Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Forget about whatever it is they're saying! Just a week after this post where I observed that the ladies of A3G go without makeup six days a week, THIS comes out!
I have to admit, Margo looks fetching. As a working woman who really tries her best to remember to wear make up most days, I can tell you a little lipstick and mascara can make the difference between, "You look nice today!" and "Are you okay?" "You look sick." "You look exhausted!" etc. Sad but true.
I also have to admit that I have never felt more powerful in my life.
I have never felt more delusional in my life.
Either way, I am very excited right now. And, crazed with power, may I submit the following suggestions. Now keep in mind they're only suggestions, no pressure! and they're more deeply involved with the plot then cosmetic changes (so to speak, ah ha ha), buuuuuut, you know, if you ever run out of ideas... consider the following.
- Margo solves the conflict between China and Tibet single-handedly. (more of a prediction than a suggestion)
- Lu Ann meets more ghosts and goes into some kind of ghost whispering business with Gabriella.
- Tazer Lady comes back!
- Tazer Lady becomes a door-to-door tazer saleslady? (I would buy twelve)
- I become one of the characters... something like... Margo's boss or something. And at first, we don't get along and we fight a lot? But that's just cause we're so similar! And we wind up being best friends in the end.
- Tommie finds a dinosaur egg and tries to raise the dinosaur without her roommates knowing.
- Margo finds the dinosaur and starts riding it to work.
- The dinosaur develops the ability to speak English!
- The dinosaur joins the workforce.
- The girls move out of Apartment 3-G, but not the dinosaur! so the strip becomes about him, kind of like how Robotman turned into Monty.
- Margo wakes up; it was all a dream?!
Ah...... well, you guys probably know what you're doing, you just let me know if you need any help.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The art is more interesting than my spotty memory today. What's going on in the background of the second panel? Half of a chair, and half of a door frame, I think. I thought Martin was gonna shell out for deluxe accomodations. Well, maybe he got the M. C. Escher Suite.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
OH ALL RIGHT twist my arm, I'll just tell you! She's one of the authors of Barney Google and Snuffy Smith! Oh my god, right?? What an awesome reveal! I feel like I just saw the last five minutes of Citizen Kane, The Sixth Sense, Fight Club, and Memento all at the same time. You may think that I'm being an ironic jerk when I say that, but actually that's how excited I am.
So yeah, you'll have to read the blog post to see how that affected Margo's speech. It's a good read, I really enjoy these behind-the-scenes glimpses.
Meanwhile, Martin whips out today's edition of the South Dakota Times, which carries all the news that's fit to print about Tibetan current events. "Are they talking about Tim Mills?" Margo wonders, looking bored. My question: who refers to her boyfriend by his full name?
UPDATE: I'm stupid! Tim Mills is Eric Mills brother! Oh my. I feel like a fool. A damned fool. I guess I was thrown off because I thought Eric was the media darling.
Monday, June 22, 2009
So what's so different? (besides Monday's distressed thought balloon in the final panel) Here are a couple of things the Sunday edition adds:
- Nora is wearing make up.
- Nora has some white in her eyes instead of just flesh coloring
- Nora looks just like Marlo Thomas circa That Girl!
- Nora appears to be majorly bummed about something in the last panel, rather than just kind of thinking about something else
Am I missing anything? Overall, I'd say the Sunday edition offers a more smooth, mellow flavor, while the Monday through Saturday delivers frenetic, flesh-colored action (or lack there of). That's just my feeling though. Thoughts?
Tim Mills journal makes another appearance today; maybe Martin just read something disturbing about Margo in there. Something a father should never have to read about his daughter.
Meanwhile in first class, Margo has the loudest head bobble to date.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
- Lu Ann read a newspaper?
- Lu Ann read a caliber of newspaper that considers a Tibetan lama fleeing to India to be newsworthy?
- Lu Ann found that newspaper in South Dakota? OR, weirder, Lu Ann subscribed to that paper while in South Dakota?
- Lu Ann and Tommie have the same cell phone?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
That said, I do like that Tommie percieves the phone is ringing through her sense of smell.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
P.S. I like that Ruby calls Margo "Maggie." It's just part of her Southern charm! The same Southern charm that compels her to stick her hair full of bows.
Monday, June 15, 2009
So, here's something I didn't notice yesterday: Tim's journal is the size of a dictionary. Where do you even buy a dictionary-sized journal? It seems like those bitty little moleskin journals are more in vogue these days. Maybe he got it... at enormoushop.com??
I don't know how Tim's journal will give Martin his coveted opportunity to throw his weight around Beijing, but isn't it just so delightfully charming that he wrote "Tim Mills Journal" in big letters at the top? Presumably the "Keep Out!" with the skull and crossbones is closer to the bottom.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Meanwhile, I spent at least a half an hour trying to find trying to find the panel where Lu Ann's father (I think?) is making the exact same face that Martin is in the second panel... and I never found it. So not only has Apartment 3-G become an unhealthy obsession for me, I'm not even an effective obsessor. Oh well, I'll work on it.
Friday, June 12, 2009
It's pretty unsettling when I comic strip character breaks the fourth wall and stares deep in to your soul, like Margo's doing in the second panel. What is she trying to tell us?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
There are Japanese legends about this kind of thing... demons who take the form of a woman and seduce men so they can suck all the life out of them... Gabriella does have supernatural powers, so I shouldn't be that surprised, but you know what? I am. I AM, GABRIELLA. Tsk, tsk.
I hope he actually remembers to book the flight.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Margo's got a pretty serious look on her face... she probably knows she's going to have to exchange her plane tickets, which can get pretty tricky within 24 hours of the original flight time.
And one more thing: how did Margo's parents know this news article was pertinent to Margo? They didn't mention Eric until halfway through. Maybe it was one of Gabriella's visions. It must be cool to have a psychic mom.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I'm kind of skeptical of how much coverage this lama's getting. When's the last time you turned on the news and heard about any lama that didn't start with "Dali"? My understanding is that a lama is a kind of master of Tibetan Buddhism who's able to pass down the lessons of the Dharma. Um. So a missing teacher living in Tibet is getting mad American news coverage. Unless Mr. Newsman is trying to imply that this guy is the next Dali Lama, in which case, doesn't the reigning Dali Lama have to die first before he can be reincarnated next year? And isn't he usually reincarnated as a child? Not rules haven't been bent before... sometimes, you gotta adapt.
Heh. I'm just showing off now. East Asian Studies major, hollaaaaa!
Monday, June 8, 2009
I don't think a comic strip can really do justice to any issue as delicate as Tibet, but I am sort of cheered by the fact that the names are believable. Dharmasala, India is indeed where the Dali Lama himself took refuge when he fled Tibet, and Lodi Gyatso sounds like a super-Tibetan name.
Considering how prominent this storyline has become, I didn't want to completely brush aside the gravity of this real life situation. But I'm not going to let it stop me from enjoying Apartment 3-G, which is really a ridiculous strip at heart. I can only hope that old man from the monestary comes back with more riddles for Alan.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
I might be overthinking this.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Which, of course, raises the question: what is Tommie's type?
Because I don't have the time or the patience to wade through the archives, I'm borrowing this graphic Uncle Lumpy made for the Comics Curmudgeon Spring Pledge Drive. It well illustrates just the richness of variety Tommie has to choose from. And people say all the guys in this strip look the same! I know who I'd go for: row two column four! He looks FIESTY!
Is it sad that I actually know who most of these people are?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
However, I think that's just Margo's "guilty conscience" look, probably because she forgot to tell Tommie she's about to leave for Tibet. "Oh yeah, friends are great, they're always around when you need them! Heh! Sooooo, yeah, I'm gonna go to Tibet... for an indefinite period of time... Actually, could you drive me to the airport in an hour? And take care of my plants while I'm gone? Great. Now come help me pack. What kind of turtlenecks do they wear in Tibet?"
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Meanwhile, is Margo's sorrowful head bobble the most concerned I've seen her for another human being ever? in the history of the strip? The answer is yes. Of course she manifests it with hostility and accusations. Gotta love her!
Monday, June 1, 2009
That’s really besides the point. Margo is at her finest when she’s outraged. She’s a wonderful flurry of head bobbling and bold print and hand gestures. What does Margo know about Tommie’s skiing prowess anyway? You can’t even ski in Denver; you have to go out of town (where, true, there are many world-class skiing options available). Clearly Margo’s desperate to retain the one housemaid she’s got left (Lu Ann having fled to South Dakota).
To be fair, Tommie holds her own with the "lay off, Margo" stare in the final panel.