October 6th, 2017

Cynical Candiru

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Today's long-form "Aw, he really is still a kid at heart" thing has Mike lie his ass off to Gordon about how he really feels about Super-Teddy.

(Strip Number, Original Publication Date, 9 October 1988)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Mike and Gordon trying to enjoy popular music only to have Elly stand around bellowing about them having to take that awful headache music into their rooms if they insist on stabbing her in the heart because they hate her by playing it.

Panel 2: Since Elly doesn't like being reminded that her children see her as the stodgy old killjoy she actually is, she glowers at Mike when he tells Gordonnnn that Boris only allowed out of cell for a few hours at a time.

Panel 3: The strip proper begins with Gordon noticing Super Teddy placed proudly on Mike's dresser drawer and asking if he still sleeps with it. Since Mike is all about not being teased because his feelings are the only ones that matter, he states that he doesn't.

Panel 4: He makes a big production of how it just happens to be on his dresser without his knowledge.

Panel 5: As he punts Super Teddy, he says that he hasn't touched it in years.

Panel 6: As he tosses the teddy bear away, he tells Gordon that he'd barely notice it if it were to be thrown away because he barely looks at it.

Panel 7: Once Gordon leaves, he goes under his bed.

Panel 8: He retrieves Teddy from underneath it.

Panel 9: He puts Super Teddy back where he belongs so as to keep the boogeyman at bay.

Summary: The interesting thing is having to remember that he takes Super Teddy to Uni with him. This highlights something Lynn doesn't get because of her impoverished imagination: a person can be more than one thing at a time. He can be Mr Cool, he can live and die by how others see him and, yes, he can still be afraid of the shadows on his bedroom wall. They aren't mutually exclusive things even though Lynn thinks they are.