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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
12:39 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Thursday, 23 May 2019
When one of John's other employees suggests retail therapy to improve his mood, Jean remembers that the last time he did that, he bought a stupid impractical sports car that should never be built because it can't ferry kids, lumber and groceries and is also TOO FAST!!!!!!!!!

Panel 1: A short while later, John's receptionist comes in to tell him that his last patient for the day cannot make it. Jean then says that he should take off early.

Panel 2: When Jean says to take a walk through the park to cheer himself up, the receptionist makes the foolish mistake of suggesting retail therapy as a miracle cure for the blues.

Panel 3: Jean is troubled by his confidently declaring this is exactly what he'll do. He'll buy himself something to cheer himself up.

Panel 4: This is because she has a memory that remembers that his last little pick-me-up was the "Hey, Ted! LOOK AT ME!!!!!" Mobile of Overcompensation.

Summary: She also remembers that John has a nasty habit of thinking that anything spent on making himself feel better is cleverly invested while any funds directed towards things he doesn't use much (like kitchens and such) are a pointless drain on his money. This is because we're only allowed to see Lynn's side of the argument about money that tanked her and Rod's marriage.
Monday, May 20th, 2019
12:34 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Today, we have John stealing Elly's "Kindly forget all of the other times I've declared myself too old and ugly to live because this time, I mean it!!" shtick so that he can absorb the sort of stuff he tells Elly (and also that no one in real life says ever).

Panel 1: As he holds an X-ray in his hands, John does that deer-in-a-headlights thousand yard stare thing that's usually Elly's thing as he does something else Elly does: be completely lacking in awareness about his being a pain in the ass complaining about how old he isn't. That's because he delivers her patented speech about how he didn't mind being thirty, he laughed when he turned thirty-five and thirty-nine went by without a hitch but forty appears to be a different thing all together because it's a round number.

Panel 2: Forty, you see, means that he's middle aged. He sets up the sort of taking the piss he subjects Elly to all the damned time by asking Jean to look at him.

Panel 3: She sinks to the challenge by telling him not to be so self-conscious.

Panel 4: After all, his middle hasn't aged any more than the rest of him.

Summary: Once again, we're reminded of two irritating facts. The first fact that I wish wasn't one is that Lynn doesn't like the idea of holding her tongue when she can say something demeaning and insensitive because she sees having to think of other people's feelings as being muzzled. The second thing is that John isn't going to understand this is how Elly feels all the time because that would mean that other people's feelings are somehow real even if he can't feel them himself.
Sunday, May 19th, 2019
12:31 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
We remind ourselves that Lynn cannot imagine anyone not thinking that being forty means being old before one's time when John wails that since he feels young, it's cruel and unfair that he's forty because forty means "too old to live." 

Panel 1: As she puts something into an autoclave, John apologizes to Jean for being poor company because he's been feeling kind of down lately.

Panel 2: It's not Elly or the kids or the weather that's got him depressed. It's all him.

Panel 3: This is because he turned forty this year and for some reason, it really bothers him.

Panel 4: He loses the sympathy of anyone forty-one or older when he howls that he's too young to be forty.

Summary: Since all of Lynn's characters are her, their perception of aging shifts insanely once they turn twenty. Before that, they yearn to be seen as more grown than they actually are and afterwards, they end up like John and Elly do simpering about their lives being all used up and gone in their mid-thirties. Ten years from now, he's horror-struck by fifty pink flamingos on his lawn and Elly astonishes Connie by not wanting her fiftieth birthday marked because it's all either can to do not wail "YOU'RE CARVING MY TOMBSTOOOOOOONE!!!!!!!" when people remind them that they're over twenty.
Saturday, May 18th, 2019
12:28 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Victoria Day 2019
We lurch into the "John becomes a model railroad nut" arc with John refusing to see how wonderful the world is because his soul-deadening life of sticking his hands in people's mouths (YUCK!!!) has taken away his happiness.

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the clinic today. As John reads a patient's file, Jean looks out the window and says "Good morning, Doc! Isn't it a wonderful day today?"

Panel 2: Invoking the spectacular looking flowers that he probably should have noticed growing in front of the post office doesn't seem to get his get up and go going so we're looking at a mid-life crisis kind of thing.

Panel 3: Since everything she says tends to be answered by a trite almost-joke, Jean should know better than to ask what could be wrong with a day where the air is fresh and the birds are singing.

Panel 4: Since she's genre-blind, she's confused when Gloomy John is gloomy and tells her that what's wrong with it is that it's Monday.

Summary: This, I think, goes beyond the sort of smug ignorance that had Elly get all arch and superior about the messed-up priority of maintaining a sewage system when arts need funding more which blinds Lynn to the idea that people can find dentistry a challenge that one loves. There is also the fact that she's kind of lazy and can't understand creative types looking forward to working either.
Friday, May 17th, 2019
12:25 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Sunday, 19 May 2019
Liz reacts to Mike's stupid, selfish prank by committing an equally stupid prank so as to keep the cycle of revenge at full, stupid spin.

Panel 1: We start things off on a very early morning at the Patterson house with Liz in her housecoat getting ready for the day by washing up and brushing her teeth.

Panel 2: She squeezes toothpaste onto her toothbrush.

Panel 3: We find ourselves looking at Mike's ugly, stupid face smiling a mean-spirited smile because Elizabeth gurgles in discomfort owing to the presence of something on her toothbrush that's caused bubbles to come out of her mouth.

Panel 4: We do a tight zoom on Liz's face as she unhinges her jaw and yells to Elly because Mike put soap on her toothbrush.

Panel 5: He stands there making the who-me gesture when Elly delivers some sort of lecture that doesn't penetrate his thick skull.

Panel 6: Having imposed a toothless non-punishment of some sort, Elly's silhouette vanishes. Since he knows his mother too damned well, Mike laughs at Liz's expense because he got away with punishing her for asking to be born and stealing attention away from his selfish, worthless ass.

Panel 7: As Mike brushes his teeth, Liz comes up to him and says "Guess what?"

Panel 8: When she says that she used his toothbrush, he asks "Yeah....so what?" because he can't see her as someone who can or should fight back.

Panel 9: Since he's stupid on top of being bad, he doesn't understand what she means when she says that she didn't use it on her own mouth.

Panel 10: When she points to Farley and tells him that she used in on the dog, Mike goes all gobsmacked.

Summary: The problem is not just that rolling around in the mud too is no way to get clean. The problem is that nothing can ever teach Mike "Liz didn't ask to be born either so my behaving as if she's an interloper who has to be chased away so I can be loved again means that I am the selfish and imbecilic loser brat kid people call me when they think I can't hear them."
Thursday, May 16th, 2019
12:45 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Saturday, 18 May 2019
Since Lynn does not realize (or want to) that bathroom scales can be adjusted, we have John decide to keep scales that underreport his weight instead of tossing them.

Panel 1: A while later, we find ourselves in the kitchen watching Mike telling John that he should get rid of the bathroom scales because they're incorrect. This tells me that he's got Lynn's lack of understanding about how the world works because damned near everyone I know understands that a scale that's off balance can be adjusted.

Panel 2: As he reaches into the fridge, he tells John that he got weighed by the doctor today and the scales are off by five pounds. This tells me that we're looking at Lynn telling Rod to do something only for him to tell her that all she needs to do is to flip the scale over and adjust the silly thing.

Panel 3: Since showing her how to adjust it worked as well as showing her how a CD case will, John merely asks if it's five pounds too much or too little. Mike says "Lower"

Panel 4: As John drinks his coffee, he thought-bubbles that they'll keep the scales.

Summary: As I keep saying, this should be Mike telling John to adjust the little wheel so that the scales are right but Lynn doesn't know about that whell and, when shown, goes right on not knowing because she's too stubborn to be taught things. 
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
12:43 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Friday, 17 May 2019
We transition towards the model train arc with John having no energy and no enthusiasm because family life has stolen his youth from him.

Panel 1: We start things off with Mike asking John if he wants to play some ball. Since he has back pain issues that both he and his creator don't really address, John says "Later, okay?"

Panel 2: We see the first example of Lynn having no real idea what a bike helmet (or, for that matter, any other sort of saefty gear) looks like  when Elizabeth comes in with helmet drawn from imperfect, distorted memory and asks him if he wants to go on a bike ride with her. He says "Not now, Liz."

Panel 3: Since he would have been up for that if he weren't about to be compelled to buy a toy so that Lynn can mock Rod for an affectation she finds silly, he wonders what's the matter with him. He has no stamina, no enthusiasm and feels as if the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

Panel 4: As he looks down at the bathroom scale, he speculates that this is the reason he weighs so much.

Summary: We end the week with another joke about the bathroom scale that goes nowhere much. Next week though, we get to start calling him Train Man again.
Monday, May 13th, 2019
10:02 pm
[howtheduck]
Paul Lucas did not win the Trille d'or

Paul Lucas' group Lucie D and the Immortals were nominated in the category Artist Solo or Group for a Trille d'or 2019 for their EP Les thèmes de la vie.

Best Solo Artist or Band - Jazz
Janie Renée 

The Gala was held the end of April 20 to May 2 in Ottawa! 

While they did not win, they did have a House Concert Fundraiser for Lucie D & the Immortals on April 26 and Paul Lucas finally returned White Horse to play with his group.  There is no indication as to whether Lynn Johnston went with him to either event.  As they say, it is an honour simply to be nominated.

In honour of Lucie D & the Immortals’ nomination for the national Trille d’or award in the Jazz Album of the Year, please join them for an evening of great music and help them get to Ottawa May 2nd to walk the Red carpet for their chance to receive this prestigious national music award.

Bring your favourite beverage and join Lucie D on vocals, Andrea McColeman on keyboards and Paul Lucas on guitar for an evening of wonderful original French tunes with smooth harmonies and R & B classics that will keep you out of your seat all night long.


Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
12:40 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Thursday, 16 May 2019
John doesn't quite get where the panic that drives Connie and Elly to endless motion comes from. This is odd because next week, he'll be too young to be the very old age of forty.

Panel 1: We find John stuffing food into his cheeks like a damned hamster as he watches Elly reach into the hall closet. When he asks her "Aren't you having supper with us tonight?", she explains that she and Connie are going to a lecture.

Panel 2: When he points out that she went out last night, she says "That was to a fitness class."

Panel 3: She betrays a certain attitude that needs explaining when she says at their age, it's important to keep active mentally and physically. He sets up the despairing and frantic punchline by asking her where she finds the energy.

Panel 4: As she leaves, she goes all deer in the headlights on us as she says it's not energy, it's panic.

Summary: You'll have noticed that about five years or so after Gord married Manic Pixie Dream Apron Matron Tracey, the two of them aged, oh, uh, let's say twenty to twenty five years or so overnight. This is because Lynn has a pre-war understanding of the aging process. There's an oh-so-brief flowering of beauty and vigour in one's early adulthood but not too long after marriage, one could be anywhere between twenty-five and eighty and look and talk and think much the same. This means that this woman who's not even forty is looking over her shoulder to see if the Grim Fricking Reaper is about to yell "On your left!!"
Monday, May 13th, 2019
12:37 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
We find out why it is John ends up cowering in a toolshed today when he monopolizes the can to read his paper in peace.

Panel 1: Now that John has finally clued in and moved to the other side of the couch, he still cannot relax because Mike and Liz are arguing about whatever pointless thing that will never matter children argue about. Having had enough, he tells them to knock it off.

Panel 2: He then unhinges his jaw and yells about how he's just come from a miserable day at the office.

Panel 3: We foreshadow that icon someone used to have that had April tell John to quit morphing into Elly when he continues channeling her; this is because he too looks as if he's pleading for his life when he asks if there's one room in the house where he can cower behind his paper instead of interacting with his family in peace and quiet.

Panel 4: A little while later, we find Elly knocking on the bathroom door asking him how long he's going to be in there. Y'see, she has to take a nice long bath in order to avoid dealing with the kids and.....

Summary: As one might guess, we're about to launch into another set piece in which John soothes the pain of having to pretend to be a mature adult by buying an ego-gratifying toy. That's because he was screaming like this just before he bought the HeylookitMETedMobile of Overcompensation. All we need now is for him to be at the office mooing about how his life is zipping by too fast and how he wants very much to be a (selfish and shortsighted) child again.
Sunday, May 12th, 2019
12:35 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
John makes the same mistake Elly does and tries to argue Farley into not flopping down where he's used to flopping down. It doesn't go so well because dogs don't understand what legal title to something is.

Panel 1: John gets to irritate two people for the price of one in the opening phases of his futile rant. Me because he thinks that he can deflect Farley from flopping down on the couch by explaining something to him and aprilp_katje by referring to him as "Farl".

Panel 2: Any competent dog trainer (or, for that matter, anyone with the functioning brain John ain't got) would be able to tell him that Farley only looks as if he's following along with what John is saying when he says "I own this couch and I got here first. If I'm sitting in your spot, that's too darned bad"; what's actually happening is Farley has an instinctive drive to stare at something making hostile-sounding noises to see if it's a threat.

Panel 3: John continues to not understand that Farley can't make generalizations or understand English when he says "I'm not moving so you'll have to compromise."

Panel 4: Since that couldn't possibly have worked, Farley proves it by flopping down on the obstacle that's on the warm spot. Since John sucks at understanding dogs, this pisses him off.

Summary: We have just seen another reminder of why it was stupid for John to make the statement that owning a dog would teach Mike responsibility. We're about to see why when John gets all screechy about having his privacy violated after another miserable day of having to deal with people he can't bully into submission.
Saturday, May 11th, 2019
12:33 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Monday, 13 May 2019
We begin a zits-and-vacuuming arc about Farley with John realizing that he's sitting where Farley usually flops down when he ain't home.

Panel 1: We start things off with John reading the paper and Farley staring at him awkwardly.

Panel 2: Farley escalates to nudging John's misshapen, sock-clad hoof with his muzzle.

Panel 3: Farley stares at John even more awkwardly than he did beforehand.

Panel 4: John replies by asking Farley "I suppose this is your end of the couch."

Summary: Since all of Lynn's characters are her, they know nothing at all about dogs and assume that they can talk them out of being dogs. We'll get more of that tomorrow.
Friday, May 10th, 2019
12:29 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Mother's Day 2019
We celebrate Mother's Day by watching the end result of John ordering Mike and Liz to do something nice for Elly "for once".

Panel 1: We start things off with Michael trimming the hedges. Since it's Mother's Day, we've been programmed to expect his and Elizabeth's standing around slack-jawed because Elly will not pay them to do what they owe their parents.

Panel 2: We zoom out to see that Liz is standing behind him putting the clippings so they can be composted.

Panel 3: Next, we have them team up to do the mowing. As he mows the grass, she follows along with a big basket so as to put the clippings in to take to the compost pile.

Panel 4: Liz rakes the clippings together.

Panel 5: Having gathered them together in a basket, she dumps them onto the compost heap as Mike and Connie look on.

Panel 6: Connie praises them for the nice job they're doing cleaning up.

Panel 7: Liz sets up the punchline by stating that they're making the house look nice because it's MartyrMother's Day.

Panel 8: Connie makes her contribution to the group effort to paint children as unappreciative burdens by saying what a lovely idea that is.

Panel 9: When Connie is made mildly amused by Mike telling her it was John's idea, I am less surprised by this than I am by the form slamming children for not doing enough took. Usually, they want money for doing what they owe their parents for allowing them to live under their roof. This time, they got browbeaten into behaving.

Summary: Happy Martyr's Day, everyone. Prepare for a Lynn's Comments that is either self-satisfied boasting about how the shoe is on the other foot or whinging about how nothing anything anyone can do will ever be good enough.
Thursday, May 9th, 2019
2:15 pm
[dreadedcandiru2]
FBorFW: the quiz.
The latest addition to the homepage is a sort of trivia quiz in honour of the looming anniversary. Most of the answers are rather easy but one has to stretch to remember that the kids hand out at the Club Soda......
12:41 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Saturday, 11 May 2019
We end the arc with a reminder that like her children, Elly was actually in love with the idea of being in love. Also, she doesn't handle rejection by someone who never liked her at all at all well.

Panel 1: We set up awkwardly constructed glurge about young love with an image of 1965 Elly looking on in horror in the background as Colin and two other boys laugh themselves sick at the awkwardly constructed glurge she mistook for a passionate admission of love. Present Day Elly explains that Colin never returned her affections. What's more, he and his friends would laugh at her love notes.

Panel 2: We see her prove Marian right about being a spoiled brat when she sticks her tongue out at what's probably his yearbook photo. She proves the rest of us right about her not having the blindest idea of what love actually is when she narrates "After a while, the crush disappeared and I'd wondered why I'd ever been so crazy about him."

Panel 3: Now that they've wasted lunch listening to her natter away about a doomed crush on a boy who she stood no chance with, we see Connie putting a tip on the table as Elly explains that it amazes her that love can consume you so quickly and then go away as if it never happened; it's kind of like a sickness. Connie delivers the moral by starting to agree with that.

Panel 4: She then says that you never build up an immunity. Oddly enough, this is the only thing that's in character with the Connie of the early eighties owing to her own storied history as a desperate, fickle nitwit tossing herself at men who just weren't in to her.

Summary: Given that Mike was always hampered by the belief going in to a relationship that the person in question was laughing at him behind his back, it seems as if Lynn believes in genetic memory. Also, Elly's original belief is that what Mike is experiencing now won't last; this changes after she gets pregnant and mistakes "having to meet his parents just to be polite" with "being trapped by a schemer."
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
12:48 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Friday, 10 May 2019
We come to the home stretch of the arc with Elly's sitcom blundering presenting an obstacle to her doomed pursuit of Colin because her bad dye job was not colour fast.

Panel 1: We start with a visual of Teenage Elly holding The Big Awkward Sheaf Of Loose Paper that Lynn uses to indicate that someone is a student ignorning someone with a poodle cut asking her what that red stuff on her ears is as Elly tells Connie that although it wasn't really the case, she'd convinced herself that she'd dyed her hair a vibrant red. (The reason why Elly is smiling is that she'd also conned herself into thinking that one good look at her as a red-head would make Colin forget all about the future Mrs Winch.)

Panel 2: We watch 1965 Elly zip down the street with a goofy smile on her face as 1990 Elly says that she felt sensuous and alluring and couldn't wait to meet the love of her life on his paper route.

Panel 3: When Connie asks her if he ever noticed her hair, Elly says "Eventually."

Panel 4: We get a visual image of his baffled reaction to her standing there looking horrified as the food colouring washes out of her hair and onto her clothes as the rain pours down. Present-Day explains "It rained."

I can readily understand his confusion because rain has turned the moderately cute girl who isn't really interested in him (because he's no idiot, no sir, so he'd notice if she was) has morphed into an idiot housewife in her very late thirties spending another day with her face frozen in horror because yet again, her children did something they're not supposed to do and moved around under their own power when she stopped looking at them.

Summary: Hmmm. One would think that he would tend to not take a blundering sitcom joke character like Elly Richards seriously as a love interest if this is her idea of attracting his attention. One would be as right to do so as he is to spurn the advances of a nitwit who's in love with a sensation. Tomorrow, she tells us that she made him up.
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
12:44 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Thursday, 9 May 2019
There's a hidden subtext to today's flashback to why Elly dyed her hair Wilma Flintstone red in order to appeal to Colin like a sitcom idiot girl: the girlfriend who didn't "really" love Colin as much as she did was probably a natural redhead.

Panel 1: We accompany an image of Teenage Elly bowing her head down over the sink and pouring the contents of a measuring cup over her hair with Present Day Elly saying that a teenager in love does some bizarre things. As by way of example, she remembers that she wanted Colin to notice her so badly, she decided to dye her hair.

Panel 2: When Connie asks her if she used a rinse, Elly says that she used food coloring. This, I think, was to avoid the inevitable "you can wear makeup when you're older and I'm dead" speech women of Marian's generation made when children decided for some silly reason that's a boy they'll forget a week later that they HAD to wear makeup.

Panel 3: As we look at Teenage Elly admire the results of her dying her hair what would have to be even darker, Present Day tells Connie that she poured red food dye over her scalp until she was convinced that it was a perfect shade of henna. Since Elly's memory makes everything pale violet, we don't actually know what happened but I don't think that she thought things through.

Panel 4: When Connie asks if that actually worked, Elly says "Let's just say I was a red head."

Summary: What Elly left out is slightly more important than what she left in.....namely, why she was trying to get Colin to notice her. My guess is that the reason that he didn't notice her is that he was in a relationship with a natural red-head and Elly thought that by changing herself, he'd see her the way she saw him. Being an impostor to catch a man might work in the shortest term but over the long run, no one likes living with an actress.
Monday, May 6th, 2019
12:47 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Elly goes on to state that she burned her diary so that her mother could not discover the fact that she had a comical and stupid fixation on a dolt was just wasn't into her.

Panel 1: She goes on to say that after each day's unproductive stalking, she would go home, turn into an Indigo Tribe energy construct, sit in Jim's recliner and smile stupidly as she recalled every sentence and every glance.

Panel 2: She drew pictures of him, she composed songs about him and she wrote down her deepest personal thoughts about him. This caused white Valentine hearts to appear in mid-air. Ah, well. At least she never stood around in a hallway shouting HORMONE ATTACK!!! as he passed by......

Panel 3: Since she lives in fear of her mother's reaction to everything, she tells Connie that it's a good thing that Marian never read her diary as it was so full of teenaged lust and desire that after a while, it smoked. Personally, if I came across someone who looked like Teenage Elly does in this image, I'd be more worried that she'd crapped her pants than I would about her having TV-Y7 fantasies about some donkus with a paper route.

This is because Elly still thinks that if her mother ever saw it, she would be publicly disowned and sent to a home for wayward girls. The joke is on her because if Marian ever read it, she'd probably be ashamed of herself for not noticing that her little girl was a twelve-cylinder wackmobile.

Panel 4: When Connie asks her if she hid it, Elly says that she burned it.

Summary: First off, I think that Elly's idea of what constitutes scandalous behaviour has always been rather off-kilter owing to an inability to admit that her mother isn't trying to destroy her and also being the dullest human being on the planet. Second, if her writing style is anything like Mike's, Marian's reaction to what she might read would probably be confusion owing to the windy, elliptical and poorly constructed tangle of verbiage she'd be forced to wade through. She wouldn't know if Elly liked this boy or if she wanted to kill and skin him.
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
12:44 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
The blast to the past begins with a revelation that while Elly still thinks that her flat-footed attempt at flirtation was incredibly daring, the boy she fixated on had no real feelings for her at all. This tells me something that she's at pains to ignore: he was spoken for and also saw her as an adhesive annoyance.

Panel 1: In an effort to make herself and her life more impressive than it actually was, we contrast a visual of Teenage Elly Richards being as obvious and stupid as 1960s Betty Cooper as she lies in super-obvious wait for the paperboy with the description "I was shameless, Connie. Every day after school, I'd take the long way home so I could be at the corner of Fifth and Pine where Colin Winch started his paper route."

This is because Elly still believes that she actually was on the ragged, bleeding edge of existence. It doesn't matter that most people saw a goofy child who was as subtle as a mallet about her puppy love, she knows that she was a terror whose adventures would kill her mother.

Panel 2: We then accompany the visual of his making an effort to not notice the rather plain looking girl with the goofy grin walking in step with him with the dialogue "Then, I 'just happened' to meet him. I guess he liked the company and I was in heaven just being with him."

This tells us that Elly was afraid of being seen as forward by people with the ability to control her behaviour and that she didn't want to understand what the target of her fixation actually thought about her. Also, she never wanted to hear the words "Oh....the paper boy? She'll be over him in a week. It'll be the Bobby Curtola thing all over again" coming out of her mother's mouth.

Panel 3: We return to the present day as Connie asks "What happened next? Did he ever hold your hand or say that he liked you?"; Elly says "Almost."

Panel 4: We accompany the visual of his blithely not noticing or caring that Elly's straining under the weight of the newspapers she's carrying (because he doesn't care about her as a person anyway) with her saying "He let me carry his papers." Given that she came back for more being treated like a bad joke after this instead of saying "You know what? I don't need this crush and I'll fight it every step of the way!", it's hard to relate to what happens next.

Summary: Back in the sixties, a regular feature of Archie Comics was something called "Betty's Diary"; what would happen is that the writer made a concerted effort to remind the readership that Betty lived in denial about how doomed her pursuit of Archie was and what a shitty day she usually had trying to disrupt his relationship with Veronica by contrasting her words with her super-depressing reality. What we're seeing is a sort of rip-off of that only we're supposed to take Elly's take on events as gospel.
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
12:41 am
[dreadedcandiru2]
Monday, 6 May 2019
We begin the "Love is a horrible infection that gets in the way of happiness" arc with Elly surprising Connie by telling her how weird the focus of her obsessive, stalkeresque fixation was.

Panel 1: We continue Saturday's conversation with Connie asking Elly what she remembers most about being a teenager.

Panel 2: It would appear that she remembers being 1960s Canadian Content Luann De Groot; that's because she remembers lying in her room, wondering what life was all about. She also remembers hating her hair (too mousy), her skin (too spotty) and the colour of the living room drapes.

Panel 3: What she mostly remembers is being what she believes to have been wildly, passionately and intensely in love. Connie asks "Who was he? The track star? The lead in the school play?"

Panel 4: Connie almost does a Danny Thomas spit take when Elly says "the paper boy."

Summary: Well, it takes all kinds, I guess. The problem is that Connie is wondering if Elly is telling her kids "Aim low. Aim so low, no one will care if you miss."
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