Monday, March 2, 2009

Wherein I am "too much text" girl....

If you are confused about what the radio broadcast in the background is referring to, all will be clear if you go to the official foob site, select "News Bites" from their "Behind the Scenes" menu, and read the entry dated February 25, 2009.

9 comments:

DreadedCandiru2 said...

Yes, that is how we know that Elly's is conscious. Poor Liz; stuck trying to be the adult in that household when she isn't even sure what age she'll be from one minute to the next.

April Patterson said...

I know--wouldn't it be terrible to be her? One moment she's walking fairly well, next she's a tiny infant again. She knows what needs to be done for Farley, but her capabilities are severely limited.

qnjones said...

LOL. Leave it to Lynn to think that she can have the toy made at bargain basement prices in China in order to maximize her own profit, and yet she also thinks she can expect the manufacturer to have high quality standards AND the ability to read her mind as to what it should look like!

Who doesn't get a prototype approved first before making a big order? One of my oldest friends is an artist who was commissioned to make 25 fiberglass statues/figures for a town in Nebraska. Even they required a lengthy approval process for a prototype! And that "long distance order" was from Iowa to Nebraska, between people who had met each other in person and spoke the same language!

Of course, this is typical of Lynn's arrogant assumption that everything will go her way with as little work on her part as possible. I think the truth must be that she's a pretty poor business woman who doesn't take the advice of people who know better. My artist friend and her clients weren't very knowledgeable, and didn't have any money, but they still knew enough to get a lawyer involved to write a good contract. And I didn't even have to tell them to do a prototype approval!

While your cartoon does indeed have too much text, it is forgivable because it's hilarious. You also draw Lizzie better than Lynn ever did.

April Patterson said...

Who doesn't get a prototype approved first before making a big order?

According to Lynn's note, "The prototypes were received and approved and it was 'all systems go'!" But "When we opened them, we found that the pooches were quite unlike the prototypes and could not be distributed." But somehow I suspect there was some serious mismanagement involved.

While your cartoon does indeed have too much text, it is forgivable because it's hilarious. You also draw Lizzie better than Lynn ever did.

Thanks--I keep getting annoyed at the Lizzie hairstyle. LJ drew lots of weird hair in the old strips--Lizzie, Connie, John--it's kind of hard to find normal hair. ;)

qnjones said...

I guess I misread the article over at FOOB Central. I'm sleep deprived. That's today's excuse.

Oh well, I say it's probably a case of "you get what you pay for." There is one reason to get something made in China--cheapness. It isn't quality. Unfortunately Chinese products are the only option for some things, and I find that the quality is usually pretty darn low or spotty. If you want a quality product, you have to pay someone what it costs to get quality. Just IMHO.

Anyway, what freaks me out about the strips lately is how variable Lizzie looks. Sometimes she's a tiny baby, sometimes a big toddler, and everything in between. And sometimes she is drawn to look rather deformed. Freakish hair is only a small part of it, IMHO! Your Lizzie hair is a good interpretation of what Lynn generally tries to do.

April Patterson said...

There is one reason to get something made in China--cheapness.

Yup, yup, yup. Someone over at Foobiverse quipped that she ought to spend more money and have them made in Canada.

And ITA about the variability and weirdness of Lizzie in the strip. At CT, there was a new "letter from Elly" today--and she can't even stick to one age within a paragraph. First, she refers to Liz as a "baby in diapers," then a toddler, and then she goes back to baby. It's no wonder she's drawing her so inconsistently.

Your Lizzie hair is a good interpretation of what Lynn generally tries to do.

Thanks--that's what I was trying for. :)

Lady said...

There is one reason to get something made in China--cheapness. It isn't quality.

While I'm all for buying locally and have some serious issues with the Chinese government, there are plenty of places, at least in the industries I'm familiar with, where you can get high-quality goods from China. Yes, the primary motivator is cost, but I've personally been involved with buying products that were as good or better than what I'd seen from an American producer (I'm in the US).

But that was 'cheap,' not 'dirt cheap,' and it wasn't a toy.

Destroyer of Worlds said...

Awww, poor Farley! Poor Liz! Are you gonna show Liz being regressed back to infant-stage every time she gets close enough to really walk and talk? And maybe actually be able to influence her future?

April Patterson said...

Are you gonna show Liz being regressed back to infant-stage every time she gets close enough to really walk and talk? And maybe actually be able to influence her future?

This sort of depends on what LJ does--I fully expect she'll continue to go back and forth on how old Lizzie seems to be.