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The Japanese Beetle! for February 02, 2004
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February 02, 2004
Looks like I'm free from the threat of a deadly produce barrage. Assuming I can get a strip up tomorrow, that is. If it looks anything half as good as this strip does, I'll be happy.

Also, this is as good a time as any to give a shout-out to actor Ken Watanabe from The Last Samurai. Not like I've ever met him or anything like that. No, just by existing he's driving a couple dozen hits to the site every month, and that's only increased since he's been nominated for an Oscar.

Book: Philip Roth, "Portnoy's Complaint" (page 100)
Movie: Alan Resnais, "Hiroshima Mon Amour"
Music: They Might Be Giants, "Purple Toupee"

February 03, 2004
As I was putting the finishing touches on this strip, I realized that the punch-line should be "The Squeal-Good Hit of the Season." But such is the benefit of hindsight.

February 04, 2004
For the squeamish, I promise that this will be the last you see of Deliverance! Not because I couldn't write any more - but because even I realize that there's a certain point where you should just stop.

In other news, the Japanese Beetle! was just reviewed by the WebComic Book Club. You can read their review here and my thoughts on their comments here.

Music: Avril Lavigne, "Sk8er Boi"

The Japanese Beetle and all related characters are copyright ©1998-2004 by Dave "The Knave" White. All rights reserved. Any passing resemblance to any actual persons, living or dead or otherwise, is purely coincidental except when it isn't. Really, we swear. Please don't sue us. Published on line by 741.5 Comics.