February 4th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 5 February 2012

In today's strip, Elly ends up getting frustrated by Mike's need to sit on his ass whining about being bored. Since the Lynnsight will be all about how evil Lynn's mother was because she didn't understand that whining about being bored was a thing, this seems a trifle hypocritical.

(Strip Number 6099, Original Publication Date, 6 February 1983)

Panel 1: As we start things off, we find Mike lying down on the couch sighing in despair.

Panel 2: His face is frozen in the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror as he thought-bubbles about how there have got to be more than twenty-four hours in a day.

Panel 3: He then sits with head in hands as he thought-bubbles about how there's nothing, nothing, nothing and nothing to do.

Panel 4: The sudden presence of the something to do called "answering the door" causes him to frown the Gorey-eyed Frown of Misaimed Rage.

Panel 5: A bored Mike answers Gordo's request to join him playing road hockey with a bored nope.

Panel 6: He also says nope to going to the park and busting icicles.

Panel 7: After Gord leaves, Elly sits Mike down and tells him that he's been whining about having nothing to do all morning before asking why he turned Gordo down flat when he came around trying to get him to do stuff.

Panel 8: Mike whines that Gordon didn't want to do what he wanted to do.

Panel 9: Elly asks what that thing is.

Panel 10: Glum Mike glumly says "Nothin'"; this irritates Elly.

Summary: What Elly doesn't understand is that Mike seems to have learned her philosophy too well. Years of being told to stop running around and making noise and an utter lack of stimulation have turned him from a normal, happy, active little boy into the Mike we know and loathe: a passive lump with all the imagination of a stick of butter.
Multnomah Falls: summer

Feb. 3 Lynn's strip comment

I have advised both artists and writers- when they're starting out, to do stuff for free. This gives you the opportunity to see what the real world is like and adds bona fide material to your portfolio. This arrangement works well for both the struggling company and you. There are times, however, when the willing young artist becomes taken for granted and is expected to do a lot more than agreed upon- because, well...you ARE being published!!

I found this amusing, that Lynn is saying that she has advised others.  Yes, she has advised us in general postings to everyone about how things should be done.   She has, however, complained that no one has come to her to be mentored, even though there's an art school in the area.  

I read Stephen King's "On Writing," on this very topic.  He would go for continuing to work for free for the Laundry List (or whatever that newsletter is called), while writing for pay for other publications.  Getting published is the name of the game.  If you don't want to continue doing it for free, discus it like an adult, or just quit.

Maybe I'm not clear on the concept, but isn't a "column" a regular feature, like how Joyce Maynard used to post updates on her suburban life every Saturday,  and an "article" a single story? Or is it different in Canada?

As for mentoring vs. teaching art.   Mentors do it for free. And there needs to be a friendly and professional relationship. If she dropped any hints to the school about being available to mentor, it probably had a price list enclosed. But I think that due to her strip being based on real life, that everyone knew not to bug her, and to stay away from the incompetent dentist, too. What relationship she may have had with the art school, we really don't know.