This review has been hijacked
by the greatly huggable aspergic munchkin-manslave that is Cakman!
- Wait, why does Justin bring up Elliot? Is he gay?
- Also, Susan once again reassures us of her straightness. Is this the second or third time?
- And Grace is back to being stupid.
- Sarah's Waldo costume is also form-fitting. How quaint.
- The female squirrel does indeed confuse me. I mean, given the squirrel's clothes right now, it honestly wouldn't make a difference whether it was male or female, (not that I'm complaining about that. The longer we keep the females out of stripper outfits, the better, I suppose. Good lord, I am such a homosexual.).
- I find it amusing that Sarah is painting the one thing that Shive himself never seems to paint. It's like he's living his dreams through her.
- Jeeze. He actually makes explaining the joke into a technique here. He has Sarah explain the joke first- the reason he's in the schoolgirl outfit. However this explanation alone is not enough to warrant the joke, as otherwise, we probably would have just taken it to be another bit of cosplaying. Therefore, in order to be fully assured that the cleverness has been drained from the strip, he explains the joke again in the title card, thereby rendering the acceptable joke-explanation unacceptable. It's almost like he's doing it to spite me. Where was I in 2002?
- I'd make a Pervert Tedd notation here, but since it's sort of just about crossdressing, I don't want to imply that crossdressing is perverted by itself, as Edmania will get pissed off at me. But then again, I don't think he really reads this liveblog. Ah well. I'll do half a one, or an uncolored one.
- UNCOLORED EL GOONISH SHIVE PORN!◊
SKETCHBOOK! MARKING ONE YEAR OF EL GOONISH SHIVE!◊
- Daniel, Ellen is not a real person. She is a character that you created, and have drawn a few times in a stereotypical french maid outfit. She does not harbor grudges against you. This is because she is not a real person.
- Also, Daniel, you would gain gigantic stretchmarks if that happened to you.
- This comic would not annoy me if Justin weren't there. He is rapidly becoming my most disliked (or, for the optimists, least favorite) character of the lot. He has zero character traits beyond "Justin is gay man. Gay man have crush on Elliot." Every single comic so far in which he makes some sort of an observation about Elliot, he can't seem to make one without adding "-by the way, I'd really like to fuck him." to the end of it. And this just becomes more enraging to me when I consider that it is quite likely that Shive is doing this because he thinks it gives Justin character. Giving a person a trait and having them display that trait over and over again doesn't make them any less two-dimensional. It makes them appear like there's nothing else to them, and, in this situation, it is becoming more and more apparent that Justin is only a cast member of El Goonish Shive because Dan Shive one day thought to himself "Hmm, you know, I'd like to have one of the characters be a gay guy." That is bad writing. A character should not stem from the notion "let's make a gay person," just as they shouldn't stem from "Let's make a female," or "Let's make a black person," (Greg, by the way.). If they do stem this way, there is nothing to justify their existence other than the same tired trait being repeated ad nauseaum.
- Also, Ellen has Chun-Li thighs.
- I'm also unaware as to the reason that the word "sweaty" was added to the pillow fight. It makes it... Sort of uncomfortable. I don't want to be covered in other people's sweat.
- And what in God's name is that brown thing in the middle of the floor?! I... guess that it's supposed to be a pillow, but it really looks... Disgusting.