This strip is part of The Adventures of Tiny Jon.
Miranda: Daddy, that pinches.
Tiny Jon: Sorry, sweetheart. I’ll have this braid done in a minute.
Miranda: Thanks, Daddy! It’s so pretty.
Tiny Jon: No problem…now let’s leave it like that for the next year, okay?
(Some time back in 2009…)
Wilmore and Oliver INVESTIGATE
Jon: Cut! Stop the presses. Pause the strip. Kill the”Hirano-being-weird pastiche” style! That’s better. Sorry to bust in, but I need Larry. Like, now.
Larry: Jon, I realize you’re the boss, but this is the only bit we get to do in this production, so both of us would appreciate it if you–
Jon: I just agreed to adopt a black girl, and I have no idea what to do with her hair.
Okay, that’s a good reason. Come on, white boys. Time for an emergency trip to the salon.
John: Why do I have to be a part of this?
Larry: Because Jon’s going to need your help to carry everything.
Jon is reading a chapter of Beezus And Ramona. Stephen slips in one more Tempest reference.
Jon: “Come on, Ramona, it’s time to go home,” she called to her little sister, who was happily sprinkling sand on a sleeping dog. “And let’s not forget Ralph!” Good old Ralph!
And that’s the end of the chapter. We’ll read the next one tomorrow, okay?
Jon: Good night, sweetheart.
Miranda: G’night and good luck, Daddy.
Stephen: That child has you wrapped around her little finger.
Jon: It happens. Listen, are you heading out soon?
Stephen: As soon as you let me finish, yes! My point is…if Mandy’s little finger is good enough for you, well…If anybody has to inherit me after you’re gone, I…I want it to be her.
Jon: Stephen, this — this is tremendous. I’m thrilled.
Stephen: Not that I’m giving you permission to let your little life be rounded with a sleep any time soon, understand?
Jon: I think that was implied, yes.
Stephen: This is not how you treated me before.
Miranda: But now I know you have the strength, the vigor, the fortitude to carry me all afternoon!
Stephen: “From each according to his ability,” huh? Look up “socialism” in that thesaurus of yours some time.
Miranda: So Daddy makes sure you’re not dangerous?
Stephen: That’s right.
Miranda: And you can’t make him do stuff back, right?
Stephen: If I could, don’t you think he would have shaved by now?
Jon: You guys really hate the beard that much, huh?
Stephen & Miranda: YES.