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  1. about 1 month ago on Alley Oop

    Dear long-standing Oop fans,

    Please consider that most readers of this strip are likely children and young adults — people who don’t know the whole “canon”, and who are unlikely to care to look it up.

    This is a story about time-traveling cavemen - when Oop travels to some historic event in our past (and his far-future), we join him in marveling at the strange sights. Here’s Oop in our present - why wouldn’t new readers also want to enjoy watching Oop and Wizer’s reactions to this bit of their future?

    If nothing that’s “been done before” is allowed, then this strip will quickly become petrified (like some of the living trees of Moo would have become by today).

    If you’re worried about “realism”, in a story about a time-traveling caveman, who has a pet dinosaur — let me add to the things you could worry about.

    Wizer has been in modern times before — why hasn’t he tried to replicate some of the modern medicines, and other technological wonders he’s observed here (now, that is)?

    ~ Oop has traveled, and done battle in just about every era that lies in his caveman future. Why hasn’t he tried to replicate some of the advanced weaponry he’s observed?

    ~ Why haven’t all the residents of Moo searched for copper and iron, to leap out of the stone age into the bronze, or even iron ages?

    ~ I could go on and on — but, you get the drift.

    I’ll save you some effort — the answer is that this strip depicts an alternative universe. A universe created solely for our reading pleasure. Apparently, in this universe (where one can time-travel, and keep a pet dinosaur) time travelers don’t remember certain things learned in their travels. When they return to their own time, they are content to leave things be. IOW, they don’t contaminate the timeline.

    So, vintage fans (and I’m more ‘vintage’ than most of you) — lighten up. Let a new generation enjoy these stories, without being held in thrall to precedence.

  2. about 1 month ago on Alley Oop

    “No changes that I’ve noticed.


    (Or, at least is should be. )

  3. about 1 month ago on Alley Oop

    “Jun 03, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Marvel Comics is planning a massive, publishing line-wide reboot this fall that will see all of its comic books revert back to No. 1s, introduce all-new superheroes and significantly alter others, including a new Spider-Man, a new Hulk and new team-ups never before imagined at the House of Ideas.”

  4. about 1 month ago on Betty

    A lot of bottled water starts as tap water — true so far. However, it’s then treated further for purity and flavour. So, it’s tap water that passed through Julius Caesar — but, then it’s treated again. That treatment costs money. It’s not worth doing it for all tap water; because most tap water is not used for drinking, or even cooking. Some people are willing to pay extra for the security of knowing that their drinking water is safe. (Hello Flint!)

  5. about 1 month ago on Alley Oop

    There seems to be a lot of consternation here, about small deviations from the “canon” of Alley Oop. Get a grip people! How many times have Marvel, DC Comics, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. rebooted their respective universes? That sort of thing is done all the time in older franchises — and Alley Oop is one of the oldest.

    Most readers of the strip are likely unaware of previous instance of Wizer traveling to modern times — and they are unlikely to care enough to look it up. We read the strip for enjoyment — not for academic credit. Meanwhile, time marches on (or whatever it does where you can travel through time too). This strip may be about history sometimes — but, it isn’t history itself.

    Kudos to old fans for reminding us of these things — but, don’t bind the Benders too tightly to precedence. That would simply serve to stifle creativity.

  6. about 2 months ago on Working Daze

    That’s likely a better management style, than that of Dilbert’s micromanaging PHB.

  7. about 2 months ago on Betty

    You could also say that all drinking water once passed through Julius Caesar. Both statements are about equally true and meaningful.

  8. 2 months ago on Alley Oop

    Mentis would then be in a position to change history. That does not seem to be a winning strategy.

  9. 2 months ago on Alley Oop

    The letter appears aged. Here’s my official guess about what happened: The letter is the real deal. Mentis went back to the future (our present), and “liberated” the letter from a museum, then returned to the present (our past) to deliver it.

  10. 3 months ago on Steve Benson

    John Kerry was the target of the “swiftboat” attacks — not John McCain. Even if you’ve been grossly misinformed, a modicum of logic would have told you that. (Kerry ran against Bush — McCain ran against Obama.) McCain did run against G. W. Bush in the 2000 primary — but, there was no “Swiftboating” involved; nor was Cheney involved (not until after the nomination was secured for Bush).