Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Change my pitch up

The deluge seems to have ended, just one silent penultimate panel found this Wednesday:

Barkeater Lake by Corey Pandolph

Whenever Barkeater Lake appears here, someone tells me that the strip is in reprints at the time. So that might be the case here. Corey Pandolph is not one of my fans, but he certainly helped me out today. Thank you, Corey, for keeping the watch running.

Tuesday's 9 Chickweed Lane:

This was mentioned in the comments yesterday. It is an example of how time can be manipulated within the grammar of comics. And this is something Brooke McEldowney does often--he loves to break up a continuous image with panel borders. If the entire strip was a single panel, the gag would still work, but the gutter stretches time and upends the normal comic strip rhythm. It's a trick that keeps us from seeing how obtuse the actual gag is, but it is unique enough that I think it works. Where some cartoonists are brilliant with the fastball (Scott Adams) McEldowney specializes in the change-up.


Blogger Charles Brubaker said...

Yep...that strip is a reprint.

Geez, Corey, what's with all the breaks? There's been like...less than 50 new "Barkeater Lake" strips this year.

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