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  1. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on Frazz 1 day ago

    @KZ71
    Though generally true, not “ALWAYS”; indeed, “The Call of the Wild” was written in response to the negative portrayal of a dog in an earlier short story, “Bâtard.” The story is a study of an animal’s reaction to its treatment by man. There were complaints of the way the dog’s behavior was described and London followed up on the same theme with The Call of the Wild.

    “‘Bâtard’ is a short story by Jack London, first published in 1902 under the title ‘Diable — A Dog’ in The Cosmopolitan before being renamed to “Bâtard” in 1904. The story follows Black Leclère and Bâtard, two ‘devils,’ one in a man and the other in a wolfdog. Their intense hatred of each other forms the plot as each wants to kill the other, despite having a master and pet relationship. At the end, Bâtard ends up killing his owner, but is later killed himself."

  2. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on Frazz 2 days ago

    Hmmm, why “The Call of the Wild,” which is about Buck, a St Bernard-Shepherd mix from Monterey, California, returning to “nature,” and not about “the man,” unlike “To Build a Fire,” which fits the cartoon a bit more?

  3. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on The Fusco Brothers 10 months ago

    “Nancy” as in the comic strip, which you can find on GoComics.

  4. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on The Meaning of Lila about 1 year ago

    Except a latte is an espresso, pulled not brewed; otherwise, this fun.

  5. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on C'est la Vie over 1 year ago

    Neighbor will be in the bar.

  6. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on Drabble over 1 year ago

    Zzyzx Road

    Six miles southwest of Baker, Calif. on I-15, Zzyzx Road leads 5 miles south into Mojave National Preserve along the western shore of Soda Lake, which is dry.

  7. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on Barney & Clyde over 1 year ago

    Randy_B
    That’s the punch of the pun: a “sward” is a grassy area.

  8. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on Adam@Home over 1 year ago

    Nabuquduriuzhur
    Note that in the green box at upper left it reads “two weeks later” rather than “‘a’ week later.” Still. . . .

  9. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on Marmaduke over 1 year ago

    cf. “The Hound of the Baskervilles”

  10. obert GoComics Pro Member commented on Baldo about 2 years ago

    Air freshener for her boyfriend’s car?