I don't know if this is new, but I just noticed it. Check out The Born Loser from Friday and Saturday:
When the POV is really close to his face, the lines are thicker. There's a handful of possible explanations for this, but I'm pretty sure it's one of two things. Either Chip
drew every panel from a "normal" wide shot POV, and then zoomed in on the face (which could mean that he's not capable of drawing a close-up properly), or he used a thicker pen when inking the close-ups, because he figured that it made some sort of sense regarding the perspective. Well, people don't have lines drawn around their features in real life, so if you "zoom" in on something, there are no lines to get thicker. In every other comic strip that I looked at for both of those days, the line thickness was a constant, regardless of POV. I know it's a stupid thing for me to obsess about, but now I really want to know what the heck is going on here.
Anyway, on to other things, like Saturday's Between Friends:
Her last name is Crow. It always bugs the heck out of me when people screw up celebrities' names. The names are heard on TV and radio and seen in print so much, you'd think it wouldn't be that difficult to get right. I can remember back when people kept pronouncing Cyndi Lauper's name wrong, and to this day people still want to spell "Weird Al" Yankovic's last name with an 'h' at the end.
Two post-scripts for this one, by the way. First, today's strip
continues the reference to Crow's "got milk" ad, and this time they got the name right. They even said it twice, possibly to make sure we noticed. Second, I saw the ad, and it's nothing special. I'm not saying it's bad, and she is a nice-looking lady, but I didn't see anything spectacular about the ad.
And one final note, from today's
Frank & Ernest
Mother Goose and Grimm*
... remember, folks, there was a time when adjusting your clocks due to the DST changes wasn't as simple as it is today.*
- Thanks to Charles Brubaker
for catching my mistakes... Chip is a weird enough name, having two completely different cartoonists share the name is mildly annoying. Also, Frank & Ernest
and Mother Goose & Grimm
are similar in that they both often have strips that don't involve any of their central characters, but the styles are very distinct, and it was a little foolish of me to get them mixed up.