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This week on QC...

Now departing the USS MartenClaire *bell rings*
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Jephizba trolls us all, hallowed be the trollmaster's name.
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Spatheham and Clairemom Pancakes
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A solid week of Steve eating cereal
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Martenmom and Clairemom team up and fight crime/meddle in their children's personal lives
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Author Topic: WCDT: 2806-2810 (6th - 10th October 2014) Weekly Comic Discussion Thread  (Read 134765 times)

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Cripes. Never thought I could get jealous of a comic character I so closely identify with.
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Jesus, my hands are shaking. I mean, that's probably because I didn't eat today, but this also makes my heart race. Which feels weird if one didn't eat for a while.
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Blushing Claire is going to be my new phone wallpaper... HOW CAN THIS END IN ANYTHING BUT HAPPIES?!?!
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IT'S HAPPENING! I AM SO EXCITED!

But really I haven't been this excited about QC in a long time. Good shit right here.

Edit: Another thought. I wonder how long Jeph has had this story line planned out?
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Blushing Claire is going to be my new phone wallpaper... HOW CAN THIS END IN ANYTHING BUT HAPPIES?!?!
I can think of a few ways. The most obvious one right now is that we don't exactly know what Claire's thinking right now. We might have an incoming panic attack or something of the sort.

Though we might also have incoming smooching. I give it 50/50 odds at this point, since Marten seems to have made up his mind.
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I'm going to be squeeing until tomorrow night, when Clinton walks in and ruins the moment.

But that is tomorrow.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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So...cute....

/kawaii fugue

In all seriousness, I like that Marten is taking the emotional lead here. Clearly Claire is freaking out, and we know that she has issues with anxiety. Marten seems to be placing his focus on reassuring Claire/keeping her calm. Definitely an aww moment for me, taking her hand when he sees her panicking is such a powerful gesture. Regardless of which way this is going, Marten definitely appears to be aware that Claire is very vulnerable right now and wants to make sure that he doesn't do anything to hurt her.

Or maybe I'm just overly emotionally sensitive given my recent breakup from a 3 year relationship, and that gesture isn't a big deal.  :psyduck:


As an aside, can I just say I love the psyduck emote? It seems to be a fitting image of my mental state of mind about 50% of the time.
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It's a big enough deal that it has a wordless panel all to itself. :-D
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  • Ready...! Say "fuzzy pickles!"

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Marten looks so earnest.  And so intensely open right now. 

Claire is going to be the one who has issues with this - she'll say it's a professional issue, but it will have more to do with her own self doubt. 

But for now, happies all around! 
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Warning: An intense squee-storm has been detected in the vicinity of Northampton, Massachusetts. Local residents are advised to take cover immediately.
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In all seriousness, I like that Marten is taking the emotional lead here. Clearly Claire is freaking out, and we know that she has issues with anxiety. Marten seems to be placing his focus on reassuring Claire/keeping her calm. Definitely an aww moment for me, taking her hand when he sees her panicking is such a powerful gesture. Regardless of which way this is going, Marten definitely appears to be aware that Claire is very vulnerable right now and wants to make sure that he doesn't do anything to hurt her.

Can you smell the character growth? Because I can!

Claire is going to be the one who has issues with this - she'll say it's a professional issue, but it will have more to do with her own self doubt. 

Agreed. But I think that Marten will shoot down the professional issue by saying he doesn't care and with Tai as their superior it doesn't really matter (not to mention the research librarians who like to tell workers that they are janitors).
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Cue a week of the two gazing meaningfully into each others' eyes, ended by Cereal Steve on Friday. 

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The last time we had a character reach for another's hand like that, it (eventually) ended badly...
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Jesus, my hands are shaking. I mean, that's probably because I didn't eat today, but this also makes my heart race. Which feels weird if one didn't eat for a while.
You should eat. And looking at panel one, so should Marten.
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All the stores are closed, it's 03:34 in the morning
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The last time we had a character reach for another's hand like that, it (eventually) ended badly...

There was also this.... http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2802 Maybe with maple syrup this time?
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The last time we had a character reach for another's hand like that, it (eventually) ended badly...

It is a powerful gesture. 
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The last time we had a character reach for another's hand like that, it (eventually) ended badly...

Yes, but in the short term, it led to banging.  And Claire-mom is in the next room....   :psyduck:

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I made an audible gasp for that last panel.

I don't... What?!

My guess is that Marten knows that nothing would ever happen if he just sat around and didn't do anything, and he has been getting better at taking charge of his life lately. Now the question is how Claire will respond to this. Martens feelings seem pretty clear, I doubt he'd do any of this just to tell her "We can't date/I don't want to date you"

in that case he's an oblivious asshole. But to be faire, he seems happy to be there. Almost drunk...
... with love?
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The last time we had a character reach for another's hand like that, it (eventually) ended badly...

Yes, but in the short term, it led to banging.  And Claire-mom is in the next room....   :psyduck:

Let's not get ahead ourselves, here. I'm looking forward to a nice, wholesome talk about last night  :laugh:
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I want this to work so, so much, but I'm also completely terrified because I'm looking at the way it's going right now and my mind is screaming "NO."

Claire is obviously freaking out. As much as I know Marten's head and heart are in a good place, we have no idea what kind of reaction his grabbing her hand is going to have. A lot of people would interpret it as an attempt at a comforting gesture, and who knows, it might work (I hope it does I hope it does); but it might also have the opposite affect. And it feels like this is all happening way too quickly for it to end well. .-.
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In all seriousness, I like that Marten is taking the emotional lead here. Clearly Claire is freaking out, and we know that she has issues with anxiety. Marten seems to be placing his focus on reassuring Claire/keeping her calm. Definitely an aww moment for me, taking her hand when he sees her panicking is such a powerful gesture. Regardless of which way this is going, Marten definitely appears to be aware that Claire is very vulnerable right now and wants to make sure that he doesn't do anything to hurt her.

Can you smell the character growth? Because I can!

Claire is going to be the one who has issues with this - she'll say it's a professional issue, but it will have more to do with her own self doubt. 

Agreed. But I think that Marten will shoot down the professional issue by saying he doesn't care and with Tai as their superior it doesn't really matter (not to mention the research librarians who like to tell workers that they are janitors).

The comic hasn't even been up for an hour, and all my thoughts have been ninja'd. CURSE ALL OF YOU.
Also, all the squeeing must be causing dogs to have a the biggest freakout ever. Holy crap.
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It's a big enough deal that it has a wordless panel all to itself. :-D

This. Precisely this. Anything that happens after that is going to be squee.
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All the stores are closed, it's 03:34 in the morning

Does Germany not have 7-11?
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What do you guys think of the title for this strip?

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And while I'm here I think would be related to Marten friend being over for breakie. "So while I'm here... about last night"
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What do you guys think of the title for this strip?

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Hmm. What does it mean?


Could be a way of saying, "While I'm here, we'd might as well talk this out"?

The last time we had a character reach for another's hand like that, it (eventually) ended badly...

As anything involving Sven was bound to. I can see any number of ways and reasons this goes nowhere in the short term (although I'd love to see it happen), but I think that'd just be a speed bump, not a wall.
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It's a big enough deal that it has a wordless panel all to itself. :-D

This. Precisely this. Anything that happens after that is going to be squee.
Unless ativan is involved. It's been mentioned before, but Claire looks like she needs a moment to catch her breath or something.
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The last time we had a character reach for another's hand like that, it (eventually) ended badly...
You're right, it was followed by a WEEK OF GUEST STRIPS :psyduck:

Edit: HOLY SHIT SIXTEEN REDTEXT REPLIES

All the stores are closed, it's 03:34 in the morning
Do you not have a 7-11/Wawa type store in your country?

Hahaha, one of those redtext replies was this, and another one was someone asking THAT EXACT QUESTION
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"So while I'm here... about last night"

Oh, that's good. That gives me hope that his priority is to keep Claire calm.
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I made an audible gasp for that last panel.

I don't... What?!

My guess is that Marten knows that nothing would ever happen if he just sat around and didn't do anything, and he has been getting better at taking charge of his life lately. Now the question is how Claire will respond to this. Martens feelings seem pretty clear, I doubt he'd do any of this just to tell her "We can't date/I don't want to date you"

in that case he's an oblivious asshole. But to be faire, he seems happy to be there. Almost drunk...
... with love?

I'm not sure he's drunk, I think he's just happy. He knows Claire is a genuinely good person, he knows he enjoys her company, and he knows that there is a mutual attraction there. There's not a bunch of emotional baggage/tension like with Faye or Dora, and the relationship didn't immediately escalate to physicality like with Padma. His other relationships (or near-relationships) all started rather abruptly, with very little warning. This is the first relationship Marten's had that started as a friendship and gradually and naturally grew into something more. However, it's not like Marten has spent weeks or months mooning after her or is agonizing over how to proceed with things. He's had time to think about the possibility and approach the situation on his own terms.

So from my perspective, Marten is just happy. He knows he is not at risk emotionally for two reasons: Claire is clearly attracted to him, so the risk of being turned down is unlikely if he doesn't rush things and freak her out. Also, while Marten is clearly attracted to Claire, it doesn't seem to be a "I LOVE YOUUUUUUU PLEASE BE WITH ME" attraction a la Sven with Faye. He knows he would be happy in a relationship, but it seems to me that he would still be happy while not in a relationship, so he doesn't feel the pressure to "get" someone. He also knows that Claire is definitely at risk emotionally right now, and as her friend he wants her to be happy. So he's making his advances politely and openly, trying to make sure there's as little risk of causing a Claire freakout as possible.

I agree though, old Marten would never have handled it like this. That may be why you thought he's acting like he would if he were drunk.

Sorry for the wall of text.
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Sorry for the wall of text.

Thank you for writing that up. I haven't gone back through the recent strips yet, and you gave a context to this strip that was very well thought out.
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And them it was all a dream.
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Have anyone noticed that Claire mother got curvier?
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squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

aaaand now my coworkers are staring at me.

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Have anyone noticed that Claire mother got curvier?

I think it was just the way she was standing before.
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1. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2. Go Marten!
3. Claire, look deeply into his eyes in tomorrow's comic and I promise it will all end well!
4. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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Marten is being so good I expect everyone within a thousand feet including the straight men to fall in love with him.

Someone must tell Hanners soon so that adequate and professional squeeing can take place.
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Have anyone noticed that Claire mother got curvier?

I think it was just the way she was standing before.

No, compare with the last panel here
http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2804
She looked more on the slim side but now she is getting curvy! If the trend keeps going on she will take Faye's place as the curvy girl and make Swen go nuts! Pancakes sure make miracles!
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Yes, but in the short term, it led to banging.  And Claire-mom is in the next room....   :psyduck:

Is this the script for some threesome pancake porn?
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No 7-11 in Germany afaik. No stores which are open at night in general. Worker protection laws and everything.
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We still have the Dora-Sven fallout waiting to happen as well as the Angus interview situation.  Will the arcs merge? 

I'm looking forward to Marten developing his new assertiveness.

I completely forgot about the Angus thing.  Still waiting on Jeph to drop that bomb over here...
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I haven't been more invested in a story since I read Harry Potter.  (SO MANY FEELS)  While I'm happy that it seems to be going well, I am still holding back from completely squeeing in joy until we see Claire's reactions to everything.  The pieces are all there, the only variable now is any potential anxiety attacks. 
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At least the Angus and Sven things are poised to provide drama and unhappiness, meaning this doesn't have to. Story wise it's perfectly okay for something to be perfectly okay.
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Oh god I giggled like an idiot at that last panel.

Go Marten, you surprisingly smooth bastard!
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No 7-11 in Germany afaik. No stores which are open at night in general. Worker protection laws and everything.
In some ways, that seems good, but what about workers who are night people? I guess they're right fucked, eh?
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Yeah well, if they work at night, they're supposed to work then, right? :mrgreen:
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Well yeah, but it seems like their night working hours are being artificially limited if stores have to close by a certain time.
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