I’m glad I discovered your work from the start, Mr. Carroll. Instantly subscribed. There’s still room for intelligent, thoughtful artistry, rare though it may seem…
It would seem that Texan LBJ was more progressive than (traditionally liberal state) Massachusetts’ JFK…
The JFK note is especially enlightening… thank you.
Gregg Popovich made a profound statement a few days ago… "But the discussion has to take place.
Obviously, race is the elephant in the room and we all understand that. Unless it is talked about constantly, it’s not going to get better. ‘Oh, they’re talking about that again. They pulled the race card again. Why do we have to talk about that?’ Well, because it’s uncomfortable. There has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change, whether it’s the LGBT movement, or women’s suffrage, race, it doesn’t matter. People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people, because we’re comfortable. We still have no clue what being born white means. And if you read some of the recent literature, you realize there really is no such thing as whiteness. We kind of made it up. That’s not my original thought, but it’s true.
It’s hard to sit down and decide that, yes, it’s like you’re at the 50-meter mark in a 100-meter dash."
Definitely Drucker. He and Jack Davis were the lead artists, but this was from the A Star is Born parody with Mort.
And the original artwork showed Lee’s uniform was blue. Nice of the GoComics folks to adjust the color…..
At least Slim stopped eating…….
The only one that seems to get a yearlong story arc right is Brooke McEldowney of 9 Chickweed Lane. Edda’s grandmother’s wartime experiences seemed to fly by, the writing was so crisp and engrossing.
Y-P, thanks for the tip – Tribune Media Services handles GA, so I sent them a note, which will probably be ignored, unless more folks comment on the issue. I hope there will be a few, since major media corporations hate situations that call for retractions or corrections. They would make sure the 1/9 sin wouldn’t happen again if their attention was obtained.
I suppose the horse has been beaten to death, so I will shut up now. I hope Mr Scancarelli will do the honorable thing and leave it at that.
And YellowPeeps, I appreciate your tolerance of my earlier posts. I have tried to be respectful and measured in my comments.
I still would like to see Mr. Scancarelli acknowledge and correct his actions on the 1/9 strip. Since I know strips are prepared long in advance, he may not be able to do this immediately, but he shouldn’t think that transgression will be forgotten as the haze of time progresses.
Plagiarism is a serious issue in journalism and education – a true professional should not resort to it. It’s the examples that are set in this life that have resonance.
There is less and less resistance to characters aging in serial comics. Walt’s literary death could open a lot of plot doors for Mr. Scancarelli and the audience. Lynn Johnston was famously advised by Charles Schulz to not kill off Farley, the family dog, for fear of alienating readers and possibly losing newspapers. She held off until his passing and ran the storyline. What followed was a series of well-received strips on the transitions in life, able to be discussed openly in a family setting. Instead of losing readership, the entire stature of the For Better or For Worse strip rose exponentially.
The most obvious strip to deal with everyday triumphs and tragedies is Funky Winkerbean. The tough-to-avoid trap is falling into the maudlin abyss. Batiuk is a touch heavy-handed, but his topics happen unvarnished in real life.
So I guess the point is that the GA Universe could withstand Walt’s passing. Flashbacks and references could keep him close and still move the narrative forward.
WinnieNicklaus (great name, BTW - I just visited the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus last month), thanks for noticing that, too.
The reason I called for Mr. Scancarelli to correct his actions tomorrow is that the Sunday panels tend to get more views. Since his plagiarism occurred on Sunday, the mea culpa needs to be similarly featured.