October 24th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 25 October 2013

In today's strip, John destroys Elly's ability to express herself by forcing her to clean up after her chaos-loving, mother-hating children.

(Strip Number 734, Original Publication Date, 26 October 1984)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Michael and Elizabeth "making" their own Jack-o'-lanterns. Given that what they're actually doing is yelling for MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to help them with all the stuff they're too weak to do or find to disgusting to contemplate doing, it would seem that someone resented having to help her children and wanted to use a national forum to nag them about being dependent.

Panel 2: Now that "their" work is done, Mike and Lizzie admire it.

Panel 3: A weary Elly stares the hate-filled glare of frustration when Michael thinks it's a good thing an absent John said they could each do their own pumpkin.

Summary: And John wonders why Elly is so damned moody all the time. He's great at coming up with ideas but not so good at cleaning up after his own stupid decisions. He's also not good at explaining that Elly would like a kind word once in a while. Oh, wait. He doesn't think she needs to be appreciated either.