November 12th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Mike proves to be unable to connect his bored refusal to do anything to bond with John with John's unwillingness to do things with him.

(Strip Number 6094, Original Publication Date, 14 November 1982)

Panel 1: We start out with a smiling John watching Mike sitting down while reading a comic book.

Panel 2: His asking Mike what's up is met with a bored-sounding 'Nothing.'

Panel 3: John then points out that it's a perfect day out so maybe the two of them should go build a go-kart; Mike murmurs 'Uh, later' because he wants to see who the guy in the ghost suit is, (Hint: it's the owner of the abandoned amusement park.)

Panel 4: An indifferent 'Naw' greets John's asking if the two of them could fix the car.

Panel 5: John's asking if they could toss a ball together evokes a listless 'Later' from the lout lounging on the Barcalounger.

Panel 6: John isn't smiling any more when he tells Mike that he's going to the store and asks if he wants to come with; Mike uh....dunno if he wants to.

Panel 7: A few minutes later, Mike asks Elly where John is; she says that he went out.

Panel 8: Mike splays his tentacle fingers out in that stupid palms-out gesture as he asks howcome John never wants to do anything with him.

Summary: Since Mike is seven, I'll spot him the inability to connect what he does with its results; the problem is that he never actually learns that his behaving this way means that people won't give him the attention he craves on his terms.