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03/07/2014

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Mark Jackson

We had our youngest in our 40s and he was still in college when I was unexpectedly "retired." Fortunately his last semester was cheap, as he only needed to register for a single senior project unit to graduate.

As to "prolonged adolescence," I'm with Frazz:

http://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2014/03/01#.UxncZYWeinM

Brent

Jimmy Johnson has been tweaking his characters hair for a long time. Janis started with long, but got a short cut. That short cut naturally evolved to a form simpler to draw. He eventually held a little contest to change her style, but it was really about getting traffic to his bloglike-thing... she didn't keep the winning hairstyle for long at all, but went back to a less stylized version of the short cut after. But it evolved again, and really started to look like Janis was wearing a pot on her head, so he decided to take more care and shifted it back from the simpler form again, and that's what you see in today's strip.

The short is, comic characters evolve over time. Some artists let things just go, but JJ's the type that will occasionally evaluate and tweak things he doesn't like (Ludwig's ears evolving into lines has been intentionally left alone).

Mike Peterson

One of the things I admire about A&J is Jimmy's willingness to adjust things he's bored or uncomfortable with, in a strip that doesn't necessarily work with a whole lot of long-term plot development -- though even there he's "adjusted" to setting up almost a spinoff with the kids.

His bloglike-thing is kind of a curiosity. The traffic is enviable, indeed. However, it's like a coffeehouse where people who like him hang out but seem to chat with each other more than they talk about the strip. Still, they make a good sounding board when he has a question. (And, as we have both noted in slightly different ways, he's open to change but not a slave to it.)

Lydia

When I was a kid I actually started coloring in the daily strips in my Calvin and Hobbes book. Fortunately, I didn't get very far.
That Frazz strip looks to me like one that was meant to remain in black and white, too. It makes me wonder why they bother colorizing in these cases. Do they assume most readers are like the 10-year-old me and have no patience for black and white?

Brent

Actually, the bloglike-thing was the precursor to the current blog. It was essentially just a webpage where he inserted the new entry at the top and periodically switched to a new page when it got too long. It wasn't particularly interactive (you could email him, but there wasn't a comment section), so he needed to work a bit harder to keep people's interest (he took a trip to the Angoulême comic fest and wrote about it) than the community that's set up now.

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