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January 2, 2008

Told Her So

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Christmas, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:54 am
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December 31, 2007

Comics That Made Me Laugh Out Loud in Late December

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I think the difference between fathers and mothers is that fathers deliberately embarrass their pre-teen and teenage children, while mothers just… do. (more…)

December 30, 2007

Sparky

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, electric blankets, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

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December 23, 2007

Hammer Time!

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Christmas, CIDU, comic strips, comics, hammers, humor, Jimmy Johnson — Cidu Bill @ 1:03 am

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December 21, 2007

Methinks Therefore Meams

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

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December 18, 2007

Shopping Days

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Christmas, comic strips, comics, humor, shopping — Cidu Bill @ 1:08 am

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I have to admit, I feel as old as Arlo (as indeed I guess I am) whenever he comes up with one of these trivial “I remember when” comments and I remember when as well.

December 14, 2007

He Needs a What to What??

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Christmas, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Jimmy Johnson — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

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Okay, so what he’s saying in the follow-up is that massive consumerism (if indeed that’s what getting a toy rocket ship is) is a good thing?

December 10, 2007

Advice

Filed under: 9 Chickweed Lane, Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

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The advice being “Frustrate your new husband to the point where he can’t think straight”? I suppose next she’ll be seeking advice from Janis on clever ways to avoid having sex.

November 30, 2007

Comics That Made Me Laugh Out Loud Late in November

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November 24, 2007

Plus ca change…

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, calendars, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:03 am

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Well presumably Arlo is getting oddly defensive here, telling Gene that things have in fact changed: They’ve changed the calendar since Gene left for school.

But if this is the point of the comic, why did they change the calendar between September and November (because Gene is clearly home from college for Thanksgiving weekend) rather than, say, on New Year’s Day?

November 13, 2007

Mastodons

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, mastodons — Cidu Bill @ 1:18 am

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So… He’s saying he’d rather be eating mastodons? Or not?

November 7, 2007

Hint: No Relation to Bill or George

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, comic strips, comics, Jimmy Johnson, trivia — Cidu Bill @ 12:44 am

November 5, 2007

Arlo and the Teapot

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October 16, 2007

Channel 3

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, DVD, humor, television — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

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I can’t make any sense of this, even ignoring the factual error (if channel 3 is a broadcast station in your area, then it not going to be your television’s default station for the DVD or VCR).

October 11, 2007

Like

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, flirtation, humor, women's magazines — Cidu Bill @ 12:27 am

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September 29, 2007

Comics That Made Me Laugh Out Loud: September

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Peter Byrnes and I shared this selection:

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Consider this a runner-up: didn’t make me LOL, but a definite 🙂thatslife-moms.jpg

Autumn Harvest sent this one:

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Nicole: As someone who who works in a cubicle and somewhat into animal rights this TOTALLY made me laugh out loud:
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Also from Nicole:
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September 25, 2007

Know Your Audience

And for feminine hygiene products it’s the other way around. His point?

September 4, 2007

Unknown Numbers

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, college, comic strips, comics, humor, telephones — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

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It so happens that my own son, like Arlo and Janis’s, just went off to college. Unlike Arlo and Janis, however, I know my son’s telephone number. 

Or am I missing another joke here?

A couple of weeks ago, by the way, Gene’s departure was the subject of a clever “breaking the fourth wall” strip:

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August 12, 2007

Thoreauly Confused

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, Thoreau — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

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August 8, 2007

Ouch

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, cats, CIDU, comic strips, comics — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

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Janis stubbed her toe on the cat? The cat bit her?

Have I ever understood a cat comic?

August 6, 2007

Bzzzzzzzz

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:01 am

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July 23, 2007

More

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Okay, More magazine is for 40+ women. I get that. But what’s Janis’s point here?

July 18, 2007

Hello?

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July 16, 2007

Donatello (not a CIDU)

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, children, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, turkeys, Zits — Cidu Bill @ 3:37 pm

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Arlo and Janis is consistently one of the best comic strips out there, but every once in a while Jimmy Johnson hits a home run the way nobody else does: Just as Zits nails the way parents and children act, Arlo and Janis nails the way they think.

July 14, 2007

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Bastille Day

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Father's Day, humor, Mother's Day — Cidu Bill @ 12:01 am

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Okay, it took some time, but I’m finally getting to all your explanations of CIDUs appearing on the old CIDU Page. The rest of the Comics I Didn’t Understand will be uploaded here on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 2 (alternating with the Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule of new CIDUs)

My question here was: “Arlo is saying that ‘it’ was his idea the night Gene was conceived, but what’s JANIS getting at?”

Gary Ansok: I think it’s more that Arlo wants credit for doing Janis’s share of the parenting duties one night. Janis starts thinking of all the times she took over Arlo’s share of the parenting…

Robert Warden: I’m not sure what Janis is getting at either, but it’s a pretty good bet that nothing will get conceived on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day this year.

Charlene Vickers: He’s trying to steal her thunder and take Mother’s Day away from her
by taking full credit for the conception.

She might point out on Father’s Day that the kid was only born because she didn’t have an abortion.

Shari Jackson: If Janis is supposed to be grateful to Arlo on Mother’s Day for his part in making her a mother, just think how grateful Arlo better be to Janis on Father’s Day for her part in making him a father (including carrying the kid for 9 months and going through labor and childbirth).

Joe Blevins: Janis is going to have sex with Arlo and get pregnant purely out of spite. Then the next time Father’s Day rolls around, she’s going to point out that THIS baby was all HER idea. Meanwhile the kid winds up in therapy, I guess. This is a bad marriage. I never thought so until now but bringing a child into the world just to win an argument is extremely petty.

Or else Janis is going to castrate Arlo while he sleeps. Either way, a bad marriage.

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