While sketching the strip below, I referred back to the February 9, 2009 FOOBAR. My son, who will be six in two weeks, glanced at my monitor and told me "Elly's an amateur!" I don't know where he gets these things, but he's so right!
Howtheduck and others have pointed to various examples in which early foob strips bore a certain resemblance to "Peanuts"; for example Michael would look strikingly similar to Linus Van Pelt, while Lizzie looked an awful lot like Sally Brown. I also recall LJ using the device of having Lawrence and Michael lean on a wall, Charlie-Brown-and-Linus style. I decided to take that a step further:
In other news, I was worried I wouldn't get this drawn and posted on my usual schedule, since I've come down with a nasty stomach virus. But I did it!
Edit: Huh. I didn't expect today's foob strip to actually show Phil's end of the conversation. It figures Lynn had him sitting down and using a cordless (!) phone. At least I got his wardrobe right.
If you have a moment, go to the official foob site, go into the "December 2008" page in the "monthly strip archive" feature, and watch Elly's phone change from day to day! See December 8, 26, 27, and 29, and witness the back-and-forth action.