May 17th, 2011

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

We switch from Phil annoying Elly to Phil going on a date with Connie; the first stage is his having to contend with a nephew who gets most of his distorted view of adult life from the playground instead from network television.

(Strip Number 262, Original Publication Date, 19 May 1982)

Panel 1: As our story continues, we find Phil, who's got a cigarette perched on his lip, adjusting his shirt collar or something; as he does so, Mike comes up to him and asks him if he's got another hot date.

Panel 2: As he combs his hair, Phil asks Mike what he knows about it; as Mike smells the bottle of Men's Cologne brand men's cologne Phil is using, he says 'Everything.'

Panel 3: Phil, who's combing out his mustache, asks Mike if he gets his information from the PG movies that he doesn't know Elly has forbidden.

Panel 4: He's thus gobsmacked when Mike smilingly says "Nope. Recess."

Summary: That's because, unlike Lynn, he can compare the wild misinformation he picked up off the street with his actual life experience and find the former wanting; the notes will thus be out how children lost something by having network television become their leading source of stereotypes. half-truths and superstitions.
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The latest podcast: "Conceiving April"

The latest podcast has just come on line and it's about how Lynn came up with the idea for the Picky-Face Martian Princess.

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- She explains who Cathy Guisewite is to those who don't know about her fellow cartoonist.

- Also, she reminds us that Guisewite told her to simply create a character from whole cloth.

- What I find refreshing is that Lynn cops to not having the imaginative capacity required to examine a situation she has not personally experienced; were we to congratulate her on her candor, however, it wouldn't go down well.

- Finally, April isn't really imaginary after all; she's just another version of Katie Johnston. The realization that she's just contradicted herself on so many levels seems to have eluded her; not only did she not come up with a new idea, she just recycled the Lizzie plotline from the first few years of the strip. She also leaves us wondering how much of April is Katie.