dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Today's strip is from 1980 and features the toxic family dynamics of the Patterson family.

(Strip Number 7070, Original Publication Date, 6 July 1980)

Panel 1: We start off with Trash-Bag Johnny glowering at his toolbox because he confuses not having the tool he needs right that second with the Apocalypse.

Panel 2: The anal dipshit touches off the conflict by hollering at Elly for not putting the tools back in the exact order he prefers.

Panel 3: Peeved at being bellowed at for no better reason that "John is an impatient fucktard", Elly slumps around like a zombie looking for something to do to someone to make up for getting yelled at by a noxious twat.

Panel 4: The someone she finds is Michael, who is the unfortunate recipient of a threat to have his toys taken away if he doesn't put them away this second.

Panel 5: Since Mike was having a nice, quiet time to himself, he cannot process the sudden attack on his person.

Panel 6: Mike yanks "HIS" funny book away from Lizzie in order to cope with being yelled at out of the blue.

Panel 7: Lizzie stares at us as if to ask what is happening.

Panel 8: She then grabs a smiling ragdoll from a near-by shelf.

Panel 9: Lynn is trying to send some sort of message when, having been flung on the floor by an angry one year old, the doll is now grimacing in pain.

Summary: Back when I first saw this, I failed to see the doll's reaction. All I saw was the cycle of abuse being perpetuated by unapologetic dolts. I still do but now I see her saying "nothing can be done about things" and "kids are resilient" and the John of 2008 admitting to no connection to his being a screaming twit and why his kids are so damned distant.

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