March 30th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 31 March 2011

In today's strip, the source of 'humor' is the children not quite getting that when John wants to be alone, he sort of means it.

(Strip Number 4156, Original Publication Date, 1 April 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly telling Mike and Lizzie not to bother Daddy because he's had a rough day; that's because, unlike them, she knows what it means when the presence of happy children brings forth the look of fear we see.

Panel 2: As he slumps off to moan about how hard it is pretending to be competent, Elly tells them that John just wants to lie down on the couch until dinner's ready.

Panel 3: We next see Lizzie asking "Wanna cookie, Daddy? Wanna kiss? Wanna sleep? Huh?" and Mike wondering if John wants the paper, a drink or a pillow; John's reaction is to frown a panicky frown because these horrible children are disturbing his self-pity.

Summary: Since they're well-meaning children who don't realize that John doesn't want them hovering around them, they have no idea why their honest attempts to be nice are misinterpreted as an attack; the problem, of course, is that they end up thinking that walling themselves away from their own children is how it's supposed to be.