June 10th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 11 June 2011

In today's strip, we remind ourselves that schoolchildren don't quite regard their teachers as being fully human. It's sort of too bad that Coffee Talk doesn't normally run on Saturday; that means that we'll have to wait until Monday for all the letters from people who thought that their teachers lived in the school.

(Strip Number 272, Original Publication Date, 12 June 1982)

Panel 1: We find Gordo, Mike and Lawrence relaxing in the shade of a tree; Gordon starts things off by reminding them that he can hardly wait to get out of school.

Panel 2: Mike seconds that emotion and then wonders what teachers do during the summer.

Panel 3: Gordon assumes that they prob'ly lie in the sun, swim, garden, go fishing like everyone else.

Panel 4: This baffles Lawrence enough to make him ask "You mean like NORMAL people??"

Summary: The reason that this throws him and Mike for a loop is that they cannot wrap their heads around the fact that an adult who doesn't indulge their whims isn't sitting around his or her dungeon plotting new ways to torment the children he or she obviously hates; the idea that Teacher is an ordinary mortal with hopes, dreams and fears is something they can't allow themselves to imagine. It's hard to resent someone who's simply doing a job, you see.
Hells Yes!

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The brilliant wit behind This Commercial Sucks, it turns out, despises Lizthony as much as we do, so I thought I'd share the snarkiness:

In 2008, Lynn Johnston finished the thirty-year run of her stunningly overrated, preachy, pompous celebration of the Whitest Family in Canada, the "For Better or For Worse" comic strip. The strip concluded with daughter Liz Patterson marrying her on-again, off-again high school sweetheart, Anthony Caine, who by that time was a divorced father of one and well-known to the strip's fan base as the most sunken-chested, morose, family-destroying stalker to ever be portrayed as a "good guy" in any medium.

The "relationship" between Liz and Anthony was notable primarily for it's total lack of meaningful communication. The two characters never actually spoke what they were thinking, but instead each played a passive game of Wait For Fate which might have gone on forever if their creator had not been determined to make them The Perfect Couple. Even their Engagement consists of nothing more than the two soulless idiots sitting on opposite ends of a couch, Liz muttering something about how since they get along, and they are already dating, and there's nobody else, well, they are kinda sorta engaged, right? (Anthony's breathtakingly romantic response: "I guess so.")

Too bad the story didn't take us beyond their hideous lavender-and-teal-wrapped wedding, because had the strip continued, this commercial would make a good example of what Liz and Anthony Caine, Mr and Mrs Meant to Be Like it or Not, could expect out of "marital bliss."


The rest of the entry and the commercial he's alluding to can be accessed through the link above.