Oct 23rd 2018 08:53 am Shop early!

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.
Today's "Arlo & Janis!"

Posted by jimmyjohnson / Vintage A&J

31 Responses to “Shop early!”

  1. Mark in TTown on 23 Oct 2018 at 9:08 am #

    Gene doesn’t say what he wanted to get Janis. Is this where Jerry the gerbil came from?

  2. Canuckguy NB on 23 Oct 2018 at 11:55 am #

    As a kid, my cousin gave me his pet hamster which I gladly accepted but without consulting with either of my parents. My mother hated the animal who she referred to as ‘The Creature’. She was relieved when it escaped its cage and drowned in the sump pump hole.

  3. Ghost on 23 Oct 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    Does anyone know when Pillage Like a Viking Day falls this year? They have a Day for everything else, so surely there is one.

    And remember all you wannabe Vikings out there, it’s pillage first, THEN burn.

  4. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 23 Oct 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    Laughed out loud today (sympathetically, I should add) about your adventures (from yesterday) with the modem and place names, Ghost. And over other’s observations about names. And then there are the ones where the local pronunciation is not what you would expect. (San Peedro not San Paydro by Long Beach CA.)

  5. Mark in TTown on 23 Oct 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    Ghost, that sounds like the description of Black Friday.

    Nancy Kirk, the local pronunciation can get you every time, no matter how much of the original language you may know, or how it’s pronounced anywhere else. I once lived in a small Alabama town named Arab. It was not pronounced like the nationality, though. It was long A-rab.

  6. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 23 Oct 2018 at 1:59 pm #

    Of course it was, Mark! That’s how all a’s are pronounced in country music!

  7. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 23 Oct 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    In my HS years, my sister [a year ahead of me] somehow got custody of a hamster from the bio department over a summer. Thus occurred a few times. Each was an interesting critter, enjoying curling up in one’s shirt pocket, given the chance. The males seemed friendlier than the females, for whatever reason. A negative was that the rodent, once in my pocket, often chose to relieve itself there and I found the resultant wet spot distinctly unpleasant.
    Other features included incessant running on the obligatory wheel [noisy] and a tendency to escape from the cage through we-all-thought-too-small spaces.

  8. Old Bear on 23 Oct 2018 at 3:04 pm #

    If city names are bad – try getting your tongue around last names.

    Many are not pronounced the way they are spelled. Mine is, so when a
    call comes in mispronounced I say he is not here and hang up.

  9. TruckerRon on 23 Oct 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    Speaking of A-rabs, country style:


  10. Ghost on 23 Oct 2018 at 6:46 pm #

    Jackie asks, does anyone want to take a stab at Arabi, in St. Bernard Parish, LA?

  11. Ghost on 23 Oct 2018 at 6:49 pm #

    Or the Welch village Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch? Of course, I suspect the Welchers are probably just messing with us.

  12. Old Bear on 23 Oct 2018 at 10:20 pm #

    Closer to home

    Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

    We just called it Webster Lake

  13. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 24 Oct 2018 at 1:41 am #

    I once had a student with a short but difficult name. It turned out that the “ky” portion was pronounced as “ch” [in "chat"] and it had at least one other unusual letter combination. I understand there are places like WWII Burma’s city of Myitkyina with that “ch” sound in the middle.

  14. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 24 Oct 2018 at 4:36 am #


    One of my students was named Quadrea.

    She pronounced it as “Qui-nay.” (“Qui” was pronounced as are the first letters of “quick.”)

    I still think she was just screwing with everyone.

  15. Mark in TTown on 24 Oct 2018 at 6:30 am #

    Wonder who his insurance company is?


  16. Mark in TTown on 24 Oct 2018 at 6:32 am #

    I think Janis is speaking a foreign language to Arlo.

  17. TruckerRon on 24 Oct 2018 at 7:57 am #

    That was a close one:


  18. Texas Jack Black on 24 Oct 2018 at 8:47 am #

    We recently returned from a region where the price of bras must have been very expensive, we noticed a distinct lack of them.

  19. Mark in TTown on 24 Oct 2018 at 9:48 am #

    https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/44602224_10155692143574147_8869865253089837056_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-1.xx&oh=ed13c294747d8029a28e051643c4eb2c&oe=5C58016C I can agree with this.

  20. Ghost on 24 Oct 2018 at 9:59 am #

    I have only two opinions regarding bras in general, one negative and one positive.

    The negative: pokie obscurers

    The positive: cleavage enhancers

  21. Anonymous on 24 Oct 2018 at 10:07 am #

    Kenya, African eagle. Will look it up. Peace.


  22. emb on 24 Oct 2018 at 10:16 am #


    Clicked submit but it didn’t leave. Bird is gone, & it’s now twilight in Kenya. It was an African Fish Eagle, Haliaeetus vocifer, same genus as our national emblem, but more colorful.


  23. emb on 24 Oct 2018 at 10:39 am #

    SE MN, Miss. R., pelicans and Canada geese.

    https://explore.org/livecams/birds/mississippi-river-flyway-cam Peace,

    This cam moves lots, if the operator is alert.

  24. emb on 24 Oct 2018 at 10:44 am #

    So does this one, same general area.


  25. TruckerRon on 24 Oct 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    All I ever learned about bras was how to undo the clasp. ;)

  26. Mark in TTown on 24 Oct 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    TruckerRon, I can say i’ve learned two things. First, if the lady has more than a handful as emb would say, she must choose the fit carefully or have constant aches. Two, the nicer the bra makes her look, the more it probably cost.

  27. emb on 24 Oct 2018 at 4:50 pm #

    Luann’s freckled friend doesn’t wear one. Likely doesn’t need one; maybe neither does Luann nor Bernice.


  28. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 24 Oct 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    I take it that Janis has moved into the Rawhide bra stage of life: head ‘em up, move ‘em out.

  29. Jackie Monies on 24 Oct 2018 at 11:19 pm #

    I have huge bins of those expensive bras, most unworn. The larger the cup size the more they cost. I was a size DDDD or even FFFF if I could find them. They are beautiful lace not utilitarian.

    With one missing I can’t even wear them stuffed. This week I met two other breast cancer patients with both missing. Neither plans to reconstruct even if they survive. I thought the willow thin one was quite elegant.

    Now I am leaning towards small to avoid skin, muscle and fat transplants. Nothing can be done for ages until I finish this round of cancer treatments.

  30. emb on 25 Oct 2018 at 6:40 am #

    Kenya: Reticulated giraffe, Grevy zebra. Scroll down for elephants.



  31. David from Austin on 25 Oct 2018 at 8:51 am #

    In honor of all the Village facing many difficulties. Hoping and praying that there are more diamonds than stones.