20 June 2006

Thinking too hard about comics

From the brilliant but sadly obsessed Comics Curmudgeon:


So, just in case you were wondering, the Lockhorns’ marriage: still a nightmarish, soul-destroying prison from which there is no escape. As usual with this feature, once you start unpacking what’s going on, it’s hard to decide which aspect of this depressing vignette is the most heartbreaking:

  • Leroy has a porn dungeon.
  • The “porn” in Leroy’s porn dungeon consists of PG-13-rated pictures of girls in bikinis.
  • Loretta knows all about Leroy’s porn dungeon, possibly because he’s made no attempt to hide it.
  • Loretta casually points out Leroy’s porn dungeon to houseguests.
  • Loretta casually points out Leroy’s porn dungeon to houseguests with that stricken yet resigned look on her face that says, “Oh, God, if I had known what was in store for me, I would have drowned myself when I was a little girl!”
And I thought I could overthink Fred Bassett.

He's right, though.

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