October 22nd, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 23 October 2011

In today's strip, Lynn not only foreshadows Calvinball, she turns it into an attempt to subvert parental authority. Remember, kids; imaging is bad because it keeps your parents from owning your horses. 

(Strip Number 4247, Original Publication Date, 24 October 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Mike and Lizzie playing Monopoly; as he moves a game-piece to his intended target, he says Poink-poink-poink-DOING!!

Panel 2: Having done so, he tells Lizzie that she can move her hotel thirteen spaces.

Panel 3: The strip most readers will see begins with John walking by; Mike tells him what they're doing and asking if he wants to join their game of Monopoly. John smiles and says "Sure."

Panel 4: John is baffled by Mike's telling him that there are four hotels on Water Works so if he lands there, he misses four turns.

Panel 5: His confusion continues when Mike says that he gets all the blue moneys and Lizzie all the orange ones.

Panel 6: Mike's telling him that no one can buy Marvin Gardens 'cause that's where Lizzie put her gum adds to John's confusion.

Panel 7: As does Mike's insistence that if he lands in Jail, he can get out by yelling the magic word VAH-BOOOO-GAAAH!!!

Panel 8: Since Mike's improvised rules aren't the ones he learned, John tells him that on second thought, he's going to pass.

Panel 9: Mike tells Lizzie that Daddy is a great guy, he just doesn't follow the rules.

Summary: Lynn will no doubt tell us why it's a good thing that John was so tight-assed that he let an over-reliance on rules get in the way of bonding with his children; whatever it is, it'll be poorly constructed, badly spelled and ineptly punctuated so it'll accidentally subvert her message of sticking to the real rules.