Oct 20th 2015


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

(Cartoonist’s Note: this entire post appeared in 2008. I have displayed many comic strips here more than once, and I’ve paraphrased my musings many times, but this is the first true rerun of a post. I hope you won’t mind; I do think the commentary is worthwhile.)
I’ve always thought it was interesting that the dictates of good composition favor the short man/tall man dynamic in comic strips. The idiom “Mutt and Jeff” to describe a duo where one member towers over another comes directly from the comics, of course, from the comic strip of the same name by Bud Fisher.

I took this business to the extreme in the early days of A&J, often depicting Gene as above. Of course, if I’d been a better artist (or had the newspaper space afforded Fisher and his peers) I somehow could have avoided drawing Gene cut off about chin high. This worked, though. It seemed subliminally to reinforce the half-membership children have in the adult world around them.

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  1. Bob on 20 Oct 2015 at 7:36 am #

    Gene’s height is more complex than that. Arlo is the same height in frames 2, 3 and 4, but Gene is getting shorter in each one. I guess that could be metaphorical, as his chances of success shrink with every frame.

  2. Trapper Jean on 20 Oct 2015 at 8:31 am #

    On the subject of kilts, from the last post: sand asked- Trying to imagine how one would mount up on an F-4 while wearing kilt and do it in a gentlemanly manner.

    Well, I’ve got your answer! http://www.utilikilts.com/

    You can order your kilt with a “modesty snap” that solves that problem. They do good work, too. Husband has several of their kilts.

    Ghost Sweetie, so maybe I should think more of Errol Flynn than Douglas Fairbanks when I think of you? ;-)

  3. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 20 Oct 2015 at 8:40 am #

    Cartoons are supposed to be about exaggeration and art. Few people have the schnoz of Arlo. BTW, I do love today’s strip. I say that to my bride all the time!

  4. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 9:25 am #

    Also perhaps, another example of how those pesky dialogue balloons affect the composition and layout of a cartoon. (See: Sunday’s cartoon)

    Sorry, Arlo. We single guys do seem to incorporate a bit more variety into our lives, nude women-wise.

    Earl Flynn is good, Jean dear. Of course, I’m nothing like the rounder he was. :)

  5. Bob in Orland Park on 20 Oct 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Oh Oh ,,,,, What’s going to be in the cage?

  6. Mark in TTown on 20 Oct 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Debbe, check this out: http://consumerist.com/2015/10/20/you-dont-need-to-wait-until-february-to-get-your-cute-kitty-egg-mold/

  7. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:16 am #

    There is supposed to be a kilt wearing retired professional rugby player from New Zealand at the next boating event I am going to this weekend. He is either my hostess son in law or brother in law, I forget which. He began wearing kilts after serious rugby injuries. Don’t ask.

    Another friend is a mountain man reenactment hobbies the and does kilts with fur leggings as a blacksmith from Denmark, a true historic character. Carries a large Hammer to defend himself.

    Good for Arlo was my reaction or he could also learn that nudity doesn’t always have to be sexual. Don’t think Ghost will agree with that one.

  8. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:31 am #

    Many years ago I had a Job Corps student emasculate himself while body surfing. Do not ask me why the government pays benefits, often for life, for recreational injuries. He got a lawyer who I debated for great length on subject because as we all know among many ethnic groups this was-is a real symbol of who and what they are.

    However lifetime benefits just did not cover it.

  9. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:51 am #

    Hum. We seem to have a two-tiered post today. What’s that about?

    No, Anonie, I agree that not all nudity is sexual. An example would be the classic “baby on a bearskin rug” photo. At least as long as one is not some sort of pervert. (Did PETA ever get around to protesting those photos?) But, thankfully and happily, some nudity does have a sexual component.

    Continuing on a subject from a few hours ago, I believe I have previously posted about the propensity for some of the street crowd (you know, the ones who, when they do something “newsworthy”, seem to always have a photo of themselves already on file with the local authorities) to perform DIY orchiectomies, using handguns they were carrying in their waistbands, san holsters. Darwinism in action, perhaps? Some metaphorical chlorine in the gene pool? (I’ll not get into whether or not emasculation of Job Corps students would fall into that category.)

    Also, I’ll mention that the phrase “the gun went off”, as so often used in news media, is nonsensical. Firearms are inanimate objects, and they don’t “go off” of their own volition, anymore than they up and go out on shooting sprees without human involvement. And so called “accidental shootings” are actually “negligent shootings”.

  10. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:57 am #

    Remember Richard Gere singing in Chicago, the movie musical, about the gun went off? Hilarious song.

    About Job Corps I would say same argument which is why I brought it up.

    So, women who are nudists are still sexual objects even if they are washing dishes and especially if they are cooking?

  11. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:12 am #

    “The gun went off” and “the car lost control” – beware of inanimate objects!

  12. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Women who are nudists may be sexual objects when they are washing dishes and cooking. (Even when frying bacon, if doing so carefully.)

    A nude woman who is lolling in a bubble bath with a glass of wine? I think you know my answer to that. :)

  13. Mark in TTown on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:54 am #

    “The car lost control” reminds me of a headline in the Birmingham News Sunday. It read “6-year-old boy struck by SUV”. As one commenter asked, wasn’t there a driver? But when you read the story, the problem was neither the SUV nor its driver, but the child who ran into the street in front of the moving car. Fortunately the injuries were not life-threatening.

    Ghost and Anonymous: http://consumerist.com/2015/10/20/is-a-kilt-a-costume-busch-gardens-says-so-denies-entry-to-man-wearing-scottish-garb/

  14. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:56 am #

    There is now a banner on gocomics that says, “This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.”

    Wow, how very thoughtful of them to provide us with “the best experience” by putting something on our computers we didn’t request, which is what I understand “cookies” are. Much like the signs that basically say, “For your convenience, do exactly what we deem is convenient for us.”

  15. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Or in the case of Busch Gardens, “For your convenience, don’t do anything that inconveniences us by making us put some actual rational thought into our policies.”

    “When kilt wearing is outlawed, only outlaws will wear kilts.” :)

  16. Village Loon on 20 Oct 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    Tread carefully when commenting on babies on bare skin rugs, can be construed to be child pornography. Be very certain they are belly side down. We had a yoga instructor friend who suffered much grief over a snappy she took of her six month old son.

  17. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Agreed, Loon. That’s why I specified “classic” photo, and included the “pervert” disclaimer. And yes, I have heard of such cases. Although I feel most of those cases are more about idiots who unthinkingly post anything and everything on-line than they are about child pornography. Even though I also feel that true child pornography is the most loathsome of all human behaviors.

  18. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    Getting back to Busch Gardens, based on their statement defining their policy, I’d have to think that a woman wearing a burka would also be denied entry for wearing a “costume”. And I’d look for things to get really interesting if that happens.

  19. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 20 Oct 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    I thought of the burka thing too, Ghost. Or various other Mideast, Hindu, or other attire you rather commonly see on the street.

  20. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    I have a low opinion of Busch Gardens anyway. That was amusement park that allowed my daughter and I to be kidnapped from their premises by two men with a gun stuck in their waistband. I wouldn’t have minded that one going off.

  21. Jerry in Fl on 20 Oct 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    I once shut down ticket sales at Busch Gardens while they counted their money to verify my claim that they had short-changed me by $10.00. The funny part was that I watched them through the window and when they finished counting they gave each other a funny look and started counting again. I could say a lot more about the manager’s behavior, but that part was not at all funny. I did get my money finally. Tippy is at the moment waking up from surgery. The poor baby got neutered, micro-chipped, and had his front nails removed. He will just have to do like Bruce and do more with less. He also had a tapeworm removed according to the doc who just called. Tippy, not Bruce.

  22. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    Sorry I didn’t mean to upset the Village. Now that my mother and Mike are gone I speak both openly and freely about my past. Yes, this happened and it was indeed.a tragedy but it did not make me anything but a survivor and ended with a positive results for all women and children. I was fourth victim in 30 days from park and I said enough is enough.

    Now businesses must take action to protect customers and guests and I helped put security guards in public places and helped give women a chance if kidnapped, assaulted in from a public place. I am a survivor, not a victim and this was the most courageous thing I ever did. I am proud of it.

    Now we can go back to humor and laughing. I do.

  23. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Well said, Anonie. I remembered you mentioning the episode on a couple of occasions, but I forgot (if I ever knew) the venue was a Busch Gardens. I have never visited one, and I never will as long as they insist on “insuring my safety” by prohibiting bringing “weapons, knives, any other type of sharp objects” into their parks. (I’d prefer to insure my own safety as, unlike their security guards, I’m always there when I need me.) They also prohibit “straws”, so go figure.

    Their property and their right. Also my right not to patronize them. And I doubt you unset anyone here.

  24. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    Or upset them, either. :(

  25. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Perhaps that was their reaction to my action.

    One of my favorite memories was of my mama’s purse slamming us on Space Mountain at Disney World to find out she was packing!

    Equally sad was knowing my mama’s hunting guns were sold or traded for drugs by a favorite nephew. My mama loved guns and hunting. First thing she’d say to anyone was what do you kill?

    Not hunt, kill. I was a terrible disapppintment.

  26. Jerry in Fl on 20 Oct 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    Today’s strip, appropriately, reminds me of Ronnie McDowel’s song “older Women”. He is one heck of a nice guy too.

  27. Sideburns on 20 Oct 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    I don’t know about Disney World, or any of their international parks, but at Disneyland, here in California, nobody except for park employees are allowed to wear costumes, except at Halloween.

  28. Jerry in Fl on 20 Oct 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    And a costume may be something unexpected, like a t-shirt or cap.

  29. Mark in TTown on 20 Oct 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Ghost, I can understand why the Busch Gardens in Tampa would restrict “straws”. They have many animals in open enclosures there, and like most zoos, they ban straws so they won’t be thrown where the animals might eat them.

    But as to the kilt story, the comment that they don’t want anyone to dress in clothing that might lead people to mistake guests for employees? I know the park in Va. has an English section, but I don’t recall any of the employees wearing kilts when I visited in 1983.

    I don’t mind a weapons ban, as long as it is enforced equally on everyone entering. The Disney parks require you to open purses, fanny packs, backpacks, etc, for a visual inspection before you enter the park itself.

  30. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    “…enforced equally” is the key. If they don’t make everyone pass through a metal detector or wand everyone before they enter, it’s just “security theater”, to make customers “feel” safe.

    I actually understand the costume ban, especially in a venue where there are small children that might mistake a non-employee for an employee and be placed in a vulnerable position. The problem arises from how the determination is made as to what constitutes a costume. Burka? CAIR will come down on them like a ton of falafels. Kilt? They look ridiculous. (The park, not the kilt.)

    At least they didn’t go as far as the Olive Garden employee who told an on-duty, uniformed KCMO police office to leave the restaurant, apparently because he/she didn’t like his service pistol and/or his “costume”. Before you boycott the chain, the CEO did personally apologize to the officer for the misguide action of the employee.

  31. Evan on 20 Oct 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    Cultural note, Mark:

    In Great Britain and other Commonwealth countries, “fanny” is NOT a slang word for one’s posterior– it is slang for, ahem, one’s primary female apparatus. Ergo, they do not have “fanny packs” there, rather, they have “bum bags.” :D

  32. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    In fairness to your mama, Anonie, there is a difference between “hunting” and “killing”, the same as there is between “fishing” and “catching”.

  33. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    Evan: And yet, I thought “Fanny” to be a rather common female name in those countries. :)

  34. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    You are right as you often are Ghost. Everyone says what did you catch? So what did you kill is same thought process. Not just time.

    I am actually lying laying on my own bed for a chsnge.

  35. Jerry in Fl on 20 Oct 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    Does British slang include the phrase “a Freudian slip”? Semi-seriously, we are jumping back and forth between the current and previous thread. I’m just saying.

  36. emb on 20 Oct 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Obviously something wrong.

  37. Sideburns on 20 Oct 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    Please note, Ghost, that the ban isn’t just on dressing up like Disney characters. Any and all costumes are banned, regardless of what they are. As an example, you wouldn’t be allowed in dressed like a Centauri from Babylon 5, or as the Third Doctor.

  38. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    So I’m guessing showing up as Freddy Krueger would be out of the question, too. :)

    Think Disney might be concerned that every day a the park would turn into a cosplay display if they allowed costumes?

  39. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    “in the park”

  40. emb on 20 Oct 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    My comment above is because this page has said ‘No comments’ [+ an *] all day. It still does. Beats me. emb

  41. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    I have told how my legally blonde daughter held her first wedding there. I think we started their wedding business with ours because they said they hadn’t done any but didn’t see why not, so we did.

    Daughter genuinely looked like Cinderella and all the kids kept running up for autographs. Cinderella! Cinderella!

    We all love wore black and red, white and youngest daughter was maid of honor in a Minnie Mouse getup. We all wore mouse ears.

  42. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    I wonder why the little tag below JJ’s comments still reads “no comments”.

  43. Mark in TTown on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    No comment!

    Maybe the counter’s broken?

  44. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    Huh. Mine says 43 comments. ???

  45. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    I could explain it to emb and cxp, but if they are not clicking on the “No Comments” on the first blog page, they won’t get here to the second blog page to see my explanation.

    BTW, is anyone else seeing two blog post pages for today? That’s why I said this morning, “Hum. We seem to have a two-tiered post today. What’s that about?”

  46. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    I think Jimmy may have edited his original post this morning, and the edit created a second post. But I don’t know squat about WordPress, or whatever he is using now.

  47. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:39 pm #

    Alternately, some of us may have spun off into the Twilight Zone. Or the Outer Limits. Or the…

  48. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    If I were going to marry a Disney character, it would probably be Snow White. I’d see if I could make her drift. :)

    I saw something on TV (Food Network, I believe) some years ago about Disney park weddings. The one they showed was the Cinderella edition, including the Pumpkin Coach to and from the ceremony. Must have cost a wicked fortune.

  49. Ghost Rider 6 on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:00 pm #

    Debbe ;) Might as well keep the Disney theme going…


    You’re the Beauty, so I guess that makes me the Beast. :)

  50. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:27 pm #

    Nope, that was not my daughter. We got a bargain because their wedding industry was yet to begin.

  51. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    Forgot to say, Missouri Charlotte posted on Facebook three days ago.

  52. Anonymous on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    Miss. I typed Miss. Stupid Smartphone.

  53. Jerry in Fl on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:52 pm #

    Willoughby. Next stop is Willoughby.

  54. Jerry in Fl on 20 Oct 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    I can imagine going back to Disney for the 20th anniversary and the tickets to get in cost more than the wedding did.

  55. TruckerRon on 21 Oct 2015 at 12:05 am #

    I wholeheartedly agree with this:


    Anyone else remember how the Legally Blonde character figured out the pool boy was lying?

  56. Bob in Central FL on 21 Oct 2015 at 1:46 am #

    I remember the little arms reaching for me. “Up daddy, up”.

  57. Debbe on 21 Oct 2015 at 4:37 am #

    Good morning Villagers….

    Hey, what day is it? Different day, same chicken$hit……family drama, not on my side, came knocking on my door last night….arrrgghhhhh……so, took two bendryl and a prescription benzo went to bed.

    Indy Mindy, you sound as if you’re having fun. As I have said before, playing with children will bring the child out in you. Yes, mittens, they will keep your hands warmer. Don’t forget to build a snow fortress, like Calvin…..

    Besides the ‘cookies’ banner, we also, or is it me, that is getting ads….sneaky little devils aren’t they?

    Mark, love the ketteh eggs…..cute, thanks for thinking of me.

    gotta go, leaving early, the family drama spent the night here too….

    ya’ll have a blessed day

    I’ll leave ya’ll with this….


  58. Debbe on 21 Oct 2015 at 4:38 am #

    GR ;) love the tune……….

  59. Debbe on 21 Oct 2015 at 4:39 am #

    Jerry, glad Tippy is doing better.

  60. Dave in MA on 21 Oct 2015 at 5:57 am #

    Happy Back To The Future (II) Day!

  61. Jerry in Fl on 21 Oct 2015 at 6:33 am #

    Halloween forecast-sunny with a slight chance of an asteroid.

  62. Old Bear on 21 Oct 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Indy Mindy
    When you build that snow fort make sure it is not by the street or dug in so low that there
    is a problem if it collapses.

  63. TruckerRon on 21 Oct 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Has anyone in the village had snow in their yard yet? We’ve only had it visible on the tops of the local mountains, not down here where we live.

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