November 8th, 2014

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Today's strip has Michael enrage John by not being born knowing how to rake leaves like he believes he was. Since John is a filthy sadist and a colossal lying ass, he conflates honest ignorance with malice.

(Strip Number 6688, Original Publication Date, 10 November 1985)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Mike playing outside; when John makes the scene, our boy thought-bubbles that Daddy must want to put him to work.

Panel 2: He can tell this by looking at the back of his head and successfully predicting the frown in front.

Panel 3: John tells Mike to rake the leaves only to be told that he doesn't know where the rake is.

Panel 4: He sets up trouble in the future by handing Mike the rake instead of showing him where it is for future reference.

Panel 5: Mike further irritates John by not knowing what to do with the leaves after he's done.

Panel 6: John hands him a lawn bag.

Panel 7: When Mike asks where he's supposed to put the leaves now that they're in the bags, John rolls his eyes in disgust.

Panel 8: His reaction to Mike not being born knowing how to rake leaves is to scream "PUT THEM IN THE BACK OF THE [BOXCAR!!!!] CAR!!"

Panel 9: When Mike does what he stupidly thinks he's been told to do and dumps the bags out into the car, John is horrified.

Summary: The inevitable end result of this is a pointless argument in which John attributes Mike's being a clueless dolt to being defiant and wicked. This is owing to John not wanting to admit that expecting Mike to be born knowing things Will had to teach him when he was ten is a shitty and mean-spirited thing to do.