September 17th, 2017

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Now that howtheduck has established that Mike is too blasted self-absorbed, ignorant and stupid to know who he can and cannot trust, I return to the stand with a week-long arc that has John tend to want to put off having a check-up. We start things off with Lizzie getting all clingy and needy again and asking him if he's got any hugs to spare for a girl who's feeling low.

(Strip Number 5020, Original Publication Date, 19 September 1988)

Panel 1: We start things off with Lizzie being her usual unhappy self in need of reassurance. She ain'ta gonna get it from Kid Dumbfuck because Mike, who's pretending to do homework, tells her to bug off.

Panel 2: She also gets no joy from Elly who cannot even be asked to look at her when she delivers her pious "Not NOW, Honey....I'm trying to get supper on" speech.

Panel 3: When she comes up to John with that sad little look on her face and asks something of him, he asks her what she wants.

Panel 4: When she asks if he's got any hugs to spare, he's so gobsmacked, he almost puts down his newspaper.

Summary: This SHOULD be an entry-point into an extended arc about why Lizzie felt like crap most of her childhood but it's not. What happens is that Lizzie makes an off-hand comment that makes John just worried enough about his ticker to get Elly to start nagging him about getting a check-up.