Thanks for that. We’re in the UK so we’re checking and consulting as to options.
I agree, but as she isn’t explicitly violent towards the girl, our hands are tied. It’s not the sort of case social services would take up, sadly.
Completely. My boyfriend’s sister rules her little girl with an iron fist, going completely mad over the tiniest ‘infraction’ and not even letting the child wear warm or practical clothes because they aren’t ‘fashionable.’ The poor little girl is terrified of her, to the point she has bowel problems, but there’s nothing we can do. A shame people don’t need a licence to have children.
Comics have a long history of being serious and dealing with real-life issues, though often hiding the fact with surrealism or anthropormorphism. One reason so many people, not just artists, talk about being heavily influenced by comics is because, especially when they were mostly seen in newspapers, they were some of the few areas where kids could discern something genuine and non-patronising being discussed with them, and they could get a grasp on real-world issues in a more comprehensible form than the paper itself. This carries on – Calvin and Hobbes certainly dealt with serious issues, and Zits and even Brewster Rockit will do so as well. This is part of what makes the medium such great and powerful art.
Or, Lynn drew her walking away so that she left the room organically and the boys were alone to have a conversation that, if Elly had heard it, would change the situation.
I’m sure he’s a Far Side reader and must have remembered this: https://images.app.goo.gl/QWUhTPuADxDHrKKNA
I’ve been thinking that (it’s why today’s Calvin and Hobbes is so apt) but I find myself caught up in the hope of a new year too. I know it’s meaningless and yet symbolically it’s hard to feel things can’t improve at least a little bit. The perils of being human, I suppose.
I find it awfully depressing that she feels she needs a boyfriend to go out. I didn’t have a boyfriend till I was at Uni, but from around fifteen I went out with my friends all the time and never lacked for fun.
I don’t entirely disagree with you but I imagine a lot of it stemmed from the fact that LJ’s marriage fell apart so spectacularly and so she became enamoured of the idea of a longstanding, trustworthy love that is grounded in a childhood friendship.