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0608: Instead in Blow Up 26th Nov, 2020
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0608: Instead
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Mel Cormac
Not gonna lie, panel two makes me want to crawl out of my skin. I haaaate it, but it needed to be suitably gross for Anna’s rebuttal to feel somewhat proportional.

It isn't, but y'know.
User comments:

Microraptor
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Microraptor
Last panel: Tilly is so appalled that she even swapped her eyes with Anna!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I realised there seems to be a rule - only one character per panel can have those eyes!
RazorD9
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RazorD9
It's a good thing Ken brought the fire extinguisher, he'll need it to put out that burn.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Haha right?
Allzephyr
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Allzephyr
Nice.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Had to be done
mitchellbravo
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mitchellbravo
I laughed a real, mean laugh at this one >:)
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I try to not make my comedy mean sometimes, but sometimes I gotta go back to my roots lol
AmbiguousMouse (Guest)
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Tilly casts Minor Shade!
Anna rolls a successful Will save!
Anna casts Disintegrate!
Tilly fails her Fortitude save...
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Perfection
Artorigus (Guest)
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Anna: "Maybe I was being unfair just because Seth dislikes her. I'll give her a chance."
Tilly: *immediately confirms how terrible she is*
Anna: "Ha! Impulse hatred justified!"
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Haha exactly!
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Wait a moment, is Anna actually pretty in the comic? I realize that the limits of the medium (interpretation) can be wildly off between intention and effect on random readers, but she always looked kinda like an androgynous stick person verging on mannish to me. Tilly on the other hand always looked like that trying too hard, overly made up kind that I could see being thought anywhere from fairly attractive to hideous depending on who says, in what angle/lighting, and how good a look they got.

I also really have to wonder what Tilly thought that was going to accomplish besides setting Anna up to punch back with words and/or fists. Isn't it better to seek out intel from the source or try and turn her from an enemy into a frenemy if she's worried about Anna's relationship with Jon?

And you think panel two is gross? Not compared to panel four it isn't. Tilly with the huge Japanime eyes is disturbing enough but we expect it from her because that's her thing. Anna doing it is putting me off my spinach.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
She was always supposed to be attractive, if not supermodel gorgeous (describing herself as "a solid nine" when she can be bothered) but over the years as you say she got cartoonier and cartoonier and now I don't even know anymore.

Tilly was going for undermining her self esteem in a backhanded way, but it backfired because she didn't know Anna's a pro troll
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I remember her dressing up for the date in Vegas. That said, I thought that was a combination of self-confidence, and being slender enough that well-chosen clothes which pad certain parts and direct attention in the right places can make even a stick person seem sexy. To be frank, as long as one's rear and thighs don't have a severe cellulite problem nearly any lady can dramatically (problematically!) increase how much attention they get by wearing a shorter skirt.

(Professional designers seem obsessed with trying to make walking skeletons with reasonably pretty faces look better. I have to wonder why runway fashion spends so much time and effort on outfits for dressing up androgynous boys as flaming effeminate transvestites.)

So, you're saying Tilly is nearly as dumb as Seth. Somehow that's not too much of a surprise: Nearly every manager I've faced since my childhood has been alarmingly much more ignorant and unconcerned about it than I'd like, where they weren't also embarrassingly petty and unprofessional too.
Funny (Guest)
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Nice points, I can relate to the manager assertion but I’ll be a stick in the mud and say careful with the terminology you’re using flaming transvestite came across as sketchy. And nothing wrong with androgyny imo. But Agree to disagree on that point.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Thanks, that's a good point - not how I would have phrased it personally, and I probably should have brought it up in my reply
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Er, I wasn't aware these were offensive terms, although I know they're old ones for men and biologically male transgenders who dress or present as male. Please forgive me for using older terminology then, no offense was meant. I didn't describe them that way because that's a mouthful, is there modern terminology for it that doesn't take so many words? Brevity is the sole of wit, and I'm already failing badly enough at it.

And no, there's nothing wrong with androgyny, but it can be a challenge to get nice dresses that actually fit and don't cost a mint for ladies that have hips, busts and waistlines. That was what I was getting at.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I've heard of runway models getting literally sewn into dresses and then cut out of them afterwards, so those clothes aren't even really made for the models to "wear" in the traditional meaning of the word

Funnily enough, I've had better management experiences in my limited time in retail. Now I work a desk job, my manager is way more childish than my literal teenage manager when I was flipping burgers.
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I suppose no more need be said about runway fashion than that, except for why anyone outside the industry should pay any attention.

That squares with what I've seen. The less a boss understands, can follow, and can keep track of their employees and their work the more likely their need to *do something* leads them to do irrelevant, wasteful or counterproductive things. It's the ultimate limitation of hierarchical culture, one can't manage a thing unless they know it, see it, and comprehend it. As time goes on and machines, computers and robots take over the simple and straightforward tasks the less useful managers can be.
Echo (Guest)
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I know what she's saying isn't, but Anna looks so... *shudders* innocent in that last panel.

This is unnatural. Even a vague semblance of innocence on Anna is a danger to the balance of the universe. It must be stopped.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I'm glad that last panel successfully weirds people out - Anna Jones-Boucher should never make that face
LinkyBoy
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Well, that escalated quickly. Bring out the dolls?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
The gloves came off very quickly here, yeah
Squirreltastic-Blue
My mom thinks I'm pretty.
Matthew Jones (Guest)
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There used to be a talk show host in Atlanta that had an African-American engineer named Royal Marshall. The host would always have this man on the microphone, and his best line after something like this would happen would be "Just damn!" This is a 'Just damn!' moment.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
A very just damn moment haha