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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Truth. Lies. Mallard Fillmore.

When I first decided to do a comics blog, I originally thought about doing one about the always shrill Mallard Fillmore and his political ravings. After a few days living with the idea, however, I decided it would be a bit too much like writing a political blog and decided to tackle The Dinette Set instead.

Then, a few days ago, on The Comics Curmudgeon (still the greatest blog on earth), I saw this brilliant comment from yellojkt:
Most. Unhinged. Mallard Fillmore. Ever.

I think Tinsley was just throwing all his usual red meat attacks against the wall to see which would make his mouth-breathing fan base snort the loudest. In fifty-four words he manages to attack:

grade inflation
academic standards
UC-Berkeley (faculty and students)
two-career families
and turnips

All without an actual punchline.

So, with all due credit to yellojkt, I decided that, in addition to The Dinette Set, I could look at Mallard Fillmore on those limited terms...summarizing who he is raving about each day.

For those not familiar with Mallard Fillmore by Bruce Tinsley, you can find detailed information on this page which provides at least two startling insights.

Apparently the comic Mallard Fillmore has characters other than Mallard himself. This is hard for me to believe since every panel I have ever seen involves only a head shot of Mallard, a rant about some perceived ill or another, and a background image that may or may not help illustrate the rant.

Also, "his politics are a lot more like yours and mine than Peter Jennings' and Jane Fonda's." That is making a really large assumption about how mainstream his politics are while vastly overestimating the political importance of Jane Fonda and Peter Jennings.

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