Ozy And Millie

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Notes: White-out dialog corrections in the first, second, and last panels; also, there is a white-out area in the bottom margin.

  23 comments for “Ozy And Millie

  1. So far this comic has taught me that the only way to be intelligent is to be socially different. By having a taste in fashion you are instantly cruel, and if you have any ability at sports you are a bully. Also, having either of those (being good at sports or having a flair for fashion) means you are shallow, unintelligent, mean, narcissistic, empathetic, and can’t understand that people are different. The people who are good in any sports are the “typical jocks” and any girl who likes to look nice are the “typical spoiled brat”. Of course, their aren’t that many characters shown ,but given conversations with the principle, this is the norm, making the whole school a massive stereotype, where only the “weird” kids can have an intelligent thought. They cut this line down even more by making the geeks seem like “holier than though art” jerks that only seek revenge, rather than letting it shrug off. Instead of proving a point that we are all different and unique (in our own way), it makes me feel as it is going for “you are not unique, you fall into one category or another, and you had better not have any other interests outside that category,”. Sports players can’t enjoy intelligent TV or video games, because he can only think about sports and beating people up. Fashionable girls can’t be smart, because they are to busy listening to “cool” music and trying to be “hip”. I understand, children can sometimes be cruel to one another, but it’s made out that, despite Ozy and Millie, their parents, and the therapist, every other character has a very broken Moral code. One moment they are willing to fight for a friend or something, and the next they are dropping them in the hopes of being with the “in” crowd, with no other character shown to be “a good friend,” that also likes things outside of the “weird” spectrum you have to have to be smart in their world. If you aren’t bizarre, you have no such thing as free thought. Ozy and Millie are my biggest problem though. They are one dimensional, their interest, though include things such as relaxation, and exploring another universe inside a couch, seem to never be sports related, no matter what they do. They are shown to be avid walkers, but it seems as if they were to try Track at there school they would fail. They have also been shown to climb trees, but I get the feeling if they tried rock climbing it to wouldn’t work since it is “out of the stereotype spectrum”. I can see God (or the artist, depending) saying “What? they are trying sports!? The can’t do that! They are smart, they can’t be good at sports!” This probably changes in a later strip, maybe Millie starts to play a sport or something, but I can’t keep reading. I have been reading these comics for the past three days at the behest of a friend, who simply loves this comic, but I can’t get into it. I honestly haven’t laughed once, and for that matter I don’t think I have even chuckled (and before anyone asks, yes I get the jokes). The deep thought inducing strips can be read in pretty much any decent book, and never once, in it’s “It’s so smart you may not get it” attitude, does it ever try to be anything but cookie cutter lessons or thoughts. The children are shown to be very loose on certain ideas, only to be shown later to be smart at it, and then going back to dumbing it down. One point is when Millie acts like a politician, she does so with a crazy, and lose idea on what life in politics is like, and what they do, yet whenever the artist wants to make a joke for or against a political party, she shows intelligence she didn’t have a few strips ago, which makes it a joke in itself, as it shows that maybe the artist favors what he or she looks to be hating, only to, a few strips later, go back to being naive. So far, the characters have no real depth. When I first started to read this, I thought it might be an exceptional comic, upon learning that Ozy was an orphan, I began to think maybe he wonders who his real parents are. While dark, it would have made for a slightly deeper plot, and some real character development, but either it never happened, or it took to long to get to that point, as I have read this comic for three days, and at none of these times did the characters show any inner struggles that weren’t gag related. I don’t remember who said it, or the exact words, but it went something like “sometimes, it isn’t the snappy or funny things my characters say that make them loved, but how they grow and adapt. Sometimes, it’s better to shed a tear, with lips trembling into a smile, then to laugh.” I wish I can remember the exact wording, and who said it, for it is correct. A story where Ozy went on a search to find his real parents, only to come up empty, however learning that he has a father who loves him with all his heart, thus he doesn’t need to know who his real parents are, may have been a bit sad, and not so funny or deep thinking, but it would have been a good morale that could bring tears to your eyes, as well as a life lesson that can make a difference to people in the times they really need to hear it. As said before, this might be brought up later, but I just don’t care enough to keep reading.

    It reminds me of Precocious, another webcomic with talking animals, also about extremely intelligent cubs characters. The more I read it, the more I disliked it. The characters were too perfect. The children were geniuses, the parents were smart and rich, no one had any problems or inner turmoil of any kind whatsoever. If anything. I kept hoping something terrible might happen so the characters would become interesting and a plot would form, but no such luck, and I gave up on it a couple of days later as well.

    That may be a problem in itself though, the characters are shown to be too smart, as if they have figured their life out till there were no problems. If so, that is a bit disappointing. It’s like if you were to watch a move that takes place after all the exciting stuff. If I had to make an example (and choose a somewhat current movie that is in peoples minds.) Imagine Harold And Kumar Goes to white castle, if they never made it, and instead made one where they went to their dorm, stuffed from their meal, maybe talked a little bit, maybe did a bit of work, and then went to sleep. Compared to the first movie, it is nowhere near as exciting, as all the character growth and such have been done, and as such, there isn’t much to work with, this is all I can think about to explain why Ozy and Millie are permanently upbeat, never feeling sad for longer than a second, and it’s a bit maddening. Perfect characters are supposed to come AFTER a long, arduous story, not before.

    Of course, there is the argument, that this comic is not meant to be deep, it’s just supposed to be a “new gag each day” sort of comic. That is understandable, and it may just be me, but if Garfield can keep itself together long enough for John to start Dating Liz, I can’t understand why there is nothing even the slightest bit similar. Heck, the story arcs that I have read so far shows that the artist can in fact hold his or her thoughts together long enough to make a, well, a story arc, and can only assume that the artist doesn’t want to do it, either because he or she feels it would be to dark, or just simply doesn’t want to do it.

    This is a classic case of “It’s not you, it’s me.” I wanted a deeper comic with jokes as well as character development. The first part is done now, and Ozy and Millie have ALOT of fans, so I know this feeling is not a majority. I guess I’m just writing for anyone else who is reading and can’t decide if they like or dislike this comic. For me, I don’t care for it.

    I know this message will probably be deleted for being negative, which is ironic, since one of the things the comic has talked about is freedom of thought and expression.

    • It does sound like you’re maybe not the target audience. That’s fine. I’m not sure why you felt the need to spend so much time explaining that, though. I guess you’re a little frustrated that other people you know like something you don’t enjoy?

      By the way, if you want to see cool kids and kids who are good at sports being glorified, let me kindly direct you to THE ENTIRE REST OF OUR CULTURE.

      • Well… While unlike “That Guy” I have laughed at some of the strips, find the characters amusing, and watch Precocious, I do agree it could potentially be cool if there was some non-stereotypical activity among stereotype characters. For example, what if one of the popular crowd had something in her head which wasn’t the exact clone of the others?

    • Let me remind you this is a web COMIC. It is supposed to be like newspaper comics; more entertaining then deep, making you laugh. There are some comics out there with a story line other then funny, and some deep things there, but not this comic. Maybe Sandra and Woo maybe more to your liking.

    • It’s “holier than thou”, and why do you care so much? You’ve been reading a grand total of three days, and you said you haven’t laughed once. It’s taken me at least a week to get to this point in the archives. Why have YOU read this far? Why on earth have you wasted so much time and effort slamming someone’s work when you could have left a brief comment and left to salvage the rest of the time you have left over in your life?

      • I think it speaks well of Orv that the comment is allowed to stay. That Guy lays out his grievances without attacking anyone, without name-calling, even without resorting to profanity. I think it shows quite clearly that differing opinions are tolerated, especially when they are presented politely and respectfully.

        I do think That Guy’s opinion is premature; much of the character and relationship development he says he’d like to see does happen by the end of the comic’s full ten-year run, as I recall. But he also has raised some points that have given me pause to think. And that is why dissenting voices should be heard.

    • @That Guy: To be clear, the critical reader *should not* go into a work *expecting to be “taught” a lesson*; the critical reader *should* learn lessons, but do so *only on their own recognizance*. Or must you be spoon-fed moral messages (note: this is *not* an author’s responsibility), and choose to perceive only those which are neatly packaged for you?

      I’ll be honest, you seem to want to find some good in a lot of these characters, and it may not necessarily be there, and you appear to be taking its apparent absence in them to mean – intractably – that the story’s message is that, *no one who is remotely similar to these characters is capable of being “good”*.

      But in fact, the question of whether or not that statement is *factually true* seems to be one of the questions that the strip inherently revolves around (albeit satirically), and the *reader* seems intended to find their own answer – the work itself does not provide an answer, as such.

      If you were to ask me, the idea that *not everyone is capable of “good”* is one of the apparent truths of our world; perhaps you have failed to consider this possibility.

      I think that maybe you should consider reading the comic again, while keeping in mind the following axiom – “No one person is inherently representative of each other person who is vaguely similar in any way, outside of our personal perception of them and our biases.” Likewise, I suggest that it should be something you keep in mind whenever you perform critical analyses of *any* media.

      After all, the author is contributing to popular culture by publishing a piece of work, and there is always some awareness that their work will be read by the general public inherent in their production of it. If you take the entirety of Ozy & Millie as a single vehicle of conveyance (as you seem to be doing) then everything being said therein is being said at once from your perspective – and a creator can only say so much at once.

    • That is the single longest comment I’ve ever seen on the internet. Hands down. I salute your civility in expressing a controversial opinion, without resorting to insult or slander.

    • CAn someone sum this down for me?:P Like omg ..thats just…a novel he just posted up there lol..and lookie here :O our names are the same..what are the odds :/

    • I didn’t know precocious had been around since 2011. I just found it a few months ago, and I feel it has some definite inspiration from Simpson’s work.

    • 2 things I want to say:
      1I read Precocious and enjoy it very much. It’s a great strip with great characters and if you think that “no one had any problems or inner turmoil of any kind whatsoever” you clearly haven’t read all the way through, which you should do because it’s a great strip and reading more of a comic helps you understand it better.Here’s a link http://www.precociouscomic.com/
      2 We do see Ozy’s parents. We even see Mille’s dad. Most strips don’t have a have a lot character development in the early days and all strips evolve. As of this comic O&M is in the process of evolving. Keep reading.

      • I’m sorry for this. I think I overreacted, O&M is one of my favorite strips along with Precocious, but
        that’s clearly not opinion, and it’s okay if you don’t like them.

    • Well, you do have a couple fair points about stereotyping. Perhaps at some point you have to outgrow the fact that you were the fringe. Hopefully most of those who never quite fit anywhere do it at some point – though regrettably I’m not quite at this stage yet.
      But it’s hard to live without some humor, and for me personally, this comic delivers just the right balance of humor and, well, cleverness?
      Of course in the end it all boils down to just one thing which has been already said over and over again – you are not the target audience (sorry for repeating it yet again). And it is because of the fact that your experiences were different, that you cannot really relate to the characters. And, I don’t know if it works the same way for you, but I find it hard to laugh at things to which I cannot relate.

      Lastly, I would like to praise you for your civility. It’s such a rarity on the internet

  2. Hey, now; That Guy is entitled to his opinion, too. He apparently didn’t grow up, as many of us did, on the outside of the cliques and as the target of the bullies. Which is to the good, really. But it does mean he is not likely to empathize with the long and arduous tempering of these characters that the rest of us pretty much assume has gone on from the first moment we see Jeremy stuff Ozy into a trashcan or Felicia taunt Millie.

    I would point out, though, that the stereotypes That Guy points out aren’t as rigid as he seems to believe: it turns out that Felicia does have a brain, for example.

    Orv hit it pretty much on the head: Ozy and Millie, and Chris Paulsen’s Precocius, and others, have as their target audience those of us who grew up creative, intelligent, a little too smart for our own good, and who had trouble fitting in. If That Guy wasn’t one of those “misfits,” well, then, good for him. Seriously! Anyone who grew up on the social fringes of the schoolyard will tell you: it’s not very fun for the kid who has to live through it. But, it does mean That Guy is likely to lack the empathy for the main characters of such strips that gives them the depth and accessibility he claims is lacking; he’s just not in the target audience.

    That doesn’t automatically make his criticisms invalid, though. He sees offensive stereotypes in Jeremy and Felicia; I see caricatures presented for comic effect. Perhaps I, too, need to be a little less harsh in my judgment of jocks and sheeple. But the work here presented manages to touch me as deeply as it seems to miss That Guy’s funny bone, and so I must conclude that Ms. Simpson knows who her target audience is, and that she does an excellent job of reaching them. To take That Guy’s own words ironically out of context, “It’s not you, it’s me.” And I, for one, thank Ms. Simpson for that; in a way, it makes the fringes of the schoolyard all that many decades ago a little less lonely and dreadful.

  3. I do believe this is the most civilized part of the internet I have ever found. That Guy has expressed an opinion with a logical progression, clearly stating his points, without needless aggression or spite. The responses have been equally civil. This is part of why I love this site. It attracts a kind and understanding group of people from all walks of life.

    So I must say, thank you to all of you here. From Dana Simpson, for bringing us together with this fascinating comic, to all the readers here, devoted fans and otherwise.

    Thank you

  4. I’ve watched a banana turn black. Of course, it was on youtube and it was done with time lapse photography so it didn’t take all that long to do.

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