August 12th, 2014

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

In today's strip, Lawrence's feeling of being displaced is aggravated by Connie's refusal to do something simply awful like "telling him in advance when things are supposed to be happening."

(Strip Number 917, Original Publication Date, 14 August 1985)

Panel 1: When Mike and Lawrence walk into the Poirier house, Connie yells at them about not tracking in any dirt and picking their shoes up.

Panel 2: As they sit down in the living room to read some funnies, Connie tells them to do neither thing but instead sit outside.

Panel 3: The reason is that the real estate agent is about to show up and she needs the house to look perfect.

Panel 4: On the front step, Lawrence complains to Michael that they haven't even moved out yet and already it's not his house anymore.

Summary: For those of you scratching your heads and wondering why Connie didn't tell Lawrence in advance when the realtor was coming and forestall this mess, she's an extension of a woman who finds it as hard to conceive of talking to children as if they are actual human beings as she does conceiving of a man who willingly helps out around the house.
Thanks Siddles!

Watch Your Head - reboot

I was wondering - does anyone else in this community read the strip "Watch Your Head"?

For those unfamiliar, it was a strip about a group of students at a fictional historically Black college. In the beginning, it was a funny strip featuring characters that were believable and enjoyable to read about.

As it went on, though, the creator seemed to lose direction of where he was going. The low point to me - and I think to many - was when the main character's ex-girlfriend died. He had been texting with her during a date with his current girlfriend, and she was portrayed as being unreasonable for asking him to knock it off. It turned out one of those texts was urgent, and he got it too late.

However, it was never explained how she died, and she was never mentioned again. The creator later said that he was dealing with the death of a friend at the time, and that as time went on, he just didn't feel like dealing with it anymore.

Eventually he kind of wrote the characters into a corner. He dealt with it by ending the strip, and is now rebooting it as web only. It's the same characters, but different situations and characterizations.

Obviously this reminds me of another strip - one where the creator seemed to run out of things to do with the main characters, so she started it over from scratch.

I guess I just don't get it. I can totally understand how you might run out of steam on a long running strip. But, instead of starting over with the same characters but different stories, how about have new characters in different stories? I just don't understand it.