November 21st, 2013

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Today, Lynn uses her strip to nag Aaron about his being more clingy than she'd like him to be by making his avatar look like a selfish little parasite who begrudges Elly her free time.

(Strip Number 752, Original Publication Date, 23 November 1984)

Panel 1: We continue merrily on with Elly making the shocking discovery that Mike is still playing in the bathroom instead of getting ready for bed like someone who can change into his own hockey stuff should.

Panel 2: She's so aghast that he hasn't put on his pajamas, dried his hair or brushed his teeth that she starts talking like Lizzie.

Panel 3: She then makes the palms-out pleading gesture and asks if she's gotta stand over him to make sure he does stuff.

Panel 4: She then thought-bubbles about the foolishness of asking questions she knows the answers to.

Summary: History teaches us that Mike never seems to have gotten it into his thick skull that Elly hated having to pick up after him. This, I should think, is owing to his knowing that despite her saying so, she did so anyway....not, of course, that Elly/Lynn is anything like an enabler. It's not that he responds to her infantilizing him by being an infant, oh, NO!!! It's that he's a parasite who hates the idea of her freedom.
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Treasury Number Four: If it's not one foob, it's another:

This just in: Lynn has announced the title of her latest hard-cover collection of reprints, old photos and passive-aggressive asides: "It's one thing after another."

As we can see, the cover art:

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has Elly react to the non-event of kids running down the hallway like little idiots by gasping the Goggle-Eyed Triangle-Mouthed Gasp Of Baffled Horror. (Given that Lizzie looks to be a foot tall and Mike not much taller, she's probably scared out of her mind that they've been zapped by the neighbor's shrink ray again.)

Another interesting thing is some of the strips indeed have Lynnsights. My favorite is this little gem attached to one of the ones in the "Farley gets picked up by Animal Control because Elly is too stupid, thoughtless and lazy to buy a dog license like a responsible adult" arc:

Looking for a wayward mutt on a night like this is one of the downsides of dog ownership. When our small spaniel, Willy, wandered off, it was usually "Mom" who put on the boots and jacket and went out into the gale to find him. I was convinced that he could hear me quite well and was just ignoring me. This was something the kids did too. It infuriated me. At least kids understand a mother's wrath. When a dog comes home to a fuming human, he just pants and wags.