October 21st, 2014

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Today's strip has Mike reveal that he actually does care quite a lot about the opinions of other people when they tell him that he's in the wrong.

(Strip Number 963, Original Publication Date, 23 October 1985)

Panel 1: As Deanna and her friend walk away from him, Mike gives them both the stink-eye and thought-bubbles "So be mad at me Deanna! See if I care!"

Panel 2: As he trudges down the hallway all rage-faced, he thought-bubbles "See if I care if you go to the Halloween party or not" because he doesn't and never will live in a world where he isn't the best person ever and rejecting him means rejecting doing things.

Panel 3: As the oblivious twit draws attention to himself by internally monologuing with his hands, he thought-bubbles "See if I care if you never talk to me again!!"

Panel 4: When he completes his transformation into his mother by yelling "Look at ME!! DO I CARE?!" to no one in particular, he's so wrapped up in his own squishy emotions, he doesn't notice the people wondering what the Hell the dentist's imbecile son is screaming about now.

Summary: We transition from his refusal to admit when he's in the wrong to an arc that combines Lynn's need to castigate her children for rejecting the love in her great big heart by thinking for themselves and the complete lack of ability to understand the real world that makes said 'rejection' a survival mechanism.
Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The other three boys in Mike's social circle reveal how little his feelings matter to them by 'volunteering' him to be the monster because he doesn't like having his neat mom chaperoning.

(Strip Number 965, Original Publication Date, 24 October 1985)

Panel 1: As our story continues, we find Mike and his friends trying to decide on a theme. We pick up the story when Brian finally hits on the idea of having the four of them going to the party as mad scientists. The other three boys like the idea.

Panel 2: Gordon sets up the conflict by saying that it might be too much if all four of them were to be dressed the same.

Panel 3: Darryl furthers things along by saying that one of them should be the experiment and suggests a monster or something.

Panel 4: Having noticed that the other three boys are smiling at him, Michael asks them why they're all looking at him.

Summary: The reason that they're looking at him is because Aaron rejected all the love in Lynn's great big heart by selfishly and cruelly thinking for himself instead of letting her lovingly, firmly and fairly do all the thinking for him.