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Title: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: BenRG on 07 Mar 2021, 01:36
It's been a while since I last did a poll like this but I have a few new ideas and I'm interested to see what people would like to see and, more importantly, what new or existing plotlines they want to see more of! So, what do you think? You can vote for up to three options.

I voted for:
What does everyone else think?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 07 Mar 2021, 18:15
Comic's up.

Your restraint is much appreciated Yay.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 07 Mar 2021, 20:09
Wasn't there a strip where Hannelore promised not to murder Marten in his sleep and he made some unsuccessful attempts to explain the awkwardness of that?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 07 Mar 2021, 21:04
Wasn't there a strip where Hannelore promised not to murder Marten in his sleep and he made some unsuccessful attempts to explain the awkwardness of that?

I know the one you're talking about. It was soon after they first met, and I think it was Hanners promising not to stalk him on a date with Dora, maybe?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 07 Mar 2021, 21:48
I think you're remembering it more accurately than I did.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 07 Mar 2021, 22:32
Found it, I think?

https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=596 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=596)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: BenRG on 07 Mar 2021, 23:11
Personally, I've got the feeling that Yay is saying this more to remind themselves that they are not allowed to do it than reassure Elliot. That said, I've got the feeling that Hercules is more fascinating to them than intelligence gathering right now. I'm sort of wondering if Elliot will come home to find a half-dozen Yays all waiting on a certain white cat's every whim!

Wasn't there a strip where Hannelore promised not to murder Marten in his sleep and he made some unsuccessful attempts to explain the awkwardness of that?

Early model Hannelore was a lot more uncertain on what classified acceptable social behaviour. I wonder if Jeph will ever have a strip now where she is talking to her friends and gently freaking them out about all the bizarre things she would have done in some situations a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: snubnose on 07 Mar 2021, 23:29
I get the feeling Jay works on fixing the problem that she's not intimidating at all for Elliot.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: sitnspin on 07 Mar 2021, 23:32
They. Not she.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 08 Mar 2021, 05:12
Found it, I think?

https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=596 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=596)

What's her shirt read in that one? 'Summer' something?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Wombt on 08 Mar 2021, 05:18
Found it, I think?

https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=596 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=596)

What's her shirt read in that one? 'Summer' something?
"Summer Camp"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 08 Mar 2021, 06:57
They. Not she.

Hells, even regardless of gender, Yay are a plural.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 08 Mar 2021, 08:42
Elliot is fortunate he has such an adequate cat, since he's inspiring Yay to curtesy.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 08 Mar 2021, 08:51
They. Not she.

I really think "they" as a gender-neutral (or gender-ambiguous, depending) pronoun is fraught with problems*, but in Yay's case, They really are a They, since we've frequently seen Them inhabiting multiple bodies.

* To be absolutely clear, it's plurality, not the gender-neutrality I see as an issue, and the resulting grammar mutilations that follow. Plus, They will always be giant ants to me.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Dandi Andi on 08 Mar 2021, 09:23
I do not care, not one little bit, what you think about the grammar of my pronouns. My pronouns are they/them and that is not negotiable.

And more, I pray thee, doest thou also take umbrage with the singular "you"? Art thou confused by the loss of subject/object distinction? Doest thou consider it a mutilation of language to always use the plural verb construction even with a singular subject? No? Are you actually quite comfortable with using the word you? Then you'll get used to singular they, I'm sure.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 08 Mar 2021, 11:54
To be fair, I find it inelegant, myself.  However, I'm still happy to use the singular "they" out of respect for others, 'cos I'm not *that* much of a dick.  I also think, that at least for me, it becomes much less awkward the more I get used to it IRL.  Changing one's behaviour is often much easier than changing one's thoughts, but at least for me is a necessary first step.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 08 Mar 2021, 17:18
They. Not she.

I really think "they" as a gender-neutral (or gender-ambiguous, depending) pronoun is fraught with problems*, but in Yay's case, They really are a They, since we've frequently seen Them inhabiting multiple bodies.

* To be absolutely clear, it's plurality, not the gender-neutrality I see as an issue, and the resulting grammar mutilations that follow. Plus, They will always be giant ants to me.

English otherwise lacks broadly recognized gender neutral pronouns apart from none, nobody, noone, etc. Which, frankly, really doesn't work.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 08 Mar 2021, 18:21
Comic's up.

I present Ms. Augustus, Grand Master of Effective Communication.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: DaiJB on 08 Mar 2021, 18:30
All of these plot ideas are OK, I'd be happy with any of 'em.

The one thing I really want to see is this: An arc where Yay actually has to learn a little humility instead of being an insufferably smug and self-righteous git.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: zioninavision on 08 Mar 2021, 18:47
 :psyduck: :psyduck:  Jeph's surprise twists are always well timed and feel natural!  this one couldn't have been guessed!  i am not sure if Elliot will leave now, or if Clinton will realize what is happening and go see him??

All of these plot ideas are OK, I'd be happy with any of 'em.

The one thing I really want to see is this: An arc where Yay actually has to learn a little humility instead of being an insufferably smug and self-righteous git.

Yes; i do think that, if there are any must-resolve story elements, what exactly Yay is and where they come from is in there somewhere!  hopefully along with where the Espressosaurus went! 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 08 Mar 2021, 18:48
Found it, I think?

https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=596 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=596)

Bingo. That's the one.

Singular "they" goes back to Chaucer.

What I want to see is Faye and Bubbles making it official. They have taken their vows already and have said "forever".
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Shjade on 08 Mar 2021, 19:03
I really think "they" as a gender-neutral (or gender-ambiguous, depending) pronoun is fraught with problems*

https://public.oed.com/blog/a-brief-history-of-singular-they/
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 08 Mar 2021, 19:05
Poor Elliot.

"Uhm, I'm not the delivery guy."

"Eh?"

"I'm your son's date."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 08 Mar 2021, 19:25
To be fair, Elliot does deliver baked goods occasionally. He must have that 'here is your order' vibe going on.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 08 Mar 2021, 20:26
To be fair, Elliot does deliver baked goods occasionally. He must have that 'here is your order' vibe going on.

I wonder if Mrs. Augustus vaguely recognizes him from the bakery from walking by and just hasn't placed where she's seen his face before?

EDIT: typo fix, missing 'y' in 'barkery'
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Christophelous on 08 Mar 2021, 22:33
I feel like we're finally seeing where some of the awkwardness of Clinton comes from. He and his mom both have a tendency to make assumptions that can lead to awkward encounters. This isn't the FIASCO that was their bar "date" but it's got a similar feel to me.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: BenRG on 08 Mar 2021, 23:16
How Elliot went on a date and became a take-out delivery guy. "It just seemed too awkward to say 'no'!" You all know that it's exactly the sort of trap into which Elliot could fall. He'd so almost anything to avoid being in a socially awkward situation!

If he wanted to do so, this is the starting point for Jeph to effortlessly craft a Shakespeare-style romantic comedy arc where Mrs A falls ever more for the 'delivery guy' and, by luck, she, Clinton and Elliot are never in the same room at the same time. It finally climaxes with Elliot standing there as Clinton and his mother both enter the room and say, simultaneously: "Meet my boyfriend! Wait, your boyfriend? He's my boyfriend!" Cue laugh track and the 'We''ll be right back after this break!' caption card.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: ihaveavoice on 08 Mar 2021, 23:53
Singular "they" goes back to Chaucer.

And beyond! It's been with us for at least three centuries longer than the singular "you" has. And note how that great history link points out that grammarians didn't decide to start acting like the singular "they" was an error until the 18th century, FOUR centuries after the first recorded instance of its use, and at most ONE century out from the tipping point of "thou" being deemed too rude for even casual conversations. These people were using the still rather new singular "you" while getting weird about the much older singular "they." It's best not to mimic the ideological inconsistency of random Georgian Era scholars.

I'd also bet good money that every single person who feels weird about using "they" to signify one person in a gender-related context has had several conversations like these in their lifetime:

"Well, I talked to the auditor."

"What'd they say?"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 09 Mar 2021, 01:10
I wonder if Mrs. Augustus vaguely recognizes him from the baker from walking by and just hasn't placed where she's seen his fac
e before?


I will accept this as canon  ;D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Tyr on 09 Mar 2021, 03:20
Yes; i do think that, if there are any must-resolve story elements, what exactly Yay is and where they come from is in there somewhere!  hopefully along with where the Espressosaurus went!

Stay with me here... What if Yay... is Esspressosaurus, and when it vanished from our timeline, it was flung into an environment in which it gained sentience and sapience, going from 'it' to 'them' in the process, then was installed to the Yaycloud and its1 broad sensorium. That would explain why they are so keen on being chummy with the Social Group and were slightly dejected with having alienated themselves from their Creatrix when they next interacted from Yay/Espressosaurus' point of view.

1: the "its" here refers to the bodies as a singular collective entity, rather than the mind(s) controlling them.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Annemoon on 09 Mar 2021, 06:53
'They' as a gender neutral pronoun is actually my favorite to use, because I've seen it used in language like this before; it makes a lot of sense to me.
As ihaveavoice nicely shows.
"Well, I talked to the auditor."

"What'd they say?"
Not that I wouldn't use other pronouns if people ask, but you know, this is the one where I'm least likely to make a mistake.
I would also just naturally use this if I wouldn't know the gender of the person.

I do get giddy by the use of they in the case of Yay, because it fits both ways. They are a being without gender, and somewhat of a multitude.
It's the small things in life~
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: zisraelsen on 09 Mar 2021, 08:46
Silver lining: at least in the hypothetical where Elliot  is a delivery guy that forgot the food, mrs. Augustus is being extremely polite about it. If she was mad about it, Thisd go from "awkward but pretty funny in hindsight" to "should we still have dinner tonight, or can we just not?"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: zisraelsen on 09 Mar 2021, 18:16
Comic!

Pleased to meet you, Aurelia!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 09 Mar 2021, 18:17
Mrs Augustus now has a first name! Quite nice :)

I wonder what she wasn't expecting, though...

- Such a hunk?
- Such a tall person?
- Such a male person?


Anyway, I'm glad that Jeph didn't drag that misunderstanding out.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Torlek on 09 Mar 2021, 18:49
Bad Aurelia! No poaching your son's potential love interest. And don't try to deny that's what you're thinking!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 09 Mar 2021, 18:59
Aurelia: "Oh no! He's hot!"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 09 Mar 2021, 20:56
Aurelia; a golden gal.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Tyr on 09 Mar 2021, 21:42
which is most amusing?

Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: BenRG on 09 Mar 2021, 23:22
Well, as a lot of people foresaw, this arc sort of demanded that Jeph come up with a name for the Augustus martiach. I'm just sort of surprised that her name doesn't start with 'C'!

I took one look at the name 'Aurelia' and almost immediately a fan-fiction plot dropped fully formed into my lap about her being the great-niece of infamous (and deceased) gold mogul Auric Goldfinger, named at his insistence. Auralia's father had never been formally cleared of involvement in his uncle's plot to nuke Fort Knox and that's why Steve's in Northampton - to watch the family for any signs that any of them are Evil Geniuses. It's sort of a ironic that, as usual, the Agency is looking in the wrong direction whilst the Ellicott-Chathams are busy becoming the economic and technological masters of the world!

Meanwhile, back in the comic, I see that, as expected, Elliot ticks all of Aurelia's 'attractive male' boxes. You can't help but wonder if she'll be able to control her impulses for Clinton's sake or, if her son hesitates, she'll pounce and poach!

She might be too late, though. I think that Cosmo has already decided that Elliot is her big human!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: SmilingCat on 10 Mar 2021, 00:37
Okay, at first I thought this was going to be a "mom didn't know her boy was bringing a boy" situation. With hilarious overcompensation on her part to cover up her moment of surprise.

But I re-read it and its clear she just wasn't expecting sooo much man meat showing up. Totally different hijinks to expect.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: bhtooefr on 10 Mar 2021, 03:01
As some people yesterday on the Patreon comments suggested...

(https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/001/842/713/b73.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Wingy on 10 Mar 2021, 04:45
And now we see where Clinton gets his lack of chill from.  But Aurelia is a nice name - very TOS actually - think Aurelan from Operation -- Annihilate!.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Aegir on 10 Mar 2021, 04:56
It wasn't until Aurelia introduced herself that I realized it wasn't Claire. Looking back now, I can see there's a tiny wrinkle under the eye, and of course she's wearing the same thing she was wearing a few strips ago (but that was like a week ago so I didn't remember), but I think Jeph needs to differentiate them a little better.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Wingy on 10 Mar 2021, 05:04
Totally different hair styles.  Aurelia has a nice do and Claire just lets hers run wild.

Actually, is that Clinton or Claire in the background picture?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 10 Mar 2021, 07:30
It looks like Claire, college graduation photo.  Maybe getting her BA?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 10 Mar 2021, 07:42
Yeah, pretty sure thatís Claire; I doubt Clinton would ever wear his hair like that.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 10 Mar 2021, 10:47
Hercules. Cosmo.
They're fluffy.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: awkwardness on 10 Mar 2021, 15:04
I'm not sure if Cosmo jumped into his arms or he lifted her up, but that was a great punchline.

I'm of the belief that he's great with animals and they can sense that he's a lovable goof who'll scratch their bellies and behind their hears
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 10 Mar 2021, 15:10
Jumped, is my guess
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: HeavyP on 10 Mar 2021, 18:19
I KNEW it.  I KNEW that's what the awkwardness was.  It's not what we're all here for, popcorn in hand, but I think that just once I'd like for a romantic pairing in this comic to NOT be fraught with some sort of awkwardness or drama.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 10 Mar 2021, 18:24
What do you count as "awkwardness or drama?" Faye/Bubbles and Dora/Tai have both been healthy, stable, and free of major conflict.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 10 Mar 2021, 18:32
There's nothing wrong with being attracted to your son's (potential boy) friend.

Acting on that attraction, on the other hand, would be VERY BAD INDEED.


What do you count as "awkwardness or drama?" Faye/Bubbles and Dora/Tai have both been healthy, stable, and free of major conflict.


Likewise Steve/Cosette, Dale/Marigold, Jim/Veronica, Tilly/Station (as far as we know). Actually, most of the relationships in the comic tend to be pretty stable once they get settled in.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Baz_Yat on 10 Mar 2021, 18:38
Actually, most of the relationships in the comic tend to be pretty stable once they get settled in.

And if you've ever had a relationship that DIDN'T start with awkwardness and drama... well shit I know I don't have THAT Much experience, but as far as I can tell, you've been really lucky. They all seem to start with a dose of that somewhere.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Thrudd on 10 Mar 2021, 18:42
All I can say is that the strip made me chuckle - must be the stress - all I need now is a hug ..... that ain't going to be happening for a good long while yet though - dang covidiots

[ I might bring back the caption thingy when I get so free time in my life again - damn covidiots ]
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 10 Mar 2021, 18:46
"...son's friend."

hmm... memory's got holes in it, but points to Clinton not exactly telling her this is a pseudo-date. this'll be fun!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: awkwardness on 10 Mar 2021, 19:04
What do you count as "awkwardness or drama?" Faye/Bubbles and Dora/Tai have both been healthy, stable, and free of major conflict.

...Dora/Tai yes. Faye/Bubbles? They just had a legitimate conflict with Faye's mouth not too long ago.

Marten/Claire is a better example, those two haven't had a conflict unless you count her anxiety over not getting a job yet as a conflict.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: awkwardness on 10 Mar 2021, 19:06
...well, that was unexpected. I mean, she's not dead so attraction to a hot guy is going to happen. But still, that was unexpected!

If Clinton and him don't workout, at least he has a fallback now ;)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 10 Mar 2021, 19:07
Aurelia: "Oh no! He's hot!"

Called it.

*lol*
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: DaiJB on 10 Mar 2021, 19:40
"...son's friend."

hmm... memory's got holes in it, but points to Clinton not exactly telling her this is a pseudo-date. this'll be fun!

Was thinking the same thing - I can imagine all sorts of misunderstanding leading from this  :oops: 

....And poor, sweet, I-must-try-and-please-everyone, marshmallow Elliot caught in the middle! 
Awww, the poor guy's really gonna need a hug after this.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: bhtooefr on 10 Mar 2021, 19:46
As some people yesterday on the Patreon comments suggested...

(https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/001/842/713/b73.jpg)
And... yep. Time for her to go straight to horny jail.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: sitnspin on 10 Mar 2021, 20:10
What do you count as "awkwardness or drama?" Faye/Bubbles and Dora/Tai have both been healthy, stable, and free of major conflict.

...Dora/Tai yes. Faye/Bubbles? They just had a legitimate conflict with Faye's mouth not too long ago.
They said no major conflict. All relationships have some conflict, that's just inevitable when two or more people interact for a extended period of time.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: MrNumbers on 10 Mar 2021, 20:35
Elliot apologizing for how his hotness makes life difficult but meaning it very sincerely
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 10 Mar 2021, 20:35
Totally different hair styles.  Aurelia has a nice do and Claire just lets hers run wild.

Actually, is that Clinton or Claire in the background picture?

For me, it's their mannerisms and how they hold themselves.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: awkwardness on 10 Mar 2021, 21:07
What do you count as "awkwardness or drama?" Faye/Bubbles and Dora/Tai have both been healthy, stable, and free of major conflict.

...Dora/Tai yes. Faye/Bubbles? They just had a legitimate conflict with Faye's mouth not too long ago.
They said no major conflict. All relationships have some conflict, that's just inevitable when two or more people interact for a extended period of time.

That counts as a major one considering it was about their business and Faye was legitimately afraid of what Bubbles would do if she was flippant again...it counts. When it could potentially destroy something as important as a business it counts.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 10 Mar 2021, 21:12
and Faye was legitimately afraid of what Bubbles would do if she was flippant again...

What?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: St.Clair on 10 Mar 2021, 22:04
ohhhh dear.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: BenRG on 10 Mar 2021, 23:13
As I've already said at some length, Elliot pretty much ticks all of Aurellia's 'attractive male' boxes to the point where he's leaving her flustered just by being around her.

Several ideas jump into my mind but the most obvious one is a tabloid headline (one that I have seen IRL more than once): "My boyfriend is now my stepfather!" I doubt that it will happen but my guess about what will happen is that Aurelia won't be able to govern her subconscious reactions and will spend the entire evening spontaneously flirting with Elliot and then immediately trying to stop herself and apologise. Elliot, being Elliot, won't quite know what's going on. However, if Clinton is too hesitant, then Elliot may respond to the actual clear messages rather than the equivocal hints.

"...son's friend."

hmm... memory's got holes in it, but points to Clinton not exactly telling her this is a pseudo-date. this'll be fun!

FWIW, Clinton's description of Elliot is pretty factual as neither he nor Elliot have decided that things will definitely go further than that. However, yeah, maybe he should have gone into a little more detail about long-term aspirations here.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: zmeiat_joro on 11 Mar 2021, 00:04
BenRG, I mean that it the kindest possible way, but your mind goes in really perpendicular ways. I _like_ that about you, in a way, but you do know that, right?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: MrNumbers on 11 Mar 2021, 02:27
BenRG is an absolute treasure
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Mordhaus on 11 Mar 2021, 09:15
I am all for it. Although it means we will likely never see either character again, as hetero relationships and the characters in them tend to be background fodder as soon as they happen. At least for the past couple of years, anyway.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Pilchard123 on 11 Mar 2021, 10:34
I don't know if this is one of BenRG's perpendicular theories. I thought that was where this arc was going too (though maybe not quite as far as he took it). I wonder if this is going to be a "Clinton, decide what you want and go for it before life takes it from you" story.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Roborat on 11 Mar 2021, 12:21
Wow, that was a plot twist that I must say I was not expecting.  I was expecting another panel of delivery driver mistaken identity hijinks, then Cosmo making an appearance.  So I guess I got part of it right.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 11 Mar 2021, 12:47
I've said it before.

BenRG : creativity :: Akima : debate
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Wombt on 11 Mar 2021, 18:09
The comic is up.

And it's gonna be the reason that someone out there learns about vore today.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 11 Mar 2021, 18:25
I... don't want to know about vore. I can hazard a guess, and that's bad enough.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Wingy on 11 Mar 2021, 18:31
I... don't want to know about vore.
Correct, you don't.  It's all over deviantArt and a few other venues I frequent for various reasons.  Once I figured out what it was, I've avoided it ever since.

Back to the strip: Cosmo likes Eliot; look at that tail go.  That's a great thing regardless of who beds Eliot and keeps him.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: badbum61 on 11 Mar 2021, 18:32
Those shorts!
For someone who until quite recently (in-comic time) hadn't considered he might be queer, Clinton's certainly nailing the look...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: WAYF on 11 Mar 2021, 18:46
It has happened before that Elliot found himself completely unable to relate to something Clinton said (http://"https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4376") because Clinton spends arguably too much time on the internet. (Note: in comic time, that was YESTERDAY whatever day we were watching before the current day started.)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 11 Mar 2021, 19:15
I wonder how many folks will read todays comic, google 'vore' then go "Oh, god DAMN it, Jeph!!"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 11 Mar 2021, 19:40
Sadly, I know what far too many things are from being online since the early Ď90s.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: zmeiat_joro on 11 Mar 2021, 19:54
It took me like two minutes to remember what a vore is, unfortunately. From the '90s. At least I'm pretty sure. EDIT yep, askjeevesed it, that's it. I remember it being an arachnid fetish, though.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 11 Mar 2021, 20:32
I remember it being an arachnid fetish, though.

With the 'monstergirls' thing in anime, it expanded alot...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 11 Mar 2021, 21:24
I... don't want to know about vore.
Correct, you don't.  It's all over deviantArt and a few other venues I frequent for various reasons.  Once I figured out what it was, I've avoided it ever since.

Back to the strip: Cosmo likes Eliot; look at that tail go.  That's a great thing regardless of who beds Eliot and keeps him.

Suffice it to say it's one of those internet things that prompts the suggestion to have better and more specific filters on any sort of art or "art" site than just 'allow adult content'. Not that there aren't some very inconsiderate individuals who refuse to use filter tag systems, which is why I'd argue that a secondary filter measure should be implemented to where specific words in the general tags get the piece auto-filtered.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: BenRG on 11 Mar 2021, 22:58
I do hope that Clinton finds himself wondering why he's talking about these things. I do hope that Elliot finds himself wondering why Clinton is talking about these things. If there were any proof needed that Clinton really doesn't know how to hold a conversation with Elliot about... well... basically anything without it turning bad, this is it. If nothing else, talking about tapeworms an their ilk before dinner isn't good general etiquette!

I said this on Patreon yesterday and I'll say it now: Elliot - Just run. This guy probably isn't a good catch.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 11 Mar 2021, 23:11
I don't know, at least they've established that they both know something about parasitic worms. Shared interests are important in relationships 😉 And having really random conversations is something that I treasure in my marriage: there is no topic that is off-limits.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: BenRG on 11 Mar 2021, 23:53
I don't know, at least they've established that they both know something about parasitic worms.

The point I'm making is: Why raise this issue in the first place? It's obvious that Elliot was talking about cute, huggable furfriends, not the decidedly nightmare fuel end of the animal kingdom. So why mention them? It's almost as if Clinton was trying to discomfort or denigrate Elliot for his statement that he likes all kinds of animals. That isn't a good thing.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 12 Mar 2021, 00:30
Please, parasitic worms are not the nightmare fuel end of the animal kingdom; parasitic wasps are. If you thought the Xenomorphs were bad I say at least they only kill you.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Tova on 12 Mar 2021, 00:38
Next time you're in Tokyo, head to the Tokyo Parasite Museum (https://www.tofugu.com/travel/parasite-museum-tokyo/). It's small but fascinating. Also free. The best bit is the interactive model of an 8.8m tapeworm (the actual length of a tapeworm someone was once infected by). There's even a little gift shop in the back. You'll love it, bring a date.

P.S. I posted that link because it was literally the first result in a google search I made, but now I'm reading it and I found this quote:

Quote
They also told us some random trivia. Like, for example, the most common "customers" they get are single women, followed by young couples on dates.

See! 8-)

P.P.S. Fun fact/confession: I've been there TWICE.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 12 Mar 2021, 01:09
My apologies, my post wasn't too clear. I didn't see Clinton's interaction with Elliot as disparaging, but more as 'getting to know him better'.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Y on 12 Mar 2021, 01:36
That makes me wonder what Elliot saw, which likely isn't #1829 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1829) when Veronica recognized Kirk.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Wingy on 12 Mar 2021, 04:29
The point I'm making is: Why raise this issue in the first place?
Because Clinton has a crazy pinball machine mind and that's where it bounced.  And since he's not figured out the "filter thing" yet, strange topics will pop out.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: IantoSteerpike on 12 Mar 2021, 05:46
I totally see this more as just an expression of Clinton's overall awkwardness.  And I like that Eliot isn't fazed by it or reading too much into it.  It actually speaks to real potential for the two of them, as long as Clinton can continue on his journey of becoming more open and vulnerable about his feelings and reactions.
The point I'm making is: Why raise this issue in the first place?
Because Clinton has a crazy pinball machine mind and that's where it bounced.  And since he's not figured out the "filter thing" yet, strange topics will pop out.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: sitnspin on 12 Mar 2021, 07:58
The point I'm making is: Why raise this issue in the first place? It's obvious that Elliot was talking about cute, huggable furfriends, not the decidedly nightmare fuel end of the animal kingdom. So why mention them? It's almost as if Clinton was trying to discomfort or denigrate Elliot for his statement that he likes all kinds of animals. That isn't a good thing.

Seriously? How are you catastrophizing this? There is nothing unusual about this conversation at all. It's like you are looking for something to rag on.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 12 Mar 2021, 09:13
I don't know, at least they've established that they both know something about parasitic worms.

The point I'm making is: Why raise this issue in the first place? It's obvious that Elliot was talking about cute, huggable furfriends, not the decidedly nightmare fuel end of the animal kingdom. So why mention them? It's almost as if Clinton was trying to discomfort or denigrate Elliot for his statement that he likes all kinds of animals. That isn't a good thing.

Speaking as a nerd, it is the way of my people to test ideas to destruction and be over-literal. So when Elliott said "animals", of course Clinton searched the whole animal kingdom for extreme examples.

As to your point about whether they have a future together, I'm not betting on their compatibility. But we'll find out.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Inconsequential on 12 Mar 2021, 13:30
"...son's friend."

hmm... memory's got holes in it, but points to Clinton not exactly telling her this is a pseudo-date. this'll be fun!

That's what I thought. Wonder if she's Oblivious Mom or Way Too Perceptive Mom?

Just imagine a nice popcorn.gif here...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Tova on 12 Mar 2021, 18:01
Based purely on what I know about Jeph's writing, and not at all on recent comics, my money is on Way Too Perceptive Mom. Because I think Jeph is heavily invested in framing her as The Cool Mom.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: BenRG on 14 Mar 2021, 15:45
Poll Results Post
New/Continued Plot - Which do you want?

1. Drumming up business for Union Robotics - 12 (17.4%)
=2. Sven and May - "Actually, I did it because I wanted a better body for you" - 10 (14.5%)
=2. Emily and Momo attempting to plan Tai's batchelorette party (the horror...) - 10 (14.5%)

4. Hannelore's first day at the AI Advocacy Group - 9 (13%)
5. The Claire Augustus Job Interviews - 7 (10.1%)
=6. Yay and Millifeulle - "So tell us about this invisibility device..." - 4 (5.8%)
=6. Marten Reed and the Magical Custom Electric Guitar - 4 (5.8%)
=6. Renee and Dan confront the fact they REALLY like each other - 4 (5.8%)
=6. Other (please specify in the comments) - 4 (5.8%)
10. A day in the life of the Willow, Yemisi and Iris - 3 (4.3%) 
=11. Crushbot and DROID-06 - Flower arrangement is for everyone - 1 (1.4%)
=11. Jim and Veronica want to tie the knot (SAM: "Cool! Two moms!") - 1 (1.4%)
 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Penquin47 on 15 Mar 2021, 18:25
I can say categorically that if someone took my "I love all kinds of animals" and went to parasitic worms, my response would be something like "they're cool, but I do have to make an exception for ants" and I would think more highly of the date, rather than less.  Because we have the fundamental compatibility of "Statement that has obvious limits to most people" and completely ignoring the limits to investigate the weird cases.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: zmeiat_joro on 18 Mar 2021, 21:49
I would assume parasitic wasps on ants at the least? Then trying to think of the actual parasite.  Like the one that you ingest and it eventually gets out of your eyeballs? I had an interesting biology teacher in high school, ok?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4476-4480 (8th to 12th March 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 19 Mar 2021, 11:11
I would assume parasitic wasps on ants at the least? Then trying to think of the actual parasite.  Like the one that you ingest and it eventually gets out of your eyeballs? I had an interesting biology teacher in high school, ok?


.................................i don't remember that one for humans. Does it leave via the lacrimal puncta or actually exit the eye itself?