Here's what people are saying about the newest SIP issue:
I've been scanning the responses to this issue and a lot ofpeople say that Francne's hang up is her poor self image. It took Rowan in the the discussion board to make me realize that this all started with Francine being completly exposed to the public and she didn't like the experience. That's what she means when she says "Do you have any idea how this makes me feel?" and that's why Katchoo realizes that she made a mistake. and apologizes "Francine... I am so sorry. I didn't think of it like this." Also remember that Francine loves David, but David loves Katchoo, and where Katchoo loves Francine romanticly, she's also coming to grips with her feelings for David (It was Francine that sent Katchoo, unselfishly after David in vol 3 # 6 after all) There's more here than just the art issue. Too all those who suggested that Terry has them acting out of character, re read your back issues, and remember there is so much more to there character than we've been privalge enough to glimps. Keep up the good work Terry, thanks for sharing it with us.
i htink it is preaty cool amd i think this web site is cool to!!!!!!
Francie has a home.
"I don`t have a home", Katchoo.
Like you, everything I own is my loneliness.
If you hurt yourself because of loneliness...
If you need so much of loneliness like me...
Terry, please talk to me: We are people dreaming the we are butterflies, or butterflies dreaming that are we human beings?
I knew that Francine had a really big issue concerning the public display of her body. What gets me is that when she initially saw the paintings she thought they were beautiful. I don't think she is really taking art as for what it is.
It's really disheartening to know that she would really end a friendship over something like that. I know that Katchoo is very hot tempered but, Francine should of at least given her the opportunity to show her art work. Something that she has never done. If you ask me, Francine is probably more to blame for the break up than Katchoo is.
I think what you have done witht he series is great. It's very interesting to see how you have jumped to different parts of their lives. It kind of puts the perspective on how old they really are.
There are just so many stones left unturned. I'm very interested to see what the next story line will be like. Keep up the excellent good work.
Veiwing this from an artist's standpoint,
it seems Francine would be flattered by
how Kachoo "sees" her. I myself think she
is one hot cookie. Francine should live
the life Kachoo lived (not the rape part
though) for a day or two and then she
might understand Kachoo better and even
see that she herself is not as bad as she
To you (NON-MR.) Terry Moore...
SiP has been the biggest and still main
influence in my comic book and misc. work.
I do consider you better than (and I'm not
"dissin'" him hear) Jeff Smith. Yes you
are. Jeff is a great artist and as some
really great stuff that is a read. The
only thing that has you on a higher level
than Jeff is you KEEP YOUR BOOK ON
SCHEDULE (basicly). Jeff has put out only
three issues since July '98. You have had
your book basicly on time every issue and
I never miss a beat. (next is a worn-out
cheesy line) Keep up the great work.
Waiting for Francine to acknowledge her
love of Kachoo and they get married and
you show the honeymoon in the last,
I all ready wrote a letter commenting on this issue (22) right after I got my hands on it, but just perusing your website and reading what others are saying.. God, Terry, you are SUCH A TALENTED ARTIST!! It is just amazing how you breath so much life, expression, and emotion into your writing and art. I don't even have the issue on hand but just reading the comments stirs up what I felt reading it.
I love whoever made the comments about Francine trying to hide herself. I personally relate a great deal with 'Francie' (in fact my last boyfriend used to call me 'Francine' because I reminded him so much of her- AND my birthday is just six days after hers, according to the calendar! COOL!) and her own personal issues... to see the way she reacts to things, the way she lets SO MUCH GET to her without speaking up for herself until she finally can't take it anymore and just blows up and burns her bridge on the way out is something I have done (and eventually had to work to stop doing) many, many, times - and believe me, Terry, the emotions, the actions, the dialogue you describe - you have it right on!
I also LOVE the cover of 21. That is just the most beautiful I have ever seen Francine look. I love thinking that that is the "true" Francine, showing the world who she is and unafraid to do it - and finally happy!
I'm buying an extra copy of this issue so I can frame the cover!
I'm really nervous about what happens between Francine and Brad - I almost don't want to know!!! I hate that we're going to have to see Francine getting reeled in and taken advantage of by that creep! And I know from what I've seen of Terry's writing and art that I'm going to be hurting for Francine and mad at Brad - imaginary people who don't even exist!!
Two questions for others out there: is it just me, or do you always know that you're on the last page of the month's issue because you absolutely MUST what happens next?
Also, what happens in December 2000? Does SIP end? That WILL be a sad time indeed...
Well I guess that's it, then..
Issue # 21 of "Strangers in Paradise" was nothing to write home about. I did like the cover quite alot.
I also liked most of the interior graphics. However, I cannot help but be disappointed in the story.
I feel awful saying anything bad about this series. Mostly because I am a big fan
and have gained alot of inspiration from stuff that came previous to the last 5 or so issues.
It seems like from month to month when I read a new issue, there is a feeling that
I am coming in on the start of a new storyline. Or so it seems. But, this feeling is
unjustified because nothing new seems to be happening. I could easily have not
read the last five issues and not miss much. It is like Terry Moore is treading water.
I would like very much to wonder where he is taking us with some of the cooler
characters out there. But, it seems cliched and predictable. I am also getting
tired of the emphasis on the poetry from issue to issue. There is nothing wrong
with Moore's poetry. I like it from time to time. But, it seems to be harder to ignore
from issue to issue.
I will say, it is sad seeing Francine and Katchoo older. It seems so much worse
knowing that they have not resolved anything between them in all this time.
I tend to think that perhaps it might be better if they weren't together. They are
wasting so much time. Who I really feel sorry for is David. What is he hanging
around for? His friends treat him terrible. He is obviously a nice guy.
I also feel sorry for Casey and Freddie. Both of these characters have counterparts
in my life. In real life I have a hard time understanding how these people can
have such pathetic lives. I try to not limit my thoughts and think of them as
pathetic, but it seems unavoidable. In real life I have a problem watching people
not know what they want and waste alot of their life. In fiction, it is too easy to
walk away. They aren't even real. In real life I feel bad about not caring about
people. But, with fictional characters I owe nothing to them.
So why do I keep reading? Because I remember when SIP was some of the most
compelling stuff on the market. I couldn't wait for the next issue. There was always
some intrique or something that I didn't see coming that was nonetheless part of
the logical progression of the characters within their world. Now the story seems to
be stagnating. I don't give up on comics easily. Alot of great comics seem to go through
a slump. I hope SIP's is over. I wish the best for Terry Moore and the future of his
story and characters. The art is there, but I hardly ever buy a comic for its art.
If Mr. Moore reads this letter, I hope he will forgive me. I still hold him in the highest
And at last things have fallen past the point of no return. These are the words that cannot be unsaid, the deeds that cannot be undone.
We've been watching and waiting for the misery that prefaces the renewal and redemption of the '10 years later...' issues, and it's happened. Francine and Katchoo have survived the painful revelations, and all the exposed secrets. What they cannot survive is the what's left after everything's exposed.
At the heart of it all, Francine lives in fear. She has watched her family fall apart, she has been shamed and ridiculed constantly, and all she wants to do is hide. She wants to take the beautiful, vibrant person that she is and keep it locked away and hidden, for fear it will be mocked and reduced to nothing. Katchoo's paintings expose so much; a sensuality she no longer wants to express, a beauty she supresses, and the possibility of true love with Katchoo, for in those paintings, who else do those sultry eyes gaze at?
Katchoo comes through her pain (which we've only seen the lighter parts of...There's so much horror and misery that we've not seen) and rallies against it like gangbusters. Everything should be exposed to a harsh bright light so that no secret can ever harm her again. People throughout her life have tried to force her to keep things hidden, and in the hiding she's lost all she valued. It kills her to watch Francine hide so much, and so she decided to force the issue.
A will to hide, and a will to reveal, and in the confrontation a friendship is ruined, to only return after much sorrow has passed, and they have become very different people.
It kills me to watch this happen, but yet it must. The Femurs provided some comic relief, like gravediggeers in Hamlet, but it wasn't necessary. Closure, perhaps?
As for David, David has watched, done what he could to help, but it is time for him to do more. His own hidden pains keep him from being the man he's supposed to be, and we can only hope he becomes so before his passing from the story.
My only wish was that Terry had done more with Katchoo's art. It's very simple, as its presented in the panels, but it could reveal so much more, as much as the details of anguish we have witnessed.
The really great thing about SiP is that Francine and Katchoo are so wonderfully realized, they really feel like real people. When they cry, I cry; when they laugh, I laugh. And when Francine walked out, I felt like my best friend had just walked out on me.
God, I hope this has a happy ending somewhere. The suspense is killing me.
ummm... the absolute best comic on the rack? yeah, that's it.
You're killing me! I've been onboard since issue 10, and I instantly fell in love with Francine, Katchoo, and David. But recently, you've scared me by not revealing David's fate, Francine married to some guy named "Brad", and the recent fight. Now Francine walks out!! Please don't let this be the end for Francine and Katchoo, they belong together; if not as lovers then as friends! And please don't hook David up with Casey, she's so shallow and David is the modern, sensitive man that I stive to be! Strangers in Paradise is my favorite comic now, and when ever I go tothe comics shop I look for back issues franticlly, but they are all gone. Your writing just makes the characters seems as if they are old friends to me, and the art work only adds to the emotion and realness of the book. I would like to know of any other work, whether in novel form, poetry, or comics, that you have done besides SIP.I recently picked up your SIP book of Songs and it was excellent. Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next issue of Strangers in Paradise.
P.S.: Please don't end the series, I think I would just have an emotional breakdown!
I missed out on issue 20 (it's at home-
I'm in college) but I saw 21 at my town
record store and man, am I sorry I missed
out on issue 20. Part of me is really
excited to see you branching out onto
new waters like this, but another part
of me longs for the good old days
(without Darcy, of course). I guess that
is what makes SIP so great. I think of
it in the same way I think of my life
and past events. You have a very moving
and profound creation, Terry. Believe it
or not, but you have gotten me through
some of the greatest and some of the
darkest times of my life. I've written
a bazillion thank-you-letters every time
I've found that you have helped me learn
or get through some other great thing in
my life. I've never sent them, tho. I'm
always worried about eloquence. Oh well.
Not this time. I eagerly look forward
to every issue, and am pretty hyped up
for 22's cliffhanger. Thanks for
fabulous entertainment, and, what's more,
edification. December 2000 will be a sad
time indeed. But kinda cool, as well.
I don't have near enough room here to describe how I feel about your book-the art, the story, the dialogue. I often find myself thinking back to certain lines, or certain panels, and I just get choked up. You draw emotions and empathy and life into your characters, and then you put them together and see what they do (or so it seems). Thank you for seeing what you see and portaying it so well. I will ALWAYS read this book. Maybe next issue I'll be able to get the right words out.
I feel as though I know you from reading your wonderful vision of life. It is a wonderful vision because it is seems so real. I have always read the superhero books, I guess that's the best way to describe that genre, but one day I saw SiP Volume 2 Issue 13. The last issue of that volume and I was hooked. I ran out and searched the nation to find the back issues so I could see what else had happened in the lives of these people, I call them people because they seem so real. I still have not finished my collection, but the end of the search is close. I write to review the newest issue, but upon seeing what the others are saying, I decided to comment on the "Lyrics and Poetry" that was just released. I fell in love with it. There is a poem for everyone and every feeling that can be experienced. I must commend you on such a wonderful book. So until Francine gets married and has a lovely and humorous daughter, oh wait that already happened! I guess I just have to keep reading until the end. Thank you for allowing the readers to glimpse your soul through your book.
With many thanks,
With you till the end.
I thought that issue 21 was great.Although, I can say that about every issue.I don't know how you do it Terry but you know just what to say to make me cry.You also have the ability to embody the emotions I have had into your work.So many issues are emotional reflections of myself.Especially the last frame in 21.I think my face has resembled that look at least a couple times.I count the days waiting for each new book. I also love that Francine and Katchoo look like normal women. Normal women who are beautiful and sexy. Women who won't fall over because their breasts are so big and waists so skinny. I am not sure where you are going with the story line.(10 yrs of being apart?!!!) Please don't let it end.I need my six week fix. Thanx Christine
love love love
and of course more love
every one else sucks
nothing beats sip
Being a Art University graduate myself, I always loved any of your issues involving the art world, because it shows a part of it that is true. And, as much as I loved 21, it passed so fast, as if it was shorter than usual. But that's okay, it must have been my hunger for more.
Trowing Freddy and Casey again in the scene helps to create a real world for the characters to exist and that's a plus, but I finished both 20 and 21 with the impression that in growing in my mind everytime you portrait married couples. They don't work very well. Freddie's still looking for Francine and Casey doesn't seem to give a damn to Freddy, trowing herself to David like that. The only married couple in your story that seemed to be happy is still going to happen, and that's Katchoo and David, although I don't think happiness can be trully found if you love another than your soul mate. Anyway, great issue.
I'll let myself out now. Thanks.
Well, as usual I loved it.
I won't pretend that I'm smart and go into the artwork or the prose or all that... But you have once again written a story that touches my heart... Everytime I see those tears on their cheeks, I nearly cry myself...
One thing though... Freddy really needs to be castrated...
It's what happens when someone is to proud or to stuborn to say i'm sorry.
i just wanted to say that i think sip is a work of art that cannot even be compared to. sip was the first and only comic to make me cry; you make the characters so alive and i love watching their lives evolve. just wanted to tell you that this (and every other) issue is stupendous and i hope you'll continue the great work for years to come.
HEY TERRY, I KNOW YOU PREFER THAT TO MR. MOORE, THIS IS A LITTLE NEW, THE REVIEWING, THIS ISSUE, IS I GUESS THE END OF THE BEGINNING OF THE END, OF THIS STAGE OF KATCHOO AND FRANCINE'S FRIENDSHIP AT LEAST. WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS THE INCIDENT THAT MAKES THE TEN YEAR CHASM, YOU HAVE YET TO REVEAL. ALOT OF OF UNDERCURRENTS FINALLY HAVE GEYSERED UP THESE PAST FEW ISSUES, THE THINGS THE TWO ACKNOWLEDGE BUT DON'T REALLY SAY IE. KATCHOO'S ATTRACTION, FRANCINE'S MALE PROBLEMS... THEIR FRIENDSHIP HAS EVOLVED ALOT BUT OUT OF THIS LITTLE TRIO, DAVID SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS DEVELOPED EMOTIONALLY, FRANCINE AND KATCHOO KEEP ON TRIPPING OVER THE SAME STUFF THAT LEFT THEM COUGHING IN THE DIRT BEFORE. WOW I JUST REALIZED THAT I HAVEN'T BEEN TALKING MUCH ABOUT THIS ISSUE AT ALL. SORRY, OK, LOVE THE COVER, LOVE ALL OF YOUR COVERS (M'FAVORITES BEING THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL MINI-SERIES, AND I THINK #10 OF, UHM, WELL IT'S THE ISSUE WHERE FRANCINE WHIPS OF HER SHIRT AND SAYS "I'M HOT", AND KATCHOO SAYS(UHM)"DAMN STRAIGHT!(?)" LOVED HOW THE LITTLE PAINTING WAS SLAVERING OVER FRANCINE ALSO. THE INSIDE BITS, HMMM, IT SEEMS THAT DESPITE THE LOVE THESE TWO HAVE FOR EACH OTHER, THEY CAN'T SEEM TO FACE CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP, AND WHEN THEY DO, THEY HURT EACH OTHER. I THINK FRANCINE HAS ISSUES WITH OTHERS SEEING HER IN SUCH A BLATANTLY SEXUAL WAY, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH IT'S VERY INTIMATE, THE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF PEOPLE VIEWING IT, CHEAPEN IT, I THINK THAT'S WHAT SHE WAS TRYING TO TELL KATCHOO, THAT KATCHOO MAY HAVE THIS IDEAL, PEDALISTIC VIEW OF HER, BUT THAT'S DEFININTELY NOT WHAT ANYONE ELSE IS GOING TO GET(AND THEY'RE NOT KATCHOO, OR EVEN DAVID, WAHT RIGHT DOES KATCHOO HAVE TO IMPERSONALIZE HER IN SUCH AN IMMENSE WAY?) "FRESH, SEXY!" "BIGGER IMPLANTS!" AND KATCHOO IS SO CAUGHT UP IN HER IDEAL, HER PERFECT VIEW OF FRANCINE THAT SHE OVERLOOKS THE REALITY, WHAT THE REAL FRANCINE IS TRYING TO TELL HER. SHE REALLY LOVES FRANCINE THOUGH, AND I THINK SHE FEELS THAT FRANCINE DOESN'T LOVE HERSELF ENOUGH AND WITH THESE PAINTINGS, WITH EVERYONE LOVING THEM, SHE'S TRYING TO SHOW FRANCINE HOW BEAUTIFUL SHE IS. (BUT WHAT IF THE CURE IS WORSE THAN THE DISEASE?) AND I REALLY CAN'T SEE KATCHOO MARRYING DAVID, HE JUST DOESN'T COMPLEMENT KATCHOO IN THE WAY THAT FRANCINE DOES. I GUESS I'M ABOUT DONE, AND IF YOU READ THIS TERRY I HOPE YOU WEREN'T BORED OR DISGUSTED OR ANYTHING, AND I HOPE THIS SAGA ISN'T GOING TO PETER OUT INTO TWO OR THREE RESOLUTION ISSUES, AND THEN (GASP) NO MORE SIP... THERE'S STILL SO MUCH ABOUT THE TWO THAT IS UNKNOWN, HOW THEY GOT BACK TOGETHER AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, HOW FRANCINE'S MOTHER FOUND OUT ABOUT "KATINA", WHERE DORKY YUCK FREDDIE POPPED BACK INTO FRANCINE'S LIFE, AND WHETHER OR NOT FRANCINE WILL EVER RESOLVE HER HIGH SCHOOL TRAUMA, I MEAN IT'S WHAT YOU STARTED THE SERIES WITH... A LITTLE QUESTION THOUGH, IN ISSUE TWO RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST MINI-SERIES, FRANCINE MENTIONS HOW THEY WERE BEST FRIENDS SINCE (SWISS-CHEESE BRAIN) SECOND, SEVENTH GRADE? WAS THIS SIMPLY BEFORE YOU HAD EVERYTHING PLANNED OUT AND IT KIND OF SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS? THIS BOOK, NAH, LET'S TRY "ACCLAIMED LITERARY MASTERPIECE", IT'S THE BEST, IN ART, IN WRITING, IN REALITY... I'M SURE WHENEVER FRANCINE OR KATCHOO LOOKS IN A MIRROR, A LITTLE PIECE OF ME IS IN THE CORNER OF THEIR EYE, AND TOTAL VICE VERSA. THERE AREN'T ENOUGH THANK YOUS IN ME FOR THE MAGIC OF THIS BOOK. I'LL PROBABLY WRITE AGAIN. HOPE YOU'RE DOING JUST FINE AND SAY HI TO THAT DIVA DUO FOR ME...k?
I like every, issue, but this one was diffrent, so it's a little special. I like how there was no villan in the end, because i am VERY sick of Darcey Parker. Keep doin' what your doin'!
I like every, issue, but this one was diffrent, so it's a little special. I like how there was no villan in the end, because i am VERY sick of Darcey Parker. Keep doin' what your doin'!
The last 3 panels of the issue were probably to most emotional I've seen in a comic in a long time.
I can definitely say I know exactly how Katchoo felt.
Hell of an issue. Problem is, the way Terry writes, 22 pages isn't enoug to tell you very much of
what is going on, but 22 pages is all we get..................
Guess that way he KNOWS we'll be lines up next time.......
I'm jsut getting into the story - after serching and trying to remember the name of the comic for almost a year. I think that this is a very big turn in the story however. Francine has some serious issues about her body image and I think that she needs to realize that katchoo want's to share the beauty that she finds in Francine witht he rest of the world. Persoanlly I dn't think that there is any thing more beautiful a person can do.
Loved SIP #21 to pieces--not literally, don't have that much money!
Loved the first page with David sprinting into a big pile'a you-know-what.
Loved the pictures of Francie--even if she didn't--Katchoo really did see the inner
woman inside the giddy girl we know and love!
Loved how Katchoo dealt with John, the almost-late museum boy!
Loved how this ish ended, even if I wuz tearin' up along with Katchoo (snif...).
So just WHAT THE HELL HAPPENS NOW?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!??!?!?
I cannot wait to find out!
Peace and Long Life,
Gushing Fanboy, 2nd Class
"It is a very dangerous feeling,this feeling that you're not
totally secure in what you're doing. But it makes life so
exciting." --- Robert Wilson.
I think this issue was great simply because at the end of it nobody was a hero
or a villan. Everyone had their parts to play and they played them out with
different levels of thought.
There wasn't a cheap answer to the question of who caused the big rift and
i guess to try and blame any of them for the rift would be to cheapen terry's
work as far. Kat was self destructive. Francine was too emotional and
impulsive. David was too much of a bystander. BTW, terry, i really really
love it when you bring out David's faith and confront him with it. Maybe
its becos i'm christian myself. I agree with one of your readers in the letters
column. SIP is about love and the many ways we screw it up left, right
and centre whether we are christian or non christian. Thanks terry for
giving me such human characters and lending all of us access to their hearts
and in turn questioning our own.
When a friend first got me hooked on this comic, he did it the smart way: he gave me every one of the trade paperbacks at once and let me devour them overnight. It didn't occur to me at the time how lucky I was to not have to endure the hell that is six weeks. Six weeks is a long time to have all this hanging in the air. How did all you people who've been with Francine and Katchoo so long deal with this? Because it's driving me mad. I grow a little madder every six weeks when I close the book, knowing that it's not the end of a wait as much as it is the beginning of a more profound wait. This latest issue is wonderful, infuriating, brilliant, funny, heartbreaking... basically it's just like every other issue. Perfection (with a price). I hope you never tire of sharing these characters with us, Terry, because I know I'll never tire of them.
Overall I thought this was an excellent issue. It is sad to see the downswing
of the series unfolding but then again I for one never expected a coast toward the
finish line. The story does seem a little formalitic in the sense that success may
seem to come for Katchoo just as happiness ends...but I feel that the honesty and
depth of the dialogue may redeem it. I have always liked that Francine has mostly
been the "main" character..and with the break from Katchoo, I hope she remains so,
as I hope she learns to "find herself" (Isn't weird how we speak as if the ink is real).
If I may speak a couple words on David's demise...you know he gonna die....
.he's the Christ-character (symbolic speaking of course)....I hope his death doesn't
get too formatic...(that's one thing that always fascinated me with Faulkner's
Light in August...a Christ-character that was far from being too Christ-like..it
worked...sorry off on a tangent. Guess I'll wrap it up here.
Thanks Terry, looking forward to the next one.
You know, I have loved this book, but I keep having problems with this storyline.
Francine rushes out of Katchoo's life for TEN YEARS - and basically into the arms of the first strange guy she bumps into on the street - on the basis of this fight? No way. Sure she's hurt. But if this is "it", then Francie and Katchoo have been stupid and destructive and prideful for the intervening ten years. It just doesn't fit in with how they've grown together before this storyline began.
Of course "Brad" has been completely irrelevent in this book since we flash-forwarded to Francine's married life. I'll be cynically unsurprised if Brad turns out to be another jerk, Freddie Femur writ large. After all, men are terrible, right? Uncaring, self-involved, &c. That seems to be the theme: and if Francine has been trapped in a loveless marriage for ten years - well, the emotional quality of the marriage has nothing to do with her, does it? It's not as if she could be expected to contribute to the creation of the marriage. She's the victim.
David, of course, is not uncaring. He is needy and emotionally helpless, but not uncaring. Poor guy. He is written very realistically: I'm sure many of us have known (or been!) a guy like that. David needs to get a life. These two women are great gals, but they don't care about him the way he wants to be cared about: he needs to move on.
The only "guy's guy" (as opposed to David) we've seen in this book who is even remotely respectable is Det. Walsh (who I liked).
This storyline has depicted universal weakness in relationships, men, and marriage in a way I cannot agree with.
I thought the latest issue of SIP was a good overall issue, but was a little hard to believe
for me. I thought the whole volunteer-threatening thing by Katchoo was a tad to unrealistic
for my blood, but then again, it's just a comic. I also find it hard to believe that Francine would
up and leave her best friend for something like that. That's just me, though, and I'm not the best
critic in the world. Also, could I get an answer to a question? In an issue in vol. 2, around the first
3 issues, Katchoo is sitting at an airport or something and says to Francine how they've been friends
since 7th grade, when it seems to me that their first meeting was in high school (vol. 3, issues 13-15).
This could be explained off as an exaggeration, I guess. Katchoo aslo talks of a "phantom kitty" as I call
it. They don't have a cat! Thank you.
P.S. I'd love a pen pal!
Man, every issue a new question is answered, and 4 more take its place! This book is hypnotic! I am completely immersed in this story!
This is realizing the potential of the comics medium!
I can't wait for the day when Freddy is crossing some
intersection and is fantasizing about Francine and doesn't
notice the 18-wheeler without brakes speeding towards him
destined to splatter him into oblivion! Groovy!
When I bought this issue at my local comic shop (Heroes Aren't Hard to Find in Charlotte, NC), the owner told me that he doesn't normally even read SIP, and it still made him cry! He was right--a real painful issue, but truly excellent story telling.
Those last three panels said so much, and with not a word spoken.
Pretty powerful stuff.. Terry, you are a master!
Probably the best issue since the whole flash-forward story began, if only for the fact that it was all done in comic format as opposed to the increasingly common mix of prose and poetry. Not to stifle anyone's creativity, since it took an experimental mind to create this series in the first place, but Terry tells his best stories through his comics. The standout moments from this issue were the third page, the sixth page, and the last four pages. The precision of the facial expressions, the sense of movement between panels, the contrast between Francine's explosive dialogue and Katchoo's guilty mutterings were all amazingly effective in conveying genuine human emotion. If I were Terry I'd maintain the standard comic book format for several issues in a row and continue perfecting it; he uses this medium to tell stories on so many complex levels, and I almost feel that we're missing out when he uses strict prose, most recently in #19. Maybe work with prose in little bits, as he does with the occaisional poem on the inside front cover, and work on developing it to the level of expressiveness that he has in his comics. Also, since he has this new website, maybe he could reduce the amount of pages in the letter column from five to three and add more pages of story? While I love this series, it always feels like a quick read. This series is so well done that I wouldn't mind waiting a bit longer between issues just to get larger installments. All in all, a great job this issue. I look forward to many more.
I want more story!! I'd kick my feet and throw a tantrum but I know it wouldn't help. I look forward to getting your comic each month more than I'd look forward to a paycheck. These cliffhangers of yours really are going to give me a heart problem, you know.
It may be soap opera, but it's absolutely brilliant soap opera. The book continues to astonish me, to make me laugh and cry along with the characters, and I doubt I can sum up my thoughts any better than Neil Gaiman did in that wonderful oft-quoted blurb. So I won't try. Let me just say that this is why I started reading Strangers in Paradise and why I'll continue to read Strangers in Paradise. And that last page...simply perfect!
This issue is wonderful, just like all the others; each issue addicts me anew. Strangers In Paradise links me to something that has been dying in me for a long time now. I hope it's enough to keep it alive. It's doing just fine so far. Keep up the great work, Terry!
I picked it up after missing several issues, but I couldn't resist. I've been hooked for a couple of months now. This is truly the best comic series I've ever read.
As always, I thought the issue was great and that cliffhanger at the end was a great one! I can't wait until the next issue
Don't we all wish it were every week instead of six? Terry, you're the Dickens of the 90's with all these cliff hanger endings...
One of Katchoo's paintings of Francine on my wall
& I'd be a happy camper for eternity!
Wow was Francine pissed!!! not that I can blame her
Katchoo should have known what Francine's reaction
was going to be. ouch is all I can say.
Hey, I'm on this for the ride. Just keep on doing your magic, I'll read it.
Was that "John" Green of "Quicken Forbidden"?? I'll take that #1 please. Although he did sign my TPB of QF at the SD Comic-con. Five more weeks!!!!
I loved the cover. I especially loved the artwork by Katchoo. Francine is still my fav.
I continue to be amazed at how Terry can jump all over the map -- from over-the-top slapstick to intense emotional drama -- and still have it all hang together.
The temptation here is to take sides, to "blame" Francine, or Katchoo, or even David for the break-up. But the sad thing is, everyone is just trying to do their best, and being misunderstood. Katchoo wants to show Francine how special she is by painting the "real", inner Francine. But Francine sees this as some fantasy image that Katchoo is trying to impose on her, and resents it. And David... well, actually, I'm never quite sure where David is coming from, to be honest. I think he's way overdue for a "spotlight" issue all to himself. Obviously, he loves these two amazing women (and who wouldn't?), but beyond that, he's hard to pin down. I find myself wondering what it must've been like growing up with Darcy...
Anyway, another powerful, sad, funny issue! Thanks for sharing this stuff with us.
(P.S. Not that I want SiP to end or anything, but I am *dying* to see more of Kaippe!)
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I remember seeing the very first issue of SIP at a convention in Toronto years ago. I thought to myself "what is this"? Years later I found out and I've scrambled to pick up back issues.
Every issue has been phenominal.
....oops! I firing my proofreader right now! PLEASE SUBSTITUTE "Freddie" for "David" (who only rates a Four, for physical comedy) in my previous feedback of 3 minutes ago.....So Sorry... )
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......it's the same with almost every issue (even worse than "gunsmith cats"): I HATE IT! I HATE IT!! GAAAHDD I HATE IT!!!
I hate the cliff-hanger endings! Every bleeding issue!! You're killing me! Always raising more questions than it answers! This issue? Well....out of ten.....
David rates an Eight....he's such a perfect git!
Casey? A ten....we need more wackos like her.
Katchoo? A Big Fat ONE! Drunks hook me - - I just want to shake them!
Francine gets only a Seven....takes two to really trash a relationship, take more responsibility girl, or don't whine!
Brad? Yea, though we hardly knew ye, a Two, for hitting on a chick in crisis who doesn't even know she's on the "R" in "REBOUND", that's pretty low....but timing counts for alot.
And finally....Carolyn Hobbs: an Eight, for hanging in there and not rescuing, like Brad. Just doing her thing....
Issue 21 as a whole? Another in a loooong line of "TEN"s. The hits just keep on comin'!
Speaking as a reader who has your comic since the original issue at Antarctic, I was really impressed with this one. I agree with Francine, what Katchoo did was way out of line and stupid. I mean she already knew that Francine did not like nudes, therefore actually being in one would really make her go ballistic. That especially counts with doing without her knowledge, much less permission. Why did Katchoo do it? She said up front that she knew how Francine would react. Is this another side of her self destructive nature that she has to piss her friends like this?
Also I do have one question about David. I know he is christian and is not shy about it. To me, the alarm bells ring when someone says they are an active christian. That is until I know what type. So, what type is David closer to? A liberal christian that respects the personal decisions and beliefs of others like Rev. John Shelby Spong (writer of such books like Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism) or doe he gravitate more to the smug, self righteous, rightwing "christians" like Pat Robertson?
May your series have success for years to come!
I can't wait to see what Casey does to herself... It should be interesting.
I really am anxious to see how this is resolved.
LIKE ALWAYS THIS ISSUE ENDED TOO SOON! IT IS GOOD TO SEE TRUE FEELINGS COMING OUT WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE BUT I THINK THIS IS ONE TIME THEY WILL BE HARDER ON THE FRIENDSHIP THEN ANY PROBLEMS THEY HAVE HAD BEFORE. CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT MONTH (LIKE USUAL)
Issue 21 was not the most uplifting of the SIP series. Yet it was the most gut wrenching, especially with Francine announcing her moving out and into her mother's home. This is a clear sign that SIP will soon be ending. With the foresight that Terry Moore has granted us with the vision of ten or so years in the future where Katchoo is a world renowned artist and Francine married with a little girl. The return of Freddy as an annoying protagonist is a given while it is used successfully in playing up Casey Femur's character as a potential love interest for David (who is ideal, in my opinion, for a great spin-off series of his own after the Francine & Katchoo SIP series ends). The introduction of Brad (Francine's future husband) leaves something to be desired. Finally, the last three panels of issue 21 explain the entire arc of this story from Katchoo's perspective alone.
The art is superb, as always, as is the storytelling. The only thing I personally dislike about this issue is that it is foretelling the beginning of the end of one of my favorite comic books (and the only one in Black & White that I will read).
Just my two cents...
Michael J. Plumeyer
Once again, the artist-king of facial expressions proves himself.
He's done it before: Emma's death; the scene where Katchoo
gets shot and rides to the hospital with Francine; etc.
(Some happy ones, too, that I can't recall at the moment.
The sad ones are the most powerful.)
But THIS time, it's an entire issue. Every page. You could
almost erase the word balloons.
Take a bow, Terry.
YOU ARE SO MEAN AND HORRIBLE!
We love you!!! But please stop making us want to rip all of our hair out when we finish reading an issue.... I don't know if we can take it anymore!!
I really really really really really hope that Katchoo doesn't agree with that art dealer, because that would mean the end of Francine and Katchoo's relationship and if you are thinking about doing that... well... just don't!! This is the first comic book that I ever read that I didn't immediately (or actually ever) want to violently throw up on! It is so sweet and sincere and wonderful... And I want it to be around forever and ever and ever.
That being said... Terry (I say this so as not to be called "Dennis"), you are one of the most talented men in the whole wide world... Rock on!
Erin and Bill
Rhode Island and Maine (respectively)
Hey gang, another blockbuster of an issue, one that leaves me moaning that I have to wait until the next issue to see what is going to happen. This issue was so good that I had to get my wife to view the last four pages for her input, to see if she was moved by the emotions at play as Francine leaves. She applauded the effort, quite high praise from a woman who avoids comics. She then turned to the cover and exclaimed in surprise that "Finally here's a comic that features real women!"
As always, from the first issue on, I look forward to the next issue. Keep up the good work.
Just wanted to say that I loved naming the "other artist" after one of Abstract's employees. It is my hope to oneday have a comic character named after me, or, better yet, to be drawn as a comic character.
One last thing, I woke up, after reading the book before bed, having just dreamed about "boobs" in a cartoon manner. Didn't think the issue would affect me in this manner.
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I'm to the point I always get where I want to step in(which is what I do IRL) and start knocking heads together.
Francine(sorry) should be slapped. She loves Katchoo, she has said it many times, she has said it to Katchoo and said it in front of others. But now that there is no crisis for them to stand up to everything falls apart.
When I first heard about Katchoo marrying David I thought "Oh great, here I thought we had a man who truly undrestood, but now we find is really just another straight perpetuating the idea that all lesbians are poor little raped girls who just need 'the right one' to bring them back." But I am happy to find I'm wrong(I hope).
Francine ripped Katchoo's heart out and stepped on it. when she was really reaching out the only way she can... through her art. But Francine can't or won't see that. And has utterly convinced herself that until she looks like Casey she's fat and ugly(and it's funny that Casey wants to look like F.)
David is someone who understands art and is supportive through ALL opposition.And he's been there and been there ... Although I sometimes suspect him of not trying to fix them up on purpose(remember his dream?) so that his way to Katchoo will be clear.
If they All love each other why can't they just have a threesom? Then Francine can live her little Wendy Whitebread fantasy with David and still have Katchoo. Katchoo can have F. who she loves and wants, and D. who she loves and is afraid to want. And David will be in heaven(unless he decides to pull his little facist morals out of his... oh nevermind)
Well, here's gritting our teeth for another six weeks... :]
ps. I have a half-grown kitten that I named Katchoo, it's a very accurate name for her (tho' she moastly gets called "Hey-stop-that-you-evil-little-monkey!"
I think you can stop practicing, you have got driving-us-NUTS down pat. I congratulate you. NOW QUIT IT!!
I don't really mean that...I guess I am more of a masochist that I thought I was. Oh well.
Anyway, to the meat of the matter...
We loved the looks on Freddie's face, (even tho' we want to slap him) and those on Katchoo made us cry some more. Francine we also want to slap today.
No, we are not borg or MPDS, my SO Anne and I are writing this in tandem.
I have DONE the David Dress Shoe Slide before, and have great sympathy.
On the cover preview in the end of 21, we want to know...are those cuts or shadows running up Katchoo's arms, 'cause Anne says she's seen you do shadows like that before, and you did mention in a letters col. that you did not feel the need to give a how-to lecture on the proper way to slit your wrists.
Do you take on appretices or other forms of acolytes or interns (bad word, I know)
What I love about SiP is that it comes out ON TIME!! Every six weeks, there it is... thank you, Terry!
What I don't like is how fast I devour an issue... we don't even get a "To Be Continued". You turn the next page, there's the letter column, and ... ARGHHHHHH!!!
Thanks for the latest issue, Terry... see ya in six weeks!
I love this issue, along with every other issue I have read. I can't get enough of SIP.
But, anyway, if Katchoo knew how Francine felt about the painting of her, why did Katchoo have them displayed? She is an excellent artist, but she shouldn't have put her friendship with Francine on the line.
Keep up the good work, Terry. I just wish I didn't have to wait 6 weeks until #22.
I thought that the story was very good, it was sad to see Kachoo and Francine fighting. I really want to know about David and whats going to happen to him
I thought it was too short, and it didn't answer any of my many questions. Along with that it left me broken hearted and sad, because Katchoo and Francine are broken up and unhappy. Another great issue by the man Terry Moore. What is going to happen, i am going crazy.
I especially liked the silent scenes. They were so expressive. It was easy to see Katchoo's pain. She really ought to have shown the portraits to Francine first, to get her used to them. They really are complex works of art and if only Francine had studied them for a while, she would have realized how much love for her Katchoo showed. I guess I'm old fashioned but I hope eventually, Katchoo gets the girl and Fran realizes that true love conquers all.
you do like to break hearts don't you?
Well, I read it at least. It's been two days since it hit the shelves, and I started with the story itself, instead of the last few issues I read the letters first. We have all been concerned about David (yes, me too) but with them standing there in the foyer, I kept thinking of a spot of cold seaspray blowing about off the coast. In the distance under dark clouds, sits a simple yet graceful sloop, trapped against a sandbar, with the tide forcing it towards its doom upon a shoal of rocks. The wind shifts, you feel something across the hairs on your neck, and those gray clouds almost glow a wretched nature, and you hear a low wail just above the water. The wind gathers, yet your gaze hardens. For you realize whats out there. Dancing in hateful rage.
It wants you.
If it could only embrace you, let you vent your lungs and life's very breath in nameless obscenities. Blow molten Iron through your veins, then let the loneliest parts of hell chill your soul; to assault your senses with a blackness not even the most vengeful fire could abolish. You see it for what it is. A part of you longs to smash your fist against the water. Loosen your fingers and cup a bit of darkness.
Raise a tear-stained hand, and drink deeply.
That sloop is in sight of the shore, yet is already lost at sea.
Its the things Dreams are made of (both theirs and ours, the readers), and I still can't see the sun, and Francine is in the car and the wind is blowing the sloop further and further away.
I went downtown tonight, and wondered if the next issue of SIP was out
since it had been 6 weeks and *3 days* (God forbid!) since the last issue
was out. I wandered in with my best friend (who looks like Francine, while
I take after Katchoo), and I grinned when I saw that they had issue #21 out
on the shelf. I read it quickly, while Franci-- uh, I mean my friend Christian --
looked at other comics (blasphemy!)...and I was depressed after I read the
ending... but a question came to my mind... is this the big thing that splits
Katchoo and Francine up for 10 years?? Say it ain't so, Terry! Say it ain't
Francine needs to get a CLUE, but I guess that doesn't happen. I feel so sorry for Katchoo..she loves her best friend and didn't intend to hurt her. I despise Freddie, what a Jerk! Keep up the great work...I can't get enough!!!
One word: Ouch!
Ok, more words. Great balance of humor and sadness between all of the characters!
I felt Francine was going to Katchoo - Katchoo at one point!
The jerk Freddie had some hilarious lines!
The verbal and non verbal scenes were classic!! WOW!
Best line goes to Katchoo for taking the Quicken Forbidden out on poor
Brad as she wants to rip his arm off
and beat him with it!! Ouch!!
Another Great story!
BUT!! We need to resolve David's issue!!
I love it! It was, as usual, a good mixture of humor and tenderness. The art
was very good and showed perfectly the emotions of the characters. I had
followed SiP since volume 1, back when I was an undergrad student at the
University of Puerto Rico, and is still with me now that I am in Graduate
school. Now we know why the girls separated... But is this guy Brad (that
is not really shown on this issue) the same guy who marries Francine???
And what is going on with Casey? Is she really infatuated with David? I
guess she is not happy with Freddy (who would be?). I am pretty sure that
Katchoo did not meant wrong by painting Francine. I think Francine over-
reacted. Katchoo being drunk did not help matters. If somebody makes a
painting of me and put it on exhibition, I'll be flattered. Anyway, keep the good
work, beacuse I feel that the best of this storyline is yet to come.
Well, lets just say the issue ticked me off royally. Not that I don't love Terry's work, but the fact that Francine is so pig-headed really gets my goat. How many more times is Katchoo gonna express how she feels about Francine to only have her punched in the guts. I hope she takes the women up on the offer and has her art put in the MET. She deserves it. I just wish Francine would see she didn't do this to hurt her but to show how much she really does mean to her. Well I guess I will have to wait for the next few issues to see if Francine gets a clue!!! But seeing as she married Brad and Katchoo married David...not likely huh?
Astouding work, as usual. From first page to last it was extremely enjoyable.
And lets not forget an incredible cover! Everyones reactions to the painting,
the pacing the expressions... were all bang on.
The "having the ability doesn't give you the right" line from Francine really
made me think. My mind is still in chaos from that one. She's right.
The "swap out my implants for bigger ones" was funny, but a sad testament
to that mind set.
The lack of dialogue on the last two pages spoke volumes. Terry, you really
know when to talk & when to keep your mouth shut!! Stunning stuff.
Lastly, I must say that I'm glad you take the time you need to produce the
book. The wait (as many of your readers mention in the letter col) is rough
on us. It is worth it though.
It was very stressful to read, but it's SIP at its best.The last 3 panels where
Katchoo breaks down teared me up as well. I loved it and look foward to where
the series is going next.
I LOVE SIP!!!!!! It just gets better & better with each new iss.
My best friend and I (we also happen to be engaged) always thought that we had
the most volatile relationship known to man. Thanks, Terry, for making me feel just
a wee bit less psycho. Poor Francine and Katchoo...its hard to get over betrayal
like that. I really feel bad for Katchoo, though. Being the insensitive moron in the relationship,
I can totally relate to that painfully defeated feeling of realizing that you just screwed up
so badly that you probably can't fix it. That's the worst--when your the architect
of your own destruction. Ouch.
Terry: once you've got it up, keep it up.
~ Boys on my left side, boys on my right side, boys in the middle, and you're not here. I need a big loan from the girl zone. Building, tumbling down. Didn't know our love was so small, couldn't stand at all. Mr. St. John, just bring your son...~
I just have to say, Caught a Lite Sneeze by Tori Amos (off Boys for Pele album), is the perfect song to listen to while reading this....especially if you have a live edition of it. Dear god. It's all coming together, yet seems to be falling apart, all at the same time...Terry, you are are driving me to extremes. There are so very few comic books that I can read and end up exclaiming out loud, phrases like "Oh Dear GOD!" And "NOOOOO!!" and, of course "AAAAGGGHHHHHH!" or "Iieee!".
Wow. This was a really sad issue. There were bits of humor, and some of
them were really funny, but all of it was kind of bittersweet. Watching
a friendship or relationship fall apart is never comfortable, and this
relationship is one that feels fairly real to me, so watching it
collapse was equally real. It's a side of both Francine and Katchoo we
rarely see, and Terry continues to tease us about the resolution of the
"future" tale. Highly Recommended (10)
On with the show...
"The Silence of Friends"
Terry Moore (Story & Art)
Robyn Moore (Managing Editor)
WHAT I LIKED:
Terry is a great visual storyteller. David sliding into a wall because
of his dress shoes was hilarious, and the palpable tension in the last
two pages, despite only a few words, comes through with no problems.
Seeing Francine angry. Sure, she's been angry before, but this was angry
in a different way, so angry I wasn't sure what she was going to do. She
felt almost as dangerous as Katchoo does when she gets angry. And this
time, Katchoo couldn't just bluster back, but had to meekly accept that
she did wrong. Seeing Katchoo act that passive was almost as scary as
seeing Francine that angry.
The introduction of Brad! Or *a* Brad, if hints Terry has posted on his
website are any indication. Evil, Terry is. Evil.
Katchoo's showdown with John, co-creator of Quicken Forbidden (IIRC),
was quite amusing, particularly her "give me your arm" bit.
The opening of the official SiP website, webmastered by my friend Maida,
is only tangentially related to my enjoyment of this issue, but it did
give it an extra kick for me.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
David! What happens to David in the future? You're killing me here,
Francine was right. Everything was fine until David showed up. Then he does that "informant" stunt (you know what I'm talking about), and gets Katchoo shot. I'm surprised he's still here. Kill David.
All friends split up at least once. Some for a few hours, some longer. Apparently, this parting was for the long haul.
"What's Katchoo without Francine?" What's Batman without Robin? Lennon without McCartney? Good, but not quite the same.
Honestly,This the best issue of SIP in a long while.Thats not saying past issues haven't been good,but this issue was one of those special issues that Mr. Moore manages to throw out to us readers every now and again.The art was up to it's usual great standards.Mr. Moore just has a way of drawing expressions that makes him one of the best artists working in the comics field today.The story got moving along quite nicely and was as good as it's ever been.Thanks Terry for giving us fans some quality work every time you publish something.It doesn't go unappreciated.
May I point out that the picture of Katchoo in the letters section shows some very disturbing horizontal marks on Katchoo's forearms - for all those who were involved in the "Katchoo's wrist scars" discussion.
MY DEAR TERRY:
I HATE YOU!!!! HOW CAN YOU KEEP ON DOING THIS TO ME!!! I LOVE KACHOO AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER MONTH TO SEE WHATS GOING ON!!! BY THE WAY I STILL HATE YOU!!! KEEP ON THE GREAT WORK YOUR DOING. AND TELL KACHOO THAT I LOVE HER. (HOPE FRANCINE DON'T GET MAD AT ME).
SEE YA NEXT MONTH!!
(I STILL HATE YOU!!!)
All I can say is "Oh My GOD!" That is the first time I have EVER cried at a comic book before.
I mean, that was something else man. When they called it quits....that was something.
I love this book man. Terry, you are the best.
"I'm curious.. if you don't mind me asking, that is... how much of this
argument and split in this issue is tied into your real life?"
Let's move this to the discussion forum. I'll answer it there and keep this page clear for comments about the new issue.
Wow. I feel like I've been punched in the stomach--The past three issues have made me wince in sympathy pains, as I watch Katchoo and Francine essentially destroy their relationship in one concerted effort. This issue takes that pai