October 12th, 2011


Another view at a comic strip proposal

For those who follow Retail by Norm Feuti regularly but for some reason missed everything that happened since March 2010 SPOILERS!

Starting on March 8, 2010; Marla (the protagonist) has a serious discussion with her live-in boyfriend about where their relationship is going. She feels that they have been a comfortable couple long enough to get married and feels a bit hurt that the thought has not entered HIS mind.


I think Marla is right in wanting her feelings acknowledged, but her approach to marriage seems a bit dry to me. If she really wants to get married, why not propose herself? It's the 21st century after all.

Scott proposed on May 14, 2010

What do you people think of this discussion of marriage versus the Settlepocalypse?
I think they are similar, because they both feel a bit phoned in. A least Marla has a firm standing on what she needs and wants, unlike Lizardbreath.
Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 13 October 2011

In today's strip, Mike is baffled by Elly's comparing him with Farley; given that both are scruffy and filthy and are both stupid because Elly failed to train them because that's too much like work, I can get behind her rare moment of candor.

(Strip Number 320, Original Publication Date, 14 October 1982)

Panel 1: Mike, who for some reason is covered in a layer of dirt, comes up to Elly and asks her how come Farley isn't smart like Lassie or Benji.

Panel 2: Elly tells him that she guesses it's because they haven't taken the time to train him properly.

Panel 3: She smiles as she tells him that you have to train your pets just like you have to train your children.

Panel 4: We then focus on Scruffy, Filthy Mike as he asks her how she can compare him with Scruffy, Filthy Farley.

Summary: Lynn's viewpoint will doubtlessly be that children and pets are akin because they make messes and add to their poor mother's burdens because they love chaos and hate to see their poor, poor, put-upon mother be happy because they're evil and chaotic and so on and so forth. I think that they're of a kind because Elly is too preoccupied with feeling sorry for herself to teach them to do what she wants them to.