Confession: I Don’t Get Today’s Strip

I guess I should be glad that the one-week lull in watching Patterson children move has finally ended. (Not only was the car-buying sequence boring, Liz's move to the south gives us yet another opportunity to see a Patterson work her magic with packing tape. That's right, Liz, you strap down those box corners. Oh baby.)

But, I truly don’t get what the “joke” is. (This strip is so removed from bona fide humor that one set of quotes around the word "joke" isn’t sufficient. Make that ““““joke””””.) What is the last frame getting at? April asks, “Are you ready to come home?” And Liz looks....what? Is she looking wistfully at her boxed and thoroughly taped (oh baby) belongings, wishing she could stay in Mtsiwhatsit for the summer? Is she thinking she can’t wait to get back to good ol’ Milborough (where, apparently, street numbers aren’t necessary, judging from the way the box Shiimsa isn’t sleeping on is addressed)? That she doesn’t want to leave Shiimsa behind with the savages Mtigwakians? That she regrets buying such an oversized desk for a temporary efficiency apartment?

Liz’s deepest thoughts will undoubtedly be revealed as this week's "action" (make that ““““action””””) d-r-a-g-s on...and they’ll probably turn out to be not that deep. Still, seems like with a little bit of effort, today’s strip could have actually had a...point.

  • Today’s...Whatever

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I assumed that she had packed way in advance of the actual move date because she was so eager to get home, and so April's question struck her as funny. I use the term "funny" because I don't know if "ironic" is appropriate. The grammar police have cracked down on that word so often these days that I truly don't even know what it means any more.

    10:10 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    April's question struck her as funny. I use the term "funny" because I don't know if "ironic" is appropriate.


    10:21 PM  
    Anonymous Beasley said...

    I'm waiting for Liz to pose for an "adult" magazine to supplement her income.

    8:09 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Well, of course Jesse doesn't want Liz to leave. Whose windows is he going to peep in now? A boy never forgets his first boner.

    2:21 PM  
    Anonymous Beasley said...

    I wish this site would update a bit more regularly.

    7:20 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Foobiverse http://www.livejournal.com/community/binky_betsy/ updates every day. And St. Eleanor of Milborough http://www.livejournal.com/users/ellcee/ updates fairly often, and right now has some great fic going on.

    7:23 PM  
    Anonymous Beasley said...

    Thanks, "anon"!

    By the way, can you use some sort of handle when posting just so I can get to "know you"? ;)

    8:08 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    ---Binky Betsy

    1:53 AM  
    Blogger April Patterson said...

    beasley, c'mon over to my new blog, "April's Real Blog!"



    11:36 AM  
    Blogger crumblord said...

    Sunday's strip ... well, NOW we know why things ... take ... so ... looooong. If hummingbirds live in one parallel universe, clearly the Pattersons live in another (smack dab in the center of it, natch) where one conversation can last for weeks.

    8:35 PM  

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