"I wish I'd never met your father! I wish you'd never been born."
Today's Full Strip
Poor Tom Harpman looks like he just swallowed a bay leaf.
Well, Mary's "Lamb" recipe calls for two dozen bay leafs. A few always get left suspended in the the gelatinous core.
Panel One is fantastic. Elinor looks like The Joker from the Batman Comics of old, and she's stabbing herself in the eye with a fork. Tom Harpman's head is squished, like Giella was trying desperately to keep it within the frame, and he looks like one of those inflatable half-men that timid solo lady travellers can buy to sit in the seat next to them on car trips to discourage bad guys. And I'm still charmed by the powder puff and antennae bouquet on the glossy sideboard.So loving this.PS--Great secret msg today, Wanders!
Wanders, Panel 1 had the more hilarious artwork. Elinor's forehead had slipped down and Tom's face had melted (as well as his eye whites being black like yesterday)!!
I figured that Tom's nausea is due to Mary's dinner kicking in - "Ooph, my stomach!" And, for dessert, a mother-daughter squabble. Elinor and Beth have been having the same argument for the past 15+ years. Do you think we're in for a flashback? Wouldn't it be great if Mr. Kinley turns out to be the Happy Hobo?
"Will you look at the time! I need to get home and clean my andirons."
Tom Harpman says, "Well, on that perfect segue, I have several days worth of dirty pajamas and robes to launder. Good night, ladies!....and Elinor."
Uncle Joe hasn't drawn anyone so evil-looking since his Batman days. I do so love an over-the-top, fork-brandishing, nasty character. What a shame that Mary will feel the need to redeem and reform her. Sigh.
"Mother", "Father"... geez, could the dialogue get any MORE stilted?!?But then again, these characters are all caricatures note even remotely modeled on real humans so, I guess it fits. Carry on.
I can't imagine why father left.
So, Elinor Kinley and Jill Black share the same philosophy about men! Was young, pregnant Elinor also left standing at the altar (literally)?Maybe Elinor had a few drinks before showing up at Mary's; her outburst is very similar to Jill's at The Restaurant. Save yourselves, Beth and Tom!
Elinor finds romance garrulousand hates that her daughter might boast.On this point she's undeniably querulous.Of all things about Elinor, we know this the most.That Mary should encourage a topic so perilousis bad form for a dinner host.Worse than serving asparagus, Mary has intentionally imposed a conversation both unappetizing and scurrilous.Tom hasn't touched his pork roast.
Hmm. Maybe I'm glad I wasn't invited after all. As my sister says, "Life is brutal."
Must....remember...family....blog.Father? Father?! I just assumed with Elinor's stunning good looks and prize-winning personality that we had a second immaculate conception. But there's really a father. Wow.
If this ends in a food fight, I will be even happier.
Who'd leave a catch like Elinor? I wonder if we'll be treated to Mr. Kinley's version of how they broke up? Will he be living in a shabby apartment, complete with cracked walls & windows?
The perfect comic strip? Dawn Weston, Jill Black, and Elinor whatsherface reminiscing about how brutal life is.
Best Comment Today: Chin Napkin Groupie.
Maybe Elinor's husband left to become a vigilante?
Maybe he worked for a phone company and "fell in love with long distances" (a tip of the hat to Tennessee Williams).
Tom Harpman suddenly looks like he'd rather be ANYWHERE but here. This has to be the worst dinner party ever! "HAHAHA!", as Jill Black would say.
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