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March 17, 2014

O Frabjous Day!



It's pretty rare when so many of my favorite things converge in one place, which is why Sunday's FoxTrot made me so happy — it combined FoxTrot, guacamole and "Jabberwocky," my favorite poem.




For readers who don't know the reference, here's Louis Carroll's poem in its entirety:


'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

   And the mome raths outgrabe.


"Beware the Jabberwock, my son

   The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

   The frumious Bandersnatch!"


He took his vorpal sword in hand;

   Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree,

   And stood awhile in thought.


And, as in uffish thought he stood,

   The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

   And burbled as it came!


One, two! One, two! And through and through

   The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

   He went galumphing back.


"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

   Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"

   He chortled in his joy. '


Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

   And the mome raths outgrabe. 




Luckily for us, if we run into the Jabberwocky, it looks like we'd have a hero in Lio.







February 03, 2014

Snow day?



I feel like a 10-year-old.  They're predicting a big ol' storm tonight, and I'm on pins and needles thinking about a potential snow day.  Like Nate, I've already started doing my snow day dance.


Snow days are the best.  There's something magical about waiting up and finding out you get a bonus day to be a couch potato.




Of course, the key is that you have to be ready for the day.  The key is to have lots of snacks and movies, and you can't put off your work, or it'll hang over your head all day.




... Or not.


I'm just going to try to get all my work done today and keep doing my snow day dance.  Keep warm, everyone, and I hope this doesn't happen to you.





January 13, 2014

Gemma Correll, can we be best friends?



Uh-oh, Gemma Correll, you're on my new obsession list.


First she won me over with all the pugs and cats in her strip, Four Eyes.




Then she charmed me through her Twitter Q&A on Friday. (Have you read it yet?)


And then I saw today's strip.




Because seriously, JESSICA, the world needs to know these terrible things.



December 23, 2013

(Un)controversial opinion time

Well, Chirstmas is almost here, and many of the radio stations I listen to have swtiched to all Christmas music, all the time.  It's given me a lot of time to think about it, and I've come to quite the conclusion: The Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Christmas Time Is Here" is the best Christmas song.  


OK, maybe I'm a little biased, working with comics and all, but give it a listen again, and tell me I'm wrong.  Seriously -- feel free to tell me I'm wrong!  I'm open to suggestions.  What's your favorite?




-- EAP

December 02, 2013




My morning routine is pretty set at this point: Arrive at work, read GoComics, read Laugh Tracks, read Dog Shaming, snack on a granola bar and start working.  It's a pretty flawless system.


There's something hilarious about seeing pets dressed in clothes or wearing signs — they always look so resigned.




Well, I guess what I mean to say is it's hilarious seeing DOGS dressed in clothes or wearing signs, since it's almost impossible to make it happen for cats.




Key word: ALMOST.  Here's my cat wearing her T-shirt of shame, for when she does things like eat a quarter-size hole through 12 tortillas or scratches me while trying to dress her in her T-shirt of shame.





That happened only once, of course.  Notice the hatred in her eyes — I'm never making that mistake again.  Instead, I'll stick to checking out cute dogs that don't look like they are going to kill me (and sometimes cats that look like they do).





November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Eve-Eve-Eve



Sorry, co-workers — it's the day before the day before the day before Thanksgiving.  Obviously this gives me permission to be just a little preoccupied.




It's too bad that time has starting moving so slowly. 




I guess I can work on my Thanksgiving list now... 




... Though it might look a lot like this one.


Just a few more days to go, then it's time for the best holiday!  Anyone have any ideas to make it go a little faster?



November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!

A hearty THANK YOU to all of our service members, past and present!












-- EAP

October 30, 2013

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it



Once a year, one of my tasks is setting the international release dates for Calvin and Hobbes


Wow, that sounds boring, you're probably thinking.  Aha!  That's all part of my evil plot to keep this little job all to myself.  Why is that?  Oh, just because to set the dates, I get to read an entire year of Calvin and Hobbes in one afternoon.


It.  Is.  AMAZING.




As I was reveling in comics joy yesterday, I remembered that soon, it will be easier than ever to binge-read Calvin and Hobbes, thanks to the Nov. 12 release of e-book editions of the treasuries "The Essential Calvin and Hobbes," "The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes" and "The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes." (Click on the links to preorder!)


The e-books, which are $12.99 each, will be available in tablet format only. 


In the meantime, I guess I'll just get back to "work."




-- EAP

August 09, 2013


This is today's Lio:



This is the sight I woke up to this morning:



I think my cat might have a new hero.


-- EAP

July 26, 2013

Baby George

It's no secret around these parts that I love the royals.  (So do a lot of people here, though they mean these guys.)




I keep my tea stashed in a commemorative tin.  I own "Knit Your Own Royal Wedding" (completely disregarding the fact that I don't know how to knit).  I've Googled "Kate Middleton's hair" more times than I'd care to admit.


I thought I'd reached maximum royal saturation.


And then the baby was born. 


I had the hospital live feed playing in a corner of my computer.  I made bets on the name.  (I picked George early -- I'm definitely going to collect from everyone.)  Best of all, I read a whole bunch of editorials about little Georgie.


Here are a few of them.  Enjoy!






















And, just because it's amazing:









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