Tuesday, July 18, 2006

It's a tough world out there for modern-day career ladies.

I have this new obsession: comic strip blogs.

This started when Steve showed me Permanent Monday, which is dedicated to the daily Garfield comics. And it was g l o r i o u s. Then I started reading The Comics Curmudgeon, which makes fun of several comics, ranging from For Better For Worse to Mark Trail.

After having a day-long obsession with Mary Worth, the longest-running soap opera comic strip about the crazy life of an elderly woman living in a condominium (Disclaimer from the MW publisher: "The reader is asked to remember that Mary Worth stories are not about Mary. They are about a continuing parade of people who enter Mary's life. If you look closely, you may recognize one of your neighbors — or even yourself."), I've moved on to a new favorite: Apartment 3-G.

This is what the publisher has to say about Apartment 3-G, in case you're to lazy to click the link and read it yourself:
Apartment 3-G was created in 1961 by psychiatrist Dr. Nicholas P. Dallis. Already the originator of two successful soap-opera comic strips, Rex Morgan, M.D. and Judge Parker, Dr. Dallis wanted to turn his attention to a phenomenon that was sweeping the nation: working women.

To do this, Dallis realized that he could not rely upon tried-and-trite stereotypes. With his keen insight into human nature, he created three women with whom his readers could identify because of their humanity, their strength and the truth of their portrayals. Sharing a New York apartment has enabled these three unmarried career women to come together in a place of strength, to meet head-on the challenges they face every day, and to become more than friends and closer than sisters.

Apartment 3-G is one of the few strips that has not fallen behind the times; rather, the world has sped to catch up with it. More contemporary than ever, the strip speaks directly to the new generation of women who try to juggle careers, men and friendship. Today Apartment 3-G is written by Margaret Shulock and drawn by Frank Bolle.

Whenever readers feel they need a friend, they know they can always find one in Apartment 3-G.


Now doesn't that sound great? A comic about three working women, all with different hair colors, living together in The City?

But seriously, let's analyze the second-to-last paragraph, shall we?
Sharing a New York apartment has enabled these three unmarried career women to come together in a place of strength, to meet head-on the challenges they face every day, and to become more than friends and closer than sisters. Now, let's zoom right in on the last sentence: ...to become more than friends and closer than sisters.

Do you think this means that they'll eventually become lesbians, or is this just the kind of bullshit Chicken Soup for the Soul kind of empty statement that makes absolutely no sense? Whichever the case, I CANNOT wait to find out what happens!

Also, I'd like to examine something in the last paragraph: Apartment 3-G is one of the few strips that has not fallen behind the times; rather, the world has sped to catch up with it. More contemporary than ever, the strip speaks directly to the new generation of women who try to juggle careers, men and friendship.

Now, take a look at the actual strip:

I've lived with three girls before, and I'll tell you one thing: Apartment 3-G is as contemporary as it gets.

5 comments:

Kristin said...

Cathy's gonna be so mad at you. She'll probably eat lots of chocolate. Then she'll feel guilty. It's all your fault.

Steve said...

It's addictive. I've been reading the archives of the Comics Curmudgeon all week. The great thing is, nothing is timely (since nothing really makes much sense), so you can read them in any order.

matty said...

Hmm...never heard of 3-G before, but I grew up avoiding Rex Morgan, M.D. I swear he molested kids. Such a downer right in the middle of my Sunday comics. Damn him!

Anonymous said...

you've got me reading your blog at work. did you know that already?

blogs are scary!

also, i found this doing, uh, research for work: http://candyaddict.com/blog/2006/07/19/pint-pots-beer-flavored-gummies/


megan

Anonymous said...

did that work?


http://candyaddict.com/blog/2006/07/19/pint-pots-beer-flavored-gummies/