The Great Nitpicky Live Blog of El Goonish Shive
GOOGLE FOX: Aha, the "plot" is here. And by plot we mean "ZAP."
AC Drawings: Looking back at 139 I've come to realize, I think Tedd's a narcissist. Ellen's your favorite? Okay, that's it, the commonalities end now! There is only one way to remedy this "foes with too much in common" thing. MY OTHER FAVORITE CHARACTER IS TEDD!
AHR: @AC: WHAT? BLASPHEMY. No. I don't like her. She is not my favorite character. So, NYEH. My favorite character of EGS are
- I hate you, Shive.
- No. Your storyline is not complex it is as basic as they come.
- I love how Matt has to explain that he is wearing flannel and Ratt is wearing denim.
- Look at Ratt's lips in the second panel.
- I must, however, commend Dan for successfully pulling off the background joke.
- Jesus, that is a scary-looking rat-thing.
- AGG SARAH TURNED FAT IN THE THIRD PANEL
- We could tell it was the intercom. Jesus, how retarded ARE his readers?
- I comment.
- Meh. I kinda disagree with A_H_R. This isn't AS bad as it could be. Though he really doesn't need to reaffirm "YES I'M GAY" the second time.
- :3 AHR! I came up with the mindset line! :D
- Unless... Unless this actually does lead to Gayngst. Then that's a problem.
- The comic also doesn't really end with a joke. It just ends with Nanase being upset. Har-har?
- Also, that WASN'T the reason she broke up with him. She broke up with him because she could tell Sarah was the right one for him. If not, WHY DID SHE KISS HIM?!
- Jesus. Justin is determined to turn her gay. Lighten up, Dude.
- And fix your God damn dialog, Shive.
- You tell 'em, AHR.
- Elliot's hair looks like it's b lowing back in the second panel. Besides that, though, not much to comment on.
- Wat. Tedd is a pervert, right? Wouldn't he be experimenting with himself? Like, masturbating? Figuring out what multiple orgasms feel like (you lucky geese).
- And if Tedd built that gun, he never fucked around with it like that before? Seriously?
- Of course. Publicly humiliating a person and becoming a bully yourself is a hilarious prank. I hope Dan Shive both gets pig blood dumped on him AND gets locked in a burning gymnasium.
- Why did Tedd turn the safety on?
- And if it only lasts a day, why doesn't he just tell Grace?
- Doesn't he have a lab at home? Wouldn't it be more appropriate to work on it there?
- All those poses are very obviously symbolic of the very lewd things Tedd was REALLY doing in the bathroom. Just saying.
- I dislike the fact that Shive keeps changing Ted's mouth state. Is it visible or not?
- Why does Tedd need to go into the bathroom to fix the gun?
- Tedd is a fucking asshole.
- Elliot is still a douche.
- They're perfect for each other. Why don't they both become gay? Or, since Tedd pretty much just violated Elliot, why not just stay hetero and do it?
AHR: Cakky, don't get all personal-attackish. Even if it involves references to pop culture.
e X: Tedd's reaction is especially dumb because, up until a minute before, HE WAS A GIRL! It also took Elliot a while to realize Tedd gad boobs, so why is he so pissed all of sudden? But anyway, yay, out first story arc is here. And while it is not exceptional, it will at least distract us from the horrible abominations Shive calls relationships My fault, we'll get tons of that stuff before the actual story arc. For a while, at least. sadly, it will also bring upon the Age of Sexchange. Also, Elliot is still my favorite character -in the comic-, by the virtue of exclusion. Not that this is an actual achievement of any sort.
AHR: I assumed the being pissed off was a knee jerk reaction. Sore spot and all that. I would be more willing to use that excuse if Elliot and Tedd were not very close friends and Tedd knew Elliot would never purposefully make fun of him.
e X: Yes, but he was a girl. The whole thing basically runs like this: Tedd: Dude, I am a girl. - plot happens- Elliot: How long do you have to be a girl again? Tedd: DON'T CALL ME A GIRL! That is not a knee-jerk reaction, that is just badly written Plot Convenience. Especially because the way Tedd is described, Elliot's transformation could have been easily accidental. Just see what happens in the next strip.
AHR: Heh, forgot about that 'turning into man make Tedd angry' justification. Once again, I can just picture people mentioning this, and Shive decided to ultra justify it.
Gilphon: I think you might be giving a bit too little credit. The guy is capable of noticing his own mistakes once hindsight, or at least a bit more experience, sets in y'know. You don't have to assume somebody else had to point out the things that needed retconing for him. It's not like Shive is proud enough to escape the 'you're your own harshest critic' saying. On an unrelated topic, if you, for whatever reason, find yourself in the situation where you need to torture a creative type, just show them something they were really proud of five years ago.
AHR: @Gilphon: Possibly. I am mainly going by gut instinct here. Anything that seems oddly followed up on, I tend to wonder if it was due to fan reactions. Some I am sure he did himself, some, I am not so sure. So this is mostly me taking a shot in the dark, trying to look at certain patterns, assuming a code fits to it, but it might or might not. Especially since I do see some of myself in Shive, and I know that I would definitely be pondering those plot holes and shaky moments 24/7. I think this tend to shines through when it comes to the tech based plot holes, like how the ray gun works and all of that. However, I do think some of these were indeed reactions to what the forum members were saying at the time. As for the five year thing, heh, sad but true. Lets see if I can keep this level of crit up as we close that gap.
Goggle Fox: We still haven't gotten to the page where he explains the whacked-out reasoning behind that raygun thing existing... Oh I can't wait 'til you guys get to that point.
AHR: Also it just dawned on me that certain people (Cakman) assumed I was talking about this blog when I yelled at the readers for not commenting. That is not actually true, I was referring to the ACTUAL EGS thread, where I had time to stew and develop a victim complex. However, I would not object to anyone misinterpreting that and deciding to bend to my almighty will. Also, adderall take-age has made me want to do a rant focusing on why I always use the 'I think Shive and I think similarlylol' tactic, which could become frustrating to someone who does not see this connection, or thinks I'm being delusional as all hell. Lets see if this desire lasts towards the end of the day, when I'm less drugged up.
134: I think the joke was supposed to be Nanase overreacting and thus proving him to be right with her overly aggressive denial. I mean, it's not funny here, but it's a stock joke so I'm assuming that was the goal at least. Also, just gotta say, Nanase was RIDICULOUSLY all over him. And how could someone who was trying so hard to make herself be in love with someone ("I wanted him to be the right guy") end up with a relationship that she herself describes as "friends with benefits"? I think the only possible answer to both of those is that Nanase was overcompensating like there's no tomorrow. Also, having just written that I'm suddenly feeling unpleasant about her later hooking up with Ellen if memory serves. Although even as forgiving as I often am I think I found that contrived the first time, I didn't get to find it creepy whereas I guess I have that privilege now. 135: You could easily skip reading this strip if you felt like it. A blind monkey toddler could have accurately predicted what would happen in this strip given the previous one. 136: I think there must be a fire on the other side of the door in that panel. Or a weird paper cutout trying to slip itself through all the cracks at once. 140: You're right. I can't picture using a three syllable word in a knee-jerk response like that, or not dropping the word "that" for that matter.
- No! I was so interested in finding out more about stuff Shive wrote when he was in high school and even less skilled than now (By "now" I mean 2002, I guess. Now I feel old.)
- I think the double standard is "If you're gay, that's okay, but how dare you suggest I might be?!"
- "Your heterosexual relationship didn't work out? Well then, you're probably gay." Does Justin do this a lot?
- Panel 1: I love how Nanase makes the same point I did now, and Justin just ignores it. Look dude, I know it's hard being the only non-hetero in this comic so far, but-
- Panel 2: Ah my goddess, he's right, isn't he? Is gaydar his superpower? Real progressive giving the gay guy the lamest power in the comic, Shive.
- It's in the dictionary, that's all I'm saying.
- Maybe he has other guns? Like a shrink ray, or one that removes clothes (for "scientific purposes" I'm sure).
- The "be very afraid" line from "The Fly" worked well as a tagline, but as a line of dialogue, it was pretty narmy. It sounds straight out of a 50s B-movie. Which is kind of fitting since it's a remake of a 50s B-movie. So yeah. Don't be afraid.
- I don't think he ever said it would be permanent. Not saying it's a good plan, just not a retcon.
- Maybe he'll learn humility. Or maybe he'll seek revenge and escalate from taunting to physical violence.
- I got nothin'.
- This wouldn't be so bad except even when Tedd is a girl, he doesn't really look like one.
- Why is Elliot friends with him again?