The Mark Trail Thread of Punching Justice and Smug Life Lessons

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WestwayKid wrote:
07 Dec 2020, 11:44am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
05 Dec 2020, 10:42am
revbob wrote:
05 Dec 2020, 10:11am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
05 Dec 2020, 9:43am
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Cheers to the new Mark Trail, indeed!
We're shipping some edgy stuff here.
Jolly seems to be serving St. Louis pizza in that last panel.
I'm not certain how Teen Girl Sparkle didn't put 2 and 2 together to figure out that Mark Trail is related to Happy Trail. Shoddy background work.
I've come to like the art—JR is quite good at conveying action—but the writing and characterization is weak. I still can't escape the sense that she approached the strip with an attitude of all the things she didn't like about it rather than what she did, and so the new direction has been about getting rid of that bad stuff without a solid sense of how to build her changes on what she liked. So the characters come off as bozos or flat.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Dec 2020, 12:11pm
WestwayKid wrote:
07 Dec 2020, 11:44am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
05 Dec 2020, 10:42am
revbob wrote:
05 Dec 2020, 10:11am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
05 Dec 2020, 9:43am
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Cheers to the new Mark Trail, indeed!
We're shipping some edgy stuff here.
Jolly seems to be serving St. Louis pizza in that last panel.
I'm not certain how Teen Girl Sparkle didn't put 2 and 2 together to figure out that Mark Trail is related to Happy Trail. Shoddy background work.
I've come to like the art—JR is quite good at conveying action—but the writing and characterization is weak. I still can't escape the sense that she approached the strip with an attitude of all the things she didn't like about it rather than what she did, and so the new direction has been about getting rid of that bad stuff without a solid sense of how to build her changes on what she liked. So the characters come off as bozos or flat.
On the plus side she is integrating huge animals and talking buildings into the stories.

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revbob wrote:
07 Dec 2020, 12:30pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Dec 2020, 12:11pm
WestwayKid wrote:
07 Dec 2020, 11:44am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
05 Dec 2020, 10:42am
revbob wrote:
05 Dec 2020, 10:11am


We're shipping some edgy stuff here.
Jolly seems to be serving St. Louis pizza in that last panel.
I'm not certain how Teen Girl Sparkle didn't put 2 and 2 together to figure out that Mark Trail is related to Happy Trail. Shoddy background work.
I've come to like the art—JR is quite good at conveying action—but the writing and characterization is weak. I still can't escape the sense that she approached the strip with an attitude of all the things she didn't like about it rather than what she did, and so the new direction has been about getting rid of that bad stuff without a solid sense of how to build her changes on what she liked. So the characters come off as bozos or flat.
On the plus side she is integrating huge animals and talking buildings into the stories.
Definitely. No serious complaints about the art.
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This is where Mark Trail should have gone a little soft core action.

This is fucking album art stuff.

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revbob wrote:
08 Dec 2020, 8:41pm
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This is where Mark Trail should have gone a little soft core action.

This is fucking album art stuff.
[insert obvious beaver joke]
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
08 Dec 2020, 9:25pm
revbob wrote:
08 Dec 2020, 8:41pm
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This is where Mark Trail should have gone a little soft core action.

This is fucking album art stuff.
[insert obvious beaver joke]
The giant beaver of Lost Forest.

Meanwhile...

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More hip slang being shipped.

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Meanwhile...

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More hip slang being shipped.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
09 Dec 2020, 9:00am
revbob wrote:
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Meanwhile...

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More hip slang being shipped.
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One of the curious things about this revamp of the strip is that, while supposedly making it more appealing and relevant to a younger demo, it's thus far shifted from an adventure/nature focus to a soap opera one, like those other cutting edge strips like Mary Worth, Judge Parker, and Rex Morgan, MD. Everyone has a dark family secret that is emerging. But it's got all that shipping lingo, so it's awesome.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
09 Dec 2020, 9:17am
One of the curious things about this revamp of the strip is that, while supposedly making it more appealing and relevant to a younger demo, it's thus far shifted from an adventure/nature focus to a soap opera one, like those other cutting edge strips like Mary Worth, Judge Parker, and Rex Morgan, MD. Everyone has a dark family secret that is emerging. But it's got all that shipping lingo, so it's awesome.
kids today like the extended soap opera stuff, i think. It reads a lot like some of the YA stuff that I'm familiar with (mostly via the missus listening to that stuff on audiobook). I guess I'm extrapolating that YA stuff actually has a YA audience.
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Flex wrote:
09 Dec 2020, 2:55pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
09 Dec 2020, 9:17am
One of the curious things about this revamp of the strip is that, while supposedly making it more appealing and relevant to a younger demo, it's thus far shifted from an adventure/nature focus to a soap opera one, like those other cutting edge strips like Mary Worth, Judge Parker, and Rex Morgan, MD. Everyone has a dark family secret that is emerging. But it's got all that shipping lingo, so it's awesome.
kids today like the extended soap opera stuff, i think. It reads a lot like some of the YA stuff that I'm familiar with (mostly via the missus listening to that stuff on audiobook). I guess I'm extrapolating that YA stuff actually has a YA audience.
Im shipping with you.

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revbob wrote:
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Im shipping with you.
why, mr. bob, i'm flattered
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Flex wrote:
09 Dec 2020, 2:55pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
09 Dec 2020, 9:17am
One of the curious things about this revamp of the strip is that, while supposedly making it more appealing and relevant to a younger demo, it's thus far shifted from an adventure/nature focus to a soap opera one, like those other cutting edge strips like Mary Worth, Judge Parker, and Rex Morgan, MD. Everyone has a dark family secret that is emerging. But it's got all that shipping lingo, so it's awesome.
kids today like the extended soap opera stuff, i think. It reads a lot like some of the YA stuff that I'm familiar with (mostly via the missus listening to that stuff on audiobook). I guess I'm extrapolating that YA stuff actually has a YA audience.
If so, again, that suggests JR is pretty radically changing the nature (ho ho) of the strip, despite her claims of respecting its origins and all that. So, yay, another Mary Worth strip.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
09 Dec 2020, 3:30pm
Flex wrote:
09 Dec 2020, 2:55pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
09 Dec 2020, 9:17am
One of the curious things about this revamp of the strip is that, while supposedly making it more appealing and relevant to a younger demo, it's thus far shifted from an adventure/nature focus to a soap opera one, like those other cutting edge strips like Mary Worth, Judge Parker, and Rex Morgan, MD. Everyone has a dark family secret that is emerging. But it's got all that shipping lingo, so it's awesome.
kids today like the extended soap opera stuff, i think. It reads a lot like some of the YA stuff that I'm familiar with (mostly via the missus listening to that stuff on audiobook). I guess I'm extrapolating that YA stuff actually has a YA audience.
If so, again, that suggests JR is pretty radically changing the nature (ho ho) of the strip, despite her claims of respecting its origins and all that. So, yay, another Mary Worth strip.
We'll see if Mark becomes an intolerable busybody.
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