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  • Dorothy
    July 17, 2009

    “The Bobbsey Twins and Baby May received what is regarded as the most extreme rewrite; it is a story about the Bobbsey family’s adventures trying to find the parents of a foundling baby. Since, by the 1960s, modern social services had rendered the original story utterly implausible, an entirely new novel was written about the twins’ adventures with a baseball-playing baby elephant.” wikipedia

  • Jorpho
    July 17, 2009

    When I think of librarians, I think of how much like the Internet they’d be if they were drunk and wouldn’t shut up.

  • Kris
    July 17, 2009

    Now do one about how knitters aren’t just grandmas and gay men, please.

  • Ross Hershberger
    July 17, 2009

    The Bobbseys made a big impression on me. From memory: Bert, Nan, Freddie, Flossie. That’s going back 40 year and one serious head injury ago.

  • zhaf
    July 17, 2009

    Hilarious! (Standard “it’s funny cause it’s true” statement inserted here.)

  • Bren Collins
    July 17, 2009

    I despise how almost every Internet “news” article dealing with public nudity has a reference to being “cheeky.” Does anyone even SAY “cheeky” anymore?

  • Dan
    July 17, 2009


    why NPR?

  • A Librarian
    July 17, 2009

    I think this is about to become the 4th Cat and Girl strip posted on my office door.

  • Cloud
    July 17, 2009

    Ah, National Pentagon Radio.

  • idkrash
    July 17, 2009

    Freakin’ sweet stereo.

  • d1rge
    July 17, 2009

    Is it me or has Cat and Girl always been Charlie Brown with an off-the-wall anthropomorphic cat instead of an off-the-wall dog and an intelligent but morose girl instead of an intelligent but morose boy?

    Just saiyan, Goku.

  • brian
    July 17, 2009

    What’s a job where you can not do too much, but still act superior? Hipsters love being librarians.

  • Puggy J. Jones
    July 17, 2009

    If the Babysitter’s Club are the Ramones, then the Bobbsey Twins are…?

  • Ben
    July 17, 2009

    You might think video games are just for nerdy teenaged boys, but …

  • talcotts
    July 17, 2009

    I heard that story/intro (bookcart dancing at ALA, right?) on my way home from work, and had the exact same reaction.

    You’d think that NPR, of all news outlets, might know something about librarians. Or not.

  • yachris
    July 17, 2009

    Comparing Cat and Girl to Peanuts?

    What are you, psychotic? They’re both in black and white. They contain human and non-human speaking parts. And that’s… it.

    Cat is *nothing* like Snoopy. Girl is *NOTHING* *WHATSOEVER* like Charlie Brown. Dorothy, thank heavens, is nothing like Charles Shulz. Particularly towards the end, when he could only bitterly rant through the comics about how “underground” comics were the end of the universe.

  • michael
    July 17, 2009

    I just like the way the newsreader actually responds to Girl.

  • ken
    July 17, 2009

    What’s a job where you can not do too much, but still act superior? Hipsters love being librarians.

    serious? you know nothing about libraries and how they function. this is the type of recurring comment that pisses librarians off to no end. in fact, im at work at the library right now and almost couldnt contain my outrage

  • Andre
    July 17, 2009

    It’s Renee Montagne, right?

  • Krepta
    July 17, 2009

    The last panel is reminiscent of an Onion headline a friend of mine came up with: a picture of Peter Griffin or whatever with the line: “Animated Cartoons: 100 Years Of Not Being Just For Kids Anymore”

  • C.
    July 17, 2009

    Cat and Girl may be different, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out Peanuts was one of Dorothy’s inspirations… *everybody* was inspired by Peanuts.

  • Nny
    July 18, 2009

    i never read the bobsey twins. i was a nancy drew and hardy boys fan. and my librarian in school wasnt like any of the descriptions here. she seemed pretty normal. the librarian in our city library was a mexican. mexican american. hispanic. uh latina. screw it she was brown. im brown too. i prefer hispanic.

  • Tech Librarian
    July 18, 2009

    I’m a librarian and the only one of our librarians who dressed like that for work was Matt when he decided to come in cross-dressed. heh.

  • Divine Right
    July 19, 2009

    I actually listened to that story about the dancing librarians on NPR. I don’t remember being so much outraged by the cliché intro but more by the fact that someone actually considered it “news”. I, unfortunately, did not have the radio talk back to me.

  • idkrash
    July 20, 2009

    While both C.B. and G. are non-sexualized, etc characters snoopy was a f*k-g mime. I mean g-d d*m!7 cat is soooo much more than snoopy could ever hope to be. (a fuging mime)

  • thorn
    July 20, 2009

    i jorpho.

  • thorn
    July 20, 2009

    darnit. that’s s’posed to be

    i heart jorpho.

    ‘pparently the pointy brackets hides wordses.

  • Kirstin
    July 20, 2009

    I assume the stereotypical librarian was inspired by the Librarian Action Figure, seen here: http://www.mcphee.com/items/11247.html Unsurprisingly, the model for the Librarian Action Figure was Nancy Pearl, also a frequent quest commentator on NPR

  • Rhonda
    July 20, 2009

    “Not do too much …” Sigh, as I wipe off the dripping sweat after hauling folding chairs down the attic steps, make coffee and slice cheese while people are filing in for a meeting, with the phone hugged to my ear telling an irate patron I’m sorry but the book you ordered last week hasn’t come yet, after I walked a bike in the parade on Saturday and drove over an hour on Sunday to pick up an educational kit for a program that was given out to someone else in error … I guess I’m still looking for the library job where you “don’t do too much…”

  • John K
    July 20, 2009

    I have to agree with an earlier poster, awesome stereo.

  • Dorothy
    July 20, 2009

    “By the 1950s, movies had established the stereotype of librarians as “spinsters” and “eggheads”.[1] Thus, female movie librarians are usually unmarried, prim, and introverted. They are usually young and may be attractive, but dress drably and are sexually repressed. In movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life and The Music Man, their careers are characterized as a “fate worse than death”.” (thanks wikipedia)

  • Carey
    July 21, 2009

    Kris I couldn’t agree more!!! We knitters are more then just old ladies and gay men, we are also nerds and cat women!!

  • Michael
    July 22, 2009

    Hey, librarians are more than public librarians too!

    Why do all these “debates” always confine themselves to one field of librariandom? :(

  • Another Librarian
    July 23, 2009

    “What’s a job where you can not do too much, but still act superior? Hipsters love being librarians.”

    Try shadowing one for a day, Brian. You’d be surprised how much we do, and how little support, financial or otherwise, we often receive to do it. Most of us are in the field for love, despite having to deal with people like you on a daily basis.

  • ceciliaflyer
    July 24, 2009

    and how Canada is always “our neighbor to the north” – hey, it’s BIG, you can find it on a map if you’re not sure where it is.

  • speedy
    July 26, 2009

    Just so you know, I work for NPR and have just purchased a print of this comic to hang prominently in my office area :)

  • Dave
    August 3, 2009

    I want to hear the news stories start with “Webster’s Dictionary defines Librarian as …”

  • Age
    August 7, 2009

    Wham! Kapow!

  • Dreaming Pixel
    October 16, 2009

    My highschool librarian was the cutest thing in the building.

  • Sentient Librarian
    December 15, 2009

    Librarians are not things.

  • chase
    March 14, 2010

    ahaha! applauding.

  • Ralph
    June 21, 2013

    I think journalists get their concepts of real life and porn mixed up quite a bit.

  • Golux
    October 4, 2013

    Or the old stinky Pedo in the Internet kiosk next to you cursing because his kiddie porn site’s been blocked.

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