March 27th, 2005

Sunday, March 27

Gratuitous "quotes": 1.

So Merrie's getting the realistically-drawn-lips treatment. What does that signify, anyway? Or is it just random?

If you're looking at the online version, or a dead-tree version that doesn't leave out the first two throwaway panels, check out the second of those two. Cartoon physics: there's no way those eggs would stay in Merrie's basket, the way she's swinging it around.

And we've also got cartoon clairvoyance. How did Deanna know that there was anything to be gained by asking Mike why Merrie was clamoring for the teat?

Perhaps Michael doesn't realize it, but he just commited a very grave error. You never. never. never. want to tell one sibling that the other one is getting something wonderful and they're not. Even if you're kidding. Especially if you're kidding, because now you've compounded a tease with a lie, and that will take ages to unravel.

And for the love of Peanuts, why is "chocolate" in "quotes"? That makes it sound like it's a "euphemism" for something that shouldn't be "mentioned" in a "family strip". "Well, Merrie, "Mommy"'s giving your "brother" some "chocolate". No, it's a "special" kind of "chocolate" that's only for "boys". [thinking] I wish I'd stuck to just giving her "chocolate"; then I wouldn't be "living" in this "unending hell" that is "parenthood"!"

(Now I'm dreading the moment when Mr. Bun sees this. I can hear him now: "Mmm...Chocolate boob milk...Mmm...")

Monday, March 28

"An'"s: None! Because only grownups are talking!

Amazing! Only 80 years old, and Anthony is going to be a homeowner!

And I wonder: Is Mike blind or what? If he's seen Anthony in the last five years---and he must have, if Anthony works for Gordon, and Mike and Gordo are still such great buds---then there's no way on earth he can reasonably "still think of him as a little kid."

Why is April in the foreground in panel 2? And why does she have speed-freak eyes again?

Pride, panic and payments add up to parenthood. Well, let's see what else fits in there.

Puke: Soon to be on every shirt Anthony owns.

Penis: The body part that is already being eroded (honestly, what is a man, even if he is the baby's father, doing at a baby shower?).

Photos: Several million to be taken of the wee one by the proud papa. But none including Therese, unless she's fully made up before grudgingly agreeing to pose with Francoise in her lap.

Pandemonium: What will ensue when Therese finds out Anthony sent those photos in an email to Liz.

Pawnshop: Where Therese's wedding and engagement rings will end up. How on earth are they going to afford house payments on one salary?

Peacemaker: What Elly will end up being.