Saturday, September 29, 2007

Our First Hybrid Sequence Concludes

After months of speculation about what a hybrid would be like for the comic strip For Better or For Worse, the first sequence concluded, taking up the whole month of September. If I may summarize: Mike starts off looking at photographs with his daughter. He starts off telling Meredith about how his parents met and married and then launched into a discussion about a trip he took to Vancouver utilizing reprint strips. What Meredith takes out of it, is that it is permissible to throw a stuffed teddy bear whenever and wherever she pleases, so long as the teddy bear has a napkin tied around his neck and she does the patented yell. Which is the same lesson Mike got when he was little.

I presume we are going to launch into the Anthony and Elizabeth romance next week, but who know? Maybe it's more hybrid. I got the impression from the press releases, that Mike and Merrie were the hybrid narrators, but today's strip seemed to conclude that sequence. I wonder if Lynn Johnston plans for Mike and Merrie to return to the photo albums for another sequence, or if she plans to introduce completely different characters for another photo album journey into reprints. I suppose we find out the answers to these questions eventually.


Blogger DreadedCandiru2 said...

You'll notice how angry Michael was when he got a taste of his own medicine. What she'll get out of that is that Daddy can dish it out but he can't take it. That is something Elizabeth could have told her. I have in my hot little hands the book "What, Me Pregnant?" which contains a sequence where Liz looks our hero out of the Pattermanse because he won't stop disrespecting her. His response: RAGE!! Instead of realizing how his awful behavior led to him dealing with a minor inconvenience, he wants to beat the tar out of her for standing in his way. That beings us to the second thing she's learning: her father not only cannot think of himself as a member of society, duty-bound to GIVE as well as to take, he feels compelled to destroy those who ask him to do so.

4:09 AM  
Blogger April Patterson said...

I can't believe LynnCo just spent a MONTH on this! The initial press releases on the hybrid had me thinking there'd be two weeks of it before the segue back to Liz-Anthony. Erg. This has been cruel.

Robin looks TERRIFIED in the last panel. What does he imagine the consequences for getting Daddy out of bed to be?

In the podcast, Lynn indicated that flashback sequences would be introduced in ways other than Mike and Meredith looking at pictures. One example she gave was Elly remembering Tupperware parties. Gah, which tells me she's probably got the "Grubberware party" sequence on the loading dock--the one that ends with John and Steve getting their heads walloped with frying pans (wonder if she'll keep that part in). I just hope we get a break into present-time before more hybrid, hybrid, hybrid.

4:46 AM  
Blogger howard said...


I suspect you are right about the Grubberware sequence. How many strips was that?

Also, I am about to leave on an overnight Scout trip. If tomorrow's strip is Mike-centric, I will not be able to cover.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You think the hybrid is cruel? Just wait until Liz-Anthony. I predict the glurge factor will be off the charts.

Hopefully, we'll be spared any more make-out sessions in the bushes.


1:32 PM  
Blogger April Patterson said...

howtheduck, fourteen strips from Anne suggesting the Grubberware party to the aftermath of the frying-pan whaling. It's hard to say whether any would be omitted (they're not all directly related to the party--some are Halloween-prep and generally autumnal). But Lynn could certainly get at least three weeks out of the sequence. ::sigh::

DJ, I suspect you're right--I'm going to end up being sorry I asked for the Lizthony arc. 0_o

2:24 PM  

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