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  1. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 2 days ago

    You’re probably not alone — but, I’m not with you.
    In one sense, many cartoonists (and authors) are characters in their strips (books) — in that they are autobiographical to some extent.
    In PBS, Pastis is essentially an avatar (in the original meaning of the word). The characters call him “our creator”, and he walks amongst them. It raises all sorts of interesting philosophical (and theological) questions.
    We occasionally see the cartoonist make an appearance in Overboard, where he is also has some supernatural powers — although it’s not clear (to me at least) whether he is able to control what the main characters do. (I’m only talking about the avatar of the cartoonist — of course, the cartoonist controls the characters. Or does he?)
    In the case of (apparently) autobiographical strips, the cartoonist appears as a character — but he’s only chronicling events, he’s not making them happening. Beardo is an example of that.
    Agreed, it could be overdone — but, that hasn’t happened in PBS yet.

  2. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 3 days ago

    A lot of people seem to have forgotten just how bad a Communist government can be for everyone.

  3. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 3 days ago

    Go to the archives and check out the May 23, 2014 strip.

  4. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on Overboard 3 days ago

    Yes it is — at least in populated areas. Dog poo can spread deadly diseases.

  5. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on Pooch Cafe 5 days ago

    Why the rush? So far, there have only been 9 strips in this story arc. Altogether they take less than 2 minutes to read. In addition, there’s a “gag a day”.

  6. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop 7 days ago

    Some people just read the Sunday page. Others just read the dailies.
    I know it’s complicated; but, that does seem to solve the problem you allude to.

  7. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on B.C. 10 days ago

    As the miles-thick ice cap over Canada was melting, starting about 8,000 years ago, a huge lake of melt water built up. About 7,000 years ago the lake suddenly drained in a massive “glacial lake outburst flood”, or “jökulhlaup”. These flood waters rushed across the Atlantic, built up at the entrance to the Mediterranean, and subsequently did, indeed, flood the Black Sea. (It wasn’t a sea until then.) It’s not hard to understand how this flood would become one of the planet’s most enduring “memes” — living on in the oral traditions of the people. They knew nothing about Canada and melting ice caps — so the cause became torrential rains in their legends.

    These jökulhlaups are still occurring from time to time, and the Semitic peoples aren’t the only ones with a flood “myth” (a myth, that has a solid basis in fact). About 250 years ago (+/-), a jökulhlaup event occurred in Canada’s Yukon Territory. This jökulhlaup sent trillions of gallons of water rushing down to the coast of Alaska — where it flooded native villages. The local Tlingit oral culture passed passed the story of the great flood down through the generations. After contact, whites dismissed the story as myth — until overwhelming geological evidence proved it was historical fact.

  8. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on For Better or For Worse 14 days ago

    Younger readers may not recall that long-distance phone calls used to cost money. A lot of money.

  9. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop 14 days ago

    I believe that I answered all your questions — except for providing a list. If you already knew the answers I provided — you gave no hint of that earlier. If you care about having a list of papers that much, please do your own research.

  10. tundrasea GoComics Pro Member commented on Alley Oop 15 days ago

    A great many newspapers offer Sunday-only subscriptions. We can safely assume that some Oop readers only subscribe to Sunday editions of their newspaper.
    Our local newspaper makes a few substitutions on Sundays. It drops some of the regular dailies, in favour of strips that it only prints on Sundays. These strips have daily versions, which also appear in most newspapers that carry the Sunday version. For that reason, I’m quite willing to believe that there are several papers that only print Oop on Sundays.
    That said, it is worth recalling that Hamlin used to draw a separate strip for the Sunday editions. Generally, time travel adventures appeared only in the dailies — the Sunday edition was reserved for tales of life in Moo. Perhaps, the Benders should revive that practice or something similar. For instance, Monty has separate story lines for the daily and Sunday editions.