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  1. 2 days ago on Dick Tracy

    “Warbucks has been “killed” several times. It’s endemic to the Annie strip.”

    I never read the Annie strip, but when she first appeared in Dick Tracy, I read the last year or so in the GoComics archives, and learned that before the strip was cancelled, Punjab and The Asp were supposed to have been killed. Mike Curtis and Joe Staton never bothered to address that bit.

  2. 3 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Seems odd to involve Tracy in a story about Annie’s infancy, when they didn’t meet until the kidnapping story some years ago.

  3. 3 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Palindrome Emordnilap?

  4. 8 days ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    “Kyle and Marigold” fits perfectly as an alternate first line to the Nightmare before Christmas song “This is Halloween.”

    Kyle and Marigold, Kyle and Marigold

    But I can’t even work out how to continue it. Maybe when we get to know them better.

  5. 9 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Interesting that you made New Coke an example. Pepsi had been a rather niche product for a while, while Coca-Cola was king, but Pepsi’s “The choice of a new generation” marketing campaign and their Michael Jackson deal, managed to take a huge chunk of Coke’s market share. Pepsi managed to present themselves as the new thing for the cool kids. So you get a prime example of the value of advertising right there.

    So Coke came with their “New Coke” stunt. Sure, it seemed like a failure at first. People said that “it was just as bad as Pepsi.” But that suddenly made Pepsi used as a negative. And when they returned “Classic Coke,” it sold better than in ages. What they did succeed in, was to cement the importance of the Coca-Cola brand. Who’s to say that that wasn’t the plan all along?

    Advertising matters. It might not always succeed, but it is vital to sell a new product. Think of Cabbage Patch Dolls and Beanie Babies. Pointless products, but advertising made them seem like valuable collector’s items.

  6. 10 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Or he meant to use singular, and just said “they” to avoid being gender specific.

  7. 10 days ago on Peanuts

    It’s hard to find specific strips without the date. Anyway, I made sure to find a strip where it was Charlie Brown himself who gritted his teeth. It helped that the strip included Molly Volley, an obscure character, so searching for her quickly turned up the correct strip.

  8. 10 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Was that double negative deliberate? I’m not sure that you said what you meant to say. You could say “aren’t capable” or “are incapable,” but “aren’t incapable” would mean the same thing as “are capable.”

    Regardless, the advertising industry are certainly experts in preying on people’s insecurities to sell their products.

  9. 11 days ago on Peanuts

    He does have teeth, though we only see them if he clenches them, which is rare. Like May 9, 1977.

  10. 13 days ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    It seems obvious to assume that it’s aither a future or alternate universe Phoebe, but that would be a bit repetitive. Remember when Phoebe put on a top hat and pranked herself?