Sunday, May 31, 2015

Top Ten Sunday Washington Post Comic Strips from May 24th: Selfie Narcissism is Vast and Growing

Greetings to our blog readers in Slovenia, Pakistan, and Canada....

Today, we look at our ten favorite comic strips from the Sunday May 24th edition of "The Washington Post" as we listen to an old Doc Watson bluegrass song on "Back Porch Music" from WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill, NC)........

Both "WuMo" and "Lio" made fun of the selfie sticks which are apparently retailing for $30 at Target stores here in the United States. "Lio" went one step further by putting Frankenstein taking a selfie with Lio, the ten-year-old boy who is the title character of the comic strip.

Though it did not make our top ten "Mark Trail" had a cute educational strip about gorillas; it even featured King Kong.

Here is the top ten:

1) WuMo

2) Lio

3) Brewster Rockit: Space Guy

4) Speed Bump

5) Foxtrot

6) The Argyle Sweater

7) Sherman's Lagoon

8) Pearls Before Swine

9) Dustin

10) Knight Life

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Top Tens Things To Do (Satire): Watch More Sean Connery Flicks

Here is a satirical look at ten things to do for next week:

1) Read "Bright Lights, Big City" again

2) Plan 2016 trip to Bolivia where Che Guevara was executed by military forces (pict. center)

3) Watch four Sean Connery films even if you've seen them before

4) Watch aquarium video on Youtube

5) Play Dig Dug for 4.5 hours

6) Put flowers on a strangers' grave

7) Wash mom's car

8) Clean bathroom

9) Read an issue of "Wired"

10) Find a missing Yorkie

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Top Ten Comic Strips from the Sunday Washington Post: The Post-Mother's Day Hangover

Greetings to our blog readers in Algeria, Sweden and the Czech Republic.....

Today, we post our top ten favorite comic strips from today's "Washington Post" which includes a little kid losing a battle with the printer from hell ("Lio"), a kid demanding macaroni and cheese at all costs ("Candorville"), and a stubborn Obi Wan Kenobi (pict. bottom) holding out on the clarinet in an orchestra with other "Star Wars" characters ("The Argyle Sweater"). Perhaps, Benny Goodman, the late clarinetist from yesteryear would be proud.

Other highlights included a millennial female deciding to wear yoga pants for all occasions ("Reply All"), a fabulous drawing of an octopus by James Allen ("Mark Trail") and Scott Santis taking a funny cheap shot at those of us who are progressive ("Prickly City"). The guy who does the right-wing comic strip "Mallard Fillmore" was perhaps quite amused.

Here is our top ten:

1. Candorville

2. Lio

3. The Argyle Sweater

4. Reply All

5. Mark Trail

6. Speed Bump

7. Pearls Before Swine

8. WuMo

9. Prickly City

10. Sherman's Lagoon

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Our Top Ten Comic Strips from Today's Mother's Day Sunday Roanoke Times: Oh, Look, It's a Kangaroo

Greetings to our blog readers in Iran (perhaps), Japan and Costa Rica.........

Our top ten comic strips from today's "Roanoke Times," a daily newspaper in Roanoke, Va., which David Letterman calls the greatest city in the world (we're just kidding, he sez that for New York City), include a "Speed Bump" strip in which there is a surprise:

"Non-Sequitur"  features a man who sees surprise messages in the night sky which his wife is oblivious to:

Third place goes to "Get Fuzzy" which features a kitchen argument:

We also enjoyed today's "Mutts" which features a quote from the late '60s era stand-up comic Lenny
Bruce (pict. bottom) who once said he hated to visit small towns because once you see the canon in the park there is nothing else to do:

Here is our top ten:

1. Speed Bump

2. Non-Sequitur

3. Get Fuzzy

4. Pearls Before Swine

5. Zits
6. Agnes

7. Dilbert

8. Doonesbury

9. Jump Start

10. Mutts

For our survey of the comic strips from today's Washington Post, go to

Friday, May 8, 2015

Top Ten Comics from Sunday, March 29th Washington Post: An Homage to The Far Side

Greetings to our blog readers in New Zealand, Croatia and Turkey.........and to our friends in North Carolina (listening to the song "The Man I Used To Be" by John Howie Jr. on "Back Porch Music" on WUNC-FM (NPR-Chapel Hill, NC).

We are going into our back stacks for a great comics section in the March 29th edition of "The Washington Post," which was remarkable at every level.

Our top strip from this section is "Lio," which featured a tribute to Gary Larson's "The Far Side" comic strips from the 1980s; cows, house pets and aliens were both featured on a residential front lawn in suburbia.

Scott Hilburn's "The Argyle Sweater" depicted two teenage frogs coming into mama's kitchen after a baseball game in which 'they caught a fly.' Perhaps, Kermit the Frog would be proud.

The bronze goes to Denmark as the cheese nation's import illustrated why it is perhaps not a good idea to be a clueless highway department worker when you are paving a road around a place like the Grand Tetons mountains in Wyoming (pictured bottom).

Here is our comics survey:

1. Lio

2. The Argyle Sweater

3. WuMo

4. Rhymes with Orange

5. Brewster Rockit: Space Guy

6. Barney and Clyde

7. Prickly City

8. Sherman's Lagoon

9. Knight Life

10. Reply All

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Top Ten Comics from The Roanoke Times: Hi and Lois Doesn't Make the Cut

We were thinking about writing a letter-to-the-editor to "The Roanoke Times," asking them to replace "Hi and Lois" with the cutting edge, hip Danish import "WuMO," but ultimately, they would probably be more likely to publish a rant from someone on the political fringes, although Cong. David Brat (R-Va) has proven extremists can become elected members of Congress as he maintains that the state of Texas is on the verge of being invaded by ISIS. Yeah, we think he's watched both versions of "Red Dawn" once too many as well!

Here are our top ten comic strips from "The Roanoke Times," in which "Pearls Before Swine" depicts the tragedy of what can happen to an adventurer going to New Zealand (a lake from that country is pict. top), "Speed Bump" shows a date in which the girl wants to be strictly platonic (yes, that the reason for the center image) and "Get Fuzzy" features a row over tuna fish?!

Speaking of the middle image, Molly Ringwald was in nearby Greensboro, NC, recently for a fundraiser for the homeless; we're sorry we missed her!  We also wondered if "Speed Bump" was perhaps a satire of the weekly "Washington Post Magazine" segment "Date Lab," in which a spat over Radiohead makes one feel the other person is not quite right for them!

Here we go:

1) Pearls Before Swine

2) Speed Bump

3) Get Fuzzy

4) Doonesbury

5) Zits

6) Dilbert

7) Agnes

8) Jump Start

9) Garfield

10) Baby Blues

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Last Ten CDs We've Listened To: There's a Bob Dyland Album Here

Greetings to our visitors from Macedonia, Canada and Taiwan.........

Here are the last ten cds we've listened to:

1) Psychedelic Furs. "Mirror Man." 1984.

2) Peter, Bjorn and John. Writer's Block. 2006 (top image)

3) REM. Monster. 1994. (middle image)

4) Tom Waits. The Heart of Saturday Night. 1974.

5) The Replacements. Don't Tell a Soul. 1989.

6) Talking Heads. Speaking in Tongues. 1983. (bottom image)

7) Bob Dylan. Blood on the Tracks. 1975.

8) Serge Gainsbourg. Historie de Melody Nelson. 1971 (in French).

9) David Bowie. Heroes. 1977.

10) The Police. Regatta de Blanc. 1979.