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Eric: Is that a syringe in your pocket or are you just happy to see... oh.

CnAStrip376.gif(From Casey and Andy. Click on the thumbnail for full sized supple, pouty lips!)

Something weird has happened to Casey and Andy. I don't think Weir meant it to happen, and yet it did, and I don't think it's a bad thing.

His strip is named Casey and Andy. It stars Casey and Andy, with their romantic leads Mary and Satan.

And somehow, Jenn Brozek has become the strip's protagonist.

Seriously. Jenn's time travel plotline was by far the longest in Casey and Andy's history, and highlighted an important truth: the Normal Person makes for the best person for weirdass things to happen to. "The Mary Tyler Moore" show wasn't just starring Mary Tyler Moore because her name was in the title -- it's because surrounded by weirdos like Ted Baxter and Lou Grant, Mary was more or less normal, reacting to what happened around her like an island of sanity in a sea of batshit crazy.

This is the role Jenn has assumed in Casey and Andy. Mary (coincidence) doesn't have that role -- she's the Pun Police. Satan... come on, is Satan. And Casey and Andy might be the title of the show, but they're also the comic relief. They cause the insanity, instead of reacting to it.

Today's strip highlights this. Jenn's neverending quest to get Quantum Cop to realize how much she loves him, and of course it goes badly. And is fall down funny, because Jenn doesn't expect weirdness. Plus stabbing with needles.

That doesn't mean there can't be plenty of one-shots about everything else, but Jenn's like salt -- she turns up the flavor of everyone else's weirdness. Plus she's Kosher and Alton Brown wouldn't mind cooking with her, if you know what I mean.

Okay, I lost the point somewhere. Still. Good strip today.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at August 27, 2004 11:40 AM


Comment from: Robotech_Master posted at August 27, 2004 12:27 PM

This is also the role that Zoe played on Sluggy Freelance for at least the first few years of its life, and still does to a certain extent—foil to the wierdness that goes on in the lives of every other character in the entire strip. Which is kind of what makes the current Sluggy storyline (WRT the bit you snarked earlier today) so ironic—she's soaked up enough weirdness from everyone else in the regular cast that now it sets her apart from "normal" people such as would-be boyfriends.

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