October 8th, 2005

Sunday, October 9

Panel 1: There's John, but I don't see any trains. What's up with that?

Panel 2: Close Encounters of the Yard Kind!

Panel 3: Well, whaddya know. The Pattersons Redux have not fallen off the face of the earth!

The thing is, I've thought for a long time that this really is as much strip time as Mike an' Dee and their kids should have. The strip is supposed to be about Elly and John and their kids, which at this point means April. Liz doesn't have a family yet (although her biological clock is surely goin' like dis: STOMP STOMP STOMP), so showing her in Mtinkywinky is okay in small doses. Bottom line, though, is that John and Elly's story is not over, so detours into M&D's Misadventures in Moving are unnecessary wastes of time.

Panel 4: Ooh, doesn't Mike look pretty! And there was a time when this would be the last panel of a daily strip, of course, after Mike moaned and groaned about having nothing to do or not being taken seriously.

Panel 5: And what's this? John being cordial towards Merrie? And why does Dee look so unthrilled?

Panel 6: That's a really odd image of John. He looks like a postage stamp. Meanwhile, though, I'm glad to see Robin has grown enough to be a recognizable human. The way Lynn draws infants tends to creep me out.

Panels 7-9: Well...whatever. What is it with these "Our kids took forever to grow up" punchlines? And if Sunday strips were continuity, I'd say Mike is just practicing for when he assumes ownership of the ol' homestead. Probably just a coincidence, though.