May 27th, 2015

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 28 May 2015: Die, John, DIE!!!

We follow yesterday's strip with a reminder that John never really appreciated Elly's literary endeavors.

(Strip Number 4621, Original Publication Date, 29 May 1986)

Panel 1: As she and John turn in for the night, Elly tells him that she isn't exactly sure if she's ready to read her poetry in public.

Panel 2: After all, she could panic, she could freeze up and she could make a fool of herself.

Panel 3: John starts out saying something supportive by telling her not to worry about any of that.

Panel 4: When he makes a not at ALL helpful comment about how she's survived making a foolish spectacle of herself, her worry mutates into rage.

Summary: Given that we're about a few days away from an unfunny, condescending and stupid crack about her joining the hysterical society, it's blazingly freaking obvious that Unfrozen Caveman Dentist John is being as supportive of anything that takes Elly away from her proper and sole role of cooking his food, cleaning his house and keeping those horrible children from bugging him as he always is. It's equally obvious that Rod did something to irk Lynn.

Roz Chast is the third woman to win the Reuben

The Reuben Awards were given out over the holiday by the National Cartoonists Society, and Roz Chast won the Reuben Award. Chast is only the third woman to win the Reuben—Lynn Johnston won in 1985 and Cathy Guisewaite in 1993—and she beat out Hilary Price and Stephen Pastis for the honor, mostly on the strength of her graphic novel Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, a book that has racked up a ton of awards and acclaim for Chast. It's been 22 years since the last one. I, for one, can't wait to hear Lynn Johnston's opinion on the subject.