July 27th, 2009

Calm Candiru

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

It would seem that Lynn is inadvertently reminding her fans how derivative she was when she was in her gag-a-day phase; yesterday, she stole from Hank Ketcham, today, she's a pale photostat of Cathy Guisewite.

Panel 1: That's because her face is frozen in the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Terror because a common-place choice has just overwhelmed her. As she thought-bubbles "There's one doughnut left in the fridge....I can't stop thinking about it," it's clear that this minor dilemma is leaving her wracked with torment.

Panel 2: Watching her suffer the torments of the damned as she thought-bubbles "I don't need it! I must stay away from it! I MUST HAVE WILL POWER!!!" makes me think she needs a hobby that isn't whining about how bad her life is.

Panel 3: Watching her bolt over to the fridge with her tongue hanging out as she thought-bubbles "I can't take it anymore!! I GIVE UP!!" scares the shit out of me; it's horrifying to see someone that messed up.

Panel 4: My disgusted horror continues as she goes all bug-eyed and thought-bubbles "GASP!! One last desperate burst of resistance!!" That's because we're looking into the greasy and twisted mind of either an anorexic or bullimic.

Summary: I don't actually know if Lynn has an eating disorder or not. I do, however, know that I'm leaning that way. I also know that taping this to the fridge would help people reduce; you'd have to have a pretty sturdy constitution to eat after looking at it.

Question about Mtigwaki (probs for the Canadians here)

So I am writing this sort of fan fic-y thing that revolves around Liz's time in Mtigwaki. Despite all of LJ's "research" and wacky small town characters in the strip, I don't really have much of a sense of what this town would actually be like. I was reading the section on Mtigwaki under "Classic Content" on the website, and noticed this line

Having lived in Lynn Lake and seeing quite a few remote villages, I knew there were government buildings and heritage buildings. Those built by the government are located near the centre of town, are set in rows, are modular, wood sided, serviced with electricity and plumbing.

I'm curious--what kind of government building would be in a remote area like Mtigwaki (and why wouldn't it be in Spruce Narrows, or another larger town)? Would it be provincial or national? Would it provide general services or First Nations-specific ones? I briefly lived in a small town in northern Minnesota (although it was bigger than Mtigwaki; when I was there almost five years ago, the population was about 3,000), and the only government buildings in the area were US Forest Services building, a tiny police station, and a public ultilities building a bit out of town. Are these the kind of places that would be in a native village? And what's the equivalent term for something like "US Forest Services"?

I want a specific building building to play a role in what I am writing, and I don't want to go the "Clem Snodgrass's Bait 'n' Taxidermy" (or whatever it is LJ thinks people in rural areas do) route. Any ideas?