Saturday, June 22, 2024

Green Yards of Arnie

November 18, 1965
We're getting our fairy tales crossed today.

This godmother has a wand, but neither wings nor floaty crowny things.

Even green is pushing it for me.

We have vines that grow everywhere that I have to trim and cut back. It's weird how I can completely cut the vines apart, yet they keep growing. Nature cannot be tamed.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Summer Boredom

November 17, 1965
Where'd this prisoner get a pickax? I understand letting prisoners have your basic hardware tools--hammers, screwdrivers, saws--because it just makes sense to have prisoners do the routine maintenance around the prison. What else are they doing? But pickaxes seems beyond what prisoners should be able to do. If I were in prison and you handed me a pickax, I would totally think "I wonder if I could escape using this".

Were the video games taken away? Doesn't Hattie begin her Most Dangerous Game contest around this time? Maybe they should make a movie!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Thursday Quickies

November 16, 1965
It probably wasn't a very good show anyway.

(The joke is he's there on the wrong day and tickets for tonight are sold out, right? Ha! What a loser!)

It's just a week of leftovers, isn't it?

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Yum. Diner Seafood

November 15, 1965
Albert's just doing what kids do: Eating cake that has been left out on the table hours before it is actually needed. I feel we can assign blame equally in this comic.

If only he had cut the cake out of the middle...

I have a coworker who goes out to eat every day for lunch. Every. Day. He goes to McDonald's. Every. Day. I wish I could do that, but doesn't that get expensive? I also don't think he really cooks dinner. I think he eats out for every meal. Whatever. Not my place to judge.

I bring this up because Brutus eats at this diner (nearly?) every day and each visit is a new worse experience. Is there no where else to eat nearby? What does Brutus get out of this?

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Kids These Days

November 13, 1965
Her head went through the steering wheel. I guess she's fine. I'm assuming the wreck happened right outside and involves a neighbor, which won't make going outside and doing yard work awkward at all.

Make it not 98 degrees by noon? That'd be the first thing I try.

Every summer I see people complaining about kids not playing outside. Kids play outside where I am. There's a group of kids playing outside as I'm writing this. I don't know what's wrong with your neighborhood where kids don't want to play. Those of you complaining about kids not playing outside, do you oppose every new park initiative and want everything kids could do to make money for the city? Do you call the police whenever you see more than three kids in a park? Maybe that's the problem.

Monday, June 17, 2024

He's Also Leaving an Hour Early

November 12, 1965
Damn, this computer got cocky. This is why every computer thing needs to run on batteries. That way if they start to take over the world, they will eventually run out of power. Like your robot vacuum that waits at the bottom of your stairs every night. Sooner or later it has to recharge which is why you are still alive and not a broken mess at the bottom of the stairs.

It's always a great idea to bring up your work performance to your boss. "Hey, boss, did you notice that I sucked less today?" Doesn't seem like a good career move.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Proud Pop and Son

I only have two videos up on YouTube which is probably two more than you would expect. My first video was a playthrough of the TaleSpin Tiger Electronic Handheld Game.

You can read about both the TaleSpin Nintendo game and the Tiger game here, along with watch the video.

Apparently a new TaleSpin series is currently in production (pre-production?) but that was revealed back in 2023 so who knows how far along it is. No one has called me and asked to help out on the series so who knows if it would be any good.

March 2, 1986
I do enjoy the turns of phrases that Art does. I need to remember this one if I ever become a boss and have a subpar employee that I want to vaguely insult but yet not fire.

I do want to slap that Rankin/Bass-looking Frosty the Snowman face off of Brutus in the first two panels.

Being a tea cozy salesman puts a roof over Wilberforce's head and food on the table--that Wilberforce may or may not be allowed to eat.

Look, I'm not especially feeling anything this year so I'm gonna wrap this up and let you enjoy the rest of your Sunday/Father's Day, before I snap and say something I regret. If you would like to support me or this website and help make my 2024 even slightly better, you can buy me a cup of coffee on Ko-fi.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Father's Day Plans

November 11, 1965
One piece suit? So where it looks like the jacket ends is really just like a skirt-like thing? I'd rather just wear a skirt--or a dress. They look so freeing.

Now we know why this specific week was chosen for this week of reruns. I am not a huge birthday or "your day" person. I feel like you should be honoring me everyday because I'm a damn delight.

I appreciate those parents who just want to lounge around and do absolutely nothing on these parent-specific days. Can I have just one day off from you howler monkeys? Thank you.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Worthless Boy of Summer

November 10, 1965
Technically, if he were to take one of those "when will you die" quizzes, I bet it would say he's already dead. "Am I already dead?" "Oh, no. That would be terrible. It says next Thursday."

Are the Scandinavian countries different than Europe? Maybe she's just more excited about being alone with those Scandinavian men. Or Scandinavian ladies.

I'm impressed the coach puts Wilberforce up to bat so much. Even if there's a "each of your players have to be up at bat" rule, coaches usually put those kids in when the stakes are low--not five times. Although I've been following the Weasels for years now and the whole team is pretty awful.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Salad and Water...Again

November 9, 1965
Is there something funnier about being bad at playing the saxophone? Is it because of I Love Lucy? Is it just funnier because it's a squawky, annoying musical instrument when played poorly? That woman on the right is not having any of this. She is seething at looking at that saxophone.

You could put some ham or grilled chicken in that salad. I'd even take a couple hard-boiled eggs. Oh, well. I guess I'll just be hungry when it's time to go to bed.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Let Me Count the Ways

November 8, 1965
Cherry trees are typically your smaller trees so chopping them down is usually not a problem. If you want to emulate made-up tales of George Washington, do not chop down giant oak trees near houses.

I'm guessing Emily is his wife or something. Neither heard the repetitive chopping?

There is nothing more I can add to this strip. Mother Gargle hates Brutus. Mother Gargle hates Wilberforce. Mother Gargle probably hates all the readers of this strip. Especially you.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

I'd Rather Eat Than Watch Baseball

November 5, 1965
Extrafabulous Comics
Why is the admiral using untoward language? If he were a pirate, I'd understand, but an admiral should be showing a modicum of decorum and respect, not screaming obscenities at his crew. I'd refuse to work, too.

Someone in the comments asked what the joke was. There's no halftime in baseball, in case anyone here didn't know that.

Is Brutus really watching baseball? Because I've watched baseball and nothing that ever happens in that game screams "edge of your seat action".

From 2022.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Time for a Summer Break?

November 4, 1965
This is partly on the boss. Why are you just standing behind the door? It's kind of your fault your head broke the window.

Rerun! So I guess we're done here. I'm sure more than his legs are asleep so I'll just leave them alone to enjoy that feeling. See you tomorrow!

Sunday, June 09, 2024

Tea Cozies Have Engineers?

February 23, 1986
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Never be nice to anybody.

Was that not the bus Brutus wanted to take? Did bus stops used to have multiple buses at one stop? The man even puts his hand out like he's hailing a cab. What is going on?

I get not inviting the schlubs that work in the factory/warehouse to this staff meeting, but only nine people work upstairs? I mean, I guess so. Once again using television as my guide, only 15 people worked upstairs at Dunder Mifflin--16 when Darrell got promoted. I'm guessing that Dougan is the Toby of the group.

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Saturday, June 08, 2024

Did Brutus Actually Make Hot Fudge or Was It Just Chocolate Syrup?

November 3, 1965
I am perpetually baffled by the moustache(?) a lot of these characters have. Those are moustaches, right? Here and here. I doubt they looked much better in the actual paper. They also seem to come from the nostrils, not from under the nose. Maybe they are just weird design choices that didn't scan correctly. It bothers me.

We do pickup for our groceries so what we get is determined by whatever poor employee gets our order. We ordered cookies and cream ice cream and when I bit into it, it tasted funny. Turns out it was light ice cream. It was disgusting and made me want to kill myself. Have all the fat or be nothing.

Friday, June 07, 2024

Hard of Hearing

November 2, 1965
Who's making toys of proto-Brutus Thornapple? I mean, I'd take one. I think modern Brutus Thornapple would make a good stress ball. The people at GoComics merchandising should get on that. They'll get my $10-15.

Anyone remember that movie where Jackie Gleason buys Richard Pryor to be a toy for his son? Will this end up being like that, only less racist?

As long as Mother Gargle can see Brutus' reactions to her dickery, she'll be fine.

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Not That Impressive, Really

October 30, 1965
One thing I find interesting is how many times cartoons, comics, TV shows, movies, basically anything pop culture-related of a certain age go to the William Tell well. It's like quicksand, piranhas, and dynamite. Just made us kids go around thinking someone would want to shoot an apple off our head.

"I got up just before dawn this morning." "Good slap-happy God, why?!?" is a much better response.

At this time of year, dawn is typically around 5:50 AM in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a normal time to wake up if you have to be at work by 8 and you have a normal routine that includes eating breakfast every morning.

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

And Then Eggs

October 29, 1965
I absolutely love the hairy legs and the high heels. That is some delightful detail. But I am wondering what country they are supposed to be in. Ghana? Myanmar?

Eggshells apparently contain your daily intake of calcium so eat up! Just don't puncture your throat on the sharp edges(!). Though, to be fair, I don't think you should hear and feel the way the shells crunch as you eat.

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Sit Back and Relax

October 28, 1965
Please don't do this. There are plenty of other ways to murder your husband that don't involve endangering other people and first responders. Don't want to burn half the state down.

It's nice that the assisted living facility let Uncle Ted keep his recliner. They're gonna have to shut that singing down though.

Monday, June 03, 2024

Trash Panda

October 27, 1965
What is this PTA meeting? Don't get me wrong, it's nice seeing parents involved in their children's school. This is a vastly bigger turnout than the zero parents I usually see show up. I'm just confused who this guy is. On a scale of 1 to 10, how inappropriate is this joke?

Just put a rock on top of the lid. Keep things in bags? I always feel when people complain about animals in their trash, they just put their trash loosely in the can and not in bags. There are raccoons and possums around here, too, and they've never made an awful mess of our trash.

Sunday, June 02, 2024

Time for a Marathon

I'm not a huge fan of reboots and relaunches. I may or may not watch a reboot or relaunch of a show I like. One show I'm kind of shocked hasn't been rebooted, and maybe it's because it's based on a toy line or because it's technically British, is Mighty Max

Mighty Max lasted 40 episodes over two seasons so I'm sure it's popularity is all just in my mind. No matter how popular or unpopular it was on TV, the toys seemed to be everywhere including at least two series in McDonald's Happy Meals. And like many toys back then, Mighty Max of course had a video game. On both Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. I have the Super Nintendo version. It's terrible, and you can read about it here.

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February 16, 1986
While I understand the logic of what Brutus is doing, I don't see what it really accomplishes. She's still here and now you and your chair are wet.

Shout out to Gallipolis, Ohio in this strip! A small village along the Ohio River, If Census figures are correct, this comic would've come out at the pinnacle of Gallipolis fashion when the population was over 8,000 people. Today, it's around 3,000. It's slightly across the river from Point Pleasant, West Virginia--Home of the Mothman.

I looked up Pussy Galore in preparation for this post. Full disclosure, I have never seen a James Bond film either, nor have I read any of the books. In the book, Galore is a lesbian. She's a lesbian because her uncle molested her, not because women are soft, beautiful, and lovely. God forbid a queer character just be queer. Always has to have trauma attached to it. Such is life, I guess. We as a society should do something about that.

It's kind of cute and wholesome that Brutus and Gladys went out to an Alamo Drafthouse type of thing to watch a James Bond movie. Do you think Wilberforce is still locked up in his cage in the basement or have they let him out?

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Saturday, June 01, 2024

Saturday Squish

October 26, 1965
This is why you're not putting me to sleep if I ever have surgery. I have a right to hear what goes on in the operating room.

I am a bit disturbed that the patient wasn't already asleep, could hear everything, and can just get up and leave without anyone noticing or caring. They better not bill his insurance.

"I must've left it in the kitchen" so he sits down instead of going into the kitchen to retrieve his sandwich? "I must've left my peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the kitchen. I can't go back and get it. I guess it's lost forever."