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Pluggers is a comic panel created by Jeff MacNelly in 1993 that relies on reader submissions (referred to as "Pluggerisms") for the premise of each day's panel. Editorial cartoonist Gary Brookins took over in 1997, three years prior to MacNelly's death from lymphoma in 2000.
It is syndicated by Tribune Media Services in 60 newspapers, mostly in the Southern, Mid-West, Plains, and Rocky Mountain states.
In the context of this strip, "pluggers" are defined as blue-collar workers who live a typical working-class American lifestyle, accompanied by a mentality characteristic of the veteran and Baby Boomer generations. In the comic, pluggers are portrayed in the form of anthropomorphic animals, most often a plump bear, dog, chicken, or rhinoceros, sometimes a kangaroo or a cat.
Criticism of strip 
The blog Comics Curmudgeon often pokes fun at the comic and its implied populist stance, referring to it as a "folksy bit of lower-middle-class reactionary agitprop." 
Dave Eggers from Salon.com criticized the strip for lionizing the working class, despite being written by a committee of "current and former CEOs" and objected to "the self-important and vaguely jingoistic way the creators promote the cartoon".
Gary Brookins himself argues that "Pluggers are self-deprecating and have a healthy sense of humor about themselves. They represent the majority of us who don't live for the latest trend, who keep plugging along without fanfare and try to balance work, play and family life." 
External links 
Pass Me Maybe - SU-Schoolies 2012 Pluggers Film
Essence? Gold? Circle? Shape? Who makes up these things? Faced with a bizarre writing task topic, Andrew tries a different approach to passing QCS test! So h...
Pluggers TV - SU-Schoolies Pluggers Film
How did we fit parodies of MasterChef Australia, Heroes, NCIS, House, White Collar Blue, Lost, Game of Thrones, Australian Idol, Underbelly and Junior Master...
Don't Pash! - SU-Schoolies 2012 Pluggers Film
Schoolies are encouraged at SU-Schoolies Sunny Coast not to spend the whole week hanging out with just one person, you don't have as much fun that way, missi...
Pluggers: August-October 2012
This week on the Punchline, readers send in ideas to make a strip! Is this a good idea? Follow the Punchline on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: http://www.fa...
ADTV Industry Stakeholders - Marc Marot "Radio Pluggers & Itunes Price Fixing Music" (Part 5)
Amaru Don TV "Industry Stakeholders" continues with former universal MD Marc Marot. Amaru and Marc discuss the issue of Radio Pluggers & I tunes price fixing...
Harry Potter and the First Six Years - SU Schoolies Pluggers Film
Let the Pluggers crew from SU Schoolies Sunny Coast bring you up to speed with exactly what happened in the first six Harry Potter movies before you see the ...
Teach Me To Wear Pluggers - SU Schoolies 2011
A parody of Teach Me How to Dougie by Cali Swing District created for Pluggers on SU Schoolies Sunny Coast 2011. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.co...
Twilight - SU Schoolies Pluggers Film
A story of teen angst told at SU Schoolies Sunny Coast. Created underneath the parody section of copyright. (Australia, USA) Produced in 2009.
Pluggers Movie 2011
A parody of X-Men First Class, Avengers, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Tomorrow when the war began, The Matrix & Harry Potter 7: Part 2 created for Plug...
Stop and Go Pocket Tire Plugger Demo
A demonstration on how to use the Stop and Go Pocket Tire Plugger. This is for tubeless tires only.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:01:46 -0700
(Decorum — not exactly a forte of disc-pluggers — led to the name being changed to Records Most Played on the Air.) The first black music chart, Harlem Hit Parade (1942), was followed in 1948 by Best Selling Retail Race Records. (“Race” was changed a ...
Nashville Business Journal
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:24:03 -0700
Along the way, the class hosts roundtable discussions with industry leaders, such as songwriters, song pluggers and those in the artists and repertoire division who are tasked with scouting for talent and hits. "It was your time to ask the dumb ...
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 19:43:37 -0700
But Bobrovsky damn near dragged that crew of pluggers into the playoffs by himself, blew away the Vezina voting and probably deserves a purple heart, too. I hope he doesn't take the trophy with him to Russia by signing with a KHL team. Full voting here.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:01:19 -0700
It turns out that Gentleman isn't, sadly, on the playlist, but there's an unselfconsciousness to Reprezent's output that makes for a brilliant mix. "Pluggers know that when they send us music, it's decided by young people whether we play it or not ...
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:48:43 -0700
The short-irons wizards such as Steve Stricker and the game pluggers such as Jim Furyk may be better able to handle Merion's critical approach shots and tricky greens better. So if not Woods, who? Adam Scott has won the Masters and is playing very well.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 04:54:15 -0700
The Braves, on the other hand, were considered accidental pennant winners, no more than a humble, earnest band of dutiful, honorable, and hopeful pluggers. Does all that sound familiar, mate? The Series in 1914 was a romp and after the thrashing, Mr.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:24:55 -0700
What a fantastic way to start the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals (unless you are the Bruins, I guess) but seriously that was a game that will go down in hockey history as one of the better all round played games from the goalies to the fourth line pluggers ...
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 06:41:07 -0700
The Bay Head surf has been a good possibility for pluggers, but it's been mostly meat to the south. Some large stripers have been landed at Island Beach State Park, but almost all have been on bunker or clam. Small blues turn on in the surf at times.
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