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Judge Parker: So What’s With the House?

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on August 31, 2016

JP August 31 2016

Due to a narrative miscue on my part—and in no way Mike’s doing—the strip suddenly just cuts to a close-up of a house with zero explanation in today’s third panel. But the truth is there are several possible explanations. Here are but a few…

• These are upscale kids from well-heeled families, so they can’t simply be eaten by hill-dwelling cannibals. The monsters have to come from good homes.

• The crash actually took place in an upstairs bedroom. There’s a giant hole on the other side of the house.

• I’m using the strip to introduce my spin-off comic characters. They’re sort of like Ents, but split-level homes.

• The actual narrator of the strip just got out of bed. They’re going to tell you a completely different story about how rampant alcoholism ruined the Teddy Bear picnic.

• It was an abrupt way to introduce our haunted house subplot, but just know a doll is about to peer through that window.

• If you know a better way to advertise my wooden shutters and cloth blinds business you tell me.

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  1. bpeschel said, on August 31, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    “These are upscale kids from well-healed families”

    I know they’re better than me, but I didn’t realize they have the Weapon X healing factor. Wow.

    • cesco7 said, on August 31, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Hahaha Yeah, that was quite a typo.

  2. spanghew said, on August 31, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    It’s not the Forth house? Damn.

  3. ManyNamesWithNoSpaces said, on August 31, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I suggest a halftime commercial during the Super Bowl – and get a better name for your shutter company than Meanwhile…

    Love Manley’s artwork, and he rarely misses a detail, but… How is the minivan upside down with the roof crushed (earlier strip), yet the characters have room to hang upside down or be in their seats?

    And the seat belts. Assuming the colorist got it wrong, Derek’s is on the correct shoulder, but Sophie’s is on her left shoulder?

    I guess there are some things in life and death and comics that just can’t be explained! But you, Mike and Woody have taken this down a path that makes everyone want to see the next day’s strip! Good job.

  4. Susan M guggenbuehl said, on August 31, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I didn’t think it was weird that it cut to the darkened house in the third panel. It made it all the more unsettling to me. Whoever is blissfully sound asleep in that house, no doubt their lives are about to be shattered with horrible news.

    • hankgillette said, on September 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      Yes, I just interpreted it as the Drivers had finally gone to bed.

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