The Perfect Man

The Perfect Man

Yesterday, July 29, was the anniversary of the debut of Arlo & Janis in newspapers. I’m not going to say how long ago that was, because it makes the strip and myself sound old, but the Worldwide Web was just a gleam in some programmers’ eyes. I did realize this: I can now say, for the first time, that I’ve been drawing the strip for more than half my life. In honor of this inauspicious event, I will be showing older material here all week long, maybe longer. It looks weird, but some of it actually is pretty funny. I hope you enjoy our Week of Restrospection!

28 responses to “The Perfect Man”

  1. Jimmy: “Yesterday, July 29, was the anniversary of the debut of Arlo & Janis in newspapers.”

    SumYungDood: “Huh? Newspapers? And what’s that big thing Arlo is holding in the cartoon?”

    Yes, it has been a few years.

  2. Congratulations! Coincidentally, August 3rd will mark the 3-year anniversary of your last Kickstarter getting funded. You know, the one that offered a book with older material as a reward? Maybe you can add an update there too. The last update was almost 2 years ago.

  3. Lordy. Almost wish I hadn’t dropped in. Arlo and Janis is always funny. If you don’t see the humor it is because it takes intelligence to get the joke usually. Over some heads?

    Furthermore, consider your $$$$ a donation. I know I do. I donated quite generously for Jimmy. It wasn’t a purchase but a charitable donation. If I ever get released from the prison of cancer I plan to go visit the church.

    In the meantime Jimmy if your church has a prayer list ask they pray for me and I will consider myself compensated. I would prefer to marry Ghost there honestly but not sure I can ever travel again.

    Oh yes, Ghost is the perfect man but he looks at beautiful women all day.

    • Jackie, I do pray that you are released from that cancerous cell. For someone I only know by the grace of some electrons, ones and zeros, I can say that you seem to do the best one can possibly do at living well when life is hard. The only person I’ve ever seen do better, and I watched her for years, was my mother. In my book, there isn’t any better company. Keep living for the sake of life!

    • You are included in my prayers as well. A couple of good friends are fighting this terrible disease and it is a terrible monster to battle. I not only pray for it’s eradication, but that you will continue to be able to have a positive attitude and on days when that is impossible, the strength to carry on thru it.


  4. Thank you all. Lying here eating some amazing Kosher banana bread zi baked from a recipe from Israel. The internet IS amazing! I adked for lactose free.

    Now about REALLY dirty kitchen, where is that kitchen cleaning troll we had a few years ago with the weird story? Ghost and I need her/him or a house elf like in Harry Potter.

  5. Congrats on both milestones, Jimmy. And thanks for the many laughs and sometimes “Ouches!” when you hit really close along the way. May the ink from your pen continue to grace the bristol and the pixels on your screen dance to your command for a long time to come. Long live Arlo & Janis!

  6. =v= When this strip debuted, I was working at my first “real” job out of college, on something that could mark up text to create printed documents. Our team created a little previewer so you could sort of see a formatted document on the screen, with links to other documents. These were based on a spec called Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), it worked great, but most of the features worked only on the computers my company sold.

    Why am I telling you this? Because the Worldwide Web was built on the same technology, 4 years later, as a markup language that was also an SGML variant. The main difference is that it worked on computers that multiple companies sold, and that made it worldwide whereas our previewer system pretty much stayed inside the company.

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