History ComicStrip / ForBetterOrForWorse

26th Mar '16 5:43:42 AM erracht
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* EightiesHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she got the idea to cut her long straight hair shorter as a friend had done. But when she actually went to get it done, one thing led to another and she ended up getting a body perm instead (from a hairdresser with an edgy '80s girl mullet). Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].

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* EightiesHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she got the idea to cut off her long straight hair shorter as a friend had done. But when she actually went to get it done, one thing led to another and she ended up getting a body perm instead (from a hairdresser with an edgy '80s girl mullet). Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].
26th Mar '16 5:41:51 AM erracht
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* EightiesHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she went for a trim. Quite unprofessionally, the hairdresser (who herself had an edgy 80s girl mullet) tried to talk her into getting a change, eventually convincing Elly to allow her to give her a body perm. Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].

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* EightiesHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she got the idea to cut her long straight hair shorter as a friend had done. But when she actually went for to get it done, one thing led to another and she ended up getting a trim. Quite unprofessionally, the body perm instead (from a hairdresser (who herself had with an edgy 80s '80s girl mullet) tried to talk her into getting a change, eventually convincing Elly to allow her to give her a body perm.mullet). Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].
19th Mar '16 8:32:12 PM kazokuhouou
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: With the size of the cast, it is perhaps inevitable that certain characters would be written out of the series. However, several simply vanished without an explanation, until rather contradictory prose accounts were written some years later. Iconic examples would be Connie's stepdaughters Molly and Gayle, who vanished without warning after two years of being the focal point of some drama.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: With the size of the cast, it is perhaps inevitable that certain characters would be written out of the series. However, several simply vanished without an explanation, until rather contradictory prose accounts were written some years later. Iconic examples would be Connie's stepdaughters Molly and Gayle, who vanished without warning after two years of being the focal point of some drama. Averted with Howard, though: she ''tried'' doing this but reckoned without the fanbase who ''wanted'' to see him get his comeuppance.
10th Mar '16 5:02:22 AM DisillusionedDog
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** Lynn Johnston had this happen to her pretty much IRL. On the strength of some cartoons she drew for an ObGyn office ceiling (reprinted into two books) Universal Press Syndicate asked her to do a daily strip and signed her to a 20 year contract. It's thought this is why she thinks it so easy to get one.
18th Jan '16 10:36:50 AM RAMChYLD
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* DeathByNewberyMedal: Farley's death. The old sheepdog had rescued the then-infant April from drowning and had suffered a severe heart attack as a result.
6th Jan '16 8:31:05 AM KamenRiderKrypton
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* AttemptedRape: Of Elizabeth, by a coworker, from which Anthony rescues her. Unfortunately (especially given the strip's by-then iconic reputation for nuanced realism) Johnson initially chose to use the situation solely as a device to give ''Anthony'' a BigDamnHeroes moment to kickstart their romance. Thus an immediate aftermath that focussed, not on Elizabeth struggling with her trauma or even reporting the assault to the police, but Anthony seemingly taking advantage of her vulnerability to demand she wait for him to escape his horrible marriage. When [[NeverLiveItDown the inevitable reader backlash]] erupted, Johnson hastily cobbled together a followup in which Howard the rapist is arrested and tried... in which the focus is almost solely on on Anthony's chivalrous support in Liz' time of need.

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* AttemptedRape: Of Elizabeth, by a coworker, from which Anthony rescues her. Unfortunately (especially given the strip's by-then iconic reputation for nuanced realism) Johnson initially chose to use the situation solely as a device to give ''Anthony'' a BigDamnHeroes moment to kickstart their romance. Thus an immediate aftermath that focussed, focused, not on Elizabeth struggling with her trauma or even reporting the assault to the police, but Anthony seemingly taking advantage of her vulnerability to demand she wait for him to escape his horrible marriage. When [[NeverLiveItDown the inevitable reader backlash]] erupted, Johnson hastily cobbled together a followup in which Howard the rapist is arrested and tried... in which the focus is almost solely on on Anthony's chivalrous support in Liz' time of need.
6th Jan '16 8:27:23 AM KamenRiderKrypton
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** to be fair, Mira went ''way'' over the top with her control-freak tendencies where the wedding was concerned. When Michael and Deanna are having the conversation that leads to the private ceremony, Deanna reveals that she was engaged once before - and she accepted his proposal solely because of her mother's insistence. If you read the 'between strips notes' in some of the collections, Deanna's older sister ran off and eloped with her fiancee in the middle of the wedding plans solely because of Mira's Bridezilla-ness; Mira refused to speak to her older daughter for years because of it. It's pretty obvious that Mira really, really wants to plan and execute a fancy wedding, to make up for the five-minute ceremony she had.

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** to To be fair, Mira went ''way'' over the top with her control-freak tendencies where the wedding was concerned. When Michael and Deanna are having the conversation that leads to the private ceremony, Deanna reveals that she was engaged once before - and she accepted his proposal solely because of her mother's insistence. If you read the 'between strips notes' in some of the collections, Deanna's older sister ran off and eloped with her fiancee in the middle of the wedding plans solely because of Mira's Bridezilla-ness; Mira refused to speak to her older daughter for years because of it. It's pretty obvious that Mira really, really wants to plan and execute a fancy wedding, to make up for the five-minute ceremony she had.
1st Jan '16 6:00:58 AM erracht
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* 80'sHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she went for a trim. Quite unprofessionally, the hairdresser (who herself had an edgy 80s girl mullet) tried to talk her into getting a change, eventually convincing Elly to allow her to give her a body perm. Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].

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* 80'sHair: EightiesHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she went for a trim. Quite unprofessionally, the hairdresser (who herself had an edgy 80s girl mullet) tried to talk her into getting a change, eventually convincing Elly to allow her to give her a body perm. Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].
1st Jan '16 5:59:26 AM erracht
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* 80sHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she went for a trim. Quite unprofessionally, the hairdresser (who herself had an edgy 80s girl mullet) tried to talk her into getting a change, eventually convincing Elly to allow her to give her a body perm. Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].

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* 80sHair: 80'sHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she went for a trim. Quite unprofessionally, the hairdresser (who herself had an edgy 80s girl mullet) tried to talk her into getting a change, eventually convincing Elly to allow her to give her a body perm. Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].
1st Jan '16 5:58:55 AM erracht
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* '80sHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she went for a trim. Quite unprofessionally, the hairdresser (who herself had an edgy 80s girl mullet) tried to talk her into getting a change, eventually convincing Elly to allow her to give her a body perm. Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].

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* '80sHair: 80sHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she went for a trim. Quite unprofessionally, the hairdresser (who herself had an edgy 80s girl mullet) tried to talk her into getting a change, eventually convincing Elly to allow her to give her a body perm. Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].
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