Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for July 12, 2020


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m sure Dolly will recover.

    This one actually made me laugh out loud. I’m glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read it.

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    MatthewHecht  11 months ago

    They actually cover their noses. I never see that anymore.

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    Sherlock Watson  11 months ago

    Thank you, Stephan; it’s been so long since we’ve seen the Pearls cast interact with the other strips.

    Sing along with Sherlock: “Ham hocks are fallin’ on my head…”

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    retrocool  11 months ago

    well, that’s one way to get rid of that pain in the butt.

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    mwksix  11 months ago

    You take off your mask, you’ve got nothing to use as a parachute!

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    Sir Ruddy Blighter  11 months ago

    “Oh, Billy! You kids and your slang! Is ‘God dropped a pig’ a new dance…?”

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    sirbadger  11 months ago

    Is what Jeffy said slang for getting arrested while protesting?

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  11 months ago

    Know of any other comics that are just one panel and don’t have speech balloons, but rather have under-panel quotes? “Dennis the Menace” comes to mind.

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member 11 months ago

    OK, best of the year!

    You can just coast till next January.

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    Jacop✔️  11 months ago

    I love these PEARLS X Family Circus comics

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    Kveldulf  11 months ago

    Did Jeff Keane do a guest appearance or did Stephan finally learn to draw?

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    finkd  11 months ago

    I guess the day “when pigs fly” hasn’t arrived yet.

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    Wilde Bill  11 months ago

    Good shot, Pig. I trust that you DID aim for Dolly…

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    Kaputnik  11 months ago

    Well hello, Dolly.

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    Alexander the Good Enough  11 months ago

    The subtle things count, too. Stephen hanging on to the frame at one point, for instance…

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    Bilan  11 months ago

    “Who dropped a pig?”

    “Ida Know”

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    B UTTONS  11 months ago

    Daddy, You can buy me that hot rod now – a pig was flying

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    rshive  11 months ago

    Senator Belfry has the technique mastered.

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    top cat james  11 months ago

    …And circle gets the square.

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    JoanHelen  11 months ago

    Very clever, Stephan

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    dadoctah  11 months ago

    To be fair, it’s not Dolly’s first experience of this sort.

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    deojaideep  11 months ago

    Talk pig talk!!!

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    The Old Wolf  11 months ago

    “Breaking the Nth Wall.” As N → ∞, Hilarity increases proportionately.

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    Dan G  11 months ago

    Nice. I love it when you ham it up with some light humor.

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    Major Matt Mason Premium Member 11 months ago

    Okay, I laughed.

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    iggyman  11 months ago

    Good one!

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    Walrus Gumbo Premium Member 11 months ago

    See, Jeff Keane! That’s how you make your comic funny!

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    hariseldon59  11 months ago

    Mmmm, bacon from heaven!

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    Caldonia  11 months ago

    I like this one! Stupid Family Circus kids!

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    Cheapskate0  11 months ago

    Does this explain how cows fall on Vern in Over the Hedge?

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    Flynn White Premium Member 11 months ago

    It’s like a live Pink Floyd show

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member 11 months ago

    Oh Pig… Santa Rosa ordinance says don’t take your mask off,

    if you can’t stay 6 feet from Dolly.

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    Lady loves a joke  11 months ago

    Absolutely the best use of a pig I’ve seen today.

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    Meg, Apropos of Nothing  11 months ago

    Best. Pearls. Ever. And the bar is dam high.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 11 months ago

    They weren’t six feet apart

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    Gent  11 months ago

    Look at the bright side, Jeffy. You got free pork for dinner tonight.

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    Breadboard  11 months ago

    Dolly be glad it was “Pig” and not the Cow that falls on Verne from OTH ! … Croc Power !

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    Markov Da Robot  11 months ago

    Yesss! I love Pearls strips that interfere with other strips!

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    bikamper  11 months ago

    I snotted coffee. Thanks, Pastis.

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    pc368dude  11 months ago

    Clever, Steph. Clever.

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    well-i-never  11 months ago

    I keep talking but I can’t find my balloon!

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    joedid  11 months ago

    Love it when he does crossovers.

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    diskus Premium Member 11 months ago

    I know a guy who would be great at this. He never shuts up.

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    jessie d. Premium Member 11 months ago

    psst…kid. Pig’s got parts to die for….baby back ribs, pulled pork, chops, pork loin roast. Better yet kid you go tell Mommy while I have just a little nibble.

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    VICTOR PROULX  11 months ago

    Good stuff.

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    david_42  11 months ago

    As comics go, this was rather funny.

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    wirepunchr  11 months ago

    Moon over Mi-hammy.

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    EllisAmirRogersArcher  11 months ago

    I wonder what would happen if he landed in Garfield.

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    Whatcouldgowrong  11 months ago

    Gosh, I hope Pig wasn’t hurt!

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    TrudyQ Premium Member 11 months ago

    I needed that. Thank you Pastis

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    lv2sew  11 months ago

    Home run, Stephan, home run!

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    Thomas R. Williams  11 months ago

    “Apologies to my ever-patient friend, Jeff Keane. Please do not sue.” beside the panels. Stephan was a lawyer in another life and Family Circus is in another syndicate.

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    JimValTen Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’ll have whatever Scott’s having for breakfast.

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    chris_o42  11 months ago

    Best one yet!

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    JimValTen Premium Member 11 months ago

    I meant to say, I’ll have whatever Stephan is having for breakfast.

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    CarolSybrantHill  11 months ago

    I hope we see pig wandering through several comics trying to find his way back.

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    Dawn  11 months ago

    That last panel! I was drinking tea and nearly ruined my keyboard when I got there!

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    kpvb1414  11 months ago

    This one made me lol! Been a while on this strip too, was getting depressing!

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    SukieCrandall Premium Member 11 months ago

    Wow, also reference Pearl before Swine, and slightly the French strip Invincible, though that individual mild looking individual cuts back among panels and alters the future by doing so. (It is very clever so I wanted to find a link for you but was not able to do so. There is another character who deals with size perspective scross panels and can alter the story line in that way.) The authors name is Jous[something] if memory serves.

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    j260 Premium Member 11 months ago

    One to save on the fridge.

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    Zebrastripes  11 months ago

    OMG this is hysterical! Dollys been on a pig out…of words…experience…

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    j.l.farmer  11 months ago

    he should have told him that before he grabbed on.

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    hdcanterbelle Premium Member 11 months ago

    The crossovers on a whole tend to be the most funny…. this one is indeed among your best ever Mr. Pastis, including the use of the artwork. Only thing lacking was a croc….but thats just me I find the crocs to be more of the ‘fall guys’ and pig to be the sweet one…

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    Killraven Premium Member 11 months ago

    Our paper didn’t show the punchline.

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    santa72404  11 months ago

    Right on target!

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    RobertLawton  11 months ago

    He’s not hurt, just a little bacon shaken.

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    cromwelljones53  11 months ago

    Dolly was always a squealer, that’s what tattle-tales get!

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    gillianlicht  11 months ago

    Inspired….love it! Clever in so many ways.

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    TheWildSow  11 months ago

    Oh no, is it Swine Flew season already?!

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    Katsuro Premium Member 11 months ago

    We don’t get The Family Circus here in Sweden, so the only contact I’ve had with it has been parodies in MAD magazine and Pearls Before Swine.

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    tsumicat Premium Member 11 months ago

    Thank you! That’s the first laugh I’ve had in months.

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    Liam Astle Premium Member 11 months ago

    “Jeffy looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

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    tee929  11 months ago

    “Oh the inhumanity”……So “Goodbye dolly……..”

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    pchemcat  11 months ago

    Now this is funny!

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    Squoop Premium Member 11 months ago

    The Gods Must be Crazy

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    DCBakerEsq  11 months ago

    One down. Two to go.

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    zeexenon  11 months ago

    Way too clever, my brain just exploded. Or, I could lay off my morning coffee.

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    dwagner200  11 months ago

    Love it. I never liked those kids.

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    dlaemmerhirt999  11 months ago

    RATS! Billy and Dolly don’t even bother me that much! Jeffy makes me FURIOUS.

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    willie_mctell  11 months ago

    Jeffy next.

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    And So It Goes  11 months ago

    Stephan, you have a warped mind, love it, keep up the good work.

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    LastNaiLER Premium Member 11 months ago

    Pure genius. Best/funniest/smartest strip I’ve ever encountered.

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    bunrabbit99  11 months ago

    wonderful! she deserved it (she knows what she did).

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    robcarroll1213  11 months ago

    Is Dolly wearing sunscreen? Looks like she’s bacon outside.

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    B LeCren  11 months ago

    One down…

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    fritzoid Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’ll admit Pastis has gotten much better at copying the signature Keane style. He’s even got the really awkward perspective (the woman on the sidewalk looks far too small).

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    ravenoverthegreen  11 months ago

    I haven’t laughed at this strip in a long time, but this one was great.

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    Linda Gabel Premium Member 11 months ago

    And to top it all off, in my physical Sunday paper, PBS was printed just above Family Circus. It looked like the last panel actually was part of FC!

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    Godfreydaniel  11 months ago

    Somebody’s been reading old “Krazy Kat” strips….

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    marilynnbyerly  11 months ago

    Coming soon to Patreon, pay Pastis and Pig to off your least favorite comics character.

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    kawika50 Premium Member 11 months ago

    This was a PBS to beat all PBS’s. Absurd on so many levels. Got a good laugh out of me. Well done, Mr Pastis. Some of the comments here really cracked me up too. Always fun to see Family Circus get flamed.

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    DelandS4 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Thank you, Stephan! You made the Family Circus funny for the first time in god knows when!

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    konjiki  11 months ago

    It’s Sunday…shouldn’t there be one of those complicated dotted-line odysseys of Billy’s?

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    J. Krysl  11 months ago

    Thank you! What a delightful ride!

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    alaskajohn1  11 months ago

    When pigs fly it always ends in disaster.

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    Cactus-Pete  11 months ago

    Well, that’s the funniest comic strip I’ve seen in a long time.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  11 months ago

    Bill Keane once wrote the foreward to a ‘Pearls’ collection that was quite critical of Pastis, especially in how Pastis made fun of his own work. Even after Keane has passed on, Pastis is still at it.

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    MDRiggs Premium Member 11 months ago

    Great strip. And the only funny Family Circus episode I’ve ever seen.

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    rgcviper  11 months ago

    Yup—this one made me, too, laugh out loud. A pig flying … the, uh, unforeseen fate of the Family Circus character … great stuff.

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    asrialfeeple  11 months ago

    ♪ ♪ It’s raining pigs. Halleluja ♪ ♪

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    Bookworm  11 months ago

    “When the Pig from the sky / Hits a kid on the fly / That’s a Funny . . .” (Just think Dean Martin’s theme song – you’ll get it. Or not.)

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    mattstamour Premium Member 11 months ago

    That about sums it all up perfectly….

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    Thinkingblade  11 months ago

    I really don’t know why – but I always love when they poke at the 4th wall in comics (heck in almost any media) and in this one we get the bonus of a peek at cartoon physics!

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku  11 months ago

    @StevenPastis, your imagination astounds me. Not only was this funny, but you also poked through an unknown wall with this one – transcended virtuality. You are blowing minds wide open with your characters’ capability to interact with the medium upon which they are created. BRAVO!

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    Glib Sporgen  11 months ago

    HAWHAWHAW HEEHEEHEE Snork, OMG OMG, Hilarious. Couldn’t happen to a nicer family.

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    mdl1911a1  11 months ago

    Now I wonder if Pastis picked Family Circus for art, or is FC located directly below Pearls in his local dead tree paper?

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    Edward Rozanski Premium Member 11 months ago

    This strip makes up for all of the bad puns (almost)

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    Concretionist  11 months ago

    If you talk real fast, you go up. If you talk slower, you start to drop. Navigation! But it does require that you be able to think while speaking and vice versa. Something that we’ve all noticed is rarer than one might wish.

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    aaajma  11 months ago

    Monty Python pig squash available on YouTube

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    Sisyphos  11 months ago

    The Decline and Fall of Pig. I blame Cartoon-Boy (a.k.a. “Steph”). Better than that Family Circus punk blaming God!

    BTW, I note that Pig lost his mask in his balloon ascent and descent….

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    mrrescueguy51  11 months ago

    Thanks after the kind of day I had I needed a good laugh

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    mrrescueguy51  11 months ago

    Mommy, God dropped a pig on Dolly. I’m going to have that stuck in my head for a long time. I can’t stop laughing

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    Soo5002  11 months ago

    Oh Lord, this one brought tears to my eyes! Almost dangerously close to Monty Python’s “The Joke That Won the War.”

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    alan.davis  11 months ago

    Today’s was a stand-out strip, one of the best I’ve seen. Whatever juice you were drinking, keep it around.

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    ronaldspence  11 months ago

    Surprised it wasn’t the damned dotted line wandering through the neighborhood before he finally meandered home to break the news of the broken fall.

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    sperry532  11 months ago

    This is my favorite comic of the year!

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    TIMH  11 months ago

    Best cross over since Brethed first closed the lid on Bloom County. If you know what I’m talking about, you are old.

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    ChristopherHeckman  11 months ago

    “And that’s why you’re supposed to wear a mask, Jeffy.”

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    dfrost1  9 months ago

    In between the panels it says “Apologies to my ever patient friend Jeff Keane Please do not --” I am not sure what the last word is.

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    Ωmega  9 months ago

    where did his mask go? it just dissapeared.

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