October 22nd, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

In today's strip, we set up the "John gets hit over the head with a frying pan because he acted like a dumb kid raiding an older sister's sleepover" arc with him and Steve discussing how appropriate it is that Mike is dressing up as Dracula this Halloween. We can also expect Lynn to get all shrieky and huffy in either this or an upcoming Lynnsight because she clings to the archaic spelling "Hallowe'en" like a starving octopus and resents the alleged Americanization of the word.

(Strip Number 4380, Original Publication Date, 25 October 1983)

Panel 1: As he and Steve drive around the neighborhood, John tells them that it was a good thing he went out for the evening because there had to be thirteen women at the Grubberware party.

Panel 2: Steve agrees with this before asking him what's in the box that's between them.

Panel 3: John explains that Mike wants to dress as Count Dracula for Halloween (you will note that there's a space between the e's for the apostrophe Lynn insists should be there or else Teacher hit her on the hand with a ruler for nothing) so he decided to get him a good costume.

Panel 4: As he puts the plastic fangs in his mouth, John asks a laughing Steve if this is appropriate for a dentist's kid or what.

Summary: He's laughing now but he won't be when the leaden moral of the new-ruin hits him. Getting clonked on the noggin will hurt less than being told that he's a hypocritical brute by an even bigger hypocrite.