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0523: Positive Step in Relationslip 23rd Sep, 2019
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0523: Positive Step
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Mel Cormac
HEY JON HOW IS YOUR FIRST DATE EVER GOING??!

Heeeey soooooo this page was up later than usual, eh? After last week's mistake where I posted this page instead of the previous one, I've decided to have pages go up when I am awake, so that I can catch mistakes like that sooner and fix them more quickly. Sorry for the mild inconvenience, but it makes my life less stressful this way, so I hope you understand!
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anonymous coward (Guest)
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Mmph, 'morning. *insert IV drip filled with distilled Irish breakfast*

Jon has a remarkable talent for finding problems and setbacks where any sane person would not be bothered at all. He really needs to either stop that or at least find something useful about this deviant talent of his to profit from. Perhaps something in the advertising or event organizing fields would be able to properly apply his singular ability to find and even generate awkwardness from nothing?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oh man, with his experiences he would be a great event planner! Just walk into a room and go "here are all the things that could go wrong in here" *unfurls a comically long list*
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Did I... did I just accidentally figure out future-graduate-Jon's career? I'm pretty sure photography isn't going to be it considering how tough it is to make a living from it these days.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Haha well, there are a few potential ideas I have floating around for characters' futures, but none of them are set in stone. Though, while I think he would be good as an event planner, I think it's too high-pressure for him!
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I'd be more worried that his awkwardness powers are a little too sensitive.
"No, no, no, no food or drink! Those will spill down some screechy starlet's dress and we'll be ruined! And the lighting has to be too dim with glares from odd angles, to defeat the gutter press photographers looking for embarrassing photos."

Yeah, you're right that it would be way too high stress for Jon. Maybe sensory deprivation tank technician would be better, since he's a likely candidate for using them.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I think the main risk of Jon getting into a sensory deprivation pod is him refusing to get out
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Yeah... but they don't wire people up with IVs and catheters in those. He could only refuse to get out for so long before he would have no choice.

Also, you may be underestimating the power and horror of the artistic imagination: Once Jon got a little too good at using his imagination and visualizing things in the tank I'm sure he'd stop having that problem. From that point on he would only be able to spend a limited amount of time per session before he'd be leaving to escape his brain-goblins.
Jack Sorta (Guest)
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Is Jon showing signs of a plumber? I love how arbitrarily specific and deep these psychoanalysis are. Pretty funny because I don’t sense anything near this level of depth from the characters, you should do creative writing.
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I'm not 100% sure why our cartoonist indulges me, but that is more or less what I'm up to. It's something like improv 'stand-up comedy' commentary. Most often I'm sketching out possible shapes of characterization and possible future events in the plot, searching for truth, wisdom and humour, and maybe the odd useful suggestion or piece of insight the author can twist into something even better. The deeper goal is attempting to provide useful feedback and amusing the creator, because this is one of my favourite ways to help webcomics keep going.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
If you draw a pair of eyes on a pencil, people will speculate his personality and backstory. We don't need much! :D
steveha
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steveha
If he were to get his head into the right place, he could be a fine event planner. His own life might be one awkward moment after another, but he could put on his game face and be calm for his customers.

The key is whether he can detach himself, and just think dispassionately about how to handle things for his customers without getting emotionally hung-up on the outcome.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Possibly a Jon very far in the future who has had a lot more ~character development~
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Huh. I started a thread of sarcastically complaining about Jon's emotional maturity and instability, but this dig? This dig here is the culmination. "Imagine if Jon could stop self-sabotaging regularly from nine-to-five long enough his mind could be useful to other people," is the hidden dig at Jon's emotional competence here. It is delivered in a beautifully dry and subtle way too. I cannot surpass this, steveha wins.
Joe (Guest)
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Pretty realistic teenage writing. Lack of perspective from experience. Kudos to the writer
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Oh fine, complain about my complaints about teenagers being teenagers. :P :)
Microraptor
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Microraptor
That's... just cru- oh wait, I think I am having a deja vu! ;-D
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
:'D
BustyLaroo
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BustyLaroo
PAUL! YOU GET RID OF THAT MANBUN THIS INSTANT-
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Haha, I kinda agree, only because it was difficult to draw!
Matt Jones
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To quote the baseball great Yogi Berra, "It's deja vu all over again!"
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I was half-expecting everyone to post exactly the same comments as they did last week, to make me wonder if that ever even happened
mitchellbravo
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mitchellbravo
mun ban