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  1. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse about 15 hours ago

    Interesting that it is a family thing. I wonder how it insures the same quality. You may be a relative of Chuck Norris, but that does not ensure you can win a game of Connect Four in only three moves.
    Some cartoonists have refused to let their work become “zombie strips”, whereupon someone else takes over after death. Charles Schultz and Bill Watterson are a couple of said cartoonists. Hank Ketcham handed off his strip to an assistant shortly before his death. Earlier he had tried one called “Half Hitch”, which was the basically the Navy version of Beetle Bailey. Too bad that one didn’t catch on like “Dennis the Menace”. Just like Lynn Johnston, Hank based that strip off his own son, but a big difference is that he did not “follow” his son growing up in the strip like Lynn did with her kids.

  2. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 4 days ago

    There has been no proof that Marie Antoinette ever said that. It was made up by the philosopher Jean Rosseau, which was an anecdote and the individual who said it was never named. The saying has mutated over the years and been misattributed to just about everyone.
    As for Marie Antoinette, receipts were found showing she gave considerable amounts of money out of her own purse to soup kitchens and churches who ran relief organizations, which hardly seems the behavior of someone who would utter “let them eat cake”.

  3. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 5 days ago

    Part of that was simply growing up. The joke probably being referred to is that Elizabeth is acting cute right now, but it gets played out as she ages.

    Small story spoiler (this was not a big story):

    Elizabeth is about nine or ten and crows about her “loving mom” always provides a school lunch for her. Elly says “Elizabeth, you have time to make your own lunch”. Elizabeth stares in shock that her mother is expecting her to do more things for herself, and only takes a banana to school because she cannot so much as make a sandwich.

  4. USN1977 commented on Calvin and Hobbes 7 days ago

    They had a strip about that where Susie says that Calvin (or someone like him) will be begging he for a date as a teenager. Calvin’s response “Ha! Not me! Gross!”

  5. USN1977 commented on Calvin and Hobbes 9 days ago

    Wasn’t there one where Calvin tells his class his mom wears a patriotic leotard, cape and boots, which got him in trouble with the teacher? If you ask me Calvin’s teachers are way too touchy about Calvin actually showing some admiration for his mom.

  6. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 12 days ago

    The best one for Elly to talk to about this would be God. He is available 24 hours a day and can be contacted from any geographic location. Such service cannot be beat!

  7. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 13 days ago

    you make it sound like talking about someone behind their back is a crime

    Calumny is a crime in certain jurisdictions.

    It is true that there have been strips which show Elly talking about Anne and Connie behind their backs, Connie usually being the one who was the most gossiped about. It was likely to show that Elly, while certainly not perfect nor was she horrible, but did have a hypocritical streak about her. Presumably Elly gossiped about Connie to feel superior to everything Connie went through. Not sure if there were any strips out there, but it would be interesting to show others gossiping about Elly.

  8. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 13 days ago

    I have no respect for justice.

    I maim without killing.

    I break hearts and ruin lives.

    I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.

    The more I am quoted the more I am believed.

    I flourish at every level of society.

    My victims are helpless.

    They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.

    To track me down is impossible.

    The harder you try, the more elusive I become.

    I am nobody’s friend.

    Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.

    I topple governments and ruin marriages.

    I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion.

    I spawn suspicion and generate grief.

    I make innocent people cry in their pillows.

    Even my name hisses.

    I AM CALLED GOSSIP.

  9. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 15 days ago

    I have no respect for justice.

    I maim without killing.

    I break hearts and ruin lives.

    I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.

    The more I am quoted the more I am believed.

    I flourish at every level of society.

    My victims are helpless.

    They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.

    To track me down is impossible.

    The harder you try, the more elusive I become.

    I am nobody’s friend.

    Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.

    I topple governments and ruin marriages.

    I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion.

    I spawn suspicion and generate grief.

    I make innocent people cry in their pillows.

    Even my name hisses.

    I AM CALLED GOSSIP.

  10. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 15 days ago

    What does that have to do with the comic strip?