By bats | May 18, 2024 - 2:32 pm
Posted in Category: Guest Appearances, Markin' the Trail

…and it’ll never get better.

Meanwhile, a cartoonist who doesn’t profess to know how to draw animals in the least should apply for Rivera’s job…..

I guess the current Mark Trail is getting exciting (wake me when something happens). At least there is a modicum of espionage and intrigue…

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By bats | April 2, 2024 - 12:42 pm
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail

(Heavens to Murgatroyd…no snark at all (at least, not from me)!)

Maybe Mark and Cherry don’t have the most wonderful marriage, after all…

SO! Someone is throwing toxic waste in Lost Forest! What can be done?!??

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By bats | February 18, 2024 - 3:01 pm
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail

I love Onychomys as much as the next person (go look it up), and I even have a video of the little guy, but when Ed Dodd and James Allen and now Jules Rivera “highlight” him, I think he deserves more than cheap newspaper print (even if it’s on Sunday)…

And a keen Bliss contribution, even if it isn’t a grasshopper mouse (there was a nice, subtle snark about the male lion hanging out and drinking cheap beer (read, Keystone beer)… Oh, and the new Mark Trail was so much fun…

Actually, this seems to be turning into a real “Wild Kingdom” thread (and I, for one, welcome our new zoological overlords…).

(This concerns Mary Worth and the crying demand for a new story — GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

Nonetheless, Window Eels Local feel compelled to rally with this fine idea, and they’re not alone.)

So Cherry’s all excited by keeping all domestic cats indoors, since they kill about a gazillion songbird annually (true fact). She’s on the hunt for Banjo Cat with the help of her dad Doc. Will they find the nefarious BC? (In the words of Doc, “That robin was pretty dang annoying…”)

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By bats | September 17, 2023 - 7:57 pm
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail, Most maryWorthy

A NEW plot?!??

Meanwhile, don’t believe for a minute that Wilbur Weston has been wallowing in self-pity….it’s GOOD WORKS all the way for that noble fellow, a Champion of the Environment!!!

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By bats | January 15, 2023 - 1:40 pm
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail

Taken from a Sunday strip…

And they thought James Allen was bad…

And one does not just leave squirrel porn…

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By bats | December 27, 2021 - 12:29 pm
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail

I’m not keen on the “new” Mark Trail “cartoonist” (that’s why Mark or his lousy “illustrations” and “storylines” have vanished from SIUF), and perhaps one reason (of many) is because the “artiste” is too good to let members of the “animal” kingdom (aside from Mark and his ilk) talk…

Face if Jules F., it could only improve the strip. And it’s not so hard…see?

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By bats | July 5, 2021 - 12:57 pm
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail

Okay. I loathe Mark Trail 2.0. I dislike the drawing, the plots, the “oh I’m so woke and clever” crap that drips from the drawer (I won’t go so far to call her an illustrator or an artist). The Sunday strips are the only ones I’ll read, and it’s usually fast and done-with.
But then…here’s one that screams for snark. And I’ll deliver it.

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By bats | March 11, 2021 - 10:09 am
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail

Mark and Rusty are back in Lost Forest. Who cares?

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By bats | December 22, 2020 - 12:50 pm
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail, Most maryWorthy

…when one of the Readers of the Comics Curmudgeon ask, “Wouldn’t it be nice (no, it wouldn’t) if the Jules ball (from the new abortion that is Mark Trail) rolled into Mary Worth and livened things up?” I don’t know if it’d liven things up, but I’m willing to give it a try.

And sort of a trip back to the ’70s, when Mary came to Santa Royale to manage Charterstone, and was apprised of all the “don’t”s of the place…like no pets, no children, and I suspect no one that failed the WASPy look, either…

And wasn’t it just a tad odd that Mark Trail 2.0 has a story about a fat man falling off a ship, never to be found again?

And isn’t it also a tad odd that Rusty has just the Best Scary Story to share with his little friends?

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By bats | November 23, 2020 - 3:26 pm
Posted in Category: Markin' the Trail

…I’m over 60! I like well-drawn comics! And semblances of plot! So sue me!

And when all this standing around jawin’ was a little too boring:

The lack of…anything…in Mark 2.0 astonishes me. I can’t believe that t reputable comics syndicate would give this franchise to a person with minimalist drawing abilities and less creativity.. There are good reasons that middling cartoonists stay online, year after year.
The addition of an occasional “Talking” animal is just stupid. There. I’ve said it.

Hey, it’s the real Mark Trail (of course, it sucks that he’s a ghost or something)…

Something’s happening in Mark Trail. Hell if I know what it is.

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