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What was "THE MOMENT OF THE WEEK"?

Oh, I, uh, wasn't really looking.
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Marten Reed, Professional Indie Ogler.
- 3 (4.3%)
"Not really looking, eh?" "Figuratively speaking."
- 2 (2.9%)
I'm not mad at you, I just think it's funny.
- 0 (0%)
You're not the only one who has $#!+ they gotta figure out.
- 0 (0%)
Sweetie, your problem's simple
- 1 (1.4%)
What DO you want from your life?
- 3 (4.3%)
Cheeseburger and a haircut!
- 0 (0%)
Creepy Haidresser!
- 7 (10%)
Hundred foot tube lined with WHAT?
- 5 (7.1%)
Snip!
- 2 (2.9%)
What DO I want? EPIPHANY!
- 2 (2.9%)
Hannelore!
- 2 (2.9%)
Wait, how did I know you were gonna be in my apartment?
- 6 (8.6%)
Why AM I in your apartment?
- 15 (21.4%)
It's been forever since we played music!
- 4 (5.7%)
Amir: "Hey dudes. I was wonderin' if you'd ever come back."
- 8 (11.4%)
Shower? "I'M GOING HOME"
- 8 (11.4%)

Total Members Voted: 61


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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #50 on: 01 Aug 2011, 15:46 »

Happy 8th birthday QC!

I like QC-tan (or whatever we're calling the anthropomorphic representation of the comic Jeph drew). Cute and simple. And of course, Pintsize is counting the days.

Comic: Male Gaze FTW. Personally, I think Marten went "So that's what the offspring of Marigold and Faye would look like" and kept on staring. Dora simply brought him back to reality.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #51 on: 01 Aug 2011, 15:56 »

Dora has nothing to be jealous about because
Plaid-shirt girl has bad hair, bad clothes and is altogether less attractive than Dora. Yes, I know it's a college town, but sheesh! Not that any of the above will stop guys ogling, but that's just guys. :lol:

Happy Birthday QC! 生日快乐! 万寿无疆! My birth year falls in this week's strip numbers, but I'm not going to be any more specific than that. A girl has to have some secrets. :angel:

Edit: Fixed stupid spelling mistake.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #52 on: 01 Aug 2011, 16:57 »

She's not ugly, though! She's just adorably frumpy. She looks like she might be running a little late because she overslept and didn't have time to do her hair.

And we know Marten was attracted to Faye so it's not surprising that women with Faye-esque appearances turn his head. He and Angus have the same type, it seems.

Not to mention dat ass.  :-o
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #53 on: 01 Aug 2011, 17:26 »

Who's someone you'd like to see "checked in" on in QC?

Sara! Find out if she REALLY got eaten by an Allosaur.    - 5 (6.3%)
Ellen! Did she survive her semester at sea?    - 2 (2.5%)
Amanda! How's her change of majors (and girlfriends) doing?    - 4 (5%)
Jimbo! We haven't heard how his Steampunk Romance did!    - 7 (8.8%)
The Bianchis! Where are they off to now?    - 1 (1.3%)
Dr. Corrine! Any new stuff in Faye's sessions?    - 8 (10%)
Amir! Did he head to Portland?    - 6 (7.5%)
Natasha! Did she flunk out and end up moving to LA?    - 0 (0%)
Luna! How's life living with Cose... (CRASH!) "I'm okay, really..."    - 2 (2.5%)
Claire! How are the champion wolfhounds doing?    - 2 (2.5%)
Clinton! Is he done fanboying over Hanners?    - 5 (6.3%)
Wil! How's the job at the HR going?    - 2 (2.5%)
The Secret Bakery people! Who IS that "scar" guy?    - 10 (12.5%)
The Fairy Girl! Is she REALLY Hanner's doppelganger?    - 2 (2.5%)
Lydia! Is she done with her internship?    - 2 (2.5%)
Meena and Dave! How's their marriage going?    - 2 (2.5%)
Samantha! How long did she get grounded?    - 2 (2.5%)
Gina Riversmith! Has her career tanked yet?    - 0 (0%)
Scott (Marten's former boss)! Is he back from Ibeza yet?    - 0 (0%)
This poll has WAY too many options.    - 12 (15%)
You forgot someone! (Wait, I DID?)    - 4 (5%)
Yes - Vicky! How did she move on after dumping Marten?    - 2 (2.5%)

Total Voters: 80
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #54 on: 01 Aug 2011, 17:56 »

Not to mention dat ass.  :-o

 I was going to mention something about that. Seriously, DAT ASS in THOSE SHORT SHORTS.  Personally, I like her style.  It's cute.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #55 on: 01 Aug 2011, 18:41 »

I'd tap that.  =)
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #56 on: 01 Aug 2011, 19:19 »

Y'know, Jeph, we'd stop talking about this if she didn't look just like Faye.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #57 on: 01 Aug 2011, 19:34 »

But she doesn't. I immediately thought "Marigold".
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #58 on: 01 Aug 2011, 20:39 »

But she doesn't. I immediately thought "Marigold".

I did as well.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #59 on: 01 Aug 2011, 21:40 »

But she doesn't. I immediately thought "Marigold".

Glad to see I wasn't the only one. She does look a lot like her except with more confidence, also as far as I know Marigold doesn't tend to wear shorts.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #60 on: 01 Aug 2011, 22:27 »

(newbie here!)

Anyway, I think the only parallel that can be drawn between comic girl & Faye is that they both wear glasses and aren't skinny. Not to say either are obese, just that they've got a bit on them--which is fine! I suppose they're both brunettes as well, but they're different shades.

I do see a bit of a Marigold in there, though.

I didn't think her hair was really messy either, just that it was wavy or had some sort of curl to it.

And is it just me, or is Dora looking a lot older lately? Not as in "gurl is gonna be collecting social security soon," just more like someone approaching their 30's. She's been wearing skirts/dresses and her hair is much calmer now.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #61 on: 01 Aug 2011, 22:29 »

But she doesn't; Mari's nose is aquiline, very strong, thid girl's nose is practically a ski jump (much like the noses in my family... oh, god).  Mari's mouth is rather thin-lipped, this girl's lips are quite full. 

Different glasses, and a different body type (nowhere near the boobage).  Similar slouch, and frumpy brown hair, but that's about it. 

Just because people want  to ship Marty & Mari, and Marten has a passing interest in this girl (or is it an interest in her passing?), it doesn't make the resemblance to Marigold any stronger! 
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #62 on: 01 Aug 2011, 23:14 »

Who's someone you'd like to see "checked in" on in QC?

Sara! Find out if she REALLY got eaten by an Allosaur.    - 5 (6.3%)
Ellen! Did she survive her semester at sea?    - 2 (2.5%)
Amanda! How's her change of majors (and girlfriends) doing?    - 4 (5%)
Jimbo! We haven't heard how his Steampunk Romance did!    - 7 (8.8%)
The Bianchis! Where are they off to now?    - 1 (1.3%)
Dr. Corrine! Any new stuff in Faye's sessions?    - 8 (10%)
Amir! Did he head to Portland?    - 6 (7.5%)
Natasha! Did she flunk out and end up moving to LA?    - 0 (0%)
Luna! How's life living with Cose... (CRASH!) "I'm okay, really..."    - 2 (2.5%)
Claire! How are the champion wolfhounds doing?    - 2 (2.5%)
Clinton! Is he done fanboying over Hanners?    - 5 (6.3%)
Wil! How's the job at the HR going?    - 2 (2.5%)
The Secret Bakery people! Who IS that "scar" guy?    - 10 (12.5%)
The Fairy Girl! Is she REALLY Hanner's doppelganger?    - 2 (2.5%)
Lydia! Is she done with her internship?    - 2 (2.5%)
Meena and Dave! How's their marriage going?    - 2 (2.5%)
Samantha! How long did she get grounded?    - 2 (2.5%)
Gina Riversmith! Has her career tanked yet?    - 0 (0%)
Scott (Marten's former boss)! Is he back from Ibeza yet?    - 0 (0%)
This poll has WAY too many options.    - 12 (15%)
You forgot someone! (Wait, I DID?)    - 4 (5%)
Yes - Vicky! How did she move on after dumping Marten?    - 2 (2.5%)

Total Voters: 80


I just reaslised, you forgot Annette. :-)

Thought, to be honest, I'm impressed at how many you did remember.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #63 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:10 »

Yeah, I wouldn't have remembered Luna at all if I hadn't been looking up that arc because I didn't know who Annette was :P


EDIT - It's like Jeph read my mind. I was JUST thinking about how he was dealing with Marten's lack of personal ambition in life, and hey presto, we get to see Marten's complete lack of personal ambition in life, exemplified to a tee.  :lol:


EDIT 2 - Just for reference to the passage of time and the degree of art evolution, the last time Dora and Marten were talking as single people in Coffee of Doom, they looked like this. More than 1400 strips ago. That means that they've been romantically attached for just under 3/4 of Questionable Content's entire run.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #64 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:12 »

Baby steps, Marten, baby steps.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #65 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:14 »

  I'm a little thrown off by Dora referring to Marten as "sweetie."  Am I the only one?
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #66 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:22 »

I dont care for cheeseburger.

I like cheese and I like bread, but cheeseburger is something completely different and not very tasty.


Dora has nothing to be jealous about because
Plaid-shirt girl has bad hair, bad clothes and is altogether less attractive than Dora. Yes, I know it's a college town, but sheesh! Not that any of the above will stop guys ogling, but that's just guys. :lol:

Happy Birthday QC! 生日快乐! 万寿无疆! My birth year falls in this week's strip numbers, but I'm not going to be any more specific than that. A girl has to have some secrets. :angel:

Edit: Fixed stupid spelling mistake.
Err ... I never cared much for what women wear and I think most other men dont care that much, either.

And I am completely at loss how anyone can derive any knowledge about the exact beauty of the characters from this strip. How exactly do you end up with a statement like "Dora is more/less beautiful than Girl X" ? All we get from these characters are comic strips. All we know of Dora for sure is (a) she's quite slim (b) she's not too busty, maybe cup B (c) she's a natural blonde that colors her hair (d) her family is from italy so she's probably a bit naturally tanned (doesnt show, though).

None of these things make it clear if she's a sight for sore eyes or rather ugly.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #67 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:23 »

 I'm a little thrown off by Dora referring to Marten as "sweetie."  Am I the only one?
Being a fan of "The big bang theory" - nope.

Penny calls everyone sweetie. :-D
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« Reply #68 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:28 »

 I'm a little thrown off by Dora referring to Marten as "sweetie."  Am I the only one?
Being a fan of "The big bang theory" - nope.

Penny calls everyone sweetie. :-D

I don't see Dora calling other people "sweetie."

It's just...weird.  I wouldn't refer to my ex-boyfriend with a term of endearment. :/  I'm friendly with him and everything, but I wouldn't call him "honey" or "sweetie" or anything like that.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #69 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:34 »

Marten can haz cheezburgr now?
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #70 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:35 »

I just recently got a haircut and it made me quite happy because it was good. So GO FOR IT
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« Reply #71 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:36 »

Marten can haz cheezburgr now?

No, he's gotta haz haircutz furst.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #72 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:38 »

Oh man, that reminds me, I totally need to get my hair trimmed. I had it cut back in April for the first time in over a year and I promised myself I'd never go that long without at least getting it trimmed again.

It didn't really seem that weird to me that Dora called Marten sweetie. Something about the tone of how she said it made it seem like she was saying reproachfully as opposed to endearingly. At least she wasn't saying it condescendingly... I hate it when people do that.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #73 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:41 »

Marten's contemplative look in panel 4 seemed to be centered on Dora's butt.  :lol:
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #74 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:50 »

Oh my god yes Marten PLEASE get a haircut! I'm sick of Marten's hair; I've been wanting him to get a cut for awhile now.

Seriously Jeph, if this is your way of testing the waters to see if people want Marty to cut his hair, YES DO IT. 

Actually it'd be kinda neat if he asked Faye to do it. It's been quite awhile since she cut a friend's hair.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #75 on: 02 Aug 2011, 00:55 »

Well, Dora called Marten "Sweety" before they we´re a couple. It´s a bit weird, but whatever.


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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #76 on: 02 Aug 2011, 01:06 »

Ogled girl doesn't look anything like Marigold, and very littly like Faye, IMO.

You know, I like Marten, but he's not only lacking in ambition, he's kinda shallow, too.  Cheeseburger and a haircut?  Funny, but kinda sad.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #77 on: 02 Aug 2011, 01:23 »

But Dora's little shove could start the process, which might lead to more development over the next few months (comic time, years our time)
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #78 on: 02 Aug 2011, 01:27 »

For comic #1982...

1. It will be interesting to see what kind of new hair-style Jeph will draw for Marten, if any.

2. I like Dora's new hair-style a lot too.  But that is because I am a hopeless romantic (or "sucker" :roll: ) for the look of an errant lock of hair across the face on a girl.

3. And yes, Dora calling Marten "sweetie" (or "hon") is simply a general term of endearment for someone close to her.  Not exclusive to just Marten, either.

4. This strip is a reminder of why I have always liked Dora.  Even with her own personal issues, Dora has a savvy and wisdom to Life which makes her such a strong character.

5. [Marten]: "Meh, you're not the only one who has shit to figure out before they date anybody else."  I really liked that bit, how Marten has been introspective with himself of recent.

6. The overall tone of this strip makes me wonder if this is a set-up for some personal/internal changes for our central male protagonist? :?
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #79 on: 02 Aug 2011, 01:43 »

  I'm a little thrown off by Dora referring to Marten as "sweetie."  Am I the only one?

She's probably been calling him it so long she's just got used to it.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #80 on: 02 Aug 2011, 01:50 »

I read her using it like you'd call a child sweetie. Doesn't really mean anything beyond the fact that his problems appear small, inconsequential, and easily bypassed from her viewpoint.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #81 on: 02 Aug 2011, 01:59 »

I just remembered a couple more characters for the list: Henry and Maurice.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #82 on: 02 Aug 2011, 02:20 »

Depending on philosophies Marten has either achieved enlightenment, does not understand himself, or needs to be more ambitious.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #83 on: 02 Aug 2011, 02:35 »

But Dora's little shove could start the process, which might lead to more development over the next few months (comic time, years our time)

My inner optimist thinks that Marten realized (or is about to realize) that Dora is right, and started the haircut vs. cheeseburger soul search simply to give us our daily punchline. Tomorrow ...
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« Reply #84 on: 02 Aug 2011, 02:54 »

It's sort-of a callback to 610, but with the real possibility of going further this time.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #85 on: 02 Aug 2011, 03:01 »

For me this is a callback to 564. Hopefully the "what do you want" from Dora will work better this time.

C'mon Marten, If you just want to be happy then go for it with full force!
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #86 on: 02 Aug 2011, 03:09 »

Ya know, Dora kinda has a frigging point, Marten. You may be enjoying this whole "directionless indie guy" thing now, but it isn't going to fly forever.

Are we going to get a Marten character development arc?! Is it my birthday already?! I hope this comic really is a sign of things to come, and not just an excuse to make me hungry.  :roll:
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #87 on: 02 Aug 2011, 03:22 »

Bad man, Marten. Bad, bad man. Cheeseburgers and haircuts are the devil's work.

I just remembered a couple more characters for the list: Henry and Maurice.

Oh yes! When are we going to get that lovely gay wedding arc? :D

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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #88 on: 02 Aug 2011, 03:37 »

This comic made me sad.  I mean, right, if Marten starts trying to better himself, awesome, but the comic brings back memories of relationships that were over, finished, final.  And man, that hurts.  =)
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #89 on: 02 Aug 2011, 05:30 »

I like the new direction that Marty's taking his life. 

Every journey,

Thousand steps

Starts with

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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #90 on: 02 Aug 2011, 05:36 »

I read her using it like you'd call a child sweetie. Doesn't really mean anything beyond the fact that his problems appear small, inconsequential, and easily bypassed from her viewpoint.

Exactly.  Marten is pretty pathetic when you get right to it.  However, everyone seems to think that Dora is the crazy, unstable one for finding a way out of their purposeless relationship.

Marten is finally having a revelation about his life and it involves getting a cheeseburger.  Sigh.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #91 on: 02 Aug 2011, 06:07 »

I like the new direction that Marty's taking his life. 

Every journey,

Thousand steps

Starts with



Thank you, master.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #92 on: 02 Aug 2011, 06:09 »

Oh my god yes Marten PLEASE get a haircut! I'm sick of Marten's hair; I've been wanting him to get a cut for awhile now.

Seriously Jeph, if this is your way of testing the waters to see if people want Marty to cut his hair, YES DO IT. 

Actually it'd be kinda neat if he asked Faye to do it. It's been quite awhile since she cut a friend's hair.

Marten will be the victim of a horrible barbering accident resulting in a flattop. 

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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #93 on: 02 Aug 2011, 06:31 »

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Marten is finally having a revelation about his life and it involves getting a cheeseburger.  Sigh.

Well, he didn't say WHERE he was going to go get the cheeseburger.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #94 on: 02 Aug 2011, 06:42 »

 I'm a little thrown off by Dora referring to Marten as "sweetie."  Am I the only one?

While I can understand your point, my ex still slips and calls me something similar without realizing it. It just comes from being together with that person for so long.
I just hope she never does it when her new significant other is around.  :roll:
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #95 on: 02 Aug 2011, 06:46 »

I read her using it like you'd call a child sweetie. Doesn't really mean anything beyond the fact that his problems appear small, inconsequential, and easily bypassed from her viewpoint.

Exactly.  Marten is pretty pathetic when you get right to it.  However, everyone seems to think that Dora is the crazy, unstable one for finding a way out of their purposeless relationship.

Marten is finally having a revelation about his life and it involves getting a cheeseburger.  Sigh.

Hear hear.  Need for a punchline for the strip aside, that's a great illustration of a big part of why Dora broke up with Marten in the first place: frustration at indie-boy's directionless passivity.  



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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #96 on: 02 Aug 2011, 06:48 »

Marten's contemplative look in panel 4 seemed to be centered on Dora's butt.  :lol:

Just because she or he is your ex doesn't mean you can't still check out their butt, especially if looking at it is still enjoyable. :laugh:
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #97 on: 02 Aug 2011, 07:37 »

a big part of why Dora broke up with Marten in the first place: frustration at indie-boy's directionless passivity.

Dora made it quite clear why she broke the relationship up, and that was not the reason.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #98 on: 02 Aug 2011, 07:41 »

For me this is a callback to 564. Hopefully the "what do you want" from Dora will work better this time.

C'mon Marten, If you just want to be happy then go for it with full force!

It brought comic 1292 to my mind.

Its clear to me now, Marten had ambition, then Tai talked him out of it.
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Re: WCDT 1-5 August 2011 (1981-85)
« Reply #99 on: 02 Aug 2011, 07:58 »

That's not ambition, that's an uneasy feeling of directionlessness (is that a word?).  Tai had felt something similar in relation to her love life, but Marten's is more general and all-encompassing. 
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