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Title: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Gyrre on 26 Mar 2022, 05:20
I'm sure I missed quite a few classes from the various Final Fantasy games, but here's a decent spread for Pintsize to pick from.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: hedgie on 26 Mar 2022, 12:45
His outfit reminds me most of Tidus from FFX, but for some reason, I could really see Pintsize as a Blue Mage.[1]

[1] For those unfamiliar with the franchise, White Mages are healers, Black Mages damage dealers, Red Mages mix both, as well as melee combat[2], and Blue Mages don't have normal spell lists, but instead learn all of their abilities from monster attacks, and depending on the game, have to actually be hit by them to have a chance of learning the ability.
[2] A bit of stereotypical munchkin there
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Wingy on 27 Mar 2022, 18:27
Marten meets Hanners in 515, right?
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Gyrre on 27 Mar 2022, 19:02
Marten meets Hanners in 515, right?
Seems that way.  (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=515)

Got to love early installment weirdness.
 [I'll be nice and not link the TV Tropes page.]
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Farideh on 27 Mar 2022, 19:07
... Claire's not wrong though, the way Hannelore insinuated herself into Marten's life was kinda creepy. Didn't Faye threaten to taser her at some point in the beginning?
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: DaiJB on 27 Mar 2022, 19:23
Regarding JRPG classes : "Other". Because I have NO idea. At all.

Regarding this comic: There goes Claire, displaying her under-developed chill again - she's been living with this bunch for this long and she still doesn't know how they roll?
This is why Claire is...not my favourite character in Questionable Content - I get this constant nagging impression that Claire is only here to be this sort-of-non-QC character who  points out what all the rest of the QC characters are doing wrong.  :-\

Marten meets Hanners in 515, right?
Seems that way.  (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=515)

Got to love early installment weirdness.
 [I'll be nice and not link the TV Tropes page.]
Thank you. I do have other things to do today.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: DaiJB on 27 Mar 2022, 19:37
... Claire's not wrong though, the way Hannelore insinuated herself into Marten's life was kinda creepy. Didn't Faye threaten to taser her at some point in the beginning?

True, but I think Hannelore had some pretty good excuses.
First, she was on some pretty strong medication when they met.
Second, she first encountered a drunken Marten in the Ladies' Room - peeing in the sink...
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Beast_Reborn on 27 Mar 2022, 19:44
... Claire's not wrong though, the way Hannelore insinuated herself into Marten's life was kinda creepy. Didn't Faye threaten to taser her at some point in the beginning?

It was Faye's taser (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=528) (because of course Faye owns a taser), but Marten was wielding it (none too smoothly (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=529)).

And, yeah, Marten wasn't exactly on his best behavior either at their first meeting. Appropriate personal boundaries have never really been a thing in QC.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: TV4Fun on 27 Mar 2022, 21:01
Hi Claire, welcome to Questionable Content. You must be new here.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Ravenswing on 27 Mar 2022, 21:10
Marten's ongoing curse: to have every one of his long-term romantic relationships be with a jealous and possessive woman.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Torlek on 27 Mar 2022, 21:12
Claire, Claire, Claire.....you should realize that nobody is going to be able to escape a new locus character force that's as strong as Willow's.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: hedgie on 27 Mar 2022, 21:13
I’m not sure that Claire is being jealous here.  She does seem to be the most straight-laced character in the group at times, although she does have a delightfully twisted streak just wide enough to keep her from being too boring.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: sitnspin on 27 Mar 2022, 21:42
Nothing about her words or expression says "jealousy" to me. She's not being accusatory, she's pointing out legit security concerns. As a woman, especially as a trans woman, being cautious of who you let into your life is a survival skill.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Mar 2022, 23:07
Claire does have one point here: Marten is entirely too accepting of people (that he doesn't know) deciding that they are a borderline-intimate part of his life.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: St.Clair on 28 Mar 2022, 01:08
Claire doesn't know that she's in a webcomic.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: ihaveavoice on 28 Mar 2022, 01:26
... Claire's not wrong though, the way Hannelore insinuated herself into Marten's life was kinda creepy. Didn't Faye threaten to taser her at some point in the beginning?

It was Faye's taser (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=528) (because of course Faye owns a taser), but Marten was wielding it (none too smoothly (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=529)).

And, yeah, Marten wasn't exactly on his best behavior either at their first meeting. Appropriate personal boundaries have never really been a thing in QC.

Clicking these links got me rereading like I was following a trail of candy, so I have nothing to contribute but this instance of Dora dressing like an "indie librarian" (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=582) to put Marten at ease. Just thought it was cute as a little accidental foreshadowing of his future type.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: shanejayell on 28 Mar 2022, 03:42
Eh. I mean, Claire's not wrong...  :-D :lol:
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Ghanima Atreides on 28 Mar 2022, 06:28
It's a webcomic that functions according to webcoming rules, but if some random person I just met declared themselves my friend and started following me around IRL I would be extremely creeped out and keen to get rid of them ASAP, so I can't really fault Claire for her way of thinking.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Timemaster on 28 Mar 2022, 08:53
It's a webcomic that functions according to webcoming rules, but if some random person I just met declared themselves my friend and started following me around IRL I would be extremely creeped out and keen to get rid of them ASAP, so I can't really fault Claire for her way of thinking.

Exactly my thinking when I was reading fridays comic. So I‘m all with Claire here.
Everyone in QC has some kind of special trait, from anything in the queer spectrum over personal struggles up to outright mental health problems. That makes the whole comic so inclusive and special, that‘s one important thing that makes me love these stories so much. Why should Willow be an exeption to that? So I suppose hers is a profound lack of social distance and intuition or something. She reminds me a bit of Tilly, Hannelores ex-assistant and now assistant to her father (and love interest of Station).

Jeph has been doing a lot of stuff with her lately, so I suppose we‘re in for some more Willow-lore and appearances in the future. I curious for that.  :lol:
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Nepiophage on 28 Mar 2022, 09:22
Bard. Very chaotic neutral
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: badbum61 on 28 Mar 2022, 19:02
Willow: the Kevin Bacon of QCverse.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: mikmaxs on 28 Mar 2022, 21:10
I kinda feel like this is also one of those 'characters in stories make bad assumptions to fuel drama because nobody communicated properly' things. It's a pretty important detail that Willow asked if it was alright to come along and reiterated that she'd leave if he wasn't cool with hanging out. Like, she didn't just start following him around. (And also, Willow never actually said to Claire that she and Marten were now friends - from her perspective, they're just hanging out.)
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: BenRG on 28 Mar 2022, 23:06
This may be me but I've honestly got the feeling that this is a very self-referential and meta storyline. Jeph seems to be consciously mocking Marten's passive nature (random person comes along, says that they are his friend and he says 'okay'). He also is pointing and laughing about how improbable are the plot contrivances he's used to make Willow a member of the regular cast.

Also, yes, one of the reasons why Marten is like this is because he really is bad at making excuses... or any other method for extracting himself from unwelcome social contacts other than by shrugging passively and saying: "Okay!"
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: DaiJB on 28 Mar 2022, 23:50
"...you're just like this."
"Like what?"

 :laugh: I love the way Willow is honestly puzzled by Claire's response. This is simply normal to her.

"Like a combination of motivational trainer, Pollyanna, plus a touch of Good Samaritan?"

Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Ravenswing on 29 Mar 2022, 00:54
Nothing about her words or expression says "jealousy" to me. She's not being accusatory, she's pointing out legit security concerns. As a woman, especially as a trans woman, being cautious of who you let into your life is a survival skill.

Except consider the milieu.  This is a webcomic set in a somewhat eclectic college town, but where the bulk of the characters are young just-post-college-age characters.  These kinds of encounters happen at that age. 

Heck, I gained a pack of friends and a future lover and roommate based on a single chance conversation with them on a subway train, and Northampton is LIKE this -- in a double irony, I live about three minutes walk from that "Panda House" intersection Jeph often uses as a backdrop ... that being Armory Street going into Pleasant Street, where there used to be a good Chinese Restaurant named "Panda Gardens," altogether too long ago.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Somebody on 29 Mar 2022, 03:19
Nothing about her words or expression says "jealousy" to me
Still agree after #4752? She's half a step away from scent-marking Marten as Her Territory in this strip.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Wingy on 29 Mar 2022, 07:02
She's half a step away from scent-marking Marten as Her Territory in this strip.
Considering they share a bed, she already has.  But she may try to put a ring on it.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: shanejayell on 29 Mar 2022, 09:02
Willow needs to know Sven. Just because.  :-D
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: snufflebottoms on 29 Mar 2022, 17:36
Willow needs to know Sven. Just because.  :-D

Omg yes. I can't decide if I'd rather she just be a huge fan or they just happen to be friends for whatever reason. Also she should know Jimbo.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Somebody on 29 Mar 2022, 17:49
Willow needs to know Sven. Just because.  :-D
Eh, it's not as if Sven would ever feel anything for a short, curvy, brunette white girl with short hair, glasses and a predilection for white tank tops. (Marten either. Especially since their early interactions involved her doing injury to him.)
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: cesium133 on 29 Mar 2022, 18:00
Considering his most recent partner, it seems he is more attracted to the personality than the appearance there…
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Gyrre on 29 Mar 2022, 20:30
Willow needs to know Sven. Just because.  :-D
Eh, it's not as if Sven would ever feel anything for a short, curvy, brunette white girl with short hair, glasses and a predilection for white tank tops. (Marten either. Especially since their early interactions involved her doing injury to him.)

Weren't Faye and Sven 'a thing' (of some variety) for awhile?
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Gyrre on 29 Mar 2022, 20:34
Bard. Very chaotic neutral

I just clocked that there's a vote for ninja. I know there's a variety that does specialize in distraction, so I mean, I guess?
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: hedgie on 29 Mar 2022, 20:46
Willow needs to know Sven. Just because.  :-D
Eh, it's not as if Sven would ever feel anything for a short, curvy, brunette white girl with short hair, glasses and a predilection for white tank tops. (Marten either. Especially since their early interactions involved her doing injury to him.)

Weren't Faye and Sven 'a thing' (of some variety) for awhile?

I think that’s the point.  Of course, these days, Sven is trying to *not* get to “know” people like he used to.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: BenRG on 29 Mar 2022, 22:52
I was kidding when I wondered if Claire and Willow would end up best friends ever within two weeks. I clearly should have more confidence in my own cynicism.

While these sorts of things are sweet, people don't have to end up friends. It happens but it would also be interesting if Claire were to retain suspicion (not antagonism, just suspicion) of Willow for being nosy an interfering with Clinton's life without invitation or something. Marten could try to mediate and maybe we could have an arc about Willow wondering if just getting involved with strangers' lives is worth it (answer: yes, if it helps but be sure of your permissions first). Maybe it could also be an arc for Claire after maybe Clinton reminds her that she can be like this too.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Thrillho on 30 Mar 2022, 05:15
... Claire's not wrong though, the way Hannelore insinuated herself into Marten's life was kinda creepy. Didn't Faye threaten to taser her at some point in the beginning?

It was Faye's taser (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=528) (because of course Faye owns a taser), but Marten was wielding it (none too smoothly (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=529)).

And, yeah, Marten wasn't exactly on his best behavior either at their first meeting. Appropriate personal boundaries have never really been a thing in QC.

Clicking these links got me rereading like I was following a trail of candy, so I have nothing to contribute but this instance of Dora dressing like an "indie librarian" (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=582) to put Marten at ease. Just thought it was cute as a little accidental foreshadowing of his future type.

Holy shit the art is so different now compared to then that it's like being punched in the face
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: oddtail on 30 Mar 2022, 05:31
Holy shit the art is so different now compared to then that it's like being punched in the face

What gets me is not that the art changed a lot (that happens for many long-running webcomics), it's that it changed a lot MULTIPLE times, over the comic's run. It was not a "from A to B" journey, it zig-zagged from A to B to C to D, the way I see it.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 30 Mar 2022, 11:22
Claire doesn't know that she's in a webcomic.

Next time some rando starts blathering about our reality being a simulation, I'll ask "How do you know you're not in a webcomic?"

( thats canoeing not canoodling )
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: shanejayell on 30 Mar 2022, 13:12
Poor Clinton, too....
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: hedgie on 30 Mar 2022, 13:45
At least, Jeph is torturing him far less often, and to a significantly lesser extent than he used to.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Farideh on 30 Mar 2022, 18:28
Clinton has grown up a fair bit.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: hedgie on 30 Mar 2022, 19:07
Grown up, or resigned to his fate?
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Farideh on 30 Mar 2022, 20:24
Sometimes I wonder what the difference is...
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: DaiJB on 30 Mar 2022, 22:57
Aw, Hercules has adopted Clinton. Always makes one feel privileged when a cat deigns to sit in one's lap... 
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Thrillho on 31 Mar 2022, 00:13
GOD I love Elliott and Clinton's relationship now that it's started.

I need an Elliott on the side. Or a Clinton. I'm not sure which one of them I would count as, because I am slim af but tall af
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Norphy on 31 Mar 2022, 05:07
I like how "The other day" is over 300 comics ago :)
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: snubnose on 31 Mar 2022, 06:51
Sometimes I wonder what the difference is...
"The advantage of old age is that your teeth dont hurt anymore and you dont listen to the bullshit around you anymore."

(I think that was a quote of Shaw but I cannot find it online)
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Farideh on 31 Mar 2022, 19:18
New comic.

Legend has it they're still squealing to this day.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: _Islanio on 31 Mar 2022, 19:26
Careful, those things get in your hair...
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: St.Clair on 31 Mar 2022, 20:58
I think Pintsize does know he's in a webcomic.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 31 Mar 2022, 23:20
I think Pintsize does know he's in a webcomic.
Nah, he just knows he’s a Supporting Character - it is/was literally his job for a while after all.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: BenRG on 31 Mar 2022, 23:21
I'm kind of hoping that Marten and Dora (who are usually what pass for adults in this strip) actually get talking about Marten's weird social life next week. I'm sort of wondering if anyone in-universe has noticed all the strange things about how he makes friends the fandom have noticed!
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: traroth on 01 Apr 2022, 05:03
Getting hit a second time in the head probably would get me very destroy-y towards the drone. It would fly ok, very fast and in direction of the nearest concrete wall. Patience has limits...
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: John Allenson on 01 Apr 2022, 06:17
Pintsize is giving some good advice, for a change.
Title: Re: WCDT - Mar 28th to Apr 1st, 2022 (#4751 to #4755)
Post by: snufflebottoms on 04 Apr 2022, 06:20
I'm kind of hoping that Marten and Dora (who are usually what pass for adults in this strip) actually get talking about Marten's weird social life next week. I'm sort of wondering if anyone in-universe has noticed all the strange things about how he makes friends the fandom have noticed!

I did find it fun to hear Claire and Marten go back and forth about it but I hope it doesn't turn into a huge pressure for Marten to change this/ be more closed off to strangers. A large and diverse support group is kind of the biggest positive thing to come from chronic passiveness and it's what makes such a passive character fun to read.