August 28th, 2015

Indignant Candiru

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Elly's rare bit of useful advice about how the clothes make the man collides with the fact she's married a buffoon who wants to embarrass her.

(Strip Number 4667, Original Publication Date, 30 August 1986)

Panel 1: Whiny idiot Mike asks Elly why she wants him to try on all them dumb clothes anyhow.

Panel 2: She goes into full-on stupid-looking closed-eyed jabby-fingered pompous idiot lecture mode as she tells him that she wants him to look nice for school because if he looks like a slob, people are going to see a slob, little realizing that if she looks like a crazy woman, people are going to see a crazy woman.

Panel 3: She then drops the clothes make the man bomb on him.

Panel 4: When they walk by John (who looks like something the cat dragged in), he asks Elly what Mike is laughing at.

Summary: What he's laughing at is a man who cannot dress himself without looking like a maniac because he's rebelling against the common sense Elly is preaching today. John isn't big enough a deal to look like a cartoon either. Also, being grateful he's alive didn't last long, did it?

The Real Elliot/Everett Callahan

In 2005, John Patterson hired a young dentist as an associate with the intent of selling his practice to him. He was introduced only as Everett, and Lynn Johnston’s characterization of him seemed to be modeled off the personality of Keanu Reeves’ character in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. In other words, Lynn Johnston had no idea how to write dialogue for a young man in his 20s, and her readers were delighted by its astonishing badness. I believe that he was modeled off a real-life person, even though Lynn Johnston has never mentioned it before. I will talk about it more after the cut.

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