Monday, October 06, 2008

Regarding The Fade To Black

"For they presented a wide and spacious field through which the pen might run without any obstacles, describing shipwrecks, storms, clashes, and battles; portraying a brave captain with all the qualities needed for such a part, showing him cautious in forestalling the craftiness of his enemies and eloquent in persuading or dissuading his soldiers, prudent in counsel, prompt in resolution, as courageous in awarding as in delivering an attack;"
Miguel De Cervantes Saaverdra
Don Quixote


Blogger Heneghan said...

'tis truly a Bummer
great strip Carl
look forward to '09
and even some more SLM

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Season! Enjoyed the team, enjoyed the comics, enjoyed the end.

Carl, great year, great finish.

Loyal Sox & "Palehose" Fan

8:09 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Look! Blackhawks season!

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aawwwwww. so sad. i didn't realize how sad i was til i saw this. it was quite a season.

great job, carl. thanks for making my memories better memories!

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl and the Sox, thanks for an entertaining year, we found 2 good pitchers, a future SS, and a HR hitter, not bad. Kenny has some trade bait, we'll get 'em next year. Can't wait for next year's theme. In the mean time... Smells like Mascot! The Bulls and Bears should be good for a few laughs.

Thanks again, Carl.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I came here first after the loss. Before WSI, before espn. Carl you make the good times great and the bad times palatable.

Thank you for all of your efforts! You are very creative and funny!

See you in '09

9:38 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

you've made for another very very entertaining read throughout a roller coaster season. you do great work, thanks so much.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to the Palehose 9 and another, more succesful, trip to the Post Seas.

Great job all year long. I definitely had some favorites this year, along with some others from the past two years.

I kind of want to see what Stoney's gonna be like next year, along with Hawk.

I liked how you brought back the Palehose 6 pirate theme. Definitely added a bit of nostalgia.

Onto next year! Go Sox! Good work all year!

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for another great year despite the outcome. Please bring it back next year!

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed your comic strips and white sox baseball all year, but all good things must come to an end. Fade to Black - So appropriate!
It was a great season for our Sox and an unfortunate ending, but I can't wait for next year and Palehose 9!

Thanks Carl!

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a strip in which the Ray has compassion on (or gets indigestion from) Don Guillote and his crew and spits them back out onto land? Then they can start planning for next season.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capt'n hand. Don't give up the ship!

11:11 PM  
Anonymous WS=L said...

Some people may feel our White Sox overachieved this season, Carl, but you were consistently and thoroughly on your game -- and I'm sure you've got another few in you.

Poignant and humorous, as always.

Take care.

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's a pic of alexei that is about as sad as your strip. his heart looks broken.,100608soxg.photogallery

11:49 PM  
Anonymous G.I. Joe said...

Hi. I've been reading your comic strip since about halfway through the season and never left a comment until now. I think your work is OUTSTANDING. I love the artwork, as it is only paralleled by the hilarious dialogue! I looked forward to seeing if you made updates any time we'd have a big game, a lousy stretch or if "Don Guillote" went on a profanity laced tirade. Hope you continue to make these for years to come. Thanks for the entertainment and GO WHITE SOX!!!

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh well. It was a nice ride. Frustrating. Annoying. Agravating...but a nice ride. There were a lot of injuries this year. Goodbye Crede. Goodbye Griff. Goodbye Floyd. Hello Qeuntin. Hello Danks. Hello Richard.

I smell that Mascot?

4:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I did't want this season to end yet, I kinda am at ease right now. We ended up well above expectations with a good glimpse at the future, all will be well.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then go ahead and finish the story!

I'm happy with Sox Season, we lost to a better team. There is no shame in that. If you wait to draw the ending until they Win the WS, then it could be 100 or more years before we see it.

If anyone can come up with a way to do it, you can.

Good Season!

4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a bad place for the end...but it was fun while it lasted.

5:59 AM  
Anonymous mdmnd9294 said...

Very good season for the Sox, considering the expectations in March, the injuries, and the ride of the final 8 games. I think they led by no more than 2.5 games from the end of June to the end of the season - that's pressure baseball.
Excellent season for you, Skancho Danza, for enriching the experience. Mercy!

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl -

Thank you for a wonderful year of Palehose 8! Looking forward to next year.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Jmore said...

I bet the "Twinkies" would have done alot better....You guys Sux!!

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Carl -
thanks for another entertaining season. good luck to you and your wife and the babies this off season

can't wait for the PH9 and spring training.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Flip said...

Thanks Carl.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

Thanks for another great season, Carl. I look forward to see what you have in store for 2009.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl, consistently your best year yet with the Palehose.

Hope you can take to time to entertain us again next season.

Go Sox!!

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laughs man.

10:19 AM  
Blogger carl said...

Thanks everyone. Smells Like Mascot will be back this weekend.

I'm a little too Palehosed-out right now to fathom doing this again next year. Although, when I made a comment like this last night, my wife rolled her eyes and said, "That's what you say every year."

Right now, I envision a year-round Smells Like Mascot-type strip next summer. You'll get nothing but Q-Ribe, bullpen snakes, and Jedi mind trick strips every week. I know that people enjoyed those particular strips, but I think the story element is what makes the strip unique and fun to follow. The serial comic strip is a lost art, and I'm proud that so many people have gotten behind my crazy ideas. You're not as dumb as the newspaper comic section suggests you are.

Thanks again.


Smells Like Mascot. Friday morning. Be there. I'm not going anywhere.

10:58 AM  
Blogger IBerg said...


I am very grateful to have gotten to see 3 years of Palehose. I started reading your strip half way through 2007. I had to go back and read Palehose6 from the beginning a year late, but I don’t think much was lost. I was able to re-live the whole 2006 season through your strip (all the pain and everything). I think this strip serves as a record of history for our chosen diversion. I hope you continue to draw this strip. It must be hard to try to not only convey what we are all feeling in real time about our team, but to try to tie that in to a larger theme as well, takes a stroke of genius! You are a master. THANKS

12:19 PM  
Anonymous colbeagle said...

Yes - the ongoing storyline is the absolute best part. I love the one-offs, too, but Captain Hand and Don Guillote are what keep me coming back.

Thanks for a great year - have you ever considered putting these into a book, or even just a printable PDF? I'd pay money for that.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Thank you, Carl! I sincerely hope you can get a deal to publish your Palehose adventures and I will be first in line! You've become a special (not special in the "specaio bus" way) part of the baseball season for me and lots of other Sox fans. Now it's time to change my clothes from black & gray to navy & orange.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Bry said...

Carl, as always, excellent strip, excellent journey. Thanks for all of the strips. If there is a PH9, that would be great, but if there is not, never take these blogs down so we can always go back and relive the seasons.

Go White SOX!

12:49 PM  
Blogger No Mercedes said...

Beautiful, just bleeping beautiful. One more play off game than the other Chicago ball team too. Not that anyone is counting.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Soxdad06 said...

I just got turned onto your strip late this season just as we got into the playoffs. Great stuff! I can't wait until next season! Great work and thanks!!!

Whiting, IN
New "Palehose" fan

2:07 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

As someone who has been around since the beginning of the Palehose adventures, I'm consistently impressed with the head shaking humor and subtle references. It's smart comic strip writing with a goofy sense of humor I love.

Having said that, now it's time to put the 5 Palehose starting senior citizens (Konerko, Griffey, Thome, Dye and Contreras) on a Viking funeral ship and set the boat on fire.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous crazybrojohn said...

I think you actually outdid the previous Palehose strips this year... lot harder to find humor in the ups and downs (especially the final downer.) Great wrap-up; hope you keep doing this a long time (and you make some money at it!)

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfectly poignant strip to end the season, with just enough humor to leave us with a hint of a smirk on our faces.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous eric said...


Look at all your fans here. Why don't you charge $5 for a subscription to your strip for the season. Even if it's only a weekly strip, many people enjoy it and you shouldn't need to work for free. You are a father now and I know time gets a bit more precious. Good luck in that you do. Can't wait for Friday.

3:42 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Or we could all contribute for a "self-published" book.

I'd pay for a signed copy

8:31 AM  
Blogger madman on the loose said...

I was hoping the crew could survive the giant ray and make it to the Island of Trophanea to battle the Knights of the Green Monster.

However, without its best player, the Sox were overmatched.

Great job this year on the strip and if there is no PH9, thank you for three entertaining years. I look forward to the upcoming SLM.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first time I read your Palehose strip. I loved it! I had to go back and read all the old ones.

I'm a new Palehose fan and somehow I stumbled on to your strip. I'm so glad I did. I do hope you continue the Palehose series next year. They are hysterical!

Great job! Go Sox!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous FarmiosFarmSystem said...

"Guess we did need a bigger boat."

Great art, great strips, great freakin comedy gold!

See ya next year rock.

Keep up the good work.

12:32 AM  
Blogger Sox Machine said...

If this is your last PH# for a while, thanks. And even if it isn't, thanks.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Minneapolis Red Sox said...

As a baseball fan, I'll miss the comics until next spring.

Congrats on another strong showing this year.

See you in '09.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous brianS said...

Carl: as a Twins fan, I'll say your work is so good it almost made me wish the Sox' season weren't over.

Great stuff all year.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU KNOW, the more I read this, the more sad I get. This is a classic ending to a saga. The heroes don't win, but the journey was AWESOM! I have the feeling I walked out of a movie and the bad guy won. I respect fight the main charaters put up. I'm sad but satisfied. This would be an Oscar nominated movie because it felt me with the same feeling most of those movies leaves me with.

The respect or acknowlegement that Don Guillote gives "Skancho Danza" resonates. It's very moving.

Maybe, I'm just a dork... but I had to say it.

Thanks for the season strip and thanks to the White Sox for actually living it and taking me along.


9:50 AM  
Blogger carl said...

Thanks AB. I love your comment, because you're actually describing the great aspects of Don Quixote. I can't take credit for inventing much of the story, but I'm happy if I successfully translated the feeling of Don Quixote into a comic strip.


12:20 PM  
Anonymous Wsox4life said...

As a new fan I ask for you to plz do this again next season

1:38 PM  

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