I'm sorry. I just can't do it. I write this blog to sustain some sort of public interest in Mary Worth. At times, I have been absolutely delighted by the author's ability to actually tell a story two panels a day, even though it makes the dialog stilted and disjointed. I'm amazed that Joe Giella, who recently turned 80, is drawing this every single day. I love the retro style and inane inconsistencies.
There is almost always something satisfying about this strip.
But every morning for the last five weeks I've woken up and wanted to pound a nail into my brain. For some reason, Karen Moy has decided that the best way to warn people about identity theft and online fraud is to use her comic strip, which appears in newspapers and on the Internet where (if I'm not mistaken) there tends to be ::gasp:: information about identity theft and online fraud.
I can just see Granny McGillicutty opening to the style section and thinking to herself, "Oh, I hope Terry Bryson can tell me more about protecting myself from identity thieves today. I don't know where else I can learn about that mysterious $1.09 charge to Pretty Purposes that appeared on my credit card this month."
For those of you without a nail gun, here's today's strip.