Archive for January, 2009

Arlo & Janis (1/31/09)

January 31, 2009


Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday and as someone who watches one or two football games a year I feel completely unqualified to pick a winner. But that won’t stop me from rooting for the Arizona Cardinals to upend the Pittsburgh Steelers. I may end up being disappointed in the result, but I won’t be nearly as upset as the cat in this strip. He not only saw the Detroit Lions suffer through a winless season but also had to sit through a playoff tournament in which three of the final four spots were held by birds.


Pickles (1/30/09)

January 30, 2009


The funniest thing about this strip is not the fact that the old man accidentally fed the plants and watered the cat, but rather the fact that the cat is sauntering across the living room floor, soaking wet. This should ring true for anyone who lives with a feline, especially an older one. Give a cat a bath and they won’t shake their fur out or go into a violent fit. Instead, they’ll sulk in the corner, lick themselves dry and slowly plot their revenge.

Monty (1/29/09)

January 29, 2009


I’ve managed to paint rooms some unfortunate colors in my day, including a pastel-type yellow that I was certain would look muted on the wall and a dusty orange that edged a little too close to pink once it dried. But my all-time worst color choice was a bright, headache inducing green that I used to paint the walls and ceiling of a windowless office. The room also had fluorescent lights, which made for a deeply unsettling experience.

Daddy’s Home (1/28/09)

January 28, 2009


I can see how the oblong object in this strip could be mistaken for any number of things, especially after dark. It’s shape suggests an enormous loaf of French bread or a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It could also double as a novelty prop from Up in Smoke. Any of these items would have been a more palatable cover-up than “dead body,” although none of them would have been as funny. Well…maybe the French bread.

Dilbert (1/27/09)

January 27, 2009


Just when I was getting tired of omnipresent bad news about the economy (like every single state reporting a rise in unemployment last month), Dilbert had the good sense to emphasize the absurdity of the situation. Of course, the prospect of these two characters becoming squatters would invite some seriously unfunny, and perhaps even Kafkaesque, elements into the strip. Then again, Dilbert seems well equipped to go down this sobering path what with its bitter sarcasm and finely tuned sense of outrage.

Pickles (1/26/09)

January 26, 2009


I’ve never tripped over a speed bump while walking, but I have become wary of three types of speed bumps while driving. The first type of speed bump is not painted and is therefore indistinguishable from the road until it’s too late. The second type of speed bump has seen its reflective paint fade to almost nothing and is no better than the first. But the third, most dangerous type of speed bump is thin and painted bright yellow. Nevertheless, it’s made of such dense material that rolling over it at 10 miles an hour will throw off your alignment. And then there are the potholes…

Secret Asian Man (1/25/09)

January 25, 2009


When I was a boy, my parents almost moved from our home in Logan Square to an apartment in Wicker Park. If I had grown up in that apartment, then I would have witnessed the type of transformation shown in this strip whereby a cheap, unpretentious neighborhood develops a reputation as an artist’s hangout and quickly becomes overrun with trendy restaurants and expensive lofts. Wicker Park surrendered to that fate years ago but the funny thing is that my old neighborhood of Logan Square is quickly developing a hip reputation as well. There are still places that sell $1.99 tacos, but there are also a growing number of places that sell $7 beer. Ah, progress.