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Where is Dora right now?

Waiting for Cossette to be released from the ER
Pacing her apartment, worrying about CoD
Having Quality Personal Time with Tai
Sipping herbal tea at The Secret Bakery (Traitor!)
Passed out on her bed from exhaustion
Wandering the forest crying out: "Faye, Faye! Why hast thou forsaken me?"
Watching porn on her laptop
Fantasising about [Enter Character Name Here]

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Author Topic: WCDT Strips 3101 to 3105 (30th November to 4th December 2015)  (Read 26348 times)

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So, anyway, I don't know about everyone else but I got the impression that last week's strips were sort-of-filler to fit around Thanksgiving. That said, I do hope that it won't be without consequences.

For example, how will May react to having been tased? Is Sven going to end up asking Hannelore out on another 'play date' because he's lonely? Will the shop have to be temporarily closed because OHSA is worried by the number of times Cossette has nearly cut off her hands?

I'm pretty sure that we'll be getting back to Faye and Bubbles some time soon but it would be nice to keep touch with the other meat-sacks too!
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I'm beginning to wonder if Jeph is slowly moving Dora and Tai to second tier characters as he introduces newer characters and moves certain former second tier characters to the foreground.
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I'm beginning to wonder if Jeph is slowly moving Dora and Tai to second tier characters as he introduces newer characters and moves certain former second tier characters to the foreground.

COD used to be the principal location of the comic; now it's just there for occasional nostalgia. Dora is already a secondary supporting character. Bubbles, May and Claire have been getting far more screen time than Dora or Tai.
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Agreed, it's hardly slowly. Dora's been supporting since the breakup.
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Unnecessarily quantifying this:
Before the breakup, Dora was in 789 out of 1800 comics, or 44% of the pre-breakup comics.
After the breakup, Dora has been in 222 out of 1300 comics, or 17% of the post-breakup comics.

For comparison:
Before the breakup, Marten was in 1030 out of 1800 comics, or 57% of the pre-breakup comics.
After the breakup, Marten has been in 623 out of 1300 comics, or 48% of the post-breakup comics. A decrease, but nowhere near as big as the one Dora experienced.
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Amazing damn strip today. I had a hearty laugh.

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At least the rat with wings onpigeon doesn't seem to have been sucked into the roomba's turbine.  Hanners would hate having to clean that mess.
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We haven't had anything that bizarre and wacky for a while.
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What is it with all the death to wild creatures in recent JJ comics? Mr. Flappy, the giant chameleon, and now this? Could there be some issues being worked out?
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"It's not against any religion to want to dispose of a pigeon" -- Tom Lehrer (poisoning pigeons in the park)
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Well the jetpack roomba is returned. This happens while we speculate about Jeph's plans to make second tier characters into the main event. Interesting conjugation these two things.

Coincidence?

I think so!
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I guess that was supposed to be our 3100 plot twist.
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The pigeon being killed just before Pintsize could proclaim his love was so emotional... just like that Doctor Who episode.
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But who says the Pigeon is dead?

<_<

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Bird strike is a serious problem for all flight operations, and it can only get worse with drones etc. that are small relative to birds. It's a crowded sky and for flying vacuum-cleaners there is only so much Roomba.
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But who says the Pigeon is dead?

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Jeph did.  Scroll down past the first bit of self-promotion.
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This is obviously Pintsize's 'Uncle Ben' moment. The trauma convinces him to start on a crusade against aggressive Roombas so that no innocent pigeon need suffer again! This is the birth of a darker, more serious Pintsize! Next step: steal one of the kill-bots old chassis and paint it like a garish superhero costume!

What? What are you all staring at?

Seriously, that was a great one-off funny.
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I don't think Pintsize could have continued being his usual self with the resident pigeon, and if the pigeon simply never appeared again, questions would be asked in this forum.
So I'm glad it's gone, and that we know how it happened. It was a good gag while it lasted.
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And the crowning irony is that Pintsize (and Winston) created that jet-propelled Roomba in the first place!

BTW, I was wondering how Pintsize could talk with his mouth full of pigeon, but then I realized robot voices have little if anything to do with mouth and tongue movements. The little speaker at the back of his throat would not be impeded by the pigeon's presence, other than perhaps a bit muffled.
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And the crowning irony is that Pintsize (and Winston) created that jet-propelled Roomba in the first place!

It wasn't irony. It was a scene reminiscent of Frankenstein's creation unable to accept that its father was able to love another and not it.

Roomba took out the competition!
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I've always thought most pets and captive animals were better off than those in the wild. Life can be, and often is, tough for wild animals, what with predation, avoiding being predated and what not. And that's before introducing things like maybe getting hit by cars or flying vehicles. Meanwhile, most captive animals live in great safety and comfort.

The comic is an almost perfect illustration of this; the pigeon was safe and comfortable in Pintsize's mouth, and the instant he tried to set it free...it gets killed by a flying Roomba (though I suppose being taken by a hawk/falcon might be a better example).
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I don't like seeing Pintsize sad. It makes me sad as well :(
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Nnnoo... not City Face. Well, it can't be city face because City Face is friends with very tough birds. City Face would have avoided this.
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No pigeons were harmed in the making of this strip. He was a professional stunt pigeon and was wearing protective gear.
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But who says the Pigeon is dead?

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Jeph did.  Scroll down past the first bit of self-promotion.
Jeph's always a smartass in the newspost, that doesn't count.
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And now the Roomba will live and poop in Pintsize's mouth.
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Comic's up.

Took me a second to recognize Tai in this one.
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Not a fan of that haircut, but then again I'm never really a fan of shaving the sides. Although I'm curious what it looks like from the other side, is that side shaved too?
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Tai's new hairstyle reminds me of one Faye had a while back, though more...intentional. Faye's was a bit of an accident IIRC.

I had the same thought.

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Tai and Dora are both wearing shorts.  Is it summer in QC-time now?
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I really like Tai's new haircut. One reason of which is I'm not positive, but I think this is the first hair change she's had.
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On the eternal sidecut debate, waged by men since the dawn of time.

Not of fan of clean shaven versions, but super short buzzes like Tai's are cute.
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I really like Tai's new haircut. One reason of which is I'm not positive, but I think this is the first hair change she's had.

Nah, she had a change waaaaaaay back. Searching for strip...
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Okay, can I just chime in as apparently the only person who just appreciates that particular cut in almost all iterations? I'm not the biggest fan of of Tai's version, but then I just watched Mockingjay and hot damn, Natalie Dormer rocks the hell out of that look, so she's currently the standard.
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Yeah, but she's Natalie Dormer. Not sure it's possible to find a hairstyle that Natalie Dormer wouldn't look good in.
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I like it, but as a woman with a mohawk I might be biased.
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I really like Tai's new haircut. One reason of which is I'm not positive, but I think this is the first hair change she's had.

Nah, she had a change waaaaaaay back. Searching for strip...

Ah ha! From this to this.
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Meh, I'm not a fan of the new 'do myself but it isn't an issue for me. I'm wondering if it is a reference to the character ofBBecky in Dumbing of Age by D M Willis.

That aside, is anyone going to clue me in to today's punchline? It's totally meaningless to me! I'm guessing that it's a pot joke (when is it not for Tai)? But, apart from that, I'm clueless! I also sense a 'help wanted' ad in the near future for CoD.

Tai and Dora are both wearing shorts.  Is it summer in QC-time now?

No, its just that they're both Massachusetts girls. It will take knee-deep snow to make them switch to full-length pants.


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Tai and Dora are both wearing shorts.  Is it summer in QC-time now?
More like late September/early October according to this: Passage of Time in QC...
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I think Dora should try the Tai approach to management for a little while. Worst case scenario, she can go back as long as Cossette doesn't fatally wound herself roasting the beans or something like that. Maybe with less use of recreational drugs, but that is her call to make.

Or if she's making enough she might even be capable of hiring someone else and put Pen on what were Faye's duties.
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I really wish I was capable of finding Tai even moderately tolerable or likable as a character.
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Tai is definitely more buxom of late.  When she first appeared she was so skinny I thought she was a boy.
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Tai is definitely more buxom of late.  When she first appeared she was so skinny I thought she was a boy.

When she first started appearing, Tai had a noticeable body image problem and she bound her breasts to look 'boyish', mostly due to bullying she suffered at high school. She stopped doing that after she started trying to advertise herself to Dora and has never gone back.
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As a woman with the sides of my head clipped close like that.. I can say I like the look. :) I've always thought it looked yummy, and it frustrates me to no end when I hear guys going 'Well I don't like it. Women should have long hair.' or something to that effect. It's like uh.. hello? You aren't required to like it. We didn't do it for you, we did it because we like the way it looks. I mean, I don't mind it when people express an opinion. But you know... institutionalized sexism. Most of the time I hear it, it's either presented as an accusation, or a value judgement on the person.

Also Tai.. the reason you can show up high as balls and the work gets done is you have people there who take up your slack. That's not delegation, that's your workers covering for you. Dora doesn't really have that. Penelope barely seems like she wants to be there most of the time. Cossette is a walking disaster area. If she were left in charge the fire trucks would probably be rolling before Dora got halfway to her car. I don't even know if Raven still works there but.. Yeah, Raven. Hanners would probably be overwhelmed and have an anxiety attack, or go into full Overlord mode. The only one who might make a good assistant manager is probably Dale. He's hard working, level headed and usually pretty difficult to fluster. But he's also probably still part time with other jobs he has to schedule around, and he's the New Guy. Going from register money to assistant manager that fast would probably not go over well with Penny.
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When she first started appearing, Tai had a noticeable body image problem and she bound her breasts to look 'boyish', mostly due to bullying she suffered at high school. She stopped doing that after she started trying to advertise herself to Dora and has never gone back.

Does anyone have a comic source of this? I can't remember Tai mentioning high school other than in the date with Dora.
I think that even if she was bullied, it's unfair to put her choice of expression to being mostly or entirely to do with pleasing other people. She's expressed herself that she simply finds it fun.

Tai is definitely more buxom of late.  When she first appeared she was so skinny I thought she was a boy.

Tai said she liked experimenting with androgyny and intentionally binded her breasts down sometimes. In the strip before the one linked she mentions "passing as a boy" so she'd probably take that as a compliment. Also it's important to point out that "boyish" and "androgyny" are not the same and are not necessarily exclusive.
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I think Tai is more comfortable in her skin these days.  Being with Dora is the kind of stablising influence on her life that she needed from how she was when she first came onto the scene.

Tai's also a fit for Dora IMHO.  I loved it when she was with Marten, but I don't really think it could have lasted.  Marten's a great guy, but he's kind of a doormat sometimes and Dora being Dora could easily run roughshod over the lovable guy.  Tai's more capable of telling Dora to 'Get over hereslf' better than I think Marten could be.

I'm still looking forward to when Dora and Faye finally talk to each other.  I suspect it will be a while before that happens, but I hope that Jeph has it planned for those two to finally have 'The Talk' they need.
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I really wish I was capable of finding Tai even moderately tolerable or likable as a character.

I find her terribly self-centred and utterly unengaging. Ship her off to Mandyville and I doubt I'd care.
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I would be much happier about seeing Tai & Dora if this wasn't the...third? fourth? time in a row that Tai has had to gently berate Dora for being too serious/stubborn/etc. about something.  Let me guess, they'll spend the rest of the week arguing, then one or the other will get advice from Marten, then they'll have great make-up sex, and we won't see them together again for a few hundred strips, when Tai will have to gently berate Dora about something again.  I realize the rule of QC relationships is "If you don't see 'em, they're doing okay," but still, this Tai-and-Dora-argue-about-Dora's-life shtick is getting kinda old.
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