Web Comic


Remember when a Web page was an interesting thing unto itself? Well, that would have been about 10 years ago, when I drew this A&J strip. Actually, it would have been longer than that, because I’m usually at least three to five years behind the curve when it comes to popular culture. Incidentally, one of my regrets is not seriously studying language when I had the neurological pliability to do so effectively. I always hear that English is a Germanic language. That would be German in the third panel. Does it look like English to you? Well, aside from “falsch” for “wrong.” I earnestly have tried to learn Spanish and French in my later years and failed mostly. Nevertheless, I can say English also shares a lot with the Romance languages. As I said, I wish I’d studied linguistics. And as Arlo once told Gene about studying a foreign language, “At least you’d know you’d learned something.”

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  1. Jimmy, when I took German at UA, they had a book with comics from “Mad” translated into German to encourage the student. I enjoyed that, especially I had read those comics in the original English and it was fun to compare the two.

    I like that retro strip, though. It reminds me of the DVD special features. Wish there was some way we could listen to you talk about the strips you have drawn while looking at them.

    Actually, Mark, now that you mention it, the inspiration for this cartoon was the DVD menu, I think. I do this stuff in a hurry every morning! Well, maybe not every morning. — JJ

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  2. Mark: Thanks. But doesn’t knitting use 2 needles? Crocheting does, no? And isn’t that a mighty small knitting needle? I think she’s sewing the edge of standard made of woven cloth. No discredit to what’s-his-name, just a vocab. change. And certainly no discredit to Leighton. Splendid Pre-Raphaelite painting, but then, I love P-R. And she is a doll; chaste and modestly clothed, but a doll.

    Greg Evans continues on his perilous way: “Have a seat.” “Here.” Surely there must be irate letters to some editors.

    http://www.gocomics.com/luann

    Peace, emb

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  3. Here’s the item from “Next” that I said I’d repost. At 0953 CST, it’s fully socked in again. Peace, emb

    emb on 24 Feb 2016 at 8:34 am #

    Just visited Baltimore: http://www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/peregrine-falcon-webcam

    When I first got there, totally socked in, no peregrine at the site. Only thing you could tell through the fog was it was darker looking down than straight ahead. Now, that flatiron-like bldg. shows through. Falcons are not necessarily flying; there are 30 or so ledges below this one, and other bldgs. and water tanks around. Wonder if they can hunt in fog, or whether it may even be an advantage. Anyway, interesting site. Peace,

    [Will repost if JJ changes site soon.]

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  4. as with all I did in high school, I did it lazy and sloppy, so got only a little German in my brain. 35 years later, decided to do Rosetta Stone, it’s weird because there is NO translating, only pictures. You have to pick up all the weird gender stuff and same word – several meanings on your own. Still, it does work, but I still would have to look up something in Google translate occasionally

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  5. John/R/Tex: “same word – several meanings”: Reminds me of a growing solution to an English gender problem, the default male singular “he”, “him”, and “his.” Increasingly, “they”, “them”, and “their” are being used and accepted by editors and dictionaries. E.g., “When a person gets to the checkout counter, they take out their credit card.”

    But aren’t “they”, “them”, and “their” plural. Isn’t that ungrammatical? As Villagers may remember, I tend toward grammatical purism. But grammar evolves. “Opera” meant more than one opus, but it now refers to one drama set to music. [We’ll avoid distinguishing opera, operetta, and musical for now, as long as we don’t call G&S comic operas, or operettas, “musicals”.]

    E.g., the German pronoun “sie” can mean she, you, or they, depending on context. If the Germans can do that, we should be able to accept “they”, “them”, and “their” as gender-neutral personal pronouns, no? It’s taken me less than a decade to get used to.

    Peace, emb

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  6. Just had a disappointing meal at what used to be a favorite restaurant. That always depresses me. That and fact I actually ate crayfish etouffe and wasted the calories on even a small portion needlesdly. Piffle.

    So, LeAnn turns out to be lesbian? So what? There’s an entire strip devoted to that subject but I forget who. I suspect someone else has done that too. I have many gay and lesbian friends, they make good parents and couples.

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  7. Just had a disappointing meal at what used to be a favorite restaurant. That always depresses me. That and fact I actually ate crayfish etouffe and wasted the calories on even a small portion needlesdly. Piffle.

    So, LeAnn turns out to be lesbian? So what? There’s an entire strip devoted to that subject but I forget who. I suspect someone else has done that too. I have many gay and lesbian friends, they make good parents and couples.

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  8. Just had a disappointing meal at what used to be a favorite restaurant. That always depresses me. That and fact I actually ate crayfish etouffe and wasted the calories on even a small portion needlesdly. Piffle.

    So, LeAnn turns out to be lesbian? So what? There’s an entire strip devoted to that subject but I forget who. I suspect someone else has done that too. I have many gay and lesbian friends, they make good parents and couples.

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  9. Just had a disappointing meal at what used to be a favorite restaurant. That always depresses me. That and fact I actually ate crayfish etouffe and wasted the calories on even a small portion needlesdly. Piffle.

    So, LeAnn turns out to be lesbian? So what? There’s an entire strip devoted to that subject but I forget who. I suspect someone else has done that too. I have many gay and lesbian friends, they make good parents and couples.

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  10. Jimmy, I like the fact that you picked Luddie for the special features. I just wish that there were more of them. And no, emb, crocheting doesn’t take two needles, it just uses one, and it’s called a “hook.” I know because one of my grandmothers was very fond of it. Not only do we still have some of her work (mostly put away for special occasions that almost never happen) she won the first prize at the LA County Fair the first time she entered. It was a show piece of a stained glass window showing two boys climbing a pear tree. Blew the socks off of the competition, I’m proud to say.

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  11. Side: Thanks. Actually, Mom used to crochet, not knit, but that’s over 70YA now, and I’ve watched lots of women knit since then. Some coeds at Cornell knitted in lecture, if the instructor tolerated it. One of Mom’s afghans is on my bed, top layer.

    Ray: One of the good things that happened as English evolved is that we got rid of gender when it was unrelated to sex. A bitch in French is still le chien. [A biche is a doe or cow.] Apparently bastard is ok with our moderator; we’ll see if bitch is.

    Still foggy in Baltimore. Peace, emb

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  12. Jackie, I don’t think it’s Hal to blame this time. I have had repeated posts from my pc. And sometimes the blog tells me I have already posted something while trying to post it the first time. And when I back out, there it is. Apparently WordPress can sneak something past while the activity wheel is spinning on the web browser.

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  13. Jackie: I agree, “So what?”, and also have friends of all mutual attractions [and one gender-changed acquaintance whom I avoid / the person is a pain in the butt about it]. But I suspect some readers of some papers that carry LuAnn are at least a bit disturbed.

    Anyway, Pru has made LuAnn a more interesting strip, as illustrated in today’s episode, cited above: ‘Greg Evans continues on his perilous way: “Have a seat.” “Here.” Surely there must be irate letters to some editors. http://www.gocomics.com/luann

    JJ’s speelczech doesn’t like one-word sentences; at least doesn’t like Here. Actually, there’s no punct in the strip itself. How about, Here! Likes that, and that’s really what Pru is saying.

    Peace, emb

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  14. Crocheted stained glass picture? COOL! That would be something special to see! Could you frame it and show it off more often? My brother took some crochet doilies and made framed pictures and other objects….some were like dreamcatchers. Just a thought.

    Mindy- great news! 🙂

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  15. Language does change and sometimes this is not a good thing. Case in point the use of “they/etc” as a sort of singular unspecified gender pronoun. The bad change isn’t TO such usage but the one that happened in the intervening centuries AWAY from it….

    “Some people object to the use of plural pronouns in this type of situation on the grounds that it’s ungrammatical. In fact, the use of plural pronouns to refer back to a singular subject isn’t new: it represents a revival of a practice dating from the 16th century.”
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/he-or-she-versus-they

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  16. I am friends with Greg Evans on Facebook as we share the same last name. Not as good friends as with Jimmy, but I get a little insight. It is interesting to see the progression of the artwork from when he started until today. Of course LuAnn and friends have gotten older, but his artwork is much nicer today. Jimmy can relate. He is very pleased to be working with his daughter as I’m sure these strips are not created in a vacuum…as Jimmy can relate!

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  17. eMb, how did those knitting coeds ever take notes? Did they, perhaps, have an agreement to use someone else’s notes? I cannot imagine their memories being sufficiently retentive.

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  18. Greg, I’m glad that you brought up this point. I have argued for years that “they” can refer to a single subject. I.E.-someone broke into my house last night but I don’t think that they took anything. How else would you say it without sounding awkward, the person or persons whom and so forth?

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  19. Jerry: If you choose to refer to one person [“someone”] (albeit you don’t know that it was just one person), you might as well select “he” or “she” in continuing the thought.

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  20. Emb I have not gone back and read the prior LuAnn strips but I have thought about the one you posted today as I drove. I will bet money LuAnn will come out as dating the lesbian friend. Simple clues. She dumped her boyfriend. Her other friend thought lesbian friend was pursuing boyfriend, she wasn’t but she was pursuing someone. LuAnn?

    I read.Z marks article that daughter is writing plots now and my very vague memory jolted on that daughter
    It is noteworthy they are trying for younger audience but perhaps no one gets excited anymore? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? I had always thought Brad’s chef friend was gay yoo.

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  21. C’est toujours un régal de voir une “bande” de dimanche qui n’est pas disponible “en ligne.”

    …aaaaaand the Forty Immortals of the French Academy, which guards the “purity” of the French language, have simultaneous heart attacks. The last great crisis that laid so many of them low was “le picnic.” Quelle horreur!! 😉

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  22. Ruth Anne, I can’t top those comments either. I am amazed that there were no fatalities last night in Pensacola. There was a tornado that caused damage in Escambia county Monday of last week so people took all of the weather warnings seriously. When they heard noise they took cover. When the lightning started here Elvis went and hid in the back of the pantry. He’s no dumb kitty.

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  23. c x-p: Beats me. Knitting in class may be “sooooo 1940s” that it’s now extinct, but some regularly attending decent students take few if any notes. Carefully reading the text beforehand and paying close attn. in lecture may tell some bright students all they need to know, esp. in freshman level courses.

    As to gender and personal pronouns, try this in your writing and see what the fallout is:

    ‘Someone broke into my house last night but I don’t think that she took anything.’

    Peace, emb

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  24. emb, the pronoun “she” would certainly make this statement less awkward: “Someone made mad, passionate love to me last night, but I don’t know who they were.”

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  25. Jackie: Also, perhaps Pru is into politics, and she wants to “Feel the Bern.”

    OK, how many groups did I offend in that one statement? 🙂

    Human sexuality is often less than simple. Case in point, I have it on very good authority that one of my lady friends, who dropped in and out of my life several times (four, I believe) over the years, had a same-sex relationship during one of our hiatuses. She never said, and I never asked, but from what I was told and some other things I know, I have no reason to doubt it. Whether she was truly bisexual or was just “curious” and/or “needful” at that point in her life, I do not know. I do know that her behavior was always thoroughly heterosexual when were together. But I suppose that the best evidence that such is unimportant to me is that I never considered it either a turn-on or a turn-off.

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  26. Anonymous Jackie:

    Something I should have mentioned but didn’t think about until this morning at work –

    Since Feb. 19, 2015 – the day that I changed my diet and began exercising – I have not had one bout of heartburn.

    Even better, I have not had one headache, and I used to have them nearly every day.

    I used to have migraines on occasion, too. Not any more.

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  27. Rick: Wonderful, and also not particularly surprising, though things may not always turn out quite that well.

    GR6: ‘the pronoun “she” would certainly make this statement less awkward: “Someone made mad, passionate love to me last night, but I don’t know who they were.” ‘

    Quite true, and neither I nor the most ardent feminists suggest such a change. The problem is the ‘default’ male pronoun, the he, him, his, etc. that simply omits the possibility that the subject is a woman.

    Trucker: How about, “Someone broke into my house but nothing seems to be missing”? Fine, I use that sort of construction often. But it subtly changes meaning, by not explicitly referring to “taking”. Here it’s I and other men who have reason to say, “Wait a minute! Maybe the burglar was female. How come it’s always a male who stole the sterling?”

    In the ’30s and ’40s female grade school teachers assumed it was always boys. [Of course, it usually was.] Maybe their successors still do. The singular they, them, their, etc. solve the problem, and are as legit as the various German uses of “sie.”

    Peace, emb

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  28. Jackie, you mentioned taking a low dose of insulin. I had my first (and so far only) dose of insulin about 2 weeks ago. With in a 1/2 hour, my body was more than 50% covered with a red, slightly itchy rash. The doctor hasn’t yet decided on the next step.

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  29. Gary, I had to take five daily high dose insulin shots daily until I started complying and exetcising. Rashes wouldn’t have surprised me but I didn’t get them. I am on one slow acting low dose now.

    Tomorrow have to go get my permanent caps installed in morning, so early bed. I made it home and glad to be here. Have to take meds and find fleece pjs. The heat people must not have come. They wanted to install a several thousand dollars unit, I voted for the $500 part.

    I am supposed to be going along Gulf Coast next week to Tampa for launch of Everglades Challenge next weekend. I need motivation. A good deal of me says no.

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  30. Sorry, I have to do a Columbo here. I thought about Ghosts comment about the woman in his life with a girl friend. You have to be incredibly secure in your own self my friend, I don’t think I have known anyone else who could say that. Either it titillates or repulsed, which may be what you said too.

    While I long ago considered marrying a male gay friend who was the sweetest, most loving, romantic and hunkiest guy I ever dated, I never considered women. I am a confirmed hetero and since 50% of my boarding school wasn’t I certainly could have, had I been curious. Curiousity isn’t one of my faults.

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  31. Dear Jackie, I am so glad you are safely at home. You’ve just had a long drive — you might want to relax at home for a while, able to walk around and do some Physical Therapy. Easy at first, add more gradually. And fix some of those terrifically healthy and colorful meals that you’ve posted on Facebook; they look sensational. Sitting for hours in the car is not a good thing for legs or any part of the body. You probably want to garden, if possible, and get after those heating repair people! You are just too nice, Jackie.

    Glad to hear of the tooth repair too. How on earth did you bite and chew without those temporary caps?

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  32. I really love the crazy boats and friends at the Everglades Challenge but I am pinched for time because the surgery and complications took away two months. I won’t be able to stay and go to Keys and probably would just have time to drive and return because I have to be in Corpus Christi by March 22 to build three boats. I need to look at calendar.

    OK, I still travel by restaurants. I’d like to go back to Cotton in Monroe and Blue Dog in Lafayette and on to John Folses restaurant on East of Lake Pontchartrain, LA Provence and then hit some on Gulf Coast and see how recovery has been there since I was last there a few years ago. I had read things were improved.

    Or I can stay home and garden. Half of front yard is safe from workmen stomping it. The restaurants will still be there.

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  33. Just got in and finished reading.

    Yay for the good news
    Prayers for those that need them
    “Keep up the good work” for the rest of us.

    I guess I never thought of “he” as gender specific in certain context.
    same as “youz guys” but there are people that need a cause.

    There is a word that grates – persons when the speaker/writer/(the ubiquitous)they mean people.

    I will stop here before I need chapters

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  34. This is weird! I tried to submit a comment about the crocheted picture, but the software rejected the url. Even if I removed the url for my website and my email address it did the same thing. Let’s see if this goes through!

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  35. Llee, the piece in question was made strictly from fine white thread. However, the pattern of full, empty and partially filled squares made a picture that looked like it was originally done in stained glass, including an arched frame, and enough filled in around the edges to make it a proper rectangle. It had been done during the preceding year, specifically for the fair and was a copy of a piece that she’d done years ago in pale green thread. Alas, we can’t display it because it was sold at the fair, and I don’t know any more what happened to the other one.

    We do have a set of curtains she made in use, and at least one table cloth for Thanksgiving and so on (if we ever celebrated it at home, that is) but those things are kept (I think) in her old ceder chest, which is now our living-room coffee table for protection, both from time and cats.

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  36. OK, that got through, without the final paragraph:

    And, while I’m thinking about it, the gender-specific nouns made me think of something odd about our two pets. In English, an unknown dog is always male, and a cat female. (That is, you use he for the dog and she for the cat.) In our case, both would be wrong. Marcia’s new dog is female and my cat, Gully, is male.

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  37. Good morning Villagers…

    Indy Mindy, that is so good to read that your Grandma is much better. Thanks for the update girl. Now, how is your job going?

    Jackie, read Miss Charlotte’s post, and I am in total agreement with her. Think gardening and then Corpus Christi.

    Jerry, yes we did get some snow…but it didn’t stick…hahahahaha!!!!

    What’s that old song about they’re coming to take me away, haha, hoho, hehe?????

    So, I went to bed at 7 last night…..I find this time of day to be serene, the madness in the house is asleep.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day.

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  38. Hello yal and no that is definitely never singular. Debbe, does he know that you call him that? And why are ship’s shes? And why are all cats grey in the dark and why ask why? Ghost, you are a brave man to bring up that subject. Let’s throw it against the wall and see what sticks. Did Jeb boy quit because of that last ad with the gun?

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  39. Jerry, y’all can be singular if you are speaking to one person; “y’all are just the sweetest thing!”. If you are speaking to more than one person it becomes “all y’all”, as in “All y’all come on. Supper’s ready.”

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  40. Debbe – “They’re coming to take me away” by Napoleon XIV Don’t know about work, haven’t been back yet. 😉 Took the week off as I thought I would be coming back for a funeral – really, REALLY glad that didn’t happen.

    Y’all is singular.
    All y’all is plural
    Y’all’s is singular possessive.
    All y’alls’ is plural possessive.

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