May 10, 2014
Am I jealous that Rob got to cover yesterday’s handpocalypse*? Yes, yes I am.
Am I revolted by the nauseating display of affectionate nose nuzzling going on in panel three? You betchya.
Do I appreciate the drawing of Luckey’s gape mouthed visage of terror in panel two? Heck yes.
Will I keep on answering my own questions with short affirmative answers instead of writing a real post today? So it seems.
Bonus points: My favorite windows make a nice comeback in panel one!
How much time do you think Whigham spends trying to make the appearances of Amy’s freckles consistent from panel to panel? I wonder if he regrets that character design decision or if he resents Rubin for insisting that the character have freckles…
* Handstravaganza? Handemonium? Handemic?
May 7, 2014
Oh hey, we’re doing the ‘yesterday’s panel three is today’s panel one’ thing again. Well, if they can recycle artwork and dialogue, there’s really nothing stopping me from recycling snark. Let’s see how this goes:
three one: The lengths Conrad will go to put a ‘sunnyside spin’ on getting an apparently pretty bad case of mono are almost troubling. Say, what’s with the chin grab thumbs up there as he’s talking about himself as a ‘playa’? Look out, Rob! I think Luckey is hitting on Marjie!
Hmmm… that worked pretty well and it was environmentally friendly too! In the interests of conserving our dwindling snark supplies and leaving a better world for our children, I think I’ll just skip right over panel two.
And, here in panel three, we see another classic Gil Thorp plot motif: the jealous teammates. Did I say jealous? Now that I’m taking a second look, that guy in panel three (are we supposed to know who he is? I guess we can be reasonably sure he’s neither Jordy, Scott, Lucky or Amy, Amy Lange) looks positively deranged. That he’s facing ninety degrees away from the person he’s presumably addressing doesn’t help matters.
Bonus points: I so hope that the brief glimpse of Marjie’s notes reflects pretty much the entirety of what she’s getting out of the interview. “Doubles, Lucky, STD’s, blah-blah-blah…”
I know I said I was going to skip panel two, but what the heck… Do the kids these days wear a lot of Captain Marvel themed clothing? Have they perhaps recently rebooted that into a major summer blockbuster starring large explosions?
May 6, 2014
Panel one: “Can you leave your last class early?” “History? Sure, no problem! That class has been pretty awkward ever since I gave my presentation on Napoleon’s defeat at Stalingrad.” “Great. Now you’ll excuse me if I don’t look up at you towering over my desk. I have to give these four random blank sheets of paper my full attention and possibly a taste of the back of my hand!”
Panel two: Poor Marjie. I am trying to imagine a slower news day than one where chasing down a big story involves interviewing a kid who hit three doubles in a high school baseball game a few days ago, but it ain’t easy. Tough break indeed, Marjie. Here’s hoping that you hear back from the Toledo Blade about that opening at the sports desk and you can finally get out of this tank town.
Panel three: The lengths Conrad will go to put a ‘sunnyside spin’ on getting an apparently pretty bad case of mono are almost troubling. Say, what’s with the chin grab there as he’s talking about himself as a ‘playa’? Look out, Rob! I think Luckey is hitting on Marjie!
Bonus point: After two proper uses of the comma in panels one and two, the creative team blows it in panel three.
April 30, 2014
Hey remember all the way back to yesterday when we were told that Amy Lange was replacing the ejected Kasey Flanders at third? No? Well, you’re in luck because panel one has got you covered! I swear, if I keep on doing this blog I think I may have to send the creative team a copy of
On that note, remember yesterday when I said I really don’t know too much about softball? Well, that’s still true too! However, if the advice given in this article is anything to go by, then it would seem that Amy is really terrible at bunting. I assume that’s Mimi coaching at third base, so we have to give her some flack for apparently not knowing anything about her player beyond her name – Amy Lange, remember? – and also for not providing any coaching during practice.
* Some bad language and violence at that link.
April 26, 2014
Rob asked “How many times are you gonna say Lucky?” yesterday and, much like asking how many grains of sand are on the beach or how many stars are in the sky, we may never know the answer to such a seemingly uncountable number. Certainly today’s strip throws another couple mentions while moving the plot ahead not at all. Are we supposed to know who suspenders guy is? Are we supposed to care? Maybe if we’re lucky something interesting will happen next week…
Hey, see what I did there? Didja get it? *sigh*
April 16, 2014
Yes, usually if you are starting in the field for a softball game as a direct consequence you get to hit as well. Amy seems about as unfamiliar with high school softball as I am. She does have quite the nice flip phone though. It’s good to see that the Lange family doesn’t feel the need to keep up with the latest technology I suppose.
Coincidentally, Lucky’s eyes look much better and it shows on the field as he continues to rake it. Man, there are a ton of schools named Central High. I can only wonder if the introduction of Marty Moon into the plotline forebodes him stirring things up. Not that there’s anything so terrible about this season’s plot, but it’s been a little low on dramatic tension. Then again, who am I to complain? Oh wait, that’s the whole gig of a highly paid TWIM blogger. That and something about making jokes I think… maybe next time.
April 4, 2014
I think Gil is trying to make the drinky-drinky hand gesture there in panel one and who can blame him? It’s been a long week and I think we’re all looking forward to knocking off a little early and getting plastered on bottomshelf vodka mixed with generic powdered lemonade mix at the soonest opportunity.
In panels two and three we are yet again underwhelmed by the courting behaviors of the Milford adolescent male. I get that Lucky is not really intending to ‘harass’ Amy in the more unseemly sense. Nevertheless, it’s not exactly a nice way to pick someone up by yelling at the top of your lungs about something that was undoubtedly very embarrassing for her and, depending on the degree to which the management at Schultz’s Polynesian Garden are jerks, possibly even the source of some ongoing issues for her at work.
On that note, I’m traveling to Tucson next week to catch some spring training. What’s that you say? Spring training is already over? And, you also say that there weren’t any spring training games in Tucson at all? Interesting… Well, I’m sure after a few of the above mentioned lemonades, I won’t be able to tell the difference. There’s a reason Gil hits the hard stuff after all.
The upshot is that posting (by me at least) will be irregular for the next week or so.