Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I notice these things.

Two for this Wednesday:

Blondie by Dean Young, Inc.
Mutts by Patrick McDonnell

Blondie may not count:

It really isn't a silent panel. The punchline--Dagwood's hair going crazy--actually occurs in the second panel, it's just obscured from us and Blondie. The second panel delays the punchline. It's delayed not by awkward silence but in a slightly different way.

I don't know what it all means, or if it's clever or not. I just notice these things.


Anonymous Johnny said...

It's posts like this that make me so glad that SPP Watch is back.

And as far as the debate over today's Blondie, I think it's not a true SPP. Of course, the rhythm is clumsy, the dialogue is stilted, and the writing is really lazy -- any cartoonist worth his salt would have thought of something to put in the second panel. But it's Blondie, and in fact, this is probably one of the best Blondies in a while.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Austin said...

I also do not think that Blondie should count as a "true" SPP. The second panel contains the action of Dagwood reading his "horror"scope. Boring action, sure, but action nonetheless.

Also, welcome back, watch!

8:09 AM  

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