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  1. I have seen the ‘Holmes and Watson camping’ joke with their roles reversed, giving Holmes the ‘in character’ observations, and Watson the ‘stolen tent’ punch line, with the joke (for fans of the characters being that, forb9nce, Holmes missed the obvious, and, for once, Watson didn’t.

  2. Andréa: Yeah, for years, my wife and I have said that ‘camping’ is a hotel without room service!

  3. There was an announcement re Retail, at http://www.normfeuticartoons.com/

    After a little more than 14 years, I’ve decided to retire my comic strip, RETAIL. The final installment will run on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

    I’ve been lucky in recent years to have multiple opportunities creating children’s books, and have decided to take my career in this new direction.

    I’d like to thank the fans who read the comic over the years. I hope it made your time behind the cash register a little more bearable.

    I am exploring options for the digital archive of RETAIL after it finishes its run. Once I’ve found it a digital home, I will be sure to announce it.

    Sincerely,

    Norm Feuti

  4. That’s too bad; I really enjoyed the strip, having worked in retail myself.

    I still miss Urban Jungle, having also worked in an office environment. All but one of the books was available, so at least I have them, but nothing new to look forward to every day.

  5. mitch4: Sure, I didn’t think anyone was missing it. But CIDUBill was asking “Where’s the joke,” and the point of my comment was that, what we all understood to be the joke worked me. YMMV.

  6. I like Retail, but it did seem to me that it was getting a little repetitive. There’s probably a limited amount of material in this genre, it’s probably good that Feuti moved on before he got too stale.

  7. As I recall, Marla at one point had planned to go into business for herself, before pregnancy derailed that. I wonder if he’ll revisit that before the end.

  8. @Winter Wallaby, re RETAIL:
    “I like Retail, but it did seem to me that it was getting a little repetitive. There’s probably a limited amount of material in this genre,”

    Surely there’s MUCH more possible ongoing material in the genre of RETAIL than in many comic strips which go on and on and on with one limited theme — MARVIN comes to mind. (“Babies poop! HAHAHAHAH!” Tune in tomorrow for more/the same “hilarity”!)

  9. Shrug: This is true. But I like Retail, and I don’t like Marvin. 🙂

    i.e. I’m saying that it makes sense for Retail to go out while it’s still good. I wouldn’t make such a comment for Marvin since, AFAICT, it was never good.

  10. Sorry to see Retail go, but we kind of saw it coming. Can’t wait to see what happens to Stuart, though. He’s been the annoying bad guy throughout the run. I’d kind of like to see him get his comeuppance. Not sure what how that might work out, but I’m hoping Norm Feuti will come up with something fun. (I’m still disappointed that Charles M. Schulz didn’t let Charlie Brown kick the daylights out of Lucy’s football when he ended the strip.)

  11. If the strip is true to life, Stuart will land a cushy job and Marla will end up working for him, again.

  12. DanV: I’m still disappointed that Charles M. Schulz didn’t let Charlie Brown kick the daylights out of Lucy’s football when he ended the strip.

    Here you go!

  13. Watson was technically “the muscle” of the two – he was the one who owned a gun (from his army days) and would bring it along when Holmes thought they might need it. And the characters in the books are much different, of course than all the movies and the TV shows.

    (Same as the characters & storyline are much different in “Little Women” than the movies and the TV mini series, and I refuse to see the movies that have come out since I am adult, despite – well actually because – it is my favorite book. Robert cannot understand this as I point out “Don’t you wish that you did not go to see the “I Spy” movie?” I am also picky about my Holmes and Watson viewing – they at least have to have the feel to me of the original.” So despite the NYC version of Holmes often being filmed near where I park in Queens to take the subway to Manhattan – including at the actual garage I park at – I don’t watch it.”)

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