Well, I have to say that Holly in panel three is a sight for sore eyes. Finally, someone moved to exhibit an emotion, and it isn’t abject despair! This has got to be a Funky Winkerbean first. Even Funky didn’t approach this level of anger when he learned that Cory stole the Lisa’s Legacy funds. The force of her rage has actually flattened Cory’s head! Well done, well done, Mr. Batiuk!
It now pains me to point out that the sentence structure sure suffers by comparison. For one thing, Holly was vacuuming, not sweeping–and there is a difference. “Cleaning” would work in this case. But the third panel really shouldn’t be a question, based on the content of the first two panels. Panel two should have been “When I noticed something…” which could easily fit the available space in that word-balloon and wouldn’t make the final panel seem so awkwardly put together.
I guess the least aspect of this episode is the idea behind it. Holly collected the comics for Cory and gave them to him. That’s the end of the matter; he’s free to do with them as he pleases. I guess in the Author’s mind, a gift isn’t just a gift, it’s an actual aspect of the giver, and thus must be treasured forever as that aspect instead of being appreciated as an object with its own function. Thus, selling the gift is a terrible, terrible insult.
(I guess. In my mind, I have an amusing picture of Tom Batiuk in high school, and a “friend” of his finishes a candy bad, then hands the wrapper to Young Batiuk. “Tom…I want you to have this,” he says, trying to hold back the laughter. “It…it meant a lot to me.” At home, Young Batiuk has whole shoe-boxes filled with candy wrappers et al which he would never consider parting with.)
Well, at least we got a classic face out of today’s episode. It’s the best thing I’ve seen in this strip since…well, it has been a while, let me just say that.