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  1. Occam's Machete says:

    Happy anniversary / birthday (doesn’t that kinda make it Christmas?) Jesus & Mo!

  2. Sad. Simply sad. “I weep for them, the Walrus said. I deeply sympathize. With sobs and moans he sorted out those of the largest size. Holding a pocket handkerchief before his streaming eyes.”
    @Diane G By the way, my posted comments on the last strip are probably too late to be noticed, but I gave the page number for the Hawking quote, and the quote itself.
    @spoing also thanked you for The Rabbit link. Brilliant. Right up there with the FSM.

  3. JoJo says:

    Will there be clowns? I don’t like clowns.

  4. Neuseline says:

    Many, many happy returns Jemo, but ……. aren’t you to be blamed a little bit for your lack of friends? You are rather narrow-minded at times, and I admire the barmaid’s infinite tolerance and patience with you. Almost the only time you two agree with each other is when you disagree with her. Have a nice day!

  5. Adam says:

    I kind of feel sorry for them, for about the first time 🙁

  6. Daz says:

    Happy anniversary, I’ll open a beer. Appropriately, it’s Bishop’s Finger…

  7. Sach says:

    Thank God (who’s God, I’m not sure) they’re not having this conversation in bed.

    Happy Anniversary J&Mo!

  8. jean-françois gauthier says:

    bonne fête les boys !

  9. Lisa Fox says:

    Happy anniversary, Author! Know that this U.S. Episcopalian is a subscriber, and I love your work. You poke fun at all our self-righteousness — a Jeremiah for our day.

  10. Oh, I was hoping for a tongue kiss…..Happy Anniversary!

  11. Cheers, Author. That’s a good run already and we’re looking forward to another thirty years at least. Happy Birthday J&M.

  12. Andyundo says:

    Awesome, congrats of 5 years of splendid work.
    I wish you all the best, and may God, Allah, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster smile upon all of you.

  13. Maggs says:

    Poor Barmaid, I’m sure she was longing to come but she was behind the bar as usual. Why stay home when you could have a party in the pub!

  14. Maggs says:

    @Lisa Fox. It isn’t poking fun! It’s deadly serious with humour. Our world is run on superstition, fear and murder and it’s all down to organised and/or disorganised religion. Belief systems can be dangerous to the population.

  15. kiyaroru says:

    Happy Anniversary, Boys! (and Author)
    I’m sure everyone is hiding and waiting to jump out and yell “surprise!”.

  16. gigi says:

    I’d come to their party. Happy Anniversary Jesus & Mo!

  17. Rider says:

    Happy Birthday J Mo.

    You guys rock !!

  18. wright1 says:

    Thanks for five years of wit and commentary; may there be many more!

  19. Stonyground says:

    I’ll be pouring a glass of homebrew to celebrate with them. This is called Bishop’s English Bitter, the kit is from Australia.

  20. fenixfunk says:

    Alles Gute zum Jubiläum, J Mo!
    Ich heb einen drauf.

  21. Nassar Ben Houdja says:

    To the prophets, lift an anniversary glass
    Eventually their predictions will pass
    They will get the last laugh
    separating wheat from the chaff
    And kick some deserving ass.

  22. daoloth says:

    Congratulations J & M.
    5 more years!
    5 more years!

  23. Stimpy says:

    Congratulations. Here’s to another five (at least)!

  24. Bagpuss says:

    Dear Author

    Many apologies – my only defence is that I haven’t a clue what I’m doing (although I will aim to put that right from now on).

    Please keep on keeping me sane.

    Bagpuss x

  25. cass_m says:

    congrats on 5 years. Hoping for 5 more:)

  26. Yngve Spjeld Landro says:

    Gratulerer så mykje med dagen! from Norway

  27. edd says:


  28. Jantonaitis says:

    Yeah, great. hey could you make the barmaid a little less condescending? I’m not really sure what all these smug atheists always commenting are seeing, but patience doesn’t mean much if you’re also patronizing.

  29. dexitroboper says:

    I’dve thought Moses was more likely to be there than Jesus. After all, Jesus is already 2000 years late for his Second Coming.

  30. @Jantonaitis The barmaid isn’t in this strip, so could you give us an example of a strip in which you found her particularly condescending? I’d also like to know what you take to be patronizing. Throwing out an epithet such as “smug atheists” strikes me as very patronizing and condescending. If you have a specific problem, other than the fact that we are atheists, perhaps we can talk about it. Otherwise you can eat my shorts.

  31. Stephen Turner says:

    I reckon Barmaid is dating Moses.

  32. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    I’ve been reading this all that time? Awesome.

  33. FedupwithR says:

    Happy anniversary author. Certainly the deepest “comic”(?) strip I’ve ever read.

  34. Ketil W.Grevstad says:


    have a drink on me 🙂

  35. Daoloth says:

    @ Jantonaitis. “Condescending”? I thought we were “shrill”.
    Still, “condescending” and “patronizing” are long words for someone who believes in the magic sky fairy. And spelled right too. Well done you.

  36. Daoloth says:

    Jesus appears to be getting resentful at all those people’s ignoring him:

  37. Bagpuss says:

    ..oh, and many happy returns….

  38. Shaughn says:

    Lechajim, Author!

    And many happy returns!

  39. Intelligent Designer says:

    You’ve still got it, baby!

    Happy spoing day!

  40. flea says:

    5 years? Really? Happy, happy B!

  41. Maggs says:

    Now you’ve taken out the message to Bagpuss no one knows what the apology is for! Mind you, it shows conscientiousness.

  42. jerry w says:

    Of course Moses is running a little late, he’s just lost as usual. You know how he hates to stop and ask someone for directions, but compared to that 40 years of wandering in the desert, feh!

  43. Happy 5th!

    The barmaid is not either condescending. She simply asks polite but pointed questions.

  44. Omar says:

    Happy birthday!!! 🙂

  45. fenchurch says:

    @ Ophelia & Jan: Barmaid does indeed “put aside her dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior”… all in a day’s work, I suppose. being barmaid, i suppose she has to put up with all manner o’ customer 😉

    But in a condescending way? No!

  46. dysamoria says:

    I didn’t realize it was condescending to ask pointed questions and make logical statements… That explains a lot…

  47. smartalek says:

    As always, I’m 14 months late, and many dollars short.
    Natheless, in the spirit of “better late than never,” may I point out that, unless I’m truly.misinformed (I often am), one can “condescend” only from a position of superiority.
    And if I’m correct on that, then Jantonaitis, above, is doing far more than using unusually sophisticated vocabulary for a troll (and spelled correctly, too, as Daoloth notes), s/he is also inherently conceding the demonstrable inferiority of their stance.
    That is rare integrity for a troll, and to be commended.
    See — this strip is so good, it even draws a better breed of troll!
    A very belated happy birthday!


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