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A writer and editor of this website from 2006 to early 2012, Ken Layne is occassionally seen on Twitter and writes small books and is already haunting you from beyond (your) grave.

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  • dannygutters

    Man I miss the Dysfunctional Family Circus

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Meh…who cares? Now if Dilbert showed up in black face…that would be a problem.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Who threw eggs at Bill Keane’s House?

    “NOT ME!”

  • Neon Trotsky

    Halloween=Socialist Redistribution of Our Nation’s Candy Resources

  • facehead

    It is so nice to see the Family Circus look at the oncoming race war from the humorous perspective of young children awaiting a fun and scary Halloween.

  • fatherfigure

    Is that Halloween, or just a prototypical West Virginia on Monday evening?

  • JohnnyMeatworth

    Check out The Nietzsche Family Circus: http://www.losanjealous.com/nfc/perm.php?c=16&q=46

  • Christastic

    [re=157759]dannygutters[/re]: I think my favorite doctored “Family Circus” cartoon was Jeffy running into the kitchen saying “Mommy, what are Borteds?! Daddy said I should have been one!”

  • StephanieInCA

    I’m already tired of Palin costumes, and I haven’t even seen any yet.

    Question, though: Is an Ashley Todd costume already overplayed? Or just right? Also, do I really have to punch myself in the eye, or can I just use mascara?

  • Cape Clod

    Oh, how precious! The Family Circus always helps me navigate the puddles and muddles of this goofy world!

  • tootsieroll

    And like good little politicians, those kids always blamed those invisible democrats, Ida Know, and Not Me.

  • illnoise

    Clearly Bil Keane’s rotting corpse hasn’t witnessed trick-or-treating in 25 years, no uppity parent would think of letting their kids trick or treat in the dark these days.

  • regisgoat

    Hilarious! Somebody told me that Bil Keane went to a comics convention and immediately told a bunch of BLUE SMUTTY STORIES from the podium to try to be “one of the guys,” so the fans wouldn’t think he was a muff for writing this horrible comics strip. Note that one of the other fuckers is supposed to be Iron Man. Weirdly, Lynda Barry wrote this spirited defense of Keane in the intro for the Best Comics of 2007. I’m still trying to get my mind wrapped around that one.

  • facehead

    [re=157768]Neon Trotsky[/re]: I’m voting for you.

  • regisgoat

    [re=157778]StephanieInCA[/re]: try a little burnt cork…

  • sleepy

    srsly, love the dylan allusion.

    ode to the undecideds?: http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/not-dark-yet

  • Hairy Reed

    Also, my most loathed comic EVER.

  • DoctorCulturae

    This is odd. Mr. Keane, Lawrence Welk on line one.

    I expect Chris Rock to come in and say, “Yeah, it’s dark enough. Git back in the house, crackers.”

  • grendel

    They’re just waiting for the race riot to begin so they can go loot them up an HD teevee!

  • Meth Lab for Cutie

    Family Circus cracks me up

    keep hope alive

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=995R8OwDQs4

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=157794]Hairy Reed[/re]: Kind of up there with Ziggy.

  • El Bombastico

    [re=157785]regisgoat[/re]: Billy is supposed to be Iron Man??? I thought he was dressed as the 2004 electoral map.

  • Barack Like Me

    I want pics of the inevitable zombie mash-up between Joe The Plumber, Ashley Todd, and the Disaster From Alaska.

    Only problem is is that the first 2 components of that outfit can be put together for dirt cheap, it’s that $150K price tag for the last part of that costume that might give one pause.

    Whatever, due to the crashy crashy that went on this month I’m on a budget this year, so I’m wearing a suit and tie today and going out as “Unka Joe, Teh Senator, Bitches”. Instead of saying ‘trick or treat’ my line tonight is gonna be ‘Who gives a shit?’

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …I swear to god the the first kid to come to my door dressed as a politician is getting a sock full of pennies to the face! Be creative god damn it!!!

  • tootsieroll

    [re=157773]JohnnyMeatworth[/re]: That is fabulous! Lookie the random quote I got:

    Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

  • grendel

    [re=157773]JohnnyMeatworth[/re]: Thank you! That’s great… Almost as good as Garfield without Garfield

  • magic titty

    Ooooh Family Circus! Well done, Kenneth. Well done.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …I would have preferred the “Boondocks” version.

  • Servo

    [re=157794]Hairy Reed[/re]:
    More than “Kathy”?

  • Viva la Cynthia

    [re=157771]facehead[/re]: Srsly. This is the most amazing political cartoon ever, and I’m not even sure Bill Keane realizes it.

  • magic titty

    [re=157804]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: I’m sorry, have you not read Marmaduke??

  • Dave J.

    Also, “dark” = “the black people”? Am I right? Sheesh.

  • Delicious

    “It’s always there, in the lower right hand corner, just waiting to suck.”

  • StephanieInCA

    regisgoat: the more i think about it, the more i kind of WANT to punch myself in the eye, to make the stupid go away.

  • Dairy Queen

    that’s actually La Pequena Sarah Palin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV8uEzGuvfc

  • L.A. Trash

    Is Billy dressed up as Rorschach?

  • grendel

    [re=157810]tootsieroll[/re]: I got this one:

    There are no facts, only interpretations.

    http://www.losanjealous.com/nfc/perm.php?c=16&q=132

  • coolcatdaddy

    Sigh. Now “Pluggers” will have to work in a Palin reference.

  • StephanieInCA

    [re=157819]Dave J.[/re]: (r/t “dark”=”black people”) That’s how I read it… Reminds me of the Axe “Dark Temptation” ads, where all the white ladies go crazy for the “Chocolate Man”: http://urbzen.com/2008/10/23/once-you-go-axe-you-never-go-back/

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=157818]magic titty[/re]: Not in a long time. Cartoons kind of got passed over while I was looking through the WANT ADS!

  • grendel

    [re=157810]tootsieroll[/re]: OMG… I got one that perfectly describes this election from the Repug point of view:

    Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.

  • Canmon (the Inadequate)

    [re=157778]StephanieInCA[/re]: If you are going as Ashley Todd have someone else do the backwards “B”. You don’t want to do it in the mirror and accidently do it the right way round.

  • Meth Lab for Cutie

    [re=157788]regisgoat[/re]: burnt cork, the foundation of any good hobo costume!

  • golliwog

    Melamine for halloween! Keep it dark.

  • NoWireHangers

    Wow. Since I’ve been getting my news online, I’ve forgotten how horrifically unfunny Family Circus is. Thanks, Wonkette.

  • tootsieroll

    [re=157838]grendel[/re]: You know it.

    Oh- everyone must watch that la pequena Sarah Palin if you haven’t yet.

  • rmontcal

    [re=157768]Neon Trotsky[/re]: Yes, I think we all got it. Thanks for explaining the joke. You are the comedy assassin.

  • cal

    Batman… Ironman…

    Is Bill Keane suggesting that Palin is Wonder Woman??????????

  • Kev-O-Tron

    Editors? Can we have a Wonkette costume party? I’m all dressed up like 14 year old Thai hooker and I want the world to see.

  • Dave J.

    [re=157846]NoWireHangers[/re]: Wait, WHAT? Haven’t you seen that one where Billy does something cute and ghost of his grandfather is watching him and smiling? Or the one where “Not Me” is a ghost who does random shit in the house and the kids say “Not Me” when asked who did it, and the parents don’t believe them?

    You probably just didn’t get it the first time around. You should go back and read those ones another fifty times.

  • magic titty
  • TGY

    [re=157768]Neon Trotsky[/re]: Candy is the opiate of the masses. Unless it’s meth. Or booze, which is proverbially ‘quicker’. Ok, candy is the opiate of the *fat* masses. Ah. Unless it’s Doritos or Lays Potato Chips. Or twinkies. Or beer.

    Yeah, beer is the opiate of the people. Unless it’s vodka.

    Eh, fuck it.

  • WadISay

    The empty-eyed parents, the soulless suburban moonscape, the ghosts of departed elders in the Family Circus…”Is it dark enough yet?” Oh yeah, it’s dark enough.

  • thefrontpage

    What the hell is Keane doing adding unsubtle racial elements to his tired, stupid, cliched, moronic alleged comic strip? So is Keane racist? Is he a conservative? Hey, if you don’t like black people, Keane, just come on out and say it–we don’t your veiled bigoted, prejudiced racist crap from you! What a complete idiot. This alleged comic strip should have been scrapped from the Post years ago–it’s just a stinking pile of crap.

  • grendel

    [re=157848]rmontcal[/re]: Haha… You are the comedy messiah, for you have resurrected comedy from death!

  • Norbert

    I always hated that Family Circus family. Hated. Even as a small child. They probably registered their invisible grandpa so he could vote for WALNUTS. Well, it’s on now, Bitches!, cuz Marmaduke is in the tank.

  • Larry McAwful

    [re=157780]tootsieroll[/re]: I think you have it backward. Ida. is very Republican; Me. is more Democratic.

  • rmontcal

    [re=157877]grendel[/re]: Are you calling me the Obama of Comedy? Am I The One? HENGGHH?!

  • Miller

    What the fuck is Billy? Iron Spider Man? You’re slipping Keane. Learn the fucking colors.

    http://thesebastards.blogspot.com/

  • Larry McAwful

    [re=157829]coolcatdaddy[/re]: How ’bout this:

    “Pluggers don’t need to hit Nieman Marcus until the after-Christmas clearance sales.”

    “Plugger babysitter.” (Show a cartoon of several kids in a playpen surrounded by Secret Service agents while Mommy gives speeches.)

    Bonus: “Plugger plumber.” (Show a cartoon of a bald guy in a tuxedo and cowboy hat singing into a microphone in a recording studio.)

  • Anonymous Office Zombie

    [re=157773]JohnnyMeatworth[/re]: Genius!

  • Theta

    Republican kid-touchers are getting starbursts in their pants over this cartoon, you betcha.

  • binarian

    [re=157900]Miller[/re]: What the fuck is Billy? Iron Spider Man? You’re slipping Keane. Learn the fucking colors.

    Maybe he’s Optimus Prime?

  • paigow

    I don’t think that’s Sarah Palin. She looks more like Laura Engalls Wilder to me. And since when does Batman’s costume have a large amount of BROWN in it? I’m confused.

  • Maus

    [re=157971]paigow[/re]: She could also be FLDS.

  • trondant

    Somebody needs to photoshop a backwards B into that pumpkin hanging in the window and post it.

  • 3-legged Bloodhound

    Palin: vapid and vain enough to take the statement, “Yeah, she’s beautiful, but stupider than a flaming pile of dogshit” as a compliment.

  • timemaker

    Are we sure it was palin? It could have been Tina Fey.

  • catsquatch

    [re=157809]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: I read that as …I swear to god the the first kid to come to my door dressed as a politician is getting a sock full of P3N1S to the face!
    My first thought: I never would have pinned ABG as a Republican.
    Second thought: I need more coffee/

  • sarahconnor

    Don’t worry, Billy, only five more days until Obama brings teh dark…

  • norbizness

    Imagine what it must be like, living in a tan void unpopulated by objects save a lame jack o’lantern decoration.

  • regisgoat

    [re=157963]binarian[/re]: Good guess, but he’s got that big headlight on his chest, so I’m thinking he’s supposed to be Iron Man. But God, who knows with the Keanes? I mean it’s like trying to decipher
    some retarded child’s drawing.

  • DangerousLiberal

    Just like the dude said in the movie Go: “There it sits at the bottom of the page, reliably waiting to suck.”