36 thoughts on “B.A.: “Did Johnson manage to slip in a breast here?”

  1. He wanted to ‘make more bubbles’ with the leaf blower, and just made a mess. And yes, I see a nipple there . . . I assume it’s attached to a breast.

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  2. And here I thought JJ was getting away with a good one when he drew Mary Lou with a classic show of side boob in her top.

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  3. ” where did that first-panel puddle of water that’s about to make Janis fall on her ass come from?”

    A leaf blower blowing on a bubble-bath is going to spray water pretty much everywhere.

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  4. Seems to me it’s just the door jamb part where it secures the latch. It’s the same height as the door knob in the second panel.

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  5. I might agree with you if this were a photo, Mark: but in a drawing, nothing’s there that the artist didn’t deliberately include. And a door jam srems like an unnecessary detail.

    And if course Arthur’s discovery that the syndicate used an altered version pretty much clinches it.

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  6. Bill, you got trolled, and pretty badly. Look at the text. He refers in the first sentence of the paragraph to having a “reputation” in the industry. He’s talking directly to you, there. Then, look at the end of the paragraph, in which he obliquely admits that the web version is different from what went out to the syndicate. This cartoon was designed specifically to appear on your Arlo page.

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  7. The odd part here is that that tiny little c curve of a suggestion of a Nipple (By God Think of The Children) was enough to send this comic to the arlo page. Maybe the whole “I know she is naked in the bath” was the cause of the banishment. NSFW has reached new lows for titillation (pun intended)

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  8. Mark M:
    The shape in question is *not* on the door post — it is to the right of it so it could not be the strike plate, or any other part of the door mechanism.

    The question I have is what is that thing in the 1st panel with the 3 diagonal dark stripes where Janis’ head should be?

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  9. Okay so the original newspaper version appeared in 2004 and Johnson reprinted this on his website. I will concede that it is indeed a nipple in the reprint. That said, I may be nitpicking a bit but isn’t the spirit of the Arlo Award that the cartoonist was able to sneak something past the editors? I would think he can put anything he wants on his website without worrying about editors. Now if this had been submitted to newspapers, that would be a different story.

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  10. Mark M: You’re correct about the Arlo award. But this is just the Arlo page, which is “for comics you don’t want to explain to your kids”.

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  11. Since my post seems to have disappeared (maybe it sank into the moderation quicksand?) I’ll ask my last question again: What is that object in the 1st panel with the three thick dark diagonal stripes that is in the doorway where Janis’ head should be?

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  12. The Arlo Award and The Arlo Page are two different things.

    That being said, does anyone remember if the original strip get an Arlo Award when it first ran?

    @Mark M- Jimmy Johnson’s comment on his web page slyly noted that he could take advantage of the freedom of the web and tweak his old comics to something that would not have made it to print, but why would he dot that? 😉

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  13. Pinny you’re correct. I hadn’t noticed that detail. So maybe she was living in Indianippleless in the original. Okay bad joke.

    Regarding Arlo Page versus Arlo Award, this comic appears on both tags. Thus my comment questioning the Arlo Award.

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  14. “The odd part here is that that tiny little c curve of a suggestion of a Nipple (By God Think of The Children) was enough to send this comic to the arlo page.”

    Whereas comic nudity has been OK in newspaper comics for decades. (See, e.g., “Love is…”)

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  15. ” I’m not sure “nudity” applies when the characters have fewer sexual characteristics than Barbie and Ken.”

    Barbie has boobies but no nipples. The “Love is” girl has nipples but no boobs. That sounds like a tie. Poor Ken doesn’t even have individual hairs, so he’s in distant third.

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  16. Barbie won’t be offended, and neither with the fictional cartoon girl.
    Actual individual women may or may not choose to be insulted, but that’s their choice.

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  17. I ‘choose’ to be offended . . .

    noun: boob; plural noun: boobs

    1.
    North American
    a foolish or stupid person.
    “why was that boob given a key investigation?”
    2.
    British
    an embarrassing mistake.

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  18. “I ‘choose’ to be offended . . . ”

    That’s your choice. Now, why do you assume your choice implies an obligation on my part?

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