May 15th, 2017

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

We begin the "Calm Before The Cliché Storm That Is Thelma Baird's Death" arc with John comparing himself to an ant Lizzie happens to be tormenting.

(Strip Number 4965, Original Publication Date, 16 May 1988)

Panel 1: We find Lizzie in the park down the road calling John's attention to an ant that she keeps covering over in sand every time it climbs out of it.

Panel 2: She then reports that she is confused by the fact that no matter how many times she covers it up with sand, it refuses to understand that it's just supposed to stay there and die because she wills it thus but insists on trying to get to its nest.

Panel 3: This makes John pause for a second.

Panel 4: Reason: he's realized that he's had days just like that.

Summary: A lot of what makes John so pissed off all the time is his fear that his life is an exercise in futility. The problem is that he's the creation of someone who thinks that a life not pledged to the service of a monstrous and infantile mind is futile and bad.