Friday, March 13, 2009

Here's what happened....

25 comments:

DreadedCandiru2 said...

Frakk. This is not good; not only is Mike's block getting blown more by the realization that his nightmares are real, now he and Liz have to deal with Elly's evil (and failed) attempt to rewrite history. It figures that she'd find a way to jam things to April's generation.

April Patterson said...

It figures that she'd find a way to jam things to April's generation.

Yup. Because she's too self-centered to care.

Zach said...

So, I take it this is the moment of truth for Mike. Does he take the same easy out as his mother, or does he return to a life so bad it causes him nightmares for the sake of his kids?

C'mon, Mike, be the parent your mother is incapable of being, realize when it's time to let go and do what's best for your children instead of yourself.

Nah, just kidding, he's totally gonna take the selfish route.

howard said...

Haitian Magicks from Eva. I love it!

clio-1 said...

April taking care of Meredith and Robin would make for some really cool stories, I bet. Francoise must be with Therese now, too.

InsertMonikerHere said...

Hmm, clio-1, I'd take April's explanation to say that *all* people who had been born in the 80s went back, even if they weren't in Milborough then. Only teenagers and younger are left at all. Maybe Francoise has a teenage (somewhat distant as Therese is an only child) relative in the area?

Destroyer of Worlds said...

Whooooaaaa!!! Mindblowing! Heh. This is so interesting! Hmm, yeah I'm wondering if this is an entire world left empty except for people born after 1984 (?), somewhat like what happened in Shade's Children by Garth Nix, or only the people in Elly's orbit went back? If so, I'm guessing April is doing some quick tap-dancing to keep the authorities from taking Robin and Meredith away...

If it's the first option, then I'm guessing that entire families like Eva's, Duncan's, Therese's, etc would be just gone, since they didn't exist at all in Elly/Lynn's mind in 1984 (?). Or they are completely untouched, and Francoise is indeed with Therese, and Eva could help April with the Haitian Magicks book. :)

I'm curious though...how April knew Liz was the adult in the child's body, since she addressed Liz, not Mike. Plus Mike looks ready to crack...one way or the other! I'm really curious as to what will happen!

Destroyer of Worlds said...

Ohh, it's 1980 they are all in. Sorry, I kept thinking that Mike, Liz and April are all the same ages as myself, my brother and sister. my sister was born in 91, my brother in 82, and myself in 1979. But Mike is older now, and Liz just a little younger than myself?

April Patterson said...

Nah, just kidding, he's totally gonna take the selfish route.

Zach, I see him as not having much choice. Even if April were able to bring him back with her to her own time frame, Mike would still be whichever age Lynn is deciding he is this week. So he'd be younger than Meredith and possibly the same age as pre-schooler Robin.

April Patterson said...

Haitian Magicks from Eva. I love it!

Thanks, howtheduck. :)

April Patterson said...

clio-1, InsertMonikerHere is correct--Thérèse would also be gone because she was alive in the 1980s. I almost had April mention that she was also taking care of Françoise, but then I developed a vague idea in my head that there's another teenager caring for her--maybe a babysitter. I haven't really developed this concept.

April Patterson said...

I'm curious though...how April knew Liz was the adult in the child's body, since she addressed Liz, not Mike. Plus Mike looks ready to crack...one way or the other! I'm really curious as to what will happen!

Destroyer of Worlds, in my mind, she was addressing them both, but she said "Liz" because she was referring to the lavender-and-teal disaster known as the Lizthony wedding. Also, I guess I was thinking that although Liz did not speak, she had a look of recognition on her face.

Zach said...

April-

sorry, I just assumed this would lead into an attempt to foil Elly's evil scheme and get the world back to normal, and was wondering whether Mike would be in on it or another obstacle.

If you're just addressing the new runs as they come, then I guess Mike has no choice to make here.

April Patterson said...

Zach, the characters would definitely like to come up with a plan to foil Elly's scheme and get their world back to normal, but finding a way to do so is likely to be a difficult, lengthy process. I am addressing the new-runs as they come, so that will build in the necessity of it being a difficult, lengthy process. Of course, if LJ gets fed up and cancels the strip next month, then I can speed things up. ;)

Zach said...

No worries, I just saw something that switched my mind from newspaper comic mode to superhero comic mode and thought you might have switched modes, too. Now that I know you haven't, I'll be able to keep my own mind in check, too.

April Patterson said...

Superhero comic mode is kind of tempting, especially since I'm in the midst of reading the Buffy comics (I've checked out the first four volumes of the Buffy Omnibus from my library). I may sneak in some elements here and there. :)

godozo said...

So now, with this twist, I have a few of questions:

1: Was this just Elly, or did others help? Mira and Wilf (No More Michael, Dammit!) and Connie (A different life, a straight Son) come to my mind.

2: How do you explain the differing levels of awareness amongst the characters? I have my reasons (which I've posted already), but I'm curious about how you see stuff (and yes, I'm aware of Deanne's awakening).

3: I'd say the magic Elly had was awfully incomplete, as a good magic would have disappeared April and those kids. But then I wonder whether her desires messed up the magic.

4: What about Lawrence? I can imagine a couple of possibilities.

clio-1 said...

clio-1, InsertMonikerHere is correct--Thérèse would also be gone because she was alive in the 1980s.

Oooh... I was thinking that Elly could choose who could go back and who couldn't, and then of course she wouldn't bring Thérèse back. But if everyone in the world born before 1980 went back -- eek! I don't want to wear braces again :(.

Zach said...

Well, if you do go into superhero comic mode, Mike needs to be the hero. It's his life that Elly is stealing (Who wrote Stone Season, again?) and his children that she is endangering. He's got to be the one to stop her.

forworse said...

The Buffy comics are terrific (most of them) -- I got hooked when Season 8 started coming out and then Amazon recommended the Omnibus and...wow, your library has a good selection! I have to buy them if I want to read them.

Just wanted to say that Elly's handwriting is incredibly well done and looks very much like it does in the strip.

April Patterson said...

godozo:

1: Was this just Elly, or did others help? Mira and Wilf (No More Michael, Dammit!) and Connie (A different life, a straight Son) come to my mind.

I'm thinking it was all Elly. Connie just has her own ulterior motives. Mira I haven't explored that much, but as you note, she and Wilf would have their reasons to play along....

2: How do you explain the differing levels of awareness amongst the characters? I have my reasons (which I've posted already), but I'm curious about how you see stuff (and yes, I'm aware of Deanne's awakening).

This is something I've kind of developed as I've gone along, but my sense is that it's connected to the individual characters' psyches and circumstances in some way. Liz was about to start her honeymoon and went ::poof:: back to the 1980s. Maybe others' transitions were less jarring....

3: I'd say the magic Elly had was awfully incomplete, as a good magic would have disappeared April and those kids. But then I wonder whether her desires messed up the magic.

Elly does everything quarter-assed. ;)

4: What about Lawrence? I can imagine a couple of possibilities.

Still in development--but I'll share that he comes over next week. :)

April Patterson said...

Oooh... I was thinking that Elly could choose who could go back and who couldn't, and then of course she wouldn't bring Thérèse back. But if everyone in the world born before 1980 went back -- eek! I don't want to wear braces again :(.

Heh--I'd be back in braces again, too. I'd make sure I didn't lose my retainer the second time around. ;)

April Patterson said...

Well, if you do go into superhero comic mode, Mike needs to be the hero. It's his life that Elly is stealing (Who wrote Stone Season, again?) and his children that she is endangering. He's got to be the one to stop her.

Hm. In that case, I'd better scrap the idea. This is Michael Patterson, after all. ;)

April Patterson said...

The Buffy comics are terrific (most of them) -- I got hooked when Season 8 started coming out and then Amazon recommended the Omnibus and...wow, your library has a good selection! I have to buy them if I want to read them.

I have a couple of the "season eight" books that I bought from the local comics shop--I'm hoping they get collected in a larger volume, though, because I can't afford to get caught up by buying the individual books. Especially since they do that "comics" thing, with each issue getting more expensive the longer it's been out. My library has Omnibus volume 5 on order, so I'm waiting to swoop on that the moment it shows up. :)

Just wanted to say that Elly's handwriting is incredibly well done and looks very much like it does in the strip.

Ooh, thanks. I kind of winged that, just writing it out on a notebook page and scanning, so ::phew::. :)

April Patterson said...

Another thought about who gets to be the superhero--Mike, at least, is permitted to live, while Elly wants April's existence prevented altogether; so arguably, she's got the most at stake....