January 29th, 2017

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 30 January 2017

Lizzie's fear of the situation she's in leads to more teacher-bashing when it's revealed that Miss Kinney/Bell would probably be curled up in a ball if she didn't need to save face.

(Strip Number 1410, Original Publication Date, 30 January 1988)

Panel 1: We find ourselves back at school watching as Lizzie's teacher Miss Kinney (it was Miss Bell in the original because someone forgot what she'd named her beforehand) and her class listen to the radio. The newsreader states that gale force winds have knocked out the power, the streets are closed to all but emergency vehicles and people are to stay in place until the situation is resolved.

Panel 2: As they get ready to bed down for the night, a frightened Lizzie tells another classmate (who might just be Candace O'Hallaran) that she's never slept in a school before. Neither has the other girl.

Panel 3: Since Mommy isn't there to reassure her, Lizzie comes up to Miss Kinney/Bell, tells her she's afraid and asks her if she's afraid too. Miss InconsistentName says that she's never scared.

Panel 4: She responds to Lizzie's frightened stare with a frightened stare of her own and thought-bubbles "As long as there's someone around who's more scared than me!"

Summary: Again, the teachers do not acquit themselves well here. We're dealing with the same phony courage that seems to animate someone whose idea of teaching is showing a video tape and coddling a delinquent.