Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mary Worth 2030

Karen Moy employs many literary devices to tell her marvelous stories: Action, in-action, and today's perfect execution of anti-action. Very few authors dare to attempt anti-action because using it improperly can suck the reader's brain into an intercranial black hole. So it requires a license. But used properly, it completely negates all previous action in the story.

There are times when the use of this dangerous technique is important. For instance, when the writer wants to erase all previous character development, or blandify the character. It is the author's do-over and always keeps the reader guessing. I can't recommend the use of anti-action because it has the potential to kill, but I am sure most of us survived today's excellent usage.

Today's strip.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness, after the Olive incident, they finally put a fence around that pool.

Carl's Laptop said...

I noticed Adam is using "Old Lady Blue" now to cover his grey. Hubba Hubba

KitKat said...

Tomorrow (and Saturday and Sunday, and maybe into next week), Mary will appear. She'll either be pruning roses or power walking with Toby, perhaps both things simultaneously. She will overhear this conversation and immediately pull the perfect words from the Karen Moy Big Bag o' Cliches to reunite these estranged sweethearts. Terry and Adam will make goo-goo eyes, fall into each other's arms, and limp off into Santa Royale oblivion. NEXT STORY...!

TimK said...

KitKat, are you KIDDING? Of course that will all happen, including the simultaneous power-walking/rose-pruning, but it will take at least several weeks, if not several months.

Anonymous said...

I didn't mean to startle you this morning! I just quietly moved into your apartment complex after 8 years of physical distance between us and absolutely no communication following our emotionally-wrenching breakup, and I hid outside your apartment early in the morning, waiting for you to sleepily emerge on your way to another dull day of work. But never occurred to me that you'd be startled!

Yahoonski said...

I don't think that fence goes around anything; it looks more like a snow fence, though why they'd need a snow fence in Santa Royale, I don't know. Boy do I miss Hannah and Sean. And Gordy!

Wool Worth said...

It's a good thing Karen Moy doesn't write Mad Men otherwise we would still be in Season 1.

Anonymous said...

Panel one: no t-shirt. Panel two: t-shirt. How did he do that?

Anonymous said...

I don’t know why everyone is so quick to write off the Supervillain Adam theory. His hand is outstretched. He is using declarative statements. Obviously he is a powerful Sith Lord using Force mind tricks. “I didn’t mean to startle you”. “We still have feelings for each other.” “You don’t see my cane” “I don’t look any different.” His suddenly dark hair isn’t due to dye, it’s due to his hypnotic influence on her mind! We are seeing him from her perspective.

Not Worthy said...

Even in the Worthiverse, Adam is unbelievably self-absorbed. He abruptly ends the relationship to focus 100% on his career and, when that doesn't work out, limps (literally and figuratively) back to Terry. He doesn't have a job. When will this strip show two balanced people in a healthy relationship, instead of the constant examples of dependency masquerading as love?

Nance said...

Wait...that was this morning?

(Wanders, kudos for "blandify." Can I have it?)

Anonymous said...

NEXT STORY?!? Oh, KitKat, young grasshopper: you are forgetting the weeks needed for Mary to observe Terry and Adam's interactions, meddle, thought bubble some !!!s and ???s, meddle a bit more, take credit for the make-up and then stress the importance of her role for Toby and/or Dr. Jeff over pie and/or salmon squares.

Carlye said...

Don't forget, Mary will have to have them over for dinner! Meatloaf or lamb? Maybe lamb meatloaf...

And kelk, asparagus and salmon squares, goes without saying.