Lesmaze

More photo album corners and sepia in today’s strip, as Les and Durwood continue to show off their unparalleled procrastination abilities.

So, in a game we are surely going to play all week, did this actually happen this way in Act I? More or less, yes.

The strip from TB’s 2001 rehashing of Lisa’s teen pregnancy is pretty much the same as well, only name-checking Lamaze this time. And let us all be glad that TB is, thus far, not revisiting Lisa the way he did during that 2001 rehash, where he re-drew at least two panels of nearly every single one of strips from the original 1986 story arcs.

While I can’t say this for Act II, I kind of enjoy diving back into the Act I strips, mostly because Les is an idiot and the strip regards him as such. That attitude, sadly, died loooooooong before Lisa did, early in Act II.

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17 responses to “Lesmaze

  1. @billytheskink You are some kinda Funky Winkerbean scholar with these flashbacks to Acts I and II. I stand in line!

  2. spacemanspiff85

    How have they never talked about this stuff before? I bet tomorrow Darin’s one line is, “You were my mom’s husband?!”.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    I second TFH’s line-stand, we’re very fortunate here at SoSF HQ to have billytheskink, a certified Funkstorian, on staff. The way I remember it, Les began to become unbearable in tandem with Lisa, right after their relationship went from “desperate nerd meets homley geek” to “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”. I instantly disliked Lisa right from the start but Act I Lisa was way more tolerable than later Lisa was after she sprouted the halo.

    Ugh, the pregnancy arc. Yeah yeah yeah, groundbreaking stuff and etc. Trope after trope after trope lifted straight from every cornball TV sitcom pregnancy episode ever and he’s still crowing about it to this day like it was some sort of storytelling masterpiece. Blech.

  4. count of tower grove

    @Epicus Doomus all the tropes except the night club act!

  5. spacemanspiff85

    By the look on his face, Les is still scared. This is just sad.

  6. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “Is this when I put two in the pink and one in the stink?”

    “No, silly. Save that for tonight.”

  7. Gerard Plourde

    @ spacemanspiff85 – Great question. How is it possible that in the over 20 tears that Darin has known that Lisa was his mother that he has never asked about all of this?

  8. Gerard Plourde

    “Years” (though “tears” does seem appropriate)

  9. Jimmy

    I’m sure there is a “Choosing your childbirth coach” VHS tape somewhere in the pile.

    …Oh wait, those are all meant for Summer. Lisa didn’t care enough about Darin to make any tapes.

  10. Odd how Batiuk doesn’t want to admit that shoving Lisa into the strip ruined it. It’s like how Lynn Johnston doesn’t want to admit that her readers could see the Settlepocalypse coming a mile away. She clearly thinks that ending a strip whose title comes from the wedding vow with a wedding should have been a great big surprise and people realizing it wasn’t made her saaaaaaad.

  11. Chyron HR

    TOM: Good grief! That’s what a syndicated cartoonist has to do?
    MS. TOM: No, this is just the tail end of the “how to be an insufferable hack” class.

    BUT BATOM DID NOT GIVE UP HIS MISCONCEPTIONS THAT EASILY.

  12. Rusty

    Holy crap I didn’t know he already sepia-toned this shit before. Hackity Hack Hack.

  13. Rusty Shackleford

    I read an article where Lynn Johnston said that the good thing about being divorced was that she could go on vacation with her girlfriends and not get yelled at for getting up 5 minutes after sitting down to fetch the paperback book stored in her carry-on in the overhead bin.

    I’d say she discovered the main reason why her husband left her.

    Oh, and Lisa sucks!

  14. billytheskink

    The way I remember it, Les began to become unbearable in tandem with Lisa, right after their relationship went from “desperate nerd meets homley geek” to “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”. I instantly disliked Lisa right from the start but Act I Lisa was way more tolerable than later Lisa was after she sprouted the halo.

    This sums it up about perfectly. Lisa’s pregnancy was the first major flash of TB’s gating self-seriousness, but much of that story is still written with Act I’s corny and flippant tone. Act II is when he really decided let the world know that his strip really needed to be taken seriously.

    And thus Lisa sprouted the halo in Act II, because TB thought his super-serious stories needed an obvious hero. Lisa was no longer a terrified teen who participated in an unwise decision, she was retconned to be a victim of an abusive relationship who was coerced (or worse, as an earlier Act III revisit implies) into sleeping with an unrepentant jerk. She couldn’t be at fault for anything if she was to be the hero of Act II.

    And when Lisa died, that halo was passed to Les, who has essentially been (regarded by the strip as) as saintly in Act III as Lisa was in Act II, completing a progression that began in the Lisa pregnancy story. It is pretty clear that we’re supposed to laugh at most of Act I Les’ haplessness… heck, we’re clearly supposed to laugh at gags centered around Bull beating him up. Come Act II, that haplessness is played not for laughs, but to elicit sympathy for Les. In Act III, haplessness has all but left Les and his halo and been transferred to his former classmates.

  15. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    I feel like I am being shown home movies by relative that I really can’t fucking stand.

  16. Max Power

    Lisa’s Story: The Greatest Story Ever Told, Re-Told, Reimagined, Revisited via Faux Time Travel, Commemorated through Charity Runs, and Conveyed via Posthumous Videos and Journals.

  17. spacemanspiff85

    @billytheskink:
    In Act III, Les’s friend, and the namesake of the strip, apologize and grovel to Les for poking fun at him.