Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for September 11, 2011


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    ANQuixote  almost 8 years ago

    A word paints a thousand pictures.

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    pouncingtiger  almost 8 years ago

    Kate’s imagination is a lot less egomaniacal than Danae. 5 stars to Kate.

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    palos  almost 8 years ago

    So sad that Danae is clueless.

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    yyyguy  almost 8 years ago

    4th panel could almost be a Gumby reference. excellent toon today, Wiley. i love to immerse myself in a good book, too.

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    tripwire45  almost 8 years ago

    I don’t always agree with Wiley, but in this, we are both on the same page (pun intended). Read.

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    jnik23260  almost 8 years ago

    Reading can take you far from whatever drab place you currently inhabit and transport you to worlds of wonder.5 stars, Wiley.

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    gjsjr41  almost 8 years ago

    Kool Toon.

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    GROG Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Very nice, Wiley. I think I’ll reread some Dickens classics for the Holidays this year.

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    Arianne  almost 8 years ago

    ♩♫♫ Consider yourself…at home.

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    AKHenderson Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    A pleasant antidote to Danaeism.

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    roctor  almost 8 years ago

    Wnen in possession of a good book. Pass it on.

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    thirdguy  almost 8 years ago

    Thank you Wiley!

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    hildigunnurr Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Lost in a good book.

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    t1warren  almost 8 years ago

    You would think after all the talk about 9-11 there would be something in all the strips today. Guess some people don’t care.

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    Kingoswald Premium Member almost 8 years ago


    I wonder if policing the comic strips for political correctness does the dead any honour?

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    wicky  almost 8 years ago

    Nicely done Wiley, nicely done.

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    plus4  almost 8 years ago

    t1warren – I don’t think Wiley “doesn’t care,” but frankly he doesn’t strike me as the kind of cartoonist to do anything sentimental or tribute-y.

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    twj0729  almost 8 years ago

    Great toon, today! Just started rereading C.S. Forrester’s Hornblower series(for the umpteenth time) and every time I am transported to the swaying deck of a 74 gun, ship-of-the-line, in the heat of battle! Great stuff! I am there!

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    lsherris  almost 8 years ago

    @t1warrenGet a life!

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    ladywyntre  almost 8 years ago

    I spend hours every day reading, too, and I’m as clueless as Danae about this. Who in their right mind reads Dickens for pleasure? If you want depressing, we have a real world for that. Give me some good fantasy with swords and dragons and magic!

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    RonaldDavis  almost 8 years ago

    @t1warren: This strip has recently done more than any other to recognize 9-11 by its skillful depiction of the evil of religion.

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    Sandfan  almost 8 years ago

    I am very pleasantly surprised that so many of you still appreciate the satisfaction of a good book. I was beginning to think I was alone in the world.

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    PostMuse  almost 8 years ago

    Reminds me of Neal Stephenson’s “Diamond Age.” Wonderful strip. Thank you.

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    Chelle962  almost 8 years ago

    Virtual Reality Session — no batteries needed!

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    MotherOfMoses  almost 8 years ago

    Disturb me all you want when I am reading Dickens, my brain needs all the breaks it can get from all that old English style of writing & vocab.

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    vldazzle  almost 8 years ago

    It’s always good to have things to take us away from sad remembrance too – such as good books, and CARTOONS that can put a smile on.

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    Jim_in_CT  almost 8 years ago

    t1warren:To accuse Wiley of not caring is absurd.I appreciate this strip for it’s own message, and the distraction it gives me (and almost all the other readers) from a day filled with reminders of something we’ll never forget.For an excellant 9-11 tribute strip, see today’s Dick Tracy.

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    momazilla  almost 8 years ago

    Good time to revisit old friends, RE-read the classics, they are better than most of the new garbage. Same goes for old movies, too many “remakes”

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    pawpawbear  almost 8 years ago

    I am so glad that there are still plenty of us around that get lost in the printed word. My wife still doesn’t understand (she used to get angry that I was locking her out). Now, she says things about the dangers of being online. However, I can think of nothing more satisfying than to find a movie with the same vision I had when I read the book. I only hope that the book “Hiroshima Diary” never makes it to the big screen. Towerwarlock, I read that when I was ten or eleven. No hassles from the library.

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    kjpino  almost 8 years ago

    “If you want your children to be brilliant, read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more brilliant, read them more fairy tales.”Albert Einstein

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    fritzoid Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    The most depressing thing about Dickens is the realization that, although Ebenezer Scrooge himself reformed, his legacy lives on. “Are ther no prisons? Are there no workhouses? If the poor are going to die, then let them die and decrease the surplus population.”

    But, in the end of all Dickens’ books (at least the ones I’ve read, which is many but by no means all), the good guys end well and the bad ones end badly. (Sure, there’s usually an Innocent who is sacrificed on the Altar of Pathos, but those “dips” are part of what makes the roller coaster worth the ride.)

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    fritzoid Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    PS: I checked out t1warren’s posting history for the day, and of the 10 comments showing, NINE of them were simple tongue-clucks at those strips which didn’t run a 9/11 theme. He seems to have nothing to say about the day HIMSELF, other than to disapprove of those who say nothing.

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    Radical_Knight  almost 8 years ago

    I find his toon today to be HIGHLy refreshing! Well done Mr. Miller.

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    ChazNCenTex Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Demanding that we all sob and wail and rail against ‘them’, that’s not the lesson I take from 9/11. What a dreary world view you must have to demand that we all share it.

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    Cmlbx  almost 8 years ago

    Getting lost in a book, been there done that… still do… often

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    i_am_the_jam  almost 8 years ago

    I know the feeling :D

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    jkhandy  almost 8 years ago

    Thank you Wiley! For not following the other domesticated cartoonist’s with some pathetic tribute.

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    semishell  almost 8 years ago

    Beautiful artwork. I love it.

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    eepatt  almost 8 years ago

    @t1warren: We should each remember 9/11 in our own way, but demanding that a comic strip artist do it your way is just out of line. Non-Sequitor is consistently one of the best comic strips, and today’s is one of the very best. Neither you nor I know how Mr. Wiley Miller is remembering 9/11 and it is none of our business.

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    Wiley creator almost 8 years ago


    There’s an old Irish saying that goes, “When a room full of people tell you you’re drunk, it’s time to sit down”.

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    dabugger  almost 8 years ago

    Oh danae, look what you are missing….do your school work and read….

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    falcon_370f  almost 8 years ago

    Lewis Carrol would also fit in their nicely. (Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice found There).

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    marvee Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Dickens writes some wonderful descriptive passages of 19th century London and English country life. The good people are usually from the working class, while the villains are usually the super snobbish of the upper class. He created some memorable characters and stories.

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    Hunter7  almost 8 years ago

    A good book does the same thing to me. Don’t see the words, see the story.

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    yyyguy  almost 8 years ago

    i remember saying, at the time, that the best revenge on the terrorists would be for all of us to continue to live our lives and not make any overblown shows of grief or change what we had always done any more than absolutely necessary. i felt then that to do so would give the terrorists a victory by having their heinous acts acknowledged. i’m 10 years more mature now, and realize that people’s need to express their grief can take many forms – and that what seems “overwrought” to one person is “necessary” to another. whether you say it as pax, shalom, salaam, or peace (or any other way, for that matter), it’s what i wish you all.

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    ReaderLady  almost 8 years ago

    National Book Week was last month, but it’s never too late for encouraging reading! This is a saver! Thx, W.

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    rumorofrain  almost 8 years ago

    I love that Danae and Kate have their own personalities! Kate is more literary, Danae is more… entrepreneurial. :)

    @t1warren: Half the comics in my paper were about 9/11 this week. It was clear that some strips felt pressured to doing a tribute comic, and sometimes it felt forced. While it is important to have a moment, or a day, of silence, it’s wrong that people must feel pressured into paying reverence, especially in such a specific way as ‘your strip must pay tribute.’

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    piloti  almost 8 years ago

    Not much of a Dickens fan, but I always have at least one book in progress. Usually more.

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    vwdualnomand  almost 8 years ago

    it has to be good engrossing book. not one with way too much symbolism and a stream of consciousness acid trip.

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    Hunter7  almost 8 years ago

    I haven’t had the chance to read that story, but recognized the opening…. and it fits quite nicely into today. Just never knew it was Dickens. Some comic artists’ are true artists and make us think. .Today’s strips have ranged from overt and dramatic, heart-felt, tender, simple/streamlined and oblique. Some have made us forget for a moment, where we were 10 years ago. Which is just fine. One cannot see the light unless there has been darkness. …. Laughter heals. ’nuf said.

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    Joseph Krois  almost 8 years ago

    What can one say…On such a day…I know where I was…Wondering the cause…To end a life for naught…With no one to be caught…On a sleepy Tuesday morn…And the common man to scorn…With an act of war…That to be sure…Would be better dealt…To those who never felt…The atrocities all done…By the hand of the Father on the son…That those with eyes closed….Were most likely posed…For a revelation never thought…And a price never sought,,,For the few that paid so dear…And the resulting decade of fear…With no light at the end…And no hope to send…Can only be afraid forever more…And the leveling of the score…Is unlikely at best…And here is the test…That to be better than those…Who would suppose…We all are all full of hate…And to the debate…We bring cries of what’s right….And to continue the fight…Till the battles are won…And we stand in the sun…Not as Victors or Saints…But as people who faint…At the sight of a wrong…And our voices in song…That the only true test…Of Us at our best…Is to say we are one…And when day is done…We call on our Gods…And hope that the odds…Will favor the few…Like me and you…That know tolerance is key…And to really be free…Will take more than we know…But in faith we will go…Towards the day we all know…Must happen and if not so…Will bring the show to a close…And as the audience flows…To the street in a trance…That our true enemies dance…On the end of an era…And an idea so clever…That won’t be seen again…As the New Times begin…In total loss and desperation…And the death knell of a nation…

    Pax 9/11/2011

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    thisisretarded  almost 8 years ago

    Don’t bother commenting to t1warren. He’s been trolling all the strips with his nonsense. Guess some people have nothing better to do with their day.

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    kathrynismerry  almost 8 years ago

    Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. — Groucho Marx

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    kfaatz925  almost 8 years ago

    Excellent, Wiley – thank you!

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    TAZFAN  almost 8 years ago

    As Dickens is my favorite 19th century writer and one of my favorites of all times, I have to feel sorry for anyone who can’t appreciate his special brand of genius. You’re missing some great stories!

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