Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Anne was really only joking... about joking


11 comments:

DreadedCandiru2 said...

Ah, well; at least it's not as bad as it would have been had she told the truth. Had she done something dangerous like that, she'd have been deafened by a scream of rage and suffering a coffee cup concussion after telling Flapandhonk to pull her finger out of her jacksie.

howard said...

I expect this was the real answer. I seem to remember Anne Nichols with one kid was the super mom, and then when she got 2 kids, she started being a little overwhelmed. For her not to have all her Christmas stuff done seems much more like Anne in her post-Richard years.

April Patterson said...

Had she done something dangerous like that, she'd have been deafened by a scream of rage and suffering a coffee cup concussion after telling Flapandhonk to pull her finger out of her jacksie.

Not to mention the third-degree coffee burns and hearing loss from the screeching. :)

April Patterson said...



Curiously, there is a strip from December 5, 1981 that covers the same theme that LJ revisited this past Sunday. I had to use the punchline search "I eat" to find it; look for ID 4099, dated 1981-12-05. :)

howard said...

The December 5, 1981 covers the same theme, but the big difference is that Anne never admits to not being prepared. She just says she eats in order to keep herself calm and collected when she gets stressed by Christmas.

New-run Anne seems to sympathize with and act more with Elly. One of the big differences I have noticed with new-run Anne is that her kids and Elly's kids are shown playing together more often than in the reprints, and they seem to be more in agreement on their discussion topics. The reprints show Anne jogging or talking about natural food preparation and Anne does not seem to be as bothered by her parenting duties as Elly.

April Patterson said...

howtheduck, I agree about the difference between reprint Anne and new-run Anne. I prefer re-print Anne. Regarding the kids playing together more--I wonder if this was a case of Lynn thinking, "Hm, I wonder why I didn't have Anne's kids playing with Elly's kids more often." Though I suppose another possibility is that Lynn forgot that she had originally given them little interaction.

howard said...

I wonder if this was a case of Lynn thinking, "Hm, I wonder why I didn't have Anne's kids playing with Elly's kids more often."

Looking through Comic Strip Catalog, it appears that Anne's kids disappeared from the strip after 1991. The strips about Steve's affair were in 1990, so it appears that Lynn got rid of the kids in the strip as a result.

April Patterson said...

Looking through Comic Strip Catalog, it appears that Anne's kids disappeared from the strip after 1991. The strips about Steve's affair were in 1990, so it appears that Lynn got rid of the kids in the strip as a result.

Interesting. Out of curiosity, I did a keyword search on "Christopher," and the latest strips I found were from March 1990. (Weird--when I previewed this post and opened my link to check it, I found different search results than I got before. Some strips were in both, but others were gone and strips I hadn't seen before were added. Quirky.)

forworse said...

Some strips were in both, but others were gone and strips I hadn't seen before were added. Quirky.)

It says the search engine is limited to 31 random strips, so you'll get different results if you try the same search and there are more than 31 hits. Why 31? Is it something to do with seeing a virtual month of strips at a time?

April Patterson said...

forworse, it turns out you are exactly right. I'd sent an e-mail to Stephanie about the variable search results and she let me know that it's on purpose and related to a randomized selection of 31 strips appearing. :)

DreadedCandiru2 said...

It's sort of strange that the Nichols children vanished from the strip before Lynn more or less gave Anne the Chuck Cunningham treatment; her bio says that as of 2007, Chris and Rich are both in Alberta while Leah is still in Uni.