Weird Laughs

And just then coming into her own was the Reader discovery and dead-cert genius—Lynda J. Barry, who wrote, drew, and lived Ernie Pook’s Comeek.

Just ahead in the Reader, Matt Groening’s Life in Hell and Bill Griffith’s Zippy. Still years down the road, Chris Ware. When their natural habitat, the classifieds, abruptly disappeared in the 2000s, so did most of the comics. Barry, Groening, Ware, and Jules Feiffer were all on that 2009 panel, laughing the blues away.

December 4, 1981

Arms and the Woman

“No one ever raped a .38.”

– poster cited by Marcia Froelke Coburn in

“Arms and the Woman,” December 4.