The Guy Who Draws Beetle Bailey Has Still Never Seen A Squirrel


Yes, I know, I mostly want to complain about the redesign of Comics Kingdom. Like every web site redesign, it uses more Javascript so as to make things slower, and show the comics smaller, and make the archive not work at all. I’m having a merry little freak-out about how I’m going to describe three months’ worth of Mark Trail. I mean freak-out by my standards, which is to say, if someone in person specifically asked me, “Hey, are you feeling confident you’re going to be able to review three months’ worth of Mark Trail and select several representative comic strips to illustrate the plot before Sunday night?” I would admit to having doubts. I underplay my feelings.

But I’ll save my complaints about that for the Comics Kingdom tech support, who won’t do anything about them, or read them. Instead I’d like to offer a follow-up to the August 2017 question, Has The Guy Who Draws Beetle Bailey Ever Seen A Squirrel?

Beetle, tossing some crumbs at a couple of ... shaggy, dog-like squirrels running off (the implication is one is chasing the other two): 'I've noticed that with animals, the biggest is usually the boss.' In the commissary Beetle demands of Cookie: 'From now on, I want THREE helpings!'
Greg Walker’s Beetle Bailey for the 4th of April, 2019. Beetle has never observed a red squirrel, which is a tiny, aggressive model squirrel that’s about the size of a golf ball, chase off a pack of four or more fox squirrels, which are the size of subcompact cars, to get at the squirrel feeder with the door that the red squirrel is too small to open without help.

I have to rule “No, not yet.”

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

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