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April 28th, 2006


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12:53 am - it's okay if you don't get this one, but a little research goes a long way


I'm not sure why I photoshopped this, but I like it all the same.

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From:she_parser
Date:April 28th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
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HATS
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From:semer
Date:April 28th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
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dude, I have like, a paper to write but I wanna get the joke... help a hniece out :-/
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From:spwebdesign
Date:April 28th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
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I'm not really sure there's a joke to get, but: http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/biography.html. Zelda wouldn't marry Fitzgerald until he had literary success. As soon as This Side of Paradise was published and made Fitzgerald famous, Zelda married him. Alcohol was everpresent and contributed negatively to their married and professional lives. I'm guessing this cartoon is the first in a series relating how Scott's alcoholism ruined Zelda's life.
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From:betweenstations
Date:April 28th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
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Of course, Zelda was no psychological picnic, herself. I think that was a classic unhealthy relationship and wouldn't have been much healthier sans booze, just because of the mental problems of both parties.
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 28th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I grafted the Fitzgerald story onto the strip. The originals can be seen at the URL on the bottom. It was originally entitled "It Happened To Alice" and practically swims in melodrama. In one of the panels, Alice hides her booze in a hatbox marked "HATS." Later, she goes out drinking and her house burns down with her kid inside. I wasn't going to make a burning down joke around Zelda, so I chose this set of panels instead.

http://www.ep.tc has an amazing amount of "Comics With Problems" -- Fat Albert deals with teenage alcoholism, Dennis The Menace tells a story of the time he nearly overdosed on iron pills (!!) and there's this terrible psychedelic 70s comic attempting to educate us on STDs.

The best part of the Dennis The Menace one is that two comics about poison prevention came out with Dennis The Menace in them -- the one from the 1960s gives a lot of facts about poison and explains how to keep them away from kids, how to keep the labels on prescription drug bottles, that sort of thing. Rather helpful once you get past the amazing sequence where Dennis sprays Mr. Wilson with pesticides.

By contrast, the one from the 1980s is all over the place, teaching kids this vague song about how "We ask first before we taste!" ("We ask who?" one of the comments on the site asks. "Before we taste what?!") and gives Dennis the opportunity to relate how he ODed on iron pills once.

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From:derspatchel
Date:April 28th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
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The scary part is that, after working the dialogue out and all for this one shot, I feel I could probably totally do an entire retrofit brief biography of the two in this abbreviated "Classics Illustrated" fashion.

Then again, I think I have the full collection of those "Big Book Of..." (Vice, Death, Weirdos, 1970s) volumes put out in the late 90s, so the Rhythm of the Condensed comes quite easily.
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 28th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
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The Al-Anon logo kinda looks like the Triforce too. Hmm...
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 28th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)

Re: CURSE YOU, 8-BIT DOG!!!

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I don't think I ever actually played the arcade Duck Hunt. I was too busy playing Super Mario Brothers or Excitebike on the machine at our local arcade.

But I can totally see the dog doing that, and I can see Nintendo deciding to keep it out of the home version. Kiddies can't shoot dogs, much like they can't put hamsters in microwaves.
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 28th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)

Re: CURSE YOU, 8-BIT DOG!!!

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When I first saw Cynthia Rothrock, blonde Hong Kong action star, I went "Holy crap, it's an ass-kicking Kate Monday!"

I used to have a season or two of episodes in terrible Real format. But it was worth it to see Yeardley Smith as "Jane Rice-Burroughs", the gorilla keeper at the zoo.
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From:modpixie
Date:April 28th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
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[this is creepy]
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From:mmcirvin
Date:April 28th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)

the nerdiest joke in the world

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"Scott... how many green lights do you see at the end of the pier?"

"THERE... ARE... TWO... LIGHTS!!"
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From:bostonista
Date:April 28th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
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The style is so funny: Archie goes literary...

(And look! Zelda is dressed exactly like Daphne on Scooby-Doo!)
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From:betweenstations
Date:April 28th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I love the quality attention to period garb.
er, wait...
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 28th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Didn't you know the Jazz Age actually took place in the late 60s?
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From:betweenstations
Date:April 28th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Well, I guess if you took enough acid, the average hippie ashram could look like a gin joint.
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 28th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
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I'd rather have a Rockefeller Center Art Deco acid trip than a Haight-Ashbury Bill Graham Concert Poster trip, that's for sure...
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From:markm
Date:April 28th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
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<jazzhands>
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From:bedfull_o_books
Date:April 28th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
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The dress really bugs me too, as does the jukebox...
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From:signsoflife
Date:April 28th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
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God, those comic strips are kind of stomach-turning.
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From:dpolicar
Date:April 28th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Gotta say, the site organization for www.ep.tc is something a drunk web designer would come up with.
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From:derspatchel
Date:April 28th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Makes it easier to navigate when you're high on prescription painkillers!
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From:coconuthead
Date:April 28th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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It's very nice.

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