Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. Masterius

    Masterius said, over 3 years ago

    That’s just so poignant.

  2. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago


  3. Barry 64MHS

    Barry 64MHS said, over 3 years ago

    I thought of George’s song, too. Amazing how simple a picture (photo or drawn) can say so much. SS Sandy really did a number on so many people, yet if we’re not from that area, we need reminding from time to time. Good one, Jimmy.

  4. Frank the curmudgeon

    Frank the curmudgeon said, over 3 years ago

    Arlo builds: Janis plants.

  5. Rocky

    Rocky said, over 3 years ago

    I don’t know…if those splashes of color in the last panel are supposed to be flowers it reflects what I’ve seen dozens of times. That the simple flowers planted by people often outlast those same people AND their works. One sees the flowers growing among the ruined and fallen buildings of what used to be a home and you cannot help but wonder about the people who lived there and the lives they had.
    A sad strip, but one that makes us aware of the fleeting nature of our own lives.

  6. thebird55

    thebird55 said, over 3 years ago

    I was goin’ there.

  7. thebird55

    thebird55 said, over 3 years ago

    I’m not so sure this represents a disaster. It looks to me like it is simply the ravages of time. A natural progression of life we all must face.

  8. melmarsh9v

    melmarsh9v said, over 3 years ago

    Yeah, the passage of time. Nothing lasts forever. All good things (and bad things) come to an end…
    Very introspective!

  9. 2n2222

    2n2222 said, over 3 years ago

    The Mississippi Gulf Coast, where Mr. Johnson (and Gene and Mary Lou and Gus) live, has a good many empty lots like that shown in the last panel. Hurricanes Camille (1960’s) and Katrina (2005) are largely responsible.

  10. Nonny

    Nonny said, over 3 years ago

    So sad.

  11. Schrat

    Schrat said, over 3 years ago


    Nothing against people like Arlo, Janis and their ancestors, whom we see in the strip – I guess. But I hope the flowers outlast will mankind.

  12. olddewd46

    olddewd46 said, over 3 years ago

    In State and National parks throughout the Midwest, you will occasionally find a row of daffodils, separated by about 3 feet. Settlers to the area would plant these by the door as the flowers bloom early, thus providing some color. The separation shows where the door stoop was, and they’re all that’s left of that cabin. I see this strip as a wonderful tribute to those who went before us.

  13. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, over 3 years ago

    Dead invaders.

  14. Nina K

    Nina K GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    A lovely reminder that if we take the time to plant roots, they will be here as our calling cards when we are long gone.

  15. Anna

    Anna said, over 3 years ago

    I live in southern Alabama and have seen that staging before. A few empty steps or a couple of pillars leading up a dirt road to where a an old fireplace stands.No house. It is long gone. There you will see azalea bushes and honeysuckle and magnolias planted by some long-ago housewife. It is her continued gift to the world. A lovely strip today and one that will stay with me.

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