July 14th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 15 July 2010

In today's strip, we set up the stupid denouement for the arc and establish an interesting fact: Uncle Ted's Cabin actually IS two days away from Milboring; as a matter of fact, Sioux Lookout, Ontario is two days from everywhere.

(Strip Number 4036, Original Publication Date, 16 July 1981)

Panel 1: Elly leans her head out of the passenger window to read a sign that says "SIOUX LOOKOUT, 14 km"; she says that they're at the turn-off they wanted and asks where Ted's map is.

Panel 2: John grins, giggles feebly and says that he left it on the dresser.

Panel 3: We switch to an exterior shot of the wagon as he tells them not to worry or panic because he knows exactly where he's taking them.

Panel 4: We return to an interior shot of him narrowing his eyes in rage as Mike asks "Up the creek without a paddle, Daddy?"

Summary: Having done some checking with Google Maps (from: Scarborough, Ontario to: Sioux Lookout, Ontario), I've discovered that it's a 22 hour trip; this makes the two-day estimate spot the Hell on which requires me to apologize to Lynn. What bothers me is not that Ted has a cabin that's in a different time zone; what bothers me is that both he and John think that it's an act of generosity to drive a family of four up and back. Factor in that he doesn't go to a phone booth and ask Ted where the Hell the place is when he gets to the lake where it's supposed to be and we remind ourselves how exactly foolhardy the Pattersons are.

FBorFW Oddities

Found via Facebook group:
FBorFW Strip Oddities: when we compiled our 30-year database of strips, we found a handful that didn't quite fit! They either shared publication dates with other strips, or they were extras, or we knew the strip existed but we couldn't find an electronic copy or figure out the publication date to fit it into our collec...tion. So, we did what any group of comics enthusiasts would do and made a page of "strip oddities": http://catalog.fborfw.com/indexdate.php?q=0000

We'd be interested to know if any of you folks have copies of these misfit strips, or can tell us approximately where they SHOULD fit in the FBorFW chronology, we'd love your input!
Sounds like a great cataloguing system there!  I would have thought the syndicate might have kept track.

I'd hazard a guess that No. 5863 just might be from Middle Age Spread...

Calm Candiru

The housening as seen in retconland.

I remember that one of the biggest complaints that we had back in the old days was that Lynn didn't tell the whole story in the strip like she was supposed to; since I was the idiot who made that stupid remark about exile in the first place, it behooves me to remind us all of how the Pattersons saw the various stages of the Housening by consulting the Retcons:

Elly: She started off by making a big, stupid excuse about how Mike and Dee couldn't move to a place as nice as Lovey's barn until their insurance claims were settled; she did notice that they'd expropriated April's room and vaguely wished that Liz would move out but didn't want to push the issue after Evil Paul cheated on her. What this tells me is that she's a God-damned ostrich who couldn't be bothered figuring out what was going on because she wants to believe that everything is fine.

John: We can summarize him by the phrase 'condescending God-damned idiot with his head up his arse'; this is because he started off blathering witlessly about her being a princess because he was too stupid and arrogant to want to actually God-damned find out why she was upset and spent the rest of the year clucking reprovingly about hormones before his oh-so-slow mental processes finally made him come to the conclusion "Chee!! Maybe April feels that we don't give a rat's ass about her."

Mike: He was vaguely aware that the move upset April for reasons that escape him (I love how Mister Bug-on-the-windshield called HER melodramatic) but hadn't the vaguest notion that he wasn't as nearly as close to his little buddy or that April didn't give him her room as much as she was ordered to sleep in the rec room. He also hadn't the vaguest idea that John and Elly were not the only ones to betray her.

Deanna: According to her, April volunteered to give up her room which was real swell of her; her idea of repaying her for her enforced generosity was to want to more or less adopt her so as to convert her to a family retainer.

Liz: She vaguely hints that April is somewhat crabby but thinks that her moving out was a quick fix.

April: We finally hit paydirt; we start with her acknowledging that Mike and Dee somehow need their own lavatory but feels awkward about the whole thing on top of hoping that things get back on track sooner rather than later. We next have her talking about wondering where Mike and Deanna find the patience to deal with the children they don't actually deal with and how Liz is too full of herself to care about what's going on around her before we get to the meat in the Housening sandwich: her ambivalence about moving. The letters paint a portrait of a young woman who knows that this is the only way she can get her own space but still feels a bit frightened by change; what shines through is the fact that she doesn't feel as if there's anyone she can talk to about things. John and Elly are too distant and panicky, Mike is an idiot, Liz is a know-it-all, her bandmates are out of town and Deanna can't keep secrets.

To sum it up, what we have is a bunch of panicky, self-righteous, thin-skinned imbeciles seeing defiance where none exists because they expect to see it and a well-meaning but slightly ticked-off teenager who would feel better if she could simply communicate with someone.