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October 15, 2007


I have no idea what they’re saying here.

I swear, one of these nights Jeri will go nuts and just slit all their throats, and I won’t be the least bit surprised.

Last week:

I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a blatant example to back up my opinion: Jeri, the older sister in PreTeena, might not be the most likable character (though really not much worse than many teenagers) but her mother’s attitude toward her is no less than hateful: Her comments about Jeri, and to Jeri, are mean-spirited and often qualify as emotional abuse.


  1. I agree…this is over-the-top for Mrs. Keane. There must be more to it. Jeri’s dreaming, maybe. Especially since Teena is agreeing so wholeheartedly.
    I’ve never liked how teens are depicted in comic strips, anyway.

    Comment by Jim — October 12, 2007 @ 4:44 am

  2. Well, Allison Barrows indicates at (see the latest comments) that it’s simply a followup to Jeri’s bad mood over the previous three strips.
    Go figure. 😦

    Comment by Pete — October 12, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  3. This is supposed to be funny?

    Comment by PepperjackCandy — October 12, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

  4. Man. That is just stone cold, Teena’s mom. Her subtly psychotic smile clinches it.

    Comment by El Santo — October 12, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

  5. Jim, the problem is, even if this is a dream, it’s not all that much worse than some other things Momma Keane has said, and is therefore believable both to us and to Jeri.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 12, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

  6. Dang, that’s vicious.

    Comment by ctdonath — October 12, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

  7. It’s the same mean-spirited formula that’s been used since men started to write. An author creates a character who’s such a stereotype (geeky, bratty, smart, selfish, or wealthy, for example) that it’s perfectly fine to heap on as much abuse as possible and they deserve anything and everything bad that ever happens to them. Too bad a lot of people seem to carry this mean, simplistic, judgmental, and non-emphathetic mind-set into real life.

    Comment by Laurie Wylie — October 13, 2007 @ 12:30 am

  8. Does this include men named Allison?

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 13, 2007 @ 12:34 am

  9. Ha ha, I meant “man” as in “mankind”. Tough crowd! ; )

    Comment by Laurie Wylie — October 13, 2007 @ 12:39 am

  10. Allison can be a male name. It’s Drew Carey’s middle name. At least it is in the show, I’m not sure about real life.

    Comment by bAT L. — October 13, 2007 @ 5:56 am

  11. It was originally a man’s name, and may have originally meant “Alan’s son” or even “Alice’s son”.

    A lot of traditionally male names have become female over the past century – everything from Shirley and Evelyn to Allison and Ashley.

    Comment by Charlene — October 13, 2007 @ 8:23 am

  12. Regardless, Allison Barrows is a woman. =)

    Apparently, based on her response linked above, she felt that it was obvious from the previous strips why Tess would get so much glee out of smacking Jeri repeatedly.

    Is anyone else concerned for her own teenage daughter?

    Comment by Powers — October 13, 2007 @ 8:29 am

  13. In the new strip, Teena is saying that she isn’t satisfied in the least, in answer to Jeri’s third-panel question. Tess is suggesting that maybe they need to lower their standards for what “nice” means to accommodate Jeri’s latest attempt to be “nice”, which didn’t go so well.

    Comment by Powers — October 15, 2007 @ 7:14 am

  14. Today’s strip seems straightforward enough, and reasonably funny: Jeri is claiming that she will be nice from now on, but her angry demeanor puts her claim in doubt. Friday’s strip, the one with the dream, is seriously weird and disturbing. On the Daily Cartoonist site linked above, Barrows wrote, “You’re lucky to have a little granddaughter like Teena. I have a daughter like Jeri!”

    Comment by John — October 15, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

  15. If I were her daughter, I’d be sleeping with one eye open. Seriously.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 15, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

  16. Sorry, but when I read the “dream” comic, my reaction was “about time!” The last four comics showed Jeri being utterly insufferable, and even the most tender mother would’ve been pushed to the limit. Let’s also not forget Tess and Teena were unaware Jeri overheard them . . .

    Comment by ReFlex76 — October 16, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

  17. ReFlex76 — as others have pointed out, no matter how “insufferable” Jeri was being, it is inexcusable for a mother to say what she did – ESPECIALLY to Jeri’s younger sibling.

    Say it to a therapist, sure, but not to the sibling.

    Under no circumstances is it ok for a mother to take glee in the thought of physically assaulting her child.

    Comment by Michele — October 17, 2007 @ 11:46 am

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