dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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The picture of Dorian Winkerbean.....

Before I get to Harry, I'd like to talk about another thing about the Batiukverse that bothers me along with a lot of other people; the fact that while the main characters are in their late forties, they look as if they're the same age as Batiuk himself: sixty-two. Not only that, they look an old, decrepit, beaten-down and haggard sixty-two. Why this is is obvious; Batiuk can't help but make extensions of himself look a lot like the man he sees in the mirror. The effect is something that he does not intend; it makes it look as if life in Westview is so traumatizing, it ages one long before one's time. What makes it even more annoying to see is that on Sundays, he ages them even further; on Sundays, Funky looks like Ed Freaking Crankshaft without the damned ball cap. Since Cranky is pretty much eighty-five (and a year or so away of ending up in a wheelchair because of Alzheimer's), having to see a man who's not even fifty look and act the same way he does is not, as Batiuk might think, a reminder of how hard life can be and how idealism must give way to harsh reality. What it is is a reminder of what I really hate about the strip aside from the smirking: the drama ISN'T realistic. It's like looking at the crap we all go through blown up to billboard size.
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