Sunday, May 31, 2015
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:
3) Brewster Rockit: Space Guy
4) Speed Bump
6) The Argyle Sweater
7) Sherman's Lagoon
8) Pearls Before Swine
10) Knight Life
Saturday, May 30, 2015
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
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 http://www.gocomics.com/candorville
2. Lio http://www.gocomics.com/lio
3. The Argyle Sweater
4. Reply All http://www.gocomics.com/replyall
5. Mark Trail
6. Speed Bump
7. Pearls Before Swine
9. Prickly City
10. Sherman's Lagoon
Sunday, May 10, 2015
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: http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur
Third place goes to "Get Fuzzy" which features a kitchen argument: http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy
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: http://www.gocommics.com/mutts
Here is our top ten: http://www.roanoke.com/comics
1. Speed Bump
3. Get Fuzzy
4. Pearls Before Swine
6. Agnes http://www.gocmics.com/agnes
7. Dilbert http://www.dilbert.com
8. Doonesbury http://www.doonesbury.com
9. Jump Start
For our survey of the comic strips from today's Washington Post, go to http://www.nocturnalguy38.blogspot.com
Friday, May 8, 2015
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:
2. The Argyle Sweater
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
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
8) Jump Start
10) Baby Blues
Saturday, May 2, 2015
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.