I'd heard that today's official foob would feature Mike, Phil, and an Elly gobsmack. I wanted to make a reference to that, but not seeing the strip, I had no way to know what Mike and Phil would be wearing--hence the wardrobe change Phil suggests in the last panel.
So, Lynn appears to be doing another iteration of the Phil-Connie storyline that she did prematurely during Christmas 2008/New Year's 2009 and seemed to wrap up back in February. Then she probably realized she has to bring them together again if she wants to reprint the "Connie chases after Phil by going to Montreal" arc. So in honor of that SNAFUiness is a repeat of the January 2, 2009 art, but with shiny new dialogue.
Ugh. So my mobo died and I had to replace my computer. I'm now running a shiny new laptop w/Windows 7, but now I've got Gimp instead of PaintShop Pro, so I've got some getting used to.... that's why the text size is a lil off....
Edit: Oops... I only just realized I used the wrong font for this. That's something I can't blame on Gimp--I do have the foob font installed.
I know Elly wasn't exactly leaving things to fate when she reconstructed Mike's Stone[d] Season and tried to have it published as her own work--let alone causing the whole time warp. But it's not out-of-character for her to be self-contradictory.
Mind you, this does not mean they're in our time. It's just pure coincidence that the reading in question and book in question sound so similar to a reading and book we've heard about recently. And the author and illustrator aren't the same author and illustrator, but they have obvious similarities. :)
Since I already prematurely snarked on the "That was when I still enjoyed working" strip this past Friday, I decided to create a lead-in for the strip I expect to see reprinted tomorrow. (dreadedcandiru2, I know you read the guy in that strip as Dr. Ted, but I decided he looked different enough to be a whole other jerkish colleague of John's.)
Shania-Ann is there because Lynn decided to update her original reference to a hygienist who resembles Cheryl Ladd to one who looks like Shania Twain. Then we had some strips where we see a hygienist who resembles April Patterson, which of course led to my Foobars in which April was able to travel to Elly's warp-time for a little while--here I have John explaining that she's a hygienist filling in for Shania-Ann Achronism.
I actually looked at a bunch of Shania Twain pictures and tried to draw Shania-Ann to look as Twain might if she were a foob character. I'm not sure how succesful I was, but I had fun drawing her hair. At first, I was looking for reference pics that weren't overly posey, but for the final frame, I decided to go for a shot that was as posey as it gets... :)
One of my favorite moments in Peggy Sue Got Married happened soon after Peggy Sue found herself a teenager in the 1950s once again. Her mother asked her about what she'd argued with Charlie about. The mom thought she was referring to her teenage daughter's teenage boyfriend, but in Peggy Sue's mind, he was her ex-husband decades later. So she responded with something like "Mortgage payments." :)