Polly And Her Pals, December 29, 1935

Polly And Her Pals, December 29, 1935

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Here's a strip that I was going to use last year, but didn't end up using. As with most Cliff Sterrett strips, I like looking at the artwork more than reading the joke. It's so fun, interesting, and dynamic, in the main strip and in the topper. Sterrett also teaches us that if you can't draw a cat realistically, just draw it as unrealistically as possible in as many ridiculous positions as you can. It'll work (at least it does here).

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U.S. Acres, December 25, 1986

U.S. Acres, December 25, 1986

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Wade the duck has always confused me. He always wears that floaty thing, because I guess he doesn't swim that well, but it has a miniaturized version of his head on it. That's weird in itself, but it also always has a similar facial expression to his, and if he happens to be wearing anything, the mini-duck is wearing it, too. Did Orson get Wade a scarf, and somehow a tiny scarf appeared on the duck head, too? Or did Orson get scarves for both Wade and the mini-duck? It's confusing.

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U.S. Acres, December 26, 1986

U.S. Acres, December 26, 1986

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I'm guessing Orson put the sweater on Sheldon, unless he somehow is able to use his feet to do so. I do wonder why Orson felt the need to add sleeves. I guess he's confused, as the rest of us are, as to why Sheldon hasn't hatched completely yet, and figures it has to happen soon.

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U.S. Acres, December 27, 1986

U.S. Acres, December 27, 1986

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As someone who has hand-made Christmas presents for the past few years, with varying degrees of success, I can tell you that the best way to do it is to prepare well in advance, begin making them long before you plan to send them, and try to let the amount of thought and care you put into them show through. Otherwise, it just ends up being a disappointment for you and them.

There are different rules for kids, though. If you're a kid and you make a present yourself, it counts ten times more than if you buy something. Period. Even if it is a mud pie. This only works up to about 14 or 15, though.

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U.S. Acres, December 24, 1986

U.S. Acres, December 24, 1986

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The relationships in U.S. Acres are a little odd. Orson, the pig, is called "Mom" by the chicks Booker and Sheldon, I guess because he takes care of them for some reason. Roy, the rooster, is never said to be the father, even though he appears to be the only rooster on the farm. Then again, there are no hens on the farm that we ever meet, so I'm not sure who the mother is.

I also don't understand why Sheldon didn't get a stocking next to Booker's. Orson just put his own up there and forgot about it, I guess. Look, just because most of him is still in an egg doesn't mean he doesn't know when he's being left out.

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