Puck 57

July 19th, 2001, 9:37 pm

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ElectricGecko, July 19th, 2011, 9:39 pm

This strip is #57 in a series dating from my university days. Puck ran weekly for three full years in the Silhouette, McMaster University’s student newspaper.

This strip heralded the start of a new school year, and tried to start things off with a bang. It failed. This is one of those strips that I cringe to look at now. The drawings in panels one and two are terrible – rush jobs that I regret. Panels three and four almost save it, but not entirely.

For the record, no complaints were ever really received in response to Puck’s portrayal of women. This was published at a point of heightened feminist sensibilities, though (in the late nineties), and so I thought it would make a funny joke. Looking back on the whole Puck series, I think it was largely quite respectful of women. It had a number of female fans; girls seemed to like it. The humour was always very character-based, and I think that nullified any kind of possible objectification.

But hey, I’m a guy, so who am I to judge?

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Hitokiri Akins (Guest), September 7th, 2012, 11:11 am

Okay, maybe I need context, but I've never heard the word "funk" being used in the context that Phoebe is using it in this comic. I'd wager it's something good, but I've never heard it used like that. Was it just some regional slang for your area or something?

I realize that this comic is 11 years old at this point, but I'm curious.

ElectricGecko, September 7th, 2012, 7:45 pm

@Hitokiri Akins: You haven't heard the word "funk" being used in that context because it's never really used like that by real people. In the original strip, I sort of designated 'funk' as Phoebe's official word, sort of like 'smurf' for our little blue friends. I'm not really sure why I did this; the reasoning is lost to the mists of time now. I did listen to a lot of 70's funk at the time, though, and it seemed like an odd, stupid sort of thing to say - which fits Phoebe to a 't'.

Hitokiri Akins (Guest), September 8th, 2012, 7:46 pm

Ah, so it's like Zintiel's use of "Venom" as HER phrase for something great in the comic Flaky Pastry. Thank you for clarification.

ElectricGecko, September 8th, 2012, 8:05 pm

@Hitori Akins: You'll notice Phoebe's use of the word 'funk' is one of the things I decided to do away with when I restarted the comic at #81. It just felt a little ... forced?

Chunkboi, September 8th, 2012, 10:05 pm

Yes, I've seen women with their clothes off. I've been through med school...I've seen them with their SKIN off!

ElectricGecko, September 8th, 2012, 10:37 pm

@Chunkboi: Ew. You and the Cenobites, I guess.

Hitokiri Akins (Guest), September 9th, 2012, 11:46 am

I noticed that, and I figured it was her growth as a person that she stopped saying that. After all, my manner of speaking at 29 isn't the same as it was at 19, so why would Phoebe?

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