June 20th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Today's strip, of course, is the first in the plot line that Lynn used as the source material for the first book. We start off with Elly totally freaking missing the point of things owing to being biased.

(Strip Number 275, Original Publication Date, 22 June 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with a tight close-up of Mike's panicked face as he yells for Elly. Since he has to repeat the word "Mom", it's fairly obvious that he's fighting a strong need she has to not pay attention to him.

Panel 2: Now that he's got it, he tells her that Farley has just ran away.

Panel 3: His need to preface the statement that Mrs Baird said that he and the rest of the pack of intact males were chasing a female in heat with the qualifier 'Honest!' sets off an alarm bell in my mind. It's as if he's used to not being believed or something.

Panel 4: He needn't have worried about that; her snarling the word "MEN!!!" reminds us that she thinks that men exist to cat around on their pooooooooooooooor, put-upon wives.

Summary: In the book, of course, Farley was chasing a yummy smell, not giving in to his throbbing biological urges; that's 'cause Beth couldn't have him do that. It's sort of too bad that she had to wait until Edgar came along so as to remind Lynn that maybe neutering pets was a good idea.
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Strip versus book: a comparison.

As you know, the story of Farley's disappearance is the source for the first children's book. If you'll indulge me, I'd like to contrast and compare the source and the result.

-To lead off, in the book, Farley escaped from the front yard because of a yummy smell; in the strip, he and a pack of local dogs were chasing after a female in heat.

- The book is focused on Farley's wanderings around and his eventual interception by Phil; the strip is focused on how the Pattersons react to his absence.

- In the strip, Phil finds Farley at the local dump after making an asinine comment about bathing in milkbone and being an expert about dogs because he dated Conniea bitch; in the book, the dog is half-way home and Phil lures him with pizza.

- Elly's reaction in the book is to bathe him all over again; in the strip, it's to tie him up. In both cases, Elly seems to have learned exactly nothing because her resolve to keep him in the yard lasts only so long as it takes for him to start yowling at nothing.

- What's more, it takes for his next extended in-strip absence for the big idiot to break down and get a dog licence. In the book, Elly is chasing after him with his leash and collar.

- Finally, as howtheduck says, the Pattersons in the strip look for him; the ones in the book are not seen to.