Tuesday, August 18, 2015
This week we take a look at the top ten comic strips from the Sunday edition of "The News and Record," a daily newspaper in Greensboro, NC, which is not to be mixed up with a weekly newspaper of the same name in South Boston, Va., a town which is noted for having artistic fire hydrants. A similar project was performed in Lewisburg, WVa.
There were no fire hydrant jokes in the ten comic strips which made our cut, but "Foxtrot," our first place finisher, focused on everything that could go wrong on a family picnic, including the dreaded poison ivy (pictured top) as well as ants........oh actually Javier the Intern has informed us that the strip featured ticks not ants. Let's move on.....
The Danish import "WuMo," featured a crazy elephant trying to tip over a Coca Cola truck to the confused befuddlement of his fellow elephants at a gas station, perhaps in an Interstate town like Augusta, Georgia.
And, speaking of Augusta, we conclude with "Ziggy," which week showed the title character having a miserable day at the golf course, which is why we have an image of golf legend Arnold Palmer in our third slot! An alcoholic beverage that we've never had is named after him as well....
Here is the list:
3. Pearls Before Swine
4. Brewster Rockit: Space Guy
5. Over the Hedge
7. Phoebe and Her Unicorn
9. Judge Parker
Monday, August 17, 2015
It's perhaps fitting that this week's Sunday comic strip "Pearls Before Swine" which features its Goat character in the lime light (well in a dim limelight) is the top finisher in our weekly survey of Sunday comic strips from "The Roanoke Times" as there are some cool pygmy goats from Cameroon at the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke, Va.
For those who have never traveled to Roanoke, it is a city of 100,000 people which is an hour north of Martinsville, Va., home of the Rev. Johnny Robertson who is rumored to have the most over-the-top Southern Baptist church in the world, well at least in Henry County.
Our third-place finisher is "Agnes," which is why we have an image of the late Agnes Moorehead who played the mother in the late 1960s sitcom "Bewitched."
Fifth place goes to Get Fuzzy, which has some knock knock jokes, so we went with an image of Mormons.
Liberal comedian Bill Maher is actually coming to Roanoke on Friday for the first time, we hope he really socks it to Donald Trump, who was brilliantly lampooned in today's (Monday) "Zippy the Pinhead."
Here is the list:
1. Pearls Before Swine
2. Speed Bump
5. Get Fuzzy
7. Funky Winkerbean
10. Jump Start
Friday, August 14, 2015
1) "Do you like pie, Earl?" (Pickles, Aug. 2nd)
2) "So what are you guys going to do tonight?" (Zits, March 29th)
3) "I forgot my Kindle!" (Blondie, Aug. 9th)
4) "He fell into a black hole of narcissism" (Brewster Rockit: Space Guy, Aug. 9th)
5) "Are you still single?" (Garfield, Aug. 9th, pict. top)
6) "Yeah, but the worst part is being invisible." (Doonesbury, March 29th)
7) "I've gotta hit the little boys' room." (Crankshaft, May 3rd)
8) "How should I approach your dog?" (Mother Goose and Grimm, May 3rd, pict. center)
9) "There's lasagna in the oven," (Sherman's Lagoon, March 29th)
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Here we go (Don't Try This at Home or On Your Blog...it's time-consuming):
1. "Mmmm! Something sure smells good!" (Pickles, Aug. 2nd)
2. "Let me give you a cooking lesson." (Baldo, Aug. 2nd)
3. "Go away. I already beat you once!" (B.C., July 19th)
4. "Try to relax! Focus on your peaceful surroundings! Don't think about work!" (Hagar the Horrible, Aug. 2nd)
5. "Hey, I know real people!" (Garfield, July 19th)
6. "You're a Bob Dylan fan, right Cosmo?" (Shoe, July 19th)
7. "Wow! Talk about false advertising." (Adam at Home, May 3rd)
8. "Diner was marvelous, mom." (Hi and Lois, May 3rd)
9. "I........Have to Go to the Bathroom" (Take it from the Tinkersons, May 3rd)
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
This week's first place comic strip went to "Pearls Before Swine" where pig gives a brilliant line in the last panel; we don't want to give out a Spoiler Alert, so we shall let you find the strip for yourself (see link below).
In "Doonesbury," political satire takes center stage as one patriotic American wanting to defeat ISIS terrorists realizes that coming to Syria is even more problematic than Afghanistan, a country he knows much better.
In our third place strip, Bucky the cat and Satchel the dog have a spot about Atlantic salmon (pict. bottom); here is our top ten:
1. Pearls Before Swine http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2015/08/09
2. Get Fuzzy http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy
3. Doonesbury http://www.doonesbury.com
4. Agnes http://www.gocomics.com/agnes
5. Non Sequitur
6. Jump Start http://www.gocomics.com/jumpstart
7. Dilbert http://www.dilbert.com
9. Speed Bump
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Today, we give you our ten favorite comic strips that were featured in the Sunday edition of "The Myrtle Beach Sun" in Myrtle Beach, SC. Ironically, the beach image at the top is from one of their vacation destination rivals Ocean City, Maryland!
The beach was the topic in first place strip "Off the Mark" where all the kids had taken their cellphones into the water!
The second image is in reference to "Dustin," where the kids basically pretended they were Al Pacino from "Scarface" and had a water gun fight.
Lastly, "Ziggy" featured Tom Wilson, the cartoonist behind "Ziggy," breaking the fourth wall as Ziggy told the readers that the cartoonist couldn't come up with any ideas for this week's comic strip. Maybe, next week, Ziggy can state the famous "Hamlet" line: "To Be or Not to Be, That is the Question." Just a thought.
Here is the top ten:
1. "Off the Mark"
4. "Mother Goose and Grimm"
8. "Stone Soup"
10. "Hagar the Horrible"
Monday, August 10, 2015
Here are those ten songs which were played during the 11:00 p.m.-midnight hour on Saturday night:
1) I Want a New Drug, Huey Lewis and the News. 1984. (Lithium is pict. top)
2) Heartache Tonight, The Eagles. 1979.
3) Right Here, Right Now, Jesus Jones. 1991 (pict. center)
4) Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd. 1979.
5) I Want Her, Keith Sweat. 1987.
6) Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin. 1971.
7) Under the Bridge, Red Hot Chili Peppers. 1991
8) Always Something There to Remind Me, Naked Eyes. 1983.
9) It's the End of the World As We Know It (And, I Feel Fine), REM. 1987 (bottom image)
10) Brickhouse, Commodores, 1977.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
When he last attempted to run for political office in the state against now Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Gilmore got about 35-percent of the vote.
Here is the list:
1. Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC, pict. top)
2. former Gov. George Pataki (NY, pict. center, he's getting less press than his fellow New Yorker)
3. Gov. Chris Christie (NJ, pict. bottom, he's a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen)
4. Carly Fiornia (Calif., former CEO executive)
5. Gov. John Kasich (Ohio)
6. Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida)
7. former Gov. Jim Gilmore (Va)
8. Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky)
9. former Gov. Jeb Bush (Florida)
10. Ben Carson (Maryland, a former surgeon)
11. Gov. Scott Walker (Wisc.)
12. Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
13. former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa)
14. Donald Trump (billionaire tycoon, yeah, you know who he is.......where is the Anacin?)
15. former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.)
16. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
17. former governor Rick Perry (Texas)
Friday, August 7, 2015
Second place goes to "Zits"in which Jeremy, a boy who has been a teenager since the days when Nirvana was in its heyday, is depicted as a large massive head which his parents try to push along.
"Speed Bump" also finished in our top ten, and this week Dave Coverly's strip had a Roman man in a toga with son who was also dressed like John Belushi in "Animal House" looking up at the sky and noticing birds flying over them in a V-formation which makes the boy ask his father: "Why do birds fly in a five-shape?"
Here is our top ten:
3. Jump Start
6. Pearls Before Swine
7. Get Fuzzy
8. Funky Winkerbean
9. Speed Bump
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Comics Kingdom is a comic strip and features (crossword puzzles, Sudoku) distributor which has a blend of traditional comic strips like "Beetle Bailey" and "Blondie" as well as new comic strip aimed at younger demographics, including "Intelligent Life" which is sort of like a comic strip version of "The Big Bang Theory" that revolves around nerd life.
Our favorite Sunday comic strip from Comics Kingdom is "Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog" with a gorgeous illustration of a young boy and his sister going for a tumultuous canoe ride with their pet robots; it reminded us of the New River, which runs through West Virginia and rural southwestern Virginia.
Second place goes to "The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee" which depicts what can go awry when a young boy plays with a rocket and a mouse is nearby. Third place went to "Bizarro" which mocked outdoors safety tips pamphlets which illustrated that when one comes across a grizzly bear all bets are off. We also enjoyed Bill Griffith as his cult favorite comic strip "Zippy the Pinhead" made fun of the Tea Party crowd and he did this without mentioning Ben Carson or Donald Trump!
Here is the top ten:
*-Comic strips in the Sunday Washington Post
2. Edison Lee
4. Zippy the Pinhead
*5. Sherman's Lagoon
9. Six Chix
10. On the Fasttrack
4. Zippy the Pinhead
Monday, August 3, 2015
As it turns out, Buffett's beach music anthem "Cheeseburger in Paradise" (pict. bottom) was one of the ten songs played on Steve-FM (106.5 Roanoke, Va.), a variety pop and rock music station, played between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Friday night.
Other tunes in the mix included "Hold the Line" by Toto (top image, yeah we couldn't resist), "Mickey" by Toni Basil (center image, yeah we couldn't resist that either...the video for the song featured cheerleaders) and "Out of Touch" by Hall and Oates, which surprisingly enough was also played on Simon-FM (98.7 in Greensboro, NC) one hour later!
Here is the list, which is in the order they were played in the radio, not in order of preference........don't worry, we will let you know which song is our favorite, and which song is our least favorite.........:
1) Hold the Line, Toto, 1978
2) Mickey, Toni Basil, 1982
3) Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins. 1986.
4) Lips of An Angel, Hinder, 2006 (our least favorite song)
5) Cheeseburger in Paradise, Jimmy Buffett, 1978
6) Dance Hall Days, Wang Chung. 1984 (our favorite song!)
7) Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), C + C Music Factory, 1990
8) Out of Touch, Hall and Oates, 1984
9) Take the Money and Run, Steve Miller Band, 1976
10) Sugar, Maroon 5. 2015.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Top Ten Comics from Sunday's The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, SC, July 19th edition): Dustin Gets a Gold Star
Our favorite comic from the newspaper is "Dustin," in which a young adult son walks by his whimsical mom with an overloaded laundry basket.
The second-place strip is "Off the Mark" in which a museum patron is listening to head phones with info on the art who stumbles upon a blank wall with a large hang nail which indicates that a painting, perhaps as prestigious as Edvard Munch's "The Scream" (pict. center). Munch's masterpiece was actually stolen from a museum in his native Norway.
Third place goes to "Ziggy," not to be confused with "Zippy the Pinhead" by Bill Griffith, which today made fun of Mike Huckabee (we're still laughing over that one). Ziggy makes fun of a landmark once featured in a Woody Woodpecker cartoon, that is Niagara Falls, which borders both the United States and Canada. In "Ziggy," the title character is talking to his pooch when he realizes that it is time to use the bathroom!
We have decided to arbitrarily put "Hagar the Horrible" in the tenth position as a running gag.
Here is the top ten:
2) Off the Mark
4) Stone Soup
10) Hagar the Horrible