Sunday, November 05, 2006

But Schulz does them right.

Back in business today--five silent penultimate panels

Between Friends by Sandra Bell-Lundy
Momma by Mel Lazarus
Overboard by Chip Dunham
Peanuts (1959 reprint) by Charles Schulz
Sally Forth by Francesco Marciuliano and Craig Macintosh

Momma fills out the Sunday space with a silent double.

And, when they work, I need to point them out. If Charles Schulz didn't invent the SPP, he perfected it. Very few can do it as well as this. (Click image to see it in a readable size.)

Step one to create a good SPP: Start with a funny gag. This is the part the bad ones miss.


Anonymous DemetriosX said...

Stone Soup also gave us a double on Sunday. Using just the SPP might have been justified, but the SAPP is too much. Sally Forth looked like it was trying to hide the SPP by dropping the panel lines, though they do that vaguely artsy stuff from time to time.

I wonder, has anyone out there with too much time on their hands tried plotting the SPPs by date and/or day? It might be interesting to see if there are any trends or cycles and if they occur more frequently on certain days.

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would Sunday's "9 Chickweed Lane" be an SPP, or is it exempt because every panel but the last one is silent?

3:10 PM  
Blogger Jim Walsh said...

Violet was such a bitch. If there's any justice in the universe, she's grown up to marry a rich old man who can't satisfy her so she drinks herself into half blind every night while watching flecks of her hair fall out due to years of on-and-off-again bouts of bulemia. Not that I'm bitter or anything...

8:24 PM  

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