February 1st, 2008


Hee, anyone get that reference? Anyway, we got monthly letters, new character bios at Mt. Foob, and a photo of the Corbeil Collective in Cuba or someplace.

April's letter, by aprilp_katje: http://docs.google.com/View?docid=djmmmf5_5gmvvp4dr

Merrie's letter, by fairest1: http://fairest1.livejournal.com/54203.html

Pets' letter, by howtheduck: http://howtheduck.livejournal.com/275.html

If I forgot anyone, let me know!

New bios: Janice Madigan, a contemporary of Mike's who appeared in I think three strips, and Shelagh(!) Campbell, his first-grade teacher. I have zero idea why we need, or why Lynn/the Lynnions think we need, to know about these people. I can't link directly, so here's the general Who's Who page. http://www.fborfw.com/features/who/

And here's the vacation photo: http://fborfw.com/newsletter/studiopic/cuba.jpg

Saturday, February 2

Don't feel like going panel by panel. I would say that the last panel, especially the sly look on Mike's face, is foreshadowing, but nowadays, he's not calculating, because he doesn't have to be. He just gets everything handed to him. It's been said, back before the Housening, that the Pattersons Redux could very reasonably have been housed in the basement post-fire. Instead, Mike an' Dee got the "quietest room in the house" with the en suite baath, because their comfort was paramount. They were ALWAYS accommodated as if they were in the Pattermanse for the long haul, and anyone who felt inconvenienced was just a whiny spoiled princess. They had no incentive to find their own place, and in fact, it never really seemed as if they were expected to. Which is odd when you think about it, because I think a lot of parents wouldn't put up with that. But a lot of parents don't have a delicate genius for a son.

Oh, and I forgot to say: What does this strip have to do with the price of butter? It certainly has nothing to do with John or dishes, and it's not related to Friday's strip either. This hybrid is like a really, REALLY bad clip show.

Sunday, February 3

Panel 1: Now, if I didn't know already, I'd think that was Gerald. And I'd think that April was initiating a very Pattersonesque foreplay. I do wonder why the headlights are on when it appears to be daytime.

Panel 2: I gotta say, I hate it when anyone does that. It's not just that it's Elly, nagging. It's what I said to someone who was training me on a job: "I know why you tell me all this, but please don't stop me in the act of correcting myself. I need to build up the muscle memory, and I need to create my own cues, not have someone else give them." She didn't know what I was talking about, so I said, "Just let me do the whole thing a couple times."

Similarly, April should be able to remember the parking brake on her own. She probably had her hand already on it when Elly said that. If she really doesn't remember, and heads down the road with it still on, then Elly can speak up. But "Don't forget" is annoying and unnecessary.

Panel 3: I wonder if this is supposed to be April's first time behind the wheel. In which case, Elly walking her through it is understandable. Of course, that completely contradicts the letters. Has there ever been an instance of that? Not just details being changed between strip and letters, or an event taking place only in the letters, but a total discrepancy -- "I've got my license!" -- "She just got her permit"?

Panel 4: Still, this instruction is pure Elly. "Don't go into the middle of the road! Don't stick a bead up your nose! Don't forget to eat!" And "OK, OK, OK!!!" is what April should be saying. Also, the placement of the talk balloon makes it look like the car fell out of the garage.

Panel 5: Well, to be fair, she's not checking; she has deer-in-headlights eyes. Still, jeez.

Panel 6: Oh, at this point, I would be pulling over and stating that one or the other of us would have to get out. And it's hard to tell, at first glance, if the car is approaching the stop sign, or has already passed it.

Panel 7: April has nerves of steel, that's all I can say. Elly looks as if April was landing an F-14 on an aircraft carrier at night and during a storm.

Panel 8: Elly, she's not tailgating. STFU already.

Panel 9: Like the courtesy of getting off the driver's case? And we have the Patterson Finger of Righteousness.

Panel 10: Okay. First of all, let me say that April looks hot. I think it's because the droopy eyes compliment the lips, instead of making them look freakish the way the big liquid eyes do. Second, I do believe this is the first unambiguously pro-April punchline in a long time. I can't see this reading any way except Elly being annoying and April having a right to be annoyed. Don't know why the steering wheel is so far away and at an angle, though.