- "...Having an unexpected child..."- Elliot's freakout
This has been a planned character trait of Elliot's for a long time, by which I mean that was genuine foreshadowing about it way back in a comic from 2003. I sincerely doubt 2003 me expected it to take over ten years for it to come up again in a comic, but here we are.
Beyond establishing certain motivating factors (de-motivational factors?) for Elliot, this comic doesn't really have much of an agenda. I suppose if the comic did have one, it would be to encourage people to consider the potential consequences of their actions and to behave as they feel is appropriate in light of those potential consequences,
Most. Horrible. Agenda. EVER.
Part of me really, REALLY wanted to write the formula in panel five in a way that would have essentially said "less than or equal to thirty-line minus eighteen equals less than or equal to _____", but I felt that would have potentially made it confusing when the important point is that Elliot's mom was at most 21 years old when she became pregnant with Elliot.
So long as I brought it up, here's how I was thinking of writing the equation:
(<=39) - 18 = <=__
I suspect there's a more appropriate way to do write it, but I'm simply a fan of math, not an expert in it. Please feel free to let me know if you know.