May 2009 Archives
Sprinkled within the many letters we receive, is an occasional gag idea.
While we make it a policy not to publish gags submitted by our fans, we feel many of them are definitely worth sharing!
Here's to the world wide web... a wonderful means by which to recognize our talented fans!
For Wiley's Dictionary-
"Innuendo: Where you place a pie to cool."
Brad and Ben
I don't suppose that you have "dry" days when the gags don't come, but here's one for something like Wiley's Dictionary...
"General admission: I did it!"
I thought about the "He who" (or he hoo?) strips while driving my car tonight.
The best I could come up with was:
"He who lives in a glass house shouldn't have bird feeders."
B.C. has been one of my favorite comics for as long as I can remember. Here are a couple of Wiley's definitions you might want to run in your strip.
"Farfetched: A well thrown ball retrieved by your dog."
"Faux Pas: A par four hole on a Southern golf course."
If I thought of this dictionary entry for BC, I'm sure you have, too.
"Dis-concert: What most local music critics do at a performance."
Columbia, South Carolina
Hey Ray, we never thought of it. You have an original! Patti
I enjoy both B.C. and the Wizard of Id. If you haven't already done it, what about this for Wiley's Dictionary?
"Purpose: A happy cat."
We haven't, Ann. Yours is original, too! Patti
I think Mason is doing a GREAT job! His touch really mirrors his awesome grandfather's genius.
I've got a joke for you, if you want to use it, be my guest. One night, frustrated with my basic dial up 56K modem which must make it the slowest computer around, I came up with this idea.
Curls is standing next to the cute chick, both watching BC sitting on a rock chiseling away something on a slab. He then passes it through a stone that resembles a montior screen to the turtles back. All three watch as the turtle walks up over the hill taking all night and returning the next day with a new message.
Curls says, "We're witnessing a first."
"What is that?" the cute chick asks.
"A BC PC"..... Curls replies.
Freehold, New Jersey
When I wrote to Su asking permission to post her idea on the site, her reply was filled with kind words... Patti
I always LOVED your Dad's awesome comic strip, not only because it's so funny but because I always appreciated this rare "minimalist" style of art so few artists ever achieve.
Your Dad's comic designs transcend all other characters in the comics in my opinion. He rendered the "classic" Neanderthal so perfectly yet made them so appealing at the same time. No other cave man character can be rendered as accurately!
Mason Mastroianni, I'm so glad you're continuing your Grandad's BC comic strip keeping the whole gang "alive" giving millions much needed laughter on a daily basis.
Please keep it up, your work is great!
If you want your ideas to be considered for posting, please be sure to check the permission box on our contact page. Thank you! Patti
We received comments ranging from angst for making fun of RLS to praise for bringing RLS into the limelight. We hope sharing these letters will help raise awareness.
Here is a link to the RLS web site which we received from both Daru and Robert.
Please check it out!
Here are the letters:
Restless Legs Syndrome is not a joke. Uncontrolled RLS [is] absolute misery. Right now mine is under control with medication. Use BC to inform the public, you might even provide an incentive for more research that will identify the cause of RLS. RLS is not funny. Millions of people's lives are adversely affected by it.
[The] BC strips on April 16, 17 [and 18] really pulled my chain. After having RLS for 50 or so years, I tried something I remembered reading many years ago. I walked on a cold tile floor in my bare feet for a few minutes before bed. Worked like a charm.
Love your stuff!!
For the past three days, our local newspaper has run BC comic strips about Restless Legs Syndrome.
I have had RLS for most of my life and am an advocate for RLS education. After reading and thinking about these strips, I can't decide whether you think RLS is a valid disorder or are making fun of it. Maybe that was the intention. I am a fervent BC [fan] so I am not a disgruntled reader. I [am] curious to understand the reason behind these three [strips]. Restless Legs Syndrome takes some very hard raps with critics from all over. I would just like to be able to talk rationally with some of these people about what it is like to live with RLS. In any case, if you could enlighten me I would be grateful.
(By the way, I did find the comics to be funny!)
Hi, Just curious about the restless legs syndrome strips you had this past week. I have RLS and in my house we have somewhat of a debate going on. I think you have restless leg or you know someone with it and the strip reflects how the doctor's deal with it. On the other hand it could be that you don't think this is an actual syndrome that affects people or as the comic says "do you think it's all in your head?"
I am offended by the comics of RLS. This does exist and RLS can effect every day of your life. How do I know? I have had RLS for 30 years and it is no joke.
Harker Heights, Texas
Thank you! I have suffered RLS symptoms since I was hospitalized for dioxin poisoning (Agent Orange) in Vietnam in 1967. As an RLS Support Group Leader, I've heard the "In your head" comment from hundreds of members. We can't thank you enough for what you've done for us - yes, we have a sense of humor and as a fan of your strips, I'm grateful to you for helping us inform the public about "The most common disorder you've never heard of" - the cause of much suffering and ruined lives.
You are our HERO!! Thank you !!!!
Wishing you the best,