Only two silent penultimate panels today:
Frazz by Jef Mallett
Monty by Jim Meddick
The Frazz SPP is particularly useless, as the joke would probably work better if Frazz's punch-line was delivered right after his set-up. It's wasted space and an awkward rhythm.
And now for something completely different.
As a member of the American Library Association, I receive their quarterly catalog of promote-your-library items. Of course, the most exciting of these are the new "Read" posters. (Yes, they make new ones. If your local library still has Alf and Balki posters up, it's not because the ALA is woefully out of date. It's probably because you voted against that last library bond.)
Anyway, the Fall 2006 catalog brings us two sports-themed ones:
Amateur motorcyclist Ben Roethlisberger with his favorite book, The Giving Tree.
And female Hostess spokesperson Danica Patrick with James Patterson's Sam's Letters to Jennifer.
Rothelisberger continues a tradition of athletes posing with kid's books, and Patrick looks sincere with the sort of mainstream, weepy kind of book she might actually read.
Unlike this jack-ass, pretending he's some sort of Joycean scholar. (With puppy-dog eyes.)