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Mr AHR

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GOOGLE FOX:

Aha, the "plot" is here. And by plot we mean "ZAP."
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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!
Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

@AC: WHAT? BLASPHEMY. No. I don't like her. She is not my favorite character. So, NYEH.

My favorite character of EGS are
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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Cakman <3 Mr AHR

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137 And breasts can be seen in three dimensions. So Elliot would have noticed.

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Cakman 18th Dec 10
AHR:

Cakky, don't get all personal-attackish. Even if it involves references to pop culture.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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.
Cakman 18th Dec 10
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.
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