dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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Lynn and Schulz’s Void: The Art of Not Getting Things.

What bothers me most about having someone with the profound ignorance (and even more profound reluctance to enlighten herself) of the comic book world as Lynn has parading around giving her anti-advice is that it extends even to material she likes. As an example, Lynn loves to talk about being Schulz’s greatest fan, but my gut says that she doesn’t actually understand Peanuts at all.

Not, of course, that she's alone in this. As she once said, her idiot grandfather rejected it sight unseen because "Children didn't talk that way." The reason for this refusal to understand framing devices is, of course, a cultural thing. My real-life experience teaches me that there are scads of Northern Europeans who give the flaw of narrow-minded stupidity the noble name of practicality. This sort of fool's practicality is, of course, why John didn't see that addressing the emotional issue he wouldn't allow himself to see would be a more effective means of curing Liz of sucking her thumb than putting an appliance in her mouth that might have solved the merely mechanical problem but worsened the emotional one.

I can think of an on-going pitched battle in the void in which Charlie Brown lives that allows us to see what it is that Lynn doesn't get: the constant need that the Van Pelt family has to rid themselves of Linus's security blanket. As we know, Lucy seems hell-bent on destroying it because she's a mean-spirited little brat who needs to be taken aside and told "Family is family so quit picking on your kid brother." The problem is that the Van Pelts seem to be convinced of the same stupid, limiting motion that messes up the Pattersons; in their minds, children are supposed to behave like crabs in a bucket. What we see as a defense mechanism, they see as a shameful sign of weakness. The problem is that Schulz seemed to be aware that a shameful something was happening but it wasn't one that anyone was supposed to do anything about.

What this means is that we contrast a Lynn Johnston who lets her characters do stupid things because she doesn't realize that they're stupid with a man who let his character do stupid things he knew to be stupid but were also obligatory. This resulted her in laughing when Charlie Brown let all those "nyaaahs" eat him up inside without realizing that her mentor was a man who was raised in a society that turned "not being a total freaking idiot and letting the random comments of irrelevant people who barely remember you bother you decades after the fact" into "having the word 'WELCOME' tattooed on your hindquarters." Deep down, he knew it to be a foolish thing that he wasn't allowed to not do; she doesn't.

Tags: the children of the void.
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