tip off

So long and thanks for all the thanks


  • 51
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    No, say it ain’t true!

    Andrew Marlton, you have been bloody marvellous, yours has been an outstanding and noble contribution to Australian sanity.

    I hope that you will reappear shortly under another alias, perhaps Last Cat Off Uranus.

    Best wishes, Steve Saunders

  • 52
    Cathy Pace
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! My day, my year, has rooned!!

  • 53
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck in your campaign to hound the guardians

  • 54
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    will follow you to the G but I wanted to thank you and wish you success and good editors that let your freak flag fly.

  • 55
    Le Hazurier
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Noooooooooooooooo, first dog, I rearry, rearry ruv you. I’m howling as loud as a real papier-mache dog at the moooooooooooooooon. Your calendar, mouse pad, signed poster…. to me they be like bones dup up and chewed some more! May you continue to enlighten, laughen and educaten me elsewhere.
    PS - what was the farewell card from your Crikey colleagues like?!

  • 56
    Red Bob
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    On behalf of Brendas everywhere, thanks. I hope I can speak for every Brenda out there, when I assure you that we will continue to “fcuk their shit up”.

  • 57
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    There’s gonna be a massive gaping hole here from now on.

  • 58
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh Drovers’… I left you out… many apologies!! Bringing round the van now

  • 59
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    You were/are a breath of fresh air . . in a fog/miasma, world of political dog shit!

  • 60
    Bernie Woiwod
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I have just renewed my subscription to Crikey.
    No First Dog. I want my money back!!!


  • 61
    Andrew Bartlett
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    congratulations and best wishes and thanks for some truly great works of humour/art/cartoobing

  • 62
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Don’t it always seem to be,
    That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.
    They paid Firsty mice, and and pissed off the farkin’ lot.

    Thanks for the mammaries (Gina the Giant Floating Boob Turtle), Zombie KRC and all of the marsupialist, weapons-grade whimsy FD. Also for hosting the best little lounge on the planet. Dogonauts - Preeeesent (…wait for it…) Legs! Perhaps we could occupy the Grauniad and have boozy, maudlin reunions each year on World Shark Day.

    Enjoy the ride, and the malts, and the company of native species - we expect to hear all about it at the Grauniad.

    PS Thanks, also, to Jonathan Green for helping with the spawning of a phenomenon, and to Crikey for supporting it.

  • 63
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Enjoy a well-earned whisky in Tassy.

    Somehow, one of my favs seems appropriate here: http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/06/29/is-that-it-is-that-all-there-is/

  • 64
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for all the toons, the ones that make me snigger, giggle, the roar laughing, scratch my head in confusion, shed a tear and above all make me look at things the way a marsupial might. I hope there will there be a Lounge at the Granuadid, though I fear it won’t be as laid-back as it is here.

    And thanks to all the Dogonaut Lounge members, Crikey won’t be the same when they close the bar here for the last time.

    Bon Voyage M. Premier Chien sur la Lune.

  • 65
    Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Just make sure the peoples at the Guardian don’t take you for “a nice drive to see the lady in the white coat”. You’ll wake up without your testicles….

  • 66
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Dog. Best wishes for your new job. I’ve still got my calendar to enjoy until December.,,

    The bong smoking underpants is an image that will haunt me…

  • 67
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Thank you First Dog. I fear I won’t see you all the time at the Guardian. I’ll make a special effort to read it just for you…

  • 68
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Bound to happen Shaniq’ua, you know what those poms are like: intra-class iconoclasm only. I don’t think firstdog knows what he’s signed up for, maybe he can keep them in a jar, or on a necklace like Barney..

  • 69
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink


  • 70
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    FIRST DOG: I tried to get here sooner but had computer problems.

    I think it will be your fate-no matter if you remain at the Guardian or go on to other places-to never be loved as much as your first audience at Crikey has loved you.

    Good luck and thanks for your genius.



  • 71
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    ERIC BEECHER: I hates yer! No I don’t, but I do. Sob!

  • 72
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 7:30 pm | Permalink


  • 73
    Queen of Nambour
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    And just where are we all going to meet and digest? Did you think of us Mr Dog? No …clearly not. Well, this is just simply not good enough. We fed you, we petted you, we washed you, carried little warm plastic bags when we went walkies and this is what we get in return. You just wander off, tail in the air and live with the neighbours while we sit here bereft, overcome with grief and loss and wondering what to do with a half a bag of Goodos. This is absurd. At my age I don’t want another dog. I expected this one to last at least another couple of years and last until I went to the retirement village. I think I’m going to have to take two medicinal G&T’s and book a foot massage with Sven to get over the pain.

  • 74
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    What Queen of Nambour @ 67 said.

  • 75
    The Quiet One
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank goodness I still have my ABC Interpretive Dance Bandicoot iphone cover. I had to buy the super new GOLD SHINY GORGEOUS iphone just so I could put the ugly blue plastic cover on it. My admiration knows no bounds.
    I hope First Dog will still be First Dog over at the Guardian otherwise I might have to cry.

  • 76
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    What about Helga?

    And what about the catnip and whiskey ( whiskey a metaphor for beer and some other spirit )? I was serious, seriously.
    You were the glue that perfect-bound the book here and I think “they” have made a huge mistake in letting you. Can’t even think about it coz it won’t be the same. See what you’ve done? Cut!hehehe.

  • 77
    Drew Gold
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Ok, I’ll leave you in peace. You are probably out having a couple or about to go out and have a couple…hmmm, just wish I was there.


  • 78
    Electric Lardyland
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Is there a second dog on the moon?

  • 79
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much

  • 80
    Douglas and Milko
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Yep, thanks so much. Since 2007 your daily cartoon has put a spring in my step. Even if I have been too busy at work to read it, that daily cartoon is something I have treasured, as a treat to be savoured, once I got home, cooked dinner, did the washing, wrote grant applications…

    And it got me through.


  • 81
    Posted Friday, 21 March 2014 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Are you still at lunch?

  • 82
    Posted Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    DezP - Brenda will have to deal with Steve Bell’s Prince Phillip Penguin, who infiltrated the Grauniad during the Falkland’s adventure.He’s old & fat now, no doubt she’ll kick his arse.

  • 83
    Boston the Dog
    Posted Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Love Ya Firsty! Good Luck.

  • 84
    Posted Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    What I always wanted. A guardian dog.

  • 85
    Andrew Pye
    Posted Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    First of all…thank you for the regular and reliable reassurance that it is them, not me, who are fucked up.

    Second, please don’t go. I love you!

  • 86
    Posted Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    This is both awful and wonderful.

  • 87
    Posted Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks FDOTM for all the tears, of laughter, recognition and sadness! For the bucket! For the many personable animals, particularly the marsupials!
    I’ll read you on the Guardian and miss you at Crikey.

  • 88
    Matt Hardin
    Posted Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck at the guardian, First Dog. You will be missed.

    Quick, put him in the van!!!

  • 89
    Stu Knibbs
    Posted Sunday, 23 March 2014 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Will really miss you and all the wonderful characters here but looking forward to seeing you at your new home. Thank you so much for all the laughs and taking the piss out of so many that SOOOOOOO needed it. All the best at the new address.

  • 90
    Posted Sunday, 23 March 2014 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Farewell, and Fare Well.

    You will be missed at Crikey.
    Good luck, Kevin

  • 91
    Posted Monday, 24 March 2014 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Your last cartoon prompts my first comment. I’ll try to console myself with the 85% reduction in subscription costs that must come with your departure.
    Wishing FD every success at the G.

  • 92
    Roo K
    Posted Monday, 24 March 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    well, dow I really regret reading ahead in my 1st Dog on the Moon calendar, and will have even less to look forward to than the complete lack of appointments I found in it :(

  • 93
    Posted Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    First Dog, thank you for all of the laughs, the shaken heads, the occasional tear, for just keeping me up to date. I can’t believe you are leaving Crikey. My understanding of the world has been shaken. I will miss seeing you in here (and the ABC Dance Bandicoot, and zombie Jasper and darling Abby). I’m glad you’re going to still be drawing. I always vote for your cartoons in the Political Cartoons exhibition (because they are the best). I guess I’ll be taking up reading The Guardian then… Only for you would I stoop to regularly going anywhere near a regular newspaper!

    Crikey, thank you for taking on First Dog in the first place, his cartoons have been the best part of your (fantastic) publication – please select his replacement very carefully!

  • 94
    drovers cat
    Posted Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    (Tuesday) - can’t find you, dog … or the new lounge - where are you?

  • 95
    zut alors
    Posted Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    drover’s, isn’t he hitting Tasmania on his tricycle for a bout of whisky madness before re-emerging?

  • 96
    drovers cat
    Posted Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I thought he was back, zut … but you’re probably right - it’s a nice place for a break before entering the new lounge. Glad to see someone still here - gee we left the place looking a bit daggy didn’t we? Wonder who the new one’ll be. Second Dog? Surley not …

  • 97
    Posted Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    DC + zut… Keep coming back to look for you all… know he’s having a good time in Tas with JK… but… even a few days without a cartoob…. bereft we are here…
    S’pose I could vacuum the rug before turning out the lights… nothing to be done about the stains tho’…

  • 98
    zut alors
    Posted Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    drovers & PDGFD1, are you suggesting we won’t have our security bond refunded?

  • 99
    drovers cat
    Posted Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    zut, PGDFD1, I think we should hang about here or at last check in regularly for said bond protection and keep the riff-raff out until the new lounge is ready - maybe answer queries if they come in.
    It all looks so … empty … sigh

  • 100
    Posted Wednesday, 26 March 2014 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    I love your work “First dog” and don’t ever lose your humour or genius. You are an amazing interpretive dance bandicoot.

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