April 5th, 2018

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 7 April 2018

John is meant to look like a lying asshole who doesn't really like the new hair-style but years of watching Elly seek out excuses to feel like shit tend to subvert that premise and substitute it with "Loving a volatile maniac addicted to feeling bad means knowing to keep quiet."

(Strip Number 5114, Original Publication Date, 8 April 1989)-04-08

Panel 1: Elly is still unsure about her hair and asks John if he really likes it. Since he married a pair of child-bearing hips, he's really indifferent to her appearance but assures her that he approves anyway.

Panel 2: When she asks him if he's being honest, he says that he loves her as a person.

Panel 3: He loves her with straight or curly hair and if she's thin or chunky. Love, as he says, is blind.

Panel 4: Since he remembers having to pick coffee mug shards outta his scalp every week or so when he says that if she weren't stooped over like the weight of the world were in her shoulders, her fake ten pounds would go away, he's less of a lying sack of crap that Lynn makes him out to be when he thought-bubbles that love also knows when to keep its mouth shut.

Summary: We eventually get back to Elly angsting about the frightening stranger in the mirror so that a leaden point is made about how Elly's insecurity becomes Liz's insecurity. The difference with Liz's insecurity is with her, we're given the option of admitting that her ugliness is in her head. We don't get that with Elly.