Jun 15th 2018 08:08 am I’m just making this up!


Since this was my first experiment with story telling within Arlo and Janis, the folks at United Media were asking logical questions like, “What’s going to happen?” and, “Where are you going with this?” I didn’t know! I was making it up as I went along, which I would continue to do for every future A&J storyline.
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33 Responses to “I’m just making this up!”

  1. Mark in TTown on 15 Jun 2018 at 8:49 am #

    And you do it very well!

  2. TruckerRon on 15 Jun 2018 at 9:37 am #

    The few times I’ve ventured into writing fiction the characters have taken over the plot and corrected me on their voice. I don’t like losing control that way, but it has happened.

  3. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 15 Jun 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    Arlo’s body seems to have shrunk to about the same size as those of his buddies, but not his face – and, especially, not his schnozz!

  4. Sideburns on 15 Jun 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    Arlo should have told his friend that he’d voted for him all three times, even if he didn’t. It’s not going to matter in the long run, and who can tell, anyway.

  5. Old Bear on 15 Jun 2018 at 2:31 pm #

    c e-p
    At birth your head is 1/3 its final size.
    The rest of you is 1/6 final size.

  6. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 15 Jun 2018 at 5:28 pm #

    OB: yep, something like that. My reference was the size of the noses of the other guys. On second thought, Arlo’s face size is within limits in panels 3 & 4.

  7. DJJG7 on 15 Jun 2018 at 7:18 pm #

    Now I remember seeing this series before! Walt Kelly would type stories for comic books—you remember, the ones told almost all in words, on a single page—and never know how it was going to end. That’s improv. Gee, this is fun to see again!

  8. DJJG7 on 15 Jun 2018 at 7:35 pm #

    And Arlo’s kept that hairstyle all his life.

  9. Mark in TTown on 16 Jun 2018 at 8:52 am #


  10. DJJG7 on 16 Jun 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    Yain’t! Funny!

  11. TruckerRon on 16 Jun 2018 at 5:52 pm #

    The world’s greatest living rock drummer lives in Japan and will dominate the field for many decades to come:


  12. DJJG7 on 16 Jun 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    Some kid! Thanks for that! I once had a conversation with Louis Bellson at a percussion day at a university. “He always proudly maintained that Duke Ellington had called him the world’s greatest drummer” ( https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/17/arts/music/17bellson.html ).

  13. Llee on 17 Jun 2018 at 7:51 am #

    biannual/biennial yep, it can be confusing. :) In fact, I just heard that second one yesterday- had to think about it. But good news! Robert has been cleared to fly again!!! You should see the grin on his face. He’s so happy. A photo was taken in front of a plane= to prove the plane is still flyable. :)

  14. Mark in TTown on 17 Jun 2018 at 10:05 am #

    But no matter how often you clean a grill, don’t use a wire brush. It is becoming common for people to swallow pieces of the wire that broke off and got cooked into food. If you think a fishbone is bad, think of what a piece of that stiff wire will do.

  15. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 17 Jun 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    Llee: If we had a “like” button, I’d have clicked it for that :-)

  16. TruckerRon on 17 Jun 2018 at 3:55 pm #

    Mark in Town isn’t just making this up!

    From Snopes.com:

    Grill Cleaning Accident

    Did a girl swallow a wire that had come loose from a barbeque grill cleaning brush?

    CLAIM: A girl required surgery after swallowing a wire that had come loose from a barbeque grill cleaning brush and was cooked into a hamburger.



  17. Galliglo in Ohio on 17 Jun 2018 at 7:33 pm #

    Llee – wonderful!!!

  18. Mark in TTown on 17 Jun 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiE8ehSseuE laugh it up!

  19. Ghost on 17 Jun 2018 at 9:25 pm #

    Yep, Llee, pilots never have a problem with the meaning of “biennial” because of “Biennial Flight Review”. Oddly, I immediately thought of your brother when I saw the word in the cartoon.

    Great news. :D

  20. Ghost on 17 Jun 2018 at 9:45 pm #

    In much less happy news, yesterday morning I went out to feed Jackie’s two remaining outdoor dogs and found one of them very lethargic and unable to walk more than a few steps. I rushed it to the veterinarian’s office, where an exam and x-ray quickly revealed the presence of a large, fast-growing and untreatable tumor of the abdomen. I consulted with Jackie by phone and our decision was the same as the vet’s recommendation.

    As the dog fell asleep for the last time, the last thing of which it was conscious was of me sitting at its side, scratching it behind the ears and telling it everything would be OK. As I did so, my sadness was lessened by the thought of how it had not died in a Dumpster as a puppy, but rather was rescued by Jackie and had enjoyed fifteen wonderful years living at her house.

    RIP, Charlie. You were a good boy.

  21. Mark in TTown on 17 Jun 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    Yes he was. Very friendly and an escape artist too. My sympathies to Jackie.

  22. Sideburns on 18 Jun 2018 at 3:02 am #

    I know how you feel, Ghost, as I went through it last year. The last thing Gully Foyle was aware of was lying on my lap getting petted by both me and the vet as he dozed off for the last time. We’d had fifteen good years together, and I still miss him even though I have a new cat, Leo. I’ve had several cats across the decades and miss all of them, but the pain’s faded to a distant memory.

  23. Mark in TTown on 18 Jun 2018 at 6:31 am #

    Sounds like Arlo’s watching an adults-only show, doesn’t it?

  24. emb on 18 Jun 2018 at 8:24 am #

    Never did get onto wi.fi in Paynesville, but am at my younger son’s in Mpls, where it’s fine. STW was great, as it usually is. Was going to drive today from Mpls to Owatonna to see the historic Louis Sullivan bank there, but it’s going to downpour both days, so will cancel a reservation. Have to get back home this week, so will do the bank another time. Dutifully read all your intervening posts + a week’s emails, and got through Gocomics A/D. [This keyboard's hyphen no longer works.] Have been eating well; too well. Peace,

  25. Anonymous on 18 Jun 2018 at 10:39 am #

    I remember those old 8 mm stag movies Arlo. I had an uncle with a projector and he’d get drunk and show them to everyone, even small children.

    Think they put them in pond when he passed away.

  26. Mark in TTown on 18 Jun 2018 at 10:53 am #


    music relative to the conversation

  27. Old Bear on 18 Jun 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    When you go to Owatonna swing by Winona.
    His was the “modern” bank building when I was there.

  28. Old Bear on 18 Jun 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    Great news.

  29. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 18 Jun 2018 at 10:03 pm #

    My company was based in Winona, MN in the early 1990s and I would go there several times a year. Of course that was before digital photography and social media. Last week my wife and I drove from Michigan to Deadwood SD and she wanted to see the Mississippi river so I made the turn and we drove through Winona. She wondered why I never took any pictures while I was there, but frankly I was only there on business. I really enjoyed running the 5 miles around the lake and I met a lady who knew of a co-worker that had actually inspired me to start running marathons.

    I did scrape a pole while in Deadwood, but not a lot of damage, or so I thought. Drove 80 MPH as that was the speed limit in SD, then stopped for the night in Iowa City. As I was cleaning the bug stuff on the windshield the next morning, I noticed the tire where the damage was and spotted a bulge on the side of the tire. Fortunately I found an honest tire store and replaced it. It was not a matter of if,but when it would produce a blowout. Thank goodness it did not happen at 80 MPH!

  30. Old Bear on 18 Jun 2018 at 10:20 pm #

    I was there in late 60s.
    I used the “Watkins” Bank because it LOOKED like a bank.
    Lot of changes by the 90s when our son went to WSU.
    What was your Co.

  31. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 19 Jun 2018 at 7:07 am #

    Old Bear:

    I worked for Lake Center Industries. It got sold to TRW and I think that they got sold again. It was a bit unique as most of the Engineers did not have 4 year degrees and were more interested in hunting and fishing…and having a few beers. But a beautiful area to visit.

  32. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 19 Jun 2018 at 7:08 am #

    I see JJ’s tribute to Tony Bourdain today. I think most people will get it.

  33. Lost in A**2 on 19 Jun 2018 at 9:50 am #

    I could see Arlo was in mourning, but it didn’t click for whom.