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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 141089 times)

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Crack prediction for distant future:

First meeting between Veronica and Mrs A gets awkward (for the children) when it turns out the two worked the same strip club when they were in college together. Mrs A met Clinton and Claire's dad and 'went straight' whilst Veronica's life just got wilder and crazier until she woke up one morning, realised it had been all empty and then emailed Jim that she wanted to meet him face-to-face.

"Vee!"

"Lex!"

"SQUEEEEEE!!!" ((Sis-hugs happen whilst Marten and Claire look on in amazement))
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More effective would be to simply force a minimum text size.  There's currently no facility to do this, but I'm already investigating this possibility of creating one.

Could always just disable changing the text size (somewhere in the admin area you can disable certain BB codes), but if you didn't want to do that only thing I could think of would be editing the source code itself (just looked through it and it shouldn't be too hard to change). Source code of SMF has some great comments as well :P

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My prediction:

Marten clasps Claire's hands together.

Marten: "Look, I'm sorry I was acting like a drunk idiot last night. I took some liberties I shouldn't have, and I know that in our current working situation, it wouldn't be morally proper. But I really think you're an awesome person and I hope that after your internship ends, we can start dating then."

Claire: "That's really reasonable."

Marten: "You were a good influence."

<beat panel>

GIANT KISSES AND MAKEOUTS IMMEDIATELY ENSUE.

Claire <disheveled and grinning>: "Screw being reasonable."

Marten <disheveled and panting>: "Y-yes ma'am!"

I think everyone is secretly/not-so-secretly hoping for this. 

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Crack prediction for distant future:

First meeting between Veronica and Mrs A gets awkward (for the children) when it turns out the two worked the same strip club when they were in college together. Mrs A met Clinton and Claire's dad and 'went straight' whilst Veronica's life just got wilder and crazier until she woke up one morning, realised it had been all empty and then emailed Jim that she wanted to meet him face-to-face.

"Vee!"

"Lex!"

"SQUEEEEEE!!!" ((Sis-hugs happen whilst Marten and Claire look on in amazement))

Change Mrs. A's name to "Clarice" and you'd have a callback to this: http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2383
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Like others have pointed out, the fact that Marten is being so unbelievably zen and that he accepted Clairemom's invitation to come over for breakfast leads me to believe he is not about to say "let's just be friends." My guess is he'll say something along the lines of indicating that he's open to the possibility of something between them but not wanting to rush/pressure Claire if she needs time to figure out what's best for her.

DING! This is what my money's on.


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Whilst I hope that they do start dating, my prediction is that Marten stresses that he likes her company whatever happens and asks Claire out.  She indicates that she feels uncomfortable with that at the moment.  Marten reminds her that he's OK being friendds and then they come to an agreement that Marten will wait until she is comfortable with it.

In other words, re-using the arrangement that Marten had with Faye.

....I already said that, didn't I?
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The look of utter panic on her face in the penultimate panel
Is basically the same in the last three trips. It's a awkward situation. Mom, pyjamas and a unresolved crush. Plus she being introvert and all.
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the fact that she told Faye that a relationship would be wrong due to their close working relationship
Not means "not ready", only means she have restrictions because the professional situation.
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and, from what everyone else says, this would be her first relationship.
Also not means "not ready".

I really can see she saying no, but not for being "not ready" for a relationship.
Sure she have issues to work out, and sure this relationship can not work (They have a really small common ground to stand) at all or even not start (I doubt. There was so many signals this will happen) but, to me, Claire is way, waaaay more capable of holding a relationship than... Marigold.
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The next three weeks (minimum) the issue is left hanging for us.  Claire and Marten are shown going about their usual business with perfectly normal expressions on their faces.  They interact pretty much as they did prior to this night out.  None of the other characters comment on any changes there as there are other things occupying their minds (the Winslow/Pintsize/Momo/May .mp4 that is suddenly making the rounds, or the return of the Vespavenger).

Only after that will the aftermath be revealed.
That would be Awesome.
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dear god, no one tell Jeph
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Hands - every comic artist's nemesis.
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I was going to say, "... and horses," but a comic can get by with a poorly drawn horse. All you have to do is say it's a cartoon horse. A badly drawn hand, though, can ruin an otherwise well-done piece of art. Even when the artist doesn't intend, viewers look to a hand to express something.

When I'd watch Jeph's livestream, I'd see him redraw a hand three, four times, almost without fail. You never feel like you've drawn a hand quite right. I do the same thing.

Books on drawing devote whole chapters to hands. Whole books, even.

Hands. rrrgh.
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I think she kissed him and then said "smooch".

Or it could be like Sven's "Sheen" (sorry, can't find the damn strip). Using a word you wouldn't usually use in a place where you'd usually put, say, a "Poof" or a "Whoosh," for instance.

EDIT: Found it. http://questionablecontent.net./view.php?comic=1078
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One of the worst drawn hands that I've seen is in an otherwise beautiful tarot deck - one of the cards has the image on a six-fingered archer on it which somehow evaded the art editorial process.  (For those who care, the deck is the Wildwood Tarot).
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Dang, Marten is skinny.

I can't wait to see Marten and Claire figure things out.
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A positive thing I was thinking of, harking back to the discussion from a little while ago about Claire's feelings towards Marten's o.n.s with Delilah, is that she has seen him open and vulnerable about relationships now.

Some folks seemed to think that seeing him post-Dee was a bad thing but what it actually could have been was a vehicle for Claire to see that he wants something real and honest and true. For someone like Claire, who is inexperienced and pretty shy about affaires de coeur, it might have been what she needed to see that, when Marten is reaching out to her emotionally now, he means it and truly wants her, not just someone to fill the void, you know?

Hopefully this post was a bit less pessimistic than my first one  :mrgreen:
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I think she kissed him and then said "smooch".

Or it could be like Sven's "Sheen" (sorry, can't find the damn strip). Using a word you wouldn't usually use in a place where you'd usually put, say, a "Poof" or a "Whoosh," for instance.

EDIT: Found it. http://questionablecontent.net./view.php?comic=1078
Except that was clearly a sound effect, while "smooch" was in a speech bubble :roll:
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"One of the worst drawn hands..."  I meant to preface that with "Yes, hands are really tough."
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Except Marten said with all letters, "kissed me", not "made some strange thing".
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Why can't tomorrow just come and save us from all this supposition?

I can't remember the last time I was looking forward to another edition of any comic, ever. I just hope to god it's a Steve eating cereal one because if it isn't I am going to throw the toys out of the pram.
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I'm not sure where people are getting this whole "shaking her hand" think from, or that his hand grasp is in no way an intimate gesture.

If you look at a google image search for 'handshake' then you might see the same similarities that I do.

Sure...it's still intimate, but two hands by themselves in that orientation serve as sort of a rorschach when isolated. There's a delightful ambiguity.



A reasonable assessment all told however you could argue the angle is terrible for a handshake for one, but two and far more important we have an EXCELLENT reason to assume he is not shaking her hand. Because that makes NO SENSE whatsoever in ANY social context vaguely like the one they're currently in. A handshake at the end of the conversation? Maybe though I would see that as incredibly awkward, but a nervous night after "X" (X being romantic something or another between two previously single individuals) occurring conversation when one party is far more calm than the other, the social cue of the day is NOT a handshake. Especially between socially well adjusted individuals with a previously established close relationship. However, holding their hand in a reassuring manner, no matter what follows conversationally makes much more sense. So if we follow standard North American social behavior (and both Claire and Martenfriend are pretty socially well adjusted) and Occam's Razor Marten is not going for a handshake.

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Well I guess I just got told.

Now go look at some worst cats.
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Well I guess I just got told.

Now go look at some worst cats.
I'm not surprised something like that exists, but still, what even.
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I'm not in the handshake camp. (Oh, hi, new person here. Longtime reader of Q.C., new to join this forum.) Basic contextual clues would lead us to believe Marten is reaching out to hold Claire's hand, not to shake it. Nicely said, GarandMarine.


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Well I guess I just got told.

Now go look at some worst cats.
I'm not surprised something like that exists, but still, what even.
Sorry.  That specimen escaped from the lab and started breeding.
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Well I guess I just got told.

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I'm not surprised something like that exists, but still, what even.

I got it from Jeph's twitter feed:
[tweet]518828372424921088[/tweet]

At first I wasn't sure why I posted it but upon reflection I guess it's my way of saying that making sense in a given social context may not be Jeph's first priority in storytelling... And I like his stuff because of that, not in spite of it.
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Simple reason it isn't a handshake: Martens fingers are curled. That's a gentle caress not a flat-palmed handshake.
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That is what we call "taking a girl gently by the hand."
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Well I guess I just got told.

Now go look at some worst cats.

Congrats, you've broken me, I can't stop giggling
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Comic's nearly up (blank space at the moment).
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COMICS(!) ARE UP.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes! *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*
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Queue epic squeeing from now until the planet implodes.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TODAYS COMIC IS BLANK SPACE NOOOOOO
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Perfect answers :-)
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aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh
Omgomgomg!!!!
squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
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This makes me irrationally happy.
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One word, followed by one caveat: YAY!

I have never (ever!) become so invested in the plot line of any work of fiction before. Thank you, Jeph, for creating Q.C. and drawing us all in like Marten, Claire, Faye, and everyone there are our best friends.
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Ok then.

Only five seven red text replies. You guys are slipping.
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S.S. ClaireMarten, now leaving port, hauling over 9000 tons of squee.
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Did the site just break?  Current comic refuses to load!
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There are two comics!
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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The comic isn't loading, but there's lots of squee happening!  :psyduck:
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Did the site just break?  Current comic refuses to load!

I'd guess that with a ton of us all hitting F5 repeatedly and more or less simultaneously, it took a bit to iron out. Stick with it. It'll load.

Unrelated thing, I'm loving the progression of Claire's face in this comic. Especially that last frame...
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I'm getting future comic but not todays comic. I think I had a kiss spoiled :o

Edit: There it is!

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Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


I don't think I can handle this much


Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

It's all been worth it!!!

Eeeeeeeeee!


Edit: I CANT DECIDE WHICH FRAME TO MAKE MY PHONE BACKGROUND IM SUPER VEXED
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If it's not loading for you, click "Previous" and then "Next".

Or just click here: http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2807
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