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  1. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 7 days ago

    It’s a good thing the unicorn folk reached an accord (by/among themselves) with the stars long ago…but Phoebe would do well to not encourage Marigold to visit a jewelry store unaccompanied—all of those sparkling diamonds and precious stones, showing off…

  2. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 10 days ago

    Isn’t there a modern (no pun intended) rock band or single artist who have/has a slower-paced (rather Hip-Hop-like, if it isn’t actually Hip-Hop) song with a different melody, whose first verse goes, “I am a perfect model of a modern….something?” (I only ended the verse with “something” because I can’t remember the rest.) That was how I “heard” Marigold sing it (in a voice rather like Jane Krakowski’s [I’d never heard of her before I read the other comments], but slightly deeper and possessing a slight English/Irish accent) when I read this particular installment of the comic strip, when it first appeared.

  3. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 17 days ago

    Maybe not—bending light rays from the screen around her head (so that to the kid behind her, it would be as if her head wasn’t there [this is how a cloaking device works; the principle has already been demonstrated at microwave frequencies in laboratory tests]) might, like the Shield of Boringness, be another of Marigold’s magical abilities.

  4. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 23 days ago

    Jennifer Roberson’s 1987 short story “The Court of the Summer King” (it is in the 1988 anthology “The Unicorn Treasury: Stories, Poems and Unicorn Lore,” compiled and edited by Bruce Coville and illustrated by Tim Hildebrandt) deals with “baby horns” of young unicorns.

  5. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn about 1 month ago

    A sparkle tax could have interesting ramifications for the human world. Imagine if they arranged for the tax to be paid out of the residuals for Manfred Mann’s song “Blinded by the Light,” every time it’s played on a radio station…?

  6. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn about 1 month ago

    I think Marigold actually said that a while back. She also compared how the unicorns chose their leaders in ancient times versus today—a violent ancient rite (which was one part of a multi-event selection process) was replaced with a dance contest.

  7. blackshire commented on Dark Side of the Horse about 1 month ago

    Great—Melody’s back! It’s too bad Horace isn’t an Elvis fan; he could get out of this tight spot by saying, “I’m sorry I can’t focus. I’m in love—and ’I’m all shook up!’—over seeing you again!”

  8. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn about 1 month ago

    Indeed—like you, I come here to get away from all of the back-and-forth sniping. But:

    A good comic strip creator can cover this topic while 1 not generating such rancor; 2 reminding the readers that to engage in such spiteful behavior is, ironically, treating those with other viewpoints as if they were cartoon characters instead of real people with real feelings and real reasons—whether one agrees with them or not—for having their viewpoints, and; 3 making us laugh as we step back and view the whole matter in its proper perspective. In other words:

    Getting so wound up in the political process that one starts to view other people, neighbors, and even relatives whose positions differ from one’s own as “enemies” to be disparaged is like getting a fever. (I know, having experienced this myself in the past, and I have seen others—including people I know—develop this “fever,” especially this year). Comic strips that deal with the subject of elections in this nuanced way—as Dana has done brilliantly!—can help people to break out of this “fever” or avoid developing it altogether. So I look forward, with no dread (which is ironic, as faerie lore describes them as being potentially terrifying), to meeting the Election Faerie! :-)

  9. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn about 1 month ago

    It is—her earlier work was called, “I drew this” (although each word may have been capitalized). Also:

    Regarding Sugar Bombs 95’s comment, while I agree (and there are other comic strips that are openly and overtly on one side or the other, for those who prefer such fare), the subject of elections has already been treated in this strip, to hilarious—and non-partisan—effect. It involved Marigold’s refusal to wear clothes to the local polling precinct, which prompted Phoebe to remark that she had an uncle (a brother of her father, I would guess) who also had that problem…

  10. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn about 1 month ago

    Indeed—they didn’t seem to have checked the contents of their plastic pumpkins closely—they may find some gummy worms when they get home… Also, Phoebe and Max have served as Marigold’s apple-gatherers before, when Max dressed up all in black (as Steve Jobs; he told Phoebe that most people didn’t think he was wearing a costume at all, but that those who did get it found it funny to give him apples).