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6/1/2007

The Consequence of Clapping | ep.23 

Filed under: Comic @ 9:19:22 AM
There's this one movie theater in Willowbrook (up in North Houston) that I hate, hate, HATE going to; it's always crowded, it's smelly, and it's almost a guarantee that a baby will cry.  But I always go there just to witness everyone clap in unison when the movie ends.  It's insane!  Imagine:  a bunch of people clapping at a projector screen!  It totally threw me off the first time I witnessed it, and I assumed that it's just an aberration.  But no, it happens EVERYTIME.  I highly recommend you check out this feat of mass hysteria yourself; it's like church but not as religion-y.

Attribution:  tons of thanks to all the cool people at flickr -- you guys always make my comic hella less drab!  This time, the background pics for panels 2, 3 and 4 were taken by Maggiejumps, J Blaine and Jesus Presley, respectively.  I really liked Jesus Presley's shot; I make special mention of it (normally I don't) because the way I do the comic is:  I first draw the comic and then start searching for pictures to match it.  So, finding a perfect shot is almost always a freak accident.  ANYWAY, thanks again!  Also, I've recently completed collecting most (if not all) of Minus the Bear's albums, so I figured it's high time that I rip off showcase their shirt designs in the comic.  Lastly, the screen shot in panel 1 was the last image ever hosted on thegia.com.  Someone please bring that website back to life!

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T Campbell, representin' Norfolk VA,

on Friday, June 01, 2007 at 16:38 said:
The phenomenon of clapping at a movie screen is an odd one that I've never experienced personally, but it hardly seems like it would be a serious irritant. They like the movie and they choose to express their gratitude, and if they're not directly expressing it to the filmmakers, they're expressing it to each other.

I'm probably overthinking this, but in a world that's filled with so much INgratitude, it seems like a shame to rail against an expression of gratitude, even if it is a throwaway gesture.

GP(MPK), representin' dudes who don't clap,

on Friday, June 01, 2007 at 18:00 said:
Hiya T, thanks for the comment! I'm not totally ANTI-gratitude; in fact, I acknowledge the possibility that actors might actually be watching there in the theater with you. Having said that, I had to make my main character rail against it for the sake of the joke.

Also: I totally confess! When The Phantom Menace first came out, I clapped along with everyone when the LucasFilm logo shimmered in the screen. Guess who weren't clapping in the end.

Stan Yan, representin' Colorado,

on Saturday, June 02, 2007 at 07:55 said:
I MISS clapping. When I was a kid, no matter how bad a movie was, people would clap at the end. I think it started going away when people were less appreciative about the effort that went into movies when they realized that the majority of what Hollywood was throwing up on the screen was crap. People became jaded (with good reason). Nowadays, people NEVER clap in my town no matter how good a movie is, so you must live in a town that is a complete throwback. In the past 30 years, I only remember people sporadically clapping at the end of Phantom Menace and one of the Star Trek movies... so they only clapped because they were obsessed fans.

So, embrace the applause while you can, for it will likely subside.

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