April 29th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 30 April 2012

Since Mike is a bit of a dope, he doesn't understand that John wants to share the experience of building a go-kart with him; since John sees threats that don't exist because the conscience he likes to ignore will out despite his attempts to suppress it, he confuses being dumber than dirt with being entitled.

(Strip Number 4326, Original Publication Date, 2 May 1983)

Panel 1: An enthused John tells Mike that they've got enough things that they can build a go-kart.

Panel 2: They've got lumber, bolts, wheels and washers and asks him what he thinks.

Panel 3: Mike thinks that it's neat.

Panel 4: He then astonishes John by not picking up on Daddy's use of the pronoun 'we' and asking him to get him when it's been put together.

Summary: John's astonishment is not because he just realized that Mike is a dullard; it's coming from the same part of his mind that got pissed when Mike alluded to the evil, unfair comment "You breed'em, you feed'em" and causes him to think that his 'ungrateful', 'lazy' son is 'exploiting' him. Simply put, the man needs to see the people around him as trying to get him because on some level that he doesn't want to be aware of, he knows that he needs to be got. Besides, Mike has to watch Lizzie anyway.