November 4th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

We continue on with the "John responds gracelessly to Jean's good news" arc with his looking like he got shot in the gut when she gushes about her little surprise.

(Strip Number 740, Original Publication Date, 6 November 1984)

Panel 1: We start things off with John telling Jean how wonderful an assistant she is.

Panel 2: The reason for her wonderfulness is that he's utterly dependent on her because she's rearranged everything so that he can't find it.

Panel 3: After calling the two of them a team because he's got himself a new Mommy, he says that if he could describe her in a word, that word would probably have been something that he thinks is pretty wonderful and that I assume would be ridiculously insulting.

Panel 4: We'll never know what that clearly stupid and definitely demeaning word might have been because she beats him to the punch by describing herself by a word which alarms him: "pregnant."

Summary: Well, he no longer thinks of her as being that 'wonderful' thing; given that his idea of what constitutes praise leaves the 'lucky' recipients feeling as if they can never scrub the dirt away, this is probably for the best.