January 10th, 2007

I'm opening a second thread...

...partly for the daytime crowd, and partly to highlight this, which jadepadawan posted.


Internet chat rooms and discussion groups continue to buzz with opinions about the strip, particularly about the romantic future of Elizabeth Patterson, who has three suitors: former high school boyfriend Anthony, new love interest Paul, a policeman, and dark horse Warren, a helicopter pilot.

"I think it's great that a comic strip can have that reach and that effectiveness," said Tom Spurgeon, executive editor of The Comics Journal.

"That really speaks to the kind of affection people have for the strip and the skill with which (Johnston) has developed her setting and characters over the years," he said.

Most readers, knowing the strip was coming to an end, are expecting Johnston to resolve the Elizabeth question, Spurgeon said, and the scorn heaped on Anthony is an indication of how passionate their views are.

"It's kind of fun to punk on Anthony because of his goofy moustache," Spurgeon said.

Johnston is coy on whether she'll resolve the question of Elizabeth's love life, saying only: "That may be. They (the characters) often don't confide in me. I have to wait and find out."

God, I am sick to death of that answer. Lynn, the characters DON'T EXIST, except in your head and on paper. They can't do anything unless YOU MAKE THEM DO IT.

Spurgeon said female readers are particularly critical of Johnston's old-fashioned, anti-feminist values. She readily agreed that she's "a product of growing up in the 1950s."

"What can you be? You are what you are ... and you do what you know. I'm turning into my mother," Johnston said with a laugh.

Then perhaps, when you retire, you should retire for real, and free up space for someone new and fresh, someone who's not stuck in the era of manual typewriters and rotary phones?

Thursday, January 11

Okay, someone called badtzmaru was kind enough to post this link! Thank you sooooo much!


Panel 1: Okay, it appears from the sunburst around Liz's fist that she is knocking with anger. And another double entendre with the answer "Coming!"

Panel 2: Liz looks angry and Susan looks...apprehensive? Hard to tell, since we haven't seen her much. Liz does seem to be keeping it civil, although of course we can't hear her tone. And I like the imagery of her breath cloud.

Panel 3: Another breath cloud. Shouldn't we be seeing Paul's face, so we can gauge him? At least he's not stuttering. And was not afraid to come to the door, as Eric was. Liz's eyes are narrowed and she's going for the kill.

Panel 4: Well, that's ambiguous, if anything ever was. Paul's open mouth could mean he's busted, or it could mean he doesn't know what she's getting at. Susan is looking at him, but again, I'm not sure why. Anyway, yes, it's too late! It was too late when you didn't call; it was too late when you half-assed your agenda for the visit; it was too late when you left Mtig and said it was "for good"!

We waited an hour for this?!

Also check this. While you can, anyway: YouTube will be down for maintenance soon! What a night!