Saturday, 20 June 2009

Joe's Heebie Jeebies 19: Game, Set and Mash


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A tennis strip just before Wimbledon starts? It's a coincidence. Honest.

I've held a tennis racket less than ten times in my entire life, but I always enjoyed it when I did. I'd love to be able to play better (and to have the time and opportunity to improve). I'm not the 'sporty' type by any stretch of the imagination as Anonymous Dale will probably attest to in this week's comments. I spent 95% of 'Games' lessons while in school writing lines - 'I must do games. It is an important part of my education'.

Why this urge now I'm an adult, I don't know. I've got a feeling it has something to do with grass courts, being outdoors, that sort of thing. Anyway, for the time being at least I can give Joe and the Heebie Jeebies some tennis action - playing by their rules, of course. Enjoy.

14 comments:

  1. Anonymous Dale says,
    "I can confirm John's comments re 'Games' - I was right there next to him having to write the same lines as was Chris (whom John has mentioned before). We put as much energy into avoiding Physical Exercise as most others did into participating."
    You've served us up a clasic here Mr Jenkins. Your line work goes from the greatest to greater still - just look at Joe in panel four.
    Seriously accomplished drawing, congratulations!
    I wonder if you need to explain the chips / fries thing (bet you already thought long and hard about that one though).
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  2. He's funy. And he makes me hungry.

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  3. This is one of my favourites so far, John. I like the economy of line and text, and the general composition. Everything's exactly where it should be and nothing's overworked. Great.

    ...and I like the shading under the hat.

    They're getting better as you go along I think.

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  4. I loved sports. Just couldn't run long distances. I remember having to do the mile run which is 4 laps around the track. By the 3rd lap, I had half the class already on their fourth. As I was coming up on the final stretch of the 3rd lap I turned on the burners to the finish line and acted like I had done four.

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  5. Thank you Dale and Graham - I'm doing a curtain call now!

    Bearman - what a brilliant idea! Why didn't I think of that back in the day? Probably for the same reason I struggle to come up with jokes sometimes - too slow.

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  6. Lol. That's one way of making chips! That actually sounds like a fun game of tennis to use a potato. I'll have to try that next game I have!

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  7. I was reading this and thinking, 'Why didn't he say french fries'? He's holding a tennis racket after all; with all the little squares.

    Then I remembered... John is in England. This made the joke funnier, because I had the wrong image in my head.

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  8. The little squares was the thrust of the joke. I just didn't think of French Fries. And I did wonder if it would work Stateside. The rhythm of the last line is much better with 'chips', but I'm changing it anyway.

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  9. Oh, I liked the chips. That made it humour instead of humor.

    Americans love British humour.

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  10. 'Fries'!? 'FRIES!!?? They're chips!

    Crisps are not chips, taps are not fawcets, frying pans are not skillets, and chips are not fries. All Americans know this deep down and I'm sure they would rewrite their dictionaries given half a chance.

    The humble chip has served us well on this small island for hundreds of years and is the very foundation of our society. Our ancient traditions were built on the chip and we should not abandon it now. Bring back the chip!

    Whatever the cost may be we shall eat them on the beaches, we shall eat them on the landing grounds, we shall eat them in the fields and on the streets, we shall eat them in the hills, we shall never surrender the chip.

    Put an asterisk with a translation! I'm going to start a petition.

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  11. Now now. Try not to get over-excited dear boy. It's really not the done thing, after all. Stiff upper lip and all that, eh, what!

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  12. Fries, chips... I say post two versions of the strip on the same page. But... which one will get top billing I wonder?

    Sad day today John - Farah Fawcett, another of our "rites of passage" has passed away after a long battle against cancer.
    God bless.
    Dale

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  13. I just found out. *Sigh*. She was beautiful, no mistake. I've got a feeling that this is pretty much going to be the regular state of affairs for the next twenty years or so.

    Great idea about the strip by the way. Thank you!

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  14. I'm counting this as my first ever Joe's Heebie Jeebies in a foreign language version!

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