October 9th, 2017

Cynical Candiru

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

As I said yesterday, "slamming Aaron and Katie for acting like rich kids" transitions to "Lindy moaning about how terrible it was being in school" when Lizzie moans about not having a quick comeback to an insult.

(Strip Number 5031, Original Publication date, 12 October 1988)

Panel 1: As Lizzie eats her banana, Random Yellow-Haired Boy With The Overbite Of Evil Number 78 tells everyone that it's outside play time by stating that the last person out is a scuzzbag.

Panel 2: As one could expect, this results in a chaotic scramble of children rushing to the door. Given the target audience, their seeming blindness to the glaring pop-art caption "STAMPEDE!" that always appears during an occasion like this makes sense to the easily overwhelmed and slow to forgive mothers who eat this strip up and ask for seconds.

Panel 3: Having noticed that Lizzie is the last member of the stampede to make it outside, Random Boy makes a meal of pointing out that this makes her a scuzzbag. It also sets up the "saying things that aren't true" part of Saturday's whining Aesop.

Panel 4: Being called the lying name of scuzzbag by a horrible lying boy who should have been NICE! and GOOD! and FAIR! and not LIED! (but who should have instead said that Lind.....Lizzie was RIGHT and PRETTY and SMART) makes Lizzie channel a woman in her early forties who wonders why smart comebacks always come to you two days after you need them.

Summary: Since we're clearly back to dealing with her childhood back in the fatuous fifties of not knowing how poor she wasn't, we can expect notes about how the "too good to be true" types hurt Poor Little Lindy's feelings by expecting her to take it as well as dish it out.