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0615: Relative Error in Blow Up 21st Dec, 2020
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Author Notes:
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Mel Cormac
This time I decided to ruin the tension at the beginning of the page instead of the end. Nothing steps on your cold demeanour quite like your girlfriend’s lipstick on your face.

Also while apologies are happening, I’m sorry for suggesting in this page that you can just wipe lipstick off with your hand.
User comments:

Microraptor
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Microraptor
Aww, a heartwarming reconciliation!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I'm just happy to show them talking to each other again ?
Squirreltastic-Blue
So, do we start shipping them or...?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Who, Seth and Jon? I'd rather not, blood related...
Squirreltastic-Blue
You haven't been in the shipping business long, have you?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oh I'm aware, I just don't like it
LinkyBoy
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Such a sweet reconciliation in the spirit of Christmas peace! Oh wait, December and they're still stuck with their Fawkes thing?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Darn webcomic time!

Reconciliation in the spirit of Guy Fawkes peace? Uhh...
Matt Jones
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Nah, let's just blow up stuff. :D
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Can we really accept that sort of sane, mature, tolerance and forbearance around here? Honestly, it feels a little premature to me. Perhaps they should've instead been making up after Tilly breaks up with Jon and leaves him as a crying wreck.

Still, Seth cussing out Jon for deciding to date a girl because she is interested in him is ridiculous. Is Jon only supposed to date girls that don't like him and want nothing to do with him instead? Just because Seth somehow managed to make that work for him without being arrested doesn't mean it's a thing people should actually do. (What happened in strip 337 looks like part of an extended campaign of sexual harassment to me.) There are multiple, much better reasons to complain about Jon being involved with Tilly.

It's hydrophobic chemistry, so you need vaseline, oil, or at least soap to get it off. Without any of that rubbing it with your hands will just smear it around more and work it into the pores so it's ten times as hard to get rid of it. Makeup is horrible, and I know why I don't use it unless I'm going on stage.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I did think that it was a bit early for reconciliation, but in my mind Seth's begrudgingly trying to mend that bridge because he hates Jon being mad at him and he realised this just wasn't worth it.

It was more that Seth implied Jon only liked her because she wanted to go out with him, which even if that's kinda true, ew. And yeah, Seth is definitely not the arbiter of good relationship dynamics! Which kind of makes his comment even more egregious like, dude, your method is to be weird and annoying until the woman you like gets bored of waiting for you to make a move, sit down.
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I get that Seth was implying Jon's only interest in Tilly at that point was that she was a girl who hit on him, so his chances of getting some *whatever* were good. Why is that a bad thing? It's not like either Jon or Tilly knew each other well enough to have more than shallow interests in the other when they started dating. Even now I'd be surprised if Jon has more than a basic acquaintance with Tilly's life history, family, general health status, ambitions, social circles, political leanings, religious practices, housekeeping habits, and so forth (if even all of that).

The idea that someone should be obsessive over a stranger before they even know who they are to date them is dangerous and deranged. They just don't know each other well enough to deeply know, like, trust, and be interested in each other's next five to fifty years. That is normal. The only romantic relationships that don't go through that learning who a stranger even is process involve something odd, questionable, or worse to skip past it. Consider the list of reasons for why not: Stalking/third party knowledge, meeting through sharing a life-defining interest, friendcest, dating that starts or goes slower than cultivating a bonsai tree, and what else?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Seth would be a huge hypocrite if those were the prerequisites for a relationship, since Gemma barely even knows his name! Though let's be real when has an older sibling ever been reasonable about who their younger sibling should or should not date?

Plus he didn't even really mean it, he was just being a jerk, and didn't realise what size of a jerk he was being at the time.
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Does she know his name? I'm pretty sure Sesil has been hiding his real name from Gemma.

Am I complaining too much about Seth? He regularly fails to speak and act at the level of a self-aware adult. Perhaps it's asking too much to expect ordinary foresight, empathy, and a normal grasp of cause and effect from him.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I think it's pretty reasonable to be frustrated with Seth - I'm sometimes surprised by how frustrating he can be to readers, but that's part of the joy of writing - seeing how people who aren't me react to a character (and possibly a sign that I'm a bit more like Seth than I thought)
anonymous coward (Guest)
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No, I get it. One useful understanding of humour is a combination of pain plus the right distance. That is never the perfect amount of pain or distance for everybody, or even for the same person all of the time depending on the joke. Beyond that, confusion, frustration, or disgust can be as delicious an artistic reaction as joy, horror, empathy, and geekish analytical appreciation. I consciously share it back to help fuel your creativity.

We're all probably more like Seth than we think. Most of us spend more time and effort on trying to ignore, hide, or make up for our faults and oversights than we do paying attention to them and their effects on others. When we do face up to those problems it comes with the fear of what happens when you run into people who can't be bothered to look out for your own, special needs.

The fear that you don't know, perceive or understand what's going on around you is at least a partial description of social anxiety, bigotry, paranoia, and other undesirable things.
Echo (Guest)
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It took me several looks to realize that Jon's chest hair was not, in fact, lipstick.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Haha oh no!
JammyTheBirb
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JammyTheBirb
Aww c: I'm glad this moment has come.