Archive for October, 2009

Unexpected Haloloween

Cidu Bill on Oct 31st 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Daylight Saving Time, Family Circus, Halloween, comic strips, comics, comics that made us laugh out loud, humor, lol | 30 responses so far

Twick

Cidu Bill on Oct 31st 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Dave Whamond, Halloween, Reality Check, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

More Haloloween

Cidu Bill on Oct 31st 2009

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Filed in Argyle Sweater, Bill Bickel, Crankshaft, Halloween, Scott Hilburn, Tom Batiuk, comic strips, comics, comics that made us laugh out loud, humor, lol | 6 responses so far

Halloween Comic I Didn’t Understand

Cidu Bill on Oct 31st 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Bizarro, CIDU, Dan Piraro, Halloween, comic strips, comics, humor | 7 responses so far

Two Girls One Cup

Cidu Bill on Oct 31st 2009

Okay, obviously this is common enough that at least two comics ran the same gag Saturday. Do I even want to know? Continue Reading »

Filed in Arlo Page, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Far Left Side, Girls With Slingshots, Halloween, comic strips, comics, humor | 32 responses so far

Puerile

Cidu Bill on Oct 31st 2009

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Filed in 9 Chickweed Lane, Bill Bickel, Brooke McEldowney, CIDU, Halloween, Jack o'Lantern, cats, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

Haloloween

Cidu Bill on Oct 30th 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Halloween, comic strips, comics, comics that made us laugh out loud, humor, lol, xkcd | 31 responses so far

Speaking of Catch 22

Cidu Bill on Oct 30th 2009

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I personally found this funny because I never did finish that book.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Catch 22, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Zach Weiner, comic strips, comics, humor | 32 responses so far

Hayride

Cidu Bill on Oct 30th 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Cul de Sac, comic strips, comics, humor | 14 responses so far

Thar She Bloviates!

Cidu Bill on Oct 30th 2009

Bookworm: Pibgorn and The Fusco Brothers both used the word bloviate — a word I had never heard of until today. What are the odds? Or has some public figure used it lately and I wasn’t paying attention?

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Brooke McEldowney, Fusco Brothers, Pibgorn, comic strips, comics, humor, synchronicity | 27 responses so far

Heaven 2

Cidu Bill on Oct 29th 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Zach Weiner, comic strips, comics, humor | 28 responses so far

Dr. Dinotronz

Cidu Bill on Oct 28th 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, F-Minus, Tony Carrillo, comic strips, comics, humor | 15 responses so far

What I really want to know is how Scott Hilburn let this one get away

Cidu Bill on Oct 27th 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Leigh Rubin, Rubes, Scott Hilburn, comic strips, comics, humor | 21 responses so far

A Very Frazz Halloween

Cidu Bill on Oct 27th 2009

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Well, it seems as if the game’s already pretty much over, so I’ve taken the responses off moderation.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Frazz, Halloween, Jef Mallet, comic strips, comics, humor | 77 responses so far

Edge City: Once again, Worst… Parents… Ever

Cidu Bill on Oct 27th 2009

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And is this even a conflict that happens in the real world? A kid refuses to carry her own backpack to the bus stop? What happens when she gets to school, she gets assigned a sherpa to carry it for her?

My only guess it that the girl’s passsive-aggressive mother has turned her into a manipulative brat.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Edge City, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

K

Cidu Bill on Oct 27th 2009

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Baseball fans hold up “K” cards for each of their pitcher’s stikeouts during a game, so that presumably has something to do with what’s going on here…

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Dogs, New Yorker, cats, comic strips, comics, humor | 15 responses so far

The Other Cheek

Cidu Bill on Oct 26th 2009

A bonus lol, shunted over to the Arlo Page for language considerations Continue Reading »

Filed in Arlo Page, Arlol, Bill Bickel, Jesus Christ, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Zach Weiner, comic strips, comics, comics that made us laugh out loud, humor, lol | 24 responses so far

LOL-October 26

Cidu Bill on Oct 26th 2009

Morris Keesan:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, F-Minus, Tony Carrillo, comic strips, comics, comics that made us laugh out loud, humor, lol | 12 responses so far

Children’s Books From Hell

Cidu Bill on Oct 23rd 2009

During the discussion of Brooke McEldowney and Maurice Sendak’s incivilities, several parents mentioned that they wouldn’t read Sendack’s books to their kids because they were too scary. It got me wondering what other books y’all kept from your kids and why.

Personally, I was okay with Sendak’s books: my kids found them subversive rather than frightening, and that’s the sort of thing they liked. The only books I ruled off-limits were the Berenstain Bears.

I was never a great fan of their repetitive nature — they always involved one of the Bears taking up some objectionable behavior, such as Brother Bear teasing Sister Bear, then a lesson being learned and the behavior stops — but the young’uns liked them so I’d reluctantly read the books to them. I was already getting concerned that after a point these books could be putting bad ideas into kids’ minds when we got to the one where a panda family moved next door. And the Bears were all “oh my God pandas, there goes the neighborhood” and they did everything but burn a cross in the pandas’ yard and I’m thinking what… the… hell???

Of course it all turned out okay because the Bears realized that pandas are just another kind of bear (which in fact they’re not, of course) and that their bigotry was misguided. Not because bigotry is wrong, apparently, but because pandas are just another kind of bear. Presumably if it were a rabbit family moving in next door, it would be okay to organize a lynch mob.

I remember my younger son was 3 1/2 at the time, and I told him we were through with the Berenstain Bears. I told him when he could read by himself he could read them — in Barnes and Noble only, because I wasn’t going to buy them — but I wanted no part of them (and there’s actually a funny epilogue to this, but it’s irrelevant here)

Anyway, the question is, What popular children’s books would you not expose your children to and why?

Filed in Berenstain Bears, Bill Bickel, Brooke McEldowney, In the Night Kitchen, Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, children's books | 92 responses so far

R.I.P. Soupy Sales

Cidu Bill on Oct 23rd 2009

Filed in Bill Bickel, Soupy Sales, YouTube, television | 17 responses so far

Friday Morning Ewww

Cidu Bill on Oct 23rd 2009

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Ewww, One Big Happy, Rick Detorie, comic strips, comics, humor | 7 responses so far

And you know, it’s not just Brooke McEldowney

Cidu Bill on Oct 22nd 2009

Last week, when a Newsweek interviewer asked him whether parents might be concerned that the film Where the Wild Things Are might be too scary for younger children, Maurice Sendak replied, “I would tell them to go to hell.”

Excuse me?? Parents seeking to take responsibility for what their young children see should go to hell???

I could understand saying parents can be overprotective, that a little Wicked Witch of the West never scarred any child for life, there are valid opinions capable of being expressed in a civil manner… but “I would tell them to go to hell“???

I’m really starting to think, you should pardon the language, that there’s a virulent strain of Asshole Virus going around. Obviously Kanye West was Patient Zero, and it’s already spread to comic strip artists and children’s book writers.

Brooke McEldowney and the Imbecile Factor

Filed in Asshole Virus, Bill Bickel, Brooke McEldowney, Kanye West, Maurice Sendak, Newsweek, Where the Wild Things Are | 35 responses so far

Brooke McEldowney and the Imbecile Factor

Cidu Bill on Oct 22nd 2009

Okay, so in yesterday’s 9 Chickweed Lane, McEldowney appeared to call readers who criticized him imbeciles. Today in his blog, he says he wasn’t really calling anybody an imbecile, that was only a joke. And we should have known this, rather than taking the joke at face value (there was a joke there?), because we should have known he wouldn’t indulge in gratuitous name-calling and anybody who didn’t realize this is an idiot.

Well, he’s right about one thing: I’m not smart enough to follow his reasoning without getting a headache.

Filed in 9 Chickweed Lane, Bill Bickel, Brooke McEldowney, comic strips, comics, humor | 30 responses so far

Goldfish Synchronicity

Cidu Bill on Oct 22nd 2009

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Just noticed that Nicole also sent this pair

Filed in Bill Bickel, Dave Blazek, Dave Coverly, Loose Parts, Speed Bump, comic strips, comics, humor, synchronicity | 7 responses so far

Wish I Was a Kellogg’s Cornflake

Cidu Bill on Oct 22nd 2009

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Two related observations: I hope this comic is a rerun, otherwise that milk is way outdated.

And speaking of reruns, I’m not sure many people outside of the New York area would get it, but the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was “First you address the ball…”

Filed in Bill Bickel, Brevity, CIDU, Guy & Rodd, comic strips, comics, humor | 28 responses so far