dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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dreadedcandiru2

John’s trip reconsidered.

As you no doubt know by now, the current storyline is a retelling of one of the first extended stories from the first year of the strip. In the original version John sort of felt bad about making Elly stay home when he knew that if the sponsoring organization had actually allowed spouses to accompany the participants, she’d have had a great time. This, of course, was when Lynn was will to give Rod the benefit of the doubt. While it’s true that Elly didn’t want John to have too good a time, it was clear that they’d discussed the matter and come to the best possible conclusion given the restrictions they faced. It’s different this time, though; it clearly looks as if Lynn wants to tell us that John failed to talk things over with Elly because he was too cheap to buy her a second ticket and too much of a selfish imbecile to let her travel with him. She fails in her execution by making this conference seem as if it’s being held in the dullest place on Earth. Since there would probably be nothing for Elly to do but sit through boring lectures or watch television in a different time zone, it seems to me at least that he’s doing a more or less decent thing for a silly reason: he wants Elly to get to know the kids better. I would remind you that any strip that might tend to portray him in any sort of positive light would not appear but you know that by now.

Tags: lynn: failed creator, the reload
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