Friday, August 29, 2008


The siding contractor has walked off the job.

You can see what the artist is after in the three Ernie Bushmiller panels at the top of this page. In Nancy, the result is elegant. In Hi and Lois, just clumsy. Time marches.

[Hi and Lois, August 29, 2008.]

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comments: 6

j said...

Think so? Or just his own style? His has a free and bold feeling compared to those older Nancy strips.

The artist's father (one of the original artists for Hi And Lois) used that fade- though may have been more subtle.

Michael Leddy said...

I think there's a lack of care. Take a look at today's strip: in the first panel the car has no roof! And it's a two-door model with a bench seat. I wouldn't have noticed that if I hadn't noticed the absence of a roof.

The second panel would be much better with the sale on Hi's left, with the signage facing the street and the reader. It'd be nice too to make the seller's hair differ in some way from the shrubs. Sheesh! I think the art here does show a real lack of care.

j said...

I've read that they (the authors/artists) of Hi and Lois answer all their mail. I'm tempted to write to Mr. Browne and ask about his drawings- because I'm sad to think he's being misunderstood (think he is), but mostly to put your mind at rest. I'm imagining that smiling Michael up there in the sidebar uttering a disgusted "Sheesh!" ;)

j said...

...and Professor- why do I so answer? Because the missing elements enhance other features within the panel. And cuzza I like to think well of everybody.

Well, I'll be babysitting for about another hour- think I'll go and read some of your archives. Or maybe an Archie comic. Get my mind off this Hi and Lois controversy. :)

Michael Leddy said...

I found this description at King Features: "Writers Brian and Greg Walker and artist Chance Browne are the brains behind the strip today. Mort's and Dik's sons not only inspired Hi and Lois, but they developed into talented cartoonists themselves growing up next to their fathers' drawing boards. They now have eight children among them who animate the new Hi and Lois."

Does that mean that there are eight (or nine) people at work on the art? (I'm not sure how to take animate.)

I couldn't find an e-mail address, but I fear that an e-mail to the creators of two-dimensional houses and cars could easily work against me in a competency hearing. : )

I gotta repeat, I like Hi and Lois!

Michael Leddy said...

I didn't see your second comment when I wrote the previous one, J. I'll withhold comment on Archie. : )