September 14th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 15 September 2011

In today's strip, Lizzie's getting over her separation anxiety equates to Elly's being martyred; that's because her idiot mother thinks that a child's ability to get over things means that she's no longer needed and must therefore die.

(Strip Number 315, Original Publication Date, 16 September 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly leaving the Valley Voice's office so she can pick Lizzie up from daycare; as expected, she's in a panic because it's her first morning there and she's almost late.

Panel 2: As she walks into the daycare center's building, Elly thought-bubbles about how she hopes Lizzie is all right but must hate her for leaving her.

Panel 3: Now that she's in the play room, Elly smiles and tells Lizzie that Mommy's here.

Panel 4: Since Lizzie is a trifle forgetful and way too into her playtime, she absent-mindedly asks "Who?"; since Elly is a pessimistic twinkie, she's gobsmacked because she thinks Lizzie's snubbing her.

Summary: This, ladies and gents, is one of the first strips that reminds us that Liz Patterson is about three muffins short of a gift basket; the sad thing is that Elly's negativity and John's obliviousness blind them to the fact that they're raising the All-Canadian Ditz.