March 5th, 2013

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Today's strip makes me wonder if the title of the next treasury is more accurate than we might otherwise believe. That's because when Elly talks about how her first paycheque will cover the cost of all the stuff she bought, John reminds her of all the other stuff she paid for because she thought that her first paycheque would cover it.

(Strip Number 566, Original Publication Date, 6 March 1984)

Panel 1: Having noticed that Elly has just brought in a bunch of boxes from the car, John asks her what all of that stuff is. Elly tells him that she's bought new clothes for him and the kids

Panel 2: She smiles as she tells him to not worry because she gets paid next week and that ought to cover everything.

Panel 3: He reminds her that they had the car fixed and bought a new lamp because of said cheque.

Panel 4: Elly thought-bubbles that every time they expect new money, they spend it twice before it gets there.

Summary: This sort of thinking is pretty much why they always seem to be just barely getting by, why they're always just barely making ends meet. It's also why Mike and Dee are so poor....the Delicate Genius has internalized the sort of chaotic financial non-planning that makes Doc Ock think he's a better Spider-Man than Peter "I don't even have life insurance" Parker.
Snarky Candiru2

Making Ends Meet: The Treasury has landed.

Well, the too-late for Christmas 2012 third treasury has started to hit the stores now and it's about what you could expect.

This is because there isn't any much more to recommend it as part of a collection than the two treasuries that came before it. We have the same awkward pseudo-retro artwork on the cover and back (the back cover has Dainty Doll Boy Mike* tormenting a repulsed Lizzie by trying to kiss her) , the same sort of silly title and the obligatory awkward, incoherent and self-indulgent foreword. This time around, it's about the mild panic attack she had when joining the National Cartoonist's Society because she realized that she had to speak in public and her relief at moving to Corbeil where she could start life fresh without baggage....said baggage, of course, being the fact that everyone liked and respected Rod more than they did her.

As for the collection itself, the strips are arranged in much the same sort of slipshod format that we had to endure before and, well, the collection itself ends when John cries at a Christmas concert. This means that we have to wait for the next one to watch Connie cry her way to Thunder Bay because watching Phil and Ted having moved on was too big a cross to bear, the pooor thing.

* (Seriously!! They're the same height!!)