Well, Jill's verdict is in.
Today's strip really hurt me personally. I can't help but wonder if Moy is writing Jill's character as a reflection on me. My father always taught me that "The easiest thing in the world is to be a cynic." And, in Mary Worth's world, it is even easier. But I've really tried to avoid cynicism in my blog. I would never dream of criticizing Karen Moy and Joe Giella; only the characters that inhabit their world. And can Moy and Giella help that everybody Mary Worth knows is shallow, irrational and a horrible dresser? Can they help that Santa Royale exists within a continuity tear in the fabric of time and space? No, they are forced to do the best they can with what they have. And I think they do a marvelous job. But clearly, Karen Moy thinks I'm mean spirited. And in Jill Black, she has painted me as a cynical, type-A moron, and I don't think I can live with that.
Perhaps I've taken this all too far. Perhaps Karen Moy is right. By reading Mary Worth loyally, every day, I've become what my father so desperately tried to prevent. A cynic. I'm sorry to have let you down, Dad, and I'm sorry, Karen Moy, for hurting your feelings. It wasn't my intention at all.
This blog has gone on long enough. It's time for me to hang up my pen and retire from reading Mary Worth. I won't have to cancel my newspaper subscription, since my paper, like so many others, no longer carries this wonderful strip. It's been a great run, but I want my soul back.
Today's Full Strip