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  1. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann about 12 hours ago

    I wonder how many people are going to order today’s strip as a collectable archive print. I’m not planning to myself, but your mileage may vary…

    In the immortal words of John Lennon: “Happy Chrimble, one and all.”

  2. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 9 days ago

    Well, now, let’s review. In today’s strip Luann mentions English, Art History, Geometry and Ceramics. Last week, we saw a textbook for Political Science, one for Art History (check), and something ending in “-ometry” which is probably related to the algebra class: either Geometry or Trigonometry. Then there was something “…War”, which might well be for the Poli Sci class.

    Not an outrageous load for a freshman, but well above what we’ve been given to understand is Luann’s customary scholastic level. It’s possible she’ll discover new levels of self-discipline, it’s also possible she may be heading for a serious dose of reality.

    Ms. DeGroot, this is your wake-up call! We’ll see.

  3. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 21 days ago

    Gunther has been pretty adaptable before, in the prom storyline, and in deciding to go to Peru in the first place. I think he’s the natural product of growing up in a fairly sheltered home environment — but he’s risen to every challenge so far. I think he’s coming to terms with his background and realizing that he’s got a lot more on the ball than he ever knew. He’ll cope.

    I worry that Rosa is appearing more and more self-absorbed, and doesn’t seem to be paying much attention to how Gunther is taking all this. I don’t doubt that it’s good for him, but I’m less sure of her intentions and perspective. She was overjoyed when Gunther said he was going, but she doesn’t seem to notice (or care?) what he’s going through.

    I enjoy the G&R strips and the ones with Brad & Toni, where the characters seem to actually be growing. I get kind of tired of Lu, Bern, and the rest of the home town crowd who really do seem to be school-children who have outgrown twelfth grade without maturing much, if at all.

    Well, Quill, maybe. Kind of. And I’ll bet he’s already rehearsing the break-up speech he’ll use on Luann some day, when it’s just too painfully obvious that he’s years more grown-up than she is, whatever their respective ages.

  4. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 22 days ago

    @melmarsh9v: I don’t know why we should assume that Mr. Grey is either single, widowed or divorced. He could be married! Aside from Ms. Berger having her hand on his arm in one panel, I haven’t see any sign of a romantic attachment between the two of them.

    And don’t forget, Mickey Dolenz told us about “Mrs. Grey, she’s proud today because her roses are in blo-oo-om”. Although that was a while back. She could be this bloke’s mother…

  5. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 2 months ago

    Anybody want to bet that the ferret will turn up missing by the end of the evening? Someone will see him in the cage, open it to play with him, and he’ll be gone like a shot.

    I’m beginning to line up with those who think Dez is a phantom student, possibly a hoax that’s been going on for years. It’s been a college “thing” for half a century or more, although with the dawn of computers, the whole thing takes on a much higher level of sophistication. I’ve heard of phantom students at Harvard, Berkeley and Caltech for sure, possibly other places as well. Oh, and Cornell!

  6. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 3 months ago

    @Peanuts511: Welcome, first of all. I second SactoSylvia’s advice, it’s a shame you didn’t know to take notes as you went along (or did you?). You’ll want to be able to refer to the business with Mrs. Horner’s clock, or the time Shannon got lost, or when Gunther pulled Luann out of the canyon.

    Whatever happened to Lindy, anyway?

    I don’t remember if I’ve told the story here before, but a friend of mine told me about how her son and daughter-in-law went horribly in debt to put on the biggest, fanciest, showiest wedding — I mean, they had a hot-air balloonist giving rides to the kids. They had a magician, face painting, balloon animals, a bird release, a DJ and a live band, I don’t know what-all, but you get the idea.

    And the marriage failed in less than two years, because they had no money left to live on. Well, that’s not strictly true, they could afford basic groceries and rent, but everything else they brought in had to go to servicing this monstrous debt. They couldn’t go out to dinner, take vacations, or anything like that. Incidental expenses like car repairs or dentistry always meant missing a payment somewhere else and having to pay a penalty to the balloonist, or the face painter, or whoever.

  7. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 3 months ago

    I’m willing to bet that Gunther is picking up Spanish fairly quickly, just from dealing with shopkeepers, cabdrivers and such. He’s highly adaptable, and determined to make the most of his life away from Mom’s sheltering influence.

    I bet he can even pour his own syrup now!

  8. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 3 months ago

    This is not “suspension of disbelief”. This is disbelief being hung by the neck until dead!

  9. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 3 months ago

    The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking on the strand
    They wept like anything to see such quantities of sand
    ‘If this were only swept away’, they said, ‘it would be grand’

    ‘If seven maids with seven mops swept it for half a year,
    Do you suppose’, the Walrus said, ‘they they could get it clear?’
    ’I doubt it", said the Carpenter, and shed a bitter tear.

  10. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 4 months ago

    Speaking from personal experience (Berkeley, ‘75-78), I find it extremely unlikely that Viper just left a bag of drugs, or any illicit substance. Think about it. You don’t hand illegal substances to a pair of total strangers and take off with nothing more than a verbal IOU. There are unwritten rules about such things, and this simply wouldn’t happen.

    I realize this is the Luanniverse, and Greg has to tell a story in three or four panels each day, but this just makes me convinced things are a lot less creepy than we’re supposed to believe. I’m taking this with a great big grain of salt. It’s a false alarm. Gotta be.