January 8th, 2007

What is a strip hybrid?

I still don't know what that's supposed to mean, but here's another article about the strip ending, or not ending, or whatever.

http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/editor_and_publisher_for_better_or_for_worse_to_stay_on_as_hybrid/

There's a link inside the article, highlighted as "what the cartoonist plans".

And dig this:

Still another reason Johnston doesn't want to continue doing new "FBorFW" strips every day is that she's not as clued in as younger people are to the latest technology, language, and attitudes. "I'm showing my antiquity," she said wryly.

One example of this involved a December 2006 sequence featuring a fire in the building in which Michael, Deanna, and their two young children live. Johnston originally showed Michael, a writer, rushing in to save his manuscript. Someone told her it would be more realistic for Michael to rush in to save his laptop, and Johnston ended up redrawing the sequence that way.


There's still more to it than manuscript vs. laptop, but at least LJ is taking advice from "someone". (Although if that "someone" was a Lynnion, it's a bit jerkish for her not to acknowledge that it was a member of her staff.)

Tuesday, January 9

Panel 1: Okay, so no drama en route to Mtig. Isn't Warren being a bit presumptous, though, taking it for granted that people seeing and hearing a helicopter overhead will know it's Liz, even though this is not her ETA? Of course, if helicopters are so few and far between in this neck of the woods, then they probably would make that connection, and of course run out to the airstrip, because Mtig is one of those communities where "help just happens".

(I'm a bit biased at the moment, because a police chopper has been circling overhead for the past 15 minutes. My sub-community is a regular hotspot for fleeing perps. There's hardly any crime right here; this is just where they get cornered after running away from a crime nearby.)

Panel 2: Mad exposition! Warren is not staying in Mtig long enough for Paul to get jealous! So that torpedoes one of our theories!

Panel 3: See? They weren't expecting you, Miss Universe.

Panel 4: Oh lord. Is this going to lead into some comment about how there's no such thing as "only" Liz because she's so speshul?

Panel 5: OH MAN. It's coming. It's coming. Just in advance: Damn you Lynnions for making Paul the cheating jerk. Or perhaps he'll only be emotionally cheating. We know from Granthony that that's okay, right?