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  1. Serenit commented on Luann about 1 month ago

    Um, here’s a thought: maybe Toni asked Brad if he wanted to skip the wedding and go straight to the honeymoon to lighten the mood. I really don’t get the hostility toward the Toni character. She and Brad seem well-suited for each other. And, frankly, plenty of proposals are triggered after one half of a couple has a run-in with an ex they were hung up on and realizes they are SO over that ex and SO in love with their current significant other. Everyone needs a moment of clarity on occasion in order to move forward with their life.

  2. Serenit commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    Zowie, people are sure reading a LOT of personal stuff about Lynn into yesterday’s and today’s strips! Yes, all artists (including those who draw and script comic strips) draw from life experience, whether that of people they know or have heard of, or their own; the point being that these are universal experiences. Lynn’s gift is in shining a humorous or ironic light on we silly human beings’ sometimes inappropriate behavior, thoughtless comments, and ulterior motives to allow her readers to see themselves in the characters she has created. It is the rare person who cannot relate to one of the morally flawed characters in FBOFW. While we may never say what Elly said out loud to Irene, it’s for darn sure a lot of us may have thought it. Being able to recognize and laugh at our moral flaws allows us to correct those flaws.

  3. Serenit commented on Buni 6 months ago

    @ argy.bargy2 ~ Answering, “What were you doing trick or treating in the middle of the street, anyway, Buni?” Really? In panels 2 & 3 Buni is walking with both arms outstretched and palms up, obviously unable to see where he’s going. Maybe he only drew the eye holes on the sheet and didn’t cut them out. At any rate, Buni wound up with a more authentic costume for Halloween.

  4. Serenit commented on For Better or For Worse over 1 year ago

    Some of the post-ers on this particular story arc seem to miss the point of a comic strip like FBOFW, which is to parallel real family life in order to make humorous but nail-on-the-head observations about parents and children via a few short panels. Artists like Lynn Johnston have a gift for speaking volumes in very little space. It takes the ability to take complex situations, establish and reduce them to their most basic essentials. That’s not as easy to do is it may seem. Lynn loosely based her comic strip on her own family, with some artistic license. As a result, her audience can recognize and laugh at themselves as they laugh at her stories.

  5. Serenit commented on For Better or For Worse over 1 year ago

    Some of the post-ers on this particular story arc seem to miss the point of a comic strip like FBOFW, which is to parallel real family life in order to make humorous but nail-on-the-head observations about parents and children via a few short panels. Artists like Lynn Johnston have a gift for speaking volumes in very little space. It takes the ability to take complex situations, establish and reduce them to their most basic essentials. That’s not as easy to do is it may seem. Lynn loosely based her comic strip on her own family, with some artistic license. As a result, her audience can recognize and laugh at themselves as they laugh at her stories.

  6. Serenit commented on For Better or For Worse over 1 year ago

    @ JPuzzleWhiz ~ That was me who called it. :→

  7. Serenit commented on For Better or For Worse over 1 year ago

    Whoa, people are being a bit harsh on Ellie here! Almost every mother has experienced losing sight of their child for a short time and felt that cold pit of fear in their stomach as panic started setting in. There’s been a few occasions in my life where I was shopping and felt a little hand slip into mine or take a hold of my pant leg; when I looked down there was a toddler looking up at me with wide eyes that said, “I thought you were my mother, but you’re NOT!” Then their mom would appear, both hugely relieved their little one was OK and upset that she hadn’t realized her precious child wasn’t right beside or following her, if even only for a few minutes. It used to be that while shopping in most any store on any given day you’d hear an announcement about a child whose mother was “lost” and would she come up to the service desk so their child could claim her. I’ve also escorted a number of frightened children, wailing because they can’t find their mother, to the service desk. It has only been during the past couple of decades that losing track of your child could put them at risk for abduction and the horrors that could bring. It saddens me that the days of (comparative) innocence when every family member, friends, and neighbors watched over the local children as they played as if they were their own. Yes, bad things happened to children back then too, but it certainly seems to me that child abductions have increased over the years and too often it’s by somebody known to the child and their parents. :-/

  8. Serenit commented on Red and Rover about 2 years ago

    @ Terec ~ It’s only psychologically disturbing if they wear a Scream or hockey Goalie mask, not if the kid is wearing an astronaut helmet while playing he’s in outer space. Goodness!.

  9. Serenit commented on Flo and Friends about 2 years ago

    Over the years I bought and sold 3 houses in SoCal with the condition that there was no HOA or any other type of “Neighborhood Nazi” organization dictating what I could or couldn’t do to my house and yard. It wasn’t like I ever did anything outrageous to my property, of course. It was the principle of the thing. I was paying for that mortgage and living in that house, not anybody else. :-p

  10. Serenit commented on For Better or For Worse about 2 years ago

    @ Nabuquduriuzhur ~ FYI, the same goes for the opposite sex. I have yet to meet a guy with “leading man” looks who didn’t think he was “God’s gift” to women and who didn’t date only the most beautiful women (and then complain to me how they just couldn’t find somebody “real” to have a relationship with). The corresponding phrase describing that kind of man was “He’s a dog,” which is just insulting to the 4-legged variety.