Jul 17th 2018 08:02 am A Word for Our Sponsor

(Cartoonist’s note: this is another repeat post, but I’m busy this morning. I might have not posted at all, but we’re all getting weary of the Bastille Day tome.)

I am always cynically amused by commercials, aimed at adults or children, that depict relentless moochers always trying to horn in on another’s prized product. The message is always a variation of, Go get your own! As in, Buy your own. How stupid do they think we are? I say, share! If the thing runs out, pass the hat and then go buy more. Probably you don’t need that much of whatever it is anyway. Except newspapers. If you want to read the comics, buy your own newspaper. They need the money!

Buy the new book, "Beaucoup Arlo & Janis!"Today's "Arlo & Janis!"

Posted by jimmyjohnson / Vintage A&J

30 Responses to “A Word for Our Sponsor”

  1. sandcastler™ on 17 Jul 2018 at 8:47 am #


  2. Mark from Maine on 17 Jul 2018 at 10:53 am #

    All too true. I hate to point out an error, Jimmy, but that rabbit was always the “Silly Rabbit.” Maybe it’s better to show than to tell, and you were trying not to “horn in” on a trademark? Thanks again for all your great work!

  3. DJJG7 on 17 Jul 2018 at 11:07 am #

    Maybe he was avoiding copyright infringement or something close. But I never quite noticed the pattern of coveting.

  4. David from Austin on 17 Jul 2018 at 11:26 am #


    “Frosted Lucky Charms– They’re magically Delicious.”

    Sometimes the kids are the ones encouraged to theft!

  5. Jenny on 17 Jul 2018 at 1:58 pm #

    I get looks (both puzzled and admiring) from my coworkers when I bring my paper copy of the Seattle Times into the break room so I can read the comics (yes, including A&J!) and work the crossword over lunch. It’s actually quite the conversation starter :) I’m very grateful to have an independent hometown paper to support!

  6. DJJG7 on 17 Jul 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    Our pastor just told me that he thinks it is the best page in the local newspaper.

  7. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 17 Jul 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    I don’t think that “stupid rabbit” is in error. My memory of the silly rabbit and the kids in Trix cereal was much more gentle and kind than the one drawn in the strip. Maybe that was the point?

  8. Mark in TTown on 17 Jul 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    How about “how’d you like a nice Hawaiian Punch?”, with the questioner flattening the guy who says yes?

    The one cereal I really miss is one from Kellogg’s that was named Concentrate. That stuff was good! I wish they would bring it back. No sugar coating, no fancy flavors, just high protein content in a delicious little flake.

  9. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 17 Jul 2018 at 8:16 pm #

    “Just because I am old, bitter, and cynical, that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”

  10. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 17 Jul 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    My point of contention with the sugary cereals are the television commercials that feature the cereal surrounded by juice, fruit, toast, etc., and then the announcer says, “Double Frosted Choco Bombs are the delicious part of this nutritious breakfast.”

  11. Old Bear on 17 Jul 2018 at 9:10 pm #

    Well there was “Mother I would rather do it myself.”

    And not long ago any male in a home situation commercial
    was portrayed as dumber than a box of rocks. I notice lately
    that men are doing washing and other domestic chores.

  12. Old Bear on 17 Jul 2018 at 9:12 pm #

    Haven’t seen them clean toilets though.

  13. Mark in TTown on 17 Jul 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”
    “You ate it, Ralph!”

  14. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 18 Jul 2018 at 4:33 am #

    Old Bear:

    Have you seen the commercial in which a father is teaching his daughter how to shave her legs?

    At least I assume it’s her father.

  15. Rick on 18 Jul 2018 at 4:37 am #

    Silly cartoonist, newspapers are passé. It’s all about being online so push your fans to get a premium account at Go Comics and save some much needed trees. It’s a win win for all.

  16. Mark in TTown on 18 Jul 2018 at 6:33 am #

    I never thought of a bed as ultimate protection from being stepped on (by a camel?) for a cat. Neat twist, Jimmy

  17. emb on 18 Jul 2018 at 6:43 am #

    Hey! I’m happy Bemidji still has The Bemidji Pioneer, a 6-day weekly. Well-edited, open to diverse opinions [owned by the Fargo Forum, but only has to toe their line on national issues]. Write a monthly column for it on whatever I please, and actually have fans.

    Avoid politics as such, but have my say on lots of issues: sustainability, education, overpopulation, literacy [structure and usage, mostly], organic evolution, cosmology, even religion, that many have politicized. A recent column was titled [approx.] “How do we know what people believe?” [We don't, and they may not know themselves.] Have even admitted preferring James 2:18 over Luther.


    P.S. Also check some 16 strips on Go Comics A-Z page.

  18. emb on 18 Jul 2018 at 7:11 am #

    Today’s Bloom County 2018. What sort of critter is “Rosebud”, floating in air, w/ a prehensile tale. Have we run into her[?] before.



  19. Somebody that I used to know on 18 Jul 2018 at 7:46 am #

    Silly rabbit, kix are for trids.

    Blarney, my stones.

  20. Somebody that I used to know on 18 Jul 2018 at 7:47 am #

    Rosebud is the basselope. The last basselope to be more precise.

  21. Mark in TTown on 18 Jul 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    I don’t recall seeing this one before. A nice example of how Jimmy subtly slides something past our conscious notice.


  22. Anonymous on 18 Jul 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    EMB, uh-oh You used the word “politics”. They’re pulling out the feathers and boiling the tar as we speak.

  23. TruckerRon on 18 Jul 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    Where’s my pitchfork? My torch?

  24. Mark in TTown on 18 Jul 2018 at 10:14 pm #


  25. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 19 Jul 2018 at 4:33 am #

    Is today the first time that Jimmy has put himself in a comic, or is cartooning Arlo’s new career?

  26. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 19 Jul 2018 at 6:42 am #

    Rick, I was thinking the same thing. What a different strip today.

  27. Dan McD on 19 Jul 2018 at 6:45 am #

    First time I’ve ever seen Jimmy put himself in a strip, came here to say the same thing!

    Maybe Pastis is rubbing off on the rest of the industry? :-)

  28. emb on 19 Jul 2018 at 7:31 am #

    That’s not JJ, it’s Arlo. His Dad had the same nose. Not at all ~ photos of JJ.

    Merriam, Eve, poet, writer. (19 Jul 1916-1992). I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, “Mother, what was war?” [= quote / today's AWAD]


  29. emb on 20 Jul 2018 at 7:52 am #

    For many weeks, only one of the 4 Kenya animals was live, others “highlights” & such. Now 3 are live.



  30. emb on 20 Jul 2018 at 8:04 am #

    For all the Village’s astro buffs. Today’s Frank & Ernest is also a hoot.