How Do I Find Old Zits Strips?

The questions we’re most frequently asked is, “One time, like maybe three years ago, or possibly ten, you did this strip where the kid is wearing big shoes, and he says something to somebody, and it was really funny. Could you find the date for me?”
You might be surprised to learn that we here at Zits World Headquarters have no more idea how to find it than you do. After we finish a strip we toss it out our 97th floor window and hit Happy Hour at the Make It Go Away Bar & Grill downstairs.
But — surprise! — you can find that strip yourself without breaking a sweat.
To the right of this blog there’s a search window called “Search Blog.” Enter a few key words and you’ll probably find what you’re looking for.
You can also try:
or
Happy hunting!
Jim and Jerry

The Mishmash Whisperer

zitscolor16.3.14Ed M. sent us this great email:

After spending 2 1/2 years “decoding” a large group of family letters (702 to be exact), I couldn’t resist attempting to transcribe the overlaid text in the first panel of today’s strip. I’m also fairly certain that I’m not the first to try this, as most people, including me, are nosy about what’s in a message they can’t read. I’ll say that compared to some 150–year old letters, it was still hard to read. And, shucks, no secret message! Just to be honest: HOT DATE WHICH EMILY THOUGHT WAS REALLY RUDE AND I TOTALLY AGREED HE WAS OUT OF LINE I MEAN JUST BECAUSE HES A SENIOR DOESNT GIVE HIM THE RIGHT TO BE OBNOXIOUS

I’m not going to try the third panel, but am just curious if you have a following that regularly transcribes these tangles? I always enjoy your strip, even with no teens in the house. Best regards and keep up the good work!

Ed M.

 

Hi Ed,

I just love your letter — it still has me smiling! No one has ever contacted us to say they’ve decoded my mishmash, so I thought maybe the only person who ever tried was our editor Evelyn at King Features Syndicate, whose job is to make sure we don’t sneak anything inappropriate onto the comics page. I delight in making her brow furrow, and suspect that many of her gray hairs have my name on them.

Glad you spent your efforts on this particular example of harmless garble, but I’m not promising they’re all so innocent!

Jim (and Jerry)

Our Buddy Merl

UnknownIt was tough to see that Merl Reagle died the other day at a very young 65.

Jerry and I met Merl at the Tucson Festival of Books a few years ago. For a crossword fanatic like me, it was like meeting a rockstar. Merl brought a wicked sense of humor to constructing, and almost single-handedly stole puzzles from the blue-rinse ghetto when he hit the scene.

His first words upon meeting us were, “You guys made ZITS useable in crossword puzzles.” And indeed we have shown up in a few.

It was an honor to illustrate Merl’s best-of crossword book commemorating the 100th anniversary of the puzzles last year. It’s a must-have for any true solver. Rest in peace, friend.Merl