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Mr AHR

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Strips 121-130 (Crappy, Generic, Filler)
For the record, since it was Halloween yesterday, Cakman and I switched accounts.

Although it was kind of obvious, any and all complaints of his reviewing may be directed towards him.

Oh sure. You laugh NOW.

Man, I can't BELIEVE I got Cakman to do twenty strips in one day for me, it's suddenly like a giant magical chunk is all gone! I love slave labor.

Strip 121

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Strip 122

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Strip 123

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Strip 124

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Strip 125

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Strip 126

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Strip 127

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Strip 128

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Strip 129 And so the last of the main group is introduced!

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Strip 130

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I'm done for the day. Oi ve, can't Elliot just become a girl already?
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Gilphon:

Of course, Susan isn't meant to be particularly sympathetic at this point. She's kind of a well, I can't quite call her a comic relief character; I guess she's a gimmicky character at this point if that makes any sense.

Incidentally, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Susan's pose in that last panel there. It's the hammer gag, but given a kind of well I realize this might not be the best choice of word, but it has a kind of grace here that it never had before I don't believe ever had again.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

I do like her poses as well.

As for the thing with sympathetic characters, I'd be more willing to let it go if she was treated less as a friend and more as well, an antagonist bait-and-switch style.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AC Drawings:

What? you don't wear Pajamas, AHR?

Hmmmm
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

Not really. I don't think anyone in my house does. We're more of an undershirts boxer family. That's why I asked.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AC Drawings:

It's just different people do different things, my family wears Pjs.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
Sal Fish Fin:

I wear P Js in the winter, but in the summer, it's a wifebeater and underwear.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
Goggle Fox:

Fist-drawing? Ack... how do you get any control drawing with a closed fist?
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

Do you wear long sleeved pjs like that? Cause that's what weired me out the most.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AC Drawings:

Yes. Especially during the fall and winter and since the beginning of the story takes place in the colder months, it would make sense.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
Cakman:

First of all, I'm not sure why you call it "slave labor." I've volunteered to do the strip before you several times and every time I'm met with "BAWWWWW BUT IT'S MYYYYYY BLOOOOOOG." It's a lot easier, as I don't need to keep checking back to make sure I'm not just reiterating exactly what you said. The only laborious part is the entering of "concept" "Art" and hotlinking over and over again. Anyways:

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Shive already explained in the previous comics that ALL females have the power to use the hammers. THIS is a properly done lampshade. THIS is a funny joke. But it makes no sense now because ALL women are suppossed to know how to use it. So did Susan teach all of them? Did she teach the scientest's assistant as well? And I'm honestly angry now, because all of the pieces are in line for a good joke: The fact that Susan uses dual hammers is even chuckle-worthy in and of itself. BUT IT WAS ALREADY FUCKING EXPLAINED. ALL OF MY FUCKING HATE.

130

Ughh. I am growing increasingly annoyed with this god damn comic.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
126: I assume it was supposed to be dramatic, which makes Grace looking like she's jumping on the bed or hunting rabbits or something really out of place. Also yeah, if you ignored Ellen and pretended that he'd done a better job on Sarah this would look like they were all exploring several rows of hedges... except try figuring out how Ellen fits into that picture. It's like the picture of a fork with two or three prongs depending on how you look at it, except done on accident and sloppily drawn. And with eyes that look like a sticker pasted to her head Pin-The-Tail-On-The-Donkey style.

128: Cakman, you... do realize that people generally respond in suboptimal ways to situations like this, right? And that the people who didn't respond to bullying would stop being bullied in a very swift version of the Anthropic Principle, right? Reacting like that is not smart but it's not exactly unrealistic. Shoot, I couldn't even count the number of times people got me to try to hit them in elementary school, and I certainly knew better (hell, I was such a good teacher's pet that I should have been in very nearly the most optimal position imaginable to respond in a way that didn't involve me breaking any rules, and yet I still ate lunch in the principal's office for, like, probably half a year's worth of days over the course of seven years. I am so glad I'm no longer past me; past me would probably have loved to be Tedd by comparison).

130: It's like he wanted to advance the plot in a series way and move things along, but then he chickened out because what would it mean if he released a strip without a joke? It might be a shift in tone that he could never take back! So he decided to interrupt his plot advancement with the most stupid thing you could ever imagine doing so with.
Brickman 17th Feb 11
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Morgikit 31st Jul 13
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