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  1. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 2 hours ago

    I know what you mean, but the absence of LSoS wouldn’t bother me so much if we at least knew when it would be back. But my guess is that Kory doesn’t set definite dates because he doesn’t want to make promises that he might not be able to keep. So I just try to console myself by continuing to contribute commentary, and enjoying the occasional responses. It’s my way of trying to keep LSoS going even in its absence, though I know full well that I’m hardly an adequate substitute!

  2. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 3 hours ago

    I somehow sensed that you would want to continue calling me Blymie — and that’s fine with me. For some time now I’ve wanted to change my GoComics name — for my own quirky, oddball reasons that I would find hard to articulate — but had trouble settling on one. Then my thoughts started turning once again to Anya Seton, a number of whose novels I first read a few years ago. The title of one of those novels is, yes, Green Darkness. And even without having known anything about it, the name itself evoked something ‘mystastical,’ as Slyndy would say. Besides which, although I hadn’t planned it, it perfectly complements the image I’m now using. (FYI, here is where it comes from.)

    I really hope that you’ll be able to dress up as The Grin for Halloween, though I quite understand if it turns out that other things must take precedence. But oh, I can just imagine the reaction it would generate; Blyme would be hard to surpass for sheer visceral creepiness.

    And speaking of ‘creepiness,’ I have some thoughts on that too, but as usual I’ve run on far too long, so I’ll save them for later, hopefully not too much later. In the meantime, in keeping with the theme I’ve pursued lately, I offer the following article that serves as a resounding rebuttal and rebuke to the maturer-than-thou who sneer at those of us with ‘childish’ tastes in reading:

    ‘It’s pretty good, for a children’s book’

  3. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 4 hours ago

    I know I’ve heard that before, though I can’t remember where or when. But now that you’ve mentioned it, it made me think of a passage from Gone With the Wind, which might not have occurred to me if I hadn’t been rereading it lately. While I can’t say for certain whether it’s necessarily due to having a common enemy, the ever insightful Rhett suggests that there is often a strong affinity between alternate generations:

    “… Make up your mind to this. If you are different, you are isolated, not only from people of your own age but from those of your parents’ generation and from your children’s generation too. They’ll never understand you and they’ll be shocked no matter what you do. But your grandparents would probably be proud of you and say: ‘There’s a chip off the old block,’ and your grandchildren will sigh enviously and say: ‘What an old rip Grandma must have been!’ and they’ll try to be like you.”

    And a bit further on, after revealing that his paternal grandfather had been a pirate:

    “I daresay he made people walk the plank if there was any money to be made that way. At any rate, he made enough money to leave my father quite wealthy. But the family always referred to him carefully as a ‘sea captain.’ He was killed in a saloon brawl long before I was born. His death was, needless to say, a great relief to his children, for the old gentleman was drunk most of the time and when in his cups was apt to forget that he was a retired sea captain and give reminiscences that curled his children’s hair. However, I admired him and tried to copy him far more than I ever did my father, for Father is an amiable gentleman full of honorable habits and pious saws—so you see how it goes. I’m sure your children won’t approve of you, Scarlett, any more than Mrs. Merriwether and Mrs. Elsing and their broods approve of you now. Your children will probably be soft, prissy creatures, as the children of
    hard-bitten characters usually are. And to make them worse, you, like every other mother, are probably determined that they shall never know the hardships you’ve known. And that’s all wrong. Hardships make or break people. So you’ll have to wait for approval from your grandchildren.”

    While I can’t speak from personal experience, I can only say that as long as grandparents and grandchildren pull together, and say to haystacks with their stuffier relatives, then all is not lost!

  4. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 4 hours ago

    For some further thoughts on the matter:

    16 Quotes About Writing for Children

    The L’Engle quote is included, as are a couple of others that sound similar to what you were referring to, though I can’t be sure if either is the one you were thinking of.

    Indeed, children do ask questions, lots of them. And the one that they ask perhaps more than any other is… Why? The one that can be hardest to answer, and sometimes unanswerable. Though you do come to understand some things better as you age, there’s also much that eludes understanding, no matter how old you get. And I suspect that’s part of what makes adults so uncomfortable: How do you explain certain matters to your children if you have trouble making sense of them yourself?

    LSoS provided an excellent illustration of that difficulty when Abby read To Kill a Mockingbird, and Heckbender had trouble grasping the concept of prejudice, though she did her best to explain it to him. But it was obvious that at bottom she too was bewildered; though she could readily recognize and acknowledge the existence of prejudice, she couldn’t really articulate the why of it.

    But even considering how hard it can be to try and explain the unexplainable, trying to avoid or quash uncomfortable questions is not the answer. Children will be much more appreciative if you simply admit that you don’t know, rather than spouting easy or pat ‘answers’ that ring false and hollow. Given that children have virtually infallible BS detectors, you’re setting yourself up for trouble if you’re not straight with them or resort to ‘polite’ evasions; better to own up to honest uncertainty, even if it doesn’t seem very satisfactory.

    I hope that the popcorn wagon is still there, too! And don’t forget that there’s always plenty of Slynderfell’s ice cream on tap.

  5. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on The Old Man & His Dog 2 days ago

    It took a moment, but it finally registered. And I find that the more subtle puns and gags are often the most satisfying.

  6. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 13 days ago

    So there is life here after all, still! After it had all but ground to a halt, I had just about given up hope, and then came a sudden spurt. A small one, yes, but very welcome.

    I had thought of posting that L’Engle quote, as it’s been much on my mind lately, particularly in light of my irritation at those who attempt to dictate what is ‘age-appropriate’. I suspect that such people seek to drive a wedge between generations, to keep them as segregated as much as possible — and what an incredibly immature attitude, if that’s how they really think. I hope I’m wrong.

    I do think that L’Engle was correct in her perception of who actually has the greater difficulty in facing unpleasant aspects of life, even if only in fictional form. If you’ve ever taken a gander at the books that are most often challenged, you’ll find a fair number that would be designated as children’s books — among them A Wrinkle in Time and The Giver. And who are the ones who invariably raise a hue and cry about such ‘subversive’ stories? Hint: It’s not the kids. Or if they do, I never hear about it. It’s the grown-ups who consistently get a bee in their bonnet about it.

    Which makes me ask: Whom are they really trying to protect? The children — or themselves?

  7. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on The Single Dad Diaries 14 days ago

    Just goes to show, some of those old lines can still deliver — and the message comes through very clearly.

  8. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 23 days ago

    I don’t how many people this will apply to here — I for one was in my late teens when the book came out, and even then I didn’t learn of it till much later. But I imagine that there are many who can appreciate the change in perspective that occurs when you first read a book as a child, and again as an adult:

    All the Things I Didn’t Get When I Read The Giver as a Kid

    I would also add that it’s not always a matter of a distinction between youthful and adult outlooks. Your perceptions can also change considerably within adulthood, as I have frequently found. As the author writes, “When you reread a book after many years, the words on the page may not have changed, but you have—rendering the book, in turn, something altogether new.” Indeed. And that’s true regardless of how many or few years have passed.

    But what really snagged my attention was a reference to an earlier article by a prissy moral uplifter who sought to shame adults who read children’s books — and there were plenty of readers did not take kindly to that author’s haughty condescension. Nor do I; imagine that you hear a Goatsucker-like growl. But it’s also an ideal illustration of the C.S. Lewis quote that I posted here last month, in which he spoke of those who are So Very Grown Up and remain obsessed with it, living in terror of being perceived as childish, even long after they become adults.

  9. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 24 days ago

    It’s been now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t with that pic; it’s visible as I’m typing this. I suspect that it’s being wonky because it’s part of a slide show, though the pic will display even when you click on the blank space. But it probably would be a good idea to repost it.

    I really love that video, and always marvel at the variety of accents contained within a relatively small geographical space. I’ll bet one will find a similar variety Down Under as well, something I’ll have to look into when I have the chance.

  10. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 24 days ago

    You just never know what references will turn up in LSoS, or where or when. I wasn’t even looking for any, just revisiting earlier pages as I often do, and when I looked at Twila’s binder it just popped out at me. Of course, that was one that no one could have known about at the time, except for Kory and Paul Gilligan, and others involved with Poptropica.

    Speaking of which, I recently discovered that, besides the Poptropica website and GoComics, the comic is also available on Funbrain. Currently, there’s 18 weeks worth of strips, and apparently it too is on hiatus, and expected to return sometime this fall.