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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/10/2010

'PIBGORN': McEldowney & Universal UClick remove comments section

By Michael Cavna

pibgorn1.gif (courtesy of Universal UClick)

You can continue to enjoy Brooke McEldowney's sumptious "PiBGORN" cartoons and sketches at As of this week, however, you simply can no longer comment on them.

Universal UClick announced Thursday that it has decided, in partnership with the artist, to remove the feature's online comments section due to the "mature" nature of the conversation.

"The Pibgorn comments sections have long presented a prickly issue," the syndicate writes. "The atmosphere was at odds with both Brooke's intentions in creating and displaying his art, and with our goals for the GoComics community. It was a problem with no easy solution."

In apologizing for the sudden switch, the syndicate notes: "We hope that Pibgorn fans will continue to enjoy Brooke's work and the other great talents on display here at, and that you will continue to take part in the GoComics community."

If "Pibgorn" fans are determined to make their voices heard elsewhere, it will be eminently interesting -- and fruitful -- to follow where they might migrate.

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By Michael Cavna  | December 10, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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Fans of Pibgorn have long had an alternative site, by invitation only, as a result of the "bridge substructure symbionts" AKA trolls. I would assume flagging for removal just became too tedious. The removal of comments was by repeated request of the author, as previously were the tags.

One only has to peruse the WAPO comments sections to understand the decision.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | December 10, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Pibgorn is certainly worth reading. Between the quality of the art and some glorious storytelling, this is one of my must-read comics. So, of course, is 9 Chickweed Lane.

Posted by: AndrewfromNH | December 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that Brooke McEldowney and UClick no longer allow the posting of comments about "Pibgorn" on It should be noted that comments haven't been allowed on his other strip, "9 Chickwood Lane", over at for quite a long time now. I suspect this is in fact not due to the "adult" (???) nature of the reader's comments, since if kids are old enough to read the strips (and look at Pibgorn art), then they are old enough to read the comments about them as well. I suspect the commentary has been turned off (on both strips) mainly because so many readers constantly take McEldowney to task for the implausibility, incomprehensibility, and overall poor narrative quality of his story arcs, which seem to drag on forever.

Posted by: seismic-2 | December 11, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

seismic-2, I agree. And then there is the overt sexuality of the strips, paired with a kittenish denial of same - "Oh, you all have dirty minds, titter titter". Hard to keep that sort of thing up when you allow comments from the peanut gallery.

Posted by: marshlc | December 12, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I couldn't help but notice that the removal of the Pibgorn comments section coincided with what had to be the most nonsensical and unnecessarily convoluted storyline of any comic strip that I have ever seen in all of my fifty-three years.
The alternate explanation is Brooke McEldowney is simply a high-strung dilettante who is unable to tolerate the racket generated by the happy commoners he attracts. Although art is not supposed to be by committee, the celebration of art is. But if Mr. McEldowney does not want us on his lawn, then he should close the gate.
Without input from an audience, I expect that Pibgorn will soon become a masturbatory vanity piece that will provide proof that Brooke McEldowney should retire from cartooning and focus on music genres that no longer interest the general public.

Posted by: coelacanth1938 | December 17, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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