June 1st, 2009

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Tuesday, 2 June 2009

It seems, at least to me, that Connie will try and fail to convince Elly that she didn't mean that John was using the time away from hooooooooooome to step out on her; this is because we can expect Elly to thought-bubble that her friend didn't learn from experience. Reason: Pattersons are great at coming to erroneous conclusions.

Whoops; silly me. I forgot that Lynn has to show us how inconvenient it is to be weighed down by children.

Panel 1: It's late at night at the Pattermanse as an anxious Lawrence asks Mike if he's awake. Mike says no.

Panel 2: Lawrence tells him that since Elly returned, the sitter left. Mike responds to that by mumbling under his breath.

Panel 3: Lawrence tells him that since HIS mom is home, he wants to go home too. Mike asks him what kind of emergency could make him want to troop home at pitchdark o thirty in the morning.

Panel 4: Lawrence says he has to go to the washroom.

Summary: Ah, well; a lot of kids have shy bladder syndrome. It's sort of cute, in a mildly off-putting way, to encounter a child who gets freaked out by the prospect of having to use a strange commode. Too bad that Lynn seems to want us to believe that he's deliberately doing this to disrupt the busy lives of two crazy-ass, mopey, scatter-brained women.
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This Hour has Seven minutes of Lynn

I just noticed that Lynn plans to flog "Farley follows his nose" on CBC's "The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos". The teaser segment explains that if she went through with her plan to write Farley out of the strip, Charles "Sore Winner" Schulz would pull his house down on top of himself like a crazy man by killing Snoopy. I'll add the key points and link to the video tomorrow.

(You probably should expect a bucket-load of fawning; the CBC (which thinks it created Lynn and seems to have a policy of treating her with kid gloves) makes Jim Inman look like one of us.)

If you're an American, you'll have a lot of trouble seeing this clip.

- First off the bat, he reminds us of her rocky childhood, bad first marriage and the books she wrote before the strip before launching into a recap of the strip's high points. He mentions that Farley is supposedly an Old English Sheepdog.

- After being introduced she talks about how nice it was to bring back Farley after he'd died of natural causes. The list they handed Strombo before the interview must have told him to avoid clarifying that because although his death from heart failure was natural, the stress that led to it wasn't. She then blathers about how great it is to have a fictional dog as opposed to a real one because she doesn't have to do as much.

- Next, he reminds her of the last tongue-bath he gave hertheir last meeting. She's fairly happy about that because Strombo is a good-looking fellow and, as you know, Lynn likes her some attention from handsome men. This means that she's way more alert looking and focused than when she talked to Marci Ien. Hell, she even seems to know his name.

- She then discusses the detail she supposedly went into to creating the Pattersons' world, how much she sort of resents the time she has lost being stuck in there and how little time in the real world she has left and how great it is that she can change all the things she didn't like about the old-runs. She notes that while it was unlike her real life, it's still realistic because when you write a slice-of-life strip, the things that happen are bound to happen to someone. Strombo makes oblique references to how she might wish she could rewrite her real life and how when musicians retire, they feel empty inside and asks her if she gets that way. She doesn't understand that he's maybe told her she's washed up and acting like she's Stalin rewriting history as she sees fit by talking about some book fair in New York, how it's nice to see new faces make the grade, how excited she is about all the plans she's got now that the new-ruins seem to be successful and how she got carded as a senior.

- Phase One of the New Order should probably bring back a lot of bad memories; that's because she's finally going to get the Farley plushie in production. Also, she and Beth are planning on releasing "Farley 2: Electric Boogaloo". (It should also be noted that said plans could involve yet another change in course for the strip.)

- She contrasts and compares Davis's and Schulz's overmarketing their characters with Watterson's angry resistance to shilling for insurance companies and pet food. Schulz reportedly said that while he sympathized with the younger man drawing a line in the sand, if people want to see the characters, their wishes should be respected.

- Next, she talks about how she can't understand people who think that the characters are in any way real; her example is a crazed fan who wanted Mike to not marry Deanna because she wanted to marry him instead. She also explains that she created Edgar because she planned on offing his dad and the angry letters from animal rights people (Bob Barker is referenced) who wanted her to neuter the shaggy old idiot instead of having him sire his replacement.

- Finally, she flogs the book and new-ruins and thanks him for his time.