By bats | May 28, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Just because Family Circus was almost funny today, and because Jeffy Keane is featured as a Great Hollywood writer, here’s the connection (I can see that checkered shirt being mashed into a fabulous ascot — haven’t a clue what to do about the strangely-colored sneakers, other than they might be a pair of Dolly’s pink cast-offs):

And here’s the new-and-questionably-improved Judge Parker:

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By bats | May 26, 2012 - 1:31 pm

And here I thought Wilbur Weston was the undisputed champion of the comic strip sandwich!  Well, he still may be…

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By bats | May 25, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Oh, well, I figure it can’t be that much of a spoiler…and anyway, it’s already 26 May in over half the world (probably the half that is blissfully free of  Funky Winkerbean in syndication).

It’s been an exciting Prom Week, hasn’t it?

And now…it’s that most magical and wonderful and memory-making of times (hey, I’m making this up as I go along, since I never went to a prom…I did go to a Gold and Green Ball once (nice choice of colors), which was sponsored by the local LDS Stake and was actually a lot of fun–wonder what happened to Larry Blackburn…probably married a nice Mormon girl…wonder if he’s on Facebook)…the Crowning of the Prom King and Prom King!

Oh, heck.  So much for stalling.

Anyway, after much speculation (most of it snarky) from the folks at The Comics Curmudgeon, the obvious vote is obvious.

The less obvious ones are funnier…

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Have a safe one!  And if you’re going to drink irresponsibly, at least do it at home! Maybe in the kitchen.


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By bats | May 24, 2012 - 11:16 am
Posted in Category: Cameo Appearances, Markin' the Trail

Mark’s been in the woods, looking for clues that might exonerate his fishing pal from the MURDER! of a rival fishing camp owner.  Of course, the folks at The Comics Curmudgeon have been offering their help.  What could have Mark found in the woods?

Biv Alves offers a Mighty, Mighty Non-comprehensive List of Things Mark Might Have Just Found:

.30-06 shell casing with Gene’s thumbprint on it
.30-06 shell casing with the Widow Chavez’s thumbprint on it
.30-06 shell casing with Andy’s paw-print on it
.30-06 shell casing with Lucky Buck’s hoof-print on it
A contact lens
His wallet
A used condom
Two used condoms
Two turntables and a microphone
Two gelflings in a walnut shell
A raccoon chained to a log
A broken arrow tipped with a .30-06 bullet
A blowgun modified to use .30-06 ammunition
A fully functioning and anatomically correct Type I Mark Trail, complete with emotion chip, buried in in peat since the end of the Pleistocene
The Axis Mundi
The Rainbow Bridge
Jimmy Hoffa’s mummified jimmy
Funky Winkerbean‘s sense of fun and whimsy

Horace Broom‘s valuable insights:

Barney Google
A slingshot designed to fire a .30-06 bullet
A slingshot designed to fire a .30-06 bullet with Dennis Mitchell’s thumbprint on it
The missing episodes of Doctor Who
The missing episodes of Sunday Night At The London Palladium
Peter Parker’s heroism
The Unnamed Token Gay Guys “celebrating” that they were allowed to the prom
Summer and Kiesha “celebrating” that they were allowed to the prom
Cherry and Kelly “celebrating” that they were allowed to the prom
Two carnivorous slugs (that may or may not be “celebrating” that they were allowed to the prom)
Rex Morgan’s understanding of the Hippocratic Oath and/or medicine
A rare orchid
A rare orchid that the dead body apparently landed on and killed
A note from Gene’s mother, excusing him from ridiculous plotlines

Biv Alves‘ further speculations (Biv in en fuego!):

Also, unmodified, original-cut editions of the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-Ray
A mint copy of the premier January 3, 1977 newspaper Spider-Man strip showing him being bitten by a radioactive jackass
A partially submerged 1966 Chevy Sportline van covered in faded psychedelic flowers containing the skeletal remains of two men, a woman, a hermaphrodite, and a Great Dane.
Mark’s libido
A bird’s nest containing a large egg encrusted with precious jewels, apparently scavenged somewhere by a childless songbird

Der Schnärkïnätör adds:

A pair of balls with little red hearts painted on them.

While Dennis contributes More Things Mark Might Have Just Found:

The 1987 Denver Broncos
The Good version of Godfather Part 3
The giant Steve Allen pog from that one episode of The Simpsons
ALF pogs
pogs with pictures of .30-06 shells
Becky’s other arm
The Lost episode of Bonanza where Hoss puts on a dress and starts singing “put on your old grey bonnet with a bow.”
27 tags to John Cena

And Illustrator Steve is a tad more succinct (and highly likely):


Whew! While I came to the conclusion that Mark’s discovery just HAD TO BE one of these, today’s strip genuinely seems to be zeroing in on the suspect:

Can you imagine how much more quickly Mark could solve these mysteries and return home to his beloved Cherry Rusty Pancakes, if he’d only listen to US?!?

(Oh, and the folks at CC are some of the funniest people in the world!)

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By bats | - 11:09 am
Posted in Category: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

CC’s Tom the Sailor Man pointed out that Iris’ “spritzing” panel might work for me (or for Dingo — and it would be so cool to hear what Mr. D had to say about it!).  Well, heck, I’m stumped about something funny/rude/obscene to say about it, but the past few days of Rex Morgan M.D. have some lovely, wordless panels, and these types of panels are probably the reason why RMMD is my favorite serial comic, as far as artwork is concerned.

So, I’ve strung a few together and letting you have fun with it.  It’s been over 100 F here in Tucson for the last week, so it’s a good idea to stay indoors and out of the sun anyway…

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By bats | - 11:04 am
Posted in Category: Three-Ring Freakshow

The ones that say “for 28 pounds”?  They’re right…that’s about all that they’ll hold. (No, I don’t know the name of the comedian who said this.)

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By bats | May 23, 2012 - 3:33 pm
Posted in Category: Cameo Appearances

It had to be done.

No. Really.



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By bats | May 22, 2012 - 10:37 am
Posted in Category: Three-Ring Freakshow

Surprisingly, it didn’t involve alcohol (or a broken wine bottle), firearms or cutlery.

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By bats | May 21, 2012 - 12:29 pm
Posted in Category: Cameo Appearances, Most maryWorthy

Does Mary Worth’s sphere of influence influence all spheres?  Possibly…

And yet…

It’s a weird and mystical world out there!


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