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Metapost: Calling all cartoonists — buy ads cheap!

I hope you will forgive an off-schedule metapost today. Though I usually don’t actively hawk my ad space to advertisers on the blog, I do want to make a special offer to cartoonists/comics artists/graphics novelists, or anyone who runs a comics-themed Web site or owns a comics-related business. If you fall into one of these categories, during the month of January, you can buy space in two of my ad slots — the large square at the top right of each page, and the banner that runs between the first and second post — for half off the usual price. You won’t find a more dedicated group of comics readers than the denizens of this site, so this is probably one of your best bets for advertising. You could buy 10 percent of the impressions on the banner for three days for only $5.10! These slots are perfectly sized for comics, so let your artistic imagination run wild!

For more information on regular pricing, click here for the large square and click here for the banner ad. Remember, if you want to buy a comics-related ad, you pay half those prices. Email me at bio at jfruh dot com and I’ll set you up with the discount.

242 responses to “Metapost: Calling all cartoonists — buy ads cheap!”

  1. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    January 3rd, 2011 at 12:36 pm [Reply]

    Damn! Jumped during preview. (Actual snark is yesterthread.)

    @commodorejohn (#yy68): (sniffle) I work my (snif) fingers to the bone…

    @Esther Blodgett (#yy87): Just look for kiptw.

    @Chyron HR (#y19): “I saw it in the window and couldn’t resist.” —Carol Burnett (GWTW sketch)

    @White Rabbit (#y62): Apparently, even NPR noticed that a while back and said something about it. I missed that, but someone here told me. I think it was here. (And thanks! I’ve seen PRIVATE SNUFFY SMITH online — Jimmie Dodd’s in it! — but not HILLBILLY BLITZKRIEG.)

  2. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 3rd, 2011 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    @White Rabbit (y65): The site just never “fell back” during the switch to standard time. When daylight saving time starts again it will be synced up with East Coast time.

  3. Calico
    January 3rd, 2011 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    The swearing, smoking baby must be a fan of Chris Brown or some rapper.

  4. Poteet
    January 3rd, 2011 at 1:27 pm [Reply]

    @Ned Ryerson (#YY116): Thank you. And I forgot to add that the CURTIS mouse is the first mouse I’ve ever seen that was apparently hit with an ugly stick.

  5. Zork The Mighty
    January 3rd, 2011 at 1:47 pm [Reply]

    Damn. And I haven’t even sketched out enough episodes of that planned webcomic yet. Curse you, mildly taxing schedule!

  6. Little Guy
    January 3rd, 2011 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    Meta: Plus, you’ll have a legion of Mungeons fawning over you. Unless you have a fetish for wives dead from cancer or Canadian insta-authors.

    y9CL: Solange remains the best character.

    ySFx: Next week, Dr Weirdly locks Slylock in a room with the movie Armagedden playing on a loop.

    Time Enough at Kwanzaa: He meets a crying Burgess Meredith with a broken Kindle.

  7. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    January 3rd, 2011 at 1:59 pm [Reply]

    Curtis — Is this the Kwanzaa version of the Langoliers?

  8. Baka Gaijin
    January 3rd, 2011 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    @Too fancy for Hoboken (#Y91): “I have a mammogram in 3 hours, and if a girl ever needed a laugh, it’s 3 hours pre-mammogram time. (BRING IT ON, YOU X-RAYING, SCRUB-WEARING ‘NIGHTMARE FIENDS!’)” Were their scrubs too fancy for Hoboken and too hot for church? Come on, someone had to ask.

  9. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 3rd, 2011 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

    Doonz: How long is it since we’ve seen Benjy Doonesbury. He seems a little douchey, still, but at least he’s not a poseur-punk douche anymore.

    Pluggers: Hilarious. Most of us learn that “toast” meaning “warmed bread” is the same word as “toast” meaning “warmed bread” before we enter kindergarten. Pluggers apparently figure it out when they’re in late middle age.

  10. Fashion Police
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:01 pm [Reply]

    Perhaps if Mrs. Powers had kept her bronzed curls the one-shoulder Grecian frock would work, but probably not. It may be too fancy for Hoboken but it’s definitely too contrived for Manhattan. We are disturbed to think that after all the fuss and bother this was the only look Mrs. Powers took away from Dressing in the Dark.

    Miss Magee, on the other hand, favors the frilled onesie from the Fauntleroy Collection by Mr. Walt Wallet. A bold choice for New Year’s.

  11. The Spectacular Spider-Brick
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:09 pm [Reply]

    Crap, I knew there was another post, and I still posted in the wrong thread.

    Archie: Ms. Grundy is irritated that her students have all died of root rot.

    Crock: Ha ha! It’s funny ’cause… uh… he sure hit that rock, didn’t he!

    Curtis: Hey, Andrew, turn to Fox News. They should still be on the air, ’cause they don’t need reality to gin up conflict.

    (WT)DT: Dick, there’s a time and a place for dom/sub play, and a Category 4 hurricane is not it.

    thorps. Dear Messrs. Ruben & Whigham: I must object in the strongest possible terms to the inclusion of the same character in three subsequent panels of narrative in today’s strip. With such coherent artwork, you are disappointing your legions of fans who have come to expect three disjointed panels drawn from at least two unconnected and possibly not even simultaneous story lines. Please return to your previous dartboard-inspired strip plotting ASAP, or we’re going to have to find another strip to make fun of. Thank you.

    JP: I’m thinking JP must have a weekly quota of jutting bustlines, and Random Asian Chick was included to keep this testosterone-heavy scene’s count up.

    Luann: Bernice is confused because she’s more familiar with the meaning of girl-on-girl kissing.

    SFx: One of the most counterintuitive Slylock mysteries ever. Also, a “loading dock” is a raised platform on the side of a building, for loading trucks or rail cars. Slylock’s on a pier.

  12. Écureuil Écumant
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:20 pm [Reply]

    MW: It seems that somehow Adrian and Jeff’s reception has ended up with the banner intended for May and Molie’s. It being deemed exceedingly gauche to compliment the bride on her good luck or cunning upon acquiring a husband, “Congratulations” are only ever offered to the groom.

    But, as @Walker of Dog (#yy77) pointed out, the M&M guest list has Groom’s side = 10000 and Bride’s side = 3. So I think their banner ended up at the wrong reception.

    So to Adrian, I offer the “Best wishes” she should rightfully receive, and to Aunt May — if Moley’s nose is any schnoznosticator — “Get well soon”, dear!

  13. ElkMeadow
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:28 pm [Reply]

    I call that Drew and Jill will be the next couple.

    And to whom do I complain that Curtis’s dog is giving me nightmares?

  14. That Library Nut
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:35 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#13): Called it first. xD

    CURTIS’ DOG GIVES EVERYONE NIGHTMARES

  15. willowbarcelona
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:38 pm [Reply]

    from a long-time lurker, The Hartford Courant is holding a voting contest for recently vacated Cathy comic strip space.
    The choices:
    1. Dustin by Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker about a jobless college grad living with Mom and Dad (http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2010-01-04-BOOMERANGKID04_ST_N.htm)
    2. Thatababy by Paul Trap about a diapered baby (http://mmc-news.net/2010/12/05/thatababy-comic-strip-starts-tomorrow-in-t-d-richmond-times/)
    3. The Pajama Diaries by Terri Libenson about Mom and Dad with 2 girls (http://www.seattlepi.com/fun/comic.asp?feature_id=Pajama)
    Three ways to vote:
    1. comicvote@courant.com
    2. tel 860.241.3904
    3. Write Carl Dobler/comic vote, The Hartford Courant, 285 Broad Street, Hartford CT 06115

  16. Pseudo3D
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:54 pm [Reply]

    @willowbarcelona (#15): I’d go for Dustin (which replaced Sally Forth locally). Thatababy sounds like Marvin except worse.

  17. bats :[
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:57 pm [Reply]

    @willowbarcelona (#15): Thatababy is a stitch! I voted for it!
    (Where is this place, anyway?) :D Oh, yeah…Hartford…Connecticut?

  18. Pseudo3D
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:58 pm [Reply]

    @loudfan (#yy62): Actually, I think Josh could try to go for the book-to-blog work. It might bring Batiuk out of the woodwork, which would make for some interesting arguments.

  19. Dr. Weird
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    Phantom

    How is the Phantom to get back at Chatu? He’s already in prison but was still able to work his scheme and keep the warden in mortal terror of him. The Phantom has a code against killing and can’t just put a bullet through his skull (and Mrs. Phantom probably can’t either).

    But! Chatu’s been involved in a terrorist bombing. The Phantom has connections with US counterterrorism people and the two-fisted president in the nation Boomsby Prison is in. He could fake Chatu’s execution and then have him turned over to the US government to be held at Gitmo or a CIA secret prison… With him “dead” and far from his African power base, he wouldn’t be a threat to anyone. It’d also be an ironic twist on what he did to Diana.

  20. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:25 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (y#67):

    Sounds like the Phantom’s Old Man Mozz and Li’l Abner’s Old Man Mose should get together and form their own Psychic Network! (Are either of these guys related to [Old Man] Muffaroo?)

  21. Little Guy
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

    @Dr. Weird (#19): Chatu will also be watching Armagedden continuously in a locked room.

  22. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

    @willowbarcelona (#15): I voted for Pajama Diaries. Dustin has too many “unemployed kids are lazee” groaners, and @Pseudo3D (#16): is basically right about Thatababy, from what I’ve seen.

  23. Poteet
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:32 pm [Reply]

    @Buchholz Surfer (#Y101): I love that concept and I may shamelessly steal it sometime. Thank you.

  24. kkarenb
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:33 pm [Reply]

    Pluggers – And an entire loaf of bread.

    FW – Whatever injury befalls Summer, it will definitely be basketball-ending. She can kiss that basketball scholarship goodbye.

  25. Poteet
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    @Dr. Weird (#19): Chatu’s ability to persuade all these people to work for him has never been explained since *curse the evil day* I started following the strip. Does he have some sort of actual philosophy or goal that appeals to others? Does he have a big wad of cash that he is somehow managing to distribute from a distance to those who assist him? Do some people just feel sorry for him because The Python is such a lame attempt at a villainous name?

  26. Poteet
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    Um, Josh? This is YOUR site. You could decide to end it at any moment for any reason, even though that would leave many of us weeping and gnashing our teeth. It still seems amazing to me sometimes that this place exists and I found it. So yeah, I do forgive you for this off-schedule metapost. In spades.

  27. Aviatrix
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:42 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (Y23): Batiuk and the guy who draws Gil Thorp each maintain art for a parallel strip with the exact same dialogue but strikingly different pictures. Gil’s are actually way dirtier, but his art skills are such that you can never quite tell who is putting what where. That ambiguity, as you realized and wisely declined to inspect, does not exist in today’s FW.

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (Y67): Is he related to the guy that states the obvious for “those who came in late”? I was really hoping that guy would show up to introduce Old Man Mozz, but I guess he can’t as Mozz has borrowed his clothes.

  28. AhClem
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm [Reply]

    @willowbarcelona (#15): @Artist formerly known as Ben (#22): Pajama Diaries is okay if you like the “Ha ha housewives are overworked while husbands are lazy slobs, and therefore don’t deserve sex” meme every single day.

  29. Aviatrix
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#67): Thanks for the link explaining Phantom characters. I guess it needs some updating though, because when I came in there were ladies joining the Jungle Patrol. A cop and a waitress, if I recall correctly. Or didn’t they make it through the hazing?

  30. Walker of Dog
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:53 pm [Reply]

    Jumb: The sinister-looking hunter brought in the deer for a trial run. Satisfied with the taxidermist’s work, he returned with a much more challenging job. Hunting didn’t bring in much money, and he had several mouths to feed. He had developed a solution, but not one that “society” would approve.

    The hunter hired the taxidermist because he |E|A|T|S| his |Y|O|U|N|G|. He grinned maniacally as he looked forward to fooling the nosy social worker on her next visit with his smiling, silent children, propped up on the backyard playscape.

  31. bats :[
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm [Reply]

    @AhClem (#28): wait a minute…didn’t we get rid of FOOB? ;)

  32. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm [Reply]

    @AhClem (#28): I guess you could find some of that in the comic. It is sort of refreshing that Teri Libenson draws her comic avatar as being reasonably attractive. But these are the facts: Times when you can vote to support the next “Cul de Sac” or “My Cage” are rare. This is not one of those times.

  33. Marthas Rolling Pin
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:18 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#29): I noted at the bottom of the page that it was posted in 2003, and doesn’t seem to have been updated since. It also does not list Chatu The Python as a major nemesis.

    Our cop and waitress did indeed make it into the Jungle Patrol, on orders of the Unknown Commander, and were featured in the story arc just before the beginning of the Chatuvaganza. Each of them had an encounter with the Unknown Commander, but didn’t even see his face.

  34. Dr. Weird
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#25):

    I figured it was the threat of violence that had them fall in line. If he’s going to bomb or infect total strangers with ebola just because he wants to, imagine what he’ll do to YOU for not cooperating with his evil scheme. The fact that the rule of law is a little loose on the continent probably helps make his threats convincing.

  35. BERTMARCH
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:43 pm [Reply]

    Crankshaft: Oh, a fruitcake “joke”. One of the hackiest seasonal comic strip gags.

    FW: Once again, Summer is drawn so that you might mistake her for a guy. And I’m sure we’re up for either someone recieveing a basketball-career threatening injury or some bad b-ball related puns.

  36. Baka Gaijin
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:48 pm [Reply]

    @Marthas Rolling Pin (#33): I’m waiting for “Chatuvaganza! The Musical.”

  37. UncleJeff
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:51 pm [Reply]

    @Marthas Rolling Pin (#33): They didn’t see his face but they saw enough of the Unknown Commander to start engaging in erotic fantasies about being under the command of the Unknown Commander.

    BERTMARCH@35: …and some bad puns (by Curmdgeons) about two BBFs going “one and one.”

  38. AhClem
    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:00 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#32): Given those choices, I’d agree that Pajama Diaries is the lesser of three “meh”s.

  39. Hillbilly Caviar
    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    JP: I be a thinkin’ ’bout how da judge comment gonna make ‘is homelife a livin’ hell. Be like dem rollin’ pin times.

  40. UncleJeff
    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:07 pm [Reply]

    #37 — Oops, “BFFs”

  41. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm [Reply]

    @willowbarcelona (#15):

    great Maker, what a wretched set of choices.

  42. Anonymous
    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:25 pm [Reply]

    MW: So am I still in the running that Drew and Jill will hook up. I was hoping for a tyrst behind the dumpster of the restaurant named “catering”, but since this is Mary Worth, and we must have some decorum, they will be shipped off togther to the island of misfit toys.

  43. Fashion Police
    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:36 pm [Reply]

    In our view Mr. Mozz clearly outshines Mr. Falk, who is somewhat overagressive in his use of teal as an accent color (the same could be said for President-for-Life Luaga about his appalling use of the purples and greens with his customary morning-clothes).

    Mr. Walker would do well to adopt the Mawitaan Suit as his working uniform, although we visualize him as more of a Homburg man instead of the Derby. We would think Mrs. Walker, who has shown impeccable taste even in prison attire, would approve the change. It must be difficult for her to be seen in public with a man so garishly given to circus-wear.

  44. Violet
    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:55 pm [Reply]

    I see I’m not the only one who thinks Mary Worth is careening like an embittered drunken wedding planner toward a Mary-engineered happy ending of amour between Jill and Drew, and I can only assume I’m not the only one who regards this as unspeakably ill-considered. Getting involved with Drew seems less likely to restore Jill’s faith in love than to push her over the edge into full-on serial killing.

  45. commodorejohn
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#27): Are you talking about current Gil Thorp artist Rod Whigham, or former artist and perpetrator of Kaz’s Spacetime-Bending Punch Frank McLaughlin? I mean, the former I could handle, but if McLaughlin did dirty comics…I think my brain might melt just considering the possibility.

  46. Ed Dravecky
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    “No fouls called, everything goes!” is exactly how I’d expect a Funky Winkerbean slashfic between Summer and Keisha to begin, with Ghost Lisa guiding her daughter’s hands as she checks her soulmate’s breasts for cancerous lumps. “Bring it!”, indeed.

  47. Aviatrix
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:38 pm [Reply]

    @UncleJeff (#37): We didn’t see them after that, so I wasn’t sure whether they were summarily fired by Mrs. Phantom (a not uncommon happening in my industry, even when the female employees are not drooling over the male commander) or decided that copping and waitressing were not so bad after all.

    @commodorejohn (#45): As you might deduce from my not even knowing the name of the artist I was pretending to mock, I only read GT here, and didn’t realize there had been a change of artists. I don’t know enough about the sports portrayed to know where the limbs are supposed to be. Please interpret it in whichever manner drives you almost to the brink of squickhood, but not over.

  48. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:39 pm [Reply]

    Jill is bringing an envelope with a hand-drawn card that she made in the form of a coupon stating that matrimony is just swell, and she, Jill, will marry one (1) eligible male of the bearer’s choice.

  49. Aviatrix
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:45 pm [Reply]

    @Fashion Police (#43): I’ve missed you. Won’t you please weigh in on the outfit deemed too fancy for Hoboken and too hot for church?

  50. Jamus The Bartender
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:47 pm [Reply]

    Luann: It means Luann’s gonna get sores on her lip if she ain’t careful, that’s what that means, HAW HAW….
    Welcome back, Josh. :)

  51. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:02 pm [Reply]

    @Ed Dravecky (#46): +1 internet for you, sir.

  52. Zork The Mighty
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 pm [Reply]

    @Jamus The Bartender (#50): “HAW HAW”? What, she’s going to become a Chick Tract antagonist or something?

  53. Red Greenback
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 pm [Reply]

    Apartment 3-G:
    Your dress is too fancy for Hoboken and too hot for church, but it’s perfect for the Prairie Conservancy in South Dakota!!! … and I’d wager Albert Pinkham Ryder’s ghost will dig it too.

  54. BERTMARCH
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 pm [Reply]

    MW: Perhaps Jill will find happiness, Mary Worth-style that involves constant nights out at the Bum Boat, where the finest ketchup-colored wine flows like a river.

    Luann: It means the strip is going to run in circles as they contemplate the implications of the kiss, with a cutesy “tee hee” attitude.

  55. Steve the Pocket
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:29 pm [Reply]

    Wow. Last thread kept going all afternoon.

    @willowbarcelona (#15): I’ve never heard of any of these. I’ll save the vote fraud for when there’s something good at stake. Also, they’re just now replacing Cathy? So, what, they’ve been running reruns until now or something? I guess I wouldn’t put it past Universal to offer them, and I should be grateful that they stopped after only a few months, but… ack.

  56. Sequitur
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:38 pm [Reply]

    I see Josh’s deal and I keep thinking AC/DC. You know, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.”

  57. Sequitur
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#56): And you thought I was going to say Big Balls.

  58. Charles
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:02 pm [Reply]

    @BERTMARCH (#35): And hell, Summer’s not drawn to look just like any guy, but a puffy 55 year old guy. Check out that horror of a face in panel 2.

  59. Dood
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:14 pm [Reply]

    Dr. Jeff was both shrewd and thrifty in sharing the hall for the wedding reception with a charitable fundraiser for the Congo Nuns.

  60. Ukulele Ike
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    Cartoonists! I will buy anything you advertise on this here website, and possibly copies for both of my friends!

    Josh, did I do good?

  61. Walker of Dog
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:39 pm [Reply]

    @thegatwickview (#Y29): What was your comment supposed to say, before the HTML gnomes got ahold of it?

  62. Sequitur
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    @Charles (#58): Why bother drawing well when you can do something call WRITING!

    Dang. I’m tongue’s stuck in my cheek.

  63. Dr. Weird
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:03 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#47):

    Well, it’s a big jungle to patrol. They might be busy with stopping diamond smugglers, terrorists and drug gangs… There’s no proof that Mrs. Phantom said “Criminals are tapping the oil pipelines illegally. Take these flamethrowers and go stop them” or the like.

  64. Jamus The Bartender
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:06 pm [Reply]

    @Zork The Mighty (#52): Yeah, I should really stop doing that…

  65. Alfred E. Neuman
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:14 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#17y) asked: “FW – Alfred E. Neuman? Did you break into Batiuk’s script vault?”

    I wish I had. I would have handed over the contents to Dingo and bats :[ for some “creative” editing. That might have improved the chances for Batiuk to receive the Pulitzer that he feels he so richly deserves.

  66. BERTMARCH
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:15 pm [Reply]

    @Charles (#58):
    That really got me, that and the heavy-lidded expressions on the girls – is some sort of gas being pumped into the gym? Did they recently wake up from some knockout drops?

  67. Sequitur
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:29 pm [Reply]

    @Alfred E. Neuman (#65): A Dingo tail tale illustrated by bats :[

    Now that’s something you won’t see in “Funky Winkerbean.”

  68. Marion Delgado
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:44 pm [Reply]

    Damnit, AKA Ben! His name is “Sal!” Mike just calls him Benjy because that family has NEVER understood him! :) Dr. Whoopie is also acceptable.

  69. Marion Delgado
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 pm [Reply]

    Luann: Bernice is confused because she’s more familiar with the meaning of girl-on-girl kissing. – Spectacular Spider-Brick

    I assumed that obvious “Les Yay” in their terms would be in the ‘Tropes. But it’s not. It’s actually more obvious than her brother-sister incest complex. That’s why she was so riled up about Ben/Luann – she was jealous of both of them.

  70. Rusty
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 pm [Reply]

    @willowbarcelona (#15): Choose wisely, people, that’s my daily paper. The last time it did this I was stuck with a strip about eco friendly penguins in the Arctic. I vote pajama diaries because the creator is a cutie.

  71. Rusty
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:29 pm [Reply]

    @Ed Dravecky (#46): I’m assuming the energy used playing basketball is a way for them to be too exhausted to pursue their mutual longing. And to try to forget Les dryhumping Lisa’s ghost at the New Year’s Eve party.

  72. Aviatrix
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:36 pm [Reply]

    @Rusty (#70): In the Arctic? Were they displacing the polar bears, or simply trying to get them to switch to an environmentally sustainable brand of soft drink?

  73. Poteet
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:38 pm [Reply]

    @Dr. Weird (#34): On one hand, what you say makes perfect sense.

    On the other hand, since he’s in prison, he would still have to have minions doing his bidding on the outside to make his threats credible, and I still don’t know why the minions are doing his bidding. He doesn’t strike me as charismatic, but maybe one has to be there.

  74. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:39 pm [Reply]

    @Rusty (#70): PJD ran in my local deadtree for a while. It has it’s cute moments, but it’s nothing special, covering a lot of the same ground as many other strips, and the “o woe is me the work-at-home-with-kids-without-help-from-clueless-husband-who-makes-the-real-paycheck” trope gets *old* very quickly.

    Dustin is a waste of space from what I’ve seen of it, and the concept of Thatababy is not relevant to my interests, so PJD might actually be the best of the bad lot. *shudder*

    BRING BACK MY CAGE!!!!!

    *cries*

  75. Mibbitmaker
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:40 pm [Reply]

    9CL: Doesn’t anyone in this strip ever communicate?!?

    A3G: Margo thinks lowly movers of stuff just lay there like a lump on the dirty ground all of their free time, unlike, you know, actual people!

    BBlues: She’s science, he’s creative writing. Win-win.

    FC: Rare case where the meta makes me really sad.

    ReFOOB: Abandoning is what John does will do!

    JP: Right, Sam, a 10CC song is the right way to greet your old colleague.

    MW: “Thanks, Drew — you just gave me an idea of where they can go for their honeymoon!”

  76. Poteet
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:42 pm [Reply]

    @Red Greenback (#53): I’ll agree with that statement because the “South Dakota” storyline took place in a landscape that did not look like South Dakota, and not once did we see anything approaching a prairie. So the dress fits right in.

  77. Mibbitmaker
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    Tomorrow on Heart of the City:

    Heart pretends a box is a replicator and creates multiples of herself to avoid homework, just to create havoc for herself when her doppelgangers cause trouble. Meanwhile, in another strip, Frazz’s character design can only sigh and shake his head in sad dissapointment.

  78. pamster
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    #44. Re: Jill and Drew–and that’s not a bad thing?

  79. Sequitur
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#74): Queek, me lad. Have you seen what My Cage may have looked like if the lovely Melissa had not come along?

  80. Sequitur
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:54 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#76): That dress is pure East Dakota.

  81. pamster
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:54 pm [Reply]

    Jumble: Um, EJff, has the taxidermist’s left hand been horribly cribbled in some accident or is he just really glad to see someone? And, if so, is that why the driver felt it necessary to bring his gun out of the car? And I love to think that the deer is just sticking his tongue out at everyone involved, on purpose.

  82. Mibbitmaker
    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#77): …Sad disappointment at my spelling, that is!

    Take two……

    Tomorrow on Heart of the City:

    Heart pretends a box is a replicator and creates multiples of herself to avoid homework, just to create havoc for herself when her doppelgangers cause trouble. Meanwhile, in another strip, Frazz’s character design can only sigh and shake his head in sad disappointment.

  83. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:05 am [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#48): Bad enough that I can’t get arrested around here, but when even [Old Man] Muffaroo fails to comment on my comment (#20)… whine…

  84. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:10 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#83): Shhhh. He’s sleeping.

  85. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:21 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#79): o great Schulz!

    that is awesome, in both good and bad ways. “hip-hop Rex” is just made of fail, but dang, that Ashley on the right has potential. The “Scotty Max” is a win.

  86. Rusty
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:31 am [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#72): That is supposed to be the fish out of water aspect, as you noted, penguins are more antarctic. Hilarity ensues.

  87. This Guy
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:33 am [Reply]

    @Mibbitmaker (#75): RE 9CL: I’m not sure if we’re meant to infer that being siblings, the two understand each other well enough even when listeners are bewildered, or if Juliette can’t bear to exchange complete sentences with a man so horrifically gauche that he wears mismatched socks. YOU WILL GO MAD FROM THE REVELATION OF HIS MISMATCHED SOCKS! Ia, ia! Roger fhtagn! (*)

    I know which possibility my money’s on, though.

  88. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:33 am [Reply]

    Monday Leftovers…

    Pickles — That’s right, you’re wrong!

    Arlo & Janis — What a pair of honkers!

    Scary Gary — So good, it’s badminton!

    Brevity — Because it’s the suit he was buried in!

  89. Rusty
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:33 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#74): Yeah, it’s a tired setup. Each strip got a month long tryout, Dustin is banal and I couldn’t even bother reading the baby one.

  90. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:08 am [Reply]

    Batman creator Bob Kane has been reduced to writing “jokes” for Pluggers!

  91. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:12 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#83): Honest, I don’t know what happened. I know I wrote one, something like, “What, you think we’re all in some club? Anyway, Old Man Mose kicked the bucket.” But I don’t know where it went. Maybe I left it in the preview box and closed the window? Me go bed now.

  92. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:30 am [Reply]

    Hi & Lois — Does this fit into the “Christ, what an asshole” category?

    Henry — Poor Henry can’t find anyone to take their clothes off for him!

  93. Poteet
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:34 am [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#80): I’ll let Minnesota handle that one:-).

  94. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:11 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#20): Mozz, Mose and Muffaroo sounds like a law firm.

    Any thoughts as to what branch of law?

  95. This Guy
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:12 am [Reply]

    @Poteet (#93): “We have a little saying around here: ‘Let Michigan handle it.’”

  96. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:18 am [Reply]

    Rhymes with Orange — Please tell me that isn’t a self-portrait!

    Snuffy Smith — Doc’s hands clench and unclench as a coquettish Loweezy holds the twin objects of his desire close to her ponderous breasts… (Moral: Why buy the “cow” when you can get the “milk” for free?)

  97. This Guy
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:23 am [Reply]

    1/4
    B.C.: Is this Rip Off Calvin and Hobbes Week, or what?

    Zits: Since when did Viral file the points off his teeth and get gender-reassignment surgery?

  98. Aviatrix
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:45 am [Reply]

    MT: Speak for yourself, fishing guide. It must be going on fifty years now, and Mark has never been seen to get his lure hung up. Just ask Cherry.

  99. Aviatrix
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:48 am [Reply]

    Do you think the art directions in Judge Parker include things like “partially frame the scene with the jutting breasts of an attractive blonde in sunglasses” or does that just happen naturally whenever the dialogue is dull law stuff?

  100. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:49 am [Reply]

    @Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket (#94):

    I can’t think of any lawyer jokes at the moment, so I’ll have to get back to you on that. Too bad the “3M” name is already taken… although it occurs to me that someone (Mozz, Mose and Muffaroo?) obviously had the vision to develop products like Scotch Tape and Post-it Notes…

  101. Comcis Fan
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:50 am [Reply]

    MW: For Pete’s sake, Mary, it’s Vietnam, not Glocca Morra!

  102. Steve the Pocket
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:50 am [Reply]

    B.C. takes a turn copying Calvin and Hobbes and doesn’t even bother retaining the punchline.

    Get Fuzzy puts a clever twist on an old joke and Heart of the City twists back. Meanwhile, Herb and Jamaal reminds us that it wouldn’t know how to twist a joke if it had a crank on one end and were cemented to the ground on the other.

    Wizard of Id: Um… he’s a wizard…

    Zits: OK, I know this character has been around since forever, but was she really always named “Viral”? Because there’s no way that word meant what it means now way back when she was introduced.

  103. Bill Thompson
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:01 am [Reply]

    @This Guy (#87): It’s obvious that, like any Lovecraftian hero, you studied the ancient evils until your accumulated knowledge drove you to the brink of madness. For me it happened when I found that reciting the expression “bruh-seh meh, keldo ni!” will summon Cthulhu’s evil twin.

  104. Aviatrix
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:04 am [Reply]

    @Steve the Pocket (#102): The word viral is the adjective form of virus, from the Latin virus referring to poison and other noxious substances, first used in English in 1392, and has referred to an agent of infectious disease since the eighteenth century. The adjective viral is recorded in 1948. Despite the current metaphorical application of the term, it still means now what it meant then, and probably invokes the same innuendo. Venereal disease, for example. is not an invention of the digital age.

  105. Chip Whittle
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:30 am [Reply]

    @Pseudo3D (#16):

    I’d go for Dustin (which replaced Sally Forth locally). Thatababy sounds like Marvin except worse.

    No, no, no. Thatababy doesn’t leave you wondering why life must be so bleak and hopeless. And Thatababy actually likes stuff, eg:

    From December 29: The joys of ramming speed have been mentioned. They remain joyful.

    From December 31: And when did you outgrow the willingness to eat creamed bears, given the chance?

    From January 1: Would Marvin take the goldfish on a road trip? Or do anything meant to suggest giving something else a fun adventure?

    From January 3 Thatababy’s ambition may sound like one of Marvin’s, but note that the parents have not given up on life and taken to wandering around in a heavy-eyelidded Batiukian despair. In fact, Thatababy’s parents hope their child has a happy and successful life, while Marvin’s parents just hope when the Yellowstone supervolcano finally explodes it incinerates them in lava in a fraction of a second of intolerable yet finally ceasing pain.

    Yeah, Thatababy and Marvin are in the same class of wiseacre-baby strips, but then Sally Forth and Edge City are both neurotic-family strips and they don’t compare much past that.

  106. Mr O'Malley
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:53 am [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#104): I think it’s supposed to refer to the modern phrase “going viral”, that I suppose derives from computer viruses, or more likely really meaning computer worms. (Too bad that “going worms” hasn’t entered our vocabulary.)

    I guess it’s supposed to mean somewhere who is everywhere at once, because she’s such an over-achiever.

    She’s kind of a one-joke character really, so that probably explains why she only makes sporadic appearances.

    As you say, the name carries a lot of baggage with it, so it’s not really a very good choice. Plus it doesn’t really sound much like a name either. Mark it down as a symptom of a Drought of Whimsy.

  107. John C Fremont
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:27 am [Reply]

    @Mr O’Malley (#106): I didn’t laugh at a single comic today (well, except for Dick Tracy) but “going worms” just about did me in!

    Googling “going worms” a moment ago led me to a link about red wigglers. No mention of them being “The Cadillac of Worms,” though.

  108. gleeb
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:49 am [Reply]

    Rex: He thinks everything’s all right, but then he realizes June has misplaced her abdomen again.

    Rhymes with Orange: Comics butt!

  109. Mordock999
    January 4th, 2011 at 8:08 am [Reply]

    Today’s Luann – 01/04/11

    Hey Luann? FORGET about telling Bernice. “Woman-Up”, for a change and TELL Gunther about Your little “kiss” with Quill.

    Gunther’s over at the Library now.

    Sharpening-Up His Axe…..,

    ______________
    DEATH to TJ!!!!

  110. Carl Barks Fan
    January 4th, 2011 at 8:20 am [Reply]

    MW: Real classy wedding party. Balloons.

  111. Bill Thompson
    January 4th, 2011 at 8:22 am [Reply]

    @Bill Thompson (#103): Typo: That evil chant should be “bruh-Keh meh, keldo ni!”

  112. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    January 4th, 2011 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    CdS: I love this strip.

    Lio: see above comment. (admittedly, most houses have some sort of cover over the front door to avoid this sort of thing, but not all.)

    Luann: Bernice wants a demonstration. get a clue!

    FW: on a related subject, I’m wondering if Summer/Keisha slash inspiration will continue. Yesterday’s certainly brought up some ideas for creative interpretation in fiction.

    DT: /facepalm. SATELLITES DO NOT WORK THAT WAY!!!!!

    GF: *flipfault* We’ve had to put up with a month of this nonsense for THAT punchline?!?!?!?!

    R&R: snow sculpture WIN!!!

    RwO: *blink* ummm, fanservice?

    standard oversnark disclaimer

  113. wossname
    January 4th, 2011 at 9:07 am [Reply]

    DT – That really is a bad storm, if it’s knocking satellites out of orbit. Either that, or Andrew’s boneheaded wish for peace on earth shorted out Dick’s Wrist Gee-Nee.

    Pluggers – OK, now I know I’m not a Plugger.

  114. Joe, the Upper-Evergreen Guy
    January 4th, 2011 at 9:09 am [Reply]

    FW 1/1/11: Les. I fucking hate him. Lisa’a been dead for over 10 years. Despite his gloomy, detracted prescence, he’s got two attractive, successful women who are competing for his affections, and he could care less. What an asshole. Wouldn’t it be great if both Cayla and Susan realize that they are actually lesbians, fall in love, and ignore Les completely? THAT would at least be interesting.

  115. Vince M
    January 4th, 2011 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#85): You’re talking about the color Rex on the left? One look at him and I thought “Aaaaugh, it’s Poochie!”

  116. tb4000
    January 4th, 2011 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    Zits: I get why Pierce is named what he is, but Lord help me if Viral is named why she is.

  117. wossname
    January 4th, 2011 at 9:32 am [Reply]

    @tb4000 (#116): Re Viral, I suspect y’all are looking for more symbolism than is really here. It’s probably just an attempt to come up with a teenish word. “Let’s see, the kids with their computers and tweeters and iPeds and YooToobs, what’s a word that has something to do with all that? Uhhh… Wireless? No…. I know – Viral!” In the same way that the strip is named Zits, but we never see anybody with actual zits.

  118. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    January 4th, 2011 at 9:37 am [Reply]

    Resistance is Futile.

    everything is better with rainbows.

    The Aussie version of Jerry Springer.

    not so old blue eyes. (more Aussie!)

    low rider brings a little squee now. (yeah, you’ve been earwormed, but it’s worth it!)

  119. John C Fremont
    January 4th, 2011 at 9:44 am [Reply]

    @Bill Thompson (#111): Uh, oh. Then who did I accidentally summon with “bruh-seh meh, keldo ni?”

  120. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am [Reply]

    Heart of the City — Okay, I know where to get YELLOW snow…

    Soup to Nutz — Andrew learns a valuable lesson in today’s “Ding Dong School”!

  121. Amateur
    January 4th, 2011 at 10:06 am [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#42): I’m having the same thought. Jill and Drew are the only two loose ends from this storyline — it’s DESTINY!!

  122. commodorejohn
    January 4th, 2011 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    Agnes – I love this strip.

    A3G – The most annoying thing to an antisocial person is some nitwit people person refusing to believe that they prefer to be alone. And, Tommie? You’re being that nitwit, and Margo tends to get dangerous when annoyed. Just thought you should know.

    Crankshaft – Huh, and here I expected Crankshaft’s secret trophy collection to consist of the severed heads of grade-schoolers.

    Curtis – Because it’s not grand theft auto if you’ve wished the dealer out of existence!

    DT – why do i even try.

    FW – Guest-starring Charley Smith in panel two.

    GT – “Drains a 12-footer?” …no, I don’t want to know.

    JP – Is that Godiva? Hey, Godiva, good to see you! If you ask nicely, I’ll bet Manley will give you a better angle!

    Mandrake – These are the weirdest beta-testing guidelines I’ve ever heard.

    MT – Wait, could they be foreshadowing Kelly getting run down by a yacht? I hope so!

    MW – “But now I’ve come back here to find a white person to marry, in accordance with Mary’s Laws! You wouldn’t happen to know anybody who needs to be convinced of the existence of love, do you? Because Drew Corey is a love machiiiiine!

    Phantom – They’ve got such low-key, classy presidential security in Bangalla!

    RMMD – AAAAIIIIEEEEE, SCARY REX…mmm does June look fine in that last panel.

    SF – Wait, did Sally and Ted switch lines in that last panel?

    SM – “Let’s stand around and plot against her happiness some more! Look at her, all smiley, the stupid bint! How could she?”

    The Norm – What’s off-panel? Dammit, what’s happening off-panel?

    Edison Lee – Wow. A zero-effort non-joke plus a whole panel devoted to explaining the “joke” in excruciating detail, all under the pretense of being political commentary, without actually putting any thought into it. That’s Edison Lee for you.

  123. Maggie the Cat
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:02 am [Reply]

    3G- Margo is one miserable wench.

    RMMD- June is like “uh oh, the shiznit is going to hit the fan”

    Dilbert- People remind me of weird stuff all the time, too. It can be distracting.

  124. Esther Blodgett
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#107): Now there’s a jingle that will be in my head all day! Dare I call it…an earworm?

  125. TheDiva
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:12 am [Reply]

    C’shaft: No, no, no. The rules of the Ancient and Sacred Fruitcake Joke dictate that you regift the cake to someone who doesn’t want it any more than you do, so they regift it to someone else, and on and on until the cake gets back to its maker or ascends to become the Legendary Single Fruitcake In Existence. Don’t you know ANYTHING about tired holiday humor?

    Curtis: Actually he just searched that one street. The rest of humanity is hiding behind the buildings, pointing and laughing.

    DT: Yes, the satellite, which is orbiting the Earth several thousand feet above this or any other weather pattern, is what’s being affected by the storm. Brilliant, detective.

    FW: OH JUST KISS HER ALREADY!

    MT: And it’s a popular vacation spot for dolphins, too!

    MW: Pink balloons I kind of get, even though it’s a little too “six-year-old girl’s birthday party” for my taste in weddings. But why did they decorate the walls with porcupine quills?

    Pluggers: Please, like Pluggers have ever tasted wine that didn’t come from a box in the first place.

    SM: And now we see Spider-Man’s true power–the ability to infect anyone with the same crippling ineffectiveness that plagues him.

  126. Esther Blodgett
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:15 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#122): “SF – Wait, did Sally and Ted switch lines in that last panel?”

    I dunno, but if Sally shows up with a goatee and Ted in a two-piece Starfleet uniform, don’t be surprised. Aroused, maybe, but not surprised.

  127. Mibbitmaker
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    @Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket (#94): Add the cousin of Dwight Schrute from TV’s The Office, and you really got a law firm name: Mozz, Mose, Mose and Muffaroo Associates (gotta add “associates”).

    Maybe Randy Parker and his dad should’ve been partners in a law firm together. Hmmm……

  128. boojum
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:20 am [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#105): Shoot. If “willingness to eat creamed bears” didn’t bring Dingo out of hiding, I guess he really IS taking a hiatus.

  129. bats :[
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#105): thank you for the insightful Thatababy endorsement! I like the strip–it’s quick to the joke (no walls of text), simple and cleanly illustrated, and with a genuine skew to the humor (creamed bear!).
    Plus, there’s a number of Star Wars references (sort of like the second kid Ted Forth never had)…

    What are these things called on the SATs?
    Thatababy : Marvin :: Sally Forth : Edge City

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#118): I would SO have an escalator in my house if it looked like that…then again, I DO have a concrete stairway into the basement. Hmm…

  130. Walker of Dog
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#122): Are you saying there are some places in the MW world that aren’t populated solely by white people? What other colors are there?

    @TheDiva (#125): Just because it’s raining down on Dick Tracy and Mordred doesn’t mean it isn’t also raining up and shorting out all the satellites.

    Forget it, Diva. It’s Tracyverse.

  131. Professor Fate
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:33 am [Reply]

    off topic really but the Professor is sad to read the news today that Anne Francis – star of Forbiden Planet and the TV series Honey West has passed away.

  132. TheDiva
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am [Reply]

    @Walker of Dog (#130): You’re right, of course. I shouldn’t expect a world where Dr. Mordred’s gimp mask changes expression and Tracy can somehow operate a gun with his stubby baby hands to conform to the laws of nature as I understand them.

  133. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:50 am [Reply]

    Dick – Damn! Dick accidentally wore his Movado watch instead of his gee-nee today.

    It’s just as well. The gee-nee was getting so powerful, Dick would soon be resolving every storyline by tapping it and saying, “Beam me up, Sam!”

  134. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    Gil“Cortez Beecher drains a 12-footer, and then another.”
    Oh, come on! Neither one of those guys is even close to that tall.

  135. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    Marmaduke – Big dog is big. So goddamn big.

  136. Walker of Dog
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#132): I would enjoy seeing Dick’s “stubby baby hands” (heh) firing his handgun into the clouds to shoot the storm to death.

  137. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    Mary – Whoops! Mr. Giella forgot to draw the two lines that go straight down from the corners of Drew’s mouth to his chin when he ‘talks.’

  138. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    Pluggers – You’re a plugger if your fridge is full of liquids to make you crap more, and your cupboard is full of liquids to make you crap less.

  139. Mibbitmaker
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    GF-1 — HotC-0

    9CL: “Spicy” — get it? Spicy?
    ……………Oh, everythings “spicy” with you, isn’t it, Brooke?!

    A3G: Aww– oo, boobies!!!

    RMMD: (see A3G, minus the “aww”)

    Arch: Oh, Reggie does that every week!

    FW: Hey, they’re stealing the Gap-Tooth Stary “Hoo” Guy’s shtick!

    GT: Oh, lecture, lecture, lecture!

    Lockhorns: Yeah, no kidding!

  140. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:54 am [Reply]

    @Professor Fate (#131): the Professor is sad to read the news today that Anne Francis – star of Forbiden Planet and the TV series Honey West has passed away.
    And now I am too.

  141. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 11:56 am [Reply]

    A3G: Watch the ball drop on TV? At first I thought, “That was three days ago!” Then I realized Margo was talking about the Porno channel.

    And isn’t Margo starting to look a bit old?

  142. black butterfly
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:00 pm [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#105): Thank you! That one cracked me up too.

  143. Walker of Dog
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:01 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: Rex, if you want June to help you dispose of the body, stop freaking her out with your Jack Nicholson face. Also, mess up your hair and show more teeth.

    FC: “Mom, is that what we do in this family when something we love outlives its usefulness – we throw it away? Say, where is Billy, anyway? And when did you get that new kidney?”

    A3G: Another one of Margo’s fetishes is revealed: orchiopexy (surgery for undescended testicles). Cable TV, is there no depraved itch you won’t scratch?

    MT: This damned plot won’t get moving… Somebody smuggle something!

    JP: The dimwitted teen who is transfixed by her boarding pass is a keeper. “I have a ticket for the plane! Guuh…”

  144. Mibbitmaker
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    MT: Heh heh heh… Mark thinks that dolphins and seagulls are channel ships and private yachts…. heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh–for God’s sake HUMOR HIM!!!!!

    Marm: That’s because he ate a family!

    Phantom: “Old Man Mozz!! That’s way better than our stupid, abandoning father!”

    Popeye: Uh, Popeye…. uh, don’t you, like, um, have your pipe to make that sound??? Well, that proves one thing: animated Popeye is smarter than comic strip Popeye.

  145. commodorejohn
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:04 pm [Reply]

    @Professor Fate (#131): Aww, sadness! And only a little over a month after Leslie Nielsen, too…at least Robby will live forever, right?

  146. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:06 pm [Reply]

    OBH: …chase you down and murderize you?

    It looks like someone’s been watching the Three Stooges marathon.

  147. Vince M
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:07 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#140): And I was just admiring her in Forbidden Planet on the TCM the other night (sigh).

  148. Mibbitmaker
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:10 pm [Reply]

    S-M: May gets married!
    Jump cut to the honeymoon suite as the happy couple arrive….

    May (out of earshot of her new hubby): “I’ve made a huge mistake!”

    Ron Howard (V-O): “Next time on Arrested Development….”

  149. Mibbitmaker
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    MW:
    Drew (About his work in Vietnam): “Gratifying! …My efforts are appreciated! But the work can be difficult!”

    Mary: “OH, BUCK UP AND GO BACK THERE AND DO YOUR FRIGGING WORK, YOU GODDAMN WUSS!”

    Drew: “What?!”

    Mary: “Oh…. nothing, dear. (pause) YOU JACKWAGON!!!”

  150. bats :[
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#138): I’m sensing an overwhelming trend here.

    @Sequitur (#141): Margo is not old! Margo is eternal! 2010 was just a hard year for her: losing some sort of fiance’, managing her gallery alone (and with ringless fingers!), being shanghaied into a makeover, a baby grand piano in her living room…I’d be exhausted!

    @Walker of Dog (#143): huh. I thought he was up to something else

  151. Little Guy
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:27 pm [Reply]

    @Little Guy (#6): The Walking Kwanzaa: Correction — he meets a crying Burgess Meredith in a Beemer with an empty gas tank.

  152. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:39 pm [Reply]

    @Little Guy (#151): With broken eyeglasses.

  153. Shoebox
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    Question, inspired by the mention of Frazz a few comments up: What exactly is the deal with that strip’s authorship vis-a-vis C&H? I mean, it’s obviously some sort of pastiche, but to what degree of official-ness?

    I have heard everything from ‘completely unrelated’ to ‘loving homage [with/without Watterson's permisson]‘ to ‘completely unrelated/loving homage stories are just Bill Watterson maintaining privacy.’

    The Net maintains a stubborn vagueness on it all, but I figure the ‘Mudges will have the confirmed details if any exist.

  154. Mibbitmaker
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    ~ “Curtis”, KWANZAA, MST3K RIP-OFF, etc. ~

    Panel 1
    SERVO: (vocalizing the Barney Miller theme)

    CROW: “Y’know, all-out war could’ve produced the same result. Remember the neutron bomb…?”

    Panel 2
    SERVO: “I feel a song coming on for some reason.”
    CROW: “‘Down by the Boondocks’?”
    MIKE: “‘Purple Haze’?”
    SERVO: “More like a very early rap, really.”

    Panel 3
    CROW: “Fred Basset, that is.”
    SERVO: “So, the idea is lacking a punchline, then?”

    MIKE: “Trinky sees only the first 2 letters. Forget it, Fido, it’s not a fire plug!”
    SERVO: “Isn’t that for whizzing, not…”
    MIKE: “Okay, okay! Close enough, alright?”

    SERVO: “I really can BM everywhere now! Doggie heaven!”
    CROW: “Marvin heaven.”

  155. Ed Dravecky
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:46 pm [Reply]

    @Little Guy (#151): He’s been on Earth the whole time!

  156. Amateur
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: . . . because as we all know, bassets are all about the BMWs.

  157. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:11 pm [Reply]

    1/4

    JP: Well, the blonde extra with the sunglasses never needs to worry about drowning, I can tell you that. Barreto approved!

    RMMD: So is it good form for June to dress like the world’s chic-est flight attendant around the office? I await Fashion Police’s judgment.

    DtM: The baleful influence of television has made Dennis forget how to menace.

    Lockhorns: Because you barely have the will to breathe, much less change the channel?

    Luann: “This isn’t working! Tell you what. Just show me what he did. You be Quill, I’ll be you.”

    Popeye: Too many blows to the head?

    BB: The men all pretend they know what they’re doing. Killer, in particular, pretends that he knows he’s in Riverdance.

    DT: “Thanks for the storm update, Tracy! Not like I’m standing in the middle of it or anything.”

    S4th: Something tells me that Sally’s familiarity with alternate universe lore is one of the big reasons these Ted married her.

    SFx: What Halloweentown is like after the holidays.

    Phantom: “He has a message for you kids. Something something, mother’s still alive, yadda yadda, father’s too much of a choad to tell you. The usual stuff.”

  158. Bill Thompson
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#119): I don’t know, but he’ll probably try to convince you that the cat isn’t the only worthwhile vharacter in 9CL.

  159. odinthor
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    GT. — . . . While meantime the Milford Barber Shop Quartet sings Gail Martin’s new hit, Courtin’ with Cortez . . .

    H&J. — Hey, Herb—I’ve heard of this new invention that helps with privacy stuff ‘n’ all. It’s called, um, a “door,” I think.

    MT. — Guys, does your lure get hung up occasionally? With Cialis for Daily Use™, you can be ready any time the moment is right!

  160. Vince M
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:24 pm [Reply]

    @Ed Dravecky (#155): And he’s in a zoo!

  161. Hank
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    @willowbarcelona (#15): Dustin by Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker about a jobless college grad living with Mom and Dad (http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2010-01-04-BOOMERANGKID04_ST_N.htm)
    So, it’s “Zits: the college years”?

  162. Hank
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:44 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#141): And isn’t Margo starting to look a bit old?

    Starting? Frank Bolle has been drawing her as 50 year old for a while now.

    In my experience, a lot of artists, as they age, subconciously age their characters to some extent. Larry Lieber’s doing the same thing in Spiderman (Peter and MJ both look middle aged despite being written as twenty-somethings) and, respectively, Curt Swan and Jim Aparo did the same thing on Superman and Batman in the 1980s

  163. Bill Thompson
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    Why is Mandork the Magician turning into Dick Tracy? For over a week nothing has happened except that a misshappen, goggle-eyed dork has issued vague threats while an ineffectual Madrake encourages him to talk.

  164. Fashion Police
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#49):
    Thank you for your kindness, and we are sorry to have been away. We did comment earlier (#10) that in our view Mrs. Powers’ one-shoulder Grecian frock was “contrived.” She looks like Hoboken trying too hard to be too hot for church.

    It is also worth noting that if Mistress Kat suggesed that Miss Magee employ ruffles to soften her look, she was sadly in error. We could imagine Miss Magee in a lace jabot with one of her tailored suits, or perhaps a ruffled tuxedo shirt with a pencil skirt and stilettos, but that tired little frill makes her look like a giraffe.

  165. Fashion Police
    January 4th, 2011 at 1:57 pm [Reply]

    Mrs. June Morgan looks exceptionally stylish today. She reminds one of Miss Abigail Thompson, circa 1964.

  166. Uncle Lumpy
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    @Bill Thompson (#163):

    Mandrake vs. Dick Tracy:

    Mandrake — “Yak yak yak yak Mandrake gestures hypnotically oh gee look at that the end.”

    Dick Tracy — “Yak yak yak waitaminute WTF yak yak blam BOOM yak OH GOD THAT’S DISGUSTING retcon retcon wtf the end.”

  167. kkarenb
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:04 pm [Reply]

    @Professor Fate (#131):
    She was also in a terrific episode of Twilight Zone, about the mannikin who came to life.

  168. Baka Gaijin
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    @[Old Man] Muffaroo (#138): “You’re a plugger if your fridge is full of liquids to make you crap more, and your cupboard is full of liquids to make you crap less.” So good it needed to be said again. COTW-worthy.

    @boojum (#128): “If ‘willingness to eat creamed bears’ didn’t bring Dingo out of hiding, I guess he really IS taking a hiatus.” Agreed. And saddened.

    @Mibbitmaker (#148): Hmm. I take the opposite opinion. The honeymoon strip will be:
    Panel 1: May and Moleman, hand in hand, eyes gazing lovingly into each other’s, walk through the bedroom door.
    Panel 2: Closed door.
    Panel 3: Collage of skyrockets firing, trains going into tunnels, jackhammers hammering.

    @odinthor (#159): “Guys, does your lure get hung up occasionally?” Ha ha!

  169. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    RWO: You know before today, I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a “nude woman knitting in the tub” fetish, much less that I might have one.

  170. bunivasal
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:27 pm [Reply]

    Luann and Glasses-wearing Not-Luann in today’s (ugh) Luann discuss Quill and She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Repeated’s kiss, with the punchline being perhaps the most apt summary of everything to ever happen in Luann ever:

    Too many details!

  171. gnome de blog
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:30 pm [Reply]

    @Professor Fate (#131):
    They just showed Forbidden Planet on TCM Sunday. Eerie.

  172. Baka Gaijin
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:33 pm [Reply]

    Apartment 3-G: Margo, honey, if you don’t want to be alone on the next necking holiday, invest in a Wonderbra. Just sayin’.

  173. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    I have a feeling Josh will be posting very late today. He’ll want to get the most out of his Megapost ad.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  174. Baka Gaijin
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    Archie: Ah ha ha ha ha! Burn! Archie, people are laughing at you, not with you. Ha ha ha ha ha [snork]! Great I just inhaled a bug laughing at Archie.

    But seriously, how is THAT front-page news? I thought everyone knew Archie was a DWEEB!

  175. Baka Gaijin
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#173): And that there’s not a lot of snark in today’s strips. I predict we’ll be in a trough for the next day or so while yesterday’s action slowly bee-grinds forward.

  176. Baka Gaijin
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:37 pm [Reply]

    Garfield: “We are only given a certain amount of time on earth. Some choose to live life to the fullest. And some of us watch ‘Sock Puppet Friends’ read ‘Garfield.’” Fixed that for ya.

    Heart of the City: When did this become “Wee Pals?”

    Dilbert: That wooshing sound is the walking stick reference flying quickly over my head.

  177. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:51 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#176): Dilbert: Could be a reference to the wizard Gandalf’s magic walking stick in The Hobbit, et al.

  178. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#79): @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#85): I like the cat-headed Ashley too. I also think that Griffith did a neat job on the frazzled, chain-smoking Violet. But yes, hip-hop Rex needs to go.

    Hip-hop Rex Morgan, on the other hand, would be something to see.

  179. Chip Whittle
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:55 pm [Reply]

    @Hank (#161):

    So, [Dustin]’s “Zits: the college years”?

    No, because Zits remembers (not always, but sometimes) that it actually likes Jeremy, and that while he may screw up or be oblivious he’s a good kid that most people would like to have in their household, or in the families of their friends. He may be exasperating, but just because young people can be exasperating without meaning ill, and when he remembers to be sensitive he’s sweet.

    Dustin resents Dustin’s continued existence and wishes to remind everyone who knows a twenty-something adult that twenty-something adults are terrible, terrible people who should just go away and never be heard from again, you terrible people you, and we hate you. And stop not reading newspapers!

    Oh, yeah, and Dustin‘s syndicate is giving the strip out free to newspapers, which is why it snagged so many Cathy slots.

  180. Ed Dravecky
    January 4th, 2011 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

  181. Pseudo3D
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    @Chip Whittle (#105): Oh, I stand corrected then.

    Let’s see what the Comics.com descriptions are of comics, usually wrong.

    “Three generations of family with strong characters and flights of fancy” — 9 Chickweed Lane.

    “Readers of all ages love Luann, the exciting comic strip by Greg Evans that brings to life the daily drama of being a young woman.” — Luann

    “A tribute to lasting friendships and a reflection on a life well lived.” — Herb and Jamaal

    Well, Marvin or Thatababy isn’t there. Too bad. I’m sure they would have BLATANT LIES either way.

  182. Calico
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:06 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#79):
    I like Max in color – he looks like an ad exec straight out of Mad Men.
    Interesting to see the tryouts – thanks for the post!

  183. Écureuil Écumant
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    @107 John C Fremont said:

    I didn’t laugh at a single comic today (well, except for Dick Tracy) but “going worms” just about did me in! Googling “going worms” a moment ago led me to a link about red wigglers. No mention of them being “The Cadillac of Worms,” though.

    Well, there is this. It’s not the Caddy, exactly, but more like the Amtrak of worms.

  184. Baka Gaijin
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#177): Wait a minute. You’re saying the stick walks by itself? I think someone’s on dope, and it’s not me.

  185. bats :[
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:27 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#178): when I read the first comment, I did think that the Rex being referred to was RMMD. I was disappointed. YO!

    @Ed Dravecky (#180): Rex Morganhorse, D.V.M.

  186. dale
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:31 pm [Reply]

    Mark Trail

    You don’t fish that close to a channel marker buoy, unless that’s where the smugglers drop off the goods.
    Someone could make a joke about snagging a bag of family jewels. I wouldn’t, but as they say, “there’s no telling for taste.”

  187. Pseudo3D
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#79): Eesh, the sketches on the far right look like they jumped straight out of a furry comic.

  188. commodorejohn
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:52 pm [Reply]

    @Pseudo3D (#187): You say that like it’s a bad thing…

  189. Dr. Weird
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:53 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#117):

    Zits

    Given the artist’s penchant for exaggerating teenage features to impossible size for effect, would we really want to see him draw actual zits? It’d probably be worse than the two Invader Zim episodes on that subject.

  190. Poteet
    January 4th, 2011 at 3:58 pm [Reply]

    @This Guy (#95): How interesting — around where:-)?

  191. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:01 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#184): A better term would have been “staff.” But hey, I didn’t write this stuff. And remember, Alice is crazy nuts.

  192. Poteet
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:02 pm [Reply]

    PHANTOM — Oh yeah, the children! He does have children, doesn’t he. I’d forgotten that.

    STONE SOUP — I have a few ideas for what could best be done with Max, but I’ll keep them to myself.

  193. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#192): Stone Soup: Were you thinking along the lines of retroactive birth control?

  194. Jason1981
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: …and that idea was: “Let’s pee on everything to mark our territory!”

  195. Poteet
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#193): No, my thinking was more along the lines of senseless violence. But your idea rocks.

  196. Poteet
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm [Reply]

    A & J — More and more frequently, I don’t understand this strip. But instead of feeling annoyed, I feel calm, intrigued, and very willing to go back the next day. This is in sharp contrast to the way I feel about DT.

  197. Poteet
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:35 pm [Reply]

    CURTIS — Now that I (tragically) know what it means, I really, really hate that dog’s name. Even “Douchebag” would have been better. Please, CURTIS, don’t ever do something like this again.

    MW — Adeptly expressed, Drew! You’ll totally be able to end up bonking a bridesmaid using pickup talk like that.

  198. UncleJeff
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:35 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#195): Whenever I see that Max character, I wish for a woodchipper — set to “Fargo”.

  199. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:44 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#192):

    (Re: Phantom) At least Kit’s children appear in the strip from time to time. I can’t even remember when Gil Thorp’s children last showed up in his strip!

  200. GotFuzzy
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:45 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#196): Weather Channel reference. I know this only because I just spent a week and a half at a house that has the Weather Channel on 24/7. On mute. Whee!

  201. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:49 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#197): I thought “Douchebag” was Batiuk’s blog name?

    @GotFuzzy (#200): You were at my inlaw’s house?

  202. Little A and his Crystal Ball That Might Finally Be Right Predicts:
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:50 pm [Reply]

    BB: Has it been mentioned that The New York Daily News dropped this strip? I haven’t even noticed.

  203. dyslexic dog
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:52 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#57): Well, you were looking at Josh’s deal.

  204. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#199): Gil Thorpe’s got kids? What ages?

    I remember back in high school that the kids of most of the coaches were the nerdest kids in school.

  205. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 4:57 pm [Reply]

    @dyslexic dog (#203): No big deal.

  206. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:00 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#176):

    (Re: Heart of the City) I heart Heart, but I’ve never been a fan of Morrie Turner’s Wee Wee Pals or Tom Armstrong’s Poo Poo Pals (a/k/a Marvin). The continued existence of the latter two strips is proof that there’s no accounting for taste!

  207. The Modesto Kid
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:01 pm [Reply]

    MW: WTF is going on with Drew’s face? He is cross-eyed and his features are all set unusually close to the center of his face — it sort of looks like the features were machine-stamped on a head that was drawn slightly too large; but that would not explain the cross eyes.

  208. UncleJeff
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#204): “This Week in Milford” just ran the Gil Thorp & Family Xmas cards from over the years.
    It looks like Mr. & Mrs. Thorp spent the holidays by themselves (again) this year.
    At least Gil has (over the years) dropped that LEGOs shaped hairdo.

  209. Dr. Weird
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    Get Fuzzy

    I found the “play the race card” bit to be hilarious today.

  210. Aviatrix
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:11 pm [Reply]

    @Mr O’Malley (#106): I don’t know the character and just assumed that she was either a champion slut, or so dull that she had been assigned that role ironically by snarkers. I have always perceived the recent usage of viral as metaphorical to actual viruses: it spreads geometrically to saturation in the population, then everyone gets sick of it and it dies out, until a few people who missed it the first place come into contact with it and it flares up again. This is the point in my comment where I’m supposed to say something hilarious, but the funny is failing me as badly as it did on the very boring comment you originally deigned to reply to. Umm, does she have a sister named Ubiquity?

  211. Poteet
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    @UncleJeff (#198): Ah, a kindred spirit! I don’t know why I hate that kid more than all four melonheads put together, but I do.

  212. Baka Gaijin
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#206): “The continued existence of the latter two strips [Morrie Turner’s Wee Wee Pals or Tom Armstrong’s Poo Poo Pals] is proof that there’s no accounting for taste!” It’s also proof that maybe there isn’t a loving God out there somewhere. Maybe.

  213. Poteet
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:15 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#199): Given the way GT is drawn, how can you tell?

  214. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:23 pm [Reply]

  215. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:25 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#212): Hey, don’t blame God for Marvin. The devil’s out there too, ya know.

  216. Aviatrix
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (#119): Then whom did I accidentally summon with “bruh-seh meh, keldo ni?”

    Aldo Kelrast

  217. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#204):

    Not sure about the ages, but Don Markstein’s Toonopedia mentions that Gil and Mimi have two children: Keri and Jami.

  218. Aviatrix
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    @Walker of Dog (#143): I assumed the person focusing on a handheld rectangle was a) a guy and b) that he was tweeting, “hav 2 get on the plane now. hope we don’t crash lol” on an iPhone.

  219. Vince M
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:32 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#185): I see Rex Morganhorse as done by John Kricfalusi – hoof to his chin, raising an eyebrow, going “Hmmmm!”

  220. Aviatrix
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:33 pm [Reply]

    @Little A and his Crystal Ball That Might Finally Be Right Predicts: (#202): Did they drop it on account of the edgy topical references?

  221. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:39 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#185): Rex Mourning. He’s now a funeral director played by a vulture.

  222. Rocky Stoneaxe
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:40 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#213): Heh. No one’s addressed Gil as “Dad” or Mimi as “Mom” for at least a couple of years, so draw (no pun intended) your own conclusions…

  223. Satan
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:43 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#215): Hey, not cool man.

  224. Écureuil Écumant
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:45 pm [Reply]

    @197 Poteet said:

    CURTIS — Now that I (tragically) know what it means, I really, really hate that dog’s name.

    Now he’s trying to drag po’ unemployed Andrew into thug life. Andrew should take a page from Mary Bale and dunk him in that convenient trash bin.

  225. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:46 pm [Reply]

    @Satan (#223): I actually wouldn’t expect you to know much about cool.

  226. BERTMARCH
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:47 pm [Reply]

    JP: “…and chances are good she’s going to be totally stacked, but that’s pretty much a given.”

    Rex Morgan, MD: “Yeah, just fine, now that I can scam this trusting old load out of her winnings! Wait, did I say that out loud?”

    Crankshaft: Oh I get it, because fruitcake is gross and inedible! Next up, Crankshaft takes on airlines and how about that airline food, folks, am I right?

    Beetle Bailey: Sarge pretty much admits to Zero that Camp Swampy is nothing but a taxpayer funded hive of pointless busywork.

  227. littlestevie
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:51 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#197): It looks like Drew is putting his moves on Mary, why should his dad have all the fun?

  228. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 5:56 pm [Reply]

    Snuffy: I got to hand it to Snuffy Smith. If this were Herb and Jamaal, those cans would be labeled “Potted Meat.”

  229. Fashion Police
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:21 pm [Reply]

    @Sequitur (#80):
    We were unaware that they had fraternity parties in East Dakota.

  230. Sequitur
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:30 pm [Reply]

    @Fashion Police (#229): But of course. Standard University of Eastern East Dakota (SUEED) is quite the spot for toga parties.

    But most of their togi are made from sackcloth.

  231. Walker of Dog
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#218): Your interpretation is less pathetic than mine. Marginally.

    @Sequitur (#225): Careful – flame wars with Satan usually end badly.

  232. Uncle Lumpy
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:35 pm [Reply]

    “Standard University” — snerk! Although outfits like this restaurant chain take that idea and run with it.

  233. littlestevie
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:44 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#222): I thought Gil called Mimi “mommy” every night.

  234. Little A and his Crystal Ball That Might Finally Be Right Predicts:
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:51 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#220): Maybe because it has stunk for a long time?

    To tell you the truth, I don’t know, I just today noticed somebody complaining about it in the Letters to the Editor section, I hadn’t noticed it was gone.

    So with the loss of the NY News, the comic strip is carried in only 4,893 papers in the USA now.

  235. commodorejohn
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:51 pm [Reply]

  236. WednesdayNext
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:57 pm [Reply]

    To: Batuik
    Re: Death
    See: Doonesbury, January 3, 2010. That’s how it’s done. Buh-bye.

  237. WednesdayNext
    January 4th, 2011 at 6:57 pm [Reply]

    oops, 2011
    forgot the new year!

  238. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:11 pm [Reply]

    @Shoebox (#153): Jef Mallet said in an interview (paraphrased) that there were two kinds of cartoonists these days, those who admit to being inspired by C&H, and those that hid that they were inspired by C&H. He considered himself to be the former.

    Frazz has mentioned in-strip that he had worked as Watterson’s, assistant, fwiw. Both Wiki and TV Tropes have some info on the subject.

  239. zerowolf
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:21 pm [Reply]

    Lockhorns: Simple, tatas!

  240. zerowolf
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:26 pm [Reply]

    A3G: Blaze says he loves watching balls too!

  241. Marthas Rolling Pin
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:37 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#222): My theory is that Whigham tried to draw the kids (see his first Christmas strip), realized that he couldn’t do them, and had them dropped down the memory hole.

  242. Joyce
    January 8th, 2011 at 12:29 am [Reply]

    this is my first time on this site but my brother has been a part of this for four years. He recently found out that he was ill. He has left a message for all of you that he will be back in time. He is known as Dingo, the essence of purity and virtue in kind. ™ He has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is scheduled for surgery on Monday. If you would like to send a message to him, please do so at falsehurrah@comcast.net or dingogotmybaby@comcast.net. He misses you. He misses you all kindly. Someone, somewhere, has to make the salmon squares.

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