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September 7th, 2006

Blinking eyes — better or worse?

A few months back, For Better or For Worse implemented blinking eyes in the web version of the comic strip. It just sort of happened, without announcement (well, maybe there was an announcement, but I didn’t see it in my RSS feed). At first, I thought I was going nuts, but then the next day I saw it again. As time progressed, more characters in more panels started occasionally blinking. It was very, very disconcerting. I like my Michael and Elizabeth with static eyelids, thankyouverymuch.

Time has passed and I’ve lightened a bit on the blinkiness of the web strips. I don’t really notice it anymore.

But, you tell me: blinking eyes, for better or for worse?

Posted in Pop Culture

Cat September 7, 2006, 6:47 pm

Wow, that’s creepy and distracting. Still, I’m interested to see how this micro-animation develops.

Alan Bluehole September 7, 2006, 10:48 pm

More importantly . . . what is the policeman about to say to Elizabeth? I don’t think I can sleep tonight without knowing.

Steve A September 7, 2006, 10:54 pm

I haven’t seen that strip in ages. I do remember L.J. (Canuk, ya know, eh?) being one hell of an artist and she seemed to know more about me and my family than I cared to let anybody know. LOL.

Ciao,

Ryan September 8, 2006, 4:32 pm

Alan — didja see? It ended up referencing back to several years ago!

Steve — I know what you mean. It’s always been pretty creepy to me since I’m about Michael’s age and my sister is about Elizabeth’s age, so “life moments” in the strip often paralleled our own.

Alan Bluehole September 9, 2006, 12:20 am

Yeah — I see that. Now when are they gonna bring the gay character back? Or did he blink his way back into the closet?

Merle September 9, 2006, 2:36 pm

Now, if they implement blinking eyes on the newspaper version, I’ll be impressed.

And scared.

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