April 16th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

In the second part of the "Pity Poor John" arc, Elly volunteers him for the arduous and traumatic mission of 'helping his son sell chocolate door-to-door'.

(Strip Number 386, Original Publication Date, 12 April 1983)

Panel 1: As he gets ready to sell his chocolate bars, Mike asks how late he can stay out sellin'em.

Panel 2: Her response is that she doesn't like the idea of his going door to door all by himself.

Panel 3: Since he lives in a fear of being known as having to have his Mommy hold his hand, the panic in Mike's eyes and voice when he asks if Elly has to come with him is something any child can identify with and something that Kool-Aid Nation refuses to see as legitimate.

Panel 4: John bulges his eyes out in existential horror when Elly says that he needs the exercise.

Summary: Given that Mike's being a fragile little pansy who can't cope with the mundane has to come from somewhere else besides constant exposure to a hysteric, it's sort of obvious that his father's being a wuss who brays like he's being asked to castrate himself with a hedge trimmer when he leaves his narrow comfort zone is the other source of his hateful lack of moral fiber.