1. Thinking about Bill’s subhead (or surtitle), I’ve decided that I just don’t understand the need to attribute any submission ever. As far as I’m concerned, the interspersed text lines just distract from the comics, and I frequently end up trying to figure out whether the “submitted by” line belongs to the comic above or below the line.
    My vote would be to include a “submitted” line by default only in those cases where a comment or question included with the submission is worth citing in the post, OR whenever the submitter explicitly requests credit. Everything else can be left anonymous, without even saying so (apart from the occasional facetious quip).

  2. I don’t really get the Fantastic Four one.

    Is “Mr. Lethargic” a phrase? Or is it just supposed to be the opposite of “Fantastic”? Or is the joke that a superhero is a lazy jerk?

  3. Kilby: LOL, Oy and Ewww are value judgments. I don’t always agree, but they get posted anyway. Absent attribution, the implication is that these are my judgments.

    In the post-Comicgeddon format, “submitted by” is always under the comic. One of those things I couldn’t change even if I wanted to.

  4. @woozy – Mr. Fantastic (of the Fantastic Four) ” can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions.” [wikipedia]. So the joke is that, while a normal human could have made the stretch, it should be even easier for him. (It worked until I thought too hard about it.)

    I could have used a copy of that “parent-in-training” comic back when everyone was so amazed that we relied on the (atrocious) local transit rather than buying a car when we had our first kid. People kept thinking that was harder than driving would have been.

  5. Are super-heroes non-exempt hourly workers? Maybe Mr. Fantastic is not allowed to stretch when he’s off the clock.

  6. “Mr. Fantastic (of the Fantastic Four) ” can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions.” [wikipedia]. So the joke is that, while a normal human could have made the stretch, it should be even easier for him. (It worked until I thought too hard about it.)

    I know *that*!

    So what the heck is the joke in having a cartoon where he doesn’t want to? And what does calling him “Mr. Lethargic” have to do with anything? In what way is this a joke?

  7. I was going to ask why he even needs a remote, since he can reach the TV from across the room. But then, I bought my first new TV in 30 years and I see there are plenty of things you can only do with the remote.

  8. Even my 25 YO TV makes it difficult to do much, at least easily, from its controls. However, the only things I really do with the TV control is ON/OFF and closed caption control. The cable or streaming remotes do the rest.

  9. I’m with woozy here in that the [Mister Lethargic] caption/title felt really off in a fat, heavy, bad way. Being lethargic used to be only known as a health warning flag. If Mr. Fantastic was actually “lethargic”, Sue Storm’s look here would become more and more distressed.
    I think a much better title would be closer to an opposite of “Fantastic”, or maybe something in the “amazingly lazy” realm of phrases. I feel there’s a good joke awaiting to be uncovered in that panel.

    The Concise OED (Oxford English Dictionary) has this for “fantastic”, 1) imaginative or fanciful; remote from reality. 2) (informal) extraordinarily good, attractive, or large.

    the ORIGIN went back through through time with Greek words meaning ‘make visible’, ‘have visions’, and finally, “from phantos ‘visible’.”

  10. I’ve seen TVs without any buttons, not even a power button. If you want to turn it off without the remote, you have to unplug it.

  11. @Arthur: Are you completely sure? Did you read the manual? Do you actually own the set? I have never seen a set without a power button. Could exist, but unless I’d read that in the manual, I’d assume that I had somehow overlooked the button. They can be very hard to find, if you don’t know where to look, though. There was a set at my former workplace that had small buttons on the bottom of the bezel that you couldn’t see without getting down and looking up at it. My current TV has a power button, volume up and down, and input selection button on the back. From the front, nothing is visible.

    @CIDUBill: I was very excited to learn that my new TV (well, 8 months now) had a remote control app. I installed it on my phone, wife’s phone, and all the tablets in the home. However, we use the remote all the time. The reality of the app is that picking up the phone/tablet, unlocking it, navigating to the app, launching, and then performing the desired result is much longer and more involved than just picking up the remote and pressing a button or two. My set is a Vizio. Other brands may have more convenient apps, I guess. I do like the app control for the 5.1 surround system a lot, though. It allows good control over the whole system, including volume of individual speakers.

  12. SBill, the best reason I have for using the app is that I generally lost the remote about once a week. At least if I misplace my phone, I can ask my wife to ring it up.

  13. CIDU Bill, I understand the challenge. The modern AV environment presents real challenges for remote management. For that reason, I wound up purchasing this: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00M1N7GJM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It looks nice and is sturdy and capacious. It currently holds:
    -TV remote
    -Surround sound remote
    -Cable box remote
    -Other cable box remote (our apartment includes two cable boxes in the fees. While we only have one hooked up, this is the best way to ensure the remote, which was missing for months, doesn’t get lost)
    -Xbox One S remote (Xbox was purchased primarily because it is a great 4K UHD Blu-Ray player at a good price. The remote control makes playing discs much easier than using game controller) https://www.amazon.ca/PDP-Talon-Media-Remote-Xbox/dp/B01GOK34SO/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=xbox+one+remote+control&qid=1579101801&s=office&sr=1-1-catcorr
    -DVD player remote (Xbox will play Region 1 DVDs but we have a number of discs that are Region 3 from our time living in Singapore and this is a region-free player and will play discs from all regions)
    -replacement remote for TV (original remote seems a bit flimsy, so I found a knock-off that looks the same and is fully functional so I’ll have it if the original gets broken) https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B078PKG846/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    -Eyeglass cleaner/screen cleaner solution and cloth
    -pens (my wife put them there)
    -there is also space for my phone when I sit there

    I also got one of these to protect the remote and it works well. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07NLB1ZQ8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The storage container sits on a side table next to my position on the couch. It has improved my home cinema experience.

  14. Kevin: so by those definitions, I guess Sue is Ms. Anti-Fantastic? And Reed’s actual superpower is that unlike Sue, he is actually visible?

  15. At your suggestion, I have added a small pad of non-Post-Its (what is the generic name?) from a long-defunct dot.com company. Truly a thing of beauty. If only I could post a picture, I’d splash it up.

  16. Do you mean there is a way I would be able to upload a photo? Do I have to create and account or something?

    It’s no work at all. Everything lives in the box except when it is on the coffee table in front of me because it is being used. It’s simplified matters greatly.

  17. No, you’d be sending me a photo, I’d put it on my directory (http://www.alldogssite.com) and then you can post the URL.

    I was really put off watching TV when there was more than one remote to deal with. I decided that, for me, the amount of keeping track wasn’t worth whatever it was I was thinking of watching.

  18. I could set up the cable remote to control some of the TV functions, but not the deep stuff like closed captions. I have those on most of the time, except for live-ish programs like news.

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