February 22nd, 2011

Hells Yes!

Liz: Guys Can't Resist Her

I had a first date this weekend with a guy and thought it went well, and today he says via email he's not interesting in pursuing a relationship. Being Seriously Bummed, I got to thinking about how I always seem to strike out and get nowhere, and, somehow, Liz and her romantic history came to mind, and I realized something: she never strikes out. Ever. Unless I'm forgetting something, Liz never has to deal with this kind of thing. She whines about not having a serious relationship, but, really, how much does she try? How many guys does she try to start something with only to have it go nowhere? She got interested in Eric and he returned the interest. She started crushing on Paul and he was interested in her, too. Warren thought she was so fabulous and perfect he kept waiting in the wings (to use Lynn's terrible pun) for the day she'd return his affections. Anthony--well, we know all about him. Seriously, who has that kind of luck with guys? The only females I know of who've never had to deal with striking out are the ones who married their high school sweetheart.
Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

In today's strip, we find ourselves wondering if Elly will end up getting a phone call from Cathy Guisewite demanding her punchline back.

(Strip Number 4132, Original Publication Date, 24 February 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly sitting on her bed thought-bubbling "Fat, fat, fat, fat, fat, fat!!" This tells us that she took Mike's words too seriously.

Panel 2: Her next move is to narrow her eyes in rage and thought-bubble that even though the jeans she's about to wear are too tight, she's going to do so anyway.

Panel 3: She gasps for air and thought-bubbles that she can get them done up if she lies down.

Panel 4: Getting back up, on the other hand, is another question.

Summary: Like I said, this is a slightly-repurposed Cathy; it's also a reminder that the two women and their creations share a distorted self-image and take themselves far too seriously.