August 27th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 28 August 2010

 Today's strip is tailor-made to appeal to and be used by Coffee Talkers who want to prove that Elly has two clues to rub together. The reason, of course, is that they tend to forget that the only reason she does this is that she never forgets a chore. 

(Strip Number 168, Original Publication Date, 29 August 1981)

Panel 1: Dot-Eyed Doll-boy Mike casually slams the door as he walks into the Pattermanse. It should be noted that he's wearing a jacket and carrying forms for Elly to fill out; this becomes important later on.

Panel 2: Elly's off-camera tells him to take off his sneakers. For some reason, this alarms him.

Panel 3: So does her telling him to not drop his jacket or those papers on the floor; it doesn't stop him from doing those things but it does frighten him.

Panel 4: It also causes him to thought-bubble that mothers don't got eyes in the back of their heads no more; they got closed-circuit television.

Summary: What Elly got is neither; what SHE got is the ability to remember every single thing that Mike ever did to disappoint her. All the times he did something nice or listened to what she was saying are as forgotten as all the times that John made her feel good. The slights and petty inconveniences, though, are immortal. What makes this attempt to portray Elly as being super-observant super-ridiculous is that we know how lazy and inattentive Elly is 99.99 percent of the time; lauding her for the rare moments that her head is unwedged from her ass is, well, flat-out, pure D wrong.