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  1. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann about 13 hours ago

    My interpretation….. THE KNOT = Luann’s usual indecision about most things, she vacillates back and forth (we are on the New York upswing at the moment, but there should be a downswing too; THE VOLCANO = eruption of her parents perhaps, or perhaps an explosive idea by Luann to scheme a way to make NY happen; THE LIGHTNING BOLT = energy, the huge amount of energy Luann will devote to scheming and trying to figure out a way to go to NY; THE BANANA PEEL = the conclusion, where no method pans out from Luann’s schemes, and she does not go to NY….. and neither does Quill…. he does not get accepted.

  2. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Dinosaur Comics 2 days ago

    So, I am wondering where “encyclopaedia” is more commonly used rather than “encyclopedia”? I looked it up thinking it very likely could be the dominant spelling in England, but apparently not.

  3. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann 3 days ago

    I can agree with folks that this week is a bit “different”…. but, it REALLY isn’t that all far-fetched from what I recall from my undergraduate days. There were all manner of traditional behaviors, non-traditional behaviors, and esoterica going on in and about the dormitories.
    Being a kid from a small, rather rural, lower-middle class blue collar community that was pretty straight laced….. the first year in the dorm for me was rather shocking and sometimes a bit scary, and there were often times where I wasn’t sure I fit in or belonged there. But, and here’s the thing… the exposures and experiences STRETCHED ME and caused me to grow. It took a while, but, I figured things out and even had a lot of fun after a while…. and even participated in things I never thought in my wildest imagination prior to college.
    So, the three of them doing some “new-agey” stuff and meditating….. IMHO is not far-fetched at all.

  4. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann 3 days ago

    I tend to see Bernice & Luann as friends with complimentary perspectives, not so much as opposites. Luann is a bit too flighty & Bernice a bit too grounded and static. They both learn from each other whether they admit it or not.

  5. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann 3 days ago

    Interesting, Dave53…. I see how the word “synoptic” fits for the four Gospels. As a Roman Catholic, I had never heard or read the term before, but because of your example, I looked and found that the word is used in Roman Catholic theology about the Gospels too. I feel a bit chagrined at not knowing of this word previously. I am glad I know of it now, however. :) Thank you to Greg and to the commenters here who wrote about synoptic.

  6. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann 3 days ago

    Argy…. perhaps we may be defining it a bit differently, but I would say that I disagree with you rather vehemently concerning Ethyl….. she was rather FREQUENTLY sarcastic towards Lucy and her various crazy schemes. Ethyl also was always “second fiddle” to Lucy even though (as you suggest) she was often more talented. This too is like Bernice…. she is always more a “second fiddle” to Luann, and at least in terms of grades has been portrayed as much more talented.
    In regards to Laverne and Shirley, I admit the demarcations are not as clear cut as (I perceive them to be) in Lucy and Ethyl, but there are IMHO still some pronounced similarities. The dynamic of Laverne and Shirley was one more of “equals” but one girl was a “rougher” girl and the other was a “goody-goody”. By having more of an equal status….. Laverne and Shirley often alternated which character had the more “Lucy” role and which had the more “Ethyl” role. And, at least in my recollection of Laverne and Shirley, there was a GREAT DEAL of sarcasm expressed by the characters towards each other, just like in Lucy and Ethyl.

  7. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann 3 days ago

    Night-Gaunt49… your printing of the definition of SYNOPTIC – observations that give a broad view of a subject at a particular time…. is appreciated. I had not heard the word before, and had thought Greg had meant to say synaptic (I am a biologist). I will have to remember this word, synoptic. It sounds rather “new-agey” used here, but I think I could find some fun uses for it in daily life.

  8. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann 3 days ago

    Argy…. I understand your interpretation… “What I do see is Luann failing to understand that her old friend no longer likes her, and that she needs to move on and find new friends.” However, my take on the situation is different. 1) Bernice, who has always been a somewhat shy, girl version of the “pre-Peru” Gunther…. has always been the second fiddle to Luann in most every matter (other than grades, which Luann doesn’t give a hoot about). Luann is the Lucy and Bernice is the Ethyl.
    Bernice, having been shy most of her life, is often easily persuaded into doing things, not necessarily because they are what she thinks is right, but out of peer pressure. Bernice has shown this a few times over the years.
    Bernice uses (and has ALWAYS used) sarcasm as an effort to attempt to exert some control over her relationship with Luann. It usually has minimal impact or effect as Luann is typically oblivious to this.
    But, overall, Luann and Bernice are and very likely will always remain friends. Perhaps their friendship is also a bit like Laverne and Shirley.

  9. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Gasoline Alley 3 days ago

    Maybe we WILL be lucky and the Janitor is related to Joel (as it seems may be possible through his diction and demeanor). He could invite Joel in to help me get rid of the baby mantises. It would be wonderful having Joel join the story arc.

  10. PipeTobacco GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann 4 days ago

    Argy…. I agree with you that Bernice IS NOT always the sensible, careful planner she herself may perceive herself to be. She did have the issues you mention as well as some others.
    However, to me, that simply makes Bernice’s character more realistic. She is not a “perfect” rendition of any type of stereotype. Neither is Luann. Greg has enough nuance in each character, that while there IS an expectable, anticipated, predictable sort of response we can anticipate from each of them MOST OF THE TIME, we also know that neither of them (nor any of us for that matter) is perfect or absolute about what we do or how we respond in any way.
    If Greg had Bernice or Luann be SO perfectly framed by their stereotype…. they would be a rather lifeless characature of a character…… rather “Quill-like” so-to-speak (purposefully mischevious, furry-faced grin).