Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. Tony 

    Tony  said, about 4 years ago

    In two strips in a row, Mary Lou’s pointed out that this is her idea, her wishes, and Gene is either incredibly distracted or is trying to distract himself. What’s really going on here?

  2. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 4 years ago

    Janis is taking this better than I would expect, but her last question has a sword’s edge to it……and look what it does to Mary Lou’s eyes…..

  3. Tony 

    Tony  said, about 4 years ago


    I think she’s just stunned. “Think of it as a surprise, not a secret” is the most emotionally clueless direction I think a sympathetic character has ever given another in this strip.

    I love the Mary Lou character, but J.J. does seem to have written her with the worst kind of selfish streak—the kind that masquerades as unselfishness.

  4. fiddler17

    fiddler17 said, about 4 years ago


    All brides are that way. The guy typically doesn’t get much input.

  5. Bontebok

    Bontebok said, about 4 years ago

    I agree with Tony. While JJ has written her as superficially likable, there is an undercurrent of selfishness that is disturbing. “I – WE knew exactly what we wanted”. The original pronoun is the operative one.

  6. Jim M

    Jim M said, about 4 years ago

    I don’t know, but I think a lot of guys would rather prefer a small wedding with the less fussing about the better. Maybe just going to a J.P.

  7. finale

    finale said, about 4 years ago

    Gene’s already zeroed in on the whole situation. Wedding is just a formality to him. He’s started his “life everafter”.

  8. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 4 years ago

    Seems like Gene is taking on a lot of responsibility.

  9. The Goon Show

    The Goon Show said, about 4 years ago

    When I married my wife she already had the big wedding with her first husband. So our wedding was small and the most expensive things were the bed and breakfast rooms and her ring.

  10. Reppr

    Reppr said, about 4 years ago

    and you could have recycled the old ring….lol

  11. Redhead55

    Redhead55 said, about 4 years ago

    My daughter and son-in-law did this very same thing. They planned a big 4th of July party with closest friends and family and it turned out to be a very well planned “secret” wedding. Only 3 people in the whole place knew what was going on before hand (they helped with the planning). It was terrific! I sat in the back just to watch the faces of everyone there. First there was shock. Then awe. Then, depending on the person, either joy or utter disbelief. LOL

  12. Mam58

    Mam58 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    I don’t see selfishness it this at all. There is no way Gene wants a big wedding and they certainly don’t owe one to Janis. Mary Lou is too practical to want to blow a wad of money on a big show.

  13. bishopdm

    bishopdm said, about 4 years ago

    Why is Mary Lou’s top purple?

  14. belcherman

    belcherman said, about 4 years ago

    Interesting use of visual metonymy in panel 4: Gene is pointing at his wrist, even though he does not appear to be wearing a wristwatch. I’ve stopped wearing one myself, since there are clocks everywhere I go: on my phone, in my car, on my computer, on my TV, and they all keep better time than my old wristwatch.

  15. catman5169

    catman5169 said, about 4 years ago

    I’m still wondering if this might be caused by the “romp” they had back at the first of June….

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