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Get Me To The Church On Time...

...Marigold!
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...Claire!
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...Emily!
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...Tai?
- 2 (2.2%)
...PINTSIZE?!?!?
- 3 (3.4%)
...Harriet?!?!??!?!??!?!?
- 2 (2.2%)
...Someone Else?
- 8 (9%)
WAFFLES!
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Author Topic: WCDT: 2377-2381 (4-8 February, 2013) Weekly Comic Discussion Thread  (Read 103617 times)

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Or he's taunting the readers who want Marten and Claire to be a couple. He's been known to do that from time to time.

If I may quote Yelling Bird:

Jump for it, primate!
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Sara has been considered "eaten by an allosaurus" for quite some time now.

Ellen wasn't killed off, but she's essentially not returning, nor is Padma.

As trite as this may seem as a "pairing", I doubt it has legs.
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I tried to brush it off before, but it's getting harder to dismiss the idea that Jeph's trying to pair-up Marten and Claire as a couple...

It could also just be for the purposes of character development.  Life does involve so very many crushes that never work out or feelings that are not reciprocated.  Though it seems to me that Claire has taken a liking to Marten, though I wouldn't be surprised if it's simply that she feels that he's a good friend that she can trust and feel open with.
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I tried to brush it off before, but it's getting harder to dismiss the idea that Jeph's trying to pair-up Marten and Claire as a couple...

I don't really see it like that. Not being lonely doesn't instantly mean it'll be romantic.  :-)

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"You're one of 'em now!"

"I'm-"
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So many of my friends have offered me lifts to places that I've lost track. Does that mean that I have been ignoring/not noticing people trying to start relationships with me? Oops. I have a lot of people to apologise to, starting with at least five members of this forum!
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There's this really handy "other thing" I'm going to write as a footnote to my abstract that I can probably explore these issues in. I think I'll call it my "dissertation."

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I'm not sure the ethical issue will really occur to Marten; I think he sees himself as her equal, or at most her senior, rather than her overseer.  I'm not totally sure he's wrong, either...
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I'm not sure the ethical issue will really occur to Marten; I think he sees himself as her equal, or at most her senior, rather than her overseer.  I'm not totally sure he's wrong, either...

I don't oppose workplace-romance either, of course, but he did say he wouldn't date an intern before, right? :)
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I'm definitely in the "don't dip your pen in company ink" camp, myself.

And, the reason for the shipping isn't just that Claire's offered him a ride, it's based on Claire and Marten's interactions as of late having a lot of focus in the comic.
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Ellen wasn't killed off, but she's essentially not returning, nor is Padma.
We really have no way of knowing, but you're probably right.
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"Well, that's a weird cannon".

All I can think of now is that I want an Allosaurus cannon.  Whether that is a cannon shaped like an Allosaurus, an Allosaurus armed with a cannon (Dino Riders!), or a cannon that shoots Allosauruses (Allosauri?) doesn't matter, I think I'd be happy with any of them!
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I'm not sure the ethical issue will really occur to Marten; I think he sees himself as her equal, or at most her senior, rather than her overseer.
Well, in the Real World® Marten would need to wake up and smell the coffee. He is in a supervisory role, whether he realises it or or likes it or not. Librarian > Tai > Marten the full-time employee > interns is how  HR (Horrible Relations) or an employment-tribunal would see it. I don't think Jeph is going for a romance here, but in Real Life® it would be a Really Bad Idea®.

Back to the comic... I think Claire's gait in the last panel looks really unnatural. Nobody runs like that:

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Back to the comic... I think Claire's gait in the last panel looks really unnatural. Nobody runs like that:

Well.. given what's behind her: Maybe she's on her way down after leaping over the counter? Quite the athlete! ;)
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So many of my friends have offered me lifts to places that I've lost track. Does that mean that I have been ignoring/not noticing people trying to start relationships with me? Oops. I have a lot of people to apologise to, starting with at least five members of this forum!

That's not what I meant, of course - but it gives at least some opportunity to get to know people, and perhaps become friends in some way.
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That's very true. I wouldn't give someone a ride if I didn't want to talk to them for several hours, because otherwise that would be rather uncomfortable.
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That's very true. I wouldn't give someone a ride if I didn't want to talk to them for several hours, because otherwise that would be rather uncomfortable.

Not doing the greatest thing ever in the middle of long, trapped journeys with people you don't know well?

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Oh god, I've been on the uncomfortable road trip.  There are only so many hours you can pretend to be asleep.

(I don't think that will happen with Marten and Claire, though.  Fancy dress!)
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There won't be any uncomfortable road trip; these two have chemistry. They've already hung out plenty between the party, the library interning, and lately, just going on walks and seeing each other at Coffee of Doom.

I also forgot to mention from last week that we finally got to see Henry's fiance...and only now in the middle of typing this do I realize that he's Marten's former boss. But more importantly than that, Marten's dad is robbing the cradle. :o
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Um, no? We saw Dad 2: Dad Harder in the arc that ended with Faye's Patented Pregnancy Psych-out and I'm pretty sure Marten would have commented if he was his ex boss… :?
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In addition, Marten's boss was still in town when his mother said that her ex-husband was dating in Miami.
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"Well, that's a weird cannon".
Must have been in Portland, Oregon then.
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Claire is very cute in this. Sometimes you just want an excuse to buy a fancy dress  :lol:

Yeah, pretty sure she's been looking for one for a while.

She strikes me as the kind of gal who might like to wear a wedding dress one day too. Not everyone's like that, but in her heart of hearts, maybe.

In the meantime, yes, formal attending-wedding attire! She has the figure for it too. Probably wants a hairdo, maybe a makeover... you see she probably didn't get to attend a prom, or do any of the other teenage girl stuff. She's got some making-up to do.

Marigold probably didn't either, but she might not miss it. Not too much. Or wouldn't admit it to herself.

THIS.  I never went to Prom, I'm already married (and my wife refuses to have another wedding after the disaster that was the first), I never went to any formal dances...  and I spent years obsessing over that fact.
Takes one to know one I guess.... but even if my life history had been more usual, I'd be like Marigold. Though possibly even closer to Momo in personality.

You know, QC's pretty darned insightful at times. There must have been a lot of people-watching behind it.
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My memory must be off then. I recall Marten's boss having a similar hair color and thought his name might have been Maurice (but then again, I also thought that was Marten's dad's name before I looked it up).
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Damn :/
 
I was hoping for some time with the older characters again.
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So many of my friends have offered me lifts to places that I've lost track. Does that mean that I have been ignoring/not noticing people trying to start relationships with me? Oops. I have a lot of people to apologise to, starting with at least five members of this forum!
Don't have to apologize here. ;)
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Get Me To The Church On Time...

...Marigold!    9 (15%)
...Claire!    25 (41.7%) <== Foregone Conclusion?
...Emily!    5 (8.3%)
...Tai?    1 (1.7%)
...PINTSIZE?!?!?    2 (3.3%)
...Harriet?!?!??!?!??!?!?    2 (3.3%)
...Someone Else?    4 (6.7%)
WAFFLES!    12 (20%)

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What's confusing is that the first time his mom mentions Maurice, she calls him Marcel.
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Back to the comic... I think Claire's gait in the last panel looks really unnatural. Nobody runs like that: (running image)

I think she's just doing the pose on the bottom row, second from the left, her leg is just a little exaggerated because cartoon.
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And Claire springs into action.


Hmmmmm


Maybe she could be Pizza Girls Sidekick
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And Claire springs into action.
Hmmmmm
Maybe she could be Pizza Girls Sidekick
She hasn't met Penny yet, has she?

According to Jeph's Twitter, he actually planned to have Hannelore fly them over in her mom's ship as some hypothesized, but then decided to get her sick instead.
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She has if she's Pizza Girl's sidekick.
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What's confusing is that the first time his mom mentions Maurice, she calls him Marcel.
He could have been with a Marcel before Maurice and either got engaged to both or dumped one, engaged the other and forgot to mention the change in boyfriend. Or Veronica simply misheard or misremembered the boy's name.
Or Jeph forgot what name he used the first time. But that would never happen!
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Oh god, I've been on the uncomfortable road trip.  There are only so many hours you can pretend to be asleep.

(I don't think that will happen with Marten and Claire, though.  Fancy dress!)

And, really, it's only 90 minutes each way. Marten's from California. That's just San Diego to Disneyland!
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When I mentioned the uncomfortable road trip, I was saying it to point out that this would not be one of those. The two are friends, and will certainly find things to talk about.
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She has if she's Pizza Girl's sidekick.

Then she's only heard of Penny...I maintain that they are two distinct people, perhapsibly twin sisters separated at birth. One raised by normal parents, the other trained by culinary assassins until her time was nigh...

Or Veronica simply misheard or misremembered the boy's name.

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I'm pretty sure that Penny was Pizza Girl, but was never aware of it.
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Will Scott be at the wedding? Will Scott's dick be at the wedding? Because apparently it's self-aware.
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Marten's old boss was named Scott.
Is that ever said in the comic itself or just underneath? Either way, there's enough of a resemblance when you take into account the vastly different art styles. But surely Marten would've recognized his old boss.

Also, now we know that his mom's going. That's good.
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Somehow I think it would be bad form, amongst many other things, if Veronica dressed up as Veronica Vance and brought actual clients to the wedding. :psyduck:

Also, that car blends in with the trees very nicely.
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Is that ever said in the comic itself or just underneath?
Underneath.


YAY COMIC!!!

Bad form indeed...I imagine Marten's mom being carried around by an entourage of guys wearing nothing but thongs and collars, while she holds their leashes.

Very classy.
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I do sort of miss Scott, but he seems to have gone the way of Sara.  (Also, I kind of forgot Marten chasing after Faye was ever a theme... speaking as someone who started reading before strip 100, the first five hundred strips were weird.)

I can't wait to see Veronica's "dates."
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So when and why did Maurice quit environmental engineering? I suppose jobs in wetlands preservation are not the easiest thing to find.
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Hmm, I wonder if there's a way for civilians to look up plate numbers.

That car sure is green, and clashes pretty wildly with her hair.

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When I mentioned the uncomfortable road trip, I was saying it to point out that this would not be one of those. The two are friends, and will certainly find things to talk about.
And so they have!
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That car sure is green, and clashes pretty wildly with her hair.
Judging by the tailgate badge it's a Mazda, and I think a Mazda 2, probably the Neo:

It does come in a rather nasty shade of green, as you can see.
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That looks like a reaaally big steering wheel.

Also, I cannot help but wonder whether the pink bag is Marten's.

He probably has his Hello Kitty belt in it.
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Then she's only heard of Penny...I maintain that they are two distinct people, perhapsibly twin sisters separated at birth. One raised by normal parents, the other trained by culinary assassins until her time was nigh...

Yes! And she's been in a long-standing blood feud with Hannelore's theoretical clone-sister, meeting on bloody clandestine battlefield after clandestine battlefield again and again.

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That looks like a reaaally big steering wheel.

Also, I cannot help but wonder whether the pink bag is Marten's.

He probably has his Hello Kitty belt in it.

Some comics ago I believe Marten made a comment about Claire's pink bag while walking to the library.
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