Bravo Dave. *wipes away tear*
The only other time that I had this kind of emotional response (other than laughter) to a comic is when Lynn Johnston had Farley die. Amazing work as an artist and a storyteller. I would love to hear how you felt as you worked out the story. For me, your comic is like watching well-loved neighbours through the window but for you they must be like family. Tell us.
I second that. It would be very interesting for your readers to read/hear about the process of coming up with the storyline.
I mean it as the highest possible praise when I say that I care for the protagonists of your comic. I don't think there are many other comics like that, if any at all. Well done.
You done and made me cry too. I absolutely love the background story development you are doing with the characters. I feel like I am seeing a whole new side to gramps (and love the Seamus name). Please do more of this from time to time, between the jokes I would really like to know the characters more like this; it adds an extra dimension to everything in the comic now.
Dave, The way you used black and white versus color in the opposite way it used pretty much everywhere else was brilliant. It really intensified the emotion. The past is more real to Grandpa than the present.
Damn Dave. That is a masterpiece of story telling right there. Well done.
Whos that woman talking about a train, who are those other two people, who's Seamus.
Hey that looks like Gramps....they're taking a family pictu......click.....Oh damn....
I had to register to comment too. When I read the strip last night I had tears rolling down my face. Then when I couldn't comment without registering I decided to let it go (it was late). THEN this morning I read the strip again & was crying in the office, so I decided that I couldn't let it go. Absolutely, heartbreakingly lovely. Sigh.
I had to read the first part twice to realize what it was I was reading, and when I did, it was an "Ohhhhhh..." moment--sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Now I have chills and I'm tearing up. This is masterful storytelling--it's a rarity to read something, to get (no pun intended) a perfect snapshot in which you know everything and nothing all at the same time. It's almost painful to read it and realize where the story's going, but I know I don't want to miss a minute of it. Well done.
I was trying to figure out why Sheldon's grandmother was so familiar looking to me. "Surely we've seen her before", I thought. As it turns out she just looks (and kind of acts) an awful lot like my own grandma, so this strip was particularly touching for that. :)
I've been reading Sheldon for years now - it is one of my favorite things to do every weekday when I get to work - but this storyline was so touching that I had to register so I could tell you that. It was beautiful. I love that about "film" cameras - how exciting/terrifying it is to find a camera full of half used up film and have no idea what is on there. It is something you never get to experience with digital cameras...
Plus, the end was perfect.
I thought the same thing at first, but I think they died later. My only proof for this, mind you, is that Sheldon remembers them (as referenced here http://www.sheldoncomics.com/archive/051219.html). He's too young in this strip for that to be true.
Of course, that could me totally misreading something.