Chuck & Beans

Do you like Chuck & Beans? No? Well, do you know anybody ELSE that does? Fine. Sorry I asked. Well, if you should ever meet someone who does, let ‘em know they’re on Facebook, now. If you become a fan you get to read all sorts of nifty stuff, like, behind-the-scenes thoughts on what inspired the cartoons, or what I omitted from various backgrounds because they were too hard to draw.


PS:  I swear I will never, ever send you anything Farmville related.

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96 Responses to “ Chuck & Beans ”

Linda Alvarado on February 19th, 2010 11:15 am

I love Chuck & Beans and I just shared this cartoon on facebook. Now that I know you’re there, I’ll follow you there. :)

John on February 19th, 2010 12:19 pm

I have shunned Facebook since they messed it all up a few months ago, but I like Chuck & Beans so much I will end my boycott . (I think I’ve made my point anyway)

Russ on February 19th, 2010 12:52 pm

I like the single panel format. I can’t tell you why.

a on February 19th, 2010 3:15 pm

life before wikipedia

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Josh on February 19th, 2010 8:49 pm

Life before libraries.

alice on February 19th, 2010 10:08 pm

I love Chuck and Beans, but I hate (hate!) facebook. So I guess I am staying right here.

Sergio Mendez on February 20th, 2010 2:00 am

Stumbled from Florida, awesome work

Dan on February 20th, 2010 2:16 am

Either that or a trip to the library.

Philip on February 20th, 2010 3:23 am

Life before libraries, wikipedia, yahoo, encyclopedias and phones.

Franklin Piens on February 20th, 2010 5:24 am

Life … LOL
C U on Facebook !!!

Patricia on February 20th, 2010 11:22 am

Love Chuck & Beans. This will make my FB experience much much better. <3

Devin on February 20th, 2010 12:45 pm

Kudos, it’s a good joke, well drawn, well executed.

However, Dan & Phillip have good points. I have to tell myself that this is making fun of lazy couch potatoes who only get their (mis)information from google. Getting off one’s butt to find anything out has always been too much effort for some people, whether there were internet search engines or not.

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brian on February 20th, 2010 3:23 pm

Hey guys, just thought I’d chime in with my own 2¢ about the origin of the joke. (Because explaining jokes makes them funnier, right? Crap.)
Not so long ago my mind was wandering and I got to thinking about of the end scene of Star Wars. (Geeky enough for you? Keep reading.) I was trying to remember the name of the plus-sized X Wing pilot. All I could remember was that it was funny or inappropriate. If this had been, say, 1995 my only recourse would have been to cue up my old VHS tape or maybe flip through some old fanboy magazines to see if I could find the answer. Knowing how lazy I am, I probably would have given up at that point with the hopes that it would come to me eventually. Nowadays a 10 second google search for “fat x wing pilot” tells me his name was, unfortunately, “Porkins”.

Yes, there’s always been dictionaries, encyclopedias and libraries. But, if you’re like me (and God help you) the questions you think of from moment to moment aren’t usually the academic, book-friendly sort, ala “What IS the capital of Guam?”. But more the google-friendly “Jeez how short IS that Tom Cruise, anyway?”

And for the record? Google tells me Hagatna is Guam’s capital and Mr Cruise is all of 5’7″.

billf on February 21st, 2010 12:47 am

I’ve never heard of Chuck and Beans until I stumbled across it here. I’ll have to stop back and check it out more often now and I’ll add them on Facebook.

Karl Jung on February 21st, 2010 1:10 am

+1 brian ;)

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Sirius on February 21st, 2010 5:59 am

lol i’d have to agree with brian. some information is just to trivial to go and look up in a library. there are plenty of google searches i’ve used to find the answers to questions i’d have no idea where to even begin looking in the library. and yeah, sometimes the internet can have wrong information but so can books for that matter (How many books in the library call Pluto a planet lol) sometimes you have to use your digression

Pariah on February 22nd, 2010 1:38 am

“PS: I swear I will never, ever send you anything Farmville related.”
Well, I was hooked right there!

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Stilusmen on February 22nd, 2010 5:45 am

Love Chuck & Beans. SNX

Bill on February 22nd, 2010 8:52 am

Just Googled “Brian Gordon” and got a picture of a musclebound guy in a red thong. Who knew? Besides Google.

Brissa Jordan on February 22nd, 2010 9:36 am

OMG, life before Google… oh the horror!

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Mair on February 22nd, 2010 6:12 pm

Chuck & Beans is definitely fun – consider yourself friended on FB!

Priyanka D on February 23rd, 2010 12:06 am

nice one! Also going to library or opening an encyclopedia was often only half the info causing more ‘shame’ :)

Gabe on February 23rd, 2010 12:28 am

Dude, Chuck and Beans have put on significant weight since the earlier days of this comic.

Agata on February 23rd, 2010 2:25 am

Have we become more clever since google became the part of our lifes?…

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Steve Biddle on February 23rd, 2010 10:57 am

Just discovered Chuck & Beans today (before Google) and linked you to my modest blog

Thanks for the chuckle!

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leimrod on February 24th, 2010 9:24 am

was just thinking about this the other day. Was watching an old episode of Seinfeld and I knew I recognized Jerrys girlfriend from somewhere. Typed the episode name into wiki, looked up the cast and found out it was Skylar from Breaking Bad.

Go back 15 years and what would I have done? I would have just had to resign myself to never knowing.

z2z on February 24th, 2010 11:28 am

Nice cartoon and so very true. Google has definitely changed the way we live, think, and made us more dependable on them (we don’t memorize anything anymore).

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Christian on March 3rd, 2010 7:32 am

Blogged it (in swedish):

Evo on March 3rd, 2010 3:35 pm

Hahah, good stuff. To think I used to waste hours looking stuff up in one of those enyclopedia thingys…

GrrrlRomeo on March 4th, 2010 3:18 am

Even WITH Google some can’t be bothered to do a cursory search about search engines. ;)

Eh, it would’ve been funnier if you just generalized to the WWW. And yes, in 1995 you could’ve done a search for “fat x wing pilot” and you probably would’ve found it. Because back then the WWW was nothing but geeks so any geeky topic would’ve been online already.

brian on March 4th, 2010 10:12 am

Hey guys. Brian, again. If anyone’s still reading this comment thread, I thought I might address the other argument that keeps getting brought up about this comic (the good folks over to Reddit got pretty worked up over this).

I know there were many search engines out there that predated google. Grandpa here is actually old enough to remember most of ‘em.

That said, it came down to this-
“Life Before Internet Search Engines, Including, But Not Limited To: Gopher, WebCrawler, Magellan, Ask Jeeves, Alta Vista, Dogpile, Yahoo!, and of Course, Google, With Recognition to the Contributions of Wikipedia and the Long, Storied History of Tangible, Offline Means of Information Gathering and Learning: A Short Story”.
Is waaaay less catchy than “Life Before Google”.

Frank on March 6th, 2010 6:22 am

Brian: You write funny!
Are you a pro?

Morten Juul on March 6th, 2010 7:38 pm

Hahaha. I love it. Imagine a time where all you had was Mapquest :)

Chethan on March 7th, 2010 11:26 pm

Super Cool!

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eldipablo on March 12th, 2010 1:23 pm

Back in my day “the google” was called the library!

-Old Man

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Zelda on March 28th, 2010 9:51 am

So true!

spark on April 5th, 2010 6:05 pm

somehow “google” has become synonymous with searching for info on the internet. google is just a company who combined several existing web services into one site. but anyone under 25 may not believe this.

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steve on May 12th, 2010 11:56 am

You guys are all talking about how libraries existed before this and Google isn’t anything special. If you wanted to go to a library you’d have to get in your car, go to the library, find the book, then find the info in the book.

With google you type in what you want (most people have laptops or something in their living rooms) and it pops up. People are lazy and Google makes it easier to access knowledge.

The comic made me giggle though, not bad.

Aleksandr on May 24th, 2010 12:32 pm

Pretty CooL))

Rajni on May 25th, 2010 6:42 am

I never heard before Chunk & Beans. Is it a cartoon tv show? I watch the Avatar:the last airbender.

Rajni on May 25th, 2010 7:06 am

Hey steve what do you want to say, i cann’t understand.

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Chris on June 16th, 2010 11:58 am

+1 Brian

There’s a reason people used to “Xerox” instead of copy something or that we use Band-Aids, Kleenex and Rollerblades when describing a product that dominates it’s market. (most estimates have Google completing 90+% of all searches) Now we “Google”. Maybe there are a bunch of people on here who worked for Alta Vista?

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Spinny on June 16th, 2010 4:20 pm

To follow up on Brian’s follow-up…I’m old enough to remember when Lycos was a school project on a server called “Akebono” at Stanford. So what? Like Chris says above, “googling” has become synonymous with using a search engine to find stuff. Who wants to say they’re going to “bing” for something?

I thought so. :-)

Medisoft on July 3rd, 2010 9:59 am

This is a great cartoon, can’t tell you how many times I’ve linked to it!

Good stuff!

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fairyhedgehog on July 28th, 2011 1:26 am

I always enjoy your cartoons but this one is my all-time favourite. I’m always referring to it to people because it’s so spot-on.

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Ok Oyna on December 21st, 2011 11:53 am

I can’t even remeber the times before google but i think it would be like that i guess. Hehe :)

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I commented on your Chuck & Beans Facebook theme the other day, and I want to say “kudos” on this one, too. I love the series – both the art and the humor are great. I included this piece with my latest blog entry. I attributed it to Shoe Box Blog, and linked to the site. See URL below. Thanks.


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northierthanthou on June 18th, 2014 9:34 am

Heh, it’s the triviata that I remember not being able to follow-up on. If it was important, you could take the time, but little stuff, no, that just stayed a question mark.

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