Agnes by Tony Cochran


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  1. Trollbridge

    Trollbridge said, almost 3 years ago

    Funny & Heart-wrenching at the same time.

    [I’ve found references to both “heart-wrenching” & “heart-renching”. I like the one with the “w” best.]

  2. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, almost 3 years ago

    This is part of life I had very little exposure to; and now that I’m older (and more stoic), it still breaks my heart when kids have to go thru stuff like that.

  3. zman111666

    zman111666 said, almost 3 years ago

    Agnes should be great on the debate team. she is very well versed in the old saying: “If you can’t dazzle ’em with brilliance, baffle them with bullchips”

  4. Jeff0811

    Jeff0811 said, almost 3 years ago

    Her first debate topic: “It’s all about me.”

  5. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I had to read the first panel several times, andI still don’t get Trout’s question. Agnes didn’t say that she’s starting a debate team- she said she’s trying out for it. That implies that one already exists. So why does Trout imply that Agnes joining an established team is some sort of duplication?

  6. Tony Cochran

    Tony Cochran said, almost 3 years ago

    Trout was merely saying that she thought the debate team was already full…already rostered…no room for one more. Sorry it was so confusing to you Thomas.

  7. samloveall

    samloveall said, almost 3 years ago

    Very cool, Mr. Cochrane, for you to be here.

    I referred to one of your strips in a sermon a couple of years ago. Do I owe you any money?

  8. Perkycat

    Perkycat said, almost 3 years ago


    Just what I was thinking (almost). I’m so trying to picture the debate team scene. No matter what the topic, Agnes will have plenty of material.

  9. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 3 years ago

    Tough neighborhood, living the life in a trailer park is not all glamour.
    Smaller jails closer to home would be nice, but locking up fewer folks would be best.
    Some stuff has to be funny because any other reaction is too sad.

  10. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    When I was first married, at the end of the hippie era, we were very independent. Before we were married, while my husband was still in college and working full time, he moved out of his parents’ house. He got the cheapest housing he could find, an ancient trailer in an equally ancient trailer park run by a crook, in a flood plain surrounded by forest preserve. When we married and had two incomes, we were among the better-off of the residents in terms of resources in a number of ways. The stories that came out of that park…!The crook took advantage of the residents’ poverty, tenuous ability to cope with life, fear and sometimes just plain ignorance of their rights. By comparison, Agnes’ grandmother is doing a stellar job of caring for Agnes. Her calm acceptance of Agnes’ out-there interior life while keeping her in touch with reality is truly admirable.

  11. 1MadHat

    1MadHat GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Agnes will be fine. You don’t need real facts to make a point, viz. “The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline”, Isaac Asimov, Astounding Science Fiction, March 1948

  12. ladymadcat

    ladymadcat said, almost 3 years ago


    Dogday, I really enjoyed your comment! I grew up in the Appalachian hills of Ohio. I recently retired after 27 years as a teacher’s aide in a school system near Logan, Ohio. I have known so many Agnes and Trouts! What i have noticed as the biggest change between my childhood and theirs, is the cool acceptance of a parent being in jail. The sad thing is that it is such a normal part of their lives they see nothing wrong with it. Thank goodness for Agnes’ grandma! And all the grandparents who are doing their best to bring up their grandkids in a poor environment! Your comment did me so much good, as I have been overly irritated by foolish comments about “trailor trash” . I truly believe it would do a lot of good for everyone to spend a few days, or even hours with some of the Agnes and Trout children. Whew, I’ll get off my podium now! thanks again for one of the most sensible postings I’ve read since discovering this great comic!

  13. Perkycat

    Perkycat said, almost 3 years ago


    You and Dogday88 have made very good comments. Calling anyone “trailer trash” is a form of bullying that no one needs. There are a lot of decent people who live in trailers or who are homeless. Mostly they are there through no fault of their own. They should be judged on the people they are – not their life circumstances.

  14. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    Lady, thank you for your kind words; I’m happy they soothed. Those days were a real education. It’s funny; until you wrote I never made the connection that the reason I like Agnes’ grandmother so much is that she makes me feel hopeful for the children I saw in that park. Thank you again.

  15. Hunter7

    Hunter7 said, almost 3 years ago

    I guess this means there are no rich famlies living in the casement area of Agnes’ school.

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