October 16th, 2015

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 17 October 2015

When Mike proposes inviting all the politicians down to see the theater so that they'll think it was their idea to save it, the common sense propounded makes Elly's brain freeze.

(Strip Number 4696, Original Publication Date, 18 October 1986)

Panel 1: Mike explains that with all the costumes she has here, Elly could host the most ever neatest Halloween party ever.

Panel 2: Elly gasps in confusion when Mike says to invite all the people who wanna tear it down to the theatre to change their minds.

Panel 3: He bets that they'd have so much fun, they'd think it was their idea to fix the place.

Panel 4: He then notices that Elly's gone all slack-faced and tells her this.

Summary: Here's something we get to learn next week: Elly takes total credit for Mike's idea like a shameless jerk....which is why I don't mind it one little bit when Radcliffe shuts her down as a public figure this November.

The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston Part XVIII – Life in a Northern Town (Not as bad as it used to be be)

Lynn’s most extensive description of life in Lynn Lake, Manitoba came from her Suddenly Silver collection published in 2004, 25 years after her comic strip was started. At this point in time, Lynn’s 7-year contract with United Press Syndicate was over and she had to choose whether to accept their 3 year extension option or go back to Universal Press Syndicate or retire. Rod Johnston had sold his dental practice in 2002, presumably with the idea in mind that he and Lynn would retire together (although that has never been said directly). With Suddenly Silver, it’s clear that Lynn has decided not to retire and she jumped ship back to Universal. When Lynn is writing in Suddenly Silver, she shows a lot of regret over having abandoned family for career and this may have been because that decision showed another example of how her career took precedence over her personal life. The other element at the time was that both Katie and Aaron were living in Vancouver and showed no signs of returning home.

By the time we get to The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston in 2015, 11 years has passed and we see almost a complete reverse of this idea. Lynn has decided she liked Lynn Lake and that she was a good mother after all. I will compare the two versions after the cut.
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