Monday, November 10, 2014

My Mother Happened

Jeez, guys. I don't know if I can keep doing this in good conscience.

On Friday, I linked to this strip from eight years ago (the last time Margo planned a wedding.. ha) and it's not like stylistically it's that different—we're still talking turtlenecks and squiggle art here—but there's some kind of nuance, at least. Some variation in expression and details and depth of field. I mean, Margo actually looks sassy!

Today's art... I don't know what to say about this. Weird eyes. Shrinking Margo. Is this funny? I went to my great-aunt's 92nd birthday over the weekend. She's mentally agile and a great conversationalist, but even if she wasn't, she's 92 years old. You don't make fun of an old person for not being able to do things as well as they used to. Frank Bolle is 90. Pointing out that the artwork is bad and was better when Frank was a young pup of 82 is like telling my great-aunt that her narrative style has gotten less succinct.

I don't know. Maybe it'll get funnier when Gabriella shows up and affects a British accent, which we'll only be able to detect by the spelling of words like "colour" and "programme."


NonnyMus said...

I can only assume Frank owns the rights to the strip.

Downpuppy said...

I just assume that so few papers still carry it that they don't even try to find somebody, since the weekly pay would be in the mid 2 figures.

TimP said...

Yeah, I feel the same way. You inspired me to see how far back I could go and I found this. Check it out: collar bones!

Eventually, I suppose it will just wind down, although given that Rex Morgan and Judge Parker can get new artists, you'd suppose that something might change.

Dawn Weston's Evil Twin said...

Oh, don't be like that, fellow A3G fans! I read all the soap opera strips, and my enjoyment of them is inversely proportionate to how well-drawn and well-plotted they are. Needless to say, A3G is my favorite, and Mary Worth comes in second. Life would barely bearable without A3G. Sigh.