Monday, August 14, 2017



I did my best to try to find out anything that I could about this company.  This ad shows up on a number of blogs and websites but none are the Co-Le Sales Company site nor could I find any history on them.  Too bad.  I would love to see what other types of products that they pushed.   --Tom



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2017-08-14:
   Do you have a grumpy neighbor? It seems to me that, at least in fictitious settings, there is often that one crab who doesn't want anyone coming around, and no one particularly wants to. In this particular neighborhood, the grumpy neighbor seems to come in the unlikely form of 20-something year old Megan. Between the roomies, there appears to be a good-neighbor/bad-neighbor combo.


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2017-08-15:
   I'm simply speaking from memory, but I recall a list of humorous tips given by Garfield the cat in regard to dealing with being too fat. One tip was to only hang around people fatter than you! In the case of today's comic, it's not an issue of weight Candace's boss has on his hands, but his approach to looking a little better to his wife is pretty much the same thing: Just be seen in the company of folks who are worse off than you are!


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2017-08-16:
   Candace is a girl who goes to church every week; Megan is a girl who argues every day. When visitors came by to present their religious views, either roomie seemed well enough prepared in their own specific fields. But now Meg's gonna need some aloe vera for the burn Candace laid on her! Given Meg's total aversion to politics, I suspect this cartoon could have just as easily centered around a group of political volunteers trying to persuade her to back up their candidate.


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2017-08-17:
   This is one of my favorites. The details of the boss' bachelor party all those years ago are left to your imagination, because he certainly isn't about to tell anyone! What happens at the party stays at the party, not due to discretion, but rather to a form of amnesia! 


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2017-08-18:
   For years I had thought of marriage counseling only as something couples pursued as a means of rectifying a marriage that was going south in a hurry (think of The Lockhorns). But it was a learning experience for me to learn that prospective spouses often go to counseling before tying the knot as a means of being fully prepared when it comes time to say, "I do.". Of course, with me being at the mercy of a wandering mind, a joke like this was bound to follow in the wake of my newfound knowledge. I had fun making a little sketch of the boss and his wife on their wedding day, but I feel like Ellie doesn't look any younger. Well, I'll just say her appearance hasn't aged a day in the past fifteen or so years (must be all the exercising she does).


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2017-08-19:
   I drew this one before I ever owned a smartphone, so I was kind of winging it in the last panel. But now I at least know I was fairly accurate in my depiction of how these sneaky little handheld devices like to play cruel games with their "owners'" sanity. But my main goal was to make something of the old saying, "There goes the neighborhood". It went out when the Megster came in!


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I enjoy inserting quotes and/or musical lyrics into my comics from time to time. It makes me feel like I'm adding a decidedly intellectual feel for what would otherwise be one panel north of a simple gag cartoon. Here we have Candace emulating Linus Van Pelt in her ability to quote a Biblical verse from memory. But the very nature of comic strips tends to demand brevity in the dialogue, so word-for-word quotes need to be handled with significant care. The superior dimensions of a Sunday comic strip, however, helped out today.



























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Rex is a member of the Madison County Military Hall Heroes and is a decorated Green Beret, Vietnam, War Veteran
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2 Johns
   
In the 50s and 60s
there were the 2 MacDonalds
not talking eateries
these were what they used to call
hard-boiled Mystery writers


John D. and Ross

now John D. had started out
as John D.

and Ross had started out
as Kenneth Millar

but his wife took his name so
he took his father’s name
John Macdonald

now somebody
didn’t do a name check and there was
another writer named John D.
well Ds mother bought a stack of books
to give away as gifts and turns out
they were the wrong John’s books

well John agreed to slowly change his name
next book he’d be John Ross Macdonald
then eventually he’d drop
the John, he even threw in
a lower-case “d”

eventually you had
John D. MacDonald and Ross Macdonald.

Unfortunately, these days

we don’t have either one.









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