April 6th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 7 April 2013

In today's strip, John dishes out some flattery that he reveals to be insincere when Elly comes home after having a makeover.

(Strip Number 6130, Original Publication Date, 8 April 1984)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly coming into the house and yelling TA-DAH!!!!

Panel 2: She then tells everyone that she's home.

Panel 3: The strip most of Lynn's fan-base will read starts with Elly telling Mike and John "Check it out, folks! I've had a complete facial, make-up job and had my hair lightened." John's response is to say "Wow!"

Panel 4: He then says that the difference is amazing.

Panel 5: He finishes off by saying that she looks fabulous.

Panel 6: After Elly leaves the room, Mike says that he didn't notice any difference at all.

Panel 7: There's an awkward pause for a second or so.

Panel 8: Said pause ends when John whispers that he didn't notice a difference either.

Summary: It seems to me that Lynn's premise is that John is being a big phony who's about to teach Mike to lie to get what he wants. This is because we're not dealing with someone who can be told "You're the most beautiful woman in the world to me no matter what you look like" and really believe it.