Friday, August 22, 2014

How Do I Begin?

Allright, everyone, it's back inside for story time! (Wouldn't want Mary overhearing this... she's so judgey.)

I hope Tommie's story is visually aided by some flashbacks. It's always so fun to see how people have changed over time. Remember that ridiculous Prince Valiant bowl cut Tommie was rocking back when she was engaged to ol' what's-his-face? Sadly, I legit cannot remember Tommie's fiance's name. Windsor? Nigel? Something British.

WAIT WAIT WAIT I take my sarcasm back, if we get to see Tommie flashback to her days in Italy when she was being wooed, this would maybe be worth it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Boring Promises


I actually had to go back and look at past strips because I was confused. The only promise Tommie seems to have made to Carol is to tell her her story, but surely that's happened already? Off-panel? In the weeks they've been developing a friendship? And they just felt no need to rehash the story for us readers since we actually saw it happen?

My only hope is that this is a different promise that occurred off-panel and involves some kind of suicide pact. Makes you wonder what Tommie is referring to in the second panel. (Of course, if this did happen, it would definitely never be shown and would only be explained by turtleneck-wearing Margo and LuAnn in a future strip, whereas in reality I think we are about to get more exposition about something uninteresting we've already seen. And that's A3G, ladies and gentlemen.)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Almost

YEAH!! The end (of this storyline) is near! Kudos to Carol for very artfully, very tastefully, indicating to Tommie that it might be time to hit the old dusty trail. But you won't be rid of Tommie until she...

  • finds a good home for Lily?
  • hooks you up with Jack?
  • rides Mary the Mare into the sunset just once?
  • plays one more hilarious prank on town gossip Tina?
  • has something done about her Johnny Tremain hand?
After Megan's post yesterday, I do feel bad ragging on the art. I will just say this: Tommie has been wearing that turtleneck since March. (Although there was a brief interlude in the month of July with a blue turtleneck... because Carol was wearing pink and it would've been too gauche!) So we're up to almost five months. Turtleneck Watch.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Need to Fill: Artist


Guys, I think today's strip might be Frank's plea to be allowed to retire in peace/humanely euthanized.  Lily is either suckling at Carol's teat or was drawn over after Frank realized that Tommie wasn't supposed to be having a conversation with the deer.  He also forgot to draw Tommie's right arm, and just slapped it on there at a weird angle. At least that's better than Tommie's face in the second panel, whichiws collapsing in on itself like a souffle in a cupboard.

I feel guilty even commenting on this anymore.  I just think of this poor old man being forced to draw torsos and terrier deer in a poorly lit room at Shady Pines.  Frank has a website, but his latest news was appearing at ComicCon in 2004.  I tried to join his mailing list, but it came up with a "page not found."  Check it out for yourself: www.frankbollestudio.com.  It's grim.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Happy and Trusting Horse

I never thought I could help Mary (who's a mare, by the way, get it??), but look at her, Carol! Now she can stand near the fence and gaze mournfully in our direction as we refuse to come near her. She's doing great over there! And it's all thanks to Lily. I adopted a brindle terrier named Lily, by the way.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nothing But the Best Storylines Here


Am I the only one who thought that Tommie willed the bed into being through the sheer force of her imagination?  And am completely not surprised that her imagination came up with the a bed that looks like the very cheapest bed that you can buy in The Sims (if you were actually playing the game correctly and not using a money cheat so you could just buy whatever you wanted?)  And that said bed is perilously perched on the edge of a black hole?


Friday, August 15, 2014

That Amazing Pill

WELL THAT'S OVER! I hope no one thought something actually happening would be more interesting than talking! Certainly I'm satisfied with Carol's dramatic sudden illness being almost entirely psychosomatic and resolved within two days. Two days of real time, that is, which translates to roughly five heartbeats in A3G time.