October 18th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

We conclude the micro-arc with a reminder that Mike has no imagination and thus must rely on suggestions from Elly; this explains why he needed her as an editor. It also raises the distinct possibility that his books are more Elly's than his.

(Strip Number 186, Original Publication Date, 20 October 1981)

Panel 1: We find ourselves in the middle of a conversation between Tentacle-Fingered Elly and Dainty Doll-boy Michael; As she tries to get him to decide what he wants to be for Halloween by asking "How about a clown or a cowboy? Maybe a pirate? A robot?", he wearily rejects the options by saying "No. No. Nope."

Panel 2: She then says that she could make a monster costume or dress him up as a detective, a wizard, a soldier or a ghost; Commander Contrarian says No to all of those.

Panel 3: Since he's rejected every idea she's come up with and will probably reject any others she'll suggest, Elly tells Mike "Okay. I give up" and leaves him to decide on his own.

Panel 4: As Wide-load Elly walks away, Michael yells "I thought you were gonna HELP me!!"

Summary: This is what really annoys me about Lynn/Elly's insistence that this clod is gifted; he has no imagination, no drive and has to be kick-started into motion by panic. It's almost as annoying as having to admit that in this instance, she's right to call him an irritating nuisance or to realize that Aaron is in for a scraping because he didn't respond the way she wanted to to her failed attempt at parenting.
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Busy Moms - FBoFW vs a modern comic

Not sure if I'm actually allowed to start a thread in the group, but this Sunday was the debut of the comic that is replacing Cathy in my local paper. It's The Pajama Diaries - and this is the comic in question:

http://www.oregonlive.com/comics-kingdom/?feature_id=Pajama&feature_date=2010-10-17

I was struck by the similarity, at least in theme, to the many strips of Elly being bugged by her kids when trying to work - though I'm having trouble finding the examples I want at the moment. That's where the similarity ends though. While Jill (mom in PD) still expresses her frustrations (sigh, growl) at no time does she forget that her kids are actual human beings. Especially in that last bit when she comforts Jess - taking the time to hug her and reassure her that it's OK. The joke is still there though - she's wasted a whole afternoon and still gotten nothing done - but it doesn't have that air of martyrdom and, dare I say it, hatred to it that it would have in Lynn's hands.

Possibly this is because of the 30 year difference in perspective, but even in that case, isn't that just a sign that we really don't need Lynn's take anymore?
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