Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Toy Boy

August 22, 1973
Gladys should give Brutus some credit. At least he didn't suck in his stomach.

Why would anyone give Brutus a second look with that hat on?

I've been a lot of commercials for that gel gun that doesn't leave a mess and glows in the dark. I'll post the name and commercial on here if the company pays me $150 to advertise. I don't know if that's the latest, greatest toy that only the coolest kids know about but I could get behind it.

I never hear kids talk about toys anymore. Shoes? Yes. Video games? Definitely. Phones? You betcha. But never toys. Maybe because I'm mostly around middle- and high schoolers.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Stress Test

August 21, 1973
You can take this one of two ways. Either they already have enough kids, they are rabbits after all, and she's wanting to adopt more. Or he doesn't want kids because he knows what happens, they are rabbits after all, so she's suggesting they adopt instead and he's rightfully worried that they'll end up with just as many.

What's with that look on the girl rabbit? Good lord.

Dozens of people laugh at Brutus everyday. Dozens!! He doesn't need Mother Gargle to do it for us. Brutus does take himself a bit too seriously for someone who calls himself "the born loser".

We're all a little stressed. Take some time for yourself. Spend a day doing something for you.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Technically Not a Riddle

August 20, 1973
Brutus' swimming must've really looked bad out there. This guard is a better person than me or any of our faithful readers:
I don't know what I'm more curious about: The guard's weird triangular outfit, his tiny hat that's still on his head despite being in the water, or Brutus' swim trunks.

Brutus didn't even try. I at least act like I'm trying to come up with an answer when I'm asked a stupid riddle. Brutus could at least play along. It's not even that hard of a riddle.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Famous Last Words

May 19, 1985
I swear these Sunday strips are thinkers. I guess this guy doesn't have a stutter but is using a stutter to make fun of Brutus. I applaud Brutus for standing up to this jerk. That kind of talk isn't necessary. It was wrong then, and it's wrong now.

If this was pre-1938, Wilberforce could get a job right now. I'm sure there's a factory or mine that would love to have him.
Lewis Hine, 1911.

Actually, maybe you could send Wilberforce to a farm. You can apparently work at any age if you're on a farm. I started working at 14. Food service--university cafeteria. Still, in my mind, the second best job I've ever had.

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Gladys Parker: Fashion & Mopsy

I've been fascinated with the comic strip Mopsy since I found a drawing that someone did of Mopsy on an old newspaper in an abandoned house. Mopsy was created by Gladys Parker, one of the few women cartoonists working in comic strips at that time. Mopsy was clearly modeled after Parker, who not only wrote and drew a comic strip but also designed and created her own clothes.

Gladys Parker was born in 1908 in Tonawanda, New York. She shaved two years off her age saying she was born in 1910. She moved to New York City to study fashion illustrating which led her into doing illustrations for a newspaper and then doing the comic May and Junie. Parker's big break came when she was given the reins to Flapper Fannie. She worked on Flapper Fannie, expanding the cast to include a little sister, Betty, and making Fannie look more like herself, from 1930 until 1935. Mopsy began in 1940 and it became her focus for the next 25 years.

Parker still did the occasional illustrated advertisement but, besides Mopsy, Parker worked diligently on her own fashion designs, designing, creating, selling, and even modeling her line of fashion that had Hollywood's seal of approval. Parker retired in 1965 and passed away due to lung cancer in 1966 at the age of 58. If you would like to read more about Gladys Parker, her comics, and her fashions, the wonderful book Gladys Parker: A Life in Comics, A Passion for Fashion by Trina Robbins is available on Amazon or you can order from your local bookstore.

The tag from one of Parker's dresses. The dress, a black and white vertical striped piece, is currently
in the Tonawanda Museum

Gay and Her Gang was a comic strip Parker did before being given Flapper Fannie. It lasted only two
years, 1928-1929.

Parker models one of her designs.

Parker's customized Ferrari with Mopsy on the door.

Saturday, November 26, 2022


Today would've been Charles Schulz's 100th birthday. The creator of Peanuts sadly passed away back in 2000 but his characters and inspiration live on today through the comic strips and television specials. There probably isn't a cartoonist alive that wasn't inspired by Schulz and the 92 comics that are celebrating his birth is testament to that. You can read all of the comics over at the Schulz Museum but here are a few of my favorites and a couple that didn't make the tribute page.


Animal Crackers

Back In the Day

Broom Hilda


Dark Side of the Horse

Diamond Lil

Dick Tracy


For Better or For Worse




Sally Forth

The Born Loser

Friday, November 25, 2022

It's Because of the Black Friday Act of 2007

August 18, 1973
Brutus is a really good artist--but only if he's drunk. Kind of like Curly being really good at boxing but only if "Pop Goes the Weasel" is playing.

No, it's because most people have Friday off so it just makes sense to have discounts on things so people will get out and shop for the upcoming holiday season.

But that's not why we're here. Why is Gladys at home? Are we supposed to believe this took place after Gladys went shopping? Is it 4 A.M. and Gladys is just about to head out? Maybe she stayed home and made Brutus bear the brunt of this capitalistic anarchy.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Only Gladys Has Legitimate Gratitude

August 17, 1973
Why would you even say that? Just say "Ok" and move on. I'm not even laughing at the actual joke but at Veeblefester's trust in Brutus. All Brutus has to do is not change a damn thing but instead Brutus will begin charging $8 a month for Tea Cozy Blue.

Mother Gargle was just there on Tuesday!

I've been very bombarded with being thankful and showing gratitude this year. I guess three years of pandemic does that to people. Anyway, I'm grateful for many things and am grateful I have so many great people in my life. From my family and friends to my coworkers and students. They all make me a better person. And I can't forget my dedicated readers--all 20 of you. May you all have a happy and safe holiday season.

H A P P Y    T H A N K S G I V I N G

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Second Lunch

August 15, 1973
Uh-oh. Trouble in paradise. Or at least the paradise section of the pet store.

That macaw looks like he's lived through some stuff. I had a friends whose mom owned a bird. I don't know why you'd want a pet that could launch their body fluids across the room but she had one.

Instead of spending another giant chunk of money at a restaurant, just go down the block and pick up some fast food if you're hungry again.

And finish your wine before you leave.