January 17, 2018
well said, Dez
Kumbaya Moment to peace and harmony
It was nice seeing you this week, Dez. I hope you can make an appearance again soon.
Positive attitude. We need more of that.
Lovely final panel.
A Good Way to end the Story Arc.
Also thank you Puddles and Monstro. For giving LuAnn and Bernie a reason to stay positive.
Perhaps this week’s message of “Hope,” encompasses not only all the ‘Negative’ that’s happened in 2020, but also, what happened 19 years ago.
Maybe there IS some Hope left in the World after all……, ;)
Quite a twist, no?
Admit it: How many of you thought this was going to be a Jack-and-Bernice arc?
Not that it won’t happen.
Just that it didn’t happen this week.
And I’d be surprised if we see these three next week.
Dez has a positive attitude and focus.
I feel better after reading this strip. Well said, #Mordock999.
We needed this like rain on wildfire. Thank you.
Excellent, Dez !
Reading other comments, perhaps this was G&K’s 911 tribute.
At the end we get the fish eye view and the fancy color effect. I will have to check out the newspaper tomorrow and see how this looks in black-and-white.
Hippy dippy patter aside, that is actually some really good advice
Heart warming, heart felt. <3
good way of looking at life and a nice way to keep people’s spirits up during this messed up world we now live in with the pandemic and all.
I can’t think of a different way to say the same things that everyone else has said so I’ll just say thanks to the artist(s) for this strip.
Deez, you’re delusional!
We all should have something in our lives we should care for.
And with that, the tank grew to twice it’s original size…
Res Ipsa Loquitur (non-legal application) is all that I can say of this brilliant and right on-time comic panel today.
I’ve heard worse in far more pretentious venues.
Dez, you’re boring. You sound like a self help book, not a real human being. A character with no apparent flaws or conflict in any work of fiction is lazy, one dimensional writing. At least you don’t show up very often.
Hey, I like her mantra. She’s not so freaky after all.
Ah, the three caretakers.
I think I like Dez. She has the best attitude of all of them.
Where’s the pink rock?
I care for a new arc Monday.
The moral to this strip is to simply take a deep breath and enjoy the good things you have in life. I don’t do this as much as I should and often get hooked into irrelevant debates and situations, something I strive to lessen by realizing that “Its no big deal” something my Uncle always said, that most probs go away given time and simply doing what is right….. This post is a positive one: Dez got the typical unambitious LuAnn, and changeable Bern (up or down? Who knows?) to see her point of view and enjoy a moment of harmony. Dez is a great teacher for such a young lady!
The rock got dissolved.
Can Dez get any more lovable?
I really like Dez.
The fish, meanwhile, has nothing.
Aww. That is sweet.
You’ll never know how much I needed to hear the words of this strip today. Thank you.
Wow!!! What an amazing attitude!!!!
Attitude determines your altitude.
Nice art in panel 3!
Such a beautiful message ♡. In the end, Luann has Puddles to care about, Bernice has Monstro end Dez… has Bernice, Luann and a lot of other persons, animals and vegetables. I love this strip♡.
That was so beautiful.
Awesome art today.
need more Dez
Great advice Dez
writer Lewis Carroll: " … all that is really worth doing is what we do for others."
It’s like pieces of glass stuck in my head all the time… (John Coffey)
Thank you, Greg.
What a sweet ending to this arc. And so very true! Being in nature and feeding our wild ones has kept me sane this year. That and baking and a lot of prayer!!!!! Also, staying in touch with loved ones even at a distance is a blessing.
Welcome to the Saturday strip. Please check your guns at the door.
Cool! Dez rocks!
I SO love Dez!
Look at Puddles face, LOL, like he’s thinking, ‘ She sure got them fooled, didn’t she?’
Google: Relaxing Aquarium Fish Tank Sounds on youtube. The water sounds produced by aquariums provide a soothing environment that can help some people relax and fall asleep. … It seems that watching fish, and listening to the trickling water, causes the production of serotonin, which stimulates the brain to increase endorphins. This is a copy and paste from the internet.
I don’t know if Greg intended it this way, but it’s a perfect arc for the week of September 11. Remember how the simple things became very important afterwards?
Right, because they’ll all be on ventilators…its really hard to draw ventilators…depressing too.
We all need a Dez in our life.
Has Dez lost weight?
I have no expectations. Fewer cataclysmic disappointments that way!
This is why I keep a small aquarium in my room with a colorful beta fighting fish to care for.
Dez might be a little “out there” but she has a sound life view.
Hey! SHE BOUGHT FISH FOOD!
Still, it’s nice to see a strip that focuses on the good, and that last panel is pretty artistic for a comic!
Nice. But I’m ready to move on.
What’s next? We just has Bernice moves in, then it was Cosplay Panel for giggles and grins, then Ann finally gets the boot, then Ann still gets the boot, then Ann starts to get the boot, then at home with* Brad and Toni* and the usual accomplices, then the emancipation of Nancy, then Pru gets the boot, then fun and games for all at Mooney U., then …
I’m predicting a students reassemble theme next!
“Hope Is A Good Thing” ~ Shawshank Redemption… I love that film!!
But tomorrow.. likely, that goldfish is upside down and dead.
I think this is meant to touch on what everyone is experiencing right now in real life, without putting them into masks and using Zoom to interact.
Dez is probably the only person who is purely positive, in this mass of cynicism, narcissism, nerdiness, irresponsibility, and evil.
“Just as I’ve been raising these humans. But I may decide to eat the fish.”
What the world needs now is Dez, more Dez. It’s the only thing that there’s just to little of…
You know what would be nice? Luann finally having a nice connection with some good guy (whether Jack or some random new person) to not only get to disprove her loser-hood with adulting in general but because she is a good woman at heart and deserves a real relationship. She gets a lot of scorn around here some days.
Love the artwork today! But poor Monstro doesn’t have any aquarium plants or castles to swim through! Maybe Jack will show up with some decorations
Especially good art today. Your story lines are engaging too, but clean expressive lines, with balanced backgrounds, are a very large part of why I read your strip. I was similarly impressed with today’s vintage Hi & Lois. Art matters. There’s comic strip, and then there’s comic art, and you have the latter. Thank you.
Sunday: Frank and Nancy go wild!
It’s been a dreadful week here, what with our west coast burning due to climate change and historic windstorms, and we all feel the stress (and breathe the smoke). Thankfully, our friends in the way of the fires have gotten out safely, and almost all have homes to return to. But that coupled with the stress of the level of crimes and injustice going on nationally have drained even the most resilient of people, and a simple thing like this, a message of hope in a comic strip, soothes the soul and eases the pain. Thank you, Greg. And maybe Dez is the one who should major in counseling.
I think it’s a nice touch that Monstro is looking at his person Bernice.
The art in today’s strip id pretty interesting. The first panel is framed as a blackout spotlight showing just the girls as if to say ‘this is timeless.’ Dez’s speech is in a small panel so that the last panel can be large and dominating. But the panel is more than the three of them finding peace in the goldfish, the foreground is a closeup of the aquarium so the black sealant of the aquarium becomes a black border for the picture, making it more solemn than just three girls looking at a fish. Greg may hate the Zebo type instructors but he really learned how to construct a emotional picture.
I like the artwork but disagree with the message. While it’s good to have hope and positivity, that has never solved a problem. We have a virus ravaging our country because some people decided to pretend it would all work out on its own.
I prefer the lesson from the movie Inside Out: you can’t ignore negative things and expect everything to be okay. It’s all right to be sad when bad things happen; it’s the first step towards making things better. Acknowledge and confront, don’t suppress and ignore.
Not to mention: how privileged is a person who has the means to just not worry about bad stuff in their life? A kid who goes to bed hungry certainly doesn’t have that option. A person on the receiving end of racial prejudice doesn’t get to just wish it away. Bernice herself was very recently homeless, so Dez’s attitude strikes me as remarkably tone-deaf.
A nice end to this arc, if such it is. Let us all stare at Monstro-Jack from opposite sides of the aquarium and contemplate Hope….
I had a friend stay with me for a while. She decided she was moping because she needed a job. I didn’t bother to tell her that it took most people six months to find a job in my town. She came back a few hours later. She had gone to a local burger restaurant where they had told her they did not need anybody. After she chatted with them for 30 minutes, they made her an assistant manager. She was the single most positive person I have ever met.
I wonder if Dez doesn’t have a dark side. We all do.
Fez is giving some good advice for now.
And Dez cares for everyone.
Now, THAT was lovely. Thanks!
Easy for Dez to live her hippie life – she’s obviously rich and doesn’t have a care in the world.
What is that evil looking black stuff floating in the water?
and that’s why i get Brazilians
The look on pud’s face in panel 3 is priceless, he’s got the “mmmk, why are we staring at something i wanna eat?”
Nice way to end the week.
Simple. Especially on the day after yesterday’s memories from 19 years ago. I like it.
Gotta love Dez’s positive attitude. She reminds me of a younger version of my grandmother. She was into some weird things at times, but she never met a stranger. Always positive, even if looking at something negative, she always found a positive solution. I see that in Dez, and is a great balance to Luann and Bernice.
Marianne Williamson came to mind.
I really like the last panel of this strip. It reminds me of the times when I used to go to the pet stores with my mom and my sister. I always really liked looking at the fish in the aquariums, even though we never bought one. So that panel takes me back to a simpler, more innocent time…
Fish are very relaxing.
Getting the fisheye from a fish
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