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Sally Forth Comic Con: And the Dog Waits and Waits and Waits…

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on July 27, 2018

When Ted’s dad passed away last year we got countless heartfelt emails from people using the opportunity to share their own grief. Because grief is about communication. It’s about trying to cope with and comprehend it with others. Otherwise it can swallow you whole.

But we also received emails from angry readers who said things along the lines of “I don’t go to the funny pages to be sad” and “Comics are only about making people laugh.” And it was, sadly, another glimpse at the limited scope people put not simply on their own perspective but also on what others should perceive. To the latter point, no one gets to define an art form in total to meet only their needs specifically. That’s not enjoying something. That’s not experiencing anything. That’s demanding to see yourself over and over again, and the results will be less and less until you are staring straight at nothing at all.

And this leads to the former point—I don’t agree with people who need things to be defined by a single aspect, who may believe that art is should only be be pretty and soothing and light. Because you can’t have light without casting a shadow. And that shadow is what adds depth. Without it you get the insubstantial. The immaterial. And eventually the inconsequential.

That said, there should always be pure fun. And if that’s what one wants every day then no one should tell them to seek out something else. However, those very people cannot tell others how they should present, perform, or perceive art. So you don’t have to watch Fry’s dog wait outside the pizza parlor at the end of that Futurama episode. I will, for that longing and loss at the end is the weight that makes you feel the true value of their companionship and love.

NOTE: Much like the attendee in the left foreground of today’s strip, you may be wondering just when this Comic Con will end. It all wraps up this Sunday back at the Forth house with a very special Starlee and the Moonbeams PSA. So watch. Learn. And make sure to buy the show’s toys. (Also remember to keep collecting all the “Sally Forth ¡Popps!” figures this week!)

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  1. keefestudios said, on July 27, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Easter Egg: The cosplay I went with for attendee in the left foreground is Jessica Jones.

  2. carlfink said, on July 27, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    I just noticed that the WordPress skin you use doesn’t have buttons for “Previous” and “Next” entries. I like those, and I feel you would benefit by adding them.

  3. carlfink said, on July 27, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Huh. the previous and next article links are only visible if comments are displayed?

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