Stone Soup by Jan Eliot for April 29, 2015


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    bama1fan92  over 5 years ago

    What are the odds? And wonders if this change Val ’s mind about marriage.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  over 5 years ago

    Maybe it’s Officer PHINEAS Jackson, not Phil Jackson. Nothing to worry about, right?

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    mischugenah  over 5 years ago

    With the way that pickup is connected to the phone pole, there’s still a very good chance that’s the fatality.

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    KenTheCoffinDweller  over 5 years ago

    Well, if Phil is the fatality, or one of them (it was never said that there was only one) it is marginally better for Val and the two girls that he is not their Step-Dad. Val has already lost one husband to the Man with the Scythe.

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    susanwobb  over 5 years ago

    Phil’s last name is Jackson? Did we know that before?

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    in.amongst  over 5 years ago

    i think Jan is going to fast track the marriage!

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    tigersgreen  over 5 years ago

    I like Phil. He would make a great dad for the girls. SO HE HAD BETTER BE ALRIGHT.

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    ggwbike Premium Member over 5 years ago Here is a recent strip with Phil’s last name in it, Yes, it is Jackson.

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    lightenup Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Ohhhh, that’s an eerie picture, even if it turns out he is okay.

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    Lyons Group, Inc.  over 5 years ago

    Please no, Jan! Don’t be like two another cartoonists who create characters like toys and breaks them right before our eyes!

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    Rai_y_day  over 5 years ago

    Wondering is this is going to inspire Phil to take a less dangerous job – assuming he’s not seriously injured

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    thirdguy  over 5 years ago

    Phil Jackson? Didn’t he use to play for the Knicks? What……..Oh, nevermind.

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    bonpierce Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Edge of seat….holding breath….

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    38lowell  over 5 years ago

    This fits in with today’s world, exactly!!

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    mike.firesmith  over 5 years ago

    If you haven’t been keeping up with what the creator has said about the strip I won’t ruin it for you but this is supposed to bring contrast to the strip. Those that remain are in sharper focus for those who are no longer with us.

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    willkepley  over 5 years ago

    Gonna stop reading if Phil dies.

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    IndyMan  over 5 years ago

    I definitely concur with ‘Josh Lyons’—with all the work that Ms. Eliot has ‘put into’ building the relationship between Val and Phil it would be an EXTREME shame to ‘remove’ him from the strip especially in this way ! ! ! !

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    starcandles Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Please do not kill off Phil. He is such a good man, & do not let Val change her mind about marrying a cop. Everyone in that family loves Phil. I drive for a living, & if the drawing is correct, that truck hit that pole pretty hard. Enough to make the driver the fatality. I have seen many, many accidents. Phil, though, is going to be pretty beaten up after his motorcycle dumped.

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    Manga Enthusiast  over 5 years ago

    Jan, please don’t do what Shonda Rhimes did to Patrick Dempsey.

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    Nicole  Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I agree with others that the truck looks like that’s the vehicle that had the fatality.

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    door72067  over 5 years ago

    Noooooooooooo!!!! Val has had enough heartache!!!!

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    laurac5800  over 5 years ago

    I still say that it wasn’t Phil who died, it was the other man.

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    freewaydog  over 5 years ago

    I hope this does not go dark, it looks like it is headed in that direction,….

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    Michael Rosser Premium Member over 5 years ago

    This story arc brought to you by George R. R. Martin…

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    jenbrown1017  over 5 years ago

    I think the theory is that Val is going to realise how MUCH she loves Phil and they will marry right away. This IS a cartoon….the creators don’t usually write these with the object of causing pain and sadness to their readers.

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    metzkel Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I will quit reading if if it is Phil. Too much sadness when we need a little dose of happy optimism.

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    cakincaid Premium Member over 5 years ago

    On the 27th, the radio reported there was ‘A’ fatality.If Phil is the fatality, this storyline has gone seriously wrong!

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    ladykat Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Jan, please don’t let Phil die.

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    DKO  over 5 years ago

    Last time I was this worried about Stone Soup, it looked like Wally was going to fall for someone who was NOT JOAN. I actually wrote to Jan. And that turned out fine! I’m sure hoping this will be, too…..

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    banjinshiju  over 5 years ago

    I don’t think that Phil is the fatality, but he might have a very impressive road rash that will entail a long time at the hospital.

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    dblbaraje  over 5 years ago

    If Phil dies, this will be the second man Val is involved with that dies. She will become known as a black widow (even though she and Phil were not yet married).

    I don’t think this will happen, as it will eliminate a vast story line for the future.

    Phil is going to be all right. Hopefully Val will not change her mind about marrying him.

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    DOGLOVER8  over 5 years ago

    Life doesn’t always have happy endings—that’s why we need one now! Jan, you have the control of this, so come through for us!

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    Richard Nelson Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I agree, I read the comics to relax, not to relive the stuff at work. (Sheriff’s Office)

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    Terr Bear  Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Not liking where this is going. Please go back to funny soon. I don’t need the drama.

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    locake  over 5 years ago

    It doesn’t look like the truck hit the motorcycle, maybe it swerved to avoid Phil. I think Phil will be fine, maybe slightly injured and that will make Val realize how much she values him. Too bad for the family of the fatality though. Sad for them.

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    junemmoffatt  over 5 years ago

    Oh, the joys of being a policeman’s spouse!

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    spider123  over 5 years ago

    I hope the character “Phil” was killed off by the cartoonist. This way you idiot’s can whine about something else…GET A LIFE!!!!!

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    Jaymi Cee Premium Member over 5 years ago

    That is SO MEAN! I’m not reading this anymore!

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    Comic Minister Premium Member over 5 years ago

    100% Wally!

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    ScretWitch  over 5 years ago

    First McDreamy… now Phil?! Noooooo, too much to take. :(

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    Lyons Group, Inc.  over 5 years ago

    If we did that with our characters (sorry, with our creations), we would feel regrettable!

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    Doctor11  over 5 years ago

    This isn’t looking good. :(

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    jrbrat Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Please don’t kill off Phil!! We all love him!

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    Kombul Premium Member over 5 years ago

    To be in an accident on a motorcycle alwas is dangerous. Just being smashed on the ground while driving about 25 mph sadly gives you a high risk of being severely injured.

    As for the storyline: Phil as a husband is not bringing home the bacon. Too many similarities with Wally´s character (both “soft” in a nice way and caring) and I don´t see many interesting gags/stories with him as a stepdad. Holly with a first serious boyfriend has way more potential.

    On the other hand Val grief-stricken and later on looking for another man – there is much more in this too.

    So although I do not like the thought at all, I am afraid it is curtains for officer Jackson.

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    DebUSNRet Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I’m heartbroken! I am inpatient to find out if it was him or not.

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    DebUSNRet Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I’m heartbroken! I am inpatient to find out if it was him or not.

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    artkennedy Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Dang! Living in the same city as Jan it seems so close to home. Well it could be anywhere, I guess.

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    Artrina  over 5 years ago

    Please not Val’s Phil! Val and the girls have been thru enough! I’ve been widowed one time. I can’t imagine Val and the girls going thru it twice!!!

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    nferg Premium Member over 5 years ago

    OMG …. for once I wish I could look AHEAD in the comic strips instead of only the past. I am on tenterhooks

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    sueliny  over 5 years ago

    You’re killing me with this!!! Don’t kill off Phil!

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    2ambird7  over 5 years ago

    I don’t like where this is going! Jan – don’t kill off Phil!

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    queeniez3  over 5 years ago

    Why did it have to be Phil, Val was so happy, maybe commitmentphobic but happy

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    HoosierMom92  over 5 years ago

    I have been looking forward to Val and Phil’s wedding. I will be heartbroken.

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    mountaingreenery.  over 5 years ago

    This is why I dislike it when writers do wedding arcs. It gives them license to create all sorts of pre marital pitfalls, with traffic accidents being sadly all too common. I don’t like the drama of this sort of thing , especially in a usually light hearted cartoon, with likeable characters.

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    goldenhazel10  over 5 years ago

    Even if it isn’t Phil, he will still be damaged mentally by what happened because the accident killed another guy.

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    forbearly  over 5 years ago

    No! No no no no no!!!!!!!!!!!

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    forbearly  over 5 years ago

    No! No no no no no!!!!!!!!!!!

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    AbbyH Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I missed reading for several weeks and caught up to today. Deep breath. Sigh. I hope this turns out ok.

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    mom2alexnnick  over 5 years ago

    Please don’t let it be Phil! He has become a big part of the family I love!

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    mluckie7  over 5 years ago

    Marriage doesn’t make a family, love does. It doesn’t matter if Val and Phil are married or simply engaged, he is still family. She’s already a widow, I hope Jan doesn’t do this to her again.

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    foggynoggun  over 5 years ago

    Wow…I always thought this (and the Dempsey show)…make believe? Am I unplugged somehow?

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    paullp Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I have to add my voice to those desperately hoping that Phil is not being killed off. I like realism in the comics (among the best story lines in “For Better or For Worse” were the death of the dog, Farley, and the coming out of a gay character) but this would just be too sad.

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    spider123  over 5 years ago

    could it be a dream like the one Pam had in the show Dallas w hen she thought Bobby died it went on for a very long time I suppose that all you people who are on the edge of your seat and are so worried hope that it is the case….

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    lindasuz23  almost 2 years ago

    She will be scared because her first husband died. PTSD

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