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Animal Crackers by Fred Wagner

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  1. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 7 days ago

    “Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” —C.S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”

  2. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 8 days ago

    I couldn’t get the link to work at first; it kept taking me the to YouTube home page. But I figured it out after a bit, and since you also consider it fitting for everyone else here, I’m reposting for anyone else who wishes to watch it:

    A poignant moment from Jim Henson’s Muppet Show – Time In A Bottle

    Many thanks!

  3. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 10 days ago

    I just knew that this would happen again, though I didn’t expect it to be quite so soon! That said, I’ve almost become used to it by now, with the understanding that other projects must take priority, at least for now. Certainly I will be back, though I never really leave, because even during breaks I check in every day for incoming comments; I’ve said before that they are just as worth reading as are the stories. So for now, we’ll see you in September when we see you.

  4. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 10 days ago

    Who knows, maybe Ava will be at the front of the queue! And she is certainly not the only venomous creature within the swamp. But don’t forget Halfrock’s most dangerous inhabitant, one who may not produce venom of his own, but wields a venomous blade. I suspect that there will be a great deal of knife-play somewhere down the road, and the West Bleekport gang possesses a lot of knives. And when that happens, you can bet that Blyme will be feeling very cheery.

  5. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 10 days ago

    Not too hard to pick out Malgorth’s “more devious followers” — which is to say, the only one who is conspicuously not gobsmacked by the soul squasher’s formidable ability to pack a punch. While Gouger may possess the qualities lacking in the other orcks, I sensed that he had his own motivations in linking up with Malgorth, and that feeling has only been strengthened. What if anything he is scheming I can only guess, but one thing I’m sure of is that he could seriously challenge Malgorth’s authority. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how this develops.

  6. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 14 days ago

    Another Phantom Cruiser sighting, this time on the outhouse door.

  7. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 14 days ago

    Yesterday I was completely at a loss as to who the mystery man might be, and so refrained from the usual guessing games. Besides, who was to say that it couldn’t be someone who hadn’t yet appeared? And sure enough, there’s a new sheriff in town. (No, not literally, but, well, you know.) Yes, given the recurring characters throughout LSoS, it’s fun to try and predict who might turn up again. But that could easily get a little too predictable; fond as I am of the familiar characters, I also like to see an infusion of fresh blood as well (though not too much of the literal kind).

    Recently I said that maybe Malgorth’s plans would go south in Skud, and maybe I wasn’t too far off after all. With the debut of Rongo, it sure looks as if things are going — west. (It’s just too easy sometimes.) Whatever happens next, I do hope that he sticks around for a while, and that, unlike the hapless Hunter Devine, he has a more significant role to play, as opposed to being little more than orck fodder.

    Oh, and another beautifully rendered double panel. Cool!

  8. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 15 days ago

    Underhanded? Oh, I think not. Funny how those who are accustomed to crushing others unopposed think that it’s just not fair when someone can successfully battle them on their own terms. And those without the benefit of brute strength have every right to employ whatever means necessary to repel an attacker, because turnabout is fair play — a concept that bullies of all stripes invariably having trouble grasping.

  9. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 15 days ago

    You were much quicker on the uptake than I was. And I should have caught on right away, because the Phantom Cruiser has made several appearances in LSoS:

    November 14, 2010

    December 8, 2010

    November 17, 2011

    March 2, 2011

  10. Cor Blymie GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 16 days ago

    Though that sounds plausible, you would still have to ask why it took so long for Malgorth to sire a son. I mean, who would have the — er, vitals — to do likewise to him? At least in the present; he might well have endured such treatment when he was much younger and unable to defend himself.

    As for Gouger, it also struck me that he could be a potential rival for Malgorth’s authority. Certainly that sly expression suggests that he may be up to something that could potentially derail Malgorth’s plans. But don’t forget about Kurtz; one should always be wary of those who crave power. I suspect that he will engage in machinations of his own, if he hasn’t already started. And I believe that at some point Malgorth will pay dearly for having underestimated Kurtz.