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  1. 5 days ago on Pooch Cafe

    I love the simplicity of the subtle extra layers of humour here: Poncho sleeps in a regular human-type bed, to echo the classic movie “waking up from a bad dream” motif… and his dream isn’t indicated as such with any cloud-like lines on the final edge of it. We’re allowed to connect the dots just a wee bit more. Thumbs up!

  2. 3 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Never expected Pearls would bring a tear to my eye.

  3. 3 months ago on Pooch Cafe

    Of course, it’s not sudden sounds that would make him cry “BOMB” – he sniffs for the scent of explosives… but still, it cracked me up. Don’t let logic get in the way of a good gag!

  4. 3 months ago on Doonesbury

    Was studying graphic design at CCAC and in mid-class in SF when the quake hit. Struck me right then as slightly ridiculous that our whole class of 15 or so was all trying to get under the one door. Only thing odd was the loooong duration of the gentle swaying and seeing a hallway ceiling tile fall. “This is going on for a while,” I thought. Afterwards, everyone standing around outside at a nearby park in the fading late-afternoon sunlight. Still thought I’d get over the bridge for classes in Oakland – then I looked at the micro-TV I’d recently bought (B&W, 2" screen on which I’d been watching the Series) and saw live news footage of the broken bridge. Uh oh. Hooked up with some friends and caravanned through the dark streets to someone’s house. Power was out and not a single light anywhere – it was spooky, with the only light coming from our headlamps. Convivial group of folks at the house, cold dinner, attempted phone call home but no dial tone. Uncomfortable night’s sleep under my car blanket… breakfast with friends at some random diner, then home to Oakland – and a new crack in the sidewalk in front of our house. All in all it was a great adventure, but distressing to learn of the damage and the loss of lives that had happened in my then-home-town.

  5. 6 months ago on Luann

    On “Seinfeld”, Jerry was actually the least quirky character and it worked well. Even though it wasn’t called “Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer”. Same with Luann!

  6. 7 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    One of the best and pithiest summaries of this topic that I’ve yet seen.

  7. 7 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Ah yes, I remember renting our first movie from “That’s Entertainment”, the in-store video rental shop in Safeway in Oakland in maybe ‘84 or ’85. Rented the player. First ever movie: “The Big Chill”. No griping about it not being letterboxed either. I remember all through the 80’s into the 90’s the talk of widescreen TV coming “one day”… how far we’ve finally come.

  8. 8 months ago on Luann

    Stars fell on Alabama, but towels can’t.

  9. 8 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    SO true Hariseldon59. This feeds right into the classic prudish double-standard Americans have about sex – strangely they find it more difficult to deal with than violence. I love Stephen’s strip but this shows how pervasive this attitude is. That is to say, I feel the “violence over sex” attitude is being tacitly accepted here… kind of reinforcing that this is how most people react, they are more comfortable with violence than discussing what are actual far more normal and positive aspects of our humanity. Interesting for sure.

  10. about 1 year ago on Pooch Cafe

    Doesn’t appear to be any “portal-to-hell” gag in the archives, at least in 2006 – judging from what comes up in a search on the “Mailman” tag. (Handy feature, first time I used it!). Closest he came that year was putting a beehive in a street mailbox, but that was only in his imagination: