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Judge Parker: Things I Learned Today

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on August 30, 2016


First, I’m a huge fan of original black & white line work, and artist Mike Manley so captures the horrifying beauty of the best of EC Comics and film noir in these strips that it’s a shame they don’t get seen more.

Second, here is what I learned today:

1. Some people are very disappointed that Sophie may live, and so have re-corked their Champagne bottles and cancelled the celebratory dance.

2. Some people are very dismayed that a scene of possible death is being shown at all.

3. Some people think that when you have a woman mention bleeding this gives them carte blanche to show they possess two frayed, limp neurons in a loose slipknot for a brain that synapses with the frequency of panda copulation, thus explaining why God is now this close to handing the Earth over to the roaches.
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4. Some people hope the crash area consists of nothing but Whomping Willows.

This has been a very eye-opening day.

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  1. ChipG said, on August 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    So then, you’ve…learned a lot today? Yay?

    We get this in the local paper in B&W and I’ve been loving the look. The topic and treatment has really brought out the best in Mike Manley’s art for the strip. Good work, both of you.

  2. Gidget said, on August 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I cast a vote for Sophie living through it. (I know you’ve already decided her fate. Now you know you have supporters whatever that decision may be)

  3. Emw said, on August 30, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Die, Sophie, Die!

  4. ignatzz said, on August 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    This sequence has been terrific. Ignore the naysayers. Although I hope Sophie lives, myself.

  5. pharmakeus ubik said, on August 30, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    It is very evocative of King Kirby’s style.

  6. Bill said, on August 30, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    When I saw this this morning I immediately thought of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, “The Breakdown,” in which Joseph Cotten is paralyzed and thought dead after a traffic accident. I know that was before your time, but sadly not before mine. I love the art and am really liking this level of storytelling.

  7. chronos Z Wonderpig said, on August 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    just don’t have the voice be 10 years from now Sophie……..

  8. Qov said, on August 30, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Ooh, I thought that her being conscious, cognizant, and not completely doused in blood meant that she was going to live. Exciting that you may yet sucker punch us with a horrible death from internal injuries she’s not yet feeling the pain of, or whatever you die of if you’re hanging upside-down by a seatbelt for too long.

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