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Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

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  1. markmoss1 commented on Non Sequitur 3 days ago

    “If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?” That depends on whether their scanners are sensitive enough to detect which one has had the genitals surgically removed.

  2. markmoss1 commented on B.C. 5 days ago

    Perhaps Comic Sans gets no respect because it was intended to look like the hand-lettering in comic books. However, it is distinguishable from hand-lettering if there’s enough text and you pay attention to the details. For example, I can tell that this strip was hand-lettered. Look at the S’s – each one is slightly different from all the others.In Comic Sans, they’d all be the same. Small imperfections were introduced deliberately into each letter, with the imperfections varying between different letters, but every rendition of the same letter is identical.

    I think that this feature actually makes it more readable. As you read more Comic Sans text, you are subconsciously noticing the small imperfections; after several repetitions of a letter, your mental model of that letter in this document includes not only the overall shape, but the repeated imperfections, and that gives your mind more ways to distinguish them. E.g., in most fonts, R is just P with an extra stroke – if your eye skips over that stroke, you might misread an R, then go back and look again when the spelling doesn’t make sense. In Comic Sans, the vertical strokes and loops are also different.

  3. markmoss1 commented on Non Sequitur 7 days ago

    I’m too busy swerving around the real potholes.

  4. markmoss1 commented on Calvin and Hobbes 7 days ago

    I remember earning 6% interest – when inflation was 10%. IIRC, the savings account I started in 1963 or 1964, before inflation took off, paid 3%, and 6% was the standard rate on loans.

  5. markmoss1 commented on Pearls Before Swine 9 days ago

    Whether the President has to be human depends on how “natural born citizen” is interpreted. That phrase was never defined in the Constitution. The 14th Amendment says that “persons born or naturalized in the United States” are citizens; I assume Goat was born in the US, so the question is whether he is a person". I’d say a talking being (one that understands a language and can carry on a conversation, not one that repeats sounds by rote) would be a person.

    However, the President must also be at least 35 years of age, and I don’t think goats live that long. Turtle might be old enough, but until this year I’d have thought he was too unattractive to garner votes. But Hillary and Trump seem to have found some way around that problem, so I guess all Turtle needs is a billion dollars and marriage to an ex-president…


  6. markmoss1 commented on Wizard of Id 11 days ago

    After they test the guillotine on the golf ball, the winner is next.

  7. markmoss1 commented on Dogs of C-Kennel 17 days ago

    Perhaps the mud doesn’t have the right perfume. If he could just find a field freshly treated with liquid manure…

    I once had a black Lab that would go over to the neighboring dairy farm and roll in the field when the farmer applied liquid manure. Apparently he thought that was the perfect scent. Possibly it worked (in much smaller doses) for his distant ancestors, to disguise the smell of wolf and enable them to sneak up on prey.

  8. markmoss1 commented on Pearls Before Swine 25 days ago


    In the small town where I grew up, long before the name of this chain was reduced to the initials KFC, it was often called “Kentucky Fried Rats”. If you think about it, somewhere there must be barrels of breading mix. That will draw rodents. And there must be teenagers working at minimum wage and driven to work ever faster, dredging chunks of chicken through the breading and dropping them in the fryers. What’s probably going to happen to a rat that’s hiding in the breading?

    Not that I ever spoke to anyone who had themselves seen fur, four legs, or a rat’s tail coming out of the fryer. The simple truth is, the local manager treated his employees badly – much worse than the other restaurants in town – and so the employees spread rumors.

  9. markmoss1 commented on B.C. about 1 month ago

    There are many species called “sand flea”, but this is the one Bobarion was talking about:


  10. markmoss1 commented on Non Sequitur about 1 month ago

    “How do you think the tree feels?”

    I’ve never heard one complain.