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I'm glad the Chronicle doesn't print Mallard Fillmore anymore… - The online computery journal thingy of a turtle

Oct. 30th, 2006

09:48 pm

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I'm glad the Chronicle doesn't print Mallard Fillmore anymore (although they do still have it on their website).



(Original line: "I was too cheap to spring for a costume, so I decided to be a liberal for Halloween.")

Oh, and "Tom the Dancing Bug" by Ruben Bolling did a zingy parody of Mallard Fillmore...

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From:awolf
Date:October 31st, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)

Hee.

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Yours is much funnier, and ironically less heavy-handed.

Trickster
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From:normanrafferty
Date:October 31st, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
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Life's too short for fourth-wall straw-men.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:October 31st, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC)
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"James Poult" is certainly a faithful imitation, with a good name to boot. Actually, "Mallard Fillmore" is pretty good... to boot.
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From:penh
Date:October 31st, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Didja see the Daily Show's faux Fillmore strip in "America: The Book"? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:MF-Parody-America-TheBook.jpg) He responded with a week of his usual humor (i.e. painfully, wretchedly unfunny) attacking Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, with a special bonus of generic Jewish stereotypes along the lines of his standard buck-toothed bespectacled Asians. I've heard that reading the strip actually causes physical damage to the humor receptors in the brain, so that everything afterwards will be a little less funny.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 31st, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Yes! I have that and saw that and heard about that and saw those! I wonder, did Bruce Tinsley have a sense of humor once, and if so, was it removed surgically or did it just atrophy?

And yes, this is why I'm glad the Chronicle stopped printing Mallard Fillmore. Like I said, it's still on the website, but it's easier to avoid there.
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From:chocorisu
Date:October 31st, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Now they just need to get rid of the one-joke political comics ("liberals/democrats/republicans/politicians are evil and want to eat your children") of all stripes, the single-panel "feel good" crap, and the various "oh that's just like my family" humour-bereft strips, and start printing something even *half* as good as Calvin & Hobbes, and I might see a point reading the funny pages again.

Ahem! Feeling cynical today, apparently.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 31st, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Gotta be pretty bad to have the Houston Chronicle cut it! (From what I understand just from hearing you, the part of Houston that is not inhabited by turtles is fully red-neck state)

And I knew there was a reason I don't read the comics if I'm ever staying in a hotel in the USA. I used to tell myself that it was because I woudlnt' be used to the familiar lineup of my own comics (heck, when I read the other daily paper in the city (ie the one I don't subscribe to) I find it odd reading their lineup) but now I'm just afraid of the kind of political stuff I might find in the funnies! (Which is strange, because about 90% of the strips in my funnies are by American cartoonists, and rarely touch on the political (except for Doonesbury and Non Sequitur, both of which, though are MUCH better reading than that Mallard Filmore thing. And that's not even because I"m a "pinko" that I think that way!)
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From:wakkowarner
Date:November 1st, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
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HAHAHA OH WOW!

I will really miss Mallard Fillmore and its highbrow, intelligent, reasoned humor.

Actually, I will get around to missing that sort of humor when that strip actually supplies some of it. If I wanted to hear a bunch of intellectually bankrupt neocon whinging I'd just read PowerLine.

The tide of public opinion is turning on phony conservatives. Good riddance!
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