Thursday, August 12, 2010

Please explain...

Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the Cathy comic, said Wednesday that deciding to end the comic strip was "excruciating." The comic has won several awards, including a 1992 National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1987, and at its height appeared in 1,400 papers.
"It's just been really unbelievably agonizing to make the decision," Guisewite said in a telephone interview from her home in the Los Angeles area.

Can somebody please explain how this horrible comic strip survived for 30 years - and won awards, too? "Unbelievably agonizing" is how I would describe my attempts to read the Cathy strip over the years. Thirty years of dealing with the same whining, dopey, self-abusing character has taken its toll on readers as well as its creator. My only hope is that newspapers do not choose to run "tribute" strips like they did with great comics like Peanuts and For Better or Worse. Ack!
Can somebody explain how this Steven Slater guy is a cult hero? He's a low-paid drone who got fed up with people not listening to him. If that was heroic, thousands of security guards, ushers and store clerks would be cursing-out customers and drinking beer on their way out the door. The guy is all over the news and the Internet, for some reason, merely because he had a hissy-fit and stormed off the plane. If that's what it takes to achieve cult-hero status, we're in worse shape than I thought.
Can somebody explain how a professional writer like Peter Travers (of Rolling Stone Magazine) can use the sentence: "Wright creates a visual wonderland that is literally a knockout" in his review of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World?" Literally a knockout. Really? Dude, you should know what the word literally means and stop using it so liberally. Who wants to go to a movie where they'll be unconscious at the end? I thought you liked it.

3 comments:

true fan said...

You're back and haven't missed a BEAT!! Congrats

Kcoz said...

I don't think the Jet Blue guy is a hero, nor does he deserve a TV show... What I think people like about him is the way he did it...it was funny. And compared to the Alternative, like the guy last week who shot up everyone in the parking lot because he got caught stealing at his job, this was a story most of us would rather hear.

This guy was different and I think many people can relate to his frustration but don’t have the nerve to pull off a stunt like that…
I’m sure his 15 minutes will be over soon, or I hope it is, I'm getting tired of reading and hearing about him already

Later…

Cliff Yankovich said...

I predict a "reality" show for the Jet Blue guy. Maybe some product endorsements - a book deal: "When Is Enough Enough?"
Then he could be a judge on the new show "America's Real Heroes" which will rip the focus away from firefighters, cops, and soldiers and put it where it really belongs.
I can see the books review in RS now......