CSotD: Sunday will sometimes be the same

I hope this is good news and not just a temporary storyline, but over at Zits (KFS), Jeremy has got a decent job that he’s good at and seems enthusiastic about, working at a hi-tech start-up, and, as we see today, he’s become thoughtful.

Assuming it is an actual shift, it’s a welcome one. The strip had become so enmeshed in Jeremy-the-Slacker that I have been close to taking it off my watchlist. For one thing, there hadn’t been a new gag in awhile, just variations on same-old same-old, and, for another, I don’t much like slacker teens in comics because it seems like hostility projected on kids by cartoonists (and editors who buy the strips).

I suppose such kids exist, but my boys didn’t hang with them and so I didn’t know any, and my boys were different enough that they took in a wide sweep of acquaintances. And I never had to pester them to get jobs; rather, each of them came home one day and announced that he had one.

Which didn’t stop either of them from getting into some Merry Adventures, most of which I never knew about until grownup Thanksgivings when the stories and laughter began going around the table.

As Jeremy heads into senior year, it would be good to have more Wally, Eddie and Lumpy action. Let the copycat strip handle the slacker stuff.

Blast From The Past

A little comic strip history here: Rob Harrell once did a brilliant strip called Big Top, which was full of talking animals but which he shut down in 2004 when a health emergency took one of his eyes and occupied a great deal of his time and energy.

When he returned to the industry three years later, he took over Adam@Home from Brian Bassett, who wanted to focus on Red and Rover.

But this week, Adam’s obsessive search for more powerful coffee resulted in an accident and, for readers, a temporary flashback.

A very welcome temporary flashback. I miss these guys! (Though they’re still available in reruns.)

Personal Takes

This is a “thanks for the memories” gag from Frazz (AMS), because I used to live about half an hour south of Montreal, which is a great city to visit and, in particular, has a boulangerie on every corner and a patisserie in the middle of each block. Those folks take their baked goods seriously.

So every time I went up, I’d pick up a baguette, but Caulfield is right: The next day, it would be hard as a rock.

Which was okay, because a lot of times, it didn’t even make it home.

Quite the opposite sort of memory from Meredith Southard at the New Yorker. One of the nice things about being a few years removed from trade shows is that I no longer have a coffee mug on my desk filled with crappy pens that barely write.

The only person I’ve found who liked trade show handouts was an XGF who was teaching at an inner city high school in Los Angeles. When I went to a convention there once, I had everyone save their spare pens, pads, notebooks and other handouts when it was over and she came and filled her car’s trunk and back seat.

Even crappy stuff was better than what her kids had. They were thrilled!

Rhymes with Orange (KFS) turns an obvious gag into a good one by showing the cardboard box and having her say the line so many people get when they are awarded the box. But I got an extra laugh because it reminded me of the time I booked a psychic on my talk show and she showed up 10 minutes late, having had trouble finding the studio.

Yes, I asked her why she hadn’t told me she’d be late. She took it well, all things considered.

She also turned out to be pretty amazing. She’d asked me to bring a metal object, so I had a large wrought-iron key, which she identified as being from back East (we were in Colorado) and being the key to some place cold.

I told her it was actually from the Midwest, which puzzled her — she was sure it was farther East than that — but I said it was from a relatively cool place, being the key to the elevator of the underground mine in Michigan that my grandfather had worked in.

She seemed dissatisfied with that, too, but the rest of the interview went well, and she helped a caller find a lost piece of jewelry.

A night or two later, I was on the phone with my folks and told them about it and they said, “That’s not from the mine. It’s the key to the icehouse in Cornwall.”

Cornwall, Pennsylvania, that is, which is on the East Coast. And icehouses are indeed cold.

She couldn’t have drawn it out from me in conversation, because I didn’t know it.

We ended up giving her not a cardboard box but a show of her own.

Juxtaposition of the Day, Second Runner-up

(Brewster Rockit — Tribune)

(Day by Day — AMS)

A pair of Darth/Luke gags to mark Father’s Day. I like how Tim Rickard switched styles to better capture Mark Hamill, whiile Whamond attached a most excellent twist in Vader’s punchline.

Juxtaposition of the Day, First Runner Up

(Moderately Confused — AMS)

(Rabbits Against Magic — AMS)

I have no idea why Stahler and Lemon each came up with a Scrabble gag on Thursday, though perhaps they’re working on a roughly two-month delay. Still, I found it spellbinding. Or at least Eightball did.

Juxtaposition of the Day

(F-Minus — AMS)

(Off the Mark — AMS)

Godzilla destroying cities is a comic strip staple, but little Goliath destroying sand castles is a new one on me and I’ll bet Carrillo and Parisi had no hint that anyone else would draw this gag, and certainly not for the same day.

I would add that if anyone is teaching cartooning, this is a good example of how a gag operates differently in different styles. Carrillo manages to inject a very slight sense of menace, though the size and setting make it absurd, but his style wouldn’t have worked with the silly proud mother aspect the way Parisi’s looser style does.

Now, having planted the earworm in my headline, I’ll scratch it:

13 thoughts on “CSotD: Sunday will sometimes be the same

  1. Mike, I hope you’re getting some of the $$$ from all these ads. They’re now taking over half of the screen space.

    1. I’m not going to say again that we’re working on it. It gets repetitive. But I will repeat that you may want to use a different browser. It really can make a major difference.

      1. NOT a complaint, just observation: I’m using an HP EliteBook 8570p (a colleague looked at it and said “What is that, a battleship?”).

        Firefox: screen is covered in ads; today’s ads are heavy on a law form advertising “Sex abuse by clergy? Compensation may be available.”

        Microsoft Edge: first popup ad was for Chrome. Then I had to assure Microsoft that this site wasn’t dangerous. Ads are on the right, not too intrusive.

        Chrome: I thought I had Chrome installed, but it wasn’t. I searched for it from Edge; the first thing that popped up was a notice assuring me that I didn’t need to install another browser since I was using Edge. Hmmmm… Chrome has ads on the left and right, not all that intrusive either.

        Good luck with the ads! They’re a bit annoying, but a daily dose of cartoons and commentary is well worth it.

      2. I’ve been using Opera for years. I’ve never seen one ad on this site thanks to the browser’s ad blocker.

    2. For those using Firefox, I find that using a ‘private’ window gets rid of all of the ads…

    1. Ha haw ? Some of these comments leave me in a consonant state of laughter.

    2. Brave on my phone: no ads at all…

      Thanks for this site man. Amazingly pleasant…

  2. About the trade show handouts and the XGF taking the stuff for her inner-city students: everything is a matter of perspective. As the saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. And by picking up pens at conferences, I haven’t had to buy one in years. And most of them work.

    That song got stuck in my head. Same line keeps repeating.

    1. Jerry Von Amerongen had a comic decades ago in which a guy carefully removed ink from pens at the bank.

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