December 17th, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 18 December 2016

In today's strip, Angry Elly is angry when she lectures the kids about thoughtlessly bunching up the floor mat; what she doesn't know is that Farley is the guilty party.

(Strip Number 7036, Original Publication Date, 20 December 1987)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly noticing that the rug she puts next to the back door is all bunched up.

Panel 2: Since the little things matter more to Elly more than the big things ever will, we see the Blacked-Out Thought-Bubble Of Rage floating over her head.

Panel 3: She yells for the kids to come down and look at what they've done to disappoint her now.

Panel 4: As the kids and Farley look on, Elly points at the bunched-up rug and tells them what thoughtless children they are.

Panel 5: She first accuses Mike of thoughtlessly bunching it up trudging in from outside.

Panel 6: Her next wild accusation is that Lizzie must also have used the thing as a slide because she hates her mother and yearns to see her destroyed.

Panel 7: She then tells them to go back to their rooms and think about the evil, mother-ruining thing they've done. Not only has one of them bunched up the carpet to make her life worse, they're lying and saying that they have no idea what she's talking about.

Panel 8: As Elly storms away in another rage, she doesn't notice Farley at all. This turns out to be a problem.

Panel 9: Reason: Farley is bunching up the rug because he's about to bed down.

Panel 10: We end the strip with Farley sleeping and not knowing why the large creature he lives with is yelling at its offspring this time. He probably 'believes' that the large, angry entity that's where he lives simply yells angrily because that's its nature.

Summary: What isn't in Elly's nature is 'finding out what's actually going on before she starts screaming'; once again, the kids get themselves jammed up because she's too angry to find out what's happened.
Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 19 December 2016

Today's strip is the classic "Lizzie hurts herself trying to hug the Christmas tree" strip.

(Strip Number 1387, Original Publication Date, 21 December 1987)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at a tree lot watching John, Michael and Elizabeth pick out the tree. Having spotted the one she wants, an excited Lizzie points it out and says "THIS ONE! THIS ONE! I WANT THIS ONE!"

Panel 2: For some reason, she tries to prove her love for the tree by embracing it. This works as well as could be expected as she hurts herself getting prodded with the branches.

Panel 3: As John pulls her away (and as Mike snickers to himself), he tells her that she can't hug a Christmas tree.

Summary: While I'd like to think we'd get a cute little thing about how affectionate Katie was as a child, if we do get notes, someone will make a bad pun about the phrase "tree hugger."