January 19th, 2018

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 21 January 2018

We have a dialogue free strip that has John help the kids build a snow fort only for him to be left confused and upset because they're inside sitting by the fireplace when he gets done.

(Strip Number 7264, Original Publication Date, 22 January 1989)

Panel 1: Lynn disproves her point about how the strip is improved by captions like 'SWEEP, SWEEP!' and 'CHOMP, CHEW, EAT!!" cluttering up the page. This is because despite no dialogue being shown, we clearly see that Liz is playing the 'Come on, Daddy....PLEEEEEEASE!!!' card when she tries to pull him out of the armchair he's sitting in so that he can put aside his paper and leave the fireside to help her with something.

Panel 2: It's also clear that given that she's pointing at a group of kids her age playing in the snow, his services are required to make that better.

Panel 3: The strip proper begins with Elizabeth telling Dawn, Christopher Nichols with the wrong hair colour and what looks like an eight year old Valerie Stone that the help they needed building their snow fort has arrived as promised.

Panel 4: As the kids look on, John shovels more snow on the side of the fort.

Panel 5: As a happy Elizabeth looks on, he widens the entrance.

Panel 6: As he builds a window, he seems to be calling to Liz to inspect his handiwork.

Panel 7: As he crawls out of the snow cave, he's confused because the kids seem to have vanished.

Panel 8: His confusion is replaced by shock and horror when he goes inside to find them sitting by the cozy fire he left.

Summary: We're clearly pandering to the "Whaddaya mean, 'He took too long?'" demographic here because none of the people this is meant to appeal to want to admit that kids get bored easier because they experience time as moving slower. Also, Lynn should have done more like these; she could have reached foreign-language markets a lot easier by cutting out the dialogue all together.