Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Your bling is far out, dawg, and totally heavy, man!

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In the rerun strip that I expect us to see (barring new-run insertions) this coming Saturday, 1/3/2009, Phil returns from taking Connie to her staff New Year's Eve party. The clothes I have Phil wearing here are (pretty much) what you'll see him wearing there. It amused me to imagine him wearing this casual attire while Connie's all gussied up for her work party.

To construct this strip, I consulted the second FBoFW collection--Is This "One of Those Days," Daddy?--and also the results of a Google image search on "ballroom dancing." Stitching together those two yielded the awkward results you see above. Also, I've decided that I hate drawing Connie's bad hair and owl glasses. I'm also half convinced that LJ wanted Elly's best friend to resemble Mrs. Beasley.

Update: LJ has removed a strip from the original sequence, so Phil returning from his date with Connie should appear this coming Friday, 1/2/09. Or there could be more omitting/insertion. Wow, this is almost like suspense. ;)

6 comments:

DreadedCandiru2 said...

Poor Connie. So hard up for companionship that she has to waste her time on Captain Retro. Ah, well. Listening to him being unable to decide what decade he was living in would probably drive her to murder sooner or later anyway.

April Patterson said...

Yes, but he has boy bits. Eyes on the prize, for Desperate!Single!Lady. ;)

forworse said...

Beautiful! You might not like drawing Connie's hair and glasses, but you've captured them perfectly. I also like the shading and textures used, not to mention Phil's, er, unique style of speech. :)

April Patterson said...

Thanks, forworse. In the third panel, I was having some major drawing issues, getting the bodies and heads to go together. I erased and redrew Connie's head once and Phil's maybe three times. Gah! I also needed to switch over from marker to a very fine-pointed pen/ink nib because I couldn't get enough detail with the marker.

Cedar said...

Even as a kid, I remember not quite getting Connie, as she was obviouisly portrayed as a sexy single lady (what with the "Your place or mine?" strip, and her affair with Phil), yet the hair and glasses always made her look even frumpier than Elly (although LJ did start to eventually draw her with a pretty hot, muscular body).

April Patterson said...

Cedar, I suspect that LJ originally thought, "Connie will be my strident 'feminist' character. She will have short, utilitarian hair and 'practical,' unflattering glasses." Then she started to think, "single mother" and "desperate for a man." And she started to develop that side of Connie's life without losing the Mrs. Beasley look.