May 15th 2018 07:30 am Heather and Yon

Today, I’m stretching all the way back to 1987, when the comic strip Arlo & Janis was less than two years old. (I call this period “the terrible twos,” based on the artwork.) As we shall see, Gene’s romantic entanglements have provided material almost from the beginning. As the “Twilight Zone” ripoff implies, this strip started it all. In 1987, I was working with much fresher memories of boyhood than I have now, but I still can remember the thrill of playground romance. As above, it often began with an agent provocateur whose motives were unclear. Then it went downhill.

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14 Responses to “Heather and Yon”

  1. dave on 15 May 2018 at 7:41 am #

    I remember getting a phone call, from a girl who thought I was cute, but she used the name of another girl who had already moved onto the 7th grade (a different building). It was all very confusing!

  2. sandcastler™ on 15 May 2018 at 7:42 am #


  3. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 15 May 2018 at 8:32 am #

    I am amazed at how cartoonist’s artwork evolves over the years. I see something similar in my wife’s writing as it evolves too. A lesson learned is to go ahead and put yourself out there. If you wait until it is perfect, you will waste a lot of time.

  4. Bonnie from Gloucester on 15 May 2018 at 9:12 am #

    Ah yes, elementary school. Where things were not always “elementary”. Usually, the boys and girls hung out separately, ignoring each other. But…. occasionally there were wild impromptu coed games of freeze tag during recess where the confusing (but exciting!) undercurrents of unmistakable mutual attraction bubbled to the surface. And then in a blink, it seemed to be gone. You wondered if you had imagined it. Until the next time, that is.

  5. DJJG7 on 15 May 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    What a forelock for Gene!

  6. Burns Fisher on 15 May 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    Love the Twilight Zone takeoff!

  7. Burns Fisher on 15 May 2018 at 1:14 pm #

    Would have been nice to get a Rod Serling autograph on this artwork! :-)

  8. Tom (formerly) from the front range on 15 May 2018 at 2:03 pm #

    @Steve f. r. o

    A now favorite saying of mine seen in a recent Dilbert strip:

    “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.”

  9. TruckerRon on 15 May 2018 at 3:15 pm #

    That’s the secret, Tom, of mastering any new skill. Practice will lead towards perfection.

  10. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 15 May 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    Saw this thanks to a Facebook friend:
    “Please do not try to catch or play with the Kangaroo in Clarks Hill. The Sheriff’s office and the owner are aware that he is out and hopping/jumping along the sides of HWY 28 S.
    Thank you and we hope you have a great Tuesday!”
    Posted by McCormick County (SC) Emergency Services. Kangaroo has since been returned to its owner.

  11. emb on 15 May 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    Sorry, I forgot where I was and put this at the bottom of yesterday’s posts.

    on 15 May 2018 at 8:03 pm #
    We successfully trained our 3 grandkids to call me Granddad, in contrast to the two Grandpas. No “greats” yet. Elaine was GramElaine.


  12. Ghost on 15 May 2018 at 9:51 pm #

    “Love.” Heh. Yeah! That’s the ticket!

    Arlo looks positively pseudo-Bohemian in Panel #2, doesn’t he? Well, I guess a number of us did in the 1960s.

    And/or the 1970s.

    Then came leisure suits.

  13. TruckerRon on 15 May 2018 at 10:03 pm #

    Ouch! I remember those with horror… and wearing the one my mother bought me. I think maybe she was trying to inspire me to leave home during my junior year of college. Which I did, come to think of it.

  14. TruckerRon on 16 May 2018 at 12:06 am #

    Here’s a pretty clarinet quartet:

    I’m jealous of that bass clarinet… it has extra keys to go down to a concert Bb, which would be useful for me. Mine goes only down to a Db. :(