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October 8, 2007

His Only Concern


Hopefully, the point of all this will be his eventual realization that his “only concern” was terribly misplaced: One one hand there’s his daughter, a little girl whose just lost her mother, who he’s dumping off with friends. On the other hand there’s Lisa’s ashes, which he’d promised to scatter in New York’s Central Park — but there really isn’t all that great a rush on this.



  1. Gheeeze, will the melodrama NEVER end! The cartoonist clearly has issues. I hope he/she is going to get professional help….if this is already happening, whooo boy. (Please, please, please, this is NOT a suggestion for future story lines)

    Comment by Lola — October 8, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

  2. I disagree with both Lola’s commentary and, in part, the leaving Summer with Funky’s family as “dumping off.” This is a story of transition, for Lisa into the next life, for Les as he adjusts to the changes in his life, and the strip as it leaps forward another decade. It must be played out all necessary ends. As to Summer, who I personally don’t see as a major player in this storyline, kids her age don’t really grasp the reality yet, and are best left to be with other children (like that little towhead right about mid-panel) while Dad tends to things that must be done – and I don’t mean so much the scattering of ashes as I do Les’ immediate grieving process to include letting go.

    Let it out, Les…

    Oh, yeah, one more thing – I just finished watching the after-game hoopla as the Yankees sat in silence after being knocked off by the Indians. That made my night complete!

    Comment by O.B. Dan — October 9, 2007 @ 12:08 am

  3. One more thing – keep in mind that Les has just lost the only woman he ever loved (and who loved him, too), and might not be seeing things in clear perspective.

    This speaks more to the extended “melodrama” more than the ashes decision.

    Comment by O.B. Dan — October 9, 2007 @ 12:12 am

  4. …and why does this even need to be a flashback, anyway? I see that he’s trying to transition the strip to a point 10 years later…but yeesh! Just tell the story and move on!
    The melodrama has run its course…

    Comment by Jim — October 9, 2007 @ 4:40 am

  5. You answered your own question in the sentence immediately following. The flashback sequence will put finality and closure on Lisa’s story, and at the same time have “ten years ago” seque into “now.”

    I mean, hey, we’re talking Les here, that same Les who was bullied, taunted, embarrassed, and, if there was a way to do it gracefully in what started as a humorous family strip, would no doubt have been pants’ed, too. Give his character a chance to develop into the “next decade” role.

    Comment by O.B. Dan — October 11, 2007 @ 1:19 am

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