July 12th, 2011

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

In today's strip, Phil sets the plot into creaking motion by being smitten with an Idiot Ball the size of a Buick Roadmaster by making the ridiculous assumption that Elly allows imaginative play.

(Strip Number 283, Original Publication Date, 14 July 1982)

Panel 1: Things start out benignly enough; that's because as the boys are about to go to bed, they join the rest of the family in singing along to "The Tumbling Tumbleweed."

Panel 2: Phil decides to thin the plot by telling Mike and Gordon "Good night, kids; don't let the wolves get you!!"

Panel 3: As the kids cower in fear because of his ridiculously frightening comment, Phil asks a justifiably pissed Elly what he said wrong. Twice.

Summary: If I were Elly and I knew I was staring down the barrel of a night of having to reassure children a man (I started out calling him 'dumbass') scared out of their minds because he had no idea that his nephew went on a camping trip that could easily be compared to the Bataan Death Marchwas a silly-billy, I'd be pissed as well. Also, I'll bet you that Phil is still trying to figure out what, exactly, he said that got Elly so mad at him.
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Spotlight on Ned Tanner.....

It would seem that Lynn has said all she wants to about Deanna's accident; that's because she's devoted her latest podcast to discussing everyone's favorite grinning, anatomically correct rubber monstrosity, Ned Tanner.

She starts off by whining about how her 'humorless' editors wouldn't let her get away with inserting asscracks in the strip no matter how often she'd put them in. One fine day, it had occurred to her to put in a little tiny man on suction cups on the window so she could finally get away with being able to put an asscrack on a character; thus was born Ned Tanner. (Note: Watching her congratulate herself for fooling her editors for four years will do as for your digestion as it did mine.) She then enlisted Katie's assistance in making a real Ned to sell and, well, how the idea of doing an end run around Community Standards and Practices is the funniest thing in the history of ever.

Charming story, eh?