March 19th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 20 March 2011

In today's strip, we find ourselves bracing for letters that either empathize with Elly's allergic reaction to cosmetics or tell us that they're unnecessary.

(Strip Number 10916, Original Publication Date, 21 March 1982)

Panel 1: Having noticed that Elly's getting ready to go out for the evening, Mike asks her where she's going; she says "To a make-up demonstration."

Panel 2: She's gob-smacked by the age-inappropriate question "Do you think it'll help?"

Panel 3: We find ourselves at what I assume to be Connie's house; that's because she, Elly and two women I'll call Mrs Asterisk (the one with the head band sniffing the bottle) and Mrs Cypher (the one with the unflattering pageboy) are listening to the demonstrator, who I'll call Mrs Essence, wishing them a good evening and welcoming them to the world of the Skin Goodness Multi-Phase New Youth Clinic.

Panel 4: Mrs Essence asks Elly and Mrs Asterisk if they've washed so that they can apply the Phase 1 grape and avocado moisture tonic.

Panel 5: She then asks them to experiment with something called Low Tide Toner after applying the Phase 2 eyebag tenderizer.

Panel 6: Phase Three involves Elly and Connie standing around with oddly-colored goo on their faces while Mrs Essence gushes about how the primer coat will camouflage those tell-tale wrinklets.

Panel 7: She then exhorts Elly to be more flippant with her mascarawhipped shadow delight.

Panel 8: We fast-forward to Elly returning home; as she puts her jacket away, John asks her if she learned anything from her make-up party. She says "Yeah."

Panel 9: We then get a close-up of her blotchy face and red, baggy eyes as she groans about having allergies.

Summary: This is going to get a pretty strong response from the CT crowd. What it also reminds us is that the Pattersons have always had problem skin; remember Mike, Liz and April's struggles with acne? They get bad skin from both sides of the family.