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Arlo and Janis

Arlo and Janis
Author(s) Jimmy Johnson
Current status / schedule Running
Launch date July 29, 1985
Syndicate(s) United Feature Syndicate
Genre(s) Humor

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Storylines

The focus of the strip are its two title characters, a middle-aged, middle-class baby boomer couple with an easygoing approach to their lives. They are frequently joined by their son Gene and quirky cat Ludwig. Ludwig was introduced into the strip in the mid-1990s (casually, as if Arlo and Janis had always had a cat but he had never been mentioned before), and has only more recently become a regular character. Similarly, as Gene slowly matures into his mid-teens (having been approximately 8 when the strip was introduced, he's roughly 18 in 2007; a week's worth of strips in June 2007 featured Gene's high school graduation), his presence in the strip has shrunk dramatically; Johnson maintains that this is due to the way that adolescents detach themselves from their parents and begin to lead their own lives, a process he wanted to show realistically. The family surname is Day, although it's only rarely used in the strip. A baby boomer is a person born between 1946 and 1960 in the United States. ...


Arlo and Janis' relationship

Despite having been a couple since meeting in college in 1973 (a backstory revealed in a series of strips that also functioned as a parody of the book and film Gone with the Wind), Arlo and Janis are still both sexually active and completely besotten with each other. The libidinous undertones of the strip, which can sometimes be surprisingly overt to readers used to the sanitized feel of other newspaper comics, are an ongoing feature of the strip. In a medium where long marriages are presented as either sexless or antagonistic (The Lockhorns, Andy Capp, etc.), these strips that show the couple's ongoing physical attraction to each other offer a realistic alternative. "There has always been knowledge of sex in Arlo and Janis , and the fact that married people have sex," Johnson said. "I think it's silly to ignore that humans have sex. It's like ignoring eating and sleeping."[1] In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ... Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel of the same name. ... For the record label, see Marriage Records. ... The Lockhorns is one-panel syndicated comic strip about a married couple, Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn, who bitterly hate each other and yet do not divorce. ... Not to be confused with German curler Andy Kapp. ...

An example of the frequently suggestive content that the strip features.

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Other elements

  • The strip often subtly includes political viewpoints. In particular, Arlo regularly rants about the influence of large corporations on American society.
  • There are regular detours into surrealism (e.g., Arlo "calling in sick" and being replaced by a large, realistically drawn alligator for a week of strips)
  • Meta-joke strips about the process of writing a daily comic strip, and Arlo's fondness for the Alabama born singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett.

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Geographic setting

Though it's unclear exactly where Arlo and Janis live, Johnson's southern upbringing regularly influences the strip, and it can be assumed that they live in or near a southern city such as Jackson, Mississippi, Birmingham, Alabama or Atlanta, Georgia. Nickname: Coordinates: Country United States State Mississippi County Hinds Founded 1822 Government  - Mayor Frank Melton Area  - City  106. ... Nickname: Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: Country United States State Alabama County Jefferson, Shelby Government  - Mayor Bernard Kincaid (D) Area  - City  151. ... Hotlanta redirects here. ...


The names: Arlo and Janis

Given the strip's original baby boomer focus, which has been toned down as the strip has aged into a quirky domestic comedy, it has been be assumed that the lead characters are named after 1960s music icons Arlo Guthrie and Janis Joplin. However, Jimmy Johnson has said that Arlo was inspired by a friend with curly hair who resembles Guthrie, and the name Janis was simply a marketing device used to attract the baby boom generation."[2]" Some readers familiar with the work of Johnson's ex-wife, the newspaper columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson, have suggested that Janis and Rheta are lookalikes. There's some suspicion that Gene is named for Eugene McCarthy. A baby boomer is a person born between 1946 and 1960 in the United States. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Arlo Guthrie (born July 10, 1947) is an American folk singer. ... Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – 4 October 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. ... Rheta Grimsley Johnson is an award-winning reporter and columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who now writes her column three times a week for King Features Syndicate. ...


Characters

Source: Arlo and Janis at comics.com
Arlo
Arlo is Janis' husband. He works for one of those vague, comic-strip corporations that survives year after year despite inept management, disgruntled workers and no apparent purpose. You can tell when he's at work, because he wears a tie. You can tell when he's not at work, because he wears a tee-shirt. Arlo usually can be found sitting at his desk, sitting on the sofa or sitting on the patio. On rare occasions, he sits in the car.
Janis
Janis is Arlo's wife. Apparently, she has a job a lot like Arlo's. Originally, she was to have a cool job like an engineer or an architect or something, but that might involve research, so she was stuck in a comic-strip corporation, too. A highlight of the strip's 15-year run was when Janis bobbed her shoulder-length hair.
Gene
Gene is their son. Like the others, he appears in black and white Monday through Saturday and in color on Sundays. Gene is Janis' head with different hair on Arlo's body. For years, he was an integral member of the cast, but upon reaching adolescence, he disappears for days at a time.
Ludwig
Ludwig is the purple cat. He doesn't talk or think, he just acts like a normal cat.

The artist Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson lives in the coastal city of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Although his own house was largely undamaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the devastation of his adopted hometown affected Johnson greatly; his blog at ArloAndJanis.com focused on little else for months afterward, and references to the hurricane appeared in the strip in the last third of 2005. Location of coastal city of Pass Christian, Mississippi, east of Bay St. ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


External links

  • ArloAndJanis.com, a blog website of Jimmy Johnson
  • Comics.com's Arlo and Janis page

Notes

  1. ^ Birmingham Post-Herald, Published on: 7/5/2001. Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
  2. ^ Birmingham Post-Herald, Published on: 7/5/2001. Retrieved on 2007-06-21.

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