Mysteries of 'Younger Days' ComicsOne of the themes of the “Younger Days” comics is that every person has secrets. Some may be personal secrets or family secrets (with children they are pretty much the same), and some may be things you didn’t know just because they didn’t tell you. Many readers bring up questions about mysteries in the strips and sometimes mysteries are revealed in the strips, sometimes by the author. Some things are revealed to the readers and not to the characters; other things may be known by the characters and not the readers. Some characters may know some “secret” while others may not. Much of this is possible because the strip is quite realistic, that is, there are consistent characters that have relationships and backstories, and they live in a world that is fairly consistent with the real world. Also, the author has a lot of extra information about each character, and even many characters who have never been seen in the st
Little Angel, Little CousinYour costumes, your balloons, and your many booksYour sense of wonder and your innocent looksI see you now in the kitchenStanding on a stepstoolFixing yourself a sandwichWhich I’ll take awayLittle angel little cousinYour fear of bikes and your fear of the darkYour super-strength and your getting lostI see you in a hospital bedUnconscious with an eye patchLater teaching little AlexTo count to tenLittle angel little cousin[instumental]Little angel little cousinYour passion for pretending and your nightmaresYour frequent blushing and your water balloonsI see you sleeping in the carCurled up on the back seatAs we ride a long wayAnd then I fall asleepLittle angel little cousinYour costumes, your balloons, and your many booksYour sense of wonder and your innocent looksI see you now in the kitchenStanding on a stepstoolFixing yourself a sandwichWhich I’ll take awayLittle angel little cousinLittle angel little cousin of mine
What's the Score?Occasionally commenters to Younger Days comics raise the question: How many times does that make it that x has beat up y? Maybe I have too much time on my hands, but I counted it up. I counted both the competition and the violent acts separately. So the scores are: Sam vs. Max: 76-63 +3 ties. Violent (or forceful): 1-1Sam vs. Dan: 11-12 +2 ties and 4 hard to say's. Violent: 2-0Sam vs. Jowy: 2-4 +1 hard to say. Violent: 4-0Sam vs. Bill: 3-0. Violent: 3-0Max vs. Bill: 6-2 +1 standoff. Violent: 2-0Dan vs. Lili: 3-2Dan vs. Jowy: 9-18Dan vs. Bill: 5-0 +4 standoffs.Lili vs. Jowy: 2-0Mark vs. Bill: 17-0I can't say that someone else will get the exact same scores. I might not, either.
Missing Younger DaysIt’s been a 37 days so far without a new “Younger Days” comic. And I miss seeing new strips with Sam and Max, Dan and Jowy, Bill and Mark, and Lili and Alex. There are good reasons why: the author, dcrisisbeta, has been through a very hard and demanding period, which includes employment difficulties, family stresses, and the likely loss of his dog. These things make it impossible to keep up with the drawings, so I don’t blame him. But if he keeps to matching all of the comics to consecutive days, he will have a LOT of catching up to do. He has been behind by as much as 19 days before; this time will be more than twice that much. Considering how he missed time last New Year’s (due to family responsibilities), it is unlikely he will start drawing them until a week or so into January—if then. When he got 19 days behind it took 4 months to catch up; things going the same rate means it would take 9 months to catc