

  43. Sheila Sternwell
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:36 pm [Reply]

    @Mars (#10): Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons and such date back to the time when no one talked about it because they were embarrassed, which I remember happening in the relatively recent past. Being open about it back then is why today instead of “Stop talking about mastectomies, it’s creepy!” has been replaced with “Dammit, we know already, so shut the fuck up about cancer whydoncha because I don’t care.”

    Nowadays, there are a lot of critics of the pink Awareness ribbons because it’s become commercialized and trivialized, which I can understand.

  44. Mad Monkey
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:42 pm [Reply]

    @Fritz H (#42):

    Only the evil genius and brilliant leadership of Uwe Boll can do the Family Circus movie justice.

  45. Murderlizer
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:48 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#41):

    Got it, con game.

  46. Murderlizer
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:48 pm [Reply]

    Whoa, didn’t mean like that. It’s actually a pretty respectable enterprise, isnt It?

  47. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:50 pm [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#43):

    But if the objectives are awareness and fund-raising, what’s wrong with commercialization? Unless you really believe pink ribbons are being used to sell products that cause cancer.

  48. Rusty
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#36): The Cathy button is an experiment to see how many people just read the comics by habit. Classic Peanuts is the evidence that syndicates know most people read comics by habit.

  49. Miss Othmar
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#43): Honestly, I think all the “pinkness” is meant to do one of two things (1) make you feel guilty, so you donate some money to an associated charity or (2) allow you to buy something that you were going to buy anyway and get the bonus of feeling less guilty because you have indirectly donated .007 cents to the aforementioned charity….

  50. Vince M
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:56 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#22): Ahh yes, O. Soglow (love saying that name). We could use more Art Moderne style strips.
    Oh, and bats:[ – Thank you. I miss Eduardo.

  51. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:58 pm [Reply]

    @Murderlizer (#45):

    No, I’m sure the folks doing this are perfectly sincere; it’s an excellent cause and appears to be extremely well run. But successful people and organizations often confuse support of their principles and causes with support of themselves, personally, and that’s where things get weird.

  52. Bryan
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:03 pm [Reply]

    I gotta say, for a old woman, Aunt May has a sweet can.

    Anyway, what were the first ribbon-for-causes thingys? I remember buying a red AIDS awareness ribbon when I was in college (the first time) back in the early-to-mid nineties. Of course, the person I bought it from was an actual charitable activist and the idea was that the money would go to research or something.

  53. Jumper
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:17 pm [Reply]

    Aunt Loweezy. Thank you, deity, for not including that strip in my paper, especially today.

  54. KT
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:24 pm [Reply]

    Here’s what I spent the day doing: making fun of the whole thing (the whole pink-comics thing, not the whole terrible-disease thing) by inflicting it on my regular cartoon characters, KT (the three-armed turtle) and Sefo (the two-headed alien): (Click image to see full size.)

  55. commodorejohn
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:27 pm [Reply]

    @KT (#54): You, sir, win.

  56. Jamus The Bartender
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:29 pm [Reply]

    Spider Man: You would think that a man once bitten by a career-defining radioactive spider would want people to be aware of breast cancer, as he is lucky he just got the wall crawling abilities and Spidey Sense and not leukemia. I’m really just rambling on trying to get that vision of Peter picking up his Aunt May like he would his best girl and calling her a vision of beauty and twirling her around in the air. Yeah. Never gonna forget that.

  57. Mad Monkey
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:30 pm [Reply]

    @KT (#54):

    It just occurs to me that “Cartoonists Care” is just one point shift error away from “Cartoonist SCARE”


  58. Josh
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:31 pm [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#43): My grandmother (who died a few years ago, not from breast cancer) had breast cancer in the early 1970s and always said that she went through the entire experience, including a masectomy, without anyone ever actually saying the word “breast” to her; in fact, it wasn’t entirely clear to me that she consented to or even realized she was going to have a masectomy before it happened. So while I do have a healthy does of skepticism about “awareness-building” exercizes (and in particular awareness-building exercizes that involve coloring comic strips pink with little or no explanation or context), I also respect the motivation behind trying to normalize and publicize any medical condition that involves “naughty” parts of the human body. (And that includes Rex Morgan and the mayor’s prostate — double because prostate cancer is actually a condition that often sees overzealous and unneccesary medical intervention.)

    That is also why I don’t really care for “BREAST CANCER in the COMICS? What about the CHILDREN?” statements (of which I’ve seen a few). Are your children unaware of the existence of breasts? Are they blind? Or are you just trying to hide from them the fact that fatal diseases sometimes occur?


  59. Caroline
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:34 pm [Reply]

    Well. That’s okay, everybody. You can all just ignore the gigantic nipple-covered hat in today’s Curtis. You go on having these civilized discussions on the pros and cons of this campaign, and I’ll just be over here silently screaming to myself.

  60. greghousesgf
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:34 pm [Reply]

    does anybody actually make a “boo hoo hoo” noise when crying?

  61. Écureuil Écumant
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:39 pm [Reply]

    RMHIPAA: “Quint knows what it’s like … he’ll be respectful.” So now June’s outing the editor of the town paper; next I suppose she’ll be telling Mayor Taliban that actually, Quint hasn’t gotten it up since his surgery and never wants to hear or use the word “prostate” again. Ah, smalltown life.

  62. Russ H
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:40 pm [Reply]

    So it took Breast Cancer Awareness Month to make Funky Winkerbean to actually do a strip that had humor and people actually experiencing something akin to joy and happiness. Tom must be one messed up dude!

  63. dr.giraud
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:47 pm [Reply]

    MT: “Scientists say bears make excellent stand-ins for humans in medical research . . .” Is Jack Elrod saying that we need to experiment on bears to cure breast cancer?

  64. Plinko Commie
    October 10th, 2010 at 7:55 pm [Reply]

    Remember, America, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Make sure you take the time to acknowledge this dreadful disease and do your part to let everyone around you know about it! Except for you, Westview, you guys take five.

  65. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 10th, 2010 at 8:07 pm [Reply]

    @greghousesgf (#60): does anybody actually make a “boo hoo hoo” noise when crying?
    This is a standard convention in comics and elsewhere. The real sound made by someone crying is so heartbreakingly sad it would ruin everybody’s day, so creators have agreed to use this silly substitute instead.

    @Uncle Lumpy (#51): I guess I don’t think there’s a need to mention breast cancer as a special thing in the comics because I think of it when I see your comments. It’s a deep mystery to me why this should be so, but there it is.

  66. Dewey's Coffee
    October 10th, 2010 at 8:16 pm [Reply]

    I can’t quite believe that I’m typing these words. But I honestly liked the Duck’s take on Breast Cancer Awareness Sunday better than any other comic’s. Practical advice, and an appropriate mention of a disease that affects women but doesn’t get much attention largely b/c it doesn’t involve bewbs. So, yeah.

  67. Acilius
    October 10th, 2010 at 8:28 pm [Reply]

    The pink raised my awareness of why I quit reading the Financial Times in the 90s.

  68. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 8:28 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#65):

    I think of [breast cancer] when I see your comments.

    But I’m benign — I swear it!

  69. Uncle Cysty
    October 10th, 2010 at 8:29 pm [Reply]

    There — better?

  70. Brimstone
    October 10th, 2010 at 8:43 pm [Reply]

    wasn’t there an Alternative Future Spider-Man story where the radioactive spider that bit him gave him cancer? and he passed that cancer on to MJ?

    i bet the guy in the sewer is the mole-themed villain from the first Fantastic Four comic

  71. kkarenb
    October 10th, 2010 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    My local newspaper ran Cathy only on Sundays, and today the paper announced that Rhymes With Orange is the replacement, chosen by readers’ votes. (Six strips were offered as choices and included Lio and Get Fuzzy; I don’t remember the others.) Voting was by email, an online poll, and mail. The online poll drew some votes from out of state, but the paper said that a search filtered out the out-of-state votes and counted only the votes from people who live in the state.

    I mention this because frequently readers of this site ask for online votes for or against specific strips when their local paper runs a poll to choose a new comic. I don’t know if other papers filter out non-local votes, but it is something to think about.

  72. Sheila Sternwell
    October 10th, 2010 at 8:45 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#47): Heh. My understanding is that it’s not that products being sold cause cancer, but that so little of the profits from pink-marked products go to charity and research. Also, I’ve seen people complain that things like big boxes of fat-filled potato chips and such are marked with pink Awareness logos and they feel that’s inappropriate. I’m not saying I agree with it myself — my opinion is completely undecided at this point — but I do understand where they’re coming from.

  73. wanders
    October 10th, 2010 at 8:57 pm [Reply]

    Thank you for explaining Curtis to me; I couldn’t figure it out at all!

  74. Mad Monkey
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:01 pm [Reply]

    @kkarenb (#71):

    Wow, that was pretty good!

  75. Sheila Sternwell
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:03 pm [Reply]

    @Josh (#58): I’m truly sorry about your grandmother, and I’m glad to hear she survived the ordeal. As I’ve mentioned in my Batiuk rants, my mother died of cancer a few years ago, so I understand all too well the trauma and pain of dealing with a close relative with cancer. That’s why I have the same objection to KFS for thoughtlessly toning inappropriate strips pink for “awareness” as I do to Batiuk using cancer for his own misguided reasons.

    That said, I would like to point out that my comments were not directed at you or anyone here, but at a general “We all know this so why call attention to it” attitude that has NOTHING to do with Curmudgeons or Breast Cancer Awareness month, despite how my earlier yammering sounded. I’m genuinely sorry if you thought I was singling you out, because that was not my intention. Also, I apologize to Mars at #10 for using their post as a jumping-off point for my rant.

  76. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:05 pm [Reply]

    Logo designer and letterer IRA R. SCHNAPP was born on this date in 1892!

    (Schnapp designed the logo used for Action Comics #1 in 1938 — the first comic book to feature SUPERMAN!)

  77. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:06 pm [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#72):

    Yeahbut. The folks at are pretty explicit about hatin’ on Eli Lilly for making rBGH (WTF?), Yoplait for including it in their yogurt, and car companies for allowing putative carcinogens to spew from exhaust. And these are folks who do contribute to research. Pink-label beer and potato chips may not be good for you, but I haven’t heard they cause breast cancer, fer Chrissake. So at best it’s a kind of mission creep, like MADD moving from “don’t drive drunk” to zero-tolerance alcohol limits, to outright prohibition. And suing other charities for juxtaposing “pink” and “cure” just seems mean-spirited.

  78. Doug Puthoff
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:07 pm [Reply]


    So, King Features is the only syndicate that cares about breast Cancer? The other ones don’t give a tinker’s dam? Or did KFS just buy exclusive rights to it?

    PBS–I read Seymour Chwast’s adaptation of Dante’s DIVINE COMEDY this week. I hope Cathy winds up in the third circle of Hell, lying down as excrement rains on her. ‘Twould be fitting.

  79. Roman Fingers
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:09 pm [Reply]

    @Bryan (#52):
    The first time I can remember it was during the Iranian hostage crisis in the late 70′s.

    I understand the concept of “raising awareness”, but at a certain point, it just becomes an empty gesture unless it’s tied to an action. The AIDS ribbon you mentioned is a good example, because it wasn’t just sticking a ribbon on something. You bought the ribbon, and some percentage of the money went to research. The Poppy Appeal in Britain is another.

    Frankly, I’d be a lot more impressed with KFS if I learned that they were doing something like donating their profits from this Sunday’s strips to breast cancer research, rather than just ordering that all the strips be colored pink.

  80. ElkMeadow
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:15 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#32):

    Prince Valiant had a pink sky too. One of the first Prince Valiant strips I remember he was wearing a pink tunic. I think he might have still been single at the time.

  81. yaoi huntress earth
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    FW: The sad this is that Bautik has spent so much time shoving cancer (especally breast cancer) down our throats, that any attempt to mention it comes off like a bunch of attention whoring (the cancer play and the yearly walk comics). So who wants to bet that he’ll do a pink ribbon story line with plenty of anti-ribbon strawmen?

    On the bright side, Lisa is actually pretty and geniuniely happy in her pic (which sadly is a rarity in either strip.)

  82. Poteet
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:39 pm [Reply]

    I have mixed feelings about the pink comics, so I’ll say nothing. Unusual for me.

    S-M — I wouldn’t mind Aunt May rocking a bun and shawl if she were shown having more of a life. Or at least being happy with whatever she’s doing with her current life. But this stupid old stereotype of an elderly woman who is apparently in pretty good health just sitting around doing nothing (as far as we can see) and feeling oh so lonely! and oh so depressed! and just waiting for her SOLE and ONLY joy in life — a visit from her beloved nephew! — makes me want to hurl. And hauling her out for a very occasional plotline which in this case, I greatly fear, will subject us to more of M.J.’s alleged “acting,” does not make up for her usual outdated role in the strip.

  83. Mollie
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    “Perish forfend”? Is Peter trying to be cute, or failing to not be stupid? Or is the strip just mocking me for actually reading this garbage dialogue?

  84. ElkMeadow
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:57 pm [Reply]

    @Dewey’s Coffee (#66):

    Congrats on getting in a comment about ehT kcuD that is a decent one, as is the strip. Unfortunately, not every woman can afford to get a mammogram. For example, I’m still paying off other medical debts.

    In my neighborhood, the pancreatic cancer awareness purple mobile Ride 2A Cure is in my neighborhood. I’ve had two women friends die of colon cancer, one from pancreatic cancer, and my mom is a breast cancer survivor, but my dad died of a variety of cancers after being in remission from prostate cancer for a few years. Men get breast cancer too–how would they be able to recognize that they need a check up? (What would happen if Les got breast cancer?)

    I went to other syndicate sites, and fortunately, the skies were blue, the grass was green, and the jokes so-so.

    Poor Ig, still ignored in Prince Valiant. But we do have the promise that he will be featured next week!

  85. ElkMeadow
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#82):

    Dear Abby usually has at least one “Aunt May whines” letter a month. Same advice–get busy with volunteer work, get some exercise, get a computer, see a doctor for depression.

  86. Scott Bot
    October 10th, 2010 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    @Roman Fingers (#79): ‘The first time I can remember it was during the Iranian hostage crisis in the late 70’s.’

    A little ‘who gives a rip’ background on the whole ribbon thing – back during the hostage crisis, people started using yellow ribbons as a symbol of support for the hostages. This was based on a popular song from a few years before that, called ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree’ by Tony Orlando and Dawn. It was a cute idea that kind of snowballed: yellow ribbons for hostages; red, white and blue ribbons to support our troops in the first Gulf War; etc. Now we have ribbons for damn near everything, and it’s a cottage industry as well as an American icon.

    The irony is (for those of you who aren’t familiar with or didn’t pay much attention to the orignal song), ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon’ is about an ex-con who has just been released from prison and has asked his wife to tie a ribbon around the tree near his house if she still wants his criminal ass hanging around after his prison stint.

  87. Scott Bot
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:03 pm [Reply]

    @Scott Bot (#86): And I wish to offer a sincere and heartfelt apology to those of you that I have infected with the sound of Tony Orlando’s voice.

    I am truly sorry. If it helps any, ‘Knock Three Times’ is running through my head now…

  88. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:13 pm [Reply]

    “From out of the depths” is pretty much the Spider-Man mission statement.

  89. Austria
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:21 pm [Reply]

    Blondie: Props with the pinking. I really like it. This is one “legacy strip” I actually don’t mind all that much.

    FC: Yet another “Keane Kids say a zillion inane things as their mother contemplates running and screaming” strip…BUT IT’S IN PINK SO THAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT.

    FT: At first, I was like “Oh great, another technology joke.” But by the punchline, I was laughing.

    FW: Please excuse me for a moment…the irony is getting a bit thick in here.

    H&L: Ahahaha oh those crazy teenagers and their week-long dating and….no.

    Luann: Sorry to burst your collective bubbles…it’s not much better in college. Why, no less than two days ago, one of my classmates was making fart noises into his elbow for a good five minutes.

    Mutts: Hm. Well-played.

    MC: The King is kind of great.

    PBS: I have no words. I fall prostrate before your greatness.

    RMMD: “…and he’s in bed with my opponent!”
    Okay. People. Am I seriously the only one that caught this? Mudgers, I am disappoint.

    Zits: Hey, I have an idea! Instead of bringing back Tim’s mom – the one with breast cancer – for a pink breast cancer strip, let’s do a joke about teenagers being permanently attached to their phones! THAT certainly hasn’t been done twenty times already in this past month! It’ll be a HOOT!!!

  90. Sed
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:22 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Apparently, part of Lu Ann’s makeover included dyeing that Burt Reynolds-eque patch of chest hair pink for breast cancer awareness. Looks like she’s hiding a Hello Kitty bathmat under her robe.

  91. timmy the dying boy
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:24 pm [Reply]

    It’s appropriate that Blondie did it best, after all, Blondie’s been the most spectacularly stacked comic character since, what, 1927? I’d mention Cookie while I’m at it, but I think she’s underage so I won’t.

  92. kahvigirl
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:24 pm [Reply]

    I guess what irritates me about all this pink stuff is it’s for “awareness.” My grandmother died of breast cancer at age 42 when my mother was a little girl & I recently got a callback myself after a mamogram because the docs didn’t like the results..fortunately after several hours of more intensive testing the results came back okay. If I’m going to buy a $400 pink mixer I’d rather the proceeds go toward giving someone a mamogram who can’t afford one or helping someone who has it with chemo bills & other expenses. There’s also been a discussion on Charity about the large salaries of some of these breast cancer execs. Thanks Uncle Lumpy for linking the WSJ article.

  93. Nekrotzar
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    I’m sort of curious why Batuik didn’t use Breast Cancer Awareness Month as an excuse to kill off every female character in his strips. And maybe Crankshaft as well.

  94. Josh
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#75): Oh, wow, Sheila, I must have totally come across wrong — I was just expanding on your statement of how perceptions of breast cancer has changed over time. Did not get any negative vibes from what you said at all!

    The statement about “what about the children” sentiments was not diected at you or anyone here. I’m just opposed to that kind of prudery generally!


  95. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:35 pm [Reply]

    Living legend JOE SIMON is about to celebrate his 97th birthday! Simon (b. October 11, 1913) and his equally legendary partner Jack Kirby co-created CAPTAIN AMERICA in 1941. And a teenager by the name of Stanley Lieber (nee Stan Lee) had his very first comic book story published in CA #3!

    A major motion picture — Captain America: The First Avenger — is scheduled for release on July 22, 2011. Let’s hope Joe is still around to attend the premiere!

  96. kahvigirl
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    The first thing I thought, though when I saw the pink tinted comics was, “Hey a dry rose would be great with dinner tonight.” Seriously, the best of the pink strips were the Forbidden One, Rhymes with Orange & My Cage. Mark Trail looked like someone had tried to draw realistic Care Bears and the Phantom’s fushia/raspberry hue was nauseating and distracting. Breast cancer isn’t the only serious cancer. I’ve seen one cousin die of mesotheloma (age 21), a sister in law die of leukemia, an aunt die of lung cancer and an aunt currenly undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. These disease are just as devastating as breast cancer.

  97. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:42 pm [Reply]

    @kahvigirl (#92):

    Hear, hear. I don’t mind that first-rate nonprofit executives get paid a market rate for fund-raising services, but “more money for research” is seldom the best option — it typically just lowers the quality threshold at which research proposals get funded, increasing the amount of crap that needs to be waded through to get any useful information.

    Meanwhile, noncharismatic cancers go begging — Federal breast cancer (80% – 90% survival rate with early diagnosis) research is funded at a rate of s $23,754 per death and rising; lung cancer (16% survival with early diagnosis) at $1,440 per death and falling.

    But make no mistake — Uncle Lumpy stands foursquare in support of boobies!

  98. Uncle Lumpy
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:44 pm [Reply]

    Well, twosquare for sure!

  99. Joe Blevins
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:07 pm [Reply]

    S-M: I don’t know who it is emerging from that manhole to unsuccessfully — but interminably — menace Peter Parker, yet one thing’s for sure: he has the smell of hot urine in his nostrils right at this second. Enjoy it, sure-to-fail villain!

    ‘SHAFT: I like to think that this strip is based on someone Tom Batiuk knows, and the “writing” process involves merely transcribing everything the guy says but taking out all the profanity and overt racism and substituting cute malaprops.

    RMMD: If they want to raise awareness of prostate cancer, shouldn’t they have tinted this particular strip brown?

  100. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:08 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#80):

    I’m surprised no one’s mentioned the drastic change in Arn’s appearance. And it’s not a good change since the “new” Arn looks more like a rake than a regent! (Maybe he was a contestant on “Dressed in the Dark Ages”!)

  101. Bill Murray
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:09 pm [Reply]

    All that pink in my paper had me looking for Italian sports news

  102. MComics
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    And here I thought the printers had just ran out of Cyan, but it only affected “Marvin”. The editor left it because he figured he could save some money not reprinting a comic that nobody cares about.

  103. Mustang
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    @KT (#54): I like it a lot.

  104. Mibbitmaker
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:22 pm [Reply]

    (Apologies for any oversnarking comments from previous threads. I’m alittle late)

    S-M: The next Spider-Man villain will be 1950s Richard Nixon. The equally late Herblock will draw the next few strips.

  105. Mibbitmaker
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:26 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#104): I meant equally late as Nixon, not me!

  106. Sheila Sternwell
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:29 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#77): Pink-label beer and potato chips may not be good for you, but I haven’t heard they cause breast cancer, fer Chrissake.

    Sheesh. The only reason I mentioned potato chips is because it’s the example I read on another forum last night where someone made the point that, since recent research says high fat in the diet can increase chances of breast cancer, it seems odd to see high-fat foods with Awareness advertising. Maybe you think I’m like the people you ranted about at #41, but if so, you think wrong.

  107. Sheila Sternwell
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:35 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#41): By the way, Lumpy, the ribbon I see here

    and here

    is the Cartoonists Care ribbon. Where do you see 6 Chix linking to thinkbeforeyoupink?

  108. bats :[
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:35 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#98): we’re not supposed to mention that summer on the farm, are we?

  109. Mustang
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:40 pm [Reply]

    This is supposed to be lighthearted comics snarking here at

  110. Paddy
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    “NEXT! Spider-Man continues making everyone uncomfortable by implying he wants to fuck his aunt! Excelsior!”

  111. Poor Thompson
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:47 pm [Reply]

    By the way everybody, according to my Almanac, October is also “National Popcorn Poppin’ Month” …yes really!

  112. mollificent
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    Breast cancer awareness, RiffTrax style (from the Twilight Rifftrax:)

    “The producers of Twilight would like to remind you that breasts exist.”

    “The Breast Council, in collaboration with Imprint Films, encourages you to have or look at breasts.”

    “How does one tell a good dress from a bad dress?” “In short–Breasts, Kevin.”

    @bats :[ (#19): Thanks for the reminder about that AWESOME glossary of boobies. You rule. But you knew that. ;)

    /relurking (sorry guys…just haven’t felt like I had much decent snark to contribute lately.)

  113. anty a
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:07 am [Reply]

    I was gonna talk about how sick I am of pink stuff.

    But then, true story, I realized that I’m lounging around in my sweatpants and old pink survivor t-shirt from a Race for the Cure a while back.

  114. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:18 am [Reply]

    @Scott Bot (#86): I think the best statement on yellow-ribbon sentiments and the value thereof were expressed best in song by the Main Street Spankers. I’m easily bored, but I have enjoyed this several times.

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#95): I think that’s turned around. “Née” refers to a maiden name. A quick Google tells me that for a male, you just say “né.” (Sounds like something Nancy Reagan would have said.) Thus: “Stan Lee, né Stanley Lieber.”

  115. Liz
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:34 am [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#72):

    When I saw pink ribbons on bags of cat food and cat litter at the supermarket, my first thought was “cats can get breast cancer?”

    When I saw Sunday’s pink comics, I initially thought something had gone wrong with the press. I hate my local paper’s Sunday comics; if they didn’t run Foxtrot and Curtis, I would just throw the section away. I can understand Funky Winkerbean going pink, since one character died of breast cancer, but 1/2 of the strips going pink (as happened in my local paper today) is overkill.

    Both of my parents are cancer survivors. My family has a long history of cancer, though not breast cancer. I never really cared about the pink ribbon thing until a few years ago. My final nursing school rotation was on a med-surg/neuro/oncology floor, and I was amazed at the amount of resources for breast cancer patients only, as if colon cancer patients don’t need wigs for chemo, or women with lymphoma don’t want makeovers. Then my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, which kills more women that breast cancer, but doesn’t have its own month.

    I’m quite aware of cancer. I don’t think that treating one cancer as more important than other cancers helps anyone.

  116. ElkMeadow
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:52 am [Reply]

    @Scott Bot (#87):

    Serves you right.

  117. Black Drazon
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:56 am [Reply]

    I actually thought this A3G was very awkwardly phrased in the roselight. “Well… ready to talk about it, Lu Ann?” and then “With any luck, we’ll never be asked again!” unfortunately posed next to the awareness ribbon. I’m going to take the less morbid road and proclaim that Margo does not expect to be asked to bridesmaid again because they will be out spreading further awareness for breast cancer while the actual medical professional in their lives is ignored in favour of maximized publicity.

    @greghousesgf (#60): I’ve heard it, though like a few other improbable onomatopoeias (I just met a genuine “hee hee hee”-er), I’m not entirely sure it was honestly common enough that the original source didn’t just make it up out of whole cloth.

  118. Mibbitmaker
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:57 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#114): Knights Who Say Ne? [*]

  119. ElkMeadow
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:00 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#100):

    I remember Arn as having red hair. I guess with red-haired younger Nathan running around somewhere that whoever is doing the strip wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between them. And you are absolutely right–Arn looks awful today. I think that the mother and son portrait was to show how the potion took decades off of Aleta’s age. She looks like she could be his daugher. And I still call her as being preggers. And I call that the baby will be a girl this time.

  120. ElkMeadow
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:05 am [Reply]

    @Liz (#115):

    I’m quite aware of cancer. I don’t think that treating one cancer as more important than other cancers helps anyone.

    Thank you for getting that point posted.

  121. Shannon
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:09 am [Reply]

    Isn’t anyone else disturbed by all this breast cancer awareness stuff? I mean, what happens when they decide to promote colon awareness… then what kind of story lines are we looking at and what color will they chose to ‘wash’ the comics in? Yuck!

  122. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:16 am [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#118): The easiest way is to copy and paste. If somebody didn’t just say the thing I’m looking for in the group, I sometimes google for it. Wait, that’s the second easiest. the easiest way is to write it without the accents, and you beat me to that one, so I think I’ll turn in now.

  123. CanuckDownSouth
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:17 am [Reply]

    It’s cute when Tommie thinks people appreciate her for her talents. She hasn’t quite figured out that she was invited to play to get her on that makeover show. Hardly surprising, since a week later, from all appearances, I Dressed In the Dark might as well not have existed.

    I just dearly hope the artist has also forgotten about Lu Ann’s hair…

    BrS reminds me of my dad’s story about, as a Legal Aid lawyer, having to deal with a couple of Americans who thought that if the door was unlocked, it wasn’t a Break and Enter.

  124. Ian
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:29 am [Reply]

    Why exactly would Apt 3-g need a change-of-location box in order to transition to the same place?

  125. Nekrotzar
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:31 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#122): You can get most of the basic accents by holding down the alt key and typing character codes on the keypad. For example, ALT-keypad-130 is é; 148 is ö and 163 is ú. The interesting ones are all in the range 129-168.

    You can also go to Accessories => System Tools => Character Map to get an even greater selection, like greek letters (??). On Mac, the equivalent is to use the Finder menu and go to Edit => Special Characters.

    The easiest way to type Devanagari characters is to go to google translate, translate from Hindi to English, and then type english characters and let it transliterate. For example, type ‘accha khana’ and google will convert it to ????? ???? (good food).

    I need to get a life.

  126. Nekrotzar
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:32 am [Reply]

    Bah, when I previewed all the characters looked fine, but when I posted they are all ?????. Humbug.

  127. Uncle Lumpy
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:33 am [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#107):

    It’s in the second panel – hard to see unless you enlarge the image.

    And hey, please don’t get me wrong — breast cancer is a big deal for a lot of people, and they should put their money and time where their interests are. I just think it’s risky when organizations set up to promote an excellent cause start defending their “brand” against organizations set up to promote different excellent causes, or organizations that promote the same excellent cause in different ways.

  128. Mibbitmaker
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:37 am [Reply]

    10/11 …in color!
    Since all the black-and-white dailies on the Chron are just red x in square panels (I wonder what cause those are symbols for?) right now….

    A3G: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CONTEST HAIR?! Jeez, that whole thing was a waste of time (more than usual)!

    Between Friends: Or, make a big change, then just jump right back to the status quo — right, A3G???

    Lockhorns: He needs a chair? Piker!

    MT: Child endangerment stops for NO common decency! I hate you, strip!

    Phantom: No “someone’s coming”! NO “SOMEONE’S COMING”!!!
    I feel like klunking Phantom‘s and Mark Trail‘s heads together hard!

    ZtP: You’ve been hanging out with ol’ bowling-pin-top too long, Grif!

  129. Uncle Lumpy
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:46 am [Reply]

    @Nekrotzar (#126):

    Yeah, that’s a WordPress thing — the only safe way is to use HTML entities. For Hindi, here is an excellent transliterator.

    Your text is: औडडङऔड़छङऔत

  130. ElkMeadow
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:57 am [Reply]

    Oh gag, I went to look at the train wreck of Sweetie running to save the animals and getting shot by Dick Cheney. I backed up to Sunday’s and saw the pink bears story. A pink bear is either a toy or a dead, skinned one.

    We had two bears show up in my neighborhood recently. The second one was the one worth reading about. The guy went out of his house to see what the noise was about, looked up into the tree and thought that he was looking at a “really big porcupine.” Wildlife officials figured it was 300 lbs. Long story short, it’s not in the Mark Trail universe, but now somewhere in the Deschutes National Forest.

    And at Mary Worth, why is the shop owner apologizing for things running late when it’s Jill’s fault? (Kudos to Jill for wearing the purple re. pancreatic cancer research. See

  131. Grouch
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:00 am [Reply]

    I feel like they’ve turned breast cancer into big business. They make this month all about it because they’ve figured out they can turn it into a cashcow. How many companies geared toward female products (cosmetics especially) have come out with limited edition items that give a measly 10% to research? I think every year this awareness month is cheapened a little.

    Last month was ovarian cancer awareness month and it barely got a mention. I have a friend who’s dying from it as we speak and has done nothing but battled it on and off for the last six years, and I know that it has bothered her that no one pays any attention to ovarian cancer in September. Why is that? It’s a silent killer that is usually caught too late, yet there’s never any mention of women getting yearly sonograms to scan for it or any sort of preventive measure really. How come cartoonists only “care” in October?

    Sorry, just had to get on my soapbox for a moment.

  132. Ed Power, Cage Writer
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:01 am [Reply]

    Hey all.

    Just thought I’d lend my 2 cents on the pink comics thing. We got a letter annd e-mail from King saying we were all invited to participate. It said we didn’t have to mention anything about breast cancer or anything if we didn’t want to, and we could just do a regular strip with different the pink coloring for the day.

    Personally? Even though it was for a good cause, I found it kind of odd. I thought if I was just a casual comics reader, i.e. like most comics readers, I would just think something went horribley wrong with the coloring. I was also rather amused by the fact the action strips may be trying to pull off acts of daring-do in pink.

    But I put all that aside, because it was agood cause, I knew how close we were to cancellation, and I had a horrible image of us being the only people to say no and we’d be labled ‘That Dilbert with animals strip that is also pro-cancer’. :D

    Please note, I didn’t think it was a bad idea, I just thought it should have mentioned why it was being done and led to some kind of fund raising or something.

    BTW: King was the one who put in the ribbons in the strips also. I never heard about that part and was surpised when I saw them. I mean, they may have told the other creators but we got cancelled right after they asked for participants, so we may have been taken off the mailing list by then.

    Anyway, not an exciting story, but again…I thought I’d share.

    I should also note, we got a lot of thank you e-mails from people for explaining what was going on. :)


  133. Steve the Pocket
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:03 am [Reply]

    @Sheila Sternwell (#107): That’s because he mentioned the wrong strip. Rhymes with Orange is the one that has it (see top of page). It’s easy to get the two mixed up sometimes.

  134. Roman Fingers
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:08 am [Reply]

    @Scott Bot (#87): You know, I was trying to spare our fellow ‘mudges the horror by not mentioning Tony Orlando and Dawn. You’re ruining Christmas for everyone!

    The Chron comic page seems to be missing some comics, so possibly more snark to come later…

    A3G: Little did Margo know that Tommie is one of the premier oud players in the country.

    BaBlu: Sadly, it’s going to be the “dangerous drawer” for Hammie for many, many years.

    FC: It really depends on which family least loathes a visit from Billy.

    JP: After all, 30,000,000 French men can’t be wrong!

    MT: OK, we all know what’s going to happen, so I’ll just skip that part, and wonder why neither Rustina yelling or Evil McCandidate’s talking to the senator spooked the buck. Probably because it’s half-tame after living it’s life in a fenced-in area.

    Lockhorns: It’s a “slouch” Loretta. A skill highly prized by any man.

    Zits: Nice job on the lovely portrayal of the brain vomit. Why didn’t his head spin around?

    Cranky: So Ed wants to just drive around in an empty schoolbus? OK, it would be safer for the kids, but still…

    The Funktacular Winkerbean: This strip really should have run on Sunday. I fear that since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is just the first installment in four long weeks where we get to hear even more about Lisa. Maybe if I sit here quietly and hum the theme to “Victory at Sea”, I can make it go away.

  135. Apeman
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:52 am [Reply]

    @John Small Berries (#6):

    I asked on my Facebook about how this was supposed to raise breast cancer awareness. One response was “It promotes dialouge.” I replied, “Really? ‘I like it on the kitchen counter’ is the logical beginning of a conversation that ends with ‘But after my double mastectomy, I was declared cancer free’?” Even in the Bizarro World, they think that’s strange.

  136. Apeman
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:07 am [Reply]

    By the way, I’d swear that Apartment 3-G strip has already run before in full color? Am I wrong?

  137. Pepper
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:13 am [Reply]

    Usually reading the comics just makes my brain hurt. Today… my eyes! Aack!

  138. UnclGhost
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:14 am [Reply]

    Hopefully they don’t do this in February for Black History Month and apply an actual black filter over everything, making it impossible to read.

    Also, I laughed really hard at today’s post.

  139. Steve the Pocket
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:26 am [Reply]

    @KT (#54): You’ve inspired me to do a little “pinkwashing” of my own. In true King Features fashion, I put almost no extra effort into it.

  140. Roman Fingers
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:58 am [Reply]

    Bonus (or Bogus) snark…

    Luann: Props to Tiff for thinking on her feet. Before, it was just assumed that she did her best work horizontally.

    9CL: Who is Fernanda Jons, and why the hell should I care?

    Plug: I like the fact that the car is so craptacular that even though it’s old enough that it would have had springs to keep the hood up, Plugger mechanic has to use an end of broomstick.

    DT: Well played, Homeless Man in panel 3. That’s exactly the thing to say to a cop.

  141. Mr. O'Malley
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:10 am [Reply]

    As a colon cancer survivor, I’m looking forward to the comics being recolored for Colon Cancer Awareness Week. To encourage people to get that colonoscopy — it saved my life!

    Most of the comics aren’t working tonight.

    A-3G: Back to the old look. That didn’t take long.

    EC: Is this woman really such an idiot that she carries irreplaceable original photos in her wallet? If it was regular film, she would still have the negatives. So it must be Polaroids?

    Do these supposedly middle-class educated people not have a scanner or a digital camera?

    Polaroid film went out of production in 2009, although you can still get it on eBay. I heard that someone was going to pick up the product and sell it as a retro thing, but I haven’t followed up on it.

    I recently inherited about eight 35 mm film cameras, and while I’m figuring out what to do with them, I’m running film through them to see if they work. Kind of interesting to take a photo with a 40 year old camera, but I still take a lot more digital pictures.

    Film is a different experience. With film you’re always thinking “this shot is going to cost me 50c, is it worth it?” With digital, it’s free, so you shoot first and edit later.

    Polaroids were more like $1.50 a shot though. I used Polaroids professionally to take pictures of oscilloscope traces, but when digital came in it was much more convenient.

    In the old days you could use Polaroid to take naked pictures of your sex partners, because people thought that the photo labs wouldn’t process 35mm of sex photos. I really don’t know if photo labs really bothered to look at the photos being processed. It doesn’t seem like a very profitable occupation.

    An old girlfriend of mine worked in one of those photo developing places, and she said they always used to look through all the photos looking for interesting stuff, but most of them were very boring. And really, would you care if some teenage girl had peeked at your sex photos?

    Now I sort of regret that I only have clothed pictures of my old girlfriends, But back in the day, people didn’t take photos of everything they did, and people would have thought that you were weird if you tried to do so.

  142. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:25 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#114):

    Stan Lee actually used the word “nee” once when referring to an artist by the name of Frank Giacoia as “Frank Giacoia nee Frankie Ray”. I figured if it’s good for Stan Lee…

    (And thank you for using the term “turned around” instead of “ass backwards”!)

  143. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:28 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#142): “… good ENOUGH…” (That’s twice you’ve gotten me, Old Man!)

  144. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:40 am [Reply]

    The Amazingly Mundane Spider-Man — Uh oh… I hope a nearsighted Mole Man doesn’t kidnap MJ by mistake!

  145. Ash
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:48 am [Reply]

    Luann: Well played Tiff. Everyone underestimates her :(
    A3G: Tommy will be out of focus again looking for a new job. Not that different from before.

  146. John C Fremont
    October 11th, 2010 at 6:27 am [Reply]

    Hooray for Boobies! Also, One Fierce Beer Coaster!


    I, for one, never confused Tony Orlando with Freddy Prinze. I just wanted to get that out there. You know, for kids!

    On a comics related note, that Jill lady over in Mary Worth is pulling an Evo Morales and kneeing Adrian in the groin. Devo was right. It is a beautiful world we live in!

  147. KT
    October 11th, 2010 at 6:35 am [Reply]

    @Steve the Pocket (#139): Ooo! Dangit, I just now remembered that I was half-considering working in a reference to The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. Remember the pink ring he left in the tub, had trouble getting rid of, and ended up getting pink stuff all over the place?

  148. Rita Lake and the Special Goddesses
    October 11th, 2010 at 6:49 am [Reply]

    I wonder if Scott knows that Adrian is into comics cosplay. He might be looking forward to seeing her dress up as Abby Spenser or June Morgan, but he’ll be sorely disappointed when he learns that her tastes run to Cherry Trail.

    Also, Peter: “Perish forfend”? Is that the proportional articulateness of a spider?

  149. Pinback
    October 11th, 2010 at 6:53 am [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#146): Oh, let’s never reference albums by The Bloodhound Gang again, m’kay?

    On a (thankfully) non-Bloodhound Gang-related note, I’ve been wanting to mention how nicely Manley’s artwork in Judge Parker is coming along, not just the actual drawing but his growing ability to render long, potentially dull dialogue scenes in a visually dynamic manner…but then comes today’s strip, with April and Neddy relaxing in what appears to be Ward Cleaver’s den, and the whole thing looks eerily like a throwback to the days of Harold LeDoux. *sighs* Maybe tomorrow…

  150. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 11th, 2010 at 6:54 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#95):

    What a bummer… here it’s Monday and not a single strip creator has acknowledged that October 11 is the NINETY-SEVENTH BIRTHDAY of Captain America co-creator JOE SIMON!

    Not even “Smilin’ Stan Lee”!

    Let that sink in for a minute… Captain America was arguably Marvel’s most popular character during WWII, and it was the “Big Three” (Cap, Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch) that kept Martin Goodman and his company from being just another footnote in history! It’s an especially egregious omission since Joe Simon is the person who gave Stan Lee his FIRST writing assignment!

    (As far as I know, the only 10-11 strip to feature an actual superhero is Bizarro. However, it’s NOT Cap, so I remain disappointed…)

  151. Écureuil Écumant
    October 11th, 2010 at 7:04 am [Reply]

    @134 Roman Fingers said:

    @Scott Bot (#87): You know, I was trying to spare our fellow ‘mudges the horror by not mentioning Tony Orlando and Dawn. You’re ruining Christmas for everyone!

    Well, it could have been worse; instead of Tony Orlando and Dawn it might have been “Delta Dawn”.

    Now the whole damn bus is veerin’ …

  152. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 11th, 2010 at 7:40 am [Reply]

    FC: I know that a kid having one imaginary friend is normal, but six?

    Dilbert: Hunh—I certainly didn’t see that Mark Trail crossover coming.

    Curtis: You are considerate of others’ feelings, Curtis—I know all of us feel much better whenever you shut up that little shit of a brother.

    MT: So who will get shot, Lucky or She-Rusty? I’m voting for the one that will never be a contributing member of its species and that will only lower the quality of the overall gene pool—in other words, She-Rusty.

    MW: So apparently Adrian has, like many a dog, taken to greeting people by humping their legs.

    I’m disappointed, however. In a strip that indulges in the naming subtlety of your average super-hero comic, I had high hopes that Jill Black would be an actual black person. But now I can only hope that she’ll have a heart as black as the hole where Mary’s soul used to be.

    With any luck, the other choices for her name were “Jill Badfriend,” or even better, “Jill Eivelbich.”

  153. Écureuil Écumant
    October 11th, 2010 at 7:42 am [Reply]

    Dilbert: (when available) Sounds like the pointy-headed boss must’ve just returned from his weekend at Candidate Johnson’s “We Tag Em You Bag Em Ranch” over in LoFo.

  154. Écureuil Écumant
    October 11th, 2010 at 7:45 am [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#152): Heh. You hit ‘em high, I’ll hit ‘em lofo.

  155. Scott Bot
    October 11th, 2010 at 7:53 am [Reply]

    Two questions occur to me with Sunday’s FW, and the ‘Lisa’s Legacy’ thing:

    1. Lisa is a fictional character, isn’t she?

    2. TB is aware that she’s a fictional character, isn’t he?

  156. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:00 am [Reply]

    SF: yay! Aria is back!

    JP: Panel 2 is approaching Barreto levels of win. Not there yet, but getting close.

    SFx: ghost stories and asshattery by the Fox, strange way to kick off the monthly “four-play party”. Whatever works, I guess.

    Lio: niiiiiice. *applaz*

    The Chron is damaged this morning, had to do some extra wandering for the usual strips. Standard disclaimer and apologies for any oversnark.

  157. Karen
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:08 am [Reply]

    My mother in law is a breast cancer survivor. You know what I hate? The “Save the TaTas” bumper stickers. Or “save the boobies”. My MIL is a very modest, shy woman and would DIE A THOUSAND DEATHS if I bought something like that to “raise money for the cure”. It’s gone from raising awareness to being in your face and crude, and gives the campaign a bad name.

  158. pumafan
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:10 am [Reply]

    Spider-Man: Please, people, know your idioms! It’s ‘heaven forfend,’ not ‘perish forfend.’ Forfend means to ward off, dispel, make bad go away! If you mean perish the thought, say perish the thought. It’s depressing enough for desperate old people to warp the slang of tweens, let’s not allow ignorant 30-year-olds to desecrate the sayings of old-timers. A message from your Language, Grammar and Syntax Awareness Council.

  159. Scott Bot
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:19 am [Reply]

    JP – Why do these people always study abroad? Why doesn’t anyone ever go to study someplace truly exotic, like, say, Cleveland?

    Plugger – Oh, dear lord, that makes me a Plugger…

    SF – Slylock has a wife and kid? From what I’ve seen of the strip, I had always assumed he was involved with Cassandra Cat.

  160. Mela
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:21 am [Reply]

    @Dewey’s Coffee (#66): Wait, wait, wait… Did The Dreaded DUCK just say something practical & helpful? Hell’s a little colder right now but in a good way.

  161. Mela
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:22 am [Reply]

    @Scott Bot (#155): Jury’s still out on #2. Tom has a shrine in his office to her, complete with hand-made statue of her while she was balding from chemo. I get the feeling that his fictional characters are the only people who can be bothered to tolerate him without receiving paychecks.

  162. Mordock999
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    Tommorrow(?) Luann – 10/12/10

    TJ – “Dirk’s GONE! GREAT Job, Tiff! You REALLY FOOLED the Big Lug!!!”

    Tiffany- “Of COURSE! I’m GREAT Actress, Remember? Now, PAY Me!”

    TJ – “Okay, Okay, HERE’S Your money. 25 bucks.”

    Tiffany – “TWENTY-FIVE?!? I SAID FIFTY!!!”

    Brad- “You did GREAT Tiff! Didn’t she, Toni? ”

    Toni – “She sure DID, Brad! Now, can I have the keys back to MY house, Tiffany?”

    Tiffany – “Sure, here! I was Glad to to help You to FINALLY get RID of the Big Dope!”

    Brad – “You Got THAT right, Tiff! Dirk, what a Buffoon!”

    TJ – “Hey, DON’T Forget. THIS Was MY Brillant Plan!”

    Dirk (Coming out of hiding behind the bushes) – “A-HA!!!!!!!! Yeah, THANKS, TJ! Now WAIT there while I KILL You and “Chunk-boy” and violate the ladies!”

    TJ – “Oh, SH*T……,”
    DEATH to TJ!!! The REASONS Keep Piling up!!!

  163. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:33 am [Reply]

    for bb,u: corgis and a little moment of corgi win.

    otter facepalms.

  164. Écureuil Écumant
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:39 am [Reply]

    @158 pumafan said:

    … A message from your Language, Grammar and Syntax Awareness Council.

    No doubt the Didactic Duo will show up later to express their appreciation of your LG SAC.

  165. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:39 am [Reply]

    @Scott Bot (#159): those two are Tiffany Fox and Melody Mouse, Slylock’s and Max’s romantic interests.

  166. Tom Allen
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:39 am [Reply]

    I wish Margo would get breast cancer. Scientists could monitor her as she banishes the C-word from her body, and we’d have a cure.

  167. Chyron HR
    October 11th, 2010 at 9:01 am [Reply]

    FW 10/11/10 – “Look at all these people coming out to help fight breast cancer! What a fitting tribute to Lisa, who couldn’t be arsed to do anything about it and just gave up and died.”

    JP 10/11/10 – “As soon as I saw Jules naked, I knew there was something bigger out there for me!”

  168. anty a
    October 11th, 2010 at 9:23 am [Reply]

    @Karen (#157): I’m a two-time survivor (got it at a young age) and I hate those stickers (Save the Ta-tas, boobies, whatever). They turn my disease into a joke for adolescent boys to giggle over. I’ll take cat food with pink ribbons on it any day over that level of deep offensiveness.

  169. Hank
    October 11th, 2010 at 9:33 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#150): Joe Simon sued Marvel a few years ago over the Captain America copyright. The chances of Marvel letting anyone, even Stan Lee, acknowledge Simon’s birthday are slim and none.

  170. Sequitur
    October 11th, 2010 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    @Ed Power, Cage Writer (#132): Ed, thanks for the update. It’s good to get an insider’s view of what happens behind the box. I sure hope you will be able to keep doing that in some way in the future.

    Are you still going to be able to stay up to 2:00 a.m. after the 31st?

  171. TheDiva
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    C’shaft: Crankshaft’s only objection to his job as a bus driver is that it requires him to pick up children at a designated location and make sure they get to school in a timely manner.

    DT: Wait, I must have missed something: when did Sue Doku fake her death and disguise herself as a homeless person?

    FW: More proof (as if we needed it) that Funky is an asshole: although his friend has been organizing a charity run in his dead wife’s name for over a decade now, this is the first year he’s bothered to show a token amount of support.

    SM: If that turns out to be Gerard Butler, I’m leaving.

  172. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    @Nekrotzar (#125): Thanks, but I have no problem getting accents. On the PC I made myself a shortcut to the character map, and there’s a similar text palette on my Mac for when the ones I want aren’t in the material I’m responding to already (and if they’re ones I don’t know by heart).

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#143): Not to be brutal, but… you know that Stan also said “Perish forfend!”

  173. Li’l Bunnë FooFoo
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:28 am [Reply]

    According to the Comics Go Pink website, Prince Valiant did officially participate in the pink comics campaign. Not a lot of pink, and no official “Cartoonists Care” ribbon. Instead, we get a rosy sunset, and then there, in the bottom left corner, a character with a pink ribbon in her hair. Subtle!

    I don’t know who she is, mind you; I just can’t follow Prince Valiant. It’s like trying to get through the Iliad by reading one line every day.

  174. Vince M
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    @Scott Bot (#86): Re. ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon’: A few years before that song came out, I saw a short film of the story, featuring a scary-looking ex-con on a bus…the other passengers were first tense and nervous, then got absorbed in his story, and finally cheered. Genuinely heart-warming piece of work – then Tony Orlando came along with that…Shakey’s Pizza song thing…and ruined it for me.

  175. bats :[
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:36 am [Reply]

  176. Mibbitmaker
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    ReFOOB: We don’t befriend you unless you pony up a little swag for us. Ah, true friendship!

    Luann: To quote Kevin Nealon, that’s news to me.

    Lio: TVFU

    NS: A good-joke break in a bad storyline.

    HotC: Heart is missing the “what’s in it for me?” angle. (see ReFOOB)

    Stone Soup: …And she was never heard from again! ….although, strangely enough, there would be a new Burber in the fold over at 9CL….

  177. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:50 am [Reply]

    B&W Chron cartoons are up, raising the total of things I feel like commenting on today to one:

    Dick – A lot of them are wanted by the law? SCORE!! It’s “shootin’ deer in a chain-link fence” time for the Chicago police as Dick brings in Ho Beaux, Shop N. Cartman, Wye Know, Spay R. Change, and Darryl Lict, all in the same day!

  178. bats :[
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    @Steve the Pocket (#139): (and KT, too!) You’ve both pretty much summed up the day. In the words of Carrie Fisher, “Surrender the Pink!”
    Oh, wait. That means something else…

    @Mr. O’Malley (#141): my mother carried a couple of irreplaceable photos in her wallet, which were gone when she got mugged…25 YEARS AGO!
    I do miss the faded old photo of my dad dressed up in his “cowboy duds” for the rodeo, standing beside his old nickel slot machine.

    @anty a (#168): and karen: it’s good to get your views on the “new” means of promoting breast cancer awareness. I like the slogans (but I have an extremely sophomoronic sense of humor), and I think it breaks the ice when it comes to discussing certain anatomical features that have been pretty much “off limits” in polite, puritanical company, but you make very valid points of cheapening the disease by making a joke.

  179. Calico
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    Poor Auntie May – after Peter nearly crushes her spine, she can’t even have a nice night out at the theatre because of some goon crawling out of the sewer.

    We’ve been slathered in pink the past few weeks in QC, but rather tastefully.
    At Metro grocery they are offering whole and sliced mushrooms in pink plastic containers with ribbons on the plastic covering.

    Our Tortie kitten Charlotte also has a pink ribbon-emblem collar-she looks lovely showing it off.

  180. Howard
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:53 am [Reply]

    @172: I remember the line Stan used as “Perish Forbid,” a rather witty rolling of two over-used-to-the-point-of-being-nonsense-phrases into a single complete-nonsense phrasing that pokes fun at the old while emphasizing the off-the-cuff wittiness of our hero.

    Of course, that was in a world where Spider-man sometimes got off his butt to fight crime… and by fight I mean actual fighting… so….

    Sunday’s Beetle Bailey, Pink or no, was the single saddest thing I had ever read. A rambling, almost incomprehensible slow-moving tragic bus collision of a strip… first he battles with his own inability to tell the time, and then he is baffled by his own love of daily routine. And his child-like wonder at the idea of somebody sending him mail… and then it dawns on him slowly that his behavior is causing the neighbors to look at him strangely. Something is wrong here! But then, damn those torpedoes, full speed ahead!!

    This is dementia. It isn’t funny. It is raising awareness though. Now we know the warning signs to look out for… maybe we can see that our loved ones get the care they need. Maybe we can donate money to charity, and perhaps fund some research…


  181. bats :[
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:54 am [Reply]

    10/11: Cow and Boy

    And in honor of “Random Nomadic Cave Person Who First Crossed the Now-Submerged Land Bridge from Asia and Descended into What is Presently Known as North America” Day, Billy makes air-quotes!

    Another Margo devotee!

  182. Calico
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    @Shannon (#121):
    Interestingly, a healthy colon is pink.
    (Maybe TMI, but I had mine checked a couple of years ago, and saw it on the camera).

  183. Calico
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#19):
    These are great, Bats!
    It’s almost like Gorey’s alphabet!

  184. John C Fremont
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    @Pinback (#149): But – but I like The Bloodhound Gang. Well, okay, “like” is a strong word, but…

  185. Ellie
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:12 am [Reply]

    Oh my! Judging by that torrid embrace, there’s more than just ‘friendship’ going on between Adrian and Jill.

  186. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:15 am [Reply]

    @Hank (#169):

    As I recall, Joe Simon and Marvel settled out of court in 2003. Didn’t the latter make some kind of licensing/merchandising arrangement with Simon (and presumably Jack Kirby’s heirs)?

    (Still, it would have been a nice touch if Stan/Larry or someone at KFS had thought to add Joe Simon’s name to the theater marquee in today’s Spider-Man!)

  187. Phred22
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:23 am [Reply]

    With all the foreshadows in Spiderman, couldn’t the inker made a couple of them pink?

  188. jeandelacroix
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    @Liz (#115) :Thanks, Liz. As a Crohn’s patient who lives in the shadow of colon cancer, as the brother of a survivor of testicular cancer, as the grandson of a woman who died from liver cancer – I am always distressed that the only cancer that seems to matter in all this is breast cancer. It does come across as if other cancers have to take a back seat. I want to see races and ribbons for all cancers. In my cynicism, I begin to wonder if there is some kind of racket behind the obession, and who is getting most of the money generated from “looking for a cure.”

  189. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#172):

    Actually, I blame LARRY LIEBER for the “Perish forfend!” line. Because I believe Stan turned the writing chores on the Spider-Man strip over to his brother years ago…

  190. Mike Hillard
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:36 am [Reply]

    Peter Parker is practicing his Frank Sinatra as he yells out “Ring-A-Ding” instead of just pressing the doorbell button. He proceeds to shake all the breast cancer out of aunt May, and then they take a seedy cab to the mammary theater or something.

  191. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:42 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#163): Yay, Monday Squee!

    @Écureuil Écumant (#164): Grammatica is quite appreciative—although I balk at appreciating pumafan’s lg sac.

    And on the topic of the pink spree: I don’t have a strong opinion on the whole campaign (even though I lost my parents to different cancers), but here’s what I did like: the burger with pink-peppercorn sauce that I had Saturday night (and which included a donation in the price).

  192. Darkefang
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    A3G: Tommie’s a musician now? If I had to guess based on her personality, I’d say her musical inspirations must be Enya and John Tesh.

    MT: I should probably feel guilty that I skipped straight to today’s Mark Trail, hoping to see a little girl take a shot to the chest from a deer rifle.

  193. mollificent
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:58 am [Reply]

    Attempting to de-atrophy my snark muscles:

    A3G: Hmmm…day 1 of post-Dressed-in-The-Dark life, and Margo has reverted to the white collared shirt and bun scraped back so tightly she looks like she’s been Botoxed. I’m shocked, truly shocked.

    MW: OK, two observations. 1) Jill is a robot. 2) The embrace in panel one is one of the most awkward things I’ve seen in the comics, ever. DO NOT WANT.

  194. Nekrotzar
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:00 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#129):
    Thanks, that’s pretty cool (although a lot harder to use than google translate).

    So at last, the proper transliteration of accha khana is अच्छा खाना.

  195. commodorejohn
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:12 pm [Reply]

    A3G – Ah, sanity returns. Well, to Margo, anyway.


    DT – Wait, remind me: what’s he wanted for? Not being dead?

    FC – These are the jokes, folks.

    FW – Of course it’s getting bigger. It wouldn’t feed Les’s ego otherwise. Lisa’s Sappily-Named Shindig will keep getting larger and larger until it encompasses everyone on the planet. Hands will join across national borders and lions will lie down with lambs, all thanks to the Magic of Lisa™. Eventually one day won’t be enough, and the length of the event will be continuously prolonged until all time is one unending memoriam to a lady who stared cancer in the face, squared her jaw, and said: “I give up. You win.”

    JP – Yes, it was a daring move for Neddy to leave her impoverished roots in search of something bigger…wait, what?

    Luann – Oh how it must have pained Evans to let his favorite punching bag show some positive qualities, in order for the plot to progress continue.

    MT – I know it’s never going to happen, but man, today’s Mark Trail is a set-up for awesomeness. (On the other hand, though, the strip’s been wonderfully willing to injure Rusty when the plot calls for it…)

    Marmaduke – Thanks to the scrawly drawing, it took me a moment to realize that Owner-Lady was staring at her husband, and not at Marmaduke’s proudly-displayed crotch. Unfortunately, a moment was all it took for the image to burow indelibly into my brain.

    MW – Uh, hi, Tobey. Long time no see.

    Peanuts – No. Walt is actually a fictional construct embedded into recorded history by the Walt Disney Corporation in a terrifying truth-bending scheme that would make the Church of Scientology green with envy.

    Phantom – GAH!!! The Wild World of Batwoman didn’t drag out its ending this long!

    Popeye – And the list of women in the Popeye cast more desireable than Olive Oyl increases by one. (Hint: it’s always “Every woman in the Popeye cast, minus Olive Oyl.”)

  196. sully
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:14 pm [Reply]

    Because he so rarely puts it to any use, Parker forgets his spider-strength, and picks up his elderly Aunt May in a bear hug, promptly snapping her spine, dooming her to paralysis for the rest of her miserable days.

    When I saw the pink wash over all the weekend comics, I just figured they screwed up the color on the presses. How does ‘pinking up’ all these lame strips do anything for breast cancer awareness? Beats me.

  197. Dances About Architecture
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:30 pm [Reply]

    @jeandelacroix(#188) : There is, actually, a race for (against?) prostrate cancer. It’s called the Undy 5000. Instead of a souvenier T-shirt, finishers get a pair of boxer shorts.

  198. Mibbitmaker
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    Today, Herb & Jamaal and Gasoline Alley (the latter for over a week now) are dedicating their strips to another cause. The cause is: Keeping Men Single. The symbol is a football-colored ribbon with the words “It’s just not worth it!” on it.

    Dave Sim is probably involved…

  199. Dan
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:43 pm [Reply]

    Really now, the rest of the comics do Cancer Day, and this is the day something Batiuk chooses for something to go right in Funky Winkerbean? Seriously, now he’s just being contrary.

  200. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:50 pm [Reply]

    From the past hour:

    “Would you like to donate an extra $1 to breast cancer?”
    Sign: “All donations go toward breast cancer!”
    Sign: “October is Breast Cancer month!”

    Maybe I’m not clear on this: We are AGAINST breast cancer, right? Why am I giving it money, then?

    It might go a long way toward making this overexposure worthwhile (can I go to a website, or buy lunch, or drive down the street, without something in my face declaring it Breast Cancer Month?) if they focused on what the donations are going to be used for. I think we all pretty much get the idea that is it a horrible disease and that it makes people suffer. So. Does my donation help subsidize treatment for poor people? Does it go to a fund that gives grants to research that, somehow, isn’t being funded by other sources? Does it go to paying for commercials that make sure we all know that it is Breast Cancer Month?

    Sheesh, it’s only the 11th. Need to check my calendar – is Hodgkin’s Disease up next?

  201. T. Chicana
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:53 pm [Reply]

    FW: It seems like Les just really loves being a big star.
    MW: Why does every blonde in Santa Royale have to wear purple from head to toe?! I have blonde hair and I’ve never thought purple was a particularly flattering color. Also, you are so right, Josh–Adriann is TOTALLY setting up Mary to hate Jill.

  202. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    Re: #197 – “There is, actually, a race for (against?) prostrate cancer.”

    I had a bout of Prostrate Cancer recently, it really laid me out. I wouldn’t think a race would be a good fund raiser, probably take too long to finish. However, a good slogan may help. Might I suggest: “Prostrate Cancer: Don’t take it lying down!”

  203. Dr. Sparkle
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:16 pm [Reply]

    This week’s Spider-Man has got to take the prize for most obscure literary reference seen in the comics this week. “Perish Forfend” is is complete gibberish, but is taken from Walt Kelley’s Pogo (as far as I know.) I’m not sure how the readership of Spider-Man was expected to know that.

  204. Howard
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    @Dr. Sparkle (#203): Wait; so, now the strip is knocking off the comic which was making reference to another comic, which was actually being witty and knocking on literary convention?

    My head is spinning… somebody slap me!

  205. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:23 pm [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#200): don’t forget all the lovely pink sweatbands, towels, gloves, hats and shoes being worn by the NFL teams all month. Nothing says “save the boobies!” like a 335 pound man wearing a pink towel and Nikes. [*]

  206. Rana
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:25 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#84): It is possible to get free or low-cost mammograms even in the US – this story lists a few possible avenues (first link is broken):

  207. Howard
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:28 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#205): To be fair, some of the 335-lb men I know have FANTASTIC boobies.

  208. Sequitur
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:29 pm [Reply]

  209. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:31 pm [Reply]

    “Save the boobies!” ranks up there with the one I remember for 2008: “Get out your girls for the cure!”

    You had to stop snickering and read on to learn that it was for a mother-daughter walkathon and not a doctor’s instructions before administering his version of an antidote.

  210. Rana
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

    @Karen (#157): What’s also annoying about all the “save the boobs” campaigns is that they’ve misplaced their attention. How about “save the women“? I knew my grandmother because they didn’t “save the tatas.” I’d rather have my friends and relatives around, breastless but alive, than sacrifice them just because society can’t stomach the idea of a woman without breasts.

  211. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

  212. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    @Howard (#207): MOOBS! :-P

  213. Hibbleton
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    I asked a nurse at my cardiac rehab (it’s basically gym with electrodes attached to your chest) why men outnumbered women over 10 to 1 at the place. He said it was for two reasons: most doctors are men and hence treat men more aggressively than women, and women are care givers who put off there own treatment to care for their families.

    I think breast cancer was the same way. There was less money for it because it didn’t affect men and women were reluctant to seek early detection because they put their families health ahead of their own. Breast cancer awareness causes grew to combat these trends. Maybe the pendulum has swung too far the other way but so what. These things even out eventually.

  214. Bootsy
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:38 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#141): sez

    Now I sort of regret that I only have clothed pictures of my old girlfriends, But back in the day, people didn’t take photos of everything they did, and people would have thought that you were weird if you tried to do so.

    Dude, people still don’t take pictures of everything they do, and it’s still weird if you were to try and do so. Especially if the photo-ees are nekkid.

  215. Sequitur
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    @Bootsy (#214): Tell that to Paris Hilton. Or Sheraton St. Louis.

  216. Walker of Dog
    October 11th, 2010 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    Plug: Little-known fact: Datsun used to imprint Imperial Japanese rising-sun logos under its hoods. What’s unknown is why the He-Plugger hasn’t been beaten, bitten, or clawed to death for failing to buy American.

    A3G: All’s right with the A3G world again as Tommie resumes her role as Fate’s cat toy. Today she’s cringing in terror at Margo’s giant accusatory finger, then drawn in to her doom by the hypnotic rattling of Margo’s hair, now re-coiled and ready to strike.

    GT: “Read To..” Read to who, dammit? Hey, Reporter Lady, move your head – this is important!

    MT: The Senator is wondering how he’ll complete his filthy, filthy post-kill ritual with this idiot Governator-wannabe on his heels.

    MW: Sorry, Jill, but that strategically placed handbag isn’t fooling anyone. If you’re going to be a transvestite, just do it already.

    S-M: Tonight’s top story: a Picture Perfect / Phantom of the Opera cross-marketing stunt went horribly wrong on Broadway, taking the life of an elderly theater patron, who was decapitated by a flying manhole cover. Several bystanders were injured when tangled in random shots of webbing. Police have no suspects.

  217. Steve the Pocket
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:02 pm [Reply]

    By the way, we can add Between Friends to the list of comics that actually did breast-cancer-related strips yesterday.

    @KT (#147): You’ve still got a chance! On November 1, you can have the Cat show up and scrub out all the pink with his S.L.O.W. Three-Handled Moss-Covered Family Gradunza, saying that now we can stop caring about cancer for another eleven months.

    @Dewey’s Coffee (#66): Wow, so he did. I made the mistake of checking what the blog “Duck and Cover” has to say about that. Let’s just say there’s no pleasing some people.

  218. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Was I the only one to NOT get the pink version of A3G? I got the standard 3 color press version in my paper…

  219. Plinko Commie
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    FBOFW: Michael is about to learn two very valuable life lessons: 1) Just beacuse it’s pink doesn’t mean the eraser you’ve been handed is bubble gum, and 2) never trust anyone with a turtleneck. Just what horrible secrets are the hiding between their head and their shoulders? Is it Hitler?

    FC: Yes, Billy became quite the popular young man once the local chapter of NAMBLA happened upon his phone number.

    FW: You figure that Lisa Moore isn’t the only person in Westview to die of cancer, right? It’s Westview; the Welcome Wagon puts cancer in the gift baskets they give new residents. So with that said, isn’t it a little unrealistic and outright myopic to name the presumably main cancer awareness event after one person who, after the most recent time jump, may not mean anything to most people in a reasonably-sized town? I guess we can only be thankful a Patterson never got cancer.

    Sally Forth: Ted gamely tries to cover for his last adopter status in the ways of internet memes by claiming to have discovered RUSSIAN lolcats. What he will soon discover is that all his credit cards have been maxed out and that by the end of the month, one out of every nine illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. will be carrying the Ted Forth name and social security number.

    Crankshaft: But wouldn’t Crankshaft WANT the kids to know when he’s coming? That way he can see their faces as he drives away from them in a pouring rain. Or kills them. Depending on what he had for breakfast that morning.

    A3G: Little did Margo know that the phrase “your MUSIC” triggers an internal command that makes Tommie a zombie. Oh, who are we kidding? Margo knows good as damn well everyone’s zombie-triggering phrases.

    Popeye: So he catches his first mermaid, then much to his surprise discovers that she has a fish tail. Under what false impression was he laboring when it came to what a mermaid was? Did he think the fish part was on top and the lady part was on bottom, a la Fry in that one Futurama where they discover the lost city of Atlanta? Nevertheless, this is the most normal storyline I’ve seen in this strip in years. God helps us if they ever tried to do a cancer story arc.

  220. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#171): re FW: Don’t be so hard on Funky — after all he did arrange for his stepson to steal all the fundraising last year….

  221. odinthor
    October 11th, 2010 at 2:49 pm [Reply]

    #219. Plinko Commie.

    Sally Forth: Ted gamely tries to cover for his last adopter status in the ways of internet memes by claiming to have discovered RUSSIAN lolcats.

    In Russia, lolcats laugh at you!

  222. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    Russian lol-cats awaiting captions.

  223. Aviatrix
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#152): I had high hopes that Jill Black would be an actual black person. You’re kidding, right? The closest they even have in the colour palette would be that orange colour that matches everyone’s curtains.

    @Scott Bot (#159): Why doesn’t anyone ever go to study someplace truly exotic, like, say, Cleveland? Your parents can check up on you there.

    If Slylock is the best detective in town, it’s not like his wife is going to be able to hire someone and find out why Cassandra has so many break-ins.

    @Bootsy (#214): You’re clearly not 17 years old. Everything must be photographed, texted, facebooked, tweeted, and if you’re old-fashioned, blogged on your LJ.

  224. UncleJeff
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    Prince Valiant: I can’t remember who remarked on it but I did notice the great chance in Prince Arn.
    Looks kinda like the 1980s version of The Green Arrow. It’s about time they changed him. The previous drawings made him look like he was still a kid.
    That said: I did like the way they had Arn tell Valiant (paraphrasing) “you know, dude, the towns folk still remember you bringing that dragon to the castle”.
    How many months ago was THAT weird episode?

    Rocky & Old Man Muffaroo: one replacement for “nee” some places use is “FKA” for “formerly known as”.

  225. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:26 pm [Reply]

    big kitteh and mom.

    to go along with all of the pink snark.


    obligitory x2.

    obligitory xPG-13. (there was a cuter version of this, but the link was broken to the full-sized version.)

    October 11th, 2010 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    Spidey- I hope the guy coming out of the sewer doesn’t disrupt Peter’s plan on having Aunt May dress up as Freddie Mercury and sing “Another One Bites the Dust”.

  227. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:27 pm [Reply]


    MC: Meta squared, man.

    S4th: Thank you, Ted for informing me of the righteous and industrious Rolcats.

    M-Dawg: You wouldn’t believe how Phil had to hustle to get his pants back on before Dottie entered the room.

    BB: In a surprise turn of events, Sarge’s nuts hit his own head instead of Beetle’s face.

    DT: One of the first somewhat attractive women Brozman has drawn is a Chicago bag lady. Living on the streets seems to do wonders for your complexion.

    FC: “Or, I dunno, anyone who can get his dad’s liquor cabinet open.”

    Popeye: I wonder if she’s disappointed that her first landlubber doesn’t look more like a 26-year-old Tom Hanks.

    Shoe: Senator Belfry passed out on the floor, but was invisible to the Peefesser until it was time for the punchline. That’s some superpower.

    A3G: Tommie’s music? Oh. Oh my stars and garters! Will we see a bearded record producer with an open collar give Tommie the thumbs up sign and say, “That is one smoking track”? Could we be so blessed?

  228. Sequitur
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:32 pm [Reply]

  229. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#225): re: Child cancer: Years ago, one of my students wrote a “research paper” (I’m using that description loosely here) whose thesis was “Childhood cancer is bad”; that thesis has become my stock example for my NSS thesis talk (“NSS” being, of course, “no shit, Sherlock”).

  230. The Spectacular Spider-Brick
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    Why are we wasting time talking about breast cancer when the far more horrifying FC live-action film is still out there, plotting to kill us all? My theory is that since the only extended “storylines” FC has ever done are the vacation sequences, I foresee a melonheaded version of “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” with Christie Brinkley, Wally World, and dead Aunt Edna replaced with cutesy malapropisms, dotted line trails, and dead Granpa. And the last half-hour will be filmed on low-resolution hand-held video, subtitled “Directed by Billy (age 7).”

  231. hcv
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:50 pm [Reply]

    @Dewey’s Coffee (#66): OK, the idea of actually agreeing with an MF was scary and disturbing.

    Fortunately, because I’m reading this on the 11th rather than the 10th, your link took me to today’s strip, which was not funny, made no sense, and was stylistically ugly enough to make my optic nerves wrap themselves around my carotid artery in a desperate bid to make me black out. So everything’s back to normal.

  232. hcv
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:54 pm [Reply]

    @yaoi huntress earth (#81): “On the bright side, Lisa is actually pretty and geniuniely happy in her pic.”

    Well, of course she is. She’s dead and out of the day-to-day horror that is the Funkyverse. Free at last!

  233. hcv
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:00 pm [Reply]

    @Nekrotzar (#125): The Mac is generally mnemonically easier:

    é (or any other accented letter): hold down the alt key and press e (cues the accent mark), then press the letter you want accented.

    ñ (or any other tilde-d letter: alt-n, followed by the letter you want accented.

    Many other marks have similarly easy-to-remember combos. To learn more, why not visit your local Internet?

  234. Aviatrix
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#229): I can envision some valid research questions that could end in that conclusion, perhaps survival rates as a function of age.

    For me, the best ‘awareness’ to result from this exercise is all the people, whether they like or hate cancer awareness, who are mentioning their cancer survival stories. Living your live as an evangelical “cancer survivor” would be obnoxious, so healthy people don’t mention it. Without the occasional opportunity for them to say, “I got over cancer, so get over the pink already,” I would be unable to escape the idea of cancer being inevitable doom.

    Thanks, everyone.

  235. The Ridger
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#222): Russian lolcats aren’t that funny – it’s really just the same joke over and over – but the source pics, if you understand Russian, can be hysterical, or wistful, or many other things.

  236. The Ridger
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:11 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#234): Well, fwiw, I had ovarian cancer 9 years ago and am over it. But I didn’t “battle” – I had a great surgeon and excellent treatment, and it was like… well, like being sick and getting better. I don’t talk about it. But here’s another data point for your encouragement.

  237. Aviatrix
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#235): I laugh at Russian lolcats, but even the simplest joke is buoyed in funniness by the triumph of getting a joke in a foreign language. I like that they are more reliant on wordplay and literary allusions than lolspeak, but my favourite part is the differences in culture you can see. Typically when food is shown, it’s real food, often live or freshly killed fish and real garden-fresh vegetables. The American lolcats are more likely to be lusting over fast food or processed food, but in more sanitary conditions.

  238. The Ridger
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#237): I meant the so-called Russian lolcats – the ones with the faux translations. The Russian is often very funny, but imo the English is just the same joke over and over.

  239. The Ridger
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#237): And you’re right – they’re great for cultural differences. I use them with my students.

  240. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:24 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#234): True enough—a talented student could possibly do something interesting with that argument. Unfortunately, this young woman was not such a student; her paper consisted of a series of sad stories, which she’d found on the internet, about kids who died of cancer.

  241. Aviatrix
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#240): I’m getting the feeling you don’t teach elementary school, either.

  242. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:38 pm [Reply]

    cyrillic captioned ermine! [*]

  243. Aviatrix
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:43 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#238): I had never met the ?olcats. I guess I’m behind on my Boing Boing. I agree: not as good as the originals, and kind of insulting in that the ‘translator’ is basically saying, “I can’t understand your creation, therefore it must be gibberish.”

  244. Anonymous
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:44 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#240): Sounds like a required class at Westview High.

  245. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:55 pm [Reply]

    @Bootsy (#214): Now at least we have the technology to take a picture of the girlfriend, scan it, and put the head on any of thousands of suitable bodies that are as close as your web browser. Naked.

  246. UncleJeff
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:58 pm [Reply]

    Our friend Dean at Dean’s Comic Booth has a hysterical take on Funky Winkerbean’s ‘cancer day’.

  247. Fashion Police
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:09 pm [Reply]

    We note -thankfully – that Miss Magee’s hair is back to normal and that she’s saving the the Angelina Jolie/Morticia Addams look for special occasions. We also note – not surprisingly – that after her makeover Miss Thompson remains mired in bland. It does take a certain amount of effort to dress so that one’s clothing makes people notice you and not the outfit, but dressing so one isn’t noticed at all is not a good start.

    Finally, we noted with some alacrity over the weekend that Gina was wearing the same fuchsia jacket and white shirt combination as Miss Doris McGill, although not to the same effect. Miss McGill, who seems to be the only member of the Apartment 3-G ensemble with any sense of style whatsoever, radiates a certain smoldering primness, while Gina merely looks limp. She will be fortunate indeed to land an acting job as substantial as that of Josephine the Plumber.

  248. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#229): Yea, I would have been much more impressed with the thesis “childhood cancer is good”. It’d be right up there with the debate argument a friend used in competition once (and won): “Nuclear war’s disadvantages do not outweigh the advantages of our proposal.”

  249. Uncle Lumpy
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    @Fashion Police (#247):

    Well in fairness, Jane Withers was smokin’ hot.

  250. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:20 pm [Reply]

    NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) first aired on this date in 1975. (Comedian GEORGE CARLIN was the guest host!)

  251. Fashion Police
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    We are severely disappointed that Miss Jill Black appears to be no more than standard meddle-fodder for Mrs. Worth. We had expected a more worthy adversary.

    We are also intrigued that Mrs. Worth is wearing the same canary suit for shopping that she wore for coffee with Dr. Cory, which implies that the two events occurred on the same morning. Did Dr. Cory stop by on his way to wherever, or was he an overnight guest? One shudders at the possibilities.

  252. Fashion Police
    October 11th, 2010 at 5:26 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#249):
    Miss Gina had best up her game if she expects to live up to Miss Withers’ standard. Copying Miss Doris McGill, without Miss McGill’s savoir will only lead her down into Miss Thompson’s well-trodden rut.

  253. Jason1981
    October 11th, 2010 at 7:21 pm [Reply]

    A3G: “YOUR MUSIC?!!” *Every panel until the end of this year that has Margo in it shows her laughing her ass off while pointing at Tommie*

  254. Charlene
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:08 pm [Reply]

    @Josh (#58): the Internet (and I’m guessing the readership of this blog) skews young, educated, and liberal. I suspect that many commenters here don’t realize that the “awareness” the campaign doesn’t presuppose that people are dumb: it presupposes that the most likely victims of breast cancer, women over 60, are also the most likely to be unaware of their own risk, and also the most unwilling to face it.

    There are still people who believe that breast cancer is a sign or immorality, or that breast self-examination makes you (in the words of one evangelist) a whore. There are still people who think that all cancers are caused by doing something “bad”. Countering those widespread myths (and with respect to prostate and breast cancer they are myths) is what awareness is about.

    In other words, Josh has hit the nail on the head.

  255. Beetle Bumstead
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:12 pm [Reply]

    OK, I missed the memo and since I let Josh read the comics I am afraid to look. What with all the man-boobs in Pluggers and the way that men {rarely, but occasionally} die of breast cancer, did we have some Plugger, er, life form comment on, uh, ‘lumpy tissue?’ If so, his name was Robert Paulson.

  256. Anargeek
    October 12th, 2010 at 11:27 am [Reply]

    @ Chyron HR (#14): I’m afraid you BOTH owe an apology to Hades, who, himself, emerged suddenly from the depths of the earth to grab Persephone and make her his subterranean bride. How’s THAT for derivative? ;-D

    (“Reply” function appears broken — how’s that for a DIY URL?)

  257. TobyCat
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    “Dillard is a spineless weasel.” (So Dick had a case of ED the last time they were together?)
    “He’s in bed with my opponent.” (So that’s why he’s mad, Dick Dillard dumped him for another guy.)
    “I don’t see how that has anything to do with your medical condition.” (Hey Rex, what was your first clue???)

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