Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Can Cartoonists Afford Gas?

It's a sad day in Loserville when I whole-heartedly agree with Born Loser's content. It's a sad, sad day...

Since I've Been Gone

I've missed a few things since I left a few days ago. The main thing of importance is that there's sad news from the Keane Kompound. Thelma Keane, the wife of Family Circus creator/cult-leader Bil Keane, passed away on May 23rd. She was 82. I know all of us made fun of Family Circus but we all knew Thel from the comic panel as the inspiration for 'Mommy'. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Keanes during this time of mourning.

Thelma Keane passes away.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Get Off My Lawn!

I checkd out to see if you could view the Mad Fold-In online and what a surprise, you can't. For recent issues, they only choose certain pages to showcase and you have to admit the Fold-In would be kind of a difficult page to show online. Plus, I can do the Fold-In without folding the magazine so there.

This editorial cartoon is done by the guy that does The Knight Life and although I don't remember the '80s very much, I chuckled at the drawing of Indiana Jones who is screaming at kid to stay off his lawn. Hopefully the movie consists of more than that. Especially since Shia LeBeouf is in it.

Oh, Lord. Look at that chair. How come the chair has to have a design on it? I also hate the strips with Wilberfoce sitting on Brutus' lap. That's also disturbing.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Bad Friday

Man, today must not be a very good day for comics. Granted, I only looked at two but both just made me want to curl up and die. First up, is Diesel Sweeties.
I'm tired of the Wal-Mart insults that seem to be penetrating the comic strips lately. Is Wal-Mart really that bad? Do people not like Wal-Mart just because it's the definition of American Capitalism at work. Did we really land on the moon or does Wal-Mart just want us to think we did?

Who is Brutus talking to? Why is he commenting on this out loud? So he remembered a phone number? That's not something to be impressed about. Ugh, I need a vacation.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


So Veeblefester irons his no-wrinkle shirts just because he's rich? Somehow I don't think a skin flint such as Veeblefester would want to waste his money on something that doesn't need to be done.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Comics Cause Headache

WHAT? This comic strip confuses me. Please someone tell me what it's about. I'm begging you.

In Get Fuzzy Bucky insults Satchel by calling him "Wal-Mutt", an obvious parody of Wal-Mart. I don't see the insult because if I were Wal-Mart I'd be worth billions. Slave labor or not.

And finally onto today's strip. Brutus doesn't know what a hedge fund is? Even I know it has nothing to do with landscaping and Brutus works in corporate world. I am disappointed in him.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

:) Gotta Love the Smiley Face

Since I work for a sub-contractor of a cable company, this struck me as really funny. I would rather do this with my Internet provider (I have satellite) instead of my cable company but the look of Pig in the third panel would still be the same.

And Bill Fagerbakke As Wilberforce

I was just thinking, if Born Loser flashed forward several dozen years, Bill Fagerbakke could play Wilberforce in a movie or TV show. I mean if you really think about Bill Fagerbakke (Dauber on ABC's "Coach" and the voice of Patrick in "Sponge-
Bob Squarepants") could play an adult Wilberforce. It's just uncanny.

But then that would just diminish the credible acting talent Fagerbakke has and no one wants that.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Best Part of Waking Up

Does Gladys only have three curlers in her hair? That seems a bit odd considering her hair is usually straight. Brutus seems rather perky for a Monday morning but I woke up in a pretty good mood too. But I awoke to a pretty girl that's definately not Gladys.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

He's Back?!

I don't like Brutus' therapist. We've seen him before and recently and I made fun of him because he looked like the stereotypical therapist and I want to go back on the record that this therapist needs a makeover.

In other news, as summer approaches I may not be able to post as often as the next month and a half is fairly busy even though I made a promise to start posting more! Maybe I'll look for a substitute to do it or something. Maybe a change of pace would be nice for this blog.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Nepotism Wagon

My cousin has a new website up. He actually has two websites up and I've been meaning to get the links posted in order to help him out a little, if possible. So check them out.

Pop Aristocrat Media is a website devoted to his writings, screenplays, poems, what have you. If you are a publisher, producer or anything of the like, please inquire with him. All properties are owned and copyright by him unless noted otherwise. is a website "created by gamers for gamers" and offers various wares of the video gaming variety. Again, please look around and help out a really decent guy.

These websites will also be posted in the sidebar of this blog. Thanx.

Fonzie's Rolling Over In His Grave

It took awhile for me to get the "joke" in today's strip. See, the clock was only going 'tock' when it's supposed to go 'tick-tock'. Hattie fixed it by hitting it really hard. Lousy strip.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Yes, TGIF Indeed

In Brutus' defense, no one over the age of thirty, unless they are qualified informaton technologists (?), should be allowed near a computer system. Even giving them a mouse is stretching it.


...why the hell is Ditto in that cardboard box?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Washing Machine

That shirt looks a little small for Brutus. Also, it appears you've already made your decision since half the shirt is already in the washing machine. And I think either whites or color would be sufficient because it looks like a pretty well-worn shirt. Besides, how often do we actually see Brutus in another shirt?

Also, today's strip isn't all that funny.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Saving the Enviroment

I'll admit it, my home isn't very "green". I want to be more green but sometimes it's just so hard. Green things are so much more expensive. I guess in the long run it can be cheaper and I do plan to start buying the enviromentally friendly lightbulbs.

This strip also brings to mind the clothesline in my Grandma's backyard which wasn't used to dry clothes as much when she got a dryer but was, and still is, set up in the backyard, a testament to the good ol' days.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Two Faces of Brutus

What a sweet, tender moment from Chip Sansom. I'm kind of dismayed that there's no reference to Mother's Day in this strip but that smile on Brutus' face more than makes up for it. Unfortunately, Monday comes and we get this....

...Brutus laying slumped on a therapist's couch. Also, is there some rule that says that all therapists have to wear glasses and sport a pointy goatee? If so, where is this rule?

And speaking of stereotypes, where are the minorities in this strip?

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Centennial Edition

Happy 100th Post to me. I figured I'd reach post number 100 a lot sooner than the early half of May but maybe I calculated wrong (plus skipping a few days doesn't help) but here we are. Number 100 of what I hope will be thousands.

In today's strip we learn that Hattie plays for the Weasels. The Weasels. That's not really a mascot as it is a nuisance. Putting aside the fact that Hattie should've been there from the start because it's mandated or you get in trouble does the coach really think Hattie would help? It's the ninth inning and no one has scored! The game is going to end in a tie Weasel Coach. But you should've expected it since you are in the comic strip The Born Loser.

Friday, May 09, 2008

I Love These Commercials

Yes, I'm against smoking but I feel that if you must do it, then go ahead. Just not around me, my son or within the general vicinity of either me or my son. But I found this video slightly disturbing as I was perusing The Sunny Side of Truth.

And what's even weirder was how this commercial reminded me of the Family Guy song "Prom Night Dumpster Baby."

The Noose Tightens

I've only ever had one dream--it was an elaborate dream but it was a dream. I wanted to be a known author--not rich or famous but known. I also wanted to be married to a wonderful woman who would love me forever. Also, three kids--two girls, one boy--and two cats. Maybe a dog if we lived on a farm.

Looking at Brutus just depresses me in ways I can't even explain. To perk up our spirits, here's Secret Asian Man.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Look At Brutus' Arm....

In all the years I have been reading this, the Thornapple house has been very clean. What does Brutus have to do? Manly cleaning stuff or is it something stupid like dusting? It's just going to get dusty again. Plus, Brutus works hard all week at Veeblefester's and just wants to curl up on the couch with a bottle of Captain Morgan in the evenings and weekends and major holidays.

Tales of Undisputed Interest

I'm An Ass
I once tried to convince a friend that her live-in boyfriend was writing checks to a brothel. She was going through their checkbook and found a couple entries listed as "Kermit's House". I immediately told her it was a brothel in nearby Tonganoxie. I had a crush on her and wanted her to dump the guy. I almost had her convinced but then she did the smart thing and asked her boyfriend. His explanation was it was a way for them to keep money in the account: listing a fake withdrawl therefore you think the money is not there. I still tried but ultimately failed. Ah well, c'est la vie.

Workplace Comedy
Have you ever seen the sitcom NewsRadio? Andy Dick plays the character Matthew Brock, a clumsy, naive spaz who wrecks havoc on the office every week. There's a guy I work with who reminds me of Andy Dick. To me, he is a spaz--although not as clumsy. He makes weird gestures and talks all the time and, like Andy Dick, is probably on drugs. He also wears weird clothes that normally would make you quirky but instead makes him look like a dork. I hate spazes (sp?).

Gonna Sue Me Too?
I think J.K. Rowling is a bitch. How many people has she sued for using unauthorized versions of her characters? Maybe I'm just not looking deep into this because I don't know how it feels but it seems as if Rowling, Scholastic and Warner Bros have spent as much time suing people as they have writing books, publishing books and making movies. I see the point of wanting to protect your creation--which are essentially your children but I feel that if the Republic of China want to publish a horrible version of Harry Potter called Harry Potter and Leopard-Walk-Up-To-Dragon, then let them. 98% of the world know it's not authorized.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Administrative Assistant's Week Is Over--Get To Work!!

You know, I actually expected a joke like this to make the panels of TBL. Sadly, Grand Avenue beat them to it. I did chuckle at this comic so that says a lot about my sense my humor. Or as I call it: my Humor Tumor.

And, once again, Veeblefester chooses beauty over brains. 30 words per minute is pretty bad especially compared to my 65 words. Oh, wait, he's talking about talking. Thirty words a minutes speaking doesn't really sound like much. I'd do some research on it but this is a comic strip blog and it's not worth my time.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

TBL: Teaching Us History

I actually do like it when Born Loser tries to teach us history, especially when it's own characters don't even know it. Apparently a blunderbuss is a gun. And I learned something today.

Monday, May 05, 2008

A New Strip In Town

There's apparently a new comic strip in town, The Knight Life. The strip dares to go where no other comic has gone before. Making fun of Michael Jackson. How daring. I'll take the occasional look at it periodically but I don't expect much out of it.

Does Brutus live in the tropics? It's gotta stop raining sometime. I live in Kansas where the weather changes every ten minutes so Brutus can't complain. And did you notice that it's only raining in front of and in back of Brutus? No rain on the side.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Who Is Rita? Wife? Daughter?

Wow! That is a really unattractive guy. I mean, really unattractive. Brutus looks good compared to this guy.

It took me awhile to understand today's joke. "What are you getting for her?" "Make me an offer." Now it makes sense but a comic strip shouldn't make you think so hard in the morning. (But it's 1 o'clock in the afternoon...) And if Rita looks anything like this guy, any amount is too much.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Born Loser Casting Call

What if they made a Born Loser movie? Don't say they won't. Look at the other crap Hollywood has been producing lately. If Hollywood decided to option TBL as a movie, I hope they would use a lot of dark humor. And these actors. Danny DeVito would direct.

Bruce Willis may be an odd choice for the role of Brutus Thornapple but with Willis' recent hairstyle, he looks a lot more like Brutus plus it would lend a pretty decent name to the movie making the movie a lot more universal.

Kathy Bates is a good pick for Gladys Thornapple even though she's not as tall as Gladys is in the strip. She has the look and the appeal to look almost like Gladys so this is probably the best pick of the entire cast.

Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak is a name you might not know. He played Jody in the WB version of Family Affair with Gary Cole and Tim Curry. His cute looks and blond hair is a perfect fit for Wilberforce. Plus he's the same age as the next star...

Abigail Breslin who'll portray Hurricane Hattie. She has the look and the hair of Hattie and she can do dark humor perfectly so yet another good casting choice. I'm good at this.

John Larroquette I have casted as Rancid Veeblefester. I'm going for Larroquette's sardonic way of speaking, his humor and his gorgeous silver mane of evil to bring a new age of Dickensian caricature to Ol' Veeblefester.

Rhea Perlman as Lividea Veeblefester? Yes. I feel the contrast is great between her and Larroquette and I feel that a smart, attractive, well-to-do man, six-foot-four man being bossed around by dimunitive Perlman is hilarious.

And finally, Beatrice Arthur as Ramona Gargle, Gladys' mother. Arthur has proven herself time and time again as a wonderful actress and a good sport. And I can totally see her reeming Bruce Willis.

Think you can do better? Let me know. Obviously I only did this because I was bored. Lousy Internet.

End This Comic--Posthaste

As it's been proven, every child in The Born Loser is dumber than a sack of rocks. When they say something, it's not cute like you would expect kids to say, it's stupid. It makes you want to hit them. A lot.