February 23rd, 2008

  • litazia

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I hope dreadedcandiru2 doesn't mind me stepping on his toes, but I've always wanted to try a snark post. Let's get this party started.

Panel 1: Mike sits on the bed while a strange blob behind him talks about how they did something they should have done months before.

Panel 2: Yes, that's right, Mike, you were tired of them. Did you ever separate the two? Did you ever step in and be a parent? No, of course not. That requires assertive behaviour, something no Patterson will ever learn in their life.

Meanwhile, as Mike prepares for surgery, a 12-year-old boy echoes his sentiment. Holy crap, Dee, you look bad. No wonder LJ relies on full lips on her female characters.

Panel 3: I'm confused, is Mike sleeping with Shannon now? And can we please have dialogue that doesn't consist of "Statement!" "Agreement!"?

Panel 4: Cue the gag reflex. I'm tired of this "At the end of the day, they still love each other" bit. On the other hand, maybe we can point to this as another example of "Mike blows money out of his ass."

Ok... snark's hard! I have total respect for you, cookie77! And all you other past snarkers!
Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Here we go with the wrap up to the super-critical separate bedrooms story-arc.

Panel 1: Mike and Dee are changing for bed and reminding us that the Patterspawn finally have their own rooms.

Panel 2: In a shocking, out-of-character twist, Mike explains how all their fighting bothered him without once acting as if he cared how Robin or Meredith felt. Deanna's non-sequitur respnse indicates she still has no idea her husband only really cares about himself.

Panel 3: The two of them go down the hallway to marvel at the new age of quiet and congratulate themselves for making a decision sane people would have made seven months ago.

Panel 4: insanitypepper is proven right as we see the two children huddled together in the bottom bunk for security purposes. Kool-Aid Nation gushes "Aw! How Cute!" and puts this on the fridge. I say "How sad" and wish these kids had responsible, caring, intelligent parents.
Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Be warned: today's Sunday strip is new artwork covering old, old themes.

Let's check the damage, shall we?

Pointless busywork that saner people would have avoided: check.
A chunk of idiotic wordplay in the last panel: check
Elly working herself into a frazzle over minor inconveniences: check
John being a dickweed: check

Today's strip features John and Elly trying to organize all their slides because they have nothing better to do with their time. Just as you'd think John would do the heavy lifting and have Elly clear the table like he was a decent, caring husband or something, you'd think that they'd've bought enough carousels for each theme, carefully organized them after they came back from the photo lab and labeled them but that's not the Patterson way. The Patterson way is to shove most of them into a box at random. That way, you spend hours trying to make sense of the jumbled mess a brighter person would never allowed to develop with the added bonus of risking losing a slide everyone wants to see while still having endless variations on the theme "Elly loses her temper because Farley insists on being a dog instead of a person in an animal suit". As they narrow things down by category, April comes in and asks what's happening. John replies that he and Elly are "getting their lives in order." When I read that, my reaction was "Too late, Train Man! You and Sheet Shaver blew your last chance at that twenty years ago! Now all that's left is living in the Hell you'd made for yourselves!"
Lina/Gourry: T3h SQUISH!
  • dqbunny

Lynn to end current stories in September .. no, for real this time! We think...

I came across this article while browsing the wire at work and for a moment thought I was reading a repeat of something last year. No, this is current and discusses the mangled "hybrid" and Lynn's marriage falling apart. She says that once the strip ends, she is just going to reboot the entire thing and retcon stuff in the process by "fixing" strips.

Some highlights:

About the current storylines and the rebooting: "Johnston says she will end the current plotlines of her 29-year-old strip by September. Then she will do something unheard of in the comic strip world: start from the beginning again, rerunning the old strips -- but tinkering with some to "augment" or "fix some of the stuff," she says in a phone interview from her home in Corbeil, Ontario. She also will have to redraw a number of strips for which original images are missing, she says."

This time, we'll know when the current story ends: "But Johnston does plan to say goodbye to her readers when she ends the present-day story. "There will be some printed material the day following the strip's story line ... ending," she said.

"I don't know exactly word for word, or I'd have it all written out in front of me. But I know what I want to say after all this time. I want to give a special message to everybody from me personally and thank the people that I've worked with and segue into the beginning again."
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