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TONY'S ONLINE TIPS
for Friday, November 10, 2006

I have received dozens of e-mails asking me to comment on this week's elections and I will...just not this week. I need a little more time to gag my "gloat" reflex because I want whatever I write to add to the conversations and not distract from them and because, for the first time since George W. Bush took occupancy of the White House, we can actually have those conversations and have them taken seriously. Besides, the winners won't be assuming their positions until January; I should be allowed a week or two off before I start telling them what they're doing wrong.

On the home front, I see the light at the end of the Dreaded Deadline Doom tunnel. Assuming it's not another train barreling at me, I should be back to full-length TOTs come Monday.

For today, here's another selection of our ever-popular COMICS IN THE COMICS panels and strips.

First up is Tom Wilson II's ZIGGY from February 2:

Ziggy

Guy and Brad Gilchrist gave a shout out to another feature in their NANCY from February 12:

Nancy

Look who's reading comic books in the February 15 installment of HI AND LOIS by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne:

Hi and Lois

Then again, given the spelling of comics as "comix" in this strip, maybe Hi's rediscovering his boyhood stash of FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS comix.

Marmaduke gets a shout-out in Scott Stantis' PRICKLY CITY for February 17:

Prickly City

Stantis is a frequent frustration for me. He draws well and he sometimes makes excellent points. However, more often than not, he goes for the kind of knee-jerk right-wing "humor" that makes him as irrelevant as Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh.

Batman and Robin are frequent visitors to Dan Piraro's great BIZARRO panel. Here's one from February 23:

Bizarro

My dear friend Tom Batiuk's love of comic books is channeled in his CRANKSHAFT strip from February 23:

Crankshaft

Drawn by Chuck Ayers, CRANKSHAFT featured a nod to one of the classic Dick Tracy storylines on February 26:

Crankshaft

Tracy got another shout-out in Patrick McDonnell's MUTTS from the same date:

Mutts

We close on Bill Amend's FOXTROT from February 26, a tribute to the simple joy of drawing cartoons:

FoxTrot

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back on Monday with the usual news, views, and reviews.

Tony Isabella

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