Candorville by Darrin Bell

Candorville

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  1. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Still an IDIOT.

  2. chireef

    chireef GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    brains and beauty … if he doesn’t want her can i stand in line?

  3. Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist said, almost 2 years ago

    Susan needs to hit him over the head or throw him off the roof. Whichever is more emotionally satisfying.

  4. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @chireef

    Brains and beauty and kindness.
    (I’ve met exemplars of the brains and beauty and sociopathy combination.)

  5. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Richard S. Russell

    Susan’s doing what she can for free, and idiot Lemont isn’t capitalizing on the results.

  6. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 2 years ago

    I say whack him on the head, splash water in his face, then throw ’im over….Or she could plant a wet one on his stupid face…even he might get the hint…..

  7. Ryan

    Ryan said, almost 2 years ago

    I think Mr. Bell is reaching the point in Candorville where its time for Lamont and Susan to take the next step in their relationship because things are beginning to feel sort of redundant. Just my 2 cents.

  8. Tacopielvr

    Tacopielvr said, almost 2 years ago

    @rvernon

    Wow, thats harsh. Male/female best friendships rarely work or survive in my 40+ plus years of observations, and I am a very social, very liberal person. I’ve yet to meet a woman who would honestly be comfortable with her boyfriend/husband having a female best friend, or mostly female friends.
    If it worked for you, good for you. Just be real about how rare and unusual this is, and should be.
    I know every experience I’ve had with women who say “all my friends are men” or “I get along with men better than women” are exactly the kind of women who decent men should stay away from.

  9. Ryan

    Ryan said, almost 2 years ago

    @rvernon

    I understand your point about their friendship and I agree with it. But by me agreeing with it doesn’t abolish my point. I love Candorville. It’s the first strip I read every day on Gocomics and it’s probably my most favorite strip out today. So, speaking as a fan, I still would just like to see the possibility of a Lamont/Susan love relationship explored instead of having them stay as friends just for the sake of trying to prove they can be friends. I think a possible love relationship could optimize the strip more, but, that’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.

  10. Nancy

    Nancy said, almost 2 years ago

    yes… let them get it on. :)

  11. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, almost 2 years ago

    Male-female friendship is fine (I have one with a former coworker), but In “Candorville,” Susan clearly wants more – much more – and isn’t getting it. That’s what’s so frustratjing about this situation.

  12. Steven Bell

    Steven Bell said, almost 2 years ago

    @Ryan – Darrin has stated previously in interviews that his formative experience with a storyling trying to resolve this sort of tension was what happened to the TV show “Moonlighting”.

  13. Riff Gibson

    Riff Gibson GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I agree with rvernon (and also ryan) about the possibilities of the male-female friendship dynamic. I’ve concluded, in this case, that Susan can do way way way better than Lemont as a mate. Lemont is waaaaay too much of a dweeb for the sensible Susan. Of course, Susan probably only hangs around Lemont because she’s hoping that maybe one day he’ll see the light about a romance with her. Otherwise, she’d be off to find someone actually suitable as a romantic partner.

  14. kauri44

    kauri44 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Steven Bell

    It’s amazing to me how every writer holds up Moonlighting as the ultimate example of why an actual consummated relationship can’t work in the media. If I recall correctly, there were a lot of problems on that set, and I remember a lot of sloppily written scripts towards the end. There were ways they could have made it work—others have. Nick and Nora Charles on one end of the spectrum, and Worf and Dax (until the actress left the show) in the venue that Lemont could relate to. If he watched Farscape, I doubt he got bored after the first time that John and Aeryn got together. There are all sorts of ways to keep tension in a relationship if the people and the relationship are allowed to grow (and have some bumps on the way).

  15. kauri44

    kauri44 said, almost 2 years ago

    @rvernon

    We differ about those relationships (I think Dax’s humor was what made their relationship work) and I could bore the world with what I thought they should have done with John and Aeryn (l think the writers didn’t know how to let them be happy in each other’s company for more than a minute before separating them), but the general argument about the “Moonlighting syndrome” tends to be used to cover a lot of different ground. In the comic strip Luann, it’s used not to let a 16 year old girl ever actually date anybody. In Moonlighting, it had to do with sexual consummation. In other shows (and, I suspect, Candourville) it has to do with not allowing two characters to openly admit that they have feelings for each other. The conventional wisdom is that this will bore viewers/readers, but that years and years of characters dancing around each other, or getting interested in someone and having the relationship fall apart, will provide an endless source of fascination. I don’t think the latter is true, I think audiences are heartily tired of it.

    A real relationship has conflicts, growth, working together, working at cross purposes, good times, increasing understanding (or not) and a whole variety of aspects that keep people from getting divorced the day after they get married because “now it’s boring”.

    I’d like to see a few more writers take up the challenge of making an actual ongoing relationship interesting, ever-changing, and worthy of a dramatic arc. In any case, ditch the Moonlighting excuse and look to better script writers. (Another married couple that kept the romantic tension: Jed and Abbey Bartlett.)

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