November 7th, 2017

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

I sure hope there are notes that explain why Lynn is screaming "MY DADDY DIDN'T FIGHT THE WAR INSIDE, YOU HORRIBLE, UNGRATEFUL MONSTER BOY!!!" at Aaron.

(Strip Number 5046, Original Publication Date, 9 November 1988)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the middle school so that we can remind ourselves that this is set in Ontario in the late eighties; this is because when Lawrence talks about having the morning off on the eleventh, Mike mutters 'Yeah' in confirmation.

Panel 2: He then reminds Mike that there's buses taking everyone to the Remembrance Day service in the park. Since Mike has been cast as the slacker who doesn't love his country and grandpa enough, he whines about having to go out in the cold.

Panel 3: As they go out into the brisk autumn day, Lawrence reminds Mike that their teacher Mr Gordon says that attendance is mandatory because they hafta remember the soldiers who fought in the war even though it was breezy and cold, Michael.

Panel 4: Lazy, Hitler-Worshiping, King-And-Country-Hating Mike moans "Can't we remember them inside?" because he doesn't realize that the march-past is a sort of military parade and thus, by definition, held outdoors no matter what the weather.

Summary: I remember that when I first saw this, I made the assumption that the Pattersons consisted of yuppie scum and their ungrateful brats because unlike Mike, I realized that in order to honour veterans, I had to accept a tame level of the discomfort they had to deal with. Time has done what it's supposed to and made me see what's actually going on: Lynn has decided that in order for her to show off her love of country, she's going to have to grab her son's avatar by the shirtfront and scream in his face about how soft and selfish he is and how little he loves his country. This is because the war on straw men is one that will never end.
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The "Draw Farley" contest, part two: I'm number three! I'm number three!!

The latest news note is about the results of that Draw Farley contest from a few weeks back and it looks as if I came in third. Here's the write-up for those who are interested.

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Personal observations:
Drawing One: I like this one but, well, I do remember that Lynn hates an artwork style she cannot successfully adapt to her own purposes (by which I mean "brazenly steal") so I know it isn't going to get top marks.

Drawing Two: It looks like something Lynn herself could have drawn back when she gave a shit.

Drawing Three: I agree with Lynn's assessment. This child is talented for her age.

Drawing Four (our winner): I do NOT agree with Lynn's assessment. This looks like the garbage Lynn churns out when she's shit-talking Doug and Rod.

Drawing Five: Unlike the old picky-face living in her kid's basement, I think THIS deserves to be the winner. Well, this or Number Seven.

Drawing Six: Holy crap!!! I made the short list!!! Hooray for me!!!

Drawing Seven: This is clearly the one of the best Farleys here but Lynn's pathetic and stupid fear of the Scary Machine That's Filled With MATH!!!!!!! sadly disqualifies it.