Flannel Surfing

November 6, 1997


Today’s oldie is from 1997. I’m not holding this up as a particularly good example of what I’m about to discuss, but I think the mid-90s was a very good period for Arlo & Janis. While still evolving (They’re always evolving.), the art and the writing reached an optimum. It was a very creative time, one when the comic strip stretched far beyond its original concept while still remaining faithful to it. I won’t go so far as to say it was my best work, for that would be discouraging, but the period certainly remains a benchmark.


34 thoughts on “Flannel Surfing”

  1. Jimmy: We are all evolving. Sometimes events in the world help the creative process and sometimes they hinder it. I am sure that some of what has been going on helped, but after a while I suspect it can make it more difficult.

    I hate to say something is the “best” because you really still hit the mark. Just keep plugging away and later you may realize that today is some of your best work.

  2. Jimmy your art and colors continue to get better and better. You aren’t going downhill, still climbing. Not at peak yet.

    Arlo would op for one with buttons to hem.

  3. Oddly last night I posted about making a chess pie. Recipe was supposed to be Bill Clinton’s favorite pie. I checked that it posted and fell asleep early. Got up this morning to find it gone.

    Who does that? Jimmy never deletes anything and it was no more political than saying Lyndon Johnson liked brisket

  4. Believe I’ve mentioned the just-long-enough nightie Sears called a “dormitory shirt.” I didn’t come w/ panties, & unbuttoned down the front. Elaine liked it. It wore out.
    Peace,

  5. Re 11-12-20 real-time cartoon: So, assuming “bedtime” in England is 10 PM or 11 PM, the -5 hour difference with EST, or -6 hour difference with CST, likely means that it’s sometime between 4 PM and 6 PM where Arlo is. He really is having a problem with the time change, isn’t he?
    Of course, I can’t talk. It’s not even 8:30 PM here, and it feels likes it’s nearing midnight.

  6. Re 11-13-20 real-time cartoon: Wow, Arlo, neat “planning” session there, bro. Apparently, you will brook no discussion on that topic!
    Jackie and I have already had that discussion. Even a turkey breast is a lot of protein for just two people, so we have decided on Peppered Pork Tenderloin with Citrus Chutney for our Thanksgiving entrée. But of course, we will still have Southern-style “dressing” with that. Even though “Peppered Pork Tenderloin with Citrus Chutney and Dressing” does not roll off the tongue as facilely as “Turkey and Dressing”.
    Oh, and Lemon Icebox Pie.

  7. Over on Go.comics, there is mention of “icebox”. As a kid, that was what we called our refrigerator. It was not a true icebox, as no one ever delivered ice to it, and it was electric with a small freezer unit at the top center of the interior. I suppose the name came from my parents who certainly did grow up with true iceboxes. Even I remember trucks coming around selling chunks of ice and the guy hauling same to the customer on his padded shoulder. I also know that my dad, during at least one summer ca. 1930, delivered ice to earn money.
    NYCity, 1940s.

  8. We had a true icebox that we put big blocks of ice into. It sat outside under a shed. The ice came from the ice house in town thirteen miles away so we picked it up.

    The first refrigerator we had was after WWII and was same model style as CEX discribed above. My grandmother was still using it when I went off to college in 1960s.

  9. My mom and grandmother called the fridge an icebox all my life. Since grandmother was born in 1906 I know she dealt with the real thing. Mom, however, was born in 1929 and her dad worked for Alabama Power, so I think she just picked up the word from her mother.

  10. Because Jimmy has continued to work to improve his technique. Ludwig has ears!!! Is something I no longer have to say because these days Ludwig usually does.

    • And yet, I find that the single line style of ear is more expressive. Perhaps that seems so because the single line can be moved much more obviously to different positions than can triangular ears.
      Whatever floats your boat….

  11. Just baked two Southern hess pies, both with PET .milk, one chocolate, one classic with vinegar.

    Recycled leftover roast beef into lavish .mushroom gravy smothered open face sandwixhes on garlic buttered sourdough. Arlo would like the food here.

    Tomorrow I am baking cathead biscuits with bacon and scrambled eggs with white peppered gravy.

  12. Re 11-15-20 real-time cartoon: I had the same thought the first time I walked up to a teller’s window at our local bank branch, wearing a mask and armed (although not obviously so). Except I self-expressed it more like, ”Who’d a-thunkit?” But in actuality, they all know and love me at the bank, mask or no mask. It’s more like Norm walking into Cheers, so I’d be like the world’s quickest identified bank robber.

  13. “Arlo would like the food here.” So would I, but too much of it would be bad for me. An essay on the menu someplace will have to wait, possibly for “The collected works of the late emb.”
    Peace,

  14. When I was calling on one of my florist shop customers long ago in one of the many nearby small towns the bank was robbed. I was parked next door during robbery and wondered if I had seen robber?

    On TV the local sheriff said, “Short middle age woman, overweight in sweatsuit and minivan. It could have been half the women in Oklahoma including my wife.”

    And me!

    • Some interesting choices there! To rehash about 2001, if you’ve read the book, then the movie is decent. If you haven’t read the book, then most of the movie is incomprehensible. We enjoyed the #1 pick, but I wouldn’t have put it at the top. I was surprised that “The Thing” based on John W. Campbell’s novella, “Who Goes There?” wasn’t on the list. It’s also surprising that so many of the Star Wars movie WERE one the list. They made a lot of money, but that doesn’t necessarily make them great movies.

      • Star Wars: not great cinema, but the first three were certainly entertaining and they led to film techniques we take for granted these days. I still remember the awesomeness of the opening scroll of the first movie.

  15. We went on Boy Scout campout this past weekend. We had our Thanksgiving feast. I cooked fried turkey, Dutch oven ham cooked in crushed pineapple and honey. Mashed potatoes, corn on the cob. Dutch oven pumpkin pie and apple cobbler. We invited the camp host over for dinner then had a flag retirement ceremony afterwards. He is about 83 and lives alone, I think he had a great night.

  16. Heh.
    “Astronauts really just took Baby Yoda with them up to space.
    “Baby Yoda became an honorary astronaut over the weekend.

    “A plush toy version of the creature — which stole people’s hearts in Disney+’s Star Wars series “The Mandalorian” — can be seen in a live stream from inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.” – CNN

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