Stone Soup by Jan Eliot for June 21, 2020

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    LastRoseOfSummer 1 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Bye, sniff…

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    sipsienwa Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I hope we keep getting reruns.

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    eastern.woods.metal  over 1 year ago

    To all the fathers, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

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    Cmiyamoto  over 1 year ago

    Last strip on July 26.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  over 1 year ago

    When the final strip comes, Ms. Eliot, it has been a pleasure reading your strip.

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    sipsienwa Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I came back to say thank you for all the pleasure I have gotten from your strip. Will really miss you. Have a great rest of your life. Come back any time.

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    clouds_loom  over 1 year ago

    Thank you for such wonderful characters. You’ve given us years of pleasure. Enjoy your retirement.

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    catmom1360 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Enjoy your life. We all had fun reading the strip.

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    A.D. Adams, Jr.  over 1 year ago

    Have fun!

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    MA FANGYI Premium Member over 1 year ago

    No passing the torch, it was too close to the heart for her to give this cartoon to other people. Enjoy retirement and thanks for all these years.

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    jmworacle  over 1 year ago

    Happy Trails to you………..

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    dsTrekker Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Classy exit.

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    basilisk Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I have loved your strip since the first day it came out. I’m sorry to see it go, but I’m glad you stopped while it was still excellent. Good luck with whatever you do next!

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    GovernorOfCalisota Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thanks, Jan. See you on Stone Soup Classics.

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    Tra1nman2 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I, too, have enjoyed the strip since its beginning and will miss seeing new situations with the Stones, even if only on Sundays nowadays. Glad we’re seeing older ones on GoComics so I get to enjoy them all over again. Have a happy, fun-filled retirement, Jan. And stay healthy; that’s key for us older folks.

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    jmp.mtbn  over 1 year ago

    thanks for all your work ! I will still enjoy binge-reading the archives, this story goes trough time easily .

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    dwane.scoty1  over 1 year ago

    Didn’t like the new “Heart” @ 1st. either. Looks like it is developing, tho!

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    hildigunnurr Premium Member over 1 year ago

    You’ll be sorely missed! Enjoy your retirement <3

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    ljk57 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I’ll miss Stone Soup always!!! The best to you, Jan and enjoy every moment!

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    dmk57  over 1 year ago

    So sorry to see you go, but enjoy your well deserved retirement.

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    cornford.t  over 1 year ago

    Bummer, I enjoyed it while it was here.

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    Stevefk  over 1 year ago

    As cartoon authors start out you can see how times change and how well the characters adapt in it before you get to the point after so long that you have done all you do with them and still be relevant in todays world. Neither good nor bad, that’s just the way it is. How all the characters do as they get older and carry on with life will only run in Jans head if at all, we just don’t get to see them drawn out.

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    Femi Aminat  Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Enjoy your retirement and God bless you…. :^D

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    Meg, Apropos of Nothing  over 1 year ago

    Thank you Jan. They (and you) deserve some privacy. Best wishes for your next 25 year career.

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    fesalazarsoto  over 1 year ago

    Thank you, Jan, for all these years of a strip that, behind the jokes, aims to the heart. Keep enjoying life.

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    jr1234  over 1 year ago

    This was my dad’s favorite comic strip. He liked it when it stayed on in Sunday’s paper, now on Father’s Day it ends :(

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    Maybe you can meet Bill Watterson, Jan. You seem to be of a similar kind as you too don’t seem to consider having your creation continued and probably spoiled by a new cartoonist. Thank you for that.

    Those that think there might be cartoonists capable of continuing: A cartoonist sufficiently versed to do that adequately – in art and creativity – should and is able to to develop his or her own setting.

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    The Legend of Brandon Sawyer  over 1 year ago

    I’m going to miss this one

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    Lydushka  over 1 year ago

    I understand her desire to retire. Just will miss the sharing…:’( Enjoy and stay safe!

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    GeorgeJohnson  over 1 year ago

    Cartoonist has multiple personalities??

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    P51Strega  over 1 year ago

    Thank you, Congratulations, and enjoy. I know it’s been said better above, but it bears repeating. ♥ ♥ ♥

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    P51Strega  over 1 year ago

    By the way, Jan, you look terrific. Last week I went to your FaceBook page to see if you were really retiring. When I saw the picture of a lovely 30-something year-old, I was relieved. I figured at your (apparent) age, retirement was a long way off. I hope your years are filled with warmth and love.

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    atlantawhit  over 1 year ago

    Will miss them all. Such a gentle, loving strip.

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    bulldinky1  over 1 year ago

    kind of like a great neighbor moving away…. aww geez, getting a little teary. Best of everything Jan; perhaps you could give us a few ‘Holiday’ check ins through the years?…

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    CynthiaLeveque Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Best wishes! Loved every day!

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    russef  over 1 year ago

    THANK YOU! X 25.

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    ricktaft46 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thanks hey! Ya’ done good. Please keep the classics coming.

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    Calvin Nelson Nelson Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thank you for all the greatness. The start of summer will not be the same.

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    nos.nevets  over 1 year ago

    Best wishes. Thanks for the good times.

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    ryanschafer77  over 1 year ago

    Really going to miss this strip!

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    WaitingMan  over 1 year ago

    Brava, Jan.

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    Darth Stevious  over 1 year ago

    I wouldn’t mind a time jump to see how they all turn out when the kids are grown…

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    drmickeyg  over 1 year ago

    This is a mere echo of the sentiments stated above – thank you so much for all the fun and adventures over the years. I will always think of you in August (Gotta love August!!!). I wish you the same peace and happiness you’ve given all of us. ♥

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    grandparent Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thanks for the Touch of Class Ending. This 81 year old will miss Alix and you a lot.

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    muminnek  over 1 year ago

    I jumped to Stone Soup about 5 years ago. A lot of history missed. Good time to start read from beginning here. Thank you for 25 years of great strip. Enjoy your retirement.

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    rosecrs  over 1 year ago

    Thank you for all the smiles you gave me to start my days. I will miss your daily strip. Wish you much happiness.

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    kpw0285  over 1 year ago

    Ever since I discovered Stone Soup it has been a favorite of mine. Thank you Jan for speaking the truth. May God bless you and keep you this day and forever more. Karl

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    chidecki Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I enjoyed listening to your story on the Blockhead podcast, (all comic strip fans should listen to Geoff Grogan’s great Peanuts/comic strip podcast). I had no idea you were winding down the Sunday’s. But I understand. The chance to do anything for 25 years is a testament, but life isn’t always about the work. Good luck and thank you for the laughs!

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    Jeffin Premium Member over 1 year ago

    That stone’s been in the soup long enough to be edible finally? Enjoy Jan!

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    ldrukman  over 1 year ago

    Enjoy your next chapter

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    GreenIrishEyes  over 1 year ago

    SO going to miss this family! :(

    But, yes, you’ve earned your retirement, so enjoy! <3

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    Mr. JRB  over 1 year ago

    Oh, crap, that’s just terrible

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    i_am_the_jam  over 1 year ago

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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    fosterchylde86 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Oh c’mon, Jan! One last strip! A look into the future! Does Holly become rich and famous?? Does Alix become an awesome scientist? Don’t leave us hanging!!

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    alison  over 1 year ago

    I love the idea of your characters going on without viewers. Have a lovely retirement!

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    bobblumenfeld  over 1 year ago

    Bye, all. It’s been great knowing you. And thanks, Lynn for showing them to us. Have a happy retirement.

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    DavidHewlett  over 1 year ago

    Ms. Eliot, the ‘Family Stone’ was one group I actually looked forward to seeing everyday and then Sunday, it will be greatly missed my me. I understand how you feel but doing so leaves a great emptiness that had enlarged four years ago when I lost my ‘life-partner’ cause we read ‘Stone Soup’ any chance we got. Enjoy your retirement and she and I enjoyed ours ! ! ! !

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    Jharness  over 1 year ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for all these years! Enjoy!!

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    MichaelHelwig  over 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the entertainment, Jan Eliot.

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    aedra6 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    yep, i’m cryin’. I will miss this strip a lot.

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    YulanaLow  over 1 year ago

    Thank you.

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    stevie44  over 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for 25 years of enjoyable reading. Love this way of announcing it.

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    TheTrueNorth  over 1 year ago

    Best of Luck & Tkx

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    CeceliaWD Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Darn syndicate. There are so few family strips so filled with humor and love. Thanks for sharing yours.

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    lotsalaffs Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Gonna miss you a whole bunch.

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    scottbruce  over 1 year ago

    Go, have fun with Ted and Sydney, we’ll be fine, (sniff)

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    bt  over 1 year ago

    Maybe they can start rerunning the strip from the beginning, like FBOFW. That will mean almost every strip I follow is from the past.

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    mi_sbs  over 1 year ago

    Thank you for the years of making the world a happier place through your humor and talent! Best wishes to you in your well earned retirement!

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    acorne  over 1 year ago

    I am so sad however you also have a life ahead of you that is deserving of some privacy and joy! I so enjoyed pulling up Stone Soup every Sunday!! I will miss the family and wish you much happiness. Will miss you!! Have a Wonderful Well Deserved Retirement!! Many Blessings!!

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    Lynnjav  over 1 year ago

    “Sniff” – I’ll miss this one a lot. Please don’t go! (completely selfishly). Enjoy your retirement, though. I think you’ve earned it. Thanks for all the years of good and gentle humor.

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    K Hochman  over 1 year ago

    One of my favorite comics.

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    Lensmaker Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the fun over they years, I hope you enjoy your retirement and have fun letting that nine year old loose. You’ll be missed and well thought of.

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    Astérix  over 1 year ago

    Not the best Father’s Day gift. Enjoy your new endeavours, we’ll keep enjoying the daily reruns. Thanks for the great strips over the years.

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    lanark  over 1 year ago

    Sadness for us. Enjoy your inner 9 yr old.

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    Trespassers W  over 1 year ago

    I shall miss this strip as well with its gentle but genuine humor.

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    Hollyjoy  over 1 year ago

    Too sad…

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    S&C = Dismayed&Depressed   over 1 year ago

    Now I’m so sad…actually intensely sad…sniff…sniff…sigh.

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    TMMILLER Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thank you Jan, it was a pleasure reading your strip and supporting your family!

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    Diamond Lil  over 1 year ago

    I’ll miss you Jan-can you please wait until after the “Gotta Love August” cartoons? I look forward to them all year long!Thank you for brightening my days all these years

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    Sassy's Mom  over 1 year ago

    You will be sorely missed!

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    PammWhittaker  over 1 year ago

    I’ll miss you, Jan! Any chance of a final strip showing their futures, please? :)

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    oldcolleen  over 1 year ago

    Have always loved your comics. You have made my family very happy. Enjoy the break!

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    Flossie Mud Duck  over 1 year ago

    I will miss you.

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    Kurt Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I’m sorry to see Stone Soup go. I got in on it rather late, and have had to enjoy it mainly through the “classic” reruns. But I really liked the weekly new strips and will miss them.

    Congratulations, though, to Jan Eliot on your retirement. After that many years of hard work, you deserve time to follow your “inner 9-year-old.” (I’m looking forward to that myself before too much longer.) Best wishes for many happy years ahead!

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    marilynnbyerly  over 1 year ago

    I wrote for over forty years. Characters from my first novel are still running around in my head having adventures as are characters I never had a chance to put on the page. Being a writer is weird but so much fun.

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    chief tommy  over 1 year ago

    I came to the Stone Soup party late so I hope that this will come back as Stone Soup classics starting with Day One. Enjoy your life as a nine year old

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    ansilatoms Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Well dang. I miss the days of writers like Sparky Schultz. To be fair, though…we didn’t get to see HIS characters grow up, either.

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    daisypekin01  over 1 year ago

    Waa-aaah. :,~ (

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    paullp Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Love the strip. Best of luck!

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    tallwelder  over 1 year ago

    Good luck on your adventures! We’ll miss you.

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    ssledge  over 1 year ago

    Have a happy retirement Jan. Thank you for the pleasure this warm, funny story has given me.

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    CosmoFan47  over 1 year ago

    “You’ll go on as usual. I’m just turning off the camera.” That’s a really nice way of putting it.

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    DenaliFarm  over 1 year ago

    I’ll miss this but go and enjoy.

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    And So It Goes  over 1 year ago

    Sorry to see Stone Soup end. I’ve enjoyed it for years. But, as one who retired 18 years ago, have fun. Life is good, at first the change in the daily routine was strange but I adapted quickly and by the end of day 3 I had a new routine.

    Jan: I do hope Stone Soup Classics continues on. It is part of my routine!

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    Flatlander, purveyor of fine covfefe  over 1 year ago

    Thanks from the Flatland’s. Fortunately we have archives to keep us going. Happy Retirement. 77 this week and have to go to friend’s farm and mow an acre or two for the 100 new sheep that don’t like tall grass. Yep kick back and enjoy the quiet time. Maybe when I’m 80

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    William Thorneloe Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I enjoyed your strip and wit. I am sorry to see it go, but this is your creation and your are the only one who should decide your own future. I didn’t like the changes in Nancy, but getting used to it – but certainly a different strip than what I’ve experienced over 65 years.

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    ComicLily  over 1 year ago

    Sad for me, happy for you. Enjoy!

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    freewaydog  over 1 year ago

    So is this the last “Stone Soup” comic?

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    ValancyCarmody Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thank you Jan, I’ve loved every minute of it.

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    deanhmcdonald  over 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! What a well done ending!! I love it! Yes, I’m sad too but, I’m happy for you Jan!. Enjoy it to the fullest! And thank you so very much for making me smile on a regular basis!

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    WhoDat  over 1 year ago

    Enjoy life, thanks for the past 25 years of fun and happiness…

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    darcyandsimon  over 1 year ago

    hopefully we can still watch her reruns!

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    contralto2b  over 1 year ago

    I like the thought of books. I will have to investigate. Enjoy your retirement! May the Stone Soup family enjoy their life off camera. :o)

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    anarresa Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Don’t say 25 years ago, I remember when it debuted in my paper! Enjoyed it the whole time, thanks so much.

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    s b  over 1 year ago

    :‘’’( I’m so sad to see this strip go, but thank you so much, Jan, for the years you’ve shared your extraordinary talent with us. Blessings to you in your retirement!

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    Don Hulbert Premium Member over 1 year ago

    It’s been a great run! I’ll miss the new strips, hope that the “classic” ones continue to rotate. All best to you, Jan Eliot…

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    Happy, happy, happy!!! Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I understand.

    There is nothing that I want more right now than retirement. :(

    All the best to you, Lady. :)

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    EdBear445  over 1 year ago

    Another reason to not get up on Sunday ….. thanks for all the memories.

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    allydam Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Came in late to the game but loved getting caught up in the story line with the classic Stone Soup comics and new ones on Sunday. Will definitely miss seeing new ones but can understand about no longer being tied to a deadline. Hopefully a new book with a compilation of the comics will soon published (hint, hint). Have a great and fun filled retirement, Jan!

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    jawahoffmann  over 1 year ago

    I aged out of Cathy, as I suppose Cathy Guisewite did as well. But with my own family I easily slipped into For Better or For Worse and Stone Soup as my morning smile before I started work. And since I’ve been retired 10 years, I suppose it’s understandable that it’s time for you, too, to experience this period of reward for your work. Let’s see—now I’ll have to check in to the cat strips for the morning smile. ENJOY YOURSELF!! You’ve given your readers a lot!

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    Wlly Blly  over 1 year ago

    Jan! Please! I wish you the best but please, make the last few strips about what happens to the characters in the years to come. Pretty please? I’ve become so invested in the characters that I want to know!

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    alf4evr  over 1 year ago

    I’ll miss the column but retirement is wonderful! Enjoy!!!

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    vtodhunter  over 1 year ago

    It is sad to see such good friends go away, and yet when it’s time for the journey to change, it’s time. I wish you the best of luck. You’ve certainly made my days happier by your work.

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    Jayneknox  over 1 year ago

    I’ll miss the strip, but have a wonderful retirement!

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    listmom  over 1 year ago

    So sorry to see you go! I know you’ve been slowly letting us down with Sunday-only comics, but I’ll still miss you. And I agree — Alix is the best character to be.

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    jtgglaser Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the years of great cartooning! Have a wonderful rest of your life!

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    wreising  over 1 year ago

    Thank you Jan. It’s been enjoyable.

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    reedkomicks Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Bless you for all you gave to your readers. Cheers!

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    kab2rb  over 1 year ago

    This is hard news to read. Yet I cannot blame her for keeping SS as her own and not selling to a different strip to perhaps ruin it. To Jan I know retirement will be a joy to you, us fans will have to accept.

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    outfishn  over 1 year ago

    I enjoyed the cartoon from the first time I read it. Then I was surprised and pleased to learn that it is created just 50 miles away from were I live in Oregon. Thank you so much and happy retirement.

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    donwestonmysteries  over 1 year ago

    No party?

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    vanaals  over 1 year ago

    Slice of Life cartoons. The original reality shows.

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    Patinphx Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thank you, Jan Eliot! I will continue to enjoy early Stone Soup thanks to My Comics. Go widely and wildly into the future and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

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    j.l.farmer  over 1 year ago

    at least she didn’t have someone else drawn the characters and carry on the conic strip like Heart of the City i stopped reading it after it happened. not the same without the keeping the way the characters were previously drawn; Nancy too.

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    Richie2shoes  over 1 year ago

    I hope your retirement brings you as much joy and pleasure as your creations have brought your fans. Enjoy!

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    DOuG pRATt Premium Member over 1 year ago

    ‘Stone Soup’ is still feels like a ‘new’ feature to me!

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    Adam-Stone(Soup)  over 1 year ago

    Going to miss Stone Soup, Jan.I’ve read them all.After I discovered your cartoon, I went back in the history here to get fully oriented to the characters’ history.Enjoy retirement. (I am … sorta.)

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    Enjoy your retirement!

    Thanks for the smiles.

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    Concretionist  over 1 year ago

    Buh bye! (snf)

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    Adam-Stone(Soup)  over 1 year ago

    Enjoy your retirement, Jan.It’s been great getting to see the character development over such a long interval of time.

    P.S. I retired five (5) years ago. But I still have many “irons in the fire.” It’s a lark doing new things and getting to mentor the young.

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    kozmikgal  over 1 year ago

    Obviously, I now have to add Heart of the City to my lineup.

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    fix-n-fly  over 1 year ago

    I hate to see you go and this comic end, but all good things come to an end. Thank you for all the special moments you’ve given us over the years. Enjoy your retirement.

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    schoonie  over 1 year ago

    Glad my nearly worn out Habitat for Humanity shirt (“Who knew blisters could feel so good?”) is still around. It will be a reminder of things and people that matter. Thanks for all the insight.

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    RonBerg13 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    So Long, Farewell…

    There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall

    And the bells in the steeple too

    And up in the nursery an absurd little bird

    Is popping out to say “cuckoo”

    Cuckoo, cuckoo

    Regretfully they tell us Cuckoo, cuckoo

    But firmly they compel us Cuckoo, cuckoo

    To say goodbye


    To you

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night

    I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu

    Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu

    So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen

    I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

    I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye


    I’m glad to go, I cannot tell a lie

    I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly

    The sun has gone to bed and so must I

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye


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    jrbrat Premium Member over 1 year ago

    This might be cheesy. Thanks for the memories! You’ve bought me a moment of joy throughout the years!

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    Sheryl Smith  over 1 year ago

    Have always enjoyed the strip. Sad but blessings.

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    soaringblocks  over 1 year ago

    I’ll miss you and your clan but I hope you really get to enjoy your inner 9 year old to the max!

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    lisavaas Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your world with us for so many years, Jan! We will miss you and your characters very, very much. It’s been such a pleasure to go on their adventures. You know that we’ll welcome you back if you ever want to bring us more. But in the meantime, have a wonderful time kicking back and doing whatever floats your boat!!

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    This has been one of my most favorite strips for a long time. It will be keenly missed. Thank you for all you gave us, and many blessings on you and yours.

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    SiteeSatee Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Thanks for wonderful, funny, heartfelt years!

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    dlauber Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Gonna really miss this strip. It’s one of the very few racially diverse comic strips available. And it’s one of the few comics that managed to maintain a loving, lightness in these dark, dark times. It officially ends July 26.

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    elpasowalt  over 1 year ago

    Pretty cute series, Jan. Are you really stopping the strip? You will be missed. This is one of the good ones.

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    bruno113  over 1 year ago

    I’ll miss all of your psyche extensions. They are beautiful people. It’s been a spectacular run. Enjoy your next steps.

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    mikeywilly  over 1 year ago

    We’re going to miss you all, but, life goes on, change is the norm.

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    fox_anqucn  over 1 year ago

    Sigh I’m really going to miss Stone Soup, but wish you all the best for you retirement. Thank you for a wonderful time.

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    Drbarb71 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Enjoy retirement! It’s time to draw for yourself and not deadlines! Enjoy every minute!

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    devildog64  over 1 year ago

    must be nice to be able to retire after only 25 years.

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    alanrooks Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Jan, thanks for your wonderful comic. It was always funny and heartwarming, though in a very realistic way. You captured all the joys and many challenges of family life, and for that we thank you.

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    lenhimel  over 1 year ago

    will miss you…

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    DaveQuinn  over 1 year ago

    I guess this last submission will be posted until Jan’s contract ends.

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    bonnbonn  over 1 year ago

    i found it too late, but enjoyed it immensely. Thank you!

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    rgcviper  over 1 year ago

    I read this one this past Sunday, but am just now commenting. Jan: Thanks for all the smiles over the years; the Stone family is great. Congrats on retirement, and best of luck in your future endeavors. Come back to “see” us sometime in the comments …

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    t_a_80111  over 1 year ago

    I’ve enjoyed Stone Soup for many years and will miss the drama and characters. Thank you Jan Eliot, and happy retirement.

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    DebraSalitra  over 1 year ago

    Your strip is one of my faves. I will miss you.

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    Leewit  over 1 year ago

    Amen to all the positive comments. You are a class act, like Bill Waterson, leaving on your own terms. Though I think you are the first to “turn off the camera”. I like that much better.

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    DaveQuinn  over 1 year ago

    Now GoComics will post this specific panel every day for 5 years.

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    katie711  over 1 year ago

    I will SO miss this strip!

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    janwpb Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Noooooo! Drat darn and …. you know what? Silver lining: My paper was a late bloomer … I get to start from the beginning! ( but truly, I am so selfishly sorry to lose you )

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    Adam-Stone(Soup)  about 1 year ago

    Looking forward to catching up.Saddens me that none of our local papers carry Jan Eliot’s syndicated strip.The Vancouver Sun and (the Vancouver) Province – that’s Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – both owned by the same publishing company don’t have Stone Soup in the weekend editions.

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