Friday, November 26, 2010

The Last Laugh.

Man, I'm dying out here. Whatever happened to Zerobable Kellum (1808-1878) and Only Patience Burger (1869-1885)? And why are there no dogs?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Urban Turkey Day.

Clyde and Dabney hunt the elusive Urban Turkey. Delicious with hot dog stuffing. "Gobble, gobble" is sure to confuse the bird.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Paging Dr. Mengele.

Oh, yes, there is something worse even than Dr. Frankenstein. "The twins are here for their checkup."

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Comics Placebo Effect.

This is a Frazz-like gag today. It requires a lot of work by the reader, and then there is the Oh-I-Get-It-Moment after a millisecond of processing. (Used to be a nanonsecond a few years ago.) The Frazz strip has the nagging defect that Mrs. Olsen is the only character in the strip who is old enough to know the Peter Gunn theme music as coming from the classic Craig Stevens series. Mallett follows on in subsequent strips to explain the gag, but, if you didn't tumble to it the first day, it doesn't get any funnier. Today's B&C has something of that effect. There's the Okay-Okay-Okay-Okay series of semi-funny visual jokes, followed by the Big Reveal, when the reader says, "Ah, okay." After all that, there is an obligation to laugh, dammit!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pop Goes the Weasel.

Hey, it works for Kia, why not for the vampires at the Bloodmobile?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Who says Chivalry is dead?

Barney rides to the rescue, credit card at the ready!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

No, it's Mark.

Mark, Mark Slackmeyer, the erstwhile hippie radical, as he was early in his career.

Today we all know the shorn Mark.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Zonker, is that you?

The November 4, 2010 strip appears to feature a guest cameo by Doonesbury's Zonker Harris. From a previous incarnation. The current Zonker is much more mellow.