September 3rd, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 4 September 2010

In today's strip, Mike and Liz double-team John in order to stay up late.

(Strip Number 4060, Original Publication Date, 5 September 1981)

Panel 1: We start today's proceedings with hot-dog fingered Mike asking John, who's cowering behind his paper to avoid the children who, for reasons he cannot fathom, share his home with him, if he can pleeeeeease let them stay up to watch the children's show that's on past their bedtime. John, of course, says "No." sight literally unseen. There's something sort of off-putting about a man who doesn't even look his kids in the eye when he lays down the law.

Panel 2: Mike then tells Stage!Two!Lizzie "Go get'im, Elizabeth" as if he's tagging in a wrestling partner.

Panel 3: Lizzie hits John with a downcast, wounded expression complete with single tear rolling down her cheek. This has the desired effect of unnerving John.

Panel 4: As he and Lizzie watch the cartoon, he tells her "Y'know, kid, you've got possibilities."

Summary: I'd like this a lot more if it weren't another example of Lynn's strong and rather nasty belief that the only reason children cry is to extort something from adults.