Archive for the ‘Mr. Bench’ Category

Saturday is the new Sunday – Doctor! Doctor!

April 30, 2011

Yep, you guessed it. It’s yet another probably-never-seen drop panel. This one is for the Sunday strip rerunning today on And it’s probably better that it was unseen – I haven’t the slightest idea why the stethoscope is going up. I think it might have something with reversing the way stethoscopes usually hang, which is down. Dumb, really.

As for the strip, I realized thatrecently I described another Sunday strip as being one of only two Sundays that Mr. Bench appeared in. Well, it’s three. I’d forgotten about this one.

Also the set-up is funnier than the punchline, but it doesn’t really work as an ending.

The end…again

October 20, 2010

If you hadn’t seen the way I ended Bo Nanas way back in the summer of 2007, it’s rerunning today on If you want to see what leads up to it, start here at the beginning of the end.

Thursday is the new Sunday – We’re #2!

May 20, 2010

The Sunday strip that’s rerunning on is one of only two times that Mr. Bench appeared in color. As I’ve mentioned before, when I would write gags, I would just write – not doing specifically dailies or Sundays. Then, if a gag was too long to fit in a daily it would become a Sunday. I guess most of the weird gags that became Mr. Bench strip were short enough.

As for the gag itself, I like the twist on “old man wants everyone to be like him.” Plus, “one size fits all” hats have never worked for my big melon.

Sunday in the park with Mr. Bench

April 25, 2010

Mr. Bench is in rare form in the strip running today – this time going off on meals.

Happy now?

April 7, 2010

Did you ever wonder if you could make someone truly happy? So has Mr. Bench and he tells us his thoughts on today.

Two out of four

February 23, 2010

The strip running on today is a Mr. Bench fav that features not one but two, count ’em, two pause panels.

Once upon a time there was a blog called The Silent Penultimate Panel Watch. I got featured a couple of times (here and here). But, alas, author Matt Gill stopped his watch mere weeks before the ending of Bo, the last strip containing 4 out of 4 pause panels. My chance for immortality foiled.

Minor characters

January 18, 2010

Old Mr. Bench shows up today in the strip rerunning on Not the strongest gag – it does show off his cluelessness more than his craziness.

An even more minor character showed up Saturday – The Birthday Girl. She appears on my wife’s birthday and, although she’s modeled on her, TBG’s self-centered personality is nothing like my missus. Of course, since all the Bo strips rerun in an off-calendar way (I think Christmas strips will be showing up soon), Saturday was not my wife’s actual birthday.

Dig that crazy grave*

October 27, 2009

Yet another almost-Halloween strip that, by happenstance, reran today on Ladies and gentlemen, I give you – Mr. Bench: Gravedigger.

(* A great title from the Shell Scott wacky/tough guy private eye series of books by Richard S. Prather. I’ve got way too many of these on my shelves – and yet I don’t have the edition with this cover.)

Dig That Crazy Grave by stripforme.

Stay Tooned – The MAD issue preview (of sorts)

September 8, 2009

Editor/publisher John Read asked me to be in this upcoming issue (more about it here) and requested I pick my 10 favorite Bo Nanas strips and write commentary about them. By happenstance, one of the strips is up on Here’s what I said about it:

If I wrote something really, really strange to come out of someone’s mouth I’d give it to Mr. Bench. This is one of the more “normal” ones. I had this concept written out for months, and I knew how I wanted the story to end, but it took forever to get the punchline.

(If you’re curious, I’m in the lower left corner, showing off my sparkling personality.)

The end of Bo, revisited – #7

July 28, 2009

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