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  1. about 8 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Are you suggesting that certain news programs run the “living or dead” disclaimer? I wouldn’t disagree.

  2. about 8 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    Ooh, yeah, that would have been brutal! Though knowing what was going on didn’t really soften it any.

  3. about 8 hours ago on FoxTrot Classics

    I don’t know, I think the novelty would wear off quickly and you’d realize you’d made a simple, easy task painstaking and tedious. Doing it with a high powered water gun might be more entertaining, if you could control it and not just make a huge mess.

  4. about 15 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    Of the ones you name, only Mary Worth ran in the paper my parents got when I was little. I remember reading it every day thinking there must be humor in there somewhere, that it was going over my head because I was so young, but that one day I would find it funny and that would mean I’d achieved a new level of maturity.

    It never did happen. Not going to consider whether that means the strip was never funny or that I never matured.

  5. about 15 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    It would be amusing if The Simpsons’ defense against a defamation suit were “Obviously no one would take us seriously.” And much more appropriate coming from them than from the hypothetical plaintiff when the shoe’s on the other foot.

    There has been at least one Pearls-FBorFW crossover that I’m aware of. Rat went on a walkabout through the comics page in order to learn tact or empathy or something, and kept committing faux pas. When he got to Milborough he made the Pattersons cry by asking if he could play with Farley.

  6. about 15 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    I might feel that way if the danger weren’t so contrived. As it is, all I can see is a senseless waste necessitated by other parties’ carelessness and irresponsibility.

  7. about 15 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Well obviously I know that Rat is a fictional character and has no free will of his own independent of what his creator writes for him. I know that Lynn Johnston isn’t about to rewrite the remainder of her strips to give a role to a character who is another cartoonist’s intellectual property anyway. I was playing along with the counterfactual conceit that makes the punchline work. But now I can see that this pedantry is much more fun.

  8. about 16 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    I highly doubt Farley could have treaded water long enough for Jon and Elly to find April on their own. That means April would not have survived without Edgar being there. Elly scolded April for opening the gate to Sera’s pen and arranging Farley’s booty call last fall, and strongly resisted April’s whining for a puppy at Christmastime. Turns out that both of those were necessary for April to stay alive.

  9. about 16 hours ago on Peanuts

    I’ve been using Babbel to brush up on my Spanish the last few months, and while it’s informed me that some grammatical rules have changed since I was in high school, nosotros and ellos are still used to refer to groups which include both men and women.

  10. about 16 hours ago on Peanuts

    I generally like the Quantum Leap revival but they seem to keep finding people in past eras who hold a lot of 2020s views and at most lack only the language with which to express them. I remember some writer many years ago—I kind of want to say Michael Crichton?—coining the phrase “temporal provincialism.”