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Folks, here it is: your comment of the week!

“OK men, welcome to our daily socially-distanced, FaceTime happy hour! You know the drill: Get those thermometers out and let’s all take our temperature together. What do you mean you don’t get why we’re doing this, since it’s April 2020 and everything in Ohio is completely locked down and nobody can meet anywhere, and even if we had a fever no covid-19 test kits are available and there’s little to nothing you can do with that information? This is totally something normal that straight, elderly men do together during a pandemic. Now shove any thermometer you have lying around into an orifice and make sure it’s on camera.” –Carsick Yankee

Your runners up are also very funny!

“At least it’s not a burglar. A mere raccoon is going to find itself part of a giant sandwich in the morning.” –Tabby Lavalamp

“I like that Dagwood doesn’t have the energy to close that front door, but he absolutely has the energy to change into his signature pajamas. No sleeping in his underwear for this guy!” –Joe Blevins

“In the first panel the cop is trying to hold in a fart, and in the third he’s pretending he wasn’t responsible for it.” –nescio

“Batiuk working thirteen months ago, thinking, ‘I mean obviously this’ll all be over by April 2021’ is by far the most oppressively upsetting thing ever to come out of a Funkyverse comic, and he didn’t even mean to do it. His masterpiece, and it was a total accident. Amazing.” –Dan

“I can’t wait to bathe in Dick Tracy’s take on Goth culture. Truly can’t wait. I’m sure it’ll be perceptive and timely and in no way solely based on the time his son made him listen to the Cure’s Pornography on a road trip back in ’83.” –toxic

“Interesting how NeoChicago can simultaneously violate prisoner’s rights while endangering corrections officers. One officer on a prisoner transfer? Do you want violent escapes, prolonged manhunts, and climactic gun battles in which the escapee goes down in a welter of blood and gore? Because that’s how you get violent … what’s that? You do want that? Oh. Well, carry on, NCPD.” –Voshkod

“The main message I’m getting here is that no one in Crankshaft’s actual family, who he lives with, cares if he’s sick or not.” –Mr. A

I know a little about fundraising! First, you discover a product which has a very high mark-up and then send out unpaid schoolchildren to go door-to-door coercing grown-ups into buying it based on their familial connections or relationship to the school or the nostalgia of adults for their own youthful aspirations. The only thing we’re missing from that formula is everything.” –But What Do I Know?

“For all you women who think you can treat Crankshaft like a piece of meat — apparently that’s how he sees himself, so continue!” –jenna

“I read Dustin and was like, ‘OK, those two and the offscreen child, where’s the joke?’ I am proud that I have not been Stockholm-Syndromed into learning how many children the Dustins have or assuming that there will be a joke.” –matt w

“I don’t know whether Drew should be dissatisfied with his life, but Jeff definitely should be dissatisfied with his nose job.” –seismic-2

“There’s a common trope in Japanese manga about love budding when someone forgets an umbrella and their potential partner fetching one to protect them from the elements. The Family Circus is now extremely stupid yaoi romance, is what I’m saying, I will brook no deviation from newly-established canon.” –pastordan

“What the fuck is on Chip’s head? I know these strips are written by impossibly old men who understand golf and nothing else, but you’d think one of them would have seen a hat before.” –Rosstifer

“Speaking of facial expressions, I’m always fascinated by the ones sported by ancillary characters in the Lockhorns. Look at this woman, for example: I have no idea what she’s doing here but she has clearly dissociated completely from her body, hopefully with the help of some powerful drugs.” –pugfuggly

“You’re a plugger if you qualify for the rarely-claimed refundable cross-species marital credit.” –Lawyerbob

“Leroy wanted to see how his dream would turn out, his dream of lying motionless in a featureless void while an endless parade of women marches past, each commenting on the futility of that very dream. That’s when he swore he would never again sneak some of Loretta’s medication.” –grsblvnyk

“Hi is still bitter that the Monkees broke up. Wait, he’s how old in 2021? Yikes… Hi is still bitter that Chumbawamba broke up.” –BigTed

“‘Drew will find his way. They usually do.’ ‘I hope you’re right, Mary, but I have yet to see any peer-reviewed longitudinal studies demonstrating that Drews usually do!’” –Effluvius Erratus

“Hi has always seemed like kind of a dick, in all honesty, but he more and more seems like a clinically depressed dick.” –Rube

“‘You can’t have a tattoo!’ ‘Because it’s permanent?’ ‘No, quite the opposite. Because of our negative continuity, no change can last beyond the last panel and by the next day the status quo will have been entirely restored.’ ‘That’s soul-crushing!’ ‘Yes, but we’ll forget it by the end of the strip.’” –Ettorre

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Also! Don’t forget that tonight at 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern, the Internet Read Aloud returns to your Zoom machines!

This show’s performers include:

Here is the Zoom link! We are excited to virtually see you there!

And finally: It’s your comment of the week!

“Please do not ‘avail yourself” at the library computers.” –Lorne Hanks, on Twitter

Your runners up are also very funny!

“Speaking of experiences that will come back to haunt you, let’s grab some Sbarro.” –Donny Ferguson, on Twitter

“No matter what Sarah imagines, it always seems to come back to Buck telling utterly unfunny jokes. Water seeks its own level.” –jroggs

“Saul called Eve ‘dear.’ Hmmm. Seems a little overly familiar to me. Next time, Romeo, play it safe and try ‘ma’am’ instead. This is a family strip.” –Joe Blevins

“What’s going on here? The Forger is painting pictures of clowns? Are they paintings of real clowns? Forgeries of famous paintings of clowns? Paintings of fictional clowns? Seeing how he’s a criminal looking to flood the market with a product that no one really wants, I’d say it’s not worth the effort they’re putting in to stop this guy.” –Larry McAwful

“Mary’s perfected meddling, now it’s time to really test her abilities and try some meddlin’.” –Tabby Lavalamp

“Oh, Dennis, I wouldn’t be so smug. That weirdly-fortress like building in the background is the county courthouse complex, and today is the day they’re doing free chippings for tykes, along with a complementary harness and leash at the end. Clearly Alice has had this date circled on the calendar for a long time.” –Thelonious_Nick

“The principle in linguistics of the discrete infinity of language means that there is unlimited productivity from the finite means of language. In other words, it is a major design feature of a language that its finite number of words can generate an infinite range of sentences, sentences that have never been uttered before. For some reason, I thought of this when Saul said ‘I’m happy you didn’t run from the menswear store.’” –Lawyerbob

“There was no shift, Eve. There hasn’t been a shift in over three months.” –Weaselboy

“Does a bear shit in the woods? Not anymore.” –Where’s Rocky

“But who is Daddy talking to in the last panel? Not baby, he’s just repeating what baby ostensibly said. Me? He’s looking at me. Well, look here, buster, don’t try to involve me in whatever you’re up to, I am not interested. [backs slowly away from his laptop screen, trips over the cat]” –matt w

“If this guy’s mad about a bunch of unused PCs at the library at night, just wait till he learns about Milford’s coaching staff during the day!” –Effluvius Erratus

“And remember, your grandmother lives in a barn, not a house. She’s a sheep, which is where you and I learned our mysterious dialect. Anyway, animals don’t have souls, so grandma won’t haunt anything when they slaughter her. Good night!” –Voshkod

“I’ve thought about this for a few minutes (too long, I know) and the only solution I can come up with is that an unedited AI is now writing the dialogue for this strip. If the content swerves back into seeming coherence, then we’ll know the program has worked out the bugs — very menacing!” –But What Do I Know?

“I, for one, think Dagwood should only discuss his fudgy dingdoodle ratios with a qualified gastroenterologist. This is simply inappropriate.” –made of wince

“Everyone loves to debate who would win in hand-to-hand combat: a yuppie pencilneck or a coked-out demi-hippie.” –Artist formerly known as Ben

“Who is Natalie (other than the most interesting Family Circus character by default)?” –Lee Sherman

“Oh hi, Dad! Yeah, so I’ve just been standing motionless in this corner for the past month, but it’s fine, nothing to worry about.” –glitchcraft

“Conveniently, this scene is taking place in the bathroom, because Dolly’s about to get her mouth washed out with soap.” –cheech wizard

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Folks, a couple quick notes! Remember, you now have the option to get an ad-free email newsletter version of each post delivered to you daily, for just $3 a month! Also: my beloved live comedy show, the Internet Read Aloud, will return to the Zoom-based stage one week from tonight, on April 9, and 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern! Here’s the Zoom link (and please note that this is different from the initial link I used when I announced this show, so update your records if you’ve saved that somewhere) and here is the Facebook event!

And now, most importantly: it’s your comment of the week.

“Dustin has gained a surprising amount of knowledge by going through his parents’ medicine cabinet and googling phrases like ‘can you get high on warfarin.’” –Francisco Arrowroot

The runners up are also hilarious!

“I want to tip my hat to the artist of this strip for making an effort to depict human beings playing video games, the world’s most beloved activity that creators in popular media just can’t ever seem to understand. The use of the couch just as a backrest is very true to life, the controllers aren’t being June Brigman’d, and the artist seems to have used an actual game screenshot to portray authentic gameplay. So close. So very close. Unfortunately, the game in question is single player without a split-screen despite the two characters using controllers, which is like depicting a baseball game with two players batting simultaneously. Also, Sega has a strong defamation case against the strip’s creators for suggesting their valuable IP is played by people like Dustin.” –jroggs

“I found myself wondering what led to this phone call. Did Blondie or Dagwood decide to just check in during the workday? Or is Dagwood stalling before having to confess he lost the kids’ college fund on a very entertaining online poker game?” –jenna

“Not a good sign when your new storyline opens up with the dialogue box struggling to come up with something interesting to say, and characters immediately start fleeing the strip.” –pugfuggly

“In fairness, when Jeffy wanders the post-apocalyptic wasteland after the rest of his family is raptured, roaming between scattered tribes of survivors saying things like ‘they call it Thunderdome because it’s the sound of grampa clapping for me in heaven,’ that blanket’ll make a decent cloak.” –Dan

“When I die, imminently, from whatever massive and terrifying beast tore my blanket to shreds, can I take my blanket with me?” –The Great Joe Bivins

“Rather reluctantly, I have to admit that this passes the smell test. Ippon seoinage, the one-armed shoulder throw in judo, is intended to lessen the advantages of a taller, heavier opponent. When the opponent is this much taller and heavier, however, the move can be countered quite simply by stone-cold not giving a shit.” –boojum

“Dennis mocking Mr. Wilson checking the guest registry as he calls and thanks the people who came to his wife’s wake. Truly menacing.” –Hibbleton

“Personally, I wonder what Dennis’ companion is pondering so theatrically. Hopefully, it’s that this supposed friend promised to show him something cool, and now he’s just staring at an old man in a burgundy sweater calling his oncologist.” –Joe Blevins

“(Ominous music) ENTER SHADEBEAM.” –Peanut Gallery

Today’s Baby Blues is about how human interactions are overrated, because your friends are not as friendly as you remember. That’s one way to convince people to stay quarantined until vaccinated, I guess.” –Ettorre

“I have to say, over the course of — what’s it been for this plotline, like, twenty years or so? — I’ve become a fan of Eve’s bandana: simple, one color, functional (good for catching drool and for robbing trains), and always tied precisely the same way. I like it.” –Handsome Harry Backstayge, Idol of a Million Other Women

“Something squamous holds a sign over a doomed man’s head as he contemplates in mute horror a sudden eruption of terrifying fecundity. It is April, fools, April, the cruelest month, and instead of lilacs from a dead land we get olives from the sterility of alcohol. Bacchus is emasculated, Athena seizes Athens from the wrath of Poseidon (again, a sea creature, with tentacles writhing) with a gift of olives, myth cycles descending into myth spirals all the way down into the madness that drove the wreckers from the sea (Viking, sea creatures, decorating their ships with kraken’s tentacles) to burn and pillage. Such depth in a simple comic.” –Voshkod

“A thousand bookmarks for a woman with one book and a few events a year is overkill. Especially if she’s writing a mystery series, which means the bookmark will be outdated as soon as #2 is published. On the other hand, if they tape them all together, they’ll make a biodegradable and appropriate burial shroud.” –Bill’s Tummy Brain

Amelia is really good at cost-benefit analysis and economies of scale. We both work for free when you could easily afford to pay us, but don’t let that throw you.” –Banana Jr. 6000

“The Rex Morgan team carries out a daring experiment to test which is more exciting: The usual Rex Morgan action, or watching paint dry.” –matt w

“‘Does that mean your ghost boyfriend will have more time for you, or less?‘ ‘You’re thinking of my ex, Billy. Zane is transitioning. He hasn’t fully left the land of the living, that’s why he can still play ball.’ ‘You mean–‘ ‘Yes, he’s not the Wholly Ghost.’” –pastordan

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