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  1. 13 days ago on Crankshaft

    Actually, Ed’s spot-on: Granny is known all over town for how she colors fabrics. (I was going to say “how she colors her hair,” but the GC colorist kinda shut that out by making it Gray Number Four.)

    (Joke credit to Rich “Svengoolie” Koz, who once turned Lon Chaney’s “Wolfman” line “I just want to die” into the opening of a hair-dye ad parody.)

  2. 13 days ago on Crankshaft

    Why isn’t Ed riding on the short bus?

  3. 13 days ago on Crankshaft

    Your knowledge needs a bit of updating. Ayers drew “Crankshaft” for many years, from the strip’s debut in June of 1987 until he handed it over to Dan Davis in April of 2017. Many of us see Davis as primarily cutting-and-pasting Chuck’s art and adding relatively little of his own. This is not necessarily a criticism, as reusing art is a fairly common practice throughout the comics industry (look at how often June Brigman re-uses her own art in “Mary Worth”). Though the shading, looking like a combination of spiderwebs and mildew, does provide lots of snark-fodder.

  4. 14 days ago on Frazz

    Not quite. R’s are more like that species of parasitic wasps that replicate the ants’ pheremones and insert their own eggs into the ant colony, which then feeds and tends them until they emerge from their pupal casings and devour the queen.

  5. 14 days ago on Crankshaft

    If you look closely at its headlights, even the bus seems to be rolling its eyes at the lack of a joke (or much of anything else) in today’s strip. I appreciate that attention to detail from the B-A-D (Batiuk-Ayers-Davis) creative team.

  6. 15 days ago on Doonesbury

    Y’know, sometimes it’s better to have it in your pants that between your ears.

  7. 15 days ago on Crankshaft

    “This is how the world ends… Not with a bang… or a whimper… but with a bad pun and a smirk.” —Tom Batiuk

  8. 15 days ago on Crankshaft

    I believe he considers it “clever wordplay.” Most people disagree, at least about the “clever” part.

  9. 15 days ago on Crankshaft

    Humans are far too numerous and adaptable to be wiped out by climate change. What is looking likely is that our technological civilization (y’know, that whole business of roads and rails and ships and internets and such that provides reliable food and water to eight billion of us) will break down, our numbers will drop by 90% or more, and we’ll be thrown back to (at least) the middle ages. From which we can start over and maybe get it right next time.

    “Right” including “no comix written by BatYam,” of course.

  10. 16 days ago on Crankshaft

    What book were they (talking about) reading? It’s been two whole days since Todd showed us the front cover, and I’ve forgotten.

    Must not have been a very good one, as they couldn’t find and positive reviews for the back cover.