It's something I've noticed for a while, that news has managed to market itself as entertainment. Probably it's an effect of the internet and 24 hour access to new information. As an example, Walter Cronkheit would present "the news" every weekday and (from what little I can remember) each news piece was its own self-contained story. There wasn't much of an effort to connect a news story across several days.
Like, one story about the Viet Nam war might be about one event in one part of the country, and maybe the next week there might be a different story about soldiers in a different part of the country. The separate stories had no relationship to one another.
Now the news people are always looking for multiple episode stories. New developments. Smollett is one example, this tortured close-up on an overpaid, childish doof, the news can always make a new story about a new change, a new statement.
Aah, I dunno, it's weird, huh?
Okay so in this week's panel you'll see that I reduced the number of items at the top of the page, so all you visitors using tablets and smart phones will have less distance to scroll. This, I hope, will provoke further browsing by making it easier to go from page to page.
Also I'd like to congratulate the me from 2003 for making the main character look cute here. Very well done, she looks totally cute.
Haven't we all had moments like this, where we're overcome by something, but then there's a shift in us, a clarity? Well, I have.
Oh right, also I wanted to mention Kelly Freas. My goodness, was that fellow talented! I was thinking about talent, how all of us hopefuls are just slaving away, waiting for "discovery", some rich person notices our work and gives us a ton of money to produce more of it and we quit our day jobs. (another danger of success is having enough money to follow your worst, most self-destructive impulses) But what I wonder is, regarding artists who have extraordinary talent, I think maybe their talent just gets noticed. Maybe, I dunno. I guess the moral is keep working and get better.
Thanks for visiting, fellows! See you guys next week!