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  1. 5 days ago on Crankshaft

    You mean like the title character’s hatred of the people he is supposed to be serving in return for a paycheck? Umm… I think the INTENT was that how he hates was supposed to be hilarious, but the result seems to be falling short of that goal.

  2. 5 days ago on Crankshaft

    Historians have worried for years that the movement to digital formats will leave nothing for future historians and archaeologists to find. Most of the histories and artifacts we have found, and built our understanding of the past upon, were things created to be appreciated by human beings, like art and literature. How is somebody 1000 years from now even going to figure out that this little plastic postage stamp includes transistor junctions set to encode an image, or a moving picture, or a recording of a voice, or words of text, let alone what the content is?

    After its inevitable apocalypse, the digital age is probably going to be seen by historians as a silent age in which nothing of any significance happened.

  3. 6 days ago on Wizard of Id

    Also, a lot of military surplus stuff that’s too big and dangerous to be sold to civilians is being sold for pennies on the dollar (or just flat out given) to police departments. I’m not sure what use the police department in a peaceful suburban town has for an armed and armored Humvee that can drive through a brick wall (mostly the 4th of July parade, far as I can tell), but several towns around here seem to have them. Courtesy of the DoD. Your tax dollars at work.

  4. 6 days ago on Frazz

    I pretty much agree with you, but it does seem to me that the disgraced ex-president’s narcissism, his desire to have everyone in the world thinking about him all the time, has brought us to this juncture. I can remember when I could go whole days without thinking about politics, when gags in a comic were just gags in a comic. Wasn’t that long ago… maybe as recently as 2015? Then this guy came along, running for president and trying to worming his way into every conversation and every online exchange, until it seemed that no matter what we started out talking about, we ended talking about the Orange One.

    Well, I for one have had enough! This strip is a gag about Einstein, and I will not let the Man Who Would Be Dictator (but just wound up as a spud) hijack it!

    BTW, when Einstein said imagination beats knowledge, he was not talking about imagination in an absence of knowledge. Coming up with something like relativity required a great deal of knowledge about the current state of physics. The “imagination” part is how Einstein was able to use and expand upon that knowledge without being constrained by it.

  5. 20 days ago on Crankshaft

    Actually, Ed’s spot-on: Granny is known all over town for how she colors fabrics. (I was going to say “how she colors her hair,” but the GC colorist kinda shut that out by making it Gray Number Four.)

    (Joke credit to Rich “Svengoolie” Koz, who once turned Lon Chaney’s “Wolfman” line “I just want to die” into the opening of a hair-dye ad parody.)

  6. 20 days ago on Crankshaft

    Why isn’t Ed riding on the short bus?

  7. 20 days ago on Crankshaft

    Your knowledge needs a bit of updating. Ayers drew “Crankshaft” for many years, from the strip’s debut in June of 1987 until he handed it over to Dan Davis in April of 2017. Many of us see Davis as primarily cutting-and-pasting Chuck’s art and adding relatively little of his own. This is not necessarily a criticism, as reusing art is a fairly common practice throughout the comics industry (look at how often June Brigman re-uses her own art in “Mary Worth”). Though the shading, looking like a combination of spiderwebs and mildew, does provide lots of snark-fodder.

  8. 21 days ago on Frazz

    Not quite. R’s are more like that species of parasitic wasps that replicate the ants’ pheremones and insert their own eggs into the ant colony, which then feeds and tends them until they emerge from their pupal casings and devour the queen.

  9. 21 days ago on Crankshaft

    If you look closely at its headlights, even the bus seems to be rolling its eyes at the lack of a joke (or much of anything else) in today’s strip. I appreciate that attention to detail from the B-A-D (Batiuk-Ayers-Davis) creative team.

  10. 22 days ago on Doonesbury

    Y’know, sometimes it’s better to have it in your pants that between your ears.