July 22nd, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 23 July 2011

What a nice birthday present Lynn gave me and my twin sister Pam: Phil not knowing what to do with his free time now that the rest of the cast has left for a crappy trip to Vancouver. I must remember to say something nice the next time I go on Coffee Talk.

(Strip Number 290, Original Publication Date, 24 July 1982)

Panel 1: As they head out to the car, John tells a mildly-overstimulated Mike to settle down a bit; Mike says that he can't help it. Given that this is a novelty and he's like, what, eight, I can buy into not only this but John's need to have quiet when he's heading down the highway to the train station.

Panel 2: Elly's silhouette tells Phil goodbye as well as to enjoy the peace and quiet.

Panel 3: He then asks Farley if he wants to watch TV or maybe have a little light conversation.

Summary: The mildly funny punchline depends on Phil not knowing that many people in town to work; since we only ever see him with the family or with Connie, my guess is that apartment hunting will take up most of his spare time because he's sort of out of social options.
kermit warhol

Lynn's... creative... take on creativity.

This was originally a response to clio's LJ post on Lynn's speech at the Schulz Museum, before I realised that I had enough material on this particular issue for a full-fledged rant.

Lynn is talking about imagining stories like it's some incredible weird thing that's very very rare. Like no one else imagines things or daydreams, it's only comic strip writers, and herself in particular.


Ladies and gentlemen, Lynn Johnston: internationally acclaimed artist who has absolutely no idea how art is created.

This comes up repeatedly in her public statements, and it's developing a perverse fascination for me. We've all run into the reverse -- badly-made media, sure; pretentious creators who think their cheezy vampire saga (for instance) is the be-all and end-all of literature, absolutely. But never before have I encountered a decent artist who achieved a significant level of acclaim while operating on the assumption that it's supposed to be derivative, dull and unimaginative.

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