Post Content

Hey everyone, it’s Sunday night, and you know what that means … it means the COMMENT OF THE WEEK!

Curtis: “So how is Diane going to tell Stacey’s mom (who obviously doesn’t have it going on) about this? ‘Oh, by the way, my son was masturbating to a tape of your daughters tits’?” –Krohmdohm

And it also means the very funny runners-up, obviously.

“You know, I would think a place with the name ‘Bum Boat’ would show up in Gil Thorp long before it would in Mary Worth. It’s only natural: every Gil Thorp strip seems like the lead-up to the hardcore scenes in gay porn, whereas every Mary Worth strip seems like the lead-up to solving the mystery in Murder She Wrote. I guess that’s where they’re similar: they both try to string the reader along with a promise of something exciting around the corner but constantly deliver inadvertently humorous situations without giving the reader the goods they expect.” –Forthillrox

Dick Tracy, it begins to dawn on me, is Wagner for the comics page. The vast dilation of time … the protracted sequential repetition … the ambiguous, perplexing perspectives (so very like the disorienting harmonic confusion of, e.g., Tristan) … the omnipresent fire and death … yeah. It all fits. Today, witness the return of the ‘My Gretchen’ leitmotif, subtly transformed to seem smaller, fainter, more querulous, as if borne through the most poignant tragedy. (‘Poignant’ here is used in the sense of ‘having a considerable splatter radius.’)” –Keg of Curd

“I’m pretty sure this is the first time in recorded history that the phrase ‘the Wall Street Journal’ has concluded with an exclamation point.” –dbp

“The only thing Dick Tracy renders more lovingly than the excruciating torment of criminals is chins. Dick Tracy loves chins. Today we have the beautiful trifecta of Dick’s utterly rectangular chin, the Baron’s respectable jowls, and the elongated majesty of … whoever that is.” –Reynard Noir.

“If this strip has somehow put a subliminal image of death into my head, and that goddamn butler shows up when my time comes, I swear I will come back and sue Batiuk and his heirs from beyond the grave.” –Quäsenbo Pan

“I’ll just add that I’ve never seen a worse waiter than the one in Archie. Two glasses, and he looks like he’s about to topple over. Has Betty’s pantslessness given him a giant erection? Is he slipping on the mess on the floor caused by Betty and Archie’s lovemaking? What I love most is his look of grim determination, as if Betty and Archie have been screwing on the same spot every day for the last month, and Mr. Waiter has up until this moment always avoided their love-jasm. Not today, however. ‘Today,’ thinks the waiter, ‘Today I’m just going to walk through it. Screw them and their love juices. I have a goddamn job to do, and today I’m going to do it, and not by some scenic route, either.’ His customer waits with all the anxious expectation of a sports fan, or just a fan of watching people fall violently backwards.” –RaJ

Mary Worth: “Can we please stop seeing three-hair combover dad pawing his daughter? It’s surpassing creepy and moving into … what comes after creepy? Crawly?” –chumley

“For this Spider-Man arc to generate any real suspense, they need to tell us just what TV show they’re trying to fly back home in time to catch. What are the stakes? Are we even talking new episode here?” –BlinkAndItsOver

“I’ve come to the conclusion that there is only one tear in this strip; it just moves around from character to character, sort of like a virus. Except for Margo, of course: she is immune.” –Piper Grey

Spider-Man impresses me with its ability to be completely uninteresting. At least the Phantom usually has someone holding a gun or a knife or sharp pencil or whatever; this is just one strip away from being Spiderman’ll Do It Every Time: ‘Webbo has all these amazing powers fromma spider but whoooaaa he can’t deal with the crazy airport security when hez gotta make a plane!'” –RoboMax

“So is today’s lesson about thriftiness? Because cans of shaving cream are way more expensive than disposable razors. A true plugger would lather up with soap stolen from the men’s room in the gas station.” –Jym

“Oh, the second panel [of Gil Thorp] warms the heart, seeing the teamwork between our heroes — one able to read numbers, the other words: together they are unstoppable literacy machine!” –SecretMargo

“Niki just got back from 1985, judging by that boombox.” –Tweeks_Coffee

And hey, did someone say “Curmudgeon fan meetup?” A note from faithful reader The Specatcular Spider-Brick:

Here are some pictures of the Madison ‘Mudgeon Meetup 2007 (a.k.a. MMMMMVII). We gathered for dinner Friday at Ella’s Deli, an eclectic spot with some odd decor that reminded us of the comics. We saw a Popeye straddling a rather Freudian rocket and soaring across the ceiling on a wire; a table filled with model trains à la John Patterson; and a Mark Trail lookalike with an evil twin mustache trying to hook an angry muskie (though the way he was bending over, it may well have been Rex Morgan in hip waders).

Here’s the whole gang assembled, and toasting the memory of Funky Winkerbean’s Lisa Moore. From left: The Spectacular Spider-Brick, Crooked Soricidae, Jamus the Bartender, Gadge Cubic Mole Preener, and Dingo.

And here’s another. Again, quoth The SSB: “Here, Dingo, at right, displays a treasure Jamus found in a used bookstore — a compilation of TDIET made back when it was still timely! Or did the panels from those days refer to situations in the Roaring ’20s? I think at least one had something to do with waiting for the stagecoach. Meanwhile, Gadge Cubic wonders when the TDIET he sent in will be printed.”

More pics are available at Gadge Cubic, Mole Preener’s Flickr site.

And finally, let’s pitch a little love at our adverisers.

  • Sister Mary Dracula: Writer-artist (and faithful Comics Curmudgeon reader) Gerry Mooney is exposing the truth and ripping the lid off Catholic school education for big laffs! He wants you to know his target is neither Catholics or nuns if it will get you to buy his comic book. Chapter One of a 100-page graphic novel that will be finished eventually.
  • Treat yourself!: Shana Logic loves Joshreads fans because they are independent, rockin’, super nice art lovers! That’s why they know you’ll love Shana Logic’s hip & hot jewelry, killer ties for men, home decor & iPod gear, unusual plushes, and more!
  • Dark Hunger: Desire takes a new form in this manga-style graphic novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
  • Learn to draw the human figure: Acclaimed anatomy training course! Used by leading entertainment studios worldwide in 60 countries — the likes of LucasFilm, ILM, RedStorm, Midway, Blizzard. Learn to draw the human figure from your mind for illustration, comic books, manga, anime, game design, and all art fields.

To find out more about advertising on this site, click here.