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July 4, 2007

The Damn Shoe Finally Dropped

Filed under: Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, For Better or For Worse, Granthony, humor — Cidu Bill @ 2:50 am


 I mean seriously, for all our complaining, aren’t you just relieved that it finally happened and it’s over with?


  1. That was surprisingly sudden.

    But who’s been complaining?

    Comment by Powers — July 4, 2007 @ 10:19 am

  2. These for example:

    Comment by Johan — July 4, 2007 @ 10:44 am

  3. How long have they been dancing around each other? 13 years?

    Comment by Charlene — July 4, 2007 @ 10:50 am

  4. He’s a freaking stalker and philanderer, for Pete’s sake. I hope she gets locked up in that cage he has in the basement.

    Comment by Krusher — July 4, 2007 @ 11:33 am

  5. This storyline has also been well and thoroughly vilified all along by the management and readership of Comics Curmudgeon,

    Comment by Carol — July 4, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

  6. Carol, I would guess that this has been one of the most widely-villified storylines in comic strip history.

    But now we needn’t be afraid anymore.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 4, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

  7. I had no idea that the world was as disturbed and annoyed by this relationship as I’ve been. Yet another CIDU benefit. (oh, I get it now; it’s a comic I don’t understand. I could have submitted this years ago!)

    Comment by Kevin A. — July 4, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

  8. On the 5th, they’re all, “I missed you SOOOO much!” and “Can we make it work again?”

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — July 4, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

  9. Re: July 5

    I actually, truly felt the bile move in my stomach. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I actually liked this strip once.

    Comment by Krusher — July 5, 2007 @ 12:40 am

  10. Krusher, most of us did. That’s why it matters to us how far it’s fallen.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 5, 2007 @ 1:05 am

  11. Whoa, whoa, whoa. What’s the problem? I don’t understand half of the terminology used at “The FOOBiverse!” (what the heck is “Granthony” supposed to mean?), nor the source of all this bile.

    I’ve been reading the strip since well before April was born — I just don’t understand what the fandom’s apparently universal problem is.

    Comment by Powers — July 5, 2007 @ 7:10 am

  12. “GrAnthony” refers to how the mustached Anthony looked like a creepy old guy. Grandpa Anthony contraction.

    And a lot of the bile comes from the sudden collapse of “Liz as independent woman” into “Liz as pale shadow of Elly.”

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — July 5, 2007 @ 8:29 am

  13. I think the definitive “jump the shark” time period (not exactly causal event) was the first foray to Migwawtki (sp?). It just got really boring then. Many of the supporting characters faded away (Enzos, Mayes, even Weed), Liz and April stories were downright boring. The writing never recovered from that point.

    Comment by Rasheed — July 5, 2007 @ 8:43 am

  14. Awww… come on… I actually went through a *disturbingly similar* storyline in my own life. I think it’s sweet. But I guess I’m biased!

    Comment by Heather — July 5, 2007 @ 9:21 am

  15. I guess I just don’t see it. I’m very surprised by the level of animosity this seems to be engendering.

    Comment by Powers — July 5, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

  16. @ Powers: Sudden? We’ve been locked on to this moment for at least two years – or at least since Liz got that inexplicable attack of “homesickness” and left the village of Mxyzptlk (Even though Lynn had bee n selling us for the year prior on the fact that Liz had grown to love the place).

    This was about as sudden as Ross and Rachael getting together. (And about 1/3 as subtle)

    Comment by Freezer — July 5, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

  17. really? I wanted her to end up with him . . .

    and I think the Shannon storyline of the last few weeks was really sweet and profound.

    AND, as a friend of mine points out, this is the only cartoon where the characters actually age . . .

    Comment by laterain — July 5, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

  18. Laterain, this is hardly the only strip with aging. You don’t read Doonesbury, to name the most popular example off the to of my head? Or Arlo and Janis? Or for that matter, any of Bill Holbrook’s strips?

    It finally came to me today: Johnston is now writing for an audience of old ladies. Anything adventurous or really exciting is only OK as a youthful fling. All characters have to end up living in their old neighborhoods, and deriving satisfaction from local, placid stuff like model trains. If something involves being more than half an hour from your mom’s house, you shouldn’t do it.

    Comment by Carl — July 5, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

  19. Freezer, yes, I was speaking short-term. I expected at least one more strip of dancing before they ran off to kiss. =)

    Carl, I think that’s the nature of a comic strip like this. Having Liz in Mtigwaki was isolating; she couldn’t interact with the other main characters, so it was either her or everyone else. From a story standpoint, that’s limiting. So the realistic choices in a case like this are to a) write the character out except for the occasional cameo, or b) get her back to Toronto.

    Comment by Powers — July 6, 2007 @ 7:30 am

  20. Boy do I feel old when my first reaction to “only comic strip where the characters age” is “Gasoline Alley.” And didn’t the characters in “Prince Valiant (in the Days of King Arthur)” sort of age as well?

    Comment by Balok — July 8, 2007 @ 11:01 am

  21. FBoFW is not even close to the only strip where characters age. It’s not even the only one intended to be funny; Jump Start also ages its characters in real-time.

    Time does progress in Prince Valiant, just very very very slowly.

    Comment by Powers — July 9, 2007 @ 6:54 am

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