Monday, January 22, 2018


Gravy's Biggest Hits


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Written This Week by Tom Esposito: Turnips - Part II










By Mike Wilke





A Culinary Collaboration!
Recipe by Tom Esposito
Cooking and Photo by Ron Warren







Ol' Blue Eyes
Photo Courtesy of Ron Warren Photography



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2018-01-22:
I guess I’ve always thought suspenders were something others could use against you if you weren’t careful. At least with a belt, you can pull it off and defend yourself against an aggressive assistant, right? I had to make Candace simply fantasize about blackmailing The Man, rather than actually doing it, because who in their right mind wouldn’t fire an employee who resorted to this kind of blatant treachery?


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2018-01-23:
Panel #1 depicts a message that you hear often. And I agree that if you want something, you’ve just got to work at getting it! But I think there are more people than we’d like to admit who resort to Candace’s actions in Panel #2: Begging shamelessly! But, hey, if it works, why wouldn’t there be a bunch of folks who do it?


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2018-01-24:
I wanted to rack my brain for some truly memorable stories for Candace to consider before settling on a phone book. So the three runners-up for the annual directory were Robinson Crusoe, King Arthur, and The Good Samaritan. I’m just another cartoonist trying to switch things around as absurdly as possible!


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2018-01-25:
In case anyone’s wondering, I learned all these yoga poses (except for the “Vulture”) from playing the video game Wii Fit. At some point I got to thinking about how burying your nose in a phone keeps you maintaining a pose as well, but I highly doubt this particular one does anyone much good physically. Candace is a bit of a health nut at times, and a bit of a couch potato at others.


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2018-01-26:
I think most of us are guilty of feeling both too bad and too good about ourselves now and then. I thought it’d be fun to take my two Best Frenemies Forever and have them abruptly strut their stuff in front of each other, only to have both endeavors backfire at the same time. In the last panel, they aren’t sleeping in bunk beds. It was the only way I knew how to show two characters thinking the same thing at the same time from different bedrooms.


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2018-01-27:
One theme I like to use for my cartoon is Candace’s futile attempts at engaging the boss in philosophical discussions. I think the boss is somewhat underwhelmed by everyday life, and lets his lack of enthusiasm creep into words. In truth, we’re all probably guilty of that at one time or another.


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2018-01-28:
TV gets a bad reputation for being decidedly substandard, and I personally think the reputation is deserved. But instead of singling out a particular show, real or made up, for ridicule, I chose to prevent readers from having any clue whatsoever is on TV. Exactly what is Candace referring to as “garbage”? Could it be a 1960s family sitcom? A televised wrestling match? Maybe one of those infomercials for getting killer abs in just 5 days? It’s all up to your imagination!























FEATURED THIS WEEK ON THE OBSERVER...

-Gravy by Bob Murphy







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 4
The traits
we reward
entertainers
         4,
we punish
politicians
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The Glasses
The glasses
w/ those rectangular lenses,

they brought mathematics
to her eyes,

to the hump of her nose;

geometry to the crow’s feet,
the laugh lines.

She could immediately see
Einstein and Pythagoras

using her oval face as a chalkboard;
working out theorems,

formulas, and proofs,
that explained her.












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