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Favourite Strips
« on: 14 May 2020, 23:27 »

With all the talk about the way Questionable Content has been cruising recently, I felt nostalgic enough to trawl back through the archives and locate a few of my favourite strips. I'm sure I've missed at least a couple, but gere they are in numerical order.

Executioner's Blues
The Marten/Dora breakup sent shockwaves through the QC community, but for me, this strip is the one where it hit home. There was something about the sight of Hanners weeping that made it all very real.
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Heck of a View
The end of a touching storyline with a funny at the end which, rather than just being there to fill the need to end on a laugh, managed to make the ending that much more poignant. A nice thing to have pulled off.
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Coffee Talk
A turning point for Marten, as well as a defining moment for Claire.
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Auf Wiedersehen
May has always been a bit of a ratbag, but the fact that Dale found the good heart hiding within speaks volumes for his character.
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Disassembly
I know that most readers would have been happiest with their Faye/Bubbles ship coming in, but for me, this was the natural destination of Bubbles' introductory character arc and the moment that made me happiest.
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That is all. Please share your favourite strips. It'll be interesting to see.
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Re: Favourite Strips
« Reply #1 on: 14 May 2020, 23:53 »

Coffee talk is kind of the start of their real relationship,  isn't it?
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« Reply #2 on: 15 May 2020, 01:12 »

Pretty much.
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« Reply #3 on: 15 May 2020, 07:13 »

There are many strips of which I like, or found highly amusing. (The "Music+Science=Sexy" strip was what actually drew me in to the comic originally.)

But, when it comes right down to it, this is the strip I like the most: 2316 - Crowdsourced
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« Reply #4 on: 15 May 2020, 07:32 »

$1.89 Drill Press still cracks me up…
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Re: Favourite Strips
« Reply #5 on: 18 May 2020, 15:42 »

New member here, and I have 49 strips saved to disk, meaning they are my favourites. They start at 117, Dora telling Faye there will be precious little of her chastity left, and end at 3200, Skullmaster misspeaking about Skullmaster's dietary requirements. Wow, that's really out of date: I had no idea I was so far behind in my collection. In the last week or so I've been through the lot, again, taking notes, and I find I keep crying most at 3403, when Spookybot assures Bubbles she has people who care about her.

Which are more favourite? The purely funny ones like 951 Pintsize's wacky antics jumping the shark and 1298 Momo's introduction, where she can shoot live eels; or the touching studies of character, like Dora's sad look in 1586 when Hannelore is saying how she wanted to be normal, or at least a normal space princess on Mars?

2159 a happy Hannelore looking down on Earth - 2424 Dora apparently forgetting Mieville - 2490 Emily making beetle fingers - 3472 the gentle smile when Bubbles asks for help taking off her armour - 4032 May hugging Roko in gratitude.
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« Reply #6 on: 18 May 2020, 22:23 »

The one where the Faye/Marten tension got resolved completely with a hair-tussle.

Faye and Bubbles's exchange of vows.
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« Reply #7 on: 23 May 2020, 07:39 »

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Bubbles shows she is a master of all forms of combat.
Also, Faye’s and Marten’s reactions…
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Re: Favourite Strips
« Reply #8 on: 03 Jun 2020, 22:49 »

Generally when there's something that shows how a character has grown in some way.  This falls in with Bubbles' de-armoring, but the first one that really got to me was Hanners cutting loose one cold winter's night...

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Something about the look on her face.  "Unbridled Joy" is the term, I think.  Not something she comes by easily, if ever. 
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« Reply #9 on: 04 Jun 2020, 00:34 »

Those are the types of stripes I like as well. That is a great example.
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« Reply #10 on: 08 Jun 2020, 04:54 »

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« Reply #11 on: 08 Jun 2020, 05:43 »

I think my favorite is still #1416.

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« Reply #12 on: 12 Jun 2020, 11:53 »

I printed out a copy of 1734 and kept it in my desk at work. And then I left it there when I quit.
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« Reply #13 on: 12 Jun 2020, 12:08 »

The current one is certainly high up on the list, for Bubbles' facial expressions if nothing else.  All the others, though, seem to focus around Hanners and/or Momo, both of whom seem suspiciously absent lately.
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« Reply #14 on: 21 Jun 2020, 22:10 »

Today's (Monday, June 22nd, 2020) is definitely amongst them.

One of the other's I can think of off hand is the one where May finds out Momo considers her to be a friend. Along with Roko's introductory strips, Faye decking Corpsewitch, and Corpsewitch finding out her safety plan for Bubbles is gone.

Oh! Also the one where Elliot is imagining Hanners as a friendship fairy.
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« Reply #15 on: 05 Jul 2020, 23:45 »

If I want a laugh, I always go back to #3525:
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It's just so utterly slapstick - Clinton, with a hilarious combination of keen perception and utter social ineptitude manages to wedge his foot firmly in his mouth, while a flustered Bubbles, on the back foot, resorts to low-to-mid-level violence to get her point across...   :laugh: 

( Jeph's comments help too  :-D )
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« Reply #16 on: 12 Jul 2020, 15:21 »

Sorry, I know I'm a bit late on this.

For humor, I'm a fan of 2550 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2550); however, I think the one that embodies the spirit of QC most effectively is 2554 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2554).
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« Reply #17 on: 12 Jul 2020, 18:19 »

Never too late. Indeed, someone's favourite strip may not have even been drawn yet.

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« Reply #18 on: 13 Jul 2020, 20:53 »

My favorite is #3425.

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« Reply #19 on: 13 Jul 2020, 20:56 »

My favorite is #3425.

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Not only is that comic hilarious, I think that the note at the bottom of this comic is oddly the funniest Jeph has ever written.
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« Reply #20 on: 14 Jul 2020, 00:49 »

I always find myself laughing at the practice wedding speech
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« Reply #21 on: 14 Jul 2020, 01:01 »

And the one where Yay turns their name into a pun to make Roko twitch
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« Reply #22 on: 14 Jul 2020, 22:12 »

I came across this forgotten gem while going down a random thread.
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« Reply #23 on: 15 Jul 2020, 01:34 »

I was just hitting the random button and wow, the end of this one from when Marten and Dora had just started going out plays very differently post-Claire.
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« Reply #24 on: 15 Jul 2020, 01:47 »

Hooo, yeah :/
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« Reply #25 on: 15 Jul 2020, 14:16 »

this one always makes me giggle for extended periods
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« Reply #28 on: 17 Jul 2020, 14:06 »

I just rediscovered this gem. I love me some tasty incidentally harvested beef.
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« Reply #29 on: 17 Jul 2020, 15:10 »

Dang, how’d I miss this one? Both Faye’s description and Jeph’s tag line at the bottom.
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« Reply #30 on: 18 Jul 2020, 02:09 »

Off the top of my head, I remember the one about privacy for it's own sake.
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« Reply #31 on: 18 Jul 2020, 12:17 »

I want to hear Barry's whole story.
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« Reply #33 on: 19 Jul 2020, 22:11 »

That milk strip just reminds me of my annoyance from my younger days of being told I'd 'slept through breakfast.'

Breakfast is your first meal of the day. It's impossible to sleep through it. By definition. *grumble*
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« Reply #34 on: 19 Jul 2020, 22:30 »

Also on my favorites list is the beetles one.
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« Reply #35 on: 20 Jul 2020, 01:30 »

I've always liked 3399 because of the puny looking gun and how the monster disintegrates. It looks like someone knows what a failing GPU looks like.
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« Reply #36 on: 21 Jul 2020, 09:05 »

I was just hitting the random button and wow, the end of this one from when Marten and Dora had just started going out plays very differently post-Claire.

People change over time.

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Off the top of my head, I remember the one about privacy for it's own sake.
Exactly. It's the principle of the matter.

Which is exactly what I tell people when I'm told Inshould somehow just rollover and accept that my government spies on me.
Fuck that.
I'm an adult. I'm not doing anything illegal. Privacy is a right. Butt out.
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« Reply #37 on: 29 Jul 2020, 01:36 »

I want to hear Barry's whole story.
Yes. As embellished by Jimbo.

I'm an adult. I'm not doing anything illegal. Privacy is a right. Butt out.
Exactly. And the fact that, in some governments, you might be breaking the law without knowing it. For example, I know there are people that consider the united states america (stet!) to be relatively free, but I read somewhere that there are 10,000 things you could be doing that are illegal (I think that article was about how you shouldn't ever talk to the police, because they'll find something you "confessed" to). If you haven't read and completely understood the entirety of the written laws of the government that might force itself onto you, you can't be sure that you're not breaking it's laws. And then there are governments that outlaw some things that affect only the "perpetrators" (prostitution, drugs, etc).
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« Reply #38 on: 29 Jul 2020, 02:25 »

And then there are governments that outlaw some things that affect only the "perpetrators" (prostitution, drugs, etc).

Well, it's not quite that simple.  For instance, the mis-use of drugs can lead to self-harm which imposes a cost on the society which then picks you up and cares for you (though admittedly some don't do all that much in that regard).
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« Reply #39 on: 29 Jul 2020, 02:32 »

Not to mention the human trafficking concerns surrounding prostitution; or the way many of them are coerced into it, even without being transported across the continent.
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« Reply #40 on: 04 Aug 2020, 01:05 »

Not to mention the human trafficking concerns surrounding prostitution; or the way many of them are coerced into it, even without being transported across the continent.
Coercion is not inherent to prostitution. If a prostitute is being coerced, then why doesn't he seek recourse? If prostitution is illegal, he can't easily go to the police about it. That argument about prostitutes being more coerced than nonprostitutes only applies when prostitution is illegal. Furthermore, there are other support systems that a prostitute might use for recourse. A prostitute might use the services of a madame or pimp. A prostitute might use a mafia-style insurance, where the mafia, for a fee, promises to harm anyone that doesn't do his part of the transaction. Perhaps there are other support systems in place for prostitutes. The ones I mentioned are not great. If prostitution were legal, a prostitute could just go to the police like any other person. (Not that that's much better, mind you.)
Why are you against the transportation of humans? I benefit from being transported quite often. Even during the epidemic, I sometimes use transportation on myself to get to and from the grocery store.
Well, it's not quite that simple.  For instance, the mis-use of drugs can lead to self-harm which imposes a cost on the society which then picks you up and cares for you (though admittedly some don't do all that much in that regard).
There is not much that is simple in the world. Drugs are no exception. Better education about the effects of the drug leads to less mis-use. Being illegal makes it difficult to study it, meaning we know less about it. Being illegal makes would-be consumers reluctant to seek the information, fearing prosecution. Being illegal makes the topic taboo for some. To pre-empt "think of the children", a parent is less likely to spent much time speaking with his children about taboo topics, and children are less likely to bring up taboo topics with their parents. This leads to a situation where many a parent will spare only a few sentences on the topic of drugs. For example, "don't do drugs" or "drugs make you stupid".
To paraphrase your argument about drugs:
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Well, it's not quite that simple.  For instance, the mis-use of razors can lead to harm which imposes a cost on the society which then picks you up and cares for you (though admittedly some don't do all that much in that regard).
Should razors be banned because they might be used or bloodletting?
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« Reply #41 on: 04 Aug 2020, 07:42 »

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« Reply #45 on: 05 Aug 2020, 15:06 »

3564 (What's the situation!?!) and 3567 (It's psychosomatic.  Shut up!) both tickle my funny bone.
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« Reply #47 on: 05 Aug 2020, 22:17 »

My wife loved that one. She wondered how Jeph could have written it if he didn't know what it was like firsthand, and wondered how he could ever get anything done if his mind did work like that.
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« Reply #48 on: Yesterday at 06:19 »

It's probably some sort of daydreaming (at least I think so). And I slip into daydreaming like that every now and then, and it's basically a micro-vacation for my brain, or some serious overthinking.
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