Monday, July 31, 2017

With Toys Like These, How Did We Ever Survive Our Childhoods?
Notice, At the Time Mattel Put This Toy Out For Sale
There Was No Red or Orange Safety Cap On the Muzzle.



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BRAND NEW! 
FROM STEPHEN JAMES NYBERG



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A Window Kitties 3-Play Replay


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...And a Piece of SIFI Fun From Salpino
From Last Father's Day






















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2017-07-31:
Don’t ask me how the dog got in the fridge. Don’t ask me why the dog needed his human’s help is getting any food when he was already hiding in the fridge. Although I love a good continuity, these crazy discrepancies are legion among comic strips, and there’s no way of, or point in, explaining it away.



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2017-08-01:
It’s always fun for me to watch a sleeping dog. I’m also amused by how a pooch (or a kitty, for that matter) can spend the night snoozing away, get up, walk around for a minute, then take to the nearest couch for more Z’s! This cartoon was directly inspired by this fascination, but pets generally need more sleep than humans do. That might simply be because we’re hardwired for work!


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2017-08-02:
My only regret about this cartoon, which I really otherwise like, is that I wish I could have fit more detail into those fantasy balloons. But "thumbnail" illustrations do just fine, too. Bob looks like he can sing quite a serenade, and Ellie looks like the queen of Bedrock!


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2017-08-03:
“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” is as age old as “Why did the chicken cross the road?” You can make up a giant list of responses to either question, and so I went nosing around inside my own head for answers. And I had Candace, a chronic riddle-teller, as my guide, so of course the search didn’t take long!


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2017-08-04:
Like Megan, if I had to provide my own meals three times a day, I’d be in trouble! Candace is paying to full price of being an excellent cook!


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2017-08-05:
Candace’s roommate Megan is a night owl, so she’s generally at her worst in the morning. This is how I contrast early birds with night owls–through these two characters! Sometimes (especially on cold, dark mornings) I just want to go right on snoozing, but that’s just not always possible!


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2017-08-06:
I admit it! I suffer from a minor degree of arachnophobia! Tiny spiders don’t faze me in the least, but once they reach a certain size, I no longer want anything to do with them! Candace is even worse than me, however. Any size spider will set her off, although I sure drew a big one in this comic! Although it doesn’t much look the part, it may be a harmless cellar spider, which you can probably find in even the most airtight of homes.




























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FEATURED THIS WEEK ON THE OBSERVER...
  • Rogue Symmetry by Derrick G. Wood
  • Generation Jaded by Ian
  • Gravy by Bob Murphy
  • Ron Warren's Red State Comics by Ron Warren





Life Mimics Art...Or Some Such Thing,
By Vladimir Putin
Special Guest Cartoonist On Ron Warren's Red State Comics





I must be at least a half-decent writer because even idiots can inspire me. :-P Yesterday, 2 people on Facebook graciously took time out of their busy schedules to post unkind words about my comic strip (without offering any suggestions on how I might improve). I decided to create my first meme, which I intend to use as a retort the next time this happens.   -Jordan






"Special Forces Legacy" by Rex Wilson 
With Addition of the Vietnam Memorial Badge 
By Ron Warren
Rex is a member of the Madison County Military Hall Heroes and is a decorated Green Beret, Vietnam, War Veteran
--PLEASE NOTE: This outstanding piece of art by Mr. Wilson  is available in 11x14 copies for $25.00.  Please contact Larry Wyenandt at lwyenandt@yahoo.com.  All sales go toward funding projects of the Madison County Military Heritage Commission. A great present for the Veteran in your life.  Additionally, here is a link to Mr. Wilson's profile page.
      http://www.mcmhc.us/?page=profile&hero=356         -Tom









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           Fire on the Page
  
Fire on the page that’s all he wanted fire
on the page
sprinkle some gasoline and flick that friggin’ match
Fire


Fire on the page flames lickin’ those words
chasing those words from line to line
Fire fire fire on the page no wonder the kids don’t read
it’s just these marks that can’t possibly excite
until you’ve gotten down into them but
from a distance they’re just blobs of black
that sometimes smear and smudge into gray

                                                                               Fire

                                       Fire


  Fire on the page

Gotta mimic the striking match
Gotta sizzle the fingertips
Blister the eyeballs
Torch the mind

                                                                It’s the only way.


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Paradox

She dashes off after dark,
the garden is her playground;
she climbs her bottlebrush,
watching from a friendly branch;

the yen of a thousand generations
directs each step upon this crooked limb;
she pauses just beyond the silver shine
of moonlight,  like a thought before it rides


the lips; she reads the many folds
of nightfall’s  fabric, adjusts her claws to silk
or silhouette; she occupies this stronghold,
this keep of leaf and rattled bark; descendant

of a proud warrior race, until she descends
tier by tier; returning to a domesticated
world, whose paradox is recognized
by gold-green eyes.







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