Death and taxes. Both inevitable. I’ll bring her back as soon as I take care of business and can focus on doing this again.
Yep, that’s the illo, pink bar and all…
Not to devote excessive space to this topic, but… in the Neece piece (get it? Neece piece?), it’s definitely “shmoo” (no “h”). The article is called “Shmoo Velvet”, a play on Blue Velvet. One possibility is that Kay and Pillow independently coined the Capp-derived term and this is the version that Neece picked up and popularized. And then, probably because of Denie’s influence, the spelling reverted to what now appears to be the earlier version. (Sadly, neither Kay Baxter nor Steve Neece is around to be interviewed on this question).
Of course the word schmoe has been around for a long time. It now looks like Denie has the prior claim on its use in the specific sense now under discussion.
That should be “simply” not “dimly”. Spell-Check again!
Thrilled to discover Quadrant (damn spell-check, QUADRA!!) still going strong, saddened to stumble on the site when the storyline is in abeyance. Sympathy and condolences, of course.
Was just looking at the discussion of the term “shmoo”, more commonly rendered “schmoe”, from 2 years ago. I held onto a clipping of Steve Neece’s MTI piece (is that your illustration?) from 1990 concerning the term, which seems to have catalyzed the term coming into popular usage. I have seen its origins credited to Kay Baxter and TJ “Pillow” Bell who used it to describe the pale, narrow-shouldered, chinless guys who stared at them in the gym and tried to chat them up ( because of their resemblance to the Al Capp creatures), but if Denie was using the term as early as 1982, that probably trumps other origin stories.
Which leaves still unanswered the question, why does most of the BB press insist on rendering the term as “schmoe”? Did the estate of Al Capp object to the original spelling? Or is it dimly that most of the BB press is culturally illiterate?
Thanks Trebor.I intend to bring Quadra back within the next month. I asked Denie a while ago about the term “Schmoe” and he says it was indeed that. I remember discussing the article w’ Denie when it was to first appear and remembered it being “Schmoo” like the Al Capp creature. Maybe I remembered wrong. If the illustration you have from 1990 is a girl bb kneeling on one knee doing a side triceps shot then that is mine. I believe her naked breasts were barred out w’ a pink strip. I must admit to setting-up a quintissential “Schmoe” character in the storyline I had to put on hold. He’ll be back. I have big plans for he and Quadra.
Very sorry for your lost, my condolences.
So sorry to hear this. All the best to you and yours.
Thanks Fett. Good to know your still there.
My condolences. Such time is never easy. Take care, there are more important things than webcomics. We, the fans, will wait and gladly read the next strips when you’re ready.
Thanks “pb”. I’ll try and get back to it asap.
I’m so sorry for your loss.
My sympathys x50
I wish you the time to heal.
Thank you AJay. It’s all part of life. If I can navigate the spiritual and practical tides right now, things may turn out ok.
Condolences sent your way. Take your time to take care of things that are more important than this site. Looking forward to more of your work when you return.
Thanks so much, Frank. Yes, I’ll need time to usher (no pun intended) everything thru’ the proper course. Eventual death has been a discussion w’ dad for several years (he is 91) but it’s never as quick, pretty or easy as one hopes.
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