dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Year One - the year of confusion

One of the more irritating things about the very first strips is how little sense they made. In the strip that was republished on 1 April 2009 we were given a scenario that just didn't ring true. In a real-life setting, Elly would not have been hogging the main washroom to put on her make-up and would certainly have let Mike in if he had to use the commode. Mike, in turn, would not have inadvertently ranked mother out in the last panel. I could have bought John deliberately saying what Mike said, though. The following strip that has Elly sheepishly confess about how decrepit and old she is to some kid is not that much better; first off, 32 is fairly young and second, it's not of the kid's business. Not only was the artwork derivative, the jokes sometimes made no sense. This is, of course, because Lynn lacked confidence in both her draftsmanship and story-telling; once she gained the courage to speak with her own voice, the strip started to take a coherent, albeit negative, shape.

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