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What's the next arc? - Choose two

More Clinton-Elliot-Brun manoeuvrings and angst
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Melon tries to help Roko with her problems
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The Adventures of Hannelore and Winslow
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Marten and Claire go on a formal date
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Faye wakes up after having some curious dreams about Bubbles
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Health inspection time at Coffee of Doom - Bureacratic hijinx ensue
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May and Momo talk morality, ethics and being a good person
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The Bean family holiday; can Veronica hack it as a stepmom for a teenage Sam?
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Brun decides that it is time to hook up Renee and Elliot
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Other (please specify in a comment)
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Author Topic: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)  (Read 10288 times)

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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #150 on: 05 Apr 2018, 09:10 »

Aaaaand the joke is dead.
No it's not!
It's getting better.

To be fair, it has a very distinctive stench. I think the only way it's actually tolerable is if you're high enough to not care.
That distinctive aroma is due to various volatile organic compounds of the Turpinol family. Yes that means they are chemically similar to turpentine.
As someone who grew up in the house of a painter of the housing variety you get inured used to that particular stench.
Mind, I have worked with licensed large scale commercial producers and dealing with the fumes on such a scale is a major headache in more ways than one.
One has gone so far as to try bubbling exhaust air in an attempt to scrub it while another wanted to use it in the gas heater air feed  :facepalm:
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #151 on: 05 Apr 2018, 12:34 »

Clinton's mom *is* cuter. 

(my opinion may be shaped by the fact that I'm a whole lot closer to her age than his)
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #152 on: 05 Apr 2018, 13:46 »

"Mom, so long as you are living in my house, you'll obey my rules!!"
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #153 on: 05 Apr 2018, 15:17 »

Maybe Clinton was just too drunk when he first walked in, or maybe the smell of freshly-baked cookies was just too strong, but I’m kinda surprised he didn’t notice the smell of pot right away.

He might just possibly have had a few other things on his mind. He's turned up at his mum's house drunk (though maybe not for the first time) and with a female in tow (it seems that might well be a first time).

Yes, 'too drunk', not in the sense that he couldn't smell the pot at all, but in the sense that it took him a few minutes to realise that home wasn't normally the place to find that familiar smell.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #154 on: 05 Apr 2018, 15:46 »

Clinton's mom *is* cuter. 

(my opinion may be shaped by the fact that I'm a whole lot closer to her age than his)
Same here. My own kids are almost exactly the same age as Claire and Clinton.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #155 on: 05 Apr 2018, 17:53 »

Clinton's mom *is* cuter. 

(my opinion may be shaped by the fact that I'm a whole lot closer to her age than his)
To some of us, she's a (much) younger woman.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #156 on: 05 Apr 2018, 19:10 »

Melon is sentient, she just comes at reality at an oblique angle.

That way she can flank it, and gain advantage when she attacks.

So far, she and reality are engaged in an intense existential battle, and reality has yet to land a decisive blow.

I'd say the same applies to Raven...
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #157 on: 05 Apr 2018, 19:17 »

We've definitely learned that Claire came by her tendencies honestly.  All the girl needs is a decade or three to learn some finesse.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #158 on: 05 Apr 2018, 19:18 »

I suspect that the clock, considered as a normal timepiece, was perfectly fine. But some auxiliary function (like the tides predictor or the phase of the moon) was off, and that's what Brün fixed. Trust ClintonMom to have an interesting clock.

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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #159 on: 05 Apr 2018, 19:20 »

Melon is sentient, she just comes at reality at an oblique angle.

That way she can flank it, and gain advantage when she attacks.

So far, she and reality are engaged in an intense existential battle, and reality has yet to land a decisive blow.

I'd say the same applies to Raven...
Melon had to have her butt replaced... Advantage: Raven
Raven does not have internal Google capability... Advantage: Melon
Melon successfully tunneled into Steve's house. Raven failed to break into CoD via the roof... Advantage: Melon
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #160 on: 05 Apr 2018, 19:22 »

R.I.P. Shelby  :'(
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #161 on: 05 Apr 2018, 21:15 »

Mom A is oblique, Clinton is objecting, and Brun is oblivious.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #162 on: 05 Apr 2018, 21:43 »

Do we have an age for Mme. Augustus? I'd say she's almost certainly between Jim (41) and Veronica (56), and I'm beginning to suspect the lower end of that range...
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #163 on: 05 Apr 2018, 22:10 »

Do we have an age for Mme. Augustus? I'd say she's almost certainly between Jim (41) and Veronica (56), and I'm beginning to suspect the lower end of that range...
Considering her comment about being a goody two-shoes when she was young, I would guess she finished college, then got married, and then had the kids. So I would think she was at least 22 or 23 when Claire was born - assuming she was 18 when she finished high school and went to college for four years. Claire is 24 now, so my guess is that Mom A is at least 46 or 47. My own son is almost 25, and I am almost 48, so my guess is also based on my own personal experience.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #164 on: 05 Apr 2018, 22:57 »

Oh, no, Shelby!

Losing a dog generally hurts.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #165 on: 05 Apr 2018, 22:57 »

You're assuming she went to college. Depending on how she was raised, being a goody two shoes may not have involved that at all. She strikes me as someone who married very young. My guess would be right out of high school.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #166 on: 05 Apr 2018, 23:20 »

There is so much subtext in today's comic. It's pretty clear that Mrs A is interpreting everything the way that she wants to interpret it. However, she doesn't have to go as far as you might think.

The reason why I say that is because I think that there is a lot of subtext to Brun's innocuous statement: "Clinton... is nice." You could probably write an essay about it but I'll settle for this: That pause makes me think that Brun was struggling to find the right words to express her feelings without saying something that she is worried might be offensive to one of Clinton's family. As the word she eventually used was 'nice', I imagine she was rejecting something like 'attractive' or even 'desirable' (meaning the whole Clinton Augustus package, nobility, honesty and the way he tries to work on her terms as well as being physically attractive to her too).

Panel 4 is wonderful because Brun has that lovely 'human interaction rules sometimes defeat me' expression. I think that, based on Mrs A's misinterpretation of being told that Clinton smelling nice she's suddenly realised why Elliott may have misinterpreted her smelling Clinton earlier.

Meanwhile, poor Clinton's blood pressure surely can't spike any more than it does in panel 4, can it?

Finally, I suspect that Mrs A is rapidly approaching that moment in her life where every word she says to Clinton and Claire is 'grand-babies'.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #167 on: 06 Apr 2018, 00:54 »

Unrealistically oblivious character not aware of being lusted by other character...

That pattern happens far too often in QC.

Hopefully, the "eternal cliffhanger" pattern will be more rare...










(Sorry about your dog, Jeph. She seemed nice)
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #168 on: 06 Apr 2018, 02:58 »

Poor Jeph and Shelby. That's really sad. Dogs are great.
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« Reply #169 on: 06 Apr 2018, 03:00 »

Hopefully, the "eternal cliffhanger" pattern will be more rare...

I'm not sure if 'eternal cliffhanger' is accurate. The problem with the daily sequential art format is that things are passing with interminable slowness from the perspective of a daily reader. However, having been reading the bound volumes, I've noticed that Jeph's work tends to fit roughly into 'episodic' arc, that can be many dozen strips long and that an episode focusing on one group of characters can then be followed by an episode focussing on another group of characters, leading to weeks or even months before you pick up when the last episode left off with the first set of characters.

So, yes, I'm thinking that we're going to work towards an end to this 'episode', possibly with Clinton asleep in his old room and Brun sleeping next to him because she doesn't want to go back to Renee's place so late and can't sleep very well without something familiar close by (or that's what she says anyway). Then, we'll start the next week back with Faye and Bubbles... or maybe Marten and Claire.... or maybe Hannelore and Winslow. In any event, it could be 6-12 weeks before we catch up with what happens to Clinton and Brun (let alone poor Elliott!).
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #170 on: 06 Apr 2018, 05:40 »

Affection to Jeph on the loss of a beloved member of the family.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #171 on: 06 Apr 2018, 05:46 »

So, yes, I'm thinking that we're going to work towards an end to this 'episode', possibly with Clinton asleep in his old room and Brun sleeping next to him because she doesn't want to go back to Renee's place so late and can't sleep very well without something familiar close by (or that's what she says anyway).

IOW, rather like the night of the wedding with Claire and Marten?  I could see that being an interesting parallel to take.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #172 on: 06 Apr 2018, 05:48 »

Losing a dog can be tough. I still mourn a dog who died 12 years ago this summer.

Clinton's mom sure seems to take delight in gently nudging shoving her kids in the direction of potential partners.

And yeah, she's long overdue for her own canonical name. "Clarice" is only barely satisfactory as my headcanon name for her.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #173 on: 06 Apr 2018, 06:55 »

Mom A is oblique, Clinton is objecting, and Brun is oblivious.
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« Reply #174 on: 06 Apr 2018, 08:00 »

I'm sorry to hear of Shelby's passing, Jeph.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #175 on: 06 Apr 2018, 08:16 »

Sorry for your loss, Jeph. Rest in peace, Shelby.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #176 on: 06 Apr 2018, 09:18 »

Brun, Clinton, Elliot - these three are prone to hinder each other into a relationship.  But I'm sure they will be happy with someone, one day.

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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #177 on: 06 Apr 2018, 09:59 »

My condolences, Jeph, on your loss.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #178 on: 06 Apr 2018, 11:02 »

I just dropped by to express condolences for your loss, Jeph.  Rest in peace, Shelby.  You were a good doggy.
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« Reply #179 on: 06 Apr 2018, 12:38 »

The reason why I say that is because I think that there is a lot of subtext to Brun's innocuous statement: "Clinton... is nice." You could probably write an essay about it but I'll settle for this: That pause makes me think that Brun was struggling to find the right words to express her feelings without saying something that she is worried might be offensive to one of Clinton's family. As the word she eventually used was 'nice', I imagine she was rejecting something like 'attractive' or even 'desirable' (meaning the whole Clinton Augustus package, nobility, honesty and the way he tries to work on her terms as well as being physically attractive to her too).
I didn’t get the impression that she’s thinking about whether she’s being offensive. I get the impression that Brun quite often has trouble putting words in the right order or thinking of the correct word to use. I suspect that’s a big part of the reason she stops talking at all when she gets overly stressed or angry. The words are constantly in disarray in her mind, and the more stressed she is, the harder it is to sort out the mess and spit out a coherent sentence. I have experienced the same problem myself, but for me it was a temporary issue.


She may have been trying to find a word that is so much more descriptive - telling exactly how Clinton is nice (chivalrous, noble, honorable, trustworthy, gracious, generous, caring, etc.) - but couldn’t come up with the one she wanted, so after thinking for a second, she simply settled for “nice”.
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Re: WCDT strips 3711 to 3715 (2nd-6th April 2018)
« Reply #180 on: 06 Apr 2018, 13:15 »

Aaaaand the joke is dead.
No it's not!
It's getting better.
It's just pining for the fjords!



My sympathies to Jeph for the loss of Shelby. Losing a member of the family is always hard.
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