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Title: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 12 May 2019, 13:00
So, with the strip now in its fifth millennium (an arbitrary milestone, yes, but still a significant one) where would you like it to go and what would you like to see? There's a limit to my imagination but I think I've come up with some interesting ideas, some of which would take the strip in entirely new directions, others of which would continue with existing plot lines. What do you think?

My votes:

Feel free to describe any ideas you have that aren't on my list. By all means do it in detail!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: gprimr1 on 12 May 2019, 14:16
I like the idea of Martin going through some sort of development arc. With so much attention lately on Faye and her story, it would be nice to focus on Martin, who really is one of the other main characters.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Case on 12 May 2019, 14:34
I like the idea of Martin going through some sort of development arc. With so much attention lately on Faye and her story, it would be nice to focus on Martin, who really is one of the other main characters.

(http://www.greater-yellowstone.com/graphics/wildlife/Pine-Marten/Pine-Marten-36013.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: traroth on 12 May 2019, 17:22
Tough choices to make in this week's poll...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: zisraelsen on 12 May 2019, 18:39
Comic!

These two dorks are my favorite pair of dorks.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Gyrre on 12 May 2019, 18:39
Tough choices to make in that week's poll...

The only thing I could think of (apart from re-using last week's 2nd poll) was favorite Bubbles quote. Time was not on my side for researching that this weekend.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 12 May 2019, 18:48
AWWWWW.

One would think Bubbles, after her experiences, would be reluctant to do military role play. Cute, tho.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Case on 12 May 2019, 19:06
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Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 12 May 2019, 19:17
But Bubbles is correct in her assessment.   And Faye knew her limits.  So.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 12 May 2019, 19:29
AWWWWW.

One would think Bubbles, after her experiences, would be reluctant to do military role play. Cute, tho.

I wonder if Bubbles took that as an invitation for a generic dom/sub thing. I can't think of Faye's ever having revealed that kink before now.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 12 May 2019, 19:38
Well... it's hard to say. I sorta assumed Fate is generally more a 'top' sexually.

And we PROBABLY shouldn't get into this too much, as I think the rules forbid that. *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Castlerook on 12 May 2019, 19:48
Eh, Bubbles and Faye have a healthy intimate relationship.

That said, what I'm taking from this is that Faye distracted Bubbles because she really doesn't want to talk about her moment of temptation. It happens. Something bad happens or you feel like you've had a moment of personal failure, someone close to you keeps trying to cheer you up or encourage you and you just want them to stop, because you want to move on from dwelling on that moment.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Magniras on 12 May 2019, 19:56
Ehehehehehehe.

Briefs.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Scarlet Manuka on 12 May 2019, 20:40
Tough to choose only three. I went for these:

Marten - I need to get an adult life!
Roko, Melon & Elliott - Living with a new me
Hannelore - I want someone to be able to hold me

It's all about the character development. I agree that Marten is somewhat overdue for some. In the recent Roko strips we've seen Melon become more than just the goofball she started off as, and I'd like to see that continue. And it feels like Hannelore's story is unfinished; I don't think we will see the rest, but I would like to.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 12 May 2019, 21:29
Something bad happens or you feel like you've had a moment of personal failure, someone close to you keeps trying to cheer you up or encourage you and you just want them to stop, because you want to move on from dwelling on that moment.

https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1774
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 12 May 2019, 23:13
So, basically, Faye used sex as a distraction from a conversation that she didn't want to have. The attempt seems to have been highly successful!

Still the point stands. The strip title - 'First Contact' - refers to first close contact with the enemy. Typically, these tend to be very tentative on both sides in most cases. Yes, Faye was right to pull away when she did if she genuinely felt her resolve weakening. Also, it's going to be a slow walk to getting to the point where she can spend more social time with her friends without confronting that issue. However, she has made progress and, hopefully, once she has had time and distance to think about it, she'll see the positives of what she achieved.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Drunken Old Man on 13 May 2019, 00:17
But this is how it's done, Faye.  One tiny victory at a time.  And for a first try, excellently done.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 13 May 2019, 02:59
So, basically, Faye used sex as a distraction from a conversation that she didn't want to have. The attempt seems to have been highly successful!

Faye used 'lewd'! it's super effective!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: brasca on 13 May 2019, 02:59
But this is how it's done, Faye.  One tiny victory at a time.  And for a first try, excellently done.

From the looks of it both are victorious. 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Tai Fanboi on 13 May 2019, 04:26
I'm not 100% on if it's Faye not wanting to have the conversation.  She feels like crap, she feels defeated, and like she lost.  So, what better way to feel better and take your mind off it than grabbing your significant Robo-Other and burning through some USB cables?  Some people when feeling down just want something to take their mind off it and feel better, be it drugs, alcohol, sex, or a myriad of other things. 

And if she comes out of the room in a bedsheet going back with pancakes while everyone is sitting in the living room?  All the better :D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Jakk Frost on 13 May 2019, 05:34
AWWWWW.

One would think Bubbles, after her experiences, would be reluctant to do military role play. Cute, tho.

I wonder if Bubbles took that as an invitation for a generic dom/sub thing. I can't think of Faye's ever having revealed that kink before now.

Could be that's what Faye's been subconsciously looking for all this time, someone she can't physically dominate, someone who can instead dominate her.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Drunken Old Man on 13 May 2019, 07:21
But this is how it's done, Faye.  One tiny victory at a time.  And for a first try, excellently done.

From the looks of it both are victorious.

And to the victors go the spoils.   :-D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: vampire on 13 May 2019, 08:28
Jeph,

I had to register just so I could tell you, today's strip had me laughing in fits. Faye's comment with Bubbles reaction was funny, then Faye's adds the zinger and I was practically on the floor laughing.

Good work and thank you!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 13 May 2019, 10:01
This is where Faye comes to understand that addiction means you never get to where you don't want a drink.  Triumph is in not having one.  You won, Gurl!  (As I write this it occurs to me that maybe Jeph is setting her up for just that epiphany.)

I'm seeing the submissive thing as something she's always had a secret interest in, but this is the first time she's been with someone she trusts enough to go there with.  That is, it's more affirmation of her bond with Bubbles.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Inconsequential on 13 May 2019, 10:14
Yep, big win for Faye. might as well pursue a healthy release of endorphins. Better than alcohol anyway.

Really neat to see their relationship so healthy.

I'm sort of wondering if Bubbles was an officer or in training to become an officer. Her rank has never been stated, but she sure seems to know a lot about practical psychology and leadership.

And yeah, I admit it: "Faye and Bubbles being adorable and affectionate" strips are my favorite kind of strips.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 13 May 2019, 10:31
Jeph,

I had to register just so I could tell you, today's strip had me laughing in fits. Faye's comment with Bubbles reaction was funny, then Faye's adds the zinger and I was practically on the floor laughing.

Good work and thank you!

Welcome, new person!

I happen to agree. That strip was a well-crafted one.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 13 May 2019, 11:13
Leading a squad, as Bubbles has related, is usually done by a non com.  My guess is she would have been a sergeant.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 13 May 2019, 12:09
Leading a squad, as Bubbles has related, is usually done by a non com.  My guess is she would have been a sergeant.
Agreed.  I've always seen Bubbles as getting promoted as soon as she satisfied time-in-grade requirements.  She was designed for leadership.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 13 May 2019, 14:12
Did she say she was leading them?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Castlerook on 13 May 2019, 16:15
I don't think Bubbles would have been leading any squads, but considering she was part of a program looking at integrating more AI into the military, she was possibly being groomed for some leadership capacity, especially the fact that Bubbles would likely be the one getting immediate information rather than having it relayed to a human leader.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Milayna on 13 May 2019, 16:20
Brun and Clinton, Roko, and May for me.

Though I ship Clinton and Elliot more. Brun and Clinton is fine. Weird how he's grown on me...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Shjade on 13 May 2019, 16:46
Faye has learned to deflect with innuendo instead of threats when it comes to Bubbles. Sound tactics.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Thrudd on 13 May 2019, 17:16
Been AFI away from internet for a while so I  may be alittle late with this.

Damn the burritos,  full steam ahead!!!!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: hedgie on 13 May 2019, 18:03
Weird how he's grown on me...

Kinda like a fungus.  Jokes aside, I'm glad that the Agustus siblings have received the development that they did.

Of course, my votes were for Hanners.  Always Hanners.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 13 May 2019, 19:57
New comic!

I was actually thinking there should be a moment where Dora and Tai realized inviting a alcoholic to a bar was a bad idea.

BOOM there it was.  *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 13 May 2019, 21:05
Today's is cute as all hell.  Great antidote for the stress of the previous few.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 13 May 2019, 21:09
Did she say she was leading them?

She referred to them as "her squad".  Could be a leadership role, or as her companions.  But would you have as valuable asset as an AI doing work like latrine duty?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Case on 13 May 2019, 22:17
Ok, somebody explain today's pun to me.

Please.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 13 May 2019, 22:25
https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/3060-i-am-the-lorax-i-speak-for-the-trees-i
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 13 May 2019, 23:20
I think that today's strip is sort of self-explanatory. One thing I'd like to know is if this interlude was always planned or if Jeph added it after considering reader feedback. I wonder this because I think Marten is speaking for him in panel 2 when he says that Faye didn't come out of a sense of obligation; she genuinely wanted to be there for Dora on her happy night but hadn't actually thought of how it would affect her when she agreed. Because of this, as Marten says, it's unlikely that Faye would want to make a fuss about it.

Ok, somebody explain today's pun to me.

It's not a pun as much as it is a literary reference. Not being a Dr Seuss reader I can't explain the context but it does seem to be a reference to one of his books, about a creature called a Lorax.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 13 May 2019, 23:49
Is it weird to say they're all right? Mostly Marten though, by not making a big thing out of it, but giving Faye a bit of positive reinforcement?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: traroth on 14 May 2019, 05:29
Am I the only one waiting for Tai and Dora's wedding to see again long forgotten characters, like Raven? More generally, it will be an occasion to see a large chunk of the cast in one place.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 14 May 2019, 05:52
I agree; I can't see Hannelore being absent and we may even see Raven again.

Raven, possibly in the same room as Emily and exchanging ideas over moderately-alcoholic punch? I'm not sure if the space-time continuum is ready for that. The laws of physics definitely aren't ready for that.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: traroth on 14 May 2019, 05:59
Maybe Sara will finally escape the allosaurus?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 14 May 2019, 06:59
Maybe Sara will finally escape the allosaurus?

Or they'll actually confirm her death by dinosaur.

"How did THAT happen?"

"Damn if I know..."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: brasca on 14 May 2019, 08:23
Is it weird to say they're all right? Mostly Marten though, by not making a big thing out of it, but giving Faye a bit of positive reinforcement?

Not at all.  I find the constant need to find a bad guy in every situation irritating.  Dora and Tai were excited about their news and it didn’t occur to them that a bar wouldn’t be the best place for Faye.

Although if they were using puns this bad I’d probably bail early. 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: haikupoet on 14 May 2019, 13:50
I agree; I can't see Hannelore being absent and we may even see Raven again.

Raven, possibly in the same room as Emily and exchanging ideas over moderately-alcoholic punch? I'm not sure if the space-time continuum is ready for that. The laws of physics definitely aren't ready for that.

Two impossibly quirky geniuses in the same room...

Must. see. this.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: slaufer on 14 May 2019, 20:03
Is May just hanging out, eating a bolt?

Because that's pretty rad
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 14 May 2019, 20:14
Sven?
Carrying a bit of a torch for Faye after all this time?
Examining his life and finding it wanting?
Considering his sister's happiness, and rueing his reaction?

Inconceivable!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 14 May 2019, 20:29
So May was just minding her business and Sven just started talking to her? *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Gyrre on 14 May 2019, 21:06
So May was just minding her business and Sven just started talking to her? *lol*
Some guys are lime like that. He's still got stuff to work on.

EDIT: Good gravy do I ever need sleep.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 14 May 2019, 21:18
Sven obviously does not run Unix/Linux. The 'whoami' command would instantly resolve his identity crisis.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Emperor Norton on 14 May 2019, 21:27
I don't think Sven started talking to her, I think that he just started talking to himself cause he was so in his head he didn't realize someone else was leaning against the wall there.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mordhaus on 14 May 2019, 22:04
Sadly, I feel the character I identify most with in this comic is May.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Alexander Krizak on 14 May 2019, 22:08
Who am I?
Sven Valsven.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Killspree on 14 May 2019, 22:17
Is May sniffing a salt shaker? That resembles an older pineapple style glass salt shaker to me. Unscrew the top and fill with whatever.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 14 May 2019, 23:27
Yeah, I think that realising that his younger sister is growing up has made Sven realise that perhaps the time has come for him to do the same. The celebrity lifestyle is cool and all but he's long ago realised that it's pretty empty. Maybe the time has come to move on from his crushes and his fancy-free lifestyle and try to do the adult thing himself?

Meanwhile, it is confirmed that the convenience store where May works is adjacent to The Horrible Revelation.

So May was just minding her business and Sven just started talking to her? *lol*

He's having an existential crisis. It's easier to do that with someone else to listen, even a grumpy android girl.

Is May just hanging out, eating a bolt?

I think that's one of those USB 'hip flask' intoxicant executable file storage devices.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: jmsr on 14 May 2019, 23:52
Strip 4003: What is May doing?  Because it kinda looks like she's eating a candy bar.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 15 May 2019, 00:20
Strip 4003: Bubbles was first seen one thousand strips ago. Dayum.

Sven, oh Svarn, time to grow up.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 15 May 2019, 01:23
Strip 4003: What is May doing?  Because it kinda looks like she's eating a candy bar.

She's basically taking a smoke break.

What she's holding is a USB drive that, when inserted, installs and auto-runs an auto-deleting executable file that gives a short-lived 'high' analogous to human intoxicants. We've seen Roko use this sort of consumable to simulate being drunk after a shift; I suspect that the one May is using here simulates the relaxing effect of nicotine or THC.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Theta9 on 15 May 2019, 07:19
Come on, May, you know him! They guy with the topknot, so he can admire his balls while he sucks himself off, (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3097) remember?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: War Sparrow on 15 May 2019, 07:27
He's done it with Steve, too.

I think Sven might need a therapist as much as Dora does..or at least some more close friends who aren't Wil, who is working(?) I think.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 15 May 2019, 07:49
Sadly, I feel the character I identify most with in this comic is May.

We have the pintsize plush.  We've had the Winslow and yelling bird plush...

How about a talking May doll?
I would definitely buy one of those.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: brasca on 15 May 2019, 08:01
Come on, May, you know him! They guy with the topknot, so he can admire his balls while he sucks himself off, (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3097) remember?

I have a feeling May had used that insult so many times even if Sven reminded her she would still draw a blank.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 15 May 2019, 08:52
Sadly, I feel the character I identify most with in this comic is May.

We have the pintsize plush.  We've had the Winslow and yelling bird plush...

How about a talking May doll?
I would definitely buy one of those.

That may be a good idea.



I'll show myself out.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 15 May 2019, 19:51
Sven is not having a good evening, is he?

On the other hand, he's getting material for a couple of sad country songs

"Pwned by a blue girl".
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: cesium133 on 15 May 2019, 20:43
May should be careful or she's going to start reminding him too much of Faye...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: badbum61 on 15 May 2019, 20:52
May should be careful or she's going to start reminding him too much of Faye...

Anyone else shipping Svay (or is it Men?) right about now? ;)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 15 May 2019, 21:32
We haven't seen anything in canon to allow for that.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: brasca on 15 May 2019, 21:50
I can understand his confusion.  Clown is probably the tamest insult she's given. 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 15 May 2019, 23:18
I've got a feeling that we're into a 'Sven gets plain-spoken advice via insults from a relative stranger' arc. This has happened with other characters in the past (most notably Clinton and Faye), so I'm thinking that this signals that Jeph has plans for a Sven character arc.

Meanwhile, I'm pretty certain that Jeph has forgotten that May, Momo and Sven have interacted before but we'll see. Whilst it's plausible that both might have forgotten the interaction, I find it hard to believe that May would have forgotten the human on whom her uptight friend has a crush! Maybe we'll see May pointing him in Momo's direction at some point?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: traroth on 16 May 2019, 01:13
May should be careful or she's going to start reminding him too much of Faye...

Anyone else shipping Svay (or is it Men?) right about now? ;)

Momo would be so pissed!

I can understand May not remembering Sven: His man-bun made him unrecognizable
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: chetoos8 on 16 May 2019, 05:58
Speaking of unlikely character combos, I kinda wanna see Marigold meet Brun.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 16 May 2019, 06:09
Speaking of unlikely character combos, I kinda wanna see Marigold meet Brun.

Personally, I'd prefer Raven and Brun.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 16 May 2019, 06:54
Strip 4003: What is May doing?  Because it kinda looks like she's eating a candy bar.



She's basically taking a smoke break.






What she's holding is a USB drive that, when inserted, installs and auto-runs an auto-deleting executable file that gives a short-lived 'high' analogous to human intoxicants. We've seen Roko use this sort of consumable to simulate being drunk after a shift; I suspect that the one May is using here simulates the relaxing effect of nicotine or THC.

Or it could just be a vape pen.  We've seen AIs enjoy the scent of teas and the like, why would a vape be any different?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: chetoos8 on 16 May 2019, 13:17
Speaking of unlikely character combos, I kinda wanna see Marigold meet Brun.

Personally, I'd prefer Raven and Brun.
I was going for characters that have shown up in the last 1000 comics  :-P but that one would be interesting too. Team them up with Emily and they would invent time travel.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Thrillho on 16 May 2019, 15:15
Sven and May in one panel is actually my two least favourite people in the comic interacting. Amazing that I didn't come out in hives, and actually enjoyed the interaction. I think the eneMay of my Svenemay is my friend... May.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Castlerook on 16 May 2019, 18:16
Looking at today's comic and I don't know, I just find it...bleh. I don't mind Sven, I can tolerate May. I can't quite explain what it is, but I really feel like the comic has lost some impact the last few months. I'm not talking about the idea that EVERYTHING-MUST-BE-DRAMA, but it just feels like we keep treading old ground, like "Character A has existential crisis. Character B makes sarcastic comment. Character A clarifies. Character B makes smartass comment that is a workaround for Character A to express what they actually feel." Or something to that effect.

Or maybe this is just the effect of being a long time reader of a long run comic.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 16 May 2019, 20:58
Oh yeah, he's definitely gonna write a song about this
 But it is nice to see Sven have a moment of clarity about his past.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 16 May 2019, 23:17
I think I see where Sven is coming from: He doesn't really trust himself to not make the same mistakes again. He's too easily distracted by sexual attraction, jumping to the New Hot Babe, even if he really gets on well with his current partner. Whilst May is right that it's possible for people to have a sexual relationship without it 'turning into a car crash', I'm not sure if it's possible for Sven.

I suppose this is why I think that any long-term relationship that Sven will get into may be asexual. Sex has only ever complicated matters for him and has never really ended well. So, I could see him focussing on emotional attachment and trying to keep the physical stuff to one side as much as he could. This is one of the reasons why I can see him ending up with Hannelore at some point: Both of them wanting an attachment but not wanting (Sven) or being able to (Hannelore) have any but the most limited sexual aspect to it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: JimC on 16 May 2019, 23:25
but it just feels like we keep treading old ground,
If there are only seven basic plots then they will keep coming round again. When you get old enough you get used to it!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Tova on 17 May 2019, 01:10
I'm with Castlerook here, I'm afraid. It's not repetitive in the only-seven-stories sense at all. Rather, there's a bunch of exposition telling us nothing new.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 17 May 2019, 01:22
I have to disagree there, Tova. It's not telling us much that's new, at least in terms of Sven's behaviour. However, it's really the first time we've seen Sven acknowledge just how totally his commitment-free lifestyle has poisoned his ability to sustain relationships. It will be interesting to see how this affects his decision-making going forwards.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: ihaveavoice on 17 May 2019, 01:44
He's done it with Steve, too.

I think Sven might need a therapist as much as Dora does..or at least some more close friends who aren't Wil, who is working(?) I think.

I had completely forgotten that Wil and Sven are friends and have now gone on an extensive Wil-and-Sven-centric archive dive.  :psyduck: Why are there so many rabbit holes and why am I so clumsy dang
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Tova on 17 May 2019, 03:24
I have to disagree there, Tova. It's not telling us much that's new, at least in terms of Sven's behaviour. However, it's really the first time we've seen Sven acknowledge just how totally his commitment-free lifestyle has poisoned his ability to sustain relationships. It will be interesting to see how this affects his decision-making going forwards.

He didn't say that his commitment-free lifestyle has poisoned his ability to sustain relationships. That was you.

All he said was that he didn't feel free to just go out and engage in casual sex anymore. Something he already said way back in #793 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=793).

If today's comic advances the story beyond #793, it's not by much.

P.S. Maybe it was meant to be like that little clip that they insert into the 'PREVIOUSLY ON QUESTIONABLE CONTENT' trailer at the start of the episode where they remind you of what happened way back in season one in case you forgot/weren't watching back then.

P.P.S. #793 isn't even post-Faye, is it? Here's the post-Faye version (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2192).
I mean, it's like reading a new comic about Marten realising that he really needs to take control of his life. Yeah, we know.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Case on 17 May 2019, 04:27
I'm with Castlerook here, I'm afraid. It's not repetitive in the only-seven-stories sense at all. Rather, there's a bunch of exposition telling us nothing new.

John Irving made a brilliant career out of writing about Bears, Vienna and Hotels.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 17 May 2019, 05:27
One thing that makes that feel like old news: Although it has been years of our time, it might have just been a few weeks within the comic. That time difference makes it somewhat hard to judge progress, and might contribute to "treading on old ground". So much we've seen actually happened at the same time, rather than in sequence. And JJ may just be tieing up some loose/old ends.


How much time actually has passed in the storyline? Three years, maybe?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Theta9 on 17 May 2019, 06:53
but it just feels like we keep treading old ground,
If there are only seven basic plots then they will keep coming round again. When you get old enough you get used to it!
I don't know the seven basic plots; I'm more familiar with the thirtysix dramatic situations. (http://changingminds.org/disciplines/storytelling/plots/polti_situations/polti_situations.htm)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 17 May 2019, 07:41
I wonder if Faye knows she's traumatized Sven for life?

Moreover, do the mob of women wanting to bang Sven (I assume its still a thing) know, and are they gonna come after her?

"There's a mob of pissed off women outside Union Robotics. What did you DO Faye?" Bubbles asked.

"Why do you assume it's ME?"

*long look*

"Okay, it was probably me..."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Morituri on 17 May 2019, 15:51
Anyone else shipping Svay (or is it Men?) right about now? ;)

Actually I was noticing May's fixation on boobs (first Marigold, now Faye) and starting to wonder if maybe she likes girls.

As far as I know, Bubbles is the only AI character whom we've ever seen entering any kind of romantic relationship. Although Pintsize has done ... things .... they never seem relationship-oriented.  And although we've seen Momo crushing on Sven she never did anything to let him know about it, much less act on it.

Speaking of which, if May remembers when she met Sven before, she'll remember that Momo thought he was hot - and might very well tell him so.  Which could turn out to result in embarrassment, amusement, recrimination, gratitude, outrage, hijinks, guilt, laughter, disappointment, or lasting happiness.  Or, you know, some combination of the above.  It's complicated.



Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Thrillho on 17 May 2019, 17:48
I can assure you an obsession with boobs is in no way a hindrance to also being unto dick.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 17 May 2019, 17:52
Pintsize doesn't really count IMHO - He's bound to the Law of Funny, as far as romance is concerned (see the Roko incident). Momo having the hots for Sven probably was some kind of test how people would react to a Human/AI romantic relationship, and Faye/Bubbles was actually doing it {pun intended}.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Case on 17 May 2019, 18:12
Speaking of which, if May remembers when she met Sven before, she'll remember that Momo thought he was hot - and might very well tell him so.  Which could turn out to result in embarrassment, amusement, recrimination, gratitude, outrage, hijinks, guilt, laughter, disappointment, or lasting happiness.  Or, you know, some combination of the above.  It's complicated.

May has enough sense in her robo-noggin to know that such would likely end her friendship with Momo.

(Yes, I've used the words 'May' and 'sense' in one sentence, try not to faint ...)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: TV4Fun on 17 May 2019, 21:05
I'm sure people have definitely been hollering about Faye's T-shirt, and Jeph absolutely definitely didn't put that T-shirt very prominently into the comic specifically so that he would have some more merch to continue plugging a month after it appeared. That would never happen.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 17 May 2019, 21:10
Nothing wrong with making a living.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 17 May 2019, 23:28
As far as I know, Bubbles is the only AI character whom we've ever seen entering any kind of romantic relationship. Although Pintsize has done ... things .... they never seem relationship-oriented.

Actually, especially in the earlier phases of the comic, Pintsize occasionally dated other AIs. However, his only interest in human sexuality seems to be motivated by a desire to mock and annoy. Similarly, May's only interest in human sexuality seems to be based on humourous disbelief about what we do for fun. She's only ever shown physical interest in Bubbles.

AFAIK, the only AIs whom we've seen show romantic interest in humans are Bubbles, Momo, Roko and Station.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Morituri on 18 May 2019, 10:02
I can assure you an obsession with boobs is in no way a hindrance to also being (i)nto dick.

Never has been.  Bisexuality is a real thing.  And May did at least seem to agree about Sven being hot (after getting into a one-sided obscenity contest with him when he wasn't even playing that game)  - right before May zapped her hard enough to need a reboot.

Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 18 May 2019, 12:17
May might be lacking in academic ability, but she's got street and survival smarts galore.   If robot prison is anything like human prison, May's had something analogous to jailkid* sex, straight and otherwise, more than once.


*Jack Kerouac's description for Neal Cassidy.

May has enough sense in her robo-noggin to know that such would likely end her friendship with Momo.

(Yes, I've used the words 'May' and 'sense' in one sentence, try not to faint ...)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4001-4005 (13th to 17th May 2019)
Post by: Theta9 on 18 May 2019, 12:50
Similarly, May's only interest in human sexuality seems to be based on humourous disbelief about what we do for fun.
Redacted
She's expressed at least passing interest in servicing dudes, but observed that her current chassis is unsuited to such activity.