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Shout Outs in comic strips.




  • The Family Circus author Bil Keane did a few for Disney, where his son Glen works as an animator. Current Family Circus artist Jeff Keane did this Halloween 2012 shout-out, which is probably the first (not to mention oddly specific) mention of Warhammer 40,000 in newspaper comics.
  • FoxTrot had a moment coming at the end of a (week's worth) discussion by Roger and Andy about the success of the Dilbert comic (which might also count as an extended Shout Out). In the end, they conclude that Dilbert is likely popular simply based on its own merits, meaning that emulation of a current success isn't a particularly good idea. Jason (drawn in a slightly different style) then runs in, telling his parents to check out the cool stuffed tiger he found.
    Roger: Maybe we should include the recent past in that statement, too...
    Andy: I don't know. There's something to be said for nostalgia.
  • Get Fuzzy
    • The tribute to Douglas Adams' death (about two-thirds of the way down the page).
    • Rob's tastes in music, television, sports teams, etc. frequently involve shout outs to same.
    • There is a member of the Cat Mafia named Whitey. Whitey is the nickname of James Bulger, a former Irish mobster who operated out of the Boston area.
    • This strip references Zero Wing.
    • In the strip for November 9th, 2013, Bucky is hit on the head by a tomato thrown at him from behind. He says, "It came from...behind," a reference to a line spoken by a Rebel pilot in A New Hope during the attack on the Death Star. The pilot said, "They came from... behind," in reference to attacks by Darth Vader and his Imperial TIE fighter wingmen.
  • Mother Goose and Grimm
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  • Pooch Café: In the strip for September 11th, 2013, a cat is wrapped around a postman's face. Poncho says, "Kitty drool. Great defense mechanism. You don't dare remove it or you get cat saliva all over yourself." This is a reference to the film Alien, in which Kane had an alien facehugger wrapped around his face. After Ash tried to cut it off with a laser, it dripped powerful acid and Parker said, "It's got a wonderful defense mechanism. You don't dare kill it."

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