dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Halloween costume arc begins with Mike overestimating how skilled John is and how willing he is to do things for his children.

(Strip Number 325, Original Publication Date, 25 October 1982)

Panel 1: As our story continues, we find a beaming Mike wearing a pilot's helmet from the 1910s and holding the accompanying pair of goggles in his hands; he tells John that he found them at Mrs Baird's house.

Panel 2: He then says how neat they are and that Mrs Baird said that he could borrow them and be a World War One flying ace for Halloween; said ace, no doubt, is meant to be a beagle on a doghouse.

Panel 3: All he needs is a scarf and one more simple thing that John can make; John asks what that simple thing is.

Panel 4: Mike's telling him that the simple thing to make is an airplane staggers John.

Summary: It doesn't stagger me; that's because I know that seven year olds like Mike don't really have much of an idea how tricky that is. They don't mean anything hurtful by it, they just don't. John doesn't know this and assumes that wild-eyed, well-meaning ignorance is calculating malice.

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