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  1. MathProf2 commented on Luann 2 months ago

    At the level of metafiction, Brad can never marry Toni. Charlie Brown can’t make babies with the Little Red Haired Girl. It violates the laws of comicland.

    Brad exists as a foil for Luann, a buffoon. As the strip has evolved away from broad to more nuanced humor it has made sense to clean Brad up. But take that too far, and the character loses most of his comic potential.

    Toni originates as a femme fatale. Mysterious with dark secrets. As a character, she verges on the possession of agency, but she works best as a prop. Either we eventually get to know her…at which point she stops being capital T Toni Daytona…or she has to reestablish her distance, or even leave the strip (as Aaron Hill did).

    Marry Brad and Toni and Brad turns into a responsible adult and Toni into a housewife with a career. That’s not the Luanneiverse.

    Now Toni disappears and Brad and TJ wind up (somehow) with Shannon. That’s comic gold. Perhaps a girlfriend or wife down the road for one of them…but someone just as goofy as they are…someone who drive Luanne a bit crazy. Like I said, comic gold.

  2. MathProf2 commented on Garfield 3 months ago

    FFT? SSH!

  3. MathProf2 commented on Pearls Before Swine 6 months ago

    He’ll have pun pun pun pun till his daddy takes the sketchboard away.

  4. MathProf2 commented on Luann 6 months ago

    “two guys do zip for two hours” is “waiting for godot”

  5. MathProf2 commented on FoxTrot 7 months ago

    Knowing him only through his strip, I just feel sure that Bill Amend is a really nice guy. Look at the way he turned plugging his own book into an opportunity to plug the work of all those other artists.

  6. MathProf2 commented on Luann 8 months ago

    Any good cartoonist should get more than a day or two out of a situation where confusion results from characters having radically different information. Evans has now dropped that ball twice.

  7. MathProf2 commented on Luann 9 months ago

    “So you can claim her.” ?????????
    Sounds like Bernice needs to check out the Women’s Studies offerings at Moony U.

  8. MathProf2 commented on Pearls Before Swine 10 months ago

    Well actually, come to think of it, he didn’t…he didn’t make the connection to the comic strip.
    So, finally, no one ever got the joke.

  9. MathProf2 commented on Pearls Before Swine 10 months ago

    30 years ago I had a cat named Guiteau. Only one friend (a Yale history major) ever got the joke.

  10. MathProf2 commented on Luann 10 months ago

    See a speech therapist.