February 20th, 2019

howbandaid

Friday, 22 February 2019

(Originally published Friday, February 23, 1990)
This is one where Gordon has an opportunity to be kind to someone and instead sees the moment as an opportunity to get a girl he wants.  Yeesh!.

Panel 1: Allyson turns her back on Gordon and says, “I’m sick! (Cough, cough).  Leave me alone.”  Really I could see Allyson Creemore saying this to Gordon even if she wasn’t sick.  The coughing is confusing though because it is not a symptom I typically associate with drinking something bad.  My guess is Lynn Johnston did not want to draw someone vomiting from drinking.  She has a family comic strip, after all.

Panel 2: Out of nowhere, vibrating lines appear around Allyson.  Gordon puts his hands on her and she immediately starts talking suicide.  Really I could see Allyson Creemore saying this to Gordon even if she wasn’t sick. 

Panel 3: Gordon suggests Allyson go by herself to the washroom and get cleaned up.  Is Gordon going to help her get there?  No.  Is Gordon going to help her clean up?  No. Is Gordon going to seek the help of any kind of medical professional who might be at the dance?  No.  Gordon is just going to take her home, which is the one thing you would expect a kid in Grade 8 can’t do.  All those other things a kid his age can do, so naturally he is not going to do any of those.  He has a strange hands-off attitude for a kid who is ultimately going to become an auto mechanic.

Right away we have an indication of the mindset of multi-millionaire Lynn Johnston, where Gordon’s help for Allyson comes in the form of paying someone else to help her.   A wealthy person’s first thought would be to hire a cab.  A poor person’s first thought would be to find an adult who is willing to take Allyson home for free without making a big stink over her drunkenness. 


Frankly, if Allyson is in good enough shape to make it to the washroom by herself and get herself cleaned up, maybe she can also be in good enough shape to talk to an adult who has a car, so she doesn’t have to be alone with creepy Gordon.  Allyson questions, “You?  How?” Really I could see Allyson Creemore saying this to Gordon even if she wasn’t sick. 

Panel 4: Gordon imagines a knight in shining armor carrying a maiden away on his horse.  Even when he has the opportunity to see her as a real person and not some fantasy, Gordon still goes for the fantasy.  He seems to have no sympathy for the way she feels at all.

Summary: The slow transition of Gordon from creepy comic relief to decent guy gets a start, but it’s a really slow start.