That's always been a little comic-strip pet peeve of mine... the characters fight to stay awake until the big moment at midnight... but when midnight rolls around, one or all of them are fast asleep. It's a worn-out trope that ranks right up there with someone being asked to do something, they go "Nope, I'm not doing it, there's absolutely NO way you're gonna get me to do it!" and guess what, in the next panel they're reluctantly doing it. I swore to myself I would steer clear of these two hack moves. (ADDED 1-7-10: And I spoof that latter cliche in "O Tannenbummer".)
TRANSCRIPTION COURTESY OF JOSEPH HOUK - (MG, reading the newspaper "funnies") "Shit! That makes FIVE comics using that tired old 'falling asleep at midnight gag for New Year's Eve." (BG) "That wouldn't happen to us, now, would it? [analog clock in the background says "4:37"] (MG) "Not when we've got Cassie and her little 'Fast-forward button...'" (CW) "Okay. Are we ready? You wanna jump ahead to 10 or 11 when we get there?"