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Know your Keanes

Family Circus, 2/12/11

Since I so commonly slam on the anonymous Photoshop jockeys who color in the comics with seemingly little care or sense, let me offer them some kudos today for correctly identifying the orange-suited Keane Kid in this panel as Jeffy and filling in his tiny bit of visible hair in the correct ginger color. Could they tell because that hair had a bit of a wave to it (in contrast with Billy’s straight blond hair), or because only Jeffy would be proudly announcing that he needs to be protected by a thick layer of cushioning to prevent him from busting into tears due physical contact with the world? While we will probably never know the answer, I do think we need to note before moving on that Jeffy and his companion are bundled up in their snowsuits despite the fact that there is no snow visible whatsoever.

Apartment 3-G, 2/12/11

“Damn it, I’m trying to woo Trey here, but why would he pay attention to me when she looks so ravishing in her bright orange Chairman Mao suit?”

46 responses to “Know your Keanes”

  1. Steve L
    February 13th, 2011 at 7:46 pm [Reply]

    That’s PJ with Jeffy, Josh.

  2. Écureuil Écumant
    February 13th, 2011 at 7:47 pm [Reply]

    FC: The lil’ trolls never looked more malevolently overstuffed than they do today. I sense they’re about to undergo spontaneous human combustion.

  3. Écureuil Écumant
    February 13th, 2011 at 7:51 pm [Reply]

    Dammit, Josh. I think you’re on to something here with this juxtaposition.
    Jeffy: Peachish jumpsuit, ginger hair. Iris: Peachish jumpsuit, ginger hair.
    Same DNA, or same colorist, one.

  4. Henchman 21
    February 13th, 2011 at 7:57 pm [Reply]

    The first rule of snowsuit fight club is, DO NOT TALK ABOUT SNOWSUIT FIGHT CLUB.

  5. BraveSrRob
    February 13th, 2011 at 7:59 pm [Reply]

    In the second panel, Margo has taken off her scarf in preparation for strangling Iris in order to have more time with Trey.

  6. Comcis Fan
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:03 pm [Reply]

    MW: It’s hard to keep up when you’re using soup cans and string as your means of telecommunication.

  7. BraveSrRob
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:04 pm [Reply]

    @Écureuil Écumant (#2): You just know that those are idiot mittens, with the string between them, they have on. You pull on one mitten and Jeffy will slap himself.

  8. wossname
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:05 pm [Reply]

    So Josh, if I understand this correctly, you’re congratulating the color monkeys who gave the kids black cheeks to indicate that it was cold outside?

  9. Uncle Lumpy
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:12 pm [Reply]

    @wossname (#8):

    That’s necrosis. It’s really cold!

  10. tb4000
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:13 pm [Reply]

    JP: That last panel basically equates to “Lord, I do appreciate you sending me this raven haired pointy breasted beauty all those years ago, but honestly, did you have to give her a voice box?”

  11. wossname
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:14 pm [Reply]

    @Jim North (#Y288): I did know what a frittata was, but I definitely did not know that in Iran, it’s called a kookoo. And I want one too.

  12. tb4000
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:14 pm [Reply]

    @tb4000 (#10): And that should be Rex, not Judge Parker.

  13. Calico
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:14 pm [Reply]

    Iris looks like Marcie from Peanuts, but with ginger hair, and ginger everything else.
    Go to 4:28 and hear about Ginger!

  14. Naked Bunny with a Whip
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:16 pm [Reply]

    Is there really that much need for snowsuits in Arizona?

  15. Miss Othmar
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:17 pm [Reply]

    OK, ‘Mudgeons: I need some assistance from you webcomics fans out there. My 14-year-old son is a great fan of MS Paint Adventures. Notice how I call him a great fan instead of complaining that he is obsessed. I am a Cool Mom. However, I would like him to read an actual book once in a while. Can anyone who is familiar with the site give me some recommendations as to authors that he might enjoy? When I told him that I’d be asking you folks for advice, he agreed to give your recommendations a chance. Not that he ever reads the comments here — when he visits, he only reads Josh’s contributions. Because Josh is the Pope. TIA

  16. Écureuil Écumant
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:23 pm [Reply]

    @Uncle Lumpy (#9): It’s eschar, and they’re saponifying from within.

  17. Rixter
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:23 pm [Reply]

    Orange – the new annoying.

  18. Josh
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:26 pm [Reply]

    @Miss Othmar (#15): You might want to check out Machine of Death!

    A self-published phenomenon of sci-fi stories written mostly by Webcomics artists (the MS Paint Adventures artist not among them, but many of the writers are friends/fans of that strip).

    As a side note, this book managed to accidentally infuriate Glenn Beck.


  19. Patrick
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

    I know that the recent Apartment 3G is supposed to be in the hills, but could they focus on not having a different hill behind them every other panel?

  20. Calico
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:32 pm [Reply]

    J.K. Rowling, E. Hemingway (they are both very “visual” writers-I read Hemingway when I was 15-16 in High School)
    The original “Pinocchio” is intriguing, but pretty gruesome compared to the sanitized Disney version.
    I really liked “The Five Little Peppers and how they grew” – albeit old, a wonderful story. I also loved the series “All of a Kind Family”, about a Jewish family in NYC in the early 1900′s.
    Good luck!

  21. Mustang
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm [Reply]

    I don’t mind falling down in my snowsuit! That has to be Jeffy and PJ! The innocent proclamation from the mouth of this poor struggling pilgrim confirms he is one of the lesser toddlers who have ventured forth onto the “backyard” that is in truth some sort of existential wasteland of parched dirt hell.

  22. Uncle Lumpy
    February 13th, 2011 at 8:51 pm [Reply]

  23. dale
    February 13th, 2011 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    @Miss Othmar (#15):

    Agatha Christie. The Poirot stuff.

    I never read any of the Miss Marpole (sp) books, but the TV movies have her come across as a Mary Worth.

  24. Indichik
    February 13th, 2011 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    What’s the point of stuffing the kids into snowsuits if you’re just going to put them in regular sneakers instead of boots? Is Thel even vaguely aware of what season it is?

  25. anon
    February 13th, 2011 at 10:00 pm [Reply]

    @Miss Othmar (#15): Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams (especially Dirk Gently, actually). Not sure whether you read MSPA yourself, but it has a very weird, inventive narrative structure, so you’ll want something that’s a bit unconventional.

  26. Bud
    February 13th, 2011 at 10:48 pm [Reply]

    Love is…

    Having someone who is willing to share heat stroke with you.

  27. Pseudo3D
    February 13th, 2011 at 11:14 pm [Reply]

    A3-G: “Damn! I knew I should have used more chloroform.”

  28. Pseudo3D
    February 13th, 2011 at 11:14 pm [Reply]

    (that should be used with 2/12/11′s strip, not today)

  29. DavidMac
    February 13th, 2011 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    Family Circus: Good grief! The snow is GREEN! Those electric cars are really saving the planet!

  30. Stumack
    February 13th, 2011 at 11:50 pm [Reply]

    I’m not intimate with the GA narrative, but if that’s Skeezix, haven’t they been married 70 years?

  31. NoahSnark
    February 14th, 2011 at 12:00 am [Reply]

    The snow suits do a good job hiding all the extra weight Jeffy and PJ gained from eating the rest of the family.

  32. Follower
    February 14th, 2011 at 12:21 am [Reply]

    FC: Funny, I was just watching David Cronenberg’s The Brood the other day…

  33. demoncat
    February 14th, 2011 at 12:43 am [Reply]

    mary showing her legs like that is all part of her evil personality since she figures if she can not meddle some one blind them with her looks. that or she is hatching some plot for jeff to come to her aide if she should fall off the stool. Jeffery and pj are so happy to be out of the house they do not care if they are over dressed. Margo smile means oh good iris tagging along with us will not last long.for i will have my alibie locked up when they ask about her

  34. Maggie the Cat
    February 14th, 2011 at 2:01 am [Reply]

    Yes, definitely not Billy. Either PJ or some random kid from down the street.

  35. Rimpy
    February 14th, 2011 at 2:18 am [Reply]

    FC: Since when do any of the Keane kids – even Jeffy – speak to PJ as though he’ll understand?

  36. Alison
    February 14th, 2011 at 5:01 am [Reply]

    I like P.J.’s prim clasped hands and serene, polite expression. I think if he could talk he would be saying, “Oh, yes, Jeffrey, old chap, do tell me more about the padding in your garment.”

    Iris looks crazed. Her “stolen from a womens’ prison” orange jumpsuit is less disturbing than her creepy stare and robotic stance.

  37. The Other One
    February 14th, 2011 at 6:05 am [Reply]

    Iris is awesome.

  38. AdAm
    February 14th, 2011 at 8:04 am [Reply]

    I shit my snowsuit and called it padding. Well done, Jeffy.

  39. Kip
    February 14th, 2011 at 12:14 pm [Reply]

    And the Keane kids’ transformation into teletubbies proceeds apace…

  40. sporknpork
    February 14th, 2011 at 2:08 pm [Reply]

    A3G: It looks like in panel two that Trey is spinning Margo’s head with his index finger like a basketball.

  41. greghousesgf
    February 14th, 2011 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    (Cartman voice) goddamn gingers….

  42. Moebius
    February 14th, 2011 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    @Calico (#13):
    Or maybe Honey from “Doonesbury?”

  43. Not Worth It
    February 14th, 2011 at 5:24 pm [Reply]

    @Miss Othmar (#15): Maybe something by Terry Pratchett? He writes comic fantasy novels, some for kids and some for adults, but even the adult ones are very kid-friendly. His “Discworld” series is a good place to start!

  44. Cormac828
    February 14th, 2011 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    A3G – “If only she (Iris) had slept a bit longer…” that would explain why she’s wearing those orange pajamas. And has she been sleeping in the camper van behind her?

  45. Eric )Oppen
    February 15th, 2011 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    It occurs to me that the FC kids may be wearing their snowsuits because it’s really, really cold…it’s just that there’s no snow on the ground.

  46. wholesale Medical Software
    April 29th, 2011 at 11:58 pm [Reply]

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