Belly Button

This is an old one, a classic from 1997! The mid-90s were a transformative time for Arlo & Janis. The early A&J had a subtlety and wit that allowed it to survive, but it was a rather one-dimensional family strip that wasn’t always very well drawn. In the mid-90s, exaggeration and whimsy began to find their way into my writing, and I began to learn to draw. The strip rather quickly morphed into something much more like today’s Arlo & Janis. This divide, to me, is so pronounced that it seems as if Arlo & Janis actually began about that time. Plus, it helps me forget I’ve been drawing this strip since cars had running boards.

Today's "Arlo & Janis!"

24 thoughts on “Belly Button”

  1. Considering the height of many sport utility vehicles, it’s time for running boards to return as a standard feature.

    If not those, a retractable ladder.

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  2. I’m old, and I have had running boards added to the last 3 minivans I have bought. I like to think the next person with small kids who buys those used vehicles appreciate the addition.

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  3. Watching the Michigan State-Iowa women’s basketball game. They just showed the pep band, which today is made up of alumni. Not the first time we’ve seen that during student holidays. One year there was a guy in a tux – it was New Year’s Eve, so he probably had another gig later.

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  4. Ghost and I have retractable running boards on True Grit. I had running boards on last two previous trucks. They should be standard on all pickups and SUVS.

    In college I had a 1931 Chevrolet touring car with running boards. We hung on side in parades like the Untouchables. Loved that car.

    Anout retro strip, I have huge storage bins full of things ordered from catalogs but never worn. It seems unlikely I ever will but Ghost says there must be needy born again young women I can corrupt?

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