July 8th, 2008

Snarky Candiru2

Q and Error.

An entry in the Q and EH? section caught my eye just now because it seemed absurd. You see, the person asked Lynn if there were some way to indicate the original date of the hybrid strips. The excuse Lynn gave for not doing that was that there wasn't enough space. This sort of bothered me because it seemed it would be a simple matter to photoshop in the dates because of all the blank space in the original artwork. We could have seen an "OD: X-Y-79" tucked away in one corner if Lynn weren't trying to hide the fact that she wasn't running them in order. How like her to blame the new technology for her failure.
  • la_eme

not really on topic, but an observation

I spent my Fourth of July weekend re-reading the entire Anne of Green Gables series from first book to last. In my reading of this hallmark of Canadian literature (which Anne of Green Gables actually is, unlike a certain comic strip we could mention), something struck me: L.M. Montgomery, a woman 2 generations older than Lynn Johnston, was much more progressive and forward-thinking. I mean, OK, Anne hooked up with Gilbert Blythe, who she'd known since childhood, but he was hardly a sweetheart in those early days, more like the typical thorn in your side that is a boy who "likes you."

On top of that, Anne was originally from Nova Scotia and ended up on PEI, and (gasp!) even moved 60 miles from home after she married. Yeah, these days that's maybe an hour's journey on the freeway, but back in the late 19th century that was a trip that could take the better part of a day.

I find it sad (and even kind of infuriating) that a work of literature written half a century before Lynn Johnston was even born could show a more progressive attitude toward women and their place in society. True, Anne ended up as a wife and mother, but she did have a B.A., she did teach for a couple of years, and though other characters scoffed and treated her pursuit of higher education as a "phase," she herself didn't think of it that way.

Anne didn't have the advantages and choices that Liz enjoys now; she was a woman of her time and her environment, and even her ultimate goal in life wasn't just to "catch a man," as it seems to be the be-all and end-all of Liz's existence.

Yeah, I know they're characters and they're not real, but Anne grew and changed and evolved in the course of the series she starred in, whereas the cast of Foob has devolved to such a point where they're every bit as 2-dimensional as the world they live in. It's kind of sad.
Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

At the end of yesterday's strip, we saw Elly at wit's end because she had to deal with the consequences of her own stupid actions and John trying to figure out what got her there. The last time this happened, he bullied April into apologizing for being rude. It seems to me that he will not do the same to Liz. If he does try to calm her down, we're probably in for a repeat of the time he went all creepy uncle so fasten your seat belts and keep a bucket handy.

Panel 1: April tells Elizabeth to calm down. This, of course, causes the huffy bitch to rant that that's easy for her to say.

Panel 2: After all, she can go to the beach with her friends and watch television because she's not a freaked-out bridezilla who wants a big fucking show and is pissed off that she has to make it happen instead of having fate and faith provide it.

Panel 3: April shoots back that that's a low blow, After all, she has to make sure Lawrence shows up with the ugly floral arrangements, send invites to people she's never heard of and will never see again and make ugly decorations that sicken the stomach of man. This causes Elly to look in because she loves a good argument.

Panel 4: The three of them react to all the unnecessary stress Liz has inflicted upon them by screaming at each other like Charlie Brown.

Panel 5: John shows up and asks if they're having a group hug. Elly responds that they're holding each other up.

Summary: Well, we were right about Liz begrudging April her summer vacation. That also means we'll see a lot of letters on CT condemning her because they think that a lack of planning on Liz of Troy's part is an an emergency on her part.