Back home again
I just finished a six and a half hour drive, but that's not going to stop me from alerting you of today's silent penultimate panels:
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite (explanation below)
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Candorville by Darrin Bell
Cathy may not belong here. The silent reaction panel is actually the third to last panel:
But it serves the same purpose--it's a useless reaction shot used only as a crutch to create "comic" timing. Cathy is one of my least favorite comic strips. It's part of the axis of drudgery--along with Garfield and Mallard Fillmore--that saps all energy and intelligence out of the comics page. Cathy is so bad it can't even get a standard cliche like the SPP right.
Candorville (which I don't hate) doubles up on the silent panels, but keeps them apart. If one silent panel is a cliche, two silent panels spaced apart actually help to illustrate the awkwardness of the conversation. But still, this is your third Sunday in a row here, Mr. Bell.
From the world of alternative weeklies, Sarah points out this week's Too Much Coffee Man. Thanks, Sarah. (I'm so cool, I bought Too Much Coffee Man #1 at the comic book store back in 1992.)
And Ugliness Man was kind enough to update me on the Betty storyline I was confused about earlier this week:
It looks like their ink problem has been solved. They bought a new printer. What an exciting week in the world of Betty.