March 2nd, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 3 March 2011

Today's strip is a rather typical attempt at being topical. What we have is a woman who, as the Lynnsight will tell us, hopes for a more orderly future for her children making a Heavy Message. The interesting thing is contrasting Mike's and Lizzie's reactions to the litany of horror on the radio.

(Strip Number 4308, Original Publication Date, 5 March 1983)

Panel 1: We find Elly listening to the news on the radio. The first story is about a group of terrorists who've barricaded themselves in a narrow alleyway so as to hold civilians hostage. Elly's reaction is one of concern.

Panel 2: Story Two is about a humanitarian crisis somewhere in the world. Elly's reaction is one of despair.

Panel 3: Story Three is about the latest economic downturn. Elly's reaction is one of horror.

Panel 4: Nizzie come to tell Mommy it okay 'cause it all just pretend. Elly's reaction is one of saying "I wish."

Summary: When we contrast her reaction to Mike's fearfully asking if the world would be all used up by the time he grew up and April's wanting to abandon Earth because bad things happen here, it's sort of easy to figure out who Lizzie is. Rather than admit that we have to take the good with the bad, her reaction is to let a sort of oblivious optimism blind her to actual problems.