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TONY'S ONLINE TIPS
for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

This is how the DREADED DEADLINE DOOM rolls.

I'm writing this on Tuesday morning. Thanksgiving is two days away and I haven't done the shopping for it yet. Mid-Ohio-Con is three days away - I have to be on site the day before the opening of the event - and I haven't started my "Things To Do Before Mid-Ohio-Con" list. Today's column is the first of four things I must write before I leave for the convention.

The upstairs bathroom at Casa Isabella, located a matter of feet from my office, is being torn apart and renovated, a process which often involves an electric saw whose high-pitched whine can liquify one's internal organs. Oh, yeah, and there are also some family and financial matters which are demanding that portion of my brain which is still kind of functioning.

However, in keeping with my goal of providing you something of entertainment value in each and every TOT, I have a pair of COMICS IN THE COMICS sequences for you.

The FOXTROT strips from March 27 through April 1 represent a side-splitting story in which Jason Fox figures he can substitute for Aaron McGruder's going-on-hiatus BOONDOCKS with his own comic strip. Here's how that goes:

FoxTrot

FoxTrot

FoxTrot

FoxTrot

FoxTrot

FoxTrot

Kudos to Bill Amend for such a great sequence.

Running simultaneously with the FOXTROT story, Darby Conley's GET FUZZY presented Bucky Katt trying to create a new pop-culture hit by crossing comic strips with other entertainments. Here are the strips from March 28 through 31:

Get Fuzzy

Get Fuzzy

Get Fuzzy

Get Fuzzy

That's all for today, my friends.

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back tomorrow with a brief Thanksgiving message.

Tony Isabella

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