March 7th, 2006

Wednesday, March 8

"Quotes": One.

"An'"s: Two.

Panel 1: Well, for once, the use of "quotes" is justified. At least, if they're meant to convey scorn. And unlike when Mike's talk balloon said "Snort, fume, grumble" as if they were actual words, the lines around April's "snort" indicate that it is a sound, not a word. That said, how old are the people in the background? The place looks like an old folks' home.

Panel 2: True; true. If I'm supposed to disapprove of April for saying this, sorry, but I don't.

Panel 3: Again, I understand. Especially since we've been shown that April prefers the cafeteria lunch. And it's really an awkward situation for both of them. I mean, I suppose Connie doesn't want to feel that she's letting Elly down by not taking full responsibility, and April's not free to say "What do you think I am, stupid or something?" So I can see friction building up. But what it really comes down to, I think, is that unless Elly said "While I'm away, can you whip her into shape?" Connie should not sweat the small stuff.

Panel 4: Yeah, Gerald: what does that have to do with the price of butter? And April, how do you manage to talk so clearly with your mouth full? And why, in the colorized version, is Gerald pure red?

Sigh. I guess the ANVIL this week is "April acts like an ungrateful brat because she has this illusion that at age 14, she can walk and chew gum at the same time, but secretly, she appreciates the sacrifices adults make for her." Ten bucks says the sequence ends with Connie about to leave while April feigns indifference, but at the last second, ambushes Connie with a great big hug.