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0644: Late in Father Christmas 10th May, 2021
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Author Notes:
Mel Cormac edit delete
Mel Cormac
A relevant page
RE: Seth’s comment about his mum in panel two: yep.
Mel Cormac edit delete
Mel Cormac
Clarification courtesy of Steveha:
The Deed Poll is a way to change your name in the UK. So "you know the Deed Poll exists" means "you know you could legally change your name if you don't like it."
User comments:

Microraptor
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Microraptor
That name would fit much better for Jon!
Why?
Well, according to the previous page, he actually was... a happy little accident!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
OMG NO you're right!!
Matt Jones
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Well, I suppose it's good that they have somewhat made it to a meeting point. Downside, that hangover's going to be ROUGH.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Paying the price for familial peace
Jeremy7
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Jeremy7
Christmas Morning Already? I forgot to get presents!!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Christmas in May catching everyone off guard
idonotproduceillicitmater (Guest)
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that went better than expected
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Took an entire decanter of whiskey, but they got there
anonymous coward (Guest)
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That's a naked shot of the generation gap in the last panel, with George consulting a wristwatch like a twentieth century person, and Seth consulting his early 21st century model fondleslab.

Still awake the next morning is an occupational hazard of crunching or inspired code monkeys, and a recreational hazard of videogamers. It's especially bad for fans of turn based strategy games: Apparently Sid Meier's development process has counted it as a good sign when the developers and testers of his games were found still playing the game the next morning. (Sometimes videogames can be worse than a heroin addiction.)

Alizarin has apparently been an important part of dyes since the days of ancient Egypt. Not all of them are red colours either according to wikipedia, although I'd expect that it would be there to add a red tint unless there's some interesting molecular chemistry or optical combination effects going on. So, if the name specifically comes from the Bob Ross colour that says a lot about Seth's mom. In that case it may also say a non-trivial amount about why he likes Anna so much.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
That's what I was going for in the last panel, glad that got picked up!

Imagine if Seth had been named Phthalo instead!
LinkyBoy
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"Viridian" as a first name kinda sounds cool --and so looks the hue.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Some definitely work better than others!
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Kermit the Frog had thoughts on that: https://www.youtube.com/embed/51BQfPeSK8k
anonymous coward (Guest)
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If someone actually had that for their name that would be phthetic, and deserving of phthity. Double the pity and a generous helping of shame on top if they gave themself the name.

A fictional character with that for a name would probably be a sign of an author that likes a gimmick too much. Alternatively, someone took the, "protagonist naming," mojo a couple steps too far. Neal Stephenson arguably already did that by naming a main protagonist, "Hiro Protagonist," but I would be surprised if nobody else has gotten away with worse. (Does, "Pussy Galore," count as worse? I honestly can't say, it's too subjective.)
steveha
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steveha
I looked up "Deed Poll". In the UK that is a way to change your name. So "you know the Deed Poll exists" means "you know you could legally change your name if you don't like it."
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oh, I forgot that was a UK-specific thing! Thanks for providing context for others, I might put that in an author note if you don't mind!

These English to English translations, man!
Matt Jones
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I actually looked it up, too. I don't think that you need to change it necessarily. It's a primarily British comic, and I think that it should reflect that. You wouldn't expect me if I had a Southern American comic to change 'bumfuzzled' to 'completely confused' if it was appropriate to be used as 'bumfuzzled'.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oh yeah, I didn't want to edit the page or anything, but a little note in the author comment wouldn't hurt! This is 100% a British comic, but I like to make sure international readers can understand it - I just sometimes forget when I'm using Britishisms!
steveha
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steveha
You are always welcome to quote anything I write here if you like. Thanks for making this comic.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Thanks! 😁