November 11th, 2005

Saturday, November 12

Panel 1: Another time jump. And once again, Elly is acting as if she never raised a teenager before. Though I'm glad we never had to hear her ask Mike why he was taking so long in the bathroom! Still, I remember a strip from when he was in his mid-teens, when she went into his room while he was asleep, tucked the blanket around his shoulders, touched his face tenderly...then caught sight of the "EROTIC LUST XXX" magazine in the crook of his arm, and screeched like a banshee. Also, it's interesting that Edgar is grooming himself.

Panel 2: "Poking at yourself in the mirror". Okay, I'm not going to touch that one. April looks like a doll who's gotten some very rough treatment from a toddler. And that towel looks like it's had it; all pilly and snagged.

Panel 3: The streaks in the mirror going over April's neck like that was not a good artistic choice. Anyway, I'm having a really hard time believing that April's face breaks out so badly, but ONLY on her forehead. Unless it's the result of, as someone said yesterday, greasy teenager bangs against her skin all the time.

Panel 4: Yeah, get a grip, Elly. Every teenage girl, and most teenage guys, has an I-hate-how-I-look crisis at one time or another. Anyway, why don't you un-ass some money and take her to a dermatologist?

Panel 5: Not sure what that means. But April sure does look like hell.

This has been a very uneven week. I won't try to predict what will happen on Monday.