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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Alice's Indignation


I worry that the strip for December 26th dealing with Alice and her Dad may be a little harsh, and that Dad shows up in too poor a light. I got an email from a reader complaining about the Sunday strip where Dad bounces Alice on his knee; the actual complaint was based on a misreading of the strip, but it made me pause and think (which isn't always a good thing to do, but sometimes is).

But in regards to the December 26th strip, adults make a fuss over children when they do something cute, especially if it's an unwitting cute thing, and kids don't always appreciate it. Let's just say that Alice and her Dad have a loving yet fraught relationship, like all such relationships. And that she's probably got the more potent personality so they're not too unevenly matched, despite the disparity in size.

2 comments:

here today, gone tomorrow said...

My poor mother is bitterly fond of quoting her now seven year old twin, curly-headed, distressingly cute as in stopping-traffic-cute granddaughters, "You don't need to look at us, Grandma!"

You were spot on.

(And may I just say that your painting of Rosie O'Donnell giving Donald Trump a noogie just about made me fall off the sofa laughing this morning.)

richardcthompson said...

Haha! Cuteness is a curse and a burden, I guess.

And glad you liked Rosie vs. The D. It was fun to draw, too.