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  1. about 24 hours ago on Garfield

    As Garfield points out in a later strip, “The Ritz, this ain’t”.

  2. 1 day ago on Garfield

    Or, at the very least, since it was 1981, with a copy of Eliot Humberstone’s book Everyday Things , which had just come out that year.

  3. 2 days ago on Garfield

    Jon didn’t notice the extra weight in his suitcase as Garfield stowed away in it.

  4. 14 days ago on Garfield

    The eel must be at least 30 feet long and 350 pounds in mass.

  5. 18 days ago on Stone Soup

    Val should do something like this with Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree (©1964).

    Val: Once, there was a talking apple tree. She loved a little boy, who often came to swing from her branches and eat her apples. She advised him to save the seeds and plant them. She explained to him how important trees are to the Earth; among other things, they provide oxygen, shade, and homes for many types of animals.

    “You see, boy”, said the tree, “many of the things that people use, such as houses, furniture, paper, and telephone poles, are often made from us trees. Forests are often cleared to raise cattle and other domestic livestock. It’s important to not take too much from the Earth”.

    Knowing these things made the boy love the tree.

    When the boy grew up, he decided to become a forest ranger. As he was stationed at his lookout tower, he was very good at spotting signs of forest fires, and quickly alerted fire-fighting aircraft.

    He also instructed campers on how to properly put out their campfires.

    “Make sure that the fire is surrounded by rocks to keep it from spreading”, he would say, “and be sure that you have a bucket, and that there’s a nearby source of water. After you put the fire out, make sure that there are no glowing embers and that there is no smoke. Only then is it safe to depart”.

    The boy soon returned to the tree, and he hold her of his progress as a forest ranger.

    “You’re doing very well, boy”, she told him. “And look at the seeds you planted”.

    The boy looked around, and sure enough, the seeds had grown into new apple trees.

    “As you once told me”, he said to her, “it’s important to not take too much from the Earth”.

    Holly: I see your point, Mom.

    Alix: So do I.

    Val: Thanks, girls.

  6. 18 days ago on Stone Soup

    In my opinion, there are many other flawed comic strip characters besides Holly. Here are some examples:

    1. In Bill Amend’s FoxTrot , Jason doesn’t exercise much control over his iguana, Quincy, who often escapes from his cage and chews up the family’s belongings. Holly doesn’t even have a pet iguana.

    2. Also, in earlier strips of FoxTrot , Paige often punched Jason in the face and broke his glasses.

    3. In Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes , practically everyone in Calvin’s life seems to be against him. They rarely if ever stop to consider the hand that they might have in his unruly behavior. Calvin likes to use his imagination; there’s nothing wrong with that. Nobody deserves to be shunned for being different. The staff of Calvin’s school don’t seem to care about Moe’s bullying. If anything, they probably feel that Calvin deserves it. Bullying is inexcusable, no matter what.

    4. In Jim Davis’s Garfield , many women whom Jon tries to date reject him for no apparent reason, and some even program their answering machines to hang up on him. One of his dates overreacts when he tries to tell her about his stamp collection (“HELP! HELP! MY DATE IS TALKING ABOUT STAMPS!”). She doesn’t just say, “Jon, I’d prefer to not talk about stamps, if you don’t mind”.

  7. 18 days ago on Stone Soup

    It’s possible that Val was the same way with her parents when she was 13. I’m sorry to say that I was a major handful myself at that age, e.g. I was too materialistic and too sensitive.

  8. 19 days ago on Stone Soup

    Val (responding to Holly in the last panel): Or, at the very least, “Don’t give in to temptation”.

  9. 24 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Calvin’s Dad should’ve said, “…‘rather than’ of something fake you just watched”. It sounds clearer this way.

  10. about 1 month ago on FoxTrot

    This video also features Sachicasaurus , which was a pliosaur like Liopleurodon . Sachicasaurus , according to the image provided by Fabio Alejandro, was about 33⅝ feet long and 6 feet thick.