Okay, we must allow Jules to have her joke. Where is it? It is the 4th panel, where everybody is having some kind of vocal group hug and the speech balloon points to Mark, though the text seems to be something the other four would be telling Mark! Trailheads sometimes speak of older strips where dialog balloons on occasion seem to point to the wrong person, or thing. I admit that I was too lazy and tired to look through the backlog of strips, so feel free to add some footnotes in a response. In any event, it seems odd that Mark would be welcoming himself to Herp Hacienda, unless this is meant to be some kind of campy commercial where Mark and crew are actually welcoming us readers to come back. Well, thanks anyway.
Like so many other stories, this one ends with a trunkful of dead-ends and unexplained subplots. We all know what they are, so I won’t waste my time or yours going over them, yet again. Just scroll back through these blogs, if you have the desire and patience. As for patience, I can’t say I won’t be glad to be shut of those four Herp Hacienda Hippies. But it would have been nice to at least find out what and who the two creepiest characters were. And why the hell they keep lining up, as if they are suspects in a police lineup?
I think many of us will agree that this is not the strongest ending to a Mark Trail story, though it is not much worse, either. Aside from the dodgy animal air check app, this story seemed to be a series of unresolved, random vignettes. I’ve never been a professional comic strip artist, but I’ve played one in my head, and I know that there can be tremendous pressure to put out a 7-day comic strip. In fact, have we not seen other cartoonists these days going on hiatus every so often, content to rerun older strips in order to get away from the pressure? Or, perhaps to catch up? And perhaps Rivera deliberately constructed this story in a way that would mimic or rip some Mark Trail story memes sure to raise the blood pressure of Trailheads. Or, maybe Rivera is just ripping the old-fashioned notion that a Mark Trail story should follow conventional norms.
Well, my biggest request here is that Mark gets a chance to do a story for one of the other 7 or so magazines that make up part of the holding company that Woods & Wildlife get rolled into. Let’s see how Mark gets along with a different magazine editor for a bit. And let’s get some more conversations with snakes! Too bad he didn’t try to talk with any snakes at the Hacienda. A missed opportunity, if ever there was one.
I can understand this…..https://www.comicskingdom.com/Mark-Trail-Vintage/2021-07-31
Whaaat? Since when have they been putting Ed Dodd’s original Mark Trail on CK in archive form? That’s awesome, yet overdue and tragic…I’ve been pretty much avoiding that site since it became all about the money.
I really do sympathize, but I can’t begrudge KF very much for wanting to make a buck. even though they have been paid for the strips’ original distribution. Reruns of old TV shows, for example, are the exact same thing: Their rebroadcast rights are sold by the production companies to stations and other broadcast companies. So, they are making more money, too. But in return, we get to enjoy watching the Nth showing of “Star Trek”, “Have Gun Will Travel”, and “Seinfeld.”
I’m really not knocking you, but publishing comic strips is why comic syndicates exist. And for a measly $20 a year, you can read and/or download as many of their reposted strips as you care to. I just wish that KF would post the “vintage” Sunday strips, as well.
Thanks again, for your comments, trekbaroque!
Ahh, I see! I never really thought of it that way. You’re welcome. Anytime! 🙂
“Vocal group hug”…hahaha!!! Yes, I remember those out-of-place speech bubbles very well. This new (or rather, newest) Mark Trail does seem to be simultaneously a parody of itself (?) and Jules trying to improvise and work with whatever kind of ideas are going on in her head. While I still don’t know how to feel about it, I won’t say it isn’t interesting!