The first thing that strikes me as odd is that the recipient of the award in Sandra's dream is MRS. North. You'd think that this is Sandra dreaming of herself when she gets older, but why would she be called MRS. North?
This is because it's not just a dream to serve as the punchline to a joke. That was actually one of Sandra's memories of her mother before the latter passed away, hence why she wanted to make a name for herself in the field of math, and why the mere act of her not remembering a formula is depressing her so much (look at her face, it's not just disappointed, it's on the verge of tears.)
- The strip was published before a woman won the Fields Medal for the first time in real life, and Sandra herself points out that one hasn't done so yet. If that's meant to be her mother it would probably be a "what if she had lived?" daydream combined with the admiration kids feel for their parents (especially when kids want to enter a parent's profession). That might be even sadder, since it would mean Sandra sees her mother's death as a great loss for the math community and not just her own family.
- Jossed: the writer's comments here indicate that it's this way because of a combination of lack of consideration, the need for clarity, and possibly differing conventions.
- Or he tried to curse in Burmese, but due to knowing the language not well enough (he was apparently born and raised in the US), he couldn't remember words to "spicy" enough to convey his frustration.
Well, the raccoon didn't die. Instead, he crawled away after seeing what Calvin was capable of. Or maybe he was just afraid that Hobbes would have him for a snack. Calvin's dad, who couldn't quite admit this to him, made up the story of his death. (Note that we never actually see the raccoon, either alive or dead, in Watterson's artwork.)
In the meantime, the raccoon was found by Mr. Farley, who caged him and generally treated him badly, until he grew old and wise enough to pick the lock of his cage, and escape into the city. Sandra found him (strip 1), took him home (strip 2), and that's where Sandra and Woo began.
The trouble with this one is that it's not that wild.
- Her nasal spray doesn't contain a mecial drug, but Udo to maintain her superpowers. She has a distinct suspicion, that something is not quite normal with Woo, but won't discover it until later.
- There's a little problem with this. Catholic and Orthodox Churches have been in very good termns and mutually recognise each other and their hierarchies as valid since a long time ago. I doubt Landon's mum is that much of an old hag, for her to still be holding that grudge...
- Someone sufficiently fanatic won't be deterred by these small details.
It might also be why she's so...forward with Landon. She probably wants to have a child, and may be willing to risk having one early.
Then again, it could just be me being hopeful.
I apologize for any ahead misnaming, I may have mixed up Zoey and Michelle.
When we first realize Zoey's sexuality, Michelle is appalled. Next time we see them, in the strip about pandering to the fans, Michelle gives her a peck on the cheek. Assuming this is a part of canon, and not just a one-off joke, we have to assume that happened somehow, right? Perhaps there WAS some big storyline revolving around this...But it was off-camera while we were focusing on whatever storyline was happening in the meantime, and we never learned about it until now.
We never received any word that it was non-canon, and it didn't directly break the fourth wall like non-canon works. So, on the terms of if that strip was canon, it depends entirely on your opinion on the matter.
Of course, this has never happened to the main characters because they're, well, the main characters.
- Confirmed: in strip 841 Thomas, after being foiled, pulls his trump card, and in the very next strip...