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October 3, 2007

The Rule of Three

  • So who’s going to follow Lisa Moore and Grandpa Jim into the Great Unknown?


  1. OMG! I was reading Frazz, and thinking how nice that he’s not going down that road too. Then I thought, Mrs. Olsen? Noooo!

    Comment by Kit — October 3, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

  2. Walt Wallet will outlive us all.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 3, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

  3. Ziggy?

    Comment by brien — October 3, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

  4. I’m going to have to go with “Sam Roland, the detective who dies.” In accordance with the rule of three, here are three examples, here, here, and here.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — October 3, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

  5. I’m kinda glad they’re weeding out the suffering characters in these strips. It’s great when artists want to stretch and make us think. Or make us feel life a little more deeply. But don’t drag me into the abyss. As another commenter alluded, we see enough REAL suffering. We get it: life can be rough. But the comics should be our refuge from that.
    Now, having said all that, here are all the comic strip characters I wouldn’t mind seeing “pass on”–tastefully, of course:
    Jeremy Duncan, Zits – yes, I know that he’s the whole point of the strip, but I HATE how he treats his parents. YES, I get it that that’s the OTHER point of the strip, but I still hate how surly and moody and sarcastic he is. Rotten Kids!
    Ed Crankshaft – The only time this old poop is funny is when he’s screwing kids and moms out of bus rides. The rest of the time, he’s a pale curmudgeon with lame reverse punchlines (I’ve railed on this before: where the artist decides on a punchline then clumsily sets it up in the earlier panels).
    Thorax – the unfunny, unwitty, unprofound “being” in “9 Chickweed Lane”. If he’s not being incomprehensibly esoteric, he’s being blasphemous. Thanks anyway.
    Willy – “Willy and Ethel”: Get a job or drop dead. You’re taking up valuable comic strip space. And Snuffy Smif and Andy Capp got there first and better.
    The Saleslady – “Cathy”: She just plain gets on my nerves, trying to sell Cathy stuff she doesn’t need all the time. And I don’t get ANY of the fashion references.
    Derrick and “Onion” – “Curtis”: the bullies that torment the title character. They just get on my nerves. And, like real bullies, hardly ever get a comeuppance. ’tain’t funny, McGee.
    Zipper – “Doonesbury” – I know Zonker Harris. Zonker Harris is a friend of mine. You, sir, are no Zonker Harris.
    Fred Bassett – even if I “got” that dry, British humor, he wouldn’t be funny. Benny Hill…now THAT’s British humor.
    One-time characters with puns for names – “Get Fuzzy” and “Pearls before Swine”: surely there’s some other way to get that pun into the strip than by naming visiting animals like “Meowssolini” and “I. chihuahua.”
    T.J. and Tiffany – “Luann”.
    That cute little kid on “Rose is Rose” that can barely talk. Another character translating her BabySpeak does NOT constitute a punchline.
    The Time Traveller – “Monty”: you would think that time-travelling humor never gets old (ha, ha, get it?). You’d be wrong. Bring back Robotman!
    Everybody except Danae and her father – “Non Sequitur” Lucy the horse would make excellent dog food.
    Everybody older than Ruthie – “One Big Happy”
    Johnson Pinecone – “Preteena”: He’s just like, whatever.
    Paranoid Eddy – “the Other Coast”: one joke wonder.
    Hildegard Hamhocker – “Tumbleweeds” – UGH!

    Comment by Jim — October 3, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

  6. In the Cleveland PD the two strips (Funky Winkerbean & For Better Or For Worse) even run next to each other… I immediately knew you’d have a comment or two here.

    I still haven’t forgiven Lynn Johnston for killing off Farley…

    Comment by Brian Leahy — October 3, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

  7. I assume you saw today’s Bliss?

    Comment by Charlene — October 4, 2007 @ 12:12 am

  8. And Bergman’s death visits Liberty Meadows today. Oct 4 strip

    Comment by meep — October 4, 2007 @ 3:55 am

  9. And that Bliss strip is a bit of a CIDU as well, unless that’s supposed to be Lisa with him.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 4, 2007 @ 6:16 am

  10. Jim, you seem bitter! Though I have to agree with you on Thorax.

    Comment by Janice — October 4, 2007 @ 9:48 am

  11. The question of who will be next has been answered — The brand new pet turtle in Baby Blues has shuffled off this mortal coil
    See it here today – OCT 4th

    if you look on another day you will have to use the archive feature to go back to today’s date to view it.

    Comment by Nicole — October 4, 2007 @ 11:12 am

  12. Jim — the reason you don’t get the fashion references in Cathy is .. and you probably know this already — that you are a guy. Wear women’s clothes for a while — you’ll get it.

    Hmmm – Benny Hill ??? really ??? I am a big Monty Python fan myself

    Comment by Nicole — October 4, 2007 @ 11:19 am

  13. So, am I the only one here who reads Liberty Meadows?

    Comment by src — October 4, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

  14. By the way, Grandpa Jim didn’t bite the wax tadpole – he just had a stroke.

    Maybe the flashbacks in the new panel will be from Jim’s mind?

    Comment by Charlene — October 4, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

  15. Heh, it’s been about a year since Aldo died in Mary Worth, does that count?

    Comment by Rusty — October 4, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

  16. I wonder if Grandpa Jim is going to die, though. It seems almost like it’s heading that way.

    I was at work and said (out loud), “Oh no . . . Jim had a stroke!” and alarmed a few people . . .

    Comment by laterain — October 4, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

  17. Wait, “bite the wax tadpole” is now a euphemism for death?

    Comment by Powers — October 5, 2007 @ 7:06 am

  18. I’m convinced that the Lockhorns cannot end in anything but a murder-suicide. My money is on Leroy killing Loretta, but there is the slight chance that Loretta snaps.

    Comment by Don Mateo — October 7, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

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