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  1. She’s concerned about the pinata, because it looks like the pinata’s partner is going to beat her up really badly.

    I’m trying hard to avoid concluding that it’s a domestic violence joke, but I think that’s it.

  2. @ WW – To be precise, it’s an illustration that accompanied an advice column by Carolyn Hax, which presumably discussed domestic violence in a serious manner. Not all of the “Nick & Zuzu” panels are “jokes” as such.

  3. I had a somewhat different take: Since the characters in this strip are generally noted for their selfishness, I thought she was just trying to get her hands on the candy.

  4. @ Bill – GoComics doesn’t have the brains to exert one iota of editorial discretion, they simply funnel everything into the Internet. That’s why the zombies and allegedly “classic” reruns keep appearing without any regards to whether they are stll relevant, understandable, or even in the correct season (in comparison to when they were originally published. One of the worst examples is “Back to B.C.”, in which they didn’t even bother to preserve the correct daily/Sunday structure.

  5. @Kilby — If I’m reading “classic” comic strips, or any old literature in any format, I don’t want a publisher/middleman to decide for me what is “still relevant [and/or] understandable;” I want to see them all in the original order, and make my own decisions.

    Any implication that GoComics *should* be deciding what is now “irrelevant” (and thus to be tossed down the memory hole) bothers me as much as the eighteenth century (and other period) editors or dramatists who “improved” Shakespeare, or the contemporary authors who (admittedly with tongues in cheek) apparently feel that the best way to make Jane Austen and the like interesting and relevant to moderns is to rewrite it, adding zombies or vampires or sea monsters.

  6. I believe that with most of these strips GoComics just puts up whatever the syndicate or artist sends them. There have been cases where there was a repeat or late submission.

  7. @ Shrug – I wasn’t suggesting that GoComics “should” be doing any editing, quite the opposite. In my opinion, the instances in which they have meddled with content has already conclusively proved that they are unqualified for the job, so leaving it up to the author is the best alternative. I am relieved that they have not had the audacity to start colorizing Watterson’s dailies, but I wish they would have the sense to stop colorizing Hart’s early work, as well.
    P.S. I am extremely thankful for the Comics RSS-feed, which has eliminated the necessity of visiting GoComics’ disgustingly script-bloated website every day.

  8. Could someone ‘splain (mansplain or womansplain, I don’t care) what exactly RSS Feed is, who can use it and how it’s used. I use only a desktop Apple computer, not laptop, iPad, tablet, smartphone, etc., if that makes any difference. I, too, get annoyed with GoComics’ bloated pages.

  9. @ Andréa – I need to point out that the page I linked to above (“https://www.comicsrss.com/“) isn’t really a true RSS feed; it’s a normal website that mimics some of the characteristics of an RSS feed. Open it up, and you have a long list of all the comics that GoComics offers, with a search field that helps you find any particular line in the list. Opening one of those links gives you a page with the last two week’s of comics for that feature.
    I have about a dozen comics in my daily list; I can open them all up in a matter of seconds if I use the “comicsrss.com” (and I get two weeks for each feature). Using GoComics, it took ages (5 minutes or more) to load even just the most recent comic for those same features, but the primary reason I quit using GoComics is because those idiots quit presenting the most recent comic for the feature’s “standard URL”. Instead of that, GoComics now makes the user click on the frame to see all of the most recent comic, which is simply unacceptable.

  10. P.S. @ Andréa – A “true” RSS feed is just a different way to deliver up to date information. The links begin with “feed://” (instead of “http://“). When you open a feed link, the site presents its current list of articles, with a “normal” URL link and usually a short summary of the item. Clicking on the link takes you to the full article.
    Many desktop browsers support RSS feeds. I still use Safari for them, because I like the way it handles them better than what happens in Firefox. However, I just discovered that the iPad versions of Safari and Firefox do not provide this support, so it may be necessary to get a real “RSS feed reader” for a mobile device. One big advantage of an RSS feed is that the readers (or browsers) let you know when new articles show up, so you don’t need to check them until something does.

  11. P.P.S. The three main feeds I read are:
    1) NPR News,
    2) ARD Tagesschau (in German), and
    3) The Perry Bible Fellowship (no link right now, because the current comic is massively NSFW – perhaps Bill could put it on the Arlo page.)

  12. @ CIDU Bill – The PBF comic dated Nov 9th is a rerun from GoComics. The two most recent comics on PBF’s RSS Feed are “Gentleworms” (23-Oct), which is gross, but certainly not “Arlo” material, and “Harlot’s Web” (5-Nov), a fairly amusing three-page item, but which is so unbelievably “Arlo” that I don’t feel comfortable offering any links to PBF right now.

  13. “but the primary reason I quit using GoComics is because those idiots quit presenting the most recent comic for the feature’s “standard URL”. Instead of that, GoComics now makes the user click on the frame to see all of the most recent comic, which is simply unacceptable.”

    Unfortunately, my options for GoComics are to go along with this (good thing I’m retired!), or not read my 40+ comics/day at all. Which is unacceptable to me. As long as they’re still free . . .

  14. @ Andréa – Trust me. Once you edit your links, changing (for example)
    > https://www.gocomics.com/nick-and-zuzu/
    … to become:
    > https://www.comicsrss.com/preview/nick-and-zuzu
    … you will never want to go back to your old way of reading comics.
    You can even do it in bulk. Open your bookmark list, mark all 40+ bookmarks, and use “copy” to grab them as text. Paste that into a text editor, and then use search/replace to change “http://www.gocomics.com” into “http://www.comicsrss.com/preview“, then import the modified set of bookmarks back into the browser.
    If you put them all in a single folder, you can then click the right mouse button on “Open all in tabs”, and the browser will open all 40+ comics in a single operation. If you try that trick with 40+ links to GoComics, it will finish sometime next week, but with the comicsrss links, it should be done in a few minutes.

  15. I get my GoComics strips in a email. I’m not sure if this is a “premium-only” feature or not. I also don’t get ads on the pages other than ones for related strips and merchandise.

  16. WOW! That made a lot of difference, time-wise. As you suggested, the RSS comics are all in one folder and they downloaded very quickly with one click. Thanks!!!

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