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November 2, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, FBOFW, For Better or For Worse, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:26 am



Can anybody make out what’s going on in the fourth panel?


  1. It’s a flashback to her childhood where she is remembering when she was a toddler on the diaper changing table while her older brother, Mike, was watching her sneak a raspberry at him (mother ignoring this) while her mother continues to change her diaper. (pictured are diapers and diaper wipes with the black and white horizontal lines under lying girl on side. Ocean motif is the diaper changing pad covering.Brown horizontal line is the changing table shelf.)

    Comment by Sheila — November 2, 2007 @ 12:54 am

  2. That’s it? A simple raspberry? And Liz mentions this a quarter of a century later???

    Thanks for the description of the drawing. I can sort of see it now that I know what I’m looking at.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 2, 2007 @ 1:56 am

  3. I don’t quite get why that would set off a tantrum. When one of my kids blows a raspberry, the other two follow with their own, because they love the sound it makes. They don’t know that it can be used as a taunt yet.

    They do know the nanny-nanny-boo-boo taunt, though.

    Comment by meep — November 2, 2007 @ 4:12 am

  4. the thing is that she is antagonizing mike and getting away with it. Elle isn’t stopping her and is basically ignoring her starting something up.

    Comment by bigdg — November 2, 2007 @ 9:07 am

  5. yes… i’m sure this is leading to another flashback of michael getting in trouble for something lizzie started.

    something all of us older siblings can completely relate to…

    Comment by Elizabeth — November 2, 2007 @ 11:32 am

  6. But Liz is just a baby here. Are we supposed to believe that 1) she remembered this, and 2) that, at the time, she understood that what she was doing was antagonizing her brother?

    As Mike is set to become the “hero” of the, hybridized strip, his childhood is apparently being retconnced to ignore his nasty, entitled, violent behavior (especially toward Liz), and instead set up him as some kind of victim to toddler Liz’s bullying.

    Mike was def. a high maintanence, emotional kid, but I don’t get this “theatrical, dramatic” stuff. He was pretty rough-and-tumble, played sports, didn’t have much of an imagination, and didn’t like to read.

    Comment by Cedar — November 2, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

  7. Maybe I’m just not the sharpest knife in the toolbox, but I consider myself a better person for not plunging into the quagmire that is For Better or For Worse. FBOFW is laughter’s kryptonite.

    –Superhero Nation,

    Comment by BMac — November 2, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

  8. “Emotional, sensitive, and theatrical”? Is Liz trying to say something about Mike?

    Comment by Charlene — November 2, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

  9. I may be wrong, but doesn’t this hybrid-business – reaching awfully far to find some way to dredge up snippets of old strips – seem like an awful lot of work for little-to-no payoff? FBOFW has never been hilarious to me, but the hybrid idea seems to pretty much end up being totally humorous. Maybe if you’d memorized every strip, you’d enjoy the little out-of-context snippets. But to me it’s like having dinner at a friend’s house while their relatives tell those “hilarious” family stories that always end with “I guess you had to be there.”

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — November 2, 2007 @ 11:47 pm

  10. p.s. I assumed Liz was giving him the razz because she was getting all of Mom’s attention at that moment, just for filling her diaper (and Mike was too old for that luxury). Kinda reminded me of the old strip (Far Side, maybe?) where the dogs think they’re the kings of the earth because people run around feeding them, walking them, and cleaning up their poop.

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — November 2, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

  11. p.p.s. in #9, I meant “humorLESS”, not “humorous” (of course)

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — November 2, 2007 @ 11:55 pm

  12. Yeah, these hybrid strips aren’t working at all for me, either. But I understand the old FBOFW had a lot of fans; maybe they like these snippets of the old ones.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — November 3, 2007 @ 9:27 am

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