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My Favorite Crabby Lady, Maxine

Updated on October 17, 2014

I get a kick out of Maxine

Maxine has an attitude and Maxine makes me laugh. Maybe the humor is for us "old folks" or "senior citizens" but Maxine says what she thinks. Maxine says what many of us think but would never dare to say outloud.

Maxine the crabby old lady was introduced back in 1986 by the Hallmark artist, John Wagner, and she is still going strong. Rock on, Maxine.

Since 1986 Maxine has really taken off. Not only is she on greeting cards but you can buy Maxine gifts from coffee mugs, calendars and t-shirts.

Maxine has a remark to make about everything; aging, your job, politics and life in general.

Maxine's creator, John Wagner

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Maxine calls John Wagner, Arty-boy.

John doodled as a young boy and his mother and grandmother further encouraged him by giving him art lessons and supplying him with art supplies as birthday gifts.

John, or Arty-boy, attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. He was then hired by Hallmark as part of the new artist group. In 1986 Hallmark started the funny Shoebox Greeting Cards and Maxine was launched into the public.

How did she get her name? John says "the people at work started calling her (Maxine) John's old lady". John thought that might get him into trouble with his wife....so, the employees had a contest and 30 of them entered the name Maxine. Maxine is the perfect name for this ornery, old lady.

Maxine's dog, Floyd

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I'm a dog lover but I am not so sure that Maxine is. She does have a dog named Floyd but Floyd always looks a little shocked, or distressed in some way or another. Not that Maxine would ever hurt Floyd, because she wouldn't. It's just that Maxine is pretty much interested in Maxine and not much else.

Crabby Road - Maxine Cartoon

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You can visit Maxine.com for lots of information on Maxine. One of the great things at that sight is Crabby Road. You can visit Crabby Road and it gives you a daily dose of Maxine. Punch the date and Maxine's saying for the day will pop up. If you need a good laugh make it a habit to check in with Maxine on a daily basis.

Maxine On Marriage - I'm thinking Maxine is a spinster

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I'm pretty sure Maxine has never married unless it is something that she doesn't wish to talk about but then that doesn't fit her M.O. because Maxine talks about everything.

Do you see what I mean about Floyd? He just looks confused.

Do you like Maxine?

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I like her attitude, LOL

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      Sharon Berry 3 years ago from Michigan

      @Jinglepots: I live with a grumpy old man. They're not that funny. Just kidding.

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      Jinglepots 3 years ago

      I love Maxine. Too bad there wasn't a grumpy old man to match.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Yes I like Maxine, she is a funny old lady.

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      Ikey4088 4 years ago

      Hadn't heard of Maxine until I found this page. I like her, she has my style of grumpyness

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      curtis62 4 years ago

      Never heard of her thanks for sharing.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Yes I get a kick out her...reminds me a lot of my dear Mom!

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      Maxine it the best, she says what would all say if we were clever enough.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I never heard about Maxine before. She sure does look like fun. I am grumpy too, so... ;) Thanks for introduction!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really like this auntie acid.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Yes, Floyd's hysterical.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Maxine. Get a big kick out of her dog's expressions also.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Yes i do like her! She is funny, very funny lady :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Yes i do like her! She is funny, very funny lady :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for introducing me to Maxine. I will surely enjoy her.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I love Maxine!

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      Ninche 4 years ago

      I like her, she is funny!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My name is Maxine Muzic and I love the character Maxine. I think she's great and sassy, she reminds me of my grandmother that just passed away. She brings back good memory's for me. Thankyou, sincerely Maxine Muzic

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: hehehehe

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Maxine gives us the freedom to not be PC.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: I couldn't agree more. Thanks for the comment.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I fell in love with her from the very first time I saw her.She'awesome!!!

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      theXodus 5 years ago

      Gotta love cranky old ladies

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      I love Maxine's humor.

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      Maxine makes me laugh. I love the character.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: I haven't seen the cartoon you are talking about but will certainly try looking for it, it sounds hilarious. If I find it I'll let you know. Thanks for leaving me a comment.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      I love this character.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I love the site! I am trying to find the cartoon where Maxine is looking for her dog but he is stuck in-between her butt cheeks!!!!! Does anyone know where to find it? I keep telling a friend about it and how funny it is but can't find the cartoon anywhere!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      This was very entertaining. Thank you!

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Maxine is so funny.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Great lens. Maxine cracks me up...

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Makes me giggle when I see her!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love her. and she is funny, awesome.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Love her - She says it straight!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my friend would love 2 maxine shower curatins

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There's a little bit of Maxine in all of us, great job!

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      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Maxine always makes me laugh!! Great lens!! :)

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: It just goes to prove you don't have to say a word to let people know what you are thinking..Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I LOVE Maxine. Her dog Floyd always makes her even better. The expressions on his face are priceless.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      Maxine is wonderful. I always smile when I read the cartoon.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Good fun subject and nicely presented. Enjoyed the read and the cartoons. Hugs

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Maxine is my hero. I'm almost as grumpy as her.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      Maxine is hilarious

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Oh yes, Maxine is a riot. I have a friend who is always sending me Maxine cards.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      @flycatcherrr: Me too!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Maxine is a riot. I always wanted to grow up (old) to be just like that. ;)

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      your lens was so much fun to read :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Maxine has the wisdom of a sage!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      LUV LUV her!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hell Yes! I live with her every singleday!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I love Maxine - she amuses the heck out of me. Great lens. :)

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Fun lens! Feeling kind of crabby today so thought this lens was perfect for me :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Maxine is my hero, she says everything I always want to say!

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: And why she is currently single! Since you and Maxine share the same sense of humor I'll bet you are a blast at parties! Thanks for the visit.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I love Maxine. Her since of humor matches mine. I think she was married several times which gives her the wonderful sarcasm she has about men.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Shibamom LM: You have a way with words :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Shibamom LM 6 years ago

      I've always loved Maxine and her biting sense of humor!

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      Maxine has been around a long time but she never bores me. I love a good laugh. Thanks so much for the kind words.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I always enjoy looking at the Maxine cards when I'm shopping for cards, but never knew how long she'd been around or about the artist. Great info!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I've seen Maxine around but never been to familiar with her. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, I've been a fan for years, too many to think about. My next stop is your Maxine calendars lens. And, yes I will lensroll it to this lens. Thank you so much for spending time with me.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, Dear TwoDogHouse .. You're fan of Maxine, too :) 5 stars for you. Lensroll this lens to my Maxine calendars lens. Have a wonderful times :)