Archive for the 'Bill Bickel' Category

Yes, it’s about time for this again…

Cidu Bill on Jul 20th 2017

Filed in Bill Bickel, Kiss Me Kate, YouTube | 3 responses so far

In case you feel inclined to complain about today’s heat…

Cidu Bill on Jul 20th 2017

Just for the record, I had this queued up for today several months ago (for those of you nowhere near the United States middle-Atlantic states, this is hottest day of 2017’s hottest week)

Filed in Bill Bickel, YouTube | 8 responses so far

Except…

Cidu Bill on Jul 20th 2017

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… that comment Einstein never actually made applies to when parameters aren’t expected to change. In the case of this physical activity, you would reasonably expect to get better at it over time.

Filed in Albert Einstein, Bill Bickel, Frazz, comic strips, comics, humor | 12 responses so far

So why are they sitting outside, as if air conditioning hasn’t been invented yet?

Cidu Bill on Jul 20th 2017

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Jimmy Johnson, comic strips, comics, humor | 29 responses so far

This strip seems to have taken a wrong turn at the fork

Cidu Bill on Jul 19th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Frazz, Jef Mallett, comic strips, comics, humor | 12 responses so far

Because she’s correct?

Cidu Bill on Jul 18th 2017

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Let’s have show of hands: how many people here “made things complicated” in this way?

As far as I’m concerned, this is a teacher fail.

Filed in Barney & Clyde, Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, humor | 48 responses so far

Strange Creature

Cidu Bill on Jul 18th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Strange Brew, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

Ghosts

Cidu Bill on Jul 17th 2017

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Are these ghosts of particular people we’re supposed to recognize?

Filed in Barney & Clyde, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor | 35 responses so far

A Fishy Deal

Cidu Bill on Jul 17th 2017

Mitch4: A CIDU inasmuch as I don’t entirely get the joke. But sent in as a matter of interest for a secondary puzzle — is that caption dealing in a cartooning in-joke, using the names of Guy and Rodd?

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, In the Bleachers, Steve Moore, comic strips, comics, humor | 14 responses so far

Phone [OT-ish]

Cidu Bill on Jul 16th 2017

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I’m not sure what’s supposed to be funny about the comic itself, but it did remind me of the time a few years ago when my wife was given a ticket to taking on her cell hone while driving, and then had to prove that she didn’t even own a cell phone.

And yes, in fact, it was the last day of the month, when traffic cops have to meet the monthly ticket quotas police departments swear don’t exist.

A perfect scam from the point of view of the cop: 99% of the time the judge will believe him over the driver and the one time there’s evidence that he lied, there are no consequences.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Cornered, Mike Baldwin, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 34 responses so far

Saturday Morning Oy - July 15, 2017

Cidu Bill on Jul 15th 2017

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Kilby:

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Filed in Barney & Clyde, Bill Bickel, Brevity, Cornered, Mike Baldwin, Mother Goose and Grimm, Slinky, comic strips, comics, humor, oy | 8 responses so far

Strange Apes

Cidu Bill on Jul 14th 2017

Andréa sent this comic

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for the Geezer files — quite appropriately, since it references this:

And I’m adding a CIDU tag, because… yes, it references a 60-year-old Ernie Kovaks bit, but what’s the joke?

Edited to add: Arthur also subsequently submitted this with both the CIDU and Geezer tags.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Ernie Kovaks, Hey Geezers! Comics!, John Deering, Strange Brew, comic strips, comics, humor | 30 responses so far

Misery

Cidu Bill on Jul 13th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Leigh Rubin, Rubes, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

Look Up

Cidu Bill on Jul 12th 2017

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Filed in Barney & Clyde, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic, comic strips, humor | 23 responses so far

Mystery of the Year [OT]

Cidu Bill on Jul 11th 2017

How did a story of mine, published in 1980, come to be included along with stories by Edgar Allan Poe and Guy de Maupassant in a German-language audiobook anthology released in 2002?

Answer: Because they didn’t have to pay any of us royalties. 

Ein Moment, mein Herr! They didn’t have to pay Edgar and Guy royalties because they’re long dead and their stories are out of copyright — but why didn’t they have to pay you royalties?

Answer: They used the “don’t bother asking for permission, figuring it will take him fifteen years to notice” loophole.

Now consider: they had to pay a translator.  They had to pay a reader, not to mention the cost of producing an audiobook. They couldn’t have given me a couple of bucks? Or Euros, or whatever the Germans were using in 2002?

What’s funny is that to the best of my knowledge (and of course that is now suspect), this is the only story of mine that’s ever been translated into a foreign language, first in the 1990s (in a French anthology, with permission), and subsequently in German in 2002 — and it’s the least logical story to be translated, because it’s firmly anchored in New York City c.1980.

This might not be completely coincidental, though, because I have a feeling they Germans lifted it from the French anthology — meaning the story has been translated from French to English to German and is probably an unholy mess.

And no, before anybody suggests it, I can think of no possible way IBB could have signed over reprint rights to the Germans.

Filed in Bill Bickel | 20 responses so far

Monday Morning Oy

Cidu Bill on Jul 11th 2017

Mona sent me this last July 13, suggesting I queue it up for July 11, 2017.  Which I did.

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Filed in 7-Eleven, Argyle Sweater, Bill Bickel, Scott Hilburn, comic strips, comics, humor, oy | 18 responses so far

Bandage

Cidu Bill on Jul 11th 2017

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Jimmy Johnson, comic strips, comics, humor | 9 responses so far

“Imagining that your dog is talking to your cat”…

Cidu Bill on Jul 10th 2017

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I can think of several different possible explanations, none of which quite makes sense.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Mike Peters, Mother Goose and Grimm, comic strips, comics, humor | 25 responses so far

Not

Cidu Bill on Jul 10th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Mustard and Boloney, comic strips, comics, humor | 27 responses so far

Didn’t we laugh out loud just 3 hours ago??

Cidu Bill on Jul 9th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made, Jim Benton, New Yorker, Tundra, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 19 responses so far

Yak

Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Rina Piccolo, Tina's Groove, comic strips, comics, humor | 6 responses so far

By George!

Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2017

I’m old enough that this hardly seems like a geezer reference.

What the actual joke is, on the other hand, stumps me.

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Hey Geezers! Comics!, Leigh Rubin, Rubes, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

Saturday Funnies - Final Edition

Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dave Coverly, Leigh Rubin, Rubes, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Schrodinger, Speed Bump, That is Priceless, Zach Weiner, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 3 responses so far

5.1

Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, PC and Pixel, comic strips, comics, humor | 22 responses so far

Color

Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2017

Yeah, you’ll have to scroll some. Thank whoever redesigned the GoComics pages to make life difficult for me.

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Buni, CIDU, Ryan Pagelow, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far