History ComicStrip / Curtis

14th May '16 12:47:57 PM Orbiting
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* NonHumanHead: Wilkins likes to read comics featuring Supercaptaincoolman, a kind of African {{expy}} of Superman, whose nemesis is Doctor Horsehead, a MadScientist with the body of man in a nicely tailored suit and a horse's head that whinnies when he laughs maniacally. Doctor Horsehead routinely snares TheHero in situations where OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow, which go unresolved, because Curtis gets his comic books confiscated for reading them in class.
11th Apr '16 4:27:43 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* DiabolusExMachina: Resident school [[TheBully bullies]] Derrick and [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname "Onion"]], who seemingly wait to ambush Curtis when he needs some conflict in his life.

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Resident school [[TheBully bullies]] Derrick and [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname "Onion"]], who seemingly wait to ambush Curtis when he needs some conflict in his life.



* TheFreelanceShameSquad: One of the strip's running gags is, the annual Back To School shopping trip, where Diane takes Curtis shopping for clothes and (ostensibly to hand him clothes to try on) opens the dressing room door on Curtis (who always has his pants down) wide enough for a crowd of bystanders to laugh loudly at the sight.
** Diane [[ParentalObliviousness never seems to make the connection]] between this sad fact and [[NeverMyFault her son's reluctance]] to shop with her.

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* TheFreelanceShameSquad: One of the strip's running gags is, the annual Back To School shopping trip, where Diane takes Curtis shopping for clothes and (ostensibly to hand him clothes to try on) opens the dressing room door on Curtis (who always has his pants down) wide enough for a crowd of bystanders to laugh loudly at the sight. \n** Diane [[ParentalObliviousness never seems to make the connection]] between this sad fact and [[NeverMyFault her son's reluctance]] to shop with her.her.
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell:: Curtis' dad claims to have won the Ugly Holiday Sweater contest at work for the past three years. He's not too thrilled about it.



* MadLove: Curtis is crazy about his "girl" Michelle, even though she doesn't feel the same about him, even ''hiring an airplane to write that out in the air for him to see''. His crush on Michelle also sometimes enters StalkerWithACrush territory with at least one comic strip having Michelle tell Barry that she keeps on seeing Curtis ''everywhere'' she goes and that she's scared to even go to the bathroom because of this.
** Not to mention the fact that he is apparently able to break into the apartment building she lives in for visits, even though there seems to be plenty of security.

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* MadLove: Curtis is crazy about his "girl" Michelle, even though she doesn't feel the same about him, even ''hiring an airplane to write that out in the air for him to see''. His crush on Michelle also sometimes enters StalkerWithACrush territory with at least one comic strip having Michelle tell Barry that she keeps on seeing Curtis ''everywhere'' she goes and that she's scared to even go to the bathroom because of this.
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this. Not to mention the fact that he is apparently able to break into the apartment building she lives in for visits, even though there seems to be plenty of security.



* ParentalHypocrisy: Curtis' dad has become terrible at this, especially when criticizing Curtis about money. A guy who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day and refuses to even ''consider'' quitting ''even after nearly burning the apartment down'' after falling asleep smoking really shouldn't criticize his son for trying to sponge money, especially when the same son points out ''several'' times how much the habit costs. It comes to a head in a 2015 strip when Curtis asks to sell his old typewriter on eBay, and he gives it to him, saying it's not worth much; only to demand a lion's share of the large price Curtis gets from doing so.

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Curtis' dad has become terrible at this, especially when criticizing Curtis about money. A guy who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day and refuses to even ''consider'' quitting ''even after nearly burning the apartment down'' after falling asleep smoking really shouldn't criticize his son for trying to sponge money, especially when the same son points out ''several'' times how much the habit costs. It comes to a head in a 2015 strip when Curtis asks to sell his old typewriter on eBay, and he gives it to him, saying it's not worth much; only to demand a lion's share of the large price Curtis gets from doing so.
** Diane has her moments too. During April 2016, she spends a whole week saying mean things about her now-deceased father-in-law "Grampy Wilkins" who she hated, the feeling being mutual. When they find out he left them a vase full of money in a cabinet, she changes her opinion of him quickly.



* VerySpecialEpisode: Early strips focused on Curtis trying to get his dad to quit smoking, Curtis finding a crack baby in a trash bin, etc.

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Early strips focused on Curtis trying to get his dad to quit smoking, Curtis finding a crack baby in a trash bin, etc.
28th Feb '16 10:05:44 AM nombretomado
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The strip is noted for being one of the first major comic strips to feature a largely black cast, starting a wake of other such strips including ''Jump Start'', ''Herb and Jamaal''... and, of course, ''TheBoondocks''.

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The strip is noted for being one of the first major comic strips to feature a largely black cast, starting a wake of other such strips including ''Jump Start'', ''Herb and Jamaal''... and, of course, ''TheBoondocks''.''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''.
19th Feb '16 11:54:27 PM GrammarNavi
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* RealityEnsues: In a recent sequence, Gunk decided to dive into a freezing cold river to rescue trapped dolphins only to end up being treated for hypothermia after being mistakenly declared DOA by EMTs who forgot about the mammalian diving reflex. While glad to see his friend had survived, Curtis was not happy with being put through the emotional wringer by screw-ups.

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* RealityEnsues: In a recent sequence, Gunk decided to dive into a freezing cold river to rescue trapped dolphins only to end up being treated for hypothermia after being mistakenly declared DOA by EMTs [=EMTs=] who forgot about the mammalian diving reflex. While glad to see his friend had survived, Curtis was not happy with being put through the emotional wringer by screw-ups.
20th Sep '15 11:11:52 PM Mdumas43073
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** Curtis playing rap at full blast with his dad, Greg, screaming, "Curtis, turn that rap junk down!" Inverted in one strip where Greg and Diane play 1970's songs from when they were younger. This has become problematic in recent years, as Greg and Diane act clueless about '80s and '90s music that nowadays would be what people their ''own'' age grew up on, while Curtis [[TotallyRadical uses slang and enjoys entertainment of a sort twenty years or so out of date]].

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** Curtis playing rap at full blast with his dad, Greg, screaming, "Curtis, turn that rap junk down!" Inverted in one strip where Greg and Diane play 1970's 1970s songs from when they were younger. This has become problematic in recent years, as Greg and Diane act clueless about '80s and '90s music that nowadays would be what people their ''own'' age grew up on, while Curtis [[TotallyRadical uses slang and enjoys entertainment of a sort twenty years or so out of date]].
20th Sep '15 11:11:20 PM Mdumas43073
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** Curtis playing rap at full blast with his dad, Greg, screaming, "Curtis, turn that rap junk down!" Inverted in one strip where Greg and Diane play 1970's songs from when they were younger. This has become problematic in recent years, as Greg and Diane act clueless about 80s and 90s music that now would have been what they were exposed to growing up, while Curtis uses slang and enjoys entertainment of a sort twenty years or so out of date.

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** Curtis playing rap at full blast with his dad, Greg, screaming, "Curtis, turn that rap junk down!" Inverted in one strip where Greg and Diane play 1970's songs from when they were younger. This has become problematic in recent years, as Greg and Diane act clueless about 80s '80s and 90s '90s music that now nowadays would have been be what they were exposed to growing up, people their ''own'' age grew up on, while Curtis [[TotallyRadical uses slang and enjoys entertainment of a sort twenty years or so out of date.date]].
20th Sep '15 11:07:44 PM Mdumas43073
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** Diane [[ParentalObliviousness never seems to make the connection]] between this sad fact and [[NeverMyFault her son's reluctance]] to shop with her.
20th Sep '15 11:05:29 PM Mdumas43073
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: In one comic, when Gunther's Uncle Junie died, Gunther said that his uncle's last wish was if the family had to remember him with tears, it would be better to just forget about him.
**Diane [[ParentalObliviousness never seems to make the connection]] between this sad fact and [[NeverMyFault her son's reluctance]] to shop with her.
15th Aug '15 10:55:54 PM Segal991
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: In one comic, when Gunther's Uncle Junie died, Gunther said that his uncle's last wish was if the family had to remember him with tears, it would be better to just forget about him. Yeah, I have no idea what they were thinking... NOT a good message for kids.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: In one comic, when Gunther's Uncle Junie died, Gunther said that his uncle's last wish was if the family had to remember him with tears, it would be better to just forget about him. Yeah, I have no idea what they were thinking... NOT a good message for kids.
5th Apr '15 10:30:48 AM Maxaphone
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** Barry is finally caught in the act and punished in 2015 for putting toenails in Curtis' sandwich, a time where their mother starts getting wise to her husband's hypocrisy too.


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* ParentalHypocrisy: Curtis' dad has become terrible at this, especially when criticizing Curtis about money. A guy who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day and refuses to even ''consider'' quitting ''even after nearly burning the apartment down'' after falling asleep smoking really shouldn't criticize his son for trying to sponge money, especially when the same son points out ''several'' times how much the habit costs. It comes to a head in a 2015 strip when Curtis asks to sell his old typewriter on eBay, and he gives it to him, saying it's not worth much; only to demand a lion's share of the large price Curtis gets from doing so.
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