September 4th, 2015

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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Lizzie starts going by her full name when Helpful Boy hints at all the the awful things it rhymes with. Too bad that he doesn't know all the words that sound like her name or Lizardbreath would be a lot better off.

(Strip Number 4669, Original Publication Date, 6 September 1986)

Panel 1: Miss Blais takes the roll call and pauses when she gets to Elizabeth.

Panel 2: She then asks her if she'd rather be referred to as Lizzie or Elizabeth.

Panel 3: Lizzie's seat-mate astonishes her when he whispers "Dizzy, fizzy, tizzy, bizzy Lizzie."

Panel 4: Elizabeth decides that she'd like to be referred to by her full name.

Summary: This is because she only thinks that she's safe from having her name turned against her. She has no idea that in four years time, petulant nitwit Mike tags her with a name that follows her like a bad smell because he can't be asked to behave civilly towards her because of his pea-brained belief that not promising to destroy someone who mildly frustrates him is being weak.

Miss Blais: Teaching by Humiliation

Miss Blais is Elizabeth’s Grade 1 teacher. Unlike Miss Lyon (Kindergarten) and Mrs. Kinney (Grade 2), Miss Blais does not make it onto the interactive character pages of Lynn’s website for Elizabeth Patterson. Lynn has said that Miss Lyon was based on an actual teacher of Katie’s, but given the way Miss Blais is portrayed, I doubt she was based on someone real. I will talk about it after the cut.

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Paula and Melody: Failed Friends.

As we know, Lynn didn't seem to want to simply recycle the whole "let's have Lizzie's school years be like Mike's in that her best friend is her classmate" because she wanted to talk about a subject dear to her heart: classroom politics and how to win at it. She did this by creating two people who didn't really endure because she grew sick of them: Melody and Paula. Later on, she realized that she could have her cake and eat it too by having Liz and Dawn try to navigate the dangerous shoals of peer pressure but for the next year, we're going to be dealing with the peers of Janice Madigan and Darryl Smythe. Bear with me as I discuss them and my thoughts on the matter.

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This happens to be the last time we see either of them. because Lynn realized that she might have gone overboard with the need to warn people about playground politics. Lizzie's social life was out of focus for a few years until it occurred to Lynn to simply have Dawn become Liz's own personal Lawrence.