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An “Arlo” strip in the classic the-syndicate-wasn’t-paying-attention-that-day tradition — submitted by Jim Moore


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An “Arlo” strip (sent in by Jim Moore)
Is there any explanation that doesn’t make this strip blatantly Arloworthy? And a candidate for the Ewww Files as well?


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To give you an idea how many people sent me this Get Fuzzy strip: Six people sent it before Nicole did.


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Quite a few people sent this to me this morning (not surprisingly, Nicole was the first). Not only does it clearly belong on the Arlo Page, but I’m at a loss to understand the internal logic: Did he think the door opened because he was happy to see it?


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So what exactly is coming out of Francis’s nose, and why?


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Lola sent in this Argyle Sweater strip


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More naked people in the daily paper, courtesy of Nine to Five, Nicole, and Jim Moore


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Davan’s final line (and for those of you unfamiliar with Something Positive, he and PeeJee do not have a sexual relationship)

The Comments Box is all the way on the bottom of this page, because I have no idea how to move it.


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Jeff McAndrew: Tell me that the alien’s finger isn’t what i think it is. And they even went so far as to make it a fleshy color!

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Nicole: “Don’t look now, but Eve is totally topless. This is Jim Borgman and was published July 11 ”


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lj: Seems to me, he is chastising himself for not living up to his own standards, or not feeling himself lately… sort of like saying, ”I screwed up, damn me.”

Nicole: The man’s hand is in his pocket, there are lines near his shoulder that indicate his arm is moving. Do I need to spell out what he is doing????? “Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink”

Troy could be the man’s pet name for his …… male member and it is not responding to his self amorous advances. [Or] Troy could be the name of the man himself, and he is distressed that, after promising himself that he would no longer perform this particular act in public finds himself at it once again. Like the riddle of the sphinx, or which came first: the chicken or the egg, I fear we will never know.

Brian E. Williams: The only way this doesn’t belong on the Arlo Page, and even picking up an Arlo Award, is if “Troy” is the name of the pet squirrel he keeps in his pocket.

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55 Comments »

  1. Dogs love to hump your leg. She is dressed as a leg. The problem is that you were looking for somthing more complicated.

    Comment by The Unbeliever — June 27, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

  2. It’s made all the more surreal by the fact that the male dog has no visible eyes.

    Comment by Brian Leahy — June 27, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

  3. The one brown show really sells it for me.

    Brian Leahy:
    Further to your point, did you notice how long and straight the male’s legs are?

    Comment by Krusher — June 27, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

  4. Bill — that thing about being an Arlo expert — is that a compliment ????

    Comment by Nicole — June 27, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

  5. Dogs shouldn’t have boobs…. that’s so wrong.

    Comment by meep — June 28, 2007 @ 1:29 am

  6. It only becomes obvious when you notice the one shoe she’s wearing — and even then it took me a while to make the connection.

    Comment by Powers — June 28, 2007 @ 5:54 am

  7. Dogs have boobs; it’s just that they usually have more than 2…. But that’s what you get when you anthropomorphize animals.

    Comment by Janice — June 28, 2007 @ 8:45 am

  8. I’m pretty disturbed by the painting of the fire hydrant. That would be like a human having a painting of a toilet, wouldn’t it?

    Perhaps these are kinky dogs? Into watersports, you know. nudge, nudge, wink, wink

    Comment by Michele — June 28, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

  9. Dogs have mammary glands; so do female human infants. Neither has what I’d call “boobs”.

    Ah well, I guess it was a visual cue to show us which character was female…

    Comment by Brian Leahy — June 28, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  10. Are they going to do it “human style?”

    Comment by Krusher — June 28, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

  11. Krushner’s on to something, actually. Maybe I’m just species-ist, but unless the Discovery Channel censors the good parts, animal sex doesn’t look all that sexy. Half the time it looks like rape, the other half of the time they look uninterested. Kudos to these two for trying to spice things up.

    Comment by L.R. — June 29, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

  12. I prefer the Far Side classic “whatever you rolled in sure does stink”

    Comment by Rasheed — July 2, 2007 @ 9:16 am

  13. Aw, leave E.T. alone. He’s suffered enough

    Comment by Rasheed — July 19, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

  14. Furthermore: does it really count as an Arlo comic when it’s a webcomic and therefore doesn’t need to slip by ANY censors?

    Comment by Steve — July 23, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

  15. Steve, two things: The Arlo Award is given to a cartoonist who slips something past the syndicate censors. The Arlo Page itself also includes comics that might offend people or might be unsuitable for children. I probably would have called it the NSFW Page if that term had been in common use years ago, rather than naming the page after… um… Arlo Guthrie.

    Back to the comic itself, “who the hell is Roadblock?” was pretty much the issue.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 23, 2007 @ 1:46 pm

  16. Roadblock is the big black guy from the GI Joe cartoons.

    Ethan, like all the main characters in Shortpacked, is obsessed with characters from 1980s cartoons.

    Comment by Danny Sichel — July 23, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

  17. “Back to the comic itself, “who the hell is Roadblock?” was pretty much the issue.”

    Actually, the way I should have answered the question is with links to the Shortpacked archives. The original Roadblock strips.

    http://www.shortpacked.com/d/20050613.html

    In that strip, Ethan explains who Roadblock is.

    http://www.shortpacked.com/d/20050614.html

    In that strip, the poster talks… in rhyme.

    http://www.shortpacked.com/d/20050615.html

    Here, we establish that Roadblock is tougher than Ethan. And scares him.

    http://www.shortpacked.com/d/20050616.html

    Also tougher than Robin…

    http://www.shortpacked.com/d/20050617.html

    Willis never lets us know whether Mike is tougher than Roadblock or not. Since Mike is technically dead and therefore a zombie (this continuity point is probably one of the best parts of Shortpacked… that and Mike’s sexuality.)

    http://www.shortpacked.com/d/20050214.html

    That is the only strip to make reference to the fact that Mike died during his run in It’s Walky.

    http://www.shortpacked.com/d/20060705.html

    That is the strip (probably a little bittie bit NSFW) where Mike declares his sexuality: “I’m whatever you don’t want me to be, babe.”

    I’m a Shortpacked geek. Wow. I HAVE been reading the strip since it came out, but I just realized, I am a Shortpacked geek. I am a geek about a comic strip that’s about being a geek for 80’s nostalgia. That makes me a geek SQUARED.

    Comment by Steve — July 24, 2007 @ 10:48 am

  18. So PeeJee is both oblivious as to the nature of the “massage services” (hint: they ain’t for women) and the idea that he might be interested in her?

    Comment by Charlene — August 3, 2007 @ 1:20 am

  19. A bunch of us were reading the adult classifieds and making fun of them. After someone read a particularly creepy one, on impulse I said quietly, “Oh. That’s mine.”

    Nobody could stop laughing for a good five minutes.

    Comment by Mark — August 3, 2007 @ 10:30 am

  20. Charlene: Neither are oblivious to the possibility. There was an entire storyline about this years ago, where their mutual friend spilled the beans about Davan’s crush to her, and Davan assured her that he was totally over it.

    The non-dirty explanation is that he expected her to make some further comment that he could exploit. But this is S*P: no way. No way in this world.

    I’ll say no more, lest I indict myself.

    Comment by Steve — August 6, 2007 @ 9:21 am

  21. The storyline started here—http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01082003.shtml

    The important comic….http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01112003.shtml

    Comment by Steve — August 6, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  22. Re: more naked people

    Apparently the REAL punishment in hell is not the fires, but that we all get Barbie and Ken genitalia

    Comment by Nicole — August 16, 2007 @ 9:08 am

  23. I don’t believe for a moment that they bar the Wave from hell. Where do you think it comes from?

    Comment by Charlene — September 8, 2007 @ 2:59 am

  24. Aren’t nosebleeds a conventional sign [in manga] of sexual excitement? Wikipedia thinks so. . .

    Comment by Mark Jackson — September 10, 2007 @ 7:02 am

  25. Yeah, it’s blood; a stereotypical manga convention.

    Comment by Powers — September 10, 2007 @ 7:27 am

  26. OK — so now we know it is blood coming out of his nose.

    Does anyone know what that teardrop shaped thing on the side of his head in the third panel is ?

    Comment by Nicole — September 10, 2007 @ 8:08 am

  27. OOPS – that should read ‘Does anyone know what that teardrop shaped thing on the side of his head in the FOURTH’ panel is ?

    Comment by Nicole — September 10, 2007 @ 8:09 am

  28. Nicole; the entire strip is a riff on manga conventions. In manga you show sweat with a giant sweat drop superimposed over their head … the teardrop thing. It’s because they’re at a (shudder) anime convention.

    Comment by Steve — September 10, 2007 @ 8:39 am

  29. I would imagine it’s a bead of sweat to signify nervousness.

    Comment by Chaz — September 10, 2007 @ 8:42 am

  30. PvP might belong on the eeew page, but I don’t think this one belongs here on the Arlo page. I think Francis is just having a sudden projectile nosebleed.

    Comment by Morris Keesan — September 10, 2007 @ 8:46 am

  31. Thanks Steve – clearly I do not follow manga or anime. As I told my son, I like my animation actually animated

    Comment by Nicole — September 10, 2007 @ 9:13 am

  32. The PvP strip doesn’t really belong on the Arlo page – both the sweatdrop and the nosebleed are standard Manga/Anime shorthand. Sweatdrop = nervousness. Nosebleed = teenage boy embarrassed by his attraction to a girl. The sweatdrop isn’t remotely sexual, and while the nosebleed does indicate attraction, it’s very mild – you see this kind of thing in kid’s comics all the time.

    Comment by FrozenCapybara — September 10, 2007 @ 9:15 am

  33. BTW — the nose bleed ? At first I didn’t realize it was a nose bleed.

    If you look at it a little differently it could be a certain male body part protruding upward under his clothes. The “gadoosh” I took to be a whooshing sound that happened because …. well it happened so fast.

    But I think I could be forgiven for that interpretation since it IS on the Arlo page

    Again …clearly not a manga or anime fan, LOL

    Comment by Nicole — September 10, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  34. Are we looking at the same comic? I don’t see anything coming out of his nose in any of the panels, but I do see he has an embarrassed grin in the last one. The thing on the side of his head looks like a horn … he’s gone horney. Yeah, it belongs on the Arlo page. Not really funny, just typical male behaviour IMHO.

    Comment by Lola — September 10, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  35. Lola — the last frame is blocked by the sidebar — click on the comic and you should be able to see the whole thing

    Comment by Nicole — September 10, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

  36. I’m not a manga expert – what’s the significance of the little cross-shaped thing on his head in the last panel? I see that often.

    Comment by brien — September 10, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

  37. hahahaha, yep, so there was more. It was so perfectly framed there was no clue that anything was missing….except the obvious. I’m not sure which version is more perplexing. It’s just bizarre.

    Comment by Lola — September 10, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

  38. That’s blood spouting from his nose.

    No, it isn’t a side effect of hypertension. It’s an in-joke for anime fans. In anime, sudden overwhelming lust is conventionally portrayed by a nosebleed. So he was complaining about how anime people act weird, and then he acts weird like an anime character.

    Comment by Carl — September 10, 2007 @ 11:06 pm

  39. I think the cross-shaped thing on the head is meant to be a throbbing vein. Those usually pop up when a character is extremely angry or vexed. I don’t think it’s really appropriate for this situation, I think the artist just wanted to cram in as many anime/manga conventions as he could.

    Comment by Katheryn Saunders — September 11, 2007 @ 12:10 am

  40. Actually, the meaning is not at all “mild”. From an MIT article on anime conventions:

    “The frequent nosebleeds (and subsequent embarassment) of male anime characters are related to a folk-belief that sexual excitement in men leads to a change in blood-pressure, which in turn can cause a nose-bleed. There’s a subsidiary belief more profuse the flow, the greater the excitement.”

    I’m not sure why the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has information available on conventions in anime and manga.

    Comment by Charlene — September 11, 2007 @ 4:02 am

  41. The “cross-shaped thing” in the last panel is the sweat drop disappearing.

    Comment by Powers — September 11, 2007 @ 11:28 am

  42. “Thanks Steve – clearly I do not follow manga or anime. As I told my son, I like my animation actually animated.” -Nicole

    Well, it applies to print comics as well… it’s just a whole ‘nother universe, really.

    “… while the nosebleed does indicate attraction, it’s very mild – you see this kind of thing in kid’s comics all the time.” -FrozenCapybara

    Yeah, but in Manga the standards are a little different. In kids (around 13) manga you’ll see breasts with nipples… exhibit A, Ranma 1/2, a cute little manga that’s aimed from elementary to junior high range readers.

    Comment by Steve — September 12, 2007 @ 11:39 am

  43. Steve

    “it’s just a whole ‘nother universe, really.”

    One that I am happy to stay out of — not that MY universe makes any sense

    Comment by Nicole — September 12, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

  44. Actually, this joke makes a lot of sense to me. Have you ever been in a building where the door had a sensor looking for the security keycard and it was sensitive enough to recognize it in your pocket?

    People walk up and waggle their butts. Unusual hip gyrations. I mean, you get some really comical imagery.

    And here comes Wally….

    Comment by Steve — September 13, 2007 @ 8:02 am

  45. As Steve said people (mostly men — sorry guys) who keep their security cards in their wallet and keep their wallet in their back pocket will perform all sorts of gymnastic maneuvers to place their butt against the sensor to gain entry.

    Wally seeing this behavior, thinks it is the gyrations that cause the door to open not the card.

    So he stands at the door doing his Wally dance until the door opens. Because he keeps his wallet in his front pocket, he soon learns that thrusting his hips at the door will get the desired results

    Comment by Nicole — September 13, 2007 @ 9:25 am

  46. In my office we have to wear the security cards with ID cards on our front, either on the shirt pocket, around the neck, or hanging from the waist. The “sensor hump” (as we call it) is performed many times a day. This Dilbert cartoon gave me a good laugh-out-loud. 🙂

    Comment by brien — September 14, 2007 @ 12:14 am

  47. on B.C. – Unless Hart had never been in a motel, I say the answer is “no” to the Arloworthiness question. I definitely felt Ewww Files potential however.
    Magic Fingers is only a vibration device, no manipulation feeling of any kind (at least in my quarter-feeding experience). a case of over-selling, I’ve always thought. Still better than the radio.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — September 18, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

  48. Since when do male cats go into heat?

    Comment by Charlene — September 20, 2007 @ 4:02 am

  49. I saw this Heathcliff and thought about sending it in — but I already have an ‘Arlo!’ reputation that I decided to let someone else take the credit.

    Comment by Nicole — September 20, 2007 @ 8:21 am

  50. Bill,

    e-mail me – I can have it set up for you in five minutes.

    Comment by Rob — September 20, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

  51. I can’t believe “auto-eroticism” made it past the censors. Remember the big brouhaha when Doonsebury tried to use the word “masturbation”? How is this different?

    Comment by Powers — September 23, 2007 @ 10:00 am

  52. I thought the enhancement cream one was kind of funny. It would have been funnier if just one of his hands had been enlarged.

    Comment by moonbeammcqueen — September 23, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

  53. I think the reason that the shoe joke made past the censors is that it is pretty old — nothing to see here — move along to the next strip

    Comment by Nicole — September 24, 2007 @ 9:12 am

  54. Which is pretty old, the joke or the strip?

    Comment by Powers — September 25, 2007 @ 7:19 am

  55. the joke

    Comment by Nicole — September 27, 2007 @ 9:41 am


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