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  1. Alan Rees commented on Calvin and Hobbes 15 days ago

    Quite a few of the modern digital cameras (including some on cell phones and tablets) can be used for panorama photos like that today, and I have seen photos with the same person in the picture twice.

  2. Alan Rees commented on Alley Oop 19 days ago

    I have commented before on the “Sunday only” question, but since so many others like to repeat their complaints ad infinitum, I may as well make my point again, along with a new one.

    IF I depended on print newspapers for Alley Oop, I would be very happy with the present set-up, because I ONLY buy a newspaper on Sunday and not any other day. Since I read Alley Oop online, and since it is not in my newspaper anyway, that point is irrelevant to me personally, but I can sympathise with others for whom that may be the case — unlike many here who selfishly want their “fix” every day, with no regard for what may be best for others.

    Personally, regarding Alley Oop, I’m happy with the current arrangement for an opposite reason. This is that I’m a pastor and Sunday is my busiest day of the week. So I often don’t get online on Sunday. (I read the newspaper on Sunday night or Monday morning, and, yes, I realise I can back up and read the previous day’s strip, but it’s an extra bother.) With the Sunday strip being mainly a re-cap of the previous week with an occasional preview of Monday, if I happen to miss Sunday, I don’t miss anything. So, THANK YOU, BENDERS!

  3. Alan Rees commented on Pluggers about 1 month ago

    Or Walmart greeters.

  4. Alan Rees commented on Alley Oop about 1 month ago

    This would be a good time to somehow bring back — what was her name? Lola? — from earth two. What fun that would be, with three look-alikes around! Or maybe Lana IS Lola?

  5. Alan Rees commented on Pearls Before Swine 2 months ago

    In Hong Kong, where I live, if a restaurant is really busy, and a table has spare seating, they will often seat un-related diners at the table. Most will ask first, but not all.

  6. Alan Rees commented on Pearls Before Swine 2 months ago

    O.K. All the books I ever bought at library book sales always had the cards removed, but I can see that happening if they failed to do that. A question, though — would Pig have called it “my library book” if he had purchased it and now owned it himself?

  7. Alan Rees commented on Pearls Before Swine 2 months ago

    I don’t mean to be snarky, but I wonder when Pastis last used a library. In my 65 years I have used a lot of different libraries, in at least two different countries, and I don’t think I have EVER seen a system where the borrower wrote his/her name on a card that was left in the book. Usually when the borrower’s name is written on a card, that card is then left with the library until the book is returned.

  8. Alan Rees commented on Alley Oop 3 months ago

    We had this discussion at least 2 years ago, and no one could find a paper that carries AO only on Sundays.

    Whether or not there are any newspapers that only carry AO on Sundays is relevant, but not the whole story. What about the flip side? (which might be even more relevant) Are there any newspapers that only carry the weekday strips and don’t carry the Sunday one?

    There there is also the fact that different readers may have different habits. For most of my adult life (and I’m now 65), wherever I have lived, I have only bought Sunday papers and almost never the weekday papers. With online comics I’m the opposite. I read them almost every day, Monday to Saturday, but many Sundays I don’t turn the computer on. (Yes, I know I can go back and read the previous day’s comics, but it makes the other days too full.)

    I think the best way to do things is either what the Benders do with AO – having a Sunday strip that is mainly (or solely) a review of the previous week – or like Tarzan currently is, i.e. with a separate arc for the Sunday strips.

  9. Alan Rees commented on Pearls Before Swine 3 months ago

    This reminds me of a classic scene in “Throw Momma from the Train.”

  10. Alan Rees commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 3 months ago

    Interesting. Apparently, jokes involving the frames or borders of the individual panes of comics are nothing new.