Lemon continues to miss the point completely. Fans aren’t happy about the new direction of Alley Oop because it’s all “new and different”. It’s because it is really, really bad – a chance at legendary bad, maybe on a par with “Funky Winkerbean” or Apartment 3-G". The humor has gone past silly to stupid (no security at the White House – c’mon!) and the art (his department) is absolutely horrible. Add in the abysmal, depressing color scheme (again, his department) and it is an absolute mess. Jonathan can continue to keep his head in the sand and blame the bad reaction to fans that can’t give up the old traditions. Or he could “man-up” and admit that the art chores are far beyond his limited capabilities and suggest to the syndicate that they find another artist. If this were a new strip without the luxury of long-time devoted fans as a base, it would sink rather quickly.
September 18, 2015