Saturday, February 03, 2007

Thought pause

Quick weekend update here. And just one silent penultimate panel found today:

Garfield by Paws, Inc.

This is another example of the entirely artificial "thought pause."

We just don't add comic pauses to our thoughts like that.

Of course, Garfield could be addressing the reader directly, engaging in a sort of cat-telepathy. So I might be wrong.

Friday, February 02, 2007


I do believe it is a shut-out. Can anybody help me out here?

The closest we have is Momma's "Hmmm,"

It's been such a busy week, It's surprising to see this sort of drop off.

So, as per usual on these shut out days, I shall re-type a joke from the L.A. Times kids page:

Why is Alabama the smartest State?
Because it has four A's and one B.

(But what about the L and the M? How does that fit in? A good joke needs some internal logic for the parallel to work. I swear, kids make the worst comedians.)

Thursday, February 01, 2007


Another big day on the silent penultimate panel front:

The Other Coast by Adrian Raeside
Nancy by Guy and Brad Gilchrist
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Animal Crackers by Fred Wagner

Poop jokes. Why?

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Clap on

That will be four today:

Bo-Nanas by Mark Leiknes John Kovaleski (Oops. I think it's the K's that screw with my brain.)
Fisher by Philip Street (special thanks to Ugliness Man for obtaining a scan of this Toronto-only strip)
Broom Hilda by Russel Meyers
Red & Rover by Brian Basset

After reading today's Sally Forth, I was going to complain here about the over-use of pop-culture quotes--how they're played out and cliched and how we should have stopped considering these things funny sometime back in 1996 or so. But then I remembered that I made my own random Star Trek reference right here in yesterday's post. I would have to nitpick and come up with some elaborate explanation of how this Sally Forth Back to the Future quote is trite and useless while my Trek-talk was in actuality a really clever metaphor. But it's not right. I apologize for making a random pop-culture reference. Pop-culture references are played out.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Half-dozen

Lots of SPP activity today, thanks to everyone for helping me out.

Garfield by Paws, Inc.
The Humble Stumble by Roy Schneider
Monty by Jim Meddick
Pickles by Brian Crane
Red & Rover by Brian Basset
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

And some variations on the theme:

Red & Rover is actually a silent double.

And Dog Eat Doug uses a silent antepenultimate panel.

If my tricorder readings are correct, Non Sequitur may be the all-time SPP champion.

I'll need to run the data through the ship's computer to verify. That may take some time.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Slight technical trouble

Six today, but due to strange technical trouble, only four are pictured.

Andy Capp by Roger Kettle and Roger Mahoney
Momma by Mel Lazarus
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Prickly City by Scott Stantis

And not pictured:
Mutts by Patrick McDonnell
Mallard Fillmore by Bruce Tinsley

It seems that no King Features comic can be seen anywhere on any of the internets tonight. Which is a shame, as I lose a chance to complain about Mallard Fillmore. And, Jesus Christ, does today's need some serious complaining about.

We'll be back tomorrow, full speed ahead.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

No set up

Three nicely colored silent penultimate panels this Sunday:

Bo-Nanas by Mark Leiknes
Out of the Gene Pool by Matt Janz
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

As Charles pointed out, the second panel in the Humble Stumble serves the same function as an SPP. It's everything but penultimate.

Is a punchline without a set-up still a joke?

The Photoshop artists behind the Pink Panther try to answer that question. And I believe the answer is no.

Is he following something, is he being followed, has he tried to get through the door before? Just a little bit of exposition would be nice. As it is, it's a gag with no reason to exist.