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The Sunday Funnies (5/9/10)

From the top: The Argyle Sweater (5/4 & 5/8) by Scott Hilburn; Lola (5/5) by Todd Clark, and Heart of the City (5/5) by Mark Tatulli.

(Thank you Jim Lahue, Kurtis Findley, Ed Austin, and Jed Martinez)

  • captainmurphy

    I would like to see a collection of strips that take a silent beat for the center panel. It would be up there with the Garfields without Garfields dialog.

    A friend of mine grew up in a world where his older brother always got to the paper first, and had cut out the last panel of Bushmillers Nancy.

  • Marc Baker

    My favorites so far are The Big Bad Wolf paying the Kool-Aid Man to crash into the Pig’s brick house, and Wimpy Signing his ‘Diary of A Wimpy Kid’ book. (Which i’m sure has a coupon for a free hamburger that he’ll gladly pay for on Tuesday.)

  • Mr. Crankypants

    Why is the Kool-Aid Man getting paid off by the Big Bad Wolf? I don’t get it.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    Is it so that he will use his super wall-smashing powers to enable the wolf to gain access to the otherwise impenetrable House of Bricks?

  • TheGunheart

    Okay, I gotta say, that Argyle Sweater comic is just priceless.

  • tedzey

    Koolaid FTW! Also love the Wimpy Diaries! One book for a hamburger please!

  • Autumn

    That Kool-Aid one made me laugh.

  • Scarabim

    The Kool-Aid man one was really clever.

    As for the one with the Pillsbury Doughboy, I think the joke might have worked better had he said “Okay, okay, I can get the dough!” instead of “I can get the money!”

  • Iritscen

    Even though The Argyle Sweater is awfully reminiscent of Larson’s work, I have to admit that first comic is awesome.

  • Wow a lot of these guys are heavily influenced by Gary Larson.

  • Koolaid made me laugh. the others made me smile. a bit. less and less as I went down…

  • The Kool-Aid man and the one with Wimpy signing the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book were the best.

  • joe s

    oh yeah kool aid

  • I don’t get the wolf and the jug thing.
    Is it because I’m a foreigner?
    I live in the US and I still don’t get it.

  • The first panel of “Heart of the City” is pretty interesting. It successfully presupposes the ongoing dialogue about art criticism between the kids, but also gives you a clear rendering of the boy’s disappointment… self-deconstructionism isn’t all its cracked up to be, and the girl tells/shows him why.

  • Jonah Sidhom

    Taber: It’s just Argyle Sweater that’s “influenced” by Gary Larson. It’s a shameless rip-off of Far Side that’s usually pretty horrible. The Kool-Aid one is actually pretty awesome, though.

    But I don’t expect another good one from Argyle Sweater any time soon, since it’s already back to its usual horribleness with the doughboy one.

  • J

    Wasn’t there a gag in Shrek similar to the Doughboy one?

  • Bill Field

    They all made me laugh out loud, tsk tsk the Doughboy and his gambling debts..

  • I still don’t get the Wimpy one.

    @ captainMurphy… there was a blog devoted to “Silent Penultimate Panels”, now dormant.

  • Paul N

    The doughboy cartoon reminded me of a short I saw in the 80’s. It was “outtakes” from doughboy commercials, like getting his head stuck as he popped out, yelling at the person poking him to make him giggle, and so on. As I recall, he was called the “Fillsbelly Doughboy.” Anyone else remember this short or, more importantly, know where I can find a copy? I periodically search for it, but have so far come up empty.

    • Miracular One

      I remember seeing it at the Punchline in San Francisco one night in the ’80s as a short film. Maybe somebody from that circuit (’80s SF comedy clubs) might remember where it’s archived. Or maybe they rented it from some film service or something.

      I’ve been hoping to see it on YouTube, but no such luck.

      You’re the only other person I’ve ever heard of who remembered it.

  • Leirin

    Argyle Sweater = Incredible this week, though I don’t see exactly how it pertains to animation, unless it’s directly based on Disney’s Three Little Pigs.