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Get Fuzzy is an American daily comic strip written and drawn by Darby Conley. The strip features the adventures of Bostonmarker advertising executive Rob Wilco and his two anthropomorphic pets: dog Satchel Pooch and cat Bucky Katt. Get Fuzzy has been published by United Feature Syndicate since September 1999. It appears in over 700 newspapers worldwide.

The strip's humor comes from the conflict between Bucky's and Satchel's personalities, which are extreme stereotypes of cats and dogs. Sweet, trusting, naïve Satchel is routinely subjected to the exploitation of cruel, self-centered Bucky, who is always torturing the poor canine. Rob, the middleman, is often frazzled from dealing with them, or more specifically, from dealing with Bucky's destructive nature and overall nastiness. The three characters live in an apartment on Bostonmarker's Longwood Avenue.

Main characters

Bucky Katt


Bucky B. Katt

The first character of the trio is twisted Siamese cat Bucky Katt: Selfish, cynical, and lazy. His ears are nearly always drawn laid back flat on his head in a defiant, aggressive and unfriendly manner, unless he is forced to have them up, gets surprised, or has a bedhead. In certain color pictures of Bucky, his eyes seem to be a mix of sky blue and wisteria purple, rather than a plain sky blue. Rob found Bucky huddled on a trash can, while the cat was only five ounces and a few weeks old, in Hackensack, New Jerseymarker. While Bucky's father has never been mentioned, Bucky gave his mother's maiden name on a credit card application as "Tricky Woo," a reference to the ludicrously pampered (but in fact good-natured) pet dog of that name in James Herriot's stories of his experiences as a vet. Bucky was given his name in reference to his fang, which protrudes from his mouth much like a buck tooth. Bucky lives in a dresser located in the hall closet of Rob Wilco's apartment because he refuses to share a room with Satchel. It has also been mentioned that when they moved to that apartment, Bucky chose the closet because "it was the safest place in case of assault." Bucky spends much of his time watching television, especially early in the comic strip. Early on, it was said that Bucky spent at least half of his day watching television, though this was phased out as the author decided to make Bucky's schedule more nap-oriented. Many storylines have Bucky continually finding ways to antagonize and annoy Rob and Satchel, which he once called a hobby. On most outdoor excursions, when Rob is present, Bucky is carried in a strap-on "Bundle-O-Joy" baby carrier, referenced as a way of keeping the cat out of trouble. Rob has also been known to use a harness leash on him for the same purpose. Bucky also has an inexplicable fear of mice.

Bucky is frequently depicted as possessing an abundance of rather disagreeable feline traits, such as anti-social tendencies, delight in random destruction (at times bordering on vandalism) and violent behavior, hostility, and personal selfishness at a much higher level. Most of this is directed at Satchel, as he endeavors to wreck Satchel's optimistic outlook on life, but usually fails, as Satchel does not have enough intelligence for his rude sarcasm and is often unaware that he is even being insulted. Other foibles are that he is "ignorant, arrogant, selfish, hostile, and ha[s] many hygiene issues". Rob, who is more cynical and worldly-wise than Satchel, frequently jabs at him in ways calling him out on his behavior, once remarking that his cat's intelligence quotient was 1. Bucky is often shown to be a very poor fighter physically, often getting hurt or humiliated (or both) when he pick a fight. Oddly enough, when Bucky does fight, his weapon of choice is a spork. He also claims to be able to "swing a mean sock of legos". Although he feels the need to maintain an "alley cat" image, Bucky occasionally reveals a kinder, kitten-like nature. He has also once voluntarily fixed Satchel's watch, and after the September 11, 2001 attacks, while Rob and Satchel left to donate blood, he decorated the apartment with thankful balloons and signs, and baked some cookies for them to show his appreciation.

Three obsessions dominate Bucky's life: The Death of Fungo Squiggly, the ferret who lives next door, his desire to eat a monkey, and wanting a movie made either about him or in some way by him. None of these goals has any reasonable rationale behind it, and he fails brilliantly in his repeated attempts to fulfill these obsessions. Fungo routinely disrupts Bucky's schemes, the single encounter he had with a monkey in the zoo resulted in the chimp trying to peel Bucky (thinking he was a banana), and his movie schemes always end with a lack of funding after initial rejection by Rob to "invest" into the movie project.

His attempts at intellectual superiority are undermined by his constant malapropisms and his habit of making ridiculous claims, which he never admits as being factually incorrect, such as saying that owls, locomotives, Englandmarker and Canadamarker do not exist, even though Bucky has visited the latter. Bucky is furthermore frequently depicted as believing in absurd conspiracy theories, or absurd theories in general.

Bucky owns a miniature teddy bear named "Smacky," obtained by his refusing to exchange toys with Satchel at a McDoodles restaurant even though each had the toy the other wanted. It is one of the few objects he shows great affection. As Christmas gifts, Bucky received two other bears which he named "Cracker" and "Punk," but they do not appear as often as Smacky. Bucky also owns a rag doll named "Ms. Pretty," similar to Barbie. Despite his lack of sensitivity, Bucky cares deeply for Smacky and Ms. Pretty. He was also distressed when Rob washed his blanket.

Bucky claims to be a fan of the "Yankers," even wearing a Yankees cap throughout the series, only because Rob wouldn't let him wear the "'B' is for 'Bucky'" hat. He taunts Rob when the Red Sox play poorly, but knows little about baseball. Bucky's one acknowledgment to Rob's obsession with Rugby Union football came when he inexplicably performed the Ka Mate haka made famous by Rob's favorite national team, the All Blacks of New Zealand.

Although he professes a lack of interest in the Harry Potter series, Bucky took part in a spoiler-filled discussion of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with Rob regarding the allegiance of potions master Severus Snape, and also uses the series' fictionality as the basis for his aforementioned claims about trains, owls, England and Canada. Bucky seems to like Slytherin because Satchel is a fan of Hufflepuff House.

Bucky has been shown to hold extremely conservative political viewpoints throughout the strip, but these may not stem from actual convictions as much as a desire to antagonize Rob and Satchel, both apparent liberals. Bucky is also frequently shown to have francophobic and anti-Quebec sentiments (he regularly says words like frog and canuck, although these, like his politics, appear not to stem from racism or nativism but from the desire to antagonize Satchel for his background).

Bucky's religion is "Felinism".

Satchel Pooch

An overweight, naïve, friendly, and easily amused dog, Satchel Pooch is the second member of the odd "family". His father, named Copernicus, a Labrador Retriever and retired guide dog, and his mother, a Shar Pei, live in Cheticamp, Nova Scotiamarker. His father, one of a long line of guard dogs and Army dogs, was disappointed that Satchel had changed his name from "Number 8" to Satchel and also that he had become a "house dog". He has been alleged by Joe, a friend of his sports fanatic "owner" Rob Wilco, to be named after baseball player Satchel Paige.

Satchel's joke often involve him delivering either a pun comment or the strips punchline, often preceded by his laughter. Often, strips will have someone else delivering the punchline, followed by Satchel delivering a second punchline.

Satchel is kind, gentle, and sympathetic. These traits, coupled with his naïvete and gullibility, make him a natural target for the scheming Bucky Katt. Satchel's personality serves as foil to that of Bucky's: easy to please, optimistic to the extreme, and perfectly content to peacefully coexist with everyone. He is good friends with Bucky's nemesis, Fungo Squiggly, much to Bucky's dismay. In fact, they are such good friends that Rob had a ferret flap installed in Satchel's room so Fungo could come into the apartment and leave as he pleased. Although he often seems oblivious to his own exploitation, Satchel occasionally expresses frustration towards Bucky and his hostile attitude. He seems to have forgotten that dogs are traditionally the natural aggressor in relationships between dogs and cats, and in fact, intimidation appears to be completely alien to the affable and easygoing dog. Throughout the strip, Satchel has been portrayed as a character who is taken advantage of by Bucky. Satchel sticking up for himself was a rare event, often after encouragement by Rob. Recent strips show Satchel becoming increasingly aggressive, and often fighting back verbally to Bucky's relentless insults. In some cases, Satchel reacts physically to Bucky. He has only directly threatened Bucky with physical violence once, and it was due to Bucky insulting Satchel's friends (he called them "Eurotrash" do to the fact that many of their breed names have European nations in them), rather than anything aimed at Satchel directly (after which Bucky briefly became meek and timid). Satchel did forcibly grab Bucky once after Bucky had turned on every light in the house (as well as putting a sock in the toaster oven) in an effort to force Bucky to turn the unused lights off due to Satchel's concern over climate change. Satchel is normally unilaterally nice to Bucky, and usually receives no consideration whatsoever from the cat in return; rare exceptions to this lopsided relationship include Satchel's gift of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream to Bucky on his birthday, which elicited an unprecedented display of gratitude from Bucky (though this was probably due to Bucky believing the ice cream contained actual monkey).

True to his character, Satchel takes a neutral position in the ongoing Major League Baseball feud between professed New York Yankees fan Bucky and rabid Boston Red Sox fan Rob. Satchel occasionally says he likes the Chicago Cubs. Satchel is also very proud of his Canadian and European heritage, taking the time to watch Queen Elizabeth II whenever the royal figure is on television. He is a Harry Potter enthusiast, and was once the flustered victim of a spoiler-filled conversation between Rob and Bucky regarding Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. As a fan of the Harry Potter series, Satchel displays a Hufflepuff poster in his room, a house affiliation that naturally suits the loyal and friendly dog. Naturally, Satchel is also a supporter of animal rights, occasionally asking Rob for money to donate to PETA or Greenpeace. Satchel is apparently a Christian based on some strips.

Although Satchel cannot tell time, he wears a watch he calls "Handy". Though the watch was destroyed in an accident with a bicycle, it was later found and repaired by Bucky, who then gave it back to him as a Christmas present. Satchel also received a digital watch on the same Christmas morning that he named "Dingy" (later "Beepy"), though he is still unable to tell time with it. In addition to the watch, Satchel names everything from the carpet ("Rugger Green") to a television ("World B. Shiny") to a lamp ("Lampy") after what they are. Rob has been slightly put off when Satchel talks to the objects, often referring to them by name.

Satchel's sexual orientation has been jokingly questioned several times throughout the strip's run. However, this aspect of Satchel's personality has never been treated as anything other than a mild amusement, and is counterbalanced by his occasional tendency to fall in love with both human and canine females, usually seen on television. In the latter case, Satchel's primary female friend/crush is a black and white dog named Oreo, who has known him since they were puppies. However, in recent strips Satchel has become stressed over Oreo's liking of an FBImarker bomb-sniffing dog named Chaser and has gone out of his way to try to make himself more presentable to her, going as far as to take advice from Bucky (which has resulted in mishaps, specifically one where Bucky glued Satchel's front legs to his body with spray adhesive, thinking it was deodorant).

Satchel was a guest at the 75th anniversary party of Blondie and Dagwood in 2005.

Rob Wilco

Robert Wilco is the "owner" of Satchel and Bucky. He serves as the straight man between Satchel's goofy naïveté and Bucky's cynical hostility, observing their antics and those of their various animal friends with bemusement, amusement, or both. In the Get Fuzzy universe, virtually all animals talk, a situation that no one seems to find odd.

Rob is portrayed as a bit of an everyman: a mediocre performer in a job he dislikes, not successful romantically, and an all-around relatively quiet guy with a poor haircut and chronic lower back pain. His passions, which often border on obsessions, include sports (particularly the Boston Red Sox and the New Zealand All Blacks), video games, and books. Rob is often shown reading, usually while in bed. He seems to particularly like the Harry Potter series, as does Satchel. He is also a vegetarian due to what he feels are too cruel methods of killing the animals.

Many of Rob's interests are displayed visually rather than mentioned. From the t-shirts, hats, posters, statements, and books variously seen and heard in the strip, it can be assumed that Rob also likes the New Zealand rugby union team, South Doyle High School Track-and-field team (Conley's high school in Knoxville, Tennesseemarker), Irish Rugby Team, Quebec Nordiques (specifically Michel Goulet), St. Louis Cardinals (with a memorial to Darryl Kile inscribed on his hat), Britishmarker fantasy author C.S. Lewis, Manchester United F.C. (and, oddly, also archrivals Manchester City F.C.), Otago, New Zealand NPC rugby team, Belgian comic character Tintin, MXC, the Public Broadcasting Service, The Da Vinci Code, Garfield, Dilbert, South Park, The Simpsons, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, science fiction, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Peanuts, Dungeons & Dragons, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Weta Workshop, Family Guy, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the BBC television program Top Gear, the Marine Corps, the Evil Dead series, and blues, folk, and rock, specifically the music of Leo Kottke, The Ramones, Green Day, Dropkick Murphys, Ween, Pink Floyd, Sum 41 (as shown in a few strips where he wears a shirt which has Sum 41 across it,) John Lennon, R.E.M., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Regina Spektor, Radiohead, The Strokes, and Sprouts (a reference to Conley's brother's band).

At one time, Bucky, obsessed with a Persian who was living in the building, attempted to grow his hair out with a bottle of Rogaine. After two bottles were used and Rob flipped at the long tufts of hair that sprouted from the cat's head and chest, Bucky mixed some "no hair cream" with Rob's shampoo that he intended to use later. However, Rob got to the shampoo first, and as a result was bald for several weeks.

Rob's back has put him out of commission for three extended periods in the strip's history. On all three occasions, Bucky used the opportunity to steal Rob's wallet and establish his own dominion over the household.

Rob is a sports fan, and it is alleged by his friend Joe Doman that he named both pets after stars of baseball's Negro LeaguesBuck O'Neil and Satchel Paige (despite, as noted above, Rob saying he did so because of his one fang). An alternate theory (probably untrue) is that Bucky is named after late-1970s New York Yankees outfielder Bucky Dent who hit a game-winning home run against the Boston Red Sox in a tie-breaking playoff game to determine the American League Eastern Division champion in 1978. However, this has not been explored in the strip, though a joke about the words "Bucky dent" was used in 2001. Rob is named after two friends of Conley's graduating class at Doyle High School (now South-Doyle High School) in Knoxville, Tennesseemarker.

Rob's t-shirts often carry messages of a political nature. In the July 3, 2007 strip, soon after the United States Supreme Courtmarker issued a decision in the Bong hits 4 Jesus case, Rob was portrayed with a shirt that read "Dumb Hits 4 Judges". The Sunday before this, July 1, Rob's t-shirt displayed the flag of the Republic of Vermont. Political activists at the time of the strip were making headlines by renewing awareness of the effort to have Vermont secede from the United States.

His religion was only mentioned once, and he said (when asked if he minded saying what his religion was) that he "kind of did mind".

Antagonists

Fungo Squiggly

A neighboring 2-year-old- ferret whom Bucky intensely hates, Fungo Squiggly is Bucky's nemesis. He is very rough and borderline thuggish, often turning Bucky's plans to ignominious defeats. His hobby is allegedly chewing metal. The two frequently engage in fights which leave Satchel, Fungo's friend, in the middle. Fungo also smokes cigars, a habit which angers Bucky and annoys Rob. He works at "Ferret TV", a cable television channel specifically for ferrets, and the source of one conflict was Fungo's repeatedly finding ways to sneak hidden close-circuit video cameras.

When a new family moved into the apartment next door to Rob, they introduced Fungo as their pet. The amiable Satchel made friends with the newcomer easily, but Bucky immediately regarded Fungo as a mortal enemy. No explanation is ever given to Bucky's intense hatred for Fungo, save that Fungo did seem a bit aggressive in their first meeting, Although he whispers in Satchel's ear on occasion, Fungo does not speak audibly.

Bucky's attempts to defeat and/or humiliate Fungo almost invariably backfire, and often badly. For example, Bucky once tried to trap Fungo in a crude snare trap. Fungo yanked on the rope, causing Bucky to smack into a wall, loosing two teeth: his trademark cuspid and lower right prosterior moler. Bucky sued Fungo and took him to the Judge Judy TV show, where he inevitably lost. To add insult to injury, Fungo was seen wearing the smaller tooth on a necklace. When Bucky saw that, he charged at Fungo, only to be tackled by Satchel and have his fang break off yet again. Fungo still wears the small tooth around his neck to this day. Other plots have had similarly unintended consequences, such as Fungo's kidnapping of Bucky's beloved toy Smacky (twice). Another instance was when Bucky destroyed a large portion of a wall in an attempt to get Fungo once and for all. However, all that Bucky got was a small chunk of plaster to the head, thrown by Fungo. One memorably misguided attempt involved Bucky throwing a baseball at the ferret he took to be Fungo; the ball struck Fungo's mother and knocked her down a garbage chute. The two had a pie fight afterwards, though Rob broke it up as Fungo had filled his pie with tools. Another involved Bucky challenging Fungo to a duel using a Ms. Pretty prom glove, only to have the duel broken up by Chubby Huggs (see Chubby Huggs below). Many of Fungo's aggressions toward Bucky are simply reactions to the cat's attempted assaults, as Fungo does not seem to go looking for trouble.

Minor Cat Characters

Chubby Huggs

A portly, interminably cheerful cat who believes positive reinforcement (mostly through hugging) solves all problems, Chubby Huggs is referred to by Rob as the Dalai Lama of cats because of his peacemaking abilities. Once Chubby is locked in his hug position, he is unable to move for 10 minutes-a fact Rob used against him by tricking Chubby into hugging a teddy bear tightly so Satchel could carry him home. He once had a "little mouse friend" named Fowly Mouse who hated him and was vicious towards him even though Chubby would take the threats as words of kindness, à la Ignatz Mouse and Krazy Kat. Bucky later attempted to kill Fowly by giving him a used gerbil cage with a mouse trap buried under sawdust with a "leaky can of Cheez Whiz in it", trying to pass it off as a "dairy themed adventure park", saying the mousetrap was an exercise machine. Chubby is one of the few creatures that either Fungo Squiggly or Bucky is afraid of (not due to maliciousness, but due to the embarrassment and potential dangerous consequences of his constant hugging), as referenced during the attempted duel in the hallway which Chubby broke up by hugging both of them.

Mac Manc McManx

In a sequence that began September 19, 2006, Bucky met his cousin, Mac Manc McManx, otherwise known as Mac, M3, or M&M&M. Mac is a Manx cat (in reference to his last name, "McManx") lives in Manchester, Englandmarker. Mac uses British slang ("prat" and "mental," for instance). McManx explained that he and Bucky shared a common grandmother. Mac's father, Bucky's uncle, arrived in England during the First Gulf War from a place Mac only remembers being called "Otis". Despite Mac's generally cheery demeanor, his ears are laid back flat on his head like Bucky's which may indicate aggression runs in the McManx/Katt bloodlines. It was thought that Mac returned to England after living in Rob's kitchen and using Rob's sweater drawer as a litter box for the previous few weeks. However, he was really waiting at the airport for over a month, having been detained by Homeland Security because he lost his ticket and no one could understand him (it didn't help that a phone given to him by his friend Al was marked "Property of Al Kayada". He revealed he either has a dinner plate or a teacup embedded in his head, the result of an argument with his girlfriend Julie over which football team was better, Manchester United or Manchester City.

Buttercup

Buttercup is a cat belonging to Mrs. Wilco. She is shy, but aggressive. Mrs. Wilco, who had adopted Rob's vegetarian lifestyle, took it to a level Rob hadn't (and definitely wouldn't consider) with Bucky, and started feeding Buttercup vegetarian cat food. Buttercup asks Satchel to kill her, and just before they leave, Buttercup attacks Rob, begging for tuna. Rob gave Buttercup $400 and a take-out menu, from which she ordered "15 #5's with extra pig'.

Minor Human Characters

Joe Doman

Rob's friend and co-worker, Joe Doman is also one of the few people who gets along reasonably well with Bucky. He has also pet-sat Bucky and Satchel a few times. He also comments on the strange eating habits of the Wilco household when he is over for dinner. He is African-American. His name may be a parody on the phrase "you da man". Although for a period of time Joe was popularly cast throughout the strip he has not been seen because he got a job in France. Joe is also a fan of rugby, having worn a jersey of the Scottishmarker national team on a golf outing.Joe was originally drawn with beady eyes, but was later drawn with more detailed eyes (with a pupil and sclera).

Francis Wilco

Rob's father, Francis Wilco is a retired firefighter and former member of the United States Marine Corps (1969-1974) who reluctantly pet sits Bucky and Satchel from time to time. Although he doesn't mind hanging out with Satchel, Francis does not like Bucky, and is willing to do a fair amount to keep him out of his hair. He has thinning hair and is usually pictured with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. Like Bucky, he generally calls Rob "Robert".

Mrs. Wilco

Rob's mother, who has not yet been given a name. She live in an indeterminate place with her cat, Buttercup, and a dog named Chewie. Rob has visited her apartment on two separate occasions, once for Thanksgiving and once for Easter. The first time (Thanksgiving) Rob had to fly there, but the second time he was able to drive, implying she might have moved. She has joined Rob in adopting a vegetarian diet, and has gone further to the point of forcing her cat Buttercup upon the diet.

Roger Wilco

Roger Wilco is Rob's "idiot brother" (according to Francis), who visited briefly in 2005. He made a previous, silent appearance at a memorial service to honor the firefighters killed in the September 11 attacks in 2001 shown shortly after the attacks. His first appearance, though, was in a color strip, a spoof of MTV's Jackass in which Rob allowed himself to be attacked by Bucky. The third time Rob's back went out he pet sat for Bucky and Satchel. His name is a pun on "roger, wilco", a phrase from 1940's naval radio code meaning "message received, will comply". Roger also visited the apartment after Rob's back went out, which is the longest time he has been in a strip, and the first time he has spoken with Rob.

William (Wilco?)

Rob's Marine cousin, called "Willie" by Satchel, who lost a leg in the Iraq War. An uncharacteristically serious story arc showed Rob meeting William's plane when he returned home. He was sad that Dunkin' Donuts no longer made crullers, a sentiment shared by Satchel.

Minor Dog Characters

Mrs. Pooch

Satchel's mother, who doesn't have a name yet. She is the shar-pei part of Satchel. On their vacation to Canada, Mrs. Pooch was very happy to see her son. She told Rob, Bucky, and Satchel that Copernicus had to go to Feline Acceptance Classes for a week because he bit their neighbors' nice cat. She is cheerful, like Satchel. None of Satchel's seven other brothers and sister have been mentioned.

Oreo

Oreo is an old friend and love interest of Satchel's. She has the fur patterns of a Border Collie but is more terrier sized. Although she is Satchel's love interest, she is supposedly more interested in a bomb dog called Chaser.

Ira Chihuahua

Ira Chihuahua is a generally irritable (though not to the extent of Bucky) chihuahuamarker who first appeared in Satchel's dog conference and appeared a second time. Ira prefers to go by his initial, I (as a play on the term "ai chihuahua"). In his second appearance, he was telling Satchel at the playgroup that he had worms in his stomach.

Motor

Motor is an old friend of Satchel. He is much more aggressive than Satchel when it comes to Bucky's insults, though this does not seem to deter him. He is 3/4th Belgian Tervuren and is offended when someone calls him a German Shepard, though he looks like one.

Smoky

Smoky is an old friend of Satchel's who has a smoked pattern to his fur.

Negative reactions

Pittsburgh

Many residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker reacted angrily to an October 30, 2003 strip. When Bucky, observing that a large number of tourist packages were based on landmarks or other features, asks a travel agent for suggested destinations "based primarily on smell", the agent promptly produces a brochure from the Pittsburgh Board of Tourism. This was originally intended as an "in-joke" jab at a friend who lives in the Pittsburgh area. Conley later confessed shock over the large volume of hate mail and even death threats he received in response, and Pittsburgh city officials publicly denounced the strip.

An apology promised by Conley took a rather unexpected form. The 2003-11-17 strip questions why the Pittsburgh joke caused such an uproar and archly notes that several protesters rather hypocritically stated that New Jerseymarker smelled worse than Pittsburgh. Satchel closes the strip by explaining that the original strip "should have made it more clear that it was [nearby borough] Sewickley Heightsmarker that smells", coupled with a post-it note advertising an apology to Sewickly Heights. Unsurprisingly, this "apology" failed to appease many of those who had complained.

Conley took things a step further in the next three strips, the first of which showed a survey in which voters ranked the five smelliest places in the United States (and a few in Canada]]. In order, they were ranked Cleveland, Ohiomarker ("Remember: Get Fuzzy didn't say this one!), New Jersey ("Not technically a city, but, hey"), Philadelphiamarker ("Or, as 'Burghers call it, 'Filthydelphia'"), Darby Conley's "@##" ("Again, not technically a city, per se"), and New Orleansmarker ("Worse than Lubbockmarker, but better than Darby Conley's @##!").

The second showed apparent greeting signs/tourism slogans for people that come into Pittsburgh. Featured were "Pittsburgh: Turn Left at Eriemarker", "Pittsburgh: If You Smell Anything, It's Coming from Ohiomarker", and "Pittsburgh: Gateway to Clevelandmarker!"

The third and final one showed Satchel and Bucky as trading cards, with Satchel being "Mario Lepooch" (a parody of Pittsburgh Penguins owner and star Mario Lemieux) and Bucky being "Buck Tekulve" (after former Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve). The last panel showed Satchel wearing a Cleveland Browns hat and Bucky in a LeBron James jersey in a final insult to Pittsburghers.

At the time of the controversy, Get Fuzzy did not run in any Pittsburgh newspapers. Ironically, however, the strip now runs in the city's Post Gazette and Tribune-Review papers.

Bob Lobel

A strip published on May 13, 2005 resulted in legal action. In the original strip, Rob, Bucky and Satchel are watching television. Satchel asks "Is this sportscaster... drunk?" Rob replies "Lobel? Who knows. He's like some TV outreach program or something." Lobel has been reported as having appeared on air in an intoxicated state which Lobel denies.

Less than a week later, Bostonmarker sportscaster Bob Lobel filed a libel lawsuit against Conley, United Features Syndicate, and the New Bedfordmarker Standard-Times newspaper. The New Bedford paper was named specifically because it did not censor the strip as several other Boston-area papers did, including The Boston Globe; most either refused to run the strip or substituted "Him?" in place of Lobel's name. The lawsuit claimed that the strip was both personally and professionally damaging, especially given that his contract was under negotiation for renewal at the time.

On November 16, 2005, a brief article in the Boston Herald reported that Lobel and Conley had settled the suit out of court. Conley made a public apology to Lobel, saying the strip was not intended to imply that he had been drunk on the air. Further details of the settlement were confidential, but the Herald quoted an unnamed source as saying Conley had made a substantial donation to charity.

The strip was left out of the Get Fuzzy collection Take Our Cat, Please.

Collections

Title Publication Date ISBN Strips collected
The Dog Is Not a Toy: House Rule #4 April 15, 2001 ISBN 0-7407-1392-2
Fuzzy Logic April 1, 2002 ISBN 0-7407-2198-4
The Get Fuzzy Experience April 2, 2003 ISBN 0-7407-3300-1
Blueprint for Disaster October 1, 2003 ISBN 0-7407-3808-9
Say Cheesy May 28, 2005 ISBN 0-7407-4663-4 2002-11-17 - 2003-08-31
Scrum Bums September 1, 2006 ISBN 0-7407-5001-1 2003-09-01 - 2004-06-13
I'm Ready for My Movie Contract September 1, 2007 ISBN 978-0-7407-6922-1 2004-06-14 - 2005-03-26
Take Our Cat, Please May 1, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7407-7095-1 2005-03-27 - 2006-01-29
Ignorance, Thy Name Is Bucky April 21, 2009 ISBN 978-0-7407-8098-1 2006-01-30 - 2006-12-09
Dumbheart October 20, 2009 ISBN 978-0-7407-9189-5 2006-12-10 - 2007-10-07


Treasuries

Treasuries contain two books in one binding with some color strips.

Title Date ISBN Notes
Groovitude September 2, 2002 ISBN 0-7407-2894-6 Contains The Dog Is Not a Toy and Fuzzy Logic
Bucky Katt's Big Book of Fun April 2004 ISBN 0-7407-4136-5 Contains The Get Fuzzy Experience and Blueprint for Disaster
Loserpalooza May 7, 2007 ISBN 978-0-7407-5709-9 Contains Say Cheesy and Scrum Bums
The Potpourrific Great Big Grab Bag of Get Fuzzy September 1, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7407-7367-9 Contains I'm Ready for My Movie Contract and Take Our Cat, Please


Reception and awards

Initially appearing in 75 newspapers nationally, the strip grew in popularity very quickly.

Conley received the National Cartoonist Society Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 2002 for his work on Get Fuzzy.

References

  1. Pittsburgh Not Laughing At Smelly Joke - Travel News Story - KCRA Sacramento
  2. Comic strip apology to really isn't
  3. Head Games - Boston Magazine
  4. WGBH: Greater Boston
  5. Error - BostonHerald.com


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