August 28th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Phil bites the handle off his coffee cup because Lynn needs to nag Alan about what a stupid, selfish, silly wuss he's being by not instantly quitting the use of a drug that's juuuuust slightly more addictive than heroin or cocaine.

(Strip Number 693, Original Publication Date, 30 August 1984)

Panel 1:: After the lesson, Elly finds Phil looking as if he's about to bite his fingers off in sheer frustration. Her response is to remind him that it's only been a few hours since his last cigarette and that he can easily adapt to a little discomfort.

Panel 2: Phil yells so loudly, the pop-art caption takes up the whole panel and blocks our view of him and Elly.

Panel 3: Having heard the scream, Mike wants to know what happened.

Panel 4: A shocked-looking Elly tells Mike that Uncle Phil just bit the handle off his coffee cup.

Summary: Great. More surreal humor about how poorly the characters in this strip cope with discomfort. We'll be dealing with Phil turning into a cartoon crazy man for years to come so we might as well all get used to it. Perhaps I should create an avatar that says "Bend over...Here it comes again."