Updates Every Monday


contains strong language and mild sexual content

0612: Manipulative in Blow Up 10th Dec, 2020
<<First Latest>>
0612: Manipulative
Average Rating: 5 (1 votes) Rate this comic
<<First Latest>>


Shop T-shirts and Mugs

Author Notes:
Mel Cormac edit delete
Mel Cormac
Yeah you sure showed her.

Once again I’m not completely sure how many people know what ASBO and chav mean, so just in case, ASBO stands for “antisocial behaviour order” and it basically means you were a jerk in public but not technically guilty of a crime, and you might need to do community service or you might be banned from certain places for a while as a result. Chav is a term which usually refers to a teenager who’s from a low income family, often antisocial or violent, and usually wearing a tracksuit.
User comments:

Jeremy7
edit delete reply
Jeremy7
oh yes
this is big brain time
Mel Cormac
edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Maximum capacity thunk
Echo (Guest)
edit delete reply
Paul's arm -
Like, I know arms do that. Mine does that (though mine always look weird anyways because underweight and broad shoulders don't go together). But, like
That looks wrong, even though it's right.

Also, I don't know about manipulative. Either I'm Tilly (which might fit, now that I think about it), or that's a pretty typical way to ask for things without having to feel the shame of having asked for something.
Mel Cormac
edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Yeah sometimes using myself as a reference doesn't work because I'm hypermobile and some joints go in funny directions, or bend too far one way, but yeah sometimes a pose looks wrong even when it's right. Usually I redo poses like that but I guess I didn't this time?

And yeah, Tilly's way of asking for a jumper is just a very English way of doing it, Anna's just being a jerk
anonymous coward (Guest)
edit delete reply
What's off about it is that the perspective makes his right arm look smaller and shorter than his left, and maybe that a lot of people's wrists don't bend as far as his right one does. A lot of people's wrists do bend that far though, so it's the way his right arm seems shorter that's off.
Mel Cormac
edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Looking at it again I think the main problem is his shoulder is too far forwards and that's going to bug me, so I'm going to edit that once I finish work
(assuming you mean his right, not our right)
Microraptor
edit delete reply
Microraptor
Dunno why Anna thinks this burn was successful when she literally burned herself in the process...
Mel Cormac
edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Double burn! Twice the burn! Hence a double success!
Squirreltastic-Blue
I think this comic would be a lot better if you equipped everyone with a coconut gun and removed any moral centers they may have.
Mel Cormac
edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Lol utter chaos I love it
anonymous coward (Guest)
edit delete reply
What a bloody coward, Jon. Fireworks are literally the traditional, commodified, safe and well-socialized version of pyromania for closet-pyromaniacs and non-pyromaniacs. Anyone who can't handle fireworks safely shouldn't be allowed in dangerous places with knives, fire and hazardous substances... like a kitchen!

One thing isn't clear: Who chimes in with that, "Former?" question in the first panel?

Anna is not so much a chav as a yob though: She doesn't have any knockoff-Burberry accessories, embarrassingly tacky jewellery, cheap cider, cigarette smoking habit, or teenage pregnancy here. She also dropped out of uni, chavs mostly tend to drop out of education much earlier than that. She does have the tendencies to destructive interests, violent belligerence, drunkenness and filching, but that's common to both isn't it?

"Chavs," are also often targets for the NEET acronym--not in employment, education, or training. Further explanation of the chav phenomenon would involve a rant about Thatcher, Thatcherism, and how Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were fake Labour prime ministers. I'll spare us all that one on the grounds of avoiding political flamebait that goes back to ancient times before the internet.
Mel Cormac
edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Ah, I thought it was clearer it's Anna saying "former?", there wasn't a great place to put a tail, but it it's unclear I'll add one in

And yeah, chav isn't really accurate, especially not now, but if I ever show her as a teenager in a flashback she did have some chavisms, if she didn't fully fit the bill
anonymous coward (Guest)
edit delete reply
I see, I see, so Anna is still under an ASBO at the time of this comic then?
Mel Cormac
edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
I don't definitely know myself, but it seems in-character for her
LinkyBoy
edit delete reply
Good reaction by Jon, interpreting gf's "You don't have to" as "By all means do it!". I don't know how long those two last, but in their time together he's learning essentials.
anonymous coward (Guest)
edit delete reply
If a person says they don't want something and I act like I believe they do then that is tantamount to calling them a liar! That's just uncalled for.
Mel Cormac
edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
It's a very English thing, we have to pretend we don't want the thing that badly when someone offers, and the other person has to act like it's not a bother, so yes, Jon did good here, though "I don't feel the cold as much" might be the lie of the decade
Echo (Guest)
edit delete reply
One time a girl I wasn't even friends with mentioned briefly that she was a bit chilly while we had to wait outside for a fire drill, so of course I had to give her my coat. I gave her that same exact lie, even though I was wearing a t-shirt underneath (I never take my coat off in the winter unless my outfit happens to be rocking it that particular day, so I wasn't concerned about what I was wearing underneath. I just needed something for the event that a zombie apocalypse starts, and someone needs fabric to make a tourniquet or patch up a wound (and yes, this is how I convince myself to wear a shirt every morning, it's a problem)) and I lived on a tropical island for two years and haven't gotten my cold resistance back yet (and I also have no insulation).
So yes, lie of the century for sure.

*theme song plays*
That was Echo's weekly information dump, which y'all have been blessed with instead of the usual crowd. You're welcome.
anonymous coward (Guest)
edit delete reply
Well that's just nasty. It's better to use the coat while the boy is still wearing it if you're too cold anyhow, you warm up more that way.

If you need more "reasons" to help talk yourself out of going excessively commando here's a few: Ablative layers, damage absorption, using covered-over inner pockets to avoid losing things that could get pickpocketed or fall out of outer pockets when you turn upside down, padding your willy for protection and making all the size queens give you a second look, less damage when someone slams a door into you, enough padding to hit the ground or tackle someone without hurting yourself, passive weight training by increasing the mass you carry with you throughout the day to build muscle and burn calories.
Echo (Guest)
edit delete reply
I'm a lady, actually (just weirdly comfortable with shirtlessness for some reason), and quite devoid of a willy, but thank you for your other points. I will remind myself of those when I feel tempted to just wear my coat and nothing else topwise.
anonymous coward (Guest)
edit delete reply
Eh, crossdressing can be fun though, as long as they never get the chance to find out you don't really have a willy.
steveha
edit delete reply
steveha
In the Kinsgsman movie, the main character "Eggsy" was a chav at the start of the movie, correct?
Mel Cormac
edit delete reply
Mel Cormac
Yeah, most people would call him that. Thanks for reminding me of Kingsman, I need to see that again