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November 15, 2007

Comics That Made Me Laugh Out Loud in (the First Half of) November




Janice: But also, I’d point out that a properly designed cart, especially one for people with kids, would have a smaller steering radius than a Mack truck. Those little cars do not.


Lorraine Woodward:





  1. I had to look twice at In The Bleachers. At first I thought the hunter was drawing someone’s butt in the air.

    Comment by Carl — November 15, 2007 @ 7:40 am

  2. Poor Mr. Flathead! It wasn’t just Phillips. The pliers stripped her, the hammer nailed her – every tool got a turn!

    Nobody blames her, of course. He drove her to it. Besides, he knew she was a “wood screw” when he married her!

    Comment by solarrhino — November 15, 2007 @ 9:01 am

  3. I like that junior’s head is cross-slotted, a cross between slotted and Phillips. (It was important to make sure my Dad had the right tools or he would improvise, usually on a camera.)

    While surfing to see if that shape has a name, I discovered that Phillips heads were *designed* to slip out (“cam out”) under high torque to keep them from being inserted too tightly.
    And that there is a Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) head that doesn’t have that feature but could be damaged by using a Phillips screwdriver on it (there’s usually a dot on the head to indicate the difference).

    Thanks again, CIDU! (and Bravo, solarrhino)

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 15, 2007 @ 9:39 am

  4. The screw one reminds me of this comic. Perry Bible Fellowship is so excellent.

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — November 15, 2007 @ 10:42 am

  5. The shopping cart is a bit of a CIDU for me. The first picture shows that the problem is that the kids are fighting, not that they’re getting out of the cart. How does putting them in a cage stop them from fighting?

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — November 15, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  6. In the Bleachers.
    Superb. Dedicated to all the landscape artists in the world.

    Comment by srb — November 15, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

  7. AH –
    my guess would be that they’re fighting over who’s going to “drive” the buggy-car in the first panel. No driving the cage…

    Comment by dd — November 16, 2007 @ 1:27 am

  8. Putting them in a cage doesn’t stop them from fighting; it’s how Mom would like to deal with the fighting. It also stops them from climbing in and out, reaching for the stuff they want, and all the other thing that drive Mom to distraction.

    Comment by Janice — November 16, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

  9. Regarding “In the Bleacher”…

    …Lame. Sorry to say it, but lame: A lame “Far Side” rip off. And I don’t mean just the drawing style. In Lawson’s original, one panel sufficed: Two geese in the foreground, migrating geese in the sky, 1st goose asks 2nd goose “Is that our herd, another herd, or just a bunch of m’s?”

    I can’t stand all these Far Side wannabe comics. The problem with Far Side was that it was simultaneously inimitable but all too easy to imitate.

    Comment by Ron Obvious — November 17, 2007 @ 5:31 am

  10. Correction: Flock. Not herd, flock. Of course.

    Comment by Ron Obvious — November 17, 2007 @ 5:32 am

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