Harlan is still wearing his best shirt.
The dialogue in today's strip is excruciating, with lines like "pursuing diverse endeavors". We can only hope that KM never writes a novel. Now there's an ndeavor that should never be pursued.
Unlike Harlan, Dawn pursues alike knowledge. That's why she's been enrolled at the University for 17 years but hasn't completed a degree. Appearing as Harlan in p. 1 today is the late Robert Goulet.
You beat me to it, KitKat. I fully expected him to burst into song in response to Dawn's bad-boundaries question, perhaps "What Do the Simple (Minded) Folk Do?" or "How To Handle a Perennial Co-ed."
So when do we get to the yoga?! After getting Harlan to spill his guts about his dead wife, I can't imagine how awkward this "class" is going to be. I anticipate a week of distracted thought baloons issuing from Dawn's head as she gamely tries to achieve Downward Facing Dog at Harlan's direction....
I've been tingling with anticipation to see the Art History teacher's personal art collection. Looks like he is in a "Green Period".
It seems every unmarried person in Santa Royale is a widow / widower. Mary, Wilbur, Harlan, John Dill, Hilton Berkes, Dr. Jeff, EleanorThe divorce rate nationwide is 50%.The mortality rate in Santa Royale is even higher.
In today's Rex Morgan strip (placed right below MW in San Diego Union Tribune) the character will spend several weeks learning how to draw a hand. The mentor declares, "An artist will not be great unless he can render the hand!"In MW - forget about the nuances of skin creases. They can't even get the number of fingers correct. For more practice, they sometimes add an extra hand.Irony...
Harlan: "Nowadays I focus my energy on my teaching, my dog, and pursuing diverse knowledge. Oh, and my painting. Did I tell you I paint? I prefer green on black, but the green has to match my favorite suit. I'm very particular about these things."
Harlan began as Clark Gable, has morphed into Robert Goulet, and is perilously on the edge of Tom Selleck. And this whole story line is revolting. I ran it by my daughter, an actual college student, and she was appalled. But, hey, maybe Harlan's wife was one of the Costa Concordia victims. She was knocked overboard when Wilbur barreled into her while racing down the Lido deck shrieking "Every man for himself!" Now that would be a great plot twist.
"All worthy endeavors," says Dawn, as the make-out couch suddenly appears in the background. Yikes! Get us out of here!Also, does Dawn mean that Harlan is involved in worthwhile endeavors or in Worth-like endeavors?
Yesterday, Barry Alfonso posted a link to an article about Mary Worth and the delightfully glacial pace of the strip, including quotes from Moy and Giella themselves! The article was pretty awesome! You should give it a read. Thanks, Mr. Alfonso! I owe you a coffee and a slice of "ghost pie" if you ever stop by Charterstone.
Secret message today CRACKED ME UP. Thanks you, Wanders, for shepherding us through the murky waters of this professor-student-yogi relationship.
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