Can’t wait to see “Miss Spencer…” And the only other “Cartwrights” I have known is from the show “Bonanza” where the family owned most of (probably) Montana and Wyoming…
Ah, the court of public opinion in the age of Social Media. Say or do one bad thing and you are CANCELED!
As opposed what? An advance team from a film shoot just showing up at Mark’s doorstep? That’s mighty big of you, Bill Ellis!!
As for James Allen leaving the strip, we shall have to keep an open mind. Clearly all the artistic tryouts over the last months were epic fails, at least in the tradition of Elrod and Dodd… But as we said many times, it’s the writing that had suffered so, and the interminably long story arcs the most frustrating aspect. Not saying that the art is easy, but the world is full of talent. Not sure what this asset is worth to The Syndicate, but perhaps throwing a little more money at it (finding an artist and a writer…) would yield more positive results.
Well, if “the syndicate” plans to take the strip in a different direction, as Allen implied in one of his own posts, perhaps they will go with the more cartoony version that was revealed in the early March strips of the Li’l Homeless Boy series so it looks fresher and more in keeping with other comic strips.
Maybe they’ll even move Rusty and Cherry up front to star in their own stories, while Mark is “away on assignment.” But this may also spell the (dead) end of the Dirty Dyer story arc, too. He’ll be forever stuck in a time loop, planning to bring destruction on Mark Trail, but never realizing his time has come and gone. And come. And gone. And come…
I see James is still signing his name to the strip. It will be interesting to see when a new name appears and if we go back to the bazaar drawing during the kids outing. I grew up with this comic when Dodd & Elrod championed the strip. I think it will be like Calvin & Hobbes without Bill Watterson. Just a vague facsimile of what was. Allen had the art work down but just struggled with the story line. We shall see & wait what comes!
Hey, where did that lamp come from in the second sequence? It wasn’t in the close-up scene of the first one.
The Ponderosa (Cartwright ranch on Bonanza) was on Lake Tahoe.Near Virginia City.