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Best Potential New Character?

Faerie Girl!
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Cross-Neck Guy!
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Muscle-Shirt Guy!
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Long-haired Bakery Girl!
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Short-haired Bakery Girl!
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Vladek!
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Author Topic: WCDT: 17-21 January 2011 (1841-45)  (Read 93231 times)

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #100 on: 18 Jan 2011, 00:15 »

So Monday's comic, my first thought on seeing the last panel was the alarm/klaxon sound The Bride hears in Kill Bill whenever she sees one of her would-be assassins right before she gives them a brutal asskicking.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #101 on: 18 Jan 2011, 01:42 »

Man this akward zone IS persistent.

I dont like polls without Hanners. :cry:
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #102 on: 18 Jan 2011, 02:23 »

Comerade Faye's Hat re-appears!

Awkward zone defeated!







Of course that awkwardness pales in comparison to the awkardness that will result from Marten's triumphant (Shyeah, as if) return to Coffee of Doom!
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #103 on: 18 Jan 2011, 02:25 »

You mean Netram's debut in CoD. I've never been to an ostrich race, sounds like fun.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #104 on: 18 Jan 2011, 02:40 »

marten should just get the rest of the suit and walk right into COD and just get it over with....or skip a comic week ahead and then do it

this whole marten/dora awkwardness is no fun :(



but being realistic....its probably gona take something weird or a couple months worth of comics before that particular awkward zone gets defeated...
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #105 on: 18 Jan 2011, 02:40 »

I'm surprised to see Hannelore balance the tea on the sofa arm; when I do that it spills and makes a mess.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #106 on: 18 Jan 2011, 02:41 »

Heh!  Punchline and title synergy, I guess (I thought the title was a bit weak until I saw that).  I guess Faye or Hanners could tip Marten off on the days Dora won't be there, so he could at least hang out at CoD with them - but I suppose those days would be few, as Dora being the owner tends to be there most of the time.

In the previous awkward zone, the bartender produced the clothing and hats on request - this time, it seems, the hats appeared by magic.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #107 on: 18 Jan 2011, 03:16 »

Well, Marten hanging around CoD would be sneaky and would be good reason, trust issues aside, for Dora to mistrust either Hanners or Faye. 'Sides, that little rat Penelope might tell on 'em. Then again, Dora might give Faye and Hanners a pass (the D/F friendship predates the start of the whole storyline, does it not?) and this could lead to a cautious, let's-not-hate-each-other patch-up. But hey, I'm not the one tellin' the story here, am I?

Also, apropos of a food discussion up-thread, a staffel is a Luftwaffe fighter squadron. Would you trust any of this bunch with high-performance, armed aircraft?

... Consciousness stream, on ...

Although "Pugnacious Peach" would make a good nickname for a fighter or a bomber -- you know, like "Memphis Belle"?  The Americans had a bomber made by the Glenn Martin Aircraft Co.,  called the B-26 Marauder. Think about it ... a Mart(e)n Marauder ... think of the nose art ...

OK, there are other things I should be doing ... 
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #108 on: 18 Jan 2011, 03:21 »

Netram Deer. I love it.

I only wish my name was that easily transposed.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #109 on: 18 Jan 2011, 03:42 »

Netram Deer-in-the-headlights, is more like it.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #110 on: 18 Jan 2011, 04:04 »

In the previous awkward zone, the bartender produced the clothing and hats on request - this time, it seems, the hats appeared by magic.

Quantum tunneling.  Or, alternatively, the explanation Jeph used in the newspost.

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #111 on: 18 Jan 2011, 04:11 »

Netram Deer-in-the-headlights, is more like it.

Ha. Well phrased.  Well phrased indeed.

Come to think of it, the coffee shop, though it is where the main cast spent most of their time together pre-breakup, would probably not be such a good place for Marten and Dora to have their first meeting post-breakup - after all, CoD is WORK for everyone except Marten.  Work is not necessarily the best place for what is sure to be an awkward moment, or collection of awkward moments, especially when there are customers who need sassing.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #112 on: 18 Jan 2011, 04:12 »

Oh hey, I predicted accurately, ridiculous hats to defeat awkward zone...aww I used my one time precognitive power for that.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #113 on: 18 Jan 2011, 04:54 »

Keep trying, you may get lucky again!

Wait, that came out wrong...

(Eh, maybe not.) 

I like that in the span of time between sightings of the Russian army hat, it's style has gone from indy to mainstream... the damn furry flap things are in every mall store and Wal*mart in the country now!

See, that awkward wasn't a big deal.  But yes, in a few days/maybe a week (comic) time, Marten should go see Dora, maybe at Svens, and hash out an attempt at a less awkward future for all. 
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #114 on: 18 Jan 2011, 05:03 »

I call "subtext" on the Soviet fur hat.
http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=143
I refer you especially to Panel 2, wonderfully expressive even in Jeph's then-basic style.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #115 on: 18 Jan 2011, 05:58 »

I only wish my name was that easily transposed.

I just tried it with mine....It sounded vaguely French and Russian..... Needless to say, I am more than a little surprised by that....
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #116 on: 18 Jan 2011, 06:12 »

How do you defeat The Awkward Zone?

MAXIMUM RIDICULOSITY!    - 30 (50.8%) (Shoulda known.)
Plenty of bourbon and vermouth.    - 2 (3.4%)
Sloppy makeouts.    - 6 (10.2%)
Victorian clothing and a fainting couch.    - 5 (8.5%)
Chocolate.    - 5 (8.5%)
Joining the Foreign Legion.    - 2 (3.4%)
Going back to Cali (Cali Cali)    - 0 (0%)
Immerse yourself into playing WoW    - 1 (1.7%)
MOAR [email protected]!!!!!11!!!!!    - 2 (3.4%)
Waffles!    - 0 (0%)
STEAK!    - 3 (5.1%)
Waffles AND Steak!    - 3 (5.1%)

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #117 on: 18 Jan 2011, 06:18 »

I dont like polls without Hanners. :cry:

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #118 on: 18 Jan 2011, 06:34 »

See, that awkward wasn't a big deal.  But yes, in a few days/maybe a week (comic) time, Marten should go see Dora, maybe at Svens, and hash out an attempt at a less awkward future for all. 

Carl-E, I agree that someone should do it, and I will concede that Martin is more likely to take the step, BUT I think that Dora really ought to be the one to take the step.  She is the one that created the problem(s), and she needs to be the one to fix it/them, not to mention herself.  Martin is all too likely to step up and "be the bigger man", and I don't really think that it would be the best move for anyone. 

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #119 on: 18 Jan 2011, 06:54 »

I don't post usually, but that poll had me cracking up with the choice for a rubbish bowler from the West Indies...lord knows we have too many rubbish bowlers as it stands here in the WI, don't need Marten to join the ranks.  :-P

On topic, I wonder what kind of disguise Hanners would have for Marten? Perhaps a full body suit, just so long as it isn't using someone we know:

http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1638

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #120 on: 18 Jan 2011, 06:55 »

@PenSwordAccord:  I'm generally fairly relaxed about spelling, but I do think we should try to get the names of the characters we discuss right.  Curious as it seems, it's not Martin but Marten.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #121 on: 18 Jan 2011, 07:12 »

@PenSwordAccord:  I'm generally fairly relaxed about spelling, but I do think we should try to get the names of the characters we discuss right.  Curious as it seems, it's not Martin but Marten.

QC Discussion: "Dear Jeff, how does Martin type with boxing gloves on?"
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #122 on: 18 Jan 2011, 07:17 »

His namesake.  I thought it was a type of bird for a long time, but that's a martin. 

There are also European and Japanese Martens. 
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #123 on: 18 Jan 2011, 07:57 »

He's a ... weasel?
That ain't good.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #124 on: 18 Jan 2011, 08:02 »

And a rather vicious one at that.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #125 on: 18 Jan 2011, 08:04 »

You mean Netram's debut in CoD. I've never been to an ostrich race, sounds like fun.

They are hella fun.  They hold races just down the road from me:  Ostrich Racing News
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #126 on: 18 Jan 2011, 09:12 »

Damn Martens, always gnawing through the cables of my car at night.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #127 on: 18 Jan 2011, 09:16 »

@PenSwordAccord:  I'm generally fairly relaxed about spelling, but I do think we should try to get the names of the characters we discuss right.  Curious as it seems, it's not Martin but Marten.

QC Discussion: "Dear Jeff, how does Martin type with boxing gloves on?"

Ha!

Now there's something I haven't thought about in a while.  Good old H*R.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #128 on: 18 Jan 2011, 09:28 »

Netram Deer.....

I'm getting visions of Guy N. Cognito.

Netram gets the crap beaten out of him in Coffee of Doom and then thrown out onto the street just as Marten walks by. Marten notices his doppleganger and is about to say something, where he notices a brand new coffee/music store across the street. Giddy with excitement (well, as giddy as Marten can be), he crosses the street and enters the store. Whereupon he meets the owner, who looks suspiciously like Dora with a fairly ornate handlebar moustache.

Hilarity ensues.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #129 on: 18 Jan 2011, 09:43 »

I don't post usually, but that poll had me cracking up with the choice for a rubbish bowler from the West Indies...lord knows we have too many rubbish bowlers as it stands here in the WI, don't need Marten to join the ranks.  :-P
...

What's funny is, I don't generally follow cricket. Being a Yank and all, of course. But I do know my googlies from my leg turns.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #130 on: 18 Jan 2011, 10:33 »

For comic 1842...


1. Netram Deer, entering Coffee of Doom with his new girlfriend, Zatanna :wink: ...

2. Yay for Faye's ushanka, nice touch with some Tnetnoc Elbanoitseuq history.

3. I think the Blood Tree cap might have been more of a Dora hat rather than Hanners, but hard to say what a really fitting "maximum ridiculousity" would be for for Hannelore to wear :? (hat or costume-wise).  [P.S Add: Yes, I thought of the hazmat suit and Worry Hat, still not ridiculous enough]

4. As I said before, I also agree it will be a while yet before we see Marten hanging out with the majority female cast of QC in Coffee of Doom.  On the other hand, it seems we are effectively past the aftermath (but not necessarily the after-effects) of The Break-Up, so time to start moving forward again.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #131 on: 18 Jan 2011, 10:47 »

There are just some no-go topics with people, that, no matter the circumstances, will never be funny to them. Sometimes, that pain is just too nasty to be made light of, and for some people it can be enough to ruin even the steadiest friendships.

I wanted to quote this for truth.  I also wanted to point out that if the topic is no-go because of something painful in the person's past, it's quite possible that you won't know about that past pain when you make that comment you considered a lighthearted jest.

It's also quite possible that the person you've unwittingly hurt won't tell you that s/he even found the comment hurtful, let alone why.  If this seems unfair, bear in mind that with your "lighthearted jest", you've given the impression that you don't take that topic seriously, so why would s/he want to open up about this pain only to be possibly met with more "jokes"?  

( This blog post uses misogynist sexism as an example - no trigger warnings I can see: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/08/terrible-bargain-we-have-regretfully.html )

With regard to this particular comic story arc: I for one haven't seen anything in Faye's story to suggest Marten's unfortunate remark would be a trigger for her.  More importantly, though, I think that if it really did bother her, she'll eventually say something.  It might well be off-camera, to her therapist, something like that.  But I think it'd be very unlike her to say nothing, at this point.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #132 on: 18 Jan 2011, 11:08 »

Or cows that can be armed and ready to fight at a minute's notice!




You know, like....like minutemen. Minutecows?




 :psyduck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPhWfSeMYHA


Awkward Zone averted

I think the sooner Marten goes to CoD and 'confronts' Dora, the better it'll be at this stage.  If they're going to salvage their friendship, the longer he leaves it, the more difficult it's going to be.

After all, they were friends before they became partners.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #133 on: 18 Jan 2011, 11:38 »

That is awesome!

And this makes me smile

If Marten's mustache is capable of becoming that bushy he should totally go for it
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #134 on: 18 Jan 2011, 11:45 »

He's a ... weasel?
That ain't good.

Yeah, that's been pointed out pretty much every time discussion of Marten's name spelling is brought up.

I still maintain that Jeph was telling us all about the character long before the comic got this far.

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #135 on: 18 Jan 2011, 12:26 »

It would certainly explain why Marten's pretty much been the comic's Butt Monkey, with a brief break during his relationship with Dora. One reason it had to end is that a Butt Monkey can't be happy for too long.

As for Marten ending up friends with Dora, it would be a major change from how he treated his other exes. Not only is he not friends with Vicki, for example, but he almost ran out the back entrance the one time she came into CoD while he was there (and thanks to Faye, she'll almost certainly never return, so Marten will most likely never see her again). Far as Dora is concerned, well, it'd be easier for him to just find another coffee shop to hang out in. Dora certainly wouldn't come to the apartment. I can't see either of them making the effort unless one of their mutual friends (Faye, Hannelore) forces the issue.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #136 on: 18 Jan 2011, 15:41 »

You mean Netram's debut in CoD. I've never been to an ostrich race, sounds like fun.

They are hella fun.  They hold races just down the road from me:  Ostrich Racing News

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #137 on: 18 Jan 2011, 16:25 »

I thought a stake through the heart was supposed to... you know, foof the vampire into dust or something. Least, that's what happens every time I've seen it in the movies.
Disintegrating into dust is a recent trope. You just haven't watched enough old Hammer Horror movies on late-night TV. Or read Bram Stoker in full-weird psycho-sexual flood:

"The thing in the coffin writhed, and a hideous, blood-curdling screech came from the opened red lips. The body shook and quivered and twisted in wild contortions. The sharp white teeth champed together till the lips were cut, and the mouth was smeared with a crimson foam. But Arthur never faltered. He looked like a figure of Thor as his untrembling arm rose and fell, driving deeper and deeper the mercy-bearing stake, whilst the blood from the pierced heart welled and spurted up around it. His face was set, and high duty seemed to shine through it. The sight of it gave us courage so that our voices seemed to ring through the little vault. And then the writhing and quivering of the body became less, and the teeth seemed to champ, and the face to quiver. Finally it lay still. The terrible task was over."

I like that in the span of time between sightings of the Russian army hat, it's style has gone from indy to mainstream... the damn furry flap things are in every mall store and Wal*mart in the country now!
The "Russian army hat" is a ushanka. Popular in China too. And you know they've gone mainstream when there is a website devoted to selling them. Capitalism good, tovarich!

This blog post uses misogynist sexism as an example - no trigger warnings I can see: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/08/terrible-bargain-we-have-regretfully.html
Thank you for linking to this excellent article.

Netram Deer sounds vaguely Indian to me (maybe I've read too much Vikram Seth). One of the poll options should definitely have been "Bollywood film-star".
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #138 on: 18 Jan 2011, 16:29 »

This blog post uses misogynist sexism as an example - no trigger warnings I can see: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/08/terrible-bargain-we-have-regretfully.html
Thank you for linking to this excellent article.

Errrrr....I didn't link that article.....
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #139 on: 18 Jan 2011, 17:19 »

What's funny is, I don't generally follow cricket. Being a Yank and all, of course. But I do know my googlies from my leg turns.
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"Leg turns"? Do you mean "leg breaks"?
See? I knew it was something like that. My lingo is bad. Gotta go brush up.

BTW: I prefer Limited Overs and Twenty20 to the "proper" cricket of Test Matches and the like.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #140 on: 18 Jan 2011, 17:52 »

Errrrr....I didn't link that article.....
I apologise. My nested-quote-parsing-fu deserted me, and I should have attributed the link to DJRubberducky:
This blog post uses misogynist sexism as an example - no trigger warnings I can see: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/08/terrible-bargain-we-have-regretfully.html
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #141 on: 18 Jan 2011, 19:22 »

Good to gey some ridiculosity back in the comic, but I would be happier if someone would crack a damn smile! Augh!







(Also, I bring the return of Marten's Evil Passively Evil twin brother: Mordecai Reed!)
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #142 on: 18 Jan 2011, 20:18 »

I knew he'd be back.

He didn't call before showing up! grrrrrr
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #143 on: 18 Jan 2011, 22:41 »

I'm a little late with this, but Hanners in a baseball cap and hoodie could only be cuter if she managed pigtails. As it stands, she's pretty adorable.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #144 on: 19 Jan 2011, 00:39 »

Disintegrating into dust is a recent trope. You just haven't watched enough old Hammer Horror movies on late-night TV. Or read Bram Stoker in full-weird psycho-sexual flood:
Bram Stokers vampires already disintegrated into dust as well, if the vampire was old enough. More specifically, the vampire would revert to its natural state. That would translate, for really old vampires, to turn into dust almost immediately.

Some modern movies make use of the "turn to dust" part simply because its cheaper and easier to handle than alternatives. Buffy Summers the vampire slayer stakes a vampire, and *poof* it turns to dust.

It has to be noted, though, that Bram Stokers vampires are very different from what we are used to. For example, they could walk in bright daylight just fine.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #145 on: 19 Jan 2011, 01:15 »

@PenSwordAccord:  I'm generally fairly relaxed about spelling, but I do think we should try to get the names of the characters we discuss right.  Curious as it seems, it's not Martin but Marten.

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #146 on: 19 Jan 2011, 01:17 »

Daywalker Syndrome



You know they're just gonna wind up back at CoD dontchya?    :-D

And if it was Pintsize, I wouldn't trust him to make a bed, let alone Coffee.
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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #147 on: 19 Jan 2011, 01:25 »

Nah, they're going to go with Vladek's. Because when he does get you coffee, he makes sure it is best coffee.

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #148 on: 19 Jan 2011, 01:38 »

Netram Deer" actually sounds like:

The name of a very rare subgenus of Deer.    - 4 (6.5%)
A very bad internet porn star.    - 9 (14.5%)
The webmaster at Cabelas.com    - 4 (6.5%)
Something only Faye could understand.    - 2 (3.2%)
Hannelore's long lost uncle on mom's side.    - 4 (6.5%)
The new midfielder for Merseyshire.    - 3 (4.8%)
A rubbish bowler from the West Indies.    - 9 (14.5%)
A really, really bad alias.    - 14 (22.6%)
An Australian Financier, of course.    - 6 (9.7%)
Waffles.    - 3 (4.8%)
Steak.    - 2 (3.2%)
Where the #### is PINTSIZE???    - 2 (3.2%)

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Re: WCDT: 17-21 January 2010 (1841-45)
« Reply #149 on: 19 Jan 2011, 01:43 »

Ah, the LANPARK makes a return appearance! And I don't think Marten would be let back in there after what happened last time with him, Faye and Pintsize's Laser.

I'm guessing the first shop was *$, by the way.

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