Days of Auld Lang Syne

And this was 15 years ago!

Here it is, the last day of 2018! I’m having a good overall run, myself, so I’m always leery of saying anything that can be construed as complaining. However, 2018 was not the best of years for me personally, but it’s getting so much better all the time, and the year’s not even out yet. I’m looking forward to 2019. I enjoy the challenge of keeping a 33-year-old comic strip as relevant and entertaining as I can. It isn’t easy, but I take pride in where we are. My resolution is to be a better cartoonist, for you. Thank you for reading Arlo & Janis.

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46 thoughts on “Days of Auld Lang Syne”

  1. JJ: “better cartoonist”. Not sure that’s possible, Here. Maybe There, but there w/b competition. Mauldin, for instance, and Kelly. Maybe there’s no competition There. We’ll see, I think. That’s as theological as I dare get, here.
    Peace,

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  2. Not only thank you for your creativity over the past 33 years but your energy in keeping the ol website alive. I like to think that having us around keeps you “in the loop” Doing your strip takes a lot of solitude, but you have to interrelate with people in order to create the strip. I remember a few years ago when you had stories take place around the office, but since you have not been in an office for a while, it got harder to write. But even without that element A&J is still peaking into our windows. Still crazy, after all of these years!

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  3. Symply great 33 years of fun, Gayle can Symply read them on her Boston Globe now too, me I still catch them on the Fargone net…have a Happy Safe and Healthy New Year to all the village denizens!

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  4. Thank you for your hard work keeping us entertained and informed. Your strip does not get dated. Yes, some of the background things are influenced by the time you drew and wrote them, but the basics of the strip don’t age. The goofiness of Arlo, the counterbalance provided by the down-to-earth Janis, and their joyous relationship. Your art might get better technically, as might your tech skills in the blog, but how do you improve on the excellent quality the strip already has?

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  5. I have noticed, for some time now, the well-known phenomenon of acceleration of the temporal succession with age. That is, time passes increasingly rapidly as I get older. The weeks slip by, and, with them, the months. Years still seem fairly slow-moving, though I find it difficult to realize that I retired more than 16 years ago!

    I see this in trivial weekly things like taking out the garbage: “Is it garbage night again, already?” or “Oh, yeah, that meeting is tonight, isn’t it?”

    Your slopes indicate this very observation, JJ, and I can only imagine how steep a slope we currently have.

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  6. Congrats Jimmy! I’m not sure if I have followed you the whole 33 years, but pretty darn close. Even on my roughest days, you help me at least get my morning off on the right foot. Thank you! Peace, and happy new year!

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  7. We’ve had some pleasant rambles,
    And merry Christmas gambols,
    And roses with our brambles,
    Adieu, old year, adieu!
    – George Lunt,1801–85 (from yesterday’s Old Farmers Almanac email)

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  8. I started following Arlo & Janis because Arlo reminded me of my beloved brother-in-law. I am not sure how I found the Blog! But I am so thankful I did. I have come to know you, JJ, and the many wonderful contributors. I have never met any of you in person, but we meet almost every day here. Thank you – all of you – for broadening my world and providing many smiles – and also some loud chortles! We all different, but very much the same.

    Love you all – and I hope you have a HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR!

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  9. Why, thank you, Galliglo! While I don’t know you except through this medium, you’re probably a genuine “keeper”! Be blessed in the forthcoming year.

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  10. We are friends that have not met yet.
    (Some have) (and gone beyond friends)

    Keep up the good work JJ – as long as there is human nature
    and you can look in windows you will not run out of material.

    Happy New Year

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  11. Happy New Year, all. I have another 9 hour work day tomorrow, so the only thing i’m going to watch drop is my eyelids. Good night and have a safe New Year’s.

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  12. Oh, and to add to Galliglo’s comment: I have heard it said that friends are the family you choose for yourself. I could not ask for a better family than this group and I am glad I found you back in 2010. Thank you all.

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  13. I suppose I know more of you for real than anyone here. But that is the way I am. I know many of you through Facebook as well. I even know some of you who never post a word here OR there.

    That’s OK but I wish more of you would come by here and just hang around and talk. Ghost and I miss you.

    Bet Jimmy misses you too. Fresh fodder as it were.

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