Jun 22nd 2018 09:30 am Bread Lines


(Cartoonist’s note: the following has nothing to do with the “Peggy Sue” series, but it appeared 10 years ago during the first rerun of this series from 1986. I thought I’d include it here, too. For free!)
I’ve been on a bread-baking kick lately. There are those of us who fervently believe (know, really) that a true French baguette can be had only in France. You can have “a” baguette elsewhere. You can buy “French bread” at the Piggly Wiggly. Even cookbooks and flour companies promise results “as close to the true French baguette as you can get.” However, there’s only one genuine article.

We all know the French baguette looks something like a Louisville Slugger and, given 24 hours, is almost as hard. Even fresh, it will get you a Texas League single. It has a delightful brown crust that shatters when bitten, rewarding the lips and gums with razor-like shards than can draw blood. It can be purchased everywhere in France, alongside loaves of country breads that actually taste much better and aren’t painful to eat, their only drawback being, they’re not French baguettes. Obviously, the French baguette has a mystique.

I don’t think it’s all that mysterious. When I think of experiencing le McCoy réel, I think of sitting under an umbrella on an improbably beautiful medieval square, far from my own problems, eating a lunch of perfectly prepared something, with an aproned waiter dropping by every 10 minutes to ask, “Voulez-vous quelque plus de vin, le touriste de cochon ?” No wonder everybody remembers French baguettes so fondly!
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44 Responses to “Bread Lines”

  1. TruckerRon on 22 Jun 2018 at 10:45 am #

    “Do you want some more wine, the pig tourist?” Only the French can get away with such an insult because French is such a melodic language!

  2. Mark in TTown on 22 Jun 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    Waxing gibbous. Sounds like a grease monkey! Or a greased monkey.

  3. TruckerRon on 22 Jun 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    That is where the moon is tonight.

    Speaking of monkeys, greased or otherwise… or apes…


  4. Don from Oklahoma on 22 Jun 2018 at 1:56 pm #

    Today’s cartoon and comments seems familiar:


    deja vu?

  5. Anonymous on 22 Jun 2018 at 3:17 pm #

    A decade is more nostalgic than deja-vu. Mr. Johnson explains below the art at the top of today’s blog.
    Waxing and waning, I get. Gibbous and crescent, also. I have trouble with first quarter plus another quarter is Full. And full plus two more quarters is empty, or new.

  6. Anonymous on 22 Jun 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    It has been thirty-two years since the comic that portrayed the novelty of twenty-five year time travel. Welcome, weary time travelers. You’ve come the long way ’round. Oh, what a ride.

  7. Mark from Maine on 22 Jun 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Are you still baking bread, Jimmy? I took it up around the time you first ran this series on the blog and I’m still going strong. I bake almost all the leavened bread we eat, and have been working with sourdough for about a year. Working at home sure has its advantages . . .

  8. MontanaPhil on 23 Jun 2018 at 7:56 am #

    “I have trouble with first quarter plus another quarter is Full. And full plus two more quarters is empty, or new”
    Think of the U.S. Treasury, as it used to be.
    Nowadays it’s full by the 2nd quarter, but empty by the 3rd quarter

  9. Mark in TTown on 23 Jun 2018 at 10:23 am #


  10. Mark in TTown on 23 Jun 2018 at 10:25 am #

    Regarding today’s strip: yeah, that would be a mood killer all right.

  11. TruckerRon on 23 Jun 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    I was listening to an old podcast of CarTalk in which a caller from St Louis said her name was spelled Jeryldine. She said she was the youngest and that her siblings had everyday, normal, easy-to-spell names like Karen and Barb. Her mother created it.. and her mother spells her name Jacquie. This made me think of our own special lady here in the Village. Any connection?

  12. emb on 23 Jun 2018 at 10:23 pm #

    Then there’s the famous birder and artist, Francis Lee Jaques, pron. JAY.kweez. Peace,

  13. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 24 Jun 2018 at 2:42 am #

    9CL is clever this morning; it actually makes the reader think a bit.

  14. emb on 24 Jun 2018 at 5:55 am #

    And Frank & Ernest give us smartass scientists our comeuppance. Peace,

  15. emb on 24 Jun 2018 at 5:56 am #

    Forgot this: https://www.gocomics.com/frank-and-ernest/2018/06/24 Sorry,

  16. Steve from Royal Oak Mi on 24 Jun 2018 at 9:20 am #

    Jimmy, you made me ask my Marianne I’d she had surgery on her fall bladder that I didn’t know about. lol

  17. Anonymous on 24 Jun 2018 at 9:50 am #

    My mother was Pauline, my dad was Jack. I was to be Jack too.

    He was killed before my birth, three werks before. I became Jackquline.

    It’s valid correct English spelling.

    My daughters are Malia Ann and Michele Alys.

  18. TruckerRon on 24 Jun 2018 at 10:02 am #

    Jackquline, I’m relieved to know you’re not that girl’s mother. She mentioned that the family’s (and close friends’) nickname for her is “Wacky Jacquie.”

  19. Old Bear on 24 Jun 2018 at 10:04 am #

    Ann McCaffrey used non standard spelling on many of her character names.

  20. Old Bear on 24 Jun 2018 at 10:05 am #

    This is the truth:


  21. Mark in TTown on 24 Jun 2018 at 10:35 am #

    Anybody here recognize the guest? https://www.gocomics.com/dicktracy/2018/06/24

  22. Llee on 24 Jun 2018 at 11:35 am #

    Drawing style is similar to Lynn Johnston- “For Better or Worse”. Also, there is a “Lynn” signature lower left corner of the panel done as she signs hers…. Maybe?

  23. Charlotte in NH on 24 Jun 2018 at 11:40 am #

    Yes, Mark, I do! Had to study the whole thing for a while, then saw of course, it’s … shall I tell the answer right now, or give the rest of the folks a chance? I will wait a while, I will be home all day.

  24. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 24 Jun 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Good to read a comment from Charlotte! I hope the world is treating you well, C/NH.

  25. Charlotte in NH on 24 Jun 2018 at 11:46 am #

    You hit “submit” ahead of me, Llee! Yes, it is Michael, could be no one else. Great how a skilled artist (which you are yourself) can have such a recognizable style.

  26. Charlotte in NH on 24 Jun 2018 at 11:50 am #

    Thank you, Curmudge, all is well, I feel that I’m just spinning my wheels lately.

  27. Llee on 24 Jun 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    AHHHH but Charlotte, you figured it to be Michael and I did not. Now I see it. :)

  28. Mark in TTown on 24 Jun 2018 at 12:44 pm #

    Llee and Charlotte, you are right. I did a double take before recognizing him. And I didn’t see Ms. Johnston’s signature on it. The two people doing the Dick Tracy strip now seem to be inviting a lot of other artists to guest, and they are bringing in characters from old, defunct strips too. It’s interesting, because you never know who you will see next.

  29. Mark in TTown on 24 Jun 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    And for the bonus round, do you know the Tracy villain associated with the cover photo on the book?

  30. TruckerRon on 24 Jun 2018 at 3:38 pm #

    Junior Tracy gives it away in the Crimestoppers Textbook!

  31. Sideburns on 24 Jun 2018 at 5:04 pm #

    Kit Walker and his dog Devil showed up at the airport once. Alas, they were drawn by Tracy’s artist, and were almost unrecognizable.

  32. Mark in TTown on 24 Jun 2018 at 7:05 pm #

    Sideburns, I know that some of the guest artists they have had do the minute mysteries in the strip have been terrible. But I think the current regular artist is better than his predecessor.

  33. emb on 25 Jun 2018 at 8:21 am #

    Some decades back, this would have been squelched. Also, expect this strip elicits questions from youngsters to parents.* Maybe that’s why the Strib dropped 9CL some decades back.

    *One mother I know would simply have told her young teens “She’s having an organism.”



  34. TruckerRon on 25 Jun 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Does anyone who ever reads Nancy with their kids like the new artist’s work? Does she do her own coloring? Or in any way supervise it?

  35. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 25 Jun 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    emb: “Having an organism” brought to mind a friend’s solution to an issue many years ago. In the early 80s, Huey Lewis and the News had a big hit called “I want a new drug” – catchy tune and lyrics (“one that makes me feel like I feel when I’m with you”), frequently played on the radio. Problem arose when her small son started singing along. Drugs not being what we would now call age-appropriate, she convinced him that the line was “I want a new truck”. What little boy doesn’t want a truck!

  36. emb on 25 Jun 2018 at 4:17 pm #

    Ruth Anne: Lovely! Peace,

  37. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 25 Jun 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    Speaking of the Louisville Slugger, check out Pete Browning in a search engine.

    I prefer Duck-Duck-Go over Google, myself.

  38. Anonymous on 25 Jun 2018 at 8:10 pm #

    My favorite malapropism was my best friend opening her husbands gift, an expensive soup terrine and exclaiming “Just what I wanted, a latrine!”

  39. Jackie Monies on 25 Jun 2018 at 10:52 pm #

    Was that supposed to be another spellung? Turreen? Chemo brain and long nails.

  40. Mark in TTown on 25 Jun 2018 at 10:56 pm #


  41. Old Bear on 25 Jun 2018 at 11:57 pm #

    For us low brows,
    a soup server bowl?

  42. Anonymous on 26 Jun 2018 at 12:09 am #

    Back in 1960s when this took place my friends were just married and not affluent. Husband was quite a bit older than wife or us.

    He’d paid several hundred he couldn’t afford for the latrine.

    By the way I have cooked a terrine but didn’t serve it in a tureen!

    Spellcheck knows neither word.

  43. Anonymous on 26 Jun 2018 at 12:18 am #

    Have been running a mini Chinese laundry last couple days. All I did was put away some towels and linens and fold two weeks personal things for Ghost and I. We now send linens, towels and Ghosts shirts to laundry, some things to dry cleaners.

    Simple things are no longer simple, the mastectomy left me with lymphodema and the chemo with neuropathic damage in both arms and hands. My big goals for tomorrow are clean sheets, clean kitchen and get my collection of beads off kitchen table!

    Poor Ghost puts up with me and I don’t know how?

  44. TruckerRon on 26 Jun 2018 at 12:40 am #

    Jackquline, It must be love!