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Strip 101

Strip 102

Strip 103

Strip 104

Strip 105

Strip 106

Strip 107

Strip 108

Strip 109

Strip 110
Cakman 18th Dec 10
Goggle fox:

111: I think you mean the fourth panel. "C'mon breasts, pop out of my skin!"

I read this comic a long, long time ago. I have no idea why I bothered now, aside from my usual stubbornness. See a recommendation, read along, then even when you don't think you'll really like it, stick along because there might be sweet candy at the end.

But there is no candy. There's only toothbrushes and catnip. And then you realize you went to the crazy cat lady's place and you ought to've known better.
Cakman 18th Dec 10

Oh thank god we're done with the relations arc. It's only going to get better from here, folks!

Though, of course, 'better' ≠ 'good'. At least not yet.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
101, Panel 2: For some reason I cannot shake the image of Sarah having just been punched in the face so hard she hasn't yet regained the ability to think straight. It's not like her eyes are actually pointing in different directions so I'm having trouble justifying this, but that's what it looks like to me.

103: Nanase in panel one looks like she just got slimed or something.

104: Maybe she's REALLY breaking up with him because he just demonstrated himself to be the biggest jerk ever to grace comicdom? No, I'm afraid that's not actually a plausible explanation given what happens an arc or two later, but maybe it should have. Also I get that in the last panel she's not actually drawn any worse than usual, but giving her a closeup without spending more time on it makes the bad aspects more obvious.

105: I assume she's actually commenting on the fact that Grace and Ted have apparently become an item while she was gone. I mean, they've known each other less than 48 hours so I don't blame her.

107: Surprised you didn't call him on how he seems to be backpedaling with Grace's "insightful" comment you complained about earlier—he's retconned it so that as soon as it's out of her mouth Ted's like "lol that's stupid" and she's all like "Ok whatever nevermind". Also, chiming in that it should have been RIDICULOUSLY easy for him to work in the gun—he already referred to the Sarah->cat incident several times, all he had to do was have her elaborate on it once earlier and then he'd be fine. It's like he suddenly decided he wanted to use the gun earlier than he was planning to, or more like he had no plan but assumed he'd get around to the story before he got around to the gun.

Also, I'm a little annoyed at how you keep saying Grace is JUST doing the cat transformation to please Ted, when she stated outright when she proposed the idea that she thinks it might solve the problem she was trying to solve from before she even met him, namely depowering her siblings. It's just Ted's incredible luck that her goal and her percieved route towards that goal happened to involve stuff that appeals directly to all of his kinks.

But then I'm simultaneously disappointed that you didn't spend more time on the catnip. I mean wtf. He steadfastly forces himself not to look at her while she's changing, then he turns around and decides that a great way to spend the rest of the night would be giving her roofies! Recreational drug use would be shocking enough in a comic that's as careful as this about not actually showing nudity/violence/swearing/whatever, but pushing someone who doesn't know what it is to experiment with it... I think Shive must have somehow actually not made a few key connections in his mind here, must have actually not realized what he was doing and what the catnip implied. because otherwise... no, it would be out of character for Dan to have done this if he actually realized what he was saying. He's not TRYING to make Ted look like a rapist, and he's not intentionally making Ted a rapist and not realizing there's something wrong with it, he's just not making the connection between what Ted's doing and anything objectionable.
Brickman 17th Feb 11
I love my answer to this one: Blame Cakman! He is the one that did these strips! He did it for halloween! —evil laughter—


Yeah. I'll link him to it, don't worry.
MrAHR 20th Feb 11
...Damnit. You're absolutely right.
Cakman 20th Feb 11



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