August 3rd, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 4 August 2011

In today's strip, the novelty of people-watching wears off causing Mike to revert to his mildly-annoying self; the astonishing thing is how astonished Lynn is by his behavior.

(Strip Number 299. Original Publication Date, 5 August 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with a smiling Mike motioning for Lizzie to be silent as they hover over a snoring man I'll call Mr Proboscis.

Panel 2: The next thing we know, Proboscis is telling Elly, who's reading the paper, that Mike dropped a marble in his mouth while he was sleeping.

Panel 3: It's difficult to explain exactly what Elly means when she asks him why he did that; her need to understand what caused him to do so is probably mixed with her need to ask him why she has to supervise him and not have a life.

Panel 4: Be that as it may, I think that Lizzie's telling her that that's all he could find is cute enough.

Summary: The notes are definitely going to slam Aaron for having the same low tolerance for boredom that's perfectly all right for his mother.

FOOB Mash-Ups

Earlier this week Anonymous suggested "If we're going to sustain interest in this comic again, we need some kind of hook to gather the masses again now that the strip's going into reruns of the better early years. I propose a parody site that takes random FBOFW strips and mashes them up into something else entirely."

There are the obvious concerns about lawsuit-happy creators, though, so why not do it as prose? I've often imagined some mash-ups featuring characters from the FOOBiverse trying to negotiate life in a completely different setting.  Go on -- write a paragraph or two.  If you feel like going the long-term fanfic or foefic route, let me know where to find it!  Do you remember that summer's day when Mike, Lawrence, Brian and Gord found a body (FOOB meets Stand By Me)?  Elly's solo Greek holiday (FOOB meets Shirley Valentine)?  The Little Train Robbery?  When April, on her eleventh birthday, found out that she was actually a famous witch with a place waiting for her at a magical school?