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  1. howtheduck commented on Luann about 4 hours ago

    @howtheduck

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    withering criticism
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    There are some here who can be described as providing ‘withering criticism’. I, for one, don’t see that phrase applying to you. My concern with those who dwell on the nits is that the overall picture is being lost…

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    It the world of comic strips, art tells a significant part of the story. There are certain things people notice. If you have one of those reprint comic strips like “For Better or For Worse”, people in the comment board notice every time a typewriter appears, or the characters walk right up to an airport departure gate. Not getting this sort of thing right is a significant error in the story-telling. With today’s strip, many of the readers on this board were no longer paying attention to Gunther’s departure story. Evans doesn’t have to draw it perfectly, but he does have to understand that people say goodbye before the security gate in airports.
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    One of the things I do in our short story critique group is send up a ‘jump the shark’ alert when a story pulls the reader out of the ‘suspended disbelief’ mode by just going a bit too far. And I rarely find that details about setting are shark jumpers. It’s really more about a character suddenly growing super powers, or a villain never before seen who turns out to be the murderer, or what….
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    The types of things you describe sound more like Deus ex machina to me. “Jump the shark” is a reference to the point in a series of shows or writings, where the creators have reached the point where the audience realizes that the show or the writings are no longer going to be very good.

  2. howtheduck commented on Luann about 9 hours ago

    @howtheduck

    As he waves goodbye Quill! is thinking:
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    a. Gunther didn’t wave back. He doesn’t love me any more.

    Gunther didn’t wave back because one of his hands was holding Rosa’s and the other was pulling his carry-on bag.
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    It made my day you felt the need to explain this to me. Other acceptable explanations are:
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    a. Gunther already waved back to Quill! before he grabbed Rosa’s hand and the carry-on bag.
    b. Gunther and Rosa took a vote and decided that from now on she would do the waving for both of them.
    c. Gunther’s wave is nothing compared to the big kiss he gave him when they got to the airport.
    d. Gunther was sweating so much, he realized that if he waved to Quill! he would create a safety hazard with his sweat spray and so he opted not to wave to Quill!

  3. howtheduck commented on Luann about 9 hours ago

    If you took the time to cook a meal for someone for a week, and they kept pointing out the lasagna noodles weren’t perfectly aligned, and that the they only tasted four cheeses instead of five, and the clean plates you served them on didn’t happen to match the tablecloth this time, but yet they were able to chew and digest the food, and you knew that the food you prepared wasn’t really bad, and the tablecloth served it’s purpose despite their protests, how would you feel?
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    For lasagna noodle alignment, I would worry that my lasagna pan had gotten warped. It is kind of roundy on the corners, so it is possible.
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    For 4 cheeses vs. 5, that’s not too bad. If one cheese was overwhelming all the others, that would be a problem.

    For plates not matching the tablecloth, that’s why you go with a plain-colored cloth that matches everything.
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    Nothing wrong with noticing details, or pointing things out, as we all had been named “Luannalyzers” (according to the “construct-o -site”), but there’s a difference between pointing out the details (including perceived/actual mistakes), and taking a wrecking ball to the whole thing…
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    Whew! For a moment there I thought you were saying I had wrecked Luann! It’s just a guess, but I think Greg Evans has survived my withering criticism.

  4. howtheduck commented on Luann about 9 hours ago

    Seems legit to me. My hometown has a small airport. It’s mostly used for deliveries, medical/search & rescue flights and pleasure flights. There is also ONE small passenger plane that connects to ONE “big city” airport. It leaves once per day, but not on Sunday.
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    This is an apples-to-oranges comparison. Your hometown airport isn’t going to have Gate 46 leaving to Peru. 46 gates means a good-sized airport. There is a small airport near where I live where lots of guys hangar their personal planes and the situation is similar to the airport you describe.

  5. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 9 hours ago

    They are playing badminton, not real birdies but shuttlecocks.
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    It made my day that you felt the need to explain that.

  6. howtheduck commented on Luann about 12 hours ago

    You are way confused. This is a comic strip.
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    Anyone who can’t get Barbie to commit after all these years is the one who is really confused.

  7. howtheduck commented on Luann about 19 hours ago

    This isn’t a school where we “grade and critique” the artist’s work…. the gates can be drawn in the way the author sees fit ….
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    This is a comic strip comment board where we grade and critique the artist’s work on a daily basis. If the artist can’t draw airline gates worth diddly, then we write a comment about it.

  8. howtheduck commented on Luann about 21 hours ago

    Even better, knowing that the minute you got off the plane your loved ones would be Right There with big smiles and balloons and such.
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    It was much better than it is today where they have to wait by the baggage carousels. Big smiles and balloons are not nearly as much fun there, but they do have the benefit of seeing a passenger who has had the opportunity to make a bathroom stop before greeting them.

  9. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 21 hours ago

    Where I live, there are quite a few birdies that make their nests in trees, but they usually pick a high branch out of the way of most predators that can climb trees. This birdie of Lizzie’s needs to find a higher branch for its nest.

  10. howtheduck commented on Luann about 21 hours ago

    As he waves goodbye Quill! is thinking:
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    a. Gunther didn’t wave back. He doesn’t love me any more.
    b. Airports are different in Australia.
    c. Mrs. Berger told me to make sure he got on the plane and that’s what I did. Now to sneak back out past security.
    d. Now it’s just me and Mrs. Berger. I wonder what’s for dinner?
    e. When I stick my hand up, I am taller than that Peru poster.