January 21st, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 22 January 2011

We end the week by having John doing his damnedest to make Canada sound unappealing. Granted, I freaking HATE winter myself but, if given the opportunity to go South, wouldn't go out of my way to boast about how awful the place I come from is.

(Strip Number 220, Original Publication Date, 22 January 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with John telling the bartender that he hates to leave Barbados so soon.

Panel 2: He goes on to tell the man that back home, they're having freezing rain and snow.

Panel 3: He then asks the man (whose name is Rudy) if he's ever been to Canada; Rudy is mildly gobsmacked for a second.

Panel 4: He then proves that Tentacle Fingers are not restricted to white people as he asks "What for??"

Summary: What for, indeed? He's probably had to spend most of his career listening to Northerners talking about how happy they are to take a break from hellish conditions so it's not as if he's going to be that eager to check the place out.

Broken Aesops in this comic

TVtropes defines it as

Broken Aesop
"Do as I say, not as I do."


The desire to end a story on An Aesop is natural and strong: it's often the only thing that elevates the story above a piece of insubstantial fluff. The trouble is that it doesn't always work. And when there's Executive Meddling or a Writer On Board, the moral of the story feels as awkwardly tacked-on as the spoof "Wheel of Morality" lessons that ended many Animaniacs episodes.


Basically, a Broken Aesop is a story where the moral at the end of the episode doesn't match the moral that the episode actually contained (and unlike the Spoof Aesop, they don't do it on purpose). It's an Anvil Ex Machina.


Common methods of breaking An Aesop include:
I think one example is April's school learning to <3 disabled people but the rest of the time only April, Iris (and at the end Liz and Blandthony) care about disabled Jim.