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Title: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 20 Sep 2020, 04:15
Believe it or not, this poll came to me when I was walking to get myself some lunch today! Please don't take this too seriously. I'm just letting my inner superhero geek/nerd take flight!

A mysterious and very, very wealthy benefactor has been taking note of all the little petty injustices and problems of the world and has decided to set up a group to equalise the balance been the ordinary folk and the powerful. Because they're a nerd and haven't got the patience for the years changing the law and political culture would take (assuming it's doable), they've decided to found a superhero group instead. Because their social circle is so small, they're pretty much stuck with the cast from which to build their band of heroes.

Who would you choose to be the QC universe's equivalent of the Defenders, the New Warriors or a similar 'grass roots' superhero group? In deference to TV Tropes.org, I've decided to give five votes so you can make a Five Man Band (https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FiveManBand). Don't feel the obligation to find an exact match (or any match at all) to the roles; I just wanted to prove to myself that it could be done!

My team (The Equalisers):

Naturally every superhero team has its own support team. For example, Claire as the team's Ms Research, Marten as the 'token normal' morale officer/team mom and Marigold as their Voice With an Internet Connection.

Also, please be very, very willing to bring in other characters. I've suggested Emily as a possible Spark-like technical genius but Raven really is one of those. Or how about Melon as a Pinkie Pie-like reality distorter? Or Millifeulle as the armourer/tech gal? What about Faye as a Wildcat (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildcat_(Ted_Grant))-like street-fighting hero? Hannelore going the Bruce Wayne/Katherine Kane route? Or bring in characters from parallel universes like Alice or Amber O'Malley/Amazi-Girl?

Go to town; this poll deserves it!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 20 Sep 2020, 04:30
Pretty much the same as yours, but added a other: Marten aka the NEW Vespa-avenger!

"Apparently because you defeated her, you got the job."

"WHAT."

"Good luck!"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: sitnspin on 20 Sep 2020, 11:52
Can we bring back the Vespa Avenger?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Zebediah on 20 Sep 2020, 12:45
Ok, how about this team: Emily, Melon, Fairy Girl, Jimbo, and Barry. Totally ineffective at fighting crime because none of them are operating in the same cognitive universe, but the wacky hijinks would be entertaining.

No? Ok.

Better team: The Secret Bakery Warriors

Renee/Bread Woman
Elliot/Muffin Man
Brun/Croissant Girl
Sam/Skullmaster
Jim/The Secret Baker
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: badbum61 on 20 Sep 2020, 18:24
"To the Moon, Alice...TO THE MOON!"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Zebediah on 20 Sep 2020, 18:26
Comicís up. So weíre just a straight-up sitcom now.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Farideh on 20 Sep 2020, 18:30
If it's a sitcom, then the adorable quirky neighbour (Millefeuille) will stick her head around the door in

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Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 20 Sep 2020, 18:42
Renee "So I'm not Mom this week.. I'm Dad?"

"Apparently!"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 20 Sep 2020, 19:12
Brun is an 11th-level Barback with a Charisma of 16, for a +3 bonus on saving throws, and a Floofiness of 27 (+8).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 20 Sep 2020, 20:42
"The difference between tragedy and comedy is perspective."
(I may have butchered that.)

As someone who's had all manner of roommates, coming home to a wrecked kitchen is NOT funny when it happens to you.
I say this as someone who's dealt with IRL I Love Lucy level and nearly Buster Keaton level antics. Being the main-character/supporting cast in those situations sucks.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Tova on 20 Sep 2020, 21:13
"The difference between tragedy and comedy is perspective."
(I may have butchered that.)

"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: sitnspin on 20 Sep 2020, 21:24
Schadenfreude is definitely a thing. Bad things happening to others has been popular entertainment for as long as people have been telling stories, and likely since before the species developed the ability to speak.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Sorflakne on 20 Sep 2020, 21:47
Destroying the kitchen while cooking is absolutely hilarious.

Except grease fires.  Grease fires are no fun.  Always keep a pot lid and baking soda handy.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: DaiJB on 20 Sep 2020, 22:36
Brun made dinner?
Okay - but it might be something like ketchup on noodles   :-D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: the silent firefly on 20 Sep 2020, 23:02
Brun has covid hair
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 20 Sep 2020, 23:19
It looks like Jeph's tired himself out with the involved character writing and having to design May's new chassis so he's going to take a vacation by just drawing 'two characters sitting on a couch saying random things' for a week. This, by the way, is more-or-less how Questionable Content started out.

One thing that does occur to me is that Renee is trying to show Brun respect by not infantalising her. I also think that she's probably going to have to adjust a bit to sharing the chores without feeling she's imposing on a guest. Because she isn't anymore.

If it's a sitcom, then the adorable quirky neighbour (Millefeuille) will stick her head around the door in

I think that there's a high level of probability that, long term, Millie is going to end up moving in without realising it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: DaiJB on 20 Sep 2020, 23:20
Regarding the poll:

How about "The Chaos Team"?

Pintsize (his random actions bewilder and bamboozle the opposition);
Fairy Girl (inexplicably appears with her faithful reindeer sidekick);
Emily (keeps the team supplied with instant morphing costumes with random side-effects);
Cossette (her super-clumsiness is a danger to anyone near her);
Melon (because - well - Melon)...

- with occasional appearances by guest heroes(?), like:
Raven (randomly teleports into the action with whatever unproven cutting-edge tech she's been working on);
Punchbot (still under the sad misapprehension that he's any good at this fighting thing);
Clinton's hand (which has a secret life as a super-hero, only coming out at night while Clinton is asleep)...

Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: jesslc on 20 Sep 2020, 23:36
I love Brun! :-D

Looking forward to Brun & Renee being goofs week. Did Brun research how to be a good roommate I wonder? (Love that - it's totally the sort of thing I would do).

And I also love how Renee responds here - she catches herself part way through and switches tack to give Brun a very clear/direct response instead of what she was originally going to say. As someone who quite often struggles with understanding when to taking things literally (or not), I really appreciate seeing Renee do this for her friend's sake.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: N.N. Marf on 21 Sep 2020, 00:41
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Oenone on 21 Sep 2020, 01:26
I love Brun! :-D

Looking forward to Brun & Renee being goofs week. Did Brun research how to be a good roommate I wonder? (Love that - it's totally the sort of thing I would do).

And I also love how Renee responds here - she catches herself part way through and switches tack to give Brun a very clear/direct response instead of what she was originally going to say. As someone who quite often struggles with understanding when to taking things literally (or not), I really appreciate seeing Renee do this for her friend's sake.

Thatís why Renee is one of my fave characters :) she tries really hard
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: cybersmurf on 21 Sep 2020, 03:03
Looks like Brun's hair might be long enough for a ponytail. I'd bet that would look silly though (there's no way to control this much floof).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Farideh on 21 Sep 2020, 03:07
"The difference between tragedy and comedy is perspective."
(I may have butchered that.)

"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die."


"Comedy is tragedy plus time"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Oenone on 21 Sep 2020, 04:33
Brun has covid hair

This comment bothers me because it implies that having ethnic/fluffy/natural hair is a sign of being unkept or lacking access to a salon. Itís pretty rude.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Timemaster on 21 Sep 2020, 05:51
Brun has covid hair

This comment bothers me because it implies that having ethnic/fluffy/natural hair is a sign of being unkept or lacking access to a salon. Itís pretty rude.

YouĎre joking, right?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Vaygr on 21 Sep 2020, 06:44
I actually like Brun's new floofness, it makes her look cuter.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: dutchrvl on 21 Sep 2020, 07:02
Brun has covid hair

This comment bothers me because it implies that having ethnic/fluffy/natural hair is a sign of being unkept or lacking access to a salon. Itís pretty rude.

Eehm, how is that joke implying that ethnic/fluffy/natural hair is unkept? By interpreting it that way, it seems you are actually the one who finds Brun's hair unkept.
Most covid-hair jokes (well, in MA where I live, that is) are simply comments on somebody's hair being longer/more voluminous than they usually have it, not on whether it looks good/bad.

Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: notStanley on 21 Sep 2020, 09:31
I read "covid hair" as just been longer than usual for a trim.  And since I am lucky enough to work from home, maybe not even washed today.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 21 Sep 2020, 09:35

{reads}

Phew... not alone...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 21 Sep 2020, 11:23
I included Sam on my superhero team because the supervillain is, of course, Chaos Loaf. Only the demon's creator can bring it to justice.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: the silent firefly on 21 Sep 2020, 13:28
Brun has covid hair

This comment bothers me because it implies that having ethnic/fluffy/natural hair is a sign of being unkept or lacking access to a salon. Itís pretty rude.


i am sorry you are bothered. i'd like to think it is obvious that was not the intended message. notStanley read it correctly (see above). i suppose i could have written "Brun has covid hair today" but it did not occur to me.


coincidentally, i'm a bit bothered that you assumed that my was implication and that it was rude. i would appreciate a good faith reading of what is posted here (by everyone, not just me). the nature of the interaction in these WCDT threads is overwhelmingly one of light-hearted humor so i think that the context highlights the intention.

that said, that no names have been called speaks to the maturity and civility of this forum. congrats to all of us.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: the silent firefly on 21 Sep 2020, 13:30
"hair plus time equals comedy"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Thrillho on 21 Sep 2020, 14:26
Brun has covid hair

I'm pretty sure with how time passes in the comic it's still like 2007 over there so I find that unlikely, she probably still has futile hope about Obama and shit
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Thrillho on 21 Sep 2020, 14:28
Brun has covid hair

This comment bothers me because it implies that having ethnic/fluffy/natural hair is a sign of being unkept or lacking access to a salon. Itís pretty rude.


i am sorry you are bothered. i'd like to think it is obvious that was not the intended message. notStanley read it correctly (see above). i suppose i could have written "Brun has covid hair today" but it did not occur to me.


coincidentally, i'm a bit bothered that you assumed that my was implication and that it was rude. i would appreciate a good faith reading of what is posted here (by everyone, not just me). the nature of the interaction in these WCDT threads is overwhelmingly one of light-hearted humor so i think that the context highlights the intention.

that said, that no names have been called speaks to the maturity and civility of this forum. congrats to all of us.

Global Moderator Comment One of the oft-learned lessons on this forum is that intentions are not magic, and when it comes to people of colour, these kinds of turns of phrase can quite commonly be hurtful without meaning to be and betray attitudes we don't even know that we have. Please don't take it personally that somebody noted this to you, as you say, it's part of how the mature and civil atmosphere was created and maintained.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Farideh on 21 Sep 2020, 14:32
I'm pretty sure with how time passes in the comic it's still like 2007 over there so I find that unlikely, she probably still has futile hope about Obama and shit


It's an alternate universe, though. Who knows what year it is there?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Thrillho on 21 Sep 2020, 14:33
I'm pretty sure with how time passes in the comic it's still like 2007 over there so I find that unlikely, she probably still has futile hope about Obama and shit


It's an alternate universe, though. Who knows what year it is there?

Well, not much has changed, but I'm told they live underwater now.

Perhaps your great-great-great granddaughter could help us out with a calendar?

(this may be a UK-only reference)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Wombt on 21 Sep 2020, 15:04
I'm pretty sure with how time passes in the comic it's still like 2007 over there so I find that unlikely, she probably still has futile hope about Obama and shit


It's an alternate universe, though. Who knows what year it is there?

Well, not much has changed, but I'm told they live underwater now.

Perhaps your great-great-great granddaughter could help us out with a calendar?

(this may be a UK-only reference)
Does it count if my first association was the music video for the Jonas Brothers cover of it that played on Disney Channel back in, like, 2006?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Tova on 21 Sep 2020, 15:13
TIL that "unkept" is a word. I kept on thinking that this was a misspelling of "unkempt" (maybe that's its etymology, dunno).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 21 Sep 2020, 18:25
New strip!

Yeah, huh. Is texting kinda like text based telepathy for robots?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Zebediah on 21 Sep 2020, 18:33
NEWS FLASH: Renee and Brun are still absolute goofballs.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Farideh on 21 Sep 2020, 18:53
Brun has improved her cooking skills! Long live the Internet. Now she can prepare noodles with ketchup AND cheese.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 21 Sep 2020, 20:10
It's blueberries topped with Dorito dust D:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: cybersmurf on 21 Sep 2020, 23:12
I included Sam on my superhero team because the supervillain is, of course, Chaos Loaf. Only the demon's creator can bring it to justice.


Chaos loaf has become sentient? Does that mean I have to be aware of loaf psykers?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 21 Sep 2020, 23:22
It occurs to me that the secret of Brun's success is that she followed the instructions precisely. So precisely that you'd think that she wrote them herself. Of course, in Brun's mind, what else are you supposed to do? If nothing else, she has skills that, should the owner of The Horrible Revelation need a new short order chef, he's got one!

I just love panel 2. Brun is so happy that Renee liked her food! That level of success means the world to her!

Huh... More indication that Brun may be ace and possibly also aro. Yes, Millie is a friend and she enjoyed their 'lunch date', but she feels no particular urgency to contact her. I wonder if Jeph is planning to take this somewhere?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 21 Sep 2020, 23:27
"The difference between tragedy and comedy is perspective."
(I may have butchered that.)

"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die."


"Comedy is tragedy plus time"

As I understand it, it takes approximately 21 years for that.

Looks like Brun's hair might be long enough for a ponytail. I'd bet that would look silly though (there's no way to control this much floof).

Actually, that'd be pretty cute.

Ever seen floofy ponytails before? Friggin' adorable.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 22 Sep 2020, 02:04
It occurs to me that the secret of Brun's success is that she followed the instructions precisely. So precisely that you'd think that she wrote them herself. Of course, in Brun's mind, what else are you supposed to do? If nothing else, she has skills that, should the owner of The Horrible Revelation need a new short order chef, he's got one!

I just love panel 2. Brun is so happy that Renee liked her food! That level of success means the world to her!

Huh... More indication that Brun may be ace and possibly also aro. Yes, Millie is a friend and she enjoyed their 'lunch date', but she feels no particular urgency to contact her. I wonder if Jeph is planning to take this somewhere?

Renee just might dig up some old church cookbooks and see just what Brun can accomplish.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: N.N. Marf on 22 Sep 2020, 03:00
"Comedy is tragedy plus time"
As I understand it, it takes approximately 21 years for that.
This recipe allows substituting distance for time, but a finer palate would disagree.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 22 Sep 2020, 05:36
Yes, Millie is a friend and she enjoyed their 'lunch date', but she feels no particular urgency to contact her. I wonder if Jeph is planning to take this somewhere?

Out in the park, where she can meet Rupert again.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 22 Sep 2020, 07:54
Yes, Millie is a friend and she enjoyed their 'lunch date', but she feels no particular urgency to contact her. I wonder if Jeph is planning to take this somewhere?

Out in the park, where she can meet Rupert again.
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Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Farideh on 22 Sep 2020, 18:05
Comic's up.


Seems like Renee's story arc is gearing up. My money is on her dating The-Person-Formerly-Known-As-Shitty-Dan.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 22 Sep 2020, 18:52
No insult to Jeph, but he really can't draw 'Hot guys.' Just... no. *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: beeawwb on 22 Sep 2020, 19:09
$hitty Dan was in to TROGDOR... H*R in universe confirmed... What crossover would you most like to see?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: St.Clair on 22 Sep 2020, 21:17
some Dans, meanwhile, just double-down and get worse.

EDIT: also, there's no guarantee that his insides are as nice as his outside.  Could be that the class just has two Dans who are "cool" now.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 22 Sep 2020, 21:20
Sorry, Bubbles, you're off my team. Shitty Dan is the new Titan.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: MMoyle on 22 Sep 2020, 22:05
Why is Brun doing the dishes? Back when I was living in Happy Valley, our rule was always "Them as don't cook, cleans up!"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: hedgie on 22 Sep 2020, 22:17
That was always the rule in my extended family during the holidays.  I am a turkey (amongst other things) expert, so if I'm going to be a slave to a dead bird for 6 hours, I'm going to go into a food coma after, and not lift a finger.  My uncles were always good at doing the washing up, but my father did fuck-all, either in preparation or cleanup, which is one of the many reasons that I resent him.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 22 Sep 2020, 23:17
It's amazing what that last 33% of puberty plus four years at college can do for a guy! Also, yes, High School is a miserable place.

Here's a prediction: Renee has been lamenting the stunted nature of her emotional life and her inability to find someone really interested in her. Then a nerdy guy from High School suddenly appears on her timeline without warning. So, they strike up an online conversation, he comes over to see her and, literally with no warning, we're in a Jim and Vernonica scenario: The two of them are in bed together, post-coitus and...

DAN: "So, I was thinking of dropping everything and moving out here to be with you."

RENEE: "Nothing could make me happier!"

I might be wrong but it seems odd that a hot guy who she knows should turn up in Renee's field of view so soon after she laments a lack of said things in her life. Consider it a 'Chekhov's tweet'!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 22 Sep 2020, 23:42
Honestly, middle school was worse.

Granted, most of the shitness in high school ended in sophmore year after a failed attempt to shove me in a locker. The two guys couldn't get it closed thanks to my broad shoulders. And they both ran off pretty damn quick when I pushed the locker open.

EDIT: Nearly all the bullying I received throughout middle and high school (grades 6 through 12) was verbal. Apart from the locker incident, there were three shoving matches that almost got me expelled from middle school, and paper footballs aimed at my head by cowards.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: snubnose on 23 Sep 2020, 00:38
Why is Brun doing the dishes? Back when I was living in Happy Valley, our rule was always "Them as don't cook, cleans up!"
Wouldnt that mean people fight over who gets to cook ?

Well I dont know how others see that, but personally I'd much rather cook than clean up.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: snubnose on 23 Sep 2020, 00:46
Here's a prediction: [...]
I dont see it. Jeph's stories are usually more realistic than that. Even the Sven-Faye relationship had a dedicated pre- and postdevelopment. She was drunk, they had "the talk" before, Sven had been quite nice for some time to her, Sven used "THE LOOK" on her.

Also, funny, apparently I'm too much of a Star Trek fan. I keep writing "Seven" instead of "Sven".
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 23 Sep 2020, 01:22
Don't get me wrong. Dan in Northampton would be a huge endeavour. There would be plenty of Renee brain-slips where she starts calling him 'Shitty Dan' without meaning to and there would follow the endless self-recriminations and trying to work out if she's just naturally a horrible person. Elliot would try to be the overprotective big brother when it is least needed and welcome. He will probably have to deal with the fact that Dan was one of his bullying victims when he was busy succumbing to peer pressure and thus having to double-guess his own reactions to the man. Maybe Brun would try to be helpful (and naturally it would end up being anything but helpful) by comparing Dan to all of Renee's Tinder hook-ups.

Jim and Veronica literally snapped together but they were an exception and there is a feeling of 'destiny' about them - Two lonely people who found someone who filled the holes in their lives. Jeph could get away with setting aside 500 strips for a Danee romance arc before coming to any conclusion.

That said, yeah, it's still a romantic comedy and will leave Clinton (an outside observer) wondering why all his circle seem to be living Romcom lives!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: MrNumbers on 23 Sep 2020, 03:44
Pour one out for the people who had to go through being Shitty Dan on the inside.

Here's to those of us with PTSD, mental illnesses and/or abusive parents in highschool, who were not coping and were in the worst possible environment to learn how.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Tova on 23 Sep 2020, 05:00
Why is Brun doing the dishes? Back when I was living in Happy Valley, our rule was always "Them as don't cook, cleans up!"
Wouldnt that mean people fight over who gets to cook ?

Well I dont know how others see that, but personally I'd much rather cook than clean up.

The rule here is that the cook cleans. It motivates you to keep your workplace clean as you go.

In practice, we both pitch in anyway. But really, cooking with the knowledge that you don't have to clean the mess you're creating doesn't lead to good things.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Dandi Andi on 23 Sep 2020, 10:13
"The difference between tragedy and comedy is perspective."
(I may have butchered that.)

"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die."

Indeed. Look no further than the humble nut shot. For the person enduring it, there is nothing less funny on earth. For the people watching it, it is the purest distillation of comedy.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Carl-E on 23 Sep 2020, 14:17
Regarding the poll:

...


Clinton's hand (which has a secret life as a super-hero, only coming out at night while Clinton is asleep)...


Thank you, Thing. 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: brasca on 23 Sep 2020, 17:12
Honestly, middle school was worse.

Granted, most of the shitness in high school ended in sophmore year after a failed attempt to shove me in a locker. The two guys couldn't get it closed thanks to my broad shoulders. And they both ran off pretty damn quick when I pushed the locker open.

EDIT: Nearly all the bullying I received throughout middle and high school (grades 6 through 12) was verbal. Apart from the locker incident, there were three shoving matches that almost got me expelled from middle school, and paper footballs aimed at my head by cowards.

Agreed.  Although I went to junior high instead of middle school, but things started to suck in the 5th grade and 6th grade.  I didn't really notice at the time because those grades were above all the others in elementary school so it seemed better than it really was.  Things improved once I got to high school, but the paranoia never went away until after I graduated.  Since then I've chosen to forgive and overlook when it comes to friend requests on Facebook, but in the last few years I've learned that some people are the same assholes they were in high school.  I wouldn't mind so much if their lives sucked, but some are doing well for themselves so schadenfreude denied.   

I can't say that I looked as good as Shitty Dan years after high school, but I've aged better than most of my classmates so at least I've got that.   
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 23 Sep 2020, 17:25
some Dans, meanwhile, just double-down and get worse.

EDIT: also, there's no guarantee that his insides are as nice as his outside.  Could be that the class just has two Dans who are "cool" now.

Yeah, the whole if-that's-what-you-think-I-am-then-that's-what-I'll-be reaction can really mess things up. Granted, the response is only half the the equation.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: rockkevinrock on 23 Sep 2020, 17:31
$hitty Dan was in to TROGDOR... H*R in universe confirmed... What crossover would you most like to see?

Bubs' Lunch Special... you have to get him to say his name backwards minus the first "B" so... "Sbu"... Well I walk around sayin' "Sbu" all the time, this'll be a cakewalk!!! Or at least a Sbu-walk...

Or Trevor The Vampire from Hampden, Maine takes a vacation to Northampton, Massachusetts for some reason? And

And what? Oh no, they got him!!! Somebody killed Trevor with a stake through the heart!!!

Ooh, even better! QC crossover with "4 Gregs" and "Teen Girl Squad" now that would be awesome.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Reaver on 23 Sep 2020, 18:05
Ooof  Shitty Dan might not be shitty anymore, but that text sure was.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Farideh on 23 Sep 2020, 18:06
That was some slip, Renee! I think your brain just slid down multiple sets of stairs :/
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: N.N. Marf on 23 Sep 2020, 18:10
Doesn't `$' represent `s' more than `t?'
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 23 Sep 2020, 18:27
DAMN IT, RENEE....

*lol*

Next comic, he just goes 'Eh, whatever.'
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: DaiJB on 23 Sep 2020, 19:07
"My Brain slipped"?!?   :roll:
Renee must text fast to get that whole message out without some part of her brain engaging and saying "wait a minute..."

So, a fast texting thumb, and no impulse control = a recipe for disaster  :laugh:

Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: cesium133 on 23 Sep 2020, 19:16
*sees battery level*

Nice.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 23 Sep 2020, 20:46
"CLEARLY WELL BEFORE YOU STARTED THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY BEFOREHAND LOL"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: St.Clair on 23 Sep 2020, 22:35
Yup, BenRG called it.  That was quick...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 23 Sep 2020, 22:45
Quote from: Daria
So let me just say that, in my experience, high school sucks. If I had to do it all over again, I'd have started advanced placement classes in preschool so I could go from eighth grade straight to college. However, given the unalterable fact that high school sucks, I'd like to add that if you're lucky enough to have a good friend and a family that cares, it doesn't have to suck quite as much. Otherwise, my advice is: stand firm for what you believe in, until and unless logic and experience prove you wrong; remember, when the emperor looks naked, the emperor is naked; the truth and a lie are not 'sort of the same thing'; and there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can't be improved with pizza. Thank you."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Cornelius on 23 Sep 2020, 22:56
That reminds me of the time when I tried to get pizza out of the oven at the end of a long, trying day, and the oven door imploded. No more oven, no more pizza, and no take out at that time.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 23 Sep 2020, 23:33
Well, there's their 'meet-cute'. At some point Renee is going to realise her life is a romcom and ask Brun why her life is a romcom. Brun, of course, won't have any knowledge about it and will ask Elliott and Clinton about it. I'm not sure exactly where that will take things. However, I'm expecting Elliot to quote Marten from before Jim and Veronica met: "Which makes me the straight man. I hate being the straight man!"

If a man had made such a huge social gaffe, he might say that he 'wasn't thinking with the head on my shoulders'. Do ladies have a similar saying? Renee was certainly so eager to start a communication that she was acting without thinking, which I suspect may be a feature of her side of Danee, no matter how long it lasts or how serious it gets!

Next comic, he just goes 'Eh, whatever.'

Renee was a goth girl in high school. I'm wondering if she had her own unflattering nickname that he'll use in response and this will be considered 'flirting' rather than the precursor to a fight. You can tell that I don't get how they do romances in the entertainment media, can't you?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Case on 23 Sep 2020, 23:52
Is there a term for stuffing both your feet into your gullet and munching on the calves for good measure?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Tova on 24 Sep 2020, 01:25
This is a completely believable verbal gaffe from her, but to get all that into a text before your brain catches up after saying out loud that she ought not severely strains my willing suspension of disbelief.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Farideh on 24 Sep 2020, 01:35
Renee's brain didn't slip so much as that it went comatose for 20 mins
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Mark7 on 24 Sep 2020, 02:03
Why is Bubbles naked?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 24 Sep 2020, 03:22
That reminds me of the time when I tried to get pizza out of the oven at the end of a long, trying day, and the oven door imploded. No more oven, no more pizza, and no take out at that time.

Sounds like Boris Johnson's Oven-Ready Brexit deal....

Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 24 Sep 2020, 03:23
Why is Bubbles naked?

???

Is this a patreon thing?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 24 Sep 2020, 03:36
Why is Bubbles naked?

???

Is this a patreon thing?

No, it isn't; the closest thing is a bonus comic where (clothed) Bubbles is attempting to make sexy poses for Faye with variable results.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Cornelius on 24 Sep 2020, 04:26
Maybe confusion with the earlier Bubbles in armour? It wasn't entirely clear from the start that wasn't intrensically a part of her chassis.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Case on 24 Sep 2020, 05:08
That reminds me of the time when I tried to get pizza out of the oven at the end of a long, trying day, and the oven door imploded. No more oven, no more pizza, and no take out at that time.

Sounds like Boris Johnson's Oven-Ready Brexit deal....

To be scrupulously fair to him - it was oven-ready.

He merely assumed he'd get around having to eat it ...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: MrNumbers on 24 Sep 2020, 05:51
I just want to add that Renee being used for beats like this is why the mum-friend thing didn't land for me. I think this is more in line with what I understand her character to be.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: brasca on 24 Sep 2020, 07:15
Shitty Dan may be a good sport about it seeing as how he didnít mind that being his name in the yearbook.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Thrudd on 24 Sep 2020, 08:25
Public schools and bullying  :-P
Grade school, beatings and some name calling  :cry:
Middle school, psychological warfare is in its infancy and physical interactions simmer down to intimidation with the occasional shoving  :-\
High school, psychological and social warfare become the modes operand and is refined during this period.  :? Physical violence was almost nonexistent due to proximity to a law enforcement hub. :police:

Conclusion: Public schools suck
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 24 Sep 2020, 08:31
I had an insightful and nuanced comment prepared, but brain slippage, LOL.

Um, BrŁn is looking great today.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 24 Sep 2020, 10:19
Is there a term for stuffing both your feet into your gullet and munching on the calves for good measure?
We call that painful.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: notStanley on 24 Sep 2020, 11:11
Do not understand the prohibitions against a physical response to a psychological attack.  It does not matter what form of attack, there are no rules in self-defense.  Rules are for a sporting event, not survival.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: N.N. Marf on 24 Sep 2020, 13:50
Is there a term for stuffing both your feet into your gullet and munching on the calves for good measure?
We call that painful.
I call it prophylactic ouroboration.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Y on 24 Sep 2020, 14:41
Why is Bubbles naked?

I was wondering myself that something looked different. The RSS feed links to 3469 (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3469). I made it a few comics further until I realized I've seen it before, and a few after that was actually the dearmoring of Bubbles.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 24 Sep 2020, 17:28
Do not understand the prohibitions against a physical response to a psychological attack.  It does not matter what form of attack, there are no rules in self-defense.  Rules are for a sporting event, not survival.

Because zero-tolerance policies in regards to bullying are brainless and require the school to actively acknowledge that the aggressor is at fault and tell their parent's that to their face. And school faculty have had to deal with generation after generation of terrible parents who think their hellspawn are perfect little angels.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Farideh on 24 Sep 2020, 18:21
Comic!

I love Renee's eyebrows in this comic, they're very expressive. Hopefully Renee manages to keep her feet out of her mouth during the coffee date (can we call it a date?).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Oenone on 24 Sep 2020, 18:46
determining if itís a date might be a retroactive thing, depending on how good/bad it goes

ďThe naming of dates is a difficult matterĒ etc etc
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 24 Sep 2020, 19:30
Good luck, Renee!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 24 Sep 2020, 20:35
Comic!

I love Renee's eyebrows in this comic, they're very expressive. Hopefully Renee manages to keep her feet out of her mouth during the coffee date (can we call it a date?).
Brief tangent:

In a school Zoom meeting, one of the teachers gave the class a question of the day. It was "Would you rather have fingers for toes or toes for fingers?" One kid in our class heard that as "fingers for toast or toast for fingers." The next ten minutes of the class dissolved into a deep discussion on how toast fingers would work. Would they regrow? Would it be worth it to eat them anyway? If this applied to your toes as well, what would happen if you stubbed one?

My point: Renee can have romance, or she can have delicious extremity toast. I know which one I'd choose.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: SeattleCrochetWoman on 24 Sep 2020, 22:42
Public schools and bullying  :-P
Grade school, beatings and some name calling  :cry:
Middle school, psychological warfare is in its infancy and physical interactions simmer down to intimidation with the occasional shoving  :-\
High school, psychological and social warfare become the modes operand and is refined during this period.  :? Physical violence was almost nonexistent due to proximity to a law enforcement hub. :police:

Conclusion: Public schools suck

I was bullied, teased and an outcast in Catholic school as much as in public school.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 24 Sep 2020, 23:24
Something tells me that this entire interaction is rapidly getting away from Renee. Yes, she's attracted to Dan; that's why she made a mess of the opening message in yesterday's strip. She's that sort of comedic romantic protagonist who can't help being insulting because she's so nervous at the strength of her reaction to the other. However, interestingly, she's aware of this at least to the degree where she's aware of the possibility of her behaviour.

Brun, the trophy is all around you: It's Renee's essential loneliness and dissatisfaction with her life.

And school faculty have had to deal with generation after generation of terrible parents who think their hellspawn are perfect little angels.

They're easier to deal with that the ones who actively encourage their children to be bullies and to be violent because they believe that being aggressively and abusively dominant is a desirable trait.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: snubnose on 24 Sep 2020, 23:32
Quite frankly the best day of public school was when it ended. *shrug*

Thankfully I didnt go to public school during all my childhood, but switched to Waldorf in between. They're much better. They arent complete heaven on earth either, especially since difficult pupils are sent to them, but overall much more social.

I heard good things about Montessori, too.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: hedgie on 25 Sep 2020, 00:18
I was bullied, teased and an outcast in Catholic school as much as in public school.

Catholic school in the '90s was pretty much my idea of purgatory at best.  From what friends of mine who went to the local public high school (and either dropped-out or went on to some form of Independent Study) told me, that would have been hell.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: jesslc on 25 Sep 2020, 00:33
I love Renee's eyebrows in this comic, they're very expressive. Hopefully Renee manages to keep her feet out of her mouth during the coffee date (can we call it a date?).
Yeah, me too. We don't need to see Renee's actual sms conversation with Dan because Jeph's done such a great job of telling the story through Renee's facial expressions. It's a great shift from (presumably) "apologizing for her earlier foot in mouth moment and offering to buy him a coffee to make up for it" through to "pleasant surprise that he's happy to meet her for coffee" and then back to "feeling insecure about her likely inability to keep her foot out of her mouth tomorrow"

Well for Renee's sake, I hope that Dan turns out to be compatible with someone who might frequently stuff her foot in her mouth but she also recognizes this fault and is trying to work on it. Cause she's almost certainly not going to manage to stop it overnight.  :roll: :laugh:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 25 Sep 2020, 02:14
So, anyone want to predict how Renee and Dan's little catch-up coffee morning will go? I'm expecting chaotic shenanigans including Elliot being a well-meaning but ultimately unwelcome 'big brother', Clinton misunderstanding and getting jealous of an entirely-illusiory Elliot/Renee romantic relationship and Renee continually blundering with her tongue and ending up virtually in tears because she thinks she's ruined the whole thing. This will lead to either:
What are your predictions and ideas?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: N.N. Marf on 25 Sep 2020, 05:19
I think it could be interesting to see S!#$$y Renee play out indirectly, to infer what happens from background details without actually seeing anything directly, and being revealed to other characters only when the relationship is stable. With Brun uncharacteristically better-understanding of the state of that relationship?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Thrudd on 25 Sep 2020, 09:20
I found the trophy

(https://i.imgur.com/y9Zztrb.jpg) (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/50/Petardsketch2.jpg/350px-Petardsketch2.jpg)
Sorry the first pic is kinda grainy.

Officially I would nominate the first but the bucket on a stick is kinda fun and would need explaining every time someone would see it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 25 Sep 2020, 10:56
So, anyone want to predict how Renee and Dan's little catch-up coffee morning will go? I'm expecting chaotic shenanigans including Elliot being a well-meaning but ultimately unwelcome 'big brother', Clinton misunderstanding and getting jealous of an entirely-illusiory Elliot/Renee romantic relationship and Renee continually blundering with her tongue and ending up virtually in tears because she thinks she's ruined the whole thing. This will lead to either:
  • Dan deciding he's best off not being involved in this slow-motion train wreck of a social circle OR
  • "You know, Renee, I always liked your dry, sarcastic ways! I look forward to finding out a bit about the lady underneath the spikes!"
What are your predictions and ideas?
I honestly don't think that it can go any way except well. That first text was pretty much rock bottom. If he's still down for coffee, he must be willing to take a lot of abuse.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Sep 2020, 11:42
I was bullied, teased and an outcast in Catholic school as much as in public school.

Catholic school in the '90s was pretty much my idea of purgatory at best.  From what friends of mine who went to the local public high school (and either dropped-out or went on to some form of Independent Study) told me, that would have been hell.

I work in education and so I am always interested in discussing it, but I think we need to accept that there are countless different forms of education all of which come with their own drawbacks.

Boarding schools, or socially acceptable child neglect - ignoring how easy that system is to exploit for abusive purposes.

Religious schools, which can refuse to teach facts, choose to teach falsities and end up in the pocket of local officials.

Grammar schools, which claim meritocracy and instead help perpetuate already existing racist and patriarchal systems.

Single-sex scools, why the fuck do they still exist at all?

And that's just scratching the surface.

Anyway, if Shitty Dan was at all comfortable with the nickname of Shitty Dan, then he may take Renee's particular brand of flirty abrasiveness in good humour.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: hedgie on 25 Sep 2020, 12:03
Thankfully, aside from the mandatory religion classes, actual instruction was focused in facts.  The one I went to was also big in to community work, and surprisingly, there was a rainbow flag up in one Spanish teacher's classroom.  It still sucked, though.  Teens are monsters.

As far as single-sex schools go, I have seen some studies that show them as being beneficial for girls.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Thrillho on 25 Sep 2020, 12:05
I've also read that mixing is better for the boys, so someone is being excluded either way - which kinda suggests to me that the problems with the mixed-gender classes may be on a grander scale than simply cutting them off from each other. Education is in dire need of reform.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 25 Sep 2020, 12:57
Teens are monsters.
:-(

Is there an implied "most?"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 25 Sep 2020, 18:37
Public schools and bullying  :-P
Grade school, beatings and some name calling  :cry:
Middle school, psychological warfare is in its infancy and physical interactions simmer down to intimidation with the occasional shoving  :-\
High school, psychological and social warfare become the modes operand and is refined during this period.  :? Physical violence was almost nonexistent due to proximity to a law enforcement hub. :police:

Conclusion: Public schools suck

I was bullied, teased and an outcast in Catholic school as much as in public school.

I wish your experience had been as good as my wife's. She transferred to a Catholic school and once there she no longer had to recruit a team of three to go to the restroom safely.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: St.Clair on 25 Sep 2020, 20:18
Teens are monsters.
:-(

Is there an implied "most?"

Some are merely impulsive, hormonal idiots.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 25 Sep 2020, 21:08
Teens are monsters.
:-(

Is there an implied "most?"

Some are merely impulsive, hormonal idiots.
Definitely. I would agree that most teens are horrible. But it's an unfair generalization to say we all are. I do my best not to be like that, and I have plenty of kind friends who aren't like that.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 26 Sep 2020, 03:06
Thankfully, aside from the mandatory religion classes, actual instruction was focused in facts.  The one I went to was also big in to community work, and surprisingly, there was a rainbow flag up in one Spanish teacher's classroom.  It still sucked, though.  Teens are monsters.

As far as single-sex schools go, I have seen some studies that show them as being beneficial for girls.
I spent my freshman year of college at SNU. Chapel was not only mandatory, but if you missed more than 3, you actually got put on academic probation. Did I mention  being 10+ minutes late w/o a note from a faculty member counted as being absent?
Needless to say I found a nice ju-co closer to home for sophmore year to knock out my gen-eds.


Teens are monsters.
:-(

Is there an implied "most?"

Some are merely impulsive, hormonal idiots.
Definitely. I would agree that most teens are horrible. But it's an unfair generalization to say we all are. I do my best not to be like that, and I have plenty of kind friends who aren't like that.

Just remember; "Broad strokes hurt folks."

It's something I've been trying to keep in mind more the past few years.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: hedgie on 26 Sep 2020, 04:08
Definitely. I would agree that most teens are horrible. But it's an unfair generalization to say we all are. I do my best not to be like that, and I have plenty of kind friends who aren't like that.

Between years spent working in the service industry, and even longer following politics, it's safe to say that by now I'm a misanthrope with a very low view of humanity in general.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: N.N. Marf on 26 Sep 2020, 05:13
Definitely. I would agree that most teens are horrible. But it's an unfair generalization to say we all are. I do my best not to be like that, and I have plenty of kind friends who aren't like that.

Between years spent working in the service industry, and even longer following politics, it's safe to say that by now I'm a misanthrope with a very low view of humanity in general.
It's a general rule of mine that, because most persons are terrible, I should seek out only the ones that aren't (or are the least) terrible. I've met only one person of the thousands I've ever met that maybe isn't terrible.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 26 Sep 2020, 11:21
There is a risk of self-fulfilling prophecy there, though we're completely on the same page about being careful who we associate with.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: N.N. Marf on 26 Sep 2020, 12:42
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Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 26 Sep 2020, 14:53
Definitely. I would agree that most teens are horrible. But it's an unfair generalization to say we all are. I do my best not to be like that, and I have plenty of kind friends who aren't like that.

Between years spent working in the service industry, and even longer following politics, it's safe to say that by now I'm a misanthrope with a very low view of humanity in general.
All is forgiven. Following politics is a startlingly efficient method of losing faith in humanity.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: jesslc on 26 Sep 2020, 22:17
All is forgiven. Following politics is a startlingly efficient method of losing faith in humanity.
So true!  *sigh*


As for Renee & Dan, I'm predicting that things will go well in the short term - Dan will be neither just boring nor actively shitty (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4197) and Renee will get to feel that spark of connection with someone (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4346). However, I'm also thinking that it's likely there will end up being some reason that means they don't work out in the longer term.

Admittedly that last part is really more of a meta prediction based on thinking about where Jeph might take the comic in the long term. Eg. The existing couples seem mostly very stable to me therefore I think it's likely that the majority of future relationship conflict will come from the potential relationships being explored recently - Renee & Dan / wherever Jeph ends up taking Elliot, Clinton, Brun & Millefeuille / May & Sven / Roko's desire for connection & bread, and also the people who possibly have crushes on her / etc
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 28 Sep 2020, 04:11
Definitely. I would agree that most teens are horrible. But it's an unfair generalization to say we all are. I do my best not to be like that, and I have plenty of kind friends who aren't like that.

Between years spent working in the service industry, and even longer following politics, it's safe to say that by now I'm a misanthrope with a very low view of humanity in general.
All is forgiven. Following politics is a startlingly efficient method of losing faith in humanity.
Especially when crap like what surrounded the publication of the Panama Papers happens.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4356-4360 (21st to 25th September 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 28 Sep 2020, 05:17
Poll Results Post
There was an idea... Northampton's own superhero team!

1. Ms Gadget/Emily Azuma - She's upgraded a lot of stuff in her time; she was first! - 23 (15.3%)
2. Titan/Bubbles - Military training, hardware and a dislike for exploiters! - 22 (14.7%)
3. Pizza Girl - Might as well have a veteran on the team! - 18 (12%)
4. Skullmaster/Sam Bean - The plucky sword-weilding sidekick! - 17 (11.3%)
5. Vigilance/Roko Basilisk - There are lots of surprises in that chassis and lots of wrongs done under colour of law! - 14 (9.3%)
6. Steve - Because a super-spy never retires! - 13 (8.7%)
=7. Pink Lightning/Momo - It turns out those tasers are a LOT more adaptable than you'd think! - 12 (8%)
=7. Spookybot/Yay Newfriend - A puppet-master changing the world in the battlefield of cyberspace! - 12 (8%)
9. The Java Witch/Dora Bianchi - It turns out all that wiccan stuff is for realsies! - 9 (6%)
10. Cutting Edge/May - A martial artist and melee weapons fan who has had enough of petty crime! - 5 (3.3%)
11. Other (please specify in the comments) - 3 (2%)
12. Captain Liberty/Abbie Potter - She took an oath to protect and serve, after all! - 2 (1.3%)



Interesting results all told. I am genuinely surprised that Pizza Girl scored as highly as she did and the same with Sam/Skullmaster. Obviously there is a hunger in  the forums for a plucky comedy sidekick to help the 'serious' heroes!

I'm leaving the poll open because I think that more might vote after they've had a chance to think about the scenario.