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Metapost: Extremely important Apartment 3-G follow-up

Boy, do I have prompt and responsive readers! For those of you who have been on tenterhooks about the career paths of the Apartment 3-G girls, but too lazy to read the comments, my plea to the public has been answered. A reader who goes only by the gender-ambiguous name of “Robin” says: “Tommie is a nurse. Margo is in PR or marketing or something like that. I *think* Lu Ann is a teacher.” That all sounds right to me (as Robin says, “Isn’t that all just painfully obvious, when you think about it?”), and if I had even the vaguest desire to do fact checking, I wouldn’t have posted the question to begin with, so I’m declaring Robin the winner, with the prize of getting his/her name published in the blog. You go, Robin!

Robin also points out that Lu Ann and Margo’s facial expressions would make much more sense if the art (but not the dialog) for the second and third panel were switched. If you look at the strip with this in mind, it’s so striking that I have to believe that somehow the panels got swapped during production. It’s just more proof that comics ought to be drawn, written, and composited in unionized facilities right here in the good old U.S. of A., rather than in poorly-ventilated third-world comics sweatshops.

There were also alternative suggestions as to what’s in Lu Ann’s cereal box, but they’re far too vile to report here. Have you people no decency?

One response to “Metapost: Extremely important Apartment 3-G follow-up”

  1. Sheila
    June 3rd, 2005 at 6:30 am [Reply]

    The thing that makes this strip SO 1950s: the three gals are a nurse, a teacher, and a secretary. (Yeah, they glammed up Margo’s job a bit of late years, but she started out as an executive secretary.) These are the three, count ‘em, three jobs that were available to career women before the feminist revolution. So: one of each. (And one redhead, one blonde, and one brunette. This strip likes to cover all bases!) The OTHER thing is that they’re sharing an apartment. Why? Because in the ’50s “women’s work” paid so crappily that a career woman couldn’t afford her own apartment. (Though of course it’s New York — maybe she still can’t, if she’s a teacher or nurse instead of a corporate lawyer.)

    I’m sorry they ditched Margo’s old hairstyle — I haven’t seen the strip in years, and I don’t even reliably recognize her anymore without her topknot.

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