October 9th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

We start off a mini-arc about Elly visiting Annie today; we begin with a punchline that somehow makes Lizzie's liking Big Bird and the Neighbourhood of Make-Believe into a problem. I ain't sure how many mothers quote time in terms of PBS Kids shows but I don't think that they'd be as ready to nail themselves to crosses as Lynn seems to be.

(Strip Number 479, Original Publication Date, 12 October 1983)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly talking on the phone; she tells Anne that she guesses that she can come over.

Panel 2: When Annie asks her when she can come over, Elly looks in the living room and says "Let's see."

Panel 3: As Lizzie sits far too close to the television, Elly says that it's half past Mister Rogers so she'll be there by a quarter to Sesame Street.

Summary: You can almost guess what the notes are going to be, can't you? It'll be something a lot like "Oh, poor, poor me! You must cry bitter angry tears because my horrible children were so entranced by the eeeeeeevil television that I couldn't say 2 o'clock like an adult and had to say 'Sesame Street' like a child." What she failed to realize is that Mister Rogers is half an hour long.
Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 11 October 2012

In today's strip, Annie is made out to be a big freaking hypocrite because she learned what works and what doesn't when it comes to being a parent. Given that the poor dear thought that a mild genetic anomaly meant that she did something wrong, this is about the closest to clear thinking she ever gets.

(Strip Number 480, Original Publication Date, 13 October 1983)

Panel 1: Having noticed stacks of Dispos-a-dipe brand boxes on the kitchen table and that Annie is feeding Richard store-brand baby food, Elly asks her if she's feeding Richard canned baby food and using disposable diapers. This is less owing to being baffled by the bleeding obvious and more by something else.

Panel 2: That something is the fact that, as she reminds Annie, that the woman used to beat her over the head with the fact that her own use of canned baby food and disposable diapers meant that Elly was a failure as a woman, mother and human being and didn't actually love her children. Elly wants to know why she isn't doing the same thing with Richard.

Panel 3: Annie blandly states that he's her second child.

Summary: This is pretty much the deal with Annie. Unlike Elly and her plodding along doing the same stupid thing no matter how much she fails or Connie and her hysteria, Annie does things until they stop working.