The Great Escape, Or Our Lousy Attempt at Double Entendre

March 11th, 2005 · 4 Comments
by Booksquare

Well, we escaped from the Texas State Capitol building. Barely. Thank goodness for our innate nosiness, or we’d still be stuck in the dungeon. If we may make a suggestion, perhaps better signage would be appropriate. Also, better security — it is rare that we long to see someone in uniform wielding authority, but today, it would have been welcomed.

Yes, all of this is beside our real point. Except for the part where today’s adventures are something that would happen in a comic strip. See how we cleverly tied things together? Comic strips are facing the same challenges as novels (only it appears that the artists are paid even less). Lots of legacy strips hogging space that could be occupied by new strips (in this scenario, Peanuts is the Nora Roberts of the comic strip world. Except the part where she’s still producing new stuff. You know what we mean.). Like novelists, the artists are looking for new and innovative ways to get their stuff out there. And sure, while we have our concerns about an alcoholic tiger (tigers, as a rule, should not drink anything stronger than water), we do admire innovation.

Now if someone can explain to us what mascots and sweethearts have to do with state governance, we’d be very happy.

In the not much better category, we find alcoholic eagles. The related, but not related article, covers the comic strip as a form of a journalism. And we’re sure it’s quite excellent. The author cannot be faulted for our stopping to contemplate the notion that there are a lot of heavy-drinking animals in the comics world (whereby we lost our concentration).

File Under: Square Pegs

4 responses so far ↓

  • Bill Peschel // Mar 11, 2005 at 6:57 pm

    Peanuts is actually the V.C. Andrews of the comic strip world, at least where Schulz is concerned.

  • booksquare // Mar 11, 2005 at 8:56 pm

    And that’s sad. Presuming you mean that once Schulz titillated and shocked. And I think he did, once upon a time.

    It’s okay for artists to die and fade away. Not so okay to keep them alive for the sake of franchise. Or worse, because of fear.

  • KathyF // Mar 13, 2005 at 8:19 am

    I used to work in the Texas State Capitol. They let you in the Dungeon? Or more appropriately, They let you OUT of the Dungeon?

    Sounds like fun. More fun than comic strips, which I can’t abide for some reason. I think it’s because you have to read, then look at pictures, then read, etc. Causes my brain to melt from having to use two different information pathways.

  • booksquare // Mar 13, 2005 at 5:24 pm

    Well, we weren’t so much let out as we escaped. For a while, both us were pretending to be lobbyists, but that didn’t work. It took ingenuity to be on the outside.

    What do you know about the mascots and sweethearts.

    Interesting take on comics…I usually focus on the words first, then go back and look at pictures. I have emotional problems!