Archive for December, 2015

Epiphany, Fifty-Six Years Later!

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2015

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When I was four — possibly three, but probably four — my parents let me stay up until midnight on December 30 to “celebrate New Year’s Eve early.” Reading this, I was reminded of this and suddenly realized why.

(to be fair, I hadn’t given the matter any thought since 1959, possibly 1958)

Filed in Bill Bickel, Frazz, New Year's Eve, comic strips, comics, humor | 34 responses so far

Your New Comics for 2015

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2015

The annual question: which comics did you begin reading, or begin reading regularly, in 2015? Feel free to include as many links as you’d like.

Filed in 2015, Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, humor | 36 responses so far

The Essential 10

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2015

In Autumn of 2015, I asked you to send me your lists of specific comics that are so “essential,” we can assume that most fans of the genre will be familiar with most if not all of them.

Over 60 of you responded, sending me 67 different comics, well over 200 comics in all, most of which got multiple votes. Before I list the top 10 (actually 16 because of a 9-way tie, this is the Close But No Segar list:

Doonebury: “Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!” (which was on my personal list)

Peanuts: “Hold My Hand, Chuck”

Bloom County: “Death Star”

B.C.: “Clams Got Legs!”

James Thurber: “It’s a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you’ll be amused by its presumption”

Peanuts: “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” (the original appearance)

And for the statistics-obsessed: Far Side was cited most often, 11 times; James Thurber 8; Calvin and Hobbes 6; The New Yorker (not including James Thurber and Charles Addams) 6; and Charles Addams 5.

And now the winners:

In a 9-way tie for 7th place (top to bottom, Gary Larson’s Far Side, Carl Rose in the New Yorker, James Thurber, Larson again, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, BobMankoff in the New Yorker, that Larson guy a couple more times, and Saul Steinberg in the New Yorker):

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And now coming in at #6, from James Thurber:

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#5, Charles Addams:

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#4, Charles Schulz:

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#3, Walt Kelly:

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#2, Peter Steiner:

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And finally from Bill Watterson, published 20 years ago today, voted #1 by a wide margin, and probably the greatest comic strip finale ever:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Bill Watterson, Bloom County, Bob Mankoff, Calvin and Hobbes, Charles Addams, Charles Rose, Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown, Doonesbury, Essential 10, Far Side, G.B. Trudeau, Gary Larson, James Thurber, New Yorker, Peanuts, Peter Steiner, Pogo, Saul Steinberg, Snoopy, Walt Kelly, comic strips, comics, humor | 52 responses so far

At Long Last, The End Of The List Of Comics That Might Already Have Made Us Laugh Out Loud In 2015

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dave Blazek, Far Side, Gary Larson, George Washington, Loose Parts, New Yorker, Speed Bump, comic strips, comics, humor, lol, xkcd | 14 responses so far

Comics That Might or Might Not Have Already Made Us Say ”Oy” in 2015

Cidu Bill on Dec 30th 2015

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Filed in Argyle Sweater, Bill Bickel, Brevity, Dave Blazek, Leigh Rubin, Lio, Loose Parts, Mark Tatulli, Rhymes With Orange, Rubes, Scott Hilburn, comic strips, comics, humor, oy | 32 responses so far

You guessed it… more comics that I’m not sure whether they made any of us laugh out loud in 2015 yet. Hey, at least I haven’t been accidentally running repeats on Sundays. That should count for something.

Cidu Bill on Dec 29th 2015

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Bizarro, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Edgar Allan Poe, F-Minus, Jimmy Johnson, New Yorker, Strange Brew, Tony Carrillo, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 43 responses so far

Comics That Might Already Have Made Us Laugh Out Loud While Saying Ewww in 2015

Cidu Bill on Dec 28th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Buni, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Ewww, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 3 responses so far

Comics That Might Already Have Made Us Laugh in 2015: Special New Yorker Edition

Cidu Bill on Dec 27th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Emily Flake, M.C. Escher, New Yorker, Olympics, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 26 responses so far

Santa Glass

Cidu Bill on Dec 26th 2015

For what it’s worth, this was published today, December 26.

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Carpe Diem, Christmas, Santa Claus, comic strips, comics, humor | 20 responses so far

Comics That Might Have Made Us Laugh Out Loud in 2015, But We Had To Be Careful About The Language Until Santa Had Come and Gone

Cidu Bill on Dec 26th 2015

Language advisory, obviously.
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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 50 responses so far

Comics That Might Have Made The Boxer Laugh in 2015

Cidu Bill on Dec 26th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Cat Stevens, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dave Blazek, Emily Flake, Loose Parets, New Yorker, comic strips, comics, humor, lol, xkcd | 16 responses so far

Comics That Might Have Already Made Santa Laugh Out Loud in 2015

Cidu Bill on Dec 25th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Francesco Marciuliano, Medium Large, New Yorker, Pardon My Planet, Peanuts, Speed Bump, Sunny Street, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 29 responses so far

I don’t seem to get it

Cidu Bill on Dec 24th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Mike Peters, Mother Goose and Grimm, Santa Claus, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far

A Few More Comics That Made Santa’s Round Belly Shake Like a Bowl Full of Jelly

Cidu Bill on Dec 23rd 2015

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Morris Keesan: The fact that I found this funny may say something about me

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Filed in Bound and Gagged, Christmas, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, clowns, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 6 responses so far

Netchill

Cidu Bill on Dec 23rd 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Netflix, New Yorker, comics, humor | 32 responses so far

I understand the “resting” part anyway…

Cidu Bill on Dec 23rd 2015

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Christmas, Christmas trees, Jimmy Johnson, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far

Grat-ewww-itous Comic of the Week

Cidu Bill on Dec 22nd 2015

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Okay, seriously, is there a joke here?

And a No-Shave November strip on December 19??

Filed in B.C., Bill Bickel, Ewww, comic strips, comics | 27 responses so far

Imprisonment Run

Cidu Bill on Dec 22nd 2015

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Filed in B.C., Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor | 12 responses so far

OT: Roku, Fire TV, or something else?

Cidu Bill on Dec 21st 2015

My Roku is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.

Any recommendations for a replacement?

Filed in Bill Bickel, Roku, television | 22 responses so far

God Bless Us, Every One

Cidu Bill on Dec 21st 2015

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My best guess is that the chair leaning up against the table is analogous to Tim’s crutch leaning up against the fireplace.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Christmas, Christmas Carol, Tina's Groove, Tiny Tim, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far

LOL but…

Cidu Bill on Dec 21st 2015

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Why is she discussing this with a psychologist rather than, say, a marriage counselor or divorce attorney or even a friend?

Filed in Bill Bickel, Christmas, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Pardon My Planet, Vic Lee, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 15 responses so far

Comics That Made Santa Laugh Out Loud

Cidu Bill on Dec 20th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Christmas, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Lio, Mark Tatulli, Santa Claus, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 16 responses so far

I’m pretty sure this didn’t run as a Saturday Morning Ewww earlier this year. No guarantees, though…

Cidu Bill on Dec 19th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Dave Coverly, Ewww, Speed Bump, comic strips, comics, humor | 14 responses so far

Comic That Made Santa Say Ewww Ewww Ewww

Cidu Bill on Dec 19th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Christmas, Ewww, Mike Peters, Mother Goose and Grimm, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far

OT: My Cousin’s Christmas Memory

Cidu Bill on Dec 18th 2015

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Christmas | 9 responses so far