January 8th, 2014

Snarky Candiru2

Phil: herald of the Second Age.

As we all know, the strip can be divided into eras. Currently, we're in the dying phase of what are called the 'Early Years' of the strip. In a few months, Connie will leave town for a few years, the Enjo family will move in, Lizzie will transition from "fear-filled human barnacle" to "vaguely discontented little girl in pig-tails whose default expression is a blank-eyed, confused frown" and in about a year and a half, Phil will talk John into taking the Camping Trip From Hell. After that, we enter into what can be called the "Growing" or "Middle" Years of the strip.

What I find interesting about all of this is that Phil also seems to be involved in two other elements of the change-over. This is because I sometimes think that if Elly hadn't got it into her stupid head that Phil's job was to save Connie from Ted, the confused, needy, angry woman wouldn't have been soooooooo ashamed and lost that she had to move to Thunder Bay to marry a manipulative SOB on a power trip. Also, had Phil been a less temperamental and more observant teacher, Mike wouldn't have lost faith in adults and become the moody, defeatist slacker he spent years being.