August 9th, 2008

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Today's strip depicts the human cost of the Settlepocalypse; to be specific, its use as another excuse for Deanna to avoid having to interact with the weird, incomprehensible half-people that emerged from her uterus. It also involves her refusal to see the world from their perspective because of the foolishly destructive belief she shares with Saint Flapandhonk: anticipating how children react is a bad thing because it somehow lowers you to the status of child. This leads her to stand there all gobsmacked because of a predictable thing she refuses to foresee.

Panel 1: We start off with her putting yet more finishing touches on the Miracle Dress as well as revealing the source of the latest banner.

Panel 2: As she does so, she starts to attract spectators: the small people who, for some strange reason, refuse to play fair and act like tiny adults.

Panel 3: Meredith's giggling finally alters her to their unwelcome presence.

Panel 4: As a vapidly-staring Lizardbreath looks on, she tells them to find something else to do.

Panel 5: That something else had better not be watching television.

Panel 6: Or raiding the fridge.

Panel 7: And if they thing they're getting their clothes dirty, they'd better think again.

Panel 8: Meredith and Robin give each other a conspiratorial (and vaguely sexual) little grin; what fairest1 calls the "are you pondering what I'm pondering?" look.

Panel 9: Deanna gives us the great-granddaddy of all gobsmacked expressions (as well as finally mutating into Elly) upon seeing her children playing naked in the sprinkler. Not only did she not see this coming, she's also worried about the neighbors or (more importantly) Elly might think. Any random neighbor would think that she's a stubborn boob who doesn't know the blindest thing about children and refuses to enlighten herself because she calls a truculent refusal to learn from her mistakes firmness of character.

Summary: Thank God this is the last "Kids are an incomprehensible and infernal nuisance" Sunday strip.
Mama's Sweet Boy
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Major paper drops FBOFW

Apologies if this has already been posted. The Atlanta Journal Constitution will drop FBOFW when it goes into reruns. From the article, which you can read here (about halfway down the page):

Comics fans may already know that one of the most popular strips is ending this month as creator and artist Lynn Johnston goes into semiretirement.

Her popular strip, "For Better or for Worse," about the Pattersons, a Canadian family, has been around since 1979 and runs in more than 2,000 newspapers worldwide, AJC comics editor Frank Rizzo said.

Rather than running repeats of the strip, as we do with the popular "Peanuts," the AJC has chosen to run a new strip when Johnston closes out her popular story line.

Beginning Sept. 1, a new family-oriented strip called "Daddy's Home," by Anthony Rubino Jr. and Gary Markstein, will debut.

"It's a family-oriented strip about both parents working, but the father works from home and takes care of the kids," Rizzo said. "It seemed to be sort of a modern family. We certainly have a lot of families where both parents do work."

Editors at the AJC looked at several new strips and felt this was one of the best of the new offerings. Feel free to let us know what you think.

I think it's a good choice. My favorite line? "Rather than running repeats of the strip, as we do with the popular "Peanuts," ..."

See, Lynn? You're no Charles Schulz!