Comic - Printer

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Yes, yes, I've worked with, on, and in printers of various sorts at various levels for the majority of my career as a software developer, and I'm well aware that this would appear to be a laserjet, not an inkjet.  I'm also aware that this strip is, to at least some degree, stupid.  I'm hoping it's an amusing kind of stupid.  I debated whether to have the printer get a final shot in at the narrator, a la "Oh, eat a dick," and I maintain that this idea has merit.  But ultimately I decided to leave it this odd mix of semi-cuteness and semi-technical terminology.

MRS. SHOEBOX'S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY'S STRIP:  Yeah, it's dumb.  Amusing, but dumb.

In other and only tangentially-related news, I recently fixed an old record player with my son (which mostly involved scraping off the decades-old dried sticky lubricant and replacing it with new.) He was amazed that the thing could drop a record from a stack and move the tone arm back and forth and up and down without a single integrated circuit.

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Brass Orchid
06/18/2015 09:20 am
I had a good, catchy tune and it was easy to dance to. I gave it a 9.5.

06/18/2015 12:22 pm
Someday everyone else will figure out that for years you snuck off to do freestyle hiphop in Spencerport.

06/18/2015 03:14 pm
Find an RTTY ham and have him show your son a teletype. You'll totally blow his mind.

06/18/2015 04:23 pm
I quite like it.

06/18/2015 07:54 pm
Change "inket" to "printer" in the first line and what it is issues go away but the point remains.

I've spent decades in IT, with printer support a least favorite chore. (It's especially fun under Unix...) So this stuck a chord, and I am amused.

I have an old HP All-In-One copier/printer/scanner inkjet here. The printer is fine. The HP software for Windows leaves a fair bit to be desired. (Having to reboot to get a job stuck in the spool to actually print gets old fast.)

And I still have a working turntable and about 1,200 vinyl LPs, so the bit about you and your son getting a turntable to work was a tickle. (Mine is a belt-drive DJ model that doesn't do the drop next record on the stack operation, but still presents the odd challenge.

06/19/2015 12:37 am
A teletype would be cool (especially a 28/35 with the pipelining) but without leaving your (presumably internet-connected) house, you could blow his mind with the Writer Automaton
(video at )

06/19/2015 01:21 am
You do make a good point though. it's weird how so much of our childrens' entertainment culture is stuck in our great-grandparents' day

06/19/2015 08:20 am
"Roses are magenta
Violets are cyan
Printers are awesome
And you know I ain't lyan"

Brass Orchid
06/20/2015 10:57 am
I was once a little teapot.
It did not end well.
Let us speak no further on it.

06/23/2015 08:09 am
I know it's traditional but I refuse to participate in a barbaric ritual involving the heightist fat-shaming of teapots.

Brass Orchid
06/24/2015 10:06 am
@Gyrate: Fine. But be warned. If you get all steamed and start to spout, you are likely to be tipped over and poured out.
For a printer, this looks like a clip from Office Space.
Nobody wants that.

Brass Orchid
06/25/2015 10:03 am
By that, of course, I mean that nobody wants to see themselves getting the treatment that the office printer in Office Space got. It was awful.

07/01/2015 03:03 pm
It is a LaserJet - specifically an HP LaserJet IIP.

I remember mine fondly. It eventually wore it's rubber rollers down after about 8 years and wouldn't feed paper anymore. I know how it felt

Brass Orchid
07/05/2015 08:29 am
Hmmm. My printer didn't want to work properly with Weendoes Seven.
And I didn't print that much, so the cartridges would go bad on the shelf.
I had the choice of $65 for new cartridges and a glitch driver set, or a new MFP with wireless for $50. The new printer works well.

Brass Orchid
07/07/2015 09:26 am
I grew up in a small town that didn't have LAN ports.
I've always regretted that, even though I feel I was better off without one.
This is the sort of ambivalence that keeps me from getting things done.
the I Ching calls it a state of harmonic duality, but I think that is mostly for chemical interactions. If only Shoebox were here to guide us...

Brass Orchid
07/15/2015 09:01 am
How long before you can file a missing cartoonist report?

07/17/2015 06:07 am
Really hope Shoebox is OK...

07/17/2015 11:58 am
Came for a snarky "PC LOAD LETTER" reference.

Left disappointed.

07/18/2015 12:54 pm
I guess we can stick a fork in this strip.

Million zillion
07/18/2015 09:33 pm
@yocum137: What the f&%* does that mean?

Here's a little perspective regarding the one month (thus far) unannounced hiatus - "The Meek" just came back recently after more than two years of near-silence. In webcomic health terms, we haven't even had time to check for PartiallyClips' pulse yet.

There's probably a Zen koan to be found in there somewhere...

Brass Orchid
07/19/2015 10:03 am
@Million zillion
can I have a mint chocolate chip zen koan?
They've got that, right?
I mean, it's like, one of the basic eight universal flavors.

07/20/2015 09:16 am
GYRATE: Charming spot. (He turns, squints at monitor, reads previous comments.) Inspiring prospects. (He turns to Brass Orchid.) Let's go.
GYRATE: Why not?
BRASS ORCHID: We're waiting for Shoebox
GYRATE: (despairingly). Ah! (Pause.) You're sure it was here?
GYRATE: That we were to wait.
BRASS ORCHID: He said by the webcomic. (They look at the webcomic.) Do you see any others?
GYRATE: What is it?
BRASS ORCHID: I don't know. A clipart of a printer.
GYRATE: Where is the power cord?
BRASS ORCHID: It must be dead.
GYRATE: No more beeping.
BRASS ORCHID: Or perhaps it's out of toner.
GYRATE: Looks to me more like a fax machine.
BRASS ORCHID: A printer.
GYRATE: A fax machine.
BRASS ORCHID: A—. What are you insinuating? That we've come to the wrong place?
GYRATE: He should be here.
BRASS ORCHID: He didn't say for sure he'd come.
GYRATE: And if he doesn't come?
BRASS ORCHID: We'll come back tomorrow.
GYRATE: And then the day after tomorrow.
GYRATE: And so on.
BRASS ORCHID: The point is—
GYRATE: Until he comes.
BRASS ORCHID: You're merciless.
GYRATE: We came here yesterday.
BRASS ORCHID: Ah no, there you're mistaken.
GYRATE: What did we do yesterday?
BRASS ORCHID: What did we do yesterday?
BRASS ORCHID: Why . . . (Angrily.) Nothing is certain when you're about.
GYRATE: In my opinion we were here.
BRASS ORCHID: (looking round). You recognize the place?
GYRATE: I didn't say that.
GYRATE: That makes no difference.
BRASS ORCHID: All the same . . . that printer . . . (turning towards comment) those jokes . . .
GYRATE: You're sure it was this evening?
GYRATE: That we were to wait.
BRASS ORCHID: He said Saturday. (Pause.) I think.
GYRATE: You think.
BRASS ORCHID: I must have made a note of it. (He fumbles in his pockets, bursting with miscellaneous rubbish.)
GYRATE: (very insidious). But what Saturday? And is it Saturday? Is it not rather Sunday? (Pause.) Or Monday? (Pause.) Or Friday?
BRASS ORCHID: (looking wildly about him, as though the date was displayed in the bottom left corner of the screen). It's not possible!
GYRATE: Or Thursday?
BRASS ORCHID: What'll we do?
GYRATE: If he came yesterday and we weren't here you may be sure he won't come again today.
BRASS ORCHID: But you say we were here yesterday.
GYRATE: I may be mistaken. (Pause.) Let's stop talking for a minute, do you mind?

Brass Orchid
07/24/2015 10:20 am
Have we actually checked for a paper jam?
There could be a paper jam.
We should check.

07/25/2015 01:51 pm
Probably out of toner.
That always happens at the worst times.

Brass Orchid
07/26/2015 09:49 am
Should I remove the cartridge and shake it?
That works a few times, usually.
I'm not seeing any error codes.
There should be an error code.
Do we have a manual?

07/27/2015 03:48 pm
It just keeps blinking "CARTOONIST NOT FOUND". Maybe if we unplug it and plug it in again?

Crevs Daak
07/28/2015 06:05 am
@Gyrate you cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong.

07/29/2015 02:22 am
Gyrate was trying to fix a broken printer by turning the power off and on.
Crevs Daak, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: “You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong.”
Crevs Daak turned the printer off and on.
The printer worked.

See? I *knew* there was a koan in here somewhere...

07/29/2015 08:21 am
The koan that can be found is not the true koan.

Brass Orchid
07/29/2015 10:06 am
The koan than can be found is adequate if it is a waffle koan.

07/30/2015 08:38 am
You know what? We don't need Shoebox. We can be funny all on our own! We'll start our own webcomic! With hookers! And blackjack! And Futurama in-jokes!

Brass Orchid
07/31/2015 09:15 am
Great going Gyrate...
Now Worm Quartet's next release will be titled
"Anarchy in the Partially Clips".

08/02/2015 04:27 am
But Shoebox is still present, even with his absence. Without his absence, many of these hilarious comments would not be funny, or, indeed, exist at all in their current form. Therefore, the 'box is needed.

@Brass Orchid- waffle koans are only useful as vehicles for syrup koans

@Gyrate- i must ask, do you read the script as a tragedy or a comedy? love what you wrote, but i picture robin williams and steve martin, thanks to a student's imagining/drawing of a fantasy cast.

08/02/2015 11:18 pm
Seriously, I read Godot as both. And I want to see a production with William Shatner as Estragon, Adam West as Vladimir, Brian Blessed as Pozzo and Roberto Benigni as Lucky. That would either be awesome or hilariously bad.

08/03/2015 12:16 am
THAT'd be wild- think we could talk them into it??? :D

08/05/2015 08:32 am
I'll give Max Bialystock a call and see if he wants to produce it.

Brass Orchid
08/06/2015 08:24 am
This reminds me of the scene in Cool Blog Loop where the hero is off on the fringes and is shouting, "I'm shakin' the toner cartridge boss. I'm shakin' the toner cartridge."

08/08/2015 10:30 pm
ya'll make me laugh- can't say thanks enough!

Brass Orchid
08/11/2015 07:51 am
Really hoping that printer would be fixed today...
Or at least that the singing would have stopped.

08/13/2015 08:30 am
At this point even the crickets have stopped cricketing and gone home to watch Netflix.

C'mon, Shoebox, at least drop us a line to say you haven't been kidnapped by radical Dadaists or something.

Brass Orchid
08/13/2015 10:19 am
You will find that the 3D printers actually do sing.
The sound of the stepper servos whirring at their particular programmed tasks of variable speed and duration creates something you could probably dance to, given enough beer.

08/13/2015 02:57 pm
These words they readily granted him,
Which did bold Shoebox please:
And there they buried bold Partially Clips,
Within the fair Kirkleys.

08/13/2015 05:28 pm
Hey all. My apologies for the full-on radio silence. Things have been ridiculously busy and, beyond that, I haven't been sure exactly how to say this, but I'm definitely going to be taking a hiatus from the strip. I want to make a far more official announcement of this, with a bit more fanfare and better words and perhaps a strip appropriate to the occasion, but that's yet to materialize, so consider this a pre-announcement to the official announcement.

Thanks for caring enough to keep checking means a lot.


08/13/2015 06:37 pm
Haha, or maybe do keep up posting bimonthly and let the comment field be its own hilarity

Gerry Quinn
08/13/2015 09:56 pm
It's been obviously going that way for a bit! Have you considered passing on the torch, as Rob Balder did before?

08/14/2015 09:24 am
What - and give up showbiz?

Thanks for the heads-up, Shoebox - we'll cancel the Amber Alert now.

Brass Orchid
08/14/2015 10:23 am
Strange as news from Bree, or Rochester, as it were.

08/17/2015 01:09 am
Nice to hear that Shoebox is OK, but I can't even see the old strips now.

The Dude
08/17/2015 05:36 pm
I wonder if the rights to post clip art were called into question?

08/18/2015 02:17 am
Rut roh..
is it just me or did a ton of websites go down this last weekend? Did someone hack something major?

08/18/2015 12:35 pm THAT what that button did? Because I totally didn't just press it to find out what it was for. Um. And I wasn't even near it. In fact, I'm pretty sure a big boy did it and ran away.

Um. Yeah.

Donald Nichols
08/18/2015 07:12 pm
What happened to the images? I just get the text from below. And no recent updates. Are you allright?

Brass Orchid
08/19/2015 10:23 am
It is a new concept in annotated clip art. You read the comments and the author's notes, and you imagine the clip art and the captions.
It is expected to throw the entire art world into a frenzy this fall.

08/20/2015 07:19 am
"New concept", says Brass Orchid, as if Comments on a Postcard hasn't been around for years.

Brass Orchid
08/20/2015 09:57 am
Even that is derivative?
Can there be no originality?
Must the void bring forth nothing but the same handful of possibilities for each iteration of x?

08/23/2015 08:04 am
I'd imagine it was original when Comments on a Postcard first thought of it :)

Topi Linkala
08/23/2015 09:26 pm
What's with the site? No comics just the text. No matter what date you pick the same happens.

Brass Orchid
08/24/2015 09:02 am
@Topi Linkala:
It is a revisionist history.
If you want to see the comics, ask somebody in authority, and they will tell you the correct interpretation. You don't need to see documentation.

08/25/2015 02:34 am
Well, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who can't see the images. I tried it out on my list of machines, most of which have a dozen or so browsers installed for web-testing purposes, and none of them showed the images. Even with off-the-shelf browsers with no blocking at all installed or enabled, I see the text but not the pictures. Even my cute new HTC ONE phone with its 8 (count 'em) browsers can't find and display the images.

I did look at the page's HTML, of course, and saw the basic problem: It's an insane jumble of JC, CSS, and the FSM only knows what else. A simple text would almost certainly have worked, but the "designers behind the web site had a much better idea. They're obviously much more sophisticated and advanced than the dummies who write the browsers. Maybe in a few more decades, they'll catch up with the designers, and give us an upgrade that can successfully decode pages like this one.


Brass Orchid
08/25/2015 10:48 am
"Maybe in a few more decades, they’ll catch up with the designers, and give us an upgrade that can successfully decode pages like this one."
Well... That's one possible future.

08/25/2015 02:21 pm
I think the simpler explanation is that the folder with the images is deleted, corrupted, or otherwise unavailable.

08/25/2015 06:37 pm
I prefer to imagine all the images were abducted by UIO(s) (Unidentified Internet Objects) and taken to the land of Clipartica; a place where they can be free, not worry about how they will be perceived by others, and prosper for many generations to come.

Brass Orchid
08/27/2015 08:28 am
Run free, little Cliparticans... (sob) ... run free.

08/31/2015 05:04 pm
I guess that last singing printer one came too close to the truth, and the government covered it up. least, that's what the teenage X-Files fan version of me would say.

09/01/2015 12:55 am
Sorry, all...not sure what the problem is, but our glorious webmistress Sara is on it!


09/01/2015 10:37 am
Does the position of "Glorious Webmistress" come with a hat? Because it should. More jobs should involve hats.

Brass Orchid
09/04/2015 09:53 am
Can it be a straw boater with little rubber spiders attached?

09/07/2015 09:59 am
That's not very glorious. I would expect at least a diadem. Diode-m. Sparkly thingy.

Brass Orchid
09/07/2015 12:20 pm
Well, the spiders could be sparkly, but it's really going to put us over budget if they have to be real gems.

09/08/2015 09:09 am
I'll settle for cubic zirconia, but I'm walking out if anyone even THINKS about rhinestones.

Brass Orchid
09/09/2015 10:42 am
Okay. We can swing cubic zirconia if we use monofilament for the webs, but it's going to be tight, and we may have to use a plastic boater rather than actual straw. It won't breathe like a real boater, though, and there is going to be some head sweat involved. I have a foil baseball cap, but that's for something else.

09/10/2015 08:58 am
Just throwing this out there - have you priced the cost of real spiders? They'd need replacing occasionally but they feed themselves and they provide their own decorations. I bet Sara would be thrilled and proud to wear this kind of uniquely dynamic headgear.

Brass Orchid
09/11/2015 09:33 am
Let me check the numbers and get back to you on that.
I actually have spiders in stock. We can bait the hat with a scent module or a light to bring in insects to feed the spiders and keep them from wandering off, too. This looks promising, but it will require some more research. If there aren't any spider aversion issues, this could work.

09/12/2015 02:19 am
No images shown. Is this the new running joke of the website?

09/14/2015 08:38 am
It's microscopic clip art. You need to zoom in to 56,000% to see it.

Brass Orchid
09/14/2015 09:46 am
But be careful. At 56,000%, you can actually see the web spiders.

Brass Orchid
09/21/2015 08:59 am
I'm only posting a comment because the inevitable "77 Sunset Strip" reference was beginning to bother me. Much better now that it is 78.

09/23/2015 07:28 pm
I meess thees cumeec. Fery guud. Børk Børk Børk!

09/24/2015 09:57 am
So... any luck yet?

09/26/2015 12:31 pm
Unfortunately, some external factors have prevented our lovely webmistress from addressing the issue. Stay tuned, the archives will return...


Brass Orchid
09/26/2015 07:56 pm
Until then, enjoy some Doritos or Chex Mix, assuming you have any.

10/12/2015 08:36 am
No comics still. Sad panda. :-(

10/13/2015 09:48 am
Indeed. I just discovered this comic, and read up to when this happened.

10/21/2015 09:14 am
Where comics go? Helloooo commeeeks! Where are yoooou?

10/22/2015 06:59 am
This is what we call a fear of comicment.

Brass Orchid
10/22/2015 08:53 am
Please remain calm and do exactly as you are told. The comics are safe, and they will be returned to you so long as the webmistress complies, without questioning, to a complex series of instructions that have already been transmitted.

10/23/2015 12:15 pm
They probably just accidentally enabled the tags again.

10/23/2015 12:17 pm
Yep - judging from the word that vanished from my previous sentence, it's definitely a fnord tag issue.

10/27/2015 12:59 am
Sigh. No comix.

10/27/2015 09:26 am
The same website related problems (no updates, no archive) happened to thenoobcomic so it might be catching. Dilbert beware!

10/28/2015 05:01 pm
[Fart noise made with hand over mouth.]

10/30/2015 05:56 pm
Hey!! where are the comics?!? It's been 5 months already!! Let's make a Patreon to fund this site...

11/02/2015 03:53 am
I fixed it. Been busy.

11/02/2015 08:17 am
Thank you! :)

Brass Orchid
11/02/2015 09:45 am
The code ransom has been paid!

11/02/2015 06:11 pm
I credit my fart noise with this development. Or warlleylucas. Maybe 50/50.

11/03/2015 08:05 pm
Yay, we have images again! Thank you!

11/04/2015 07:28 pm
Thank you admin! Now I only have to deal with my crippling emotional pain.

11/05/2015 02:21 am
thanks this very nice to know

11/05/2015 02:21 am
This Is Very good to Know

Gerry Quinn
11/10/2015 09:00 pm
Yey! Images are back!

Brass Orchid
11/11/2015 09:53 am
Turns out it was just a printer jam.
Who knew?

11/12/2015 02:44 am
raspberry? loganberry??

11/12/2015 02:46 am
Thanks, webmistress! much appreciation for your effort- especially with everything so busy :D

11/13/2015 08:42 pm
Step 1 complete! Now for some new updates!

11/18/2015 07:23 pm
Boy, I sure hope so. Getting tired of that printer.

Brass Orchid
11/19/2015 10:17 am
A hiatus was announced back on August 13th, by Shoebox.
No mention of the length or quality of the hiatus was given.
Obviously, a shorter one of higher quality would be better.
But we cannot always get the better of any particular situation.

Brass Orchid
12/06/2015 11:18 am
You know, you can get a new Brother laser printer really cheap these days and just throw that one out. There's an HL-L2300D for $39.99 on Amazon.
The HLL-2320D is available on for $49.99.
I'm just sayin'...

12/14/2015 10:01 pm
...I am beginning to suspect that Mrs. Shoebox has done him in to have all that sweet, sweet webcomic cash to herself.
I am totally okay with this, but can I have his body?
...I mean if you aren't using it for anything...

Brass Orchid
12/25/2015 10:10 am
Merry Christmas Shoebox, and all the ships at sea.

Brass Orchid
01/05/2016 10:10 am
And a Happy New Year.

01/12/2016 12:26 am
Boy, I sure hope so. Getting tired of that printer.

Million zillion
01/12/2016 02:13 am
@haibola: Careful now - keep talking like that, and they'll take the printer away again...

Brass Orchid
01/12/2016 10:04 am
He was only kidding.
We love the printer.
It is our most favorite thing, EVER!

01/12/2016 05:29 pm
O my great printer
Your toner creates bliss
Never long for change

Netwrok Geek
01/15/2016 01:37 am
I'm just mightily impressed to see a webcomic (that isn't XKCD) referring to SNMP Traps. It is even quite plausible, and part of a great gag.

01/17/2016 03:37 pm
perfect solution in this industry with far from the ateliers

01/20/2016 03:33 am
this will be in the same like all do it

Brass Orchid
01/29/2016 11:17 am
The printer must be cleaned occasionally because lime scale from the teapot will build up on the drum otherwise, and seriously affect its ability to hold a static charge. Really good printers will have a special key with a PI symbol on it for de-liming.

02/01/2016 09:43 am
Which is where we get Key Lime Pie from.

02/04/2016 05:43 pm
That was quite swift Peter.

Brass Orchid
02/05/2016 10:46 am
When you have invented a printer that will print key lime pie, you will own the world.

Million zillion
02/05/2016 11:00 pm
I, for one, welcome our 3D confection-printing overlords. ... nting-food

02/07/2016 06:15 am

There's a lot to be said for a website that stops producing content over 6 months ago yet still keeps me (and clearly a few other people) checking in most weeks just to see what's happening in the comments.

Brass Orchid
02/08/2016 10:51 am
So I upgraded to WinX and Edge. Microsoft was concerned that PartiallyClips might be a phishing site. I assured them that this was indeed the site I had intended to reach.
(Aside from not being currently active, but they didn't ask about that.)

02/15/2016 12:49 pm
Derp derp derpy-derp? Derp-herp derp. Derp, ba-derp-derp-derp.

Brass Orchid
02/19/2016 11:05 am

02/25/2016 11:19 am
Wonder how long the inactivity will last, it will be kind of odd to see a new comic, especially if it's one of the more obtuse ones and it turns up with little or no commentary regarding the hiatus.

02/26/2016 04:40 pm
@Peter — Maybe it's here, but invisible.

Brass Orchid
02/27/2016 12:07 pm
Today's comic is actually a metacomic of a man sitting at a computer and waiting for a website to refresh. In the punchline panel, he says, "Maybe it's invisible", which is a throwback to the original panel in which the comic graphics disappeared entirely for a while. A work of sheer genius if you ask me.

02/28/2016 04:14 am
Ceci n'est pas un webcomic.

03/04/2016 07:18 pm
It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
Further investigation will reveal more about their nature:
> what is a grue?
The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth. Its favorite diet is adventurers, but its insatiable appetite is tempered by its fear of light. No grue has ever been seen by the light of day, and few have survived its fearsome jaws to tell the tale.

03/05/2016 02:41 am
> N

Brass Orchid
03/05/2016 10:10 am
You are in a maze of twisty little passages. Surprisingly, they show a great degree of diversity. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be helping at all.

03/05/2016 10:48 am
> Use key lime printer

... This is a big dump of comics.

Your comic page does not have (As far as I can see) a next, previous, or first button. I don't even see a way to read the whole archive.

I'm a little printer, short and stout
Here are my ink wells, here is their spouts.
When they get all jammed up, then you shout
... needs a good 4th line :-)
This is kinda insanity the way that was done. Hell, you overtook ALL of the top posters in short order with that dump of comics.
I've been following PartiallyClips since the days when Rob was producing it. The printer comic has been on the front page of the web site for a long time--months, I'd say. Does its inclusion in the new Erfworld design mean that Rob will start producing new ones again? Or at least Shoebox, the current author? It's gotta mean something, right?
ThisIsNotDan wrote:
I've been following PartiallyClips since the days when Rob was producing it. The printer comic has been on the front page of the web site for a long time--months, I'd say. Does its inclusion in the new Erfworld design mean that Rob will start producing new ones again? Or at least Shoebox, the current author? It's gotta mean something, right?

From :

In late 2006, Rob co-created another webcomic called Erfworld. This project grew to take up most of his time, and the strain of doing two webcomics became too much. He decided to put PartiallyClips on indefinite hiatus at the end of 2009.

Enter Tim Crist, aka -=ShoEboX=- of Worm Quartet. ShoEboX is a comedy musician of great repute! He is also, like Rob, a founding member of the Funny Music Project. At the start of 2010, ShoEboX stepped in to carry the PartiallyClips baton forward.

Alas, but the clip art life is a cruel one. Without really intending to, ShoEboX reached the end of his royalty-free rope sometime in the middle of 2015, and ceased updates. These archives are now preserved here at for posterity. Will the strip ever be revived in any form? Eh. Don't hold your breath but who knows? It's not like they stopped making clip art.
Thanks; I didn't see that there was an "About" page. To be honest, I didn't always get Shoebox's stuff, but it was better than nothing, and sometimes he had a real gem ("Farmers Kneeling" is one of my all-time favorite PClips).

It seems like a fun project that anyone could contribute to if they have a good joke and find a dumb piece of clip art to match (or vice versa). There are plenty of higher priorities for Erfworld right now, though.

Just had a thought: you know what'd be fun? If we had a program that could generate a 3-panel comic from a single piece of clip art, then allow users to fill in their own dialogue and vote on favorites. It could be a little contest each week.
Alas, but the clip art life is a cruel one. Without really intending to, ShoEboX reached the end of his royalty-free rope sometime in the middle of 2015, and ceased updates. These archives are now preserved here at for posterity. Will the strip ever be revived in any form? Eh. Don't hold your breath but who knows? It's not like they stopped making clip art.

Wait, your only problem is a lack of new royalty free clip art??? That's all?

... Turns out that Google lists a number of royalty free clip art sites. The truth, err, art, is out there.