April 8th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 9 April 2012

Weird. For some reason, Lynn is switching things around so that we actually have to deal with the baby-sitter arc. Since this is the case, we've started out with Mike gleefully telling Lawrence that he and Lizzie get to break her in.

(Strip Number 390, Original Publication Date, 18 April 1983)

Panel 1: We start things off with Lawrence asking Mike if he can come to his place to play that evening.

Panel 2: Mike tells that that he can't because John and Elly have to go out for reasons that escape him; he also says that they've hired a new sitter.

Panel 3: Lawrence says "New, huh?" and Mike says "Yeah!"

Panel 4: Mike smiles because he and Lizzie get to break her in.

Summary: You can just feel the love Lynn has for her children, can't you? It must warm Katie and Aaron's hearts to know that their mother thought of them as demonic little monsters who wanted to usher in an era of CHAOS!!!!!! and ANARCHY!!!!! because children are evil little strangers who want to hurt their pooooor mother because children are EVIL!!!! and love CHAOS!!!!!!!! and hate the idea of having a happy mother.

Mystery of "Grampa Vern" Solved

As I mentioned elsewhere, I was browsing the second treasury via Google Books. This coming summer, we will have the displeasure of experiencing the family trip to Aunt Bev and Uncle Danny's farm in Manitoba. Near the beginning of that arc, Uncle Danny notes that "Laura an' Grandma are on the porch." From Lynn's commentary, it's evident that while the "Grandma" in that strip is Laura's grandmother, she is not Mike and Liz's grandmother, as this character is based on Don Cruikshank's mother. So when this Grandma comments, several strips later, about "Grampa Vern," she's referring to Uncle Danny's father--not a to-be-renamed-later Will Patterson.