November 28th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 29 November 2010

Today's strip is probably going to tug at the heartstrings of the masses and inspire a lot of gushy comments on Coffee Talk; that's because Elly is weepily nostalgic for six years ago. I just wish it was because she remembered the good times and not because Mike couldn't talk back.

(Strip Number 4095, Original Publication Date, 30 November 1981)

Panel 1: We start things off with John helping Mike put on his uniform; since Lynn needs to tell people what's happening instead of letting them figure it out for themselves, John says "Okay, shin pads, elbow pads...everything's in order here."

Panel 2: Having witnessed the result and, like any parent, convinced that his son is the next Gordie Howe, John tells Elly to come in and take a look at Mike in his uniform. It should be noted that he's wearing a mask that has vertical bars; this becomes important later.

Panel 3: Having expected Elly to praise him and having instead noticed the wistful frown that's plastered on his mother's face, Mike asks her what's wrong.

Panel 4: Elly tells him that the last time he looked at her like that, he was in a playpen; this, of course, is owing to a vague similarity between Mike's hockey mask with its vertical bars and the bars of a crib.

Summary: That's sort of touching but it's also not what Mike expected to be told. That's Elly's whole problem, though; even when she does mean well, her total inability to see the world through any other perspective than her own hampers her ability to bond with those around her.
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Completely off-topic: How to colorize a classic strip......

As you will no doubt recall, Lynn tends to behave as if the recoloring job that Kevin Strang does is some sort of technical wizardry that's so complex, it is the reason that she failed to synch up the Sunday strips. I'd like to remind us that this is not quite the case. To that end, I'd like to share with you the results of a little experiment I'd performed. First, I selected a Sunday strip at random: this strip from when the strip was still readable seemed the most appropriate jumping-off point.

The first thing I did was save the image file to my hard drive. Next, I'd used Paint.Net to add in the modern-day logo so as to simulate what I think the first stage of modernization must be. Next, I added in the backgrounds so as to emulate the ones we associate with the new-ruin era. After that step came hair color, skin color, clothing and, finally, the gifts Elly was wrapping. All told, it took me about half an hour to do.