January 19th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 20 January 2011

In today's strip, John is being set up to look like a big, selfish, tasteless jerk who, because he's an evil, conflict-causing MAN, doesn't appreciate the simply lovely carving Elly bought. The problem, of course, is that he happens to be in the right; the piece is a God-awful piece of crap as well as a testimony to Elly's spinelessness and credulity.

(Strip Number 4120, Original Publication Date, 20 January 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves back at the beach; Elly wakes John from his nap to tell him that she'd bought a piece of art in Bridgetown.

Panel 2: She gushes about the repulsive carny prize by telling him that this is the only one left on the island and the artist isn't making any more.

Panel 3: John looks at the crudely-done carving of happy native women picking coconuts for a second...

Panel 4: ...and tells Elly that it was probably by popular request.

Summary: I'd love it if one of the strips Lynn used to fill in the gap featured John asking Carrie if he's in the wrong to not want to look at a constant reminder of his wife's lack of taste, brains and sales resistance; we could accompany that with his defending her color scheme by saying that she's been diagnosed with blue-yellow color-blindness.