January 30th, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Mike, Lizzie and Christopher build mutant snow goons because snow is really, really heavy.

(Strip Number 6160, 1 February 1987)

Panel 1: As Mike roots through the fridge, Elly asks him what he's doing inside when he's supposed to be building a snowman. Mike explains that he still is.

Panel 2: As he holds up a carrot, he explains that Elizabeth ate the nose.

Panel 3: As Mike strains himself rolling a huge ball of snow, Lizzie speaks in pictures to tell Christopher that they intend building a huge snowman.

Panel 4: Mike directs the younger children to make the middle ball. This does not go well because snow in packs is very heavy and is hard for small children to push around.

Panel 5: They all strain to lift the snowball and find themselves unequal to the task.

Panel 6: Lizzie speaks in pictures again to tell the other two that the top ball weighs a thousand pounds.

Panel 7: They weigh the advantage of having the big snowman against the disadvantage of killing themselves to build it.

Panel 8: They solve their problem by leaving the three component balls where they are and giving them small heads. A purist might object to their snow microcephalic hobbits but they walk away satisfied.

Summary: This is probably meant to indicate that children are lazy but I see them as being smart enough to know when to quit doing something stupid. Also, expect Lynn to provide notes complaining about how her attempt to internationalize her humor isn't 'good' enough owing to her inability to think metric.
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Monday, 1 February 2016

For some reason, Mike and Lizzie try to cover up the For Sale sign Mrs Baird puts on their house.

(Strip Number 1114, Original Publication Date, 2 February 1987)

Panel 1: Michael calls Elizabeth's attention to the fact that Mrs Baird has just put a For Sale sign on her front lawn.

Panel 2: Lizzie looks at the awful sign of the world changing forever and sighs in despair.

Panel 3: She then asks Thelma if she and Mike can build a snowman on her front lawn. Thelma agrees to this.

Panel 4: As they walk away smiling, we find that they placed the snowman in such a manner that it obscures the sign.

Summary: It doesn't really matter what the kids do or think or if it's age-appropriate for them to be obsessed with what the neighborhood looks like; that's because Connie will move next door this June and it cannot be prevented by a snowman Thelma will get rid of as soon as she steps out to check the mail.