Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Quitters never win, winners never quit.
But winning makes for lousy comedy, doesn't it? What's funny about Charlie Brown kicking the football, or getting kissed by the little-red-haired girl? If this strip had gone on for decades, I would've needed far more variations on this rejection theme, so I could keep Bill Beagle coming back for more torture at the hands of Patty. But since I knew I was in for a four-year run, I had to collapse the narrative arc to fit the allotted time. That just means Patty would need to give in eventually and go on a date with this guy. But for now, she could shut him down without giving him so much as a glance.