December 22nd, 2014

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

John thinks that Elly's need to invite everyone she knows over to the house for Christmas is her way of sharing the gift of chaos.

(Strip Number 996, Original Publication Date, 21 December 1985)

Panel 1: We find John and Elly on the hide-a-bed in the family room. As they settle in for an uncomfortable night's sleep, John asks who else beside Jim and Marian is coming.

Panel 2: She reminds him that Phil, Georgia, Connie, Lawrence, maybe Connie's parents, Steve, Annie, the devil children and Mrs Baird are coming over.

Panel 3: She then tells him that it's going to be an old-fashioned family Christmas.

Panel 4: Since his parents can't budget time either, he moans "Yeah....absolute chaos."

Summary: The odd thing is that the chaos goes unseen because of all of those people, we only see Jim, Marian, Connie and Lawrence. What's more, we never see Connie and Lawrence interact with Jim or Marian because Lynn can't imagine a situation in which more than two people speak at any given time.
Snarky Candiru2

The Christmas pageant and its discontents.

Now, we all know that every so often, someone will talk about how Lynn had the unhappy tendency of letting plot threads drop because of her messy priorities and innate forgetfulness. The reason that I mention this is that for some reason, she decided to actually show this year's Christmas pageant by creating new, not-in-any-newspaper strips specifically for a treasury.

We start the trio of bonus strips with Miss Lyon trying to organize the kiddies before the start of the thing. As we see here, she seems to be rather poor at handling her charges and also rather easily overwhelmed.

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The next strip in the sequence has her turn the minor crisis of Lizzie's losing the batteries for the star into a huge crisis.

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We end the thing with John's plan to record the play for posterity going up the spout because no one thought to keep spare batteries on their person just to be safe because taking precautions is for picky-faces.

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What we learn is that children are chaotic idiots who witlessly get in the way of adult plans because they aren't smart enough to look out for themselves. We learn something else: we learn to be careful what we wish for.