C'est la Vie by Jennifer Babcock

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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    You’re such a pal, Donna….

  2. [NAME REDACTED]

    [NAME REDACTED] said, over 6 years ago

    See, even Donna knows their roles in this strip.

    Well, the national nightmare that has been gripping this comments section is over. The evil menace that threatened your experiences of this comic strip has been held at bay for now. The main character you all love and emulate (except for the therapy) has returned.

  3. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, over 6 years ago

    Donna, just say, “Until you’re yourself again?”

  4. LW18 LADYWOLF

    LW18 LADYWOLF said, over 6 years ago

    Make it memorable then, Mona.

  5. Jay_Dallas

    Jay_Dallas said, over 6 years ago

    Mona needs to be getting up close and personal with those abs! Times running short….

  6. The missing M. Smokey

    The missing M. Smokey said, over 6 years ago

    The drama is killing me… not.

  7. Jim

    Jim said, over 6 years ago

    Uh-oh , puppy dog eyes .

  8. arsmall

    arsmall said, over 6 years ago

    Love the puppy dog eyes, Jen!

  9. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    razorback: “The main character you all love and emulate (except for the therapy) has returned.”

    Yes, Mona’s bitchy, neurotic, sarcastic, cynical outlook is what attracted us to the strip in the first place, and what drives the humor. Anyone who dislikes Mona being Mona probably wouldn’t have stuck around for long as a reader.

  10. mancocapac

    mancocapac GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    So 16 hours will be stretched out to five days?

  11. Skylark

    Skylark GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    OK Mona………back to character and make it quick! Enough of this stuff is enough and too much is sufficient! time to GET REAL once again!

  12. POPPA1956

    POPPA1956 said, over 6 years ago

    “until you’re ** again?” Did I mis something? When did she stop?

  13. [NAME REDACTED]

    [NAME REDACTED] said, over 6 years ago

    EasterFritz AKA Fritzoid said, about 3 hours ago

    Yes, Mona’s bitchy, neurotic, sarcastic, cynical outlook is what attracted us to the strip in the first place, and what drives the humor. Anyone who dislikes Mona being Mona probably wouldn’t have stuck around for long as a reader.

    The supporting cast provides the humor; Mona moves the story along. The strip is about her, after all. Mona’s the straight man; the only time Mona has to be funny is when she fails at something due to her attitude working against her and when she has to react to another character (Donna, Smokey, Lucas, Pierre, creepy stalker guy, etc.).

    If “Mona being Mona” is the ONLY reason you guys (Fritzoid) stick around, you are selling this comic strip short.

  14. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    If all you see Mona as is the straight (wo)man, I’d say YOU’RE selling the strip short, as well.

    On “30 Rock”, Liz Lemon is comparatively normal, considering her surroundings, but her neuroses and idiosyncrasies are comic in their own right. Jerry was comparatively normal on “Seinfeld”, but he was hardly Rob Petrie or Andy Travis.

    “Softening” Mona in any lasting way would rip the core out of this strip, and once it’s done there’s no going back.

    Why do YOU think it’s funny when “she fails at something due to her attitude working against her”? And if that’s the case, wouldn’t a change of her attitude, such that it’s NO LONGER working against her, likewise remove much of the humor from the strip? And DOES her attitude always work against her? Mona’s acerbity and her cynicism are not only comically exaggerated, they are her strength. She can put people in their places in ways that we, the readers, wish we could get away with in real life.

    Mona’s therapy and anger management treatments were successful to the extent that (perhaps) she’ll not again put Lucas in the hospital. That’s funny. If her therapy were successful to the extent that she really becomes a “well-adjusted” person, contented with 2.5 kids, a house in the suburbs, and a middle-class income, that’s the death of the strip.

  15. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    I haven’t read ALL the archives yet, but I’ve read some of them. From the earliest days of the strip, it seems clear that if Ms. Babcock HAS an all-encompassing “character arc” for Mona in mind, it is to get her to recognize that LUCAS is “who she’s meant to be with.” Tiffany and Ryan and anybody else who may drop in an out of either of their lives (or beds) isn’t likely to be anything other than a pit-stop on the way. Maybe YOU, razorback, would like to see “C’est la Vie” as Mona’s journey to “normalcy”, but does it seem at all like that’s what Ms. Babcock is interested in providing?

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