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Shortpacked!: In response to overwhelming demand, apparently...
Ultra Car: A Vlasic er, classic Ultra Car strip

Thanks to Dave Kellett, I totally got the new Sheldon book book in the mail this week. Lordy, if you want a solid, consistently hilarious read, I can't recommend a Sheldon book enough. Maggie's always wondering why there's periodic gigglefits heard from the potty.

In case the esteemed Kellett himself reads this... uh, no, I'm not reading it on the john! Honestly! I have a special upholstered leather chair next to our fireplace where I wear my smoking jacket, inhale deeply my pipe's rich aroma, and respond to every punchline with "good show!"

And then I fart.

Tomorrow morning I am off to the magical land of California, where after a short spell of tarrying about San Francisco, Maggie and I are headed down to San Diego to spend Christmastime with her folks. In the meantime, my fellow readers can (and WILL!) enjoy a smattering of material not created by me.

On Thursday and Friday the strip will be written by Krystal, age 8. No joke! The Create A Comic Project teaches literacy to children, blanking out dialogue in comics like mine, allowing them to make up their own words. It's really one of the most awesome things ever. Who knew 8 year old girls could write my strip better than me?

Next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, another of the girl persuasion takes over. Katrina Sharp, of StudioBrassy (and a very good friend of mine), will be taking the helm for a short 5-part Christmas story. It'll warm your heart. Mostly the cockles area thereof.

Ha. Cockles.

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From:psychoanbu
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
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lmao, nice touch on using Ted from Sally Forth in the first panel
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From:rickgriffin
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
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Oh that Mr. Forth, when will he ever learn?
From:jfruh
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
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HA HA HA ONCE AGAIN WILLIS BENDS TO MY WILL
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From:shortpacked
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
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THE NEXT TIME WE MEET, IT SHALL BE AS ENEMIES
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
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Ha. Todays Ultracar actually made me laugh. for some reason.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
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So. Scrubs. I really don't get the appeal. Knowing that you liked the show, Willis, I've watched a couple of episodes to see if I'd like it as well. I found it weak in the extreme. Weak, spongy, and flaccid.

Apparently, my tastes run closer to Maggie's, what with the being a huge Futurama fanatic.

Also, nice Ted Forth cameo.
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From:deriksmith
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
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Scrubs is pretty inoffensive. I'd say I don't understand why it's still on the air... until I look at most sitcoms and realize- "Oh, because it's watchable."

Rewatchable too, I suspect, which many shows aren't.

(Scrubs always seemed like a geeky reflexive D&D comedy- only set in a location as far removed the D&D set as possible to dilute how cloyingly toxic reflexive D&D comedies are. And marginally fewer puns.)
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From:brassydel
Date:December 19th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm not particularly a fan of Scrubs either...

Then again, my TV-watching tends to consist of: Alton Brown and Duff.

Mmmmmm, Duff. He can bake me a cake any day!

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From:jin_saotome
Date:December 19th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
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I've watched Scrubs a few times but I'm really picky about my comedy. I keep turning back to My Name is Earl (because like, it's Jason Lee!) and watching Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz over and over.
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From:z4nd4r
Date:December 19th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
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It's a shame Jason Lee's a Scamatologist, or I'd watch his show too.
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From:raptorck
Date:December 19th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Now now, we're all entitled to practice whatever religion we choose, no matter how half-baked and painfully stupid it is. I've more or less managed to detach most CoS members from their acting.

P.S. Hail Xenu.
From:codeguyj
Date:December 19th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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I think Scrubs has gotten weaker in the last couple of years. The early years when most of the characters were struggling to learn and advance were really good.

I actually had to try Scrubs several times before I started to really like it. For the first 4 years I'd watch an episode and like it, then watch another episode and see something so silly that I wouldn't watch again for a year.

It wasn't until Comedy Central started showing it all the time that I saw enough episodes to really get into it. At first all the little cut-away fantasies seemed really stupid and pointless, like the cut-away gags on Family Guy. Somehow seeing several episodes and getting to know the characters makes the flights of fancy seem more substantial. They're slightly more plot driven and introspective than the random gags on Family Guy.

One interesting thing about Scrubs: It's apparently an extremely accurate medical show. I was talking to my brother-in-law about this the other day. He's a doctor, so he can't stand how much most medical shows get wrong. House drives him nuts because it's just so wrong. But according to him, Scrubs is amazingly accurate. I've read a couple interviews with the creator of the show so I knew they did their research, but it was neat to hear from a real doctor that they were getting things right.
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From:z4nd4r
Date:December 19th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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And I'm entitled to publicly mock them for being idiots. :)

There are a couple things that I watch/listen to that have Scamotology people in them. Beck. Catherine Bell. I think I was just very disappointed to learn Jason Lee was one...and that put me off a lot.

Though I've heard he's horribly insecure and has low self esteem. So I'm sure he was an easy target for them.
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From:cholma
Date:December 20th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
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Catherine Bell is SoC? The lady from JAG?
. . .
Well, there's a fantasy shot to hell.
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From:z4nd4r
Date:December 20th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
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I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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From:goofyrobo
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
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hmm, yes, I find Scrubs to be shallow AND pedantic.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
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You and the Curmudgeon just plan to feed off of each other until the sun burns out don't you?
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From:jen_aside
Date:December 19th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
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The shame about syndicated strips is I doubt Marciuliano, if he were so inclined, would get to do a retort strip for a couple of weeks, at least, by which point it would be well out of context.

That would just increase the awesome if the Shortpacked! characters cameoed in Sally Forth as result, though =D
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From:frustratedpilot
Date:December 19th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
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Where else is Medium Large Guy going to get his officially licensed Teenage Girl President collectable figure, eh?
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From:blackdrazon
Date:December 19th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
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I think this is awesome because I just saw the post this is probably a reference to on the Comics Curmudgeon nary an hour ago!

Nary!

(If anyone's wondering, it's here: http://joshreads.com/?p=1366).
From:xsr
Date:December 19th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
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Give me a call if you two have some free time or are just intensely bored.
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From:jin_saotome
Date:December 19th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
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I dunno how you do it man, come here to California on a regular basis. I live here and I can't stand the place. When I heard botcon was in Ohio I quickly googled to see how cool the state was (and that it's on the east coast, closer to Hasbro's main office should I ever decide to harass them for an actual job). You suck. You live somewhere with SEASONS! We have two seasons here in the Mojave deset and they're like day and night. Wait, actually they ARE day and night. Burning during the daytime and freezing during the nighttime. All year round.

At least it's San Diego, there's green stuff there. Should you ever want to check out scorpions and goathead stickers underfoot, head down further to Lancaster/Palmdale/Mojave/California City. Oh, and we have giant ravens that drop endangered desert tortoises on you from above! See, that's how they open them. They fly up with a turtle about fifty feet then let them drop to crack open their shells so that their raven buddies can devour the poor thing. Your car roof (and your head, should you be so unlucky) will never look the same again.
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From:shortpacked
Date:December 19th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
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San Francisco is full of green things!
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From:jin_saotome
Date:December 19th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
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Full of red things too, like this giant bridge!
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From:deriksmith
Date:December 19th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
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San Francisco is full of green things!

Yes, on pizza. *shudder*
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From:exnine
Date:December 19th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
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All these trips to SF, 45 minutes away, and you never once say hi. =p

- Spectre
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From:shortpacked
Date:December 19th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
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Hi!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 19th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
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On what planet would Ted's coworkers at a toy store during Christmas not call him Ted?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 19th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)

Ted = awesome

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W:

Didn't even know his name was Ted. I always knew him as "Sally's rather generic mate". I do love the random newspaper comics, keep 'em coming.

SCRUBS - It's goofy. I like it sometimes. It's like RED GREEN with doctors. One odd thing is that JD, who is (if my calcule are correct) supposed to be a sort of sympathetic Everyman, has become a kind of self-absorbed jerk, perhaps like a funnier, less neurotic, yet less self-aware Jerry from SEINFELD...I wonder if this is intentional.

Cordially yours:
Autobus Prime
w/minicon Farebox.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 20th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
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Wow! I'm really honored...and rather litigious...and full of unfocused rage...and amazed just how well you drew Ted...and curious how a comeback to this strip would work four months later given syndication lag time...and still very honored...and in the mind to send you an original "Sally Forth" strip as thanks should you so desire, which you could then resell on eBay for upwards of the cost of shipping on your end.

Happy Holidays!
Ces, The Guy Who Apologizes for "Sally Forth" on a Daily Basis
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From:shortpacked
Date:December 20th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
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Dude! After all the syndicated comics nods/parodies I've done over the years, you're the first to ever respond back to one! You are a king among men.

As far as original strips go, tell you what, I could do a swap with you. I'll be receiving an original page from a newspaper legend, and you'll be receiving the scrawlings of some unwashed nerd from the Internet. They'll probably kick you out of the NCS for owning it! Sounds like a fair trade.

(wiigii@hotmail.com)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 20th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
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Have you seen the Zach Braff Quotes page yet?
http://www.qtex.org/braff/
Sure it's a rip off of Chuck Norris facts, but some of them are pretty funny.
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