March 6th, 2014

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Friday, 7 March 2014

In today's strip, John makes an arch comment about how much Elly has packed.

(Strip Number 4479, Original Publication Date, 8 March 1985)

Panel 1: We find the Pattersons at the terminal building. As John struggles with Elly's luggage, he asks her if she's carrying an anvil.

Panel 2: She tells him that she's packed some books for his dad and some records for his sister.

Panel 3: As they pass by the flight insurance kiosk, she asks him if she should buy some. He says no.

Panel 4: He does, however, hope that the baggage handler has Blue Cross.

Summary: Har-de-freaking-HAR, Johnny. Make your wife feel like a jerk just because you're out of shape.  
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The Strawberry Jam Tyrant and Why The Treasuries Are Subpar.

It would seem that in my haste to talk about Lynn's stupid letter, I forgot about this clue as to why they are so blasted cheap-looking:

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Notes:

  • When you look at the photo of Laura "helping" Lynn, you will immediately notice the same thing that howtheduck did: Laura being firmly shooed away from doing anything that would interfere with Lynn's control of the situation. If the woman is unable to let her own grandchild get a little messy because that would mean that she's not one hundred percent in charge (and thus totally helpless), we're not dealing with a woman who'd shrug and let Fantagraphics or IDW do the treasuries properly because she confuses surrendering a little bit of control to surrendering ALL of it.
  • Laura's hair is in that ghastly propeller topknot that the Martian wears.