Alley Oop by Jack and Carole Bender

Alley Oop

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  1. Rod Gonzalez

    Rod Gonzalez said, over 3 years ago

    I gotta say, next week should provide one heck of resolution, hopefully with Alley coming to the rescue.

  2. Wootietoot

    Wootietoot said, over 3 years ago

    Wonder how the Wizer will explain all the dino’s gathering in one place?

  3. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 3 years ago

    I asked the question a couple of hours ago of why didn’t the Wizer say “Alley Oop” and the Bendrs comply. Maybe a day or so late but at least Carole did it.

  4. Fusnr

    Fusnr said, over 3 years ago

    Only in comics can you lose your head piece and run further from it and have it on in the next couple of panels a day later. Guess Carol forgot he lost it.

  5. Fusnr

    Fusnr said, over 3 years ago

    Maybe some of the Dino’s kicked it forward and it landed on his head. Too bad we didn’t see that..

  6. Estrelita Phillips

    Estrelita Phillips said, over 3 years ago

    Thought you might be interested in having a look at how Comic Life Deluxe comics can be posted to Life Journal. Back when everyone began writing their own Alley Oop stories, I tried to sign up for Larry’s page but learned that you had to belong to some other board in order to sign up there. So I chose Live Journal. I have been posting some Daily Devotions there in Estrelita’s Blog to help my grandchildren with their Spanish, Latin, Greek and Hebrew translations for school. So I have discovered that you can post a whole lot of narrative in one journal entry. Plus, the archives are pretty good.

    I also noticed recently that it is possible to post pictures in a Life Journal blog, so I have been experimenting with some of the Comic Books which I have been making for my grandchildren.

    The comic books which I post for my grandchildren are posted at a Family-Members-Only Yahoo group, because the comic books which I make for them usually “star” them, and I use actual photographs of the children. We all thought it would not be too wise to post photographs of children anywhere on the Internet which would be accessible to just anybody – which is why they are all posted at a Family-Members-Only Yahoo Group.

    However, you might want to take a look at how some of the Comic Life Deluxe comic pages turned out. There are THREE posted now at my Life Journal Blog.

    Since I am no artist, I just used stick pictures to make a small comic page about the discovery of Pike’s Peak in Colorado. This was to help the grandchildren while they were studying Colorado history. I have found that it is easier for children to study subjects like history if you can make it fun.

    In the second Comic page, in one of their history classes, the grandchildren were told to “interview” an “older” relative about family history. So I made a comic book about some of the family history which I know – and then I posted one of the comic pages from that book at Life Journal.

    The third one is a cover page for one of the comic books which I made for the grandchildren.

    I would really love to see the way that you are visualizing your stories and, since you are already an illustrator, it seems to me that it would certainly be possible for you to post some of those illustrations, using Comic Life Deluxe and and IPhoto or whatever equivalent of I Photo which you use.

    We discovered that one of the advantages of posting at Life Journal was that we could keep the Greek and Hebrew lettering on the Daily Devotions. Then the grandchildren can check out my translations and let me know whether or not I have made a mistake. We couldn’t do that with the Yahoo Group, because Yahoo Groups turns the Greek and Hebrew lettering into gibberish.

    However, the advantage which we like with posting our comic books in our Yahoo Group is that Yahoo Groups in includes an option which allows you to rearrange your comic pages. That is very helpful in the event that you get some of the comic pages out of order. With Live Journal, you are pretty much stuck with the order of your pages as you post them.

    You can check the Comic Life Deluxe samples which I posted at Live Journal by going to

    ESTRELITA’S BLOG at Live Journal

    You will know when you have arrived at the correct blog by checking out the Avatar. I use the same Avatar for Estrelita’s Blog that I use for Go Comics.

    Aside from the fact that I can’t draw and used only stick pictures, the method which I used for the Pikes Peak comic was to go to Comic Life Deluxe, choose the right number of panels for the comic page, then print out that page. Once I had the printed panels, I drew my pictures onto the panels. Then I scanned the comic page with pictures back to I Photo. My scanner scanned each picture on the page separately. Once at I Photo, I cropped each picture to make sure that it would fit in its assigned panel. Then, after I had cropped all of the pictures, I dragged them to a special album which I had created for the grandchildren’s history project – which I titled Family history.

    Then I opened up Comic Life Deluxe again, and found the page which I had just printed out. I next moved each completed pictures into each panel, and used the Comic Life Deluxe lettering process to include the dialogue and narrative. Then I printed out the completed comic page. Next, I scanned the comic page with pictures, dialogue and narrative back to I Photo. This time, I chose to scan the entire page as one whole. Once the whole, completed comic page had been scanned to I Photo, I went to the Life Journal page and chose “add Photo.” When it came time to choose the photo, I went to the Family History album which I had created for this project, found the completed Pike’s Peak stick picture comic page, and added that page to the blog.

    Also, didn’t know if you had noticed it or not – but Office Depot is currently in the process of merging with Office Max. Part of their big celebration includes a big sale, with a whole lot of office supplies being offered at reduced rates, and that would include stuffy like Comic Life Deluxe and printers which include scanning and copying capabilities.

    Good luck. Hopefully, we will be able to see your stories the way that you visualize them.

  7. Estrelita Phillips

    Estrelita Phillips said, over 3 years ago

    I would love to be on Larry’s Yahoo Group E mail list!! I know he gave up the other page which he was trying out but I think that Go Comics wiped out his link every time he tried to post it at Go Comics. I have found that you can oftentimes get away with posting a link at Go Comics if you put the link in the middle – rather than at the end – of your post. I would love to catch up on Larry’s stories! Once I have the link, I can just join his group and get on the regular E mail list!

  8. Susan Wobb

    Susan Wobb said, over 3 years ago

    Didn’t he already say “Alley Oop” on Monday? Isn’t that what started all the trouble? Snapped the T-rex out of his Wizer-juice high, anyway.

  9. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 3 years ago

    Can’t wait till Tuesday to see what happens.

  10. Fuddy Duddy

    Fuddy Duddy said, over 3 years ago

    The cat woke me up early this morning.

    A little after 6:00 AM, and already 16 comments here – many shown as six hours old. Almost seems like some people are just waiting to pounce on the Benders. So I went through the index to look at some of the other comics, and see how many comments they had.

    Pibgorn, a newish comic, had none.

    Dick Tracy had a few.

    Gasoline Alley had a few.

    Tarzan had none.

    Mutt & Jeff had a few.

    And one common respondent sent submissions to four of the “old line” comics.

    The color of the headlight spill in Dick Tracy is whatever suits the creator of the panel. That’s the privilege of doing the drawing.

    Oh, and maybe Wizer’s hat is actually alive? The crow’s facial expression changes, It’s wings sometimes flap. Wouldn’t be my first choice for head gear, but I suppose it would impress a lot of people.

    Folks, if you don’t like how Alley Oop is presented, there are plenty of other strips to choose from. Or, you could start your own, rather than infringe on the copyrighted property of others. I’m actually surprised GoComics allows an alternate version on their website.

    I’ve been following Alley for a few years now. I remember when he drove a race car in the Arizapolis 500. I think life is too short to allow oneself to be frustrated by a comic strip. I think we can all accept a little constructive criticism, but the grinding on the Benders is getting a little old. Can we move on?

    The cat is insisting I make a lap. See you tomorrow.

  11. nottawasaga

    nottawasaga said, over 3 years ago

    Estrellita P. : That was an amazing detailed report about your “doings”…. I am curious about the grandkids…. do they deal with those diverse languages in a particular school curriculum, or is this offered in different schools and areas ? In Ontario, Canada in the 1940’s we all were required to take “composition” and “literature” separately in English, French and Latin.. those who were going into science and math also took elementary Greek, and if chemistry was going to be the career, then German was offered.

  12. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, over 3 years ago

    Good Morning Benders and all. So Wizer is trying the key phrase Alley Oop. It probably won’t work as he has put too
    much emphasis on the Dinos to do whatever the T-Rex does. He violated the KISS ( Keep it simple stupid) rule. Dinos with small brains should have one backup phrase no more. It is impressive that he is still outrunning the Dinos.

  13. exturk

    exturk said, over 3 years ago

    Come on Wiz – your plan is working! Just lead them down the main street of Moo!!

  14. WW2 Marine Veteran

    WW2 Marine Veteran said, over 3 years ago

    In comic strips like this anything can happen.

  15. Estrelita Phillips

    Estrelita Phillips said, over 3 years ago


    Re: nottawasaga said, about 2 hours ago
    Estrellita P. : That was an amazing detailed report about your “doings”…. I am curious about the grandkids….


    I guess I am telling on myself again! Back when I started school (in the 40s!(, the general rule was that if you planned on going to college, you needed to have at least a nodding acquaintance with Latin, Greek and Hebrew, because the majority of colleges which had been started in the Western Plains states were primarily for the purpose of training pastors and lay leaders for the churches. So, up until I reached about 8th grade, Latin, Greek and Hebrew HAD to be offered to all high school students who planned to go on to college. When I was about in the 8th grade, the rule changed to Latin only – but they expected you to have at least two years of Latin if you planned to go on to go on to College.

    And we were only a hop and a skip away from the one roomed school houses – I would have started school in a one-room school house, except that the State closed all of the one-room school houses the year before I entered first grade. What this means is that teachers in the one-room school houses had to be prepared to introduce their students to at least a smattering of Latin, Greek and Hebrew by the time that the students were in 8th grade, so the kids would not go into cultural shock when they went on to high school and then, later, to college. One of my great-aunts started a one-roomed school house in her barn while she and her husband were homesteading in Wyoming during the turn of the century. Her neighbors had learned that she had taught herself how to read and write, and begged her to teach their children how to read and write, because, at that time, there were no official schools where they lived. In those days, all you had to do to become a certified teacher in Wyoming was go to the State Capitol and take a one-day test. If you passed the test, you could become certified as a teacher. So, she eventually did that. When she learned that her students would need to know Latin, Greek and Hebrew if they wanted to go to college, she taught herself enough about those languages to make it possible for her students to get a grasp on those languages before they entered high school and, possibly, went on to college.

    One of my sons is now a missionary in Nicaragua, so they all know Spanish and I sort of self-taught myself Spanish to be able to keep up with them. The grandchildren currently attend a school which was started many years ago by Mennonite missionaries in the area who wanted to make sure that the children of American missionaries could converse well in both English and Spanish, so that the kids could make a smooth transition whenever their parents returned to the States. The school which they attend goes by the same rules which used to be prevalent in most schools in Western states – if the kids are planning to attend college, they should have at least a nodding acquaintance with Latin, Greek and Hebrew. So those children have been introduced to Latin, Greek and Hebrew, as well as Spanish and English – at an early age.

    My other son now works for a computer company in California. When he was attending college, he had to take a couple of elective languages. He had taken Latin and Spanish while he was in high school. However, because he was interested in computers, he chose to study German and Japanese, because he believed that all of the best computer technical journals were written in either German or Japanese – and he wanted to be able to break the code. When he graduated from college, one of his first jobs enabled him to travel to Japan, where he taught English to the children of Japanese businessmen who planned to send their children to the United States for their college experiences. He spent two years in Japan. After returning to the states, he worked for AOL and then was hired away from them by Apple and he now works in California. His children are attending Montessori schools, and they use Rosetta Stone to teach languages to the children. So, to keep up with their cousins, they have also taken up introductions to Latin, Greek and Hebrew to build on the spanish which they learned first as a second language.

    You have to really keep hopping to keep up with kids these days!

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