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“If it’s…Mo(och)dok!”

Pooch Cafe © Paul Gilligan;          Captain America and MODOK © Marvel Comics

Paul Gillian give old Marvelites a treat last week dog cafe.

10 funniest Calvin and Hobbes comics… or not.

© Bill Watterson

The “10 Funniest Calvin and Hobbes Comics, According to Reddit” are collected by Screen Rant.
But it’s more “10 Calvin and Hobbes Comics Lovingly Remembered by Reddit Users.”

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

Broom-Hilda © Tribune Content Agency;                   Ziggy © Ziggy and Friends

Russell Myer’s Hilda Broom and Ziggy by Tom Wilson use signs to illustrate a few sentences.

As I see it: Blondie, Crankshaft gets the axe.

"By This Axe I Rule" graphic © Marvel Comics Group
Blondie © King Features Syndicate; Crankshaft © Mediagraphics

While the changes didn’t make me cry uncontrollably or exacerbate my normal grumpy behavior, I do miss Blondie, Crankshaft, Zits, One Big Happy, Sally Forth, Frank and Ernest, Lola and Family Circus . (A few are on the last page of the electronic edition, which is no consolation to readers of the print edition.) Thank goodness the paper kept Pickles and Pearls Before Swine.

Racine Journal Times senior reporter (retired) and monthly columnist Emmert Dose
weighs on the recent downsizing of Lee Enterprises newspapers.

As I said, change is inevitable. It is often necessary. I didn’t say everyone had to like it.

Sam Catchem joins the major case team

© Tribune Content Agency

Today Dick Tracy has him and Sam Catchem reminiscing about old times.

From December 26, 1948 – Introducing Sam Catchem:

The comforting side of Gary Larson’s most controversial panel.

© Gary Larson

One of The Other sideThe most controversial cartoons ended up having a heartwarming backstory. For 16 years, Gary Larson The dark side entertained fans around the world with her quirky, left-of-center humor, but when a cartoon antagonized the Jane Goodall Institute, it nearly got Larson canceled – until Doctor Goodall herself stepped in, creating a friendship for life.

Screen Rant recounts when Gary Larson met Jane Goodall and why.

When is Castaño not Castaño?

© Ripley Entertainment

This Ripley’s Believe It or Not sign made me do a double take.
Where is Kieran CastanoDotted or shaded trademark on these two figures?
I had to see his signature (a game in itself sometimes) to be sure of the artist.
(Also disappointed that Ripley hasn’t credited Kieran on their page yet.)

Believe it or not, we have a Ripley’s Believe It or Not story.

Clouds formed inside the Goodyear-Zeppelin Airdock. A mouse got trapped in a bottle of milk. A woman owned a 119-year-old orange. A judge married his daughter-in-law’s sister and became his own son’s brother-in-law.

All of these unusual stories happened in Akron.

The Rubber City was mentioned dozens of times in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” cartoons over the last century. Newspaper readers across the continent have marveled at our quirks.

The Akron Beacon Journal prides itself on the weirdness of its hometown.


© King Features Syndicate

Snuffy Smith breaks the 4th wall by acknowledging his comic star status.
But this is not a self-caricature of John Rose!

If it’s October, the Garfield Halloween story resurfaces.

Garfield © PAWS Inc.

While most readers may know Garfield as a reasonably light-hearted story about the interactions between the titular cat, his owner Jon, and their dog, one of Jim Davis’s darkest stories is pure nightmare fuel. Set across six strips, the comic tells a very dark story about loneliness, denial, time and taking things for granted, as Garfield finds himself in an empty house in the future where his friends closest and his family are long gone.

Screen Rant (again?!) tells the story of terror.

October also brings another trope.

Peanuts © Peanuts Worldwide

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