Sunny Fundays

Posted by on March 15th, 2010 at 12:14 PM

I saw three strips in yesterday’s color comics section that warmed the heart’s cockles, so I thought we’d take a moment to look at them again. Greg Evans celebrated Luann’s 25 years in the funnies yesterday, and he did it with cameo appearances by Luann and her school chums as their original selves.

Nice gag, a sure comedic touch. Congratulations, Greg.

On the same day, we see Ron Ferdinand performing one of the spectacular visual tricks he lavishes upon Dennis the Menace.

The third panel here serves up silhouettes of the day’s cast, but Ferdinand goes beyond simple silhouette by employing instead of standard solid black a brilliant red that shades up into what might someday be a purple. Hits you right in the eye, which is where such maneuvers are supposed to hit you.

Another of Ferdinand’s tricks with pix is to put a rosey bloom in the cheeks of all his characters, and he highlights the flesh tones with flashes of white, too—doesn’t just run the pink up to the outline edges. Imparts a lively sparkle to the pictures, and I don’t see anyone else doing anything remotely similar.

At Frazz, Jef Mallett also turned up  a gag on the advent of Daylight Saving time. And this one is another of Mallett’s delightfully convoluted mazes of meaning.

We go from the inexplicable disappearance of homework because it was performed during the hour that vanished Sunday morning when everyone moves their clocks forward one hour (an altogether fascinating feat of mental gymnastics on its own) to a satirical aside about Big Government back to Daylight Saving time (we’ll turn the clocks back an hour in November, whereupon Caulfield’s homework will re-appear, right? —given the logic of its disappearance, what else?), concluding, finally, with the kid’s implicit confession that his homework avoidance device took more time to conjure than doing the homework would have.

It took a while (that is, more space than a daily strip) to develop and extend this argument, but it’s time (and space) well spent, I’d say.

Ahhh, the pleasures of Sunday. Oh—one more thing: the title of this outing, Sunny Fundays, I swiped wholesale from Insight Studio’s website, where you can find the scintillating work of Mark Wheatley, Marc Hempel, John Staton, Harry Roland, Timothy Wallace, Jerry Carr, and Allan Gross, who continues to insist that Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare’s plays. Well then, why do they call them Shakespeare’s plays?

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