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Introducing the Strongwell parents as you’ve never seen them before: smiling. And yet, it just puts a pit in one’s stomach to see Mr. and Mrs. Strongwell looking like that while saying the things they’re saying.
I want to point out (because I don’t think I addressed it clearly enough) that Maria IS hungover too. As Gavin said on the last page, she started after seeing her brother kiss her crush. So, yeah. She’s still probably pretty mad, just too unwell to DO anything about it. Regardless of the situation though, they are quite close as far as siblings go, and will make snarky comments at their parents’ expense if they can…
…and the parents don’t hear… ^_^
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I'm going to hate when I reach the update point.
"9 CHickweed Lane": Edda (a slender blonde beautiful ballerina, for those who don't follow the strip) answers the door, and finds the parents of Seth (her extremely hunky almost flamingly gay dancer roommate, who's from Texas) standing here.
Seth's mother takes one look at her, grabs her into a big hug, and exclaims "Hallelujah! My son is living in conventional sin!"
Other than that, it's one of my favorite pages. XD
I wish I could be happy enough to create a spontaneous rainbow behind me.
And apparently thier parents have never been sick before or they would know how to use disease in the right context and not go throwing it around like a monkey with poo.
Seriously, though, this page is only the second (or third?) time we see the Strongwells, and they come off just as despicable as ever. It's in a different way, though; in chapter 5, they were shown to disparage Rudy for being gay (Norman) or to just pretend that he isn't gay (Mom). In this case, they're shown to be happy because they believe their son turned out the way they want him to be. This shows a conditional love, or at the very least, a failure to accept their son as he truly is. They treat something inherent and defining about their son as a cancer, believing that he shouldn't be who he is. So, they're glad to see him ""cured"" (double air quotes, because he's almost certainly still gay, and even if he weren't, it wouldn't be right to use that word seriously). On the one hand, they seem to want what they believe is best for their son. Yet, what they believe is "best" for their son would require him to sacrifice his identity and pretend to be something he's not, and that's unacceptable.
This page really is sad, due to the whole difficult situation with the Strongwell family (i.e. parents being close-minded). At the same time, though, Rudy's comment in the last panel... combined with the rainbow... it's so funny! In being glad that their son "isn't" gay, the Strongwell parents celebrate in a very campy fashion... the irony is not lost. Plus, it plays with the dual meaning of "gay", methinks. Also the image of Dark Lord Norman, smiling with a rainbow in the background... my day has been made.
I love this page! It brings back two of the most-hated characters in the story, and lets us pile more dislike upon them! It's depressing in it's cheerfulness, but Rudy's comment gives it marvelous humor. A wonderful glimpse into a tragic family.
These ones are very, very impressive specimens.
Like everything Herman cain espouses, and just about anything any racist says. Then.. There's the Strongwell parents.
So let's just say: Ignorance is bliss!!