Since the merger of the Universal and United Media newspaper syndicates, GoComics.com
has been the place to find 80%+ of all newspaper comics online*. And it has been noticed that two of the most popular comics, both in papers and onsite, haven't had new content in decades: Peanuts
and Calvin and Hobbes
. As a result, GoComics is giving many other defunct funnies a second online run, including Bloom County
cartoons alternating with Kliban's Cats
, and, most notably among recent syndication casualties, CulDeSac
(as well as Richard Thompson's Poor Almanac
). With the artists of FoxTrot
cutting back to Sunday only, the site (as well as some papers) is filling in the other 6 days with reruns. While Dilbert is exclusive to its own website, Dilbert Classics
from the early 1990s are now rerun on GoComics. Even Luann
, who just graduated high school (finally!) has a parallel run of Luann Againn (sic)
showing her as 13 years old back in 1986.
But the most interesting example of recycling old comics comes from the current custodians of the 80-year-old Nancy
, who, after observing "the Greatest Nancy Panel Ever Drawn"
become a meme, now offer a daily feature of a single non-sequitur panel from a classic Ernie Bushmiller strip in Random Acts of Nancy
**. And they ARE random. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Aug 3, 2014 -
An Unknown Alien Being acquires a child's forgotten book and mistakenly believes that it depicts proper protocol for interaction with the human world.
The book is a collection of Peanuts comics.
Woodsnoopy 45 stares into your open heart. Her yellow head squirms and pukes up feathers.
posted by JHarris
on Jan 6, 2013 -
It makes you uncomfortable when she looks at you. She makes a demand.
Her demands come often and always create uncomfortably simultaneous feelings of resentment and obedience.
That is the territory of the Lucy faction. They are the ones who gather nickels. Woodsnoopy 45 is overstepping her boundaries.
Being a mere Woodsnoopy 799, however, you can do naught but obey."
"While going through my archives, I found this piece and emailed it to my friends -- most of whom didn't get it at all. There's usually only one way that change ever comes to the eternal childhood immortality of a comic strip, and that's by the strip being cancelled -- and sometimes not even then." How it turned out
posted by bayani
on May 2, 2011 -
"There was a night, maybe sometime around 1993, when I [Joe Matt]
was working on an issue of my comic book, Peepshow
and I was using some xeroxes of Peanuts
strips from the collection, “You Can Do It, Charlie Brown” as blotter-paper. Anyway, there came a moment when I was using white-out and to remove some excess white-out from my brush, I wiped it on the blotter paper beneath my hand. And that’s how I came to idly white-out the words balloons on a few Peanuts
strips. Once I saw the balloons whited-out and forgot what they originally said, I began filling them with the first perverted thing my brain thought they might say
. It was so much fun and I was so happy with the results that I brought the pages out to show to Seth
and Chester [Brown]
the next day. Seth was eager to try it and immediately suggested we each go home and produce a set number of pages for a mini comic. Less than a week later, Chester brought out his original take on the concept and put Seth and I to shame
." [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand
on Jan 20, 2011 -
What's disgusting, looks like a peanut and tastes (vaguely) like a banana? A Circus Peanut
! They are so reviled, they merit a page on bad-candy.com.
Strangely, though, Circus Peanut sales are up, at least according to "USA Today"
(most interesting link of this post). How can this be? I've never met anyone who likes them (except for one person -- see [more inside]). Margaret Husfelt of Houston, Texas
is equally confused. SOMEBODY must like them. The little suckers have a Facebook fan page
, and they are, perhaps, palatable in a Jello recipe
(here's an alternate recipe
) or dipped in chocolate
. Heck, Jolene Sugarbaker likes them in her salad
. And if you're really brave, you might want to try a Circus Peanut Margarita
. But don't be surprised if you get ostracized. Some people
will never understand
. Where's the love? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Apr 1, 2010 -
Peanut butter recall - hundreds sick. Federal health authorities
on Saturday urged consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods that contain peanut butter until authorities can learn more about a deadly outbreak of salmonella contamination. It appears that retail peanut butter in jars is safe. So far, more than 470 people have gotten sick in 43 states, and at least 90 had to be hospitalized. At least six deaths are being blamed on the outbreak which is believed to have started at a Blakely, Ga., facility owned by Peanut Corp. of America
that ships peanut products to 85 food companie
posted by dejah420
on Jan 17, 2009 -
Charles Schulz: "I finally sighed and said, 'Well, Larry, let’s put it this way: Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?'" We don't usually think of Peanuts as given to political statements but this great post at Edge of the American West
makes the case for Schulz's progressive racial politics. [more inside]
posted by LarryC
on Nov 30, 2008 -
N.C. A&T food scientist develops process for allergen-free peanuts. An agricultural researcher at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has developed a simple process to make allergen-free peanuts. The new process – believed to be a first for food science – could provide relief to millions of peanut allergy sufferers, and be an enormous boon to the entire peanut industry.The inventor, Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna, is optimizing the process further to remove allergens from other foods.
posted by billysumday
on Jul 30, 2007 -
It's October, and across the nation, the search for the most sincere Pumpkin Patch begins anew. For those unfamiliar (or those wishing to reacquaint themselves) with the rituals & lore of the Great Pumpkin, the entire CBS Special is online here
. Also, for the blind readers of this site, the long out-of-print spoken word radiodrama version of the Great Pumpkin can be found here
posted by jonson
on Oct 5, 2006 -
, the best comic strip ever? Close but no cigar. Pogo? Peanuts? Calvin
? Good choices all, but still wrong. Krazy Kat
you say? Again I shake my head sadly, friend. For Mr. Dave Astor has finally stepped forward to settle this debate once and for all. The greatest comic strip ever appearing on newsprint? Why, it's For Better or For Worse
of course. Let the debate begin.
posted by ktoad
on Aug 22, 2006 -
So Charles Schulz
ran out of ink about two hours ago, preceded in death by about five hours by Tom Landry
. The worst part is, both were in my dead pool
, which starts in about 24 hours. (The second-worst thing is all the "It's a sad day for Snoopy" and "Good grief" ledes we're going to have to endure. Blech.)
The Dallas Morning News obit went over the wires at 85 inches before Landy was even cold. Gee, you think they saw this one coming?
posted by luke
on Feb 12, 2000 -