Luann by Greg Evans and Karen Evans for November 05, 2022

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    AnyFace  over 1 year ago

    Ugh. ✨

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    lvlax  over 1 year ago

    Will Luann be writing The Great American Novel for NaNoWriMo?!?

    She’ll need to do roughly 165 pages. I wonder what she’d write about?

    Vale is still totally annoying!

    I’m curious what Tiff is up to. Do we think Bets has made an appearance yet?

    P.S. I hope your hands are feeling better, Wally!

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    Vilyehm  over 1 year ago

    His massive fingers can do this thing?

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    kenhense  over 1 year ago

    Luann LOST to this guy!!!

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    Tyge Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I’m reminded of the old saw about an infinite number of monkeys banging on an infinite number of typewriters, eventually they’d write all the great works. They hadn’t counted on Mr. Vale!

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    ronaldspence  over 1 year ago

    what an odd trio!

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    Tyge Premium Member over 1 year ago

    This will continue into next week.

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    J. Scarbrough  over 1 year ago

    I feel like GET FUZZY did a similar punchline about the order of certain words before.

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    Enter.Name.Here  over 1 year ago

    16 hours a day? I quit.

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    Airman  over 1 year ago

    50,000 words, or 500 words if they can do it in cursive.

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 1 year ago

    Vale’s right in the final panel when it comes to writing something creative.

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    ericbrower  over 1 year ago

    Wow, so Tara actually is taking this writing thing seriously. Luann is starting off as a short storyteller. And Vale? Even as he takes credit for another’s ideas, he still has a “who cares?” attitude.

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    beb01  over 1 year ago

    Luann: “Thank you but I won’t take advice from someone who plagiarized from me,,”

    Note that Bricks-For-Brains used a smart watch to do the math,

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    Binky Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Blech!!! ( ͝° ͜ʖ͡°)ᕤ

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    beb01  over 1 year ago

    Walter Gibson, author of most of The Shadow novels used to write two 40,000=45,000 word novels a month and did so for around 15 years. Max Brand, H Bedford-Jones and (I think) Erle Stanley Gardner wrote over a million words a year. And all of them on manual typewriters. There are books on writing, marketing and publicizing one’s work. Most areas have writer’s groups which offer advise, moral support, advice, 1st readers and encouragement. NaNoWriMo seems entirely unnecessary.

    Also with Print on Demand you can can have anything you’re written printed out in a nice hard cover or paperback book. Some people seem to be doing alright as self-publishers.

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    Joe1962 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Vale is totally annoying but funny.

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    Rhetorical_Question   over 1 year ago

    Hey, he can use a calculator.

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    capricorn9th  over 1 year ago

    Pointless strip today.

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    Airman  over 1 year ago

    Quantity does not make up for quality, we’re already overwhelmed by a landfill of worthless words that nobody really cares about.

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    beb01  over 1 year ago

    Come next week I’m hoping for the Spanish Inquisition to bum-rush Vale out the door, Since no one expects the Spanish Inquisition that would make an interesting twist to this arc.

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    Argythree  over 1 year ago

    I hope the arc ends tomorrow, with Luann walking out of the room and Vale disappearing for good…

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    nneu  over 1 year ago

    Vale makes Jack look like the most fragile and gentle guy. Bring back Jack!

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    Aladar30 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Tara is always very supportive and wants Luann to try new things that can make her happy. I hope Luann can still enroll in the same writing class that Tara takes, it would be very helpful for her and she and Tara would spend more time together. I have said it often, but I repeat it. Luann needs to spend more time with a friend who is encouraging and who believes in her! Tara is that friend. More Tara, less Bernice in her life!

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    luann1212  over 1 year ago

    Words fail me.

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    rshive  over 1 year ago

    Picky, picky, picky.

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    imagenesis  over 1 year ago

    Just walk away slowly and stop making eye contact Luann!

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    theincrediblebulk  over 1 year ago

    Word order means little or nothing if you use it creatively in the dialogue of a character… " In order spoken must words be"

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    Brdshtt Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Vale: “A, B, C, D, R, Q, M, T, P, Z.”

    “And I know a lot more letters in the alphabet, just not all in a row like that”

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    The Reader Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Order words right in.

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    Susan00100  over 1 year ago

    Oh, Gawd!!

    I hope this isn’t leading to a romance between Tara and that ape!!

    Even Les would be an improvement.

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    Richardf8 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I find it interesting that Greg mentioned NaNoWrimo and Harry Potter in the same strip, given that the NaNoWrimo people canceled J.K. Rowling 2 years ago.

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    Ellis97  over 1 year ago

    This guy knows his arithmetic.

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    tonypezzano  over 1 year ago

    Vale, you might get in trouble doing Harry Potter novels.

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    Dkram  over 1 year ago

    He seems to be good at math, but he’ll likely become a politician.


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    coffeemom88  over 1 year ago

    You know, I think the Vale character is here as a foil to Ox. While they have some similarities (like being tall, beefy athletes), that’s pretty much it. Where Vale is selfish and haze a hazy understanding between right and wrong, Ox is always kind, thoughtful and selfless. Perhaps this story line will end up with Tiff meeting Vale and seeing Ox in a brand new light?

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    ctolson  over 1 year ago

    Dingleberry can work a smart watch but he’s not smart enough to write a good Original composition. Hmmmm.

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    arabianne1231  over 1 year ago

    Yaay! Shout out to NaNoWriMo!

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    Ignatz Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Walter Gibson, the writer of “The Shadow” pulp novels, wrote a novel every two weeks at the height of magazine’s popularity. He also wrote the Shadow comic strip. He was also an avid amateur magician and the ghost-writer for Houdini and Blackstone. It’s estimated that he wrote 10,000 words a day for decades.

    Lester Dent wrote “Doc Savage” which was only published once a month, so he only had to write a novel a month, the slowpoke.

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    [Traveler] Premium Member over 1 year ago

    It was a dark and stormy night……

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    WilliamVollmer  over 1 year ago

    And, how long did it take JK Rowling to get all the words in the right order to create the Harry Potter universe?

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    Busrayne  over 1 year ago

    Come on, we have to have some Luann arcs; otherwise, the comic might be called Tiffany.

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    dwindy54  over 1 year ago

    An infinite number of monkeys……

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    Mordock999 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    You know what?

    It’s bad enough that Luann lost the top prizes to these two boors, but now they are all but ignoring her. So HOW exactly, is Tara being “supportive” to Luann here?

    I guess it’s good that Tara takes such an interest in her writing class. I’m glad Tara is taking a interest in something academic, because I remember when she (And Nil) took Zebo’s art class just to make fun of him (And Luann).

    But hey.

    Tara should write.

    Not just 50,000 words a month but 100,000.

    Even a million.

    The more Tara writes, the better writer she may become.

    And the more Tara writes, the less time she’ll have to get Luann into trouble.

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    BlitzMcD  over 1 year ago

    Scary how that new guy in the middle reminds me of big band era musician Tex Beneke (with a bit of Bobby Kennedy). I’d be amazed if that was intentional. But if by some unlikely chance it was, that’s pretty clever.

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    Robert Nowall Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Before this nano-contest became a thing, I once wrote a fifty-thousand-word novel in a week. I was never able to match that speed again.

    Of course, it wasn’t very good…in fact, it was awful.

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    phileaux  over 1 year ago

    Too bad they didn’t make Vale a math ace by not having him calculating with his iWrist

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    Johnnyrico  over 1 year ago

    Luann is wondering if she should humiliate herself by showing up and excepting the third-place prize..

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    wtepps  over 1 year ago

    Dumbest arc EVER

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    Tetonbil Premium Member over 1 year ago

    That Vale! A future Road Scholar for sure!

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    RSH  over 1 year ago

    Tara is challenging Luann to do MORE while Luann might have previously entered this one story contest, taken a prize and then abandoned story writing, like she abandoned drawing and art, … how many sketches could Luann do in 1 month?…. all begs the question of just how much can one do in one month. and Vale, alias not eye candy, is taking interest. Hats off to Tara!

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    RSH  over 1 year ago

    Tara is all about action Luann is…. “hey lets go shopping”. Come on Luann; time to do more.

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    comic reader 22  over 1 year ago

    So boring. These three young people discussing writing is like watching my brother advising our mechanic on how to repair a car. They don’t have the experience or commitment to be honest with their words and feelings. Instead, they discuss learning to write like getting a high score on a video game (50,000 words a month will make you accomplished) which in my opinion is just a recipe for promoting empty fodder. But since Luann is never going to really settle on anything in life she might as well try this for awhile.

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    The Orange Mailman  over 1 year ago


    A rare instance where lower case letters would be advantageous.

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    Tom_Tildrum  over 1 year ago

    800 words is something like 3 pages, I think. The writers really seem dedicated to making Luann look like a child.

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    kenhense  over 1 year ago

    At first, Jack seemed like a big galoot. G & K cleverly worked Jack into the cast, and we wondered if he would wind up being Luann’s guy. But Vale? Hopefully his role is just comic and occasional.

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    locake  over 1 year ago

    November is a terrible month for a writing event. There are lots of sports going on this month. Thanksgiving is in November and many people are traveling and cooking and visiting with family. And it only has 30 days instead of 31. March or May would be much better months for most people to write 50,000 words.

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    sallymargret  over 1 year ago

    A friend came to visit James Joyce one day and found the great man sprawled across his writing desk in a posture of utter despair. “James, what’s wrong?” the friend asked. “Is it the work?” Joyce indicated assent without even raising his head to look at his friend. “Of course it was the work; isn’t it always?” “How many words did you get today?” the friend pursued. Joyce (still in despair, still sprawled face down on his desk): “Seven.” “Seven? But James… that’s good, at least for you.” “Yes.” Joyce said, finally looking up. "I suppose it is… but I don’t know what order they go in!”

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    MJ Weber Premium Member over 1 year ago

    TIL about NaNoWriMo! Thanks Luann/Greg!

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    AndrewSihler  over 1 year ago

    I think Vale is onto something, there.

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    paldec  over 1 year ago

    Not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but what little we saw oif Vale’s entry was kind of funny. The part about 700,000 people living in Paris and 600,000 being artists, with the rest can can dancers and mimes, definitely would not have come from Wikipedia or any other source purporting to be factual. Calling Lautrec “Tooloose” and Monet “Clod” are warmed-over adolescent jokes. So, maybe Vale really did write the whole piece. We’ll soon find out, I hope.

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    David Huie Green LosersBlameOthers&It'sYOURfault  over 1 year ago

    He’s got interesting potential for humor.

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    jimboklein  over 1 year ago

    My daughter has been participating in NANOWRIMO for the past 10+ years. She finishes the 50,000 words, but then never completes the final edit (you have until April or something to edit, add illustrations, cover art, etc.). Amazon used to offer to print your finished novel for a small (like $10) fee.

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    YorkGirl  Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Is Vale good at math or does he have a calculator on his wrist phone? Other than promoting writing, where is this going? No friends or parents attending this event?

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    donwestonmysteries  over 1 year ago

    Yeah, getting the words in order is the hard part. Some of my friends are doing NaNoWriMo. I’ve been too busy writing to do it.

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    jojo318  over 1 year ago

    I didn’t know Stevie Wonder was a barber on the side.

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    xtc45688  over 1 year ago

    IMO Vale is a useless character.

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    priyansh.jeziel  over 1 year ago

    This guy IS thicker than a brick, WITH the added bonus of being totally obnoxious.

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    radgrom8109  over 1 year ago

    wow, this is stupid!

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    Pipe Tobacco Premium Member over 1 year ago

    NaNoWriMo is an organization that has as a real-world base its location in Berkeley, CA….. so I suspect Greg may be especially fond of mentioning it because even though most know of it via the Internet….. it’s origins are in California.

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    JPuzzleWhiz  over 1 year ago

    Can you use words twice, Vale? I seriously doubt they’d make that a “no-no”…! d;o)

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    eladee AKA Wally  over 1 year ago

    Wow Vale is really good with numbers.

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    eladee AKA Wally  over 1 year ago

    He’s not wrong in that last panel. I used to say All I need today are 2,000 words. But they have to be 2,000 GOOD words. lol

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    BuckarooDave  over 1 year ago

    Sunday : Shannon writes a poem!

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    Sisyphos  over 1 year ago

    Tara is surprisingly well versed about her craft (sic), though she uses her knowledge to humble Luann (“824” words in her story). And, yet, even getting all the words in the right order and churning out words by the tens of thousands, Luann could never write three “Harry Potter” books, sadly. Luann lacks that kind of creativity….

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    Aibohphobia  over 1 year ago

    Forgive me for reposting if someone already said this, but it’s inconsistent that Vale needs small words, but has a calculator watch and can do complex math.

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    overtherainbow  over 1 year ago

    Ah- HAH! A watch is shown in the first act, so it has to be used by the third! Reminding us about the watch and what he did with it (secretly recorded Luann during tutoring)? HMmmmmm

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    Kenezg  over 1 year ago

    This guy…..

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    Night-Gaunt49[Bozo is Boffo]  over 1 year ago

    Vale sure is good at math.

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    MT Wallet   over 1 year ago

    I just saw Harry Potter as Weird Al.

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    ndblackirish97  over 1 year ago

    Is he really using a calculator watch? LOL

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