Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. Jenn

    Jenn said, about 4 years ago

    And was it Mary Lou? lol!

  2. Tony 

    Tony  said, about 4 years ago

    The place is packed, eh? I assume that’s the “close family and friends” that Mary Lou referred to. Were they all kept in the dark until today as well?

    It doesn’t seem they ever went to buy the “dressy casual” outfits as Mary Lou directed. They also aren’t at the “packed” restaurant. Any bets on whether they’ll cast off before the wedding?

    And now that everyone’s known for a while why hasn’t Meg reappeared? Janis would go to the wedding if Meg asked her, no matter HOW snubbed she feels.

    Personally, I’d rather see Mary Lou show up at dockside, reaching out to her future family at a moment when she might be forgiven for thinking only of herself. Then Saturday’s strip could just be one big wedding portrait, with everyone there.

  3. Arianne

    Arianne said, about 4 years ago

    Think farther back, Arlo. It may be more than Ten Years Gone, but Janis definitely has that “Vixen in my Dreams” look in her eyes.

  4. Tony 

    Tony  said, about 4 years ago


    Yes, the girl at the beach was Mary Lou, but it was 19 years ago in real time and 12 years ago in “story” time. Here are the strips from that first meeting:

  5. JP Steve

    JP Steve said, about 4 years ago

    A&J are both smiling— everything is good!

  6. Kuldip Rai

    Kuldip Rai said, about 4 years ago

    No matter how snubbed Janis feels, she still knows deep down that this has all come about because of THEIR actions in taking Gene to the beach that day. She will take some comfort/happiness in knowing that they still had a hand in things (just didn’t know it at the time)

  7. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    No way on Earth that Janis would miss the wedding!

    I don’t think she feels snubbed….
    it’s simply hitting her now that her little boy is suddenly being married…
    she expected more time for it to sink in during a long run-up to their eventual wedding…

    but she loves Mary Lou and Meg, and she’s happy.

    We don’t see every moment of heir lives…
    Meg has probably been around…

    It probably didn’t occur to Jimmy to show her talking to Janis,
    cos it never occurred to him anyone would think Janis might leave..

  8. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    But in those beach strips Gene isn’t more than eight…. I remember him even younger than that but I haven’t checked lately…

    making him 19 or 20-ish now….
    but he’s late graduating from college….
    making him well over 21….

    Ahhh… those elastic comic strip timelines….
    don’t expect strict adherence.

  9. stephen.baker

    stephen.baker said, about 4 years ago

    You guys aren’t getting it. Look at her eyes, she’s thinking of a little boy playing with a little girl and “something like that” is means the whoopie light is lit.

  10. cookie69041

    cookie69041 said, about 4 years ago

    I was thinking the same thing about how old Gene is..when the “flashbacks” on him in kindergarten were running, I, he was in kindergarten, same time as my son..then son is 32 now…not 22 and just graduating from college

  11. toppop52

    toppop52 said, about 4 years ago

    “The place is packed”, is referring to the restaurant at dinner time. Not just people there for the wedding.
    BTW, I hope we all enjoy the "Best of A & J, soon to fill this space.

  12. riverhawk

    riverhawk GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    No doubt about it.. She has that telling way about her.

  13. ScullyUFO

    ScullyUFO said, about 4 years ago


    Odd how just adding eyelashes does that.

  14. l-empress68

    l-empress68 said, about 4 years ago

    Thanks, Tony, for the link to the back story. But you really don’t know anything about brides and their feelings. Lighten up!

  15. belcherman

    belcherman said, about 4 years ago

    A&J is almost real-time when it comes to characters’ aging. They seem to age about 2 cartoon years every three calendar years. By comparison, Nancy and Sluggo should be going on 100.

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