Years ago my wife and I went to Hawaii on vacation when Gabbard was first running for Congress. In talking to locals and my wife’s family, the feeling was that Gabbard’s ambition was so red hot that they wouldn’t be surprised if she ran for President one day. And here we are.
This comic was about when Peter Pan was in the theaters.
OK, I’m going to say it. I love this comic strip but I hate this time of year since I’m not a fan of either in-law pairs. They are way too strident in their stereotypes and just aren’t that funny. Hopefully introducing Hubbs and Ellie will make it interesting but I’m not getting my hopes up.
Well, every artist, if given leeway is going to do a character their own way. And the last thing I think I want to do is sit here and criticize a female character for being too thin/too fat/too curvy etc. Women come in all shapes and sizes, even in my own family. Not my place to judge. So what else about the character strikes me as specific to the Jaimes era? I had to come back to the clothes. Regardless of the body type, clothes do make the person. You can have a supermodel body type let down by awful fitting clothing and a zaftig woman accentuated by awesome clothing. It all comes down to structure. I know this is a weird critique in a comic strip, but Fritzi here just seems boring and doesn’t care like the Fritzis of old. Even the casual clothing of the Gilchrist era actually made a point that the artist cared here (although I think he cared too much about putting his country music friends/crushes/idols in t-shirt shoutouts, and I live in Nashville saying that!). As for the personality, Fritzi is right now mainly a parental foil for Nancy’s sarcasm and petulance. Certainly not the first time this has been her role. Only the Gilchrist era really tried to make her more than that since the Fritzi Ritz Sunday pages.
The new Fritzi isn’t necessarily wrong…its just different than how she’s been depicted for decades. She began as a product of her time, in the flapper era where the Bushmiller style of artwork wasn’t uncommon on the comic pages. Blondie is also a survivor of this era. Fritzi was always depicted in the 1920s/1930s as super thin in the exaggerated style of the time, often described as “cheesecake”. That differed from Nancy and Sluggo who came later and weren’t drawn as anything resembling realistic children. Fritzi disappeared from the strip in the Jerry Scott era only to return in the Gilcrist era where he drew Fritzi in an updated style that was heavy on boobs and curves. The new Fritzi looks like she weighs 30 lbs more than how Gilcrist drew her, but my complaint is the complete lack of structure in our outfits. It’s like she doesn’t care, and the Bushmiller Fritzi was stylish and always cared. But Jaimes’ style is quite minimalist so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
I first read Liberty Meadows in the Washington Post back in the 90s.
The adult Stick winds up being a supermodel.
Village People reference
Yup, shotgun! Called it yesterday!
And bring a shotgun.