Thursday, March 24, 2005
Bodily Functions in the Comics
A possible first: a character threw up in Mary Worth a couple days ago. No, it isn't related to binge drinking or bulimia: it's a plot point! Yes, after a whirlwind Vegas marriage and a mere three weeks of agonizing over her "infertility," Mrs. Anna is pregnant. Apparently all it takes is a few weeks of obsessing, a couple of agonized soliloquies, and a chat with Mary and everything is fine. Yeah, I can see infertile women all over America really empathizing with Anna. Not.
I didn't used to read Mary, or Apartment 3-G, or any of the other serial strips; when I was a kid I thought they were boring and as an adult, well, I thought they were asinine. In recent years the original artists have died off or retired and the replacement artists apparently are drawing with pencils held in their teeth. At least a couple of decades ago the art was worth looking at. Now the funny pages are populated by grimacing homunculi who look more like they belong on Mount Rushmore than anything else.
This is all a very convoluted way of telling you that Josh is the man who has made me see the light. Yes, there's drama and hilarity right under our noses on the funny pages - even though it may not be what the artist intended for us to see. Go read Josh! You, too, will become obsessed by Rex Morgan, M.D.! (What is the deal with that secret Indian burial ground on the Morgans' property, anyway? You'll have to read the blog - and the comics - to find out.)